Sunset Park SchoolIssue 9December 1, 2016
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
In November we celebrated Thanksgiving, and this December I look forward to celebrating the winter holidays with our families and students. I remember when my family first came to America and my mom stacked our luggage as high as she could to put Christmas lights around them. I thought it was the most beautiful Christmas tree in the world, and I hummed Christmas songs as I pranced around our tree! Many families celebrate winter holidays in different ways and we want to welcome all cultures, learn about our community’s diversity, and celebrate together.
This month, we invite you to celebrate with us. Here are just a few ways you can join in:
- On December 21st, starting at 12:00, we will celebrate a Winter Potluck with all of our Kindergarten families. During this time, we expect a special visit from Felix Ortiz, our local assemblyman. He will be dressed as Santa Claus. He will visit every Kindergarten classroom. We look forward to seeing you and we can’t wait to share a meal together.
- On December 15th at 6:30pm, the SPS Arts Team presents, “The Snow Queen,” featuring performances from grades K-2 and “Celebrating Peace,” featuring performances from grades 3-5.
- The SPS School Spirit Committee (made up of staff, parents and students), is excited to announce Pajama Day: December 23rd, starting at 8:10am. Teachers and students will invite parents to visit their classrooms and to participate in Breakfast in the Classroom in their pajamas! This will be a time where the SPS community can gather to eat together and participate in morning activities right before our holiday season.
At SPS, we provide several extracurricular activities to meet the academic needs of all our students. Our Morning Academy and the Saturday Academy for English Language Learners (ELLs) are two programs that provide the extra academic intervention.
We are excited to share with you that Morning Academy began on November 28th, with a focus on literacy and math. Seats were limited and students were chosen based on academic need. In February, we will open up seats for students who are at risk of repeating their grade.
Our Saturday Academy for ELLs will begin on Saturday, December 3rd. We had limited seats, so students were invited based on whether they are ELLs and the progress of their language proficiency levels (as determined by NYSESLAT scores). We are thrilled to be able to provide this additional support to our students, and we encourage you to reach out to our Parent Support Team in room 227 if you have any questions or concerns.
I am looking forward to a festive December with our Sunset Park School community! Have a wonderful holiday season.
All the best,
Principal Sunset Park School
The SPS library is now open to families for browsing every Tuesday from 2:50 to 3:50 pm. SPS Families are welcome to come up to room 341 with SPS students. Stay and read, or borrow a book to take home.
SLT Meeting 2:30 - 3:30PM Library
ELL Saturday Academy/Title 3
2nd & 5th Grade Literacy Parent Workshop
PTA Movie Night 6:00-8:00PM
K-2 Winter Celebration Show 6:30PM Auditorium
PTA Holiday Sale 10:00-1:45PM
3-5 Winter Celebration Show - Auditorium, 6:30PM
Cookshop 8:30AM Large Lunch Room (Pre-registered parents only)
PTA Holiday Sale 10:00-1:45PM
5th Grade Math Parent Workshop
2nd Grade Math Parent Workshop
Kindergarten Winter Celebration
NDI performance at SPS 6:30PM
PTA Meeting 8:30AM, Auditorium
Pajama Day 8:10AM, in classrooms
December 26 - January 2
Winter Recess (schools closed)
Jian (John) He Shi was president of the PTA, but resigned from his position on October 27th due to the relocation of his work. On October 31st, the PTA shared information about the nomination and election process. Suqing Chen was the only nomination that was made by the November 14th deadline. She was introduced as the new president of the PTA on November 22nd at the PTA meeting. Please join me in welcoming her into her new position.