Parents Monthly Newsletter

A MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

November, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Parent-teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 5pm – 8pm and Friday, November 30, 2018 from12pm – 2pm. Please attend and visit with your child’s teachers.

You will be receiving your child’s report card on November 15, 2018. Please take a few minutes to review the report card with your child. While there is only one more marking period left before the end of the first semester (January 2019), there is still plenty of time and opportunity for your child to improve and succeed academically. Your child’s performance on Mid-term exams and Regents exams can affect the final grade in his/her class. Now more than ever is the time for your child to get organized, attend every class every day, stay focused and work hard so that the semester ends on a positive note.

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 chance of being promoted or graduating. Please review this change of policy with your child. We have done so at the school level.

In order to support your child’s success this term and for the rest of the year, we are offering:

Tutoring on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2:20 – 3:20pm. See the enclosed Tutoring Schedule.


I am also counting on your continued cooperation to help us help your child. Here are some tips you may apply to support your child:

  • Build self-confidence in your child.
  • Create a calm and happy atmosphere at home.
  • Make your home environment comfortable for your child to study.
  • Help your child set boundaries by avoiding distractions such as cell phones, Facebook, video games, etc.
  • Offer incentives such as trips, dinner out etc.
  • Make your child feel motivated and confident with some words of encouragement.


I hope you agree with me that the success of our students hinges on the teachers, the principal, but also on you – the parents. You may also check the progress of your child anytime with PupilPath. If you are not online with PupilPath, please call your child’s Guidance Counselor or our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Miraglia (ext.1010) to register.


I look forward to seeing you during PTA meetings and welcome you to visit the school whenever you are available. We will find the time to sit with you and review your child’s progress.

Thank you again for working with us.

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

September 25th - ESL Orientation / Welcome – 5:00pm

September 26th – Curriculum Night 5:00pm – 8:00pm

October 22nd - Financial Aid Night—6:00pm

October 23rd - Open House for prospective students - 5:00pm

November 29th Parent/Teacher Conferences 5:00pm – 8:00pm

December 6th 5:00pm

PTA Holiday Pot Luck Dinner – All Parents and Students are welcome!

Please bring your favorite dish or dessert to share

January 17th 6 :00pm

February 13th 6:00pm

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

April 9th 6:00pm

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


RFK PTA THANKSGIVING

Bake Sale

Tuesday, November 13th

10:00am – 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.

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