April 8, 2016
Dear LP Families:
I hope you and your families had a nice break from school. Hopefully, you had some extra time to spend with your kids.
It was great to see the kids on Monday morning! We had a nice week here at LP. Some of the highlights include three days of New York State testing for English Language Arts. I am impressed by the perseverance and determination shown by many of our students. Next week we will administer the New York State math test on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
We have been working very hard in the cafeteria on following the rules. In fact, each class has the ability to earn three points in the cafeteria each day. By working together they can earn one point each for being safe, being respectful, and being responsible. The biggest hurdle this week, other than elevated noise, is that many students have needed reminders to stay in their seats. The points earned by each class over the course of a week will combine into minutes earned for extra free time. Our students are very excited about that!
Please read the segment below on behavior expectations at LP.
April 13-15 - NYS Math Testing
April 21 - PTA Meeting 7PM
April 28 - Mallet Music Makers and Recorders Concert 7PM
Behavioral Expectations at LP
This week I began visiting each class to discuss our behavioral expectations at Laurelton-Pardee. At the start of spring fever, I wanted to remind all of our students about our expectations through the end of June. I reiterated that we are to act safely, respectfully, and responsibly wherever we go.
I also implemented a three-strikes policy for violent, disrespectful, and/or disruptive behavior. It will be at my discretion when strikes are issued, but students who receive three strikes will not be permitted on our school trip to Sea Breeze. I shared with the students that there are many other end-of-year celebratory activities and that they are all privileges. We will be working collectively at school to continue to encourage and support positive behavior and thank you for any support you can offer.
Grade 5 Middle School Transition Schedule
Ms. McAllister has coordinated some year-end activities to help familiarize our fifth graders to the Middle School.
May 16 - LP Cafeteria - Presentations from EIMS 6th graders
May 17 - Walking Trip to the Middle School for Antonelli and Jones - 9:00 - 10:30
May 18 - Walking Trip to the Middle School for Crawford, Sereno, and Laskey - 9:00 - 10:30
NYS Common Core Testing Schedule
Listed below are the test schedules for the New York State ELA and MATH tests for students in grades 3, 4, and 5. Please mark your calendars accordingly, as all grade levels will be tested on the same days at the same time (approximately 9:00 to 11:00 each day). This year’s state tests are shorter in length than previous versions, and they will be untimed. We are estimating students will not need more than 60-80 minutes to complete each section.
2016 Test Schedule for Grades 3, 4, and 5
Wednesday, April 13
Thursday, April 14
Friday, April 15
All tests will be given during the morning hours of school. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time (no later than 8:45AM) and has no scheduled appointments during test days. How can you help your child be as successful as possible?
- Make sure your child does not stay up too late and gets a good night of sleep.
- Be sure your child has a good breakfast before coming to school.
- Be supportive and positive about the test at home. Let your child know that you know their teachers have prepared them to do well.
- Tell them to take their time and to do the best they can.
- Supply a couple of new pencils.
- At the end of the day, ask your child how they thought the test was. Have them tell you some of the things that they remembered about the test.
At school we have been working with all children since they were in kindergarten to learn the skills necessary to be successful on these assessments. The NYS assessments do not factor into report card grades, nor do they influence students’ promotion to the next grade. Student scores will be sent home in late summer or early fall, once they are released by the State.