From: Rhonda Perry, Principal
August 25, 2014
Dear Salk Students and Parents,
Hello! We hope that everyone is enjoying the last few weeks of summer vacation and the wonderful weather we’re having. As for me, I spent time attending workshops and preparing for the upcoming school year, but I was also able to relax and finally enjoy the many books I had purchased that students had recommended to me. I hope that you also found time to immerse yourselves in stories of far away places and captivating people. Our staff is very excited to hear tales of your adventures and to meet the many friends you have made from your books.
I am so thrilled to tell you that we will have a comprehensive after school program this year (free of charge to families) as we were awarded a grant by the city to partner with the community based organization, Manhattan Youth. This means that every day, from 2:30 to 6:00 beginning September 8th, you will be able to participate in an exciting array of programs from sports to arts and crafts to many science and engineering activities. While we have not had any turn over in staff, we have added to our community by hiring many wonderful folks to support the after school program. The director of the after school program is Kim Waldon. She comes to us with many years of experience at the YMCA of Greater NY and Westchester County. I am very excited to introduce her to you. You will hear much more about this fantastic program in the upcoming weeks.
In addition to a wonderful after school program, all students can expect a rigorous and fun-filled academic program. Sixth graders will enjoy a rigorous program of humanities, math, science, science research and writing, technology, advisory, drama, art and physical education during the school day. Seventh graders can expect to begin the first of their two-year study of Spanish. As you may already know, selected eighth grade students take the Spanish proficiency exam in June in order to be eligible for a more advanced foreign language placement in high school and our eighth grade students have the option of taking the Algebra high school regents. Once again, for the second half of the year, all students will be able to select from an exciting array of electives.
As you know, the first day of school is on Thursday, September 4th. (It will be a full day.) School will begin at 8:00am and end at 2:20pm. Beginning this year, all public schools will serve breakfast and lunch free of charge to all students for the entire school year, however, you are welcome to bring your own lunch. We tend to distribute many forms on the first day of school to students. Once all forms are turned in, and if students have permission from parents, our seventh and eighth grade students will be able to go outside for lunch the next day. In addition to returning all forms and obtaining parent permission to go outside for lunch, our sixth graders will be able to go outside for lunch in October after you have had a chance to settle in to the new routines of middle school. Before going out to lunch, we will talk about safety and you will have a tour of the neighborhood with your advisor.
Please remember to bring in your summer assignments on the first day as well as suggested school fees (for your labs, a planner, parent website usage and a school issued lock for your locker—outside locks will not be permitted). Sixth graders should also bring in money and forms for your Greenkill overnight trip on October 9th. It will take us a few days to distribute locks and lockers, so please do not bring all of your personal supplies to school until after you get a locker. You should also be aware of the fact that you will share a locker with another student, so you may want to use your judgment about which items to bring to school and which items to leave at home. We ask for your patience in the first week of school while we set things up.
We will have signs on the front door and throughout the building letting you know exactly where each grade should go on the first day. Parents of sixth graders and sixth grade students will meet us at 8:00am on September 4th in the auditorium. Seventh grade students will gather in the 1st floor gym and 8th grade students will gather in the cafeteria. You will be hearing more from us about class breakfasts and Curriculum Night. We will also provide you with a school calendar and an account for our school website in September. In the meantime, you can obtain information and calendars at the Department of Education’s website at (http://schools.nyc.gov
) or our Salk School website at (www.salkschool.org
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation! We are very excited about the 2014-2015 school year!