From the Principal's Desk

August 2018
Greetings 9E Families,
I hope your summer vacation has been filled with wonderful adventures and quality family time.  I’d like to take this opportunity to share several brief updates on the upcoming school year.  Thank you for taking the time out of your vacation to review this letter.
I am happy to announce that our theme for this school year will be WONDER!  Most likely, the novel by R.J. Palacio immediately comes to mind.  Although the book Wonder is an amazing story that helps to guide the work of our sixth graders in the Caring Majority Ambassadors club, it is not the focus of our theme.  Rather, our theme of WONDER focuses on the inquisitiveness that inspires us to learn more about the world around us.  Many students should be familiar with the “Wonder Hot Spot” that is a part of our makerspace experience.  Students use this space in the library to share their questions and ideas about each makerspace station.  Through discussion and research, they find answers to these questions.  The “Wonder Hot Spot” is just one example of what our theme will look like in our classrooms.  In the area of literature, students will wonder why characters make certain choices and how those decisions impact the events in the story.  In science, students will wonder about the natural phenomena around them and use the scientific method to find answers.  The possibilities are endless.  We look forward to celebrating this theme with you throughout the school year.
In addition to our new theme, we have many exciting initiatives on the horizon.  I’m pleased to share that our fifth graders will be receiving individual Chromebook laptops.  This follows the successful launch of our 1:1 Chromebook initiative in sixth grade last year.  Now, our fifth and sixth graders will have the world at their fingertips.  In the area of science and technology, our STEM units will continue in grades 3-6, along with makerspace in grades 2 & 3.  These units emphasize project-based learning through hands-on exploration.  In readers’ workshop, our teachers will continue to inspire our young learners to develop a genuine love of reading while developing the confidence needed to navigate challenging texts.  In writers’ workshop, students will continue to hone their skills as authors.  Our teachers will be sharing additional curriculum-based initiatives during Back to School Night.
Please keep in mind that we will continue to implement our guidelines regarding outside food that is brought in for classroom celebrations.  This plan was developed by our Shared Decision Making Team and was highly successful over the past few years.  Outside food items must be store-bought and contain a list of ingredients.  For birthdays, we will continue to promote gym parties rather than food celebrations.  We appreciate your adherence to these guidelines.  Please note that this does not impact your child’s individual lunches and snacks.
Don’t forget, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is still underway!  If your child has not logged in to the Scholastic website yet, please encourage them to do so as soon as possible.  If you have trouble logging in, please contact the main office.  It’s Minute Mania Month on the Scholastic website.  That means that kids can log all their minutes from the entire summer!  The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge ends on September 7th.
As you know, our school building has undergone significant construction over the summer.  Our new classroom floors and blacktop playground area look wonderful.  Exterior construction will continue through the remainder of August.  You can still contact the main office by dialing 516-678-8510.  For the remainder of August, please be sure to call ahead if you need to visit the school for any reason.
Even though our theme this year is Wonder, Community continues to be an important part of our school. Last year, our Junk Drive on Field Day raised over $300 for Sunrise Day Camp.  Our school also received the No Place for Hate designation through the Anti-Defamation League. We are eager to continue similar community-based activities this year.  Be on the lookout for our Morning Meeting calendar.  These monthly events will continue to be an opportunity to celebrate everything that makes our school such a special place.
The first day of school will be September 4th.  On that day, all parents are invited to walk their children to their classrooms and attend our “PTA Coffee Meet and Greet” at 8:30 am in the cafeteria.  Our Back to School BBQ is scheduled for September 14th and Back to School Night is scheduled for September 20th.  The district calendar will be arriving to your home shortly.  Please review the calendar on a regular basis, as it contains important dates for our school and the district.
In our ongoing efforts to stay in touch, we will be using the Remind mobile application throughout the year.  We will periodically send updates about upcoming events and general information.  If you’d like to receive these mobile updates, please text @9e2018 to the number 81010.  Additional instructions have been attached to this email.
Thank you for taking the time to review this letter.  Please take a moment to review the “Important Info” document that is attached to this email.  I hope you all enjoy the remainder of the summer and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,
Mr. McPherson

Mission- The mission of Boardman 9E is to educate students in a positive, engaging environment that values perseverance, respect for others and a genuine love of learning.
Vision- Boardman 9E is a welcoming community that is creative, caring, safe and inclusive, where we cultivate a foundation for lifelong learning, growth and success.