We have a new fundraiser starting on Jan. 27th. We will be selling David's cookie dough along with Auntie Anne's pretzels. It will run through Feb 12th. Delivery date will be Thursday, Feb. 27th. They MUST be picked up that day because they are perishable. Pick-ups are between 3:30 and 5:00 in the APR.
Thank you to everyone who participated in Art Masters. We made $1000.00 profit.
We are in desperate need of volunteers for Family Fun Night. We would like to break down the responsibilities of the event into categories. We need people for food, for bingo, for solicitation, for basket wrapping, and many volunteers just for that night. PLEASE, PLEASE, send an email to Kris Salerno, firstname.lastname@example.org or Ivy Minsky, email@example.com if you would like to help with food, and to Deb Russo, firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help with the other areas. We are also looking for donations. If you have new gifts to donate or if YOU HAVE CONNECTIONS for sports, theater, anything we would really appreciate it. In addition, we are still working towards getting ADULT night off the ground, however, we will not be able to do it if we do not have enough volunteers for Family Fun Night.
Please come and join us for our next PTA meeting on Tuesday, February 11th at 7:30pm. We have some exciting things planned. We will be having a guest speaker from Parents for Megan's Law and The Crime Victims Center. Also, We will be coordinating the PTA nominating committee for next year's board.
We hope to see you there.
Ivy Minsky Kris Salerno
516-238-1566 (cell) 631-445-0333(cell)
It is difficult to believe that we are approaching the end of January, and we are seeing the chilling signs of winter. The students and staff at Parkway have been very busy in their classrooms and our school spirit has been extremely high. As I visit each of the classrooms, I am most impressed by how much learning has taken place thus far and the high level of dedication that many have in wanting to succeed. Getting good grades is hard work, especially now with the new Common Core Standards. Students are being challenged with more rigorous work using our Go Math! and literacy programs. The children are learning that trying your best does pay off and the reward of improvement feels great. The children need your guidance at home, in addition to the support they receive at school in order to meet these challenges. Please ask your child about “Fluency Fridays.” This is a school-wide math initiative to improve math fluency. Each Friday, the students wear “Fluency Friday” buttons and practice math facts so they can solve computation problems quickly and accurately. As they become more fluent, they will be able to solve multi-step word problems more easily. The fluency activity depends upon the grade level and the operation that the class is currently working on or reviewing.
I’d like to remind you of some important dates. There is no school during the week of February 17th for Presidents’ Week. Additionally, the NYS testing program in ELA and Math is scheduled to begin in April. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will take the ELA exam on April 1, 2, and 3. The NYS Math Exam will be administered on April 30, May 1 and 2. Boys and girls in these grades have been diligently working to prepare for these exams.
I’d like to thank you for your continued support as we work together to help your children to be the best students they can be. Stay warm, and hopefully we will see early signs of spring.
We had our first Bucket Filling Assembly and congratulated our students for exhibiting acts of cooperation, caring, sharing, and appreciation for others. Student volunteers were given large cards with numbers on them. Their task was to work together and find the correct patterns, which included a color pattern, even numbers, and an increase by 2. In no time at all, they demonstrated how to cooperate. We talked about the importance of cooperation and thereafter, students watched a brief clip on sharing materials with friends and resolving conflicts.
We look forward to our next Bucket Filling assembly. We will view a clip from a book entitled, The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein. This book teaches students about friendship, happiness, and helping the ones that you love. It demonstrates the importance of selfless giving and describes the way one feels when they are able to help someone.
We will also partake in an egg activity to demonstrate diversity and acceptance of others. Students will view a white and brown egg. We will discuss how the eggs are different but once cracked open, the center is the same. It provides students with an understanding that even though we are all different and unique, we are the same and share a common love and respect for the world around us.