Parent 411

What’s Going on at The Walt Disney Magnet STEAM School

PBIS/House Mid Year Booster Event

We had such a wonderful time at our Mid Year PBIS/HOUSE Booster event. Our students were excited! Our students showed great sportsmanship and comradery! Thank you to our House Grandparents who joined us on Friday for our event. They were great sports and our House cheerleaders for the day! We also announced our Top House for the Fall semester- Ochoa House- Reach For the Stars! They had a “Freedom Friday” Dance party in celebration of being the Top House from Sept. - Dec. 2018.

Kindness Challenge- Jan. 28th - Feb.1st

The Great Kindness Challenge is one week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible in school, at home and everywhere. In school students are provided a checklist of 50 kind acts, students accept the challenge and show the world that KINDNESS MATTERS! It involves all of our students from Pre-K to 5th grade. So talk to your children about the different ways they can show kindness everyday and make the KIndness challenge an everyday event!
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Parent Roundtable- February 2nd; 10am

CALLING ALL PARENTS- JOIN US FOR OUR 3rd INSTALLMENT OF OUR PARENT ROUNDTABLE CONVERSATIONS - FOCUS ON EQUITY!

We will have a representative from the Bronx YMCA talking about the programs they offer and their summer camp options. We will also be sharing information about some wonderful events coming up for Black History month, as well as ,our Annual Family Valentine's dance. If you are a new parent to our school we would love to see you out on Sat. Feb. 2nd at 10 am. FYI- Your Participation EARNS Points For Your Child's House!

If you are a parent and you have a business we would like to know about it so that we can help support you. Please contact Ms. Gray at kgray6@schools.nyc.gov

Parent Equity Team- #WeImpact

Our #WeImpact Parent Equity Team meets this month on Feb. 28th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in our STEAM Lab. One of our initiatives is our READ-A-LOUD THURSDAYS. parents, grandparents and community members are invited to be guest readers. We held our Kick off on Jan.10th at our Parent Equtiy meeting. It was a fun time for parents and students. This Friday is WORLD READ -A-LOUD Day! Parents make a special effort to READ-A-LOUD to your children this Friday.

Please be on the look out for information about our upcoming African American Read In taking place during the week of Feb. 25th, if you would like to be a guest reader or know of a community member who would like to be a guest reader contact Ms. Gray at kgray6@schools.nyc.gov.

P.S. 160’s Annual Family Valentines Day Dance- Feb. 13th; 4:30 - 7:00 pm

Dress to Impress at our Annual Family Valentines Day Dance- Kings & Princesses/Queens & Princes and everything in between.

We will be partnering with our very own MMCC for the night’s celebration!

It will be a night of fun, food and festivities. We will also be crowning our King/Queen & Prince/Princess of the night.

Admission is $5 per family. Dinner & treats included

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Black History=Everyone’s History- Celebration

This year we are doing something different for Black History Month. In honor of Dr. Kings 90th Anniversary of his birth we are holding a special interactive program- “The Birmingham Children’s” March on Feb. 25th to kickoff the week we are holding our African American Read In. It is an interactive play and the audience becomes part of the performance. Our 3rd - 5th grade students will be viewing this performance which is slice of history from the Civil Rights Movement. We are inviting all parents to attend this performance on Feb. 25th at 9 a.m.

Our Pre-K - 2nd will also be invited to a Black History performance as well.TBA.

Below you will find a link to educational videos about Black History.

https://youtu.be/BHNRPSpUnsg

Skills Help - Tips & Strategies Unplug... or Make Technology work for you

Promotion In Doubt Letters- As we move into the second half of our school year we are at the point of our mid year check point for our students. At this time teachers have assessed their students to see their progress from September to now. If teachers find that some students have not either made growth or sufficient growth in their reading or math and are still struggling at this time those students may receive a Promotion In Doubt letter. This letter is not a letter stating that the student won’t be promoted. It is simply a letter that informs the parent that there are some concerns and they need to come in to discuss some strategies to help their child succeed.


Read, Read, Read-
The only way to improve reading is to read. 30+ minutes a day is the recommended time for children to read each night. Their reading does not always mean a book, It could be a recipe as they help in the kitchen, a news article, a how to guide, a comic book ... Something that they are interested in.

Sight words and flash cards are great ways to get the old “ kill & drill” learning in but you can make it fun. Try sight word bingo or math bingo to help them learn their fact families.

It is never too early.

There are some links below to some great activities for learning without being plugged in.

Reminders...

Go to our website for up to date information and to view your child’s progress. Parents can view our homepage, calendar and see theIr child’s general class info without using a password; www.thewaltdisneyschool.org.

To view information specific to your child requires an access code.Every parent except for new families to the school this year ( Pre-k & K included)should have their parent access code that allows them to view their child’s progress. Kindergarten parents and new parents will be receiving their parent access codes by Feb. 1st.

Parents I have an open door policy and if you have any concerns or need assistance please feel free to stop by, email me or the most immediate way to contact me is to use our REMIND app.

If you are not on the schoolwide REMIND text messaging system ( some teachers have a class Remind app ) then please go our website below and click on the REMIND link to join.

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STEM Enrichment Programs

Apply Now for Exciting STEM Enrichment Programs for Spring Break!

Kindergarten through grade 12 students can apply now to attend exciting spring break STEM enrichment and experiential learning programs. A wide range of programs are offered at the NYC Department of Education’s Genovesi Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Museum of the City of New York, New York Aquarium, New-York Historical Society, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens County Farm Museum, Queens Zoo, Staten Island MakerSpace, Staten Island Zoo, and Wave Hill. Student will meet and work with field experts in programs that feature real life, hands-on learning experiences.

Explore, tinker, discover, and design with us! Don’t miss out, spots are limited and the application deadline is Friday, February 15. Preference is given to students who attend Title I schools. Download our flyer, learn more, and apply now! For questions, contact Camps@schools.nyc.gov.



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