10 Tips to be Water Safe

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New York City beaches opened on Saturday, May 28, 2016 for the summer season, and city pools will open on June 29th.


Here are some tips for staying safe near the water:

  1. Swim only where lifeguards are present
  2. Learn to swim.  There are free and low-cost classes through the NYC PArks Department: NYC Learn to Swim program
  3. Never leave children unattended
  4. Obey all posted signs and flags
  5. Watch for dangerous waves and rip currents.  For more information and safety tips check out the National Weather Service’s Rip Currents page.
  6. Stay alert and aware of your surroundings
  7. Wear a life jacket when boating
  8. Don’t take unnecessary risks
  9. Be safe in the sun
  10. Know before you go: check weather conditions and get real-time beach opening and water quality information by visiting the Health Department’s Beaches page.

Apply for free lunch July 1st!

On July 1, 2016 you can register for free or reduced-price lunches for the 2016-2017 school year.  Use the student ID code you received in your child’s folder and go to nyc.applyforlunch.com to apply.

The number of students that qualify for free or reduced-price lunches also determines how much additional federal funding our school can get.  So please spread the word!  If you have any questions please contact SchoolFood at their toll free number:

SchoolFood Help Desk
New York City Schools


Queens Parent Advisory Board

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The Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz, hosts a monthly Parent Advisory Board at Borough Hall here in Kew Gardens.  On May 31, 2016 she invited United Federation of Teachers (UFT) President Michael Mulgrew as the guest speaker.  Please email education@queensbp.org or call (718) 286-2850 with any questions about this or upcoming meetings.

Summer reading and math project

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A notice went out from Ms. Folgio that all students will be required to complete a reading and math assignment over the summer vacation.  The assignments must be handed in on the first day of school, September 8, 2016.

Also, the school will be holding its annual Book Swap on June 23rd for grades K-2 in the Annex and grades 3-6 in the Main Building.  Students are also encouraged to visit their local library.

Click here to locate your closest Queens library.

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