2nd Grade Meet-the-Author-Illustrator Visit Don Tate

2016_AuthorDonTate1Dear Second Graders and Parents,

We are excited to bring acclaimed author-illustrator Don Tate to our library on Friday, February 12th to speak to our second grade classes. Don will talk about how he created POET: The Story of George Moses Horton. He will also talk about his journey from shy boy and reluctant reader to author-illustrator. He will have some students draw with him and tap into their problem solving skills with illustration riddles.

Please note, this talk is during school hours and is for the students only but we want to let parents know so they can help their kids get familiar with Don’s books before the visit.2016_AuthorDonTate3

Before the visit
We have purchased copies of Don’s books for each 2nd grade classroom and there are additional copies in the school library.

To make the most out of Don’s visit
• Consider checking out Don’s books from the school or public library.
• Talk up the visit before the actual date. The more excited the kids are about it, the more they’ll get out of it.

2016_AuthorDonTate2For more information, visit Don’s website. You can find great activity guides for POET there.  If you have any questions or suggestions for this author visit, please contact our school Librarian, Mr Marcus, at adam.marcus@ps32.org

We’re looking forward to a great visit!

About the author
Don Tate is an award-winning author and the illustrator of numerous critically acclaimed books for children. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, he currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and son.

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Happy Lunar New Year 2016!

2016_LunarNewYearMonkeyOn Feb 8th, the NYC Department of Education will observe the Lunar New Year holiday by closing offices and schools. We look forward to celebrating the Lunar New Year with P.S. 32 students during the Lunar New Year Performance happening on Friday, February 12th.

The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays celebrated in many Asian countries, including China, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, India, Mongolia, Indonesia, and Taiwan. In each country, it may take on a different name (Tết in Vietnam….Seollal in Korea…Losar in Tibet).

The date of the New Year changes each year, as it is based on the lunar calendar. This year it begins on February 8, 2016. The holiday is 15 days long and ends with the Lantern Festival on February 22, 2016.


It is a holiday custom to give red envelopes filled with money to children. These envelopes symbolize good wishes and good luck for the New Year!

This year is the Year of the Monkey!

What are Monkeys like? Monkeys are clever, inventive, energetic, sociable and funny. Monkeys are curious and great problem solvers! You are a monkey if you were born in the year 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968,1956, 1944, 1932, or 1920….

To get ready for the New Year, families will hang special poems, get haircuts, clean the house, and decorate with bright colors. On the New Year, people will wear new clothes, honor their ancestors, visit friends and family, and celebrate over a huge feast.

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Free MS Office to families of NYC Students

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Chinese New Year Feb 8th – GSS Vacation Programming

Good Shepherd ServicesDear Parents/Guardians:

Good Shephard Services After School Program will offering vacation programming on the following days for elementary school students:

  • Chinese New Year, Monday Feb 8th @PS32 10AM-4PM

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PS32 Square1Art Fundraiser

2016_squareart_logoDear PS32 Families,

Your child has been busy making beautiful artwork that can be made into many fun products such as magnets, t-shirts, mouse pads, ornaments and much more!

Coming home to you soon is a school sponsored elementary fundraiser called Square 1 Art. Square 1 takes your child’s artwork and makes it into great products for you to purchase. These products are wonderful keepsakes and gifts for family and friends. Celebrate your child’s artistic achievement and support our school at the same time!2016_squareart_fundraiser

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P.S. 32’s FREE Winter Movie Double Feature!

frozen-sing-alongThe PTA of PS32 presents a

Free Winter Movie Double Feature

Saturday, Jan 30th @ PS32 Auditorium


iceage11:15am – Ice Age
12:45pm – Purchase Snacks, Pizza & Hot Chocolate!
1:15pm – Frozen – Sing-A-Long Version – Bring your tiara!

Everyone is welcome to attend!

$1 Popcorn ❄ $5 Pizza + Hot Chocolate ❄ $17 Frozen Sing-A-Long Book

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“The Kids Cook Monday” – Wellness Family Workshop


The PTA of PS 32 Wellness Committee is hosting a Wellness Family Workshop.

 “The Kids Cook Monday”
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 5:30 p.m.
PS 32 School Cafeteria

ON THE MENU: “Eye See You Stir Fry”


RSVP to wellness.committee.chair@ps32.org For more information on The Kids Cook Monday, visit www.thekidscookmonday.org

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CANCELLED – Third Grade Parent Workshop on Testing

PTA of P.S. 32 Samuel Mills Sprole School's photo.CANCELLED TUES 1/26 – Due to the recent bad weather and condition of some roads, the 3rd grade parent talk on testing is cancelled. Details on rescheduling coming soon.

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