Stony Brook Elementary

269 Grove St. North Plainfield, NJ 07060

PROUD SCHOOLS FOR A PROUD COMMUNITY

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At Stony Brook School, our mission is to live, learn and grow together appreciating and respecting our culturally rich backgrounds and understanding the importance of serving our community. Stony Brook School is a K-4th grade school with a comprehensive academic program. Our instruction is aligned with the Common Core Curriculum Standards. The curriculum offers our students reading/language arts, mathematics, social studies, world language and science curricula which emphasizes reading and writing fluency as well as technology. All subjects are integrated into the content areas of art, music, physical education, health and library skills.
 

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Principal's Message

 

Stony Brook School    2015-2016

 

Facts About Stony Brook

Stony Brook School is a K-4th grade school located at 269 Grove Street in North Plainfield. Our current enrollment is approximately two hundred sixty students with about forty nine staff members. We have a very active and supportive PTA which sponsors many enrichment activities throughout the year. Stony Brook School is an elementary school with a comprehensive academic program. Our instruction is aligned with the Common Core Standards, research based practices as well as district and building goals. The curriculum offers our students reading/language arts, mathematics, social studies, world language and science curricula which emphasizes reading and writing fluency as well as technology. All subjects are integrated into the content areas of art, music, physical education, health and library skills.

At Stony Brook School, our mission is to live, learn and grow together appreciating and respecting our culturally rich backgrounds and understanding the importance of serving our community.

We also love to “READ, READ, READ!”

 

 

A Year of Renovations

 

With a brand new kitchen, a new heating system throughout the building and an air conditioned multi-purpose room, the students and staff will be fed well, warm in the winter and cool when the temperature starts to rise. Also busy with academic and behavioral renovations have been Stony Brook School’s School Based Planning Teams. Both teams have been working during to incorporate the Common Core Standards, as well as a Whole Brain Approach to academics and behaviors. Also developed were initiatives designed to target instruction with new reading/writing/listening strategies and create a positive learning environment for all students. 

     The first School Based Team focused on the Testing Objective. The members included Michele Motichka, Kelly Feeney, Marina Heller and Eram Tun who are working on literacy, writing and mathematics initiatives. The second team, whose members consist of Sharon Switek, Gretchen Jacot, Kathleen Landadio and Leslie Castillo are developing character education initiatives to enhance behavioral practices.

     Whole Brain Teaching and Higher Order Thinking Skills developed by Chris Biffle will give Stony Brook Students the HOTS for learning.  Whole Brain Classroom Management Techniques will be incorporated into class routines, such as the use of “Attention Getters”, the“Whole Brain Activator” and the “Motivator” in order to keep students engaged and on task with learning.

     During the Language Arts Block, the students will participate in developing successful literacy habits through strategy based programs found in the new reading program titled, Good Habits, Great Readers, along with strategies from Jennifer Seravallo’s The Reading Book,  The Daily Five Program and the CAFE Program by Boushey and Moser. Two different “All School Read Alouds” have been selected for this year as well as the Library Goal incentives designed to increase book circulation to a new all time high. The emphasis on Vocabulary Development will continue with classes participating in the Vocabulary and Idiom of the Week programs. It should be “a piece of cake”.  Reading Fluency will be enhanced by continued work in Sight Word Vocabulary Development and additional programs such as “Words Their Way".

     Developing writing strategies has been another initiative developed by Marina Heller and Mary West, two Stony Brook teachers who attended the Lucy Calkins Writers Workshop Professional Development Series at Columbia University over the past few summers. The “Writers’ Wall” will include monthly contributions of student work.

     Mathematically, the committee has continued to focus on daily routines that will teach a deeper understanding of concept development of number sense. Grades K-2 last year and now Grades 3 & 4 will receive instruction in the newest edition of the Everyday Mathematics 4 program.  Mathematics fluency and problem solving skills will be the focus of monthly activities, as well as the addition of two performance assessments.

     Developing future leaders will be enhanced through our LEAD (Learning to Educate ourselves and Achieve our goals by Doing our Best) Initiative.  The students will continue to learn about their own areas of strength and lesser abilities and strategies for how to set goals and then reach those goals.     

     The LEAP (Learning Equally and Peacefully)character education program at Stony Brook has been very successful and continued again this year with new and innovative ideas for creating our “peaceful” school environment. This year the committee members have added strategies from Chris Biffle’s Whole BrainTeaching to motivate and enhance learning. Five new school rules will allow for a shared vocabulary and calm the most challenging behaviors.

     Extracurricular Activities such as Afterschool Art, the Computer Club, Afterschool Sports will continue again for the year. Favorite traditions of Stony Brook School will continue again this year, such as the Walk to School Wednesdays, School Spirit Days, Family Fun Nights, monthly Birthday Bash Celebrations, The Harvest Festival, Class Trips, the Talent Show, Family Fitness Day, the Winter and Spring Concerts, the Read Across America Celebration, our annual Family Fun Nights and the grade level awards ceremony in June.

     Stony Brook’s renovations have been messy but very exciting. The improvements are so worth the wait. Renovating our school based plans and setting new goals for learning has been equally as exciting. Wishing us all well for the new and exciting school year 2015-2016.

 

 

 

Celebrate Your Education!

 

 The school year 2015-2016 will be a year of "Celebrations". Every year, we offer our students the chance to maximize their learning experiences. This year we continue that pursuit of excellence in education for our proud community of learners. Here are tips of how to become a successful learner:

 

 C - Care about teachers and friends.

 E - Excel in all you do.

 L - Learn something new everyday.

 E - Expect to be challenged.

 B - Brain Build by thinking.

 R - Read, Read, Read and Read some more.

 A - Attention needs to be given to all details.

 T - Teach others what you know.

 E - Education is the most important gift.

 S - Stony Brook School is great!

 

 

 

Understanding the Core Values of North Plainfield

Caring
Appreciation
Respect
Determination 

 

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READ! READ! READ!

 

Mrs. Kobylarz

 


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