PS255 at PS154, Student Recognition

Respect For All Week at 154

During the week of February 11th, students and staff at P255 @ 154 celebrated Respect For All Week with daily activities and themed dress up days.  Respect For All is a program that highlights kindness, compassion for others, inclusion of all, respect for diversity, and the prevention of bullying. Check out below to get a glimpse of what our school did each day.  

Monday: “Caught Being Kind” All acts of kindness were recognized and celebrated with student’s earning certificates throughout the day

teacher giving student certificate

Ms. Nicole awards Bennett for holding the door for his classmates.

two students sharing supplies

Sasha and Ethan are “caught being kind” when they share supplies with each other.

student holds up certificate

Anthony proudly shows off his certificate that he earned for being kind to a friend.

Puzzle pieces with kindness messages are put together to make one large puzzle of unity.

Tuesday: “Everyone Fits In Here” Students wrote messages or glued symbols of kindness on puzzle pieces which then formed one large puzzle of unity. This puzzle is displayed in the hallway of our unit.

Wednesday: “Everyone Counts” This was a themed dress up day where students and staff wore clothing with a number.

Students and staff of 154 pose in their numbered clothing for "Everyone Counts" day

Thursday: “Wear Red” Students and teachers wore red to be unified to show respected and compassion for each other.

students and teacher group picture wearing red

Friday: “I am…” Students created a colorful bored displaying distinctive traits and attributes about themselves. This is on display in the hallway.

"I am..." bulletin board display of student characteristics and traits

In addition, 154 participated in National No One Eats Alone day, which is a lunchtime program where students engage with each other or teachers to increase socialization and promote inclusion of all.

Teachers and students eating together using picture boards and social scripts to facilitate conversations during lunchtime.
Ms. Gail and Rocco and Ms. Nahid and Josiah eat together using picture boards and social scripts to facilitate conversations during lunchtime.
2 students engage in conversation at lunchtime during National No One Eats Alone Day.
Yusuf and Joseph share in conversation together during lunchtime.
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P255Q at PS128

Superbowl Fun at PS/IS 128!

P255q @ PS/IS 128 students had a fun-filled Superbowl Party on Friday, February 1st. First, our students participated in a football themed obstacle course in the gym. Then they moved to the ADL room where they made sliders and were given football tattoos (temporary, of course)! After that, the students made football field brownies, complete with pretzel goal posts! It was a fun day for the kids and adults of P255!

Superbowl Cake
Thanks to the Athanasakis Family for this beautiful Superbowl Cake!

Superbowl day in the Gym!
Fun in the Gym!

Assembling the Football Field Brownie!
Assembling the Football Field Brownie!

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Super Bowl Celebrations at P7!

We made some touchdowns at P7 this week in honor of Super Bowl 53 on Sunday. Our amazing gym teachers Mr. Chris and Ms. Christina created a giant obstacle course in the gym with different football-related activities. Each class participated in running the course and cheering on a different Super Bowl team. With the help of our awesome PTs and OTs, students pushed, kicked, tossed, and tackled their way to making a touchdown! Of course, our fantastic Speech team was on hand to help us with our refreshments after our wins! Go team!

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January Greetings

Principal Gregg Lopez Smiling
Mr Gregg Lopez

To all P255Q Community Members,                                                                  

Hello and welcome to 2019. Winter is here, though we have yet to have had major snow, the wind has been blowing and temperatures are quite frigid. With the new season, our school curriculum has shifted onto our new area of focus, Physical Science. Students will focus on a variety of science concepts. In  grades K-2 the ‘5 Senses’, grades 3-5 the ‘phases of matters’, grades 6-8 ‘property changes’ with a focus on cooking, and grades 9-12 the Unique ‘transition’ grade bands with a focus on vocational life skills.  All of the instructional bands provide access to common core standards with instructional materials that are adapted to meet our students at their learning level.  Be on the lookout for science experiments and science homework.

With a New Year, many of us set goals and New Year resolutions. One I have set forth is to be more mindful in the presence of others. Many NYC school have begun to undertake the practice of ‘mindfulness’. At 255Q for the last 10 years we have participated in a program to support our students that prepares them to learn. Get Ready to Learn (GRTL) is a therapeutic, research based yoga program, which helps improve attending and self-regulation skills for our students. This school year, we have 18 classes from our elementary school sites participating in the program each morning as part of their routine. We have expanded the program this year to our 128 site in Middle Village.  Video modeling through GRTL assists our students in getting their minds and bodies into an optimal state for learning to take place. Teachers have reported that student’s exhibit decreased interfering behaviors and greater ability to focus after completing the routine each morning in the classroom. The program is supported by facilitators from our Occupational and Physical Therapy Departments.

Get Ready to Learn Logo

Continue to look out for school calendar and keep checking in on the school website p225q.org for upcoming school events. In December we had a PTA sponsored ‘Winterland Dance’ in which over 150 family members, students and staff gathered to celebrate the holiday season. It was a huge success.  I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming school event.

Sincerely,

Gregg Lopez

Principal

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December Parent Support Group

Snowman and painted baubles.
Our festive crafts.

The Parent Support Group welcomed parents and guardians from across the eight sites to come together and take some well deserved time for themselves during this busy month. Families were able to create a fun festive craft while chatting, getting to know each other and sharing some treats. It was a great morning! Our next daytime Parent Support group will be on January 8th, 2019 and the next evening Sibling Support group  will be on January 16th, 2019. All are welcomed! 

Families decorating baubles.
Families getting crafty.

Adults concentrating on decorating baubles.
Decorated Baubles
The fruits of our work.
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Congratulations VSA Winners!

Two of our very talented students, Yusuf Sayedy and Alexandra Martinez-Narcia’s  artwork was selected for the 2019 VSA NYC Calendar by Marquis Studios. Marquis Studios is an arts education organization that publishes a calendar every year to feature the work of our most talented student artists. 

On Dec. 5th our students  went to receive their awards at the Annual VSA NYC Ceremony in New York City. Many NYC Council Members were honored for their funding to support arts programs in District 75 schools. Yusef and Alexandra were supported by our amazing Art teacher, Mrs. Wendy Schwerdt. Well Done!

Their winning artwork was exhibited in the Pratt Manhattan Gallery in an exhibit entitled” Community Heroes and Helpers”. Collaborating on this project not only fostered our students artistic growth, but also allowed them to share ideas about people in our community who work hard to protect our environment. As you can see, Yusuf and Alexandra are very proud of themselves!       

2 students holding a calendar featuring their artwork, accompanied by their art teacher.