Author Archives: Chris Fuller

Message from Chef Annie

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Dear Parents and Guardians: 

I knew I was overdue with a community update but I didn’t realize how tardy I have been until I checked my files. I apologize.

 

Throughout the year I have managed to do Wits Bits in all the grades from K – 5 doing a variety of lessons from My Plate to Marinara Sauce with only four ingredients. I am always rewarded that the children seems to appreciate the lessons more than even I anticipate.

 

I am also mad about using a spiralizer in and out of the classroom. We had a Café Day in April with lots of moms to help. We made three salads all featuring spaghetti shaped cucumbers, zucchini and carrots. The children were enthusiastic eaters. What a difference from when I started.

 

The tower garden that lives in Ms. Lucarelli’s class finally gave us a basil harvest.

She deserves a gold star for persistence in making the garden grow. We were able to harvest plenty of basil and make pesto and tomato sauce in her 6th grade class adding the results to zucchini “pasta”. Yes, made with the spiralizer.

 

But what can I say to a school where when I walked in six years ago the kitchen considered me nothing but a nuisance. Or a Wellness Committee attended by Sarah Townley and me. The Café Days were so unpopular, I stopped doing them for a while. And the only thing that seemed successful was going into the classroom. The children saved me.

 

Today I write my final letter to you with a full heart, a little teary but so proud of what we have accomplished in a journey together. The Wellness Committee includes all members of the community. Café Days with mostly vegetarian options are beyond successful. The kitchen and I have been a mutual admiration society for years. And the children I met in Kindergarten are mostly taller than me.

 

I still have a few more classes to visit with Wits Bits and will be at the Spring/Summer Event o the 17th. I know that I will come back to 278 in the coming year because you have played such a significant part of what we do at WITS. I am only saying, “ I will see you in halls….and Thank You”.

 

All the best,

 

Chef Annie, anne@wellnessintheschools.org.

Thank You Maureen Guido

For those who have not heard, our long time Principal, Maureen Guido is retiring this year. On June 8th from 5pm until 10pm we will celebrate her countless contributions to our community at Brown Sugar, 5060 Broadway. This is a ticketed, adult only event.

Mrs. Maureen Guido, Principal

PTA Election Results 2017

Executive Board and SLT members you elected for the 2017-18 School year:

Co-Presidents

Tamara Riley and Cassandre Collazo-Fjotland

Co-Vice Presidents

Meegan Thompson and Cassandra Keating
Treasurer

Sandra Meadows
Co-Secretaries

Nicole Argyes and Rebecca Taylor

Translating Secretaries

Adrianna Cerrato and Elena Rodriguez

SLT:
Maggie Valez
Anne Shikany
Amy Bergtold
Maritsa Poros

Many thanks to all the nominees (past and present) who offer their time in service of our school.

Field Day 2017 rescheduled for 5/30

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Join the students of PSMS 278 for an all out competition on May 30! Volunteers are welcome to help run the event. Our activities are planned to take place at Columbia’s Baker’s Field right down the street.

Grades K-5 8:30 am-10:50 am

Grades 6-8 12:00pm – 2:00pm
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Field Day 2017 is on May 25!

Family Fun Night April 7th

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Free Family Fitness Night of FUN

Friday, April 7th, 2017

5:45pm – 8:00pm at PSMS 278

All are welcome to the 5th Annual PSMS 278 Family Fitness Night of FUN

Join your friends and their families for an evening of Family Fitness, Fun

Activities include: Zumba, Martial Arts and Yoga!

Food provided by Chop’t!

Free Family Movie Night! February 10 @ 6:00pm

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Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life was screened at the PSMS 278 auditorium at 6:00pm (doors open at 5:30pm)

Join your school community for this midwinter tradition at the school auditorium. All proceeds from our cash only concessions go to benefit the PTA.

Please note this is a free event but all students are expected to attend with a designated adult chaperone. This is not a drop off event.

Career Day 2017

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img_0043Career Day 2017

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

What is Career Day?

On Career Day we schedule visits from officials, civil servants, local business, theater, arts, science, and medical professionals – just to name a few!) to speak, present, perform, or do an activity with students about their careers. Guest Speakers are scheduled in all grades K-8. We encourage parents to look into your network of friends, family, and colleagues to invite them to present to our students. (Our teachers have also been wonderful reaching into their networks to find us exciting guests.)

Career Day is a full and exciting day for our children as many periods of their day are filled with guest presentations. It is a fun day for parents who are able to present and share their time in their child’s school. It is also a terrific day for parents who choose to help with the hospitality in the Library. We keep a light food service going all day for our guests and chit chat with them when they are between presentations… feels like a party! (although we are working very diligently). It is also a great day for parents even if you cannot come to the school – the kids will have so much to tell you when they get home – you can’t escape Career Day!

Career Day is a wonderful day to choose to give of your time to support the children. There is something for everyone at Career Day!

Thank you for your attention and for helping to make Career Day another super special day!

Fox 5 News Covered Career Day at PSMS 278 last year!

Winter Concert 2016

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Once again it’s time for our Winter Concert! This will occur on Thursday, December 22nd. There will be two shows as follows: 

9:00am – 10:00am (1st Show)

• K-001, K-002, 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, 402, 501, and 502

• Violin Class

• Chorus

At this first performance, the Middle School will be in the audience. The classes performing will perform their songs and then be escorted back to their classrooms.

 

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12:30 pm – 1:45pm (2nd Show)

• K-001, K-002, 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401, 402, 501 and 502

• Violin Class

• Chorus 

At this 2nd show, the classes will perform, then sit in the audience and enjoy the rest of the show.Students should come dressed appropriately in their festive party clothes.

(Black and white is always lovely.)

*Parents are welcome to attend both shows.
 

Congratulations Chess Team!

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Our PSMS 278 Chess Team on their first Chess Tournament! Our students participating in the Growing Minds Chess Academy, an after school program held at the school, were invited to participate on AVENUES Thanksgiving Chess Tournament 2016 held Saturday, Nov 27th at The World School. The kids had a blast! They all got to play four matches in their division. Representatives for Team PSMS 278 proudly held their trophies and they came in second place in the Novice 2 Division!

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