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March 2017

“March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.”  As I write this month’s website newsletter, it is 50 degrees, which means we enjoyed an outdoor recess as the “lion is sleeping”!  Perhaps spring is making an earlier arrival than the first day of spring, which arrives on March 20th.  I hope so, as the spring brings the promise of rebirth and renewal.

On Thursday, March 9th we will hold Parent/Teacher Conferences from 12:30 — 2:30PM and from 4:30 — 7:30PM.  As we did in the fall, appointments will be given and the conferences will be led by the students. It is your opportunity to meet with your child and your child’s teacher and get his/her report card and listen to your child as he/she explains his/her progress this marking period.

It will also be your opportunity to fill out the 2016 Environmental Learning Survey. The information from the survey helps us to make school decisions.  We are asking you to fill out the survey in school, with the incentive of a raffle and class celebrations for the first three classes with a100% participation. Our goal is 100% family participation for the entire school!

WE CAN DO IT!

Finally, on Friday, March 24th we will be having our 4th Annual FUN-raiser to celebrate Spring and the Arts at PS 110!  Join the PS 110 community at Brooklyn Zoo, located at 230 Bogart Street in East Williamsburg, for an evening of music, drinks, delicious food, and  amazing auction items, which this year will include teacher experiences. Some of our teachers have graciously offered to spend time with our students engaged in fun activities.

The cost is $35.00 in advance or $40.00 at the door, which includes your entrance and food. The event begins at 7:00PM. Please support this fund-raising effort that will help raise the needed monies to continue providing our students with enriching arts residencies and a visual arts program. Enjoy a wonderful evening while supporting our school, where we grow hearts and minds every day!!

March will certainly be a busy month.  I hope to see you all at our Parent Teacher conferences and FUNraiser!

Anna Cano-Amato

Principal at PS110

February 2017

As I submit the February newsletter on Groundhog Day, Punsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous groundhog, saw his shadow this morning. So, six more weeks of winter! Fortunately, the weather has been fairly mild and we have been able to have recess outdoors!

This month we will be also celebrating Respect for All Week, the week of February 13th.  During this week each grade plans activities that remind us we should treat each other with respect and kindness.  We are certainly reminded of this each morning when our students deliver morning announcements and speak of the 7 Habits, which help guide us in our growth as leaders.

Respect for All Week activities have included: read alouds on the topic of respect and kindness, kindness quilts, performing random acts of kindness, choral performances with songs, such as Love Can Build a Bridge, Hello to All the Children of the World, and Love in Any Language, and a Valentine’s Day Bake Sale sponsored by the Student Council. I can’t wait to see what is planned for this year and I know this year’s activities will continue to strengthen and grow our respect for one another!

This month we will also celebrate the 100th day of school on February 16th.  The children will take part in activities around the number 100 as they celebrate the day.

Starting Wednesday, February 15th our after-school academic program begins for third through fifth grades under the supervision of Ms. Raciunas.  Students in need of academic support will be invited.  On two Saturdays in March and two Saturdays in April, all third, fourth, fifth graders are invited from 9:00AM to 12:00PM for additional ELA and Math instruction and support.

In addition to the after-school academic program, also beginning on Wednesday, February 15th, we are offering a morning program and an afternoon program on Thursday for our immigrant students in need of additional language support. Students will be invited to this program as well. This program will be under the guidance of Mr. Jensen, our ESL teacher.

Our Mid-winter recess begins on February 17, 2017 and ends on February 26, 2016. We return to school on Monday, February 27th. It is the perfect week to cozy up with a hot chocolate, a good book, board games, and visits to our many wonderful cultural institutions.  Enjoy your family and friends. I plan on reading a good novel. Any suggestions?

Finally, please plan to celebrate with us at our annual FUNraiser to be held on March 24th  at Brooklyn Zoo. Join us for an evening of food and fun while we bid on wonderful auction items to support the arts at PS 110. More information to come.  SAVE THE DATE!!

Anna Cano-Amato

Principal at PS110

 

December 2016

I hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by the warmth of family, friends and delicious food.  I certainly ate too much, but savored every morsel!

This year, we once again collected food items for those less fortunate than ourselves. Our 5th graders synergized and organized the food drive and handled their responsibilities very enthusiastically. The items were distributed to those in need here in our community. We certainly brightened the lives of those in our neighborhood who often go hungry thanks to the efforts of all our children.

December has now arrived and with it comes thoughts of winter and the holidays:  decorating, shopping, wrapping, mailing cards, more shopping, traveling, and, of course, baking and eating.

For our families who celebrate Hanukkah, I wish you a Happy Hanukkah! Hanukkah begins at sundown on Saturday, December 24th and commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 BC. The lighting of the menorah reminds us that the one day supply of oil that was discovered to purify the temple miraculously lasted for the full eight days needed. Enjoy the Festival of Lights!

Our children are also dreaming of what they hope to receive for the holidays and for some this may mean a visit to Santa Claus.  Well, Santa will be paying PS 110 a visit on Saturday, December 10th when he comes to our Multicultural Holiday Festival, beginning at 12:00PM where we will celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our school.  The Cultural Diversity Committee is planning our fifth annual fair complete with games, crafts, children performing songs, baked goods and homemade cultural dishes.  Don’t forget St. Nick himself, who will definitely pose for pictures and listen to gift wishes.

Please remember that all monies raised go directly to fund arts residencies, materials, supplies, etc. I want to thank the Cultural Diversity Committee for all their hard work in planning what promises to be a fun-filled holiday afternoon. Let’s make the Multicultural Holiday Fair a huge success!

In the spirit of holiday giving, PS 110 will again take part in the Greenpoint Lions Toy Drive.  There are many children who are not as fortunate as our children are and face the possibility of little to no gifts.  We can all help.  Please bring your unwrapped toy donations and drop them off in the boxes that will be made available. Let’s put a smile on all children’s faces!

I wish you and your families the most joyous of holiday seasons.  May the New Year be filled with health and prosperity for all of us!

We return to school on Tuesday, January 3, 2016.  Enjoy the winter recess surrounded by those you love.

Anna Cano-Amato

Principal at PS110

November 2016

On a crisp autumn October 31st  morning McGolrick Park and our PS 110 community was once again treated to a visit by princesses, super-heroes, witches, zombies, and many other characters and creatures, including a lot of adult M and M’s and Snow White and her 7 Dwarves. Thank you for the wonderful participation of families for our parade.  It was a delightful morning and everyone enjoyed the festive atmosphere, even if the air was nippy!

On November 3rd, your children led their conferences with you as they discussed what work they had accomplished that made them proud and what they hoped to improve upon. It was wonderful to hear your children share their progress with you and their future goals! Our superintendent, Ms. Alicja Winnicki, joined us during the afternoon and later expressed,

“Thank you for having me at your afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences last Thursday.  This was a true and a delicious treat to participate in student-led conferences where K-5 children were talking to their parents about their progress and some areas they need to improve. I was equally impressed to see how the students explained their daily attendance using laptops and the Skedula program you are implementing and utilizing to improve kids’ participation.” 

As the autumn leaves continue to fall to the ground and darkness arrives earlier, we now welcome November and its holidays of Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving.  We are fortunate to live in this great land of ours and we owe our vets a debt of gratitude as they have fought to preserve our liberties. Veteran’s Day provides us with the opportunity to express our thanks and remember our vets. Our first graders are thanking our vets this year by creating thank you cards, which will be delivered to the VFW on Leonard Street and shared with our local vets.

Thanksgiving provides us with the opportunity to give thanks and we all certainly have much to be grateful for, whether or not your family traditions and customs include Thanksgiving. I am first always thankful for being a part of the PS 110 community, a community that works together to grow the hearts and minds of our children every day.

Thanksgiving is also our opportunity to collect non-perishable food items that will be used by those less fortunate in preparing their Thanksgiving meals.  What better way to show our gratitude than by helping those in need!  Our 5th graders are serving as our Food Drive Leaders this year and will be responsible for the collection of food items. We will be collecting these items the week of November 14th.  With the assistance of the Greenpoint Lions’ Club, food items collected will go to our neighbors in need. Please help your children make this food drive a successful one while teaching them the importance of serving those in their community. What a wonderful message! This year our Thanksgiving recess will be Thursday and Friday, November 24th and 25th. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Sneaking a peek into December we will be hosting our fifth annual holiday event! More information will be sent home!

Anna Cano-Amato

Principal at PS110

 

The $35.00 cover charge includes your first drink and food. The event begins at 7:00PM. Please support this fund-raising effort that will help raise the needed monies to continue providing our students with enriching arts residencies and a visual arts program. Enjoy a wonderful evening while supporting our school, where we grow hearts and minds every day!!

March will certainly be a busy month. I hope to see you all at our Parent Teacher conferences and FUNraiser!

Anna Cano-Amato

Principal at PS110

wish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 BC. The lighting of the menorah reminds us that the one day supply of oil that was discovered to purify the temple miraculously lasted for the full eight days needed. Enjoy the Festival of Lights!

Our children are also dreaming of what they hope to receive for the holidays and for some this may mean a visit to Santa Claus. Well, Santa will be paying PS 110 a visit on Wednesday, December 9th when he comes to our Multicultural Holiday Food Fair and Market, beginning at 5:00PM where we will celebrate the rich cultural diversity of our school. The Cultural Diversity Committee is planning our fourth annual fair complete with crafts, holiday gift shopping, a photo booth, children performing dances and singing songs of the season, as well as those from countries around the world, baked goods and a food fair featuring some of the neighborhood’s popular restaurants, as well as homemade cultural dishes. Don’t forget St. Nick himself, who will definitely pose for pictures and listen to gift wishes.

In addition to holiday shopping at the fair you can also shop online! The PS110 Collector Sweatshirts have arrived, as well as a special T-shirt commemorating the 120th anniversary of our wonderful school.   The second edition relaxed- fit sweatshirt comes in navy blue, adult unisex and kids’ sizes.  If you pre-ordered, you can pick them at the Fair. Check them out on-line at http://shop.ps110k.org/

Please remember that all monies raised go directly to fund arts residencies, materials, supplies, etc. I want to thank the Cultural Diversity Committee for all their hard work in planning what promises to be a fun-filled holiday evening. Let’s make the Multicultural Holiday Food Fair and Market a huge success!

In the spirit of holiday giving, PS 110 will again take part in the Greenpoint Lions Toy Drive. There are many children who are not as fortunate as our children are and face the possibility of little to no gifts. We can all help. Please bring your unwrapped toy donations and drop them off in the boxes that will be made available. Let’s put a smile on all children’s faces!

I wish you and your families the most joyous of holiday seasons. May the New Year be filled with health and prosperity for all of us!

We return to school on Monday January 4, 2016. Enjoy the winter recess surrounded by those you love.

Anna Cano-Amato

Principal at PS110

need! With the assistance of the Greenpoint Lions’ Club, food items collected will go to our neighbors in need. Please let us share! This year our Thanksgiving recess will be Thursday and Friday, November 26th and 27th. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

 This year Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 5th during the afternoon from 12:30PM to 2:30PM and during the evening from 4:30PM to 7:30PM.

This year appointments will be given out prior to the conferences and the students will be leading the conferences as they discuss their progress and future goals. It is truly a partnership between home and school that will help your child/ren succeed. As you know, the Common Core Learning Standards are rigorous and our children need our support to reach these new standards so they will be college and career ready. Please make every effort to come on Thursday, the 5th. My staff and I look forward to seeing you either during the afternoon or evening sessions!

Sneaking a peek into December we will be hosting our fourth annual holiday event! More information will be sent home!

Anna Cano-Amato

Principal at PS110

 

 

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