Dear Peck Place School Families,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2017 – 2018 school year! I hope that everyone has had a relaxing summer filled with family, friends, and fun. Our school staff anxiously awaits your smiling, energetic faces! For our new families, we welcome you to The Peck Place School family. You will quickly find that our school community is one that celebrates together and supports one another in every way possible. We are fortunate to have an active PTO alongside a staff of professionals who work tirelessly to make this school a great place for learning.
The Peck Place School website www.oess.org and PowerSchool (our student data base system) will be the place for all of your school information. E blasts and secure email downloads, which are part of PowerSchool, along with our website will provide you with weather-related closing information, weekly updates from me, information on PTO happenings, and help you stay abreast of upcoming events. E blasts (The Panther Press) will be sent out on Monday morning – but will be available on the district website on Friday afternoon for those who prefer to get their information at the end of each week. We will continue using the Virtual Backpack, where notices can be viewed online and downloaded at your convenience. Finally, I strongly encourage you to like and follow our PTO Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ThePeckPlacePTO) where you will find lots of photos and updates from both school and the PTO.
This year, the teachers will partner with Teachers College Columbia University to implement Writer’s Workshop. They also will be working from new curriculum maps that contain more interdisciplinary connections, refined reading and mathematics units, and new units of study in science incorporating STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). Our goal is to provide a rigorous experience that meets each child at their individual level and immerses them in thinking, problem-solving, and educational discourse. In addition, the teachers will continue to work as a Professional Learning Community by meeting regularly, analyzing student data, and planning for instruction. Likewise, we will also continue to implement our SRBI model. To best meet the needs of students, we examine all students’ progress three times per year and then monitor it closely to make certain they are making gains. Then, we program for students accordingly. Finally, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), which has been extremely successful, will help us continue to examine our school climate and systems so that we can best meet the social, behavioral, and academic needs of all children. Our motto is PAWS (Practice kindness, Always try your best, Work and play safely, and Strive for success). We hope that you will join us in reinforcing these expectations and celebrating "pawsitive" behavior!
Once again, I welcome you to The Peck Place School. Please be sure to visit us on August 24th at our PTO Welcome Back Picnic and attend our Parent Open House on September 6th. Until then, all my best to everyone for another successful school year!
Eric E. Carbone