It is with great pride and regret that I announce that Ms. Lindsey Kubera, our awesome Special Education Teacher is leaving Lower Lab. After eight years, at our school, she has accepted the position of Assistant Principal on the upper west side. Our students and the entire Lower Lab community have benefitted tremendously from her hard work, empathetic nature and excellent skills as an educator. I know she will be sorely missed as a colleague and a friend.
At this time, please join me in welcoming Ms. Hanna Richman to the special education position. Ms. Richman has been working at Lower Lab as a teacher assistant, demonstrating her abilities in the third grade last year and currently in the fifth grade. She is smart, thoughtful and extremely dedicated. Her exceptional organizational skills will also serve her well in her new position.
Hanna will be completing her Master’s Degree from Hunter College with dual certification in Childhood Education and Special Education this spring. She comes from a family of educators, one of her favorite places to visit is the Strand bookstore and she plans to train for a marathon in the near future.
I want to assure you that there will be a smooth transition as Lindsey will have opportunity to work with Hanna prior to her departure. Please join me in congratulating both Lindsey and Hanna in their new positions. Here’s to continued success for all!
letter from Ms. Miller 10:2:2017
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Last year, we launched Lower Lab Values with Respect, and we will launch this year’s Lower Lab Values with Respect – again! This is a value that we want to continue to keep at the forefront in our school community, and this year’s first Book of the Month, The Giving Tree, will remind every one of the importance of having respect for each other, for ourselves and for the world around us.
The Giving Tree, written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein, was first published over 50 years ago. It has been translated into many languages, and is considered a true classic. Readers of any age can discuss the simple sketches and simply written text that offer complex interpretations.
The Giving Tree tells the story of a boy who visits a tree, and the tree loves the boy. As the boy gets older, the relationship changes from one that is equally pleasing to both, to a relationship that benefits one at the expense of the other. The story speaks of friendship, relationships, love, happiness and generosity. It also shapes understanding of how respect is “a two-way street.”
Sharing The Giving Tree with children of all ages provides a wonderful opportunity to engage in thoughtful conversations. Some good discussion may be yielded from the following:
- Do you think the boy is selfish? Why or why not?
- Do you think the tree is happy? Why or why not?
- Can you think of a time when you gave something away when you really didn’t want to? Why did you do that?
- It is important to think about respect as it relates to friendships. In this story, was the friendship between the tree and the boy respectful? What makes a friendship respectful?
- Why did the author call his character “the boy,” even when he became a man?
- The tree could be a symbol for something bigger than just a tree. Something that must be respected. What could that be? What would the “boy” symbolize?
- Julius Irving, a famous basketball player, said, “I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important than popularity.” Is it better to be liked or respected?
I am very happy to announce that we will be having a round of coffee talks in the next two weeks. Check for the invite in your child’s backpack tomorrow.
Save the dates:
- September 28th – Grades 4/5
- October 2nd – Grades K-2
- October 4th – Grade 3
I look forward to seeing many of you there!
This past Sunday, it was my pleasure to see the Lower Lab Chess Club host a Fall Tournament at the school. Forty Lower Lab students participated, as well as dozens of other students from all over New York City. The weather was fantastic and the setting perfect. The more experienced participants played chess under a tent in the inner courtyard, some up to two hours, while others enjoyed playing their matches on the brand new tables in the cafeteria. It was a wonderful event!
Any Lower Lab student, who has an interest in playing chess, is invited to join. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wow, we are off to a great start! Children in every classroom were happy, engaged, getting reacquainted with old friends and making new ones. Tonight, I hope you will hear lots about your child’s first day of the school year. Thank you to the awesome teachers and teachers’ assistants for all of their preparations.
Please take note that due to the primary elections which will take place in the cafeteria next Tuesday, all students will have lunch in their classrooms on this day. So children who get school lunch will have sandwich options, or you may like to send in lunch on that day.
I look forward to seeing everyone next week at Back to School Night.
In case you are away and don’t have access to the letters we mailed out this week, here is a copy of what was sent:
Enjoy the rest of summer!!
Sandra G. Miller
The Lower Lab School
I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.
While you are waiting for our summer letter, which will be mailed to you the week of August 21st, please take a little time to peruse the Lower Lab website, especially the For Parents tab, which has recently been revised. Here you will find great resources, protocol and policy refreshers and PTA opportunities. You can also check out the calendar, which indicates lots of important dates for the fall.
I look forward to seeing many of you at the Barnes and Noble event on August 30th, but in the meantime, please give your child a special hug from me!!
Sandra G. Miller
June 28, 2017
Dear Lower Lab Community,
It is hard to believe that another school year is over. It went so quickly and we accomplished so much.
Almost every single day of this past year, I felt certain that Lower Lab is a very special place – a place that offers students EVERYTHING, with teachers and staff working tirelessly to provide the best academic, physical and social/emotional opportunities available, and families also working tirelessly to support these same goals. Thank you, everyone, for all that you do for this community.
Today, it is with tremendous pride and excitement that I already look forward to next school year. I know it will be a great year!!! In the meantime, I wish you all a wonderful, relaxing and fun-filled summer. See you on September 7th, or perhaps earlier, at the Barnes and Noble event on August 30th.
Yesterday I had a remarkable young man assist me, as Principal for the Day. His name is Michael Sacca. Mr. Sacca helped throughout the day, supporting morning line up, recess and lunch for lower and upper grade students, making announcements over the PA and setting up the executive lunch meeting. He even had some fun sitting at my desk!
Today was a wonderful day! I had help all day from my lower grade Principal for the Day, Mr. Aditya Jhalani, who certainly knows how to dress for success. He joined me for the K-1 Wingspan assembly, welcoming students to the auditorium. He made announcements over the loud speaker, assisted during recess, joined a field day meeting and other important tasks.
I sincerely look forward to being joined next week by my upper grade Principal for the Day, Mr. Michael Sacca.