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Principal’s Message:

     As we move into the month of November, our students are finding their way to continued success. To continue to promote success, students are being asked the question, ‘How Can I Be Fair?’ In order to insure that “all students succeed”, academically and socially, as well as to be able to make sound decisions, we are committed to providing an educational foundation that will equip and prepare our students to become life–long learners.  The continued implementation of the Common Core Standards has our staff engaged in collaborative planning and maximizing strategies to ensure student learning.                     The staff and I welcome parents as our partners in supporting the academic and social programs of our school.  I truly believe each student will make positive gains. Together we can provide a framework of excellence and success for all.                                                       In October all students in Kindergarten through grade 5 were assessed with a NYC Performance Task in Writing and they will be reassessed at the end of the school year to measure academic growth.
Our goals this year include:
·          Increase parental involvement
·          To ensure that students participate        in programs to strengthen academic,       social and emotional growth
·          To ensure that ELLs and Students          with Disabilities will show      improvement on State and city assessments
·          To increase the number of grades 3-5 students scoring at the proficiency level as evidenced by the outcomes on formative and summative assessments
          To further assist the children in meeting their academic potential, parents are invited to meet their child’s teachers during Open School Week, November 10–14. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 13th, from 1pm-3pm and 5:30pm-8pm by appointment only. Students will be dismissed at 11:30am on that day.                             School will be closed on November 4th for Election Day, November 11th for Veteran’s Day and November 27th and 28th, for Thanksgiving.                                                         We are a uniform school.  Effective Monday, November 24th, students who do not wear school uniforms will be given one to wear.  The uniform must be returned the next day.  There will be no exceptions to this rule. Grade five students not in uniform will jeopardize their participation in Senior Activities.                                                              Please read the letter from the Department of Education regarding concerns that you may have about Ebola. Accurate information is important for understanding.  The letter is also posted on the P.S. 3 web-site and a copy will be distributed to all students.            P. S. 3 is very serious about eliminating bullying at every grade level and in all venues.  Students must tell adults what the problems are instead of taking matters into their own hands.  Please do not encourage your child to hit back when someone hits him or her.  There is no room for wrestling, tag of any kind or tackle football.  Please talk to your children about playing safe and fair.                                      The staff of P. S. 3 continues to work hard, to build character and to grow professionally. Remember, together we can make a difference.                                                   A happy, healthy Thanksgiving is extended to all.
Educationally yours,
Kristina Beecher


Sports Program:

       The P. S. 3 Girls’ Basketball Team will play their first game on Wednesday, November 12 at 5pm against P. S. 11. On Wednesday, November 19, they will play against P.S. 24 at 5pm. Both games will be played in the P. S. 3 Gym. Come out and support our Girls’ Basketball Team!

Playworks:

        Coach Damari was born in Grand Rapids Michigan, where he lived most of his life. He graduated in 2011 from Ferris State University with a major in Law and a minor in Philosophy. He enjoys traveling, music, art, writing, and having fun.                                            He recently had the chance to live in South Korea, where he got into teaching ESL and where he got into teaching ESL and decided that he wanted to spend his life in the field of education. His ultimate goal is to open a non-profit art school for students to develop their imaginations and creativity in the arts. It will also allow students to travel to different countries to study art.                                            Coach D says, “Being a part of Playworks inspires me every day. It allows me to never let go of my inner child and it allows me to teach in an interesting way.”

     Welcome to the P. S. 3 Family, Coach D!



Robotics Team:

            The Robotics Team meets every Wednesday and Thursday, from 2:35pm-4:15pm. The Team is under the supervision of Ms. McCord and Ms. Lawson. They are thrilled to work with 20 of P.S. 3's students, one Polytech University mentor and several Pace University helpers in our Robotics program.

In Other News:

                P.S. 3 was awarded a $10,000 Neighborhood School Grant from the Walentas Family Foundation to support our City as School initiative.  It seeks to expand Science and Social Studies teaching and learning beyond the classroom and school to various educational venues around New York City, like museums, historic homes and villages, farms, parks and performance halls.  Each classroom teacher will decide the field trips that will support curriculum, providing in-classroom lessons before and after to make the experience relevant and meaningful for student learning.  Funds will be used to subsidize the per-student fees charged by the institutions and in some cases reduce the cost to parents that teachers ask them to contribute.

          Last year the school community participated in Solar One's Energy Challenge, a city-wide competition among schools to reduce electricity usage for three months.  We came in fifth place among 74 schools and won $5,000.  With that money along with a $1,000 grant from the Citizen's Committee of New York City and a $1,200 grant from Grow to Learn NYC, we are planting school gardens that have not been planted in decades and adding to our existing "Garden Classroom" on the Hancock Street side of the building.  The new gardens are planted with native species woodland plants, bushes and understory trees, which will provide an instructional garden, as well, once it matures.  It will demonstrate to students and passers-by flora typical of the forest floor that once grew there before human settlement and resulting deforestation.  It will also beautify the school and neighborhood.

          For the third year we have been awarded a New York State Council on the Arts grant for literacy-based puppetry workshops presented by our arts-in-education partner, The Shadow Box Theatre.  All students in Kindergarten through grade 2 classes will experience ten workshops led by Shadow Box teaching artists and perform in a presentation utilizing their puppets based on the book, The Earth and Me.  This will incorporate the visual arts, music, dance and theater arts strands as outlined in the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

 

 From the Arts Department:

             Casting for Matilda the Musical is in full swing.  Congratulations are in order for Cameron Williams, Class 3-220, who has been selected to star in the lead role.  More cast members’ names will be posted shortly.  Matilda the Musical is coming soon to an auditorium near you!                                                   Thank you to Ms. Stanley for directing this incredible activity!

 

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From the Classrooms:

             The 4th Grade Team got out and enjoyed their first two field trips this October! They met Bianca Turetsky, the author of the Time Traveling Fashionista series, at Grand Army Plaza's Brooklyn Public Library.  She opened everyone’s minds to historical fiction and some of the students to share a piece of their own writing on stage!

                Their next trip was an invigorating uphill hike at Manhattan's Inwood Park.  Students explored the land forms, enjoyed the view and changing colors of the season.  A very special thank you to Mr. Mohney for his leadership along the trail, to the 4th Grade Team teachers, Ms. DelValle, Ms. Wells,

Ms. Motloeyna and Ms. Ellis and to the parents and chaperones for all the hard work you put into this exhilarating experience! 

                Continue to make appointments with us on Tuesdays, 2:35pm-3:50pm to discuss your child and their educational needs. 

                It's time to give! Our school will participate in a food drive to help needy families during the upcoming holiday season.  Food Bank for NYC will have a receptacle in the lobby of our school.  Please donate non-perishables to help our students fight against hunger.  Thank you to Ms. Eure and Class 3-224, for organizing this worthwhile endeavor.

                The students of Class 3-220, under the supervision of their teacher Ms. Walker, held primary elections last week. This week they saw how each vote counts when Damani Nathan was elected president with a one vote margin! Congratulations to all of the class officials!




 

Reading Partners is thrilled to be a part of the P.S. 3 community! 

            Reading Partners is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident readers who are excited about learning. Click Link for Full Story


Candy Sale:

        Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent fund raiser! Congratulations to Nevaeh Dean-Carmichael, Class Pre-K 102, for being our top seller!                                                                         Kudos to Brandon Bowden, Class 5-326, who sold $1600 and placed second!



 Welcome to the P. S. Family:

            We would like to welcome our new grade 2 teacher, Lisbeth Isaac. Ms. Isaac was born in Castries, St. Lucia, moved to the United States in 1981.                                                                        She earned her B.A. in Education from Medgar Evers College and her M.S. at Cambridge College in Boston, Massachusetts. After working as a nurse’s aide for five years and owning an employment agency for about six years, she decided to take a leap of faith at her dream job.                                                                   Ms. Isaac began her career as a teacher for the New York Department of Education. She served 16 years at P.S. 305 where she taught third grade for three years, fourth grade for one year and fifth grade for twelve years.                    She counts herself as theater-goer, traveler and event planner.

           Welcome to the P. S. 3 Family!

 

Special Activities

Carnival 2015:

            P. S. 3’s Annual Carnival Day has been scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2015!

 

Senior Corner:

            The Senior Trip to Holiday Hill, CT, has been scheduled for Wednesday,June 3, 2015. It will be by invitation only. Parents will receive more information at the November Parent Teacher Conferences. 

Students of the Month:

Pre-K:                Ava Blair

Kindergarten:     Samiha Manha

Grade 1:             Adriana Jazara Archer

Grade 2:             Ela Zomadre Gnelou

Grade 3:             Damani David Nathan

Grade 4:             Katherine Leslie Ann Christie

Grade 5:             Alana Duarte Paez

                          Azja Griffin

Congratulations and keep up the good work!