P.S. 161 Arthur Ashe School
JILL HODER, PRINCIPAL
101-33 124 STREET, QUEENS, NY 11419Phone: 718-441-5493
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Ms. L. Mollura, Library Media Specialist
Welcome Back to P.S. 161's Library/Distance Learning Center! When the different classes/grades come to the Library on a weekly basis, their Social Studies curriculum will be integrated into the library services. Collaboration with the classroom teachers and integration of the Social Studies curriculum for grades PreK-5 will take place during the 2016-2017 school year.The Library curriculum will foster the skills of literacy, technology, and information literacy. There is also a Distance Learning Center, whereby the use of a Promethean Board can be used to connect with other schools within New York City. Besides connecting to schools, our goal is to connect to, The National Archives, and take virtual field trips.During the school year of 2015-2016, Grades 2 - 5 created posters for communicating good "digital practices" on the internet. Students read books on Internet Safety and learned about safety in cyberspace. Students in grade one are learned about creating friends and keeping peace among classmates. Children read the SandCastle Keeping the Peace Series, by Pam Scheunemann. Books the children read were:Learning About DifferencesActing With KindnessBeing a PeaceKeeperDealing With BulliesWorking TogetherCoping With Anger Pre-k is also learned about making new friends in school and they all got along with each other. They read many books on friendship.Students in grades 1-5 have circulated books. Books were borrowed for two weeks. All students took an oral contract. They all know how to handle books. Please make sure children do not eat or drink with library books nearby while they are reading them at home. We have to do our best to keep all the books in the best condition as possible for the next student. Past NewsOn January 28, 2014, Ms. Johnson's Third Grade class participated in a Video Conference on "Animals in Space" Program.Children were exposed to the original NASA Documents and original photographs of the first animals that went up into space! Students researched the NASA Program and wrote questions to ask during the Video Conference. They did a great job and I was so proud of the questions that each child wrote and asked. They received a compliment on their mature behavior and reading skills!On March 25, 2014 at 1 pm, the First Grade Class joined classrooms across the U.S. for a broadcast of the First Lady's trip to China as a way to help students build cultural awareness and global citizenship. An American student, studying in China this year, sat with First Lady Michelle Obama and discussed his experience in China. Before this event students were asked to think about and write a question regarding education they were curious about. Questions were then submitted online to Discovery Education. The class enjoyed this event, since they learned about children in different parts of the world and how they go to school and learn.On April 12, 2014, Ms. Glass and Ms. Glantz's Class, Grade 1, visited Pearl Valley Farms, in Pearl City, Illinois. In this virtual field trip, students met America's Egg Farmers and toured their family farms to learn about the different ways eggs get from the farm to the table! Students were surprised to learn that a hen lays one egg a day and intrigued to see how all the hens live so close to each other!Please click on the many links below to learn more about the NYC Library standards, curriculum, Information Fluency Continuum and family resources.New York Library Standards and CurriculumNYC Library System Information Fluency ContinuumNYC Family Resources Library and Research SkillsNYC Family Literacy GuideVisit the Queens Public Library by clicking the link below: http://www.queenslibrary.org/ This is the second year that the Library and Distant Learning Center is open!Please click on the link below to review the Library Book Contract.bookcontract.pdf2014-2015Virtual Field Trip To The Chobani Factory
Virtual Field Trip to Alcoa Davenport, A high-tech aluminum manufacturing plant.On Friday, October 3, 2014, at 1PMClass 131 were able to tour a working Aluminum Plant, right from the Library! They got to see where the wings for Air Force One are built.Students learned how important recycling is in the factory and how it helps the environment.They learned that within 60 days a recycled can be back on the shelf!Students wondered why all the workers wore safety glasses and a hard hat.The workers explained that it is important in the plant to use "safety materials" at all times because aluminum does not change color when it gets hot when melted.Students were amazed to see a 3,000 pound block of aluminum rolled into a product!
A Live Event – “Of the People: Cooking Up a Healthy Lifestyle”
From the White House Kitchen
On October 28 students attended a live event “Of the People: Cooking Up a healthy Lifestyle”. Before this live event, we posted a few questions from students, who asked about healthy snacks. Students then observed a live cooking demonstration in the White House kitchen and discussion about nutrition. We witnessed Sam Kass, the chef in the Whitehouse who prepares meals for President Obama and his family. Mr. Kass is also the Executive Director of Let’s Move and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition.
At the live event, Sam Kass cooked up a healthy meal along with a high school student from Roosevelt High School. While watching this live event, students were also given a quick tour of the White House kitchen Garden and learned about all the different kinds of fresh vegetables grown in the garden. Sam, together with First Lady Michelle Obama worked on the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden. These vegetables are used to feed guests who attend State dinners, meals for the First Family at the White House, staff, and they are also given away to needy people! The students were surprised to learn that the garden is 1500 square feet and that 1000 pounds of food is produced every year.
After viewing this live event, we made healthy choices, by filling out the “Choose MyPlate.gov” handout, discussed the benefits of using fresh ingredients in cooking, and came away with a better understanding on making healthy food choices every day.
In honor of Veteran’s Day, P.S. 161Q joined a very special National School Assembly of Remembrance, commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I.
Several classes were transported to the Tower of London and the moat to teach students about the history of Remembrance Day and the significance of the poppy as a symbol of remembering all those veterans who have lost their lives during war.
Afterwards, students completed a graphic organizer showing the differences and similarities of Remembrance Day and Veteran’s Day. Students realized that there were more similarities than differences.Video Conference - Animals in Space Program On January 14, 2015, Ms. Hass and Ms. Johnson's Third Grade class participated in the second Video Conference on "Animals in Space" Program.
Ms. Lori explained how The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. Only 1%-3% of documents are so important for historical reasons that they are kept forever. To help preserve material, NARA stores archives records in acid-free folders within acid-free boxers that are placed in dark spaces with consistent temperature and humidity.
Students were told to pretend that they were scientists and think about the safety of humans going into space. Students were shown original documents from NASA and asked to identify the different animals that were placed in capsules. They were asked to compare the similarities of these animals to humans and why they would be helpful to go into space before humans were sent on a mission.
Students learned about the different missions that were successful and how astronauts survived in space. The class was shown original documents of a map of the surface of the moon and the “Sea of Tranquility” was pointed out. Students were also shown the original “flight plan” that the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, used!
A Tour of a Working Copper Mine
Students were introduced to local Geologists and Mining Engineers in Arizona, as they showed the mining process and discussed the importance of copper in our everyday lives. Students got a real-world look into how the earth’s resources shape the world geologically and got an interactive tour of a working copper mine.
Students explored and learned about the metals in our everyday life, such as seatbelts and smartphones. Students explored how many times throughout each day they actually use something that comes from a mine.
Students were able to create a list of items around them that contain minerals and metals that came from a mine somewhere around the world.
Students were surprised to learn how Mining impacts our lives in more ways than they can’t even imagine.
Jane continues her travels spending nearly 300 days a year on the road, it is a challenge for her to visit everywhere and see everyone! Just last year during her 80th birthday year, she traveled to more than 28 countries, inspiring hundreds of thousands of people to help make our world a better place.
Students can enjoy reading and learning more about Jane Goodall by reading books about her in the school's library.____________________________________In May 2016 our students observed the sun during Astronomy Day with McDonald Observatory.The Frank N. Bash Visitors Center at McDonald Observatory and Connect2Texas invited students from everywhere to celebrate Astronomy Day. Students made live telescope observations of our star, the Sun, with telescopes equipped with special video cameras and solar filters. During the videoconference, students were given their Student Sheet. They learned about the solar features they've seen by watching the unique science demonstrations. Students were interactive with facilitator Marc Wetzel at the McDonald Observatory during the videoconference. Visit Databases and research online: passwords available below:Grolier From Novel - Use the username and password below:Username: novel1234Password: novelStudent Resources:Internet Public LibraryHomework NYC: Get Help With HomeworkDigital CitizenshipTo Visit Destiny, the New York City Schools District Library Page, click on the link below:http://library.nycenet.edu/cataloging/servlet/presentadvancedsearchredirectorform.do?l2m=Library%20Search&tm=TopLevelCatalog&l2m=Library+Searchhttp://library.nycenet.edu/To To Login the school's Destiny Catalog,Use Your DOE e-mail addressCheck Out The Databases Below:Just Click the link below:http://www.queenslibrary.org/research/articles-db/refdb/allNYC Department of Education has a license to TeachingBooks.net that everyone associated with the district may freely use through August 31, 2016.Visit Online Multimedia Resources:Bring Books and Authors To Lifewith TeachingBooks.netClick the link below:Use: nycdoe as the passwordUsername: (leave blank)Click on Gale Databases for Thousands of ArticlesTo Use In ResearchUse the Password: empirelinkFor a Great Kid's DatabaseClick on kidsinfoBits BelowVisit New York Public Library for KidsBy Clicking the NYPL link below:Click the link below to see Amazing Animals of the WorldFor a New Online Resource for Grades 3-6 Click PowerKnowledge Life Science"The more that you readThe more things you will know.The more that you learnThe more places you'll go!"Dr. Seuss