Important Message from Mrs. O'Mara, Principal
A heartfelt "thank you" to everyone who came out the support Sunday's Zumba-Spin-O-Rama! Funds were raised to support RKA's athletics program, and a great time was had by all.
Many thanks to the tireless planning and work of the RKA Parents' Association on this, and their many other initiatives.
The event was really fantastic, and we did make a bunch of money. Hats off to Taffy for a super idea!
Bronx 12 Zumba-Spin-o-Rama news story link:
Science Olympiad Team
Congratulations to our Science Olympiad team! They represented us very well. We increased our standings from 39th to 30th putting us squarely at the mid-line of participating schools. In addition, 4 of our students earned medals in their events: Kyle Krenzel, Kimberly Diaz, Brianna Nuñez and Margele Shala.
Very special thank yous go out to Devin Walsh and Michael Rivera and Sean Mohan for coaching and Sheilagh Lustig for chaperoning. Thank you also to RCC who generously funded the activity.
Check out the very cool pics…the back of the shirts read “RKA is in our DNA.”
RKA Notes..Things you should know. Week of April 13th
* On Tuesday 4/14 we begin three days of testing in the middle school grades for the New York State ELA exam. Next week will be the New York State Math exam on 4/22, 4/23, and 4/24. Please be sure your child gets a good night's sleep every night, and a good breakfast every morning. It is extra-important that students arrive to school promptly on these days, as the testing begins at the beginning of first period. Please be sure your child comes armed with two sharpened #2 pencils, and a calculator if you have one. The school does have a limited number of calculators that can be used if needed, but students should bring their own if at all possible. Good luck!
* Early next week, student-specific invites for the Student Led Conferences will go home. The invite will indicate what time families are to attend the conferences on the middle school night, Wed 5/6, or the high school night, Thursday 5/7. We hope that you will join us for your child’s designated conference as they will be presenting his or her best work from one of their classes. Student attendance at their specific time slot is mandatory and considered a part of their third marking period grade. We hope to engage parents with the academic work of the school and partner with our families in fostering college and career readiness for our students. Public speaking, of course, is a key component in college and career success, so please plan on attending.
* The Learning Environment Survey deadline has been extended to Fri 4/17. That means it's not too late to either take it online or fill out and mail in the survey you received in the green envelope. Your confidential feedback is compiled into a report by the Department of Education which then comes to us and helps to steer future developments in the school. Please don't miss out on this opportunity to make your voice heard. If you lost your survey, you can get a new passcode by calling the Survey Hotline at 1-800-690-8603. And you can go directly to the online survey here.
* Congratulations to many of our faculty members who have just welcomed new arrivals. Mr. Berlow, Mr. Yordan, Mr. Bradshaw, Mr. Walsh, and Ms. May have all just welcomed little girls. All the fathers are back at work now. Ms. May’s class will be covered by our own teachers for the remainder of her leave. They will be sending out communication to the individual classes which they are covering. Should you have any questions, please contact Mr. Mohan, AP Mathematics, SMohan@schools.nyc.gov .