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.
September 4, 2014
Dear Irwin Altman Middle School Parents/Guardians:
The Irwin Altman staff joins me in welcoming you back to school for the 2014-15 school year. I look forward to another year of working in a school with such a strong reputation for academic excellence, a dedicated and committed leadership team and teaching staff, and ongoing positive parent and community involvement.
NEW! Please note that the school day begins promptly at 8:00 AM and that dismissal is at 2:20 PM, Monday through Friday. It is important that students arrive on time in order to begin each school day in the organized manner that will ensure their success each day. All grade 6 students are dismissed from the main entrance.
On this first day of school, your child is bringing home materials including 2 blue Emergency cards, a lunch form, an S.O. dues envelope, the MS 172 Student/Parent Handbook (for 6th grade only, ) PTA membership letter and email address request/donation envelope, photo permission slip (for school events,) Internet Use Policy, September calendar, a Stop and Shop registration form (which gets money for the school,) and a parent survey. Please make sure to fill out the Emergency cards completely (please print!) and include at least three different current telephone numbers, your email address, as well as all other requested information. S.O. dues ($8.00 for the year) include the cost of the school planner which will be distributed on Friday, September 12 (on receipt of your child's money.) Materials distributed on the first day of school are due Friday, September 5.
We will again be using the regular lunch application (parents may still apply on-line if they wish.) However, lunch will be free for all students, but we must collect completed lunch forms for all students in order to continue in the free lunch program.
I would like to remind parents that cell phones and other electronic equipment (iPods, video games, personal tablets and eReaders etc.) are not permitted in the school per the New York City Department of Education. These items may be confiscated and will be returned only to parents on Friday's between 2 and 3pm. (While we allow students to carry cell phones for before/after school communication with parents, cell phones may NOT be used in school.)
Please review the September school calendar and note the different activities that will take place this month. A calendar will be distributed each month to keep you informed of school events for that month and the upcoming events in the next month(s.) Our first major event for this school year will be our Back-to-School/Meet the Teachers Night on Thursday, September 18 (5:00-8:00pm,) which will begin with a PTA Meeting at 5:00pm.
Reminder: Parents may only drop their children off on 81st and 82nd Avenues and only on the school side of 257 Street to alleviate congestion AND more importantly to insure the safety of all children. Please do not make a U-turn on 257 Street in the morning due to the congestion-IT IS DANGEROUS for our students, staff and parents. Additionally, please do not park in our neighbor's driveways.
257th Street remains closed to cars at dismissal, from 2:00-3:00pm, due to the many buses.
We welcome our parents and believe that for our children to be successful, we need your active involvement with us at school. I encourage you to contact the school with any questions that you may have about your child's progress or with any other concerns that you might have throughout the year and to join the MS 172 Parent Teacher Association. Our first PTA meeting will be on Thursday, September 18 at 5:00pm before our Back-to School Night program.
We look forward to another outstanding school year!
Please return all materials distributed on the
first day of school by Friday, September 5, especially
• Blue Emergency Cards (2)
• S.O. dues envelope (for a school planner)
Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Please note the first day of school for the 2014-2015 school year is Thursday, September 4, 2014. All Grade 6 and 7 students have a summer reading assignment which was distributed with report cards and is also listed below.
The 2014 "Back-to School-Night" and first PTA meeting for the 2014-2015 school year will take place on Thursday, September 18, 2014.
INCOMING 6TH GRADE SUPPLY LIST AND READING
ASSIGNMENT -SEPTEMBER 2014
Summer Supply and Reading List
Summer Reading Assignment
Friendly Letter Format
7TH GRADE SUPPLY LIST AND READING ASSSIGNMENT
AS OF SEPTEMBER 2014
7TH GRADE SUPPLY AND READING LETTER
8TH GRADE SUPPLY LIST AND READING ASSIGNMENT
8TH GRADE SUPPLY AND READING LIST
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.
Thank you for your cooperation.
M.S. 172 P.T.A.
2014-2015 Executive Board
Barbara Dorcean and Tarvinder Thind (Bobby)
First V.P. of Fundraising and Volunteering:
Summer Reading Questions and Answers
from Ms. Borger, MS 172 Library June, 2014
WHY should you read this summer?
Well, one reason is that reading is fun all year around and
especially in the summer when you can bring that “beach read”
to the pool or on vacation. Another reason for kids to read over
the summer is to prevent “summer slide.”
WHAT is “Summer Slide?”
RIF (Reading is Fundamental) the national reading
organizations says, ”it's called the "summer slide," and it
describes what happens when young minds sit idle for two months.
Research shows that students typically score lower on standardized
tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests
at the beginning of summer vacation.” Scholastic recommends that
kids read at least six books over the summer to keep from “sliding.”
WHAT can you do to prevent “Summer Slide?”
Use your new MyLibraryNYC card to sign up for
New York State Summer Reading online at
www.summerreading.org or at any local branch library.
This year’s theme FIZZ, BOOM, READ! celebrates science
with lots of great books and related activities
like weekly science experiments Fridays at the Glen Oaks library.
Keep reading Follett Shelf E-BOOKS from the MS 172 library online
anytime from any internet available device.
Go to https://wbb10285.follettshelf
Keep reading books from our MYON Library
http://www.myON.com School name: 26Q172
use your individual Username and Password
Don’t forget to do your SUMMER READING ASSIGNMENT. You
can use your new MYLibraryNYC card to request that book and
have it sent to your local library for you to pick up.
Happy reading! See you in September.
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
First day of school for the 2014-2015
school year is Thursday, September 4th, 2014
with new school hours.
School hours for all students are
8:00AM - 2:20PM - Monday through Friday
Save the Date - Back to School Night and PTA
meeting - Thursday, September 18th.