From the Principal’s Desk – March 2014
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
It is hard to believe that it is March. As always, there is a lot going on at P.S. 51 during the month. On Monday, March 3rd, we are celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading his wonderful funny books throughout the school. It should be a lot of fun. Each child will receive a special eraser with the title and picture of one of Dr. Seuss’ many books.
We are having test preparation workshops for parents next week. We will review the NY English Language Arts and Math Tests at the same meeting. Tuesday, March 4th is the 3rd grade workshop, Wednesday, March 5th is the 4th grade workshop, and Friday, March 7th is the 5th grade workshop. We hope to see you at these important meetings. Saturday academy for invited students in grades 4 and 5 will start this Saturday, March 1 and continue for 3 more weeks – March 8, 15, 22 from 10-12 pm. There will be two classes with no more than 12 students in each class taught by Ms. Kecskemeti and Ms. Goldberg.
The 4th grade classes had Dutch Day on Friday, February 28th. All the students dressed up in Dutch attire and participated in activities reacting what it would be like to live and attend school during that time.
The 2nd grade Architecture Celebration will be Thursday, March 6th at 9:00 am. Parent Conferences will be Tuesday, March 11th from 1:00-3:00 pm and 5:00-7:30 pm. Make sure you have made an appointment with your child’s teacher.
During the Feb 27th PTA/SLT Meeting, Brent Saver, from Sussman Sales presented three software programs we have purchased for our students that can be used on computers. One is a typing program to teach students keyboard skills. We will use this program at school. The other programs are MyOn – a reading program with over 4,000 books on a variety of topics and matched your child’s reading level. The other program is Dreambox, a math software program. You will receive a log on and password for your child that will be used in school and at home. Your child will be able to read many different books, on their own reading level, or challenge themselves by reading a book on a higher level.
We have started new partnerships this year thanks funding provided by ING Financial. The Teachers & Writers Collaborative is doing poetry with the 2nd grade classes. At the end of the residency, there will be a poetry slam where parents will be invited and each child will receive a poetry book of the poems in the class. We are also doing Ballet Bridges – a program with the NYC Ballet Company with 4th grade classes. Teaching artists conduct dance classes here once a week and students attend a few performances of the NYC Ballet Company at Lincoln Center.
Story Pirates, Theatre Education Program where teaching artists have students write stories individually or as a class will start soon with 3rd grade doing some fun activities related to test prep. In May, students in kindergarten will write a story as a class. Fourth grade will also write stories but individually. The teaching artists who are actors and comedians then act out some of the stories for the entire school on June 13th.
Third grade and kindergarten have started tap dancing at the Maraval Arts Center with the teacher Tony. Fifth grade will start ballroom dancing soon twice a week. Gaby from the Art Farm who brings in animals will be visiting classrooms in the next few months.
We look forward to seeing you at all these wonderful events. Sincerely, Ms. Sing-Bock, Your Proud Principal