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The LAST DAY OF SCHOOL is June 26th. Report cards will be given out this day at dismissal.

Borrow Books for Summer Reading

Come to the P.S. 8 Library with your student to borrow up to 10 books for summer reading. These books must be returned the first week of school in September. Children MUST be accompanied by an adult guardian.

When: Tuesday, June 26th, 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Where: P.S. 8 Library, room 219
Why: Start your students' summer off right by reading at least 20 minutes a day. This will maintain or increase your child's reading level over the summer.

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April Attendance

Let's celebrate! The following classes had the BEST ATTENDANCE in April:

Kindergarten: K-402 & K-407 TIED with 93.7%
First Grade: 1-127 with 94.0%
Second Grade: 2/3-225 with 94.0%
Third Grade: 3-204 & 3-206 TIED with 94.6%
Fourth Grade: 4-106B with 92.0%
Fifth Grade: 5-301 & 5-309 TIED with 94.0%
 
Overall, FIFTH GRADE had the best attendance at 92.1%, taking back their title from the third graders.
However, MS. GRIFFIN's and MS. FLEMING/MS. VENTICINQUE's third grade classes, 3-204 and 3-206, tied the top class attendance this month!
Fairness and Justice

June’s Pillar of Character: Fairness and Justice

Interaction Institute for Social Change | Artist: Angus Maguire. Copyright interactioninstitute.org and madewithangus.com

"Fairness" is an extremely difficult concept for children to understand. For the most part, children believe that being fair means everything being completely equal, but as adults we know that's not always the case.

Being fair means giving everyone similar opportunities based on their abilities, giving each student what he or she needs to succeed, which is different for every child.

Justice is another difficult concept. Students always want someone who wronged them to be punished to the extreme ("He write on my paper so I hit him!"), and they believe that any consequences for their actions are unwarranted. Finding the appropriate consequence is a balancing act, but even more important is using each incident as a learning experience.

 

Some questions to explore with your child this month:

  • What is fairness?
  • What do you need to succeed? What do other people need?
  • What's appropriate for your age versus an older/younger person?
  • What is justice?
  • What can we learn from this mistake?
  • What should you do if...?

For more ideas on fairness, feel free to explore https://www.todaysparent.com/kids/school-age/thats-not-fair/

Here's a very interesting video explaining how unequal can still be fair, with ideas for how to help your child prepare for and handle this issue in and out of the classroom. You can also visit our school library this month to read and borrow many child-friendly books about fairness and justice!

This Week's Bulletin Board Spotlight

Our brains are growing faster than our plants!

Ms. McCarthy's class of Kindergarteners had a wonderful time exploring gardens! After exploring

nonfiction books about gardens, the students studied different types of gardens and what they offer. Using images and texts, the children developed their green thumbs by becoming garden experts and planting their own flower seeds! A variety of their planning and writing work is on display on this board. This beautiful and flowery board can be found outside class 407 in the Minischool.