IRWIN ALTMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL 172
81-14 257 Street
Floral Park, New York 11004
(718) 831-4000 FAX: (718) 831-4008
Mr. Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Mr. Thomas Scarpinato, Assistant Principal
Ms. Maureen Rodriguez, Assistant Principal
Mr. Marcos Bausch, Assistant Principal IA
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School starts promptly at 8:00am every morning.
Absence and lateness are reported on the high school application.
Please remember, 90% attendance is a promotional criterion.
November 2014 November 2014 Calendar
November is a month filled with many activities for the students and staff of MS 172.
In addition to beginning the second marking period, Grade 6 &7 pictures will be
taken on November 6 and Grade 8 pictures (with cap and gown) on November 7.
First Marking Period Report cards will be distributed to students on Wednesday,
November 12th. We are looking forward to your visit to MS 172 during Open
School Week, November 17-21 (and to the MS 172 Book Fair.) Parent/Teacher
Conferences will be conducted as follows:
Wednesday, November 19 Evening Conference 5:00-8:00pm (3 full hours)
Thursday, November 20 Afternoon Conference 12:00-2:20pm
(NOTE: Thursday, Nov. 20 is a half-day for students. All students will be
dismissed from school at 11:15am. )
I encourage you to attend Parent/Teacher Conferences to meet with your child’s teachers
to discuss the first term’s work and the expectations for the new marking period and the
rest of the 2014-15 school year. It will be helpful to come prepared with questions to ask
your child’s teachers. Additionally, please bring your child’s report card to the conferences
as a reference. Signed report cards will be collected on Friday, November 21st. It is also
important for you to share the discussions you have with teachers with your child to
reinforce the partnership between home and school. If you need a translator, please
contact our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Hochrad, as soon as possible (before November 14.)
Our AIS program to support students toward higher achievement in ELA and Math
will begin on Saturday, November 1. Classes are scheduled for 2:20-3:55pm on
Wednesdays and Thursdays and 8:30-1:00pm on Saturday. There are 3 sessions on
Saturday - check which session(s) your child is assigned to attend: 8:30-10am,
10-11:30am and 11:30am-1:00pm.). For additional information, call Ms. Rodriguez
at 718 831 4000, ext. 2271.
As the weather turns cooler, students will be wearing warmer clothing to school.
While heavy outerwear, such as coats and jackets, is not permitted to be worn during
the day, students may wear sweaters and sweatshirts.
I do need to remind all families that the school day begins at 8:00 am. While there is
a late bell at 8:05am, it is expected that all students will be in their homeroom seats by
that time so that teachers can take attendance and students are ready for the daily
announcements. I also want to remind parents who drive their children to school that
we must all be mindful of traffic safety. Only southbound traffic is allowed on
257 Street during arrival in the morning and NO cars are allowed on 257 Street
at dismissal in the afternoon for the safety of students.
►Please note: Tuesday, November 4 is a Chancellor’s Conference Day
(and Election Day-don’t forget to vote) -students do NOT attend; also, Tuesday,
November 11 is Veterans Day –schools are closed.
For Grade 8 students and their parents: November is a month of looking at high
schools and making choices to include on the HS application which is due back
to our guidance counselors no later than November 26 so that they can review the
applications for completeness and accuracy. Our annual HS Applications workshop
takes place on Thursday, November 6 at 7pm and Friday, Nov. 7 at 9:00am –
please try to attend one of these sessions for further clarification and assistance with
completing the application.
Please don’t forget our Penny Harvest collection that is going on through
November 26. All donations will be greatly appreciated. Thanks to your generosity
and the work of Ms. McCarthy, Ms. Palazzolo and the Penny Ambassadors, the coins
(and bills) collected will be donated to a worthwhile charitable organization which is
determined by students.
The November PTA meeting takes place on Thursday, November 20 at 7:00pm.
Your participation supports MS 172 and your child’s education! There will be a
presentation by SAYA! (South Asian Youth Action) about the work they do with
our students and the community – and they will be serving refreshments!
Winter Recess will take place December 24-January 4: please be reminded that it
is important that your children are in attendance on all school days. Plan your holiday
trips around the school calendar and please avoid extended vacations that cause your
children to miss school.
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Every student must have a lunch application on file-
if you have not yet completed one, please do so immediately.
For additional information and assistance, please contact
Ms. Hochrad or Ms, Hoffner at (718) 831-4000, ext. 1344 or ext. 1461.
Visit the MS 172 Book Fair
November 17 - 21
Purchase books for school and for
holiday-giving to support MS 172
The school wide spelling bee will be held in the library on
Thursday, November 20 Periods 1-4
Students can study at
Our annual Scholastic Book Fair will be Monday Nov. 17 to Nov. 24th
including afternoon and evening parent teacher conference times.
(Click on the Scholastic Book Fair to open the link)
Scholastic Book Fair
Keep reading books from our MYON Library
http://www.myON.com School name: 26Q172
use your individual Username and Password
Ms. Borger, MS 172 Library
NEW OPPORTUNITY!!! Read E-books online FREE!
A MESSAGE FROM MS. BORGER, MS172 LIBRARIAN
CHECK THIS OUT!!! Our students can access our collection of e-books
(electronic books) online. Here’s how to do it:
1. Go this address online: http://wbb10285.follettshelf.com
2. On the FollettShelf screen login
USERNAME: MS172 PASSWORD: student
3. This should bring you to our e-book collection as a GUEST.
4. Search the catalog for a book you’d like to read online.
Open the book, you can’t download it, just read it online and
log out when you are done.
5. Books with the green infinity symbol are unlimited and can be read by many
users at the same time. All other books are just single copies and can only be read by
one person at a time.
6. Recommended UNLIMITED TITLES for each grade
6th grade Dwayne Wade by Michael Sandler Reading Level 5.5
7th grade Abraham Lincoln by BreAnn Rusch R.L. 5.9
8th grade Irena Sendler bringing life to children of the Holocaust R.L. 8.7
M.S. 172 P.T.A.
2014-2015 Executive Board
Barbara Dorcean and Tarvinder Thind (Bobby)
First V.P. of Fundraising and Volunteering:
School hours for all students are
8:00AM - 2:20PM - Monday through Friday
WINTER CONCERT TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2014 7:00PM
featuring music and singing from our MS172 Band and Chorus Classes
Monologues from our Drama classes - Tickets are $5.00 each
Bring your family and your friends!
Please purchase your tickets in advance by filling out the form (that went home) and putting it in an envelope marked concert. Have your child bring it to the office.
Refreshments will be sold at the concert.
Come celebrate the season! Come celebrate our students!