TRCS Monthly Newsletter
August 2015


We hope you have all been finding a cool place to relax, out of the summer heat!  At Renaissance we are heating up, getting our summer mailings ready and preparing our calendar of events for the upcoming school year.     

82nd Street Academics has finished up their summer program, but our summer gardeners are still busy.  They visited many different types of farms in and around the city, harvested and pickled vegetables, and made beeswax candles.  Check out the update below.

Keep an eye out for the summer packet which will be sent out soon.  This year we are asking if you could please send in your lunch form as soon as possible and  update any change in contact information.        

We hope you enjoy this month's newsletter and the rest of the summer, as well!

Get Ready for Back-to-School!
The first day back to school for students is Thursday, September 10th.  While we hope everyone enjoys the final three weeks of vacation, we do want to remind those students who had summer assignments that they will be due on the first day back.  You can find them, along with supply lists, on our website at

We also want to remind high students that the required reading books are in the office, available for you to pick up Monday-Thursday from 9AM-2:30PM.  Check out the titles below:

Summer Gardening
Our summer gardeners had a really busy summer, working in our garden, visiting gardens and farms around our neighborhood, around the city and even a floating one on the river.
  A visit to JH Scraps  
  Students received a lesson in composting 

Harvesting veggies at P.S. 69 

  Making a dip with herbs from our garden 
 A visit to the Science Barge   It's a cool 'floating farm' on the Hudson River
  A visit to the Union Square Farmers Market Making souvenirs~
Once again, we would like to thank Assemblyman Francisco Moya for his support and Queens Botancial Gardens' educator Ashley Cruce for all of her hard work and leadership! 


Swimming Safety
When we think about summer and summer fun, it usually involves some type of water play.  While swimming, whether at a pool or at the beach, can be a lot of fun and bring relief from the heat, there are many safety issues to take into consideration.

The Swim Strong Foundation can provide you with a lot of important information about water safety, as well as up-to-date information on classes around the city.  Visit their website at 

Staying Active All-Year Long
While kids are probably more active during the warm summer months, it is important to encourage them to stay active all year 'round.  To find out why it is so important to stay physically active, for both health and academic reasons, check out

Let's Move is just one resource we use to try to make sure your child gets the right amount of exercise, which is at least 60 minutes a day!  Make it more fun by making it an activity the whole family can enjoy on the weekends! 
Keeping Summer Learning Going
While kids may want to put away the school books for the summer, it is always a good idea to stay in top learning form.  Below are some websites that can be fun for catching up on things of interest to students, or can be used during the school year to help with homework or school projects:    has links to websites on many topics, including mythology and botany   narrated videos walk you through a variety of topics, including test prep         interactive, multimedia content on history, nature, music, art, math          social studies and links to local newspapers, maps and state capital quizzes 100's of free images for use in project (animals, food, space, etc.)             Thousands of teacher/student created quizlets to use to study, or create one! 

Spotlight On......  New Staff!

Renaissance is adding some new staff to our school.  We will let you know more about them in the coming months, but for now here are their names and positions:

Natalie Kuryna - HS Math, Shahreen Islam - HS ELA, Jonathan Challoner - PK-8th Grade Music, Michael Francisco - 5th & 6th Grade Special Education, Elinora Owen-Fardig - MS/HS ELA Special Ed and Derrick Patterson, Leadership Coordinator.  
We welcome them to the Renaissance Family! 

TRCS Sports Desk
The Athletes of Renaissance stay active in the summer. Several athletes have been participating in summer basketball camps and leagues.  Check out Caitlin and Helena playing at legendary Kingdome court, where they helped their team to a 34-point victory.  The Lady Knights had a chance to check out one of the hottest teams in the WNBA - NY Liberty, where they took pictures and got autographs.      
Sports For This Year : 

HS Girls  Soccer Team 
HS Boys Soccer Team 
HS Girls  Volleyball Team  
HS Girls Basketball Team 
HS Boys Basketball Team 
MS Girls Basketball Team 
5-7th  Grade Boys Basketball Club / Team  
HS Boys Baseball Team 
HS Girls Softball Team
5&6th Girls Basketball Team 
5&6th Boys Basketball Team 
MS Co-Ed Soccer Team 
MS Baseball Team  
 Also, this will be a good time to get your sport medicals and forms done. Here are the links:  

In need for new back to school gear ?.... Check out TRCS Knights Team Store: 

Thursday, September 10th -  First Day Back to School for All Students
Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 14 & 15 - Rosh Hoshana, School Closed
Thursday, September 17th - Curriculum Night (Tentative) To be confirmed
Wednesday, September 23rd - Yom Kippur, School Closed
Thursday, September 24th - Eid al-Adha, School Closed
Tuesday, September  29th - 9th-12th Grade Assembly


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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