Pencil Trick Sharpens Students' Physics Knowledge
Dows Lane Elementary School second-graders, who are learning about the key principles of physics, explored the concepts of balance, counterbalance and stability by balancing a pencil on its point.
As part of the experiment, the students could only use a Popsicle stick, bendable wires and two clothespins to balance a pencil.
“They had to figure it out without putting the clothespins on the stick or pencil,” second-grade teacher Karen Carlson said. “They needed to use what they had learned about counterbalance and make sure the pencil was stable.”
Carlson added that even though it was a difficult task, her students persevered through the challenge, which further developed their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Friday, December 23rd - Monday, January 2nd
Irvington schools will be closed from Friday, December 23rd through Monday, January 2nd.
Happy Holidays to you and yours from the Irvington PTSA!
All the very best for a wonderful 2017, and thanks for your support this year!
FINAL BOX TOPS COLLECTION FOR 2016
Deadline is Wednesday, December 21st
Please send in all your clipped Box Tops by December 21st.
You can backpack them to Dows Lane or Main Street School or drop them off in the collection boxes at the Middle School, the High School, the Irvington Library (in the Children's Room) or the Parks and Rec office on Main Street.
REMEMBER: EVERY BOX TOP COUNTS!
Thank you for your continued support of this important findraiser.
Any questions, please contact Liz Marinis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marylou Banino at email@example.com
BULLDOG FAMILY FUND APPEAL
Please make a tax-deductible donation to Bulldog Family Fund and help to ensure that every student in our district has the opportunity to fully participate in Irvington’s rich educational experience. Last year the BFF provided more than $14,000 in resources to district families in need.
Checks can be made payable to Irvington PTSA (please specify BFF on the memo line) and mail to: Irvington NY PTSA/BFF, P.O. Box 245, Irvington, NY 10533
Donate online at: http://www.irvingtonnyptsa.org/bulldog-family-fund.html
Do You Need Assistance? If you ever need assistance or have questions regarding what assistance is available, please contact our district social worker, Gina Menendez at (914) 269-5233 or Gina.Menendez@irvingtonschools.org. *Names and personal information are kept confidential and are not shared with the PTSA/Bulldog Family Fund.
The Irvington PTSA Brick Drive is back! Our goal is to add 100 more bricks to our IMS/IHS patio by graduation.
For each brick you buy, from now through January 31, 2017, your name will be added to a raffle for 1 free 4” x 8” brick with a small paw print logo.
Buy a brick for yourself, your current student, your grad, your favorite staff member, or as a dedication.
Proceeds from the sale of the engraved bricks will be used to create lovely outdoor spaces on the campuses of the Irvington schools that reflect the wonderful educational experiences happening inside the school buildings.
The funds raised from our first 100 bricks paid for the beautiful brick sitting walls outside IMS.
Buy your brick today: www.irvingtonnyptsa.org/brick-drive
Irvington PTSA Spirit Wear is great for holiday gifts and stocking stuffers for all members of your family! Newly designed sweatshirts (pullover and zip), beanies, socks and headbands, in addition to shirts and shorts are all available, but quantities are limited.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for prices and available sizes.
SHOP ON AMAZON SMILE
Use Amazon Smile for your holiday shopping!
By designating Irvington NY PTSA when you shop on Amazon Smile, 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases will go toward funding PTSA programs that directly benefit Irvington's schoolkids!
To participate, please either:
click on http://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-3085349 and enter your existing Amazon sign-in information
at Amazon Smile, sign in using your existing Amazon sign-in Information and designate Irvington NY PTSA as the charity you support.
Either way, once you make the designation, it will be the default every time you sign in through Amazon Smile.
BEST OF WESTCHESTER
Vote Now Through January 25th
Help Irvington UFSD, Student Website Keep “Best of Westchester” Titles!
Voting for Westchester Magazine’s new “Best of Westchester” list for 2017 is now open and you can help the Irvington Union Free School District and a student-created website keep their titles. The District was voted as the best school district in the area in the “Best of Westchester” list for 2016.
In addition, Irvington High School students’ weather website, Weather in the Hud, was voted by the public as the best local website. Weather in the Hud, http://www.weatherinthehud.com, provides detailed forecasts that are specific to Irvington and the Hudson Valley region.
The public can vote on a number of categories, including Best Public School District and Best Local Website, from now through Jan. 25.
For more information and to vote, visit http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/Best-Of/
SAVE-THE-DATE: EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING PRESENTATION
Please mark your calendars: On Thursday, January 26 at 7 pm in the Main Street School Auditorium, The PTSA Special Needs Committee and the Irvington Diversity Foundation will present “Executive Functioning” with Dr. Martin Kutscher.
Dr. Kutcher will discuss executive functioning in children, and provide tips to help improve their organization and time management skills. All parents welcome.
IRVINGTON SCIENCE FAIR 2017
Corrected Date: March 25th
Full STEAM ahead for the Irvington Science Fair!
Mark your calendars for the Irvington Science Fair, 3/25/17, 12-3pm at the Gina Maher Gym. Sign ups are open!
Sneak preview of our guests include, Digital Arts Experience, WeCanCenters, Curious on Hudson and many more!
Check out the flyer and let’s get started!
Join us in our work to bring out the best in Irvington schools.