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  1. Click to continue Welcome to P.S. 101 The Verrazano School This program can be used to access important information for parents, students and families of P.S. 101. Information such as school closings, testing information, programs, and a plethora of other information are available. While information can change during the course of the year, you can use this CD as a reference guide to assist you with questions you may have about P.S. 101 and the Department of Education. 這個節目可能使用訪問重要資訊為父母、學生和家庭P.S. 101 。資訊譬如學校closings, 測試的資訊、節目, 和多血症其它資訊是可利用的。當資訊可能改變在年期間, 您能使用這CD 如同參考指南協助您以您可以有關於P.S. 101 和教育部的問題。 Este programa se puede utilizar para tener acceso a la información importante para los padres, los estudiantes y las familias de P.S. 101. La información tal como closings de la escuela, la información de prueba, los programas, y una plétora de la otra información están disponibles. Mientras que la información puede cambiar durante el curso del año, usted puede utilizar este CD como una guía de referencia para asistirle con preguntas que usted puede tener sobre P.S. 101 y el departamento de la educación. Эту программу можно использовать для того чтобы достигнуть важной информации для родителей, студентов и семей P.S. 101. Информация such as closings школы, испытывая информация, программы, и избыток другой информации имеющиеся. Пока информация может изменить during the course of год, вы можете использовать этот CD по мере того как указатель справочника, котор нужно помочь вам с вопросами, котор вы можете иметь о P.S. 101 и отделе образования.

  2. Updated information can be found by visiting our school website: Click on your choice P.S. 101 The Verrazano School School Calendar P.S. 101 Website Testing Calendar Click:School Supplies for September Principal’s Message Classroom Teachers and Visions P.S. 101 Mission and Vision Specialty Programs School Report Card Department of Education Information Parent Information Fun Websites for Students to visit Educational Programs Departmentof Education Discipline Code Clicking the house will always bring you back to this page~~~~~~~>

  3. Click to return home Parent Information Parent Coordinator PTA How to help your child What your child should know? English Language Learners (ESL) Information about School Lunch

  4. Click to return home What is my child learning? Grade 3 Kindergarten Grade 1 Grade 4 Grade 2 Grade 5

  5. Click to return home Educational Programs Click on a program to learn more: Balanced Literacy Everyday Math Social Studies Science Music and Art Technology

  6. Click to return home Technology • The School Website is: • SmartBoard Technology –Imagine having an entire piece of the classroom chalkboard become a computer screen that responds to touch. SmartBoards turn the chalk board into an interactive instructional tool for teachers. Grades 4 and 5 have SmartBoard technology permanently installed in their classrooms for everyday use. Grades K-3 will have access to SmartBoards on a scheduled basis. In the future, all classrooms will be equipped with SmartBoards. • Laptop Carts -Mobile laptop carts are available for teachers to use with their class. During their scheduled time, teachers may use laptops as part of their instruction. During these periods, every child works with their own laptop. Combined with wireless internet capabilities and various educational programs, teachers integrate computer use into their daily instruction. • Computers in the classroom –Within a year’s time, all classrooms will have at least two computers in their classroom for students to use as part of their education. Grades Pre-K , K, 1, and 2 will have desktop computer centers and Grades 3, 4, and 5 will have laptops computer centers.

  7. Click to return home How to help your child…. • Helping Your Child to Think Helping your child become a good thinker will enable him/her to be a problem solver for his/her entire life. Thinking is a step-by-step process used to make decisions. As a parent, you can do things with your child at home to develop his/her ability to use these thinking skills.There are many different ways to help children think creatively and make intelligent judgments. Asking your child about what he/she has read or would like to do are some ways of encouraging in-depth thinking. How you ask is important. Simply asking for a response that is repetitious or that can be answered by a simple “yes” or “no” will not allow for higher-level thinking.Below are examples of different types of thinking skills and questions to help you help your child develop these skills. • Ask Questions that have a Variety of Answers - Encourage flexible thinking by asking your child to give you responses that show a variety of possible answers: • What are the different ways to … (make objects out of wood, make the best use of your free time, use a wink, tell about the day, etc.)? • What if there were … (no weekend, no rain, no money, sun all day, etc.)? • Stimulate with Activities - Encourage original thinking by asking your child to do specific activities: • Make up … (an original recipe, a poem about family, new ways to use garbage, etc.) • Design … (a get-well card, clothing for members of the family or a pet, a new house, etc. • Think of new ways to … (walk to school, make your parents happy, improve your work habits, entertain a baby, etc.) • Inventive Questions - Encourage your child to use imagination through inventive questioning. • Role-play real-life situations and pose problems to your child such as … (“What should parents say to a child who always forgets his/her lunch?, doesn’t do his/her homework?, etc.”) • Suggest to your child that he/she draw pictures of what he/she thinks a Martian person might look like … (a moon person, a person from a make-believe plant, which planet, etc). • Ask your child to pretend he/she is living in a house 100 years from now: What would it be like? • Ask your child to imagine what kind of toys or games he/she might have in the next century. • As a parent, the best way to help your child be a better thinker is to gently and sensitively probe his/her mind with questions and challenges. Allow him/her plenty of “think” time and lots of encouragement. Most of all, make it a fun experience, free of pressures associated with being in school.(Source: EPIC)

  8. Click to return home Everyday Math • Everyday Mathematics was developed over a twenty-year period by the University of Chicago. This mathematics program promotes repeated exposure to new concepts and skills to foster mastery. • Everyday Math On-line games

  9. Click to return home Balanced Literacy • Teachers who use a balanced literacy approach usually do the following: • Provide time each day (at least half an hour) for independent reading.The heart of the reading workshop consists of independent reading. During this activity children read books, usually of their own choosing. Children generally read silently, although K-1 children may read quietly to themselves. Teachers guide children to choose books that they can read with at least 95 percent accuracy, fluency (when children read these texts smoothly), and with comprehension. Teachers also confer with individuals or groups of students during this time, to assess their progress continually. • Provide time each day (at least half an hour) for children to work on their writing.During writing workshop, children rehearse, plan, draft, revise, or edit their writing. While students write in a variety of genres that are generally in accordance with the unit of study, topics are usually chosen by the child. With this approach, children do not usually write about books; instead, they write their own books! At the end of a month-long unit of study, children’s writing is published and celebrated. Publishing can be as simple as having classes of older children meet with younger children to read aloud their finished work. • Provide time each day (approximately 20 minutes) for systematic phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling, and word study instruction.This work must involve explicit instruction, demonstration, opportunities for practice, and assessment. Phonics and phonemic awareness play a more prominent role with emergent readers. This focus is shifted more to word work as students become more proficient. • Explicitly teach children habits and strategies of effective reading and writing, and then coach them so they can apply those strategies during independent reading and writing.Explicit instruction is usually provided through the ten-minute minilesson, which occurs at the start of both the reading and writing workshops. Teachers are encouraged to design minilessons in which they demonstrate a strategy and provide children with assisted practice using that strategy. For example, the teaching point of one minilesson might be that after readers have developed theories about the characters in their books, they read on, expecting their theories to be confirmed or altered. Although a minilesson might contain a few minutes of shared reading, reading aloud, or interactive writing, none of these activities would in and of themselves qualify as a minilesson because they are meant as a time for explicit and direct instruction. Click for page 2

  10. Click to return home Balanced Literacy • Assess and coach readers and writers through individual and, sometimes, small group conferences.These conferences generally begin with research and assessment. Teachers move among children during the reading and the writing workshops, holding three- to five-minute conferences or longer small group meetings with them as they read and write. Teachers should begin by researching, or observing what the reader is doing. Based on the research, teachers should determine which concept needs to be addressed. Then the teacher should teach or re-teach this concept by modeling and supporting the student’s use of the concept. This approach to conferring allows the teacher to assess students’ strengths and weaknesses. It allows teachers to provide strategies and techniques that enhance student achievement and establish future goals for students. • Read aloud each day. Research confirms the importance and value of reading aloud to students of all ages. This will probably be an interactive read-aloud, with teachers pausing as they read to suggest that children respond to the text in partnership conversations or talk together as a class to develop ideas in response to the reading. Generally, teachers read aloud and children listen but do not follow along in their own copies of the read-aloud book. Most teachers try to read aloud several times a day, and at least three times a week, to create opportunities for accountable talk around the read-aloud. This component of balanced literacy generally takes place outside the reading workshop, but teachers will want to consider how the read-aloud can support or lead the reading work students do independently. For example, if the class is engaged in the unit of study on character in which students are thinking about the characters as they read independently, the teacher might be wise to read aloud a chapter book that contains strong characters who change over the course of the text. This would offer the class opportunities for deep talk about characters. Some teachers find it helpful to place post-its in the text ahead of time to remind themselves where they plan to pause and think aloud, and where they want to nudge their students to turn and talk about the text. • May engage in shared reading, shared writing, and interactive writing… all of which are brief components of many balanced literacy programs.Shared reading technically refers to a time (perhaps 15 minutes) when students and teacher join together in reading a single copy of an enlarged text (as in a big book or a poem which has been enlarged through chart paper or by means of an overhead projector). Shared writing happens less frequently and involves teachers and children co-authoring one text, which the teacher then writes in front of the class. Interactive writing involves the teacher and children co-authoring a very brief text (usually a sentence or two is enough) by a process in which the teacher recruits individual children to approach the chart paper and to contribute a particular letter or word to the co-constructed message. As one child threads his or her way through the group, the teacher engages all the others by saying something like, “Pretend to write with me, only do it with your finger/pencil on the rug/paper.” • May put other options in place that are a part of some balanced literacy classrooms.These include literature circles or book clubs, guided reading groups, and thematic studies. These should probably be launched only after the other structures are in place. • These components of balanced literacy are all based on practices recommended by research findings. For more information about the research, see the Carnegie Institute’s report Reading Next.

  11. Click to return home Fun Websites You Should Visit • WorldBook Online(PS 101 has free at home access. Ask your teacher for the password.) • The Museum of Modern Art • Interactive on-line educational games • Explore Space with NASA • Science News • Smithsonian Museum • The Discovery Channel –For Kids • Optical Illusions –Tricks for your eyes • “How Stuff Works” • Everyday Math On-line games • Reading is Fun!!!

  12. Click to return home Departmentof Education Discipline Code Click on the links below to access the Department of Education Discipline Policy in your language: • English • Chinese • Spanish • Russian • Urdu

  13. Click to return home Specialty Programs PS 101 has many special programs held before, during and after school to enhance your child’s educational growth. Intramural Sports • On Friday morning’s, our gym teacher hosts an intramural sporting competition. Using a six week rotation, students play different sports (softball, hockey, etc.) and then compete as teams (open to Grades 4 & 5). The Vikings and PS 101 Cheerleaders • The PS 101 basketball team, led by Coach “G”, have had an undefeated season this year. They are cheered on by the PS 101 Cheerleaders, led by Mrs. DeMarco. (open to Grades 4 &5). School Enrichment • 5th Graders spend two periods a week in Enrichment classes (photography, planting, painting, etc.). Each course is a small group study session in which the main curricular areas are taught through one of these specialized classes. Students select the class they would like to be involved in. Clubs PS 101 hosts many clubs, such as Technology and Art, in which students learn about the specific subject and develop projects. After School Programs After school programs include Exam Enrichment, ESL, Drama and Promotional Preparatory programs. Drama Through an after-school program, the Drama club learns theatrical techniques which culminate in a play. Past plays have included Annie and Grease.

  14. Click to return home Programs continued…. • Social StudiesAll students at PS 101 receive Social Studies education through their classroom teacher. Each grade has a specific NYC curriculum to follow which include community studies, as well as focus on New York and the world. • ScienceAll students at PS 101 receive art and music education through their classroom teacher and/or a cluster specialty teacher. The Science program follows the new NYC curriculum including life and physical sciences as well as hand s on experiments. • Music and ArtAll students at PS 101 receive art and music education through their classroom teacher and/or a cluster specialty teacher. Our art program includes study of Art history as well as drawing and painting in the various styles of famous artists. Our music program includes study of music history as well as a brand new keyboard lab where some classes will have the opportunity to learn to play the piano (keyboard). Additionally, other classes will continue to learn how to play the recorder.

  15. Click to return home Our Parent Coordinator and PTA • Our Parent Coordinator, Margaret Lloyd is available to parents on a daily basis to address parent concerns and assist with programs that are offered by the school and Department of Education for parents. She is present throughout the day and during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. She can be reached in the school or by phone. • Our PTA, led by co-presidents Lois Dryer and Jeannine Cherichetti, assist the school by informing parents (through monthly meetings) of all the “happenings” that are occurring in the school and through the Department of Education. The PTA is a phenomenal group of parents who are present in the school on a daily basis and do everything within their power to assist the school in its needs.

  16. Click to return home Lets Get Ready For School!!! Click on your grade: Grade 1 Grade 2 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5

  17. Click to return home Grade 1 Dear Parents, We would like to welcome your child to first grade. We look forward to a successful year. In order to make it a success, we need your help and cooperation. Please purchase the following supplies and make sure that each item is labeled with your child’s name and class. These supplies are essential tools for your child. WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR COOPERATION. WE LOOK FORWARD TO A POSITIVE YEAR IN FIRST GRADE!!!!! SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER!!!!! HAVE A GREAT SUMMER THANK YOU, FIRST GRADE TEACHERS THIS IS THE LIST OF SUPPLIES THAT WILL BE NEEDED: An art box (8x5) containing: 1-box of Crayola’s crayons 1-Pack of Magic Rub erasers 1-bottle of Elmer’s Glue 1-safety scissor 3 Elmer’s glue sticks 4 Separate Pocket Folders (They should be labeled Creative Writing, Homework and Notes, Word Study and Math). Post-Its (big and Small) Pack of 4 Clipboard 1 Box of baby wipes 1 Box of tissues 1 Roll of paper towels 1 Ruler (at least 12 inches with centimeters) 1 Box of #2 pencils (to be collected) 6 Hard Covered Composition Notebooks- Black and White 9 ¾”x 71/2” (They should be labeled Writing Journal, Reader’s Response Journal, Class Work Notebook, Homework Notebook and Homework Reading Response Notebook) Flare Markers- Green, Blue, Purple and Black 1Stack of Index Cards in multicolor 1Box of Ziplock Bags –Freezer Gallon An index card box with ABC dividers A picture of themselves and a family picture Homework Planner$5.00 (Please send your child to school with $5 in an envelope to purchase the planner.) This book will be used for the children to copy assignments for homework throughout the school year Weekly Reader: We will be using Weekly Reader as a supplement throughout the year. The cost per child will be $4. Please send in this amount as soon as possible. Please remember to place the money in an envelope with your child’s name and grade on it. Please label it Weekly Reader.

  18. Click to return home Grade 2 Dear Parents, We would like to welcome your child to second grade. In order to make it a success, we need your help and cooperation. Please purchase the following supplies and make sure that each item is labeled with your child’s name and class. These supplies are essential tools for your child. We thank you in advance and for your cooperation!!!!! We look forward to a positive year in second grade…..see you in September…….Have a great summer. Thank You, The Second Grade Teachers Supply List: *1 box of crayons, markers, 3 glue sticks, scissors (all items should fit in an art box) *1 package of pencils to be collected by the teacher (each child must have 3 sharpened pencils in their art box ) *6 pocket folders *6 hardcover black and white notebooks (9 ¾ in. x 7 ½ in. ) *1 box of tissues, 2 rolls of paper towels, 2 packages of baby wipes *1 package of yellow Post-it notes (2 7/8in. x 2 7/8 in.) *3 Highlighters *3 Dry Erase Markers *1 box of Storage Bags with zipper seal (gallon size) *$5.00 for homework planner *$4.00 for weekly reader magazine (Please enclose money in two separate envelopes with your child’s class and name.)

  19. Click to return home Grade 3 Dear Parents and Third Grade Students, Welcome to the third grade! Below is a list of supplies that you will need for school in September. Please try to purchase these items during the summer. All students should be prepared with all the supplies by Wednesday, September 5th. Have a wonderful summer. We can’t wait to meet you in September. Sincerely, Third Grade Teachers Class Supplies: 8 marble notebooks (NO SPIRALS PLEASE) 10 folders 1 package of lined loose leaf paper (for use at home) 12 sharpened pencils (for every day use, sharpen at home) 1 art box large enough to fit: 2 glue sticks 1 box of crayons 1 Elmer’s liquid glue 1 scissor 1 12 inch ruler 1 package of skinny markers 2 red pens 2 highlighters 2 boxes of tissues 2 packages of baby wipes 2 rolls of paper towels 6 packs of Post-It’s, size = 3inch by 3 inch 1 box “Ziploc” bags, gallon size, with zipper closure 1 package of DRY-ERASE (EXPO) markers $12.00 total ($5.00 for homework planner and $7.00 for TIME FOR KIDS magazine subscription)

  20. Click to return home Grade 4 Dear Parent/Guardian, First of all, we would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you and your child on the great achievement made by the both of you. Promotion into the fourth grade is a great achievement that you and your child should be extremely proud of. Throughout the upcoming 2006 – 2007 school year, your child will be introduced to the fourth grade curriculum. We have several trips and activities planned for this upcoming school year. In addition to learning the curriculum, students will be taking three major State exams. They are the English Language Arts Exam, the Math State Exam, and the Science State test. We encourage you to review your child’s homework and class work daily to reinforce learning. Furthermore, we will be encouraging students to read each night. Students will receive reading journals that must be signed daily. Please ensure that your child meets these requirements throughout the school year. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We hope you have a wonderful summer vacation, and we look forward to meeting you on September 5, 2006. Sincerely, The Fourth Grade Teachers FOURTH GRADE SUPPLY LIST • 10 Marble notebooks • 5 Blue or black pens • 3 Sharpened pencils everyday • Art box to hold your supplies • Package of 24 crayons • 12 inch ruler • A bottle of glue • Glue stick • 7 folders • 1 box of tissues • 2 rolls of paper towels • 1 safety scissor • 1 pocket dictionary • 1 package of loose-leaf paper to leave at home • 1 package of construction paper to leave at home • 1 package of graph paper to leave at home • 2 packages of index cards • 3 packages of post-its • Highlighter

  21. Click to return home Grade 5 Dear Incoming Fifth Grade Students and Parents,       Welcome to the fifth grade!  We are looking forward to a wonderful school year filled with learning and fun!       In 2006 - 2007, the fifth grade will be using the Balanced Literacy approach to Language Arts.  This will include the Reader's Workshop, the Writer's Workshop, and Word Work.  A Balanced Literacy approach will also be used in the areas of Social Studies and Science.  Students will be doing the Everyday Math program.  Of course, our pupils will be preparing for the New York State Social Studies, Reading, and Math tests.  Also, rest assured that we will do everything possible, both academically and socially, to prepare the children for graduation and intermediate school.           Our very successful Enrichment Program will continue.  Students will be learning subject matter through interesting courses in Photography, Creative Writing, Painting, Games, and Exercising.  Fifth graders will have the opportunity to participate in popular extra-curricular activities such as the Yearbook Staff, Drama Club, Chorus, Technology Club, Art Club, Morning Sports Program, Verrazano Vikings Basketball Team, and Cheerleading Squad. Once again, special events such as the Halloween Dance and the Valentine's Day Dance will be held.  Also, many exciting senior activities such as the Senior Trip and the Senior Prom are being planned.             Have a happy, healthy, safe summer, and we will see you in September!                                                                                      Sincerely yours,                                                                                      The Fifth Grade Teachers Grade 5 Supply List ~ 2006 - 2007 • 9 hard-covered notebooks • 8 folders • pens (blue or black ink only) • pencils • looseleaf paper • yellow paper (with lines) • Post-Its • crayons • magic markers • dry-erase markers • Scotch tape • scissors • ruler (12 inches/centimeters) • protractor • compass • pocket dictionary • book covers • $5 for homework planner • $5 for news magazine • 2 rolls of paper towels • 2 boxes of tissues • 1 box of baby wipes