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Ms. Elizabeth Gerling
As the principal of Christopher Columbus Elementary School, I am very excited to be in a school where your child’s/children’s success is the number one priority. Educating a child is a big job and we need your help to do it well. Please be sure your child comes to school every day rested and ready to learn. Attendance throughout the day and arriving on time are vital to the learning process. In addition, please reinforce appropriate manners and behavior. We need to continue to ensure the Christopher Columbus School environment is conducive to learning.
Students in grades 3-6 will take the NY State Reading and Math Tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards. I am confident that our curriculum and teaching practices are preparing our students for these instructional shifts, but like all new things, it will take time to address the many changes. You can learn more about these “shifts” and find other Common Core Parent Resources by going to: http://www.engageny.org/resource/shifts-for-students-and-parents/
I also ask that you support our wonderful staff by making sure your child understands that school is important and something that your family values. Your involvement in the education process will surely assist us in helping your child be successful in school.
Finally, I encourage you to stay in touch with your child’s teacher or teachers and with me if you have any questions during the school year. Working together, I know we can make this a great year. I look forward to partnering with you to help your child be successful.