March 1, 2015
Let me begin by asking for your ongoing prayers and good wishes as our staff continues to be beset with difficult news. Grade 2 teacher Ms. Reichert's father passed away and she had to go to Poland for the funeral a couple of weeks ago. Ms. Harmatiuk, our music cluster teacher, suddenly lost her husband during the mid-winter recess, Ms. Bertoletti continues her brave fight with cancer. And Ms. Hynes, our phys-ed cluster, is recuperating from major knee surgery and will be out for the foreseeable future. Your love and support of these ladies and their families means a great deal to each of them!
On a more upbeat note, I wish to thank our PTA for their sponsorship of the Valentine's dances for all of our students. The children had a terrific time and the PTA made it a fun afternoon for each of the dances.
This past Friday we held our Black History/Presidency/Current Events Bee. We had 15 student participants (5 on each of three teams: Lions, Tigers, and Bears) and 3 staff captains responding to over 100 questions on these topics. It was an exciting event with Team winning. All student participants received a homework pass for being part of the event. In addition, winning team members received a beautiful book "Our 50 States; A Family Adventure Acoss America" by Lynne Cheney. My thanks to Ms. Fox, Ms. Eberhardt, Ms. Sanchez, Ms. Matos, and Ms. Ruiz for helping to plan the month-long initiative. More activities are on their way the rest of this year so stay tuned!
As we move into March, let us hope that the extreme cold and snow will be left behind us as we look forward to the onset of spring in a couple of weeks.
This is a very busy time as we get into high gear with our testing grades (3-5) preparing for their NYS ELA and Math tests next month. In addition, Friday, March 6, is the end of the second trimester. Open School Week is March 16-20. Report cards will be distributed at Parent-Teacher Conference Day on Thursday, March 19, from 1:00-2:30 PM and 4:30-7:30 PM. Parent surveys will be made available and our parent coordinator, Nancy DeName, will assist parents in completing these surveys here at PS 17 when you come on March 19th. Also, a new school cell phone policy will be shared with you before the end of March.
Please make certain that you check your child's homework each day for completeness before signing the homework planner!
We appreciate your ongoing support of our continuing efforts to make our school, PS 17, the best that it can be. I look forward to seeing you during Open School Week and thank you for your attention and cooperation in these matters. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to see me about them.
Dr. Robert A. Marchi
Principal - PS 17K
Mr. Cordero's Fifth Grade class completed a research project about Endangered Species. They worked in teams, and each team chose their own animal. The students used books from the L!brary collection and online resources for fact finding. Each team created a Power Point slide show to share what they learned. Classroom parents were very happy to join the class for their oral presentations. Nice work, boys and girls!
Follow the link below to enjoy some highlights from their presentations!