TRCS Monthly Newsletter
MAY 2015

It is finally starting to feel like spring.  Flowers are blooming in the neighborhood and up on the roof we have lots growing, too.   
And once again we have some chicks getting ready to hatch.

These are all signs of not just springtime, but that we are rolling quickly towards the end of another school year.  Hard to believe, but there are only about 6 more weeks of school left, and there will be a lot going on, including trips, regents, proms, school plays and performances.

In the meantime, we still have some great programs going on in the classes and fun activities outside of the classroom.  Check it all out here!

On Friday, May 1st, the following Renaissance students were inducted into the National Honor Society:
12th grade - Tenzin Kunchuk Ukyab and Julissa Martinez
11th grade - Alexander Paucar, Briana Benedetto, Makeda Hall-Lewis and Tenzing Jangch Ukyab
10th grade - Veronica Testi, Carlos Flores, Samantha Rodriguez, Anlaika Taylor, Sakib Ahmed, Joeshin Septh-Bullock, Tenzin Phelgye, Annie Dutta, Elena Saca, Nusrat Kamal, Daniella Mojica, Norma Degante, Damien Mendoza, Driss Ayadi and Alexandra Marston

Since 1921 the National Honor Society has been the nation's premier organization recognizing outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, it serves to honor students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. 
The following 16 students were inducted into the Hispanic Honor Society for 2015:
Name                         Class of

Alexandria Marston          2017 

Elena Saca                     2017 

Veronica Testi                  2017        

Damian Mendoza             2017
Annie Dutta                     2017              

Antonella Cordero            2017
Daniella Mojica                2017        

Norma Degante               2017
Carlos Flores                  2017
Ashley Mesa                  2017
Tenzing Palmo                2017
Arianna Rojas                 2017             

Joeshin Septh-Bullock     2017
Samantha Rodringuez     2017

Alexander Pauca            2016          

Julia Krutel                     2016  

Each year the Miguel de Unamuno chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica recognizes high school achievement in academia, leadership, community service and character.  The four requirements for membership were not chosen at random. They are the core of a full and satisfying life.

Students must maintain a 3.0 over all GPA to be an active member in the chapter. Members have the opportunity to participate in numerous scholarships and prizes throughout the year. Information and application forms for these scholarships and prizes are available on the website.

On Tuesday, April 21st, we held our 2nd Annual Wrap Contest, where students develop a recipe for a healthy wrap sandwich.  Under the watchful eye of our Food Service Consultants Geoff and Debbie Ramsey, the students prepared their sandwiches for a panel of judges.  Sandwiches were on whole grain wraps and had to include a spread, meat or meat alternative and a vegetable.  Students submitted recipes for approval and all the ingredients were supplied by the school.  All the participants received Certificates of Achievements and our home-baked cookies.  The top 3 winners received $25 gift cards and these were: 1st Place Andres Aguirre, and tied for 2nd-3rd were brothers Blake and Morgan Tunstull.  Congratulations to all!   

Our PreK and kindergarten students and their families were treated to a delicious and nutritious dinner by the Bubble Foundation. This organization has been working with our Pre-K-2nd grade classes this year, teaching nutrition and food preparation skills once a week.  The dinner allows the families to see what the children have learned and to help reinforce healthy eating habits in the home.


The 4th & 5th grades collaborated on a fun project utilizing math skills - including graphing and measuring - and ELA writing and narrative skills.Students let their creativity go wild, creating hats that could be used for all kinds of things.  Hungry?  Wear your breakfast to school! Like to go to the movies? There was a special hat for that as well. While the project supported math and ELA skills, it mostly looked like students had a lot of fun presenting a fashion show for parents and other students!

"World We Wish" Project
 Renaissance is prominently listed on the blog for the World We Wish project.  This project is a world wide event, inviting people from all over the planet to share their hopes for the world.  It is exciting to know that others will read about our school and hear the messages of hope from our children.  Check out the blog  here!  

Working with ArchForKids, the 1st grade class delved deeply into the topic of what makes a neighborhood.  They took a  look at the neighborhood of Jackson Heights and concluded that important parts of a neighborhood are not just its homes but the park, a post office, schools and more!

Students created beautiful models of what they saw.  They also learned many architectural terms such as facade, cornice and bay window.  The childrens' drawings and written words were put into a book, which families and friends were able to share.  Janny Gedeon, Co-Founder & Design Facilitator of the organization spoke to visiting parents and staff about the project.  They have been long  partners of Renaissance and this has been a very successful program for our elementary students. 
The 4th grade is experimenting on wheat grass for their food chain labs.  This picture is an experiment testing which type of soil medium is best for growing wheat grass in.  They are testing sand, sand and soil, and just soil. 
                Creating a Living Food Chain
Students will be introducing grass hoppers and Carolina Anolis into the containers to complete the food chain.  
10th grade, students are working on titration.  Students are determining the molarity of an acid by titrating it with a base who's molarity is known. 

Nihon Hidankyo is a Japanese organization that advocates for Hibakusha, or those who are survivors of nuclear disasters.  In Japan's case, these are survivors of A-bomb and H-bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Niagasaki during WWII.  Its officials and members are all Hibakusha. On Wednesday, April 29th, members from the organization came to Renaissance to speak to Jose's 9th & 10th grade Global Studies/Humanities students about their experiences.  9th Grade parent, and native of Japan, Niizeki Hiromi reports:





"This year is the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. Forty Hibakusha (A-bomb survivors) were visiting NYC to provide testimonies at the U.N. Headquaters, churches and institutions, as well as many schools. Two Hibakusha, Mimaki Toshiyuki and Nakamura Sumiko, gave their testimonies to the 9th and 10th grades at TRCS. Both of these Hibakusha had been exposed to the A-Bomb when they were elementary school-age in Hiroshima and talked about their personal experience in Japanese, which was translated into English. Their honest testimony as A-bomb survivors touched our students, who were able to ask many questions and communicate after the testimony. My son Yui, 9th grade, told me students had a deeper discussion with classmates and teachers during Global studies and morning advisory class.  Major Japanese media outlets NHK, NTV, ShinHiroshima TV and Chugoku News Paper, came to shoot video and interview these testimonies and students. If you are interested in reading books of testimonies, in English and Japanese,  please contact me at"   


Said Jose:"This experience is very important in the discussion of the humanization of players in history.  I complimented the experience with a "Bearing Witness" lesson to teach students what to look for when survivors share their accounts, what questions to ask, and how to assess and analyze the information that is being shared in the testimony."
SPOTLIGHT ON.....Community Service Presentations
On Friday, May 8th, the 7th, 8th & 9th grades presented on their recent community service projects.  This allowed them to reflect and disseminate their experiences and share them with the whole school.  The various projects they participated in included: Homelessness Amongst Vets, Meals on Wheels, Cleaning City Parks, Bicycle Recycling, Immigration Issues, Identifying Stereotypes, and Domestic Violence. 

Students presented on the topics and what they did on their community service trips. For example, did you know you could get a free bicycle from if you put in the time to refurbish it?  They even provide the tools! 

thought bubbleWe have many students from Nepal and Tibet whose families have been affected by the devastating earthquake which occurred on April 25th. Therefore, we have been working with students to fund raise for their communities.

How you can help:
On Saturday, May 16, Renaissance will be holding our annual Flea Market. There will be a table manned by students who will be selling gently used household goods, books, and clothes. If you would like to donate these items, you may bring them to our lobby and put them in the box marked "Nepal Earthquake Relief", prior to Saturday, May 16.

In addition, you can donate money to the Hoyolmo Youth Club, an organization which some of our students are members of.  This donation will go directly to their village, which was completely decimated.  You can donate through an account set up specifically on  Paypal
or send cash or checks to Ali, the School Social Worker in room 211B.  If mailing donations, please send to:
Nepal Earthquake Relief
c/o Ali Rosow
The Renaissance Charter School
35-59 81st Street
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Because we have a large population of Nepali and Tibetan students, as members of the Jackson Heights Community, The Renaissance Charter School considers this tragedy our own. Please feel free to pass this on to others who might want to help. Thank you very much for your support.

Ali Rosow and Ana Falla-Riff
We want to give a shout out to all the students who achieved a 95% or better attendance, with little to no lateness, so far this year.  There are quite a few, so click here to see who made the grade!

From Stacey: To all the students in 3rd to 8th grade who worked hard to prepare for the state exams in ELA and Math; to the Advisory Students for their wonderful community service projects;
to the 7th Grade Art students on their Arts' Night Performance.
From Rebekah: Ninth graders Kenia Delacruz, Ngawang Choeyang, Milena Naranjo, Alijiah Garcia, Beau Garcia, Tara Pemba, Max Cerezo, and Kevin Arango for the words and ideas they added to our theatre piece.

From Curtis: seniors, Larissa Bobbins, Peter Carrion, Tabassum Alam for being models of responsibility and creative artists during rehearsals for "Iphigenia In Aulis" rehearsals. 

Melanie & Valerie Fernandez get a Shout Out for making a new "Box Tops" box. Marlen gave Shout Outs to all of the attendance monitors. Check'em out here!
HS Girls  Softball improved their record to 5W -3L -1Tie  with a win over Esperanza  Prep 14-7.

5 & 6th  Grade Girls Basketball  are currently tied for 1st place. 

Upcoming Games :

  HS Girls Softball with coach Daisy, Renaissance alumni5th & 6th Grade Girls Basketball 
               Boys Soccer


Thank you to our Scholastic Book Fair Volunteers.




Evelyn Arias, Alex Auvers, Liz DelPozo, Lisjane Gaviria, Mahmuda Hoq, Marta Kowalska,  

Jevon Morales, Patty Oscategui, Maricel Rojas, Supria Roy, Carina Salvi, Vicky Septh,  

Georgia Southworth, Tracie Spellman


Andres Aguirre-9th Grader


Save these Dates: - More information will be sent out soon

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - PTA Meeting - Vote for your parent leadership for 2015-2016

Monday, June 15, 2015 - Staff Appreciation Lunch (volunteers and food donations needed) 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - PTA Garden Party


Thank you.


Lillian Chen

PTA Co-President, 7-12
Kaye, Nikolai and Neil Reyes
Thanks for reaching out Winnie. We love hearing from our fabulous families, past and present! 
We received a lovely note from Rouinnea (Winnie) Reyes, mother of Neil, class of 2005, Kaye, class of 2006, and Niko, who was at Renaissance for middle school.  Winnie told us she loves getting the newsletter and her kids all say they are grateful to TRCS for all the support they received here.  "TRCS gave them the foundation for a better & stronger future."

Neil continues to teach music at the Rochester Prep Uncommon School, having graduated from the Eastman School of Music. Kaye was a Posse scholar at Brandeis, majoring in Sociology and Theatre, and now travels the country, visiting university campuses as a trainer for the Posse Foundation.  Niko is a freshman at Case Western Reserve University, majoring in Aerospace Engineering.  
   Alumni Daniel Laverde recently became a U.S. citizen.  His proud wife made the following posting on Facebook:

"Today was a very special day for Danny! Today April 29, 2015, he had the awesome pleasure to become a United States citizen!!! I'm so proud for all he has done for this country and he 110% deserved it! Onto bigger and better opportunities, baby!!! - "

Congratulations Danny! 
Mon-Fri, 5/11-5/15 - Nature's Classroom, 4th-6th Grades Trip
Wed-Fri, 5/20-5/22 - Camp Quinipet, MS Year End Trip
Monday, 5/25 - Memorial Day, School Closed
Wed-Fri, 5/27-5/29 - Spring Drama Production
Monday, June 1 - 4th & 8th Grades Science Exam
Tuesday, June 2 - HS NYS Common Core ELA & Geometry Exams
Wednesday, June 3 - Board of Trustees Meeting, 6:45PM. Open to the public.
Thursday, Jun3 4 - Professional Development Day, No classes PreK-12
Tuesday, June 9 - Clerical 1/2 Day, PreK-8th grade students dismissed at 11:40AM
Thurs-Fri, June 11-12 - K-4 Dance Performances & 4th Grade Drama Performance


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:


NYUL Parents Guide to STEM 


Read the following document for tips on internet safety:

Internet Safety  


Elementary Math: 

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