Dear Parents and Families:
It is hard to believe we are already welcoming March. This month is filled with activities throughout the school.
I am happy to share that we are working with Anthropology Arts to provide our 1st and 2nd grade students with a 4 week residency. The students will be working on various STEM activities during these classes. Our 2nd graders began this past week and some of them told me they loved it. I think the rest of our students will enjoy it just as much.
Our dance teacher, Ms. Skerbec arranged a six week residency with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company that began this week. Ms. Rachel Watson, our teaching artist will be coming weekly to teach the student’s hip-hop.
On Wednesday, April 8, 2020 parents are invited to our culminating event in our auditorium at 8:45am.
Our Parent Association will be running their annual Book Fair from Tuesday, March 3rd through Thursday, March 5th. The Book Fair will be open for parents during Parent/Teacher Conference Afternoon and Evening for your shopping pleasure. A book is an ideal gift to give to any child, and one that will long be remembered.
Parent/Teacher Evening Conferences will be on Wednesday, March 4th from 4:30-7:30 PM. Parent/Teacher Afternoon Conferences will be on Thursday, March 5th from 12:30-2:30 PM. Children will be dismissed at 11:30 AM. Please note that on these days there are NO afterschool programs. We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress. Your child’s report card will NOT be sent home. It will be given to you when you meet with the teacher during these conference dates. Out of classroom providers will also be available to meet with you during Parent/Teacher Conference evening and afternoon sessions.
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, you are invited to attend a Parent Workshop focusing on the NYSESLAT Test.
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, you are invited to attend a Parent Workshop focusing on the 4th Grade New York State Science Exam.
Our 4th graders are finishing their residency with the National Dance Institute this month. You are invited to their culminating event on the evening of Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 5:30pm. There is NO afterschool for 4th Grade students on this day due to the performance.
I hope you will be sure to complete the NYC School Survey that was given to your child to bring home. We value your input and would appreciate it if you could complete the survey by Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
The New York State Exams are quickly approaching. The exam schedule is as follows:
NYS ELA Exams (grades 3-5): March 25th & 26th
NYS Math Exams (grades 3-5): April 22nd & April 23rd
Speaking: April 6th – May 15th
Reading, Writing and Listening: May 4th – May 15th
NYS Science Performance Test: May 18th – May 29th
NYS Science Written Exam: June 1st
Also, please make note of the end of year events for our Kindergarten and 5th grade students:
5th Grade Promotional Ceremony: June 23rd
Kindergarten Stepping Up: June 24th
As the weather gets nicer, the students will be going outside for recess and leaving the building to go on more class trips. If permission slips are not signed, students will not be able to attend. The students will have more outdoor recess as well. Please make sure they wear appropriate shoes. It is good practice to have closed shoes, we prefer no open toe shoes or flip flops.
We try to do all we can to keep our students safe and appreciate all of your assistance and understanding. The gates on East 17th Street are closed during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal, due to the dangerous flow of traffic down East 17th Street. Our number one priority is the safety of our children and we hope this change will help our students feel safer when entering and exiting our school.
Parents, please see to it that you pick up your children on time when dismissed from the school day and any afterschool programs. If students are not picked up on time from afterschool, they will not be eligible to continue in any programs. If you are unable to pick up your child, please make sure the person(s) picking up your child is on the blue card in the office. Your child will not be released to anyone who is not on the blue card.
Please keep in mind that this year Spring Recess is Thursday, April 9th – Friday, April 17th. It is important that your child is in school each and every day. Please make sure vacations take place when school is not in session.
Very truly yours,