I’m sure everyone has noticed the scaffolding that has gone up around the building this last week. That is the sign that after all the talk and many, many meetings, the permits came through and the construction will commence. There will be scaffolding around the front and back of the building as they work on the roof, as well as gates blocking off portions of the yard as they seal the concrete. Weather permitting; this round of yard work and limit to yard space should only take 30 days or so. As the work continues, I will keep you updated on when, where and how it is happening.
Thank you to the fundraising committee and their tireless efforts to raise money for our children. This Thursday is the coat and dress up sale in the cafeteria and Saturday is the Pancake Breakfast at Pergola restaurant. I hope everyone is able to find something fun and yummy at both. Speaking of dress up, and with Halloween quickly approaching, I want to remind families that we do not celebrate holidays at Midtown West and ask that children not come to school dressed in costume.
One of the ways the money that is raised through events like the coat sale and pancake breakfast is used is to further extend the DOE budget for Teacher Professional Development. Between both budgets, teachers are able to get support from Staff Developers from Teachers College, Metamorphosis (which is a math consulting firm), and Bank Street and training from experts in MYON and the Independent Reading Assessment, program used in grades 3-5. Not only do Staff Developers come in, but teachers also go out for workshops around topics of their choosing.
Speaking of Professional Development, the specialty teachers are getting into the mix as well. Both Mark and Miriam are beginning a series of Art PD’s working with teachers all over the city. They had their first one Monday and said it was phenomenal. Miriam and Bryan have also attended a workshop on Social Studies and Art in the lower grades, loved that as well. Kuddos to Mark, who has been highlighted by our Superintendent for his science skills, and has gone even further by reaching out to coordinate a cohort with Science teachers from other schools in the area to meet and plans all things science.
Please check the Newsletter for information about the Parent Recess Committee. If you are interested in joining, please email our lead parent Mark DeLaBarre at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
Missy Krantz is asking for volunteers for her lice committee. She is more than willing to train helpers and is in need for at least 10 to rotate as needed. If you are interested, please email her at email@example.com ASAP.
Have a wonderful week,