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Meet Susan!

Hi, I am Susan Schillinger and I am a student teacher in Lauren and Jocelyn’s classroom. I have really enjoyed getting to know the kids. These are a few questions that they asked me to answer.

Interview Questions from Class 508

What is your favorite color?

My favorite color is turquoise, a combination of green and blue and reminds me of tropical water.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up about an hour and a half from New York City in northern New Jersey. It is a small town with lots of farms. My mom still lives in the same house I grew up in and I stay in my old bedroom when I visit.

Do you speak another language?

I do not speak another language but I know some French. I do love to travel though, and always try to learn some of the language especially everyday phrases so that I can communicate.

How long have you lived in the city?

I moved to Battery Park City four years ago and have enjoyed the history and culture of this are ever since.

How long have you been student teaching?

I started student teaching in January of last year. I spent time in John’s class in 1st grade and Sarah’s class in 3rd grade.

 What experience do you have with kids?

When I first got out of college, I taught swimming lessons to kids of all ages and coached a swim team. Three years ago, I left my career to go back to school because I knew I wanted to work with kids

Why did you choose Peck Slip?

I actually didn’t get to pick Peck Slip! My college contacted Maggie and Casey and they agreed to have me as a student teacher. After spending last year, I requested that I be able to return to Peck Slip for my last semester and they agreed. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the students and teachers at Peck Slip.

What type of style do you have?

My style is comfortable but I love florals and clothing pieces with texture.

Curriculum Night Information

Welcome to Class 508! We are so excited to embark on this 5th grade journey with all of you. We enjoyed meeting you at Back to School Night. If you weren’t able to attend or would like to review the information, please click the links below. Feel free to reach out to BOTH Jocelyn ( and Lauren ( if you have any questions.

Farm Powerpoint

Class 508 Information

Welcome to 5-508!

Dear Fifth Graders and Families,

Welcome to fifth grade! We are so excited to start this year, which will be filled with lots of learning, fun and explorations. We are an ICT classroom, which means you get two teachers, instead of one! We are getting the classroom ready for September 5th and planning to make sure it is a wonderful year! Last year was the first graduating class, and we learned a lot together. There is so much to look forward to, such as Red Gate Farm, electives, social action projects, and more! We can’t wait to share all we did, but we also hope to continue to grow and revise this year to make it even better! We look forward to meeting you all in just a few weeks! Here is a little bit about both of us:

Here we are! Jocelyn (left) and Lauren (right)

Hi! I’m Lauren and this is is my third year at Peck Slip and my 7th year as a teacher in New York City. Teaching 5th grade is so enjoyable and I can’t wait for another amazing year teaching alongside Jocelyn. This summer I worked at a camp and then enjoyed a relaxing staycation. When I am not at work, I enjoy trying new foods and restaurants, spending time with my friends and family and reading, especially a good thriller! This past year I have also decided to become a “runner” and have completed 2 half marathons and a bunch of other races – maybe one day I’ll tackle the NYC Marathon 🙂

Hello! My name is Jocelyn. This is my second year at Peck Slip and 11th year as a teacher. Last year was an amazing experience with the fifth graders and Lauren, and I am so excited for what we have in store this year! This summer, both my sisters got married in California (where I grew up), so it was a summer of celebrating with family! And to add to all this celebrating, I also got engaged this summer!!! 🙂 In my free time, I like spending time with my friends, curling up with a good book, catching up on movies, trying out new restaurants, and exploring different parts of the city and the world.

This is our second year teaching together and we cannot wait for a fantastic year together with all of you! If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email both of us: Lauren: and Jocelyn: We will be checking our e-mail when we return to school on September 5th.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and we will see you soon!


Lauren and Jocelyn


508 News 5.30.18


     Helloooooooooo it’s ELEANOR, JACK and WESTON. We are here with the 10th newsletter. Anyway, we will be interviewing the new teachers at Peck Slip about what they like about the school.


Reading – Social Issues Book Clubs

In book clubs, we started to read new books and finished our first reading project. Extra Credit wrote letters from a country that they chose and they wrote details that support the main idea. The One White Dolphin group did a chart about characters and consequences. George did a character acrostic. One Crazy Summer made a really cool game about their book. Inside Out and Back Again also did the same thing. End of the Wild did a poster board that has the beginning, middle, and end of their book.

In our new book clubs, reading George is Colette, Basia, Hazel, and Mason. In As Brave As You it is Sofia, J.D., Jack, and Rowan. In I am Malala, it is Jazmine, Daisy, and Jayden. In El Deafo, Ellington, Weston, Tomas, David, and James will read together. In World Without Fish it is Max, and Horatio. In Escape from Aleppo it is Emmanuelle, Eleanor, and Zion. We have started a new read aloud. It’s the book Rules. It is really good. It is about a girl with a brother that has autism and how she deals with it.

Writing Informational Piece + Social Action Research

In writing we were working on Women’s Suffrage informative pieces. We did the norms which were normal things that women would do. Then we worked on the problem and what the problem was. Then there were four methods that women did. Finally the result was women got their rights. In addition we are working on our social action projects where we chose a topic and research about it and how it affects the community and the world.


Math – Graphs and Small Group Review

In math learned about line graphs and growth (cm) per year for the Flickerbill, the Krink, and the Water Weasel. (Yeah that’s what their names are ) * don’t ask* We also learned basic algebra. We discovered a rule for the growth which was ( age x _____ ) + beginning height. So … I hope you got a good taste of what we are doing in math. (p.s TO ANY ADULTS READING THIS: your school probably didn’t make you measure growth of a Flickerbill so YOU BETTER TELL SOMEONE BECAUSE YOU COULD GET ON THE BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS BECAUSE THAT IS CRAZY!!!!!!!


Content Studies – Social Action: A Study of Power and Change

In content studies, we are researching social issues in the world. We will create projects. It could be a poster, informational piece, music video, slideshow, or a “TED talk”. A TED talk, is basically a speech. We finished researching our topics. We categorized notes and thought about questions we can answer. Now, we are writing our informative pieces about our topic.


Here we will have a comic written by Eleanor and one interview with a new teacher about what they like about the school. Click below to see the comic!

Here we will do a Q&A with Gabriella our gym teacher.

Q: What do you like about this school? Why?

A: I like how teachers and students work together to create each experience.

Q:What do you like about Teaching P.E.?

A: I like seeing the students different strengths and their versatility in every activity they are given.

Q: What made you apply to this school?

A: I was looking for a different school and loved Peck Slip’s philosophy. As soon as I walked into the building, I wanted this to be my home.

Q: What is your favorite game to teach in P.E.? Why?

A: I think I love teaching volleyball because students have to work in teams in pairs and by themselves in order to succeed. I love to watch my students motivate each other.

Q: What do you want students to think when they leave the school?

A: I want students to leave with an open mind as they take on future challenges in P.E. I don’t want them to stay comfortable with one sport. I want them to always challenge themselves and to work hard at any task given, because they are all strong and capable! And I am so proud of them!!!!!!!!


(Make sure you know what’s happening, and what happened at Peck Slip and Class 508)

May 16-Visit to the Senior Center

We went to the senior center and it was so much fun. We learned that seniors are really good at origami

May 23 – Last Bake Sale!!! And Book Fair!!!!!!

Finally we had the last bake sale of 5th grade. We also hope you enjoyed the book fair.

May 28 – Memorial Day

We had no school.

June 14-Social Action Celebration

On June 14 we have the social action celebration. We are working very hard on our work for the celebration.

June 21- Moving Up Ceremony

We have the moving up ceremony, sort of like “graduation.”

June 22- Summer Birthday  Celebration

On June 22, we have the the summer birthday celebration. We will celebrate all the summer birthdays.


June 26- Last Day Of School

Half Day, and Goodbye!

News 5.11.18


Helllllllooooooooo everybody this is Eleanor, Jack, and Weston with the ninth newsletter of the year. We will be the new committee. Oh yeah don’t be surprised if some of this stuff is crazy. We will have info about book clubs, writing, content studies, and math!!!! Anyway we will have some comics drawn by Weston (who is really good at drawing). With that being said let’s get right into it.



Reading – Social Issues Book Clubs

In reading, we are learning about social issues and we are doing different book discussions about fairness, power, and change. One group is reading One White Dolphin (a book about struggling to save a reef and with a missing mother and a very poor family.) George is about a boy who is transgender and how she deals with that. One Crazy Summer is about 3 girls who go on a journey to spend time with their mother who had abandoned them and End of the Wild is about woods that are getting destroyed by a company and Fern is upset that they are taking away the only place she has left. Lastly, Extra Credit is about a kid who gets bad grades so she has to write a letter to someone in a different country and learns about a different culture. We hope you got a good idea of what we are learning about in book clubs and we hope you enjoyed it!

Writing – Open Cycle Writing About Social Issues

In writing we are learning about Environmental issues, Animal issues, and Human issues. Then, we reflect and write about it. Did you know that when we throw away plastic it gets dumped into the ocean and marine animals are killed by it? Also, when we throw stuff away it goes to landfills which creates toxins that kill animals and humans. In addition, some animal are getting abused, hurt, and sometimes killed by humans. It is terrible. Some human issues are racism and the gender pay gap, which is when men and women at the same job get different pay which is totally unfair.

Math – Conversions

We are learning conversions and yes that was on the test. And also talking about the test, there were fractions, conversions, decimals, and shapes, area, perimeter and more! Now that the test is over, we have started learning a new unit about graphs. We launched this unit by talking about double line graphs.

Content Studies – Social Action: A Study of Power and Change

In content studies we are learning about how women did not have all the opportunities that men had. Which is totally unfair and wrong. Also, we listened to songs that were all about women’s rights. In addition, we learned about all the unfair things that men did to women like leave them at home. Also we listened to a parody of the song Bad Romance. Not only that, but we learned about the norms back then that led to a cause and effect. The cause was women wanted the right to vote. The effect was the Seneca Falls Convention and the Declaration of Sentiments. Women were also protesting. Some women even went as far as voting illegaly. Also, there were lots of marches. Some people got arrested for marching and went to jail. They went on a hunger strike, so guards force-fed people by sticking a tube down their throat. Finally, President Woodrow Wilson heard and saw what was happening, and felt bad. They were fighting for their rights, and were being abused for no reason. He proposed that women will have the right to vote. The final affect was the 19th amendment which allowed women the right to vote!


This is the student section where we will interview classmates about what they think of what we’re learning.

Hi I’m Jack and I will be interviewing Hazel.

Jack: What book are you reading for book clubs? Do you like it?

Hazel: I am reading One White Dolphin and it’s a very good book that makes you think about perspectives and power.

Jack: Thank you.

Hello it’s Eleanor and I am interviewing Sofia!!!!!

Eleanor: What is your favorite thing you are learning about in content studies?

Sofia: My favorite thing we are learning about Women’s Suffrage is thinking about how it wasn’t fair for women and that they didn’t have equal rights and how people are fighting to change that.

Hi is Jack again. I will be interviewing Jayden.

Jack: What is your favorite school subject? Why?

Jayden: P.E. because you’re active and you get to exercise which keeps your body healthy and we play fun games.

Jack: Thank you.

Hi it’s Eleanor I will be interviewing Emmanuelle!

ELEANOR: What is your favorite thing about your choice time elective?

EMMANUELLE: My favorite thing about helping little kids in science is that I love science and I want them to love it as much as I do.

ELEANOR: (Emmanuelle did not want me to include this in her response but she said that her response was very cheesy but true)

Now I will be interviewing Mason.

Jack: What is your favorite school subject? Why?

Mason: My favorite school subject is math because it is fun and challenging.

Jack: Thanks.

Hello it’s Jack I will be interviewing Rowan.

Jack: Are you excited for the field trip to the UN? Why?

Rowan: Yes because I want what happened in other countries.

Jack: Thank You.

Hello it’s Jack and I will be interviewing Daisy.

Jack: What is your favorite school subject and why?

Daisy: My favorite school subjects are P.E. and science. I really science because I really do experiments. I like P.E. because we get to play lots of different sports from different countries.

Jack: Thank you.


(Make sure you know what’s happening, and what happened at Peck Slip and Class 508)

May 4- String Quartet

A string quartet played the pieces that we’d been working VERY hard on. Everyone did a very good job on them and it took lots of time and effort!!!

May 7- Field Trip to the UN Building

On May 7, we went on an awesome field trip to the UN building. We learned about how people bring peace to social issues. It was very fun and we took a lot away from that experience !!

May 8- Guest Speaker-Hazel’s mom

On May 8th, Hazel’s mom came to our school to talk about human right issues like immigration and economic inequality.

May 23 – Last Bake Sale!!! And Book Fair!!!!!!

Finally we have the last bake sale of 5th grade. We also hope you enjoy the book fair.

May 31 – Memorial Day

No School.

Class News 4.24.18


We know it’s been awhile doing the newsletter but this is the last time we are doing a newsletter. We hope you missed us, we will miss you. New people will come and we will all rotate our jobs and get opportunities to do new jobs.


Reading – Social Issues Book Clubs

We are launching a new round of book clubs! This time, the themes we are studying are human rights and animal and environmental issues. For human issues, some of the books’ themes are “Separate is Never Equal.” A couple of books in that theme are One Crazy Summer and As Brave as You. The next theme is “Women Who Changed the World.” The books in that theme are I Am Malala, Hidden Figures (there is a movie), and a book about Temple Grandin. And the last Human Rights theme is “Invisible Voices”, and the books students are reading are El Deafo, Extra Credit, and Inside Out and Back Again. We also have some people reading about the environment (End of the Wild)  and animals (One White Dolphin). We will meet with our book clubs and discuss ideas about power and fairness. After this book club we will do a ‘‘second round’’ of book clubs with our second choice of books!

Writing – Open Cycle Writing About Social Issues

When it comes to social action, there is a cycle of learning. First, there is awareness—you have to research about the subject and become aware. Next, there is reflection which means you have to reflect on the subject you researched on. Lastly you have to act and make change.

(Cycle: Awareness → Reflection → Action)                                                                                                           

We have been learning about different issues each week (Environmental Ethics, Animal Protection, and Human Rights) and then each day, we write about it (by writing a reflection, poem, essay, story, flyer, or comic!). Last week’s round of social issues focuses on environmental problems such as plastic in the ocean, privatized water, waste/landfills, and climate change! 

This week we are learning about animal rights and the next week about human rights. We will also take field trips and have speakers come in to make us more aware!

Math – Exponents

We need to learn the exponents of 10. We have been learning powers of something— for example 10 to the power of 4 is 10x10x10x10. This week, we are learning how to convert. For example, 1 meter = 100 centimeters so 3.2 meters = 3.2 x 100 which is 320 centimeters.

Content Studies – Social Action: A Study of Power and Change

We will learn about women’s suffrage. The women suffered because they were not treated fairly and didn’t get the same rights as men.


These are some jokes and riddles!

Q: What do you call cheese that’s not yours?

A: Nacho cheese

Q: What time does a duck wake up?

A: At the quack of dawn!

Q: What do ducks get after they eat?

A: A bill!

Q: What did the dog say when he sat on sandpaper?

A: Ruff!

Q: What is a cat’s favorite color?

A: Purr-ple

Q:What starts with a e ends with an e and has one letter?

A: envelope

Q: What travels around the world but stays in his own corner?

A: stamp

Q:What do you call a bear without an ear

A: A “B”

Q:What do you break before you use?

A: An egg

Q:Why is the A the most like a flower?

A: Because the B is after it

Q:Why did the boy throw a watch?

A: Because he wanted to see time fly

Q: Why did the boy throw butter?

A:Because he wanted to see a butterfly

Q: A man rode his horse to town on Friday. The next day he rode back on Friday. How is this possible?

A: The horse’s name was Friday.


(Make sure you know what’s happening at Peck Slip and Class 508)

May 1st and 2nd – Math Statement Assessment

We’ve got this!

May 7- Field Trip to the UN Building

We will learn about different issues in our world and what the UN is doing to help.

Class News 3.28.18


Hi everyone! Hazel is back for this edition! She is subbing for Daisy Lee (Boohoo, we miss her, but she is in sunny Florida). She is sending great vibes. We hope you like our newsletter because we have not had choice time in a looooong time. We’ve been busy. We hope you like it!!


Reading – Book Clubs

In reading, we are in book clubs. The books we are reading are Wringer, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Smiles to Go, Bridge to Terabithia, Absolutely Almost, and Liar and Spy.We are continuing with book talks and tracking theories about relationships, perspectives, and motivations. We are reading different books and making theories. For example, in the book Wringer we are tracking how Palmer is being influenced by the people around him. In Smiles to Go, our character learned “You can’t always plan ahead. Don’t wait! Live in the now!” And, in Bridge to Terabithia, we are tracking how Jess and Leslie’s relationship is growing throughout the story.

Writing – Short and Extended Responses

We are preparing for the upcoming ELA assessment and learning how to organize and structure our writing. Our goals are to elaborate details, add inferences, use text details and strong transitions, and analyze our evidence. These will help us improve our writing.

Math – Decimals

In math, we are learning how decimals and fractions are connected. We are also learning how to multiply and divide decimals. Reasoning is so important with fractions, because it is important to know about how much our answer might be equal to, so we are more confident with our answer.

We are also working on problem solving. Our goal is to SLOW DOWN. Our class uses a problem solving toolkit, which has all our math tools, like taking notes, annotating, and thinking about the steps, before we jump into solving.

Content Studies – History of Peck Slip & Artifact Study

We are studying the history of our school and the artifacts they found when they were building the school. Our class has artifacts from a long time ago. For example, we have objects like doorknobs, glass bottles, and plates, and more. We studied certain time periods of this neighborhood, going back from 1719 all the way 2018. We have a timeline that shows what Peck Slip was like many years ago. Our class has pictures to show that we are studying our artifacts.

In LBD (Learning by Design), we made sculptures that represent the buildings before Peck Slip became a school. It is totally awesome!

After spring break, we will be doing our last unit of study will be SOCIAL ACTION!


All the stuff we want to write about

Here’s a rundown of all the things we did this past month! We had a field trip to the  NY Rescue Mission (we would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication to this cause), Learning by Design (also known as LBD for the students), Jump Rope-a-Thon (that was fun too!), 21 Days of Positivity (it makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside), South Street Seaport Museum (we became archaeologists), and finally, Family Morning (we hope you enjoy it!)UPCOMING EVENTS/REMINDERS

(Make sure you know what’s happening at Peck Slip and Class 508)

March 30-April 8 – Spring Break

We hope you guys have a great break. Don’t forget to practice ELA and math!

April 11-12 – ELA Statewide Assessment

We know everyone will do great.

April 13- Choice Board Assignments Due

– 5th Grade photo and portraits

Hopefully everyone will finish!

April 18- Fifth Grade Bake Sale

Yummy! So many delicious treats.

News 2.9.18

We’re back and we hope you missed us. Basia Panko, Daisy Lee and Jayden Jones!

IN CLASS 508 (What We’re learning)

Reading – Book Clubs

We just recently started Maniac Magee as our read aloud. It’s about a kid and he has a sad story. When he was three his parents went out for dinner but on the way there, something terrible happened. The bus that the parents were in crashed and both the parents died and Jeffrey had to go to his mean aunt and uncle and they hated each other and they wouldn’t share anything. They had two of everything: two fridges, two stoves, two of everything, but they didn’t have two of Jeffrey so they had to share him. Jeffery would have dinner with one of them each night and Jeffery had to do that for 8 years, which means he was 11 when he did something that changed his life forever. What he did is he was singing and at the end of the song he was screaming “TALK TALK TALK” to his aunt and uncle and then ran out the place and ran to the east end from the west end and was a miracle  boy and did things like kick a soccer ball into a football players hands and kicked a soccer ball into a soccer goal. And then hit a baseball going like 1000 miles an hour well not that fast maybe I’m over exaggerating. He is also very kind. For example, instead of hitting a frog baseball he bunted the frog trying not to hurt the frog.  

We are also doing our guided reading groups and we are tracking a theory. We are finishing our books and then will do a final reading response.

  • In Loser, the group thinks that the main theory is that Zinkoff does not care about things that other kids care about. Nothing seems to stop him. He cares about other people.
  • In Mr. Popper’s Penguins, the group thinks that the relationship and bond that Mr. Popper and Captain Cook have will remain the same throughout the book.
  • On the other hand, in Tiger Rising, the inquiry is that Sistine and Rob are changing each other and making each other think about important things.Some final ideas that they also had were that Rob learns to let go of the past and to open up his suitcase of feelings.
  • In Wringer, the theory is that when Palmer is around people he can trust, he is able to be himself and show his emotions.
  • Last, but not least, we have Bridge to Terabithia. Their theory is that despite the complications, Jessie is willing to do anything for Leslie.They also think that Leslie and Jess are still friends but they are branching out and trying new things. Their final idea is that through Leslie, Jess finds his own confidence and becomes a leader.

Everyone has almost finished their books and we are really excited to start our new books after break!

Writing – Historical Fiction Journal Writing/Colonial Q+A

In writing we published our historical fiction journals. After we published, we stained them with coffee to make them look old. You’ll get to see them next week!

Also we are preparing for our Colonial celebration where we will dress up and answer questions about our perspective. We can’t wait to see you all next week!

Math – Fractions

We are so excited because we are launching how to divide fractions. We will be doing a project to learn strategies to help us. We are learning how to use models to show our work, and understanding. We have also learned that we don’t always need to know the standard algorithm to solve problems quickly and efficiently. We are using strategies that work best for us such as using the distributive property, renaming fractions, double and halving, and using proportional reasoning. Our teachers are helping grow our understanding.

Content Studies

We are wrapping up our studies. We studied about Patriots and Loyalists. See our chart below!

  • against the King
  • for the King
  • Whigs, and usually women
  • usually men
  • usually lower class
  • usually rich
  • didn’t like the monarchy
  • wanted to be protected

We are also learning about the First and Second Continental Congress and then learned about the Declaration of Independence (see below!) and some voices that were missing. For example, even though it said, “all men are created equal,” they didn’t include women or enslaved people!

Like we mentioned, we are also planning our colonial presentations and dressing up as our characters. We will try to memorize our pieces so they are more professional. We are trying to embrace ourselves to be colonists, and therefore, we are making up questions up that fit our job and personality.


We learned about the Declaration of Independence and how it was like the colonists breaking up with Britain. After studying the text and writing a Class 508 version, we took matters into our own hands and wrote our own “breakup” letter to King George, using our own voice and humor. Here’s an example from our very own James Chen!

Dear King George III,

We the colonists wanted to tell you that we need to be separated. We need to break free from your “political system.” Bro, why?

We know that everybody should have the same equal rights. We all have rights that should never be taken away, you loggerhead. You can’t take control of us.

You’re a bad king, and you should not rule anything. Just saying, King. “It’s too late to say sorry.” I have reasons why we we should be separated. Let me tell you some of the reasons why I think you’re a terrible King. You gave us a lot of taxes without our permission, and many more. No TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION.

This is why you are a terrible king. You’re awful, King George III. This is why I’m announcing, drumroll please, our separation, loggerhead.


James Robinson, Apothecary (aka James Chen)



Thank you for supporting our bake sale! We made over $450!!!

Thursday, February 15 – Colonial Studies Celebration

We can’t wait for you to see all our writing and effort!

Friday, February 16 – 23 – Midwinter Recess

February break is almost here. Everybody is working very hard in class and listening. This will be amazing for kids to have a break from hard work!

February 28 – Field Trip to New York City Rescue Mission

We will be visiting the New York City Rescue Mission to drop off the hygiene kits!

March 2 – Choice Board HW Due

Put in your best effort!