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Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to a new school year! While this will be an opening like no other we have faced before, I want to assure you that the safety, health and emotional well-being of our staff and students will be our top priority. It is with great pride and pleasure that I welcome back our 7th and 8th grade students, as well as open our doors to this year’s incoming 6th grade students.  As Principal of Joseph B. Cavallaro I.S. 281, it is my hope that together we will provide each student with a nurturing and educationally challenging school year.  Please join us in setting high standards of excellence and expectations for each and every child aligned to the Chancellor’s Instructional Framework, with an emphasis on ensuring the social and emotional well-being of our students. 

Our mission statement reads, “As the magnet school for STEAM, we at Joseph B. Cavallaro will provide every child with the support to grow intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. In an advanced inquiry based learning environment, we will serve as leaders for the 21st Century, in both technology and the arts.”  As a school that prides itself on offering their student’s an educationally and culturally rich environment, it will be our goal to continue forward in that direction.  This year’s Instructional Focus reads, “Students will engage in targeted instruction using advanced literacy and high level questioning to meet the individual needs of all learners, as determined by unified, data based assessments tracking students’ progress towards proficiency within each standard.”    

In partnership with the entire school community, it is my vision to provide every child with a safe, nurturing and educationally equitable learning environment complete with a rigorously challenging curriculum setting all students on the road to college and career readiness.  If together we hold true to the values of equity, integrity, communication, perseverance and trust, it will ultimately permeate into the hearts and minds of our students through our example.  Please join us in the many events we hold throughout the year.  Thus, our mission of preparing each and every child on a successful path will be attained with your involvement.  I look forward to a promising school year.

 

Sincerely,

Maria Bender

Principal, Joseph B. Cavallaro I.S. 281

"If you cannot fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
 

Principal’s Educational Philosophy: 

 

“I believe that it is crucial to provide students with a safe and nurturing learning environment, whereby consistent goals are set and monitored, pedagogy is coherent, standards-based and data-driven, activity is motivating (relevant), engaging and measurable, and education is equitably distributed to promote the success and progress of each and every child.”

 

 

Weekly Updates for Families:


 

Cav was all dressed in Pink last week in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Our next celebration will be tomorrow October 13, which is “National Stop Bullying Day”. We invite everyone in the school to wear Blue for UNITY.

 

Friday, October 15, we will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. This is a time to recognize all of the wonderful contributions of the Hispanic community; from food and dance, to traditions and celebrations. We invite all within our school community to dress in the vibrant colors representing the flags Hispanic countries, and join in celebrating the richness of their culture.  

 

As we are well into the month of October, I would like to remind everyone of the importance of being on time and present each and every day. The attendance team at I.S. 281 is making a special effort to ensure all students fully benefit from their education by attending school regularly. Showing up for school has a high impact on a student’s academic success starting in Kindergarten and continuing through High School. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life. We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health or other circumstances. However, we also know students who miss too much school – regardless of reason – it can cause them to fall behind. Please reach out to our school’s attendance team with any further questions.

 

Voting will be taking place tomorrow to fill the positions of our 6th Grade Secretary, 7th grade Vice President, and 8th grade Student Body President. Each grade will have a specified google drive containing candidate videos, to be viewed by students during Social Studies. After viewing the candidate speech videos, students will cast their votes via Google Forms. Good luck to all of our candidates!

SAFETY and HEALTH

All staff and students are to remain masked while among others at all times in the building except while eating, i.e., during instructional time, while walking in the hallway, etc. If a student is not properly wearing their mask throughout the school day, they will be instructed to adjust. If they consistently are defiant of this policy, this will be reported to the dean, as the failure to properly wear a mask is in the Chancellors’ Discipline Code.

 

Classroom desks must consistently be arranged to maximize the full capacity of the room in order to maintain 3 feet of distance between students when possible. Students are not permitted to move their seats or desks closer to one another in the classroom.



Academic Vocabulary Word of the Week

10/11/21 – Describe, Support

Spanish:  Describir, Apoyo

Chinese:  描述, 支持

Russian:  описывать, Служба поддержки

Urdu: بیان کریں۔, مدد کریں۔



Ms. Bender’s Quote of the Week:

Two quotes of the week by William Arthur Ward:

“Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service and character.”

“The mediocre teacher tells, the good teacher explains, the superior teacher demonstrates, the great teacher inspires.”



Social Emotional Focus of the Month of October:

All Grades:

Domain Area – Trauma

Focus Area – Stress Management

Objective – Students will learn strategies for managing their emotions, following a traumatic event.



Have a wonderful week!
Sincerely,
Ms. Bender
We will be kicking off the month of October by wearing pink on October 6th, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This will be our 2nd dress down day of the year. On this day our entire school community, is invited to dress up by wearing the color pink.


The Cavallaro school government has selected their class representatives, congratulations to our newly elected class reps, as well as to all those who ran. This week, there will be speeches made by the candidates running for leadership positions in the student government. Those positions are 6th grade secretary, 7th grade vice president, and 8th grade president. Good luck!


Please be aware of the new DOE Health policy. You can view the policy in its entirety by using this link. https://infohub.nyced.org/school-year/school-year-2021-22/school-health-policy
The school health policy revisions include:
  • A student who is exposed to an infected student in the classroom will not have to quarantine, if both students were properly wearing a face covering and maintained at least three feet of distance from one another.
  • All unvaccinated students who are designated as close contacts and who remain asymptomatic during quarantine may return to school eight (8) days after the last day of exposure with a lab-confirmed negative COVID result from a test taken five (5) days or later, after exposure.


This week’s academic words of the week are:
Academic Vocabulary Word of the Week:
10/4/2021 - Determine, Conclude
Spanish: Determinar, Concluir
Chinese: 確定, 結束
Russian: Определить, Заключить
Urdu: اس بات کا تعین, نتیجہ اخذ


Ms. Bender’s Quote of the Week:
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” - Aristotle


Social Emotional Focus of the Month of October:
All Grades:

Domain Area – Trauma
Focus Area – Stress Management
Objective – Students will learn strategies for managing their emotions, following a traumatic event.


Have a wonderful week!
Sincerely,
Ms. Bender