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Adult English Class

Free English Classes for Adults

Classes begin: February 4th – May 13th
Saturday mornings: 9AM-12PM

Child care provided for ages 3 ½ and up

If interested, please register in room 227

For more information call our Parent Coordinators
718-853-3224 ext. 227/228

We look forward to seeing you!

Library books

Open Library Hours

Sunset Park School has open library hours for families!

When: Every Tuesday afternoon


starting 11/15/16

Come read with your child in our library. You can check out books as well as read in the library during that time.

Check in at the security desk for a Library pass.

Breakfast in the Classroom

Breakfast in the Classroom

Breakfast in the Classroom is an initiative by Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) to ensure that a FREE and COMPLETE breakfast is available to all NYC elementary students. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and skipping it has both short and long term effects. It can make a child restless, tired, and inattentive. It can also contribute to tardiness, poor attendance, and overall lower grade performance. By serving Breakfast in the Classroom everyone stands to benefit. Students are ensured a nutritious and healthy breakfast needed to think clearly, concentrate on learning, and perform better in class, and since the allotted time will also be used to take attendance or give announcements no class time is lost.

What is Breakfast in the Classroom?

Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) is a breakfast service model that allows us to maximize the availability of free breakfast for elementary students. This program ensures that students receive the proper nutrients and energy they need for their instructional day.

Why did NYC decide to expand the Breakfast in the Classroom program?

The Breakfast in the Classroom program ensures that all of our students have access to—and eat—breakfast each day. This program is a proven strategy to increase breakfast participation, which helps students focus and do better in class. In fact, we’ve found that when breakfast is offered to students in the classroom, participation in the program increases significantly. The program is backed by the USDA, the Healthy Schools Campaign, Share Our Strength and others.

Are students required to participate?

No student is ever required to take any meal offered by NYCDOE SchoolFood. That includes breakfast and lunch.

Click here to download the FAQ in English, Spanish, Chinese.

Zero Waste Schools

Zero Waste Schools

The Department of Education (DOE) and Department of Sanitation (DSNY) are collaborating, along with their partner, Recycling Champions Program (RCP), to launch the Zero Waste Schools Initiative. ZWSI is one of eight Zero Waste Initiatives announced by Mayor de Blasio in his April 2015 One New York: The Plan for a Strong and Just City.

Over 100 schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan will participate in the ZWSI along two school truck routes. These Zero Waste Schools will be set up as models for recycling and organics collection. The goal is to identify best practices for diverting waste from landfills that can be expanded citywide.

What is Zero Waste?

For the purpose of the ZWSI, zero waste is achieved when all recyclable and compostable waste is diverted from landfill for recycling. Schools can further decrease their waste through thoughtful purchasing and waste reduction practices.

When will the ZWSI begin?

Spring 2016: Strategy development and information-gathering.
Fall 2016: Program implementation.

How long will this program last?

The Zero Waste School Initiative will last for five years. During this time Zero Waste Schools will receive targeted outreach and material support to help develop strong, sustainable habits.

Click here to download the Parent & Caregiver Guide. English, Spanish, Chinese.

Summer Enrichment Programs 2016

Summer Enrichment Programs

This program provides English Language Learners (ELLs) with extended learning in the summer to strengthen their linguistic, academic, and social skills while engaging in interactive and rigorous learning experience.

ELIGIBLE STUDENTS: All elementary ELL students in grades 2 – 5 who are not required to attend
regular summer school.
DATES: Monday – Thursday (July 7 – August 11, 2016)
TIME: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m..

Click here to download the forms. English, Spanish, Chinese.

Cool Culture

Cool Culture

Cool Culture ensures that all families with kindergarten children have access to arts and culture events in our city as a way to increase literacy and learning in young children and to prepare them better success in school.

With nearly 90 museums, botanical gardens, and zoos throughout the five boroughs that accept your Cool Culture Family Pass - the only question is where should you go first? To help you plan your family visits, use the maps and museum profiles.

Save the Date!

Catch the Cool

May 15th, 2016

Visit Cool Culture for more information.

Cook Shop

Cook Shop

Cook Shop Program offers nutritional facts and values that provide parents to care for their children to stay fit and healthy!

Using hands-on exploration, cooking and physical activities to nurture children’s enjoyment and food benefits of healthy foods, as well as their appreciation for good nutrition and living an active lifestyle, Cook Shop Classroom is implemented in over 1,800 public elementary and after-school classes citywide.

Visit Food Bank of NYC for more information.

Choose My Plate

Choose MyPlate

MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. This means:

  • Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition.
  • Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.
  • Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles.
  • Support healthy eating for everyone.

Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health.

Visit Choose MyPlate for more information.

Children and Adolescents

Regular physical activity in children and adolescents has big benefits. It not only makes them healthier and fit now, but it lowers their risk of chronic diseases and improves their chances of becoming healthy adults.

The Guidelines recommend that children and adolescents ages 6 to 17 do 60 minutes (1 hour) or more of physical activity each day. That includes:

Aerobic Activity: Most of the 60 or more minutes a day should be either moderate- or vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity (such as running, dancing, or biking), and include vigorous-intensity physical activity at least 3 days a week Muscle-Strengthening: As part of the 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, include muscle-strengthening physical activity (such as climbing trees, using playground equipment, or lifting weights) on at least 3 days of the week Bone-Strengthening: As part of the 60 or more minutes of daily physical activity, include bone-strengthening physical activity (such as running or jumping rope) on at least 3 days of the week It’s important to encourage young people to try a variety of physical activities. Help them find activities that they enjoy and that are right for their age.

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Nation Sleep Foundation

National Sleep Foundation

Many children are not getting the sleep they need

Many children get less sleep on school nights than they should, with some getting less sleep than their own parents think they need. The poll asked parents to estimate how much sleep their child typically gets on a school night. Parents’ estimates of sleep time are 8.9 hours for children ages 6 to 10, 8.2 hours for 11 and 12 year olds, 7.7 hours for 13 and 14 year olds and 7.1 hours for teens ages 15 through 17.

The NSF recommends that children ages 6 to 10 get 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night, and that children in the other three age groups get 8.5 to 9.5 hours per night. View the NSF’s sleep time recommendations.

Parents were also asked how much sleep their child needs to be at their best, and 26 percent estimated this number to be at least one hour more than they say their child actually gets on school nights.

Parents do understand the importance of quality sleep even if they do not always think their children get it; more than 9 in 10 parents think sleep is extremely or very important for their child’s performance in school, health and well-being, and mood and behavior the next day.

Visit National Sleep Foundation for more information.