CCLS-Aligned Benchmark Exams in ELA and Math will take place in Early December. These exams are designed to help teachers collect information about their students' progress toward meeting the Common Core expectations for each grade. This data will influence teachers' plans for targeting instruction to meet your child's needs. These exams will have no bearing on your child's report card grades.

Grades 3-4-5 ELA
Day I for Grade 4 only Mon., Dec. 1st
Day I for Grade 3&5 Tues., Dec. 2nd
Day II for Grades 3, 4, 5 Wed., Dec. 3rd

Grades 3-4-5 MATH
Day I Thurs., Dec. 11th
Day II Fri., Dec. 12th

Grades 6-7-8 ELA
Day I Thurs., Dec. 4th
Day II Fri., Dec. 5th

Grades 6-7-8 MATH
Day I Tues., Dec. 9th
Day II Wed., Dec. 10th




Our "Kids Who Care" Student Service Committee is having their annual Food Drive to replenish the local food banks in our Howard Beach community. Our Food Drive boxes are organized in the lobby of the school building, so it is an easy drop off for our students. Please check all expiration dates on your cans. Our children will deliver the food collection on November 21st. Please have your child participate and volunteer one or two cans of food so that we can help those in need during the holidays. It is a wonderful way to teach our young people how important service is to others less fortunate. Thank you!

Our PTA will begin their annual pie sale on November 10th and as you know all proceeds go right back into our PTA organization. Pie orders are due on Thursday, November 20th. The pies will then be delivered to the school on Tuesday, November 25th, and they can be picked up after 1:00 p.m. Throughout the year, our parents plan and organize several events for the children, and we do appreciate your participation in this major PTA fundraiser!

P.S. 232 November Writing Contest
Categories: K-2, 3-5, 6-8

This month’s theme will be: Creative Characters
Submit published pieces to Mrs. D’Andrea’s mailbox no later than Wednesday December 17th. Winners will be announced on Friday, December 19th.   

Create your own story character.  Your character can be created from your imagination and should not have existed before in any story.  You can create a new character based on a pre-existing one with different characteristics.  Be sure that your character description includes your character’s name or title, setting that they are involved in and what they are famous for.  Be sure to demonstrate the most important ideas that make your character come to life.  You can include a short story about your character, but that should not be the focus of your writing.


Parents of Kindergarten through Fifth Grades - Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, November 13th, and we are looking forward to meeting with parents about the progress of their child(ren). The hours will be from 1:00 - 3:00 and 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Teachers will also meet with parents on Parent Engagement Tuesdays on November 18th and November 25th from 2:30 - 3:10 p.m. Parent letters and appointment sheets will be distributed to children on Wednesday, November 5th. Parents in K-5, please be sure to send back your appointment information sheet to your child's teacher as soon as possible. Kindergarten will meet with their parents in the cafeteria in the evening.

Parents of Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades - Parent Teacher Conferences will also take place on Thursday, November 13th, and we are looking forward to meeting with parents about the progress of their child(ren). The hours will be from 1:00 - 3:00 and 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., but you have open access to whichever teacher you would like to see. No appointments are needed.

ALL REPORT CARDS AND KINDERGARTEN CHECKLISTS WILL BE SENT HOME WITH EACH CHILD ON NOVEMBER 13TH. IT IS A HALF DAY OF SCHOOL WITH DISMISSAL AT 11:45 A.M.

Thank you to all 83 parents that came to the first Principal's Breakfast of the year! I hope that the workshop on testing helped to alleviate some fears about testing and that all of your questions were answered. Ms. D'Andrea, our literacy coach, and Ms. DiBenedetto, our parent coordinator, are available throughout the year to answer any other questions you may have. Our parent engagement initiative will continue on Tuesdays from 2:30 until 3:10 p.m. Please call or send a note to your child's teacher at any time and make an appointment. Phone conferences can also be arranged. Mrs. Josephson is also available at any time. You may also email her at ljoseph3@schools.nyc.gov.

Be sure to attend our first PTA meeting of the year on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. At the meeting, Mr. Collins, our middle school assistant principal, will present our school safety plan.



Families can complete their meal application online at nyc.applyforlunch.com. I encourage all P.S. 232Q  families to do so as soon as possible so that it allows the NYCDOE to process applications more quickly. If you do not have access to a computer, please contact Mrs. DiBenedetto, our parent coordinator, so that you can use one of our computers.

Eligible students will receive meal services as soon as possible. Families of students who are new to NYCDOE schools and who do not complete the application before school opens will need to pay full price for meals until they complete an application to establish their eligibility for free meals. All students in K-8 schools must complete an application. Free lunch does not apply to grades 6, 7, and 8 in K-8 schools.


P.S. 232 IS A MANDATED UNIFORM SCHOOL. THE BELOW UNIFORM ITEMS CAN BE PURCHASED AT FLYNN & O'HARA AT THE ATLAS MALL OR ITEMS CAN BE PURCHASED AT COOKIES, SEARS, OR WALMART.

BOYS

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)

GIRLS

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)



Wednesday, November 26
Dress Down Day
Kindergarten Thanksgiving Show
9:00 a.m. for Parents
Thursday, November 27
SCHOOL CLOSED
Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 28
SCHOOL CLOSED
Monday, December 1
ELA Benchmark Exam - Gr. 4 only
Day I

Today, 11/26/2014
High: 40 Low: 33
Rain/snow
100% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 11/27/2014
High: 42 Low: 28
Cloudy
14% chance of precipitation.

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