Sunset Park SchoolIssue 17Oct 2017
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
September was a challenging month for many members of our school community. Natural disasters, including an earthquake in Mexico and hurricanes in Puerto Rico, brought devastation to the hometowns of many of our families. Our hearts are with our community. Our staff is currently raising money for relief efforts. If your family is in particular need of support, please reach out to our Family Support Team in room 227 or our Guidance Team, and we will do everything possible to help you get what you need.
In addition to the challenges our families are facing because of these unexpected natural disasters, September is always a month of transitions for everyone. We have heard from many of our families that you’ve had to make difficult decisions to travel away from your children, whether for work or to support family members in need in other states or other countries. Our Family Support Team and Guidance Team are always available to help you support your children through these transitions, but in the event that you aren’t able to come speak to them, we’ve compiled some suggestions to help your children through changes to their daily routines like these.
First, pick a time when your children are not tired, hungry, frustrated, or already upset to discuss any changes to their daily routines, including travel plans. If your child needs to know about changes well in advance, be sure to find a time to engage your child in the planning to take the attention away from the separation. Say things like, “I want to show you where on the map I am going.” Share with them what language you will speak when you get there. Give them a brief explanation of what you will be doing there. Ask them such questions as, “What should I do on the airplane?” Discuss how you will be in touch while you are away (Skype, FaceTime, phone, etc).
If your child is younger than five or doesn’t quite understand the concept of time, don’t go into too much in detail about how long you will be away.
Tell them a week in advance, and occasionally discuss some details about your trip. Write a story (in any language) with your child about how you will leave and then you will come back. Your child can read this while you are away.
In addition to having a conversation, you can leave behind small reminders of you for your children. Record yourself reading their favorite bed-time story. Leave little treats in envelopes for them to open each week that you are gone. Introduce what’s called a “transitional object” — a teddy bear or doll or other reminder of you. Transitional objects can be incredibly comforting to your child. When they are feeling sad or lonely they can play with it and express the feelings they are having about missing you.
Always remember to say goodbye to your children. You don’t have to make the goodbye drawn-out or dramatic but be sure that they know you are leaving. Plan for something fun for your children to do the day you leave. Be sure to be honest about when you will be back. Be sure to say that you will be back.
As parents and caregivers, we often have to make difficult decisions that are best for our families. Our children may not always like these decisions, but there’s a lot that we can do to ease these transitions for them. Tell your children about why the decisions you make are important and necessary for your family. This will help them to grow up to be strong, independent, and resilient.
Our doors are always open here at PS 169 — Sunset Park School. Just let us know how we can support you, and we will be there.
AFTERSCHOOL ENRICHMENT IS COMING!
As in years’ past, Sunset Park School plans to offer free Afterschool Enrichment to our students Wednesdays or Thursdays from 2:30-4:30 pm. All students not enrolled in CFL afterschool will be eligible to enroll for one program either Wednesday or Thursday (not both). Information on classes, and how to enroll, will be sent home mid-month. Please keep an eye out for more details.
PTA & SLT
All positions have been filled on our PTA. The PTA Executive Board for 2017-2018 is:
- Suqing (Candy) Chen, President
- Jessie Ou, Vice President
- Yun Rong Zou, Secretary
- Yan Hua Chen, Treasurer
Congratulations to our new Secretary and Treasurer!
All positions have been filled on our School Leadership Team (SLT). Parent representatives on the SLT for 2017-2018 are:
- Suqing (Candy) Chen
- Mei Liao (May) Guo
- Lina Chen
- Elizabeth Cruz
- Christina Skelly
- Runa Kajitza
Get more involved with Sunset Park School! Volunteer to help with our many family activities.