A.C.E. Academy for Scholars

Weekly Newsletter

May 11, 2020

May Monthly Theme: "Service"

A single act of kindness

throws out roots in all directions,

and the roots

spring up and make

new trees.

- Amelia Earhart

Photo of the Week

This weeks photo comes from Mrs. Bruno, our Assistant Principal.

She is birdwatching from her house, a mama bird and her nest with 4 little eggs waiting to hatch.

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Thank you to all the parents & scholars for your video's, photos and thoughtful words to make our teachers and staff feel so loved. You are all truly missed!

Teacher Appreciation Week 2020

May is Mental Health Month

A Message from the Counseling Team…

Zoom Meetups, All Day Snacking and Endless Screen Time…. Are you feeling like you have done it all or not enough with your kids over the last 55 days of quarantine? Well, we feel your struggle and want to encourage everyone to stay hopeful as we all do our part to get through this pandemic.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a great time to reflect and assess how you and your child(ren) are mentally doing during this crisis. If you find that you or a family member is feeling hopeless, sleeping too much or not at all, experiencing physical pain from lack of movement or missing the joys of human connection to the outside world, then please know that what you are experiencing is a natural response. However, dwelling in this dark space can take away from your mental strength and leave you feeling depleted if you are not proactive about making subtle changes to improving your outlook. Sometimes taking the first step to shifting your mindset takes support from a trusted friend or mental health professional. Fortunately, there are several options for support throughout our city that can be accessed from the comfort of your home via teletherapy.

Search. Click. Support.

  • Western Queens Prevention Services offers free telehealth counseling services for adults and children. ·
  • Child Mind Institute- Hosts Parenting During the Corona Virus, daily Facebook Live video chats with expert clinicians answering your questions Monday – Friday at 4:30pm. For families seeking direct teletherapy support, a Child Mind Institute’s clinician can provide diagnosis and treatment for emotional, behavioral and learning disorders.(Fees may be applied) ·
  • NYC WELL has compiled a list of digital resources for the duration of the Covid-19 pandemic. Covid-19 Digital Mental Health Resource ·
  • Big Life Journal – Indoor Games & Activities to Get Kids Moving! A free and printable stay at home care package.

Now that Spring has finally sprung, it’s time to look ahead and plan for better and healthier days to come. Everyone, from children to adults can benefit from practicing mindfulness and keeping a positive mindset. That’s being able to see the brighter side to the not so great moments in our lives and the events happening around us. If we have an attitude that looks for the positive and stay optimistic, then our focus can lead us to better productivity, family relationships and a stronger sense of purpose amid uncertain times.

For additional support and resources, reach out to the Counseling Team, Ms. Gore and Ms. Jenn.

Sustainability Challange

One small action every day can have a big impact.

Will you take on the challenge? Complete daily actions from May 11 - May 21.

Share what you've done with us! Follow us on Instagram & tag us @nycschoolsustainability, #SustainabilityChallenge #SmallActionsBigImpact.

NYC is more sustainable together. Share the Small Actions, Big Impact: Sustainability Challenge with your friends and family to make the sustainable impact even bigger!

Day 1: Turn off the Tap

The average American uses 88 gallons of water per day at home. Simply turning the tap off while you brush your teeth can save 8 gallons per day! This adds up to have a big impact.

Action: Turn off the tap water while you brush your teeth!

Day 2: Drink Reusable

Globally, 1 million plastic bottles are purchased every minute. That bottle of water uses 2,000 times more energy than tap water and the plastic will take 450 years to break down. Let's reduce single-use plastics! Action: Drink from a reusable water bottle/glass/mug instead of a plastic bottle!

Day 3: Unplug Energy Vampires

When electronics are plugged in and turned off they still use power. These "dead" electronics still "suck" energy, making them energy vampires. Unplugging unused electronics can save you as much as 10% on your electricity bill! Action: Unplug your charger, toaster, or any other electronics when they're not in use!

Day 4: Transform Trash into Treasure

Did you know that the average New Yorker throws away 25 pounds of trash a week? Over the course of a year NYC produces 14 million tons of trash! What treasures can you make from your trash? Action: Create something new out of used materials found at home!

Day 5: Shrink Your Water

Just one minute of unused running water in your shower equates to 2.5 gallons of wasted water. Water heaters account for almost 17% of a home's total energy use. Changing shower habits can save a lot of energy and water!

Action: Take a shower in under 5 minutes to save water, energy and time!

Day 6: Capture the Sun

Electricity in our homes is generated by diverse power sources including burning fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. Turning off the lights and using natural light will save you money and save the planet from the release of harmful greenhouse gases (GHG). Action: Turn off the lights during the day and use sunlight to light your home!

Day 7: Connect with Nature

Thousands of species call NYC home including coyotes, red foxes, striped skunks, peregrine falcons, red-tailed hawks, great blue herons and eastern box turtles! Do you know what lives in your neighborhood?

Action: Take a moment to appreciate your local ecosystem! Look out your window. What insects, animals or plants do you see or hear?

Day 8: Make it Meatless

Skipping one serving of beef every Monday for a year saves the equivalent emissions to driving 348 miles in a car. That is the same as driving from NYC to Maine. Reducing the consumption of beef, chicken and other meat reduces your carbon footprint in a big way! Action: Ditch meat for one meal today and have veggies be the star of your dish!

Day 9: Thank Plants

Air quality is so important! Did you know one in eight adults in NYC has been diagnosed with asthma? Plants don't just make our city greener, they produce oxygen and clean our air.

Action: Clean up a street tree, water a potted plant or take care of a rain garden to thank plants for cleaning our air!

Day 10: Share it Out

Studies have shown that strong social relationships are good for your health and can help reinforce behaviors! Sharing our sustainable habits with loved ones can help us build more resilient communities. Action: Pick your favorite item from the 'Sustainability Challenge: Small Actions, Big Impact' and share it with a friend! Send a text, a direct message, a phone call, Facetime, or write a letter to share what you learned.

10-days is just the beginning!

Can you challenge yourself to transform these daily actions into habits?

For more information visit the Office of Sustainability Webisite.

Quarantine Recipe of the Week

This weeks recipe comes from one of our parents - Minira Cekovic



  • 3/4 cups of olive oil
  • 30 sheets phyllo dough
  • 1 1/2lbs spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup of feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 green onion, chopped
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a round cake or pie pan brush with oil, and start laying the filo leaves inside. First lay two leaves, sprinkle or brush with oil, then lay two other leaves, and repeat the procedure until half of the leaves are laid. Make sure the filo covers the pan by hanging them about one inch over the edges of the pan. Change directions, so that the entire pan is evenly covered.

  2. Sprinkle spinach with salt, then mis well by hand. Let sit for a minute.

  3. Add the feta cheese, onions, eggs and stir.

  4. Spread spinach mixture over the filo leaves in the pan.

  5. Cover the spinach with the rest of the pastry leaves repeating the first-half procedure.

  6. Roll the hanging edges of the bottom leaves over the pie (think of a pizza crust), sprinkle top with oil.

  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve hot.

Send us your favorite Quarantine Recipe to info@ps290q.com to feature in our weekly newsletter. Please put in the subject "Quarantine Recipe".

Wellness Wednesdays

Join us every Wednesday on Google Meet for a series of wellness sessions for the mind, body and spirit. Sessions are for whole family and will include yoga, mindfulness, exercise and healthy eating.

This Wednesday, May 13 @3:00pm is Workout Wednesday with Mrs. Jimenez

Go to link: meet.google.com/cgo-ejsp-oou

S.T.E.A.M. Corner

Shout out to Johnny G. (4th Grade) on his amazing model depicting the layers of the Earth. Did you know the Earth was made up of layers? We live on the crust! Can you model the layers of the Earth too? Do you think humans would be able to live on other layers of the Earth? Why or why not?
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"Tip Toe Through the Tulips" By Camryn R. - 1st Grade / SUNY Geneseo


Artwork of the Week

By: Liliana G. - 2nd Grade/Columbia

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Happy Birthday Mr. Jimenez!

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Free Meals

The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for any New Yorker. Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city.

  • Meals can be picked up at all Meal Hubs 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday
  • Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    • No one will be turned away at any time
    • All adults and children can pick up three meals at one time
    • Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites
  • No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises
  • Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children
  • No registration or ID required

To find a location near you, go to https://www.opt-osfns.org/schoolfoodny/meals/default.aspx#Result

2020 Census

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.

Shape your Future! Complete your 2020 Census now at 2020census.gov

Stay Connected

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