Dear Peck Place School Families,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2018 – 2019 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 are two places that are key to school-home communication. It is essential that contact information such as phone numbers and email address are up to date. The Peck Place School sends E blasts and secure email downloads, which are part of PowerSchool, to communicate teacher placement, report cards, and weather delays and closures. In addition, The Panther Press, which is a weekly newsletter sent to valid emails in PowerSchool, is sent out on Monday morning or can be found on our website on Friday afternoon for those who prefer to get their information before a new week begins. This newsletter has weekly updates from me, information on PTO happenings, and help you stay abreast of upcoming events. On the district website, parents will find 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. Students are featured often on this page, and it will give you a snapshot into our days at school.
This year, the teachers 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 in place successfully for several years, 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 27th at our PTO Welcome Back Picnic and attend our Parent Open House on September 5th. Until then, all my best to everyone for another successful school year!
Eric E. Carbone