Parent-Teacher Conference
May
23
7:30 PM19:30

Parent-Teacher Conference

General Questions for the End-of-the-Year

  • Is my child ready to do the work for the next grade level?
  • What did you see as his or her strengths?  How could he or she improve?
  • Have you observed any special interests or talents my child may have?
  • How well did my child get along with classmates?
  • Is my child reading at grade level?  Can you show me books that are the right level of difficulty for my child and recommend books that he or she may enjoy?
  • What can I do at home to help prepare my child for the demands of the next grade level?
  • My child is doing well in school.  What extra enrichment or support should I provide to ensure his or her continued interest?
  • My child is struggling to keep up?  What support can the school offer my child to make sure he or she does not fall behind?
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Private Open House for the current families of the RBS
May
23
8:00 AM08:00

Private Open House for the current families of the RBS

Have you ever wondered what learning looks like in the upper grades or who your child's teacher might be next year?  If you have thought about this then this OPEN HOUSE might be an opportunity for you to see what takes place in other classes here at the RBS.  Later during the Parent-Teacher Conference from 4:30pm - 7:30pm you can pose follow-up questions to the staff. This is a private event for current families of the RBS. Please contact Griselda Hernandez, Parent Coordinator at 212-666-6400 ext. 2004 if you would like to set up a tour for a different date.

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Parent Association Elections Meeting
May
14
6:00 PM18:00

Parent Association Elections Meeting

PA President Candidate:
Petrushka Bazin

PA Vice-President Candidate:                                                                                                  Anna Hindell

PA Secretary Candidate:                                                                                                          Sheena Hoar

PA Treasurer Candidate:                                                                                                          Tania Ochoteco

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Spring Parent-Caregiver Teacher Conferences
Mar
15
12:20 PM12:20

Spring Parent-Caregiver Teacher Conferences

  • What academic standards do you use, and what do I need to know about them?
  • How is my child doing socially?
  • What are my child’s strengths… challenges?
  • What can I do at home to support what you’re doing in the class?
  • How will you respond if or when my child struggles in class?
  • What are the most important and complex (content-related) ideas my child needs to understand by the end of the year?
  • Do you focus on strengths or weaknesses?
  • How are creativity and innovative thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?
  • How is critical thinking used on a daily basis in your classroom?
  • How are assessments designed to promote learning rather than simple measurement?
  • What can I do to support literacy in my home?
  • What kinds of questions do you suggest that I ask my children on a daily basis about your class?
  • How exactly is learning personalized in your classroom? In the school?
  •  How do you measure academic progress?
  • What are the most common instructional or literacy strategies you will use this year?
  • What learning models do you use (e.g., project-based learning, mobile learning, game-based learning, etc.), and what do you see as the primary benefits of that approach?
  • What are the best school or district resources that we should consider using as a family to support our child in the classroom?
  • Is there technology you'd recommend that can help support my child in self-directed learning?
  • What are the most common barriers you see to academic progress in your classroom?
  • How is education changing?
  • How do you see the role of the teacher in the learning process?
  • What am I not asking but should be?
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School Tour for PK and K
Feb
7
9:00 AM09:00

School Tour for PK and K

In our progressive approach, we believe that education must not be a race for the accumulation of facts, but should be an enriching end in itself. We also believe that education is a joint venture among students, parents/caregivers and teachers.   We see the individual child’s curiosity, abilities and learning styles as integral factors in designing, individualizing and assessing each student’s learning. We believe that the arts are an essential part of the curriculum and that it is important for students to express themselves creatively and to use their imaginations freely. We believe that the uniqueness of children is revealed in their very existence and that it is the school’s responsibility to foster their innate sense of the mystery and joy of life.

We encourage children to follow their interests, pursue problems in a way that makes sense to them and defend their conclusion by explaining their thinking a variety of ways. We understand that there are many kinds of intelligence and the traditional academic, cognitive area is one. Other important areas of intelligence are intuition, imagination, artistic creativity, physical expression and performance, sensitivity to others, and self-understanding. To neglect any of these areas is to limit students in the development of their full human potential.

We engage students with hands-­on investigations, projects and design challenges across the grades and subject areas inspiring greater interest, depth and understanding. Our approach values the skills involved in formulating one’s own questions, as well as answering those of a teacher. We view mistakes and setbacks as important opportunities for both learning and assessment.

We believe each child learns best not by reliance on summative testing or passively consuming knowledge, rather that each child learns best by actively constructing their own understanding based on his or her knowledge, skills, and experience.

In the 21st Century, students are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge is constantly developing. Students in Ralph Bunche School classrooms have their understanding of beliefs, facts, and skills deepened and reinforced by applying them to complex real-world situations.

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Phone
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Pre-Kindergarten Tour on January 31st
Jan
31
9:00 AM09:00

Pre-Kindergarten Tour on January 31st

Pre-K applications for the 2018-19 school year will open on February 5, 2018 and close on March 30, 2018.

Pre-K Admissions Overview

In free,  full-day, high-quality pre-K, children  are in a safe learning environment with opportunities to participate in engaging activities and interact with other children and teaching staff. Studies show that early childhood education improves performance throughout a child’s school experience. Learn more about how your child benefits from Pre-K for All.

Who can apply to pre-K?

  • Families with children born in 2014
  • New York City residents
  • Students who move to NYC during the admissions process Get More Information >
  • Students with disabilities Get More Information >
  • Students whose home language is a language other than English. No program may deny admission, registration, or enrollment to a student based on the student’s fluency or perceived fluency in English.
  • Students in Temporary Housing can apply to pre-K even if their housing situation is uncertain. They do not need paperwork to apply to schools, accept an offer, or enroll in a school.
Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
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Pre-Kindergarten Tour on January 17th from (9am - 10:30am)
Jan
17
9:00 AM09:00

Pre-Kindergarten Tour on January 17th from (9am - 10:30am)

  • PS 125 The Ralph Bunche School (map)
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Pre-K applications for the 2018-19 school year will open on February 5, 2018 and close on March 30, 2018.

Pre-K Admissions Overview

In free,  full-day, high-quality pre-K, children  are in a safe learning environment with opportunities to participate in engaging activities and interact with other children and teaching staff. Studies show that early childhood education improves performance throughout a child’s school experience. Learn more about how your child benefits from Pre-K for All.

Who can apply to pre-K?

  • Families with children born in 2014
  • New York City residents
  • Students who move to NYC during the admissions process Get More Information >
  • Students with disabilities Get More Information >
  • Students whose home language is a language other than English. No program may deny admission, registration, or enrollment to a student based on the student’s fluency or perceived fluency in English.
  • Students in Temporary Housing can apply to pre-K even if their housing situation is uncertain. They do not need paperwork to apply to schools, accept an offer, or enroll in a school.
Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
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Kindergarten Tour on December 13th (9:00am - 10:30am)
Dec
13
12:00 AM00:00

Kindergarten Tour on December 13th (9:00am - 10:30am)

All children born in 2013 who live in New York City are eligible to apply for kindergarten placement in the 2018–19 school year. Families can submit the application online, over the phone at 718-935-2009, or in-person at a Family Welcome Center.

In our child-centered approach, we believe that education must not be a race for the accumulation of facts, but should be an enriching end in itself. We also believe that education is a joint venture among students, parents/caregivers and teachers.   We see the individual child’s curiosity, abilities and learning styles as integral factors in designing, individualizing and assessing each student’s learning. We believe that the arts are an essential part of the curriculum and that it is important for students to express themselves creatively and to use their imaginations freely. We believe that the uniqueness of children is revealed in their very existence and that it is the school’s responsibility to foster their innate sense of the mystery and joy of life.

We encourage children to follow their interests, pursue problems in a way that makes sense to them and defend their conclusion by explaining their thinking a variety of ways. We understand that there are many kinds of intelligence and the traditional academic, cognitive area is one. Other important areas of intelligence are intuition, imagination, artistic creativity, physical expression and performance, sensitivity to others, and self-understanding. To neglect any of these areas is to limit students in the development of their full human potential.  We engage students with hands-­on investigations, projects and design challenges across the grades and subject areas inspiring greater interest, depth and understanding. Our approach values the skills involved in formulating one’s own questions, as well as answering those of a teacher. We view mistakes and setbacks as important opportunities for both learning and assessment.

We believe each child learns best not by reliance on summative testing or passively consuming knowledge, rather that each child learns best by actively constructing their own understanding based on his or her knowledge, skills, and experience.

In the 21st Century, students are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge is constantly developing. Students in Ralph Bunche School classrooms have their understanding of beliefs, facts, and skills deepened and reinforced by applying them to complex real-world situations.

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
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Kindergarten Tour on November 29th at 9:00am - 10:30am
Nov
29
12:00 AM00:00

Kindergarten Tour on November 29th at 9:00am - 10:30am

All children born in 2013 who live in New York City are eligible to apply for kindergarten placement in the 2018–19 school year. Families can submit the application online, over the phone at 718-935-2009, or in-person at a Family Welcome Center.

In our child-centered approach, we believe that education must not be a race for the accumulation of facts, but should be an enriching end in itself. We also believe that education is a joint venture among students, parents/caregivers and teachers.   We see the individual child’s curiosity, abilities and learning styles as integral factors in designing, individualizing and assessing each student’s learning. We believe that the arts are an essential part of the curriculum and that it is important for students to express themselves creatively and to use their imaginations freely. We believe that the uniqueness of children is revealed in their very existence and that it is the school’s responsibility to foster their innate sense of the mystery and joy of life.

We encourage children to follow their interests, pursue problems in a way that makes sense to them and defend their conclusion by explaining their thinking a variety of ways. We understand that there are many kinds of intelligence and the traditional academic, cognitive area is one. Other important areas of intelligence are intuition, imagination, artistic creativity, physical expression and performance, sensitivity to others, and self-understanding. To neglect any of these areas is to limit students in the development of their full human potential.  We engage students with hands-­on investigations, projects and design challenges across the grades and subject areas inspiring greater interest, depth and understanding. Our approach values the skills involved in formulating one’s own questions, as well as answering those of a teacher. We view mistakes and setbacks as important opportunities for both learning and assessment.

We believe each child learns best not by reliance on summative testing or passively consuming knowledge, rather that each child learns best by actively constructing their own understanding based on his or her knowledge, skills, and experience.

In the 21st Century, students are faced with the challenge of learning about an interconnected world where knowledge is constantly developing. Students in Ralph Bunche School classrooms have their understanding of beliefs, facts, and skills deepened and reinforced by applying them to complex real-world situations.

 

 

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
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Parent/Caregiver-Teacher Conference on November 16th
Nov
16
12:20 PM12:20

Parent/Caregiver-Teacher Conference on November 16th

Day conferences run from 12:20pm – 2:20pm and evening conferences run from 5pm – 8pm. All students are dismissed at 11:30am.

Questions to Consider Asking Your Child's Teacher

Academics:

  • What is my child expected to learn, know, and do at this grade level ?  
  • What does my child do well, and what does he or she struggle with? Can you give me examples?
  • How do you know when my child is making progress and when he/she needs additional help?
  • What are you doing to support and motivate him/her?
  • How do you challenge my child when he/she is doing well at something?
  • How do you support my child when he/she needs extra help?
  • What does my child get excited about learning?
  • What can I do at home to support him/her?
  • Are there programs or services in the community that could also help my child?
  • How many days of school has my student missed or arrived late?

In the classroom/school: 

  • Does my child seem engaged or happy at school?
  • Has he/she made friends?
  • How does my child get along with classmates and adults?
  • Does my child participate in class discussions and group activities?
  • Are there times when my child is more or less engaged?

Parent Tips:

  • Consider bringing your child with you to join the conversation.
  • Always remember to share your own thoughts and feelings about your child.
  • Describe what you see as your child’s strengths and areas for growth.
  • State any important information that might help your child’s teacher better understand your child’s approaches to learning, strengths, challenges, and interests.
  • Explain where you think your child needs more support.
  • Describe the best way for the teacher or school personnel to communicate with you (e.g., a note in your child’s book bag, a voicemail, an e-mail, etc.).
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Kindergarten Admissions (November 28th-January 12th) MUST APPLY
Nov
15
to Jan 12

Kindergarten Admissions (November 28th-January 12th) MUST APPLY

The kindergarten application period is November 28January 12. All children born in 2013 who live in New York City are eligible to apply for kindergarten placement in the 2018–19 school year. Families can submit the application online, over the phone at 718-935-2009, or in-person at a Family Welcome Center.

Current pre-kindergarten families must apply too.

 

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Book-A-Ween Parade 2017
Oct
31
1:00 PM13:00

Book-A-Ween Parade 2017

October 31, 2017: This year the Ralph Bunche School will celebrate the importance of reading and literacy. On Tuesday, October 31, staff and scholars will dress up in their favorite character from a book and head to different classrooms to read to fellow students.  We are calling this occasion Book-O-Ween! Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy of the Wizard of Oz, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Anansi the Spider, Harry Potter, a Greek God and Superman — are some of the characters that will come to life before the scholars’ eyes during Book-O-Ween.

We ask that you adhere to our strict guidelines for costumes that relate to storybook characters.  Scholars that dress in costumes that are not related to a storybook will not be permitted to participate in the parade.  This is done out of consideration for our very young scholars (some as young as 3) not to be frightened or traumatized by dark/bloody/ghoulish images.  Some costumes that might be appropriate for home are not going to be permitted in school as we strive to create a safe and respectful environment for everyone.

The event will start in the morning with teachers sharing their favorite read-a-louds and everyone will take part in a school parade on the large school yard at 1:15pm. With music playing, scholars will walk around the perimeter of the playground showcasing their costumes and saluting their fellow community members. The RBS faculty and Parent Association appreciates everyone who participates in this activity. This is a fun and educational event for the scholars!

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Zero Waste Day at the RBS
Oct
30
7:30 AM07:30

Zero Waste Day at the RBS

Goal:  100% of staff, students, families and community members will engage in effective recycling practices for one day.

To get started, the RBS community will begin with an assembly.  During all lunch/recess periods games and trivia booths will be set up to engage students about effective recycling practices and habits. Special visits to all classrooms to share and answer questions.

October 30, 2017   Zero Waste Event (All Day)

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United Nations Day
Oct
24
8:00 AM08:00

United Nations Day

Join us for a traditional Dominican breakfast at 8:00a.m. on the 6th Floor at the RBS Technology Center.  All families are welcomed to join the breakfast.

Brazilian Samba Performance

PK – 2:  Showtime:  9:00a.m. – 9:30a.m.

3 – 5:  Showtime:  9:35a.m. – 10:05a.m.

Ms. Deicy and Ms. Yenny with the kids and families will sponsor a bake sale during the performances. Please support our kindergarten scholars.

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Hispanic Heritage Celebration
Oct
16
4:30 PM16:30

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

CALLING ALL LATIN AMERICAN FAMILIES

Can you play an instrument, dance or sing your traditional songs?

Come out, share, teach and explain your culture!!!

Monday, October 16th

4:30pm - 5:30pm

6th Floor Technology Center

Please speak with Griselda Hernandez, Parent Coordinator

(212) 666-6400 ext. 2004

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Parent Teacher Conference (Meet the Teacher Night)
Sep
13
4:30 PM16:30

Parent Teacher Conference (Meet the Teacher Night)

You are cordially invited to attend a Parent-Teacher Conference with your son or daughter on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 4:30p.m.  The first part of the meeting will be held in the RBS Auditorium.  At this meeting we will introduce you to the teachers and curriculum of the school.  Much of the time will be spent in your child's classroom explaining the teacher's vision and their expectations for the year.  School personnel will be open to suggestions from parents/caregivers and students regarding the curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

Please mark your calendar:  Wednesday, September 13, at 4:30p.m. This is an important meeting for both parents/caregivers and students.

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First Day of School
Sep
7
8:00 AM08:00

First Day of School

School starts on Thursday, September 7. 1st - 5th grade students will meet on the playground (RBS Auditorium for inclement weather.)  Please note that drop-off for first grade will take place directly in the classroom beginning on Monday, September 11.  2nd - 5th grade will always meet on the playground for morning line-up.

Pre-K follows a graduated schedule for the first two days of school.  We begin with a 1-hour and a half session on Thursday, September 7, the first group (A - L) will be from 9a.m. - 10:30a.m. and the second group (M - Z) will from 11:00a.m. - 12:30p.m.  On Friday, September 8 the entire class will be for 2 hours (9a.m. - 11a.m.)  On Monday, September 11, the entire class will be in for a full-day session.  We require adult attendance with each child in all our Pre-K classes on the first two days of school.

Please be advised that on Thursday, September 7 kindergarten is in school for a half-day session.  Students will be dismissed at 11:30a.m. from the classroom.  Kindergarten will begin a full-day session on Friday, September 8, 2017.  

Our regular school day begins at 8:00a.m. and ends at 2:20p.m.  Breakfast is available for 2nd - 5th grade beginning at 7:30a.m - 7:55a.m. (PK and K will have a family style breakfast served in the classroom and 1st grade will have breakfast-on-the-go served in the classroom.)  Beginning on Monday, September 11 any child in grades K - 5 is permitted to wait in the basement cafeteria at 7:30a.m. with staff (K and 1 will receive breakfast in their classrooms at 8a.m.)

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Spring Fling 2017
May
17
4:30 PM16:30

Spring Fling 2017

Featured perforoance by Taikoza

The Taikoza Ensemble, specializing in traditional Japanese drumming, delivers an enthralling performance of Japanese percussion and culture.  Families will have the opportunity to play some of the instruments and learn Japanese phrases and songs.

This show begins at 4:45pm - 5:30pm

 

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