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Summer Fun at P255Q

What a wonderful summer we all had at P255Q! Our theme was amusement parks and rollercoasters and we our staff and students all worked hard to make it a fun and educational few weeks. Here is a roundup of some of the awesome activities and experiences we had.

Child jumping in sprinkler

P7 celebrated the end of summer with three days of exciting activities. As a culminating event we began with water day. P7 was fortunate to have two of our best APE teachers this summer. Along with our dynamic speech department, they put together water activity stations for students to engage in water play. They were able to play with bubbles, a sensory water table and use the sprinkler.

On day 2, the ice cream truck came to bring sweet treats for the students. The students were able to choose their favorite flavor and topping.

Finally, our fabulous OT and PTs created our very own amusement park. Children were treated to cotton candy, movement activities and a creative photo booth. The smiles on the faces of the staff and students says that a great time was had by all. This was a wonderful way to end a great summer!

We celebrated Heroes at 154 and 128! The NYPD was kind enough to send representatives to interact with P255Q students! The kids were able to see a K9 officer, a horse, a motorcycle, and a Mobile Command Unit. The officers gave our students basketballs as well! The students were also treated to a visit from Wonder Woman and Robin in their Super Hero Cars! It was a wonderful day for everyone!

At 397 we had a carnival day to celebrate the end of the summer. Students explored sensory bins and bottles, played carnival games, made and ate snow cones and created giant bubbles. All of our teams had a fantastic time. We also explored theme parks in the wonderful Minecraft Education world created for us by our wonderful volunteer Ben.

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P 255Q Leadership

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L to R: Meghan Kozak, A.P., Michael DiAngelo, A.P., Richard Marowitz, Principal (Retired), Gregg Lopez, Principal, Erica Hanson, A.P., Diana Rocklin, A.P.

P 255 Leadership!
L to R: Meghan Kozak, A.P., Michael DiAngelo, A.P., Gregg Lopez, Principal, Erica Hanson, A.P., Diana Rocklin, A.P.

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Family Fun Night

Thank you to the PTA and all the staff and family volunteers who helped to make Family Fun Night such an awesome success! And thank you to the staff at P7 for hosting.

From Mr Larry’s 7c Sundae Stand to Ms. Lauren’s photo frame craft, from the fantastic spread put on by the PTA to some questionable but fun dancing in the gym and even a surprise materialization of a giant snake, everybody had a wonderful time.

Here are just some photos of the evening.

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P255Q @ PS 7 Attends the 3rd Annual District 75 Social Studies Fair

PS7 Class X01 created and presented their project entitled “The City that Never Sleeps” during the 3rd Annual District 75 Social Studies Fair held at the New York Historical Society. The project was led by the collaboration between Ms. Arminda Crisostomo and Ms. Calianne Botsaris with the help of Ms. Tiffany Bejarano and Ms. Frimy Parola. The students were accompanied by Ms. Mary Ellen Barnes and Ms. Yubis Lopez.

In this project, the students learned how NYC evolved over time by comparing and contrasting images of past and present New York City. They also made dioramas to highlight the differences between NYC Then and Now. Students researched information about the buildings and constructed a time line to show the order in which the buildings were built. They also used circuits to light up the Empire State Building. Students used bubble maps, double bubble maps, flow maps and bridge maps to organize the information they had learned about New York City.

 

As students made their way to the other schools’ exhibits around the five boroughs of New York City using their passports, they explored and learned different Social Studies topics. It was truly a fun and engaging day filled with knowledge and hands-on learning!

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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.

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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