PS/IS 217 Fall Festival!
Friday, Oct 21st 3-5pm
217 School Yard
(or cafeteria and gym, in the event of rain)
$8 per child until Tues October 18th
$10 per child at the door
Admission includes 5 tickets for food or activities
Adults accompanying kids & kids under 3 enter FREE!
I’m Meg Ray, the Teacher-in-Residence at Cornell Tech, and I’m so excited to be here. I will be embedded at PS/IS 217, coaching teachers in computer science content, leading model lessons in the classroom, and providing other supports related to teaching computer science in elementary and middle school. You may know that PS/IS 217 was selected to participate in the Elementary Software Engineering Program (SEP Jr.), and I will help support that implementation, which provides teacher training, curriculum resources and other materials to the school. Cornell Tech’s Teacher in Residence is the only program of its kind in New York City. Although I be will working at several other schools, PS/IS 217 is the only school I will be at for a full day every week.
A little bit about me:
I have a background in both the classroom and computer science. I taught computer science and special education for a DOE school in the Bronx. I’ve also developed coding curriculum materials for K-12 students and teachers. I’m currently on the writing committee for the national K-12 Computer Science Standards and was a special advisor to the national K12 Computer Science Framework. Additionally, I train teaching candidates in the School of Special Education at Hunter College.
CS in the Kindergarten classrooms:
This week, the kindergarteners learned about algorithms, lists of steps that programmers give a computer to tell it how to do something. The kindergarten students worked in groups to create an algorithm that teaches an imaginary robot how to wash its hands. They did this by sequencing five steps. This is preparing the students to sequence similar algorithms in a coding program that uses images and simple words to complete tasks. If you’d like to learn more about algorithms with your kindergartener, try these “unplugged” videos and activites: http://csunplugged.org/sorting-algorithms/
Book Fair Schedule - Monday-Friday -September 26-30
Let us know if you can volunteer at the fair, email Olga at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ms. Valerie, Cafe 217's chef, welcomed parents to breakfast this week. Parents were able to learn about how the breakfast program works.
All 217 students are encouraged to enjoy a free breakfast before school each morning. Students should arrive between 7.45 and 8.15am if they would like to eat breakfast.
Today Ms. Beckman kicked off Book of the Month at 217 by reading One by Kathryn Otoshi. Book of the Month is a yearlong project which aims to build community and positive school culture. Each classroom will receive a gift of a new book every month for their library as a beginning to discussions and exercises in supporting positive behavior.
This month's book, One, is a lead in to discussing bullying and standing up to bullies. During PBIS class Ms. Ciravolo will help children understand bullying and help them develop tools to recognize bullying and dealing with bullies. We're excited for students to share these themes, discussions, and messages at home with families.
On September 17th, young artists and their parents joined a studio artist from Studio in a School and our new art teacher, Ms. Follansbee, to start a printmaking project to create a permanent art installation for our school! All our participants have art homework: creating Green Roof-inspired plates to print next weekend onto canvas, as the next step in the creation of our permanent installation. Special thanks to Ms. Follansbee, Studio in a School, 217's own Ms. Fokine and PTA member Dawn Falcone for spearheading this project!
The PTA is excited to present this Family Art Day with Studio in a School. The students will be working on a project to create a permanent art installation for 217! Due to the complexity of this project, this family art day is limited to 30 students from Grades 2-8 (selected first-come, first-served).
To participate in this project, you must commit to attend the Family Art Day on BOTH 9/17 and 9/24 with Studio in a School, and you must pre-register. Download the form below.
If you cannot attend, don’t worry - please keep an eye out for future Family Art Days with Studio in a School! We'll have another one in October.
If you have a child in Pre-K and you did not already order a PTA supply kit, you may purchase a cot sheet by sending in $12 by September 16, 2016 (FRIDAY).Please send cash or check in an envelope and you MUST include the student’s name and class number. The order form is below.
If you have a child in grades 3-8 and you did not already order a PTA supply kit, you may purchase a PS/IS 217 agenda by sending in $7 by September 16, 2016(FRIDAY). These planners are to be used by our upper-level students every single school day to write down homework assignments. Please send cash or check in an envelope and you MUST include the student’s name and class number. The order form is below.
Thursday, September 15th
The PTA will be offering childcare from 5-7.30pm in the yard for $10 per child, $20 per family. Please bring children to the entrance of the school yard for drop off.
We hope to see everyone there!
Our school cafeteria will be used for the Primary Election on Tuesday, September 13th. We have made changes to the lunch schedule. PreK, Kindergarten and Grades 1-3 will eat in their classroom. Grades 4-8 will eat in the gym. If your child eats school lunch they will be given a bagged lunch. You may choose to send in a bagged lunch from home instead.
Breakfast will also be a bagged breakfast in the gym. If you have any questions please email Ms. Lauraine, email@example.com.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
We hope to see everyone there!
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