Sunset Park SchoolIssue 16Sept 2017
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Welcome back! I hope you had a great summer with lots of chances to explore outdoors, as well as have some relaxed time with your children. I saw many of you in the new playground across the street, swimming in the pool, and riding your bikes around Sunset Park. I’m so excited about the coming school year and can’t wait to take this year’s educational journey with you and your children at Sunset Park School, PS 169.
We look forward to seeing you at our Open School Night, which will be September 13th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Please join us to meet your child’s teacher, see your child’s classroom, learn about what your child will be engaged in this year, and take a tour of our school. You will get many resources to help your child this year, including access to a special website for families where you will find more information about our school and your child’s classroom, important forms, and updates.
This year at Sunset Park School, PS 169, we will be continuing to focus on something called productive struggle. Productive struggle is a way in which teachers present students with tasks that are challenging, require problem-solving, and don’t necessarily have one right answer. Students have to take all that they have learned and apply it to the task. This approach rewards students who are precise, creative, articulate, and persistent.
In a more “traditional” approach (which is the way many of us learned when we were in school), teachers lecture and show students how to solve a problem and then ask students to repeat the process until they memorize the “right” way to complete the problem. Those students who get the correct answers and are successful at memorizing procedures are rewarded.
In today’s educational world and workforce, students who can approach challenging tasks creatively, think critically, and work collaboratively are highly valued, and that is why we are focusing on having students engage in productive struggle in our classrooms. If you’d like to learn more about this approach, feel free to stop by my office anytime!
In literacy this year, students will get time to read and write using social studies and science information they are learning. (We call this time Reading and Writing in the Content Areas.) They will also have time during the day to work on reading a wide variety of books, as well as improving their writing skills. Teachers will be working individually and in small groups with students to provide them with targeted reading and writing instruction. (We call this time English Language Arts.)
In math this year, we will be focusing on ways to help students be more flexible math problem-solvers. Teachers will challenge students with problems that are open-ended, that have multiple entry points, revolve around major mathematical concepts, and support the development of mathematical strategies.
In addition to math and literacy, students will also be learning how to be kind, caring members of our school community. Each day, every student will participate in a Morning Meeting in their classroom where they will learn to greet one another, share information with their classmates, resolve classroom problems, and participate in collaborative activities. As a school, we will also build more structure that support students socially and emotionally in the cafeteria, auditorium, hallways, and bathrooms. Every grade will have a monthly assembly where they will engage in activities that will help build a positive, supportive school environment.
The Family Support Team is available to assist you Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm in room 227. Stop by anytime during those hours to talk with a member of our team — Julie Guevara, Margarita Lum, or Cheryl Wong. We welcome Cheryl to our school, who will be taking the place of Tina Chen who has moved on to a position as a secretary at another school.
The SPS, PS 169 Family Handbook will be sent home on the first day of school. There will be many copies in the main office in all three languages. If you do not see on in your child’s backpack, please stop by the main office and ask for one.
As always, administrators are available to meet with you about any questions or concerns you may have during office hours on Tuesdays from 1:40 pm to 2:25 pm and Wednesdays from 8:20 am to 9:05 am.
In the October family letter, I will share with you the the many exciting extracurricular activities we’ll be offering this year to our students. I am thrilled to be partnering with all of you to provide an enriching experience for your children in the 2017-2018 school year!
All the best,
Please join us for Open School Night!
WHEN: September 13th, 4:30-7:30 pm
WHERE: Sunset Park School, PS 169
Be sure to come and learn about what your child will be experiencing this year!
PTA & SLT
Get more involved with Sunset Park School, PS 169 by joining our PTA or SLT.
There is one position open on the PTA for 2017-2018:
Treasurer: The PTA Treasurer plays a crucial role in maintaining the financial health of the organization, including budgeting, banking, and conducting a PTA audit.
There is one seat open on the School Leadership Team for 2017-2018.
If you are interested in either position, please email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach out to our Family Support Team in room 227 or out PTA in room 219. They will connect you to the nomination committee.