Dr. Johnson and our student Tech Team will help anyone who brings in their old laptops to update them, turning them into Chromebooks at our first PTA meeting of the new year.
Join in the monthly PTA meeting: Wednesday, January 16, 2019 6:00 pm in the cafeteria (enter on Bay 7th Street).
Breakfast and Lunch may be free, but...
WE NEED ALL FAMILIES TO FILL OUT SCHOOL LUNCH FORMS--now called FAMILY INCOME INQUIRY FORMS--EVERY YEAR.
Why? Because from these forms, the school is able to receive additional State funding for our school programs, books, technology, and other resources. We are able to use these statistics when we apply for grants.
If you have not already done so, please complete the form online TODAY—information given directly to the Department of Education, with none of the particulars shared with the school. Let’s get all the funding we can for our students@229K!
If you have questions regarding the application contact SchoolFood's Help Desk at 877.363.6325. (If preferred, you may request a paper application from our parent coordinator and then submit it to the school. If you have questions regarding this type of application, you may also contact SchoolFood's Help Desk at 877.363.6325.)
Breakfast and lunch for Pre-K classes are brought to the classroom during the school day.
Free breakfast for Kdg. to Grade 8: Using the Bay 7th Street doors (exit 3), students enter the cafeteria by 7:50 AM.
If you have not already done so, please be sure to complete your application to help our school obtain all possible funding.
NOVEMBER 4th @ 2:00 A.M.
Click on the image below for a reminder or two. Mornings will be brighter (for a while).
So Many Activities, So Little Time
Children who are involved in extracurricular activities, from chess club to cheerleading to chorus, tend to have higher self-esteem and stronger connections to school. But an overloaded schedule with too many activities can have the opposite effect, leaving kids and parents stressed out.
Dear Staff, Students, Families, and the entire P.S. 229 Community,
As many of you are aware, Mr. Robert Zappulla decided to retire after seven years as principal.
It is with great excitement and anticipation that I take this opportunity to introduce myself as the Interim Acting Principal of P.S. 229K.
I will share a little bit about myself. I am a parent of four children. One is a graduate of the NYC public schools and the other three still attend. This year, my wife and I will have one in college, one in high school, one in middle school, and one still in elementary school. Two have IEPs and have received special education services.
I began my career as a special education teacher, with 13 years of classroom experience in a variety of settings, Pre-K though high school. I was an education administrator for two years, as part of the “regional support structure.” Returning to a school-based position, I was a middle-school assistant principal for five years. For five years, I have served as a Teacher Development & Evaluation Coach, the last four spent working with the thirty-eight schools in District 20.
My educational beliefs include the following:
I love the following quote by educator, Robert John Meehan: “Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding.” If the school community can tap into each child’s unique abilities and needs, to then provide meaningful learning experiences, we will produce not only successful learners but also successful leaders.
A simple statement can say a whole lot. For example, “Teaching is done with students, not to them.” Indeed, teaching is a complicated and challenging endeavor. Successful teaching certainly relies on content knowledge and a repertoire of instructional skills/strategies/approaches. We cannot sell short however, the necessity of building positive relationships. I believe as the late great Rita Pierson stated in her famous TedTalk, “Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like.” Leading education pioneer, James Comer put it in a slightly different way, “No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship.” Let’s build those relationships, and they will learn.
The P.S. 229 logo clearly depicts the importance of the home-school-community connection. Our students do not only learn inside of a classroom. A child’s first learning happens in the home, and it does not stop when the child enters school. We must not only continue home-school connections, but strengthen and build new ones.
Both home and school exist as part of a larger community. We must support our students and our community because they are interdependent. When our students are successful, our community thrives. When students contribute to the community, they are accepted and respected. When the community supports students’ in their struggles and celebrates their accomplishments, students feel valued and want to achieve more.
My initial hopes for us are to take what has been working well and make it even better. Find out what families, staff, and students want and need to make the school the best it can be. Then, identify the resources to make those wants/needs become a reality.
I look forward to meeting each of you, and to working together for all of our students’ successes.
Sincerely, William S. Kirk P.S. 229K, Principal I. A.
Does Everyone in Your Family Have their own Library Card?
We are fortunate to have two wonderful branches of the Brooklyn Public Library within walking distance from our school:
Dyker Library 8202 13th Ave. (at 82nd St.), Brooklyn, NY 11228 748.6261 Fully accessible Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 10 am – 6 pm Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 am – 8 pm Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm
New Utrecht Library 1743 86th St. (at Bay 17th St.), Brooklyn, NY 11214 236.4086 Fully accessible Mondays & Fridays 10 am – 6 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 10 am – 8 pm Saturdays 10 am – 5 pm
Creativity has been called a key 21st century skill. That means it—along with skills like communication and critical thinking—will help students navigate the increasingly collaborative and information-rich world that awaits them once they leave school.
Click below to discover strategies to promote creativity at home:
During the next couple of weeks, families of children entering grade 8 have an opportunity and are encouraged to prepare for the High School Admissions process which begins in September. General and specialized high school program workshops are offered throughout the boroughs in order to prepare for completing forms, auditioning, etc.
Special this month: Dr. Johnson and the Tech Team will help anyone who brings in their old computers to update them and to turn them into Chromebooks.
School is closed.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
Martin Luther King Day is a federal holiday observed on the third Monday in January, which is close to the birthday of King, Jan. 15. Congress passed the holiday legislation in 1983, which was then signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed federal legislation into law making Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national day of service. "The federal legislation challenges Americans to transform this holiday into a day of citizen action and volunteer service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. " (Capt. Anthony Carter, USAF).
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day National Day of Service
The Green Team @229K Makes Cover of NYC DOE Guide 2016
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