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Welcome to an informative corner to support our families and keep you up-to-date in the latest happenings and/or hot topics our children are facing. In today's highlights we discuss two topics: Social Entrepreneurship and Parents & Kids Learning Together and Having Fun.

#1: Our students are more than willing to tackle big problems. Take, for example, our recent ALMS events: ‘World Bullying Prevention Day’, ‘Red Ribbon Week’, and ‘Rachel’s Challenge’. ALMS students have grown in the last few months and I ask you to consider more ways to empower our students to make a difference. Our students’ social media dexterity and passion can make them an unstoppable force when they want to be. How can we empower more ALMS students to make a difference? Article: http://www.edutopia.org/blog/empowering-student-changemakers-vicki-davis

#2: As you may know, children and adults frequently come to digital games with very different experiences, skills, and inclinations. This next article discusses whether parents and kids can learn together and have fun at the same time. Please see link to the article below from Mindy Brooks. Brooks is the director of education and research at Sesame Workshop, the children's media company that brought us Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and Elmo, and that now develops content for computers as well as for TV. Article: http://anniemurphypaul.com/2014/09/parents-and-kids-learning-together-and-having-fun/#


• 11/17: Family Fitness Night - Bootcamp

• 11/18: Evening PTA Meeting and Town Hall with Dr. Osborne. 7p.m. in the Library


Thank you to all who participated in our Rachel's Challenge presentations! Let's start a chain reaction!
Friday, November 21
Day 1
Saturday, November 22
NR Fund
Pancake Breakfast
NRHS
8:00-9:30am
Click here for flyer
Monday, November 24
Day 2
Tuesday, November 25
Day 3
Rockwell 6 Breakfast
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Wed, Nov 26 - Fri, Nov 28
Thanksgiving Holiday
Schools & Offices Closed
Thursday, November 27
Thanksgiving Day
Monday, December 1
Day 4
Tuesday, December 2
Board of Education
Regular Meeting 7:00pm
NRHS-LEK Theatre
Click here for CSDNR Board Docs.
Day 1

www.stompoutbullying.org

We are pleased to announce that our recent PEP RALLY in honor of the Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention was a complete success. Albert Leonard Middle School was selected by the national organization, STOMP Out Bullying™ to spread the message that bullying of all kinds must be stopped. The CEO and founder of STOMP Out Bullying™, Ms. Ross Ellis, was enthusiastic to learn of our school's mission to eradicate bullying and to promote a school culture of up-standers. In addition, Armour Foods sponsored the pep rally, provided giveaways, and helped to arrange a special visit from celebrity, Mario Lopez. Please join me in celebrating the great work and partnership of STOMP Out Bullying™, Armour Foods and the City School District of New Rochelle.


Weather

Today, 11/21/2014
High: 37 Low: 27
Mostly sunny
0% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 11/22/2014
High: 44 Low: 24
Mostly clear
0% chance of precipitation.
Please join us tonight for our PTA meeting/Town Hall with our Superintendent, Dr. Osborne at 7pm in the library!
 Dear Families and ALMS Students,

Here at Albert Leonard Middle School, we are dedicated to ensuring the safety of our school community in an academically challenging and supportive learning environment. In particular, we have devoted time at ALMS to promote the up- stander mentality (as opposed to the by-stander mentality) when it comes to bullying.

On October 6th, we facilitated a pep rally for students. In an effort to continue the momentum around our anti-bullying campaign, we recently participated in an educational and inspirational program, Rachel's Challenge, brought to us by our student council. 

The entire ALMS community took part in Rachel's Challenge, which included a series of student empowering, educator motivating programs, and a series of five strategies (challenges) to equip students and adults to create/sustain safe, caring and compassionate learning environments. Please feel free to visit the Rachel's Challenge website for additional information about this program:  http://www.rachelschallenge.org.

We thank you for your support of our initiative to end bullying in schools.
 
 
With appreciation,
 
John Barnes
ALMS Principal



To the Albert Leonard Middle School Families,

It is with great enthusiasm that we are upon the 2014 - 2015 school year! My name is John Barnes and I am thrilled to be working with you and to serve the community as the Albert Leonard principal. I have worked for the last eleven years as a middle school principal. I love working with students as they transition from childhood to young adulthood and believe it is the most important time in the lives of young scholars.
Annual Albert Leonard Thanksgiving Food Drive
Each year we hold a food drive to help the less fortunate in our community have a holiday meal.  We are asking each student/family to participate by bringing in some food or a cash donation.  These can by dropped off in the box in the lobby or in the student's classroom.  Cash donations may be left with Mrs. Fridovich, Ms. Martinez or Mrs. Pierson in Siwanoy House.  Some suggestions are: Canned fruits and vegetables, yams or sweet potatoes, beverages, stuffing, rice, potatoes, gravy, rolls, bread, beans, nuts, candy or desserts.  Please be generous.  Donations will be collected starting Monday, November 10th through Friday, November 21st.

Click here for the ALMS Extra Help Schedule! 
Extra Help Schedule.pdf
Please see link below for ALMS Co-Curricular Schedule 2014-2015.
Co-Curricular Schedule 2014.pdf
CSDNR CLOUD Information:

To CSDNR Parents & Guardians for Students in Grades 3-12
,
In order better to support teaching, learning and communications with your child(ren) in Grades 3-12 we
will be providing a secure CSDNR Google for Education email accounts for your child. This email
account will be utilized in the CSDNR CLOUD and students will only be able to communicate with
CSDNR teachers and with other CSDNR students who have nredlearn.org accounts. It is secure,
monitored, and safe.
Inside the CSDNR CLOUD students will be able to utilize secured email, word processing,
spreadsheets, presentation software, virtual storage, eBooks, wiki's, instructional software and
discussion boards-all secured and inside the CSDNR CLOUD. Students will not be able to email or
communicate outside the CSDNR CLOUD. Students will be monitored to make sure that they utilize
these tools responsibly and for the purpose of teaching, learning and communications. Access to email,
discussion boards, and virtual projects, will give students more opportunities to practice reading,
writing, research and communication skills. It will also provide students who are shy and have a
question, to communicate with their teachers through email. In addition, students using Google Docs
can electronically send their writing, presentations and projects to their teachers for feedback.
If you do not want your child to participate in this program, you can opt out by writing a note to your
building Principal stating that you do not wish your child(ren) to have a CSDNR Google for Education
email account.
If you choose to opt out, understand your child(ren) will be given the instructional
resources in a paper format and still be required to complete all assigned work.
We are excited to move instruction to a more 21st Century model for Grades 3-12 and extend learning
in a more digital way. We invite you to review the CSDNR CLOUD at www.nredlearn.org.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact:
Dr. Coleman, Director of Technology, Email: ccoleman@nred.org

En Espanol click here

Web-based Resources - Instructions for Students
We are pleased to provide students with access to Successmaker and Castle Learning. Please use the following instructions when logging on both from home and at school.
SUCCESSMAKER
To log on to the SuccessMaker Student Interface and launch an assignment:
1. Open your browser and go to http://albertleonard.nred.org
2. Hover over your mouse cursor over "Student" and a menu will open. Click on "Successmaker" on the bottom of that menu.
3. On the "Log In" page, enter your Username (Student ID) and Password (Student ID), and then click "Log In."
4. Click your course's name on the "Assignments"page to launch the assignment.
To exit an assignment and log off the Student Interface:
1. Click the X (Close) to exit your course and preserve your session data.
2. Click "Log "Out" on the Student Interface page to log off SuccessMaker.
CASTLE LEARNING
1. Go to www.castlelearning.com
2. Enter your child's CLO login ID and password* and click the Sign In button. *Note: If your child has not set a password, leave the password field blank for the first time and click Sign In. Then, follow the steps to create a password.
3. Assignments from teachers will appear near the top of the page under the section labeled Your Classes.
4. To generate an assignment without a teacher, select a Course to review in the middle of the Student Home Page and click the GO button. Once the screen refreshes your child can create an activity or review completed work.
5. Should you have any questions, please contact support@castlelearning.com

ALMS - Common Core Learning Standards Power Point presentation
ALMS PTA meeting
click here


Thank you to all who helped make Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention a success!

We are pleased to announce that our recent PEP RALLY in honor of the Blue Shirt Day® World Day of Bullying Prevention was a complete success. Albert Leonard Middle School was selected by the national organization, STOMP Out Bullying™ to spread the message that bullying of all kinds must be stopped. The CEO and founder of STOMP Out Bullying™, Ms. Ross Ellis, was enthusiastic to learn of our school's mission to eradicate bullying and to promote a school culture of up-standers. In addition, Armour Foods sponsored the pep rally, provided giveaways, and helped to arrange a special visit from celebrity, Mario Lopez. Please join me in celebrating the great work and partnership of STOMP Out Bullying™, Armour Foods and the City School District of New Rochelle.





Please click here to see the 'Helping Students Learn' November 2014 newsletter!
Haga clic aqui para obtener la versión española!
Noviembre!


Please click here for the helpful 'Daily Learning Planner' newsletter for the month of October!
Haga clic aqui para obtener la versión española! Octubre!


Please click here for the helpful 'Firm, Fair & Consistent' Newsletter for the month of November!
Haga clic aqui para obtener la versión española! Noviembre!


Please click here for the helpful 'Guiding Ideas' Newsletter for the month of November!
Haga clic aqui para obtener la versión española
! Noviembre!


Please click here for the November 2014 'Middle Years' Newsletter!
Haga clic aqui para obtener la versión española! Noviembre!

Please click here to see our archived newsletters!




NR Fund Pancake Breakfast and Thanksgiving Parade

The New Rochelle Fund for Educational Excellence Annual Pancake Breakfast is this Saturday, November 22, 8:00-9:30am at NRHS. Please join us before the City of New Rochelle's Thanksgiving Parade!

Click here for Pancake Breakfast information
 
Click here for Thanksgiving Day Parade information

Black History Month - February 2015 - Call for Artist Submissions

WABSE
, the Westchester Alliance of Black School Educators, an affiliate of NABSE, the National Alliance of Black School Educators, is proud to present its annual Black History Spoken Word and Art Exhibit. This year we commemorate the life, work and legacy of Dr. Maya Angelou by celebrating themes of Freedom and Empowerment through her poetry and spoken word. This theme allows students of all ages to make meaning through the arts. Participants can learn about Slavery, Segregation, the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights Movement through the life and work of Dr. Maya Angelou.

 

Click here to find out how your class can participate and more about resources, requirements and deadlines


Huffington Post Partnership

Today, to mark this last day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Osborne begins a relationship with the Huffington Post. In his inaugural piece for the Education section, Dr. Osborne writes about a critical topic that's impacted our community and addresses the longstanding and meaningful relationship the CSDNR has nurtured with My Sisters' Place, a leading domestic violence awareness organization. You can find his piece below. It debuts on the front page of the Education section.

In the coming months, Dr. Osborne will address subjects in education that cut across local, state, and national lines, and he will bring sharp focus to the incredible breadth of talent and leadership in our entire District.

CSDNR on NPR

CSDNR Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne and NRHS Principal Reggie Richardson were featured on October 27th in a thoughtful interview on domestic and dating violence during NPR's The Takeaway with John Hockenberry.

http://www.thetakeaway.org/story/ray-rices-high-school-struggle-hometown-heros-legacy/

Listen to The Takeaway live online at thetakeaway.org.

PARENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS FOR DATA PRIVACY AND SECURITY

Please click here for more information



The CSDNR Parent Home Access Center

Forgot your password, need an account, please email: 

nrhomeaccess@nred.org




CSDNR Magnet Open House Dates Now Available: for more information, click here.

2014 New York State English/Language Arts and Math Assessment Results

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has released ELA and Math assessment results. Please note that there was a technical error by the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center (LHRIC) in submitting the District's grade 5 math scores to NYSED. Grade 5 math scores were inaccurately displayed upon initial posting to NYSED's website and will be unavailable until the LHRIC and NYSED remedy the situation. Parent reports will be mailed by the LHRIC in September. For further inquiries please contact your school's administrator.

Please click here for CSD New Rochelle ELA and Math Assessment Results.

Please click here for more information from NYSED about statewide test results.


School Community Health Advisory Influenza Vaccine Fall 2014/Winter 2015

The district wishes to ensure that the importance of getting the Influenza vaccine does not get lost in all of the media and public discussion of Enterovirus D68 and even Ebola. See Frank Bruni’s recent NY Times column,
“Scarier Than Ebola”:  Click Here


Influenza is a serious and potentially deadly disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that ALL individuals 6 six months of age and older be vaccinated against Influenza.


The Flu virus changes genetically from year to year, so last year's Flu vaccine will not reliably protect you from this year's circulating Flu strains. Everyone needs to be vaccinated annually.


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PROCEDURE FOR REQUESTING TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL 2013-2014 APPR SCORES AND RATINGS 

Please click here for information from Dr. Korostoff, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Curriculum & Instruction.  Para Español oprima aquí.



Click here for Request Form, para Español oprima aquí.

 


Paperless Board Meetings

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