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Summer 2014

June 24, 2014

Dear Parents,

I want to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful summer. This has been another successful year; our school continues to be in “Good Standing” with New York State, our graduating students have been accepted into some very good high schools and as far as we know now, only a handful of students did not meet the standards in their ELA and Math New York State Assessment. However, as a school, we must constantly keep improving and providing our students with the best education possible.

Our PTA has again done a wonderful job of supporting our school’s initiatives by taking over the cost of the 92nd St. “Y” residency, support for our library upgrade, our auditorium renovation and our school’s beautification project.  Further, Spring Fair, the support for the Arts, in general, and musical Mondays, all parent organized, provided additional opportunities to enrich the lives of our children. A parent, willing to give of their personal time to our students, is a blessing and a fine example as role models for their own children.                                                       The Wellness Committee, a branch of the SLT (School Leadership Team) gathered parents together to provide Math Facts Fun during lunch, cafecito for the parents during arrivals, a weekly parent walking group and supported a uniform exchange program.  I am sure I have left out many activities but I am just so privileged to have such wonderful, active and supportive help from the parents.  I hope every parent can find some time to work with the PTA.  They have worked tirelessly on behalf of your children.

Summer is a time for family and fun.  However, research has shown that children who do not practice what they have learned, and do not read daily, start off in September at a definite disadvantage.  Please do not let that happen to your child.  The teachers have provided summer packets in ELA and Math. On our website you will shortly find a grade level syllabus.  This is a new project that the teachers have undertaken.  It is a guide to the topics that your child will be learning about over the course of the year.  You can help, especially in social studies and science by taking family trips to the museums or merely going to the library to have your student take out books that might help them be prepared for the new work. We will be using our website next year for most of our communications so please become familiar with all the resources on it.  The parents do a fantastic job of keeping it updated.

Again, thank you for sending us your children. I hope you feel that your student has been successful.  Working together we can have a positive impact on your child’s development.  See you on September 4th at 8:00 (Kindergarten 8:30 on the first two days). Our schedule for ALL students is Monday through Friday is 8 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.




Maureen Guido, Principal


School Leadership Team Meeting 06/25 at 3:00pm

06/25 at 3:00 pm, In the Library

All parents, teachers and caregivers are invited to join our SLT meetings. SLT is the parent, staff and teacher organization designed to foster unity around our core educational standards and help create an environment for continuous improvement in student learning. If you would like your agenda item added to the SLT agenda, please contact one of our SLT Chairpersons, Anne Shikany at or please contact Kristin Borhofen or you may also call Angelin Gonzalez, our Parent Coordinator at 212-942-3440 x1100.


Welcome Back!

August 30, 2012

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful summer. We look forward to celebrating your child’s achievements with us as part of the 278 family. I’d like to remind you of a few things as you prepare your student to return to school:

1. New School Hours:*** 8:00 to 2:20 – Monday through Friday. Extra help, as determined by state scores and teacher recommendation, will be on Mon. Tues. Wed. 2:20 to 3:00. You will be notified if your student qualifies, by Monday 9/10. Please note: It is important for your child to be on time and should be in the school yard by 7:55. Breakfast begins on 9/6 and each morning thereafter from 7:30 to 7:55. Students in grades 5 to 8 who come late will be held with Mr. Reilly, Dean, until the second period to eliminate disruption to instruction already in progress. They will be required to make up their work at 2:20. All parents K – 8 will be notified when your child comes in late.


2. Bussing: If you go on the DOE Dept. of Transportation website, and put in your child’s I.D. # they can tell you your child’s bus route. The I.D. # is on your child’s report card. You can also call 718-392-8855 for DOT customer service. If your child is not on the route don’t be concerned; just plan to bring and pick up your student. Bus issues usually take a few days to iron out. Kindergarten children and new students are not on any bus route until after their first day of school.

3. School Uniform – all children must report on September 6th in full school uniform. Craft Clothing and Cookies (Webster Ave.) have our full uniform requirements. Be sure to give the school name and number at Cookies. I have everything on file there. If you are shopping for sweaters, make sure you purchase the correct dark green. Only our dark green sweater is acceptable. Middle school students may wear our dark green, black, or navy colored sweater. Do not purchase hoodies as they are not permitted for safety reasons. Large hoop earrings also fall in that category!

4. Electronic Devices: Are Not permitted and will be confiscated. We are not responsible for these items.

5. Assignments: Each student in grades 2 to 8 will receive a planner. It is our hope that this will help to organize your student. Please check it daily. Students receive homework assignments daily. Check with your child’s teacher if, during the week, your student says, “I don’t have any homework”!

6. Routines: Please set a special time and place for your student to study. Routines help to keep children organized and demonstrate to your child that their academic success is a priority for you. Set high standards for your child. Expect nothing less than their best!

7. Communication: Please communicate with your child’s teacher. This is an important connection which helps your child, but the teacher as well. You will receive Progress Reports about every 6 weeks to keep you updated on your student’s academic successes and areas in need of improvement.

8. Principal’s Communication: Each month you will receive a Parent Bulletin. This is backpacked and also on our website. Please refer to our website often; this is where you will find the most up to date information.

9. Save the Date: Thursday, September 20th, will be our annual “Back to School Night” from 5:00 to 7:00. More information will follow.

Please know that we look forward to our partnership with you. Together we can provide the best educational environment for your child. Should you have any issues, Mrs. Angelin Gonzalez, Parent Coordinator, Mrs. Reyes, Assistant Principal and I are here to help you. I’m looking forward to seeing your children’s happy faces on Thursday, September 6th at 8:00.


Maureen Guido, Principal


9/6 school begins at 8:30am (drop off in the schoolyard located on 220th street) and dismisses at 11:30am from the classroom/main entrance (located on 219th street).
9/7 school begins at 8:30am (drop off in the schoolyard located on 220th street) and dismisses at 2:20pm in the school yard.
In case of inclement weather on either of these two first days, please use the main entrance for drop off and dismissal.

Otherwise, and on all inclement weather days going forward, children are dropped off and dismissed from “C” (Auditorium) located on 219th Street – entrance closer to 10th Avenue.

4th and 5th grade Fun Walk


On June 14th, the fourth and fifth grade participated in a one mile fun run/walk at Baker Field.  Mr. Feltman organized the run and received a grant from the New York Road Runner’s Foundation to host this event.  Thanks to all who participated and especially to Mr. F!  Great Work team!

Field Day 2012

The weather was glorious on Thursday, May 31st for our annual Field Day (held at Columbia’s Baker Field).  There students had a great time in friendly competition with one another – there were obstacle, courses, sprinting and even a chicken relay!  For those who needed to chill – there was face painting, parachute play and plenty of watermelon for everyone.  Big shout out to the Parents, teachers and staff who made this year’s Field Day a huge success.

Talent Show 2012

On Monday, June 18th, the 2nd and 3rd graders held a talent show – and boy are these kids talented!  There were magic tricks, dancing, guitar playing, acapella singing, piano playing and a human beat box!  Click here to enjoy the show!

SEM Celebration 2012


On May 18, 2012, our parents and families came to school to see our SEMs in action. There were presentations on Fairy Tales, Stupendous Scenes (acting writing dialogue and improvisation) dinosaurs, math games, sea land and air exploration, and bugs just to name a few.

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