Owl Blog Post for October 22nd
AmPark goes PINK for breast cancer awareness, WITS Bits Snack Attack lessons on nutrition, pumpkin decorating for next week's Wonder Walk/Costume Parade/Pumpkin Blaze, and AmPark's new Lending Library! Take a look at this wonderful week gone by...
Thank you for joining us at Wednesday evening’s PA meeting or this morning’s PA recap at our first Virtual Family Tea of the year.
At the meetings we became more acquainted with new staff members Bob Reaven-Edlen, Teresa Mulvihill, and Dany Velazquez. Supermom Audrey Routliffe also led us through a Brain Power icebreaker as our new Parent Wellness Ambassador. We discussed the following happy highlights:
We also clarified information regarding classroom closures:
We understand that workplaces have been less accommodating over time and that having your child home is challenging. We are still obligated to follow the recommendations of the situation room in the interest of our entire school community’s health and safety and thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Tech Request Form
The school building is closed for Election Day on Tuesday, November 2nd. K - 5 students will have asynchronous work shared by their teachers in the google classroom posted the day prior. Attendance will be counted and your child’s teacher will share their method for tracking attendance on the 2nd.
K - 5 families, please work to troubleshoot your child’s access to the google classroom with your child’s teacher in advance of remote learning on November 2nd. Staff members will be engaged in daylong professional development remotely and will not be able to be as supportive as they would typically be in day-of troubleshooting. Tech requests must be received by the end of next week to have a device for election day.
It is a non-attendance day for PK students.
NYC Principals Conference
I have been asked to present at an upcoming Principals Conference for New York City principals. The title of the workshop that I am co-leading with our superintendent and a fellow district 10 principal, Jean Dalton from P.S. 279 is titled Leading with Emotional Intelligence and Hope. I would love to showcase members of our community and raise the voices of our families and students with their impressions of what emotional intelligence and hope has looked like throughout the pandemic. If you are interested in participating, for which I am most grateful, please complete the padlet and/or flipgrid by Tuesday, October 26th. Thank you in advance for your shares..
If you are interested in participating, I invite you to please jot down your thoughts or share a brief recording on this padlet:(camera and video can be accessed if you press the more option :)
Questions to consider in your response:
How did AmPark inspire hope in you during the pandemic?
What does emotional intelligence or social and emotional learning mean to you?
What tools have you been taught to manage difficult emotions?
How does social and emotional learning live in our school?
If you cannot log on with your child’s email, you are welcome to upload a 30 - 45 second video here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_jfxu_H2zgDMINnK6UEYoyeIqy9RjBA0?usp=sharing
Take a look at our new AmPark swag order form:
Let us know if you would like to purchase any items. We will also send home a paper flyer. Additionally, we will be selling swag from previous year’s at a recommended donation cash price of $10 for t-shirts and $15 for sweatshirts the morning of the Wonder Walk.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Your child’s teacher will reach out to you to schedule a virtual appointment for parent-teacher conferences. Thursday, November 4th is a half-day for these conferences. Your appointment will be in the afternoon or evening and teachers work to accommodate your preferences as best as they can. If you cannot make your assigned appointment, please contact your child’s teacher to reschedule.
As in years past, this is a progress meeting to share how your child is doing at this point in the year and to plan ahead through the winter recess, as well as to have individual time with your child’s teacher. Report cards will be available the first week in December in the NYCSA to provide students with adequate time to gain mastery of content.
Family Letter from Chancellor Meisha Ross-Porter
What's for Lunch?
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