Thank you for your support during our Candy Sale School Fundraiser. All candy envelopes are to be returned during the week of February 23rd. The last day of collection will be Friday, February 27th. Any student who sells at least $10 will be invited to our annual ice cream sundae party in June! No child is to go door-to-door with their candy envelope. Safety first!


Spirit Month begins on Monday, February 2, 2015. Spirit Month has always been fun for ALL

students and staff and has always given them an opportunity to show their school spirit! Instead of celebrating throughout one whole week, we will recognize our spirit on Mondays and Fridays during the entire month of February. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, February 2nd  – Crazy Hat Day

Thursday, February 5th – Talent Show for Middle School, 6:00 p.m.

Friday, February 6th  – Red, White, and Blue Day

Monday, February 9th – Celebrate Your Culture Day

Friday, February 13th – PEP Rally for Middle School

Monday, February 23rd  – Twin Day

Friday, February 27th – Career Day – Dress Up!

Our school will begin to teach your child about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) starting the month of March. The New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education have mandated that HIV/AIDS education be provided for all students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. This mandate states that HIV/AIDS instruction must be age-appropriate and address the nature of the disease, the methods of transmission, and methods of prevention. Lessons focus on developing an understanding of communicable diseases, ways to live a healthy life, and how to identify community resources that can help enhance the quality of life.


The five lessons will be taught during the months of March and April. State regulations require that all students attend lessons on the nature of the disease and methods of transmission. However, parents or legal guardians have the right to ask that their child not participate in the lessons dealing with methods of prevention. Parents or legal guardians who do make such a request must file a written request with the principal. Ms. DiBenedetto, our parent coordinator, Ms. Falcone, and Ms. Black will hold a parent workshop at the Principal’s Breakfast on Monday, February 9, 2015 entitled, “HIV/AIDS Curriculum for Parents”. Whether you attend or not, I want you to be informed. The parent website is as follows: You will access a full text of the updated HIV/AIDS curriculum which includes all the lessons for kindergarten through 12th grades. The lessons for the grade of your child will be available at the workshop.

This year, beginning on February 2nd, an entire month of events and lessons are planned honoring the history and contributions of African Americans. The theme for Black History Month this year is "Civil Rights in America" chronicling the important milestones by African-Americans and others in the battle for civil rights and equal treatment under the law. One hundred fifty-one years ago, on January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation set the United States on the path of ending slavery. A century later, on August 27, 1963, hundreds of thousands of Americans, blacks and whites, joined the March on Washington to the memorial of Abraham Lincoln, the author of the Emancipation Proclamation, in pursuit of the ideal of equality of citizenship. It was also on this occasion that Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous speech, "I Have a Dream".


These and other momentous historical events that led up to the Civil Rights Era will be discussed in all classrooms. Activities will be integrated in both literacy and social studies, and as a result, student work will be evident. Teachers will choose rigorous literature carefully so that students have the opportunity to learn the importance of “Civil Rights for All”, and that they are able to find evidence to support answers to teacher’s questions. This is another opportunity for our teachers to be able to teach important subject matter, yet also prepare our students for the upcoming state exams. The following events have been planned:


Movie – “Harriet Tubman” for 2nd and 3rd Graders on Tues., February 24th  

Movie – “The Rosa Parks Story” for 6th and 7th Graders on Wed., February 11th

Movie – “Harriet Tubman and Her Escape to Freedom” for 4th and 5th Graders on Wed., Feb. 25th

School Stamp Design Contest – Design a Postage Stamp for Black History Month that exemplifies what you learned about the Civil Rights Movement. Write an essay that explains your design for the stamp, and explain why you chose this event. More information will follow. Ms. D’Andrea will collect all entries by Wednesday, February 25th. Winners will be announced on Friday, February 27th. A template for the stamp will be made available. Prizes will be given to top three winners in K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.

ABENY Black History Month Writing Contest

We would like to extend our thanks to our PTA parents who are always there to provide special events for our students. This year's Holiday Boutique was a huge success! Thank you, PTA, for always being there!



Khaki beige or blue pants or shorts (in warmer weather)
Navy blue or light blue polo (golf) shirt (short or long-sleeved)
Comfortable shoes or sneakers (not carried by Flynn & O’Hara)


Khaki beige or blue pants, skirts, skorts, capris, shorts (in warmer weather)
Navy blue or light blue polo (golf) shirt (short or long-sleeved)
Comfortable shoes or sneakers (no flip flops)

Friday, February 27
CAREER DAY - Dress up for your career!
Monday, March 2
Basketball Game
232 vs Waterside away
Monday, March 9
9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 10
Basketball Game
232 vs Kappa VI home
Monday, March 16
Scholastic BOOK FAIR
Trip - Class 5-502

"Harriet Tubman"

Today, 2/27/2015
High: 27 Low: 11
Mostly cloudy
13% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 2/28/2015
High: 25 Low: 15
Mostly sunny
0% chance of precipitation.