3rd Grade Author-Illustrator Visit with Sean Qualls & Selina Alko

Dear Third grade students and Parents,

2016QuallsAlkoVisit_two friendsWe are excited to bring acclaimed author-illustrators Sean Qualls and Selina Alko to our library to speak to our third grade classes Thursday May 5th, 2016. Sean and Selina will discuss their process of collaboration for their two co-illustrated books: The Case for Loving and Two Friends. They will also talk about how they make their art.

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 Sean and Selina’s books before the visit.

Before the visit2016QuallsAlkoVisit_case for loving
We have purchased copies of Sean and Selina’s books for each 3rd grade classroom and there are additional copies in the school library.

To make the most out of Sean & Selina’s visit
• Consider checking out their 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.

For more information about the author-illustrators, visit their w2016QuallsAlkoVisit_B is for brooklynebsites: selinaalko.com and seanqualls.com.  If you have any questions or suggestions for this author visit, please contact our school Librarian, Mr Marcus, at adam.marcus@ps32.org

Thank you for your participation—we’re looking forward
to a great visit!

About the Author-Illustrators

2016QuallsAlkoVisit_seanAndSelinaSean Qualls (illustrator) and Selina Alko (author-illustrator) have written and illustrated many celebrated, award-winning books for children. They are married and  live in Brooklyn with their two children.

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Class of 2015-2016 Graduation Photos are ready!

PS 32 Kindergarten and 5th Grade
Cap & Gown Pictures are online!2016_SGP_graduationORDER BY APRIL 28th FOR FREE SHIPPING TO SCHOOL

After deadline, shipping/handling fees apply to all orders. Your orders will ship about two weeks after April 28th. Visit stompinggroundphoto.com to order online or contact help@stompinggroundphoto.com for questions. Please include the school and student name.

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Spring Break Readathon!

ReadathonLogoRaise money for the PS 32 Library by reading!

Over the spring break the only homework is to read! We are asking for people to sponsor students by donating $1 for every 30 minutes they read. If every student in the school was sponsored and read 30 minutes a day we could raise over $4,500! Help us to raise more by sponsoring a class or team! Money raised will be used to add materials to our collection and library programing. Flyers, sponsor sheets and reading logs are being sent home this week.  

Each class will be assigned to one of four teams (based on George O’Connor’s Olympians). The team that logs the most minutes read will win a pizza lunch in the library!

If you have any questions please reach out to adam.marcus@ps32.org or melissa.leman@ps32.org

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🌷🌷Spring is here at the P.S. 32 Garden!🌷🌷


“The more they interact with all phases of compost, the more they become accustomed to thinking about food waste, the more they understand ecological cycles, the more they understand organic farming, the more they get outdoors in the urban environment, the more bugs they see…” – Farmer Fred

It’s time to get the PS 32 garden cleaned up and ready for classes to plant and explore. Farmer Fred and the children are excited to start planting. We have two family events coming up:

1. Schoolwide Compost Competition II. Students can earn another homework-free day by collecting food scraps for compost next week (April 11-15). Last time,  we gathered around 400 pounds of materials for composting. Let’s do this again! We’ll be collecting fruit/vegetable scraps, eggshells, coffee grounds and brown filter papers in the morning on the playground track. NO NUTS, please.

2. Garden Build Day Saturday, April 16 from 10am-2pm. Work side-by-side with Farmer Fred and other P.S. 32 families to help get our garden ready for spring!  We’ll be chopping compost, shredding leaves and preparing outdoor classrooms. We have a special hands-on berry planting project for kids! Come enjoy the garden and help beautify our school. Food will be served.  There will be garden activities for kids and the playground will be open.  RSVP garden.committee@ps32.org  or just come by with your shovel!

We look forward to seeing you!
🌷 The Garden Committee 🌱

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NYS English Language Arts Test Administration: April 5, 6, 7

ps32_circleStudents in grades 3, 4 and 5 will take the NYS ELA test this week. Students who have opted out will be working on learning activities in non-testing classrooms during the test. Continue reading

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🍏 Healthy Snack time at PS32 🍊

ptaofps32April 5, 2016

Dear PS 32 Families and Teachers,

The PTA of PS 32 Wellness Committee is committed to providing a school environment that supports the overall health and wellbeing of our school community of students, staff and families. The Committee aims to promote positive healthy behaviors, through hand’s-on education on eating for good health and nutrition, by providing greater access to nutritious foods, and by establishing programs based on DOE Wellness Policies to increase physical activity and promote mindfulness.

The Wellness Committee provides classroom teachers with suggestions and guidelines for serving healthy snacks to their students during snack-time. Below is a list of nut-free healthy food snacks the committee suggests for classroom snack-time and celebrations:

  • Fruits: Fruit salad, apples slices, bananas (if no airborne allergies among students exist), blueberries, cantaloupe cubes, cherries, clementines, grapes, quartered kiwis, orange wedges, strawberries, raspberries, watermelon cubes, dried fruit, raisins
  • Vegetables: baby carrots, cucumber slices, edamame, guacamoleBoxTopApple
  • Grains: whole grain crackers, low-fat/low- salt popcorn, rice cakes, flat breads, pretzels
  • Power Snacks: banana with sunbutter, fruit smoothies, salsa and tortilla strips, hummus with baby carrots, sunbutter and celery

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2016 Spring Box Tops contest is underway!

 Dear PS 32 Families and Staff,

We here in the Box Tops world have had enough of winter and are thinking spring. If we talk about warm weather and blooming plants enough, maybe we will see them sooner. In the fall, the Owls, Squirrels, Pumpkins, and Apples collected thousands of box tops and earned almost $500 for our school. The Owls made a surprise comeback to win the fall contest, 2015APR27_BTHUMsubmitting over a thousand box tops on the last day! The participation from each team was exceptional.

This round we have new teams with fresh new SPRING mascots:
Monarchs, Hummingbirds, Cherry Blossoms, and Tulips.
The four teams are all putting forth a great effort so far.  You can follow their progress on the chart in the main hallway.
Box Tops can be submitted by sending them in your child’s folder, or placed in the purple folder2015APR27_BTTULIP on the wall next to the chart.  Submission forms can be found in the hallway by the chart, or a regular piece of paper will do.  Just make sure to write your team name or your child’s class number. It’s a fun and easy way to raise money for our school! Good luck!
The contest runs from now until May 16th. Keep clipping away!  Continue reading
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Save the date – GSS Summer Camp Applications – April 25th

2015APR02_GSS_SUMMERCAMPSummer time’s coming, get those medical forms ready!

Applications will be distributed the following days:
MONDAY, APRIL 25, 2016 – For all currently enrolled Good Shepherd Families
TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016 – For all Families Continue reading

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