Dear PS 77 and PS 198 Teachers and Families, March 1, 2017
We held the February 2017 Student Council meetings on Tuesday February 14th. This was also the same day as our very successful Valentines Day Bake Sale (more on that later in the letter)! The greetings for both the lower and the upper grade meetings were led by the Parent Coordinators from each school: Gina Goodman and Danielle Santana. We learned about how long Gina and Danielle have been in this role in our building and how they became a Parent Coordinator. Both Gina and Danielle agreed that they face many challenges each day and that they are very busy, but their favorite part of the the job is interacting with the wonderful students and families at PS 77 and PS 198. We are so lucky to have both of them!
For our ice-breaker, the lower grade students focused on active listening. First, we thought about what makes someone a good listener and what active listening means as we brainstormed in the large group. Next, students were paired up and asked to take turns being the listener and the speaker. The speaker was instructed to share with the listener a few things about them for a short timed period. Then, the listener had to repeat back to the speaker what they learned; some students were called on to share in front of the group. The students changed roles and lastly, we discussed the importance of listening when it comes to being a strong, caring, and responsible leader. The upper grade representatives were so busy preparing for the bake sale that would be taking place later that day during all lunch periods that we did not get to our ice breaker! We will postpone it for our March meeting.
For our lower grade activity, we created flyers to hang throughout the building to advertise the upcoming Ronald McDonald House Pantry Drive. We had a talk with the representatives about what the Ronald McDonald House is and why it’s so meaningful to help the families that are living there. Organizing a service project is something the Student Council does each year as helping others is an important part of being a leader. The students each brought a flyer with them at the end of the meeting to hang up outside their classrooms (see reverse side for details!).
Our upper grade group turned room M1 across from the cafeteria into “Bake Sale Central” for the 4 upcoming lunch periods on Valentines Day. We set up furniture in the room, taped up posters, and organized the overwhelming amount of donated items. We discussed how the flow of the event would work including how the representatives could assist students with purchasing items, managing the money, etc. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade representatives from both schools did an outstanding job running the sale! The total money earned was $824.37 and we are so appreciative of the many students, staff, and families that contributed to this fun and rewarding event. Stay tuned for how we plan to spend this money on the 5th grade graduations in June.
We ended both meetings with the “Student Council Handshake” and we sent the representatives off with a copy of the meeting agenda so that they could share with their teachers and classmates what we did this month at our meetings. Our next Student Council meeting for March will take place on Tuesday, March 21st and our next building-wide School Spirit Day will take place on Friday, March 31st: Crazy Socks Day!
Josh Goldstein Allie Harvazinski
Guidance Counselor, PS 77 Guidance Counselor, PS 198