Staff Update

Monday, January 11th - Friday, January 15th, 2016

Week at Glance

Monday, January 11th, 2016
  • Studio in a School Planning Meetings (Kindergarten 11:15AM, 2nd grade 9:30AM)


Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

  • 8:30AM-9:30M: Coffee with the Co-Directors
  • 10:30AM-11:15AM: Diversity and Inclusion PLC meets in the Meeting Room
  • Speech and Language Screenings (pre-selected children with family permission only)


Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

  • 8:20AM-9:00AM: Community Gathering in the Gym
  • 1:15PM-5::45PM: Weekly Professional Development and Planning (See Schedule below)
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM: Mark Morris Dance Residency Planning Meeting with First Grade Team


Thursday, January 14th, 2016

  • VTS Observation Day (See schedule below)
  • 9:30AM-10:30AM: Second Grade CST
  • Maple and Oak field trip to PetSmart for Living Systems Study and to get a class pet
  • Pine field trip to the Museum of the City of New York for Mannahatta Workshop


Friday, January 15th, 2016

  • 8:00AM-12:00PM: Duke University Visit
  • Elm field trip to the Museum of the City of New York for Mannahatta Workshop
  • Pine (half class) field trip to Brooklyn Museum to Coney Island Exhibit


Monday, January 18th, 2016

  • School is closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This Week's Events

Thursday Meetings with the Learning Supports Team

Save the Date! Every Thursday (when you don't have a CST!), the Learning Supports team (Amanda, Elizabeth, Lila) is available to meet with classroom co-teachers and/or grade level teams on specific students or concerns (that don't come up in a CST or grade level planning meeting). Please send us an e-mail by Monday of the week you'd like to meet so we can arrange our schedules accordingly.

Professional Development/Planning Schedule for Wednesday

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016


1:15-1:30 All Staff Check In in the Meeting Room

1:30-3:50: Grade Level Planning

  • Please update your planning agenda by Monday afternoon in order for Brooke, Michelle, and Kirsten to plan ahead for meetings.

3:50-4:00 Break

4:00-5:15: Professional Development Session in the Meeting Room

  • Sharing and reflecting upon mid-year staff survey results
  • Mid-year assessment administration plans and support

Studio in a School Planning Meetings on 1/11 (K and 2nd only)


  • Studio Sara will be here on Monday, January 11th for planning meetings for our next cycle of Studio in a School. This semester she will work with kindergarten and second grade. Please plan to meet with Sara during your prep on Monday, January 11th.
  • Second grade will meet at 9:30 in the Pine Classroom
  • Kindergarten will meet at 11:15 in the Gingko Classroom
  • Studio in a school sessions will begin again on Monday, 1/25.

New and Improved PLC Schedule Begins This Week!

All three PLCs met briefly before break and we decided on a new schedule for our meetings. Each group also had a quick chat about their work moving forward. Some groups are working more as book clubs, some are working on specific projects, and some are still working out their plans. If you are still interested in joining a PLC, but did not come to this meeting, you are still welcome to join! If you want to talk to someone about a specific PLC to get more info, please reach out to one or more of the PLC members listed below.


PLCs will meet every third Tuesday during the morning recess and snack time (45 minute meetings from 10:30-11:15). We will rotate groups each week and will provide coverage to classes as needed for recess and snack time. Please let Brooke know if you plan to join a PLC so we can work out coverage for the meetings. Please see the schedule below for this month.


1/12/16: Diversity and Inclusion PLC

1/19/16: Play as a Vehicle for Learning PLC

1/26/16: Investigating Progressive Education PLC


PLC Groups and Members

Diversity and Inclusion: Amanda, Shawn, Kirsten, Sara, Paul, Michelle

Play as a Vehicle for Learning: Teressa, Brian, Anna, Brooke

Investigating Progressive Education: Lila, Elizabeth, Sivanne

VTS Observation Day Schedule, 1/14

Gretchen will be here on Thursday for our first VTS observation day of this school year. Please see the schedule below. I tried my best to make it work for everyone as we have several classes out on trips on Thursday. Please let me know if I missed something.


Please have the next posters ready to lead a VTS lesson. You will then have a few minutes to debrief with Gretchen after the lesson.



8:10 - 9:10 Pine Class (2nd Grade, Anna and Paul)

9:10-10:10 Ginkgo Class (Kindergarten, Rosie and Marissa)

10:10-11:10 Beech Class (Kindergarten, Madeleine and Rasha)

11:10-11:30: Break

11:30-12:30 Elm Class (2nd Grade, Teressa and Shawn)

12:30-2:00 Lunch Break

2:00-3:00 Oak Class (1st grade, Pascale and Lorna)

3:00-3:45 Maple Class (1st grade, Sivanne and Michelle)

Interesting Events and Reads