Principal's Newsletter - November, 2021
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I hope this newsletter finds you all well and in the best of spirits. What a wonderful November it has been. From celebrating kindness to welcoming distinguished guests, we continue to thrive to ensure a positive and engaging school experience for all of our students.
On behalf of the entire PS147 school community, we wish you and your families a safe and healthy Thanksgiving Holiday.
Ms. Sandra Noyola
November has been filled with numerous activities, learning and celebrations. Some of the activities include Kindness Spirit Week, P.S. 147 Day and the Onigiri ‘Rice Ball’ Action Event, attended by distinguished guests from the Japan Foundation Los Angeles and Canada, respectively.
To date, PS147 is exceeding the current District 14 attendance average goal of 90.1%. Our school’s attendance is currently 92%. To congratulate our students, our school gives morning shout-outs to the classes with 100% attendance. In addition, those classes with 100% attendance will be rewarded with a pizza party at the end of the month. We want to thank our families and staff for working collaborative to ensure our student attend school daily.
After School Programs
I am pleased to announce the continuity of our collaboration with the St. Nick’s Alliance afterschool. St. Nick’s alliance has been a valuable ally and partner in fostering additional academic and social-emotional enrichment opportunities for our students. For more information, please contact the Site Director, Ms. Bianca Velez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to St. Nicks, P.S. 147 will have begun hosting in-house afterschool programs. We are pleased to inform you that our Literacy afterschool program for students in grades 3 – 5 will begin in January, 2022.
- K – 2 Literacy After School Program. Start Date: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30pm – 5:30pm starting November 3, 2021 – Thursday, March 9, 2022.
- Saturday School Program for students with IEP’s and 504’s. Start Date: Saturdays from 9am – 12noon starting November 6, 2021 – April 30, 2022.
- ENL Enrichment After School Program. Start Date: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30pm – 4:30pm starting November 17, 2021 – Thursday, March 9, 2022.
More Important News
Onigiri ‘Rice Ball” Event
On November 3, 2021, our school had the honor of participating in the Onigiri ‘Rice Ball’ Event. The Onigiri ‘Rice Ball’ Action Event was a powerful representation of Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education (CR-SE) tenets by purposefully engaging students and community in a social justice issue related to food insecurity.
Our co-host, Community School District 14 Superintendent Dr. Dixon, Special Guests Japan Foundation Los Angeles Executive Director Yasuko Uchida, Japan Foundation Canada Executive Director Yuko Shimizu and I were all very impressed particularly as it related to the demonstrated level of student engagement and agency.
I would like to thank our Japanese Dual Language Teachers, Ms. Watanabe-Murphy and Ms. Kuo-Flynn along with our parent volunteers for making this engaging and fostering student agency for our entire PS147 school community.
Throughout the month of October, our students campaigned for Student Council. On Election Day, students presented their platform speeches stating how they wish to serve the school community. PS147 students participated in the election of their peers. I look forward to working with our student council members alongside Assistant Principal Figueroa and Ms. Reid, School Counselor. It is my pleasure to introduce you the 2021 – 2022 Student Council:
3rd Grade President: Simone Fugelsang
3rd Grade Vice - President: Jayla Caruso
3rd Grade Class Representatives: Isabelle McKeithan and Brook-Lynn Trocchio
4th Grade President: Zoe Blunt
4th Grade Vice - President: Aiden Serrano
4th Grade Representatives: Emma Mancebo and Wilmot Savice III
5th Grade President: Devin Coley
5th Grade Vice President: Karen Rosario Peña
5th Grade Class Representatives: Yirhanni Mena Ovalle and Jason Zeller
A Special Thank YOU:
I want to give a warm and special thank you to our wonderful PTA Executive Board for planning and effectively executing the Thanksgiving Holiday Basket raffle giveaway. Three (3) families were selected via raffle, notified and received a holiday basket with all the trimmings including a turkey. Thank you to our amazing staff, who also participated in the effort and donated items.
A Look Ahead
- December 20, 2021: Spirit of the Season Day
- December 21, 2021: Character Celebration Day
- December 23, 2021: Jingle All the Way Day
- December 24, 2021 – January 2, 2022: Winter Recess Schools Closed
January 3, 2022: Students & Staff Back to School