This Halloween, 102 Chooses Treats (and Love)

Dear Families of PS/IS 102Q,

Sometimes the world can seem incredibly scary, especially when we come across news–as we did this Halloween–that someone had caused harm to others solely for this purpose.

People often hurt one another because they are hurt themselves, and they don’t know how to stop the pain. It’s never an excuse, but I can’t help but think that people cause harm only because they never had the chance to learn how to live any other way.

Hate and fear spreads quickly because they need little effort: a quick Facebook post, a hurtful message on Twitter, a rude insult; it takes nothing to cause a great deal of hurt.

Love and kindness, however, spread only through shared experiences and individual sacrifice. You can’t tell someone you care about them by commenting on their Instagram; you make clear to the people you love by showing up everyday, and never choosing to do anything but support them. The target of hate can change at a whim, but what you love today you will most likely always care about.

For NYC, many will remember Halloween 2017 as a day of fear and uncertainty. Our students, however, will remember Mario Karts racing down the hallway, Candy Wrappers doing ridiculous photo poses, Jellyfishes bouncing all over the first floor, life-size Dunkin Donuts cups and so much more. 

They will remember a day of joy, love, and community. This is who we are and what we do, and this is why I couldn’t be more proud to be a member of the 102 family.

Students: the world is like a long, dark tunnel where we all carry our own tiny flashlight with no extra batteries. If we lived fearfully, we wait for others to expend their batteries, aimlessly pointing tiny lights that disappear into the vast darkness.

But when everyone choose to light up at the same time, the dark tunnel will suddenly not seem so dark after all. It will be obvious which direction to go next, and the group of lights will simply move forward, together.

I promise you that 102 will be lit, always. And soon we’ll count on you to help us light up the rest of the world.

With Love,

William Ko, Principal


A veces, el mundo puede parecer terriblemente aterrador, especialmente cuando encontramos noticias como las de ayer, que durante el Halloween, una persona perjudicó a otras con el único propósito de hacer daño.

Con frecuencia, las personas se lastiman unas a otras porque ellas mismas están heridas y no saben cómo aliviar su dolor. Esto jamás será una excusa, pero no puedo dejar de pensar que dichas personas causan daño simplemente porque nunca tuvieron la oportunidad de aprender a vivir de otra forma.

El odio y el miedo se extienden rápidamente porque necesitan poco esfuerzo: una breve publicación en Facebook, un mensaje hiriente en Twitter o un insulto no requieren mucho, pero pueden causar un gran daño y lastimar profundamente.

Por otro lado, el amor y la bondad se transmiten sólo mediante el contacto personal, la proximidad y diferentes experiencias compartidas. No podemos decirle a los demás que nos preocupamos por ellos con solo comentar en su Instagram. Demostramos nuestro amor a las personas estando presentes todos los días para apoyarlos . Lo que se odia ahora puede cambiar en cualquier momento, pero lo que hoy amas seguramente siempre te importará.

Para algunos, quizás el Halloween del 2017 será recordado como un momento de miedo e inseguridad, pero para nuestros estudiantes sus recuerdos serán Mario Karts corriendo por el pasillo, envolturas de dulce haciendo poses graciosas para las fotos , gomitas de dulce rebotando en el primer piso, tazas de Dunkin Donuts de tamaño natural y mucho más .

Recordarán un día de alegría, amor y comunidad. Es por este motivo que no podría estar más orgulloso de ser un miembro de la familia 102.

Estudiantes: el mundo es como un túnel largo y oscuro donde cada uno lleva una pequeña lámpara y apenas un par de baterías. Si vivimos atemorizados, y sólo esperamos a que alguien gaste sus baterías, nuestras diminutas luces desaparecerán en la oscuridad, y hasta habrá quienes se molesten con otros cuando estos traten de mirar hacia donde ellos alumbren.

Pero si todos elegimos iluminar al mismo tiempo, de inmediato, ese túnel dejará de ser tan oscuro. El camino a seguir se verá completamente claro, sabremos cual es el próximo paso a seguir y todo el grupo de luces avanzará al tiempo.

Les prometo que 102 estará encendida siempre. Y pronto contaremos con ustedes para que nos ayuden a iluminar el resto del mundo.

Con amor,

 William Ko, Principal

The 2017 P4P Team is Looking for More Members!

Parents 4 Parents (P4P) is a 102 all-parent team that meets with the school leadership once a month to communicate needs, wants, and ideas to better serve our children. To better accommodate all parents, we host two sessions: one in the AM before arrivals, and one just before dismissal.

We would welcome a “class parent” from each class, and we are looking for parents who would like to join this year’s team. Stay informed and help other parents stay informed!

Please email AP Sheerin to find out more!

PERSONALIZED LEARNING at 102

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FAMILY NIGHT: September 26th, 2017

To Our 102 Families,

 

Welcome back!

102 is a special place, there’s no doubt about it. We’re special not because of our test scores, our beautiful facilities, or the incredible talent we have amassed in our staff. These are all byproducts of the one key ingre

dient we are most proud of:

We appreciate and we care about one another.

It’s this gratitude and trust we share with one another that enables our children to succeed, and we all thank you for allowing us to be a part of your children’s lives.

Tuesday, September 26th is Meet the Staff Night, and you will be able to meet with your child’s teachers and other support staff. Your teacher will also share with you our schoolwide work around personalize

 

d learning to support every student meeting the most important grade-level benchmarks.

Online programs, workbooks, before school learning, after-school enrichment, small-group instruction during the school day, ongoing guidance, whatever it is that a student may need we’ll do.

We look forward to sharing more information with you around this initiative and see you Tuesday!

Please attend EITHER of the following:

 

SESSION I 4:30PM- 5:45PM

Grades K-2 report to child’s classroom

Grade 3 in Room 232

Grade 4 in Room 329

Grade 5 in Room 321

Grade 6 Team in Room 305

Grade 7 Team in Room 309

Grade 8 Team in Room 405;

Then

GRADE 8 High School Night

presentation in AUDITORIUM

SESSION II: 6:00PM-7:15PM

Grades K-2 report to child’s classroom

Grade 3 in Room 232

Grade 4 in Room 329

Grade 5 in Room 321

Grade 6 Team in Room 305

Grade 7 Team in Room 309

Grade 8 Team in Room 405

Then

GRADE 8 High School Night

presentation in AUDITORIUM