Upcoming Events & Deadlines

     The deadline for donating goods to the U.S. Troops is next week! Please bring your items to your child’s school and we will bring it over to Staten Island Project Home Front for shipment to Iraq. If you would like a list of what is needed please visit www.siprojecthomefront.com for more information.

     Our next P.T.A. meeting is at the P.S. 58 site behind the Macy’s at the Staten Island Mall. The date is Thursday, February 15th at 10:00 a.m. We will have a guest speaker. We will also discuss the upcoming Literacy Fair, the Spring Carnival and the new school Cookbook.

     Don’t forget to send in your Cookbook recipes! You may submit up to five recipes. Please place your order for copies as soon as possible. This is an important and fun way to make money for the kids.

     The Literacy Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th and will be held at the 91 Henderson Avenue site. There will be projects and representatives from all the Staten Island District 75 sites.

     We are trying to make our site as approachable as possible. Please post any comments on our website! If you would like to be on our mailing list, e-mail our Parent Coordinator, Kirsten Rorke at krorke@schools.nyc.gov  – thank you!

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Letters to the U.S. Troops in Iraq from the Students of P.S. 373R

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Click on the pictures to hear the letters read to you.

Letters to the troops from Ms. Shibani Banerjee’s class:

 

Dear Soldier,

 

How are you?  I hope you are OK.  I want to say Happy New Years’ Day.  I will send you fruit to eat.

 

My name is Richie.

 

Dear troops,

 

How are you I am a student at P.S. 373 Staten Island NY.  Thank you for everything you do.  Apples are my favorite and healthy food.

 

Yours sincerely, Cianta

 

Dear soldier,

 

I am a student at P.S. 373, are you good?  Happy New Year’s.  I am 7 years old.  I hope you are safe.

 

From, Dwayne

 

Dear soldier,

 

I hope you win for our country, try your best.  I hope you are winning and I hope you are not hurt and be very safe and very careful thank you for everything you do.

 

Yours sincerely, Tyreke

 

Dear Soldier

 

How are you happy New Year.  I hope you’e OK.  I saw the Night at the Museum.  And Happy Feet.  Do you know Mumba. Can I send you food?

 

Yours sincerely, Nikolas

 

Dear Soldiers,

 

How are you, I am a student at P.S. 373,
Staten Island NY.  Happy New Year.  Do you know Ben Stiller from Night at the Museum?  I am 7 years old I am good in school.  Thank you for everything you do.

Yours sincerely, Besim

 

Dear troops,

 

How are you?  I am a boy, I watched Alladin and Acepted.  Thank you for everything you do, we miss you in World War II on tv.

 

Yours sincerely,
Zion

 

Dear soldier.

 

How are you?  I am going to get a 40.  Happy New Year.  I’m going to be good at school.  I hope you are safe and I hope you come home soon.  We miss you.  Thank you for all your hard work.

 

From, Frankie

 

To Our Troops,

 

I work at P.S. 373 as a para, which is kind of like an assistant teacher.  Our class wanted to write you a letter to thank you for all your hard work.  We also hope that you are safe.  I hope 2007 brings you all health and happiness.  Please return home quickly. My prayers are always with you.

 

Yours, Danielle

 

Dear Troops,

 

            How are you?  I am a teacher at P.S. 373,
Staten Island, NY.  Thank you for protecting us far away from home.  We miss you.  I hope you are safe.

 

Yours sincerely, Ms. Jones

Letters from Christine Fusco’s class in the SIE VII Program:

Dear Soldier,

My Name is Stephon. I am 9 years old. My birthday is February 14th, Valentine’s Day. What do you wear when you are fighting? What do you ride in over there? I hope you are o.k. I hope you come home soon.

Sincerely, Stephon

Dear Soldier,

My name is Justin Lopez. I am in 3rd grade at P.S. 373 in Staten Island. My favorite subject is math. My favorite color is blue. What is yours? What kind of food do you like to eat? How is it over in Iraq? Are you safe? Thank you for helping our country.

Sincerely, Justin

Dear Soldier,

Thank you for keeping us safe. I live in Staten Island. My state is New York. My school is P.S. 373R. I am in the third grade. I want you to know fighting is not good. I know you’re trying to keep us safe. Do you want me to send you some packs of gum or a pack of fruit snacks? What is your favorite color?

Sincerely, Chanelle

Dear Soldier,

My name is Javon. My school is P.S. 373R in Staten Island. I like basketball. It is fun to play. I am in the third grade. What is your favorite color? Are you afraid?

Sincerely, Javon

Dear Soldier,

Thank you for protecting the United States of America. What’s it like to be fighting in a war? Are you afraid you might get killed? I live in Staten Island, and go to P.S. 373R. I’m a boy in third grade, and I’m a really smart student. Were you a smart student when you were little? Do you miss the United States of America? What kinds of food do you eat in Iraq? I hope you can come back to the United States, that’s if you don’t get killed.

Sincerely, Khalil

Dear Soldier,

Hi, my name is C.J. Thank you for fighting for us. What’s your favorite color? My favorite color is orange. How is it like being a soldier?

Sincerely, C.J.

Dear Soldier,

Thank you for keeping us safe. Do you like football? What foods do you like? My name is Hector. What is it like to be over there? I hope you come home soon.

Sincerely, Hector

Dear Soldier,

Thank you for fighting for our country. I’m nine years old and I like video games. My name is Joshua. I’m in the third grade. I hope you are safe. What is it like fighting over there? I hope the war is over soon so you can come home.

Sincerely, Joshua

Dear Soldier,

My name is Albert. I am 8 years old. I am in 3rd grade. I like to go to school and I like gym. What is your favorite food? What do you do every day? I hope you are safe.

From, Alberto

Dear Soldier,

Hey, my name is Kareem. I am 8 years old. My school is P.S. 373R on Staten Island. Do you fight a lot? Thank you for keeping us safe. We hope you are safe. I hope you come home soon.

Sincerely, Kareem

Letters from Lauren Cunningham’s class in the SIE VII program:

Letter from Lauriann Puglisi’s class in the SIE III program (This letter was attached to a copy of “POLAR BEAR, POLAR BEAR, WHAT DO YOU SEE”):

Dear Soldier,

We wanted to thank you for everything that you are doing and have done for us. We hope that you like the book we made for you. This book is our favorite book to read in the classroom. We wanted to share it with you.

Thank you,

Sam, Lamair, Chris, Isaiah, Tyrece and Noemi

Letter from Laura Raiola’s class in the SIE III program:

To Our Heroes,

We will remember your outstanding courage and commitment to freedom.

Sincerely,

Quashawn, Fiona, Kyrillos, Rachel, Eden and Rasheed

Letters from Lisa Marino’s class in the SIE III program:

Dear Soldiers,

Be careful!

Your friend, Vaughn

Dear Soldiers,

I hope you are safe!

Your friend, Jeremiah

Dear Soldiers,

Please protect us.

Your friend, Alex G.

Dear Soldier,

Please come home soon.

Your friend, Alex O.

Dear Soldier,

Be a good soldier! Try your best! Be careful! Come home soon!

Your friend, Robert K.

Dear Soldiers,

Try your best!

Your friend, Tony J.

Letters from Annette Madino’s class in the SIE VII program:

Dear Soldier,

How are you? I am a 10 year old boy who lives on Staten Island. You are a brave Warrior. Thank you for fighting for your country. I hope you come home safely.

From, Harryson

Dear Soldier,

My name is Tyree. How are you. I live on Staten Island. I’m 8 years old. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I have a Game Boy. Do you know how to play it and a PSP? Are you a man or a woman? Come home safely.

From, Tyree

Dear Soldier,

My name is Casseem. I wish you a Merry Christmas. My favorite game is Justice League the Super Heroes. I am 8 years old. You are my hero. I hope you come home safely.

From, Caseem

Dear Soldier,

Hello my name is Elyjia. I am 8 years old. I live in Staten Island, New York. I will send you some games and also some food too. I hope you come home safely and soundly.

From, Elyjia

Dear Soldier,

My name is Kevin. I am 9 years old. I have a new baby brother named Matthew. It is fun to have a brother. Thank you for keeping us safe. I hope you come where it is safe.

Dear Soldier,

How are you? Hi may name is Demetrius. I am 8 years old. I live on Staten Island. My favorite food is french fries and chicken. What did you get for Christmas? Do you wear a face mask? I like to play video games. Thank you for giving us freedom.

Love, Demetrius

Dear Soldier,

My name is Jacob. Iam 9 years old. I live in Staten Island, NY. I know you are there fighting for me. Thank you. I hope you are coming home soon to see your family. It must be hard to fight. Hope you like what we are sending.

From, Jacob.

Dear Soldier,

I live in Staten Island. I play video games. Do you? I wish you come home safe. Thank you for protecting us. We will send you lots of food and pictures and more. My name is Esteban. I am 8 years old. Hope you come home for 2007.

Love, Esteban

Dear Soldiers,

How are you? My name is Brandon. I am 8 years old. I live in Staten Island. I’m going to send you some games. Have a Happy New Year!

Love, Brandon

Dear Soldier,

My name is Angel. I am 7 years old. I got a PSP for Christmas. I live in Staten Island, New York. Thank you for keeping us safe. I am sending you treats that you might need. Come home safe and eat dinner with your family.

Love, Angel

Dear Soldier,

My name is Chris. How are you Soldier? I am going to put some treats in a bag. Do you have tanks? What do you do there? Are some people dead? You are the best for us. I love you. I wish you would come home safe, after you fight the enemy. You are the best!

Love, Chris

Below are letters from Judy Sullivan’s class in the Autistic Program:

Dear Soldier,

Thank you for protecting us.

-Drew

Dear Soldier,

Thank you for marching and traveling for us.

-Michael

Dear Soldier,

Thank you for serving our country.

-Damien

Dear Soldiers,

My name is Ana. I want to say thank you for keeping our country safe and protecting us.

Love, Ana

Dear Soldiers,

My name is Rachel and I live on Staten Island New York. I am 9 years old. Thank you for being so brave and protecting our country.

Love, Rachel

Dear Soldiers,

Thank you for serving our country.

-Thomas

Dear Soldier,

Thank you for protecting us.

-Mark

January 2007 P.T.A Meeting

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Please join us for the next P.S. 373R P.T.A. meeting on Thursday, January 18, 2007 @ 9:00 a.m. at our Petrides “J” Sunnyside site. The address is 715 Ocean Terrace. The Petrides telephone number is (718) 981-1745. Our guest speaker is Irene Cavanagh, who is Director of Family Services at EDEN II. Her lecture is “Navigating the OMRDD System”. If you have donations ready for the care package for the U.S. Troops in Iraq, please bring them with you! Come get involved with your child’s school!

The next Executive Board meeting for the P.T.A. is Wednesday, January 17, 2007 @ 9:00 a.m. at the main site on Henderson Ave.

The next S.L.T. meeting is Wednesday, January 24, 2007 @ 9:30 a.m. at the main site on Henderson Avenue. This is open only to elected members.

The next Exceptional Families meeting for parents and guardians of students of P.S. 373R students will meet on Wednesday, January 24, 2007 @10:30 a.m. at the main site, 91 Henderson Avenue. Every day may seem overwhelming, especially if you have a special needs or behavioural child. It may seem like any simple task involving your child can end in an emotional meltdown. Let’s get together, the last Wednesday of every month, and restore what feels lost and unhappy in our lives. We will have yoga and aerobic sessions and art therapy. We will have one day devoted to free massages! Donna Maxon will come in and teach a Stress Management workshop. This January 24th will be a talk session, over coffee and tea, with Bethanne Denker who is a teacher at the main site. She has a 27 year old special needs son who is living on his own. Come hear her success story!