Superintendent of Schools Dr. Laura S. Seinfeld
"We are delighted to welcome back our learning community and are so proud of our students, staff and families for their continued efforts and support in making this challenging re-opening a success! While our schools and protocols have changed to keep everyone safe, we remain committed to excellence for all students and the three "R's" of instruction: Relevance, Rigor and Relationships."
--Dr. Laura Seinfeld, Superintendent of Schools
A Shared Reading Experience!
Keeping a tradition alive during the pandemic, Dr. Seinfeld's Community Book Club went virtual last spring and brought together nearly 50 participants to discuss the book, "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane" by Kate DiCamillo. In her final book club on November 16th, she again brought the learning community together virtually for rich discussions on the book, "The First Rule of Punk" by Celia C. Perez and as an extra treat had the author join in! Executive Board Student Council President Katherine Pinnock, who co-facilitated the event with Dr. Seinfeld, offered some heartfelt words of gratitute to Dr. Seinfeld as she prepares to move on to the next level of her career as Dean of Education for the Long Island and Brooklyn campuses of Long Island University.
Themes of diversity, inclusion, kindness and friendship echoed through the James H. Vernon School library as the novel Wishtree by Katherine Applegate was discussed at Dr. Seinfeld's 13th Community Book Club, Nov. 21. Vernon School created its own wish tree and book club participants had the opportunity to add their wishes to it as one of the culminating activities. Participants also completed a "Welcome Wall" and took the "Welcome Pledge" as ways to express their support for inclusiion.
Community Book Club was featured in Newsday!
Extending the Experience
The book club, generally open to students in third grade and up, was for the first time introduced to second graders with a tailored version called A Taste of Dr. Seinfeld's Community Book Club. The event was hosted by Roosevelt Elementary School Library Media Specialist Roseann Davidson and Literacy Coach Chris Bartell to get students excited about the opportunity of participating next year. Click here for Dr. Seinfeld's video book club message to Roosevelt second graders.
More reading events:
Read Across America celebration at Theodore Roosevelt School.