PS37 Newsletter

January 2009 Edition


P.S. 37R
15 Fairfield Street
Staten Island, NY 10308


Dear Parents and Guardians:

Best wishes for a very Happy New Year 2009. As we quickly approach the mid point of the 2008-09 school year I emphasize the following important issues.

Home Contact information: Please notify the school as soon as possible when you have a change in address, phone number or emergency contact person. We have had numerous cases where we discovered that home/cell phone numbers had been changed and the school was not notified. This is a safety issue as it is vital for us to be able to contact you or your designated contact person immediately.

Extended absence: If your child is absent for an extended time period (prolonged illness, surgery, etc.) it is important for you to keep in touch with the school. Students returning after an extended period of absence must return with a physician’s note. Students who are returning after surgery must have a physician’s note detailing any limitations ( exclusion from gym, no PT, etc.)Very often an Attendance teacher from the DOE will follow up with phone calls or visits to the homes of students who have been absent for extended periods of time. Please do not take offense if this occurs as it is accepted protocol.

Medication Changes: Many of our students take medication at home. Please contact your child’s teacher if there has been a change in your child’s
medication as it may have an effect on his/ her behavior in school.

Illness in school: Please be advised that children who become ill during the
school day are not able to remain in school. If you are not able to pick up
your child it is important that you have a back- up person who would be able to pick up your child.

Clothing: Please label all clothing with your child’s name. We have a number of clothing items in our “Lost and Found” in the Main Building.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. If you have concerns or questions regarding your child please contact your child’s teacher, or an Assistant Principal. Our Parent Coordinator, Donna Cornicelli is also available to meet with you.

William J. Fiorelli


Friends & Families:
Hope all is well and that everyone is keeping safe and warm through this cold winter. Our Holiday Fair was a huge success thanks to you all.

Throughout the year, the PTA’s primary goal is to raise as much money as we can for our children. So far so good! There are many workshops that will be announced throughout the term for your information. Fliers will be sent and posted on the PTA website (

Our next leadership meeting is on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 at 9:30 and it will be an open meeting. All are welcome. Please come and watch your team in progress.

Our next P.T.A. meeting will be on February 10, 2009 at 9:30 a.m., we will be announcing elections for the new school term, anyone interested this will go on through the month of May when elections take place. We have two guest speakers Mrs. Jackie Tripodi from the Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Counsel and Mrs. Mary Hernadez.
Please join us.

Linda LaSheen
PTA President

PS37R 2009 PTA Schedule

February 10, 2009 9:30am P.T.A. meeting

March. 10, 2009 9:30am P.T.A. meeting (annex)

April 21, 2009 9:30am P.T.A. meeting

May 5, 2009 Staff recognition Day

May 11, 2009 7:30PM P.T.A.MEETING/Elections

May 12, 2009 9:30am P.T.A. meeting /Elections

June 16, 2009 Installation Dinner
Guest speakers will be announced prior to the meetings.

Please note that all meetings will be held at the main site unless otherwise stated.


Citywide Counsel for Special Education –

Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Counsel –
Wrights Law –
NYC Parking Permit –

Thank you to all who participated in our clothing/toy drive. Our school accumulated over 1000 pounds of merchandise. We will be hosting the fundraiser in the spring



2008ps37halloweenOn October 27, 2008, the PTA hosted a Halloween party for the children in all grades. Most children wore costumes yet costumes were optional. Approximately 100 children attended the event. The children were provided pizza and soda. This year we had a DJ who organized games and had plenty of giveaways for the children. A great time was had by all.

Many thanks to all of the parents who helped to make the night a success. Special thanks to Joanna Tuorto for baking cupcakes for the children.

Thank you to all who participated in the Modell’s Team Week promotion. Not only did Modell’s give our staff, family and friends a 10% discount coupon, Modell’s promised an additional 5% back to our school provided our purchases exceeded $1,500. Our school spent over $2,800 during our promotion weeks and Modell’s will be sending us a check for about $140.00. We will definitely host the fundraiser around the holidays next year.

Celebrating Holland – I’m home
by Cathy Anthony, Parent Advocate

I have been in Holland for over a decade now. It has become home. I have had time to catch my breath, to settle and adjust, to accept something different than I’d planned.

I reflect back on those years of past when I had first landed in Holland. I remember clearly my shock, my fear, my anger – the pain and uncertainty. In those first few years, I tried to get back to Italy as planned, but Holland was where I was to stay. Today, I can say how far I have come on this unexpected journey. I have learned so much more. But, this too has been a journey of time.

I worked hard. I bought new guidebooks. I learned a new language and I slowly found my way around this new land. I have met others whose plans had changed like mine, and who could share my experience. We supported one another and some have become very special friends.

Some of these fellow travelers had been in Holland longer than I and were seasoned guides, assisting me along the way. Many have encouraged me. Many have taught me to open my eyes to the wonder and gifts to behold in this new land. I have discovered a community of caring. Holland wasn’t so bad. I think that Holland is used to wayward travelers like me and grew to become a land of hospitality, reaching out to welcome, to assist and to support newcomers like me in this new land. Over the years, I’ve wondered what life would have been like if I’d landed in Italy as planned.

Would life have been easier? Would it have been as rewarding? Would I have learned some of the important lessons I hold today?

Sure, this journey has been more challenging and at times I would (and still do) stomp my feet and cry out in frustration and protest.

And, yes, Holland is slower paced than Italy and less flashy than Italy, but this too has been an unexpected gift. I have learned to slow down in ways too and look closer at things, with a new appreciation for the remarkable beauty of Holland with its’ tulips, windmills and Rembrandts.

I have come to love Holland and call it Home.

I have become a world traveler and discovered that it doesn’t matter where you land. What’s more important is what you make of your journey and how you see and enjoy the very special, the very lovely, things that Holland, or any land, has to offer.

Yes, over a decade ago I landed in a place I hadn’t planned. Yet I am thankful, for this destination has been richer than I could have imagined!


When we began school, I think we knew
the kind of challenges you’d make us face
You gave us motivation to pursue; the best
And to reject the uncommon place
Your thinking really opened up our minds
With wisdom, style and grace, you made us see,
That what we choose to seek, we surely find;
You shook us out, of our complacency
We thank you now for everything you’ve done
What you have taught us we will not outgrow
Your kind attention touched our mind and little hearts
In many ways that you will never know
We will remember all of you our whole life though
We both wish that everyone we meet would be like all of you.

Written by: Mr. & Mrs. Fernandez



Linda LaSheen                                                           President
Susan Pugliese                                         1st Vice President
Katy Shelkowitz                                     2nd Vice President
Lori Pappa                                            Recording Secretary
Kristina McAnuff                      Corresponding Secretary


William Fiorelli                                                                  Principal
Anthony Faiella                                             Assistant Principal
Florence Gorsky                                            Assistant Principal
Deborah Labetti                                              Assistant Principal
Donna Cornicelli                                             Parent Coordinator


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