Tests, Spring & Auction...

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Dear Families,

New York State ELA testing is tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday. Help your student(s) get a good night’s sleep, eat a healthy breakfast… and keep it all in perspective! Remember to send them with two #2 pencils and a packed lunch (unless they are eating school food) as there is no Out-Lunch on test days.

Along with trees and flowers beginning to bloom, we are seeing your children growing into the next phases of being a student. It is lovely to watch the layers peel back, and new versions of 75 Morton Thunderbolts learning in our classrooms.

Much of what our children need to grow everyday at school is an environment that builds trust and meaningful relationships. I watch as conversations shift and patterns of communication between adults and students get tightened and more sophisticated. We make eye contact that counts. We refer to expectations in shorthand and have quicker responses and clear indications of shared understanding. We use our body language in more meaningful and subtle ways.

Just as you have signals and silent gestures in your homes – fewer words, simple “looks” – your children are learning and understanding these same means of communication at school. Our community grows by familiarity and a shared belief system. I remember teaching first grade many years ago and being told that things change in the Spring in significant ways. As I worked my way up through the grades as a teacher, consultant and administrator, I saw that Spring brings these changes on all grades and to all ages.

I honestly get a bit teary as I see the academic, physical and emotional growth of our students. It is truly a thing of beauty.

With Respect,

Jacqui

info@75morton.org

P.S. This Thursday, April 4 at 6:30pm is our 2nd annual 75 Morton LIVE AUCTION PARTY in our beautiful Gymatorium. Thank you to all of you who have donated items, experiences and, more importantly, TIME to help make this Auction a success. Building community – and meaningful relationships – is of huge importance to us here at 75 Morton. And we cannot build a community without the support of all of you. It’s that simple! We look forward to seeing you on Thursday to laugh, share stories and enjoy a beautiful night together! (Click here to buy tickets)

Student Led Conferences

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March 25, 2019

Dear Families,

Your students and our staff have been working hard to prepare for Student Led Conferences (SLC’s) this week. Please double check the time you scheduled for your conference. Remember… Wednesday is a half-day of school, with dismissal at 11:30am and NO OUT-LUNCH!  The time allotted by the DOE for Parent/Teacher Conferences is actually very short. If we used just that time, we would have short and not substantial or meaningful conversations. Every Advisor has made huge efforts to connect with every family to ensure that we get close to 100% attendance at the SLC’s. We consider these opportunities to be important on many levels:

  1. Your student knows you CARE and you recognize the effort s/he is putting into school work;

  2. We get ideas from all of you through questions you ask and comments you share with Advisors. These ideas help us improve our practice;

  3. The SLC’s are part of being in the 75 Morton community – and that bond makes us stronger.

Our final Community Dinner is this Thursday, March 28. We have had 8 dinners, and each one has been terrific! You have all followed the “No school talk” rule so well – congrats! This has allowed us to share stories of family, professions, travels, and childhoods. Some of you have made meaningful connections – which was the whole point of the Community Dinners! They are now an official 75 Morton tradition.

Finally, the NYS ELA test is next week, Tues. & Wed, April 2 & 3. I will send home the same REMINDER you have been receiving since your student was in 3rd grade… .a good night’s sleep, breakfast, calm, and the knowledge that this is just one of many assessment tools… BREATHE!

And have a lovely Spring week.

With respect,

Jacqui

info@75morton.org