Arthur O. Eve #61

Home of the Arts & Gifted and Talented Program

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June Newsletter

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

It has been a wonderful year here at “The Home of the Arts and Gifted & Talented Program!” We’ve had many memorable events throughout the school year. To name a few, students participated in our Fall Costume Parade, Winter Polar Express Pajama Day, Virtual Black History Program, Christmas and Valentine’s Day fundraisers, Annual Magic Show, etc. In conjunction, the month of “June” is filled with additional fun. This includes our annual Fun Day outdoors in which students will participate in a variety of games as a celebratory event for a great school year. We also will be hosting a Moving-Up Celebration for Kindergarten students on Friday, June 17th as well as our 4th Grade Graduation on Tuesday, June 21st. Our Pre-K Department will also be hosting a “Grab and Go” Moving-Up Day on Wednesday, June 22nd.

As we prepare for a well-deserved summer break, I strongly encourage you “not” to break from reading. Although the Principal’s Reading Challenge ends at the conclusion of each school year, the importance of reading (15-20) minutes per day during the summer will certainly support students’ preparation for their rising grade. To support you in this process of “summer reading,” our Literacy Coach posted a list of suggested summer readings on her teacher page. This summer reading list will also be sent home with all students prior to the last day of school.

In the spirit of summer, the district is expecting “all” students to take their devices home and return them in September. It is vital that as parents, you partner with us in ensuring that the devices come to school with your children on Tuesday, September 6th functional and charged. Please ensure that student devices are stored in a safe space to avoid physical damage, water damage, and/or the device being misplaced. Unless your child is attending (BPS) Summer School Programming, students should not be using their district issued device for entertainment purposes throughout the summer.

Finally, you should receive (Pre-K-4) Report Cards at the beginning of July. Although students will be on vacation, we are still here in the building; if you have any questions or need support during the summer, please contact the Main Office at (716) 816-3400. It has been a fabulous year with a fabulous group of students. Have a safe and restful summer; and as always, it’s my greatest honor to serve as your principal.


Nathaniel W. Barnes, Principal

🕊School 61 Healing and Peace Wall🕊🖤🤍🤎

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Creativity Tour

Sunny Tuesday, May 24 was the perfect day for a tour of the 'Home of the Arts!' Prospective students' families were treated to a finely-tailored, guided tour of the Arts program at 61, with interactive presentations in Theater, Gifted & Talented Program, Violin, Art, Music and Dance. BOE Member Hon. Sharon Belton-Cottman and Assoc. Supt. of School Leadership, John Gonzalez were in attendance. Parents and kids alike were visibly enthused and excited by the program samplings!

See pics below 👇🏻

Character Counts! Trait of the Month: Citizenship

Citizenship: Students demonstrate good citizenship by fulfilling their civic and social responsibilities and contributing to the well-being of the communities of which they are a member.

💡What Citizenship Looks Like At Home:

  • Offering help to complete household projects;

  • Looking for ways to reduce water use;

  • Working together with one's family to complete tasks;

💡What Citizenship Looks Like In School:

  • Following rules and expectations of one's teacher;

  • Reusing materials and resources to reduce waste;

  • Learning more about one's own city, state, and country;

  • Participating in a recycling event

Character Counts! 🌠Student of the Month

🎉Congratulations to Ms. Grave's 2nd Grade student Heaven McKenzie!

We are very proud of the fact that you were nominated as a student who has demonstrated CARING during the month of May! 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

In June, We Celebrate Juneteenth!

Juneteenth is a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It recognizes June 19, 1965 as the day news of the slavery's end reached slaves in Texas and the southwest.

During the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation made slavery illegal in the states of the Confederacy. The Confederate states did not follow that law; however, as soon as Northern troops captured a region, the people who were slaves in that region were freed. The last area to fall to the Northern troops was Texas. When Northern soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, they brought the news that slavery had been abolished. Many slave owners tried to keep this news a secret, but the news spread. The people who were freed from slavery celebrated with prayer, feasting, song, and dance.

One year later, in 1866, the first official Juneteenth celebration took place in Texas. The first observances included prayer meetings and the singing of spirituals. Celebrants wore new clothes as a way to represent their newfound freedom. Within a few years, many people in other states were celebrating the holiday as well, making it an annual tradition. In addition to celebrating the end of slavery, Juneteenth also honors African American contributions and achievements. Celebrations often include prayer and religious services, speeches, educational events, family gatherings and picnics, and festivals with music, food, and dancing.

Juneteenth became a state holiday in Texas in 1980. As of 2020 almost every state—except Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana—had declared Juneteenth a holiday. In 2021, President Joe Biden officially pronounced Juneteenth a federal holiday, when he signed the 'Juneteenth National Independence Day Act'.

This year, Buffalo Public Schools will observe Juneteenth on Monday, June 20, when schools will be closed.

Read more about Juneteenth on National Geographic Kids.

Spotlight 🔦: June Read-Aloud

"Meet Ruby: a happy, curious, imaginative young girl. But one day, she finds something unexpected: a Worry. It's not such a big Worry, at first. But every day, it grows a little bigger…Until eventually, the Worry is ENORMOUS. But one day, Ruby discovers two important things that help her shrink that worry away. This perceptive and poignant story is the perfect springboard for talking to children about emotions and anxieties." - CLRI Emancipation Curriculum
Ruby Finds A Worry

Literacy Links 🔗 - Summer Reading

Taken from: Reading Rockets for Parents

The research is clear that children who don't read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect. The linked resources and articles provide information about summer reading and summer learning loss. Plus you'll discover great activities to encourage kids to learn, read, and have fun in the summer sun. For all of our summer resources, browse Topics A-Z: Summer Reading.

Here is an index of fantastic Summer Reading Lists, categorized by age!

From the Classroom ✏

We are coming to the end of Pre-K. During this month we will be focusing on Kindergarten readiness. We will be reflecting on all the accomplishments throughout the year. On June 22 we will be holding our Pre-K Grab & Go. During this time, parents will be able to come to school and pick up their child’s certificate, gift and belongings. See you soon!

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

Dear Parents/Guardians, the Kindergarten students have had a successful year of learning and growing! Our little scholars have been working on adding and subtracting, working with counting numbers in groups of 10 and 20, and counting up to 100. Students continue to work on developing sentences with proper capitalization and end punctuation when writing. As the year winds down scholars are completing the end of year assessments in Reading and Math (DIBELS, Magic Penny and iReady). We are looking forward to our Moving-Up Day ceremony which will be held on June 17th at 11:00 in the auditorium. Each student can have 2 guests attend the ceremony. On Wednesday, June 1st invitations will be sent home, so please check student folders!

~Ms. Gibson, Mrs. Reid, Mrs. Gentzler & Mrs. Rosa

Our First Grade will spend the month of June wrapping up all the wonderful learning that took place this school year...boy have we all grown so much! We are looking forward to celebrating during Field Day on June 10th. We will also be doing some fun end of year activities in the classroom to wrap up our year.

Please remember to send your child to school with a water bottle DAILY, as there are no drinking fountains, and with the rising temperatures everyone is very thirsty.

~Ms. Murray and Mrs. Barrett

Is it really the last month of school as a Second Grader? Here are some tips to make sure your student is all set for Third Grade:

  • READ every day over the summer. Read to your child and have them read to you.
  • Practice Math facts using flashcards. Addition and subtraction flashcards can be purchased at any dollar store. Knowing these facts by heart and quickly will make Third Grade a breeze.
  • Write in a journal about what you are doing during the summer. This is a great family activity.
  • PLAY. The brain needs time to be creative and have fun.

We had a wonderful year in Second Grade!

~Ms. Graves & Ms. Lee

Happy June Third Grade families. We are wrapping up the year, but the learning doesn't stop! Many of your children have or should have brought home our summer learning program information. Please fill it out ASAP! Also, some students were invited to violin camp (if they have played in the past). Get those forms filled out ASAP as well! While we are close to the end of the year it is NOT the end of the year yet! Please continue to send your child to school ON TIME everyday. Also, don't forget to send iPads fully charged. We do NOT have chargers in school. We sent those home with the iPads.

~Ms. Zasowski and Ms. Morgan 🙂

Dear Parents and Guardians,

June will be a busy and productive month for our Fourth Graders. We have continued to complete our DIBELS End of Year Assessment as well as our preparation for our New York State Science assessments. We have recently completed our New York State Math and English Assessments. As a school, we are very proud of our Fourth Graders and the hard work and efforts put into tackling these tasks. We have continued to incorporate the Arts across our curriculum, with May'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

Multicultural Connections

June 14 is Flag Day! 'This annual holiday celebrates the history and symbolism of the American flag....

{Did you know...?}

🔴The first American flag was designed to represent the 13 original colonies with 13 white stars on a blue field and 13 alternating red and white stripes.

⚪One of the first flag designs had the stars arranged in a circle, based on the idea that all colonies were equal. In 1818, after a few design changes, the United States Congress decided to retain the flag’s original 13 stripes and add new stars to reflect each new state that entered the union...

🔵In 1782, the Congress of the Articles of Confederation chose the colors for the Great Seal of the United States with these meanings:

  • white for purity and innocence
  • red for valor and hardiness
  • blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice

Learn MORE about the history of this holiday and the beloved Stars and Stripes!...'

Visit: Learn the History of Flag Day and the Stars and Stripes

From The Old Farmer's Almanac Online

Monthly Recognitions

Artist of the Month: Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violinist

Author of the Month: Kwame Mbalia

Gifted and Talented Program

Our Gifted and Talented students have been busy working through the Creative Problem Solving Process. Each grade level went through the five-step process: ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve by completing a STEM challenge. If you’d like to see all their hard work, head over to the Gifted and Talented tab on our school website (under programs).

As we begin the last month of school, each grade is completing their last unit of study in our Gifted and Talented curriculum. Grades 1 and 2 are completing units learning about patterns. Our First Graders are focusing on patterns in Art and are creating their own tessellations. Second Graders are focusing more on patterns in Math. Third Graders are learning about analogies and forced analogies. Finally, our Fourth Grade students are finishing off the year with all different varieties of logic puzzles.

All our Gifted and Talented students have worked so hard this year and I look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the years to come. If you feel like your child may qualify for Gifted and Talented programming, make sure to check back next fall and apply to our school's Gifted and Talented Program. Students who test in will be eligible for programming the following school year. All our Gifted and Talented students automatically feed into Gifted and Talented Programing at Olmstead #156 for Grades 5-12.

Language Development Tips

Summer Journals

As school ends and the summer begins, help your child get ready to create a summer journal!!

A journal is a nice way for children to reflect on experiences, express themselves, and develop writing skills. Staple paper together, provide drawing and writing materials and give a weekly prompt. Start this week by drawing a picture of summer and describing what you see.

~Mrs. Karen Miller, SLP

ENL 🌟 Highlights

🏆 ENL Student of the Month: Medena Nasib!

I would like to shine some light on is Medena Nasib in Ms. Zasowski’s 3rd Grade class. Medena is always a pleasure to work with and has been working hard!

Around the world people are celebrating harvest. Two different cultures having celebrations to highlight in the month of June are Native Americans and the people of Malaysia. The Green Corn Festival is a Native American harvest celebration that occurs some time in late June to early July. Creek, Cherokee, Seminole, Yuchi, and Iroquois Indians, as well as other Native American tribes celebrate this ceremony in some manner. This is traditionally celebrated with traditional food and dance. Gawai Dayak is another annual festival celebrating harvest by the Dayak people in Sarawak, Malaysia, and West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Dayak is the collective name for the indigenous peoples of Sarawak, Indonesian Kalimantan, and the interior of Borneo. Gawai means festival, so it’s literally 'Dayak Festival.' The festival celebrates the end of the harvest.

Another holiday we would like to highlight is King Kamehameha Day which is a public holiday in Hawaii, United States. It honors Kamehameha the Great, the monarch who first established the unified Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. It was first established by Kamehameha V in 1871 to honor his grandfather, Kamehameha, and first celebrated in 1872.

June Holidays around the World -

Counseling Corner

The Student Support Team hopes everyone has a restful, relaxing, and safe summer. We can't wait to see everyone in the fall!

Please take a look at 5 tips to stay healthy this summer so we can all be refreshed for another year of learning come September:

~The Student Support Team

Notes from the Nurse

The OCFS HEARS (Help, Empower, Advocate, Reassure and Support) Family Line assists parents and families by providing resources and referrals to variety of services such as:

  • Food & Clothing
  • Housing
  • Medical & Behavioral Health Care
  • Parenting Education & Childcare

Representatives available Monday-Friday 8:30am- 4:30pm at 1-888-554-3277

Please Note: Pre K, K, 1st, and 3rd graders need an up-to-date Physical/Health Appraisal for the 2022-2023 school year. Don't wait! Make your appointment with your Health Care Provider as soon as possible.

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

~Nurse Mary

🧃🥪June's Lunch Menu 🍎🥗

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

Harvest of the Month: Dried Beans.


June 10: Fun Day

June 14: Flag Day Parade

June 17: Kindergarten Moving-Up Celebration

June 20: Juneteenth Observed - No School

June 21: Fourth Grade Graduation

June 22: 'Grab 'n Go' Pre-K Moving-Up Day

June 23: Last Day of Classes/Butterfly Parade

Find the Buffalo Public Schools June calendar here. PDF, as well as translations in Bengali and Karen available below.

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