Principal's weekly Letter 3/1/2024
March 1, 2024
I hope all is well. We had a wonderful week back from Mid-Winter Break. This week, all 7th grade students had the opportunity to go to JA Finance Park.
At Finance Park, students are assigned a job and a family and need to use their salary to budget for all aspects of life. Students determined how much to budget for food, school, transportation, childcare, insurance etc. based on their income and situation. This simulation helped students understand the importance of budgeting and the everyday financial situations adults find themselves in.
Today our entire school community engaged in our College Access for All day. The goal of the event was to immerse our students in the options available to them after graduating from high school. Our students listened to their teachers college experiences and learned about other pathways to success.
The 2024 NYC School Survey is officially open. Every year Students, Parent and Teachers fill out the survey. The survey provides valuable information on what we are doing well at IS230 and what we can do to improve. You can fill out a paper version of the survey or you can do it online. Last year we had 60% of parents complete the 2022-23 survey our hope is to improve that number this year. For more information please see the letter that will be sent home and emailed to all families.
On March 6th our Algebra 1 after school enrichment begins. The Program runs for 10 weeks starting on Macrh 6th and ends on May 30th. Algebra 1 enrichment classes will meet on Wednesday from 2:30 PM- 4:30 PM. The program is designed to help prepare your child for the Algebra 1 Regents exam. Math enrichment classes will meet on Wednesday’s from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The Enrichment Program is designed to help students prepare for the Algebra 1 Regents Exam. Your child will meet with a Math teacher once a week after school to practice going over test taking strategies and review state exams from the past years. This is a voluntary program and not mandatory. In order to participate permissions slips must be returned to your child Math teacher. Classes are formed on a first come, first serve basis and there is not a guarantee of a class after this date.
On March 7th our 8th grade Science and Living Environment Regents after school enrichment program begins. The 8th grade science program runs from March 7th until May 9th. Our Living Environment Regents enrichment program begins on March 7th until May 30th. The program is designed to help prepare your child for the 8th grade Science Test or Living Environment Regents exam. The enrichment classes will meet on Thursday’s from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The Enrichment Program is designed to help students prepare for the 8th grade Science Test or Living Environment Regents exam.. Your child will meet with a Science teacher once a week after school to practice going over test taking strategies and review state exams from the past years. This is a voluntary program and not mandatory. In order to participate permissions slips must be returned to your child Science teacher. Classes are formed on a first come, first serve basis and there is not a guarantee of a class after this date.
A message from our P.T.A President Suni A. Andriotis. The P.T.A is looking for Parent volunteers to represent the P.T.A in the classroom. These parent leaders will assist the P.T.A in maintaining communication between their children's classroom and the P.T.A to ensure that all parents are informed of important P.T.A events taking place and that the P.T.A is informed of concerns or suggestions that parents might have. If you are interested in becoming a Parent Volunteer Classroom leader, please reach out to Mr. Salazar with your name, your child’s name and class number.
A PTA donation letter was sent out to the home with the students. We are currently asking for your help in donating time and/or money. There is no monetary amount and parents are free to donate whatever they are able to do so. You can bring your donations to the main office located in the main building and place them in the PTA donation box or you can make a deposit via our PayPal account. The information for the PayPal account is in the school website.
Our boys team lost to our crosstown rivals IS145 47-20 in their regular season finale. Our boys ended the regular season with a record of 3-7. We are proud of our boys team and we look forward to the 2024-25 season. Our girls team also lost their season finale to MS304 with a final score of 42 to 21. Our Girls team will play in the first round of the play offs next week. Good luck!! Only families members of the players are invited to attend the games based on league rules.
One of our goals this year is to create more shared experiences for our students at IS230. This month we starting to collect dues for the following field trips and dances:
• 6th grade trip to Adventureland. The trip will take place on June 12, 2023 and the cost of the trip is $100. The cost includes charter bus, meal and entrance to the park. Those students who are interested will fill out a permission slip and provide a cash payment of $100. There are 200 spots available. More information will be shared with 6th grade families.
• 7th grade trip to Boundless Adventures. The 7th grade trip is scheduled for June 14th. We only have a certain number of spaces available. They will be filled on a first come first serve bases. It's $110.00 per child. (cash only) nonrefundable.
• 8th grade Senior Due deadline was January 5th. The Senior due is now $130.
• 8th grade Senior Trip to Lake Compounce. Collection starts 2/2/24 is $115 only 260 spots available on a first come first serve basis.
Restorative Practice February Monthly Focus Corner
Grade Mindfulness CASEL Habit of Mind CR-SE
6th Self-Compassion Self-Management Managing Impulsivity/
Humor Community Activism: Women's History/Gender Issues Awareness Celebration
7th Bias Relationship Skills Thinking Interdependently and Finding Humor
Community Activism: Women's History/Gender Issues Awareness Celebration
8th Bias Social Awareness Striving for Accuracy and Finding Humor Community Activism: Women's History/Gender Issues Awareness Celebration
To learn more about Habits of Mind, CASEL and CR-SE please click on the links below:
Important Upcoming Dates
March 1, 2024: S.L.T Meeting at 7 a.m; Spirit Friday College Access for All
March 1, 2024: March Madness Attendance Initiative
March 14, 2024: Early Dismissal 11:09 a.m; NO After School Programs
March 14, 2014: Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences 12:20-2:20 p.m and 5:00-8:00 p.m
We look forward to continuing to improve communication and relationships here at IS230.
Please visit our website www.is230.org and Social Media accounts to get more information and sign up for E-Chalk Notification.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Mr. Ajith Satyanarayana