May principal message

Dear P.S. 307 Families and Friends:

First and foremost, Happy May! April was very eventful, everything from ELA state test to our wonderful Autism Walk that took place. Please click on this link to see amazing photos from that day. I can confidently say that we have the finest Elementary ASD program, thanks to the finest ASD staff, including Elizabeth Figueroa, Paul Russo, and our K through 5 teachers and Paraprofessionals. Their dedication is seen every single day.

This is a great time to be a school in downtown Brooklyn. It affords us many opportunities for partnerships and college and career readiness experiences.  Through our partnership with Global Scholars, our 5th graders set out on a campaign to reduce food waste. They hosted a Food Waste assembly and are organizing a recycling team to educate their peers on how to waste less food in the cafeteria and recycle food scraps. Another group is documenting how they are composting. Not only will this result in less food waste but students will also have created work products, such as analysis of surveys, composting for our school garden, and informational presentations.

Last Tuesday, students and families participated in the CUNY Mechanical Engineering afterschool event. Students constructed solar panel cars and then tested them out in the school yard. Very cool!

On May 8th Grades 2 through 5 will be participating in Jr. Architect and Engineering day, through our partnership with the Department of Buildings. They will learn the importance of construction, the steps required to construct a building, the role of engineers and architects and how they work together. They will also learn about different types of buildings and the role the Department plays in facilitating safe development.

Did you know that a Wegman’s is scheduled to open up in summer 2019? They made outreach and we have forged a partnership. This begins with them visiting our 4th graders for a healthy foods presentation. They already know my intentions once they open. I am pushing them to consider having our students visit the various departments in the store to learn about everything from selecting products, shadowing employees, learning design layout, to how to design displays that sell. There is so much that can come out of this partnership and I am eager to get our students in there to gain skills and knowledge.

On May 17th, District 13 is hosting the District 13 STEM Expo. Selected projects will be on display at the Park Slope School.

On May 23rd we are hosting the Arts Showcase. This event will highlight all types of arts. For example, we consider computer programming to be an art. There will be a lot to see on this evening. Families and friends are encouraged to participate in our Silent Art Auction; art pieces created by our own student artists. The auction will begin at 4:30. The spring concert will begin at 7 p.m. We look forward to seeing you. There are so many great things happening at P.S. 307. The above is just the tip of the iceberg.

Family Engagement and Participation Family involvement is critical as we continue to grow. I know with busy work schedules and other life commitments, the amount of time that can be given might seem small but we can use even the tiniest amount to make sure parents are involved. Everyone can participate in some capacity and you do not have to be physically here. We all have skill sets and perhaps resources to contribute. The best entry point and way for you to be involved is to make a commitment to the establishment of a strong PTA. Every successful school has one. Every parent is a member of the PTA and hence should have a voice. Just as we encourage our students to have a voice, I encourage you to use yours in order to help the school advance and adhere to a shared vision of success. I look forward to a crowded auditorium on May 17th when the PTA hosts the elections for the upcoming school year. Pay attention to upcoming communication from the current PTA with regards to nominations.

2, 4, 6, 8, Who do we Appreciate? 307 Teachers and Paraprofessionals! May 7 -11th is Teacher Appreciation Week. Our teachers, as well as paraprofessionals, know they are appreciated, but they deserve some extra love next week. Please fill out a speech bubble by clicking on the following link #ThankATeacherNYC and make sure it is delivered to your child’s teacher and paraprofessional. Speech bubbles will also be handed out during arrival and dismissal in the next couple of days. Make sure to get one.

I wish you all a great month and as always, thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely, Stephanie Carroll Principal


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