A Note From Your Principal!

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November 25th, 2015

Dear Lower Lab Community,

During this Thanksgiving season, I am grateful to all members of the Lower Lab Community for everything they do to make school such a wonderful experience for our students. Thank you for participating in Open School Week, thank you for joining us for the fabulous NDI performance by our second and fifth graders and thank you for coming to our publishing parties.

Our students have been working hard this year and I hope that the four day Thanksgiving weekend gives families time to relax, have fun and reflect on how lucky we are to be safe, to be together and to be members of this community.

It is an honor to work with such a devoted and smart staff, and a pleasure to collaborate with wonderful families to create an amazing school for elementary students. May joy and happiness be yours as you celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends.


Sandy Miller

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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Dear LL nov

Gym Rules for all Students and Adults too!

Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 1.49.15 PMAlthough it is getting colder and some children may begin to wear boots to school,  PLEASE REMEMBER,  Children must wear sneakers in the gym to participate in Class or in any Afterschool Sports.  Boots or shoes are not permitted in the gym.

Lab Adults please do not enter gym with boots or shoes (only sneakers permitted) and pass this along to any person picking up your child in after school.

Thanks for all your help keeping the gym floor in new condition!!!!



Spring 2016 After School Brochure Attached

Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 12.17.39 AMDear After School Families –
Attached is the Spring 2016 Schedule.   Registration is January 6th – 8th, and classes begin February 9th.    Check out our new classes:
HipHop Dance – grades K-3
Rock Bouldering  – grades 3-5 (off-site)
Baseball – all grades (off-site)
Animation – grades 1-5
HW & Reading Buddy – all grades
Electricity and Circuits – grades 1-2
Rocket Scientist – grades 3-5
Lego –  grade k-2 (new day)
Abacus – grades 1-4
Photography – grades 2-5
Gymnastics – All grades (off-site)
Girls soccer –  grades 1-3
There are no classes the week of Feb 1st – 5th.  Hope to see you!!

Re: Picture Retake Day – Friday, December 4, 2015

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The Irvin Simon Photographers will be doing individual retakes only on:
Friday, December 4, 2015
8:30 and 10:00 AM
in the Auditorium.
If you would like your child to get a new set of individual photos, simply return the individual photos on the day of the retakes. Please do not return the 5×7 class photo; just send in the individual photos that you do not want. In large bold lettering, please write RETAKE on the outside of the envelope that contains the individual pictures that you are returning.
If your child missed getting their picture taken the first time, they may take an individual photo on Friday, December 4th. Order forms are available in the Main Office. We would like every child photographed regardless of photo order status.


New York City Office of Adult and Continuing Education

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 5.16.32 PMDid you know that the NYC DOE’s Office of Adult and Continuing Education offers tuition-free adult education classes to individuals who are 21 and over who do not have a U.S. high school diploma or equivalent?  Parents can enroll in English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes to learn English, Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) classes, formerly (GED), to earn a high school equivalency diploma, and Career and Technical Education classes to become certified in a trade, such as Certified Nurse Assistant, Culinary Arts, Microsoft Certification, and more. Proof of US residency is not required.

Parents who are interested in becoming familiar with the OACE website and the registration flyer, which is available in nine languages.

Nominate a Teacher for a Big Apple Award

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 5.11.57 PMThe NYC Department of Education’s annual Big Apple Awards: Recognizing Teacher Excellence in New York City citywide nomination period opened on Monday, November 16School communities across the City have the opportunity to recognize the exceptional work of our outstanding educators.

Please encourage your entire school community—students, families, faculty, and staff—to nominate educators. When our communities shine a spotlight on the great work of our educators, we strengthen family-community ties, build greater trust and mutual appreciation within our schools, and create additional opportunities for deeper collaboration.

For more information on the awards, to see past recipients or to nominate a teacher visit their webpage.

NYC Reads 365

Screen Shot 2015-11-19 at 10.44.34 AMChancellor kicks off citywide literacy effort with children’s author Jon Scieszka

NYC Reads 365 underscores City’s commitment to universal 2nd grade literacy and equity and excellence in literacy education

NEW YORK – Chancellor Fariña today announced the launch of NYC Reads 365, a new multi-year citywide literacy effort to promote a City that reads every day, in and outside of our schools. All pre-K-12 schools will receive ongoing resources to promote daily reading – new and age-appropriate reading lists, engaging posters and bookmarks, and support and trainings for school staff and parents around strengthening students’ reading skills and encouraging a love for reading. Students and families can also easily access updated reading lists and extensive reading resources at a new NYC Reads 365 website.

Continue reading NYC Reads 365

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