PTA Communications Committee

New “Kindergarten Creators” Activity

“Kindergarten Creators” is a speech push-in activity, which is done collaboratively with the classroom teachers, where students produce either a craft or snack product using all different language supports to achieve this creation. This activity incorporates reading, writing, and math, along with various language skills including listening skills, following directions, comprehension and social skills. Many…

New Diversity Initiative

The Children’s School is part of a new diversity initiative announced by Chancellor Carmen Fariña. During the pilot program, schools will give priority to students who qualify for free and reduced lunch (FRL), English Language Learners (ELLs) or students in the child welfare system. Our school is one of the seven elementary schools participating. The…

New Learning Tool: “Thinking Maps”

Children’s School teachers received staff development training in Thinking Maps learning tools this fall. Mr. Artie would like parents to know about these tools so that we will be able to recognize these maps in our children’s work and support their use of them. How We’ll Be Using Thinking Maps Thinking Maps are a visual language used to represent the eight different…

Donate to the Food Drive!

For the next few days, we are collecting non-perishable food which will stock the shelves at 500 soup kitchens, food pantries, and other community food programs across the city. Running a food drive helps City Harvest provide good food during the holiday season, when so many of our neighbors struggle to put food on their…

Food, Fun, and Festive Dancing at Roots & Community

There was a fantastic turnout of enthusiastic children and adults at our second annual Roots & Community celebration on Saturday. Our school community explored African Roots, Australia, Britain, China, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jewish Heritage, Louisiana, Palestine, The Philippines, and Peru—all without leaving our gym! Over in Africa, special guest and Principal Mr. Artie…

Another Successful Book Fair!

Children and parents shopped at both the ICT and ASD site book fairs last week. Our avid readers bought hot new titles like the latest Diary of a Wimpy Kid, science titles like Sink Your Teeth Into Sharks, and picture book classics like Strega Nona. First and second graders were treated to a presentation by picture book author and…