The Voice - February 2012

 

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p.s 165q th e edi th k berg traum elem entary school 70-35 150th street flushing ny 11367 the pta of ps165q pres ents volume 29 issue 2 february 2012 inside this issue the voice principal s news parent coordinator `s topic student of the month community service projects parent websites perfect punctual mighty milers 2 3 5 6 7 9 10 winter concert flashbacks 12 are children with 13 disabilities included in all school activities upcoming events update school website 15 16

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page 2 the voice principal s news dear parents and guardians of our wonderful ps 165q students as we partner with you creating challenging learning goals for the children please be reminded that each child has a reading writing and math goal he/she is working on with the teacher and you an idea would be to ask your child what his/her goal is when that subject is being completed for homework with high expectations for how our students perform on nys tests morning academy has begun with extra lessons and different materials for preparing the 3rd 4th and 5th graders for the april new york state english language arts and math tests thank you for sending the children for these meaningful sessions mondays to thursdays from 7:25 am to 8:20 am we have seen these programs better prepare the children for taking these high-stakes tests there s always room for more students so don t hesitate to have your child come on board now after signing the permission slip we ve also opened up a 7-session saturday test prep program for grades 3-5 to help the children better transfer the knowledge from classroom learning to a test format in a note to principals the department of education doe has alerted us that they frown on schools choosing to keep children inside when the temperature is below 32 degrees the doe indicates this is not consistent with current health department recommendations or current doe policy we understand that children benefit from vigorous exercise and should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible the doe indicates that unless it is snowing or there is ice on the playground low temperatures should not be a barrier to outside play as long as children are appropriately dressed the city s health department strongly encourages principals to maintain outdoor play periods on the vast majority of winter days here at ps 165q on days where there is a question about outdoor play we always use the internet to anticipate the temperature at lunchtime and make a judgment call whether or not the children will have outdoor play winter seems to be holding back its extreme conditions as we move into the second semester of the 2011-2012 school year please check with am news radio 1010 or 880 or www.schools.nyc.gov to see if schools are closed on a day with excessive snow we look forward to seeing you all on march 13 for parent/teacher conferences thank you for partnering with us every moment every day to help your child learn sincerely raquel demillio raquel demillio morning academy has begun with extra lessons and different materials for preparation

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page 3 volume 29 issue 2 ask your parent coordinator dear parents/guardians let s make some new the home/school it s a brand new year 2012 and i find myself looking back at all that s happened since i first came to p.s 165 in september 2003 i ve had so many wonderful chances to get to know parents through workshops trainings pta meetings daily dismissals field trips and special school events your enthusiasm about your children s education and your dedication to this school continues to inspire me i think you know by now that your support and trust in our school remains extremely important priorities to me so year s resolutions together partnership in education i resolve to strengthen my partnership with my child s teacher it s one of the greatest gifts i can give my child i resolve to get more involved at p.s 165 i resolve to reach out to my fellow parents especially those who are new to the school or may not speak english very well i resolve to keep the lines of communication open with the school s staff and administration and to always respect them and the important work they do each and every day requires a tireless commitment to helping all of our children succeed have a beautiful and peaceful 2012 with warmest regards susan friedman parent coordinator

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page 4 the voice raquel demillio principal rachelle legions assistant principal pta executive board 2011-2012 co-presidents co-1st vice president co-2nd vice president co-treasurers co-recording secretary correspondence secretary member at large petra alexander dimaris montanez-leary michele mccray suki murdock charanpreet singh tina tam samantha cuadrado marlene williams michele mccray calvina mcmichael linda hu visa vaidyanathan frances perez elena roldan school leadership team educator members raquel demillio core robyn adler d agostino uft designee core beth goldberg chairperson barbara hayes dc 37 kim melenk anthie milonas kerry ryan rina walter parent members marc deutscher dimaris montanez-leary core alphonso muniz nidya nixon tina tam elsie toledo dinka varaiya alan weinstein sue friedman parent coordinator

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page 5 volume 29 issue 2 student of the month class pk111 pk113 pk114 k-101 k-112 k-120 k-202 k-205 k-220 k-228 1-201 1-203 1-222 1-230 1-233 2-200 2-215 2-216 2-225 2-226 3-213 3-316 3-328 3-333 4-303 4-305 4-314 4-330 4-334 5-301 5-313 5-322 december 2011 kellen yu amanda ho april chun shaheer dar gabriela agudelo barron lim aryan hasan stefanie chen lexijane lim uneeb qaisar isaac cruz rachel qian maxwell mcilwain amaya mangual suada purisic qasim tareen faseeha asad alexis weng andrew zeng daniel paige samriti sharma sheryl castro pearl leung skyalise valladares edward abdurakhmanov fiza qasim marcos malvido radwa elsayed isaiah smith janielle dumapit iren wang guy ewing january 2012 aleera perez-arocho tristan li julian kim nicole blanco ronan bailey-dunn isabella delia nevaeh odom lazlo camou sebastian male diaz zhara aslamzada armani velez sylvia wang isabella meneses neil dhawan louis barbero mohammad bazal ashlee brown justin lang joycelyn nixon cary han kyle chen aurora hom lin choi noreen eltabakh enat davidov jonathan yang esa weish leron okane vinh bui sammie chum kalimullah mohmend raashidah weish congratulations to you all!

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page 6 the voice time to give first we would like to thank all of our families for their wonderful support over the past year and a half of our community school project this is a wonderful way to teach our children how to help those in need as of december 2011 we had collected approximately 130 cases of food every time we have ten cases we call the food pantries on an alternating basis and they pick it up the food pantries we are involved with are st nicholas of tolentine and the macedon i a n church in downt o w n flushing our community school project will continue until the middle of june 2012 as each class reaches the goal of 100 pieces of food either can box or bag no fresh food or cake mixes they receive an ice cream sundae party as of january 2012 12 classes have received their ice cream parties and we still have 19 more classes to go to reach that 100 pieces once again we thank you for all your wonderful support barbara hayes nyc school surveys once again parents/guardians will be asked to complete one nyc school survey per school the survey will come home with the oldest child in the school right before spring p t conferences we will have a contest once again and the 1st class with 100 of the surveys returned by march 13th parent/teacher conferences will win a pizza party in addition each child who returns the completed survey by that date will receive a discount coupon to use at the pta scholastic book fair on march 13th our school has had a fabulous return of completed surveys each year last year we had 86 return this year we have the opportunity to reach 100 please complete the survey and return it with your child by march 13th the survey can be completed online and will generate a thank you page that

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page 7 volume 29 issue 2 how can we help our children in school don t you sometimes wonder how we can help our children in school especially on state and citywide exams even if not on tests how can we help improve their knowledge in different subjects so they are better off in school with the help of some parents and teachers here are some wonderful websites you can access to help our children review learn more or practice to be better prepared in school www.sheppardsoftware.com http www.starfall.com www.abcya.com funschool.kaboose.com www.ixl.com math.about.com www.aplusmath.com www.highlights.com www.dltk-kids.com www.edhelper.com www.education.com http www.nysedregents.org/elementary.html more websites will be listed in the next issue special thanks to g rachel toro-ramos susan friedman simon marielle and rina walters for all their help.

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page 9 volume 29 issue 2 perfect punctual attendance have you seen anything so cute starting february we will start rewarding our perfect punctual attendance students a hamster will welcome you to school at exactly 8:15am on friday mornings bring your own cameras take pictures in addition to the hamster little hands will also be awarded to all students with perfect attendance for each month so be on time and collect them all hi kids i am harriet say h i to h arr y guess who s in the costumes i am harry come to school on time bring cameras

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page 10 the voice what is mighty milers p.s 165q fourth and fifth grade students have joined over 70,000 students all over the united states in the new york road runners program mighty milers mighty milers is a progressive marathon pronity and encouragement to get moving release energy improve their fitness and health set and strive for individual goals and bond with their schoolmates nyrr provides incentives for participants of all fitness levels and abilities as they reach milestones on mulate laps completed each time they come to the gym those laps are recorded in the database and each student can keep track of their own progress by logging into their personal mighty milers page at mightymilers.org each student has a username and a password class progress is recorded on charts posted on the physical education bulletin located in the basement their way to their first goal the marathon distance of 26.2 miles mighty milers uses a database to help us keep track of the students progress students accunext to mrs hayes room the school progress chart is hanging in the ellen stein physical education center milonas anthie a mighty milers is hon progressive marat ts that gives studen opportunity and encouragement to fitness improve in their and health gram that teaches young students the healthy habit of running and/or walking for physical fitness and wellbeing in as little as 15 minutes mighty milers gives students the opportu-

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page 12 the voice we ve got talent ps165q the winter concert was a great success teachers students parents guardians staff and of course our performers all had a great time can you believe they are our children well they did a wonderful job and continues to be wonderful students give them an applause

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page 13 volume 29 issue 2 are children with disabilities included in all school activities yes they absolutely are in the department of education and new york state a student with a disability is defined as one who receives any of the related services offered by special education as well as a student who may be receiving special education academic assistance at ps 165q students may receive special education services in occupational therapy we have three full-time occupational therapists physical therapy we have one part-time physical therapist vision or hearing services we have one part-time therapist for each disability speech and language therapy we have five full-time speech and language teachers counseling we have two full-time guidance counselors a small class we have two small classes a class with two teachers we have fifteen integrated co-teaching classes special education teacher support services we have one setss teacher for the formerly and sometimes still called resource room adaptive physical education we have one part-time ape teacher children who receive any of the services are considered for special education purposes to have a disability throughout ps 165q about 20 of the student body is classified as having a disability and receiving special education services please know this is the new york state term it is not how we define our students all children are included in all our activities students with disabilities are in student council glee club peer mediators color guard the shooting stars basketball team the edith k bergtraum band school monitor squad dance team success for life club school-based community service projects the e-team for classroom recycling all assembly programs and every grade-specific contest performance and activity in which they can participate we do not isolate any child each student s disability is kept in confidence we strongly believe that every person may struggle in one area and have gifts and talents in other areas when we view children with a disability performing in an activity we join their parents in seeing them excel we re so proud of all our students raquel demillio

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page 14 the voice general pta meeting movemen t in the evenin g student of the month studen ts the ep movement in ds actual do a 5 st our ki eir little minds ay to work out th morning everyd

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page 15 volume 29 issue 2 what is happening in school monday 2/13 ­ basketball fundraising in the gym tuesday 2/14 valentine s day sale thursday 2/16 ­ pta general membership meeting monday 2/20 friday 2/24 ­ ­ ­ midwinter recess tuesday 3/6 parent workshop word problems monday 3/12 friday 3/16 pta scholastic book fair tuesday 3/13 parent/teacher conferences thursday 3/22 ­ pta general membership meeting friday 3/23 ­­­­ prekindergarten non-attendance day friday 4/6 friday 4/13 ­ spring recess monday 5/28 ­­ ­ memorial day observance june 7th thursday ­ ­ chancellor s conf day no school june 27th wednesday ­ ­ last day of classes i.o.g supermarket 195-25 69th avenue fresh meadows ny 11365 tel 718 217-0888 fax 718 217-7456 convenient free parking

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