Thomas Yezerski, author of Meadowlands: a Wetlands Survival Story
, visited our school in December. Visit his Facebook page to see his thoughts on our students' wonderful dioramas, based on his inspiring presentation.
Keep up the good work!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and enjoyed the time with your children. It is truly hard to believe that we are in 2015. I hope the year brings health and happiness to you, your family, and your friends.
I would ask that you keep close tabs on a few items:
- Health - make sure your child wears proper clothing for the colder temperatures of January and February. Hats, gloves, and scarves need to be worn and need to be labeled with their name and class. Please be sure to keep these items clean as this is the season when problems like head lice become more likely to occur;
- Homework - please check homework daily for completeness and sign the planner every night. Remember to use it for communicating with your child's teacher whenever necessary;
- Family Engagement - we will be sending home shortly a list of parent workshops that teachers will be conducting on Tuesday afternoons from 2:20-3:00 PM;
- Current Events - there is a lot happening in our city, nation, and world. Many of the events are unpleasant and violent in nature. Please be careful what you say to your children as we are trying to teach them that there is always at least two sides to every story. We will discuss items from time-to-time in a balanced and unbiased manner and hope that the children learn how to form their own opinions that are backed up by evidence.
I want to inform you that our physical education cluster teacher, Denise Hynes, had an injury to her leg that will keep her out of action for the next two months. We wish Denise a speedy recovery as she had become a favorite with the children. I also ask for your continued prayers for another teacher, Pat Bertoletti, who continues to bravely battle her cancer at Calvary Hospice. We miss her very much at PS 17.
On a brighter note, we have plans for some wonderful learning activities with you and your children this semester. Our parent coordinator, Nancy DeName, has been doing a terrific job and is willing to listen to any ideas or suggestions you may have.
Thank you for your attention and ongoing support. It is deeply appreciated.
Dr. Robert A. Marchi