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FALL 2021 PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

 Dear Parent/Guardians,

 

Welcome back!

 

Cozy sweaters, colorful leaves and crisp autumn air are some of the many things we love about fall.  We are happy to share a few of the many exciting programs and events here at P.S. 32.  

 

October

10/11/21                                         Indigenous People’s Day – School Closed

10/12 & 13/21                                 Picture Day

10/13/21                                          Monthly Parent Support Group Meeting

10/21/21                                          Crafting Workshop

 

November

11/02/21                                          Election day - Fully remote, asynchronous instructional day for all students

11/04/21                                          Parent Teacher Conferences – Students dismissed at 11:20am

                                                                    Afternoon 12:00pm - 2:00pm

                                                                    Evening       4:00pm -7:00pm

11/11/21                                            Veterans Day – School Closed

11/25/21 & 11/26/21                         School Closed – Thanksgiving Recess  

11/10/21                                            Monthly Parent Support Group Meeting

11/18/21                                            Crafting Workshop

 

December

12/15/21                                            Monthly Parent Support Group Meeting

12/16/21                                            Crafting Workshop 

12/24-12/31/21                                  Winter Recess – School Closed

                                          

 

 

 

Fun Run

The Boosterthon Fun Run was a huge success! The children were excited to view the daily videos, the word of the day, and were eager to hear about the nightly challenges. The daily incentives kept them motivated and enthusiastic.  All in all the Fun Run event was an exciting day for all. Many thanks to Mrs. Mancuso and the PTA for coordinating this wonderful events for our students!

 

Halloween Mini Walk

The March of Dimes Halloween Parade will take place on Friday, October 29, 2021. The parade will begin promptly at 8:20am for grades 3-5 and 9:20am for grades 3K-2.  Students will be walking around the perimeter of the schoolyard.  In the event of rain, the students will not walk around the schoolyard, however classroom activities will still continue.  Parents /guardians will be able to view the parade from the perimeter of the schoolyard, behind the fence.  Please make sure your children come to school dressed in their costume.  Face coverings are required to be worn by each student.  No swords, shields, wands etc are permitted as part of the costume.  Please send in a change of clothes so that they can change out of the costume after the parade.  Permission slips were sent home already.  Please make sure you return the permission slip prior to the walkMany thanks to the PTA for providing crafts for our students school wide and decorating the schoolyard!

 

                                                          

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

It’s time for some Halloween creativity!

The fifth grade students will have the opportunity to participate in a pumpkin decorating contest.

Using a real pumpkin students are encouraged to come up with a funny, spooky, or scary design.

Check your child’s backpacks for the rules and directions. Students in grades Pre-K-4 will

be the judges and join in on the fun. Be creative! Be original! Be Spooktacular!!

 

 

Monthly Parent Support Group Meetings

 

Please join us for our monthly Parent Support Group meetings. These meetings will be presented by our school

Psychologist Dr. Tracy Poon, Parent Coordinator Michele Mancuso, and the occasional guest speaker.  These sessions will provide you with resources and helpful tips on how to help your child deal with anxiety, homework, peer pressure, etc.  We will meet once a month according to the schedule below. Flyers will go out before each session with more information.  I’m looking forward to seeing you there! 

                                                  

                                                        October 13               9:30am
                                                        November 10           9:30am
                                                        December 15           9:30am
                                                         
 

Breakfast with Ms. Spataro

 

 “Breakfast with Ms. Spataro” has already begun.  It has been a pleasure meeting with your children.  Please be assured that all health and safety guidelines will be implemented.  Please see the schedule below:

 

Oct 4th   3-K-  143  8:10 am,    125  8:20 am      

Oct 15th  2-203  8:10,   3-210  8:20 

Oct 5th   Pre-K-   144 8:00,   145 8:10,   146 8:20 

Oct 18th  3-2/3/4-307 8:10,  3-309  8:20

Oct 6th    K-140 8:10,    K-142  8:20

Oct 19th  4-311  8:10,   3-317  8:20

Oct 7th    K-141  8:10,   K-241  8:20  

Oct 20th  4-319  8:10,   4-340  8:20

Oct 8th    1-240   8:10,   1-243   8:20                         

Oct 21th 4-344  8:10,   4/5-341 8:20 

Oct 12th  1-245   8:10,   1-246   8:20

Oct 22th  5-342  8:10,  5-343  8:20

Oct 13th  2-211  8:10,    K/1/2-209  8:20 

Oct 25th   5-345  8:10,  5-346  8:20

Oct 14th  2-207  8:10,    2-204  8:20  

 

 
 

Crafting Workshops

You are cordially invited to join Ms. Spataro and Mrs. Mancuso for Virtual Parent Activity Sessions. These sessions are for Parents/Guardians. We will meet once a month on Fridays at 9:30 am.  Flyers will go out before each session with more information. We look forward to seeing you there.  Please see the tentative schedule below:

 

                                                    October 21                     9:30am                                                                                       

                                              November 18                 9:30am                                 

                                              December 16                 9:30am

                               

School Website  

Please remember to check our website, www.ps32statenisland.com, for up to date information about our school.

 

Translated Services

Michele Mancuso, Parent Coordinator, sends out a weekly Robo call highlighting scheduled events.  Parents will receive the calls in their preferred language.  If you require a translator or have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Mancuso at (718) 984-1688 x2191.

 

Student Support

If your child is in need of any additional support, socially/emotionally, please contact your child’s teacher so that we can provide additional support early on to address his/her needs. If you have any questions or concerns you can also call Mrs. Rosenberg, Assistant Principal, at 718 984 1688 or e-mail her directly at [email protected].

 

 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held virtually or by phone on Thursday, November 12, 2021.  Teachers will be reaching out to make appointments shortly.  Students will have an early dismissal.  The schedule is:

 

                                           Afternoon conferences          12:00pm – 2:00pm 

                                Evening conferences             4:30pm – 7:30pm  

 

Acadience

We will be assessing the students in Kindergarten - Grade 2 using the Acadience Reading universal screening and progress monitoring assessment that measures the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. The assessment is composed of six brief measures that function as indicators of the essential skills that every child must master to become a proficient reader.  Which are:

  1. First Sound Fluency (FSF): The assessor says words, and the student says the first sound for each word.  
  2. Letter Naming Fluency (LNF): The student is presented with a sheet of letters and asked to name the letters. 
  3. Phoneme Segmentation Fluency (PSF): The assessor says words, and the student says the individual sounds in each word. 
  4. Nonsense Word Fluency (NWF): The student is presented with a list of VC and CVC nonsense words (e.g., sig, rav, ov) and asked to read the words. 
  5. Oral Reading Fluency (ORF): The student is presented with a reading passage and asked to read aloud. The student is then asked to retell what he/she just read. 
  6. Maze:The student is presented with a reading passage in which some words are replaced by a multiple choice box that includes the original word and two distractors. The student reads the passage silently and selects the word in each box that best fits the meaning of the sentence

 

 These measures are used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy skills in order to provide timely instructional support and prevent the occurrence of later reading difficulties. 

 

By design, the Acadience Reading measures are brief, powerful indicators of foundational early literacy skills that: 

  • are quick and efficient to administer and score; 
  • serve as universal screening (or benchmark assessment) and progress monitoring measures; 
  • identify students in need of intervention support; 
  • evaluate the effectiveness of interventions; and 
  • support the RtI/Multi-tiered model

 

MAP

During the month of October the students of K- 5 (K-2 Math & 3-5 ELA/Math) will take a MAP® Growth™ test from NWEA® on a computer or tablet. MAP Growth scores help teachers check student performance by measuring achievement and growth. Teachers use results to tailor classroom lessons and set goals for students. 

MAP Growth tests are unique, and it adapts to your child’s responses to measure your child’s skill level. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. These results will provide a more complete picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn—whether it is on, above, or below their grade level. 

Since MAP Growth tests provide immediate and accurate information about your child’s learning, it’s easy for teachers to identify students with similar scores that are generally ready for instruction in similar skills and topics, and then plan instruction accordingly.  

We are truly excited to focus on your child’s individual growth and achievement. For more information about MAP Growth, visit NWEA.org/familytoolkit.  

 

 

Benchmark Assessments: 

All students in grades K-5 have been taking Benchmark assessments in various subject areas. These assessments are aligned to our instructional program as well as, the rigorous Common Core Learning Standards. The material that encompasses these assessments are what your child is expected to learn/know by June 2022. Therefore, they will be given the ongoing assessments throughout the year. Your child’s classroom teacher is monitoring progress on an ongoing basis and uses the data from the Benchmark Assessments as a tool to meet your child’s needs.  

 

9  STEPS TO COMPREHENSION

(Excerpt from Reading Rockets)

  1.      When you read with your child, ask them questions as they move through the book: Why did Mr. Smith do that? How do you think Suzy feels?
  2.      Help your child make text-to-self connections. Ask them how they feel about a situation in the book or what they would do if they were the character in the book.
  3.      Help them make text-to-text connections. Ask them: What other stories have you read that talk about going on a trip?
  4.      Make sure they are reading at their level. A book that is too hard frustrates a child. A book that's too easy doesn't challenge him.
  5.      Set aside at least 20 minutes to read every day.
  6.      Help your child find books that they enjoy. This keeps them motivated.
  7.      Make reading more important than TV.
  8.      Model reading yourself. Children need to see parents read for fun.
  9.      Encourage writing. Have children write about what they have read or keep a daily journal.

Favorite Kids' Books for Struggling Readers (Excerpt from Reading Rockets)

Children who struggle with reading due to learning and attention issues often need extra encouragement to read for fun. Sometimes finding the "right book" can be just the motivation a child needs:

  •     A graphic novel with a good balance of text and pictures — and page-turning drama
  •     An informational book filled with fascinating photographs, diagrams, and timelines
  •     A picture book biography about a favorite sports hero
  •     A story character that a child relates to
  •     A book series that has familiar characters, story structure, and illustrations
  •     An "easy reader" with a riveting storyline (full of adventure)
  •     An audio book narrated by someone with great flair
 
  • Getting the Most Out of Nonfiction Reading Time (Excerpts from Reading Rockets  2012)

 

Nonfiction books give kids a chance to learn new concepts and vocabulary, as well as broaden their view of the world. Learn how to take a "book walk" with a new nonfiction book and how to model active reading.

Reading together remains one of the most important things adults can do with their young learner. Today, recommendations include reading information or nonfiction books with much more regularity. Nonfiction books present many opportunities to learn new concepts and vocabulary, as well as broaden a child view of the world. Nonfiction books are written differently than picture books in that there are often more pictures, graphics, charts and photographs included within the pages. Parents can ease the transition into more nonfiction reading by encouraging your child to preview a book before reading and to be an active reader who asks lots of questions
 
 

Take a "book walk"

One great way to make predictions about an unfamiliar nonfiction text is to take a "walk" through the book before reading. By looking closely together at the front and back cover, the index, table of contents, the glossary, and the photographs or other images, readers can start to get a sense about the topic. This scanning and skimming helps set the expectation for the reading. Take the time to walk through the book before starting to read.

Encourage questions

A second way to develop more understanding with nonfiction books is to encourage your child to be an active reader who asks lots of questions. Parents can model these behaviors by talking or thinking out loud as you turn the pages of the book. This is a helpful way for your child to see and hear what a successful reader does when faced with difficult or unfamiliar topics. For example, "When I looked at this photograph, I asked myself, "Where is Antarctica? Is that the same place as the South Pole?" Then talk together about how and what you would need to do to find the answer to the questions. This will reinforce that many questions can be answered by reading a text closely and by paying attention to captions and picture titles. Some children enjoy writing their questions on sticky notes and working to answer them during the reading.

Previewing a text and asking questions are two terrific ways to navigate nonfiction texts. Enjoy spending more time with some fascinating informational books!

 

Building Your Child's Vocabulary (Excerpt from Reading Rockets 2009)

 

Talking to and reading with your child are two terrific ways to help them hear and read new words. Conversations and questions about interesting words are easy, non-threatening ways to get new words into everyday talk. Here are some ideas to get you started.

All parents want their child to do well in school. One way to help your child is to help them build their vocabulary. Beginning readers use knowledge about words to help them make sense of what they're reading. The more words a reader knows, the more they are able to comprehend what they're reading or listening to. 

Talking to and reading with your child are two terrific ways to help them hear and read new words. Conversations and questions about interesting words ("The book says, 'The boy tumbled down the hill,' and look at the picture! How do you think he went down the hill?") are easy, non-threatening ways to get new words into everyday talk. 

Sharing a new word with your child doesn't have to take a long time: just a few minutes to talk about the word and then focus back on the book or conversation. Choose which words to talk about carefully — choosing every new word might make reading seem like a chore. The best words to explore with your child are ones that are common among adult speakers but are less common to see in the books your child might read. 

When introducing new words to your young learner, keep the following four helpful hints in mind: 

First, provide a simple, kid-friendly definition for the new word:

Enormous means that something is really, really big. 

Second, provide a simple, kid-friendly example that makes sense within their daily life:

Remember that really big watermelon we got at the grocery store? That was an enormous watermelon! 

Third, encourage your child to develop their own example:

What enormous thing can you think of? Can you think of something really big that you saw today? That's right! The bulldozer near the park was enormous! Those tires were huge. 

Lastly, keep your new words active within your house.

Over the next few days and weeks, take advantage of opportunities to use each new vocabulary word in conversation. 

Take the time to share new words and build your child's vocabulary. You'll be enormously glad you did! 

 

I look forward to a productive and successful school year!

Nancy Spataro

 Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter 2021/2022 Newsletter

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

Oh how we love winter! Winter brings all things warm and cozy.  It whispers secrets of snow days, hot cocoa, sledding, and snowmen. It also brings many exciting things happening here at P.S. 32.                                       

Monthly Parent Support Group Meetings

Please join us for our monthly Parent Support Group meetings. These meetings will be presented by our school

Psychologist Dr. Tracy Poon, Parent Coordinator Michele Mancuso, and the occasional guest speaker.  These sessions will provide you with resources and helpful tips on how to help your child deal with anxiety, homework, peer pressure, etc.  We will meet once a month according to the schedule below. Flyers will go out before each session with more information.  I’m looking forward to seeing you there! 

 

January 12     9:30 am

February 16   9:30 am

    March  16      9:30 am    

 

Breakfast with Ms. Spataro

Breakfast with Ms. Spataro will begin again in March.  The schedule will be sent home shortly.  Please be assured that all health and safety guidelines will be implemented.    

 

Crafting Workshops

You are cordially invited to join Ms. Spataro and Mrs. Mancuso for Parent Activity Sessions. These sessions are for Parents/Guardians. We will meet once a month on Fridays at 9:30 am.  Flyers will go out before each session with more information. We look forward to seeing you there.  Please see the tentative schedule below:

 

                                                                                January 14                                                                                                                                                                        February 18                                                  

                                                                           March 18                                                    

                                                                                 

Physical Education and SEL/Mindfulness/Yoga with Mr. Hahn

 

Mr. Hahn will continue to implement the daily Social Emotional Learning, Mindfulness and Yoga activities school-wide.  He will be surveying students bi-weekly to see if they are using the strategies and techniques taught in his daily lessons. The responses will allow him to shape future lessons, giving the students more resources to use. Lessons/videos are uploaded daily in his Google classroom for SEL/Mindfulness/Yoga.  

 

With the winter months upon us, please remember to dress in warm clothing and bring gloves and hats when necessary, as we will have Physical Education classes outside when weather permits.

Be well and keep moving!

 

Awards

Throughout the 2021-2022 school year, there will be an awards presentation in your child’s classroom.   

The first awards presentation was held during the week of December 20, 2021.   Ms. Spataro and Ms. Schultz will go 

 into every classroom to acknowledge those students who have earned an Excellence or Progress award in Reading, Writing and/or Math.  


The above criteria for the above mentioned awards is subject to change for the next awards assembly in March/April 2022.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher at 718-984-1688.

School Website  

Please remember to check our website, www.ps32statenisland.com, for up to date information about our school.

 

Translated Services

Michele Mancuso, Parent Coordinator, sends out a weekly Robo call highlighting scheduled events.  Parents will receive the calls in their preferred language.  If you require a translator or have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Mancuso at (718) 984-1688 x2191.

 

Student Support

If your child is in need of any additional support, socially/emotionally, please contact your child’s teacher so that we can provide additional support early on to address his/her needs. If you have any questions or concerns you can also call Mrs. Rosenberg, Assistant Principal, at 718 984 1688 or e-mail her directly at [email protected].

 

Renovations and projects

We are excited to share that we have many wonderful projects in the works, inside and outside of the building. We are planning to update the bathrooms, as well as updating the auditorium with much needed audio-visual/lighting upgrades and artistic renovations.

 

In addition, we are happy to announce that we are receiving grants from Councilman Borelli and Boro President Oddo for new technology equipment in our computer room and classrooms. We are also receiving an allocation from Councilman Borelli for the early childhood playground on Elverton Avenue and a portion of the large school yard on the same street. The exterior projects will be implemented over the next few years after the roof work is complete.

 

At Risk Services

To support our students in their educational success, we have hired several teachers to reduce class size this year. Additionally, many of our teachers who were not trained in Orton Guillingham and Fundations are now being trained in those areas. We continue to implement our AIS push in program school wide and will be expanding our before and after school academic recovery programs to students in general education who are in need, in grades two through five, beginning in January. A letter will be sent to the parents of students who will participate shortly.

 

Top 10 Family Reading and Writing Ideas for the Winter Holidays

(excertps from Reading Rockets

 

The winter holidays are a great time to create low-key learning opportunities centered around books, storytelling, writing, and family adventures.

  1. Creating Learning Traditions During the holiday season, consider adding some new traditions for your family that will make meaningful memories and strengthen foundations for reading and learning success. (In English and Spanish)
  2. Children, Start Your Letter Writing It's the time of year when many children sit down to write an important letter addressed to the North Pole. Other children pen thank you notes and party invitations during this busy time of the year. Some say letter writing is a lost art, but it doesn't have to be!
  3. Outdoor Explorations Stepping outside is a simple way to set foot into nature's laboratory. Backyards and neighborhood walks can lead to interesting conversations that contain new vocabulary words. You'll also be helping your child developing important scientific skills such as observing, predicting, and investigating. (In English and Spanish)
  4. Reading Adventure Pack: The Snowy Day Go on a "snowy day" reading adventure! Our reading adventure packs encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around snow-themed fiction and nonfiction books.
  5. Putting Your Family Calendar to Work Calendars help young children learn the basics of the days of the week and the months of the year. Your family calendar offers opportunities for other learning as well, including vocabulary, sequencing, and math. (In English and Spanish)
  6. Reading Adventure Pack: Go on a "cooking" reading adventure! Our reading adventure packs encourage hands-on fun and learning centered around cooking-themed fiction and nonfiction books.
  7. Start with a Book Explore dinosaurs, bugs, birds, planes, music, sports, superheroes, inventors, art, the night sky, the ocean, and more — 24 themes in all. You'll find dozens of fiction and nonfiction books, ideas for hands-on activities, writing prompts, websites for kids, and interactive apps.
  8. 103 Things to Do Before/During/After Reading Dive into this collection of interactive activities that build reading, writing, oral language, and creative thinking skills.
  9. The Night Before the Museum Day trips, vacations and special outings create special memories and great learning opportunities for families.      

Learning That’s Hands-On Holiday Fun (Pre-K)

(excerpts from Reading Rockets Reading Rockets (2007)

 

Focus on reading readiness and enjoy winter holidays at the same time with these simple activities you can incorporate into your preschooler's daily routine.

 

  • Winter's chill offers a different medium for writing and drawing. Let your children "write" on frosted windows or in the snow.
  • On short trips to the store or holiday vacations to visit family or friends, play this game to help your preschooler recognize different sounds. Say "We're going to the store. What sound do you hear in the beginning of the word store? It's the /s/ sound. What else starts with /s/ that we can get at the store?" (or, "What are we bringing to grandma's house that starts with /g/?")
  • In conversation about holiday celebrations, introduce interesting and new words to your preschooler. For example, "Dad got a plethora of ties last year. Since he has so many ties, let's get him a different gift." or "I like our family tradition of baking cookies together. It is something we do every year that I really enjoy."
  • Let your preschooler have a hand in holiday list-making. Even if it is just sitting with you as you write a shopping list, your preschooler will benefit from exposure to the power and practicality of literacy.
  • Set aside time just for reading. Curl up on the couch together and read aloud an old favorite or check out books about another culture's winter celebrations.

 

We will continue to work together so that our students can strive for excellence.

 

Nancy Spataro

Principal

 

                                                              Spring Newsletter 2022
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,

Spring is upon us, it’s in the air, birds are chirping, bees are humming, leaves on trees, flowers grow, longer days, and sunny rays.

There are many exciting events happening at P.S. 32 this month. Below you will find a snapshot of the upcoming
tentative events in date order.

April 2022
April 15, 2022 – April 22, 2022 – Spring Recess
April 26, 2022 – April 27, 2022 – Grades 3-5 NYS Math Test (Make Ups 4/28/22 – 5/9/22)

May 2022
May 2, 2022 – School Closed in Observance of Eid-al-Fitr
May 3, 2022 – 1st Grade Mother’s Day Tea
May 4, 2022 – Rain Date for 1st Grade Mother’s Day Tea
May 5, 2022 – Kindergarten Mother’s Day Tea (Schoolyard)
May 5, 2022 – Pre-Kindergarten Mother’s Day Tea (Front of School)
May 6, 2022 – Rain Date for Kindergarten Mother’s Day Tea (Schoolyard)
May 6, 2022 – Rain Date for Pre-Kindergarten Mother’s Day Tea (Front of School)
May 9, 2022 – 5th Grade Magician Show
May 10, 2022 – Grades 3-5 Dance Festival Rehearsal
May 11, 2022 – 4th Grade Field Day
May 12, 2022 – Grades PreK3-2 Dance Festival Rehearsal
May 13, 2022 – Rain Date for 4th Grade Field Day
May 16, 2022 – Grades 3-5 Dance Festival
May 17, 2022 – Grades PreK3-2 Dance Festival
May 18, 2022 – 5th Grade Field Day
May 19, 2022 – Rain Date for Grades PreK3-5 Dance Festival
May 20, 2022 – Rain Date for 5th Grade Field Day
May 24, 2022 – June 3, 2022 - 4th Grade Science Performance Test
May 27, 2022 – Carnival
May 30, 2022 – School Closed in Observance of Memorial Day
May 31, 2022 – Rain Date for the Carnival
 
June2022
June 1, 2022 – June 3, 2022 – 4th Grade Science Performance Test
June 2, 2022 – 5th Grade Trip to Turtle Back Zoo
June 6, 2022 – 4th Grade Science Written Test (Make ups 6/7/22 – 6/10/22)
June 7, 2022 – Clerical Day - No Students in Attendance
June 8, 2022 – 5th Grade Kickball Game vs. Staff (PM – Schoolyard)
June 9, 2022 – Chancellors PD Day – No Students in Attendance
June 10, 2022 – 5th Grade Graduation (Schoolyard)
June 13, 2022 – Rain Date for 5th Grade Graduation (Schoolyard)
June 14, 2022 – Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony (Schoolyard)
June 15, 2021 – Rain Date for Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony (Schoolyard)
June 16, 2022 – Pre-Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony (AM - Schoolyard)
June 16, 2022 – 1st Grade Father’s Day Celebration (PM – Schoolyard)
June 17, 2022 – Rain Date for Pre-Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony (Schoolyard)
June 17, 2021 – Kindergarten Father’s Day Celebration (PM – Schoolyard/Front of School) J
June 17, 2022 – Rain Date for the 1st Grade Father’s Day Celebration (PM – Schoolyard)
June 20, 2022 – School Closed in Observance of Juneteenth
June 21, 2021 – Show with Danielle Zee (Schoolyard)
June 21, 2021 – Rain Date for Kindergarten Father’s Day Celebration (PM - Schoolyard/Front of Building)
June 22, 2022 – Pre-Kindergarten Father’s Day Celebration (Front of Building)
June 22, 2022 – 5th Grade Breakfast (8:15am) & 5th Grade Signing Party with DJ (9:00 – 11:00 in the Schoolyard)
June 23, 2022 – Rain Date for Pre-Kindergarten Father’s Day Celebration (Front of Building)
June 23, 2022 – Show with Danielle Zee
June 24, 2022 – Rain Date for 5th Grade Breakfast (8:15am) & 5th Grade Signing Party with DJ (9:00 – 11:00 Schoolyard)
June 27, 2022 – Rain Date for Show with Danielle Zee
June 27, 2022 – Last Day of School for Students
June 28, 2022 – Staff PD Day (Last Day of School for Staff)
 
We are looking forward to our upcoming arts events. In May we will have our school wide Annual Dance Festival. In June we will have our annual musical, The Wizard of Oz, with first and fifth grade.
Physical Education and SEL/Mindfulness/Yoga with Mr. Hahn As we head into Spring and the warmer weather, our students will be continuing with their Physical Education curriculum, as well as daily SEL/Mindfulness/Yoga lessons. We will also have 4th Grade Field Day, 5th Grade Field Day and the 5th Grade vs Faculty/Staff Kickball game in the schoolyard. More information will become available as the dates approach. Be well and keep moving!
Monthly
Physical Education and SEL/Mindfulness/Yoga with Mr. Hahn As we head into Spring and the warmer weather, our students will be continuing with their Physical Education curriculum, as well as daily SEL/Mindfulness/Yoga lessons. We will also have 4th Grade Field Day, 5th Grade Field Day and the 5th Grade vs Faculty/Staff Kickball game in the schoolyard. More information will become available as the dates approach. Be well and keep moving!

Monthly Parent Support Group Meetings
During January’s meeting Mrs. Mahoney presented strategies to improve math skills using household items such as baking sheets, pasta and cereals. For example, you can use baking sheets to show students how to make a 10 or 12. Using pasta to add or subtract as manipulatives. For further information regarding these strategies please click on the link below.
https://www.weareteachers.com/at-home-math-manipulatives/
During February’s meeting Ms. Pisano discussed tips to prepare students for the ELA State Exam. Resources regarding format of the exams was discussed and reviewed. For further information regarding the State exams please click on the link below.
https://www.engageny.org/3-8
Please join us for our upcoming monthly Parent Support Group meetings. These meetings are presented by our school
Psychologist Dr. Tracy Poon, Parent Coordinator Michele Mancuso, and the occasional guest speaker. These sessions will provide you with resources and helpful tips on how to help your child deal with anxiety, homework, peer pressure, etc. Flyers will go out before each session with more information. I look forward to seeing you there! Please see the schedule below for the dates of the next meetings:
April 6 at 10:00
May 11 at 10:00
                                                                             
Crafting Workshops
You are cordially invited to join Ms. Spataro and Mrs. Mancuso for Parent Activity Sessions. These sessions are for Parents/Guardians. We will meet once a month at 9:15 am and the dates are listed below. Flyers will go out before each session with more information. We look forward to seeing you there. Please see the schedule below:

April 8 at 9:15 am
May 13 at 9:15 am
 
Student Support
If your child is in need of any additional support, socially/emotionally, please contact your child’s teacher so that we can provide additional support early on to address his/her needs. If you have any questions or concerns you can also call Mrs. Rosenberg, Assistant Principal, at 718 984 1688 or e-mail her directly at [email protected] 
 
Translated Services
Michele Mancuso, Parent Coordinator, sends out a weekly robo call highlighting scheduled events. Parents will receive the calls in their preferred language. If you require a translator or have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Mancuso at (718) 984-1688 x2191.

Appropriate Attire
We would like to remind parents to please follow these guidelines as the weather gets warmer:
Students should not wear tank tops or short shorts to school
Students should wear shoes that will allow them to run in the schoolyard and the gym (no high heels, flip flops, open sandals, etc)
We will continue to work together so that our students can strive for excellence.
All the best.
Nancy Spataro
Principal

Please see the below educational article from Reading Rockets-
Supporting your child’s reading and writing at home (An excerpt from Reading Rockets) Reading 101: A Guide for Parents Welcome, parents! One of the most important gifts we can give our children is to help them learn to read and write so that they can succeed in school and beyond. Confident, active readers are able to use their reading skills to follow their passions and curiosity about the world. We all read for a purpose: to be entertained, to take a journey of the imagination, to connect with others, to figure out how to do something, and to learn about history, science, the arts, and everything else. Learning to read is complex. Children don't learn one reading-related skill and then move on to the next in a step-by-step process. Instead, they are learning to do many things at the same time: decoding, reading with comfortable fluency, absorbing new vocabulary, understanding what the text says, and discovering that reading is pleasurable and builds knowledge about the world. We hope this guide will give you a better understanding of what it takes to learn to read (and write) and how you can help your children grow as readers, writers, and learners!
 
What is reading?
It's not an easy thing, learning to read. Our brains are naturally wired to speak, but they are not naturally wired to read and write. We need to be taught how to read. Most children learn to read at about age 5 or 6 and continue developing more sophisticated language and comprehension skills throughout their schooling. Reading is making meaning from print. It requires that we do these three things, all at the same time:
 Identify the words in print — a process called decoding and word recognition  Construct an understanding from words in print — a process called comprehension
 Coordinate identifying words and making meaning so that reading is automatic and accurate — an achievement called fluency Reading in its fullest sense involves weaving together word recognition and comprehension in a fluent manner. These three processes are complex, and each is important. How complex? Let's find out ... To develop word recognition, children need to learn:
 How to break apart and manipulate the sounds in words — this is phonemic awareness. Example: feet has three sounds: /f/, /e/, and /t/  Certain letters are used to represent certain sounds — this is the alphabetic principle. Example: s and h make the /sh/ sound
 How to apply their knowledge of letter-sound relationships to sound out words that are new to them – this is decoding. Example: ssssspppoooon — spoon!  How to analyze words and spelling patterns in order to become more efficient at reading words — this is word study. Example: Bookworm has two words I know: book and worm.
 To expand the number of words they can identify automatically, called their sight vocabulary. Example: Oh, I know that word — the! To develop comprehension, children need to develop:
 Background knowledge about many topics. Example: "This book is about zoos — that's where lots of animals live."  Extensive oral and print vocabularies. Example: "Look at my trucks — I have a tractor, and a fire engine, and a bulldozer."
 Understanding how the English language works. Example: "We say she ate her dinner, not she ated her dinner."  Understanding how print works. Example: "Reading in English goes from left to right."  Knowledge of various kinds of texts. Example: "I bet they live happily ever after."
 Various purposes for reading. Example: "I want to know what ladybugs eat."
 Strategies for making meaning from text, and for problem solving when meaning breaks down. Example: "This isn't making sense. Let me go back and reread it." To develop fluency, children need to:
 Develop a high level of accuracy in word recognition  Maintain Maintain a rate of reading brisk enough to support comprehension
Use phrasing and expression so that oral reading sounds like speech
 Transform deliberate strategies for word recognition and comprehension into automatic skills Reading motivation matters, too If reading isn't pleasurable or fulfilling, children won't choose to read, and they won't get the practice they need to become fluent readers. So reading also means developing and maintaining the motivation to read. To do that, children need to:
 Appreciate the pleasures of reading.
 View reading as a social act, to be shared with others.
 See reading as an opportunity to explore their interests.
 Read widely for a variety of purposes, from enjoyment to gathering information.  Become comfortable with a variety of different written forms and genres