Gymnasium: We are in the last stages of meeting before construction begins maybe it will start in the end of October. Mrs. Gundersen will keep everyone posted. We also are not sure how it will affect our school yard space because they will need to build a construction shed as well.
Interim Acting A.P.: Debbie Nikrad- we still have to go through a process to appoint a full time assistant principal. Mrs. Gundersen will keep everyone posted on updates.
We are having staff technical difficulties but we are committed to trying it out for the year. We still don’t have 100% sign in and we will meet on Friday after Parents As Learning Partners to sign up parents. Families will be able to follow grades, homework assignments. We are not completely sure how grading will look but we believe we will know after a meeting with the Pupil Path staff.
Parents are concerned about alignment between 1-4 scale and 0-100% scale. Generally, both grades are always there but teachers fit grades into a 1-4 scale. We can share grade conversions with parents. The point is to allow families to follow student progress.
What does -1 mean? Pupil Path programmers are working on it. Parents are also receiving a “service error” then they log into Pupil Path. Recommendation is to log in on a desktop versus a phone- the app is having a lot of issues.
Parents are concerned that Pupil Path does not offer notifications for email; parents have to sign in and check for communication. Pupil Path does not offer email notification. We’ve reopened DOJO as a class messaging system.
Parents are concerned that they haven’t received any grades yet. Teachers have loaded in some data and teachers have been asked to send a DOJO blast when grades are being entered. Perhaps parents can be in the habit of a weekly Pupil Path check.
We will try it out for the year; if at the end of the year, we are still displeased, we will look at other oprions. Mrs. Gundersen feels it’s too soon to eliminate the program, it is new and there is a learning curve for parents and teachers.
Any kind of change or emergency from a family should not be sent via DOJO. Families need to call the office.
Erika needs to send in sign off on 2019-2020 CEP: we can still make changes after signing.
SLT Membership: We currently have 7 parents and need three more staff members.
SLT Meeting Time: Some parents would rather stay right after school. Wednesdays are okay with everybody? We can meet the last Wednesday of every month. Parents can bring their children because it will be after pickup. Effective next month, Wednesday, October 30th at 3:30pm. November and December are tricky for planning- suggestion to try out Wednesday meeting in October as a trial and go from there. Tentative date for follow up is Tuesday, November 26th at 5pm.
PTA Update: Had bake sale and movie night.
Upcoming Saturday, October 12th is a fall festival with bounce houses, sand art, pumpkin decorating, food, etc. 10:30-2:30. There will be different things for sale. Colleen will look up fabric scrap scarecrows.
Upcoming Bingo night in November.
Winter Wonderland date TBD.
Upcoming Danceathon in January.
Upcoming At Industry City, VIP dance in March 20th, Friday.
Request to send out list of dates ahead of time so parents have it to offer help. PTA planning a lot more movie nights. The first movie night was a good turn-out.
Diane had questions about difficulties regarding dismissal- feels it’s chaotic. Sometimes classes dismiss from different doors if they were with a cluster teacher last period. Also, due to safety protocol per DOE, entrances and exits cannot be left unattended for parents to come in; parents must enter through the front door. We were considering moving third grade to side exits along side fences. However, anytime there’s rain or snow, it will be very difficult to move kids around outside. Schoolyard dismissal is difficult because there are many more students in 4th and 5th grade classes. Scaffolding is also taking up a lot of space. We planned to give classes designated spots but we realize that in two more weeks, those spots will be gone. We will come up with a plan to address these issues. We realize it’s difficult if parents are picking up multiple students. Workers are also coming back to the building to scale back the scaffolding. Our goal this year was to give class spots in the yard but with impending construction and scaffolding, we realize it will be null and void. We also have parents rushing in to grab kids when teachers are trying to lead classes to their spots. In short, once we see the new situation outside, we will make choices about how to best dismiss the students together.
Concern about splitting of third grade students during lunch and dismissal. We made really specific decisions about how to organize the cafeterias and the grades are mixed on purpose in order to mingle and limit problems. Erika notices significantly less problems/referrals coming from lunch with this mixed system. Having homogenous grade groupings created problems. We also now have school-wide rules and signals which are helping communication. Lunch system will be revisited in November once some more systems are in place and routines and systems are better established. It is possible to revisit third grade alignment during lunch. We want kids to enjoy themselves and play, not dealing with “over-aggressive” kids.
Christine- lunchtime- what is that going to look like when construction starts? The playground will stay open so that can always be used. There may also be additional space outside. Typically one class uses the playground at a time. During lunch, half the kids start outside while the others eat, then they swap. We are thinking through lots of alternatives. If both the gym and dance room are used for lunch, we don’t have another dedicated space where the children can have a movement period. There is the possibility of using the auditorium. Diane suggested adding another lunch period- Erika pointed out that that would mean losing phys ed and/or dance time. Restrooms are going to be redone this year. While we have the money, we will close off one restroom at a time and have the renovations done after the school day. Each one will take a week. Two large projects will happen this year; gymnasium and restrooms. The rooftop space is also problematic because it lines classrooms, so it cannot be used for recess purposes (even when it is repaired) because it becomes too noisy. At any one time, kids in the school yard are mixed across grades. Elizabeth- is it possible to have a budget to have a provider come in to organize activities in the auditorium? There are limits because of the floor type. There are some things we can do in the auditorium but there are limits.
Elizabeth- new template on CEP- wants to look through CEP together. We will still have a chance to make revisions. Erika can email us the major goals and bullet points of plans. We’ve been a part of making sure the school’s budget aligns with the plans; Elizabeth wants to read it and understand it before signing off on it. Erika will send out synopsis. Erika is done writing it and we can make suggestions for changes.
Diane questioning ELA grades going down in 5th grade. About 6 kids scored 1 in 5the grade. Average was in the 80s. ⅚ kids that scored a level one had opted out of previous tests. 5th grade is a much more difficult test than 3rd and 4th. We teach our kids to read at a high level in order to function on the exams. We are looking at what the grades need to work on to improve those scores.
Danny- early drop off? We started seeing kids at 7:00- there is no staff member here until 7:30. Erika is looking at the need for an early morning drop off to decide on a staff member who could supervise them in the morning, and cost of program would pay staff member. Erika sent out a note on Friday to assess need. Early drop off is emailing Annette with subject line, “early drop off” to assess need.
Diane- maternity leave? 308- Carbonella is not returning. Ms. D’Alessio is there all year, and there is a sub in the room- Erika wants to make sure she is a fit for our school before a full hire.
Diane- SEL- every class is working on SEL lesson plans. Each teacher is doing 25 lesson plans by November. We have a spot for relaxation/ moment away in classrooms. We also have schoolwide symbols and rules. One of our goals is to get kids to think about what’s happening from someone else’s point of view. We want them to put themselves in other’s shoes. We are teaching them to recognize what they’re feeling at the moment. We’re working on it.
Ashley- comments about social studies- last year the 2nd grade did very little in social studies, but they did a lot of project based learning. Social studies is not a full year focus- state says 1-2 periods per week. We chunk those days together so kids don’t forget work in between. In lower grades, social studies is based on who I am and who my family is. As students get older social studies becomes more noticeable. The projects were actually social studies based.
Fire drills to be discussed at tonight’s PTA meeting.
Ivone discussing bullying at tonight’s PTA meeting.