AIDS/HIV LESSONS WILL BE TAUGHT DURING THE MONTHS OF MARCH AND APRIL, 2016


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. The parent website is as follows:  http://schools.nyc.gov/HealthED. You will access a full text of the updated HIV/AIDS curriculum which includes all the lessons for kindergarten through 12th grades.


FREE MICROSOFT SOFTWARD DOWNLOAD - I am pleased to announce that  parents and guardians will be able to download Microsoft software from https://studentoffice.net/, at no cost, on up to five of their family’s computers and five of their family’s tablets, smart phones, or other mobile devices. Much of this software has education-specific content that supports our students’ academic improvement. In addition, familiarity with these tools will help students be prepared for college and careers.
 
This opportunity is made possible through the NYC Department of Education’s partnership with NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Microsoft. The free Microsoft products and features that will be available include:

Office 365 ProPlus on Windows: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Skype for Business, Access, InfoPath and Publisher installed on Windows Office for Mac Professional 2016: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote Office for iPad, iPhone, Android: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote Cloud service , and Office Online
Families will be able to claim a download by going to https://studentoffice.net/ and entering either of the following:
 
1. Student’s date of birth AND a parent phone number, or
 
2. Parent email
 
Please note, the information that families enter to claim the download must match the information on their Blue Card on file with the school.

IMPORTANT DATES IN THE FUTURE - check our website homepage weekly for updates and events

CHINESE NEW YEAR – SCHOOL CLOSED ON FEBRUARY 8TH

PRESIDENTS WEEK – SCHOOL CLOSED Feb. 15th -19th 

REPORT CARDS GO HOME - MARCH 2ND
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES MARCH 3RD

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR FEB. 29TH – MARCH 4TH

GOOD FRIDAY – SCHOOL CLOSED – MARCH 25TH

STATE ELA EXAM GRADES 3-8 APRIL 5, 6, 7

STATE MATH EXAM GRADE 3-8 APRIL 13, 14, 15

SPRING BREAK – SCHOOL CLOSED APRIL 25TH – 29TH


PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES will take place on Thursday, March 3, 2016 
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. 
 
It is a Half Day of School; Dismissal is at 11:45 a.m.
REPORT CARDS WILL GO HOME ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2ND

You may also make an appointment to see your child’s teacher on the following Parent Engagement Tuesdays
 (2:30 – 3:10 p.m.) in case you cannot make it on March 3, 2016:
 Tues., March 8th 
 Tues., March 15th
 Tues., March 22nd

Honor Roll and Circle of Effort Awards will be distributed  for Grades 4 and 5.
Honor Society Awards in Middle School grades are distributed for the 2nd and 3rd marking periods. Honor Society ceremony is by invitation only and will take place on Friday, March 11, 2016.

 

Please note that all conferences will be limited. If you need more time to discuss your child’s progress, arrangements can be made to meet at another date and time. Simply send your child’s teacher a note so that other arrangements can be made. Please take advantage of our Tuesday Parent Engagement time so that we can accommodate all parents.


P.S. 232 Black History Month/February Writing Contest

Grade levels in each category: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8
Submit published pieces to Mrs. D’Andrea’s mailbox no later than Wednesday March 9th to be entered. Winners will be announced on Friday March 11th 2016!!!

This month’s theme will be: “Celebrating the Quotes of Famous African Americans”

Choose one or more of the quotes listed below that was spoken by a famous African American and describe what it means to you and your life.  How can you live by this quote and help others to have a meaningful life by living by the “message” of these quotes. 

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”- Martin Luther King Jr.

“Each person must live their life as a model for others”- Rosa Parks

“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom”-George Washington Carver

“Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole in the grandstand just watching what goes on in my opinion you’re just wasting your life.” – Jackie Robinson


ANTI-BULLYING POSTER CONTEST RULES

P.S. 232Q is launching its 3rd Annual Anti-Bullying Poster Contest!
Students from every grade can participate and prizes will be given in the following categories:

Group I – Kindergarten, First, and Second Graders
Group II – Third, Fourth, and Fifth Graders
Group III – Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Graders

You have to be in it, to win it!

Ms. Falcone and Ms. Black, our guidance counselors, are conducting “Anti-Bullying” workshops in the classrooms during the months of January/February. Our students will show what they learned in those workshops in the form of a poster. Posters that show a strong message, passion, and creativity will be hung up throughout our school building. Winning posters will be hung up outside of the main office of our school.

POSTER  ENTRIES ARE DUE Monday, February 22, 2016.

1.      Pick an anti-bullying slogan and make sure it stands out on your poster.

2.      Pick your paper. No bigger than 14 x 22 in. (half of a piece of oaktag).

3.      Create your poster using any type of art supplies you like.

4.      Make sure that your name and class number are printed on back of poster.

5.      Submit your poster on or before February 22nd. Entries will not be accepted after that date.

GOOD LUCK  AND BE CREATIVE!


Parents, mid-semester progress reports will be distributed to our students in kindergarten through eighth grade on Friday, January 29, 2016. Please be sure to check your child's book bag and/or folder. After you've signed and discussed the report with your child, return it to the classroom teacher. If there is a need to meet with the teacher, please check off or write a request to make an appointment. Report cards will be distributed on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.

Spirit Month - February, 2016

Spirit Month will take place during the month of February, 2016, and we are looking forward to having all students and staff members participate! Every year, we designate the month of February as a time of celebrating our students and our school. Even though it is another month of hitting the books and learning on a daily basis, we have scheduled Mondays and Fridays as specific days when our students and staff can have some fun and show their school spirit. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, February 1st - Crazy Hat Day - Create your own crazy, creative hat to wear to school!
Friday, February 5th - Twin Day - Come to school dressed as someone's twin, triplet, or quadruplet!

Monday, February 8th - SCHOOL CLOSED - Happy Chinese New Year!
Friday, February 12th - A Day of Love - Celebrate Valentine's Day by wearing RED!

Monday, February 15th through Friday, February 19th, our SCHOOL IS CLOSED - HAPPY PRESIDENTS' WEEK

Monday, February 22nd - Famous Day - Come to school dressed as someone famous!
Friday, February 26th - Cultural Awareness Day - Dress in your culture's ethnic clothing and celebrate your family history!
 

New Online Registration Process for NYC Schools Account for Parents

Parent accounts
 are now available and offer a new way for parents and guardians to access key information about their children. In response to feedback from schools and parents, parents are able to register online for a NYC Schools account  by visiting
http://schools.nyc.gov/myaccount on any computer or internet-connected device and following the instructions listed in the letter that was sent home yesterday, October 8th, 2015. This letter will include their Account Creation Code as well as their child’s 9-digit student ID number.

We are very excited that now you have an alternative to coming up to school. During the summer months, it will now be easier for you to register for your new parent account. If you are having difficulties with the process, please do not hesitate to call Mrs. DiBenedetto. She is availableMonday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

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)


CELL PHONE POLICY - As you may or may not be aware, the Mayor and Chancellor have changed the official policy on cell phones in schools.  As part of this new policy, the DOE has directed schools to set forth their own policy as to when and where cell phones and other personal electronic devices may or may not be used during the school day. After consultation with the School Leadership Team, the School Safety Team and the Administrative Cabinet, we have agreed upon the policy as outlined below. 

 In Effect as of Monday March 2, 2015:

 Phones should not be seen or heard in school.  This includes timers, alarms and any other electronic noise.

Field trip use of electronic devices will be based on chaperone/administration discretion.

PS 232 and the DOE are not responsible for lost or damaged phones or other electronic devices. They are brought to school at the risk of the owner.

Students will not be permitted to use phones or other electronic devices during lunch, recess or when using the restrooms.

Electronic devices can be used during the school day or during after-school activities only when directly supervised by a school staff member.

 Confiscation and return of electronic devices

Students using a cell phone or other electronic device in violation of the above stipulations are subject to:

First Offense:  Confiscation of item and return at end of school day.

Second Offense:  Confiscation of item and return following parent/guardian conference to be scheduled no earlier than one week from the date of confiscation and to be held on school days between 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Third Offense:  Revocation of privilege to bring any electronic device to school for the remainder of the school year.



Saturday, February 13
NO SATURDAY SCHOOL TODAY - HAVE A WONDERFUL WINTER BREAK!
Monday, February 15
SCHOOL CLOSED
President's Week
Tuesday, February 16
SCHOOL CLOSED
President's Week
Wednesday, February 17
SCHOOL CLOSED
President's Week
Thursday, February 18
SCHOOL CLOSED
President's Week

Today, 2/13/2016
High: 20 Low: 3
Partly sunny
24% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 2/14/2016
High: 18 Low: 15
Mostly sunny
3% chance of precipitation.

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