P.S. 8 Proud Lions Newsletter – March, 2018

Principal's Message

Greetings PS 8 Families,

It is hard to believe that it is already March! We are looking forward to meeting with all of you on March 15th during our scheduled Parent Teacher Conferences to share with you all of the great work your children have been doing and the progress they have made since the beginning of the school year.

We are also pleased to share with you that through our Character Education work this year, we are continuing to focus on creating an environment that is safe, respectful, and engaging for all students. Take a look at some of our work throughout the school highlighting our Pillar of the Month for March: "Saying No to Bullying and Teasing!

Lastly, through popular demand, we are happy to announce that this Spring we will be collaborating with two music partnership programs called Third Street Music School Settlement and Flamenco Vivo in an effort to offer students music and dance experiences taught by professional teaching artists!

Thank you for your support as we work together to provide your children with a well-rounded and rigorous education here at PS 8.


Claudia Tahiraj-Sadrija

3-5 Literacy Reading & Writing Coach

Ms. McCosh

Dear Parents,

Our 3rd, 4th and 5th teachers have been very busy preparing your children for the NYS English Language Arts (ELA) exam. Your children are participating in the close reading of texts and are being taught vocabulary words that might be embedded in test questions. They are also learning about the types of questions they can expect to see on the test as well as the specific criteria that will earn them the most points on the written part of the exam. The ELA test is two days long this year and will take place on April 11th and 12th this year. These dates are right after we return from April vacation so please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats breakfast so they can do their best on their exams.

K- 2 Universal Literacy Reading Coach

Ms. Blackwood

A Glimpse into PS 8’s K-2 Reading and Writing Units


Reading: Students will become experts in nonfiction during reading time!

Writing: Students will focus on writing nonfiction booklets about topics they love.

First Grade:

Reading: Students will meet characters and learn lessons through their books while studying story elements such as characters, setting, problem and solutions.

Writing: Students will begin to write fictional stories using their creative imagination.

Second Grade:

Reading: Students will focus on building their reading skills through Nonfiction Reading Book Clubs.

Writing: Student will be creating informational booklets that focus on different structures of nonfiction text.

Literacy Tips to Help Your Child at Home

If your child gets stuck on a word while reading a book. Please try these strategies:

  1. Look at the pictures.
  2. Say the first few sounds of the new word.
  3. Stretch the word out slowly.
  4. Look for a chunk that you know (-at, -an)
  5. Skip the word, read to the end of the sentence, hop back and READ IT, READ IT!
  6. Try to re- read the sentence, try a word that makes sense
  7. Ask for help (after you have tried all the other strategies)

Feel free to stop by the “ULIT Café” bulletin board (Located on the 2nd floor outside of the library). You will find more helpful tips and information to help your reader at home.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ms. Camille Blackwood, via email at cblackwood@schools.nyc.gov or stop by room 202. I look forward to working with you!

K-5 Math Coach

Ms. Chang

Units of study by grade:

Grade K: Counting to 100 using patterns. Students use 100 chart to help them skip count by 10’s.

Grade 1: Students find numbers that are more or less than a given number. They use place value blocks and other mathematical tools to find numbers that are 1 more, 1less, 10 more, and 10 less than a 2 digit number. Students compare two numbers using a greater than, less than, or equal to sign.

Grade 2: Students count by 100 to 1,000. They understand that 3 digit numbers are made up of 100’s, 10’s, and 1’s. Students add three digit numbers using mental math strategies.

Grade 3: Students find equal fractions using fraction strips, and visual models. They compare fractions, using manipulatives, benchmark fractions, and the number line.

Grade 4: Students use models such as fraction strips, number line, and area model to add/subtract fractions with like denominators. They use unit fractions, and multiplication to describe fractions that are multiple of the unit fraction.

Grade 5: Students use compatible numbers and rounding to estimate with fractions. They divide whole numbers by fractions. Students recognize the inverse relationship of multiplication and division using fractions.