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Parents and Community Members,

What a huge success our School #46 Expanded Learning EXPO was last month! We had a great turn out and fantastic media coverage despite the bad weather. Our students were excited to show off the opportunities they have had within our National Center for Time and Learning (NCTL) Time Collaborative initiative (expanded day program). Special thanks go out to Mrs. Tricia Rene, our Parent and Community Involvement Committee and our Greater Rochester Health Foundation (GRHF) Project Manager, Jennifer Tomczyszyn, for working together to plan the evening’s events.

Summer learning losses have been identified as driving two thirds of the total achievement gap ( with most of the gap between lower and higher income. High-quality summer learning opportunities have a tremendous impact on success. Here at Charles Carroll School #46 we are dedicated to ensuring our students have opportunities to take advantage of the amazing summer programming our community has to offer.

The GRHF foundation is in the process of recruiting for their Summer Enrichment Program at Monroe Community College. The summer program is scheduled to take place from July 6th -August 7th. Daily programming begins at 7:30am (bus pick up at community stops) and concludes at 4pm. Activities include academic enrichment, physical education (including swimming, ropes course etc.), character development, and health wellness. Students will have access to the PAC Center at MCC. In addition, we just received word that our school will host a Mercier Literacy Summer Program right here on our campus. As more information becomes available, we will share details and the enrollment process. As summer planning continues, please stay tuned for more information regarding summer learning experiences offered by the Rochester City School District and other outside organizations. Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004). Let’s work together to ensure our students have productive things to do over the summer.

As our preparation and planning for the New York State Assessment season continues, we want to ensure that parents have an opportunity to learn more about the new state assessments, available resources, and how they can support their children’s academic success. With that in mind, we will be hosting parent opportunities geared to helping families understand more about the testing experiences their children will be engaged in this upcoming April. For your information, dates for New York State Testing Grades 3-6 are as follows: English Language Arts will be April 14th -16th and Mathematics will be April 22nd -24th. Please support our administration efforts by not scheduling appointments and/or other activities on these dates that would require your children to be late or miss school.

Reminder: This is a busy time of the year so please check the website regularly for the latest information on upcoming events, summer opportunities, and important end of the year information.

T'Hani Pantoja