Thursday, January 27, 2011

Class 103 Update

Hello Parents of Class 103, 

I hope everything is going well for each of you and your families.  I spoke with Ms. Z yesterday and I wanted to pass on some updates for the class.  

1) Class Art Project - Friday, Feb. 4th
Next Friday, Feb. 4th the class gets to have a fun art/painting project for their class reward in earning 25 pom-poms!  As it will involve paint and all the students, Ms. Z was hoping we could have between 4-6 parent volunteers that could come in and help out.  

Please email me back by Monday (the 31st) so that I can let Ms. Z know who will be in, and that we have enough volunteers.  Thanks!  

2)  Friday Mystery Reader 
Starting on Friday, February 11th - Ms. Z is setting up a Mystery Reader program, where parents or invited family members can come into the class and read a special book to the class.  You can wear a mask, or have some other kind of disguise to add to the fun of being the Mystery Reader! 

Important information: 
* Start time: 11:45am (to read for about 10-15 minutes) 
* Choose a book that is a favorite of your child, family or that might relate to a theme that the class is studying, or an upcoming holiday. 
{ex. the class is currently studying Fairy Tales or Valentine's Day for February dates}
* Please be sure the book is age appropriate and not to long to read in about 10 minutes 
* Email me back a date that would work for you or someone in your family to come and read with the class, and we will put together a list of dates for February and March, and then work on dates for April and May closer to that time frame.   
* If the Friday time absolutely does not work for you, please let me know and depending on parent needs I can talk with Ms. Z and see what other arrangements might be made.  I can't promise anything - but we can try to work to get everyone to come in by the end of the year.     

Upcoming Dates are: 
Friday, Feb. 11th 
Friday, Feb. 18th 
*Friday, Feb. 25th off - Mid-Winter Break*
Friday, March 4th 
Friday, March 11th 
Friday, March 18th 
Friday, March 25th 

3) Class Donations! 
If each family can remember to send in $5 for February to cover the cost of extra material supplies and party supplies that would be much appreciated. 

And for any of you that have baby wipes that you can send in ASAP.  If you have a spare package, and could send that in, it counts towards your February donation - please just let me know so that we don't purchase more than necessary as a class for her. 

If you have any questions, please let me know and I'll do my best to help in whatever possible. 

Enjoy the playing in the snow and drinking hot chocolate with your child(ren)!

Summer Lord 

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Weekly Update from the P.S./I.S. 217 (Roosevelt Island School) PTA

Hawks Happenings
For January 17th - Fri., January 21st 

NO SCHOOL - Monday, Jan. 17th

Birthday Celebration for January! - Wed., Jan. 19th
 2:15pm, Cafeteria 
Students with a January birthday, are invited for a Celebration with Ms. Bartolino.
Parents are invited to come help serve cake, take pictures & enjoy the celebration!  Please arrive @ 2pm. Contact Aiesha Eleusizov with any questions:

PTA General Meeting - Thursday, Jan. 20th - 6pm

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 from the PTA President and Executive Board on fundraising events, parent/teacher support & outreach, communication and to vote on PTA Budget Updates.  Any comments or concerns you have - please send an email to PTA President, Nikki Leopold at, or drop a note (signed or anonymous) in the PTA Comments Box located in the Main Lobby.  See you Thursday! 

Meet with Early Childhood Social Worker Donn Duerr
Donn Duerr will be at the school THIS Thursday January 20th.  To set up an appointment with him to discuss any Early Childhood needs, talk with Ms. Lauraine in the office.   

January 31st, Monday - Student of the Month Assemblies 
More February updates to come!  
February 21st - 25th:  Midwinter Recess (schools closed) 

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Parent Workshop at the Roosevelt Island School (PS/IS 217)

Don Duerr (Early Childhood Social Worker) and PS/IS 217 (Roosevelt Island School) invites you to the workshop for all families: "Setting Limits and Boundaries: How to Say 'No' to Your Children".  Join us on Thursday, January 20th at 8:30 am at the school library (2nd floor) to view a 20 minute video presentation and a discussion about your parenting challenges.

Publishing Party for Class 103 at the Roosevelt Island School (P.S./I.S. 217)

Students in Class 103 proudly shared their work on creating non-fiction books.  "Snakes" and "Dolphins" seemed to be the most popular topics, other young authors focused on "Birds", "Sharks", and "Penguins".  Children did a fantastic job putting together catchy introductions, creating diagrams, and learning to do literature research along the way.  Thank you to all the parents and Class 202 students who came and read the books!

Class 103 students welcome Class 202 at their publishing party. 
Photo: S.Warrington.  See more pictures from 103 Publishing Party here.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Weekly Update from the P.S./I.S. 217 (Roosevelt Island School) PTA

Hawks Happenings
For January 3rd - Fri., January 7th: 

We wish everyone a most happy New Year and hope you had a wonderful holiday break!  

Parent Social Hour - THIS Friday, Jan. 7th
8:30am - 9:30am, Cafeteria 

All parents and caregivers of students at PS/IS 217 are encouraged to join together for a Parent Social Hour THIS Friday (tomorrow!).  Come to the cafeteria after drop-off.  Breakfast drinks provided - please bring something to share. (bagels, muffins, fruit, etc.) 
Email Cari Bak for any questions:

BOX TOPS are DUE! {for month of December}
Due: Friday, January 7th!  Please send in all BOX TOPS collected during the month of December.  Put clipped BOX TOPS on the Collection Sheets or in a zip-loc bag with your child's name and teacher clearly labeled.  Updates on class totals will be sent next week! 
Questions on BOX TOP collecting, contact Summer Lord 

Meet with Early Childhood Social Worker Donn Duerr
Many parents enjoyed learning from Donn Duerr at December's PTA Meeting/Parent Meeting.  He is available for further meeting with those interested individuals/families every other Thursday each month.  Be sure to schedule and appointment through Ms. Lauraine in the main office, and enjoy this valuable resource at our school!  
Available this month:  Thursday January 20th 

January 14th, Friday - School Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting, 7:30am
*Parent nominations are open for 1 spot.  Please email to nominate yourself, another parent or for any questions.   
January 17th, Monday - NO SCHOOL, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday  
January 19th, Wednesday - Birthday Celebration!  2:15pm {School Cafeteria} 
January 20th, Thursday - General PTA Meeting, 6pm {School Library}
January 31st, Monday - Student of the Month Assemblies 

January 2011 PTA Calendar P.S./I.S. 217 (The Roosevelt Island School)

January 2011 PTA Calendar P.S./I.S. 217 (The Roosevelt Island School)


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