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February 2018

KUDOS
Exemplary Service Celebration
On 1/29, along with our divisional partners and superintendents, we honored 60+ non-pedagogues who serve our schools. The Chancellor surprised us, leaving her own conference early to stop in and congratulate the honorees. Senior Supervising Superintend Laura Feijoo, Facilities CEO John Shea, Tim George and the DDFs, Mark Rampersant and Manhattan Command, along with several of our Superintendents came out to celebrate with us. Students from PS/IS161, MS577, IS528 and Wadleigh wow'ed the group with moving performances. You can view the honoree slide-show on our Special Events page > https://sites.google.com/a/strongschools.nyc/mfsc/home-1/events.  Photos are viewable / downloadable via this link > https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1t0yeTvELFGlK0FQxr6wyEyL7dtqrgc6f?usp=sharing. Greyston will share both the deck and the online album with the honorees. Til next year ... we hope you will find ways to honor different members of your staff throughout the year. 

School-News 
01M020 Anna Silver celebrated Wellness Week and is strategically using Twitter to elevate the larger community's awareness of great things happening at the school. 01M332 University Neighborhood MS brought the D1 community together to screen and engage in a courageous discussion about "I Am Not a Racist, Am I?" 04M108 School of Authors celebrates 2 students received full scholarships to the Guggenheim Art Making Program for Middle Schoolers - thanks to budget director Sharon Boonshoft for making the connection for the school. 05M175 Henry Garnet School joined the nation in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr's birthday with a day of service where each grade adopted a services project and came in on the holiday to deliver their goodies to local partners. Student council hosted a community resource fair at school where NYPD, FNDY and other local CBOs came out to offer connection and support to PS175 families. 

Manhattan is sending 8 borough Spelling Bee Winners to the Citywide Bee, representing PS11, NEST+M, Shuang Wen, Spruce Street, East Side Middle, and TAG Young Scholar. We are so proud of ALL our spellers and hope to have more schools and districts participate in 2019! 

IMPORTANT DEADLINES
2/05  CL02: complete Time & Effort Certification in myGalaxy
2/09  CL20: Resolve attendance issues in ATS
2/15  CL12: PA/PTA Financial Reporting in SPLCIS
         CL13: PCAR - enter parent engagement data
2/16  MS - PCL final review in SEMS 
2/19  Washington, Yuet, and PS15's Amy Sack's Birthday :-)
2/21  RESO-A applications due for Boro Pres. or BP & City Council
          http://www.nyc.gov/html/capgrants/capgrants.html
          Applications for City Council only are due 3/26
2/28  CL14: Mentoring - complete entry for January interactions
         CL23: Feb Safety Committee Meeting due in OSYD portal

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING
See our PLO Calendar for full details and if you have not yet discovered, we have a cool new feature where you can search for specific PLO topics. See table below the Calendar on the same page. As always if you see a district specific offering that is of interest, reach out to Lisa Pilaski and we'll either work with your FSL to design a series for your district, or accommodate you if there are available seats.  Some highlights:
02/05  Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) Series Launch Schira
02/06  QTEL Beginning Institute - ENL/Entering Students in Grades 8-12
02/07  Health: Vision Screening Training
           CDOS: Use for Graduation and Recent Changes - 02/07/18
02/08  Global History: Planning for success on the new Regents 
02/09  Guidance Counselors Professional Learning Series
02/12  (IEP) Transition Team Leader Forum
02/13  Great Leaps Paraprofessional Training
           PBIS Principal's Administrative Overview
02/14  Balanced Literacy in the Curious Classroom
           Social Studies: Engaging All Students, 6-8
02/28  Assistant Principals Leadership Series - Foundations

RESOURCES
Annual School Social Work Conference Awards
The DOE will be honoring six social workers at the Third Annual School Social Work Conference on March 6. You can nominate a school social worker to apply for a 2018 School Social Worker of the Year Award for their contributions by February 9. Categories include: Social Justice, Advances the Profession of School Social Work, Program Development, Social-Emotional Learning, Working with students in temporary housing. More information and directions for nomination are in the attached document. 

Of Interest  
https://www.youngscientistlab.com/challenge 
https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/why-teaching-is-like-dating/  
https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/17/11/coping-skills-anxious-times