It’s hard to believe it is February already. The month may be short, but we have a lot going on as usual.
On Friday, February 5th, school will be closed for Lunar New Year. February 18th – 22nd school will be closed for a Midwinter Recess. Please do not extend this vacation because airfares are cheaper before or after this week. Children need to be in school, on time, every day unless they are too ill to attend. We stress attendance and punctuality because we want your children to learn each and every opportunity they are in school. A student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss over 30 hours of instruction during the year - a week of school. A student who is absent just twice a month will miss 20 school days - 4 weeks of school!
With such a wonderful response to have the students eyes checked for “Eye on Education”, the program has scheduled a second date to complete the eye exams. Eye exams will take part on Wednesday, February 6th and Thursday, February 7th.
On Thursday, February 11, 2019, Student Council will be hosting Respect for All Assembly. Respect for All week will be the week of February 11th. We are asking all students to wear the following colors:
On Monday, February 11th students should wear red to show they are supportive.
On Tuesday, February 12th students should wear blue to show they are honest.
On Wednesday, February 13th students should wear yellow to show they are inspiring.
On Thursday, February 14th students should wear green to show they are nonjudgmental
On Friday, February 15th students should wear brown to show they are efficient
On Thursday, February 14th, P.S. 255 will be hosting a Valentine’s Day Dance for children in grades 1-5 during school hours from 8:30am- 2:00pm. All the children will dance the time away to music played by a fabulous D.J. Pizza will be provided to students in the classroom. Children may dress in their favorite party attire. We are asking each student in grades 1-5 to bring in $2.00 to help off-set the cost of the dance.
Parents whose children are in danger of not meeting the Standards will be notified by February 15th. If you receive a letter, please meet with your child’s teacher immediately so that we can all work together to help your child be successful and be ready to be promoted to the next grade in June.
We also have some fun, as well as educational things scheduled for our students this month. February is generally a cold, dreary, snowy month, but with these activities, no one will even be aware of the weather.
- Thursday, February 7th - Student of the Month
- Thursday, February 7th – Wacky Wednesday….On a Thursday
- Friday, February 8th – Grade 2-Movie Trip “ The Lego Movie 2”
- Thursday, February 14th – 100th Day of School
- Friday, February 15th- Jump 4 Heart
State Exams- This year, New York State has shortened the number of days students in grades 3 through 5 will be tested. Students will now be tested over two day periods in ELA and Math. The NYS ELA test will be administered to our third, fourth and fifth grade students on April 2nd & April 3rd. The NYS Math test will be administered to our third, fourth and fifth grade students on May 1st & 2nd. These are very important tests. Please make sure that your child gets to bed early those nights, has a good breakfast before coming to school, and arrives at school on time. Latecomers will have to take the exam at a later date. Our teachers have been working very hard to prepare all of the students, and I’m sure that they will be very successful.
Our ELA and Math Afterschool program is currently in session. Please make sure your children are not picked up before dismissal as they are taking part in instructional lessons. When students are picked up early, it disrupts the teacher and the entire class. It is imperative that the students get the most out of each session while in the program.
During any vacation time, it is important that the children continue to read. They all will have schoolwork to complete; however they should also be reading books they have selected for enjoyment. You should encourage them to discuss what they are reading about with you, as well. In all of our classrooms we ask the students to provide reasons to support their ideas. You can practice this at home by asking some follow-up questions such as, “Why do you think that?”
Here are Some Future Dates to Remember:
- Open School Evening – March 13th – 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
- Open School Afternoon (11:30 Dismissal) – March 14th – 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
- NDI Performance- March 28th -Grade 4- 5:00pm
- Spring Recess – April 19th – April 26th. Return to school on Monday, April 29th.
This year seems to be flying by! I hope you all stay warm, happy and healthy throughout the month of February.
Very truly yours,