August 25, 2014
Dear SBS Families:
Happy autumn! Summer has officially ended and school year 2014-15 is off to a great start.
Thank you to all of our PreK-4th families who attended last week’s Lower School “Back to School Night.” This was a great opportunity to meet the staff and to visit your child’s classroom.We look forward to seeing all grade 5-8 families at our Upper School “BTSN” next Wednesday, 10/1.
This year we will officially be rolling-out new Common Core interdisciplinary Social Studies units in all grades. These units are the product of a great deal of collaborative work from our administration and teaching staff. It was not only important to adhere to the Common Core State Standards when developing these studies, but also to hold true to the mission of Side by Side. This means producing a rich and rigorous unit of study that is interdisciplinary (including mathematics and literacy activities throughout) while concurrently maintaining social justice themes within each unit. Although there is still some tweaking that will be required for various components to some units, most are ready to go. By grade level, these new units of study can be summarized by the following descriptions:
PreK: “My place in the World”; --Where children will explore self, family and home.
Kindergarten: “How we get what we need;”-- Here children transition to understanding a community based view of the world around them
1st Grade: “How do jobs contribute to the community?”—investigating jobs and the value of everyone’s contributions
2nd Grade: “Relationships between individuals and the environment.”– The Oyster industry as an example of the importance of caring for habitats
3rd Grade: “Consumer vs. Non-consumer societies”–Students look at how human actions have impacted the Long Island Sound over time
4th Grade: “Democracy and voice.”—Focus on citizenship in a democratic state
5th Grade: “Colonization and Revolutionary War.”—Looking at conflict and alliances of the Revolutionary War
6th Grade: “Conflict in ancient and modern societies” —Looking at how the US can learn from experiences and events that have occurred elsewhere in the world.
7th Grade: “Systems of government and their impact on the quality of life for citizens—World History” —Looking at colonial and modern Japan, Greece, and Haiti
8th Grade: “Systems of government and their impact on the quality of life for citizens—19th-20th Century United States ”—Civil War, Reconstruction, the Industrial Revolution and the Civil Rights movement.
I look forward to seeing and getting to know all of you as the year progresses.If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time at extension 133 or firstname.lastname@example.org.