A word from Mr. Paingankar, Principal
Dear 236 Families,
I know, like me, all of you can’t wait for this cold weather to leave us and Spring to arrive. As an educator I always love the month of March because it is when you see the most growth in the students. Concepts that were taught in the beginning of the year are making sense and are applied to new ones. However, this can be a very stressful month for some students, especially in grades three, four and five. Students are feeling the pressure of taking the Common Core ELA and Math Exams. I urge you to talk to your child and let them know to try their best and not to have anxiety over these assessments. We have been preparing for the past couple of months by using the Ready NY books and by administering practice exams during the month of March.
On March 3rd we opened the E. 64th street door for morning entry. This is an attempt to ease congestion on E 63rd Street. I ask you to be considerate to our neighbors and each other when dropping off your child. Please do not block the main gates or enter the school yard with your vehicle. We want everyone to be safe. This entrance will close at 8:00a.m.
Please note that students begin instruction at 8:00 am. It is important that all students arrive on time so they do not lose this valuable time. Please make every effort to ensure that your child is at school on time. Students, who arrive after 8:00a.m., must stop in the main office to receive a late pass. Lateness is recorded on your child’s permanent attendance record.
Just a reminder to bring all student concerns to the teacher first. They are your best line of communication and will go to Ms. Labella if they need assistance. If the issue is still not resolved Ms. Southard or I will get involved. If we keep the parent teacher communication lines open, it can avoid a lot of misunderstandings.
A letter went to all of you in the beginning of the year letting you know that we have to conduct 2 soft lock down drills. These drills will be unannounced to all staff and students. I would like to get a true assessment of the drill in case a real emergency happens. Please remind your child to stay calm during this drill and review with them the importance of listening to the teacher, during these events.
Wishing you all the best,
Together for Children