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Week of October 2
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Dear Families - 

This week, Linda Chang and I hosted a small roundtable session regarding our new Learning Center, a department organized over the past year to support learning differences as they emerge within our school. As you know, we are committed to trying to serve a wide range of learning styles and differences because we know that there are many children who have powerful gifts in certain areas and challenges in others.  

The Learning Center (a department, not a place) is led by Linda, who formerly served as our literacy and learning specialist. Within the department exist a variety of supports, including scheduled push in and pull out groups organized around specific skill areas for individuals and small groups of children whose needs have been formally identified. We also have started implementing a program called Reading Recovery in 1st grade, a program widely used in both private and public schools and believed to be the best intervention in early literacy for students who just need some extra support as they make the leap into reading with fluency. (You can learn more about the effectiveness of Reading Recovery, which requires a great deal of ongoing professional development for specialists, here.)

We are delighted to be able to support children who are thriving at Blue School in areas where they need more support. Even more, however, we are excited that the opportunity to have a group of learning specialists working under Linda gives us the chance to become more curious, communicative, intentional and flexible in our work with Blue School students.  Over the summer, I am proud to share that this formidable group – Elisa Berhapt, Rhonda Weissman, Sarah Yorra -- participated in many workshops around executive function, mathematical learning challenges, and reading support. They will also be sharing that work with our regular classroom teachers as oftentimes strategies that serve a few can serve many.
 
Of course, for many of you, the work of these professionals may go unseen or unfelt, except in the many strategies we employ in all classrooms, but based on our discussions with parents this week, we felt it important to highlight their work with children, and to share with you the ways in which we continue to pursue our own curiosity about the process of learning.

Have a great long weekend, Allison

 


News & Weekly Recap


 

Health Reminder

The return to school and the change in temperatures mean that common colds and other illnesses are on the rise.  While we understand that making alternate childcare arrangements can sometimes be challenging, it is crucial that, for the health of our entire community, you keep your child at home if they have a fever or are exhibiting signs of a contagious illness.  Please refer to page 31 of our Family Handbook for the complete guidelines about when to keep your child at home.  

Parent Math Roundtable:
Kindergarten through 3rd Grade Math

Wednesday, October 5
9:00 - 9:45 AM, Activity Space

Please join our first math roundtable of the year to meet Esther Kim, our Kindergarten through 3rd grade Math Specialist.  We will discuss the major skills and concepts covered in these early years of Primary as well as how the content builds over time. We will also address ways parents and teachers can foster excitement and curiosity about math at home and in school.

Harvest Fest Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 5 (after drop off)
Acqua Restaurant at 21 Peck Slip

Harvest Fest will take place on Sunday, October 16th this year. If you have more questions, or want to be involved, contact parent co-chair Sundy Procter: sundy68@gmail.com

3A/3B Family Sing
Thursday, October 6th
9 am - 9:15am
Location: TBA

233 Update

Perhaps you have peeked in on 233 as you’ve passed by and we hope you’ve noticed the progress and transformation taking place. We are pleased with the efforts that our new general contractor is making to get us into the new space as quickly as possible.  It is very satisfying to see drywall up, walls primed and fixtures being installed.  The educational vision for the space is becoming visible and it is very exciting! We look forward to keeping you updated on the progress and the move in plans in the coming weeks.  

Partnership with Warrior Bridge

Blue School and local movement and meditation studio, Warrior Bridge, have entered into a collaboration in order to share space and resources among our respective communities.  Located just one block north of Blue Studio, Warrior Bridge’s well-appointed studio -- home to yoga, meditation, aikido and capoeira classes, will now be used for a selection of Blue School’s movement and drama classes.  It will also be an available resource for Middle School use, parent meetings, Admissions and other functions that may require a home due to space constraints this semester.  

We hope that parents and students will take the opportunity to learn more about Warrior Bridge’s schedule of daytime classes for adults and after school classes for children.  

Warrior Bridge's daytime classes include Yoga classes Monday-Friday 9 - 10am & 12:30 - 1:30pm, AcroYoga classes Tuesday & Thursday 10:15 - 11:15 and Capoeira Wednesday 2 - 3pm. These classes will be held in the 3rd Floor Gallery at the South Street Seaport Museum located at 12 Fulton Street (two blocks from the Blue School).

The after school schedule includes classes for ages 5-8 from 3:35 - 4:05pm and ages 9-12 from 4:05 - 4:50pm. Martial Arts classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Yoga classes Tuesday and Thursday. Warrior Bridge also offers a "Family AcroYoga" class Saturdays from 10:30 - 11:30am where families learn to guide and support each other through a variety of acrobatic and yoga postures.

You can find the full schedule and class descriptions at Warriorbridge.com.  Any questions can be directed to Sean@warriorbridge.com. Email ahead of your first visit to reserve your first class for free!

We look forward to building our partnership and tapping into the wonderful resources offered through Warrior Bridge.

Early Childhood Talk 
Thursday, October 13th 
9 -10 am in the 5th Floor Music Room 

Please join Wanda Frankel, Preprimary Early Childhood Development Consultant for an early childhood talk titled "Routines and Transitions: What to expect and what they mean for children and parents"

Notes about Preprimary Curriculum Night
Thursday, October 13th
Varied times

  • For the 2s, there will curriculum night only for 2A (the Three Day 2s).
  • 3C Curriculum night will be held from 6:45-7:45pm
  • All other Preprimary groups will meet from 5:30-6:30.

Newspaper Drive

Help reinvigorate Blue School's compost system and get rid of your old newspapers. To jump start the compost and keep it going throughout the year we need a whole lot of newspaper to balance out our food scraps. Please leave your newspapers in the box in the lobby.
Border Crossers Events


Join Border Crossers for two upcoming workshops.
 

10/15/16: Talking about Race for Parents: Raising Children for Racial Justice

How do we have conversations about race or racism with our children? How do we develop a positive racial identity in our children?

RSVP HERE

11/19/16: Talking about Race in the Classroom: A Training for Educators Committed to Racial Justice

How do we have conversations about race or racism with our students? How do we ensure racial equity in our classrooms and schools? 
RSVP HERE

Local Roots CSA


You can support Blue School by supporting local farms.

Local Roots NYC wants to contribute to their favorite neighborhood school! With every order of vegetables from their CSA, Local Roots NYC will donate 5% back to Blue School. This CSA is a modernized model that has a shorter commitment of just 3 months and is a one stop grocery shop: from vegetables and farmers cheese, to upstate deli meats, pasture eggs, and more - all from local and sustainable producers. There's no volunteer requirement and if you're traveling, you can have the weeks you miss refunded for a small service fee. 

The closest pick up location to the school is at Fulton Stall Market on Front and Beekman on Thursdays 5-7:30pm. There are other pick up locations all throughout Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. The CSA is a fun activity to do with the kids and an engaging way for them to learn about local agriculture and nutrition.

Here's how you can help support the Blue School through a CSA purchase.

1. Place orders at localrootsnyc.org/join-our-csa/

2. Scroll through available options and select what you want

3. At checkout, type in "blueschool" as a "coupon code" and press ENTER. The Local Roots NYC staff will keep track of all orders for us.

4. Email CSA@LocalRoots.NYC if you have questions.

See photos of their farmers and food community @LocalrootsNYC.  

 

If you're unfamiliar with C.S.A (Community Supported Agriculture), it's when you pay all at once for a season's worth of food all from local farms. You go each week to pick up your food at a location in your neighborhood. Farmers harvest the food just for you the day before, so it's incredibly fresh and packed with flavor and nutrients.  



Upcoming Events

 


Makers Faire
10/1 - 10/2

Reminder:
Rosh Hashanah

 (No school Monday and Tuesday 10/3 & 4)

Math Roundtable
Wed.10/5 - 9 am

Early Childhood Talk
Thur. 10/13
9 am

Preprimary Curriculum Night
Thur. 10/13


Reminders

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