June is a busy and exciting month at Park Ave. It is the time of year when we wrap things up for this year while getting ready for next year. We work hard to complete as much end-of-year testing during the last weeks of May as possible, so that we have a clear picture of what students have learned this year. It is important that this year’s teachers have this data so they can share as much information as possible about each student’s growth with you and with the teachers in the next grade. June is also the time of year when teachers assign students projects and activities that may be a little more challenging as they work to help students synthesize and apply all they have learned this year. This work helps the students transition from one grade to the next.
This is especially true for our 4th graders who are heading to grade 5 at Webster Middle School next year. Grade 4 teachers have already met with guidance staff and grade 5 teachers to begin the transition from PAE to WMS. They met to start developing fifth grade class lists and schedules. Webster Middle School will have a new principal next year, Mr. Michael Zajac. He will begin his work at WMS on July 1. In preparation for this change in leadership and for the transition of our 4th graders to WMS, Mr. Anthony Kaczynski, Acting Principal at WMS, will be coming over to Park Ave. to talk with the students about fifth grade, what to expect as they transition to Webster Middle School, and to answer any of their questions. In addition, grade 4 students will be going over the WMS on June 20 at 1:00 for Step-up Day to see the building and get a feel for what next year will be like. Mr. Kaczynski will come to PAE to talk with the 4th graders before this trip and he will be there to welcome them when they get there. This should be a fun afternoon for the students as they get to meet their Team of Teachers for next year at this time.
Step-up Day for grades K-3 is an important day at Park Ave. as well. Students will be visiting the classrooms of the next grade during the afternoon of Friday, June 16. They will visit several classes and participate in several activities so that they can see where the classrooms are, who the teachers are, and get a feel for the kinds of activities they will be experiencing next year. This is always a fun day as students start thinking about next year. 4th graders have fun because they get to visit their Kindergarten teacher during this hour and have some extra recess time.
One additional activity that I want to share with all of you is our 2nd Annual Unified Arts Day. Last year we tried having a full day of activities based around our Unified Arts department to supplement our traditional field day. It was a huge success and we will be repeating this day of hands-on learning and activities on Friday, June 9, with a rain date of Monday, June 12. Each grade level will rotate through 45 minute stations focused on each Unified Art class - art, music, gym, STEAM, library, and technology. We will all be eating outside picnic style and enjoying a day of family fun! Families are welcome to join us and explore the Unified Arts with your student. You will find more information inside this newsletter. Flyers with more details will be sent home.
Finally, I would like to thank you all for sharing your children with us again this year. It has been an exciting year filled with learning and growth -both academically and socially. We look forward to enjoying the end-of-year activities with you and hope to see most of you back again next year.