Last week, we continued our unit on bullying awareness in Kindergarten classes. Last time we met, students learned that bullying occurs when someone continues to do hurtful things to another person even after they have asked them to stop. For this lesson, we focused on what students can do if they think they are being bullied. We read a story called "Lucy and the Bully." Students discovered how upsetting and scary it is to be bullied as well as how difficult it can be to ask for help. However, like other dangerous or destructive situations, students learned that if they are being bullied, it is incredibly important to tell an adult they trust. Students worked together to brainstorm different adults they could tell both at school and at home. If you have a moment, ask your child to tell you the adult they would turn to for help.
Dear Third Grade Parents and Guardians,
Over the next two weeks, third grade students here at Armstrong will be taking English Language Arts and Math assessments for PARCC, the Partnership Assessing Readiness for College and Careers. This is the second year students have been taking the PARCC assessment, which replaced MCAS last year. It gives us as educators a chance to see how we are doing in comparison to other schools not just in Massachusetts, but across the country.
This week, I am going into third grade classes to discuss PARCC and answer student questions. We are taking time to talk about ways to relax your body during the test, as well as the importance of getting a good night’s sleep and eating a healthy breakfast. We are also reading the book, “The Biggest Test in the Universe,” by Nancy Poydar. It talks about the fictional experience of a student going through his first state assessment.
You can help your child be as prepared as possible for PARCC:
If you have any questions about PARCC, do not hesitate to contact our prinicpal, John Mendes, myself, or your child's classroom teacher.
School Counselor, Armstrong Elementary School
PH: 508-836-7760, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
David Starr is the School Counselor at Armstrong Elementary School in Westborough, MA.