Parent Communication: 2/14/17-3/16/17

Parent Communication

 Upcoming Events:

Feb. 14       “Coffee, Conversation w/the Principal” 8:30am/ School Spirit Day  -Mix -Match Day

Feb. 15          PTA meeting 8:30am

Feb. 20- 24  Winter Recess Break/ Classes resume Monday, February 27th

Feb. 27- Mar. 31    NYS Survey

Feb. 28           499 Monthly Student Award Ceremony 2:50pm-3:20pm

Mar. 1            “Coffee and Conversation w/the Principal   8:30am “Algebra for All Discussion”

Mar. 16         Parent Teacher Conferences AM/PM


Upcoming Parent Workshops:

Tuesday, February 14th 2:45-3:20pm

Grade 4-8:   Ms. Avila & Ms. Salamanca STEAM

Grade 3 ONLY – Ms. Amoroso- Science Fair-

Tuesday, February 28th

Grade 4-7 Ms. Avila & Ms. Shmuel – Science 2:55-3:15pm

Grade 4- 5 Mr. Kong & Ms. Adasse- Math – 2:45-3:20pm

Grade 5- Ms. Turansky- Understanding Reading Levels – 2:45-3:20pm

** Please look for additional dates for the above parent workshops **


Good Afternoon Families   Family-Linc Performance Update and Extra Tickets

As of now all performances this weekend are still on and we are very excited to welcome you and your families.

I will keep you posted if there are any changes due to weather.

Extra tickets are available to Baobab at 2:00 PM on Saturday.

If you are interested in attending, please email with your name and the tickets you need.


Théâtre Motus tells the story of a hero’s quest in West Africa, where there is a serious drought. There stands an ancient baobab tree. One day, the tree brings forth an egg, from which a boy is born. The villagers discover that he is the only one who can free the water! Baobab shows that a child’s courage can save the world.

Let me know if you have any questions,

Jacqueline Handy








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Valentine’s Day Sale


Please send money with your child/children for the Valentine’s Day sale on Monday and Tuesday. Please support the PTA.


Thank you,


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Parent Communication

 Middle School Dance Tuesday, February 14th2:40-4:30pm.   $5.00 donation.  Parents are asked to help volunteer.

Parent Workshops: Tuesday, February 14th

Gr. 4-8  Ms. Avila /Salamanca  STEAM   2:55-3:15pm

Gr. 3 Ms. Amoroso Science Fair 2:45-3:20pm

 Parent Workshops: Tuesday , February 28th

Gr. 4-5 Mr. Kong/Ms. Adasse “ Math” 2:45-3:20pm

Gr. 4-7 Ms. Avilia /Ms. Shmuel Science 2:45-3:20pm

Gr. 5 Ms. Turansky Reading Levels 2:45-3:20pm

 Coffee and Conversation Wednesday, March 1st 8:30am  ‘ Algebra for All Discussion”

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Dear Parents,

We’re are asking for parents to volunteer for our middle school dance on Tuesday, February 14th. The dance will start at 2:40pm and end at 4:30pm. The middle school students are being asked to send in a $5.00 donation.  Thank you in advance for your support. If you can volunteer, please email Lezly at


Thank you,



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Box Tops


Easy way to earn cash for our school! Buy, Cut, and

Send your box tops to school and we’ll get money!

Every = $0.10! The more you bring in, the

more cash we’ll earn. So, what are you waiting for?

Start bringing them in.

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It’s free and as easy as 1-2-3. Here’s how it works:
You can earn Bonus Box Tops in the Box Tops Bonus App in
combination with the on-pack Box Tops clip and any other coupon, discount, store program or promotion.

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Parent Advisory Board: 2/9/17 at 6pm

Dear Parents,

         The Queens Borough President Melinda Katz invites you to her next meeting of the Parent Advisory Board that will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:00pm in Queens Borough Hall located at 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY – Room 200. All parents and educators are invited to attend this informative meeting. We will host a presentation by the School Construction Authority (SCA) on the proposed 2015-2019 Five-year Capital Plan. In addition, the Department of Education (DOE) Division of Family and Community Engagement will explain how parents can become involved with the Community Education Councils (CECs)

Two guest speakers from the School Construction Authority will present the SCA 2015-2019 Five-year Capital Plan. Ben Goodman is the Manager of Community Relations and handles Queens’ community boards within School Districts 27, 28, and 29. Michael Mirisola is the Director of External Affairs and handles Queens’ community boards within School Districts 24, 25, 26, and 30. The SCA presentation will detail plans to create new school facilities and to improve infrastructure of existing buildings. In addition, the planned distribution of funding to meet local and City requirements will be expanded upon. This plan will invest in the future of New York City’s public schools, as we continue to work to address issues of overcrowding and to prepare for enrollment growth.  Principals, Parent Coordinators, PTA/PA Parents, Educators and CEC’s will be able to ask questions and express their construction needs for their school and find out why some projects submitted by the CEC for your school were funded and why others were not.

            Ayesha George is the Parent Leadership Liaison in the Division of Family and Community Engagement at the DOE. Ms. George will explain the process of applying for a position on a School District Community Education Council (CEC) and demonstrate the role of CECs in passing education resolutions and providing funding to public schools. Each CEC oversees a community school district that includes public elementary, intermediate, and junior high schools.


Please share this  invitation, as the meeting is open to the public. Please RSVP via email at or via phone at 718-286-2850.

All the best,

Monica Gutierrez

Education Director

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz

(718) 286-2627

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Valentine’s Day Sale: 2/13-2/14

Valentine’s Day Sale

Gifts for Parents, Family Members, Teachers and Friends…


Dear Parents,

Your children will have an opportunity to do some Valentine’s Day gift shopping for their loved ones starting February 13 through 14th, during their lunch hours. The Valentine’s Day Sale is a fun event organized by the PTA.

 We need parents to volunteer their time to make this event a success. Please fill out the form below and send in the slip if you’re able to volunteer or email

Thank you for your support!



Parent’s name:_________________________________________________________

Child/Children’s name:_________________________________________________________

 Grade/s: ________________________

Phone Number: ________________________________________

Email Address: ______________________________________________________________

Please circle the dates you’re available to volunteer, during the children’s lunch hours:

                     Monday, February 13th                         Tuesday, February 14th

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Parent Communication: 1/20/17-2/28/17

Parent Communication:



Upcoming Events:

Jan. 24                       School Spirit Day (Jersey Day)

Jan. 31           499 Monthly Student Award Ceremony 2:40pm-3:20pm

Feb. 10          “Act of Kindness Day”

Feb. 14       “Coffee , Conversation w/the Principal” 8:30am/ School Spirit Day  -Mix -Match Day

Feb. 15          PTA meeting 8:30am

Feb. 20- 24  Winter Recess Break/ Classes resume Monday, February 27th

Feb. 28         499 Monthly Student Award Ceremony 2:40pm-3:20pm


**Upcoming Parent Workshops: Please see flyers sent home:

Grade 4: Ms. Piazza-  Tuesday, January 24th 2:45-3:15pm “Understanding Reading Levels”

Grade 3: Ms. Griffin / Ms. Dhandari -Tuesday, January 24th, 2:45-3:15pm “Understanding Reading Levels”


2017 499 Monthly Student Awards: 

December 2016 PTA meeting was the last morning PTA meeting for presenting the monthly awards. The following dates and times have been determined for monthly awards during the months of January-March, 2017.

Tuesdays: January 31, 2017; February 28, 2017; and March 21, 2017.

The monthly student awards will be given out at a meeting held during parent engagement time from 2:40-3:20 p.m.

Very, important, Parents please be mindful that you will need to pick up your child at dismissal and then attend the award ceremony. If you cannot attend the ceremony with your child it’s ok.  Your child will receive the certificate the next day in school.  We are looking forward to celebrating your child with you.

BOKS Winter Session:

Site Location:   PS/IS 499Q Site Activity:  BOKS Grades 2-5
Name of Teacher-Coach in charge:      Mr. Gary Beggen
Teacher-Coach Contact & any other information:     718-461-7462
Start Date:   January 6, 2017 End Date:   March 17, 2017
Days: Monday, Wednesday, & Friday Times:  7:05 – 8:15 a.m.

JANUARY- 6, 9, 13, 20, 23, 27, 30 / FEBRUARY-  1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 27 / MARCH- 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 1

CHAMPS Winter AM: Fitness


January: 3, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26, 31

February: 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 28

March: 2, 7, 9,


CHAMPS Winter PM: Volleyball


January: 5, 6, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27,

February: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 16

March: 2, 3, 9, 10


499 Lottery   Opens:  January 232017 thru March 6, 2017

Guest Speaker at Coffee and Conversation:

Mayor’s initiative : “THRIVE”  NYC WELL

Kallyope Glotsos

There’s a Monster in my closet! Dealing with Worries and Fears of Early Childhood

Parent Webinar:  The differences and guidelines to parents of children 2 to 9 years old on how to help children deal with their worries and anxieties.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 1:00pm To Register



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Queens College Tennis Lessons on Fridays 3-4pm (1/27-3/24) $180

Queens College Tennis Center

Queens College is offering a 7 week session of tennis lessons on Fridays from 3-4 pm beginning January 27th. Due to the short notice, there will not be any distribution of a flyer.

The dates are as follows:


January 27

February 3, 10, 17

March 3, 17, 24

The cost is $180 and you can register any day prior to the starting date of the first class or the day of. Payment is made directly to Queens College Athletics. To register please contact Somadi Druker, Tennis Director, at Please include in your message that this is for the 499 group lessons and include your child’s name, age, grade, and your phone number. You can also call the tennis office at 718-997-2771 with any questions.

*** This program is NOT run by PS/IS 499 or 499 PTA. Parents are responsible for picking up their children after school at dismissal and bringing them over to the tennis center behind PS/IS 499.***

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