April Principal Newsletter

April Principal Newsletter

Dear Ralph Bunche School Families,

Spring Break is finally here (NO After-School on April 7th.)  It is hard to believe that we have only a few months left in the 2016 -2017 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 7th – 18th 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 been instrumental in building bridges with our faculty across all grade levels and job titles.  Moreover, they have created 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.

Your work with the 2nd Floor Book Nook, Sister Circle Women’s Forum, Dance-A-thon Fundraiser, New Signage on the School Garden (Gio did an AWESOME JOB!!!), Family Day in June or just supporting the school makes us great. I realize everyday how lucky I am to have the support of my families. Thank you for continuing to believe in me and my staff.  We are on the MOVE!

I participated in a meeting with the superintendent and the executive PA to discuss a myriad of questions and/or concerns.  I left feeling optimistic about the future of our school.  All kids have access to physical education, arts, music, theater, dance and a reading space (2nd Floor Book Nook Opening, April 7th.)  While I love the programs, I can’t wait for the day when we have a certified arts and music teachers on our faculty.  This idea is very important because a lot of where our student funding comes from is based on our total enrollment. The conversation about space will continue as we all agree that our school’s needs are changing.

Our projected enrollment for 2017 – 2018 is 304 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!

Many of our pre-kindergarten families were shocked as I was that they were not given an offer for kindergarten in the first round of notification letters.  This was the first time something liked this has happened since I’ve been principal where all offers are made only to zoned families.  After April 7th I will have a better a sense of who can be called from the waitlist. In the past most of our pre-kindergarten families were removed from the waitlist and offered a seat.

If you are concerned that your 3rd – 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.]

Some 3rd – 5th grade students may require summer school to be able to demonstrate their readiness to complete work at the next grade level. Summer School dates are July 5- August 10 (8am – 2:30pm/ Monday – Thursday.)

Important Dates

Ø  School Leadership Team                                                      April 4th

Ø  Fresh Air Fund Summer Camp for Parents                         April 5th

Ø  NYC Ballet Recital for Grades 1 and 2                                 April 7th

Ø  2nd Floor RBS Book Nook Opening                                   April 7th

Ø  NO After-School                                                                   April 7th

Ø  Spring Recess (School is Closed)                                        April 10th

Ø  School Resumes                                                                   April 19th

Ø  Math State Exams for Parents                                             April 20th

Ø  Cookshop for Families                                                         April 21st

Ø  Affordable Housing and Credit Building for Parents           April 27th

***Math State Tests are May 2nd – 4th

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

 

Estimadas Familias de la Escuela Ralph Bunche,
Las vacaciones de primavera finalmente están aquí (NO después de la escuela el 7 de abril.) Es difícil creer que tenemos sólo unos pocos meses en el año escolar 2016-2017. Me gustaría tomar un momento para agradecerles por su arduo trabajo este año! Todos son vitales para el éxito de los estudiantes. Ya sea que se encuentren fuera del 7 o 18 de abril, espero que todos ustedes tengan la oportunidad de reflexionar, refrescarse y rejuvenecerse con sus familiares y amigos.
 
Tengo que enviar un mensaje especial a mi increíble Asociación de Padres. Este año este grupo central ha sido instrumental en la construcción de puentes con nuestra facultad en todos los niveles de grado y títulos de trabajo. Además, han creado oportunidades asombrosas para que las familias se involucren y para asegurar que las voces de los padres / cuidadores sean escuchadas. No puedo agradecerte lo suficiente por todo lo que haces por nuestra escuela y comunidad.
 
Tu trabajo con el Nook de la 2ª planta, el Foro de Mujeres Hermanas, la Recaudación de Fondos Dance-A-thon, la Nueva Señalización en el Jardín Escolar (Gio hizo un TRABAJO IMPRESIONANTE !!!), el Día de la Familia en Junio  el apoyo a la escuela nos hace geniales . Me doy cuenta de lo afortunado que soy de tener el apoyo de mis familias. Gracias por seguir creyendo en mí y en mi personal. Estamos en el MOVE!
 
Yo participé en una reunión con el superintendente y la AP ejecutiva para discutir una miríada de preguntas y / o preocupaciones. Me fui sintiendo optimista sobre el futuro de nuestra escuela. Todos los niños tienen acceso a la educación física, las artes, la música, el teatro, la danza y un espacio para la lectura (2do piso de la inauguración del recinto del libro, 7 de abril). Aunque amo los programas, no puedo esperar el día en que tenemos un certificado de artes Y profesores de música en nuestra facultad. Esta idea es muy importante porque gran parte de la financiación de nuestros estudiantes se basa en nuestra matrícula total. La conversación sobre el espacio continuará mientras todos estamos de acuerdo en que las necesidades de nuestra escuela están cambiando.
 
Nuestra inscripción prevista para 2017 - 2018 es de 304 estudiantes. Todos los que son nuevos en nuestra escuela se preguntan por qué las familias quieren unirse a la familia RBS (sabemos que es por muchas razones que las familias seleccionan el RBS). Creo que las familias actuales y futuras saben que nuestros hijos son amados, , Y se anima a ser la mejor versión de sí mismos. ¡Ellos saben que alguien cree en ellos!
 
Muchas de nuestras familias pre-kindergarten se sorprendieron como yo era que no se les dio una oferta para el jardín de infantes en la primera ronda de cartas de notificación. Esta fue la primera vez que algo le gustó esto ha sucedido desde que he sido principal donde todas las ofertas se hacen sólo a las familias de zonas. Después del 7 de abril tendré una mejor idea de quién puede ser llamado de la lista de espera. En el pasado la mayoría de nuestras familias de pre-kindergarten fueron removidas de la lista de espera y ofrecieron un asiento.
 
Si le preocupa que su becario de 3er a 5to grado esté en peligro de no cumplir con los estándares promocionales, entonces debe establecer una cita para hablar con la maestra de la clase, la Sra. Hernández y conmigo mismo. La política de nuestra escuela es usar un enfoque holístico de examinar las muestras de trabajo de los estudiantes (lectura, escritura, matemáticas, estudios sociales, ciencias) de septiembre a junio [los estudiantes con IEPs y / o ELLs serán evaluados de acuerdo a las políticas del DOE].
 
Algunos estudiantes de tercer a quinto grado pueden requerir que la escuela de verano demuestre su preparación para completar el trabajo en el siguiente grado. Las fechas de la Escuela de Verano son del 5 de julio al 10 de agosto (de 8 am a 2:30 pm de lunes a jueves).
 
Fechas importantes
Ø Equipo de Liderazgo Escolar                                                                                                         4 de abril
Ø Fresh Air Fund Camp de verano para padres                                                                               5 de abril
Ø Recital de Ballet de la Ciudad de Nueva York para los grados 1 y 2                                       7 de abril
Ø 2do piso RBS Book Nook Apertura                                                                                               7 de abril
Ø NO después de la escuela el                                                                                                              7 de abril
Ø Receso de primavera (la escuela está cerrada)                                                                             10 de abril
Ø La escuela reanuda el                                                                                                                        19 de abril
Ø Exámenes estatales de matemáticas para padres                                                                       20 de abril
Ø Cocina para Familias                                                                                                                        21 de Abril
Ø Vivienda asequible y construcción de créditos para padres                                                       27 de abril
 
*** Los exámenes estatales de matemáticas son del 2 al 4 de mayo
 
Hasta el 40 por ciento de los niños en nuestro país experimentan alergias al aire libre. Si dar la bienvenida a la nueva temporada significa dar la bienvenida a más estornudos y sniffling alrededor de su casa, entonces sus hijos podrían estar sufriendo de alergias. A medida que el clima cambia y se hace más cálido, pasaremos más tiempo al aire libre. Las alergias estacionales se producen principalmente con el polen, por lo que proviene de plantas, hierbas, hierbas y árboles. Por lo general, proviene de los árboles a principios de la primavera, por lo que en abril y mayo.
 
En los niños típicamente, a veces vemos una miríada de problemas que están relacionados con la congestión [causada por alergias]. La fatiga, especialmente durante el día, la mala concentración en clase, los problemas de aprendizaje y otras dificultades en clase pueden estar relacionados con la congestión nasal, porque los niños no estarán durmiendo también por la noche. Y luego durante el día, están soplando la nariz mucho y experimentando otros síntomas. Puede hacer que tener un buen día muy difícil. Por favor informe al maestro de su hijo y al enfermero sobre cualquier alergia que su hijo pueda tener.
 
¡Tenga una Pascua Feliz y Pascua Feliz!
Reggie Higgins, Director

March Principal Newsletter

MARCH PRINCIPAL’S NEWSLETTER

Dear RBS Families,

Women’s History Month is celebrated in March.  In the United States, Women's History Month traces its beginning back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911.  Our country finally found it appropriate to acknowledge a group of citizens who have historically been silenced.  As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let us also lift up the voices, contributions and bravery of women in the margins.  This Women’s History Month, the RBS is devoting time for our celebrating and amplifying women’s contributions to academia, art and popular culture. 

Spring is approaching and learning is in full swing here at the RBS.  As you may know, this is a time of year that students make the most academic and social learning improvements.  Make school a priority.  Very soon the weather will change with spring right around the corner.  It can be challenging to keep our children focused on learning.  What can you do to make school a top priority for your child?  Keep these ideas in mind:

  •  Make attendance your number one priority.  Let your child know that unless they are sick, they must attend school (and be on time.)  Make an effort to schedule appointment after school hours.
  • Show you care.  Talk about school activities and projects.  Make an effort to attend as many school events as you can.
  • Remain positive.  Try to set a positive example for your child, even when your own day has been challenging.  If you show a positive attitude about your work, your child may feel better about their own.

One important reminder is that our school has a wellness policy which reinforces good nutrition during the school day.  Please be mindful about sending beverages and foods for snack or lunch that are giving your child(ren) the healthy nutrition they need to be productive, engaged learners all throughout the day.  Candy, soda, sugary drinks, and potato chips are foods to be avoided, and staff will also help remind students that these foods should stay at home.

As we move closer to Parent-Teacher Conferences ( March 9th) educators are often asked one important question, “What do you think I can do at home to help my child be more successful at school?”  My answer is very simple, “Read with your child every day.  Let them see you read.”  Before, during, and after the reading, encourage your child, begin a discussion about the story, ask questions, visualize the story, offer information, share personal thoughts, and connect the story to real-life situations.  Make the time an enjoyable experience and let your child see that reading is fun.  Celebrate this special time together!

Also, students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will be venturing into the first state assessment cycle with the English Language Arts test on March 28 – 30.  During the week that your child is testing, make certain that your son/daughter rests properly each night, arrives for school on time, and is not distracted at home.  Students test in the morning and are expected to report to their designated testing room no later than 8:00a.m. Students are expected to bring (2) sharpened, number two pencils. No personal devices may be used during the assessment.

Everyday boys and girls are leaving their coats, jackets, sweaters, hats, and lunch boxes on the school grounds. Those items without student’s names are picked up and brought to our lost and found located in front of the office. During the school year when the pile gets high we donate these items to missions and shelters. During spring break we will be donating any items left in our lost and found to a mission in Harlem. Please be sure to check or have your child check the lost and found by Friday, April 7th.

At this point in my career, I’m considered a veteran principal (6 years and counting…) Yes, maybe sometimes I don’t completely fit the part, but that’s part of always being a life-long learner.  As I’m settling into my role as principal, I realize how much students, families and faculty have done for me. And, for that, I need to truly thank you—something that I don’t do enough.

Parents/caregivers, thank you for showing me what I’m capable of. For giving me the support that I needed to build a dream of a progressive school in West Harlem. Also, for believing that I have the talent to reach our goal of making our progressive school a successful learning community for all.

RBS staff, thank you for standing with me, before, during and after every phase of our transformation.  For making me realize that I can put more time into my work and improve my performance.  Thank you for standing up for me from the sidelines and checking our naysayers when they thought that progressive education would not work in our community. You’ve shown me to never back down and give in to the loudest voices in the room.

RBS students, thank you for being the best selves.   For sharing your interests, love of life, sense of humor, excitement for every experience, ability to show compassion and empathy, and courage to look fear in the face until it backs down.

Without kids, families and staff, I’d be nowhere the principal I am—and the person I’m still working on becoming.

This month I would like to focus on the multiple ways our parents, caregivers, and families get involved in school and how important that is. New this month at the Parent Association meetings is an opportunity for the school administration and faculty to join the conversation on making the RBS one family.

Finally, know that you do not have to wait for a parent forum or parent conferences to call if you have questions, concerns, or needs. We are here to serve your children and your families. Please contact your child’s teacher, the office staff, or me if you want to set up a meeting to discuss any issues that arise. As always, THANK YOU for being our partners in this important work helping your child enjoy learning and prepare for a bright future!

With warmest regards,

Reggie Higgins

Principal

 

 

February Principal Newsletter

Principal’s February Newsletter

With the second term well under way, we want to thank everyone for your continued support of our scholars, teachers, and school as we collectively strive to provide optimal opportunities for learning each and every day. In addition, we want to also thank our Parent Association for working hard to make our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Open House Events a success.  This year, instead of staff leading the tour we allowed our parents/caregivers to lead the open house events for prospective families. The last Pre-Kindergarten Open House Event will take place on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 10:00a.m.

Over the next few weeks, parents/caregivers will work to transform our second floor showcases into library nooks. Phil Hubbard (Columbia Secondary School Teacher) assisted with the design and construction. Thank you to all the families that have donated books for our library nooks. Behind the Book donated many books to start the library nook. We expect that we will have the RBS Library Book Nooks Opening in mid- March.

RBS administration and faculty value the important contributions families make towards a scholar’s success in school.  There is no question about—success at school starts at home.  Families are the most significant influence in a scholar’s schooling.  Families model both spoken and silent language in front of their scholars.  One of the great hallmarks of a great school is the partnership between the school and families who work together for the best interest of all RBS scholars. Make an effort to participate in the Parent Association.

It is important that parents/caregivers speak with your scholar’s teacher about their readiness to do work at the next grade level. Promotion in doubt notices will be sent home for students not making progress that reflect they are on track to meet their grade level performance standards. Promotion decisions are made by me based on multiple measures of student readiness for the next grade level in English and math.

  • First, teachers review scholar’s work from throughout the school year to identify scholars who may not be ready for the work of the next grade in English language arts and/or math, even with support. Scholars whose work shows that they are ready for the next grade are promoted by the principal in June.
  •  Next, teachers complete promotion portfolios for scholars whose work shows that they may not be ready for the next grade, even with support. The teacher scores the portfolio using DOE guidelines. I make the promotion decision based on the portfolio results.
  • If a (3rd – 5th grade scholar) is not promoted in June based on his or her portfolio results, he or she is recommended for summer school. At the end of summer school, the school completes another review of scholar work, and I make the final promotion decision.

Please make an appointment to meet with your scholar’s teacher if you feel your child’s promotion is at-risk. Teachers are available every Tuesday from 2:20p.m. – 3:00p.m. or during their preparation periods.

Family has been the foundation of African American culture from times of slavery through the turbulent days of forced racial segregation.  Family is not only defined by our blood lines but by our shared commitment to each other as members of this community.  In the month of February we recognize the central role of African Americans in American history like Dr. Ralph J. Bunche. Our theme this year is “A Time to Learn and Remember.” Ralph Bunche, Barack Obama, Charles Drew, Carter G. Woodson, W.E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Nat Turner, Garrett Morgan, Booker T. Washington, Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Ida B. Wells, Phyllis Wheatley, Ronald McNair, Madame C.J. Walker, Mae Jemison and Michelle Obama.  This year the school is sponsoring a forum on how our school can create an effective learning environment for boys of color.

The world in which our children grow up today is increasingly diverse. All people have a unique story, but all stories, like all people, have many things in common. And nowhere is this more apparent than in classrooms at the RBS.  During Black History Month, we hope you'll take the opportunity to celebrate the diversity and commonality of our school and its community members. One wonderful thing about our school is that sense our scholars are enthusiastic about learning and understanding another’s history and experience.

Scholars need to be provided time to explore their world and experience the joy of discovery.  As we celebrate this month, it is helpful to keep in mind the contributions made by all ethnic groups but more importantly African Americans.  School and home must work together to build skills and knowledge, develop a strong sense of self-worth and reinforce values.

At the beginning of this school year we set out to increase our attendance rate to be over 92%. It is with great sadness that I report that we are not meeting our goal and below citywide expectations for an elementary school.  We continue to share with families that attendance and lateness concerns negatively impacts a scholar’s performance in class. 

TIPS for Families

·         Let your scholar know that you think school is important.

·         Set a regular bedtime and enforce it.

·         Provide your scholar with plenty of time to get ready for school.

·         Provide an alternate transportation plan for getting your scholar to school on time.

·         Make sure your scholar arrives at school on time daily.  Classes begin promptly at 8:00a.m. Scholars should arrive at least ten minutes early.

·         Plan medical, dental, and other appointments before and after school if possible. If appointments must be during the school day, plan them so that your scholar does not miss the same class every time.

·         Request a meeting with the school’s Attendance Team or Parent Coordinator to discuss your scholar’s attendance concerns.

If your scholar should arrive late to school, please come in to the main office and sign them in.  If this is not possible, you may send your scholar with a note from your, doctor/dental/court excuse slip to let us know your scholar will be arriving after 8:00a.m.  Our scholars would not be as successful as they are without your support.

 New York City Education Neglect Law states that parents/caregivers who fail to have their children attend school are subject to the following:

·         Neglect charges may be filed against the parent/caregiver;

·         Students may be referred to the Family Court and other community based interventions

There will be no classes during February 20 – 24 due to the Mid-Winter Recess.  All scholars are expected to be back on Monday, February 27, 2017.

Educationally yours,

Reggie Higgins, Principal

Boletín de febrero del director

 Con el segundo término en curso, queremos agradecer a todos por su continuo apoyo de nuestros académicos, maestros y la escuela, a medida que nos esforzamos colectivamente para proporcionar oportunidades óptimas para el aprendizaje todos los días. Además, queremos agradecer también a nuestra Asociación de Padres por trabajar duro para que nuestros Eventos de Puertas Abiertas Pre-Kindergarten y Kindergarten sean un éxito. Este año, en lugar del personal que dirigía la gira, permitimos que nuestros padres / cuidadores lideraran los eventos de puertas abiertas para futuras familias. El último Evento de Puertas Abiertas de Pre-Kindergarten tendrá lugar el martes 14 de febrero de 2017 a las 10:00 am.

 Durante las próximas semanas, los padres / cuidadores trabajarán para transformar nuestras vitrinas de la segunda planta en rincones de la biblioteca. Phil Hubbard (profesor secundario de la escuela de Colombia) asistió con el diseño y la construcción. Gracias a todas las familias que han donado libros para nuestros rincones de la biblioteca. Detrás del libro donó muchos libros para comenzar el rincón de la biblioteca. Esperamos que tengamos la Apertura de los Rincones del Libro de la Biblioteca RBS a mediados de marzo.

La administración y la facultad de RBS valoran las importantes contribuciones que las familias hacen para el éxito de un estudiante en la escuela. No hay duda de que el éxito en la escuela comienza en casa. Las familias son la influencia más significativa en la escolaridad de un erudito. Las familias modelan el lenguaje hablado y silencioso delante de sus eruditos. Una de las grandes características de una gran escuela es la asociación entre la escuela y las familias que trabajan juntas para el mejor interés de todos los eruditos de RBS. Haga un esfuerzo para participar en la Asociación de Padres.

 Es importante que los padres / cuidadores hablen con el maestro de su estudiante acerca de su preparación para hacer el trabajo en el siguiente grado. Los avisos de promoción en duda serán enviados a casa para que los estudiantes no hagan progresos que reflejen que están en camino de cumplir con sus estándares de rendimiento de nivel de grado. Las decisiones de promoción son hechas por mí basado en múltiples medidas de preparación para el próximo grado en inglés y matemáticas.

o    Primero, los maestros revisan el trabajo de los estudiosos durante todo el año escolar para identificar a los estudiosos que no estén listos para el trabajo del siguiente grado en artes del lenguaje inglés o matemáticas, incluso con apoyo. Los becarios cuyo trabajo demuestre que están listos para el siguiente grado son promovidos por el director en junio.
o    A continuación, los maestros completan las carteras de promoción para los académicos cuyo trabajo demuestra que pueden no estar listos para el siguiente grado, incluso con apoyo. El profesor anota el portafolio usando las pautas del DOE. Tomo la decisión de la promoción basada en los resultados de la cartera.
o    Si no se promueve un (estudiante de 3ro a 5to grado) en junio sobre la base de los resultados de su cartera, se recomienda para la escuela de verano. Al final de la escuela de verano, la escuela completa otra revisión del trabajo académico, y tomo la decisión final de promoción.
 
Por favor, haga una cita con el maestro de su estudiante si considera que la promoción de su hijo está en riesgo. Los maestros están disponibles todos los martes a partir de las 2:20 p.m. - 3:00 pm. O durante sus periodos de preparación.
 
La familia ha sido la base de la cultura afroamericana desde tiempos de esclavitud a través de los turbulentos días de segregación racial forzada. La familia no sólo se define por nuestras líneas de sangre sino por nuestro compromiso compartido el uno con el otro como miembros de esta comunidad. En el mes de febrero reconocemos el papel central de los afroamericanos en la historia de Estados Unidos como el Dr. Ralph J. Bunche. Nuestro tema este año es "Un tiempo para aprender y recordar". Ralph Bunche, Barack Obama, Charles Drew, Carter G. Woodson, W.E. B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Nat Turner y Garrett Morgan, Booker T. Washington, Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Ida B. Wells, Phyllis Wheatley, Ronald McNair, Madame CJ Walker, Mae Jemison y Michelle Obama . Este año la escuela está patrocinando un foro sobre cómo nuestra escuela puede crear un ambiente de aprendizaje efectivo para niños de color.
 
El mundo en el que nuestros niños crecen hoy es cada vez más diverso. Todas las personas tienen una historia única, pero todas las historias, como toda la gente, tienen muchas cosas en común. Y en ninguna parte esto es más aparente que en las aulas en el RBS. Durante el Mes de la Historia Negra, esperamos que aproveche la oportunidad para celebrar la diversidad y la comunidad de nuestra escuela y de los miembros de su comunidad. Una cosa maravillosa acerca de nuestra escuela es que el sentido de nuestros eruditos están entusiasmados con el aprendizaje y la comprensión de la historia de otro y la experiencia.
 
A los eruditos se les debe dar tiempo para explorar su mundo y experimentar la alegría del descubrimiento. Al celebrar este mes, es útil tener en cuenta las contribuciones hechas por todos los grupos étnicos, pero más importante aún, los afroamericanos. La escuela y el hogar deben trabajar juntos para desarrollar habilidades y conocimientos, desarrollar un fuerte sentido de autoestima y reforzar los valores.
 
Al comienzo de este año escolar nos propusimos aumentar nuestra tasa de asistencia a más del 92%. Es con gran tristeza que reporto que no estamos cumpliendo nuestra meta y por debajo de las expectativas de la ciudad para una escuela primaria. Continuamos compartiendo con las familias que las preocupaciones de asistencia y tardanza afecta negativamente el desempeño de un estudiante en clase.
Consejos para las familias
• Deje que su erudito sepa que usted piensa que la escuela es importante.
• Establezca una hora de acostarse regular y aplíquela.
• Proporcione a su estudiante con mucho tiempo para prepararse para la escuela.
• Proveer un plan de transporte alternativo para llevar a su estudiante a la escuela a tiempo.
• Asegúrese de que su estudiante llegue a la escuela a tiempo todos los días. Las clases comienzan puntualmente a las 8:00 am. Los académicos deben llegar al menos diez minutos antes.
• Planifique las citas médicas, dentales y de otro tipo antes y después de la escuela si es posible. Si las citas deben ser durante el día escolar, planifíquelas para que su becario no pierda la misma clase cada vez.
• Solicite una reunión con el Equipo de Asistencia de la escuela o con el Coordinador de Padres para discutir las preocupaciones de su estudiante.
Si su becario debe llegar tarde a la escuela, por favor, venga a la oficina principal y firme en ellos. Si esto no es posible, puede enviar a su erudito con una nota de su boleta de excusa de médico / dental / tribunal para hacernos saber su El estudiante llegará después de las 8:00 am. Nuestros académicos no serían tan exitosos como lo son sin su apoyo.
La Ley de negligencia educativa de la Ciudad de Nueva York establece que los padres / cuidadores que no tienen a sus hijos a la escuela están sujetos a lo siguiente:
• Se pueden presentar cargos de negligencia contra el padre / encargado;
• Los estudiantes pueden ser referidos al Tribunal de Familia y otras intervenciones basadas en la comunidad
No habrá clases durante los días 20 y 24 de febrero debido al recreo de mediados de invierno. Se espera que todos los académicos regresen el lunes 27 de febrero de 2017.
Educativamente suyo,
Reggie Higgins, Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January Principal Newsletter

January Principal Newsletter

 

Happy New Year!!! It may be 5 degrees and windy in Harlem, however we have the comfort of watching snowflakes falling while sipping on a delicious marshmallow filled cup of hot chocolate.  I love WINTER!!!  Having survived the first term, we stand ready to finish the school year with confidence.  My hope is that you too, will look forward to the challenges of the new term.  Build on your achievements and put away your past disappointments. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to refresh—whether you want to jumpstart your personal goals, make meaningful decisions at home and with your school work, or find your inner-center.  This is the perfect time to stop playing old messages about who we think we are and make a bold statement to record a new, improved message. 

The application period opens January 17, 2017. NYC families with children born in 2012 can apply to kindergarten for the 2017 – 2018 school year until January 13, 2017.  Families can apply one of three ways:

Pre-kindergarten families that have students enrolled at the RBS must re-apply for admission to kindergarten and are included in the priority group. New York City children born in 2013 are eligible to apply for our pre-kindergarten program. We are hosting an open house for prospective families on January 10th.  It is our desire to share with the community all the amazing things taking place here at the RBS.  We earned the distinction of being rated among the best early childhood programs in the city and now we need to open our doors and share how we earned that rating.

Unfortunately, during the winter months many schools across New York City notice a drop in their attendance average.  Parents/caregivers, please continue to reinforce good attendance habits with your son/daughter.  Attendance and accuracy of attendance is extremely important in school.  Excessive absences may result in missing work, which is difficult to make up, losing continuity in school work, and poor grades during the grading period.

It is our desire that the second half of the school year be excellent for all.  If you need to meet with the assistant principal, parent coordinator, attendance coordinator, guidance counselor, deans or myself do not hesitate to contact us.  We suggest that parents/caregivers call first to schedule appointments before coming in so that you will not experience any delays.

Throughout 2017 you will see changes based on feedback from families, all driven by your desire to make the RBS the shining star of Harlem.  Every step we take in this journey we will do together to make our community stronger, wiser and better for our children.

 Stay warm and know that sounds of birds chirping is not that far away.

 Respectfully yours,

Reggie Higgins, Principal

 

Boletín principal de enero

 ¡¡¡Feliz año nuevo!!! Puede ser de 5 grados y ventoso en Harlem, sin embargo tenemos la comodidad de ver los copos de nieve cayendo mientras saborea una deliciosa taza de chocolate caliente llena de malvavisco. ¡¡¡Me encanta el invierno!!! Habiendo sobrevivido al primer término, estamos listos para terminar el año escolar con confianza. Mi esperanza es que ustedes también esperen los retos del nuevo período. Construir en sus logros y poner lejos sus decepciones pasadas. El comienzo de un nuevo año es el momento perfecto para refrescarse, ya sea que desee iniciar sus metas personales, tomar decisiones significativas en su hogar y con su trabajo escolar, o encontrar su centro interior. Este es el momento perfecto para dejar de reproducir mensajes antiguos sobre quienes creemos que somos y hacer una declaración audaz para grabar un mensaje nuevo y mejorado.

 El período de solicitud se abre el 17 de enero de 2017. Las familias de la Ciudad de Nueva York con niños nacidos en 2012 pueden solicitar el jardín de infantes para el año escolar 2017-2018 hasta el 13 de enero de 2017. Las familias pueden aplicar una de tres maneras:

Solicitar en línea en https://prod.semsnycdoe.com/parentsite/

Por teléfono al 718-935-2400

En persona en un Centro de Bienvenida Familiar

 Las familias de pre-kindergarten que tienen estudiantes matriculados en el RBS deben volver a solicitar la admisión al kindergarten y están incluidas en el grupo de prioridad. Los niños de Nueva York nacidos en 2013 son elegibles para solicitar nuestro programa de pre-kindergarten. Tenemos una casa abierta para posibles familias el 10 de enero. Es nuestro deseo compartir con la comunidad todas las cosas asombrosas que ocurren aquí en el RBS. Ganamos la distinción de ser clasificados entre los mejores programas para la primera infancia en la ciudad y ahora necesitamos abrir nuestras puertas y compartir cómo ganamos esa calificación.

 Desafortunadamente, durante los meses de invierno muchas escuelas de toda la ciudad de Nueva York notan una caída en su promedio de asistencia. Padres / cuidadores, por favor continúe reforzando buenos hábitos de asistencia con su hijo / a. La asistencia y la precisión de la asistencia es extremadamente importante en la escuela. Las ausencias excesivas pueden resultar en falta de trabajo, que es difícil de compensar, pérdida de continuidad en el trabajo escolar y calificaciones pobres durante el período de calificación.

 Es nuestro deseo que la segunda mitad del año escolar sea excelente para todos. Si necesita reunirse con el subdirector, coordinador de padres, coordinador de asistencia, consejero de orientación, decanos o yo mismo, no dude en ponerse en contacto con nosotros. Sugerimos que los padres o cuidadores llamen primero para programar citas antes de venir, de modo que no experimente ningún retraso.

 A lo largo de 2017 verás cambios basados n la retroalimentación de las familias, todo impulsado por tu deseo de hacer de la RBS la estrella brillante de Harlem. Cada paso que damos en este viaje lo haremos juntos para hacer nuestra comunidad más fuerte, más sabia y mejor para nuestros hijos.

Manténgase caliente y saber que los sonidos de los pájaros cantando no está tan lejos.

 Respetuosamente,

Reggie Higgins, Director

 

December Principal Newsletter

Photo by fotohunter/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by fotohunter/iStock / Getty Images

December Principal Newsletter

Dear Ralph Bunche School Families,

As we end 2016, I would like to thank you for your commitment to the Ralph Bunche School and to the belief in a public school education.  The success we have experienced since the opening of the school year owes a great deal to parents/caregivers and families like yours.  I wish you a restful winter break and hope you enjoy this time with your scholar (s). For the New Year, I wish you health and happiness and hope the winter recess provides a myriad of opportunities for you and your scholar (s) to do things you might not be able to accomplish when school is in session.

Our scholars and staff have accomplished a lot during our first few months of school.  Professional development helps our teachers dive deeper into the progressive philosophy of teaching and learning. Our progressive vision is designed to use a child’s natural curiosity to drive their learning inside of the classroom. The standards help teachers design the best lessons and help scholars set goals for success. Our professional development focused on how to help teachers build an environment where scholars can effectively engage in a wide range of rigorous, content-rich conversation, safe, supportive and collaborative.  Scholars learn through play and when they have choice. At the Ralph Bunche School our instructional focus is on developing writing strategies. 

We believe in the importance of family traditions and holidays, and sharing them with one another at school.  We welcome families to teach us about their heritages, thus strengthening the connection between home and school.  We like to involve the children in hands-on activities. 

We encourage each of you to join us in our celebrations.  Even if you can’t be with us, please share your family’s traditions, recipes for holidays and any special items that reflect your heritage.

  • Parent/Caregiver Workshop (Early Childhood Technology Curriculum)—December 1st
  • Parent Association Family Photograph Fundraiser—December 3rd
  • School-wide Picture Day—December 5th
  • Parent Association Mom’s Night Out—December 5th
  • Student Dental Screenings—December 6th
  • School Leadership Team Meeting—December 6th (4pm)
  • Boot Camp Fusion—December 7th, 14th,
  • All Lives Matter Family Meeting—December 12th
  • Parent Association Meeting—December 12th
  • Parent/Caregiver Workshop (Strategies for Assertive Discipline)—December 13th
  • RBS School Tours for PK and K—December 13th
  • Heaf Breakfast for Select 5th Graders—December 14th
  • ABC Day (Awards Assembly/Holiday Show)—December 16th
  • Santa’s Story Time & Christmas Around the World Family Event—December 19th
  • Parent Circle of Security Series—December 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

**Parent Engagement meetings are scheduled each Tuesday from 2:20pm – 3:35pm. You are invited to meet with your scholar’s teacher to discuss the learning expectations for the term and to address any issues or concerns.

Every year, the Ralph Bunche School sponsors an activity to assist those less fortunate.  Ms. Conwell and Ms. Samson are raising funds for the disaster relief in Haiti.  As scholars help others, they are learning important character-building lessons about compassion, service, and empathy. We are asking scholars to donate $1 and bring items like pencils, paper, notebooks.  All donated items can be dropped in room 108 or room 214.  Please do not make deliveries while class and/or counseling is in session. 

I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. Our last day in school is Friday, December 23rd (All Ralph Bunch School based after-school programs are cancelled on this day too!!!!) During winter break there will be a myriad of opportunities to create a stronger bond with your scholar (s) and continue to support their academic growth and success. The holidays are good times for story telling around the dinner table or routines like bedtime reading that cultivate connections between home and school expectations. Young scholars do best with regular schedules, and I encourage you to prepare for their return to school on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 by instilling in them an understanding about the importance of being rested and ready to learn.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from our Ralph Bunche School family to yours.


Yours in Education,

Reggie Higgins

Principal

Familias de DICIEMBRE DIRECTOR BOLETÍN

Estimado Ralph Bunche School, como terminamos 2016, me gustaría gracias por su compromiso con la escuela de Ralph Bunche y a la creencia en una escuela pública de educación. El éxito que hemos experimentado desde la apertura del año escolar debe mucho a los padres/cuidadores y familias como la suya. Yo deseo una escapada relajante de invierno y esperamos que disfrute este tiempo con su hijo (s). Para el nuevo año, yo le deseo salud y felicidad y espero que las vacaciones de invierno ofrece una gran variedad de oportunidades para usted y su hijo (s) para hacer cosas que no podría ser capaces de lograr cuando la escuela está en sesión. Nuestros académicos y personal ha logrado mucho durante nuestros primeros meses de escuela.

Desarrollo profesional ayuda a nuestros maestros de buceo más profundo en la filosofía progresiva de la enseñanza y el aprendizaje. Nuestra visión progresista está diseñado para utilizar la curiosidad natural del niño para conducir su aprendizaje dentro del aula. Las normas a los profesores a diseñar las mejores lecciones y ayudar a estudiosos a establecer metas para el éxito. Nuestro desarrollo profesional centrado en cómo ayudar a los profesores a crear un entorno donde los eruditos pueden participar efectivamente en una amplia gama de riguroso contenido conversación, seguro, de apoyo y colaboración. Los eruditos aprenden mediante el juego y cuando tienen opción. En la escuela de Ralph Bunche nuestro enfoque instruccional es escritura en el desarrollo de estrategias. Creemos en la importancia de las tradiciones familiares y vacaciones y compartirlas con otros en la escuela.

 Le invitamos a las familias para enseñarnos acerca de su patrimonio, fortaleciendo la conexión entre el hogar y la escuela. Queremos involucrar a los niños en actividades prácticas. Animamos a cada uno de ustedes a unirse a nosotros en nuestras celebraciones. Incluso si usted no puede estar con nosotros, por favor compartir las tradiciones de su familia, recetas para días de fiesta y objetos especiales que reflejan su herencia.

  • Taller de padres (plan de estudios de tecnología de la primera infancia) — diciembre 1ª
  •  Asociación fotografía de la familia para recaudar fondos para los padres — 3 de diciembre día del cuadro
  •  escolares — diciembre • 5 padres noche Asociación mamá — 5 de diciembre
  • estudiantes exámenes dentales — diciembre 6
  • reunión del equipo de liderazgo de la escuela — 6 de diciembre (16:00)
  •  Boot Camp fusión — 7 de diciembre, 14,
  •  toda vida importa reunión familiar — diciembre 12
  •  reunión de Asociación de padres — 12 de diciembre • taller de padres (estrategias de disciplina asertiva) — diciembre 13
  • escuela RBS Tours para PK y K — diciembre 13
  • desayuno Heaf para seleccionar 5 º grado — 14 de diciembre
  • día de ABC (premios Asamblea/vacaciones Mostrar) — 16 de diciembre tiempo
  • Santa y la Navidad alrededor del mundo familia evento — 19 de diciembre
  • círculo primario de seguridad serie — 1 de diciembre, 8, 15, 22

** participación de padres reuniones es programadas cada martes de 14:20 – 15:35. Les invitamos a reunirse con el maestro de su hijo para discutir las expectativas de aprendizaje para el término y para abordar sus problemas o dudas.

 Cada año, la escuela de Ralph Bunche patrocina una actividad para ayudar a los menos afortunados. Conwell Sra. y Sra. Samson están recaudando fondos para la ayuda humanitaria en Haití. Como eruditos, ayudar a otros, están aprendiendo lecciones importantes de la formación del carácter de empatía, compasión y servicio. Pedimos a eruditos para donar $1 y artículos como lápices, papel, cuadernos. Todos los artículos donados pueden descartarse en sala 108 o 214. Por favor no hacen entregas mientras que clase o asesoría está en sesión.

 Deseo a usted y su familia una temporada de vacaciones. Nuestro último día en la escuela es el viernes 23 de diciembre (todo Ralph Bunch escuela basado después de la escuela programas se cancelan en este día también!!!) Durante las vacaciones de invierno habrá un sinfín de oportunidades para crear un vínculo más fuerte con su hijo (s) y continuar apoyando su crecimiento académico y éxito. Las vacaciones son momentos buenos para cuentos alrededor de la mesa o rutinas como la lectura de la hora de acostarse que cultivan conexiones entre hogar y escuela de las expectativas. Jóvenes investigadores se hacen mejor con horarios regulares, y os animo a preparar su regreso a la escuela en martes, 03 de enero de 2017 por inculcar en ellos una comprensión sobre la importancia de ser descansado y listo para aprender.

Felices fiestas y un feliz año nuevo de nuestra familia de Ralph Bunche School a la tuya.

Suyo en educación,

Director de Reggie Higgins

November Principal Newsletter

Dear Ralph Bunche School Families,

 Even though the weather keeps changing on us and the leaves are falling with brilliant colors of orange, red and yellow to decorate our school grounds the academic process here at the RBS is staying constant.  The teachers and scholars have established their routines and procedures for class lessons.  November is an important time for us all to reflect on the many blessings bestowed upon us.  I am certainly thankful for the many blessings in my life, including working with the amazing scholars, parents/caregivers, teachers, and support staff at the Ralph Bunche School.  This being our second year as a progressive school is exciting because I am thankful that I have 100% support from the educators that I lead.  When you take on an endeavor like this you need to know that you have the support of your staff and they have taken a leap of faith with me that this is the right approach for our school and the community.

Thomas Jefferson said, “Education is the foundation of democracy.”  The importance of participating in the democratic process was instilled in me at a very early age. Every election year, my house was filled with lively political discourse as my parents debated the important issues of the day like Civil Rights, the Vietnam War, or free breakfast in schools. They conveyed to their children the serious implications of political action.

My mother had the responsibility of insuring that voting in our home was the priority on Election Day. She would leave home with me and my twin sister along for the journey.  My mother would remind us of the sacrifices made and instilled in us this responsibility of honoring our civic duty.  We would sit in awe as we learned about a time when people of color or women were denied this right.  Then she would remind us that when we grew older, we would have the opportunity to exercise our rights and responsibilities as a citizen of this great country.

I still take those rights and responsibilities very seriously--especially as a principal.  One of the jobs of educators is to ensure that our students graduate and enter college with the ability to think critically.  The classroom is a training ground where children learn how to participate in the democratic process. Through critical thinking, problem solving, respectful debate, and exposure to diverse opinions, children become informed citizens who learn how to ask pertinent questions, formulate defensible opinions to complex issues, and understand the responsibilities and limitations of power. Opportunities like turn and talk, Socratic seminar, and other group interactions teach our students that active participation is the most effective means for change. We want our students to begin to think about themselves as stewards of this amazing democracy.

An African proverb goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  Whether you can give an hour, time once a week or once a month, we need you here.  If it works to participate as a classroom representative, Parent Association meeting, orSLT meeting, we will make sure that your time is well spent.  You just need to get involved.  Contact our Parent Coordinator, Griselda Hernandez, and she will assist in providing you the details about the meetings.  Aliya Thomas and Tomoi Zeimer, Parent Association Co-Presidents have done a superb job working hard to strengthen the bond between home and school and they are always seeking additional support for the school community.  Democracy is not only something that we talk about it is alive in our actions.  We believe in all children having access to a quality education that allows them the opportunity to fully participate in a global society.

The RBS Parent Association and Office of the Parent Coordinator were extremely generous during the Book-A-Ween Parade on October 31st. Thank you for donating treats and toys.  The parade was such a success because families created a safe, warm environment for our scholars to show off their favorite storybook characters.  It was great to see scholars discuss why they selected their character based on the character’s strengths.  Thank you also to the parents/caregivers who volunteered to supervise Book-A-Ween parties in the classrooms. 

During the October 28th assembly, scholars participated in an assembly focusing on Hispanic and Latino Heritage.  The performers at our assembly were scholars from PK – 2nd grade. Kudos to the 3rd – 5th grade families that donated food for the food tasting event. When scholars value diversity, they become responsible world citizens.   

I am grateful to work with a committed group educators that are always striving to improve their practices. We are fortunate to have many great academic institutions supporting us in this work.  BMCC has always had a relationship with the RBS. They have placed their student teachers here to gain the experience of what it is like to be an educator in a West Harlem public school.  Two professors (one has a child enrolled at the RBS—Rebecca) approached me about transforming the RBS into a model school with the assistance of the BMCC faculty. BMCC just received a grant to implement a Comprehensive Educator Empowerment Program for the RBS.  Our work will focus on aligning our curriculum, teaching practices and the use of authentic assessments to develop a more coherent progressive program. Many thanks to Rebecca and her associate Cara for always believing in what the RBS could be!!! We look forward to this new partnership.

Recent research has found that regular attendance and arriving to school on time is crucial to a child’s success, and that even a minimal number of absences or lateness during the school year can have a serious impact on a scholar’s ability to achieve.  If you have any questions or need any assistance please contact our attendance coordinator (Benjy Blatman) at 212-666-6400. You may also speak with Ms. Hernandez, Parent Coordinator.

 Yours in Education,

Reggie  Higgins

Principal