April Principal Newsletter

Dear Ralph Bunche School Families,

 Spring Break is finally here. It is hard to believe that we have only a few months left in the 2018 -2019 school year.  I would like to take a moment to thank you for your hard work this year!  You are all vital to the success of students.  Whether you are off April 19 – April 26 or not, I hope that all of you have the opportunity to reflect, refresh and rejuvenate yourselves with family and friends.

 I have to send a special shout-out to my amazing Parents Association. This year this core group has continued building bridges with our faculty across all grade levels and job titles.  They continue to create amazing opportunities for families to be involved and to ensure that parents’/caregivers’ voices are heard.  I can’t say thank you enough for all that you do for our school and community.

 It felt great at the PEP meeting having stakeholders support the district, school kids, families and our Harlem community.  Our struggles about having middle school options that work for all families is a priority.  It is unconscionable that families are forced to make a decision whether to place their child in a middle school labeled as “failing or low-performing” or a charter school. While I empathize with the faculty, kids and families of PS/IS 129 this issue is larger than one school.  Our intention has never been to divide any school community but figure out ways that we can work together to craft a vision that works for everyone. Kids and families matter, always!

 Our projected enrollment for 2019 – 2020 is 363 students.  Everyone that is new to our school wonders why families want to join the RBS family (we know that it is for a lot of reasons that families select the RBS.)  I believe prospective and current families know that our kids are loved, nurtured, supported, and encouraged to be the best version of themselves.  They know that somebody believes in them!

 A lot of discussions have been taking place regarding chronic absenteeism.  Recent research has found that regular attendance is crucial to school success and that even a minimal number of absences during the school year can have a serious impact on a kid’s ability to achieve and demonstrate their readiness of doing work at the next grade level.  If you have any questions or need any assistance please contact Benjy Blatman, Attendance Coordinator at (212) 666-6400 ext. 2003.

2nd – 5th Grade Scholar in Danger to Not Meet Promotional Standards

If you are concerned that your 2nd – 5th grade scholar is in danger to not meet promotional standards, then you must set-up an appointment to speak with the classroom teacher, Ms. Hernandez and myself.  Our school’s policy is to use a holistic approach of examining student work samples (reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science) from September – June [students with IEPs and/or ELLs will be evaluated according to DOE policies.]


Important Dates

  • April 2nd                                                NYS ELA Day 1

  • April 2nd                                                School Leadership Team Meeting

  • April 3rd                                NYS ELA Day 2

  • April 3rd Movie Night

  • April 5th                                 LOS Field Trip (103, 107, 111, 112, 205, 206)

  • April 8th                                 Parent Association Meeting

  • April 18th                              Boys and Girls Club After School is CANCELED

  • April 19th                               Spring Recess Begins

  • April 26th                              Spring Recess Ends

  • April 29th                               School Reopens

 ***Math State Tests are May 1st – 2nd.

 Up to 40 percent of children in our country experience outdoor allergies. If welcoming the new season means welcoming more sneezing and sniffling around your house, then your kids might be suffering from allergies. As the weather changes and becomes warmer we will spend more time outdoors. Seasonal allergies occur mainly with pollen so it comes from plants, weeds, grasses and trees.  Typically, it comes from trees early in the spring, so in April and May.

 In kids typically, we sometimes see a myriad of problems that are related to the congestion [caused by allergies]. Fatigue, especially during the daytime, poor concentration in class, learning problems and other difficulty in class can all be related to nasal congestion, because kids won't be sleeping as well at night. And then during the daytime, they're blowing their nose a lot and experiencing other symptoms. It can make having a good day very challenging. Please inform your child’s teacher and the nurse about any allergies your child might have.

 Have a Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

Reggie Higgins, Principal



Reginald Higgins