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    February 2015  

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Just before the winter break we had our first (and hopefully only) snow day of the year.  Luckily it was just after our charter renewal public hearing and before our trip to Albany for Advocacy Day (see below).  We had to scramble to reschedule some HS regents, but we are now officially in the second half of the school year......and as busy as ever. While you enjoy the winter break, catch up on the news at Renaissance!
Snow Day Pictures

8th Grader Helena makes a snow angel in Corona Park
3rd grader Isabela was so excited,
she did cartwheels in the snow

... and played with her cousin
8th grader Luc played with his dog & ventured out to Central Park

Kindergartner Jonathan makes a great snow angel7th Grader Brianna enjoys a snowy hill!
Alfred VegaGabriela Cerni
Jevon & Julian MoralesNaidym MirandaYanez
Juliana (K) & Santos Rivera (2nd grade)
SOUPerbowl & Superbowl Champs

6th Grader Luis was the winner of the Superbowl T-Shirt Contest hosted by our Food Service providers Geoff & Debbie Ramsey.  Lunch that day featured barbequed wings, of course!

The 2nd Annual SOUPerbowl Contest again collected non-perishable
s for the food pantry ministry of Bethany and St. Jacobus Churches in Woodside.  The food drive was very successful.  As Pastor Joseph Mantovani wrote to SOUPerbowl organizer Amanda and the middle school student council: "On Saturday the 7th we had our busiest day ever with the most volunteers and the most people coming in for food assistance. We distributed everything from the food drive and over 500 dollars worth of food from our grant.  Young and caring people from two different churches,  Bayside High School and Renaissance all worked together to make a difference to many hungry families. Thank you again for your help and support with this project."

Congratulations go out to the Seahawks of Renaissance: Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 4th grade, 6th grade, 8th grade, 10th grade, and 12th grade. This team won the SOUPerbowl contest with 452 points to 329 points.
Advocacy Day 2015

 A group of approximately 40 students, parents, teachers and staff from Renaissance traveled up to Albany for Advocacy Day.  They attended a rally with over 1,400 other charter school advocates, visited Senator Peralta's office and spoke briefly with Assemblyman Moya (pictured above left), who stepped out of chambers to say hello. 
1st Grade Update
First grade teacher Flo gave us this update:

Fireman Tom
Flo's daughter Hannah was a
guest reader

"This month we had a glorious time at the FDNY Fire Zone. What a great trip! We learned all about fire safety and heard some neat phrases to help us remember important rules about fires,  "stay low and go", "don't hide, go outside". Fireman Tom taught us to make an escape plan with our family so we are well prepared in case anything should happen. At the end of the presentation we were all able to crawl outside as fake smoke filled the hallway. It was such a fun day!

The children are hard at work creating non-fiction stories. They have been working on writing introductions and creating chapters for each new idea in their book. The primary focus during this unit is to, teach the reader. The first grade is just filled with authors who want to share their ideas and knowledge with as many people as possible. Please be sure to mark your calendars for our next Publishing Party which will take place on, Friday, February 27th. I hope to be able to begin the party right at 8:30 so all parents can attend before the start of the work day."
Amp Up NYC:Little Kids Rock
Recently Renaissance received a supply of new modern band instruments, including electric guitars, as well as curriculum and professional development.  This will give Renaissance students more opportunities to learn about music, to play instruments and to be part of a school band.
Check out the website to learn more about the program.  Thank you Little Kids Rock and Berklee College of Music and music teacher Everett Boyd for bringing this opportunity to Renaissance!
Featured Article - Renaissance High School Unwrapped!
On March 4th Renaissance will host an informational night specifically for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and their families.  Do you know about all the AP courses available, as well as the College Now program, which earns students college credits?  If not, this is an opportunity to get an overview of the high school's programming, meet high school staff, and have a chance to talk with students and alumni about what makes Renaissance the right choice for High School. We hope everyone can join us!   

What's On Your Mind?

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Recently high school science teacher and Botball Club director Richard Doherty wrote a paper on Programming vs. Coding.  If you, and/or your child, are interested in this topic, you will find his thoughts very enlightening.  Read the paper here.
TRCS Sports Desk


Basketball Season is coming to an end and here are the current standings:

The HS Boys finished fourth place with 10 wins -6 Losses  in Queens B East Division  

The Middle School Girls are currently 6 Wins - 3 Losses in league play. They recently clinched a playoff berth, which this team has been able to do for the last nine years.

Congrats to the following student athletes for representing us in the 2015 NYC MSBL Queens Vs Brooklyn ALLSTAR Game:

7th Grader Nasiem

8th Graders Camilla and Helena 

Upcoming Games: 
5-7th Grade Boys Vs  IS 61 @ IS 61  
MSG Vs JHS 157 @ LIC YMCA @ 430pm
For more info visit :  
PTA News

In honor of Black History Month, the PTA Executive Board would like to recognize the contributions of African Americans to the worlds of science, history, politics, entertainment, sports and so much more.  We would also like to thank our TRCS families for your contributions to building a school where all of our children are included.


There will be a PTA General Membership meeting on February 25, 2015 at 6:30pm.  Check your email for further details!
Upcoming Events:
Mon-Fri, February 16-20th - Winter Break, No School
Wednesday, March 4th, 6:30-8PM TRCS HS Unwrapped!
Thurs., March 12th, 9AM-Noon - PreK-8th Grade Open
Helpful Hints and Cool Links

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



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 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. Here are some additional resources: 



Read the following document for tips on internet safety:

Internet Safety  



Elementary Math: 

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:  Thank you!


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