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TRCS Monthly NewsletterJULY 2012
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PHOTO JOURNAL from June...

  Enjoy the photos below from our end-of year activities.  Congratulations to our 2012 Graduates, our 8th graders stepping up into high-school, our artists exhibiting and performing their work, and our teachers for providing such rich and absorbing project-based learning.

 

 Parents, look out for the Summer E-mailing in mid-August, chock full of important forms and information to make the coming year the best yet for your child and our community. 

 

Have a wonderful summer! 

CONGRATULATIONS, CLASS OF 2012!
2012 Grads

            
Our student speakers included Salutatorian Jessica Tello, Valedictorian Mohammad Jawwad, and Valedictorian Eloise McAviney.  Our city councilman, Daniel Dromm, gave the keynote address, and our masters of ceremony were Curtis Anderson and Lisa Burns. Music was provided by Everett Boyd's 8th grade band, along with a song composed especially for her classmates by CJ Joseph. 

The ceremony ended with a rousing medley of songs and many happy grads & parents!



Have a great summer, class of 2012, and best wishes for a fabulous first year at college! We'll miss you!

  
Our 8th Graders Step Up to High School...



...supported by their teachers and our principal.

 3rd Grade dives into Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White 


 The class welcomed Children's Museum of the Arts teaching artist Margaret Phelan creating 3D artwork inspired by the book, including their own webs!  

 

 

   

     In addition, the school got a visit from a real-life Wilbur who is indeed "Some Pig!"  Wilbur is being trained as a service animal/therapy companion for the NEADS organization. Nadine brought her wonderful animals, Wilbur and Harvey, (a black lab who can open the refrigerator and bring you a beverage!) to show our students living proof of what some animals can do!
     Check out neads.org to see the wonderful work they do.  National Education for Assistance Dogs Services provides trained dogs for disabled veterans and deaf and disabled persons.

End of year sights and sounds... 

  Awesome Science project

  Mariache band makes LACCQ Art Exhibition come alive!        

 

 

 
Renaissance Rocks!  
Parents as Percussion Arts Partners

Teaching Artist Martin Urbach leads this parent-child ensemble of percussionists in a performance at the end of year PTA Roofgarden Party!

Featured Article CMA Partners with 9th Grade Humanities
In a project funded in part by the Queens Council on the Arts (with funding by the Arts in Education Program at the New York State Council on the Arts) CMA artist Margaret Phalen worked with Jose Mane's 9th grade Humanities class to create a mural that celebrates NYC street art culture.  Drawing on knowledge from their Global History curriculum, the class decided on a concept to create a tromp lo'eil mural of scattered, ancient Islamic-inspired Muraqqa illustrations.  (Muraqqa is an album in book form
containing Islamic miniature paintings and specimens of Islamic calligraphy.)
     Each illustration is on a depicted page, each addressing a specific topic that the students came up with: family, friendship, success, diversity, respect, and peace.  Each page is in the Muraqqa aesthetic but modernized to suit Jackson Heights, Renaissance and the surrounding city.  The soft, yet dynamic colors give a spirited reflection of TRCS!
   

This beautiful mural now graces our cafeteria wall, replacing a well-loved mural which created an emotional uproar from many of our community. We want to acknowledge how much the old mural meant to many of us, and let you know that a beautiful, large-scale photograph is being printed now, and will be displayed on a nearby wall in the cafeteria as a memorial to past artistic endeavor.

 

Spotlight On...Sadie Nash Leadership Project
 The Sadie Nash Leadership Project has been affiliated with our school for many years, supporting dozens of girls since the inception of its Summer Institute in 2002.  Many of our most successful alumni women credit Sadie Nash for the confidence and skills needed to reach their dreams.
     This past year was no exception.  At the completion of each partnership course taught at Renaissance by seasoned Sadie Nash teachers, our students will have focused intensely on fostering leadership skills, cultivating social and emotional growth, expanding career and life options, promoting positive relationships and community building, increasing social and political awareness and maximizing intellectual competencies.  Each semester concluded with a formal survey.
      At the end of the spring semester our young women reported having increased awareness of issues facing young women worldwide.  They reported being more inclined to speak up for what they believe in, even when it is unpopular to do so, and to take action on issues affecting them and their communities. 
     Personally, they described feeling more confident in their capabilities as a leader, and expanding their academic and life skills through focused questioning, listening, problem solving and verbal expression.  With all of this embodied inside them, the young women described a much more expanded vision for their futures as a result of this wonderful program. 
     Renaissance is thrilled to have the support of the Patrina Foundation in order to continue this leadership program for the next three years.

  Congratulations, awesome womenfolk!  Keep up the good work!

Upcoming Events:    

Summer Sundays in the Park Concert Series in Travers Park

Sponsored by the Jackson Heights Beautification Group 

  • Issa Cabrero and Trio - July 22
  • Once Again, followed by Music with a Message - July 29
  • Capulli dance company - August 5
  • Boodoosingh Tassa Drummers - August 12
  • Swedish Cottage Marionettes, 2:00 pm - August 19
  • AC Haley, Bethany Wilde, Jia-ye He, 5:00 pm - August 19  
  • Theatre for a New City - 2:00 - August 26
  • Dan Sheehan Conspiracy - 5:00 pm - August 26 
PTA News
PTA
 Our new parent leadership, taking office as of July 1, urges all parents to come to the Curriculum and Orientation nights to meet your PTA reps, mingle with other parents, meet your child's teachers and hear about their curriculum and academic expectations.  We will not be having a formal PTA meeting in September, so we can support these two important nights. 
  • K-8 parents please come on Wednesday, September 19, and  
  • 9-12 parents please come on Thursday, September 20.

PTA Executive Board

  • Co-President K-6 - Niza Martin - nmartin305@gmail.com
  • Co-President 7-12 - Lillian Chen - chenlil@nyc.rr.com
  • Recording Secretary - OPEN
  • Corresponding Secretary - Kelly Goodwin - kellyagoodwin@yahoo.com
  • Treasurer - Chester Hicks - LTHicks009@hotmail.com
  • Cluster 1 (K-3) Rep - Lisa Liropoulos - olmo06@msn.com
  • Cluster 1 (4-5) Rep - Esther Diaz - estherandrubendiaz@yahoo.com
  • Cluster 2 (6-8) Rep - Marta Kowalska - mirellevvi@gmail.com
  • Cluster 4 (9-10)Rep - Christine Francione - christine.francione@gmail.com
  • Cluster 4 (11-12)Rep - Noreen Wortman - nwortman74@yahoo.com
  • CSG parents at large - Chester Hicks - LTHicks009@hotmail.com and Carina Salvi - carinasalvi@aol.com
  • CSG Special Needs parent - Lisa Liropoulos - olmo06@msn.com
Welcome parent-leaders, and thank you for your time, talents and dedication!

Regular PTA meetings will start up on October 17, and will be held on approximately the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  We will be sending out the school calendar with the summer e-mailing, coming in August.
Alumni Corner - Playing in the Park

Alums Dylan Maida, Kadin Wisniewski and Dana Shepherd will be performing as Once Again in nearby Travers Park as part of the "Summer Sundays in the Park" concert series sponsored by the Jackson Heights Beautification Group, Sundays in July and August.  Come here the awesome jazz/rock sounds of
Once Again on Sunday, July 29, at 5:00 PM on the Playstreet - 78th Street between 34th Avenue and Northern Boulevard.
 
Helpful Hints and Cool Links

Check out the link on the Parents page of our website called "Supporting Your Child."

(http://www.renaissancecharter.org/parents.html/support_child.com) 

 

This page includes many helpful documents and resources to support your child both academically and emotionally, from experts in the field and our own staff. Currently, there are several documents (a few linked here) that will help you help your child, by understanding our discipline code, our commitment to an anti-bullying culture, and by understanding what our communication protocols and our philosophy of student counseling.

Make an investment in children, education and the future of our world.  Safer, better-educated communities are great for business; they improve the quality of life for everyone. Renaissance's hard-working, high-achieving students strive to make that happen and with your help that goal is closer to being a reality:  Please visit our website for more information, and lick on the red DONATE button on the bottom of each page: http://www.renaissancecharter.org/.  Thank you!

Sincerely,

The Renaissance Charter School