I want to take this opportunity to wish all of our Abigail Adams families and happy and healthy new year. As we embark on this new year, we are looking forward to many exciting school initiatives! The staff collaborated on a vision and mission for our school. All new initiatives will focus on the following vision:
We imagine a future where the students at P.S. 131 are conscious critical thinkers of a diverse society.
This year my instructional focus is supporting students to explain their problem solving strategies in mathematics. In support of making our students conscious critical thinkers, the following new initiatives will take place in January:
* 2-4-2 Math Homework – Students will be asked to complete 2 problems from the math lesson taught that day, 4 review problems from previous math lessons taught and 2 word problems with explanations.
* Problem Solving Fridays – A 50 minute mathematics period will focus on solving challenging word problems utilizing different strategies to solve and writing explanations.
The teachers have been in professional development sessions to begin these new initiatives upon the students return from winter recess.
Starting in the month of January teachers will host a Thinking Maps workshop on problem solving Fridays, followed by a RAPP in mathematics workshop and an additional Problem Solving Friday workshop throughout the school year. If you attend any of these workshops your child will receive a free homework pass! During the month of February we will kick-off Respect For All week with an anti-bullying assembly from the Harlem Wizards and host our spirit week for students and staff to celebrate diversity. The PTA will have a Valentine’s Day fundraiser on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
The first marking period ends Friday, December 21, 2018. Report cards will be distributed Friday, January 11, 2019. Please be sure to contact your child’s teacher should you have any questions about their progress. Tuesday afternoons between 2:20 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. teachers are available for meetings, phone conferences and email communication.
The NYC Department of Education lets you sign up for emails that will notify you of important school news, including snow closures. You can follow the DOE on Facebook and Twitter, and visit the DOE website (schools.nyc.gov) for the latest weather-related scheduling changes. Another option is to sign up for school alerts at Notify NYC or call 311.
School is closed on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Tuesday, February 5th for Lunar New Year. Mid-winter recess is February 18, 2019 – February 22, 2019. Consider spending your break watching fabulous family theatre shows, exploring cool museum exhibits or visit the local library. You might also enjoy seasonal sports in the city, like ice-skating and sledding, or take a day trip to a nearby skiing and snow tubing resort. Plus, lots of museums run special family programs over breaks, where kids can enjoy a wide variety of hands-on activities.
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