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As we enter December and near the 60th day of school we are excited about so many things.
Please take part in our potluck PTA Holiday Meeting on Tuesday, December 18th at 5:30pm. Please contribute a special dish to share with our school community. If you are a parent of one of our 5th graders, please consider coming at 5pm to hear presentations by Middle School Principals Dr. James Philemy (208), Mr. Peter Leddy (238) and Ms. Karleen Adam-Comrie (109). It should be very informative.
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.
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 pass the 60 day 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!
Please look out for your child's next Progress Report in mid-January.
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