From the Principal - Jennifer Ostrow

January Updates / Letter Home to Families

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Greetings Unison Families!
A belated happy new year to you all. I hope that 2013 has gotten off to a great start, and will bring your family health, joy, and learning. In an effort to strengthen our Unison School community, I would like to make it easier for families to get in touch with each other in order to set up play dates and share ideas. Therefore, we have created a family contact list which includes most of our students (a notice was sent out on Jupiter Grades last week with an opportunity to opt out). That list was sent home yesterday. I hope that it proves useful for you and your students.
We administered the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) Assessment again last week, and results will be mailed home to parents once they have been received. We are getting ready to start preparing for the State ELA and Math exams at the beginning for February. In preparation for that, we advise speaking with your students about which standards they are working on in their classes, with which they are doing well and with which they are struggling. When checking in with your students, please be aware that their Math/Science work should be traveling home and back to school with them daily in a blue folder as should their Humanities work in a red folder and their Electives work in a white folder. When the test prep initiative starts, you can expect to see packets coming home for homework, so please keep your eyes open for that.
We have seen an improvement regarding missing assignments being handed in, so thank you for your hard work at home with your students on that. We would still like to see more assignments getting completed during work time in class. A Citizen Schools newsletter was backpacked home earlier this week. If you did not receive it, please let us know.
Below, please find some important dates for you to note on your calendars:
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6pm: Parent Teacher Association Meeting
Thursday, January 24, 2013: End of Second Quarter
Wednesday, February 27 (evening) and Thursday, February 28 (afternoon), 2013: Parent Teacher Conferences
Tuesday, April 16 through Thursday, April 18, 2013: State English Language Arts (ELA) Exam
Wednesday, April 24 through Friday, April 26, 2013: State Mathematics Exam

All the best!

Jennifer Ostrow
Principal, I.A.

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