Arthur O. Eve #61

Home of the Arts & Gifted and Talented Program

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October 🍁 Newsletter

Dear Arthur O. Eve Family:

We had a wonderful first month of school here at “The Home of the Arts and Gifted & Talented Program.” During the month of September, I was able to learn many of the students by name and get to interact with all of you during daily morning arrival. We are looking forward to an exciting month in October which will be filled with many new initiatives that will all positively impact student achievement. At this point, our hallway walls are “filled” with art and classwork reflective of the hard work our students did during the initial month of school.

During the month of October, you can expect the launch of our monthly “Principal’s Reading Challenge.” This is an initiative purposed to build students intrinsic love for reading (please see the section below for more information). In addition, we will be starting a school Facebook page which will make provision for you to view pictures, videos, and virtually interact with us “live.” This will help ensure that you remain connected to the school for the duration of time in which the district upholds the “No Visitor Policy.” Finally, I am elated to share that we will have our annual Fall Costume Parade on October 29th.

I am aware of the importance of students knowing and understanding that their entire school community is collectively working together to ensure their success; having said this, I would like to thank each parent who joined us for our Virtual Parent Meet & Greet. In conjunction, if you were unable to attend, we hope you join us for our annual formal “Back to School” Night which will be conducted virtually on Thursday, October 7th from 5:30 to 7 pm. This will be an opportunity for you to learn the specifics about your child’s classroom, the content students will be learning, and you will be able to ask any questions that you may have.

Back to School Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 831 7620 4924

Passcode: 234891

I will continue to visit every class daily to ensure that our mission of providing a “first class education” is upheld. As always, it is my highest honor to serve as your principal.


Nathaniel W. Barnes

(716) 816-3400

Principal's Reading Challenge

Every student should be reading for 15 minutes, nightly. 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 to their classroom to qualify. (A picture of our Book Vending Machine is below). The Principal’s Reading Challenge Log is attached below. A copy was also sent home with each student.
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Character Counts! Trait of the Month: Respect


• Treat others the way you want to be treated

• Respect the dignity, privacy and freedom of all individuals

• Value and honor all people, no matter what they can do for you or to you

• Respect others’ property — take good care of property you are allowed to use and don’t take or use property without permission

• Respect the autonomy of others — tell them what they should know to make good choices about their own lives

As a student how can you be respectful at:


• Asking how your family member feels about something and listening to their response.

• Using good manners at the dinner table.

• Not talking back to your parents.


• Keeping your hands and feet in your own space.

• Raising your hand and waiting your turn to speak.

• Following school rules.

CC! Student of the Month

Congratulations to Jayonna Westbrook! We are very proud of the fact that you were nominated as a student in your grade-level who has demonstrated trustworthiness during the month of September. 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

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Monthly School 61 Calendar 🗓

Copies of the October School Calendar were sent home with students last week. You can also view the monthly calendar by clicking on the PDF below or going to our School website here.

October Lunch Menu 🥪🧃🍌

You can view it on the Food Service Department website here. Select "translate" to view it in Spanish or Bengali.
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Backpack Check!

Communication is sent home weekly on Wednesday. Please check your child's backpack on Wednesday evenings for important information that is happening at School 61.

Hispanic Heritage Month! 🎉

There are about 54 million Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. That's a lot of people to celebrate! Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated between September 15th and October 15th. It is often celebrated with festivals and community events recognizing the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States.

At School 61, we will having a School-Wide celebration on Friday, October 15th. The day will include art activities, read alouds and learning about Latin American countries!

  • Watch a this PBS Learning Media video to learn more about the history of Hispanic Heritage Month!
  • Click on the video below to meet kids the same age as our students and learn about their favorite cultural traditions!
Nickelodeon Celebrates 🎉 Hispanic Heritage Month | Nick

Try These Easy Hispanic Recipes at Home!

Click on the PDF below for fun and easy recipes you can make together as a family!

From the Classroom

During October, Pre-K will be starting a new theme called "My Family". We will be learning all about the students' families and different traditions they celebrate. In addition, we will be spending some time learning about fall and discovering what this wonderful season is all about. Kids will be going on a virtual fieldtrip to the pumpkin patch and enjoying lots of fall crafts. ! --Ms. Fisher, Mrs. McGarvey, Mrs. L. Miller and Mrs. Roberts.

We are already finished with the first month of school. The Kindergarteners are working hard on letter recognition; writing their first and last names; and recognition, writing and counting numbers 1-5. We have read some interesting stories together and we are discussing nouns. This is just a sampling of the skills we have been working on so far. It is so exciting to work with all the children in the building once again.

Room 114 has continued to work on following classroom routines and rules. Students are learning how to walk down the hallway in a line and doing a great job! In math we have worked on being able to sort and count objects. In ELA read a story about families and poems that rhyme. Our word for the first lesson was "I". Please remember to practice mask wearing as students are expected to wear them in class all day. --Mrs. Brown-Reid, Mrs. Gentzler, Ms. Gibson and Ms. Rosa

Moving into October our First Graders are now in a steady routine and are doing great! We have been working on being able to read and write words with short vowels and are working on building our comprehension skills. In math, we have been working on addition strategies to help us along. We have also welcomed back student technology in the classroom and are looking forward to the many programs the district has to offer our students during the learning day. At the end of the month we will be having a Costume Celebration; please keep an eye out for details from your classroom teacher.

As a reminder, please be sure your child is reading or being read to for at least 20 minutes every night!--Mrs. Barrett, Mrs. Fischer and Ms. Murray

The Second Grade students are working on Venn diagrams and friendly letter writing in ELA. In math they are working on addition and subtraction. The student of the month is Joelis Morales. Joelis is always on task and follows class rules. --Ms. Graves, Mrs. Janas, and Ms. Lee

Happy October! Our Third Graders are adjusting well to being back in school. Ms. Morgan and myself are so happy to have them back! We are writing every day, and doing LOTS of math. We have been learning many new things. Ask your child about what they did when they come home.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns you can reach us on Class Dojo or at the school phone (716) 816-3400. Just leave us a message and we will call you back. --Ms. Morgan and Ms. Zasowski

The 2021-2022 school year has been off to a great start! The Fourth Grade has hit the ground running! We have completed our benchmark DIBEL testing as well as our initial Math placement testing. Both pieces of data will help us guide our instruction to meet the individual needs of each student in our academic blocks as well as our RTI. The majority of students have received their new iPads which will be utilized in our instruction. If students were absent on the day of distribution, there will be another day that they will receive their new instructional device. If a student has not yet brought their old device back please bring it into the building so we can issue them a new device. Thank you again for your ongoing support.--Mr. Robson

Mrs. Kwiatek's room has been working on Force, Motion, and Energy. Students did a domino experiment to see cause and effect of force. They have been able to move ramps to predict how the ramp height will effect the motion of the cars. Science is so much fun! --Mrs. Kwiatek

Language Development

Your child is probably already familiar with Laura Numeroff’s book series that started with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Exercise your creative minds this week by creating your own spinoff! Your child can be the author and the illustrator. If you need some inspiration, try If You Give a Pirate a Pretzel or If you Give a Bear a Brownie.

~Karen Miller, SLP

Monthly Recognitions

Artists of the Month: Sean Bankhead and Lourdes Villagomez

Author of the Month: Kwame Alexander

Counseling Corner

Parents, Guardians, and Students,

Now that we're back into the swing of things, do you want to get more than one word answers out of your child when you ask them how their day was? Check out this article from Scholastic: 10 Questions to Ask Kids About Their Day at School.

As a reminder, here is our Arthur O. Eve PBIS Behavior Matrix, which shares examples of expected behaviors for our students across settings throughout the school day.

Ms. Alyssa Biscotto, School Psychologist

Mrs. Vickie Gillison, School Social Worker

If you have any concerns regarding your child's academic, social-emotional, or behavioral skill development, please complete this Request for Assistance Form

Attention 4th Grade Families:

Ms. Jillian Miller, our school counselor will be assisting you and your child with the placement application for next school year. As you are aware, Arthur O. Eve #61 goes up to 4th grade so an application will need to be completed for 5th grade placement. Ms. Miller will be the contact person and she can be reached by phone or text at (716) 393-8712. Thank you!

Notes from the Nurse

Start off strong with a healthy breakfast. A good breakfast provides energy and will help keep you alert and attentive in class. Highly sugared foods leave you feeling tired soon after eating.

Remember: Your school performance is directly related to what you eat!

~Nurse Leigh


Most of our transportation issues are starting to iron out. Please be advised, if the terminal alerts us prior to 2:00 pm that a bus will be extremely late, we will call each parent of the applicable bus to inform. However, there may be days when buses are late and we are not informed.

-Buses usually arrive between 3:45pm and 5:00 pm, daily. If a bus does not arrive by 5:00 pm, the principal will send out a ROBO call to alert families.

-If your child is on a late bus and you decide to pick them up “post” 4:05pm, you must go to the Kensington entrance to be accommodated.

The School 61 Swag Sale Continues! 👕

School 61 short sleeve t-shirts and hoodie sweatshirts are on sale now! Youth and Adult sizes are available! All proceeds will go toward School 61 Student Activities!

The sale continues until Friday, October 15th. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the end of the sale for the items to be ready! Please return your order form and cash to your child's homeroom teacher. Mrs. Luraschi, the Arts Coordinator, will collect the order forms and money daily and send home a receipt. Please call her if you have any questions! 816-3400. Thank you!

Student Gallery 🎨

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