IMES Monthly Update

May 2023

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Social Emotional Learning Theme: Skills for Learning/Skills for Life

During the month of May, we will continue our work with mindset as we learn to harness the power of Yet! To maintain a growth mindset, we will teach students to consider themselves “works in progress” which brings with it the confidence to admit there are skills we are not good at YET. This mindset helps students to embrace challenges they haven’t faced before, and helps to reframe thinking that leads to a fixed mindset such as “I’m not good at this” or “I can’t do this.” When students learn to insert the word “yet” at the end of these statements, it unlocks positive thinking and motivation that leads to positive change and growth.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At IMES, we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive school environment where children have a sense of belonging. In May, we are highlighting different cultures and holidays:

  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
  • Jewish American Heritage Month
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Military Appreciation Month/Memorial Day

We would like to thank our school's DEI Compact Team who continue to create the wonderful bulletin board/exhibits to support inclusion.

Read alouds and morning meeting will continue to be opportunities for learning and discussion.

Sustainability in the Library

Please use the link above and enjoy looking at all. the amazing projects that Mrs. Hoffman led in the library.

Optional Family Placement Input Information

We will soon begin the process of creating student groupings for class placement for the 2023-2024 school year. This is an extensive collaboration that includes the classroom teachers, service providers, specialists, administration, and parents. If you choose to participate, please click the link below to access the Optional Family Placement Form for your child.

The only accepted feedback regarding class placement can be through the survey which is equitable and in the best interest of all children. This optional online input form may be used to provide us with unique insights about your child, including strengths and needs. Additionally, if your family has twins, please indicate whether you want the children separated by class or placed together.

If you choose to provide input about your child, please know that we may not be able to honor requests for children to be placed with or separated from other students. Please refrain from making requests for preferred teachers and from making negative requests for specific teachers unless your family has direct previous experience, in which case, the request will be considered.

The online form must be submitted by Friday, May 12. The input form will no longer be available beyond this date. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Optional Family Placement Input Form

Please submit no later than May 12, 2023 as the form will close by this date.


As a reminder, please call the school in the morning if your child is absent. The school attendance line is 763-7150.
Change of Dismissal Form Link

Please click the link if your child's dismissal plan changes from the typical routine. Reasons to complete the form include playdates, early pick-ups from school, and pick-up at 3:30 pm in the gym.

Mark Your Calendar

May 2: NY State Assessment Grade 3, 4, and 5

May 3: NY State Assessment Grades 3, 4, and 5

May 4: Grade 2 Field Trip (2 classes)

May 5: Grade 2 Field Trip (2 classes)

May 8 - May 11: Teacher Appreciation Week

May 8: Grade 5 Play at 7 pm

May 9: Grade 5 Play at 7 pm

May 10: National School Nurse Appreciation Day!

May 11: Grade 4 Field Trip (2 classes)

May 12: Grade 4 Field Trip (2 classes)

May 12: Special Classes Field Trip

May 16: Budget Vote

May 18: Grade 3 Field Trip (1 class)

May 19: Grade 3 Field Trip (2 classes)

May 19: School Spirit Day and School Store

May 22. Eric Velasquez-Author Visit-Grades K-5

May 25: 5th Grade Kickball Game/Rain Date 5/30

May 26: School in session

May 29: Memorial Day/Schools Closed

May 30: School in session

June 1: Grade 4 Field Trip

June 2: 5th Grade Student Orientation at JJMS

June 2: PTO Family Fun Night

June 5: 5th Grade Trip to Camp Kiwi

June 6: Instrumental Concerts for Grade 4 & 5

June 7: PTO Meeting & Principal's Coffee 9:30 am

June 9: Chorus Concert for Grades 4 & 5 at 9:30 am

June 14: Grade 2 Flag Day Performance

June 15: Field Day K-5

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

June 19: Schools Closed for Juneteenth

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

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

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

June 23: 10:45 Dismissal/Last Day of School

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

April Activities!

Shout Outs!

Thank you to all our teachers and staff for continuing to lead and teach our students!

Thank you to our PTO for supporting and planning enrichment experiences for our students including field trips, special events, and special presenters that enhance our school programs.

Thank you parents/guardians and local businesses for helping us celebrate Earth Day with our students by helping them plant seedlings, including watermelon and sunflowers!

Thank you to Mr. Almstead who presented about Arbor Day at our school-wide assemblies! Each student also received a tree sapling to plant at home!

Thank you to our Compact Team and the PTO bulletin board team for creating the beautiful boards to teach our students!

Curriculum Information

If you would like to read about each grade level’s curriculum, you may access our Curriculum Guides for the 22-23 school year on our IMES website under the Quick Links section.

See more stories about teaching and learning on our school website!