1 Delaware Community School Giglio s Journal Delaware Community families and friends, As we enter the month of November, I would like to focus on communicating to you the specifics of RtI (Response to Intervention) at our school. You should have already received a detailed letter, customized to illustrate the levels of support for your child. At DCS, we want our students to reach their maximum potential and achieve the highest possible level of academic performance. To accomplish this goal, DCS has been selected as one of four pilot schools in the City School District of Albany in the realm of RtI. City School District of Albany Volume 3, Issue 2 November 2011 What s Inside the November 2011 DCS Newsletter Giglio s Journal In the Classroom Around DCS Event Calendar RtI is a way of organizing instruction and assessment (through AIMSweb data system and Fountas and Pinnell [F & P] Benchmark System) to identify and provide targeted instruction for students who are at risk of not meeting grade level expectations; as well as enrichment for students on or above grade level. As always, please contact me should you have any questions. DCS, along with 450 other schools in NYS has been identified as a School In Need of Improvement: Year One (SINI). The decision was based on not meeting state education performance index (P.I.) goals for one of five targeted sub-groups: economically disadvantaged students. Lead by our Building Leadership Team (BLT), a strategic plan has been drafted. In addition, we have started a full School Quality Review (SQR) for our school, coordinated by representatives from the state and district. I am confident that via our RtI, PBIS, Grade Level Team Meetings, as well as the multitude of other calculated programming delivered by our dedicated teaching and support staff, the children of DCS will experience academic as well as social growth this school year. Please join us at our Quarterly PBIS drawing on Thursday November 10 th. Thomas J. Giglio Principal Delaware Community School Home of the Dual Language Program
2 Volume 3, Issue 2 November 2011 Page 2 Giglio s Journal Estimadas familias y amigos de la Escuela Delaware Community, Según comenzamos el mes de noviembre, quiero enfocar en compartir con ustedes los detalles de RtI (Respuesta a la Intervención) en nuestra escuela. Ustedes debieron haber recibido una carta detallada que ilustra los niveles de apoyo de sus niños/as. Nosotros deseamos que nuestros estudiantes alcancen su potencial máximo y logren obtener el nivel más alto posible de desempeño académico en DCS. Para lograr este objetivo, DCS ha sido seleccionada una de las cuatro escuelas en el Distrito Escolar de la Ciudad de Albany para implementar el sistema nuevo de RtI. RtI es una forma de organizar instrucción y las evaluaciones (siguiendo el sistema de datos de AIMSweb y el Sistema de Referencia Fountas y Pinnell [F & P]) para identificar y proporcionar instrucción dirigida a los estudiantes que están en peligro de no cumplir con las expectativas de su grado. También usamos los sistemas para los estudiantes que están cerca de o se pasan de la meta académica de su grado. Como siempre, por favor comuníquese conmigo si tuviera alguna pregunta. DCS, junto con otras 450 escuelas en el estado de Nueva York, ha sido identificada como una escuela con necesitad de mejoría: Primer año (SINI). Se tomó esa decisión porque la escuela no alcanzó el índice de desempeño del estado en uno de los cinco subgrupos: Los estudiantes con desventaja económica. Dirigidos por nuestro Equipo de Liderazgo de la escuela (BLT), un plan estratégico ha sido redactado. También hemos comenzado una revisión total de la calidad de la escuela (SQR), coordinado por representantes del estado y del distrito. Estoy seguro de que a través de los programas de RtI, PBIS y las reuniones de los equipos en cada grado, así como la multitud de otras programaciones que nuestro dedicado personal proveen, los/as niños/as de DCS se desarollarán académicamente así como socialmente durante este año escolar. Por favor, únanse a nosotros para el sorteo de premio trimestral de PBIS durante el Programa Matutino el jueves 10 de noviembre. Thomas J. Giglio Principal Escuela Delaware Community Casa del Programa Bilingüe-Bidireccional
3 Volume 3, Issue 2 November 2011 Page 3 In the Classroom Fifth Grade Ms. Hans & Ms. Joy Ms. Hans and Ms. Joy s students were proud to be a part of September s NO REFERRAL PARTY. Lexi, Elijaha, and Javier had an amazing time on their field trip to Mabee Farm. We all look forward to our next trip to the NYS Museum in December. The class would like to thank Ms. Almeida, their student teacher, as she leaves us to go to her next school. We will miss you! Writing Workshop Just Got Bigger This year, Ms. Scharf and the students from Ms. Hans class are joining forces. With the assistance of Ms. Joy, all students worked extremely hard and created wonderful personal narratives about a time that is important to them. We couldn t be prouder of all of their hard work!
4 Volume 3, Issue 2 November 2011 Page 4 In the Classroom ESL The last week on October in Miss Iorio s ESL class is always Pumpkin Week. During Pumpkin Week students had hands on experience in reading, writing, math and science while discovering pumpkins. Students learned about the pumpkin life cycle from seed to pumpkin and back again from the book Pumpkin Jack, measured, compared, described 4 different pumpkins, re-created pumpkin life cycles and learned about all the different parts of a pumpkin, We even used the SmartBoard in the library for a technological approach to studying pumpkins by reviewing pumpkin vocabulary and mapping out the pumpkin life cycle. At the end of Pumpkin Week students carved Jack-o-Lanterns, ate pumpkin donuts and pumpkin seeds from the pumpkins they studied in class. Check out the fun and learning in ESL during Pumpkin Week.
5 Volume 3, Issue 2 November 2011 Page 5 Nurse s News Dear Parents/Guardians: Flu season has begun. Please remember to have your children and families get flu vaccines soon. Call your pediatricians/physicians to scheduled appointments soon. Infants and young children are at a greater risk for getting seriously ill from the flu. New York State Department of Health recommends that all children 6 months and older get a flu vaccine. Individuals with asthma and other medical issues are especially at risk so...get Vaccinated against the Flu!! Please remember that if your child is ill please keep him/her home from school. Students must be fever free for 24 hours without the aid of medication in order to return to school. New York State requires all students to be up to date on their immunizations in order to attend school. We still are without up-to-date immunizations for students. Please be sure your child has is up to date and send in documentation to the Health Office. Also, all new enterers, Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grade students are required to have physicals. Students with medical concerns also need to have updates documented and given to me. Thank you, Linda Johnson, RN Linda Egan-Johnson, School Nurse City School District of Albany Delaware Community School 43 Bertha Street Albany, New York For more vaccine information:
6 Volume 3, Issue 2 November 2011 Page 6 The Reading Corner The Reading Corner Mrs. Groezinger and Mrs. Burns Many parents ask, what more can I do at home to develop my child s learning? The single most important activity parents can engage in with their children at home is READING. There is a high correlation between a student s reading proficiency and the amount of time that student spends reading and being read to. Your role as a parent puts you in a position where you are able to illustrate the value, the purpose, and the overall enjoyment of reading to your children. If you love to read your child will love to read. We recommend that parents read TO their children (Grades K-3) each night for at least twenty minutes. During that time it is important to talk about the story, the connections your child makes to it, the connections you make to it, and what you each find interesting and funny. This time should be spent ENJOYING books. Reading for EN- JOYMENT should be the FIRST thing your child associates with reading! As your child gets older and is reading independently, make time each night to talk to him/her about the books he/ she is reading. Express interest in the subject matter, plots, and characters that your child tells you about. Ask questions that demonstrate your genuine interest. No matter what age your child is, make sure this reading time is spent in a special place where you will not be disturbed. It could be your child s bedroom, your bedroom, the living room couch, or the kitchen table. The television should not be on and distractions should be at a minimum. Try to read at the same time each night as a way to establish a routine. This is your child s one on one time with you. If you are in need of books for your child, you can visit the local library where you child can sign up for a free library card. The Delaware Branch of the Albany Public Library is located on Delaware Avenue, one block from our school. The Librarians there are quite knowledgeable when it comes to helping children choose books! Happy Reading, Mrs. Groezinger and Mrs. Burns
7 Volume 3, Issue 2 November 2011 Page 7 Around DCS Congratulations to the winners of this month s PBIS drawing. Felicitaciones a los gandadores del sorteo de PBIS de este mes. Victoria Bryson Nyree McQueen Samir Princeton Alex Valerio Yesenia Rios Bryce Bascombe Mr. Duncan Ms. DeNyse Ms. Corazzini Ms. Fowler Ms. Short Shades for Schoharie Donation at Fifth Grade students teach DCS about health and eating habits at Morning Program. Morning Program.
8 Volume 3, Issue 2 November 2011 Page 8 Around DCS Family Math Night No thunder, no lightning, strong winds, or heavy rain could keep over 108 people away from Delaware s Math Night on Friday October 14! Kids of all ages and their families enjoyed the many math activities that we had at the different stations, in English and in Spanish. We want to thank everyone who helped set up, run a station, sell snacks with the PTA but mainly for coming out to help make Family Math Night a favorite event at DCS. La Noche de las Matemáticas para las Familias Ni truenos, ni relámpago, ni fuertes vientos o lluvias lograron mantener alejados a más de 108 personas de la Noche de las Matemáticas en Delaware el viernes 14 de octubre! Niños de todas las edades y sus familias disfrutaros las numerosas actividades de matemáticas que tuvimos en las diferentes estaciones, en inglés y en español. Queremos agradecer a todos los que ayudaron a preparar el gimnasio, trabajar en una estación, vender refrigerios con el PTA pero principalmente por ayudar a hacer la Noche de las Matemáticas para las Familias un evento favorito en DCS.
9 Volume 3, Issue 2 November 2011 Page 9 Talent Mini Camp at SUNY Albany
11 Volume 3, Issue 2 November 2011 Page 11 Upcoming Events Applebees Pancake Breakfast Is there anything tastier than a plateful of steaming pancakes and bacon on a chilly Autumn morning? Do you like to get together with friends and family for breakfast out? If so, be sure to be at the Applebees on Rt. 9W in Glenmont on Saturday, November 19 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. for the DCS PTA Flapjack Fundraiser. Tickets to the breakfast cost $5 per person, and include pancakes, bacon, cold drinks and coffee or tea. Applebees is kind enough to allow the PTA to keep $4 from every $5 ticket sold. That's an 80% profit going to support classroom and school activities for our students! For tickets, please send in $5 per ticket to Ms. Schiavoni. She will send the tickets home with your child. Be on the lookout for a flyer in your child's take home folder or agenda book. We hope to see you there!
12 Volume 3, Issue 2 November 2011 Page 12 City School District of Albany Delaware Community School 43 Bertha Street Phone: Fax: Principal: Thomas Giglio Upcoming Issues: Do you have a story to share? Do you have information to pass along to our school community? your information to a member of the Newsletter Committee. (50 words or less please!) Leanne Iorio Dixie Lopez Carmen Militello Tere Wislous Willow Zielinski Meet the newest members of the Newsletter Team: The Delaware News Club: Janeth Ramirez Jaylah Bryan Bryan Grimes Lydia Navedo Elijaha Fallen Ciarra Campbell Robert Johnson Leandro Mejia Jeffrey Lembo Hilcias Jimenez
13 November 2011 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Family Movie Night Dual Language Committee Meeting 7pm End of first quarter 11 Veterans Day No School PTA Meeting 6pm Pancake Breakfast Report Card Day Parent-Teacher conferences 24 Thanksgiving Recess 25 Thanksgiving Recess
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