Join us tomorrow, Saturday 10/12 in the schoolyard for the fall festival sponsored by the PS 172 PTA. Kids can jump in the bouncy house, decorate a pumpkin, create sand art and many other fun activities. Food and Beverages will be sold during the event. Come on out and bring the whole family. We hope to see you there.
We have been noticing that quite a few students have been making unhealthy choices at lunchtime. Many students have been observed discarding their lunches and instead eating only their snack. Please talk to your children about the importance of eating their lunch before opening up their desert. It is also important to pack a reasonable desert. Instead of sending in a sleeve of cookies, please send 2 cookies. Instead of sending in a large bag of chips, please send in the snack sized bag. Beginning next week, lunch aides will mark any inappropriate sized snacks with a “healthy choice” sticker and send those snacks back home. The National Institutes of Health have determined that…”Unhealthy snacking significantly lowered the odds of good academic performance.”
This week students completed their third fire drill and their first “soft lockdown” drill. Students and teachers did a great job.
Because of the newly installed bike lane on 4th avenue, the police will be issuing tickets to any cars violating the “No Standing Zone” signs clearly posted in front of the school building. According to the New York Safety Council, “No Standing signs apply to unloading and loading people only, not merchandise. New York law allows you to expeditiously drop off or pick up passengers at this sign, but it doesn't allow you to wait for passengers to arrive or to load or unload merchandise at the curb. The important thing to remember about No Standing signs is that they are “people only” signs, and you could receive a ticket if you don't adhere to this rule.” In addition to the extra police enforcement, I have been in contact with a representative from the NYC DOT and we are organizing a meeting to discuss safety concerns. I will keep you posted about the outcome of our meeting.
Halloween is on its way and this year we plan to hold our school’s second annual costume parade (weather permitting). A notice with additional details was sent home on Tuesday. If you did not receive the notice, please contact your child’s teacher or call the school at 718-965-4200
Enrichment clubs are due to begin the week of October 28th. Please make sure you have signed and returned your permission slip(s). An Enrichment club orientation for parents will be held on Monday October 21st. More info to follow…
Mrs. Hendrickson is organizing a penny drive for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Directions for collecting pennies as well as a collection box will be sent home with your child.
Here are a few dates for your calendar:
Monday 10/14 – school closed for Columbus Day
Mrs. Hendrickson will be hosting a tour of our school on October 18th at 9:00 am for prospective pre-k and kindergarten parents.
PTA Meeting on Tuesday 10/22 at 6:30 pm
Leadership team meeting on Wednesday 10/30 at 3:30pm