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PSE Newsletter - Volume/Quarter 4 - April 2021

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Volume 4/Quarter 4  April 2021

Dear Families,

We are excited to enter the Fourth Quarter. We have come a long way this year. There is a lot of learning to be done in this final quarter. Many assessments will be given during this period to guide instruction and allow up to know what the children have learned. Please use the Third Quarter Report Card as a tool to set goals with your child. We also encourage all students to participate in the final i-Ready challenge of the year. Let's finish the school year strong.

Proud to be your Principal, 

Mrs. Policastro


Important Dates:

April 2nd- No School

April 6th -SAC/SAF Meeting through Teams @ 2PM

April 6th -FSA Writes Grade 5

April 7th -FSA Writes Grade 4

April 7th -PTO Meeting through Teams @ 2PM

April 8th-Early Release Day

April 13th-14th- Reading FSA Grade 3

April 14th –Report Cards

April 15th –Kindergarten Round-Up @ 6PM

April 29th –Interims Issued

May 4th-5th- Math FSA Grade 3

May 4th -SAC/SAF Meeting through Teams @ 2PM

May 5th -PTO Meeting through Teams @ 2PM

May 6th-7th-Reading FSA Grade 5

May 11th-12th- Reading FSA Grade 4

May 17th- 18th -Math FSA Grade 4

May 19th-20th- Math FSA Grade 5

May 24th-25th -Science FSA Grade 5

May 31st – No School/Memorial Day

June 9th- Last Day of School     


New i-Ready Contest from April 5th- May 14th

Pass 10 lessons in reading & 10 lesson in math with a score of 70% or higher.


Parents interested in providing input into the performance evaluations of Park Springs’ instructional and/or administrative evaluations may contact our office at (754) 322-7750 by April 10, 2021.


News from PreK

We've been faced with many challenges and changes this year and as we close out the school year, we have a few more. Ms. Bazan has left Park Springs to be an Inclusion Specialist with the Early Learning Coalition of Broward. Dr. Jenn will be leaving at the end of the school year, as her family has relocated to Georgia.

Our students are continuing to work on adding leaves to the kindness tree. We have also implemented a few other strategies from the Conscious Discipline Program including the hitting book, behavior charts, and star breathing techniques. We will be finishing out the DiG curriculum in May. So many of our little learners have mastered letter identification and sounds for a lot of our ABCs. We want to wish good luck and continued success to all our graduating Pre-K students and to Ms. Bazan and Dr. Jenn! 


Kindergarten News

We are relentless! What's your superpower? Our kindergarteners have shown how resilient and strong they are for the past 7 months. Giving their best every day learning online, hybrid and face-to-face.  Our methods of teaching may have changed over the past few months, but learning continues to progress and be creative. Most important students are happy to be together, sharing, caring and enjoy being with one another in the classroom building relationships with their teachers and new friends. Students have been working hard on their sight words, BEST Standards in all subject areas and continue to show strength during this pandemic and all the changes it has presented. As we begin the last nine weeks of school, we have many fun things ahead to experience. As we return from spring break students will continue to work on making complete sentences, sight word practice skills and reading for better fluency and comprehension. Beginning in April we will learn about various fairy and folk tales. We will complete our math chapters and work with 3D shapes and measurement. Students will dive into the ocean and explore sea creatures and the beautiful books written and illustrated by Eric Carle. They will also dig deeper inside Earth's landforms and learn more about Mother Earth. We are looking forward to the 4th quarter   and wrapping up this first year and   preparing for first grade. So proud of our kindergarteners!

First Grade News

We hope that all our families had a good Spring Break. Here we are embarking on our fourth quarter of first grade. It is really a time to celebrate all the hurdles we have overcome and how we can virtually do anything together. Our students have grown so much this year and we are so proud of them and their resilience. 

During this final quarter, we will continue with our phonics instruction as the children continue their reading, but we are focusing even more on comprehension skills and using text evidence to demonstrate understanding of various texts. In math, we will be moving on to measurement and geometry. Our science instruction will include learning about Earth’s surface and Earth’s changes, as well as plants. For social studies, we will investigate maps. As always, if you have a question or concern, please reach out to your child’s teacher. 

Second Grade News

Dear Parents and Families,

We hope everyone had a great Spring break!  We have a busy few months ahead of us. Our students participated in the CoGat test during the week of March 15th. Also, you will be receiving information on when our 2nd graders will be taking the Primary Reading Test. This quarter in science we will be learning about plants & animals. In social studies we will be doing a unit on economics. Remember to read every night!

Third Grade News

This year has been unforgettable. Big shout out to our students and families for their resilience, positivity, and grace shown this year. During the fourth quarter, we will continue to practice and review our literature and informational standards. In math, we will finish the year with time, area and perimeter, and geometry. Third graders will be taking the ELA FSA on April 13 and 14. We will be taking the MATH FSA May 4 and 5. All students will be taking the FSA on campus. At home, please continue to encourage your child to read for pleasure daily, as well as practice their math facts. We are looking forward to finishing this school year strong! 

Fourth Grade news

Wow! Quarter 4 already. Can you believe it? We have been working very hard at filling the gaps of standards that may have been missed as well as preparing for the upcoming FSA. As a reminder, all state and district testing must be completed on campus and you should have received an email from your child's teacher regarding this information if you are an online learner. We have been focusing a lot on writing in March and will continue to do so until the FSA on April 7th. Once the writing FSA is over we will continue writing, but in a more more creative and fun way. We will be focusing a lot on Math and Reading, so this is where I-READY comes in as a very integral part of learning. I-READY not only helps us to understand exactly where your child falls on each standard, but also shows us what your child is still missing and remediates them on those standards. I-READY has NEVER been an optional program, but it is part of your child's grade for completion. Please make sure that your child is completing the necessary 2 lessons in reading and 2 lessons in math each week! Once FSA is over, we will be completing some exciting projects and preparing for 5th grade! Stay tuned for more info. 

Fifth Grade News

We are very excited about the fourth quarter for our 5th graders this year.  We have the FSA tests in April and May. The subject of Math, ELA, Science and Writing will be assessed. We will participate in JA Biztown during the 4th Quarter. This is a great opportunity for our students to learn about financial literacy. Another great tradition here at PSE is our 5th grade "Moving Up" activities. Please be on the lookout for these events during the fourth quarter. We want to let all the students and parents/guardians know that even though this was an extremely unique school year, we, the 5th grade teachers, truly appreciate how flexible and cooperative everyone was this year. Have a great summer and good luck next school year.


Autism Special Program News

We are thrilled to welcome back our Panther Pal program for the 4th quarter. The Panther Pal program works with our 5th grade students to instill skills such as building relationships, teamwork, and problem solving. Selected students are paired with younger students on the Autism Spectrum. Panther Pals meet weekly and assist with games, stories, or other fun hands-on activities. We have been met with some challenges due to the pandemic, but we are excited to be able to continue this wonderful program! 


Media News

Reading Across Broward forms are due to Mrs. Jimenez by Thursday, April 7th. Be sure to get your new forms to do the program again for next year. RAB is a reading program that runs from April 1st to March 31st every year.

Are you spring cleaning your child's books at home? If you have any books that you are thinking about removing from your home, please consider donating them to the media center. Those books can be added to our library and will be enjoyed by our Park Springs students. 

In media classes we will continue to work on listening to stories and participating in activities for each one. E-learners should be checking the media canvas course each week and doing the assigned task. 

Parents, please ensure that your child's media account is clear. There are many students who have not yet handed in their book which was borrowed last school year. If you are not able to find the book, you may purchase another copy of the same book at any store and then submit for it to replace the one lost. If you wish to pay for the book instead, please go to the 


Art News

Happy 4th Quarter to all PSE artists and their families. The art room both in person and virtual has been busy! Artists have explored different materials and processes. All on campus artists used tempera paints for their units on color. Artists in grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade also learned the process of collage. We have also been practicing "low-stakes" art, where the artists will draw primarily in their sketchbooks so they can build their confidence and skills without worrying that the artwork needs to be perfect and ready for display. Their sense of discovery and pride during this time has been so exciting to witness.  

During the 4th quarter, we will continue to work in our sketchbooks. We are learning this is a critical step in an artist's process. We will also learn a few more art techniques - like printmaking. 

We will wrap up the year with a unit on identity which will culminate in a self-portrait for artists in all grades.  

This year, although not traditional, has been uniquely beautiful. Together, we have made art in ways we never imagined. I am so proud of all my artists both at home and in person; I hope that making art has been an enjoyable process.



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