May Principal Newsletter

Dear RBS Family,

With the change in the weather and the increase in scholar activities after-school, we are seeing some overall changes in the scholars. Behavior is a little looser, homework is being missed and overall scholars appear to be ready for a summer vacation.  The teachers and I have talked with scholars reminding them that we are looking for their best behavior in the classrooms, playground, bus, and all areas of their school day. We expect all scholars to behave in a respectful and safe manner. We are proud of them and their accomplishments and encourage scholars to finish their school year doing their best!

We begin this month by celebrating our wonderful staff and recognizing all mothers.  The first week of May (the week of May 1 - 5) is Staff Appreciation Week. One of the nicest gifts a scholar or parent/caregiver can give a staff member is a letter of appreciation for a staff member’s file or a card. I accept letters throughout the school year and during the summer so please feel free to send these in at your convenience.

Thank you to those parents/caregivers who completed the School Survey. The responses from this survey are used to establish priorities for the school like how we can improve communication to parents/caregivers, enriching the existing curriculum and ensuring that the learning environments are inclusive for all scholars.

Many thanks to Mr. Blatman for all of his amazing efforts in sponsoring and coordinating the District 5 STEM Expo being held on Saturday, May 20th. We love seeing all of the projects and are pleasantly surprised to see new explorations! We are thrilled that this STEM Expo provides scholars an opportunity to collaborate on projects where they investigated something they were wondering about. Hats off to our budding scientists!!!

We want to wish all moms a very wonderful Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14th.

There will be no school for scholars on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day. Thank you to all families who have lost a loved one or who has a loved one currently serving in the armed services on behalf of our country. We recognize the sacrifice that families make in support of loved ones who serve.

Alvaro Cabrera is the parent of a second grade scholar and he has invited all families to participate in an online focus group regarding progressive education. The purpose of this activity is to help answer the question: What should progressive education look like when applied to our school? The ideas that emerge from the forum will be synthesized, summarized and organized by the group facilitator, and handed to the PA board and the school as a contribution to this important ongoing debate. To participate, families can enter whenever your schedule permits, during a period of five days, to post, comment, and answer to other parents. The online group will be open from Wednesday April 26th at 7am, to Monday May 1st at noon.

Please save Saturday, June 3rd to join all of us at the Family Day Spring Festival.  The event runs from 12pm – 4pm and we expect a day of fun-filled activities for families.

Best regards,

Reggie Higgins













This month is full of events for our scholars:

Alley Pond Park                                              K-111                                        May 2nd

Harlem Grown                                                2-206                                       May 3rd

Dewitt Clinton HS (Behind the Book)           2-206                                       May 9th

Instinet(Read Ahead)                                 5-207, 5-216                             May 11th

Global Language Project                                Select classes                        May 15th

Harlem Grown                                                PK 107                                    May 18th

District 5 STEM Expo                                    All classes                               May 20th

Harlem Grown                                                PK 103, PK 112                      May 24th

American Museum of Natural History           PK 103, PK 107, PK 112          May 26th

Randalls Island                                               Grades 1 -5                             May 26th

S’Cool Sounds                                                Select classes                        May 31st

TADA Musical Theater                                  (206,207,215,216)                   May 30th

TADA Musical Theater                                  (108,110,211,213,217)            June 1st

Family Day Spring Festival                            All families & classes              June 3rd


·  PK Stepping up is June 20th

·  Kindergarten Moving up is June 21st

· Fifth grade Promotional Ceremony is June 22nd


Reginald Higgins