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Counselor’s Corner – March 22, 2013

A weekly feature from our school counselor, Kara Nossardi   This week in classroom meetings we began to shift from a focus on recognizing and empathizing with the feelings of others, toward a look at how to identify feelings and emotions in ourselves.  Specifically, this week’s lesson focused on how to identify and label our own feelings by paying attention to physical clues in our...

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Counselor’s Corner – March 15, 2013

A weekly feature from our school counselor, Kara Nossardi This week our classroom meetings centered around the Yu Ming Stars campaign.  I shared the program information with the students, and we had engaging conversations about what it means to behave safely, responsibly, and respectfully at school.  The students were excited to share their knowledge of these values, as well as to learn that...

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Counselor’s Corner – March 8, 2013

A weekly feature from our school counselor, Kara Nossardi As our second week at the new school site comes to a close, I am happy to report that students and faculty alike have settled into our new routine.  What a joy it is to have our very own bright and beautiful space! Looking toward this coming week, we will be introducing a new program at school call Yu Ming Stars, through which students...

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Traditional & Simplified Characters

Invitation to attend a community meeting on traditional and simplified characters in the education program at Yu Ming   March 8, 2013 Dear Parents, At the January Board of Directors meeting, I presented my plan to introduce simplified characters in the 2nd grade.  Since inception, Yu Ming’s goal has been to produce students who are able to understand texts written in both simplified and...

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Counselor’s Corner – Feb. 15, 2013

A weekly feature from our school counselor, Kara Nossardi   This week in community meeting we were treated to a beautiful vocal performance by three YM parents, Dawn Williams-Ferreira, Andie Butler Acuna, and Randolph Belle.  In honor of Black History Month, the three sang the African-American National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” written by James Weldon Johnson in 1899...

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DreamBox Math: Log-In Instructions

Yu Ming Charter School has purchased DreamBox Learning’s Math Program — an online, adaptive learning program that helps students achieve better, faster math proficiency. Your student can access DreamBox Learning from any computer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using this link: https://play.dreambox.com/login/c4ge/yumcs DreamBox is an online program — there is no software to...

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Counselor’s Corner – Feb. 8, 2013

A weekly feature from our school counselor, Kara Nossardi   This week, in honor of February being Black History Month, we learned about the life and contribution of Rosa Parks.  In many ways, the lesson was a continuation of the conversation about the Civil Rights Movement that we began with the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, birthday in January.  For this week’s...

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Counselor’s Corner – Feb. 1, 2013

A weekly feature from our school counselor, Kara Nossardi   We began the week in community meeting with a  discussion about “Yu Ming’s Big Move” and a slideshow visual tour of the new school site.  The children were extremely curious and excited.  In classroom meetings, we took advantage of the smaller venues and spent time asking questions, making comments, and sharing...

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Counselor’s Corner – Jan. 25, 2013

A weekly feature from our school counselor, Kara Nossardi This week in classroom meetings, we resumed our discussion about how to recognize feelings in ourselves and in others.  We reviewed how feelings are often shown in peoples faces and bodies, and we extended the palette to include such cues as actions, words, and situations.  To our list of feelings, and in the spirit of moving past the...

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Counselor’s Corner – Jan. 18, 2013

A weekly feature from our school counselor, Kara Nossardi   In classroom meetings this week, we celebrated the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and we learned about his contribution to the civil rights movement.  In discussing Dr. King, I spoke with the students about segregation in terms of “separation” based on the color of a person’s skin.  We discussed how...

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Counselor’s Corner – Jan. 11, 2013

A weekly feature from our school counselor, Kara Nossardi   This week in classroom meetings we worked on identifying feelings and expanding our repertoire of words to describe our feelings and emotions.  We discussed how everyone experiences strong feelings–some comfortable, such as happiness and peacefulness, others uncomfortable, such as anger and jealousy.  In addition to talking...

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Enrollment Outreach Help Needed

We really need everyone’s help with outreach to new parents. Our school does not have paid staff to operate the enrollment process, which means that enrollment is a completely volunteer-run operation. It’s an enormous job, and we need more help.   In order to achieve our goal of being a truly multicultural school, we must increase the diversity of our student body both racially and...

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Counselor’s Corner – Dec. 21, 2012

A weekly feature from our school counselor, Kara Nossardi   This past week in community meeting the students had an opportunity to meet with Principal Alan one final time as a group.  They listened to his stories and had a chance to ask their beloved principal about his plans once he is not longer at Yu Ming.  Given their affection for Principal Alan, as well as their sadness about his...

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Counselor’s Corner – Dec. 14, 2012

This week, we gathered together as a community to prepare for Principal Alan’s upcoming departure. In addition, we launched what will be a short series of lessons about some of the different winter holidays that are celebrated in our country. This past week, with the creative assistance of Devra Nelson (Raina, Lion) and Jennifer Solomon (Claire, Monkey & Alice, Dragon), the students...

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Counselor’s Corner – Dec. 7, 2012

A weekly feature from our school counselor, Kara Nossardi, MA This past week in classroom meetings we discussed Principal Laura’s return to school, as well as Principal Alan’s upcoming departure.  The students all expressed sadness that Principal Alan was leaving, as well as joy to have Principal Laura return, and we talked about how both of those emotions could co-exist.  I made...

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