Arthur O. Eve #61

Home of the Arts & Gifted and Talented Program

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May Newsletter

Dear Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction #61 Family,

Spring has “sprung,” and teachers are now starting to take their students outdoors. With this in mind, as the weather starts to get warmer, please feel free to send students to school with a light jacket and/or rain boots considering that the weather may fluctuate on a daily basis. The fourth quarter is now in full effect. The third quarter concluded at the end of April, and parents will receive Report Cards via U.S. Mail during the month of May. As it relates to academic progress, we will have our quarterly Awards Ceremony on May 11th, which will be an opportunity to celebrate all of our students’ academic achievements. In addition, please be sure to regularly visit our school’s Facebook, Class DOJO, and Webpage to view additional tangible evidence of all the great work that your child(ren) is/are doing in our building each and every day.

I am pleased to share that during the month of May, we will host our first “post” COVID, in-person event for current and prospective families. On May 24th, we will host a “Creativity Tour.” This event will be an opportunity to learn first-hand how all of our programming at “The Home of the Arts and Gifted & Talented” is rooted in “creativity.” If you plan to join us on this date, please call the Main Office to reserve your spot.

Finally, as we dive into the final two months of school, please be mindful that “Every Minute Counts.” The final two months of the school year are pivotal regarding student preparation for their rising grade(s). Please partner with us in ensuring that students are in school “on time” by 9:30 a.m. and remain for the “entire” instructional day until 3:30 p.m. This will support our efforts of ensuring that student progress/performance during the fourth quarter is not negatively impacted due to attendance. As always, I appreciate your partnership and it is my greatest honor to serve as your principal.


Mr. Nathaniel W. Barnes, Principal

Visit from an Author! 📖

We kicked off the month of April with an in-person read-aloud from local author Laquan Rodgers. A rare treat, Mr. Rodgers read his book, Somebody Else, to our (Pre-K -2) students on April 1st. This initiative supports our efforts to enrich instruction with culturally relevant text, and helps build an intrinsic love for reading within all of our students. All primary teachers were provided with a copy of Mr. Rodger’s book for their classroom libraries. See pictures below 👇🏻.

Art Show 🖼

Buffalo Public Schools' Art Department is once again holding their annual Art Show, Celebrating Art! This year the selected works come from Keyon Ware (4th Grade) and Adonay Tesfagabir (Kinder). Congratulations to these two and THANK YOU for working so hard.

~Ms. Diavastes

Character Counts! Trait of the Month: Caring 💟

The Character Trait for the month of May is CARING. Caring is feeling and showing concern for others by being kind and helpful without expecting anything in return.

How can you be caring at home?

✔Help your family cook dinner.

✔Say please and thank you.

✔Help a sibling with their homework.

How can you be caring in school?

✔Help those who may need extra support in class.

✔Make friends with a new student.

✔Show your appreciation to the bus drivers by behaving on the bus.

Caring is:

✔Being kind

✔Being compassionate and showing you care

✔Expressing gratitude

✔Forgiving others

✔Helping people in need

Character Counts! 🌠 Student of the Month

🎉Congratulations to Ms. Lee's 2nd Grade student London!

We are very proud of the fact that you were nominated as a student who has demonstrated KINDNESS during the month of April! You will now be a key student in helping us uphold quality “CHARACTER” within our school. Congratulations on being selected as the Student of the Month. You will be honored and acknowledged in the morning announcements. Keep up the great work and continue to strive for greatness!


Mr. Barnes, Principal

Mrs. Bush, Assistant Principal

👩🏻‍🏫 Teacher Appreciation Week 👨🏾‍🏫

May 2nd - 6th

"Teaching is a Work of Heart ❤️

The pandemic has ushered in a new way of teaching and learning. From in-person to virtual to a hybrid learning environment (some all in one school year!), our students have faced challenging, yet innovative times in their learning and development—and teachers have been at the heart of it all!

It's time to show them our love and appreciation so let’s give the teachers in our lives a special thanks for all that they do during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2–6. That’s because Teaching is a Work of Heart!"

Thank a teacher! (taken from

Spotlight: 🔦May Read-Aloud!

Rosie Revere, Engineer

by Andrea Beaty
illustrated by David Roberts

What a great fit for our School 61 Butterflies! Rosie inspires! What does it mean to be 'gifted'? Well, a big part of giftedness is having and cultivating creativity! And that takes perseverance: not giving up on ideas.

Not only is this book beautifully illustrated, it rhymes! No wonder it's been on the New York Times Bestseller List over 3 years!

ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts - Children's Books Read Aloud

Literacy Links 🔗

May 2-8 is Children's Book Week!

"Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, young people across the country participate by attending events at schools, libraries, bookstores, celebrating at home, and engaging with book creators both online and in person." For more information...

So enjoy some great books with your little readers today!

From the Classroom 🍎

Spring has arrived in Pre-K! We are learning about nature all around us. We will be discussing weather and the four seasons. The students will be learning the parts of a plant along with planting their own seeds and caring for them! We will be studying the life cycle of butterflies as we observe our caterpillars turning into butterflies in our own classrooms!

~Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Roberts, Mrs. McGarvey and Mrs. Miller

May already! School is almost over. However, we do not want our Kindergarteners to be over it just yet. We need them to keep up the great work for a few more weeks. This entails reviewing the skills that they have learned, including letter sounds, blending, decoding, high frequency words, reading, writing sentences, answering questions about a story, number recognition, counting, addition, subtraction, and any skills in question that your child’s teacher has discussed with you. In addition to reviewing skills, they will continue learning new material into June. It is normal for the children to get antsy when the warm weather finally arrives, but we need you to emphasize to your child how important it is to stay focused for these last weeks. Happy May to everyone!

~Mrs. Gibson, Mrs. Brown-Reid, Mrs. Gentzler, Mrs. Rosa

First Grade is ready to finish the year out strong! The nice weather is always refreshing this time of year! In Reading we are learning to become more independent with our writing. Students continue to read stories to build their reading fluency. Please be sure students are reading every night and practicing their sight words!

In Math, we continue to work on adding and subtracting numbers to 120. We are starting a new math module that focuses on shapes. Students are learning attributes of shapes and how to make pictures with shapes.

As always, please continue to read with your child each night and enjoy the outdoors in this beautiful weather!

~The First Grade Team

Two more months to go for Grade 2! Even though the end of Second Grade is near, we are still working very hard in the classroom. In Reading, we are working on sequencing. The order in which the story happens impacts the outcome. For Social Studies, we are going to start on the different types of communities: urban, suburban, and rural. In Math, we are working with greater numbers in addition and subtraction. In Science, we are going to be learning about animal habitats! Please keep sending in tablets daily: fully charged. Here is a great way to ask about your child's day: What is something you did today that you would love to do everyday?

~Ms. Lee & Ms. Graves

Hello 3rd Grade families!

We are in the home stretch! We have just completed state testing this week but instruction doesn't stop there! Keep reading and practicing those math facts! Don't forget to check Class Dojo and Schoology for updates from us regarding homework and upcoming assignments.

As always if you need anything please call the school or contact us on Dojo!

Have a great May!

~Ms. Zasowski and Ms. Morgan

Dear Parents and Guardians,

May will be a busy and productive month for our Fourth Graders. We have continued to complete our DIBELS progress monitoring as well as our preparation for our New York State Science assessment. We have recently completed our New York State Math and English assessments. As a school, we are very proud of our Fourth Graders' hard work and efforts put into tackling these tasks. We have continued to incorporate the arts across our curriculum, this month’s theme being “Self Portrait.” We have started a book study during our reading block working on analyzing and responding to texts in greater capacities. We are looking forward to our Fun Day and Moving Up Day celebrations. We encourage families to join our schoolwide Facebook group and our Class Dojo account.

Thank You again for your ongoing support,

~Mrs.Vangelista, Mrs.Kwiatek, and Mr. Robson

Gifted and Talented Program

All grade levels are finishing up a Creative Problem-Solving Unit. Students learned about the Creative Problem-Solving loop, starting with clarifying the problem, exploring solutions, planning, creating, and finally improving their ideas/solutions. Creative problem solving skills are skills they will continue to use inside and outside the classroom.

After we conclude our current unit, Kindergarten students will be working on an alphabetizing unit. This skill will certainly help them as they are getting ready to move up to First Grade.

Our First and Second Grade classes will both be exploring patterns. First Graders will create their own tessellation painting. Second Graders will focus on patterns in Math.

Third Grade students will begin an Analogies Unit. The children will learn about idioms and understanding analogies through proverbs.

Our Fourth Grade students will be stretching their brains with a unit on Logic Puzzles. We will focus on Sudoku puzzles.

~Mrs. K. Fischer

Multicultural Connections


How do we say "Happy Mother's Day" around the world?

Click here to hear it in 27 different languages!

How do you say "I love you, Mom" in different languages?

Listen here.

How do animal mothers show their babies that they love them?

Watch a short video here about animal mothers and their babies.

Monthly Recognitions

Artists of the Month: Wahbi al-Hariri

Author of the Month: Andrea Beaty

Language Development Tips


Everyday conversations with your child are so important! Sometimes those interactions are necessarily brief and direct — "Let's put on your socks and shoes so we can get to the store." Try to also build in open-ended conversations each day — talk that is active, with lots of back-and-forth between you and your child (sometimes called "multi-turn conversations"). You're teaching your child how to take turns listening and speaking, and showing your child that you value their thoughts and ideas.

Ask your children questions that require more than a "yes" or "no" answer. Some questions that help them to talk more openly are: "Why do you think that happened?"; "What do we do next?"; "What would happen if we did it this way?"; "What can we do about that?"; and "How can we make this better?"

~Karen Miller, SLP

ENL 🌟 Highlights

Belated Eid Mubarak everyone!

May is a great month to talk about culture because May 1st Hawaiian Lei (Loyalty) Day took place, which is a Hawaiian holiday celebrated by locals dressed in aloha attire. The custom honors the state’s natural production of tropical flowers in the crafting and wearing of the lei.

On May 2nd so many of us celebrated the Muslim holiday Eid- al Fitr with our friends, families and loved ones. For those of you who don’t know Eid- al Fitr is the celebration that comes at the end of the month-long, dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan.

Ending our month of May and cultural celebrations, we have Memorial Day which, here in the United States, is a day in which those who have passed away in active military service are remembered. It is observed on the last Monday in May which is why we have the day off from school. This gives us time to mourn and respect those who have given their lives, and to also celebrate this amazing country we live in.

Just a reminder that NYSESLAT testing is going on during the month of May! We are wrapping up the Speaking portion of the state exam this week to move on to the three different books that will test students' reading, writing, and listening skills. The entirety of the exam will be done by May 20th.

🏆 ENL Student of the Month! Muhammod Ali

Muhammod is a Kindergartener in Mrs. Gibson’s class. He has such an amazing attitude towards learning. He is always polite, respectful, and ready to work! He has grown so much throughout this year and has really excelled in his reading. Way to go Muhammod!

Counseling Corner

Toward the end of the school year there are so many exciting things to look forward to in our classrooms! Please click on and read the linked PDF below about the importance of attendance throughout the whole school year.

~The Student Support Team

Notes from the Nurse

Do you like to play? Playing outside, drawing, and building with Legos are healthier activities than watching too much TV or playing video games. Get moving! At least 30 minutes of exercise each day keeps you strong and healthy. (More is great too!)

Please Note: Pre K, K, 1st, and 3rd graders need an up- to-date Physical/Health Appraisal for the 2021-2022 school year. Students that still need one, letters have been mailed home.

If you have any questions or concerns please give me a call: 716.816.3400

~Nurse Mary

🍎🥗May Lunch Menu 🥪🧃

View May's lunch menu on the Food Service Department website here. Select "translate" to view it in Spanish or Bengali.

Check out the Harvest of the Month: potatoes

Upcoming... 🗓

May 3: NYSESLAT Speaking Begins

May 4: Early Release Day

May 5: Superintendent's Conference Day (No school)

May 6: School Lunch Hero Day

May 10: NYSESLAT Book 1

May 11: 3rd Quarter Awards Ceremony

May 12: NYSESLAT Book 2

May 16: NYSESLAT Book 3

May 20: Coffee with the Principal

May 24: School #61 Creativity Tour

May 25: 4th Grade Science Performance

May 26: 4th Grade Science Performance

May 30: Memorial Day (No school)

Buffalo School District May Calendar

Principal's Reading Challenge

Every student should be reading for 15 minutes, nightly: in English and/or their Home Language! For our youngest learners in Pre-K and Kindergarten, we ask that parents read to them. Each month, any student who reads at least 10 books, or 10 chapters, will receive a “golden” coin and be able to select a book from our school’s Book Vending Machine. Students must complete The Principal’s Reading Challenge Log and return it, signed, to their classroom to qualify.

For more information and tips on supporting literacy at home, visit the Literacy Coach's page!

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