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Common Core Parent Information Night at Sandy Creek Elementary School

Teachers and administrators at Sandy Creek Elementary School recently organized a Common Core Parent Information Night where parents could learn more about the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards into the elementary curriculum.

Sara McNitt, K-5 math coach at Sandy Creek Elementary School goes over some of the changes in mathematics due to the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards in the school. McNitt and other teachers volunteered their time to work with parents to answer questions they may have about the changes and also showed parents ways they can support their children in adapting to the new learning standards.
Sara McNitt, K-5 math coach at Sandy Creek Elementary School goes over some of the changes in mathematics due to the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards in the school. McNitt and other teachers volunteered their time to work with parents to answer questions they may have about the changes and also showed parents ways they can support their children in adapting to the new learning standards.

Families met in the Elementary cafeteria for pizza before breaking out by grade level into two groups where teachers shared grade-level specific lessons targeting the changes in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades K-2 and 3-5.

The presentation covered key areas of focus for each grade level group including specific lessons of focus and skills and techniques to help parents assist their children in the lessons.

Parents were also given reference “goody bags” containing manipulatives, word and math games, and practice lessons to reinforce the learning standards at home.

Lizzy Hobbs holds the book she selected during the Sandy Creek Elementary School Common Core Parent Information Night.
Lizzy Hobbs holds the book she selected during the Sandy Creek Elementary School Common Core Parent Information Night.

Parents were also given lots of resources to help them including links to the New York State Education Department’s EngageNY website where all of the curriculum materials are located including teacher guides and e-mail addresses for specific teachers and math and reading coaches for additional support to parents and students.

While parents were busy learning in the sessions, students enjoyed some supervised social and fun time with their friends in the elementary cafeteria with games, art projects, crafts, and a movie.

A book swap was also held in the cafeteria and students could select a book from the table to take home and keep.

Additional Common Core Parent Information Nights are scheduled for the school year, contact the elementary school for specific dates and times.

Jennifer Gestwick, reading specialist at Sandy Creek Elementary School talked to parents about the changes in ELA in grades K-5 during the Common Core Parent Information Night at the school.
Jennifer Gestwick, reading specialist at Sandy Creek Elementary School talked to parents about the changes in ELA in grades K-5 during the Common Core Parent Information Night at the school.