Dear PS 153 Families,
It is never easy to say good bye. As you may know I will be retiring at the end of the year. For the past twelve years I have had the honor and privilege to serve P.S. 153, first as an assistant principal and the as principal.
Being an educator is truly a calling. As teachers, we know the quality of education children receive will help determine their future. This knowledge along with state tests, an extensive curriculum, and large class sizes make this a challenging profession. Fortunately, it is also one of the most rewarding.
When I taught in parochial school, I had a poster on my door of smiling children which said, "God's biggest blessings are little ones." It is a quote that I have carried in my heart ever since. Over the years I have been blessed in different ways by our students. The strugglers have shown me perseverance, the misbehaving students have taught me patience, and the students who have physical and learning disabilities have reminded me never to put limits on what children can accomplish when given enough time and support.
Our staff in turn have been, and continue to be, a blessing to the students they teach. The children who are learning, the children who are mastering mathematical concepts, the child who is helped to emerge from his/her shell, the refuge provided for students in need, and the community of learners created and nurtured are due to the care, devotion, and dedication of our teachers. I am proud of their accomplishments which have made a huge and memorable difference in the lives of the children they teach.
Our school has also been blessed with involved and supportive parents. Many, many parents are willing to volunteer their time to lend a hand where ever and whenever it it needed. This support is invaluable to our students. It makes our school community stronger and I am so appreciative of their efforts.
As I look back on my time here, I am so grateful for our staff and our students. They have made it a pleasure to come to work every day. I will always remember my time at P.S. 153 with fondness, and leave wishing our students a bright and successful future.
Students in grades 3-6 will be taking the New York State ELA and Math Exams in the next weeks. As you know New York State has adopted the Common Core Learning Standards. These standards are designed to ensure all students learn the skills necessary for college and career readiness.
The upcoming ELA and Math tests are based on the Common Core Learning Standards and our curriculum and our instructional approaches are geared to prepare our students for success on these exams. Please reassure your child that they have been prepared to take both the ELA and Math exams and to just do their best. It is the work they do each day under the guidance of their teachers that really counts in their learning. Emphasize the importance of daily effort in class assignments, discussions and unit tests. It is the work and learning that occurs in the classroom each and every day that will determine their academic success.
The following are strategies for you to review with your children to help alleviate some of the anxieties and feelings of pressure they may have about the exams:
Visit the NYS website, www.engageny.org and click on Parent and Family Resources for additional ways you can support your child's learning. We encourage you to contact your child's teacher if you have any questions or concerns regarding the ELA and/or Math exams.
As always, we appreciate and value your partnership with our school and your involvement in your child's education.
Tuesday afternoons are very busy at PS 153! This year teachers are devoting time afterschool to meet with parents, write newsletters and conduct workshops from 2:20 to 3:15 pm. Mr. Kant runs a Parent and Child exercise class, our librarian opens the library for parents and students, teachers conduct workshops on how to prepare your child for the NYS exams, and our Parent Coordinator, Mrs. Yanez, along with our guidance counselors present workshops on a variety of topics. Please be sure to consult the PTA calendar each month for a schedule of events that may be of interest to you. If you have any suggestions regarding future activities or workshops, please contact Mrs. Yanez. She will be delighted to hear from you!
PS 153 is a community. Parents, educators, and students work together to achieve our mission statement: Learning today...Building a Solid Foundation for a Brighter Tomorrow. Please feel free to share with us suggestions regarding how we can better support you and/or your child.
Please mark your calendars for our Love of Learning Night on Thursday, February 12th at 6:30-8:00pm. We will be celebrating 100 Days of School and teachers will be conducting activities that make learning fun. Notices have gone home and we hope to see you there.
Happy New Year! I hope all our school families enjoyed their holiday celebrations with family and friends. The following is some news I would like to share with our school families:
It has been a privilege to have served as Assistant Principal of PS 153Q for nine years. This is to inform you that I will be retiring at the end of January. As I reflect back to my first day I recall the warm welcome and sincere good luck wishes that I received. I was very touched when one of the staff members mentioned that it seemed as if I had been here all along because I fit right in. I believe that is due to the hospitable nature of our teachers, parents, administrators and students and their desire to be helpful to all who enter Maspeth Elementary School.
I reflect upon the accomplishments of our students over the years and joyfully report that there have been many. We've observed the first steps of your children from prekindergarten to their last ones upon graduation from sixth grade. These strides were made with you unwavering support as well as with the support of the highly committed teachers, service providers, paraprofessionals and administrators at our outstanding school.
I believe that the level of commitment to help each and every child iss unsurpassed at our school. Our principal Mrs, Bauer, holds everyone to a high standard and embraces the needs of each student to ensure that their educational and social needs are recognized and addressed. I was fortunate to work alongside her and hold a great respect for the leadership she provides at PS 153Q. Also, my colleagues, Assistant Principals Mrs, Voogt, Mrs. Murphy and Mr. Willard have worked with dedication in order to strengthen the school's core and it was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to plan and work with them over the years.
I'm wishing you good luck, good health and much more success as your children continue their academics at PS 153Q and work to attain skills which prepare them for college and their careers. I will miss this school community and all that it represents but I walk away with a skip in my step for I have great hopes for your children's futures!
Assistant Principal, PS 153Q
The Holidays are a time of celebration and joy. The classrooms and hallways are being decorated and buzzing with anticipation. The PTA is busy hosting our Holiday Workshop, and the Band, Chorus, and our third grades are practicing for our Holiday Concert. This time of year is so exciting and special for our school community!
As we look back over the past year, we have much for which to be grateful. Our students are inquisitive, courteous, and caring. Our faculty and staff are dedicated and committed to helping each child reach his/her fullest potential. Despite budget cuts, the quality of instruction has been maintained for our students. We are thankful for the high level of parental involvement at P.S. 153. Your support of your child's education has a direct and lasting impact on his/her academic progress.
This Holiday Season celebrate the traditions of your family and faith. We are so proud of the accomplishments your children have made as we come to the close of 2013. We look forward to continued progress as we move into 2014.
We wish you all Peace, Health, Happiness, and Success to You and Your Family this Holiday Season and throughout the New Year!
Dear P.S. 153 Families,
In this season of Thanksgiving, it is customary to reflect on the many blessings for which we are thankful. I am so grateful for our dedicated teachers and staff, our supportive parents, and especially for our students who make it a joy to come to work each day.
I'd like to take this opportunity to share with out families the news that P.S. 153 received a grade of "B" on our school's Progress Report. The results reflected on the Progress Report were greatly impacted by the drop in the student scores on the New York State ELA and Math exams taken last spring. Those scores created a baseline and we fully expect our scores to increase this coming year. With that goal in mind, our teachers put forth much time and effort in planning and differentiating instruction for their students. Many are here when school opens at 7:00AM and stay way past dismissal and into the evening to ensure that their instruction addresses your child's needs. It is difficult work, made more challenging as class size increases. They need and appreciate parental support. Education is a partnership between teacher, parents, and student. Open positive learning environment for our students. We encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity to communicate with your child's teacher. Our parent coordinator, Mrs. Susan Yanez, is also available to address any issues or concerns you may have. She may be reached by phone at 347-563-4174 or you may stop in at her office which is located off the main lobby.
We are very proud of our school and know that our entire school community will work together to help our students succeed. The full Progress Report and the results of the Learning Environment Survey are available on our web site. You can access the site through the New York City Department of Education web site or by going to: http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/24/Q153 - just click on "Statistics."
By working together, and each doing our part, we will provide our students with a firm foundation for the future.
Mrs. Susan Bauer,
Excerpt from the November 2013 Newsletter
October has quickly arrived! Our students and our staff are hard at work learning and teaching. Our parent volunteers continue to help us keep your children safe at morning arrival and help us in a thousand other ways to keep things running smoothly. Thank you to everyone for getting our first month of school off to a wonderful start.
We do have wonderful students. On many occasions, visitors to our school have commented on how well behaved and respectful our students are. I tell visitors "When you have adults who respect children, you have children who respect adults." I believe this is a result of a joint effort on the part of parents and teachers. It is important for students to understand that there are different types of respect- respect for ourselves, for others, for property, and for the environment. This year the focus of our weekly assemblies will be Respect For All. These assemblies will address the academic and social behaviors that not only prepare students for success in college or a chosen career, but will also enable them to be productive and respected members of society. Our guidance counselors will also be holding parent workshops on this topic. We will be sending out more information on these workshops in the near future.
Please note the following:
We are fortunate to be a part of a team of students, parents, teachers, and paraprofessionals. Each member is essential to the success of the team. I know that by working together this will be a successful school year for our students.