The next general PTA meeting will be April 20. We are also saying an official farewell to Mary Boncher that morning.

 

Please note that the PTA will be presenting the proposed revised bylaws during this PTA meeting.

Following the PTA meeting, families are invited to officially bid a fond farewell to Mary Boncher. She will be visiting PS77 that morning and we ask that you join in this celebration.

If you would like to bake something delicious or bring a yummy treat for this little get together, we will have a table designated for these goodies set up in the cafeteria during the PTA Meeting.

 

Hope to see you at both events! Our April PTA meeting and the long awaited

Mary Boncher Goodbye Celebration.

LL Cares is super excited to announce our April Event!  Zumbathon for the Ronald McDonald House of NYC! 

Screen Shot 2018-04-09 at 10.13.41 AMLL Cares is super excited to announce our April Event! 
Zumbathon for the Ronald McDonald House of NYC! 
On April 27th, join classmates and friends on the dance floor to have fun and do something healthy while raising money for the amazing Ronald McDonald House of NYC!  https://www.rmh-newyork.org
Since 1978 the Ronald McDonald House, located on the Upper East Side has provided temporary housing and care for more than 35,000 families while their child battles cancer.
This is a fun way to come together as a Lower Lab community and do some good for families who really need it.
Details:
When : Friday April 27th 5:30-7:00pm
Where : Cathedral of Holy Trinity Church Ballroom
337 East 74th St. (Between 1st & 2nd Ave)
Cost: $25 per dancer, all ages, siblings welcome!
Every penny raised will go directly to The Ronald McDonald House
Cash or checks will be accepted at the door.
* This is not a drop-off event*
 
Please sign up with the following link: www.volunteersignup.org/RT7RP
If you have any questions regarding this event or Lower Lab Cares,
please contact Mina McKiernan minamckiernan@aim.com

Workshop Tomorrow Morning – Don’t forget to bring your passes that were backpacked on pink paper.

Violence. It’s literally everywhere: in video games, movies, books, music videos, and cartoons, on the nightly news and the Web, and even in commercials. And it’s becoming harder to avoid. Today, with the explosion of technology and 24/7 media access, the question more than ever is, what’s the impact, especially on our kids?

The short answer is: We don’t know. Although experts agree that no single factor can cause a nonviolent person to act aggressively, heavy exposure to violent media can be a risk factor for violent behavior. Children who are exposed to multiple risk factors — including aggression and conflict at home — are the most likely to behave aggressively.

Heavy exposure to violent media can lead to desensitization, too. And it may actually start with parents. A study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania found that parents who watched a lot of movies were more likely to say it was OK for younger kids to watch movies that had R-rated violence and sexual content.

The good news is that, as parents, we can make a choice to consistently expose our kids to media that reflects our own personal values and say “no” to the stuff that doesn’t. The number one influence on kids’ media consumption is how their parents think and act regarding media. There are so many benefits to media and technology, including the potential to teach valuable skills. Doing research about TV shows, movies, or games before your kids watch, play, and interact with them will go a long way in helping them avoid iffy stuff.

So how can you as a parent manage media violence in your kids’ lives?

Attend this workshop on April 13th to get some tips!

Please join us for a workshop with Dr. Jill Alberts Psy.D.  on the following topic

“Helping Kids Cope with Violence in the News”

Dr. Jill Alberts, Psy.D. is a psychologist in private practice on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She specializes in areas affecting children and families including anxiety/depression, learning disorders, trauma, loss and divorce. Her practice is informed by more than 10 years as a school psychologist in independent and public schools where she facilitated many groups for parents and students. Dr. Alberts supervises other therapists and is a faculty instructor in the Child and Adolescent Program of the Metropolitan Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Over the course of her career Dr. Alberts has also worked with community agencies on initiatives related to early childhood development, adolescent health, child abuse, trauma and parent guidance.

Passes are going home tomorrow for easy entry to the building.

April 13th

Location: Cafeteria 

Time: 8:15AM

 

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/tips-on-how-to-deal-with-media-violence#

 

Art with Ms. Michelle

April 2018      Welcome Back!

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March came in like a Lion with Roaring Pastels

The art room was like a lion last month as Kindergarten students enthusiastically watched the roaring snow glide against our windows. This inspired them to  explore the lion portrait using a strong color palette of pastels intertwined with graphic paper. Radial lines and facial expression was the highlight of the lesson. Now the soft and fluffy lamb will be making an appearance, hopefully soon!                                                                                                                                                                    First Grade explored the world of resist. This technique happens when one medium or material is rejected by another creating an interesting texture. Multi shrills of delight were expressed by children as they watched the artist Max Zorn create his amazing tape art. He believes, “Exploration is the key, as art brings imagination to life”. Our students then worked with masking tape and free-form abstract designs. Next, they invented rain scenes using oil pastels that resisted watercolors. Beautiful designs with many original and open-ended stories.

Abstract Tape Resist
Oil Pastel Resist

Second graders have been learning about the psychology of colors inspired by artists Josef Albers and Henri Matisse. This discovery helps students learn that various colors have an impact on our emotions, reactions and also the decisions we make with our brain. Blue and green create calm thoughts, red for zesty energy and orange, this helps students keep their attention when  doing homework.

 

Positive /Negative art

Third grade worked on the Principal of Design with a focus on composition and positive and negative space. They also learned how to cast a shadow on each object to create a lift of excitement and dimension to their art.

Our fourth graders continued to work on observational drawing which is learning how to draw realistically. Drawing what they see, not what is in their imagination takes extended discipline and practice.  They have been working on various shading techniques and ways to add shape to cylinders.                             Our fabulous seniors are working on relief sculpture. This is a 2D design that extends outward from the surface. It is half-way between flat and 3 dimensional art. Origami is the skill. Principal of design focus in this project  is on the components; balance, rhythm, movement and unity.  Students are encouraged to be as creative as possible, as long as they follow the guidelines. Working in teams to solve the puzzle is happy experience. Stay tuned for these amazing works of art. Currently in progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If we have at least 75 attendees, we will be able to take an official Lower Lab photo at 6 PM on the field

LOWER LAB METS TICKETS!

Lower Lab families and friends are cordially invited to the Friday, May 4th Mets game, which officially begins at 7:10 PM. If we have at least 75 attendees, we will be able to take an official Lower Lab photo at 6 PM on the field. Come out and cheer with your classmates as the NY Mets take on the Colorado Rockies. There will also be an official T-Shirt giveaway. Tickets are located in the “300” section of the field in a block under cover and set aside for Lower Lab.

Tickets are $31 per person.  Tickets purchased online will include a $1.10 convenience fee per ticket in the cost.

Click here to buy your tickets online!
Please email amy.gillston@gmail.com  if you have any questions or if you would prefer to buy in cash.

TRI-FOLD BOARDS BACKPACKD FROM THE PTA Tomorrow is your very LAST DAY to order!!!!

Order your white tri-fold display boards directly from school this year.

You will need a display board for your child’s 2nd Grade neighborhood project or the 3rd – 5th Grade science fair project – we can get it for you and send it home with your child for only $10!
This is roughly the same price as you’ll pay at Staples and you’ll be supporting Lower Lab to boot.  It’s win-win!

Boards are white corrugated tri fold design and measure 36” x 48”.

The boards are only for sale until this Friday, so order today before time runs out!
Click here to order your tri-fold board!