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School Notification Notice
November 9, 2018

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Recently, some concerns were raised about the school’s practice surrounding parent notification when a student is to receive an award at School Meeting. The school’s practice, since the inception of School Meeting, eighteen years ago, was to notify parents when their child’s class or grade was presenting on stage or when their child was the recipient of the Student of the Month award. For the other types of recognition, the decision to not notify was to maintain the surprise for the student and to encourage parents and families to attend as many meetings as possible, in order to join the school in celebrating the accomplishments of all students.

Due to the concerns raised, I revisited this practice with staff at a recent staff meeting. After much discussion, which included the range of significance of the varying awards and recognitions, it was determined that we would notify parents in advance of the three most significant types of recognition – Student of the Month, Presentations of Learning, and Classroom Teacher Awards.

In order to do this, a School Meeting Recognition/Presentation Notification Form was created. Teachers will complete the form and send it home by the Wednesday before School Meeting (always the last Friday of the month). Students in grades K-2 will bring it home in their Communication Folder and students in grades 3-5 will bring it home in their Student Planners.

With this new approach, if a student is absent, the teacher will not have the option of switching recipients, as it would not be possible to notify parents. The absent student will still be recognized at School Meeting and receive the certificate upon returning to school.

We are hoping this change helps parents who previously felt they were missing a memorable event in their child’s school life.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Sincerely,



Cheryl Turpin

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IMPORTANT NEWS on Literacy Instructional Practices
October 19, 2018


Dear Families,
Students come to our classrooms with a wide variety of experiences in literacy. To best meet their needs, we
are making changes to our instructional practices. Our school is in the process of implementing flexible groups for our literacy block. In a nutshell, that means your child will have a team of teachers working to support their literacy development.

Groupings
Every student took part in an individual reading conference during the first 2 months of school. The teacher
noted areas of strength and areas that needed more instruction. Grade level teams recently met to discuss the
assessments and placed each student in an appropriate group. Students are grouped with other students who have a similar need in the area of literacy. Teachers will develop lesson plans that support the needs of those students. Each student will be progress monitored throughout the literacy block to ensure student growth. If a student’s placement does not seem to be promoting growth, the grade level team will meet to discuss possible changes for that student. Flexible grouping units last 8-12 weeks. As students meet their learning targets, they are moved to the next appropriate group.

Reporting
Your child’s progress in literacy will be monitored by the teacher providing the instruction, and this information
will be shared regularly with the homeroom teacher during our monthly data meetings. Students will be monitored on a regular basis through running records to determine growth. The literacy teams work collaboratively so you can address questions or concerns to the classroom teacher or the teacher providing the literacy instruction. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be booked with your child’s homeroom teacher. Please know that the homeroom teachers will be informed of their students’ achievement. If a student grasps the grade level literacy standards, they will be stretched and enriched during the flexible literacy time. If a student needs an intervention or additional time and support, they will receive it. Flexible grouping will be ongoing, fluid and flexible in nature based on individual student needs.

Sincerely,
Akaila Scorza
Literacy Coach
Mission Statement
Stevens Brook Elementary School
Where Students are Treasured


We, the members of the Stevens Brook Elementary School community, are committed to working together in a dynamic, supportive, and respectful learning environment.

We strive to reach our full potential by fostering academic excellence, celebrating successes, and challenging all members to be responsible learners and citizens.

THE INTENTS AND RESULTS OF OUR MISSION AND EDUCATIONAL EFFORTS WILL EMPOWER EVERY STUDENT AT S.B.E.S. TO BECOME:

• A Quality and Collaborative Worker

• A Self-Directed Learner

• An Effective Communicator

• A Responsible School Citizen
SUPPLY LIST FOR 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR
Kindergarten:
-1 Hard pencil case (big enough to hold scissors, crayons, markers, and glue)
-Scissors
-24 crayola crayons (too many crayons can be very difficult to manage)
-1 box of crayola markers (please label each marker)
-2 or 3 glue sticks and 1 bottle of Elmer's glue
-2 boxes of tissues (labeling not necessary)
-1 set of earphones (please no earbuds)
-1 spiral notebook

First Grade:
-1 backpack
-1 pencil box
-1 box of #2 pencils
-1 package of erasers
-1 box of crayons
-1 box of washable markers
-1 box of colored pencils
-1 pair of scissors
- 1 package of glue sticks
-1 box of tissues

Second Grade:
-12 #2 pencils
-1 pack each of colored pencils and crayons
- 1 box of tissues
- 3+ glue sticks
-2 heavy duty pocket folders (solid colors)
- 1 subject spiral notebook
-One 1 inch 3-ring white ring binder with clear cover pocket
-One 1/2 inch 3-ring white binder with clear cover
-1 standard composition notebook (around 9"x7")
-1 headphones/earbuds

Third Grade:
-#2 pencils
-Colored pencils
-crayons
-ruler
-glue sticks
-markers
-a 1-subject notebook
-box of tissues
- erasers
-zip up pouch/pencil box
-2 heavy duty two pocket folders
-simple pencil sharpener with shavings holder
-white board marker

Fourth Grade:
-colored pencils
-erasers
-pencils
-glue sticks
-small pencil case/holder (fabric ones fit in the desk best)
-Please DO NOT bring binders as they do not fit in desks
-Please DO NOT bring backpacks with wheels as they do not fit in lockers
-low odor expo markers
-Ziplock baggies (gallon or quart size)
-box(es) of tissues (to share with class)
-sticky notes

Fifth Grade:
-box of tissues
-pencils
-erasers
-colored pencils
-markers
sticky notes
-two spiral bound notebooks
-Low-odor Expo markers
-colored pens (any color!)
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