A.C.E. Academy for Scholars

Weekly Newsletter

May 25, 2020

May Monthly Theme: "Service"

"Tell me and I forget.

Teach me and I remember.

Involve me and I learn."

~ Benjamin Franklin

Photo of the Week

This weeks photo comes from Alejandra in Kindergarten/CUNY Queens in honor of this month's theme - Service!

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Bouncing Forward - Tips on Resilience

Resilience isn't just about bouncing back - it's bouncing forward! We can become stronger and better at tackling the next challenge that is sure to come along. It is thought that the key to resilience is our mindset, how we think about the challenges we are facing, and we are definitely facing some now! Resilience is learning from challenges and finding the motivation to tackle the next one. Learning from setbacks can help kids build self-awareness and self-advocacy skills. Allowing your child to do things that are difficult, and even fail at them, can help build resilience.

Check out the links below for tools and resources to help you and your scholar build resilience!

Building Resilience in Kids, What it Means and How to do it!

Helping Kids Bounce Back . . . . .and Forward!

20 Powerful Strategies to Build Resilience in Your Kids!

Growth Mindset: What You Need to Know

Reaching In . . . . Reaching Out Resiliency Resources for Parents

Resilience - Don't Let Things Get You Down

Toolbox Project

Songs of Resilience

Something to Put a Smile on Your Face - from LIU :)

LIU goes Dance Monkey!

Quarantine Recipe of the Week

This weeks recipe comes from Ms. Gore - P.S. 290Q School Counselor

Easy Skillet Lasagna


  • Olive Oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced (or half of a large onion)
  • 6 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 table spoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 24-ounce jar Marinara Sauce
  • 11 short lasagna noodles (8 ounces), broken into pieces
  • 4 ounces whole milk mozzarella, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt & black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon powder garlic

Ricotta Mixture Ingredients:

  • 1 15 - ounce container whole milk ricotta
  • 4 ounces whole milk shredded mozzarella
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons parmigiano-reggiano grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil
  • pinch of salt & pepper

  1. For the ricotta mixture: Blend everything together until smooth and evenly combined then set aside.
  2. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil into a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and break it up into small pieces with wooden spoon. While meat is still pink, season with crushed red pepper flakes, a pinch of salt and black pepper.
  3. Continue to cook until browned and then add diced onions. Then add granulated garlic and onion powder until meat is fully browned.
  4. Pour in balsamic vinegar, and stir to combine then stir in garlic.
  5. Pour marinara sauce over the beef mixture. Add 1 cup of water to marinara sauce jar, shake to loosen left over sauce and pour into beef mixture.
  6. Toss in the broken lasagna noodles, and push into the mixture to ensure they're submerged. Cover the skillet and allow to cook and soften for approximately 20 -25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent noodles from sticking together.
  7. Once pasta is tender, taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  8. Reduce the heat to low and layer the remaining mozzarella cheese over pasta. Dollop the ricotta mixture all over the top of the pasta and cover with a lid. Let the ricotta cheese mixture cook and melt for about 6 - 8 minutes.
  9. Garnish with remaining fresh parsley and basil. Let cool for 10 minutes and then serve.

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 27 @3:00pm

Go to link: meet.google.com/nrx-runm-yzr

Fun Free Things to do This Week


This "NEW" American flag was created by Marianna in UNC.
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S.T.E.A.M. Corner

We are so excited for out virtual science fair! I can’t wait to see all of your amazing discoveries! Check out the flyer below for some details, examples and more info!
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Victoria, Kindergarten/CUNY Queens sharing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"!

Victoria Rose Take Me Out to the Ballgame 5 11 2020

Photo Update

Mrs. Bruno's new additions in her yard are getting so big! All the eggs have hatched and soon they will be flying off on their own!
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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


for additional resources go to https://portal.311.nyc.gov/category/?id=311-22

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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