Community & School News September 2015

Important School Dates
Mon, Sep 7  – Labor Day
Wed, Sep 9 – School begins
Thurs, Sep 10 – Full day for non-District 75 students; partial day for pre-K
Mon & Tues, Sep 14 & 15 – Rosh Hashanah (schools closed)
Wed, Sep 16 – I.S. Schools Family Night*
Thurs, Sep 17 – Elementary Schools Family Night*
Wed, Sep 23 – Yom Kippur (schools closed)
Thurs, Sep 24 – Eid al-Adha (schools closed)
Wed, Sep 30 – Public Schools Family Night*
* contact schools firectly for confirmation

The New York Cares Day Fall
The 24th annual New York Cares Day Fall will take place on Saturday, October 17 this year, an event that focuses in the beautification of NYC public schools. This year, 4,000 volunteers will spend the day painting classrooms, creating murals, organizing, and planting school gardens, while raising money to support New York Cares’ year-round education programs. Want to join? Registration costs $25 and can be done here.

Sailing Away to St. George
St. George will be the next neighborhood featured in the NYCGO Insider Guide by NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, in an effort to encourage visitors to sail across the New York Harbor on the ferry and enjoy the waterfront neighborhood where it docks. This feature includes a short documentary film available online showcasing local insiders who highlight and recommend the must-see attractions of St. George. Visitors are encouraged to experience all St. George has to offer, touting it as “a historically rich and charming neighborhood with cultural institutions, authentic restaurants and outdoor activities.” Click here view the documentary.

Racing for a Cure
Pole Position Raceway recently presented a check for over $10,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association Chapters of Greater New Jersey, Central New York, Rochester & Finger Lakes, Western New York and Long Island. Funds for the donation were raised at Pole Position Raceway locations in New York and New Jersey in support of The Longest Day, a sunrise-to-sunset team event to raise awareness and funds to fuel the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. The fundraiser is especially important to co-owners Karen and Eyal Farage, as both women lost their mothers to Alzheimer’s disease.

P.S.22 Chorus Goes Viral
The students of P.S.22 chorus have done it again! In their latest and most popular YouTube video, the students are seen serenading a teacher battling breast cancer. The moving video was uploaded to YouTube in July and has since been viewed almost three million times. In the video, teacher Adriana Lopez is brought to tears as the children sing to her Martina McBride’s “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” in their last performance of the school year. The students of the P.S. 22 chorus are no strangers to the spotlight; their other YouTube clips have racked up millions of views and they even performed at the 2011 Oscars. Click here to watch their emotional tribute to Ms. Lopez. Just a warning: you will need tissues!

Protecting Our Kids from Drugs
All too often, addiction begins at home right under the nose of an unsuspecting parent. And if you aren’t safely disposing of your unneeded prescription drugs, addiction can easily begin in your home as well. That’s why Borough President James Oddo and NYPD Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre recently held a press conference at Borough Hall to announce a new initiative called the “Drop Box Program: Police and Parents Protecting Our Kids.” The program encourages parents to clean out their medicine cabinets of unused medications and bring them to drop box centers at their local precincts, in an effort to prevent children from experimenting with prescription drugs.

According to Adrienne Abate, project director for Tackling Youth Substance, the majority of youth who have experimented with prescription drugs report that they found them at home. It is essential to break this cycle because, as Abbate said, “people addicted to painkillers are 40 times more likely to get addicted to heroin.” Click here for more information from the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness.

Fall Fundraising Walks
With summer officially over, it’s time to get back into the workout routine. What better way to start it off than by joining one of the many fundraising walks around Staten Island this fall? Talk about feeling good after a workout! If you’d rather not break a sweat, you could make a donation instead. Every little bit helps! Here’s a list of local walks taking place this season:
• Light the Night Walk (for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) – Saturday, September 26 at Midland Beach
• Anti-Bully Walk, Saturday Sept. 26 at Clove Lakes Park
• Walk to End Alzheimer’s – Sunday, September 27 at South Beach
• Out of the Darkness Community Walk (for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) – Saturday, October 3 at Clove Lakes Park
• Walk Like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) – Sunday, October 4 at Clove Lakes Park
• JDRF One Walk (for type 1 diabetes) Sunday, October 4 at College of Staten
• Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Sunday, October 18 at Midland Beach
• Walk Now for Autism Speaks Sunday, October 25 at The College of Staten Island

Click here for more information about these events and for an updated list.

Museum Day Live!
The 11th annual Museum Day Live is Saturday, September 26. Museum Day Live, held by Smithsonian Magazine, is a day where over 1500 museums nationwide open their doors to the public for free. Here in Staten Island, the participating locations are: Historic Richmond Town, The Noble Maritime Collection, and the Staten Island Museum. You must present a Museum Live Ticket for free entrance to participating museum. Click here to find out where to get yours.

Staten Island Museum Grand Opening
It’s officially moving day for the Staten Island Museum! The grand opening of the museum’s expansion to Snug Harbor Cultural Center will be marked by a full weekend of festivities on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20. The celebration kicks off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10AM on Saturday, followed by lawn games for the whole family, food, live music, and crafts for kids. The day promises to be a full festival of art, science, and history celebrating all things Staten Island. The Grand Opening continues on Sunday with a classical concert with the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, gallery tours, art talks, nature walks, refreshments, and more. Admission is free all weekend long. The Staten Island Museum’s new location at Snug Harbor is located at 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A.

Running the Company
Start as a student and finish as a CEO! The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce Foundation Young Entrepreneurs Academy (SICCF YEA!) is offering business-minded high school students the chance to learn how to start and run their own real companies. The YEA! program bridges the business and educational communities, enabling students to be taught by trained instructors and exposed to guest lecturers, successful entrepreneurs and mentors. The classes will meet October through May at Susan Wagner High School. The deadline to apply is September 25. Click here to learn more or for an application form.

Standardized Tests
The results are in! Test scores for the 2015-16 standardized reading and math exams are available on the NYC public schools website. You can access your NYC Schools Account to view your child’s scores. If you don’t yet have an account, contact your child’s school to set one up. Curious to see how Staten Island students performed? Click here for a comprehensive overview of test scores for the English Language Assessment (ELA) and Mathematics exams broken out by borough, grade, gender, year and other variables.

The Zero Energy School
P.S. 62 is a lot much more than just Staten Island’s newest elementary school. The super-green school is the first in New York City (and one of the first worldwide) to harvest as much energy as it uses. Touted as the “zero energy school,” some of its energy-saving features include photovoltaic arrays wrapping both the roof and south facade; a geo-exchange heating and cooling system; energy recovery ventilators and demand-control ventilation; and a solar thermal system for hot water. The 68,680-square-foot, two-story school is located in Rossville at the corner of Woodrow and Bloomingdale Roads, and will be open to students this month.

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