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School Events & Reminders

Respect For All Week will take place during the week of February 9th, 2016.  Each day of the week starting on Tuesday, February 9th students will wear a designated color shirt to school to represent a positive characteristic that they can imitate that day.


Tuesday, 2/9/16 each child will wear a BLUE shirt to represent RESPECT.  Some actions to show respect include being considerate and thoughtful.


Wednesday, 2/10/16 each child will wear a GREEN shirt to represent HONESTY
Some actions to show honesty includes being trustworthy and reliable.


Thursday, 2/11/16
each child will wear a PURPLE shirt to represent UNITYOne action to show unity is to work together.



Friday, 2/12/16
all staff and students will wear RED to show their love for our school and to represent CARING.
Some actions to show caring include thinking of others before thinking of yourself.

Together we can guide our children towards making the world a better place to live in. 


Have You Filled A Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud will be read to your child(ren) to encourage positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation and respect.  This book explains to children that we all carry an invisible bucket in which we keep our feelings about ourselves.  When our buckets are full, we are happy, when they are empty, we are sad.  It is important to know that we can fill our own bucket and so can others.  We fill buckets by saying and doing nice things to the people around us.


Please stress the importance of treating others kindly and respectfully in all of your children’s experiences.  Together we can stop bullying from occurring by teaching children how hurtful words and actions affect others.


We are asking for you, the parents, to participate as well.  Please see the attached “bucket”.  Write your child’s name on the bucket and write two to three sentences to your child that will make him/her feel happy and in turn will “fill his or her bucket”.  Feel free to decorate your child’s bucket.  Please return the bucket to the classroom teacher by Monday, February 1, 2016.


Together we can guide our children towards making the world a better place to live in

February 1st , 2016

Dear Parents,

We are already more than halfway through the school year with only 40 school days left before state testing. It’s hard to believe that on Friday, February 26th, we will already be celebrating the 100th Day of School!

Promotion-in-Doubt letters will be sent home during the week of February 1st  to select students who are in danger of not being promoted to the next grade in June 2016.  Please read through those letters carefully and return the tear-offs to your child’s classroom teacher. Teachers will be reaching out to you to schedule face to face meetings or to have phone conferences with you to discuss further.

We would like to remind you that daily attendance and punctuality are good habits that we encourage all our children to have.  Your cooperation in making sure that your child arrives to school on time (8:00 AM for the regular school day) and has good attendance is greatly appreciated.  We would also like to remind you that P.S. 186 follows the school uniform policy.  Your cooperation in assisting your students to meet this mandate is also appreciated.

Important Dates to Know


January 30                    Saturday Academy continues 2/27, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16

February 5                    National Wear Red Day!  Don’t forget to come in wearing red                                                   today!  Our Student Council will also host a bake sale to raise            money for the American Heart Association

February 8                    NO SCHOOL!    Happy Chinese New Year!

February 9-12               Respect for All Week (More information will follow.)

February 12                  PTA Valentine’s Day Bake Sale

February 15-19              Mid-Winter Recess! Students are reminded to work on their Vacation Learning Packets which includes their 100 Days of School and “Silly Hats” projects.

February 22                   Back to School! All Vacation Learning Packets due!

February 23                   PTA General Meeting @ 8:30 am January Students of the Month

                                    will be recognized. Parent Testing Workshop @ 9:00AM

February 24                   Spring Benchmark for all Grade 3-5 classes.

February 26                   100th Day of School! 100 Day of School Food Drive

February 26                   Last day for marking period 2.

February 29 –  March4  Spring Book Fair begins -- Please visit when you come to Parent       Teacher Conferences

March 2                        Silly Hat Day at P.S. 186 to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!

                                       VIP Reader’s Day/Read Across America

March 3                        Half Day – Dismissal will be at 11:15 AM

                                    Parent Teacher Conferences

                                    Afternoon 12:20 – 2:20 PM

                                   Evening       4:30 – 7:30 PM

                                   *Report cards will be distributed to all Grade Pre-K-5 Parents.

March 4                        Spring Math Benchmark for all Grade 3 – 5 classes

March 4                        School Spirit Day!

Don’t forget to wear your gold and burgundy School t-shirts.

April  5 - 7                                Grade 3-5 New York State ELA Testing

April 13 - 15                  Grade 3-5 New York State Math Testing



Sincerely,


Mrs. Bayan Cadotte
Principal


COMPUTER SCIENCE EDUCATION WEEK 

The week of December 7th is Computer Science Education Week. In order to promote computer literacy within our school community, PS 186 will be participating in HOUR OF CODE. Select classes will be learning how to write programming code, the same code that is used by computer engineers to design computer and smartphone applications. Families are encouraged to visit code.org this week to engage in fun activities that teach students how to code!

https://code.org/learn

PS 186 School-Wide Grading Policy

Parents and Guardians,

Please see the information below regarding the grading policy used to determine subject averages as they appear on your son or daughter's report card:

Grading Guidelines

 

Weighted Value

Level

Percentages

 

Component 

Weight

4

92 - 100%

 

Exams

45%

3

80 – 91%

 

Classwork

30%

2

65 – 79%

 

Homework

25%

1

Below 65%

 

 

 





Parents and Guardians: Please Join Us for the Upcoming Family Fun Fridays!

Watch out for announcements sent home in your child's folder for specific times your son or daughter's class will be hosting Family Fun activities. Classes will participate in Family Fun Friday by grade according to the dates below:


Grade K - October 23rd

Grades 1 and 2 - October 30th

Grades 3-5 - November 20th 

We look forward to seeing you in your son or daughter's classroom!

Important Information for Parents


Important Websites to Support Learning at Home

At PS 186, we are committed to ensuring students have personalized learning opportunities that fit their needs. The resources listed below are available to our students, so ask your son or daughter about how they are using them in school and how they might support their progress by logging in at home! 

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https://www.raz-kids.com/main/Login



Online guided reading program with interactive ebooks, downloadable books, and reading quizzes. 


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IXLwww.ixl.com

With unlimited questions in more than 4,000 math and English language arts skills, there is always something new and exciting to learn on IXL. Thanks to vibrant images, colorful illustrations, and meaningful content at every turn, learning has never been just so much fun. Start your children on the road to success and help them become more confident students. You'll appreciate how IXL tracks their progress and keeps you informed every step of the way. Watch and be amazed as they master new topics and become proficient in essential skills.


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    www.mindplay.com

(FOR SELECT STUDENTS)

Students receive one-on-one support and an individualized learning plan in phonics, reading comprehension and fluency. We will notify you if your child has access to a Mindplay account and provide more information regarding how you can support your child in this program. 

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https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do

GoMath!, Journeys and Science Fusion Curriculum Portal

You can access materials for your child’s Math and English textbooks here. Other resources include instructional videos and activities that students can work on in preparation for the upcoming school year. 





SCHOOL HOURS

School begins for all students at 8:00 am
Breakfast is served 7:20 am- 7:50 am
Dismissal takes place at 2:20 pm


Today, 2/12/2016
High: 28 Low: 19
Mostly cloudy
5% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 2/13/2016
High: 21 Low: 2
Partly sunny
23% chance of precipitation.