Storybook Character Day Schedule and Volunteers Needed!

Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 4.48.12 PMPlease find the schedule for viewing your class during the Storybook Character ParadeThis year we are setting up two sets of risers to expedited the class photos. Parent please remember that the main yard area near the risers should be free of parents so that we can get the children on the risers quickly and take the photos.

Volunteers Needed: Posters are tied to the fence every year. If you can arrive earlier and help Gina set up the posters we can use your help.  Show up at 7:45 AM out on the main yard. This will take no longer then 15 minutes to hang our posters. Let Gina know if you will be able to help! 

  • Kindergarten — 8:45

  • 1st Grade — 8:55

  • 3rd Grade — 9:10

  • 4th Grade –9:20

  • 2nd Grade — 9:30  (after publishing party)

  • 5th Grade  — 9:40

Dear Lower Lab Families,

On Friday, October 31st, we will commence with our 7th  Annual Storybook Character Day.   Students are still invited to dress as their favorite character from a book and students must also bring the book to school to present to their classmates.  Students can also dress as a much admired vocabulary word. For example, if your son or daughter would like to dress as the word parallel, you could take two longer rectangular pieces of construction paper. Punch holes at the top. Loop together and hang around your neck. Write the word “parallel” on each strip. Extending on our celebration in this way allows us to learn new words and open up the experience for additional students to participate.

Storybook character day is about the celebration of literacy and the love of words during the school day.  Treats, pumpkins and other celebratory seasonal items are reserved for the PTA sponsored Halloween Party.

Because of religious and personal reasons, many students may choose not to dress up. Those who do not wish to wear a costume may bring a book and talk about their favorite character or select a word they really love to share with the class.

Please refrain from including swords, knives or other weapons as part of the costume.  Additionally, for safety reasons, masks are not appropriate for school.

We will visit all the classrooms in the morning and early afternoon to celebrate literacy and words.  PS 198 also participates in this activity.  We are planning a parade for both schools in the yard.  Kindergarten children will begin at 9:00 am and grades 1-5 follow accordingly. The parade will conclude at approximately 10:00 am.  If you wish to view your child walk in the parade, please stay behind the gates on 95th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues until you are directed to enter.  We are looking forward to another exciting and successful Storybook Character Day!



Michael Goldspiel, Denise Perez and Gina Goodman


A letter to parents from our Principal – Michael Goldspiel

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Dear Families,

On Tuesday, as I walked out of the door my four year old son said, “Daddy they’re singing what you always tell us…Stop, take a step back, and tell somebody!” This is a strategy I have taught my children to support them when coping with challenging encounters amongst peers. Now, is this a strategy that my young children always use? Absolutely not. However, they have it in their “social/emotional toolbox” and as they get older each of them will begin to use it more without me, my wife, and/or their teacher having to remind them (essentially they will be building resiliency). Yes, it is important that each day your child comes to school he/she learns math, science, social studies, and literacy, however it is equally important (I would argue more) that we teach and remind our children how to treat others and to help them build an understanding that each child has a different level of being “busy”. What is “being busy”? When speaking about children I define “busy” as a child’s energy and behavior levels. Not misbehavior, but just the overall energy-level and how a person (no matter the age) harnesses and uses the energy. My son has always been described as “very busy” by his teachers (and this he gets from me). My daughter is less “busy” (where this is something that she gets from my wife). From the moment my daughter was born, my wife and I could not wait to have our second child. Since my son was 6 months old, my wife and I have known that we will forever love, cherish, and enjoy our two children…but are done adding children to our immediate family.

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Open School Week is scheduled (Passes will be distributed in November)

Screen Shot 2013-10-24 at 10.00.33 AMDear Lower Lab Families,

We are pleased to announce that Open School Week is scheduled for November 17th to November 21st by the New York City Department of Education. This is the time to reinforce parent-school relationships that will lead to a dynamic partnership necessary to ensure the educational success of each student. Parent Teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 13 for grades K-5. This will be a half-day for all students. Students will be dismissed at 11:25 am. Conferences will be scheduled on Thursday afternoon from 12:30 pm to 3:00pm and from 4:30 pm to 7:30pm. Conference appointment times are for ten minutes only, so it is imperative that you be on time. You will be contacted by your child’s classroom teacher to set up an appointment.

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What is coming up……

Dear Lower Lab 
  • The Middle School Talk – Overview for 5th grade families is tomorrow at 8:15 in the Cafeteria. Don’t forget your pass!!!!
  • Reminder that Friday is Picture Day! Dress for Success! (All order envelopes should be in by this point. ) FYI  All students  will be photographed even if you did not pay for a package. We have an arrangement with Irvin Simon to create thumbnail photos of the students for our emergency cards. (Please share with your child that photos will be taken regardless of orders being processed.)
  • Friday  Book Club Morning! If you signed up for this workshop, please meet Mr. Goldspiel in the cafeteria at 8:30-9:30. No lottery was needed! All families who signed up are welcome. 
  • If you emailed Gina and are available to volunteer during  picture day. We need your help! Please meet her in the auditorium between 8:00-8:15 AM for instructions.
  • The class group photos schedule has changed slightly. See Below.

8:15 – 8:20 AM                                  Teachers & Specialists 

  • 8:35 – 8:45 AM                                   Allison Haimeck       2-203   
  • 8:25 – 8:35 AM                                   Kristin Broderick      1-103
  • 8:45 – 8:55 AM                                   Liz Furey          K-106
  •  8:55 – 9:05 AM                                   Sarah Moran    K-101
  •  9:25 – 9:35 AM                                   Robyn Millman    3-208
  • 9:15 – 9:25 AM                                   Justin Connors      1-141
  • 9:05 – 9:15 AM                                   Donna Seferian      2-206
  • 9:35 – 9:45 AM                                   Karen Cook        5-220
  • 9:45 – 9:55 AM                                   Claudia Coia     5-218
  • 9:55 – 10:05 AM                                Laura King     3-205
  • 10:05 – 10:15 AM                               Rachel Sugarman    4- 243
  • 10:15 – 10:25 AM                               Robin Courtwright    4-245


PTA Update 10/22

Screen Shot 2013-10-21 at 2.17.09 PMWe hope you all plan to attend the Halloween Party this Friday, October 24, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  It will be a fantastic night! 

Deadline for advance ticket orders is Wednesday, October 22nd.

Purchase your raffle tickets – a chance to win a prize worth over $400!!!!  Click here for raffle tickets.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, the planning committee is still in need of volunteers! In particular, they are looking for volunteers for one hour shifts to run the crafts/games stations as well as 3 enthusiastic JUDGES for our Costume Contest.


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