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Happy New Year!

Dear Families of PPA,

May this year be the best one yet!  Our number 1 goal is to finally get all of our Scholars up to grade-level performance and beyond!  The calendar of events for 2016 is evidence of how we plan to support this process.  We have scheduled all of our MID-YEAR ASSESSMENTS, beginning Monday, January 11th thru February 2nd to determine exactly the strengths and challenges of every PPA Scholar.  We are using new technology for our school to very quickly grade these documents so that we may share them with each of you.  We are anxious, but maintain confidence that many more of our students will demonstrate increased preparedness as we gear up for the New York State Assessments in April. 

Reports cards will be given to you February 4th, which is our 2nd Parent-Teacher Conference for the school year.   During these very important meetings with each of you, we will discuss your child’s progress, provide all assessment results, and discuss how we will continue to move forward.  Even our top Scholars will have action plans for achieving even higher performance rates!  Mark your calendars for FEBRUARY 4th.

Another very important academic opportunity is our Annual Science Fair, scheduled for February 23rd.  EVERY STUDENT attending PPA is expected to participate!  In grades K-2, there will be group/team projects, 3rd grade may do team projects with 2-3 members on the team or they may complete an individual project.  ALL FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS are expected to complete an INDIVIDUAL PROJECT.  Not completing a project WILL negatively affect their Science grade.  Mark your calendar for February 23rd.  Awards will be given to winners the next morning in our Morning Meeting.  You are welcomed to attend, if you’d like!

There will be numerous academic-themed learning opportunities for our families during February and March.  You will receive more detailed descriptions soon!  We will have a Family Mathematics Carnival on March 23rd. with lots of fun and games, while learning how to use math knowledge to win.  There will be prizes for the  winners!  Each month, we will list the events for the month on our web site.  Please take a look when you can!

I just found out that we have a professional dancer on our faculty!  Mr. Osborne, our new kindergarten teacher this year, is a former dancer with Alvin Ailey American Dance Company.  He is offering instruction to our students, free of charge, beginning next week.  Students will have to audition in order to participate in this program.  We are sooooo excited about this new venture.  More information will go home in a separate letter.  Only grades 3-5 may participate in this effort, at this time. 

Our regular After-School program begins again, during the week of January 11th.  We have changed the offerings, as I was not satisfied with the former program.  This one promises to be far better and meet our students’ needs.

We are scheduling Saturday classes in March, in an effort to further support only those third-fifth graders who are still challenged by components of the State Assessments.  More information to follow. 

We hope to see you at the various events we have scheduled this year.  Hopefully, you will have good experiences and will find value in the sessions.  Again, thank you for your continued support of PPA as we work together to reach our common goals.


Mrs. Jones, Principal 

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