I hope everyone had a long, restful weekend. It always seems once this weekend is over, the rest of the school year goes by in a flash.
I want to thank parents for all the amazing things that have been happening at school. The playground committee has been working to help ease the congestion and get more games out for children to play. The fundraising committee has begun working furiously to prepare for the silent auction, after pulling off a pop up sample sale that was so successful. The healthy school lunch and grant writing committees are working tirelessly to improve the school in so many ways. The library committee is working to help Jenny organize all the books that came up from the basement. Again, thanks to all the parents who mobilized at the drop of a hat to spend days/weeks cleaning out the basement; and of course the parents who come each week for Family Math, Parent Read Aloud, and to chaperone our many, many trips. My hope is to be able to personally thank everyone before the school year is out.
I know I haven't been as accessible at drop off in the mornings as I would like to be, but I have been finding myself at various meetings with different committees. I do want to remind parents that should anyone want to speak to me about any issue, there are two ways to contact me. First is to come to the office. If I am not there because I am in classrooms, my favorite part of the job, Toni, Tisa or Tory can always find me. The second is to email me, firstname.lastname@example.org . I try to return emails as quickly as I can and we can set a time to meet in person via email.
I know Tisa sent an email out to families with the information concerning the concert this Thursday but I just wanted to reiterate it here:
The MLK Concert will begin promptly at 6:30 PM in the PS 111 auditorium, 440 West 53rd Street at 53rd & 10th Avenue. There will be no pot luck dinner or pizza preceding the concert. Parents must bring their own children to the concert.
I'm sure it will be a wonderful event and I know that Ed, the principal of 111, is looking forward to hosting us and attending the concert as well.
Look forward to seeing everyone Thursday,
I’m sure everyone has noticed the scaffolding that has gone up around the building this last week. That is the sign that after all the talk and many, many meetings, the permits came through and the construction will commence. There will be scaffolding around the front and back of the building as they work on the roof, as well as gates blocking off portions of the yard as they seal the concrete. Weather permitting; this round of yard work and limit to yard space should only take 30 days or so. As the work continues, I will keep you updated on when, where and how it is happening.
Thank you to the fundraising committee and their tireless efforts to raise money for our children. This Thursday is the coat and dress up sale in the cafeteria and Saturday is the Pancake Breakfast at Pergola restaurant. I hope everyone is able to find something fun and yummy at both. Speaking of dress up, and with Halloween quickly approaching, I want to remind families that we do not celebrate holidays at Midtown West and ask that children not come to school dressed in costume.
One of the ways the money that is raised through events like the coat sale and pancake breakfast is used is to further extend the DOE budget for Teacher Professional Development. Between both budgets, teachers are able to get support from Staff Developers from Teachers College, Metamorphosis (which is a math consulting firm), and Bank Street and training from experts in MYON and the Independent Reading Assessment, program used in grades 3-5. Not only do Staff Developers come in, but teachers also go out for workshops around topics of their choosing.
Speaking of Professional Development, the specialty teachers are getting into the mix as well. Both Mark and Miriam are beginning a series of Art PD’s working with teachers all over the city. They had their first one Monday and said it was phenomenal. Miriam and Bryan have also attended a workshop on Social Studies and Art in the lower grades, loved that as well. Kuddos to Mark, who has been highlighted by our Superintendent for his science skills, and has gone even further by reaching out to coordinate a cohort with Science teachers from other schools in the area to meet and plans all things science.
Please check the Newsletter for information about the Parent Recess Committee. If you are interested in joining, please email our lead parent Mark DeLaBarre at email@example.com ASAP.
Missy Krantz is asking for volunteers for her lice committee. She is more than willing to train helpers and is in need for at least 10 to rotate as needed. If you are interested, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
Have a wonderful week,
Let me start by saying Thank You to everyone who participated in both the Sample Sale and the Harvesting Event in the Garden.
The Sample Sale brought over $9,000 in and they weren’t kidding when they said they had wonderful items up for sale. I bought myself a pair of Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, a brand that has become a staple in my wardrobe, for 5 Dollars!!!!! And I wasn’t surprised to see people walking away with several shopping bags worth of clothes and shoes. So thank you again to everyone who worked on this amazingly successful event.
My second Thank You goes out to the Garden Committee members that put together the Harvesting Event that took place on Thursday. Classes went out to the garden not only to see what had been harvested, but also to take those vegetables and make wonderful dishes with them. While I had to pass on trying the salsa the fifth grade made, I have a bland stomach and can’t do spicy, I heard from so many that it was delicious. I was however able to have some of the Cole slaw the second grade made, and it was some of the best I have ever tasted, and I do love Cole slaw.
Since I am talking about food, now seems like the right time to mention the absence of pizza on Fridays in the cafeteria. While I know that many families pay only on Fridays so that their children can have pizza, the DOE has taken it off the menu for now. I am not sure if anyone saw the article in The Daily News about the situation but it seems that there was a green substance found on the pizza. They tested it and confirmed it was not mold but just to play it safe they have decided not to include it on the menu for now. Once they clear up the issue, I am sure it will be right back for kids, and some of us adults, to enjoy.
If you were in Community Meeting on Friday, you were able to hear the Community Standards that the children voted on for Midtown West. Not only did they decide on their standards, but they also gave examples of what each might look like.
1.) Be respectful – an example is to say “Please” and “Thank You” when you are talking with others.
2.) Be responsible – an example is be upstanders, not bystanders.
3.) Be a Problem Solver – an example is when you do something wrong, do everything you can to make it right.
If you were at Community Meeting on Friday, you also heard Missy Krantz talk about lice. She is putting together a lice team to train to go into classes and periodically check children for lice. This is one of the ways we can help to keep cases down and limit the spread throughout entire classes. Last week I sent home a permission slip for the team to be able to check your child. If you haven’t signed and returned it please do so ASAP so we can get started. And if you are interested in joining the team, let Tisa or Missy know. Missy’s son Elijah is in Jeremy’s fourth grade class.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the Hoe Down this Thursday. Extended Day closes at 5:30 so dinner service can start and dancing begins promptly at 6:00 with Pre-K. Please make sure your children are not in the jungle gym areas and are being respectful of others in the yard space. We want to make sure everyone has a fun, safe evening.
I want to begin by thanking everyone for an amazing start to the school year. As I mentioned last week at Community Meeting, our Superintendent Bonnie was so excited during her walk though. She talked with some Kindergarteners in the hall, danced with the first graders and saw them book shop, saw the second and third graders writing furiously, listened as the fourth graders got to know one another, and while she didn’t see the fifth graders, they were downstairs at library and music, she loved the feel of their classrooms.
The ID system is now in full swing. Thank you for your patience as we make the system a routine for entering and staying in the building. If you forget your tag, please remember to sign in at security and get a visitors sticker. Once in the building please be sure to have your tag visible so that we know you belong on our floor. It may seem silly if you are a parent who has been with us for several years, but as times change in our city, we need to work together to put systems and routines in place to ensure the safety of our children.
This Thursday, September 22nd is open school night. As a staff we decided that we should dedicate this time to talking about the curriculums your children will experience this year. Your teachers will host two sessions, one at 5 and one at 6, so that we can accommodate families with siblings. Childcare will be provided at 6 for students of MTW. Thank you to the staff of extended day and Tisa for arranging this service for us. If your child is in extended day already, you must sign them out and then bring them back for the later session of childcare.
Classes will get to vote this week on their three top choices for our Community Standards. I was impressed at the thought and care that went into how classes talked about and chose the standard to present. We are going to spend the year working to remind one another of these standards both inside the classroom and out. Tisa also sent home the rules of the cafeteria so that families could discuss them at home. As always the goal in places like the cafeteria and recess yard is safety and the rules are in place to ensure that all children are safe during their time there.
I wish everyone a wonderful week and look forward to seeing you in the halls of MTW.