Seneca Newsletter - West Irondequoit Central School District

West Irondequoit Central School District
Seneca School Newsletter
March 2015
Dear Seneca Families,
Inside this issue:
Wow, it is March already and with March, I hope we see the return of warmer weather! There is
always a lot of buzz around math instruction and why we have students show their mathematical thinking in multiple ways. To help answer this question, this month and in April I will highlight for you our work in the area of mathematics.
Mark Your Calendar, 2
Safety Scout News
Art, Phys. Ed. News
When teaching mathematics our curriculum includes the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
The eight practices include what, how and why mathematicians think deeply to achieve. These
practices are:
Health News
Music and Library
Curriculum Corner
6, 7
Make sense of a problem and persevere in solving it;
Reason abstractly and quantitatively;
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others;
Model with mathematics;
Use appropriate tools strategically;
Attend to precision;
Look for and make use of structure;
And, look for and express regularity and repeated reasoning.
In the early grades, this might be as simple as writing an addition equation to describe a situation, in the middle grades, a student may apply proportional reasoning to plan a school event or
analyze a problem, and a high school student might use geometry to solve a design problem.
Mathematically proficient students can apply mathematics they know to solve problems arising
in everyday life, society and the workplace.
Community Forum, 7
Transportation Dept.
District Vote
Transportation From 9, 10
Drowsy Chaperone
Seneca Calendar
The mathematical practice number 4, Model with Mathematics, engages children thinking
about math from the concrete to the abstract. Mathematically proficient students are metacognitive (reflect on their thinking). They are able to identify quantities in a contextual situation and
use mathematical modeling to show relationships of those quantities.
Students use their models to think about what they are analyzing, how they are determining
relationships, and drawing conclusions. Students interpret their mathematical results in the
context of the situation, then reflect and communicate whether the results make sense, possibly
improving the model if has not served its purpose.
Math modeling is part of how mathematicians problem solve and how they analyze situations
and variables, interpret, and draw conclusions. The math modeling cycle requires mathematicians to redefine, reshape, and reorder information in order to make decisions, problem solve,
and reflect. When a student is in the formulating step, he/she may be using manipulatives, creating and/or selecting a picture, geometric, graphical, tabular algebraic or statistical representations that describe relationships.
This diagram represents the Model with mathematics and the modeling cycle:
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Equal Opportunity
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Mark Your Calendar
Seneca School……………………………..….336-1620
Mrs. Michelle Cramer - Principal
Mrs. Gagarinas - Secretary
Wednesday, March 11th
Thursday, March 26
Mon., March 30– Fri., April 3
Grades 1-3 Half-Day Release at
11:30 a.m. for Conferences
Mrs. Sementelli - Nurse
Open House/ PTSA Ice Cream
Social- 6:30 p.m.
Transportation Office…………….……..336-2992
Spring Recess—No school
Superintendent’s Office………………..336-2983
Web Site:
PTSA Building Reps.
Jeanine Connor………………………….319-4604
Anne Flanigen………………..…………..330-0852
Christine Penner……………………….266-4385
Seneca School Message
& Attendance Line
Safety Scout News
A safety scout’s job is to assist in ensuring the safety of students during morning arrival
time. The scouts are assigned classes to support. Their role is to assist in the safety of our
students by making sure their classmates are acting in a responsible and respectful way as
they enter the building. Each month six of our third grade students are selected to serve as
safety scouts. The following third graders have been selected as our March safety scouts
because they consistently demonstrate the characteristics of a Seneca Star. Please join us in congratulating:
Christian Zeitvogel
Ayden Mullen
Riley Francione
Dominic Ventura
Sam Hittepole
Nicholas Conine
To all of our Seneca friends, please remember to be respectful and follow directions provided by our safety
scouts. You will know that they are a safety scout because they will be wearing yellow safety scout pinnies.
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Art News
Phys. Ed. News
Megan Landt, ArtTeacher
Ann Martin, Physical Ed. Specialist
It is hard to believe that the month of March is already
here! Our young artists are looking forward to showing off
what they have been creating in the art room as the winds
have been howling outside!
We have been having a lot of fun learning about the idea of
balance in our last unit of study in physical education. The
most important balance concepts have led to the exploration
of gravity, how gravity works to pull us toward the earth, how
our center of weight (in the hip area) is the point at which
gravity's force is the strongest, and how our center of gravity
must be held directly over the base or between the base to
maintain strong balance. We experimented extensively with
various bases of support. We asked ourselves the question of
why do humans walk on their feet not their hands (bigger
base of support, stronger leg muscles support the body
weight)? We used many types of equipment to explore these
balance ideas. Balance beams, mats, and stepping stones
helped to challenge our own body's balance. We then explored balancing objects on ourselves and upon other objects,
always considering this idea of weight over base. I felt triumphant when one of my student's came in on a Monday morning and said," Mrs. Martin, I was skiing and I remembered to
keep my weight over my base!"
First graders have recently finished X-Ray Style Animals
inspired by the Aboriginal bark paintings of Australia. It is
important for art students to be exposed to artwork from
varied historical periods, cultures, and aspects of humanity.
This project is a great opportunity to appreciate a diverse
form of artwork from another culture. Colorful cut paper,
stylized animal details in crayon, and a rainbow of paint
dots make these eye-catching masterpieces something to
be proud of!
Second and third graders have recently been working with
clay. Second grade made birds and third grade made frogs.
Both grades continue to learn about the unique process of
working with clay, building upon what they had learned in
the previous year. The techniques of scoring, adding slip
and blending were used to attach pieces of clay together.
Both projects will be fired in the kiln and then painted with
tempera paint.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions
you have about our art curriculum. Think spring!
15th Annual
West Irondequoit Foundation
Benefit Golf Tournament
Friday, June 26, 2015
From there we could experiment with yoga poses which require balance and work in games like lesson where the object
would be to knock an object "off balance." This led to conversations about the weight of an object, the placement of force
to knock the object over and the most efficient means to accomplish this goal. We then branched off into what this might
look like in the sport world (bowling, wrestling, judo, football,
etc…) and how moving the object or person off its base might
be beneficial.
As always, it is a privilege to work with your children as they
truly learn "through the physical" in physical education class!
Rhythm and Dance unit will be coming up! We will explore
folk dances from many lands!
7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Webster Golf Club
Scramble Format
Registration fee includes a round
of golf and lunch. We also offer a
“lunch only” option.
Visit or call 336-3067
for a registration form.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Call 3363067 for details.
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Developing the depth of students’ thinking builds in
mathematics beyond proficient; teaching them to be metacognitive of their learning is a basis for transfer
(application to novel contexts).
I encourage you to learn more about the mathematical
practices through the Website.
Plan your foursome today!
Follow the Foundation on:
Mrs. Michelle A. Cramer
From the Health Office:
March is National Nutrition Month
25 Healthy Snacks for Kids
From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
When a snack attack strikes, refuel with these
nutrition-packed snacks:
1. Parfait: Layer vanilla yogurt and mandarin oranges or blueberries in a tall glass. Top with a sprinkle of granola.
2. Inside-Out Sandwich: Spread mustard on a slice of
deli turkey. Wrap around a sesame breadstick.
3. Rocky Road: Break a graham cracker into bite-size
pieces. Add to low-fat chocolate pudding along
with a few miniature marshmallows.
4. Mini Pizza: Toast a whole-wheat English muffin,
drizzle with pizza sauce and sprinkle with lowfat mozzarella cheese.
5. Spread mustard on a flour tortilla. Top with a slice
of turkey or ham, low-fat cheese and lettuce.
Then roll it up.
6. Sandwich Cut-Outs: Make a sandwich on whole
grain bread. Cut out your favorite shape using a
big cookie cutter. Eat the fun shape and the edges, too!
7. Banana Split: Top a banana with low-fat vanilla and
strawberry frozen yogurt. Sprinkle with your
favorite whole-grain cereal.
8. Apple Pie Oatmeal: Make one packet of microwave
oatmeal with low-fat milk. Mix in 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. Sprinkle with apple pie
spice or cinnamon.
9. Mix together peanut butter and cornflakes in a
bowl. Shape into balls and roll in crushed graham crackers.
10. Microwave a cup of tomato or vegetable soup and
enjoy with whole-grain crackers.
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11. Fill a waffle cone with cut-up fruit and top with
low-fat vanilla yogurt.
12. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on hot popcorn.
13. Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed
cereal and freeze.
14. Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or low-fat
cream cheese. Top with raisins.
15. Stuff a whole-grain pita pocket with ricotta
cheese and Granny Smith apple slices. Add a
dash of cinnamon.
16. Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit and
nuts in a sandwich bag for an on-the-go snack.
17. Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham
crackers and add sliced banana to make a yummy sandwich.
18. Microwave a small baked potato. Top with reduced-fat cheddar cheese and salsa.
19. Make snack kabobs. Put cubes of low-fat cheese
and grapes on pretzel sticks.
20. Toast a whole-grain waffle and top with low-fat
yogurt and peaches.
21. Mix together low-fat cream cheese, mixed dried
fruit bits and shelled sunflower seeds. Spread
on a toasted English muffin.
22. Blend low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana for thirty seconds for a delicious smoothie.
23. Make a mini-sandwich with tuna or egg salad on a
whole-grain dinner roll.
24. Sprinkle grated Monterey Jack cheese over a corn
tortilla; fold in half and microwave for twenty
seconds. Top with salsa.
25. Spread peanut butter on apple slices.
Contact our school nurse, Mary Jane Sementelli at
336-1628 with any questions or concerns.
Music News
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Rob Line, Music Teacher
We are continuing to have fun and expand upon our learning in music class during March! Here are some musical
highlights from this month:
1st Grade: One of my favorite activities with the first graders in music during the month of March is reading the
book Drummer Hoff. We read this book with a message of teamwork (and, of course, as the title suggests, we add
some drums!) Then, several students help to act as the different characters in the story! It’s a jam-packed music
class, but we finish by acting out this fun story complete with a drumming accompaniment! Be sure to ask your
first grader what their special job was during this performance!
2nd Grade: Second graders will perform a dance to the Irish song “Rakes of Mallow” to continue our work on musical form and distinguishing between two different sections of music. This is a partner dance where we will be
pretending to cook some “Irish Stew.” I sure wish I had a class set of wooden spoons for them to click together
and stir, but our rhythm sticks that we often use in class do the trick as well!
3rd Grade: The third graders have a very important month in music! We are spending a lot of time talking about
different instruments and which families they belong to. This serves as preparation for a few weeks from now
when all third graders will get a chance to choose an instrument for fourth grade instrumental music! Talk as a
family and figure out which instruments might be best suited for your child. We hope that each student finds an
instrument that they really enjoy and will continue playing for many years to come! Keep an eye out for more information on this coming soon from the fourth grade music teachers!
Library Media News
Mrs. Forties
First graders will be comparing and contrasting different versions of the folktale, Rumpelstiltskin. These retellings of the traditional tale will include Rumpelstiltskin a German folktale, Tom Tit Tot an old English tale, The
Three Spinning Fairies: a Tale from the Brothers Grimm, and The Girl Who Spun Gold a tale from the West Indies. The students will discuss the setting, characters, elements of magic and make-believe, patterns of three, and
the problem and the solution in each story.
Second graders will be learning how to use the text features in informational books. These features help students better comprehend information presented on a topic in a nonfiction book and in the World Book Encyclopedia Online. The text features they will be utilizing include the Table of Contents, photographs, picture captions,
chapter headings, bold print, diagrams, maps, glossary, bibliography, and the index.
Third graders will be studying Legends from around the world. They will begin with the Greek Myth, King
Midas and the Golden Touch. Next, they will learn about the legends dealing with dragons and unicorns. We
will discuss how myths about dragons and unicorns developed, what the different types of dragons and unicorns
were in these legends, and how different cultures portray both dragons and unicorns. We will conclude with the
legends, Saint George and the Dragon and The Unicorn and the Lake.
Irish folktales will also be shared at all grade levels.
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One area where your child is probably doing a lot of
writing these days is in response to a text they
have read. There are a few very important things
to consider when reviewing a child’s response to
text. First, you should check to see if your child
has truly answered the question or prompt. Have
the child re-read the question and their answer to
see if what was asked has been answered. This
will also help you understand if your child really
understood what they just read. If they’ve answered the question, then next you will want to see
if they supported their answer with text details.
When writing in response to a text, a student
should always use multiple details right from that
text to prove their answer. If your child answers
the question, but does not offer proof, ask them
how they knew the answer. You can have them
locate directly in the text the evidence for their answer. Your child can then use this part of the text
as the written evidence for their response.
One last way to support your child’s writing is to
immerse them in published work. Yes, it’s important to have your child read books to build their
reading skills, develop comprehension, and
strengthen their vocabulary knowledge, but you
can also use books to help build your child’s understanding of the choices authors make as writers
and specific writing styles. For example, Patricia
Polacco’s books often use examples of author’s craft
like personification or onomatopoeia. By immersing your child in her books and talking about the
specific way Patricia Polacco writes, then your
child will begin to use those traits in their own
writing. Plus you have fun reading together for a
different purpose!
Supporting your child in becoming a more successful writer can be beneficial to both you and your
child. You will spend time together while developing important lifelong skills!
Annual Community Forum
Monday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m.
IHS Auditorium
Issues Facing Teens:
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Social Media
Learn from a panel of local experts.
Questions? Contact Rita Dulaney @ 336-2921
[email protected]
A Note from our Transportation
Students may not alternate afternoon
stops. Students must get off the same
bus, in the same location, every day.
Students who ride the bus home or to a daycare
provider must ride the same bus each day and
must exit at the same stop each day. For your
child’s safety we cannot honor requests, (even
those in writing) for alternate drop locations.
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Board of Education Election
and District Budget Vote
May 19, 2015
Board of Education
The Board of Education is made up of seven district
residents, who serve as volunteers. The board sets
policy for the school district; policy which is put into
action by the superintendent and his staff.
Members are elected to office at the District Vote in
May and serve three-year terms. Terms are staggered
so that two or three seats are open each year. There
are three seats open for election in May 2015.
The Monroe County School Boards Association offers
a session for those who are thinking about running
for a school board position.
Prospective School Board
Candidate Seminar
Saturday, April 11
8:00-11:30 a.m.
Budget Preparation
The Board of Education will discuss the following
2015-16 budget topics at their upcoming meetings:
March 5 - Iroquois School @ 7:00 p.m.
2015-16 Expenditures - Non-personnel
March 19 - District Office @ 7:00 p.m.
2015-16 Expenditures - Personnel
Agendas and supplementary materials are always
posted on the District Web site:
The Board of Education will adopt a proposed 2015-16
budget at the April 23
Business Meeting
District Office
7 p.m.
Airport Holiday Inn
Please contact the association at 328-1972 or visit to register.
Candidate petitions are available from the District
Office on weekdays from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Closed
April 3rd) Completed petitions must be filed with
District Clerk Patricia Kelly by Monday, April 20th at 5
p.m., call 336-2983 with questions.
Vote Day Volunteers Needed
If you are a qualified voter of the West Irondequoit
School District and would like to help out at this
year’s vote by working at a registration table or a
voting booth, please contact Patricia Kelly at
[email protected] or
Volunteers work three-hour shifts. No prior
experience required!
Specific information regarding the vote,
the budget and the
Board of Education election
will be printed in the
district newsletter The Quote,
to be mailed in early May.
Information is also available at and on ICAT 15.
We also invite you to follow us on
Facebook & Twitter.
We’re West Irondequoit CSD.
2015-16 school transportation is scheduled to be provided for eligible district pupils as follows:
Distance between home and school legally attended; as measured by the nearest available route (public highway) must meet these
..... ....
All Students
..... ....
More than 1 1/2 Miles
Applications for 2015-16 school transportation MUST be submitted no later than April 1, 2015. In the case of persons who move
into the district after April 1, 2015, residence in the district must be proven with the district registrar (336-3090). After proving
residence with the district registrar, and within 30 days of moving into the district, application must be completed and submitted
for transportation.
Pupils applying for transportation to and/or from a childcare provider must meet eligibility as stated above. The
childcare provider must be located within West Irondequoit School District boundaries. The District reserves the right
to require proof of New York State Certification of the childcare provider. Requests for transportation to a place of
parental employment will not be honored, unless the employer maintains a registered childcare provider service and is
located within the West Irondequoit School District boundaries.
Children must ride the same bus every day and be dropped at the same bus stop every day; requests
for transportation to alternate addresses on alternate days will not be honored.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------2015-16 SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION APPLICATION FOR TRANSPORTATION
Please complete both sides of application.
To Board of Education, West Irondequoit Central School District:
I request that school transportation be provided for my child to and/or from a childcare provider in West Irondequoit during the 2015-16
school year.
Child’s Name: __________________________________
Birth Date: _____________________
Home/Cell Phone #: ________________
Home Address: _________________________________
Parent Work #: _________________
Childcare Provider's:
Please CIRCLE home or sitter
AM Pickup: Home
Phone #:______________________________________
PM Drop:
Start date:_____________________________________
School child is attending:
Grade child is enrolled in as of September 2015:
_________ If Kindergarten (circle) AM
Signature of parent or guardian:
Date of
Application: ___________
WICSD Board of Education
321 List Ave., Rochester, NY 14617
OR FAX TO: 585-336-3023
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ------------------------------------CERTIFICATION
We _____________________________________ certify that_____________________________________
(Name of parent/legal guardian)
(Name of childcare provider)
assumes full legal responsibility for the care, custody and protection of the before named child from the time
of drop off by the child’s parent until picked up by the school bus and/or from the time the child is dropped
off by the school bus at the above childcare provider’s address, until the parent picks the child up. The
childcare provider and the parent each individually agree that if the childcare arrangements described herein
are terminated or altered, each will assume responsibility to notify the West Irondequoit Central School
District Transportation Department at 336-2992.
This certification applies to:
Before school pick-up _______________
After school drop off _______________
Both before and after school _________
Signature of Parent ____________________________________________ Date _____________________
Signature of Childcare Provider __________________________________ Date _____________________
West Irondequoit Performing Arts
March 26 at 7:30 p.m.
March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
March 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Irondequoit High School Auditorium
Tickets Available:
IHS Box Office
March 2015
Seneca School
S 3
E 10
D 7
A 12
C 14
Grades 1-3
Release Day
11:30 a.m.
E 18
B 21
D 25
A 28
Open House/Ice
Cream Social
6:30 p.m.
Spring Recess—No School
A Day - Art (1-3) PE (3)
B Day - Music (1-3)
C Day - PE (1-3)
D Day - Music (1-3)
E Day - PE (1-3)
S Day - Library (1-3)
PE (1-2)
Kindergarten Library
A, C, E