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Sycamore Avenue Elementary School

Resources for Parents


Here are some links to help parents understand the Common Core Standards.  Please ask your child's teacher or call Mr. Pollak if you have any questions regarding the standards.  The links below are parent friendly, so I hope you find them useful.

Here is an explanation of the Instructional Shifts of the CCS - This site offers detailed explanations of the instructional shifts from a company called Achieve the Core. It is offered to you as it is a comprehensive explanation that you may find helpful.


Resource to the Common Core Standards from the National PTA Here is a slide show with simple explanations of the the instructional shifts.


The links below will take you to a PDF file entitled Report to Parents brought to you by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.  I hope you find these helpful and enjoyable to read.  Please let me know what you think!  Remember, my email address is


I recommend the article Building Confidence in Children by Dr. Susan Jeffers, Ph.D.  There is a link to read on online version on the left side of the webpage or you could download the PDF file below.  Enjoy!