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Welcome to the new school year!

Principal Gregg Lopez SmilingWelcome to school year 2018/2019.   I am very excited to begin this year as the new Principal of P255Q. I started teaching at 255Q in 1998 and then became an Assistant Principal in 2001.  During my tenure, I have learned many things from the teaching professionals, our students and their families. Our school community is our greatest resource! We will continue many of our best teaching practices, as well as seek out additional resources and ways to support the development of your child.

We have welcomed many new students, their parents as well as new staff to the P255 family on September 5th.  There will be much to do, and it will take a few days for all to get back into the routine of a full school day.

Parents, be sure to include a communication book in your child’s backpack so we may begin communicating to you as the year begins. You will receive many notifications from the school and opportunities to participate in parent workshops, support groups as well as participation in school events. Parents of new students will also have a new student orientation to meet the teachers and myself.  I look forward to seeing you at one of the many school functions.

Sincerely,

Gregg Lopez

Principal

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Say Hello, Wave Goodbye!

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Gregg Lopez & Richard Marowitz

We were all sorry to hear our wonderful principal Mr Richard Marowitz made the decision to retire earlier this year. Mr Marowitz has been an integral part of P255Q for over 20 years. During his career he has been an instrumental advocate for students with disabilities in District 75. He has seen our marvelous school grow from its infancy to eight sites. We are excited to be honoring him at a retirement party in October.

Although we are sorry to lose Mr Marowitz, the staff of P255Q was delighted to hear that Gregg Lopez was formally appointed principal of our school on June 21st. Mr Lopez began his career with P255Q as a teacher and has been assistant principal with our school for over 16 years. He has supervised almost every site at one time or another and is very familiar with all our staff and students, making him the perfect leader to continue with the vision and mission of our school. Congratulations, Gregg. We welcome you as our new principal and look forward to working with you.

Ketler Louissaint and Gregg Lopez
District 75 Superintendent Ketler Louissaint formally appoints Gregg Lopez as Principal of Q255
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P255Q Student Recipient of 2018 Samuel Stern Award

Gary Steven, a 5th grader who is in the P255Q inclusion program at The Renaissance Charter School, was honored on Wednesday May 23, for receiving the M. Samuel Stern Award.  Gary was selected out of over one thousand other students as a winner of this award due to his outstanding performance at school, his ability to overcome difficult situations and his perseverance in academic and social situations.
Take a look at his speech during the awards ceremony:
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Submitted by:
Allie Weiss
P255Q D75 SETSS Provider
P255Q@ The Renaissance Charter School

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May Opportunities at P255Q!

Happy May! There are so many wonderful events happening this month at P255Q. We hope you are able to take advantage of these opportunities:

On Friday, May 4th, 2018  Ms.Virginia Fusi will be presenting on the best Toileting practices for your child. If you have concerns with your child’s bathroom habits or you really want your child to stop using diapers. Come and join us while we learn all about the best methods to do so. Click the following for more details: Family Learning Series-Toileting.
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On Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 the Parent Support group will be dedicated to celebrating Mother’s Day! Come and join other P255Q families as we celebrate together. We’ll have coffee, do an activity and hopefully make new friends. Families from all 8 sites are welcomed! Click here for more information: Parent Support Group 5818B

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On Thursday, May 24th, 2018 after the PTA elections, Attorney Maureen Pritchard, Esq. and Vlad Shafir (New York Life Insurance) will be presenting a workshop about “Guardianship and Special Needs Planning”. Please come and vote your new PTA Board for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year and stay for this very informative seminar. Click here for more information: Special Needs Planning workshop-English
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New Classroom Websites @ 397

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Teachers across all sites have been brainstorming how to improve our communication with parents. At 397Q some teachers began to use their new technology skills and resources to create class websites so parents can see some of the amazing work that their students are doing in their classrooms. Here are links to the first ones to be published. I hope there are more to follow soon. Click through the links to explore the wonderful work our teachers and students are doing.

Ms Melissa’s Class

Ms Victoria’s Class

Technology Lab News

Ms Clara’s Art Class