You often hear me say that our
We Educate the Whole Child
. This statement encompasses our goals which are to support
each child in his/her academic, social, emotional and artistic
growth. This year, we will continue focusing on aligning
curriculum to Common Core Learning Standards and we will
support children in developing their critical thinking skills as we
prepare them for the future. Our school wide initiative is to
foster independence through a gradual release of responsibility.
What does that mean? Children are supported in becoming
independent thinkers, readers, writers and mathematical problem
solvers as their teachers model for them, as they work with their
teachers, and as their teachers monitor them as they work
independently. In reading and writing, a Workshop Model will
be implemented in each classroom. The workshop model begins
with a short mini-lesson followed by a period of time for children
to read or write. When children are reading or writing,
teachers conference with individual students or with small groups
of students, targeting instruction in order to support students in
strengthening their literacy skills. All children are
required to read independently each evening. Talk with your
children about the books they are reading. Research shows
that sustained independent reading along with literate
conversations about books are two of the key factors in children
becoming proficient readers. In mathematics, please encourage
your child to talk about their mathematical thinking. Discuss
various ways to solve problems. Our expectation is for
children to use Dreambox Learning on a daily basis at home.
enVisions Mathematics can be used to reinforce and support learning
that is taking place in the classroom.
Studio Arts will begin on Monday, November 2nd for kindergarten, on
Thursday, November 5th for grades 1-3 and on Friday, November 6th
for grades 4-5. Studio Arts provides students with the
opportunity to think and express themselves in creative ways,
tapping into each childs special and unique talents.
I look forward to each and every Webster student having a positive,
productive and academically challenging school year. If you
have any questions or concerns, you can reach me by email at
. It is through our collaborative efforts that we insure
success for all Webster children.
Melissa A. Passarelli