CCSE June 6th Meeting

Citywide Council on Special Education CCSE ~ Room 260 45-18 Court Square – 2nd Floor,
Long Island City, New York
11101 Tel: 718-752-7475 FAX: 718-752-7481 Email: ccse@schools.nyc.gov WORKING MEETING AGENDADate: Wednesday, June 6, 2007 Time: 6:00 p.m. Location: 45-18 Court Square – 2nd Floor
Long Island City, NY
11101 (718) 752-7475

May 24th – A.M. PTA MEETING & P.M. CULTURAL NIGHT w/POTLUCK DINNER

Come join us for a GREAT, BIG DAY OF FREE EVENTS! In the morning on Thursday, May 24th, we will start with our P.T.A. meeting at 9:00 a.m. We will be taking nominations for the P.T.A. executive board for the 2007-08 school year. Come in and help us fill these positions! We really need your help to make our P.T.A. an active association. If you are interested please come to this important meeting. We are also having a free yoga class taught by Marietta McEvilly who is an instructor at Lotus. She is here to help us relax and rejuvenate.

At 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, we will have our ALL-SCHOOL POTLUCK AND CULTURAL NIGHT! Our own Larry Ballow will be performing LIVE with his jazz quartet. You don’t have to bring a dish, but if you do, bring a serving spoon! We will have salads, chicken dishes, sausage and peppers, lasagna, chicken nuggets, cakes, cookies and brownies. Icy water and juice will be served. We have SIX FREE GIVE-AWAY RAFFLE BASKETS!!! We will be have two gigantic art projects. One will be a visual family tree of the school. Bring copies of photos of family and we will collage them to the mural. Then you may write about your family underneath. We will also have a giant rice paper watercolor mural that will hang in the school!

PLEASE COME AND HELP US CELEBRATE OUR SCHOOL FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL SPIRIT WEEK!!

ASD “Lunch and Learn” Thursday, March 27th from 6-7:30 p.m.

City Access New York, Inc. is hosting a quarterly workshop on Thursday, March 27, 2008. You will be treated to dinner and you will find out about:

  • FREE individual and family counseling
  • OMRDD eligibility
  • Family Support Services
  • ISS
  • Medicaid Service Coordination
  • Local Organizations that can help

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Philip DeFina is a well-known author, lecturer and clinical neuropsychologist. He has developed a comprehensive neurodiagnostic procedure with specific neurobehavioral and cognitive interventions for ASD.
  • Dr. James Neubrander  is a renowned physician and lecturer specializing in an advanced biomedical treatment approach to assist children and adolescents with ASD. Dr. Neubrander has treated over 2000 children on the Autism Spectrum and continues to research new and innovative treatment protocols.

Who: Staten Island families with children with autism.

When: Thursday, March 27, from 6-7:30 p.m.

Where: IS24 @ 225 Cleveland Avenue, Staten Island 10308

YOU MUST RSVP TO ATTEND. Contact CANY Executive Director, Ken Struve, if you would like to join us. Please leave your name, phone number and the number of people who will attend: (718) 285-6548 (347) 526-6618 or kstruve@cityaccessny.org

www.cityaccessny.org

May 18th – Cookie Dough Order DEADLINE

j0283657.gifDon’t forget to get your cookie dough order forms with the money included by Friday, MAY 18th!! Fill out the composite sheet on the back of the envelope and send cash, money order or a check made out to P.S. 373 PTA. We will send out a letter letting you know of the cookie dough delivery date. Cookie dough can be picked up at your child’s site. THANK YOU for participating in our fundraiser. Profits will benefit our children!

P.S. 373R CARNIVAL!!

51007001.jpgOn May 11, 2007 we had an all-school carnival. Kids were bussed in from all of our sites to participate in the fun. Mr. Frank had an enormous grill that he fired up early in the morning. He grilled a delicious assortment of hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken. Ms. Christy Rosen made sure there was a wonderful selection of music, and made sure that all the rides would arrive on time. All the sites brought amazing art posters that were hung on the outside of the school. Nurse Fran supervised the popcorn machine. The P.T.A. worked on making art and crafts visors with the children. The Speech dept. and the counselors manned the face painting and the temporary tattoo stations. Ms. Tidd handed out prizes at the fishing pool for everyone who caught a plastic fish. Mr. Edwards did the basketball free throw game with the kids. Miss Nichole Dubois handled the bean bag toss . And we had a bowling game and ring toss.

The Carnival rides came early for the younger children. We had a gigantic blow-up Titanic ride that the kids slide down. We also had an inflatable bouncy ride and a carousel. The older kids were treated to laser tag and a spiderman bouncy ride. In addition there was a mechanized crescent swing that rocked back and forth. Mr. Romero’s brother came to visit too. He is a policeman that rides a horse and the kids got to pet the horse and ask questions. The fire department showed up with one of their ladder trucks too. All in all we had a TERRIFIC TIME! Following are some comments from the student blog about the carnival:

“I like laser tag best. You had a laser gun and you get run around and you shoot people with the laser. Alot of fun. I ate a hot dog and juice. I played basket ball, bowling, the fish game and I got a tatoo. I had a good day. Oh and I loved the swing.
Have a boat races next year and different prizes.
I want to thank to all the people who work hard to make this day, especcially my para Mr. JOe because with had a good time together.”

“Thank you for every thing. Thank you for lazertag
and the food and swing next year i hope we get new rides.
maybe haunted houses minigames and a petting zoo.
thanks for spindermanhouse.” – Lameiak

“I liked the best that I got to spend time with Mr. Ferranni, My favorite ride was laser tag. My favorite game was shooting hoops. I had the hamburgers. Next year maybe we could have a batting cage, that would be fun. and a horse ride for the kids around the school. Thank you for everything I had a good time. Thanks to Mr. Frank for the water and big grill.” – Xavier

“I would like to thank all of the people who took the tine to help put together a great carnival this year. The rides were fun and Mr. Franks food was good.” – Jeremiah

“i would like to thank all of the people who took the time to help put together a great carnival this year. Mr. frank’s hamburgers and hot dogs were great. and the rides were fun too.” – Erik

“I like the carnival it was very fun. I love the food and when in the Laser tag. Inside it was dark and hot but it was still. fun. I had the hamburgers. My favorite game was or activity, was the face painting. They painte dmy name with fire flames on my face and on my hand they put brother name and my address.
Maybe next year you could keep all the rides open. I wanted to go on the slide but it was closed down by the time we came.
I want to thank the people that built the rides, cooked, ran the games and everyone involved.” – Naquan

“I LIKE THE CARNIVAL BECAUSE IT WAS FUN AND MY FAVRIOTE SPORT IT WAS LASER TAG AND BASETBALL AND THEY HAND FOOD THERE AND I ENJOYED IT .AND THE NEXT CARNVIAL I WANT THE CIRCUS THERE CLOWN FOR THE KIDS NEXT YEAR.” – Kevin

“At the carnival I liked the big swing. I wanted to sit on the top but someone but I had to give up my top seat so some friends could sit . I wanted to be nice. I also like the laser tag. I went in thier once. I wanted to go on a second time but some kids cutting and I didn’t get therie. I ate two hoddogs.
Next year they should keep the titanic slide oopen and maybe some cotton candy because I love cotton candy. They shoudl have more rices.I want to say thank you to all the teachers and staff that helped. I had a good time.” – Daniel

“For next years carival we should have the swinging thing again .and have more food and goodty bags. petting zoo for the little kids. let’s play football instead of basketball.”Tyreek

“My favorite ride was the boat that rowed back and forth. Next year I think they shold puta mini wonder wheel but to me the carnival was fun with the music and stuff. I hope to have it again next year.” – Vincent

“At first i thought it will be like last year but it was better i had so much fun there was lasertag. At frist when you get in there you think you dont know but when you get used to it youll’ feel better. It was so much fun
there was another game but they took it down when we came.
It was a big swing mr.simpson got on it and i was at the top
I HAD LOTS OF FUN ,
THANK you for the biggest carnival…”

“I THINK THE CARNIVAL WAS A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE IN SCHOOLS. IT WAS REALLY FUN. I REALLY LIKED THE LAZER TAG BECAUSE IT WAS FUN WHEN YOU HAVE TO SHOOT THEM AND IT IS LIKE A MAZE. THANK YOU” – James

“I like the king kong ride the best but lazer tag was fun.They sould have more rides like a water slide.They sould also have cooked more food.” -Mark

“i thought lasertag will be wack but it was cool it was hot in thier the king kong was the best that basketball games was poppin next year try to put more rides and cotton candy and hotdogs and hamburgers” -Sammat

“I like lasertag and I think they should have go cart track. I also played foot ball . I think they should have had a football throw. Thank you for giving us the carnival.” – Jacob

“I HAD FUN AT DA CARNIVAL IT WAS BETTER THEN LAST YEAR WAY BETTER. I HAD A REAL GOOD TIME BUT THEY SHOULD HAD MORE THINGS. I THINK THAY SHOULD HAD MORE RIDES N COTTON CANDY 4 US. THE TEACHER SHOULD HAD MORE ACTIVITIES 4 DA KIDS. THEY SHOULD HAD KEPT THE RIDES LONGER N MAKE NEXT YEAR EVEN BETTER.” – Giovanni

“The carnival was fun i like the playing basketball and laser tag thankyou for the carniva.”l – Emanuel

“MY FAVORITE THING AT THE CARNIVAL WAS THE BIG SWING. I THINK THEY SHOULD PUT A ROLLER COSTER. BUMPER CARS AND A POOL. TV AND VIDEO GAMES.
it was so cool
THANK you for the best carnival.
I LOVE P.S. 373.” -Justin

“I WAS NOT AT THE CARNIVAL BUT WHAT I THINK WOULD MAKE A GOOD CARNVIAL IS GO CARTS & BUMPER CARS & PAINT BALL RANGE & LAZER TAG & DARTS & CYCLONE & MY FRIENDS” – Larry

“ON FRIDAY,MAY 10,2007 WE HAD A CARNIVAL I LIKED THE RIDES WHAT I REALLY WOULD OF LIKED WAS THE TITANIC BUT I DID NOT HAVE A CHANCE TO GO ON IT BECAUSE THEY WAS TAKEING IT DOWN I LIKED THE LAZER TAG I STAYED IN THERE FOR A HALF AN HOUR I LIKED THAT RED AND WHITE THING THAT GO’S UP AND DOWN I LIKED THE GAMES AND ACTIVITES.”  – Eric

16th Annual Penny Harvest – P.S. 373R Gives $1,000 to Non-Profit Organizations!

Congratulations to the students of P.S. 373R who participated in the 16th Annual Penny Harvest. One thousand dollars was raised to support two very deserving non-profit organizations. Under the amazing guidance of Celia Roche, the participating students worked hard over the months to organize this fundraiser.On, April 25, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. we had two representatives come to participate in an informal ceremony. Shawnna presented Miss Wendy White from Project Hopitality with a check for $500.00. Miss Wendy spoke to us about all the good that Project Hospitality does for our community, including sheltering the homeless, feeding the hungry and caring for people in need.Next, Miss Donna from the Grace Foundation was presented a check for $500.00 from Khadija. Miss Donna also spoke to us about what good this grant money will do for the Grace Foundation. This organization serves children with Autism.

Special thanks to Miss Christina, Mr. Brian, Mr. Frank, and Miss Brandy.

Thanks to all the members of the Penny Harvest Roundtable; Giovanni, Shawnna, Antonio G., David, Khadija, Lee, Legend, Khalil, Danny, Jonathan, Malakhi, Romello and Casim!

P.S. 373R Science Fair 2007 a Huge Success!

The 2007 P.S. 373R Science Fair on April 17th was a huge success. All science projects from the Main Site’s third floor, second floor and Mini building were excellent, interesting and well prepared. The students who attended the science fair were very polite and they asked many scientific questions. Ms. Kathy Mortimer and Mr. John Knudsen would like to thank all our wonderful students, teachers, paraprofessionals and judges for all their work and dedication.

Science Fair Winners

Mini Building:Ms. Panteli                    “Growing Plants Without Sunlight”

Second Floor:Ms. Termo                     “Absorption and Water”                     

                     Ms. Erickson                  “The Popcorn Contest”                     

                     Ms. Raiola                     “Changing Seasons Effect the Leaves on Trees” Third Floor:  Ms. Caputo                    “Tongue Tasty”