Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014

Dear Families,

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is upon us.  It’s truly amazing how quickly time is passing.  At P. S. 682 we have had a very busy, fun and festive November.  I would like to thank all our amazing teachers and staff members for working so hard to make all our classroom events and school-wide events so enjoyable for our students and families this month and all year long.

In November, our PTO launched and sponsored  a “Coding is Fun” Saturday Club under the wonderful guidance of Mr. Richard Klein who is a parent of two TAOTS students.  Students in Grades 2-5, with their parents, explored and created computer code in a casual setting.  At the end of their first meet up many first time “coders” were able to create a two player cat and mouse game.  Their creativity was endless and more importantly it was a lot of fun!

Our incredible PTO also organized a wonderfully delicious Election Day Bake Sale.  The bake sale was open to the public as our community voters came in to cast their vote.  Parents and students came in to sell treats during shifts and our students learned about the important process of elections in our nation.

Parents had the opportunity to sit down one on one with their child’s teachers and specialty teachers to discuss in depth, their child’s academic progress during Parent Teacher Conferences.  During this week, TAOTS hosted a Scholastic Book Fair and students and families were able to come in to shop.  Students from our campus school PS 370 ABLE were also invited to come visit the Fair.

The week of November 17-21, was our “Open School Week” and we held daily events where our familes could come in to visit.  Monday 11/17 was open classroom visitation day. Tuesday 11/18, we brought back our popular Teacher Led Parent Workshops. Every grade offered a very detailed and specific workshop for parents in either Literacy or Math.  These workshops will be held monthly to keep our families in tune with what their children are learning in school.

On Wednesday 11/19, students and parents were introduced to our new partnership with Ensemble Assembly Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School and Weill Music Institute (ACJW) with a beautiful  instrumental performance.  This is the beginning of our newly formed Band Program here at TAOTS and Fellow Residency Partnership  with ACJW, that our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Appelbaum was able to secure.

Cat, C-A-T, Cat!  During the afternoon on Wednesday 11/19, 5 students from each homeroom in Grades 4 and 5 participated in our First Annual Scripps Spelling Bee.   Classroom-wide Spelling Bees took place earlier in the week.  Our fifth grade winner Kripamoye B. and runners up have advanced to the District Level Spelling Bee in January.  Good luck children.

On Thursday 11/20, our parents were once again invited into classrooms during open classroom visits.  And last, but certainly not least, Friday November 21st was our Annual Turkey Trot and Classroom Thanksgiving Celebrations.  Our students “trotted” around Seth Low Park and ran through the exciting obstacle course as they raised awareness for a healthy lifestyle.  After the Trot, the students, staff and families came back to classrooms and dined on delicious food, and participated in read alouds and crafts for the holiday.

A big “Thank You” goes out to all the families who donated to our City Harvest Food Drive in November.  We collected over 100 lbs. of non-perishable food that will be donated to families in need throughout the city so that they may enjoy a Special Thanksgiving too.

Pies, Pies and more Pies!!!  Our PTO hosted an online Thanksgiving Pie Sale just in time for families to enjoy during their Thanksgiving Dinner.   150 Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan, Cherry and Apple Crumb Pies were freshly baked from Paneantico in Fort Hamilton and sent home with students.

In addition, I would like to thank the United Chinese Assocation of Brooklyn for presenting me with the 2014-2015 Principal of the Year Award on Thursday, November 20, 2014.  I was truly honored to to be acknowledged by such a wonderful organization.

Best wishes to you and your family for a Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope during this time off, you find time to spend with your family and friends.  Reconnect with those you love and take time to pause for a day in your busy lives to give thanks for all the beautiful gifts you have received in the past year.

Warmly,

Josephine Sportella – Giusto,

Founding Principal