Dear Munn Families,

The month of November has arrived and followed a fabulous October of teaching and learning!!  November is a great time to stop and reflect on how fortunate we are and consider how we can support others in our community.  The October SOARing STARs (Shining Together Acting Responsibly) assembly was tons of FUN at MUNN celebrating our efforts to be kind, compassionate and accepting.  Click the link to see the assembly (https://ensemble.monroe2boces.org/hapi/v1/contents/permalinks/Et74Wdr5/view).  

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November is a busy month!

Below are some dates of importance.
November 7 - Veterans Day Recognition, 2:30pm Munn Cafeteria                    
November 8 – STEAM Day at Munn and Half-Day Early Release 11:50am Dismissal
November 11 - Veterans Day, No School
November 13-16 5th Grade Can & Bottle Drive in Munn Parking Lot
November 14 - Parent Conferences 3:45pm-6:30pm
November 15 - MSPA Family Fun Night 6:30pm-8:00pm 
November 18 - Parent Conferences 3:45pm-6:30pm
November 21 – Pie/Cheesecake Pickup in Cafeteria 3:00pm-6:00pm
November 22 – SOARing STAR Assembly 2:45pm 
November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Recess, No School

Munnday Motivators is new to Munn (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-ZHaPc_XdCMMuhigBueCkA).  Our PBIS team meets monthly to plan monthly lessons on kindness, compassion and acceptance.  New this year the team is focusing efforts on providing students support in social emotional learning (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/sel.html).  Each Monday morning, students and staff tune in to hear the lesson provided by a staff member to Billy Munn and Roxy Star.   

Munn Elementary School continues to be reflective on student learning.  As a staff we consistently analyze student achievement data to inform our instruction.  We make changes as educators to how our skills can be sharpened to meet the learning needs and styles of students.  Our efforts take place at team, literacy and faculty meetings.  This work also happens on the early release days on November 8, January 17, March 20 and June 4. This analysis of data allows us to adjust our efforts and identify targeted instruction for our students.  

A helpful resource for parents about Response to Intervention is located at (http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/RTI/parent.htm).  Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher if you have questions on how you can continue to support the literacy, numeracy and social growth of your child.  

We, as a school, are appreciative of the strong partnership forged with parents and caregivers in the education of their children.  Parent/Teacher conferences are November 14th and 18th from 3:45 pm-6:30 pm.  Please contact your child’s teacher to confirm your conference time.  The conferences are an opportunity for parents and teachers to discuss how your child is progressing in school. After several weeks of school, teachers have an excellent understanding of the students’ academic, behavioral and social strengths and areas of growth. Teachers will also share their observations about how your child is progressing with the routines of the school day, his/her organization, work and study habits. This is an ideal time to communicate information with your child’s teacher about what your child shares about their school experience. Below are some suggestions to help frame that conversation.

Is your child struggling with his/her homework?
Is the homework too easy for him/her?
What does your child talk most about involving school?
What interests does your child have?
Are there outside school difficulties your child may be having?
What support do you feel your child needs from school?

If you were unable to schedule a conference, please let me know and I will coordinate a convenient time for you and your child’s teacher to meet. 

Report cards will be sent home with students on December 6.  Students have worked very hard this first trimester!!  Please review your child’s report card with them and celebrate their successes.  I also encourage parents and students to set an academic and behavioral goal to strive for on the March report card.  Research shows the more students set short and long term goals, the more success they experience. 

Spencerport Central School District continues to work toward the implementation of digital report cards. This change offers an opportunity for parents/guardians to receive their students' report cards quickly, in a more cost-effective and eco-friendly way. The easy-to-use system, known as Campus Backpack, will provide 24-hour access to report cards through the existing Infinite Campus Portal.

I encourage you as a parent to continue to inform yourself about the exciting things happening in New York State public education.  An informative web site is www.EngageNY.org.  

I am appreciative of the tremendous collaboration and communication between our families and the Munn staff.  Please contact me if I can be of assistance in helping you or your child to enhance their academic and social experience at Munn Elementary School.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Michael M. Canny