Happy February! If the world’s most famous groundhog can be believed, Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring when he did not see his shadow this past Sunday on Groundhog Day. Fingers crossed!
We are just a week away from our mid-winter recess. School will be closed from February 17th- 21st. On Friday February 14th the After 3 Program is cancelled. All students should be picked up at 3:00pm. Students will receive homework to complete over the break. Don’t forget you can always log in to www.ps172.org and look for grade specific student links to our online reading and math programs.
Next week is Respect for All week. A letter went home with your child today to remind you of the initiative. In the coming week, teachers will be revisiting lessons focused on preventing bullying and biased based harassment. February 11this also Safer Internet Day which is a national initiative. We will take some time next week to remind students about what it means to stay safe online. The school will be sending home resources for families to support this initiative.
Our student bathrooms are getting an update. Construction will begin during the mid-winter recess. In that time, the early childhood bathroom on the first floor will have a new floor and new toilets installed. The third floor girl’s bathroom will be completely renovated and include new flooring, new wall tiles, stalls, toilets and sinks. The second floor boy’s bathroom is next on the list for renovation. I will keep you posted about any upcoming construction.
Just a note: Our pupil path system has not updated attendance since December. We are currently working with the company to correct the problem. Student grades and any other data entered are correct.
Get ready – Our second report card of the year will be distributed on Wednesday March 4th. Parent teacher conferences will be held on the evening of March 4thand the afternoon of March 5th.
Beginning February 4, parents/guardians will be able to update their cell phone numbers in NYC Schools Account (NYCSA), under the Emergency Contact tab. Go to https://mystudent.nycto add your contact information. Contact Mrs. Hendrickson if you need any help logging on.
PS 172’s annual Read-A-Thon begins on Valentines day (2/14/20). Please look for a notice coming home (and posted on Dojo) in the next week for more details.
Each day during the week of February 24ththrough February 28th will be dedicated to a celebration of reading and honoring children’s author, Dr. Seuss. Each day of that week will sponsor a different “dress up” theme and culminate with a chance for students to visit the Scholastic Book Fair on Friday 2/28. The PTA will be sending home a flyer with additional details.
The PTA will be hosting a special game night for grandparents on 2/28 from 6:30 – 8:30pm. Watch for details.
Enrichment forms for Cycle II went home this week. If you did not receive a notice, please contact the main office.
For your calendar:
Feb. 17th– 21st– Mid winter recess / no school
March 4th– 5th– Parent Teacher Conferences and report card distribution