Principal Letter


Dear Stadley Rough Families,

posted Jun 25, 2018, 5:43 AM by Jennifer Van Keuren   [ updated Jun 25, 2018, 5:44 AM ]


Summer can be a season full of good times and fun memories, but did you know that kids might experience learning losses when they don’t read during the summer? There’s actually a name for it. It’s called “the summer slide” (and that isn’t the one at the park). Reading is an important part of everyday life. Just because it is summer, students should not put their books away! The more our students read, the better readers they will be.

Studies show that children who read over the summer achieve greater scores on reading assessments in the fall than those who read only one or no books at all. Remember, no matter how old your children are everyone loves to be read to! We hope you and your family will read many stories this summer and reap all of the wonderful benefits that reading has to offer! This year the Kindness and Compassion Club has installed a “Book House” outside our school. It will be stocked with books for students to visit and pick up a book over the summer. During our Summer Reading Kickoff this year I challenged every student to read 10 books over the summer to keep their reading skills sharp. I hope our entire school can work hard and achieve the goal of 10 books. Have a great summer!


Enjoy the summer break!

Mr. Cerlich


Stadley Rough Elementary School

posted Jan 16, 2018, 7:53 AM by Jennifer Van Keuren   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 8:07 AM ]


is a safe and caring community with high 
expectations, that respects each child as an individual, and creates an 
engaging learning environment that fosters lifelong learners with the 
goal of being successful in the world.

Dear Stadley Rough Families,

posted Sep 11, 2017, 10:23 AM by Jennifer Van Keuren

        As I walk around our school this past week, and visit each classroom, I am so proud of our teachers and students. It is wonderful to see how much effort they are all putting forward. Each classroom is busy throughout the day creating memorable moments of learning with a clear focus on student success. We have had a seamless transition through the first few days of school and look forward to the next few months of learning.


In Language Arts, our teachers and students K-5 will be completing their baseline STAR assessments in reading and math. They also have been working on completing the Launch units in both reading and writing. The key reading elements that we have been focusing on is reader stamina, fluency, and note taking while reading. During writing our focus has been on writing short narrative stories and writing for longer periods of time, which will help with building stamina. Students will be now moving into different genres in reading and will work on developing theories around characters and how they affect their stories. Please help support our readers by making sure your child reads EVERYDAY as part of their homework. With your support for reading outside the classroom, together we can send the message to our children that reading is essential in today’s world. I myself have made it a personal goal to read to all of the students at Stadley Rough at least once a month and model to them the importance of reading.


Stadley Rough has been very fortunate to receive a new gym floor last year and it still looks amazing thanks to Mr. Smith’s hard work. We need your help in making sure all our students have sneakers for gym to be able to participate. We do not allow sandals, shoes or flip-flops on the new gym floor.


Please be advised that we have been posting important information on our school web site and the PTO link as well. I will continue my Sunday night calls that highlight reminders for the week ahead and send any important information with students in the Wednesday folder.  Thank you for all your support as we move into the 2017-2018 school year.


Sincerely,

Mr. Cerlich


Dear Stadley Rough Families,

posted May 26, 2017, 7:36 AM by Jennifer Van Keuren

Summer can be a season full of good times and fun memories, but did you know that kids might experience learning losses when they don’t read during the summer? There’s actually a name for it. It’s called “the summer slide” (and that isn’t the one at the park). Reading is an important part of everyday life. Just because it is summer, students should not put their books away! The more our students read, the better readers they will be.


Studies show that children who read over the summer achieve greater scores on reading assessments in the fall than those who read only one or no books at all. Remember, no matter how old your children are everyone loves to be read to! We hope you and your family will read many stories this summer and reap all of the wonderful benefits that reading has to offer! This year the Kindness and Compassion Club has installed a “Book House” outside our school. It will be stocked with books for students to visit and pick up a book over the summer. Hope to see you over the summer!

 

Enjoy the summer break!

Mr. Cerlich


Dear Stadley Rough Families,

posted Sep 12, 2016, 5:23 AM by Jennifer Van Keuren   [ updated Sep 12, 2016, 5:24 AM ]

         As I walk around our school this past week, and visit each classroom, I am so proud of our teachers and students. It is wonderful to see how much effort they are all putting forward. Each classroom is busy throughout the day creating memorable moments of learning with a clear focus on student success. We have had a seamless transition through the first few days of school and look forward to the next few months of learning.

            In Language Arts our teachers and students K-5 will be completing their baseline STAR assessments in reading and math. They also have been working on completing the Launch units in both reading and writing. The key reading elements that we have been focusing on is reader stamina, fluency, and note taking while reading. During writing our focus has been on writing short narrative stories and writing for longer periods of time, which will help with building stamina. Students will be now moving into different genres in reading and will work on developing theories around characters and how they affect their stories. Please help support our readers by making sure your child reads EVERYDAY as part of their homework. With your support for reading outside the classroom, together we can send the message to our children that reading is essential in today’s world. I myself have made it a personal goal to read to all of the students at Stadley Rough at least once a month and model to them the importance of reading.

            Stadley Rough has been very fortunate to receive a new gym floor over the summer and it looks amazing. We need your help in making sure all our students have sneakers for gym to be able to participate. We do not allow sandals, shoes or flip-flops on the new gym floor.

            Please be advised that we have been posting important information on our school web site and the PTO link as well. I will continue my Sunday night calls that highlight reminders for the week ahead and send any important information with students in the Wednesday folder.  Thank you for all your support as we move into the 2016-2017 school year.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Cerlich

Dear Stadley Rough Families,

posted Jun 9, 2016, 10:47 AM by Jennifer Van Keuren   [ updated Jun 9, 2016, 10:56 AM ]

Summer can be a season full of good times and fun memories, but did you know that kids might experience learning losses when they don’t read during the summer? There’s actually a name for it. It’s called “the summer slide” (and that isn’t the one at the park). Reading is an important part of everyday life. Just because it is summer, students should not put their books away! The more our students read, the better readers they will be.

Studies show that children who read over the summer achieve greater scores on reading assessments in the fall than those who read only one or no books at all. Remember, no matter how old your children are everyone loves to be read to! We hope you and your family will read many stories this summer and reap all of the wonderful benefits that reading has to offer! Please visit our website and look for the summer reading van schedule.

Enjoy the summer break!

Mr. Cerlich 

Dear Stadley Rough Families,

posted Apr 12, 2016, 4:38 AM by Jennifer Van Keuren   [ updated Apr 12, 2016, 4:39 AM ]


Welcome to Spring! As the weather warms up, many of us look to the outdoors for extra curricular activities. At Stadley Rough the PTO and Staff have many things planned to wrap up a wonderful school year. It is important to check our website and pay close attention to the handouts in the Wednesday folders.

Field Trips and assemblies are an intricate part of the elementary school experience. Both activities support and extended our curriculum and help our students experience things that they learn in the classroom in real life situations. We always try to have 100% of our students participate in these activities. As for chaperones, teacher communication is the key to understanding your role as a chaperone and making sure you support the teacher on field trips. Students are required to take the bus to and from all field trips and stay with their teacher and class. We thank all of you who donate their time to support our trips and chaperone.

            In the classrooms, teachers have been working hard in sharing high interest text at all levels of reading that will captivate and keep the attention of all of our young readers. Research supports the importance of daily reading and the parent as the role model for reading. Please encourage daily reading from your child and even share your reading time with them. Weekends, scheduled days off should not be an excuse to break the routine of daily reading habits. All of us working together to show the importance of reading can make a difference in all of our students. Please visit our school websites and look at the extensive list of student web links that can support your child.

             As we look toward the end of the year our language arts and math  momentum are at their peaks!  We have worked so hard this year at all grade levels on setting, working towards and achieving our reading, writing and math goals.  Here are just a few things our grade levels are working on in our core curricular areas…

            Our kindergarteners are have finished their Authors as Mentors writing unit where they studied the craft of author Karma Wilson, who wrote Bear's Loose Tooth. They looked at what she does in her writing and they tried it in their own.  They are working on Non Fiction All About books right now.  They are experts on a topic if they can say five things about their topic.  Ask your Kindergartner to tell you what they are writing about. In reading they wrapped up their unit on retelling using characters, setting and presuppositions…first, next, then, last.  They are currently working in reading Non Fiction books to help them grow as readers. The year will end with them working on a reading unit that teaches them how to Talk Across Books.  Their last writing unit will be Persuasive Writing of all kinds…so be watching for some persuasive letters, probably to you, and maybe even a few petitions! In math they are currently working on fluency with addition and subtraction within 5 and will be exploring addition and subtraction within 10. We are working on having the students use multiple tools to show their thinking... Rekenrek, tens-frames, counters, drawing a picture etc.  Ask them to show you how to use a tens-frame.

            First graders have just finished a persuasive writing unit on reviews.  They reviewed collections of their most prized posessions giving reasons and evidence for why their collection was the best.  This prepared them to write solid book reviews doing the same work around reasons others should read certain books. They are currently writing All About Books where they will write on a topic they are experts on and teach their readers ‘all about’ it!!  They are moving into their informational reading unit as well, which will help them navigate through non fiction text and notice and note how other experts write ‘all about’ their topics. . After April break they will read looking for big ideas and be able to Talk Across books in their reading unit.  May into June will bring realistic fiction writing. In math our first graders are currently working on counting and place value concepts as they continue to build their understanding of the concepts and foundations of place value. First graders will then begin to explore addition and subtraction within 100.

            Second graders just finished up a poetry writing and are currently in a science writing unit, where they generate a hypothesis, test them and write about their results. They are LOVING this genre of writing. They are reading looking for the ‘big idea’ or theme in their reading unit. Towards the end of May and into June they will start their Series reading unit and a writing about reading writing unit…this will prepare them for the work expected in third grade Reader’s Notebooks and responding to what they are reading. During math our second graders have been working on building their fluency with addition and subtraction within 100 and will be moving to addition and subtraction strategies within 1000. Students are learning and applying addition and subtraction strategies to word problems, as well as focusing on the problem solving process.

            Third grade has finished up their fantasy writing unit where students wrote adaptations of favorite fairy tales as well as their own original fairy tale. They have finished a short personal essay unit and have moved into their Persuasive Speech writing unit…I’m sure you are experiencing some persuasive speeches in your home…if so, make sure they have reasons and evidence! They are finishing up their Non Fiction reading unit and moving into their is finishing a new  In reading they are starting a unit called Putting it All Together, where they will read informational texts on a specific topic looking for author’s purpose and how text features play into the purpose.  They will finish the year with a big reading and writing unit while they research and write their own Feature Article!  Math has our third graders currently working on computations with whole numbers involving the four operations, in the context of word problems. Their next area of focus will be working to understand fractions and equivalences.

            Fourth grade is currently in a fantasy book club unit and writing literary essays. They will move into a poetry research in reading and writing unit after April break. The year will end with a drama reading unit and a compare/contrast essay unit for writing. In math our fourth graders have been working on comparing fractions and understanding decimal notation. They will then build an understanding of addition, subtraction and multiplication of fractions.

 

            Fifth graders are working on being interpretive readers where they look and read deeper into texts for pivotal moments, tone, mood and authors message. In writing they are creating literary essays based on what they are reading. After break they will be reading and writing research based argument essays, which will take them through June! In math our fifth grade is currently focusing on adding and subtracting fractions and will eventually be moving into, making sense of multiplication of fractions. 

            As we approach the last few months of school it is very important to keep all of our routines in place and continue to support our students up to the last day of school.  Arriving on time for school allows students to prepare themselves for the day ahead and participate in all the classroom activities that get students ready for the day ahead.  Thank you again for all your support.       

 

Dear Stadley Rough Families,

posted Jan 13, 2016, 7:23 AM by Jennifer Van Keuren

Welcome to winter! We have been experiencing some strange weather 

this winter from very warm days to very cold days. As the weather seems to 

change on a daily basis I would like to remind everyone to have your children 

dress appropriately for the weather at hand. Students need to be prepared to be 

outside for dismissal, recess and emergency evacuations. We will continue to 

monitor the students and to remind them to dress for the weather. Your 

cooperation is needed to help make sure that the children are ready for the 

elements each and every day. 

    Stadley Rough continues to practice safety procedures within our school. I 

want to remind all parents, visitors and volunteers that they must stop at the front 

desk and check in with Mr.Grasso upon entering our building. Parents dropping 

off homework, lunches, instruments and everything in between must bring them 

to the main office. Our staff will be more than happy to make sure that your child 

will receive whatever is dropped off in a timely manner. Parents are not permitted 

to walk down to classrooms to drop items off or discuss student matters with the 

teachers. Please contact teachers using email, notes or phone calls. The teacher 

will respond to you as soon as possible. Again, we ask all of you to comply with 

these procedures in order to make our school as safe as possible for your 

children and our staff. 

    The month of January has been a very productive month in Language 

Arts. Many of our students and teachers have just wrapped up their second 

round of reading assessment (STAR) for this school year. We are very proud of 

how well our students have done on this assessment. The staff at Stadley Rough 

will closely review the data and determine the strengths and weaknesses our 

students possess and make adjustments in instruction that best meet their 

needs. All of the staff at Stadley Rough would like to stress the importance of 

reading with your child on a daily basis. Also, scheduling time for homework and 

creating a specific homework area is very important. Your organization and 

support at home clearly makes a difference and allows the students to make 

progress in all academic areas. Thank you for your continued support!

    In Math, students will be moving into a wide variety of math concepts.

Kindergarten is currently working on counting and matching numerals 6 – 10 and 

will be advancing on to counting and matching numerals 11 – 12. We are 

teaching the students to use multiple tools to show their thinking such as, 

Rekenrek, tens frame, etc. First grade is exploring addition and subtraction within 

20 and will eventually move into counting in place value. This is the beginning of 

the children learning to understand the concepts and foundations of place value. 

Second grade has been practicing place value concepts within 1,000 and will 

begin learning and applying addition and subtraction strategies to word problems.

Third grade is developing their skills with multiplication and division, as well as 

graphing. They will be progressing into computing with whole numbers involving 

the four operations in the context of word problems. Fourth grade is being 

challenged with factors and multiples, as well as discovering the divisibility 

rules and multiplicative comparisons. They will eventually be headed into multi-

digit number computation involving the four operations. Fifth Grade is diligently 

working on investigating the process of computing with whole numbers 

for multiplication and division, volume and conversions. Later, they will be 

working on adding and subtracting fractions and decimals. 


Volunteers Needed!

       Junior Achievement, a volunteer based non-profit organization, is dedicated 

to inspiring young people to succeed in a global economy. Junior Achievement 

needs in-classroom volunteers for Stadley Rough. Our volunteers bring real- 

world experience to the classroom and help to bridge the gap between classroom 

experiences and a young person's future success, both in their careers and in 

their lives. The program is delivered in-class with minimal commitment, just 45 

minutes a week, for five weeks. Junior Achievement provides all the materials, 

training and support throughout the entire program.

  If this sounds like a way that you can see yourself making a difference not only 

in the classroom, but also in the community, then please contact Jennifer 

Murphy-Pitcher at Jmurphy-Pitcher@jawct.org or 203-994-8904 to learn more. 

     Thank you for all the amazing support that you, as our Stadley Rough 

extended family, continue to provide the staff. You truly do make a difference in 

helping us to make our school a wonderful place of laughter and learning!

Dear Stadley Rough Families,

posted Sep 14, 2015, 3:09 PM by Jennifer Van Keuren   [ updated Sep 14, 2015, 3:26 PM ]

      As I walk around our school these past few weeks, and visit each classroom, I am so proud of our teachers and students. It is wonderful to see how much effort they are all putting forward. Each classroom is busy throughout the day creating memorable moments of learning with a clear focus on student success. We have had a seamless transition through the first month of school and look forward to the next few months of learning.

      In language arts, our teachers and students K-5 are just completing their baseline STAR assessments in reading. They also have been working on completing the launch units in both reading and writing. The key reading elements that we have been focusing on is reader stamina, fluency, and note taking while reading. During writing our focus has been on writing short narrative stories and writing for longer periods of time, which will help with building stamina. Students will be now moving into different genres in reading and will work on developing theories around characters and how they affect their stories. Please help support our readers by making sure your child reads EVERYDAY as part of their homework. With your support for reading outside the classroom, together we can send the message to our children that reading is essential in today’s world. I myself have made it a personal goal to read to all of the students at Stadley Rough at least once a month and model to them the importance of reading.

        Stadley Rough is moving forward in math through all grades K-5. The main focus has been in the area of place value, number sense, addition & subtraction, and the division of numbers. In the lower primary grades, students have been working with the five and ten frames to build their number sense. Students putting numbers together and taking them apart builds the foundation of addition and subtraction. In the upper primary grades, students are working on value of digits in different place values and products of whole numbers. At the intermediate grades, the students are comparing numbers using base-ten numerals and expander form. Students are building fluency, as well as using various strategies to solve equations involving multi-digit whole numbers. Students at all levels are encouraged to explain and prove their thinking. Our teachers introduce and encourage students with a variety of techniques and strategies to build a strong understanding of mathematics.

        Please be advised that we have been posting important information on our school web site and the PTO link as well. I will continue my Sunday night calls that highlight reminders for the week ahead and send any important information with students in the Wednesday folder.  Thank you for all your support as we move into the 2015-2016 school year.

 

Sincerely,

Mr. Cerlich

Dear Stadley Rough Families,

posted Jul 7, 2015, 5:59 AM by Jennifer Van Keuren   [ updated Jul 8, 2015, 5:52 AM ]



Summer can be a season full of good times and fun memories, but 

did you know that kids might experience learning losses when they 

don’t read during the summer? There’s actually a name for it. It’s 

called “the summer slide” (and that isn’t the one at the park). Reading 

is an important part of everyday life. Just because it is summer, 

students should not put their books away! The more our students 

read, the better readers they will be.

Studies show that children who read over the summer achieve 

greater scores on reading assessments in the fall than those who 

read only one or no books at all. Remember, no matter how old your 

children are, everyone loves to be read to! We hope you and your 

family will read many stories this summer and reap all of the 

wonderful benefits that reading has to offer! 

Enjoy the summer break!

Mr. Cerlich

P.S. Don't forget to take a look at the Literacy Mobile Schedule to meet up with some of the Stadley Rough teachers and pick up some new books to read.

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