I hope that you enjoyed our event filled month of October. As you can see, instructionally we are still in high gear implementing items New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) requirements like the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), Teacher Evaluation System, Student Growth Objectives (SGO) and PARCC readiness instruction and assessments. Therefore, everyone will find our professional learning communities (PLCs), faculty meetings and professional development opportunities all revolved around enhancing all staff knowledge in these areas to promote student achievement by improving educator practice. Ultimately, it will result in your child coming in contact with better teachers and administrators in Grace Wilday and the Roselle Public Schools.
We transitioned into the month of October with Hispanic Heritage Month all the way to October 15, 2014. The Hispanic Heritage Month committee planned some engaging activities for staff and students to educate our school community about the contributions of Latino men and women. We ended off the month a great staff Hispanic Luncheon. For our Bicycle Rodeo, many children within Roselle Borough benefited because they left the event with a free bicycle and helmet. Then the entire school participated in our school-wide PBSIS Kick Off where students enjoyed engaging in competition, sporting and bonding activities. The Future Leaders Academy program for this month saw the number of participating students doubled from the month of September. All of these students loved competing against their peers to decide on the best peer leader of the day.
November has the least amount of school days than any other month. As a result, there won’t be as many activities. Additionally, we will have some keys days off of school that you should be aware of like November 6, 7 and 10. Be reminded that there is a half day on November 26, 2014 and school system is closed on November 27 and 28, 2014 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Since learning has to occur over a lifetime, so should the support from parents. Therefore, our teachers will continue reaching out to you for assistance. This task of educating our future cannot be performed by the school staff alone. So stay tuned for many other events and activities set to occur during this 2014-2015 school year and we hope to see you present and participating. Finally, it is important to remind grade 8 families that the Grade 8 Promotional Exercise will be held on June 19, 2015 at 11am on the Grace Wilday field. We hope to see you present and participating at each event this school year.
Dr. Josue B. Falaise