Parents Monthly Newsletter

January / February

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of everyone at RFK Community High School, I would like to wish you a healthy and happy new year! I hope you had a restful, enjoyable and relaxing break with your loved ones.

January is an important month of the school year. It is Fall Semester Final Exam and Regents Examinations time. Your child’s performance on these exams can affect their final grades for the term, their graduation status and determine if they will need to take remedial, non-credit courses in college. Beginning this school year, any student who fails a course in January or June must retake the course or take it over in summer school or through online courses. In the past, a student who failed a course in January could receive back credit if he or she passed the course in June. This is no longer the case. This can impact your child’s ability to be promoted or graduate. Please review this change of policy with your child. We have done so at the school level. Please talk to your child about the importance of taking and passing these important exams. Enclosed you will find the Final Exam and Regents Exam schedules along with tutoring schedules and valuable websites that can help your child prepare for the Regents Exams. The spring semester will begin on Tuesday, January 29th.

In February, the New York City Department of Education recognizes “Respect for All Week.” During this week, schools have the opportunity to highlight and build upon new diversity programs and curriculum based instruction. Schools will have the opportunity to embark upon new initiatives that promote respect for diversity and engage students in meaningful activities and practices that focus on preventing bias-based harassment, and bullying.

I am proud to report to you that at Robert F. Kennedy High School every day and every week is Respect for All Week. My staff and I are constantly and consistently working hard to promote respect for diversity in our daily practice. We believe that a child who feels valued, respected, supported and safe is more likely to respect others and be a successful student academically and socially.

I hope that you join me in further instilling these qualities:

Accepting ourselves and others

Valuing ourselves and others

Appreciating the hard work of others

Seeing a future for ourselves

Caring for ourselves and others

I thank you again for your trust in us; we appreciate your continued cooperation.

RFK PTA THANKSGIVING

Bake Sale

PTA Bake Sale

Wednesday, January 16th

Wednesday, February 13th

10:30am—12:30pm

Baked or Store bought donations are appreciated. Every student who brings in a bake sale item will receive 2 hours of community service per item.

P.T.A Meeting Dates for the 2018-2019 school year

January 17th 6 :00pm

February 13th 6:00pm

PTA Pot Luck Honor Roll Dinner - All Parents and Students are welcome!

Please bring your favorite dish or dessert to share

March 7th Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:00pm – 8:00pm

March 8th Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:30 - 2pm

April 9th 6:00pm

May 9th Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:00pm - 8:00pm


PUPILPATH

If you have not yet registered for Pupil Path. Please contact Angela Miraglia for your registration code!

Emergency Blue Card

If your home address or phone number has changed , please have your child ask for a new Blue Card from the main office to update your information.

Tutoring Tuesdays

Tutoring in all subjects on Tuesdays from

2:20pm—3:00pm

Parent Engagement Tuesdays

Parents: You can meet with your child’s teachers at 2:30pm on any Tuesday. Please advise your child’s Guidance Counselor in advance of the date you would like to meet with them.

Flu Vaccinations

Dear Parents or Guardians:

Winter will be here soon, and so will the flu. Influenza is a respiratory disease that can spread easily. While most people are sick for a few days and then get better, some can get very sick, even those who are perfectly healthy before getting the flu.

Vaccination is the best way to protect your child from the flu. The New York City Health Department recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive the flu vaccine. The New York City Department of Education recommends that every student receive the vaccine. Vaccinating your child against the flu reduces the likelihood they will get the disease. If your child receives the flu vaccine but still gets sick, it is likely their illness will be less severe.

There are several ways to get your child a flu vaccine:

 Ask your child’s regular health care provider about the vaccine.

 If your child’s school has a School-Based Health Center (SBHC), you can give consent for your child to receive a flu vaccine from the SBHC.

 Visit a pharmacy: pharmacists can now vaccinate children 2 years of age and older. Check with the pharmacist at your local pharmacy to see if they vaccinate children and from what age. Pharmacies offer walk-in service and evening and weekend hours.

To find a clinic or pharmacy, visit nyc.gov/health/map, call 311 or text “flu” to 877877.

If you have any questions or want more information, talk to your doctor or call 311.

Sincerely,

Principal