Sunset Park SchoolIssue 10January 1, 2017
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
We are thrilled to announce that our principal, Jaela Kim, gave birth to a daughter, Cody-Elle, on December 10th. All are doing well and are getting used to being a family of four! Ms. Kim will be on maternity leave through February, and in her absence, most of the questions or concerns you have should continue to be brought to the Assistant Principal supervising your child’s grade level or program:
A new year is upon us, and the Sunset Park School is looking forward to all of the exciting things that 2017 will bring. We are always working to ensure that our students have a better future, and one of the ways that we are doing that is by trying to make our planet a healthier place. We are doing this in many different ways:
- SPS is a Zero Waste school! This means that our school is trying to keep as much trash out of our landfills as possible. We do that by recycling paper, cardboard, plastic, and metal in our green and blue recycling bins throughout the school. We also compost everything that we can in the lunchroom—from food waste to even the trays our lunches are served on! Our students have all attended assemblies where they have learned about taking care of the environment and recycling. Ask them to tell you what they’ve learned!
- SPS has an active School Gardening Committee who will be working to set up a brand-new garden at our school! Our Gardening Committee just received a grant from the Captain Planet Foundation which will provide all of the supplies and materials we need to set up a Project Learning Garden at our school, training for our teachers, and a mobile cooking cart so that we can prepare all of the fresh vegetables that we’ll be growing in our garden. Keep an eye out for information on ways that you can help our new garden grow!
- SPS’s Green Team/Sustainability Club meets once a week after school and focuses on making our school a more environmentally-friendly place. The student-led Green Team works with students and staff to reduce energy use, improve recycling, and help foster environmental stewardship in our school community. The Green Team is also a resource for staff looking for activities that promote sustainability or ideas for environmental field trips. Right now, the Green Team is in the process of making a video for SPS focused on proper recycling and composting in the cafeteria.
We’d welcome any additional ideas you have for teaching our students how to care for the Earth.
We are really looking forward to a 2017 filled with joyful learning! As always our door is open to you, our families. We are grateful for all that you do to support your children and our school. Happy New Year!
All the best,
The SPS Administrative Team
Winter Recess (School closed)
SLT Meeting 2:30 0 3:30PM, Library
PTA Meeting for 5th Grade Events
Refresher course for prior Learning Leaders 8:30-10:30AM, Library
Last day to submit kindergarten applications
Cookshop 8:30AM, Large Lunch Room (Pre-registered parents only)
NO Saturday Academy
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Picture Day for Grades K and 5
Picture Day for Grades 1, 2, 3, 4
Parenting with confidence Session 1
Learning leader Training,
PTA Meeting 8:30AM, Auditorium
Learning leader Training
Happy Chinese Lunar New Year
NO Saturday Academy
Parenting with Confidence Session 2
8:30-10:30AM, Library (Registration required)
Looking Back at December
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.