2016-2017 School Year Annoucements

Upcoming Important Dates and Time for the 2016-2017 School Year

School Start time: 8:20am         School End time: 2:40pm

September 8th, 2016- First Day of School for Grades 1 through 5th.

September 8th, 2016- Half Day of School for Pre-K and Kindergarten

PS 54 cordially invites you to the 2016 School Year “Back to School Kickoff” event on September 9th at 2:00pm till 5:00pm.

 

Summer Reading- Ebook Resource

http://www.bklynlibrary.org/

Find the hours and location of your local library.  Read e-books. Find links to websites that are just right for your child in the Kidzone.  If your child does not have a library card, I have attached a form that you can bring to any Brooklyn library.

http://summerreading.org/

You don’t have to go to the library or even have a library card to join this reading club sponsored by the Brooklyn, Queens and New York Public Library Systems.  Register online, fill out your reading profile and write reviews of all the great books you read this summer.  This site also contains recommended reading lists arranged by grade level.

http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/NYCReads365

Looking for something new and good? Ask your local public library about the books on these recommended reading lists, created by NYC school librarians.

http://www.starfall.com/

Lower-grades (pre-K through grade 2) often work on this website at school, but that’s no reason not to visit it during the summer.  It provides short ebooks that help with letter sounds, as well as a small selection fiction and nonfiction for slightly more advanced readers.

http://www.mightybook.com/

With short ebooks for practicing sounds, fun fact pages, songs, and classic stories, such as Peter Rabbit, this site uses audio with beautiful, old illustrations in a combination that is perfect for beginning readers.

http://www.toon-books.com/

Click on the words, “Just for Kids,” to find award-winning comic books in English, Spanish, French, Russian and Chinese  Kids can listen and read along or read independently. They can then write new adventures for the characters with Cartoon Makers.

http://www.professorgarfield.org/pgf_home.html

Join Professor Garfield to read ebooks in English and Spanish, unscramble mixed-up comic strips, write your own comic strips, take a math challenge, watch a science video and much, much more.  I particularly recommend the following: Storyline Online, English for Your Future, Storybook Reader, Comic Creator, Knowledge Box and Explore Science K-2.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/find-a-book/library-page

Register for this site and access 350 free ebooks.  Kids can listen and read along or read independently.  The books are arranged by reading level, starting with wordless books for our youngest kids.

http://en.childrenslibrary.org/  

The site contains free ebooks in dozens of languages, including Spanish, French, Arabic and Chinese.  Completing the free registration makes it easier to find the books you want.

http://www.schoolwide.com/zing

A free parent account on this site gives access to hundreds of ebooks, articles from children’s magazines and poems.  Many of the books come with audio so your child can read along. He or she can also highlight important parts, take notes, look up words in the dictionary and write reviews.  You can search for books and articles by author, title, topic, comprehension skill and even Guided Reading Levels a-z.  This site also contains Spanish and bilingual Spanish/English books.

Newsela

https://newsela.com/

Read Write Think

http://www.readwritethink.org/

San Diego Zoo

http://kids.sandiegozoo.org/

Sports Illustrated Kids

http://www.sikids.com/

National Geographic Kids

http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

PS 54’s Hour of Code

During the week of December 7th through December 11th, PS 54 The Magnet School for Environmental Science, Technology and Community Wellness participated in an “Hour of Code”. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to introduce coding and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer programming.

This year, PS 54 hosted volunteers from Apple Incorporated and CodeAcademy.org. Having these volunteers from the “tech field” here at PS 54 helped our students see what the future can be if they decide to continue their study into the field of Computer Science.