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.
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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!
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.
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)
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, 2016