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!
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.
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.
We’ve had a lot of fun at our holiday celebrations at all of our sites. Some of our parents came to make holiday crafts. We had lively sing-alongs. A very special visitor came to all of our sites. Here are some of the highlights.
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!
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!
Everyone had a great time at our “Winter Wonderland Dance”
Video link and photo evidence below.
Have a good day
Dear Parents and Families:
I am honored to have been chosen to become the next assistant principal at P255Q. I began my educational career as a 1:1 paraprofessional for students with autism. Soon thereafter, I was hired as a literacy coverage teacher for P255Q in February, 2009. I then taught in both 6:1:1 and 8:1:1 middle school classrooms up until last year when I became the unit coordinator at our elementary site in Middle Village. All of these experiences have shaped my educational philosophy and passion for working with our students and their families. I look forward to meeting and working with you and your child in this new role as the assistant principal at our P7 and PS 307 sites. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at any time. I can be reached via email at email@example.com as well as by phone at 718-899-6528 (P7) or 718-779-5241 (PS 307). Looking forward to an exciting school year together!