Elementary Curriculum News

May 2016 Edition

Teacher Appreciation Week

"Knowledge is power, and enthusiasm pulls the switch."

~ Steve Droke

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Whatever quotes, gifts, messages, or hugs should come your way due to teacher appreciation week, you deserve it! Teachers, you rock! Thank you for all you do for our children. You are our everyday heroes. How lucky are we to get to do this great work together with and for our students. Thank you for all you do for the children of Oceanside!

Great Money/Financial Literacy Resource from Mitch Bickman

The financial education of our children should start early. CFEE's Talk With Our Kids About Money program provides teachers and parents with free tools and resources designed/geared to help them have relevant/age appropriate conversations about money.

Free Book Resource: Storyline Online

Our "One More Story" and "Super Teacher Worksheets" subscriptions will soon expire (at the end of this school year). Resources abound online to replace these subscriptions. Youtube is a great place to start, as is this free resource, Storyline Online. Check it out!

Homework: Let's Keep Reading and Talking!

Thank you, Diane Provvido, for sending this great article our way!

A Great Summer Resource for Families - Let them know!

DaybyDayNY is an online virtual calendar designed for families with young children to encourage a love of books and learning that will last a lifetime.


DaybyDayNY.org has been updated for 2016. Please visit the site and view the One More Story ebook, links to entertaining arts and crafts, directions and locations of museums, and helpful information on living a healthy lifestyle. Also, be sure to visit the newly redesigned and translated Spanish language page.


DaybyDayNY.org is an important component of Ready to Read at New York Libraries, a statewide program from the New York State Library designed to help library staff further enhance and expand their early literacy services and programs.

Book Talk Scheduled for Tuesday, June 7th

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Our first book club meeting was a great fun and a super success! We got to discuss our first selection, Fish in a Tree, By Megan Mullaly, and think about our perspectives on the book as readers, educators, and for our students. Some are already using the book in small groups in their classrooms! We all got to enjoy the Turn of the Corkscrew Bookstore.


Bookstore co-owner, Peggy Zieran, gave us book talks for other middle-grades literature, and we selected our next read, The Thing About Jellyfish, by Ali Benjamin. This book also comes recommended by Ivy Cibrano, 6th grade teacher at School #8.


All are welcome to join us for our next middle-grades book club meeting:


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

3:30 - 4:30pm

Turn of the Corkscrew Books and Wine

110 N Park Ave, Rockville Centre, NY 11570


Bring a middle-grades book to recommend for summer reading!


Hope to see you there!

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Residencies: May

Jessica Keegan's May Residencies:

#2 - Friday 5/6

#3 - Monday 5/9

#4 - Friday 5/13

#5 - Thursday 5/12 (Change of Date)

#6 - Friday 5/20

#8 - Tuesday 5/24

#9e - Friday 5/27

Teach Teams PD Opportunities for 2016/2017

From Beth Zirogiannis:


Many of you participated in a unique professional learning opportunity this year by forming a Teach Team to earn all or part of your 6 non-mandated PDP hours. You had the opportunity to “choose your own adventure” with your colleagues by engaging in reflective teaching practices through the use of our private online platform through Teaching Channel. The feedback has been extremely positive.


Through one of the “adventure plans” teachers are able to earn their hours by recording parts of lessons they were already planning to teach and sharing it with their Teach Team colleagues, giving feedback to their Team members on a shared lesson, sharing resources to enhance instruction, and making use of Teaching Channel’s extensive video library. Bonus: You can earn most of your hours while wearing your pajamas!


Really great choice for those in need of a flexible schedule with PDPs.


Take advantage of this opportunity to enhance your own professional practice and to learn from your colleagues by choosing a Teach Team adventure for the 2016/2017 school year. Reminder: Teachers in the mentoring program may choose a Teach Team option in lieu of mentoring in years 3 and 4 of their mentoring commitment.


Next year there will be five “Choose Your Own Adventure” options:


Novice 101 - Teach Teams for Beginners


Advanced 201 - Teach Teams for Experienced Teaching Channel Users


Self-Reflection 301 - Work Independently to Reflect on Your Own Practice


Cross-Teams 401 - Work With a Teacher Who Uses Teaching Channel in Another District


Writing Initiative Team 501 - Collaborate With Your Grade-Level Colleagues About Writing Instruction


(Please note: In the 2016/17 school year all teachers will be a part of a grade-level teach team to view Randi’s recorded lessons. This option is in addition to that basic level of participation to earn your non-mandated PDP hours - more specific details to follow.)


Please contact Beth Z if you have any specific questions. You can register for a teach team option in the fall, but can start considering it now.

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