Queens Newsletter June 11, 2018




June 11, 2018


To quote the Italian poet Cesare Pavese, "We do not remember days, we remember moments". As we begin this last week of the 2018-2019 school year, there are so many wonderful moments to recall. From UN Day, concerts, art displays, class projects, May day, and other school wide and class activities, to the more personal experiences of JA students making new friends, or a Middle School student helping out in a Junior School class, the list of memorable moments go on and on.

In particular, I know I am speaking for many of the faculty and staff we when say that our graduating M4s have been the source of many moments of joy and pride at the Queens campus. They are truly an amazing group of young men and women and we will celebrate them and wish them well on Thursday at the M4 Commencement.

On a personal note, I want to thank all of you for your support, generosity, kindness and patience this year as I navigated this new position. I was touched by your many kind words and the PA gift was something I will cherish forever. I am truly blessed to be part of such a wonderful community.

I wish you all a safe and happy summer break.

Barbara Kennedy

Barbara Kennedy

Queens Principal

bkennedy@unis.org / 718-658-6166



  • 11 J2 Gallery Exhibit
  • 11 Queens Sports Awards 2PM (rescheduled from June 8th)
  • 11 Woodwind Recital 6:00PM (Christa Van Alstine)
  • 11 Piano Recital (Tom Coote)
  • 12 Latin Jeopardy 9:30AM
  • 12 Percussion Recital 6:30PM (Charlie Schmid)
  • 13 Last day of class for JA-M2 (full day)
  • 13 End of Year and Arabic Assembly 10AM
  • 13 International Spelling Bee 11AM
  • 14 M4 Commencement Breakfast 9:30AM
  • 14 M4 Commencement Ceremony 11AM (M3 & M4)

  • MS Chromebooks

All eighth graders and any student who is leaving UNIS is required to return their Chromebook with

the charger before they leave for the summer. If it is not returned they will be charged a fee. A fee will

be charged if the Chromebook is damaged.

  • New Faculty

We welcome two new faculty members to the UNIS Queens.

  • Donna Lydon - Donna, whom many of you know, will be replacing Michal Urieli who will be heading to UNIS Manhattan to teach JA in the Junior School and substantially reduce hecommute. Donna has been a Teaching Assistant at the Queens campus since Jan. 2014. Before coming to UNIS, Donna taught in Dublin and in Australia. She has also been involved with after school sports and has substituted in many classes in Queens.
  • Florentine Cadet - Florentine will be replacing Sabrina Faesch, who will be heading with husband, Samuel and baby Matias, to Barcelona. Florentine, a French native, is currently teaching Spanish and French in Scotland. She has taught in New Zealand, Switzerland, Spain and Dublin, and taught from 5 yr. Old students through high school. She is also a qualified examiner for the DELF exam. Florentine's university education was in France, with a year spent in Cadiz, Spain.

We welcome our new faculty to UNIS Queens!

  • Summer Math Packets

Rebecca Murry, Junior School Math Coach, has prepared summer packets for those students who would like to keep their math skills progressing in the summer.

Junior 1 PacketJunior 3 Packet

Junior 2 PacketJunior 4 Packet

  • DELF Exam

This Monday, June 11, 2018, I will receive your child's DELF diploma from France, and I

will give it to them on Tuesday.

Congratulations for great success in our world wide test !

Thank you and don't stop learning French.

Madame Sébag

  • French Fundraiser

Dear Parents, Faculty and Students,

Thank you for coming to our French UNICEF Refugees Fundraising last Friday, in the morning and after school. The crêpes, the French cakes, the Carambar, the chocolate Eiffel Tower, the lavender bags, the collages, the Napoléon, the Madeleine, the Macaron, the mousse au chocolat and the different goodies flew away...

We don't know yet how much we raised, but with the addition of the four auction paintings, we made a fine amount to send to UNICEF Refugees, to nicely conclude our 2-year unit with the M4 students about what it means to be a refugee.

A special thanks, also, to all the Middle School students who came during playtime and after school to make craft items, as well as all the students who contributed to the baking of our delicious desserts. Thank you to Enzo, Ann-Sophie (M2), Lucas (M3), Nina, Elisabeth, Aviv, Elio, Emily, Aryaman, Eliza, Lauren (M4), Nicolas (J3), the M1 and J2 classes... And a very special thanks to Madame Nugent and her students for the 4 beautiful paintings and her great help.

Merci à tous pour votre participation et à très bientôt.

The French department

  • Butterbeans Survey

Please fill out the Butterbeans Survey whether or not your child participates in the program.

We are trying to do a review of the food service and it is important to have information as to

what and why food selections/ decisions are made, so that we make some informed

improvements/ changes. Survey Link

  • Summer Reading

Here is the link to summer reading lists created by Ms. Moore for all grades:

Summer Reading Lists 2018

Here is the summer reading list for the M4s going to UNIS Manhattan for T1:

M4 to T1 Summer Reading

Letter and Book Titles

Ms. Robbins will be sending home the required summer read for all MS students (current J4-M3s).

  • International Spelling Bee

6 days and 60 words! Ms. Robbins is ready to conduct the International Spelling Bee on Wednesday with the M2 class.

  • End of Year Activities - Photos

There has been so much happening in Queens. Below are a few photos from some of the

many events!

J3 Mad Hatter's Tea Party

MS Spring Fling

Sports Days

  • ICT - Photos from this school year

Dear Parents,

As the school year is coming to a close, I would like to share photos of students working on ICT

projects during the 2018 school year. The links are also in Seesaw for Junior School and Schoology

for Middle School. I periodically add to the albums. Have a wonderful summer!

Donna Irwin

JA ICT PhotosM1 ICT Photos

J1 ICT PhotosM2 ICT Photos

J2 ICT PhotosM3 ICT Photos

J3 ICT PhotosM4 ICT Photos

J4 ICT Photos

  • UNIS Fund

Thank you to those parents who have already contributed to the UNIS Fund.

Donations to the UNIS Fund support programs and facility improvements that would otherwise be difficult to implement and can be designated for Queens. Any amount is greatly appreciated. Past projects have been our playground and the theater lights (installation this summer).

We are hoping to renovate the library as a future project!

  • Summer Activities

We frequently receive information about summer programs. Here are some shared at the

PA meeting last Friday.

  • Fordham University Summer Reading Skills - held at over 30 locations throughout NYC
  • The Mary Louis Academy Summer Programs
    • Women in Engineering Week - July 16-20th; Girls entering grade 8 in the fall
    • Athletics Clinics - Girls entering grades 6-9; Softball, Soccer, Bowling, Basketball, Volleyball
    • Day of Wellness - June 28th Girls in grades 7 & 8; Babysitting certification, Self-defense, First aid training, etc.
  • MoMath Summer Camps

MoMath this weekend to learn more about Transformations summer camp!

This summer, rising first through ninth graders will experience the richness of mathematics in America's only museum dedicated to math. Choose from a variety of themed sessions that run weekly from July 2 to August 31. Camp sessions feature full-body interactive activities, hands-on education sessions, dynamic exhibits, mathematical games, creative projects, and so much more. With Madison Square Park just outside MoMath's front door, there are even opportunities for fun in the sun. Transformations delivers the perfect blend of mathematical enrichment, physical activity, and summer friendships!

National Museum of Mathematics



11 E 26th St

New York, NY 10010

  • JUNE IB Learner Profile Focus: We are Reflective

We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

  • Security

As we remain vigilant about security in Queens, please remember to have your ID in order

to enter the building.

  • Reminders:
    • Please remember to drop off your children in front of the building, rather than across the street, and please be considerate of our neighbors and do not block their driveways.

Thanks to all of you who go out of your way to circle around the corner for the safety of


  • Please email your homeroom teacher, and Mrs. Rodriguez (trodriguez@unis.org), or Ms. Sorrentini (rsorrentini@unis.org,) or call 718-658-6166 before 9:30 to report if your child will be absent from school, as well as any change in dismissal arrangements.

Thank you for your continued support of the Queens Campus!

Queens Campus

United Nations International School/ Queens Campus

173-53 Croydon Road, Jamaica Estates, NY 11432


The Queens Parents Association 2017-2018

Sasha LeGeros (sasha.legeros@pa.unis.org)

Mike Was (wasnow@gmail.com)

Jyothi Ranjan (omhwardbound@gmail.com)

Monica Verma (vermajunk@gmail.com)

Mukta Dhumale (mdhumale1@yahoo.com)