Irwin Altman Middle School 172
81-14 257th Street
Floral Park, New York 11004
Mr. Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Ms. Mary Tully Alarcon, Assistant Principal
Mr. Myles Nash, Assistant Principal
Ms. Maritza Soto, Assistant Principal
Ms. Danielle Giunta
Community Superintendent District 26
NYC Discipline Code
Free Meals for All
School starts promptly at 8:00 am every morning; the late bell rings at 8:05. Absence and lateness are reported on the high school application.
Please remember, 90% attendance is a promotional criterion.
All school information is on-line at MS 172.org
At this time of year of giving and presents, of sharing time with family and friends and reflecting on another year gone by, I would like to express my appreciation to the MS 172 community for its ongoing generosity and caring. I would like to thank all of our students, families and staff for their contributions to the City Harvest Food Drive. The MS 172 S.O., under the supervision of Mr. McKillen, will be continuing our annual Food Drive through December 6. Please be generous in your donations of boxed or canned food items for this charitable effort. Additionally, the S.O. is again sponsoring an MS 172 Holiday Toy Drive in partnership with Assemblyman David Weprin’s office to provide gifts for children who might not otherwise receive anything in this holiday season. Families are requested to give a new (unwrapped,) toy to provide the joy that all children deserve. We are focusing on toys for younger children (3-5 years old.) The toy drive will also continue through Dec. 18. And thanks to those who participated in the PTA Fall Fundraiser with those funds going to support all classrooms and the after school Talented and Gifted (TAG,) program.
Here at MS 172, the holiday season is upon us and we look forward to the month of December as it brings activities and occasions to celebrate in the MS 172 school community. Our Winter Concert will take place on Tuesday, December 10 at 7pm. Tickets ($5.00) are on sale –this money is used to support our Arts program. The concert will feature musical and dramatic presentations from the wonderfully talented students in Ms. Gross’s and Mr. Mardirossian’s Mintzes’ classes. The auditorium will be adorned with decorations from Ms. McAllisters’s and Ms. Krumholz’s classes.
Our AIS classes to support students in ELA and Math continue with classes after school Wednesday and Friday from 2:25-3:55pm (1 session) and Saturday morning from 8:30am-1:00pm (three 90 minute sessions.) Letters were sent home on November 20 for all students who are mandated to attend AIS (from their Spring 2019 ELA / Math Test scores.) We do need a returned tear-off from every student who received an AIS assignment. Also, if your child is scheduled for an AIS class, please make sure that your child attends every session. Please note- every student who attends an AIS class will receive Grizzly Bucks. (There will be unannounced Triple Grizzly Buck days!) Grizzly Bucks are earned by students for positive behaviors and can be redeemed for rewards at our MS 172 De”paws”itory store on Fridays at lunch. Our afterschool TAG enrichment classes are scheduled to begin on December 4. Green registration forms for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after school TAG classes were distributed with additional forms in the main office and on-line at MS 172 .org. (They were due by Wednesday, November 27, but they will still be accepted. Classes are limited and enrollment in the TAG program is on a first-come/first served basis (per return of the Registration Form.) Students who did not return the AIS form that they were given are not able to register for the TAG program until they return a signed AIS form.
The December PTA meeting will take place on Thursday, December 19 at 7:00pm and will feature, as always, our Rising Star Awards. There will also be a presentation by the Queens Public Library and our own Ms. Borger on Raising a Reader. The PTA is again sponsoring a Holiday Store for students to purchase small gift items at lunchtime from with additional days from December 12 through December 20. These PTA activities raise money to further support all school programs, especially TAG.
As the weather turns colder and more parents drive their children to school, I must again remind parents about driving and traffic safety around the school. 257th Street is only open during arrival (7:30-8:05am,) and is closed to cars at dismissal (2:00-2:35pm.) Please pick up your children in the afternoon at least one block from the school. The congestion caused by the large number of cars presents a hazard to children crossing the streets at the corners of the school block. Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the safety of all of our students. Also- please remember – there are 4-way STOP signs on 81st and 82nd Avenues at the corners of 257 Street, as well as the STOP signs on 256th at 81st and 82nd Avenues. STOP signs do mean come to a complete stop!
Every child’s safety is everyone’s responsibility!
I would like to wish all of our MS 172 families a most enjoyable holiday season and a very happy and healthy New Year. (Students return to school on Thursday, January 2.)
Sincerely, Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Even though lunch is free for all middle school students, every student must have a meal application on file. If you have not yet completed one, please do so immediately. (On-line is preferred.)
You may be asked to revise an incomplete or incorrect application- please do so and return it to the school immediately.
PupilPath Invitation letters have been sent home to all grade 6 parents and are being sent to unregistered parents in grades 7 & 8. If you need your registration code, or assistance, please call Ms. Hochrad at (718) 831-4000, x 1461.
Important Information on the Measles from the Department of Education
May 7, 2019
The health and well-being of New York City students, families, and staff is a top priority for the Department of Education, and we would like to share important information about two recent measles cases in public school students. These students did not attend school while infectious, and students have not been at risk of contracting measles while at school. We are sharing this information out of an abundance of caution and to remind you of our vaccination policy.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles. Anyone who has received two doses of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is highly unlikely to get this infection. At this time, the risk to students in public schools remains extremely low given the high rate of vaccination in students.
As a reminder, New York State Public Health Law requires all students, except those with approved exemptions, to be vaccinated or show immunity to measles to attend public school. You can see the school immunization requirements at www.schools.nyc.gov/immunization, or visit www.nyc.gov and search “immunization requirements.”
Measles is a viral infection that causes fever and a rash. Complications from this infection include pneumonia, brain swelling, hospitalization, and potentially death. It is highly contagious and anyone who is not vaccinated against the virus can get it at any age. On April 9, the Health Commissioner ordered every adult and child who lives or works in ZIP codes 11205, 11206, 11211, and 11249 and has not received the MMR vaccine to be vaccinated.
We encourage you to make sure all family members are vaccinated against measles. If you are unsure about your child’s vaccination history, check with your child’s medical provider to confirm that they are appropriately vaccinated or immune to the measles. For information on where you or your child can be vaccinated, please call 311.
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2019-2020 Physical Education Clothing Requirements are as follows:
* All students must wear sneakers.
* Students are required to wear either sports shorts (no shorter than one inch above the knee), sweatpants, or track pants, and either a short-sleeve or long-sleeve t-shirt. These articles of clothing may be any color or brand.
* In the interest of student safety, no article of clothing worn for physical education can have a collar, buttons, zippers, rips, or holes.
* Denim and hoodies are prohibited.
Please be reminded that all 6th grade students must have the Tdap vaccine by their 11th birthday and 7th grade students must have the Meningococcal Conjugate vaccine when they enter 7th grade (no age requirement.)
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