TRCS Monthly Newsletter
December 2015

 While it's not a white winter yet, it is time for our Winter Break .  We've already finished the first marking period, the first Parent-Teacher conferences, Rensizzle Week, Thanksgiving celebrations and more.  Of course, holiday celebrations  are in full force and you can read about some of the special events here. 
We would like to take this time to thank our PTA Executive Board  for all of the wonderful events and work they've done this year.  From hosting meetings, to fundraising, to the wonderful Winter Festival they held this month - they are the best!  To all those who celebrate, we hope you had a Happy Hanukkah, and wish alla Merry Christmas and a Joyous Kwanza.  And to everyone, may the New Year be your best year ever! 


Thanksgiving Feasts

 Thanksgiving dinners and Feasts of Gratitude were held  all over Renaissance on Wednesday, November 25th.  Middle School served a large assortment of food in the MS common area.

Elementary grades had their own Feast of Gratitude in the cafeteria.  Everyone was invited!  
   We will feature updates on Christmas holiday    parties and feasts in our next issue! 

Holiday Fun

Story teller extraordinaire Jonathon Kruk performed on December 16th for our PreK-6th graders.  Included performances were A Christmas Carol for our 4th - 6th grades, December Holidays for our K-3rd grades and a special in-class workshop for our PreK students.
First graders visited the Gingerbread Lane at the Hall of Science. They've been reading  different gingerbread books, and writing their own! After the field trip they had a tasting of different treats and all of the students liked the taste of gingerbread, and the gingerbread Oreos were their favorite!    

Winter Festival
The PTA hosted a terrific Winter Festival for the children on Friday, December 11th.  The gym was set up with lots of games including bean bag toss, a winter themed bingo and potato sack races!  Then children headed over to the auditorium for hot chocolate and other goodies and to have their picture taken wearing reindeer antlers or Santa's beard.  As you can see, even the grown ups had fun!

Check out the photos below to see how much fun it was!  Thanks, as always, to Carina Salvos, for the wonderful photos.

Individual Photos:

Photo-Montage Link: 

Classroom Updates
                     Yogi Bliss

In kindergarten Art, students continued exploring the idea of who they are as people, and what they have  in common with others around them and being part of a "community."  Students created their own illustration of New Yorkers on the subway, learning about the drawing details that add specificity and display diversity. Then they lined up all the drawings like two long trains and admired them!
                             Kindergarten Meditation 
PreK learned about nutrition in yoga.  Kids had fun sorting fruit and vegetable materials and learning the "Stir the Soup" dance. In Art they used sorting again, this time by color to collage fall leaf colors on to the tree tops of their new classroom tree. 

1st grade celebrated the 50th day of school by traveling back to the 1950s! Students came dressed in their best 50s clothes, and learned to dance the twist and the hand jive! They also had a hula hoop contest-our winner lasted for 4 minutes! There was lots of fun learning happening too. Students wrote about their favorite thing in 1st grade so far, and the whole class listed 50 words that they can spell all on their own! In Math they explored different ways of grouping the number 50-by 10s, 5, 2s and 1s. It was a fun day for our first graders! 
Second grade students once again filled their Warm Fuzzy Jar! This is because the spectacular second graders work together to create a kind and loving community where they treat others the way they want to be treated. The children chose a pizza party as their reward and had a fun and delicious time celebrating their hard work together.  On Dec. 4th they attended a dance performance entitled Tangled.


Third grade attended a performance of Die Fledermaus at the Metropolitan Opera House

Afterschool kids have been busy making holiday posters.

5th & 6th Grade Science Teacher Andrea works some scientific magic with her kids!

YAI Holiday Celebrates the Holidays at Renaissance

Our YAI workers help with food preparation in the kitchen and are an important part of its daily operation.

On December 17th TRCS Administration were invited to a lovely  luncheon to honor our YAI staff,   prepared by Food Service Managers Debbie & Geoff Ramsey and Chef Mo and his staff. 

YAI helps people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve the fullest life possible by creating new opportunities for living, loving, working and learning.

Student Advisories
Every morning our 7th through 10th grade students start off their day with a 15 minute advisory period (they also meet together one other period during the week). Our advisories are a place for one adult mentor to work with a small group of nine to twelve students.  Our advisories exemplify our supportive, collaborative spirit. 

A survey of our Advisory Program shows how important it is to our students: 
  • 88% of TRCS student reported that Advisory helped them to improve "how I feel about myself."
  • 89% of TRCS students reported that Advisory helped them in "getting along with teachers and other school staff."
  • 90% of TRCS students reported that Advisory helped them in "respecting the feelings of others."
  • 91% of TRCS students reported that Advisory helped them in "getting along with other students"
3D Classrooms!
TRCS is  working with 2 companies, STEAMtrax and 3D Classroom, to bring new technologies and different types of learning to our building.  
STEAMtrax is an innovative new curriculum that integrates engineering and 3D printing technology with core academic knowledge in science, math, language arts, social studies.  Soon, Renaissance students will engage in learning scenarios that encourage the essential skills of problem solving, collaboration, communication, and design; better preparing our students for 21st Century learning.  Students will address real world problems and design solutions that can be printed on our new 3D printer.
3D classroom is a teaching aid that enables students to easily visualize areas that can otherwise be too abstract for students to understand.  The program allows teachers to showcase Math and Science concepts from a macro to micro level.  Students will be able to see realistic and anatomically correct human anatomy; from a heart beating, to the gas exchange that happens in our lungs.  All of this can be seen in real stereo 3D, much like going to see a movie in the theater in 3D!
Arts for All

Curtis and Rebekah took a group of 9th grade Drama students to see the Broadway musical Dames at Sea! Says Rebekah "We had a great time. The show was simple and the performers were vibrant and captivating. The students really enjoyed it.  Thank you to Arts for All!"

Renaissance in the News!
Renaissance was featured in the news for hosting an internet safety event which was presented by Congressman Crowley and Google.  Google's program gives quick tips and how-to's to teach kids to stay safe and secure on the Web.

Two Google employees delivered the 45-minute presentation, which focused on five tips for staying safe and being smart online.  The program covered topics including: thinking before you share, setting strong passwords, using settings, identifying online scams, and being positive online.  Read more about the event here.

Walk for Breast Cancer

   Marlen & Kenia

On November 8th School Aide Marlen Castro participated in the American Cancer's Society Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness at Flushing Corona Park.  She walked a total of six miles and was cheered on by her family, including 7th grader student Alyssa. Also there was 10th grader Kenia DelaCruz, who volunteers at the event every year.

Marlen & Alyssa

National Honor Society Officers
Members of the Renaissance National Honor Society elected this year's officers:

President: Alexander Paucar
Vice President: Julia Francione
Secretary: Nusrat Uddin
Treasurer: Makeda Lewis

Congratulations to our representatives!

What's on Your Mind?
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Advocating for our school will be especially important this year.  With the funding formula turned off, we will be facing serious challenges this year to meet all of our obligations.  We hope we can count on you to speak up about equal funding for charter schools on Advocacy Day, February 2nd, and other events as they arise. 

Shout Outs!
To Evan Diaz for being a great participant and leader in Shared Inquiry discussion!
To Raneen Hoq for being a great group leader in class and helping fellow classmates.

To Casper Hoffman for having exceptional behavior on the trip to the opera.  Tai Govantes, 9th grade, for working hard and being an active learning in math class.  To Santiago Jimenez for helping John with absolute value. - 602
To Nicole Sanchez for helping Gaby when she didn't feel well. - 502
To Steve Lama and Brian Bedoya for holding the doors everyday! - 502
To Armando Cruz for helping to clean up the fallen pattern blocks and for helping a friend get his books together for the day.. 502 
To Darnell Childs and Jayden Rodriguez for reminding everyone of good sportsmanship. (both 501)
To Christian Peralta for helping to organize social studies text books. 
To Armando Cruz, Deniz Demir andCamilo Balbin for always trying to quiet the class down during a countdown.  
To Destiny Solis for bringing attendances for Emily, Helen and Pierre regularly  For being fabulous scientists:
K-  Arlette Tejada and Alonso Nunez
1st grade - Ruha Haider and Juliana Rivera
2ne grade - Madeline Martinez and Kaden Colon
3rd grade -  Nuru Sherpa
4th grade - Justin Tobon and Isabela Vidal 

Spotlight On......Diversity

One of the most wonderful things that people always comment on about Renaissance is its great diversity.  In light of many things going on around the world today, the High School held a Town Hall on Islamaphobia. Yumeris Morel reports:

On November 25th the High School held a Town Hall meeting on Islamaphobia. We had two guest speakers: Afaf Nasher, Esq. Board President of CAIR-NY and Adem Carroll, of the Muslim Progressive-Traditionalist Alliance.
Our goal for this meeting was: "learning to understand and accept each other in a diverse society through exchanges."  Our guests shared with us some background information about Muslims and what Islamophobia is. We learned about misconceptions that are out there and discussed how hatred towards any group ultimately hurts us all. Overall, the event reminded us about the importance of not stereotyping and scapegoating.

TRCS Sports Desk
Winter Season is in full effect :   
HS Girls Basketball Team season will be starting in the New Year.   
HS Boys Basketball Team had recent wins over Frank Sinatra and Baccalaureate
School for Global Education

For more information check out :
MS Girls Basketball Team is currently undefeated for the season. Recent games:  

30-8 vs. IS 61
43-20 vs. Growing Up Green Charter School 
32-17 vs. Our World Neighborhood  Charter School 
PTA News
The PTA would like to thank everyone who participated in all of the PTA events and fundraisers this year.  Especially, we want to thank Cristine and Jonathan for having their students perform at the Winter Festival this year.  Also, thanks to Cido the Clown who donated his time to entertain the children and all the families who came out to have fun and celebrate the holiday season with us! Have a wonderful holiday everyone and a Happy New Year! 

 Wednesday, December 9th - 6-8PM CSG Meeting
Friday, December 11th - 6PM PTA Holiday Event
Thursday, December 24th - Friday, January 1st - Winter Break
Wednesday, January 6th - 6PM CSG Meeting
Thursday, January 14th - 9AM PreK-8th grade Open House
Monday, January 18th - MLK Day, No Classes, School Open for Day of Service  


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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