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For the first time in recent history, we are hosting Summer School at P.S. 35 for 2nd through 8th grade students. By all accounts, it is going well, thanks to the leadership of Site Supervisor Deborah Roney and a dedicated team of Summer School teachers and staff. Our last day of summer school is Thursday, August 9th with grade promotion decisions to be determined on Friday, August 10th. Parents of children in Summer School will receive a formal letter regarding these decisions shortly thereafter.
We are gearing up for the first day of school on Wednesday, September 5th. We will begin assembling in the schoolyard by 7:30am. We will hold our Pre-K Parent Orientation at 11am that first day.
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 will be asked to sign a joint contract 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 will continue to house its 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 launch our new school year, 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 "Back-to-School Night" on Thursday, September 13th where administrators and teachers will provide clear expectations on the learning standards, the curriculum and student behavior. We will do our best to respond to your questions and concerns.
We will 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 M. 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. Again, we look forward to seeing you on September 5th, Opening Day!
Mark Dempsey, Principal