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As we have turned the corner on the halfway point in the school year, we look forward this week's Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please take time to visit with your child's teachers (both their classroom and their cluster teachers) this Thursday either during the afternoon session (12:30-2:30pm) or the evening session (4:30-7:30pm). Please let your child speak to where s/he is flourishing and where s/he needs more support. Ask lots of questions and learn strategies that you can implement at home to reinforce the learning taking place in the school.
Our 2nd to 5th Grade Saturday Academy under the leadership of Assistant Principal Andrea A. Belcher continues to flourish. As many as 108 students, our highest number yet, participated this past Saturday. They are picking up critical skills and strategies leading up to the April NYS ELA Exam and the May NYS Math Exam.
We are delighted to announce that we are launching our 4th Grade Ballroom Dancing Program this week. Please mark on your calendar the Ballroom Dancing Culminating Event on Friday, June 7th at 9am. You will be simply amazed, even tearful, to see what you child will have learned not only in terms of dance movements but more importantly, how to respectfully interact with the other gender and work as a team.
Our After School Spring Clubs Program launches on April 10th for our K-2 students. Please make sure to submit your child's preference so that we can organize ourselves accordingly. The Clubs Culminating Events will take place immediately after school on Friday, May 3rd.
Have your children been talking to you about our Positive Behavior program? It is truly catching the hearts and minds of our staff and students. Every day we celebrate the three Bs: Be reponsible! Be respectful! Be safe! Additionally, we are addressing and discouraging any bullying incidents this school year through counseling, consequences and consciousness-raising. Moreover, we are encouraging all of our students to use, if anyone is bothering them, their W.I.T.s, i.e., to Walk away, to Ignore the other child and/or Tell an adult (teacher, assistant teacher, school assistant, safety agent, administrator, guidance counselor, any adult). Our goal for every child at P.S. 35 is to assure that s/he is able to first feel safe, then feel happy in order to be able to fully engage in the learning process.
It truly does "take a village to raise a child" and in that spirit, administrators, teachers, parents and students alike have been asked to sign joint "contracts" committing each to the success of the child's learning and supporting their mastery of 21st Century Skills: collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving.
We always have a pressing need for parent volunteers not only to serve as field trip chaperones but to assist at arrival, breakfast, lunch recess, and dismissal. Please check with Parent Coordinator Linda Banks if you can volunteer your time during days off or if you're not working.
We are filled with optimism at the challenging work our teachers and students are embracing together each day. As we pass the halfway mark on our school calendar, we are confident at the successful results our children are achieving.
We give thanks for all of the incredible people in our school community who support our students' learning. Together, we are determined to create and maintain a safe and joyful learning environment allowing your child to excel each day in reading, writing, math, listening, speaking and working as part of a team. Learning requires a safe and joyful environment! Learning is social!
We continue to celebrate, honor and encourage our students in various ways, particularly through certificates and celebrations for our Writers-of-the-Month, Students-of-the-Month, those with Perfect Attendance, Positive Calls home, our Golden Shoe Award (for teamwork), our Golden Clock Award (for good attendance), our Golden Broom Award (for classroom orderliness), our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support framework, our monthly in-school Student Assemblies, even through monthly Birthday-with-the-Principal events.
Assistant Principals Andrea A. Belcher and Ryoji Mizutani, Parent Coordinator Linda Banks, teachers, staff, and I welcome your concerns and ideas on how to improve our school. This is your school. This is our school. It takes a village! Every person matters!
Again, thank you for your ongoing support and for choosing P.S. 35.
Mark Dempsey, Principal