• National Junior Honor Society P.S./I.S. 229K Chapter

    "The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929."

    "Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in official Honor Society activities. National Honor Society (high school) and NJHS (middle school) chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service."  (Source:  NJHS webpage)

    The P.S./I.S. 229K Chapter was chartered October 27, 2010.  
    We will celebrate our seventh annual induction ceremony on
    Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 6:30 PM.
    All are welcome.

    PS/IS 229K
  • Learn to Ride—Kids | Bike New York

    Learn to Ride—Kids is a free group class for children who are ready to ditch their training wheels and ride a two-wheeler for the first time. With our safe, easy, effective method and experienced instructors, kids will learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bicycle. Most students get the hang of it in one session, but even if they don’t, parents will leave equipped with an easy, low-stress technique that will have their kids riding independently in no time.

    This is not a school-sponsored event, but it is brought to our wider community due to the "Bike Safety" work of our fourth grade gifted and talented classes over the past few years.  To find out more details and to register, click here: Bike NYC

    Saturday, June 3, at the Dyker Basketball Courts in the park.  Remember:  pre-registration is required (using the link above).

    PS/IS 229K
  • Families Need to Address 13 Reasons Why

    Our first priority is providing a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students. As parents and educators, it is important that we be aware of what our young people are watching, reading and talking about. This helps open the door for important conversations centered on topics that interest them. It also provides an opportunity for you to offer support and guidance and be aware of what information they may be getting from the media and their peers.

    Many students are watching and talking about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

    Find out more. Click here.

    PS/IS 229K
  • National PTA's TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

    Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.

    Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12, 2017. We can’t wait to #ThankATeacher with you!

    This year’s theme is “Teachers Deliver.” And they do! Teachers deliver so much to our students—inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures. From May 8-12, 2017, we would like to celebrate teachers and deliver our thanks and gratitude to them.

    Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Join us during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week to #ThankATeacher for all that they deliver to our nation’s children.

    Source:  National PTA website

     

    PS/IS 229K
  • New York State Examinations for Grades 3-8: Mathematics

    During the first week of May, students in grades 3 to 8 will participate in the annual New York State Mathematics Examinations.

    Every spring, the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Examinations are administered to students across New York State.  These annual tests are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction and help to ensure that students are on the right track to graduate from high school with the critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills needed for success in college and the modern workplace.  

    Click here to read more about the 2017 NYS ELA and Math Exams.

    NYS Q&A for Families 

    PS/IS 229K
  • EARLY CHILDHOOD OPEN HOUSE

    Families with early childhood age children who will (or hope to) be joining the school community @229K are invited to our annual Open House.  

    Come to see and hear about our Kindergarten and school programs, with a focus on Gifted & Talented:

    Friday, April 21, 2017
    9 AM (about one hour)
    Enter on Bay 7th Street.

    Consider sharing our motto, "Home - School - Community, " with your family.

    Go Tigers!  (The 229 Tigers are our middle school basketball team.)

    PS/IS 229K
  • PTA MARCH FOR VETERANS DRIVE

    During most of this month, we would like to show appreciation to our neighbors at the Brooklyn Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital (800 Poly Place, across from the Dyker Beach Golf Course) through a collection of the following suggested items for those whom they serve:
    >  Circle Word Search (large print)
    >  Pencils/Pens
    >  Board games
    >  Jigsaw Puzzles
    >  Various toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, comb, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

    Students may drop off items in our main lobby.  The drive ends on March 21. 

    PS/IS 229K
  • NYC Public Schools will be Closed on Tuesday, March 14. 2017

    Check the NYC DOE website  http://schools.nyc.gov  for up-to-date information about NYC Public Schools.

    PS/IS 229K
  • Come to the Fairs!

    Thursday, March 9th, will be a big day for our school community during the hours of Parent-Teacher Conferences:
    12:30-2:30 PM &
    4:30-7:30 PM

    New! Family Health Fair (main lobby):  Come and see the table of resources available locally and, in the afternoon, meet some representatives from these organizations.

    Grades 5-8 Science Fair (multi-purpose room):  Come and see the display of official class winners. 

    PS/IS 229K
  • SUPPORTING ALL OUR STUDENTS

    The New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the Mayor’s Office are committed to protecting the right of every student in New York City to attend public school, regardless of immigration status. The United States Supreme Court has also recognized the importance of public education for all students, including undocumented students. Your child is our top priority, and we will do everything in our power to protect that right and ensure all students get a quality education.

    We take pride in our diversity. Immigrant parents, students, principals, teachers and other staff are a part of what makes our schools, and New York City, the amazing, strong, vibrant places they are. Whether you or your family arrived 100 years or 100 days ago —you are New Yorkers— and we stand with you.

    To help ensure that all children continue to learn in safe, nurturing environments, we are providing the following direction to the staff members at our schools:

    As in the past, DOE staff will not ask about or keep a record of the immigration status of a student or family member. If you do share confidential information, including immigration status, about yourself or your family, it will be protected under the City’s confidentiality policy and the Chancellor’s Regulations.

    DOE staff will not grant unlimited access to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Like all other law enforcement agencies, ICE is not permitted access to schools without proper legal authority. If ICE officers go to a school for immigration enforcement purposes, they will be referred to the principal who will take appropriate action.

    DOE staff will not release student information unless required to by law.

    Anyone in our schools seeking immigration legal services will be referred to ActionNYC. ActionNYC is a program that offers free, safe immigration legal help from trusted community organizations, in your communities and in your language.
    All New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, can continue to access City services. Call 311 or visit nyc.gov/immigrants for more information from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Additionally, resources are available on the DOE website at http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/schools/SupportingAllStudents.htm. This area of our website will be expanded in the coming weeks.

    School staff will ensure all students are in safe and supportive learning environments. The DOE’s policy is to maintain safe and inclusive schools that are free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination on account of actual or perceived race, color, religion, age, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), or weight. Any incidents or concerns should be immediately reported to school staff, who will investigate and take swift action.
    Thank you for entrusting your child’s education to us. Nothing is more important than putting our 1.1 million students on the path to success.

    Sincerely,
    Carmen Fariña 
    Chancellor Commissioner
    Nisha Agarwal
    NYC Department of Education Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

    January 30, 2017

    For more information, click below:

    PS/IS 229K

From the Principal's Pen

"A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark."  February 14, 2015
This ancient Chinese proverb sets a wonderful tone for the mid-winter recess as families hopefully get to spend more time together.  


Happy Holidays!  December 26, 2014
On behalf of all of us @229K, I extend to you our wishes for a wonderful holiday season with family and friends, including a peaceful New Year for home, school, community, and the world.  We resume studies on Monday, January 5, 2015.



Saluting our Veterans  November 9, 2014
This morning I attended a presentation regarding a program where veterans mentor fellow veterans who are in transitional housing due to homelessness in New York City.  These veterans build bonds with one another as the mentor is part of the companion's life journey--a journey of struggle and celebration which often may include a job search or choosing to continue their education on the road toward a career.  The program itself concludes after a prescribed amount of time with a graduation ceremony.

How this resonated within me, recalling our school mission to guide our children in meeting "standards of excellence and [becoming] productive citizens of the 21st Century."  The challenging Common Core Learning Standards have been implemented across the nation to focus our attention on "college and career readiness" for all students, including English language learners and those in special programs.  The success of 229K is the result of our common efforts, "home, school, and community," to guide our children toward graduation.  It is always important for adults (parents and staff) to think back, recalling the world around us when we were in our child's age range, for, though the world evolves, we have lived through it.  Now, it is our turn to support ("mentor") our children through the natural stages, trials, and errors of youth, including our support along the road toward their successes in the more rigorous studies expected of them.

During the mini-lecture, the mentor explained his role, in part:  actively listening without necessarily commenting, bonding with trust, and unearthing goals and dreams for the future.  How often have you found yourself doing these very things when guiding your own child or student?

This speaker's decision to become a veteran was summed up in this way:  "It is about doing something bigger than yourself."    Yes, for our children, college and career readiness; something bigger:  that is my hope for every child @229K.

P.S.  On Monday, November 10, all are encouraged to wear "Red, White, and Blue" as a salute to our veterans.


Ragamuffin Parade 2014  September 29, 2014
Where were you on the last official summer Saturday of September?  Many of you performed along Third Avenue, while others supported the school band by marching, along with an array of "famous" characters--far from ragamuffins!--who were accompanied by their families. 

Earlier that morning, as my exterminator visited for the regular quarterly visit, I talked about the parade and  she asked, "You mean the Ragamuffin Parade?"   On Sunday, speaking with some friends in Manhattan about the Brooklyn Parade, caused one to interject, "Was it the Ragamuffin Parade?"  Even those no longer in the neighborhood have fond memories of this wonderful event.

Thanks to Ms. Oppel and the band students who took the time to prepare and share their talents with the wider community at this longstanding Brooklyn tradition. We are grateful for your participation in leading us down the avenue:  you make us all glad to be a part of 229K.

Carnival 2014  September 21, 2014
We had beautiful weather for our annual PTA Carnival.  As bright as the sun was shining, so were the smiles of our dear children.  As refreshing as the breeze that kept the sun's warmth comfortable, so too, the catching up with our alumni, now in high school, who stopped by to visit and have a hot dog to support their school. 

I am extremely grateful to all the volunteers who made this day a celebration of home, school, and community.  Involvement in our PTA permits wonderful events such as this to take place--and what a successful kick-off to the school year it was!
                               

Pondering –  16 December 2012
My dear members of the 229 school community,

Once again we find ourselves in the midst of current events that are alarming to us as a society, and particularly in educational environments where each and every child is the focus of our concern.

As the first day of winter draws near, the night grows longer.  As such, peoples of the northern hemisphere have long combated these cold and long, fear-filled evenings with hopeful celebrations of light.  At this time, we may need to share our own type of “light,” especially with our children.

This is the light that we must continue to share with our children:  no matter what they see or hear, they are loved.  To quote the teacher from the Newtown public school who protected her class by calling them to safety through silence: “I love you;”  please say this to your child and say it often.  Share the warmth of this light:  Spend time with your child doing things that your child enjoys.  Hug your child, and hug him/her often.

This is the light that we must continue to share with our children:  no matter what they see or hear, they have a future with amazing possibilities.  What does your child enjoy doing well?  Ask about it.  Encourage it.  What subjects at school will help them nurture it as they mature into fully independent learners?  Relate that interest and the importance of schooling to a number of occupations they may choose from when they grow up. 

This is the light that we must continue to share with our children:  no matter what they see or hear, they are cared for, especially by the adults who surround them—in the family, as friends, and at school.  Let them know that whenever they feel sad, discouraged, or feel any burden, there is an adult—that special someone—who wants to speak with them and help them.  The father of Emilie Parker, age 6, said “his daughter loved to try new things – except for new food.  And she was quick to cheer up those in need.  ‘She was beautiful. She was blond. She was always smiling.’”  What three or four thoughtful things would say about your child?   Be sure to tell him/her.

Building one’s family on such a firm foundation will support the necessary, age-appropriate discussion to have with your children about the horrific events that occurred to the innocents in Connecticut.  One resource, from the American Federation of Teachers, may be found athttp://aftorg/yourwork/tools4teachers/together/schonfeld.cfm.

This Saturday, the hours of daylight will begin lengthening.  The sun will shine a little more each day.  Let us help our children look forward to tomorrow.  Let us help our children look forward to a bright future.  Let us help our children make “New Year’s Resolutions” of wonderful long-term goals for an excellent life (even if these may change every month, week, day or hour—depending on their age).  

This is the light we must continue to share with our children:  When daylight returns, night time fades.  There is hope for the future.  There is caring for one another.  There is love. 

May the love shared during the holiday season fill the hearts of you and yours.

For the sake of the children, I am

Sincerely yours,
Mr. R. Zappulla,
Principal