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October 3, 2019

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Dear Valley Stream District 30 Families and School Community,

Thank you, again, to all of our parents who were able to attend Meet the Teacher Night last month. I also appreciate the time taken to attend our Family Friendly Tours last week. These events provide us the opportunity to share academic initiatives and activities taking place at your child’s school.

This year there is a major focus on math instruction, as we have adopted a new K-6 math program at all three schools. Having piloted a variety of math programs last year, we are now using Math Expressions. As stated by Houghton Mifflin, based on research funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Math Expressions is a proven Pre–K – 6 curricula that helps children make sense of math by exploring, discussing and demonstrating their understanding of key concepts. In busy, active lessons, students learn how to look deeper and choose their own path to the answers – skills that will take them far beyond the math classroom. We look forward to supporting and engaging our students in a variety of math activities and mathematical discourse.

Your support in keeping our students safe is greatly appreciated.  Thank you for your cooperation with our new security personnel at the front door.  As I remind families each year: 

  • Plan a walking route to school.  Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards
  • Teach your child to never talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers.  Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don’t know well or don’t trust
  • Be sure your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend, or neighbor
  • When driving kids, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible.  Please stay in your car and don’t leave until they are in the schoolyard or building (be on time)
  • Please obey all traffic signs, regulations and directions from the crossing guards and staff to help keep our students safe

Parent support continues to be a main ingredient in the success of our students.  Please continue to monitor homework, encourage independent reading and provide opportunities for students to apply their math skills in real-life activities.  Participate in school activities, when possible, and please join the PTA, who works tirelessly to enhance our curriculum and support our students.

As has been the tradition in Valley Stream 30, October is a month of activism, awareness and celebration.  Thank you to all who have been involved in organizing activities which have helped children to better understand cultural differences, learning styles, health issues, holidays, etc.  If you have not been keeping track, in October we celebrate or become involved in: Autism Awareness, Hispanic Heritage, Fire Prevention Week, Breast Cancer Awareness, Unity Day (anti-bullying), Red Ribbon Week (drug and alcohol prevention), Columbus Day, Board of Education Appreciation Week and, of course, Halloween.

Please note that our new Board of Education Trustee, C. Sandra Okafor, will be sworn in at our Work Session meeting on Monday, October 7, 2019 beginning at 8:00 p.m. As a reminder, schools will be closed on October 9th.

 

Sincerely,                                                              

Nicholas A. Stirling, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools