Sunset Park SchoolIssue 15June 2017
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S DESK
It’s hard to believe, but it’s June and summer vacation is right around the corner! Summer can be a difficult time for parents — and for children, too — with so much unstructured time to fill. Some families sign up their children for summer camp, summer classes, or summer activities. (For a list of camps, classes, and activities nearby, check out the next page of the newsletter, as well as our website.) If you’re looking for other ideas, here are a few:
- Take a walk with your child. (If they have siblings, take one child at a time. Kids love special one-on-one time with their parents!) Sometimes it can be hard to get kids talking, so try asking them some of these questions:
- What’s the funniest thing you saw this year?
- How would you describe a perfect day for you?
- If you could wake up with a super-power, what super-power would you want to have?
- If you could change anything in the world, what would you change, and why?
- Read with your child (in any language!) in a quiet place. Talk to them about what you are reading. Ask questions that you know answers to. Ask questions that you don’t know answers to.
- Do something fun and new with your child. See the next page for some free or low-cost ideas.
- Try to reduce your child’s screen time (including TV, iPad, or computers). Take a look at guidelines on screen time for children 6-12 years old from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Limit screen time to 2 hours (or less) per day. Make rules for screen time. For example, no screens while eating, traveling, or before bedtime (it can make it harder to fall asleep).
- Help children get 9-12 hours of sleep each night and at least an hour of physical activity every day.
- Write a story with your child. It can be in any language!
- Visit a new neighborhood! You could take the subway to a neighborhood in Queens or walk somewhere close by.
- Children love seeing photos of their parents when they were young. Share a photo album of when you were a child.
- Schedule a play date with a friend (try to keep them engaged outside where there are no screens). Having your child play with other children will help them make new friends.
- Do an activity that you have never done—go for a swim in Sunset Park, go bowling in Melody Lanes, or go roller skating in Prospect Park.
- Get simple recipes and cook with your child! You can make slime (not to eat!), a family recipe, or a new treat.
Whatever you do, enjoy the summer and the extra time it may bring with your child. And as always, my door is open if you have questions or would like additional ideas.
FREE or LOW-COST SUMMER ACTIVITIES
New York City offers so many free or low-cost activities for children and families over the summer. Here are just a few:
- Sunset Park Recreation Center offers free summer sports programs and free outdoor activities through their Kids in Motion program. Kids in Motion is 7 days a week, in the park, 10 am-7 pm. For information on the sports program, call 718-972-2135.
- All branches of the Brooklyn Public Library have many free events for kids over the summer.
- Go a little farther away to Governor’s Island! Ferries leave from Brooklyn’s Pier 1 on Saturdays and Sundays. The ferries — and most activities on the island — are completely free.
- Go kayaking for free! The Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse offers kayaking on Thursday evenings and Saturdays, all day
- The NYC Parks Department has free, outdoor movies this summer for kids. Check their website for an updated schedule.
- Go to the beach! Most beaches in NYC are free and accessible by subway or bus. For beaches run by the NYC Parks Department go here:
Legal Clinic/Family Preparedness Workshop — 6/3
Sunset Park School is partnering with a local organization, Love Trumps Hate — Sunset Park, to host a community legal clinic at our school on Saturday, June 3. The clinic will support families in their planning for various immigration scenarios. As part of the clinic, families will have an opportunity to speak with a lawyer and get documents notarized. Meeting with an attorney is by appointment only. Please contact our Parent Support Team in room 227 if you’d like to do so. At 10 am, there will be a Know Your Rights workshop which is open to everyone.
Looking Back at May
SLT Meeting 2:30 - 3:30 Library
Dual Language screening, 9am-12pm
Community clinic with LTH Sunset Park, 9 -12:30 (small gym)
PTA Election: 8:30-11:30 (Small Gym)
Chancellor’s Conference Day for Staff Development (Students do not attend school)
PTA Movie Night “Sing” 5:45pm
Dual Language screening, 9am-12pm
Clerical Day (Students do not attend school)
PTA Meeting 8:30 Auditorium
9:00 (tentative) 5th Grade Award Ceremony in auditorium
11:30 (tentative) 5th Grade Graduation Party at Sunset Park Recreational Center
9:00-11:00 5th Grade Graduation (Session 1) in auditorium
12:00-2:00 5th Grade Graduation (Session 2) in auditorium
Eid al-Fitr (Schools Closed)
Last Day For All Students. Early Dismissal at 11:30 p.m.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL