Sunset Park SchoolIssue 6September 1, 2016
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
Welcome back! I hope you stayed cool over the hot summer days and found opportunities to squeeze in some quality family time. I am so excited about the year ahead of us. Being a part of this community for the past two years has sparked in me a passion for bringing the highest quality educational experience possible to our students.
This year, at first glance, the learning at Sunset Park School (SPS) might seem the same as any other year. However, when you take a closer look, you will see changes in what our students experience.
You will see students’ interests and ambitions moving them forward. They will be doing their own research, sharing what they’ve learned, and debating their findings with classmates. You will hear the vocabulary and math students have learned by following measurements in recipes — not to mention smell the delicious food they’ve prepared! You will see the quietest students perform a play that they’ve practiced for weeks in front of an audience of 200 people.
Here at SPS, we believe in the importance of motivating students by providing them with opportunities to discover the many miraculous things about the world and then guiding their passion to learn about them. While these teaching methods may seem different than what we have been accustomed to, they will help students to become independent, critical thinkers, prepared for what they will be asked to do in college and in their careers in the 21st century. We are eager for you to learn more about the changes you can expect to see in your child’s classroom this year, and we invite you to attend our first Open School Night of the year on September 22nd. Stay tuned for more information.
In other exciting news, SPS was able to purchase school supplies for all of our students for the 2016-2017 school year! This means that you don’t need to buy anything for your child this year — the school will provide everything they need, from notebooks; to tissues and paper towels; to erasers, pens, and pencils. A special thank you to the SPS School Leadership Team (SLT) who decided to allocate funds toward supplies at the end of last school year.
- Please join me in welcoming our new Assistant Principal Joanna Cohen. She comes to SPS with 10 years of teaching experience, as a classroom teacher and an English as a Second Language teacher, as well as 3 years of experience as an Assistant Principal on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Joanna will supervise second and third grades and can be reached at email@example.com.
- The Student-Parent Handbook will be available in Spanish, English, and Chinese. If you didn’t receive your copy, stop by the school or request a copy by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the best,
Principal Sunset Park School
Open School Night
Be sure to come and learn about what your child will be experiencing this year!
Labor Day, School Closed
First Day for Staff
First Day for Students
Eid al-Adha, School Closed
Open School Night
Common Core Workshop
Workshop about Middle School
Meet our new PTA 2016-2017:
President: John Shi
Leads and guides the Executive Team that is made up of the core team responsible for meeting the PTA’s goals and fulfilling the PTA’s mission. The president also works along side the principals of SPS and sits on the School Leadership Team.
Vice-President: Jessie Ou
Support the President with various tasks.
Secretary: Chun Ying Xu
The secretary is responsible for keeping an accurate record of the proceedings of association meetings. These records are the permanent history of the PTA. Promptness and accuracy are key to this job. The secretary also September be given the responsibility of maintaining all PTA correspondence, including incoming and outgoing communications with members and notifications for all meetings. It is common for a local unit to designate these responsibilities to a corresponding secretary.
Treasurer: Xiu Jin Zhao
PTA Treasurers play a crucial role in maintaining the financial health of the organization, including budgeting, banking and conducting a PTA audit.
If you have any questions, please contact the PTA by emailing email@example.com.