Winter 2021/2022 Newsletter
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.
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
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.
Please remember to check our website, www.ps32statenisland.com, for up to date information about our school.
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.
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].
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.
- 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)
- 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!
- 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)
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 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 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 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
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)
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.
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.
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
April 8 at 9:15 am
May 13 at 9:15 am
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]
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.
Please see the below educational article from Reading Rockets-