Message from the Principal

November 23, 2015

Dear PPA Families,

The months of November and December provide us with the special opportunity to give thanks for the many blessings that we have been provided.  At PPA, we are blessed beyond measure with students who warm our days with their smiles, enthusiasm and
passion for learning, parents who continually seek ways to enhance our school by giving of their time and talents in numerous areas, and teachers who daily give their very best to ensure that all our students reach their fullest potential.  November has brought many exciting and memorable activities to PPA that I hope that you have not missed.
On November 20th, our fantastic 1st graders provided us a heart-warming performance, filled with song and oration reminding us of the many opportunities that we have to be grateful.  Amongst both students and parents, those emotions of gratitude brought many of us to tears.  Our students, under the direction of our exceptional 1st grade team put in numerous hours to create an event to be remembered. During the week of November 23-25, please mark your calendars for PPA’s annual Classroom Thanksgiving Feast. We look forward to seeing you during those day and enjoying  great conversations and lunch with each other and your child!

Keep an eye out for our 2nd Annual Winter Seasonal Music Extravaganza, led by our dedicated and talented Music Teacher, Mrs. Harrison.  All classes will perform, along with some surprises that you are sure to enjoy!  The program will start promptly at 9:00am, so please arrive early to secure a great seat.  Last year’s Program was attended by almost every family in our School!  We look forward, with happy anticipation, to this wonderful event!

Once again, parents, we ask that you make time once a month to attend the PTO meetings.  They are scheduled on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  Our Faculty will participate in each meeting, by grade level, and provide important grade-level information on the academic needs of our students.  We will discuss what students are learning and what we see as areas that will require additional work.   We want our families to be completely informed.  You may check your Scholar’s Class Page to see what the upcoming learning objectives will be.
Late morning arrivals remain a concern to our School.  There are some students who have never experienced our Morning Meeting due to chronic tardiness.  This is when students are acknowledged and receive information important to school life.  We ask that you schedule your morning so that your child arrives at school, no later than 7:45am each morning. 

Increased opportunities must be provided at home for students to read.  Please note that our most successful students are avid readers.  Remember, we get better, gain increased proficiency, in those tasks that we do most often.

On behalf of our entire PPA staff, I wish all of you a happy, healthy and blessed Holiday Season and a joyful and relaxing Thanksgiving Break!


Mrs. K. Jones, Principal

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A "Tree Grows in Far Rockaway"!  Our Scholars were invited to participate in the study of water and its benefits, far from their past experiences, learning first-hand the water can also bring  devastation!  Our Scholars, grades 2-5, visited the Queens Botanical Garden this month, to explore and learn all about the water cycle and its relationship to our community and to plants. They had an opportunity to explore this concept, just as a Scientist would!  The experience culminated with the planting of a Kwanzan Cherry Tree, right in front of our building!  It is a gift from the QBG and National Grid Foundation.  Channel 1 and the Rockaway Wave covered the story and the dedication!  Check it out!

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