IMES Monthly Newsletter

June 2023

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Response to Intervention

As part of our Response to Intervention Plan, we are administering our last round of benchmarks in reading and mathematics. This is part of the Response to Intervention (RtI) process as per New York State. This data is useful as it informs us about student growth and identifies students’ needs. If your child is receiving services, exits services, or qualifies for services, you will receive a communication from one of our Interventionists in the coming weeks.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

For the first time this year, all KLSD schools will honor PRIDE Month in June, as you may have read in Superintendent Selesnick’s recent letter. Our District’s Equity and Racial Justice Committee, along with those who serve on our building-level Compact, DEI, and BAM committees have given considerable thought to how to best recognize Pride Month to publicly remind ourselves and our community that everyone deserves to be treated with kindness and respect, no matter who they love and how they express their identity. All students will notice the PRIDE flag displayed and a bulletin board that highlights images of noteworthy individuals of the pride community.

Common Read

In June, we will be recognizing the federal holiday, Juneteenth. Classroom teachers will read the picture book, Opal Lee and What It Means to Be Free: The True Story of the Grandmother of Juneteenth. Opal Lee is an American retired teacher, counselor, and activist who was instrumental in making Juneteenth a national holiday.

Social Emotional Learning - Reflection and Growth Mindset

With the end of the school year just a few weeks away, the month of June will be dedicated to recapping and reflecting on the three SEL buckets we filled this year - Building Relationships, Emotions, and Skills for Life. Students will continue to connect during morning meeting to share exciting summer plans, as well as their thoughts and feelings about this school year and next year. We will frame these conversations through the lens of growth mindset, highlighting the progress we've made, along with the opportunities, hopes, and goals, for next year. The students will then complete an activity to share their experiences with incoming students. Our faculty will also reflect and provide feedback about the SEL program this year via a survey to help us to evaluate and refine future approaches.

From the Library!

Please click the link below for the Summer Reading Challenge from Mrs. Hoffman, our Library Media Specialist, and all our Elementary Library Media Specialists.

June 2: Last book checkout

June 9: All books due

If you have any books at home, please ask your child to return them. Thank you!

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Calendar Updates

Thursday, June 1: Grade 4 Field Trip

Friday, June 2: 5th Grade Student Orientation at JJMS

Friday, June 2: PTO Family Fun Night

Monday, June 5: 5th Grade Trip to Camp Kiwi

Tuesday, June 6: Instrumental Concerts for Grade 4 at 6 pm & Grade 5 at 7:30 pm

Friday, June 9: Chorus Concert for Grades 4 & 5 at 9:30 am in the cafeteria

Wednesday, June 14: Grade 2 Flag Day Performance at 2:45 pm in the cafeteria

Wednesday, June 14: PTO School Supply Pick-Up at the gym entrance from 4 pm - 6 pm

Wednesday, June 14: PTO Incoming Kindergarten Ice Cream Social 4 pm - 6 pm IMES Playground

Thursday, June 15: Field Day K-5, Last Full Day of School

Friday, June 16: 12:15 Dismissal (no lunch served) Raindate/Field Day K-5

Monday, June 19: Schools Closed for Juneteenth

Tuesday, June 20: 12:15 Dismissal (no lunch served)

Wednesday, June 21: 12:15 Dismissal (no lunch served)

Thursday, June 22: 12:15 Dismissal & Grade 5 Moving Up at JJMS

Friday June 23: 11:15 Dismissal/Last Day of School

Friday, June 23: Parent Portal may be accessed to review your child’s progress report for the last trimester. Additionally, special area progress reports will also be posted.

*This does not include all special events and enrichment programs. Specific information will be shared by classroom teachers.

Shout Outs!

Thank you to Ms. Cronin, music teacher, for directing the Grade 5 Play, Shrek Jr. the Musical!

Thank you to our Grade 5 parents for designing the set, preparing costumes, and supporting the performances behind the scenes!

Thank you to our PTO for Eddie the Eagle Incoming Kindergarten bags!

Thank you to our PTO for scheduling all our Enrichment Programs, including Eddie's Extras!