Perkins School News - December 2019

Monthly News for Parents

A Holiday Message the Principal

Staff Spotlight

Upcoming Events

From the Nurse Mrs. Bouwens

Staff Spotlight

Mrs. Valerie Michaels-Instructional Coach

Mrs. Michaels enjoys working with children. Growing up in Marion, NY she was a camp counselor, babysat and worked at a daycare. These experiences led her into a teaching career,

Mrs. Michaels received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Geneseo and then after teaching Middle School at St. Francis School in PA for two years, she returned to college to receive her Master's degree in Literacy Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She is in her Twenty eighth year of teaching, Seven of those years were in PA and the last 21 have been in Newark. Mrs. Michaels started at Perkins as a Reading interventionist, then she specialized in Reading Recovery and is now an Instructional Coach. Some of her duties as a Coach include, meeting with teachers and helping them plan instruction, visiting classrooms to work with teachers and students and presenting Professional Development for teachers. Her favorite part is working with teachers and students in classrooms to help build confidence and success.

Outside of school, Mrs. Michaels enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and taking walks with her dog Socki and her “Grandpuppy” Lola, and watching sporting events. Mrs. Michaels has two children Tyler, who is a Senior at SUNY Cobleskill majoring in Plant Biology and Rachel who is a Sophomore at Paul Smith’s College, majoring in Baking and Pastry Arts. Rachel also plays soccer for the PSC Bobcats, so in the fall her and her husband travel the to colleges in the northeast to watch her play.

Mrs. Michaels Favorites

Food: Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Drink: Dr. Pepper

Color: Green

Sports Teams: PSC Bobcats& Providence Friars Basketball

Dessert: Cheese Cake

Season: Summer and Fall

Subject: Reading and Math

Tips for Working with the Beginning Reader

Reading each day with your child will help to develop important early reading skills. Here are some tips for working with children as beginning readers:

· Encourage your child to use his/her finger to point to each work.

· Read a sentence and have your child repeat it.

· Don’t be afraid to read the same book again. Repeated reading helps build reading fluency which is quickly and accurately.

· Take turns reading sentences or pages.

· Talk about the story as you read it. What do you think will happen next? What does this story remind you of? How do you think this character feels?

· 15 to 20 minutes is plenty for a beginning reader.

Have fun reading together!

Perkins Elementary School

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