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AIS

Academic Intervention Services provides additional instruction and/or student support services which supplement the instruction provided in the general curriculum. It also assists the students in meeting the New York State learning standards. These services are intended to assist students who are at risk of not achieving the standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and /or Science, or who are at risk of not gaining the knowledge and skills needed to meet or exceed designated performance levels on NY State assessments. Services shall be made available to students with disabilities on the same basis as non-disabled students. These services can be provided in addition to the student's individualized education program.



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Art

Ms. Gayer
Mr. Brandt


Welcome to Art! The elementary art curriculum is designed to initiate the district-wide art program. The lessons provide students in grades kindergarten through fifth with a broad and diverse art education that promotes creativity, expression, and self-esteem. Students study art from a variety of male and female artists, U.S. and world cultures, and contemporary and historical time periods. Students use a wide range of materials to create multi-art forms for multicultural, interdisciplinary, and cross-disciplinary connections. Students build necessary skills, knowledge, and attitudes for realizing their artistic potential through art instruction, discussions, and experiences. Students develop aesthetic sensitivity and understand the correlation between the arts and everyday experiences.

Some Grade Level Highlights
(Artists, Styles, and Materials)
Kindergarten: Vincent VanGogh, Sculpture, Cut paper collage
First: Aboriginal art, Printmaking, Tempera paint
Second: Guatemalan art, Weaving, Mixed media
Third: Georgia O'Keefe, Puppetry, Aluminum metal tooling
Fourth: Native American art, Jewelry, Oil pastel
Fifth: Multicultural masks, Acrylic paint, Scratchboard

All art students K-5 should bring in a smock. A large tee-shirt works best.

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Computer Lab


The computer lab is an active learning classroom where the students are encouraged to communicate, express, imagine and share. Classes in the computer lab will use programs designed to enrich the curriculum while integrating keyboarding skills, word processing and internet research.

Once a week for 45 minutes, each student will be able to access, generate, process and transfer information using the appropriate technologies through the Internet under the direction and monitoring of the classroom teacher and computer lab teacher assistant.


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Music

The primary function of the Music Education Curriculum is to foster musical growth in children. Skills such as a sense of tonality and a sense of meter (rhythm) are developed through sequential activities that focus on listening, singing, moving, playing, and creating. Students are encouraged to be responsive to the artistic qualities of musical sound and are provided opportunities for enjoyment and growth through participation, development of individual skills, recorder playing, and participation in chorus.

REHEARSAL TIMES
4th & 5th Grade Chorus…………...Monday 3:25 – 4:00pm
3rd Grade Chorus…………………..Monday during school day
4th & 5th Grade Band……............Monday & Wednesday 7:50 – 8:30 am
4th & 5th Grade Orchestra….........Tuesday & Thursday 8:00 – 9:00 am


Instrumental Music
The Instrumental Music Program begins at the fourth grade level. Students are encouraged to select either a band or orchestra instrument. They will receive a weekly, rotating, in-school lesson, be given assignments, and are expected to practice their instrument at home. It is expected that students will attend all rehearsals, in addition to their weekly music lesson. It is the goal of all instrumentalists to become a member of one of the school’s performing ensembles; therefore, it is imperative that students attend both music lessons and all rehearsals. Students will receive an instrumental music report card each marking period informing parents of their achievement.


Practice at Home
Practicing an instrument at home is every instrumentalist’s musical homework. This is where students work on developing their technique and skills learned in music lessons and rehearsals. With their parent’s assistance, students should select a quiet, well lit area in which to practice. Using a music stand to hold music and lesson books will facilitate each practice session, and will foster developing proper posture. In addition, keeping track of practice sessions on a chart will assist students in developing a routine, and monitoring their practice times.

Classroom Music
All students in grades K-5 receive classroom music once a week. The primary function of the Music Education Curriculum is to foster musical growth in children. Skills such as a sense of tonality and a sense of meter (rhythm) are developed through sequential activities that focus on listening, singing, moving, playing, and creating. Students are encouraged to be responsive to the artistic qualities of musical sound, and are provided opportunities for enjoyment and growth through participation, development of individual skills, recorder playing, and participation in chorus. Students will receive a classroom music report card each marking period informing parents of their achievement.

Chorus
Chorus is open to all 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students who enjoy singing. Students may play an instrument in an ensemble and sing in chorus. Many of our students do enjoy participating in both ensembles.



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Nurse

Ms. Valestrand

News from the health office
Hello, my name is Mrs. Valestrand; I am the nurse at Blue Point Elementary School. I would like to review a few things to help answer any questions that you may have:

Children in Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grades, and all new entrants are required to have a doctor's physical. The physical can either be done privately by your family physician or here in school by the school doctor. Physicals are acceptable if administered not more than 12 months prior to the commencement of the school year in which they are required.

All students will have yearly height and weight checks. Children in grade 5 must be evaluated for scoliosis. Vision screening is required in grades K, 1, 2, 3, and 5; hearing screening is required in grades K, 1, 3, and 5. If you suspect a problem please don't hesitate to contact me so we can evaluate the situation.

Children who need to take ANY medication in school (including Tylenol) MUST have a doctors order on file for that medication, which must include: the name of the medication, the dosage and route that the medication is to be given, the times that the medication is to be given, and a request that it be given in school. Also needed is written parental permission for the nurse to give a medication. Please do NOT send in any medication for your child to take on his/her own. An adult MUST also deliver medication to school - NOT a student.

Children who become ill while at school need to be picked up in a timely manner. Please keep me updated as to any work, home or cellular telephone number changes.

Children who are excused from gym for an injury or medical problem also need a doctor's note to return to gym.

If your child will be absent please call the main office to let us know. All absences need a note upon a child's return to school.

Please call me with any problems, questions or concerns and remember that any and all information will be held in the strictest of confidence.


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Physical Education

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish your family the very best in the start of another successful year. I for one am very excited for my third year here at Blue Point Elementary. I cannot thank the parents and P.T.A. enough for their support and involvement in various activities throughout the year.

My primary goal as an educator is to obtain the greatest potential out of each and every child. With every student having his or her own unique skill sets, I feel it is very important for them to maximize their strengths as well as recognize and develop their weaknesses. Our learning environment in Physical Education will be filled with positive attitudes, encouragement and support from myself and the students in the class.

Twice a week each student will receive 45 minutes of P.E. class where a wide range of units will be covered throughout the school year. Each unit will follow specific progressions to best meet the needs of the children. In the earlier years, students will engage in many basic manipulative skills ranging from spatial awareness to many different locomotor skills. The older years focus on more skill related activities with a concentration on teamwork and cooperation. I am very pleased to announce with the help of a few donations that we will be adding several new units to the curriculum this year.

For the safety of your children and others, I do ask to please adhere to the following guidelines:

• Sneakers are a must! Please no slip-ons, flip-flops, sandals or CROCS!

• Appropriate attire is to be worn. Please no dresses, skirts or jeans (3-5) on P.E. days.

• Minimal jewelry. Stud earrings are fine, but no hoops or bracelets.

• Please provide a signed note to myself, the nurse or classroom teacher for any reason your child is to be excused for the day.

• Last and not least, students are expected to come with a smile and leave just as happy!!!

*As P.E. schedules are consistent throughout the school year, I please ask that these guidelines be followed to the best of your abilities. Unfortunately, if necessary, students will be asked to sit out if they pose a risk to themselves or others.

Throughout the year we hold various fundraisers and events promoting sports in and outside of schools, if you have any interest in helping out please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,

John Selvaggio

Physical Education
Blue Point Elementary
472-6100 x2060
JSelvaggio@bbpschools.org

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Psychologist

Jen Graziano

As the school psychologist, I support the social, emotional and academic success of all students, both regular and special education, by working directly and indirectly with them. My work includes counseling, behavioral intervention and regular consultation with teachers and parents to allow each Blue Point student the opportunity to perform at their highest potential.

Continuous consultation with teachers promotes appropriate, prosocial behaviors by assisting with classroom-wide interventions. Furthermore, most important to the success of our students is positive and effective home-school collaboration. I truly believe that communication with parents is the key to the development of the children, as consistency throughout home and school helps them thrive.

I encourage discussions regarding any issues that may be of concern with respect to the individual student and/or the family dynamic. I can be reached at 472-6100 ext. 2004. I look forward to getting to know both you and your children as we move ahead into the school year.


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Resource Room

Ms. Guarriello

The Resource Room is a program that provides instruction and remediation in the academic areas. After reviewing teacher reports, academic testing, and the student's performance in the classroom, the Committee of Special Education recommends services to a student who is having difficulty learning. An Individual Education Program is put in place that includes placement, testing modifications, teaching strategies, and academic goals for the child the help him/her achieve success. The Resource Room teacher is in constant communication with the classroom teacher and the child's parent to monitor progress and to assure everything on the IEP is being followed.


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Speech

Ms. Cregan
Ms. Schuman Lyons


Speech-language pathologists evaluate, identify, and remediate problems of communication. Speech-language difficulties may include, but are not limited to, delayed language, stuttering, voice and articulation disorders, and weakness in auditory processing.

The speech-language program at Blue Point Elementary focuses on improving students’ receptive and expressive language abilities as well as their vocabulary development, articulation and syntactic/grammatical skills. Additionally, students will work on strengthening their listening comprehension and auditory processing abilities. These speech-language skills are vital to students’ overall academic success.


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