Spotlight on Learning

Our spotlight this month is on Mike Nappi and Maris Edward's 2nd grade.

Click here to have a glimpse into their welcoming, rigorous classroom. 



Parents Connect


All Signs Point to Success

PS 347 - The American Sign Language & English Lower School
Terry Acevedo Parent Coordinator



January 5, 2015

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Welcome back to school after what I hope was a wonderful and exciting winter break spent with family and friends. The second half of the school year is well underway with staff and students once again actively engaged in teaching and learning. We are excited about the educational challenges that lie ahead of us and know you will continue to assist us in our efforts to make our school the best it can possibly be.


UPCOMING EVENTS

1/7/15 Retake picture day

1/19/14 School close Martin Luther King Jr. day

1/20/14 Parent Association meeting 10:00am

1/23/14 1st Family Cook Shop 1:00pm

1/29/14 Pre-K Non Attendance Day








 PTA Meetings for 2014-5

All Meetings are held in the PS347 School Building.

ALL Dates are subject to change.

PTA meetings are held once a month on a Tuesday.

Time: 10:00am-12:00pm Room: 116-A

December 16th, 2014

January 20th, 2015

February 24th, 2015

March 17th, 2015

April 21st, 2015

May 19th, 2015

June 16th, 2015



2014-2015 SLT Meetings:

All Meetings are held in the PS347 School Building.

ALL Dates are subject to change.

SLT meetings are held once a month on a Tuesday.

Time: 4:05pm-7:05pm


December 16th, 2014

January 20th, 2015

February 24th, 2015

March 17th, 2015

April 21st, 2015

May 19th, 2015

June 16th, 2015


ASL Message from Dave



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Actress/Dancer Alexandria Wailes visits PS 347
February 25, 2015 

Alexandria Wailes has been a member of the Heidi Latsky Dance Company since January 2013. She attended University of the Arts and has a BFA in Modern Dance.

Ms. Wailes’ acting credentials include Broadway: BIG RIVER and numerous NY/regional theatre: MOTHER COURAGE, A KIND OF ALASKA, GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES, FETES DE LA NUIT, PIPPIN, THE WILD BOYS, SLEEPING BEAUTY WAKES, BIG RIVER;

Television: LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT and NURSE JACKIE.

Film: THE HYPERGLOT, THEATRE OF WAR, ALWAYS CHASING LOVE, FREEDOM IS NOT FREE, AN EXPERIENCE and THE TUBA THIEVES.

Web series: 258 NEWS, WEINER & WEINER.

She was the associate choreographer for Deaf West Theatre/ Forest of Arden’s revival of SPRING AWAKENING in the fall of 2014. She will return to partake in the remount at the Wallis in LA in late Spring 2015. 

Ms. Wailes just completed filming for a full feature independent film, title and release date TBA. She received a 2003 Tony Honoree Award for BIG RIVER and nominated for lead actress in a musical from the LA Ovation awards in 2007.

Let's welcome her and thank her for sharing her career journey with our Deaf and Hard of hearing students.




January Newsletter from Dave

Dear Parents,


During the December School Leadership Team meeting,
 the SLT reviewed, and approved, our 2014-2015 Comprehensive Education Plan. It was then approved by our new District 2 Superintendent, Bonnie Laboy. Therefore, I am pleased to share the new CEP goals with you. The CEP goals are aligned with Chancellor Farina’s Capacity Framework and addresses five elements that make a school successful. They are, as follows:

Rigorous Instruction:
By June of 2015, in grades 4-8, 75% of students (at least 16 out of 21) who scored between a level 2.0 and a level 2.99 on the State ELA testwill reach proficiency (level 3 or higher).

Supportive Environment:
By June of 2015, 90% of students will agree with the statement: “Most of the teaching staff at my school make me excited about learning.”

Collaborative Teachers:
By June of 2015, 100% of teacher teams in K-8 will take ownership of their students’ progress and actively use a protocol to examine student work in order to identify gaps and to collaboratively choose research-based strategies to close the gap.

Effective School Leadership:
A survey administered by the Professional Learning Committee in June, 2015 will indicate that 85% of teachers are satisfied by the support provided by school leaders.

Strong Family and Community Ties:
By May of 2015, 90% of our parents will have attended either a Parent Workshop or a Parent Teacher Conference, leading to increased student performance and student attendance.

As you notice, one of our goals connects to parent involvement. This is one way you can help us meet our goals. Our teachers, parent coordinator and I are making a concerted effort to provide more opportunities for you to become involved and attend events in our school. One event we invite you to is a workshop series for parents/guardians of Pre-K through 5th grade families called Cookshop for FamiliesIt connects with the Cookshop program the students are doing in their classrooms.

If you are interested, please contact our parent
coordinator, Terry Acevedo, for more information. We thank you for choosing PS 347 for your child/children. We thank you for your partnership and are looking forward to working together.

All signs point to success!

David Thacker Bowell
Principal


~Cooking Classes for Families~

PS 347 is participating in the Food Bank's CookShop for Families free cooking lessons program. CookShop for Families offers hands-on, interactive workshops for families and feature simple, healthy recipes that use fresh foods. 

Adults who participate must attend the 4th Friday of every month.
 Email Terry at tacevedo@ps347.org to sign up.

The classes will be held at PS 347 from 1-2pm.

Jan 23rd
Feb 27th
Mar 27th
April 24th
May 8th
May 29th

Please join us for this FREE Cookshop for Families program!


Ideas for Learning at home

Click here for some great ways to increase learning at home!

Shop Fairway and Give Back

We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with the Fairway Market Community Partners program. For every dollar you spend at Fairway, 3% or more in cash will be donated back to your school's PTA fund.

Please contact Terry, our Parent Coordinator at tacevedo@ps347.org for a card if you haven't already received one. Just present it every time you shop at Fairway. Thanks!

Enjoy Fairway and Support PS 347!


Tuesday, March 17
PTA Meeting
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location 116B
School Leadership Team
4:05 PM - 7:05 PM
Location TBA
Thursday, March 19
Author David McPhail visits
Room 212
More details to come!
Tuesday, April 21
PTA Meeting
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location 116B
School Leadership Team
4:05 PM - 7:05 PM
Location TBA

Giving back