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Mrs. Guido’s Retirement Letter to the 278 Family

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Dear Parents and Guardians of PS/MS 278,

As you are aware I have been the Ambassador Principal at PS 5 for the last two years. It has been my joy to be able to watch as my team headed by Mrs. Lillian Reyes, Acting Principal and Mr. Charles Reilly, A.P. continue the vision, policies and programs that I put in place over the years since the school first opened in 2004.  While I have always been there as a support and guide, the day to day running of the school has been left in their very capable hands.  It is now time for me relinquish my role as principal and begin a new chapter as a retired administrator.

As of July 1, 2017 I will end my career as your principal and that of PS 5. It has been my honor to serve the children of District 6 and work with a superb group of principals under the leadership of Mr. Manuel Ramirez, D6 Superintendent.  We have learned together over the years to be strong advocates for children.

Most certainly, I will miss the students. Most of your children began with me in kindergarten and it has been exciting to watch them grow and learn.  The wonderful teachers, many of whom began with me in the early years, have set high expectations and provided rigorous instruction for your children. However, one of the most important aspects of The Paula Hedbavny School has been the culture of partnership we have shared.  At 278 the parent culture has always been, “how can we help”?  I hope that you will always continue to support Mrs. Reyes and Mr. Reilly with that commitment.  It is important for new parents to be as supportive and giving of their time as those parents who have been in the school for several years.  Administration, parents, teachers and students all working together is the magic of our school.

PS/MS 278 has been a gift to me. Thank you for allowing me to provide the kind of education that is traditional in academic rigor but creative to include the arts, enrichment clusters, support for healthy lifestyles and embracing other cultures.  It has grown into a special place and one that I’m am very confident will continue under the direction of Mrs. Reyes and supported by Mr. Reilly and the entire instructional team.  They have great plans for the future with laser focus on your children’s success.

It has been my honor to serve as your principal. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity of spirit, time and care of what was affectionately referred to as “the car wash school” so many years ago and now one of the best schools in the city.  If you ever need me the school will know how to get in touch with me.

Fondly,

Maureen

 

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.

SPRING FAIR – 2017

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SPRING FAIR 

Sat. June 17, 2017 11am to 5pm

@ PS/MS 278 – 421 W. 219 St.

The 8th Annual Spring Fair is coming up this Saturday! Can you believe the school year is almost done? The Spring Fair is free to attend. There are tickets sold for activities and rides. There are concessions for sale and there is an awesome raffle to win tons of great prizes! The proceeds from the fair support the PTA of PSMS278. This annual event is a great time to connect with your community while you support the local school. Come one, come all to PSMS278 Spring Fair 2017!

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PS/MS 278 7th Annual Spring Fair

food. music. bouncy house

Pirate half moon ride. games

Slime. face painting. raffles

FREE Admission!

 

Teacher Appreciation Lunch 2017!

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On Tuesday May 23rd, the PTA will celebrate 278 teachers and staff with a delicious lunch of homemade delights!  Our teachers and staff do so much for our kids, if you want contribute goodies, please drop them off in the library from 8am- 10am.

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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.
 

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