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We are excited for our upcoming Book Character Parade on Friday, October 26th! Beginning at 9am staff and students alike will begin parading around the school onto Jamaica Avenue, holding up books and dressed as their favorite book characters. It is our celebration of reading. Please come out and cheer on the students.
This school year, we are launching a new math program, Go Math, this school year which should prove to be more rigorous for our children. We should realize even greater results and a deeper understanding of math concepts.
We are re-launching our Positive Behavior program for all staff and students. Additionally, we will address and discourage any bullying incidents this school year through counseling, consequences and consciousness-raising. Additionally, we will encourage 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.
Our friends from P.S. 131 continue to house their four kindergarten classes at P.S. 35 on our second floor of our 1931 original building while its school is under partial construction.
We are filled with optimism at the challenging work our teachers and students are embracing together each day. As we near day 30 already on our school calendar, we are confident at the successful results our children will achieve.
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!
Please join us at "Parent-Teacher Conferences" on Thursday, November 15th 12:30-2:30pm and 4:30-7:30pm where administrators and teachers will meet with you to discuss your child's progress and accomplishments thus far.
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