Hello AmPark Families,
Just as a reminder, today's LIVE lunch at 11:30 is an invitation to all to join us for a share of Worry Dolls and the worries that students may have to share with them. Especially after a night that has impacted our immediate community, we welcome all students and are sending so much love to our AmPark Family. Please find the link and information here:
Live Worry Dolls Art Project Share with Ina & Mike
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 914 3661 4561
Thank you to Josh, Jen, & Donya for lending your beautiful voices to this powerful protest song, Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around. May we all be upstanders Owls, because whenever one person stands up and says, "Wait a minute, this is wrong", it helps others to do the same.
In a perfect example of upstanding that we are truly proud to publish, please take a look at the very first article from our new AmPark Student Council Newsletter written by our own 4th Grade Student Council Member, Charlize. We look forward to publishing one article written by our Council Members along with Sing each week, as positive and important messages to our community directly from our brilliant Owl scholars. Thank you to Charlize for getting up going by being an upstander yourself and talking about a topic that is so important to ALL of us right now, digital citizenship and how not to be a cyberbully. Enjoy!
THE AMPARK STUDENT COUNCIL NEWSLETTER
Ampark's article of the week:
Written by: Charlize C. (4th Grade, AmPark Student Council Member)
Have you ever thought about being rude to someone on the internet? Well, stop right there! That is an act of Cyberbullying. Cyberbullying is not a good thing, you can hurt someone's feelings like that. So in this article, I will talk about how not to cyberbully,the consequences of Cyberbullying, etc. So let's get started!
The Consequences of Cyberbullying
I know that it's easy to be rude to someone without thinking about the consequences of what can happen. But whenever you do something on purpose that's wrong, you have to face some consequences. Here are the consequences of cyberbullying on some different websites:
Students at AmPark should not Cyberbully, because we are leaders!
So I know it has been a long time at home in quarantine, but that doesn’t mean we can act the way we want to now just because we are not in the building and the teachers are not watching us every hour from 8:30am-2:35pm. It's not okay to be rude anywhere you are, whether it's school, home, wherever you are. Why? Because students and adults at AmPark are leaders. If you remember, when you go into the front doors in the school, you will see that on top of the security desk it says “Leaders thrive at Ampark” And if all the people at Ampark are leaders, then we don’t cyberbully because leaders don’t cyberbully. This is another reason why we don’t cyberbully. Now we will move on to the last thing about cyberbullying.
How Not to Cyberbully
There are a lot of things we can do to not cyberbully and to help others not cyberbully. Here are some ways to stop yourself and others from hurting someone's feelings:
To wrap things up, cyberbullying is when you are mean or selfish to someone on the internet. We shouldn’t cyberbully because if we are leaders, leaders don’t cyberbully. You should think about what happens or about how that person might feel when you are about to cyberbully. If you cyberbully on games or on social media, your account can get taken away and/or you can get banned from that app. Therefore, you shouldn’t cyberbully.
Finally, don't forget to check out the awesome Music, Art, & P.E. offerings from Josh, Ina, and Caitlin this week! And if any this wonderful music, art, and movement inspires you, don't forget to send a video of your amazing talents this week to Bonnie (firstname.lastname@example.org) for AmPark's Got Talent!
Hello AmPark Families,
This week two examples of the systemic racism that pervades our country were once again in the headlines. One of these incidents involved a man that many of our staff members and children know. Mr. Christian Cooper has been involved with AmPark’s partnership with the Audubon Society for many years. Students across the grades know him as he has pioneered a free after school birding program specifically for our children. And while I do not personally know Mr. George Floyd, I do know that his life was worthy and had value. A beautiful piece of bird watching, is noticing the subtle differences between the species, such as the length of a tail, the rounding of a beak, or the shape of their feet. It is these distinctions, and sometimes very subtle ones, that make the birds so complex and that draws people, like Mr. Cooper, into studying them. How sadly ironic that in both of these examples, the human complexity, the varied traits, the connections to others, and the totality of both men was unseen when they were reduced to their race and its societal implications.
As a white woman and school leader, I have questioned my role and have deliberated over what to say, what to do, and where to do so. I have felt trepidation and have been nervous to “get it wrong.” So much privilege shows up in these feelings. While speaking about race and privilege may cause me to break from some of the white solidarity that exists in our society and experience discomfort, these worries do not pose a threat of safety to my life, my job, or my family. My intent in naming these acts of racism and sharing my thoughts here today is to invite other white people to examine the role that whiteness plays in their lives and in their actions. I will own that it is not enough, not nearly.
Watching Mr. Cooper’s video has forced me to consider the times that I have seen myself in ways similar to Ms. Cooper. Implicit bias and unchecked privilege have shown up for me at times in irrational fears, in rule-breaking without much fear of reprisal, and in complicit silence. One way that I can continue to do better and be better is through community conversations and using my position as principal to create more spaces for them. I believe that we as a staff are called to the work of equity, and I believe this school was founded with similar intention. We have much work to do.
We have sent our love and support to Mr. Cooper and it was warmly received.
Daily Dose of Self- Care: Affirmations
Monday, June 1st - I can be an upstander.
Tuesday, June 2nd - I am a voice, not an echo.
Wednesday, June 3rd - I do all the good I can by all the means I can.
Thursday, June 4th (No school for students) - I speak up for others.
Friday, June 5th - I treat others the way I want to be treated.
This Week's LIVE Events
All links will be posted in classrooms and shared in the Owl Blog Post email blast : )
Monday - One Book One School Chapter 3 of Rich, A Dyamonde Daniel Book
Tuesday - Worry Doll Art Share with Ina and Mike Molloy; A time to share the beautiful artistry put into the dolls created and even some of the worries that we may be sharing with them.
Wednesday - One Book One School Chapter 4 of Rich, A Dyamonde Daniel Book
Thursday - NO LIVE event as school in not “in-session” on Thursday, June 4th. Teachers citywide will engage in professional learning.
Friday - One Book One School Chapter 5 of Rich, A Dyamonde Daniel Book
AmPark’s Got Talent! (But you need to send it to show it!!)
AmPark, we've been calling out for submissions and only a brave (and incredibly talented) few have answered! We may be remote, but that's no reason we can't showcase the magic that our AmPark Family has to share! We're extending the deadline for submissions and pushing the share of the event to the week of June 8th!
Going remote does pose some challenges, so we're going to ask that all submissions be sent in by Friday June 5th. This will give the AmPark team time to upload and cue up videos to show during the live events.
The videos will be shown in live Zoom events, giving each of our students a moment to shine and be seen for the stars that they are! Please ensure that no video is longer than 4 minutes. All videos are to please be sent to Bonnie at email@example.com.
Any families who would like to help in curating and supporting the event, please reach out to Bonnie as well!
We cannot wait to see you shine AmPark Stars!
Optional Tutoring Resource Available through Public Libraries
The City of New York’s three public library systems—Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library—are providing free access to Brainfuse, which is an online tutoring platform for families and students. This resource is available seven days a week, from 2:00–11:00 p.m., and provides support to all grade levels in the following areas:
The UFT has re-opened its Dial-A-Teacher program, a homework help line for students, run by classroom teachers. This resource is available from 4:00–7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, for students in grades K–5. Due to limitations caused by school building closures, the help line is currently only available for ELA and math homework from teachers speaking English. The UFT is hoping to expand to other subjects, grades, and languages soon. Please share this optional resource with your school community.
Regarding Supplemental Print Materials:
Where possible, digital copies of print material will be available for students and families on the Activities for Students family-facing NYCDOE webpage.
Wellness & Worry Dolls: The AmPark Torch Run, PE Wisdom from Owls & An All School Tuesday Art Lesson From Ina
Happy Tuesday Owls, this is a beautiful activity on making Worry Dolls or Munecas Quitapenas, that we welcome all to try. We'll be doing a special share of the worry dolls you make during a live lunch with Ina on Tuesday (June 2nd) of next week. For the share, please bring your dolls and we'll discuss your creations as well as how they might help in this time of many worries. Now I'm going to get working on mine! - Bonnie
We all worry sometimes, or have things that trouble us and make us upset.
These days, you might even be more worried than usual - about your families and friends, about school, about your own health – and you shouldn’t feel like you need to pretend it’s all okay if it isn’t.
At AmPark, we often talk about having strategies to help us cope with our emotions.
Some of those strategies come from our inner strength, some from others that care about us, and sometimes it helps to simply change our environment.
Sometimes we can also find help in the cultural, and artistic, traditions of other cultures. I am going to share one of those traditions with you, from a country called Guatemala in Central America.
This country, and its traditions, are very special to my family because my son was born there.
We adopted him from Guatemala in 2005.
WORRY DOLLS, also called trouble dolls, are small, hand-made dolls that originate from Guatemala.
In Spanish, they are Muñeca quitapena.
How do the Worry Dolls work?
According to legend, Guatemalan children tell their worries to the Worry Dolls, placing them under their pillow when they go to bed at night. By morning the dolls have gifted them with the wisdom and knowledge to eliminate their worries.
The story of the worry doll is a local Mayan legend. The origin of the Muñeca quitapena refers to a Mayan princess named Ixmucane. The princess received a special gift from the sun god that allowed her to solve any problem a human could worry about. The worry doll represents the princess and her wisdom.
Worry Dolls are usually handmade using wire, wool and scraps of traditional colorful textiles, and they can vary in size from ½” to 2” tall. They are meant to be held in your hand so you can bring
them close and tell them your troubles.
The idea is to have someone or something special to talk to, to share your worries and fears with. Sometimes it helps just to be able to talk. And then, when you sleep, the spirit of the Princess Ixmucane may give you the wisdom and comfort to be ready for a new day!
Think about what a LEGEND is. Do you know of any legends that come from your family’s cultures?
How do these kinds of traditions and crafts help people when they are feeling concerned or worried?
You may not have exactly the same materials that they have in Guatemala, but I bet you should be able to find some fabric, wire, toothpicks, thin yarn, fabric scraps or other materials around the house. In my video I’ll show you some examples...
PE & Wellness Wisdom from our Super Owls
Caitlin asked this question on last week's Google Form for students: If you could give some advice or try to convince someone else to participate too, what would be your reasons as to why they should start to be active at home?
Their responses were so wise and a great reminder of how important our PE, Music & Art resources are to tap into every day! Take a look here:
Ethan - You get muscles!
Francesca - Be active at home so you don't start going crazy and fighting your siblings and annoying your parents!
Zohaib - Because you have to have fun.
Miranda - Since we can not go outside we have to do our best to get exercise inside.
Charlize - I feel like since this pandemic started, people might be eating too much snacks. So to balance the sugar and calories, you have to be active at home. Also, not exercising and eating too much sugar leads to diabetes. You don't want that do you? this is why you have to be active at home.
Noah - It’ll make you happier.
Frank - It's fun and makes you healthy.
Amable - It helps you wake up.
Chloe - Because it’s good for you and fun at the same time!
In case you missed it from our Field Day live events in the past weeks, here are AmPark's Teachers lighting the torch across America!
Here are this week's Wellness offerings from PE, Music & Art! Check them out below...
Finally, Families, please don't miss tomorrow's Parent Workshop with Mike, Ana & Niomi offering important wellness resources for families and children alike. Please join with the Zoom link here, on 5/27/20 @11:00am:
Live Lunch - Parent & Family Resource Meeting led by Ana, Mike & Niomi
Join Zoom Meeting 11AM
Meeting ID: 931 0052 7161
Hello AmPark Family,
While it’s not the official start of summer, Memorial Day Weekend can feel, to many, like the kick off to the warm weather season. I hope that all of our families are able to spend a little bit of extra quality time (or perhaps can find some solace in alone time if that is what is needed!) this weekend engaging in activities that help you to feel refreshed. I would also encourage families to find a moment for remembrance of the sentiment of the day. You might consider participating in the “National Moment of Remembrance.” This law was enacted in December of 2000 and is outlined further by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs below:
The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. As Moment of Remembrance founder Carmella LaSpada states: “It’s a way we can all help put the memorial back in Memorial Day.”
Our first One Book, One School event finished this Friday and we loved seeing our kiddos tuning in for the mystery reads of each chapter and subsequent book talk. We are going to continue this initiative by reading the next title in the series… Rich a Dyamonde Daniel Book.
Are you worried that you missed book 1 and need to catch up? Just look here on the website under Remote Learning Magic Read Alouds and all of the chapters are right there!
Next Week's Live Events:
Tuesday, May 26th: Live Sing with Josh @11:30
Wednesday, May 27th: Parent & Family Resource Share with Ana, Mike & Niomi @ 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Thursday, May 28th: One Book One School Chapter 1 of Rich a Dyamonde Daniel Book (book 2 in the series) @ 11:30
Friday, May 29th: One Book One School Chapter 2 of Rich a Dyamonde Daniel Book (book 2 in the series) @ 11:30
Daily Self-Care Affirmations:
Monday, May 25th: I am grateful for (a person) because...
Tuesday, May 26th: I am grateful for who I am because I am...
Wednesday, May 27th: I am grateful for (an experience) because it taught me...
Thursday, May 28th: I am grateful for (an item) because it helps me to …
Friday, May 29th: I am grateful for (a place) because…
Family Resource Live Lunch Interest Survey
To further support families, we are putting together a series of workshops on a variety of requested topics. To begin the series and best meet your needs we will have a Family Resource Live Lunch where Social Worker Mike Molloy, Guidance Counselor Ana Veras, and Parent Coordinator Niomi Vasquez will co-host an event highlighting the topics they will be leading. From here, interested parents can sign up for further offerings.
The event will be held on Wednesday, May 27th from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Zoom. Please take this survey to indicate your interest in attending the initial event.
The NYCDOE Remote Learning Survey is still open! https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/remote-learning-survey
Learning at home has created an entirely new approach to education, and we want to hear how it has been working for you and your family. We are asking you to take a short survey to help us collect feedback about your experience with remote learning. The survey is:
With appreciation and in collaboration,
Kelly, Bonnie, & Francisco