Shapes Galore

We are ending our 2nd/3rd grade math learning how to recognize and characterize shapes by their attributes and properties. Our first lesson was describing two-dimensional shapes according to their number of sides or angles. Our students were encouraged to use precise language when describing the shapes. For example, they described a pentagon as a shape with 5 sides and 5 angles. We also used various tools to help the students engagement such as geoboards and straws to make shapes. The students are enjoying this unit as they are able to have some fun with the shapes while learning.

The students were given a challenge to create as many shapes as they can with 10 straws.


Class 103 Loves to Read!

We are amazed by the progress that the our students have made with their reading! From the beginning of the school year to now, they have not only moved up reading levels but have also gained new skills. Our students have various periods of reading; Read- Aloud, Shared Reading, and Readers Workshop. So they are getting lots of reading done throughout the day!


Week 11 2022

We had a great week learning about Women’s history and writing poems about women who are important to us, working on our math and phonics, sharing new information we are learning from non fiction texts, and ended our week with first walking trip of spring to take pictures of nature in the style of Ansel Adams who we are studying in project time!


Congratulations to Joseph and Rene for being new spotlight buddies!


Week Nine

We enjoyed a fun and productive week continuing our artist study of Georgia O Keefe, continuing our non fiction books and poetry, working with place value, and reading in Spanish and English. We ended our week with our monthly craft day and the students made beautiful painted rocks just in time to decorate a garden for spring.


Congratulations to Zoe and Alondra for getting spotlight buddies this week!


Week 8

We had a great week full of new learning and celebrations. We started the week with a publishing party and continued to learn more about plants, work on our artist study of Georgia O Keefe, learn new phonemes, and working with place value in math. Looking forward to another fun week ahead!


Congratulations to Amelia and Adriana for being the first “spotlight buddies”

students smiling

And another congratulations to our mathematician of the month Josef, Writer of the month Danny, reader of the month Alexa M, and Artist of the month Alondra!

students posing

March Wellness: Celebrating national nutrition month!

March is a beautiful month, we finally start to see some sunshine and kick off the spring season. It also happens to be national nutrition month which is a great reason to focus on fresh starts and trying out some new foods that give us energy and make us feel good. Here are some things students are working on and things you can try at home


At school, we have started a “friendly foodies” club made up of students who want to learn and promote healthy eating. The first step was to create a video of how students can make healthy choices in the cafeteria. Please enjoy and perhaps talk to your child about how they can try out a new healthy habit during lunch.

Also, try having students make their own healthy foods. They can even share with the whole family! Check out this video for ideas

video of snack ideas
friendly foodie video


After months inside avoiding the cold, its time to get out there! Healthy eating gives us the energy to play and grow. Check out this video of fun activities you can do in the park without any materials

Social Emotional

While spring is full of fun, it is also normal that students start to get tired and cranky when it comes to schoolwork. These are great examples of stories that can teach them it is ok to be a little grumpy sometimes, but they can always recover and start fresh. Also, there some videos of how to speak about these emotions in the languages represented in our school, Chinese and Spanish. Emotions and the need to express them are universal! 🙂


Week seven

This week was full of learning celebrating! We enjoyed daily events for respect for all week including 100 day of school, black history month, and lunar new year. Hope everyone enjoys the break!


congratulations to Preston for getting spotlight student!


Week six 2022

This week was full of learning and celebrating our hard work by turning our hallway into an art gallery. Students admired each other’s projects from different perspectives and are excited to continue exploring how artist are inspired by plants through a new artist study of Gerogia O’ Keefe. In addition students keep learning more phonemes each week, are learning to measure in math, write persuasive letters and non fiction books, have started to read with class parents, and improve Spanish language skills!


Next week is last week before winter recess

Congratulation to Elijah for getting spotlight student!


Week Five

We had a great week learning together while also celebrating Lunar new year. Students have enjoyed learning about a new tradition and comparing it to their own traditions. We have also kept on putting final touches on our sculptures, reading more words, adding groups of ten, and writing persuasive and non fiction pieces. These students are so full of ideas!


Congratulations to Josef Hill for being the new spotlight student!

Congratulations to new students of the month

Bella-Writer of the month

Jury- reader of the month

Joseph-Artist of the month

Adham-Mathmatician of the month


Happy Lunar New Year!

Starting from last week, our friends are continuing to learn about Lunar New Year. We learn about how people from the Asian and Asian American communities celebrate Lunar New Year in different ways but share many similarities. In our Chinese dual-language classes, we have families from Mainland China, Vietnam, and Taiwan. Our friends share customs and traditions are practiced during Lunar New Year in their families. For instance, visiting relatives’ houses on the first day of the new year, exchanging New Year’s greetings, giving red envelopes to children and elderly people, and ancestor worship.


Lunar new year= fresh healthy start

Happy Lunar New Year 2022!

The New Year, Chinese or Vietnamese (Tet holiday), Korean, Singaporean, Malaysian, Indonesian and Filipino, more commonly known as Lunar New Year, falls this year on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 and traditionally lasts 15 days.

We are entering the year of the Tiger! Many members of our school communities come from countries where this tradition is from and others are from different places with their own traditions, but we can all share in the joy of celebrating a new year and a fresh start. Here are some ideas for celebrating a healthy and happy new year:


https://www.thespruceeats.com/recipes-to-celebrate-chinese-new-year-694280-Some yummy recipes to try

These lucky foods for lunar new year are also healthy. Maybe try one or use one of the ingredients in a different dish.


Celebrate and get some exercise by learning a lunar new year dance 🙂

Social emotional

Celebrations are a great time to enjoy time together and also reflect and learn some valuable lessons. These stories can help start some conversations about honoring our cultures and other people’s traditions, working together, and gratitude.

Celebration in our school community


Week of November 15

In our Chinese language arts class, our friends started to play radical puzzles to make Chinese characters. We learned two common radicals, female(女字旁) and sun(日字旁)and some high-frequency words related to those two radicals, such as 妈妈 (mom),奶奶(grandma),姐姐(older sister),妹妹(younger sister) 和好 (good). We had partner power to make sentences using our sight word flashcards, and read and found snap words in our books!We had so much fun with our reading partners and learning tools!

During our project time, our friends LOVED to talk about our community. We noticed some special buildings in our community and then we discussed people who work in those special buildings and their tools. Our friends made books about their favorite community helpers, made menus, played pretends, and they built special buildings, workers, and their tools with our recycled materials.


Week 9

Our kindergarten and first grade classes are learning about symmetry and radial symmetry in visual art. We first practiced symmetry by designing symmetrical butterflies, and then we practiced radial designs using a circular template. This unit’s culminating project is making a radial design, called a mandala, using cardboard and foam shapes. See the process for creating the mandalas below!

The students first plan out their design and glue down shapes.

Next, they use oil pastel to add color to each shape.

Last, they pick one color to paint the background of their mandala.


Week Three!

We had another great week of learning and exploring! Congratulations Jury for being new spotlight student of the week 🙂

Some updates:

This week we will start using seesaw to upload homework. You will still get the homework on google classroom, but there will be link to upload pictures of assignments on seesaw.

I am currently assessing student reading levels and at the end next week will communicate with you about your child’s reading level.

Please fill out the walking trip permission in Opero. We would like to take our first trip soon while the weather is so beautiful! 🙂

 ¡Tuvimos otra gran semana de aprendizaje y exploración!

Felicitaciones Jury por ser la estudiante destacada esta semana :) 
 Esta semana comenzaremos a usar el programa seesaw para subir la tarea. Aún recibirá la tarea en el aula de Google, pero habrá un enlace para cargar imágenes de las tareas en seesaw.

Actualmente estoy evaluando los niveles de lectura de los estudiantes y al final de la próxima semana me comunicaré con usted sobre el nivel de lectura de su hijo. 

Por favor, complete el permiso para los field trips en Opero. ¡Nos gustaría hacer nuestro primer viaje pronto mientras el clima es tan hermoso! :)

Second Week of School

We had an awesome second week of learning! In Chinese language arts class, we got to celebrate our Mid-Autumn Festival by making lanterns and sharing mooncakes. We started to learn about Chinese culture and traditions. We also learned our Chinese names and practiced writing our names in Chinese.

In our project-based learning block, we explore different materials in our centers and our friends extended our conversation from leaves, twigs, and fruits to trips they made in the past. We talked about hiking and going to the beach with families. This week, we learned to use magnifying glasses to observe rocks, seashells, starfish, leaves, and fruits. We compared the differences between leaves and fruits that we saw last week and this week in our center. We spoke about the seasons in which we went to the beach and what kinds of things and activities we saw and did. Our friends drew pictures about autumn and they began to talk about their noticing about season change recently: “we wore long sleeves,” “it was windy and cold in the morning,” and “my mom made lemon water for me.”


Week two!

We had a great second week of learning! Working hard at writing stories, math, learning about Spanish speaking countries, creating collages, and we got to enjoy doing our read alouds outside this Thursday and Friday. Looking forward to next week! Hope you all have a great weekend 🙂

Some announcements

Congratulations to Miss Amelia Iverson! She is the spotlight student of the week. Adriana did a fabulous job last week 🙂

Soon we would like to start taking some walking field trips to explore and learn outside. Please sign the permission slip in Opero. When you log on the form is under the eforms tab. Then you enter in information and when it asks for class write either first grade, second grade, or Miss Solano’s class, or Miss Abby’s, any of those are fine 🙂

Lastly, our google classroom page is all set up! Please check the page for weekly homework starting Monday.

As always please let me know if you have any questions. I am truly loving getting to spend each school day with your children. They are so curious and kind and remind me how fascinating and exciting school can be 🙂

Tuvimos una gran segunda semana de aprendizaje! Trabajando duro escribiendo historias, matemáticas, aprendiendo de países donde hablan español creando collages, y pudimos disfrutar haciendo nuestra lectura afuera este jueves y viernes. ¡Esperamos la próxima semana! Espero que tengan un gran fin de semana :) 

¡Felicitaciones a la señorita Amelia Iverson! Ella es la estudiante destacada de la semana. Adriana hizo un trabajo fabuloso la semana pasada :) 

Pronto nos gustaría comenzar a hacer algunas excursiones a pie para explorar y aprender al aire libre. Firme la hoja de permiso en Opero. Cuando inicia sesión, el formulario se encuentra en la pestaña eforms. Luego ingresa la información y cuando le pide una clase, escriba primero, segundo o la clase de la señorita Solano, o la de la señorita Abby, cualquiera de esas está bien :) 

Por último, nuestra página de clases de Google está configurada. Consulte la página para ver las tareas semanales a partir del lunes. 

Como siempre, avíseme si tiene alguna pregunta. Realmente me encanta poder pasar cada día escolar con sus hijos. Son muy inquisativos y amables y me recuerdan lo fascinante y emocionante que puede ser la escuela :) 

Reopening Plans for Fall 2020

This week we hosted a series of virtual town hall meetings to provide some important information regarding the restart of the school year. For your review, please find below the links to each of the presentations.

Virtual Town Hall Presentations

Opting for 100% Remote Learning?

For those families opting for 100% remote learning be sure to complete this link by no later than Friday, August 7, 2020.

Please check back as new information will be posted.


Return to School 2020

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year

On March 15, 2020, the nation’s largest school district underwent a historic transformation, closing school buildings in order to protect our 1.1 million students, and all staff, families, and fellow New Yorkers from COVID-19.

As we look ahead to September, we see the big picture: the continuing rise in cases across the country; current guidance from City, State, and Federal health authorities; and the knowledge that as the trajectory of the virus continues to evolve, the guidance we must follow will also evolve. When it does, we have to be ready, and prepared to adapt. We’ve also received over 400,000 responses from families and students to a survey asking about preferences and concerns for the upcoming year, and your input has been critical in our planning.

Taken together, this picture demands we begin the 2020-21 school year in an unprecedented way—including new health protocols, physical distancing, and more. Make no mistake: New York City students will still be learning 5 days a week. A major difference is that we are preparing to deliver their education through a blended learning model. Blended learning means students will be taught on-site in school for part of the week, and will attend school remotely on the other days of the week.

We are ready for this: adapting and strengthening our practices; investing in the technology required to provide a quality online academic experience—including distributing over 300,000 iPads to students who need them; and working with teachers to be more effective online instructors. We will update curriculum to reflect the blended learning online and in-person model, and to ensure the guidelines and curriculum include appropriate social-emotional learning and mental health supports.

Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. But we know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. We will continue to lead with the lens of equity and excellence, giving your child what they need to excel—and recognizing the ways that will be different from each of their classmates, especially in a time of crisis. We will not look away from the ways this virus has further magnified the effects of systemic racism in our communities. We will continue to explore opportunities to directly correct structural inequities—like closing the digital divide.

What we Know

  • Parents need consistency to keep their kids focused, schedule childcare, keep life organized; confidence in the safety of their children in their learning environments, and agency in the decisions that will affect their livelihood and families.
  • Students need routine in their learning—building habits and academic success through regular pattern and cadence of instruction; support for both academic and social and emotional health.
  • Teachers need clear expectations for schedule and pace for working with students so they can maximize support in right modality.
  • Principals need flexibility to choose what will work best for their student body and community; need to be able to choose among options.

Our plans must be nimble so we can adjust and update as needed, as the public health landscape continues to evolve. We are also awaiting guidance from the State of New York, and we will be closely coordinating with them once it is released. All of the most up-to-date information will be available on this web page. Please remember that this guidance may change as public health conditions evolve.

We also know that New Yorkers can rise to meet the challenge, and that everyone at DOE will be there every step of the way to support our students and families. Please read on for guidance and information about attending a New York City public school in the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Read Chancellor Carranza’s letter to families about Return to School 2020 on our Message to Families page.

Stay Safe! Stay Healthy! Stay Connected! We will remain a school community.

Week of 11/21-11/23

This week we have been working on our non fiction writing books. Students have been using different tools to research their topics. We also celebrated Thanksgiving, by gathering together in our school feast.

Here are some Photos of the Thanksgiving feast

Class 201-Classroom Learning & Thanksgiving Celebration

Class 201 had started a new learning unit on information writing and nonfiction reading. Our children engaged in learning through observation, exploration, experimentation, asking questions, many group discussions, and partner interactions every day. 

Parents can support children’s learning at home by encouraging them to complete their reading tasks by reviewing the reading strategies on the anchor chats and reminding them to use writing checklists and tools to guide them on writing.

Thanksgiving Feast & Disney Day & Birthday Read Aloud/Craft

Happy Thanksgiving!

Class 301-Classroom Learning & Thanksgiving Celebration

Class 301 had started a new learning unit on information writing and nonfiction reading. Our children engaged in learning through observation, exploration, experimentation, asking questions, many group discussions, and partner interactions every day. 

Parents can support children’s learning at home by encouraging them to complete their reading tasks by reviewing the reading strategies on the anchor chats and reminding them to use writing checklists and tools to guide them on writing.

Thanksgiving Feast & Disney Day

Happy Thanksgiving!