Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Weekly Update From P.S./I.S. 217 (The Roosevelt Island School) PTA

Hawks Happenings
For Tues., November 16th - Fri., November 19th: 

A big thank you to all of the families that participated in the PTA International Dinner!  From families cooking and donating for the event, volunteers helping with the set-up; decorating; and clean-up - the evening was absolutely wonderful! 

Thank you to those families that came to the event to support the school and the new Art Program (which all proceeds go towards).  The entire event was a success thanks to the amazing families at our school!   

Wed., Nov. 17th ~ Dare to Care Assembly!  
Featuring performances by classes 201, 202 and 402 
Time: 8:45am - 9:30am
Place: Auditorium (2nd floor) 

All students in Grades Pre-K through 5th Grade will be attending this assembly. 
*All parents are invited to attend*  

Come help celebrate the amazing hallway behavior of students of 217!  Also learn about new hallway behaviors to be implemented and find out about how students will earn more Beckman Bucks!  Dare to Care Assemblies are to help educate and excite the students and 217 community about PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) at the school.   

Thurs., Nov. 18th ~ General PTA Meeting! 

         All parents/guardians and teachers at PS/IS 217 
are invited to attend our General PTA Meeting! 

Time: 6pm
Place: School Library (2nd floor) 

Please come to hear updates on School & PTA events.  Any comments or concerns you have - please send an email to PTA President, Nikki Leopold at nikkipta@gmail.com, or drop a note (signed or anonymous) in the PTA Comments Box located in the Main Lobby.  All comments, questions or concerns are welcome and will let us know main topics you would like discussed at this and other meetings.  

Thurs., Nov. 18th & Fri., Nov. 19th ~ 
Dare to Care Room Volunteers NEEDED! 

All the students at 217 have shopped at the Dare To Care store with their Beckman Bucks, and this week they get to come for their 2nd time!   

We are looking for volunteers to help at the store on Thursday and Friday when all classes come again.  Please email Summer Lord summerday.lord@gmail.com if you have time either or both days to help the children as they come to shop for their treasures!  

Parents/Guardians are welcome to come for ANY of the classes.  If you are interested in helping with your own class as well - here is the schedule for both days: 

9:15 - 9:35 - Feldman (201) 
9:50 - 10:10 - Specker (401) 
10:25 - 10:45 - Gambino (501) 
11:00 - 11:20 - Saunders (345) 
11:35 - 11:55 - Zucknovich (103
12:10 - 12:30 - Mermel (K002)  
12:45 - 1:00 - Kenny (301) 
1:15 - 1:35 - Consiglio (K003)

8:40 - 9am - Afodorcei (K12) 
9:15 - 9:35 - Kaplan (K001) 
9:50 - 10:10 - Lindman (302) 
10:25 - 10:45 - Rubenstein (402) 
11:00 - 11:20 - Lewis (502) 
11:35 - 11:55 - Bloom (101) 
12:10 - 12:30 - Vilabrera (102) 
12:45 - 1:00 - Sheridan (202) 

Thursday and Friday, Nov., 25th & 26th - Thanksgiving Recess, NO SCHOOL 
Monday, Nov. 29th - Student of the Month Assemblies 
Tuesday, Nov. 30th - BOX TOPS for Education labels DUE!  New Collection Sheets are out - we encourage all students to clip and bring in what they can!  
Friday, Dec. 3rd - Parents Chit-Chat "Social" Hour, 8:30am   
Come get to know other parents and talk together in a casual environment about PTA and School updates.  Morning beverages provided, please bring breakfast item to share.   
Thursday, Dec. 9th - Winter Concert! Performances from Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Music Classes and 3rd - 8th Grade Band Students.  
......more to come! 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Studio in a School Visual Arts Residency at P.S./I.S. 217 (Roosevelt Island School)

P.S./I.S. 217 (Roosevelt Island School) is excited to begin a new partnership with Studio in a School for a Visual Arts residency.  All K-8 classes will receive 50-60 minutes of art instruction one day a week beginning the week of November 29th.  This residency is being funded by Council Member Lappin and the PTA.

The purpose of the residency is to increase student foundational art skills, increase an appreciation and love for the arts and help to make connections to classroom experiences.  Through the context of making art, our students will learn the discipline of problem solving.  Being actively involved in the process of making art as a school community will give us a context for sharing ideas, appreciating our differences and respecting each other work.

The residency will end with an Art Exhibition in Spring 2011.  More information to follow!

Monday - Tim Thyzel will work with 3th and 4th graders
Wednesday - Carolina Bermudez will work with Kindergarten and 2nd graders
Thursday - Robin Holder will work with 5th and 6th, 7th and 8th graders
Friday - Belinda Blum will work with Class K12, Class 345 and 1st graders

On Studio days students should dress appropriately for making art, in addition, students will need an over-sized T-shirt to serve as a smock.  Please write student's name in the T-shirt for easy identification.  We are arranging for our Learning Leader volunteers to assist in the art room.  Parents will not be assisting in their child's class.

Dare To Care Assembly for Grades K-5 at the Roosevelt Island School

Please attend the next PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System) assembly to support P.S./I.S. 217 student's hard work!  You're invited to celebrate our amazing hallway behavior, learn about new hallway behaviors' and see our favorite teachers and friends perform!  Join us on Wednesday, November 17th at 8:50 pm

Our students have done a great job improving their hallway behaviors!  We are excited to introduce new behaviors and work to get more Beckman Bucks!  All of our students have shopped at the Dare to Care store, now they are earning new Beckman Bucks to use the next time they go shopping!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

International Dinner at the Roosevelt Island School

3rd Annual PTA International Dinner TOMORROW (Wednesday, November 10th @7 pm) in Manhattan Park Club!

Message from Summer L. (1st VP, PTA):

I wanted to invite any of your children that will be attending the International Dinner on Wednesday night, to wear costumes from their native country for a special parade and short performance number, which will be the beginning point of our entertainment numbers for the evening. ANY of the children attending the school are invited to wear clothing representing their culture and country of origin for the event!

During the event on Wednesday, the children will be invited to walk together in costume around the room/in between tables as a "parade" and end up on the stage where they will have the option to perform a small number together. They don't need to perform this little song - but if they would like to it would be wonderful to have a group of children that will be learning the words and simple actions together.

In order to practice and get as many of the children together that will want to participate in the parade, please try to attend one of the two practices (if you can come to both, that would even be better!):

Tuesday - in the school Auditorium (2nd floor)
11:50 - 12:20pm
Wednesday - at MANHATTAN PARK CLUB! (where the dinner will be)
3:00pm - 3:30pm

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Also PLEASE invite the families and children that you know will be attending the dinner to participate in the Costume Parade and performance as well. We'd love to have as many children participate as possible!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Weekly Update From P.S./I.S. 217 (The Roosevelt Island School) PTA

Hawks Happenings
For the week of November 8th - November 12th:

Parents Stepping UP! 
BIG thank you to the following volunteer groups: 

PTA Halloween Party - Thank you to all the volunteers for the many hours and hard work you put in for this spook-tacular event.  Thank you to all the families that came to support the PTA and enjoy the night.  It was a great success and fun for all!  

Scholastic Book Fair - We had a fantastic Book Fair and thank the many volunteers that helped set-up, run the fair, and take down and clean up at the end of the week.  Also, a big thank you to the many parents that came in to help with your children's classes while they visited the fair AND for all those that came and bought new books for your homes and your children's classrooms.  We can't wait until our next Book Fair!    

Parent Social Hour - Thank you to those parents/caregivers that came to chat and share a breakfast food with others this past Friday.  Thank you to those that helped set-up and make the event a real treat to look forward to each month!  


MONDAY (11/8):
  • International Dinner volunteers  - please remember to meet immediately following drop off in the library. 

TUESDAY (11/9): 
  • Half-Day of School AND Parent/Teacher Conferences!                                                - Sign up asap for a time to meet with your child's teacher(s) if you haven't already done so. 
  • Middle School Bake Sale  support our Middle School students earn money for upcoming Field Trips to Philadelphia and Hudson Valley!                                  Plan to stop before or after your Parent/Teacher Conferences in the school entry way to buy some yummy treats!                                                                                              - To offer donations or your time, email Ashanti Mandisa, ntzaevents@yahoo.com
  • Zaro's Thanksgiving Pie/Cake Sale  - Pie anyone?!  Remember to hurry and put your final orders in for the delicious pies & cakes from Zaro's at $13/each.       Pie Order Forms are due by this Tuesday, November 9th.  Orders can be submitted to you child's teacher or to the Lauraine Rademaker in the main office.  Additional order forms are available in the the main office.                                               Email nikkipta@gmail.com with any questions.

WEDNESDAY (11/10): 

located at the Manhattan Park Theatre Club. 
Tickets: $25/adult and $10/child (to be purchased at the door; no pre-sales on tickets) 

The event will feature foods and wines from around the world, 
entertainment and music, a 50/50 money raffle 
and crafts for the kids!!

A special thank you to those of you that have donated money, time and/or items to help make this event a great success!

For any questions on the event: 
Contact Kristi Towey; Fundraising Chair 

THURSDAY (11/11): 
Veteran's Day!  NO SCHOOL :) 

FRIDAY (11/12): 
School Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting ~ 7:30am in the Main Office.  
Parents are invited to attend, although only members of the team may vote on agenda items.  If interested in joining the SLT, contact PTA President, Nikki Leopold atnikkipta@gmail.com

If your child has a birthday during the month of November, they are invited for cake and a celebration with the Principal!  Friday the 12th at 2:15pm in the School Cafeteria.  
Parents are invited and encouraged to attend with your child!  Please arrive at 2pm to help set-up for the fun, and be sure to bring your camera! :) 
Questions: Contact Aiesha Eleusizov at aieshae@yahoo.com


Thursday, Nov. 18th:  PTA General Meeting ~ 8pm 
Nov. 25th - 26th:  NO SCHOOL ~ Thanksgiving Holiday 
Monday, Nov. 29th:  Student of the Month Assemblies 
Tuesday, Nov. 30th:  BOX TOPS collections for Nov. are due!  


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