May 15, 2020
Welcome to the close of another fantastic week at Marie Curie Middle School! Here is your weekly dose of the “Friday 5” – a list of what is happening at our school and what is on my mind. As always, please give me feedback. What information do you like the most? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? Let me know!!
Congrats and Welcome –
I am happy to share that one of our Arts teachers, Ms. Abamont, gave birth to her beautiful daughter this week. Please join me in congratulating her and wishing her well. While she is on leave, I am also happy to share that Ms. Krystel Hernandez will be covering Ms. Abamont’s classes. Some of you may remember Ms. Hernandez from when she covered for Ms. Abamont during her last maternity leave. She has already teamed up with Mr. Gordon, our other visual art teacher, and has immediately jumped into assessing our student’s projects and scheduling google meets sessions to introduce herself and connect with our students.
High School Guide Workshop –
It was great to see over 150 of our families join our virtual workshop yesterday. We hope you found it informative to assist in navigating your way through the high school guide and to deepen your thinking and family conversations about which high schools are the right fit for your child. If you were not able to attend the live session, Ms. Corbett has posted the information in her 7th grade google classroom in the classwork section. 7th graders can access all the materials including the recorded presentation, presentation slides, worksheets, etc. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to out to Mr. Epstein who is your child’s counselor both this and next school year.
Wellness Wednesday –
The DOE has begun a Wellness Wednesdays initiative in an effort to assist students, their families, and educators in developing skills to maintain their physical, mental, and emotional well-being during remote learning. Wellness Wednesdays uses a skills-based, whole-child approach that promotes accessible and actionable resources, as well as student-facing activities, which can help young people become healthy, focused, and ready to learn now, but also when they return to their school communities. The core question grounding this initiative—how do we take care of ourselves and take care of others during difficult times—is explored each week through a specific theme that includes a complementary student/family activity, along with supporting resources and an in-home-fitness video. Please visit the Wellness Wednesday family-facing webpage each week, and join in sharing these mental health and wellness activities
Podcast I’m Listening To – Marc Brackett and Brené Brown on Permission to Feel. The mastermind behind the RULER program, Marc Brackett spoke with Brené Brown on her podcast last month. I thought they did a nice job of being honest and personal (both with their great senses of humor) to define how emotional intelligence can be as important as ever right now and how it can help our children and adults to authentically understand themselves and those around them better.
Quote I’m Pondering (once again) –
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are.” - Brené Brown
Have a wonderful, safe, and healthy weekend!!
Have Coffee with Mr. Schandel remotely!
Coffee and Conversation with the Principal –
Next week I will be holding remote coffee and conversations with parents. In order to ensure you get the information relevant for your child’s grade level, I will be holding grade specific meetings on the following dates and times:
8th Grade: Wednesday, April 29 at 10:00AM
7th Grade: Thursday, April 30 at 10:00AM
6th Grade: Friday, May 1 at 10:00AM
We will be using Microsoft Teams to hold these meetings together. The DOE provides access to this Office 365 program for all students and families. If you do not have it already, please follow these instructions:
To access Microsoft Office 365:
1. Go to portal.office.com
2. Click the account ending in @nycstudents.net
3. Enter your email and password.
4. If the username and password entered are correct, you will be signed-in successfully.
5. The Teams icon will look something like this: