Dear Noecker Families,
It is hard to believe we are almost halfway through the 2017-2018 school year, and gearing up for many exciting events ahead for our students and families. H.S.A. Bingo Night, the H.S.A. sponsored Scholastic Book Fair, the 6th Grade Ancient Artifact Museum, 5th and 6th Grade Science Fair, and the 6th Grade Wax Museum are traditional annual favorites that bring our school community together just to name a few!
We will also be hosting our 3rd annual Career Day this year, where volunteers both from the local and greater community will share their profession with our upper grade students. “Read Across America” week along with our famous Student Council “Seuss Cafe” is also an exciting time for our youngsters, as they foster their love of reading both at home and in school! “Wellness Week” in March provides students with awareness of being both physically and mentally healthy, and to promote living a healthy lifestyle for years to come. Back by popular demand, our famous student-teacher basketball game will match up again this year with our 5th and 6th Grade classes, and everyone is eagerly anticipating this year’s game! In April our school will be devoting time to raising autism awareness,
Our Music Program will be presenting additional concerts for families to attend throughout the year, and we also are looking forward to the H.S.A. sponsored school play, “The Music Man”! These musical platforms enable our students to display their creative talents for both their families and fellow peers. Each year, we are delighted by the performances on our very own Noecker stage, and couldn’t be more proud of our rising Noecker stars!
Essentially, we continue with our commitment in developing the whole child at Noecker, providing meaningful opportunities for students both in academic instruction and social-emotional awareness. The infusion of the Reading and Writing Workshop lends itself to differentiation in teachers’ classrooms, and affords students the opportunity to focus on individual goals both in reading and writing. Our Everyday Math program hones in on the various methods in which to solve a given problem, utilizes hands-on manipulatives, and associates real-life scenarios that are easily relatable to students. Students can explore Science with the integration of problem-based learning using FOSS kits aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, while also immersing themselves into real-world scenarios with debate using informational texts in Social Studies. No matter what the content area, students are constantly asking questions, and making interdisciplinary connections across the curriculum.
The School Climate and Safety Team consistently gathers data from our students and staff (both formally and informally) to address needs as they arise, and provide activities for Noecker that promote a safe and positive learning environment. To that end, students also have the opportunity to be “Caught with Character” every month, and submit their favorite “character” quote of the day! Our School Counselor reinforces key concepts such as mindfulness, conflict/resolution, and anti-bullying with our students during classroom lessons, and staff also incorporate the guiding principles of Responsive Classroom into their learning space: developmentally responsive teaching, positive community, engaging academics, and effective management.
We are extremely fortunate to have an outstanding organization the H.S.A., who supports school initiatives, student events, and classroom instruction through teacher grants. It truly is a collaborative process, and the H.S.A. partnership is one that we dearly cherish.
Thank you for the honor each day of sharing your children with us. As always, please continue to reach out if you need anything, and we look forward to a wonderful remainder of the 2017-2018 school year!
Robyn P. Greenwald