Welcome back! I hope you all had a restful Spring Break and are happy to have your students back in school (I know I am!). April is a busy month and this is a long update, but I wanted to try to capture everything that is happening at school.
April Is Earth Month On March 14, before the break, Brian Filiatraut, Director of Sustainability, attended the MS/US coffee and walked us through all that he and his team are working on at Poly. His recent parent presentation can be viewed here.
Did you know:
80% and 55% of current waste is composted or recycled at the Park Slope and Dyker Heights campuses, respectively
Poly is actively working on ways to increase those numbers and be a Zero Waste School by 2020!
More opportunities to support All of Poly’s Sustainability Efforts will be showcased and celebrated this month. To learn more and show your support, please look at the schedule and consider attending these events:
Sustainability Social: Connect with parents who are passionate about sustainability issues and learn more about Poly’s work in this area - All parents/guardians welcome - April 15, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Park Slope campus
The Nathan & Estelle Feldman Sustainability Speaker & Prize: Ken Berlin, who with former Vice President Al Gore heads the Climate Reality Project, will speak about how his organization is working to combat climate change in politics, business, and communities around the world. Is the Green New Deal feasible? How can busy families work toward more social / environmental justice? - April 22, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Joseph Dana Allen Library, Dyker Heights campus - Students, parents/guardians, and community members welcome. RSVP HERE
Parents’ Association Open Meeting: April 8, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Memorial Chapel, Dyker Heights campus We are excited about the full slate of speakers! Q&A will follow each speaker and meeting minutes will be circulated afterward, if you are unable to attend.
Nicholas Gravante Jr. '78, P’20, ‘23, Co-Chair, Board of Trustees—updates from Poly’s Board of Trustees
Brian Filiatraut, Sustainability Director—Earth Month events and Poly’s sustainability efforts and achievements
John Rankin, Assistant Head of School—proposed changes to the MS/US schedule for the upcoming school year and a Search Committee update
Charles Polizano P'18, Director of Technology & Computer Science and Jennifer Slomack, Director of Engagement and Communications—what and when to expect from the next phase of the Veracross Parent Portal
Motoko Maegawa, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice—new updates
Parents’ Association Executive Board Election Update We received 36 nominations with a total of 21 people nominated. Of that total, 7 people declined and 14 accepted. Information about each candidate will be shared with the community this week.
Parents’ Association April Spring Socials April 9: Grade 8 April 10: Grade 9 and Grade 10 April 11: Grade 11 April 23: Grade 5 April 24: Grade 6 April 30: Grade 7
Note: Grade reps will be sending locations and time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Other April Events April 3: Lower School Speaker, Lesley Koplow, the founding Director of the Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College. Topic: “The Positive Power of No" at 8:45 AM, Park Slope campus April 5: MS Community/Diversity Day April 11: MS/US PA Coffee, 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM, Memorial Chapel, Dyker Heights campus Featured speaker: John Rankin, Assistant Head of School, will walk MS/US parents through the new schedule changes for the upcoming school year April 12: LS Parents’ Association Meeting, 8:45 AM to 9:15 AM, Park Slope campus April 12: MS/US Dance Concert (Grades 5-12), 7:00 PM, Richard Perry Theatre, Dyker Heights campus April 13: MS/US Dance Concert (Grades 7-12), 7:00 PM Richard Perry Theatre, Dyker Heights campus April 18: All School Diversity Coffee, 8:45 AM to 9:45 AM, Hulbert Room, Park Slope campus April 18: MS/US Spring Arts Festival (Art Show and Vocal Concert), 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Memorial Chapel, Dyker Heights campus April 19: School Closed, Good Friday and Passover April 22-26: E-waste Drive, both campuses April 24: Lower School Speaker, Lesley Koplow, the founding Director of the Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College. Topic: "Friendship Issues in Childhood" at 8:45 AM, Park Slope campus April 24-26: Lower School Used Book Fair April 25: MS/US Spring Arts Festival (Instrumental Concert), 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Memorial Chapel, Dyker Heights campus April 26: MS/US Pep Rally, Buses leave at 3:15 PM April 29-May 4: LS Screens-Free Week April 30: MS Dress-Up Day