From the Principal's Desk October 5, 2016

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We had a wonderful start of school in September. As I walk into classrooms and around the school, students seem very comfortable in their rooms, are working hard, making new friends and engaged in a variety of academic activities challenging them to ask questions, explore, discover, collaborate with others and coming up with an array of various ways to solve problems. Students are creating art, singing, playing instruments, using the library and getting lots of physical exercise during recess, dance, and movement.

Thank you for coming to the Meet the Teacher Night on September 22 where you had the opportunity to meet the out of classroom teachers, and visit your classroom teachers. We will have our first Family Learning Friday on Friday, October 7th at 8:30 with a focus on reading/writing in Grades K-5. Families are invited to observe reading/writing in your child’s classroom. I will give a short introduction about what you will be observing when you visit your child’s classroom.

Teachers are finishing their assessments of each student in their class. Each teacher meets with me in October to discuss how each student is doing. The assessments help us plan differentiated instruction for students on the level they are performing on. We have progress meetings four times a year.

Our first Fun Friday will be Friday, October 14th from 5:30-7:30 pm. It will be an International Family Night where families are welcome to wear clothing from their country and bring a dish. The food is always fantastic. We will have activities for the students to play. Ms. Leon, parent coordinator and Ms. Cintron, community associate will be sending home a flyer with a tear off sheet letting us know what you will be bringing. Please write you country on the slip as well.

We are very excited that Ms. O’Brien, 4th Grade Teacher who was trained this past summer in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math,) will be teaching engineering to 4th & 5th graders in cycles twice a week. She has started with 4th grade. We have a new partnership called My Plate for 2nd graders. Ms. Helen is a former Rockette and currently a nutritionist. She is teaching our students about nutrition and preparing them for a show they will be performing with real actors. Our enrichment clubs will be starting next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. Ms. Traxler, music teacher is teaching an Orff (percussion instrument ensemble for students in Grades 4-5,) Ms. Perez art teacher is teaching a fashion club for students in Grade 5. Ms. O’Brien, 4th grade teacher will be teaching a robotics class for students in Grades 4-5. These clubs or groups will take place on Tuesday afternoons 2:35-3:25 pm. Mr. Mejia, science teacher will teaching a science club for students in Grades 3-5 on Wednesday afternoons 2:35-3:25 pm. Ms. Traxler has chorus on Thursday afternoons for students in Grades 3-5. P.S. 51 is committed to ensuring that children have a holistic education where every child shines in a special way through the many learning opportunities we provide in the classroom, in science, the library, arts and the many field experiences and trips we take children on.