Queens Newsletter May 14, 2018




MAY 14, 2018


This week we welcome back our M4 class returning from Costa Rica and Montpellier. I am sure that the experiences, the beautiful sights and the friends made from Manhattan's M4 will become a memory that stays with our students forever. Special thanks to Senora Solano (Costa Rica) and Mrs. Selwanes (Montpellier), who accompanied our students.

The past week was a rough one for our students with allergies. The pollen seemed to hang in the air and some students suffered from watery, itchy eyes and were clearly very uncomfortable. Those students remained inside at breaktime in order to avoid exposure to the pollen outside. If your child is one of those students with such allergies, please send a note if you would like him/ her to remain inside during break. We are finding the indoor crowd growing as the friends of those impacted are also claiming to be affected by the pollen. Rather than checking medical records, etc., I am asking that If your child is one of those students with such allergies, please send a note if you would like him/ her to remain inside during break. This way, the teachers and playground supervisors can easily identify those children who should remain indoors.

We will have the Executive Director Candidate #3 at Queens on Wednesday morning, May 16th, at 8:30AM to meet with Queen parents. On Thursday, May 17th, J4 students and parents are invited to hear about what to expect next year as the students move up to Middle School. Both meetings will take place in the library.

MAP results will be sent out early this week. Please contact your teacher or Dr. Jane should you have any questions.

Monday, May 14, marks the 1 month mark until the end of school. June 13th will be the last full day for students and June 14th will be commencement for our M4 class, How the time has flown!

Thank you for your continued support of the Queens campus!

Barbara Kennedy

Barbara Kennedy

Queens Principal

bkennedy@unis.org / 718-658-6166



  • 14 J3 & J4 YMCA
  • 15 J1 Class trip - American Museum of Natural History
  • 16 Executive Director Candidate #3 in Queens to meet with parents 8:30-9:15AM
  • 16 M3 & M4 Broadway Trip
  • 17 J4 Introduction to Middle School for parents and students 8:40AM (library)
  • 17 UNICEF Speaker to M4 Classes during French 10:40-11:30AM
  • 18 Teacher Appreciation Luncheon
  • 18 M4 DELE Spanish Exam
  • 18 M1s and Chorus to Queens College


  • 21
  • 22 JA Class Trip - Robert Moses State Park
  • 23 MS Concert; 1:30 for students; 6:30 for parents
  • 24 Incoming JA Orientation - No JA classes
  • 24 PA Junior School Carnival
  • 25 Memorial Day Weekend - School Closed


  • 28 Memorial Day - School Closed
  • 29 Tour of UNIS Manhattan Tutorial House for M3 Parents & Students 6:30PM
  • 30 M2 & M3 Trip - Botanical Gardens
  • 31
  • 1 T4 Graduation ½ Day;
  • 1 M3 & M4 Sports Day - Back at school by 12:30 from Cunningham Park


  • 4 M1 Concert 2PM
  • 5 J4 UN Class Trip
  • 5 Sports Day for JA, J1, J2, and J3 at Cunningham Park
  • 6
  • 7 Sports Day for J4, M1, and M2 at Cunningham Park
  • 7 Piano Recital Mr. Coote, Mr. Kofman
  • 8 Queens PA Meeting 8:45AM
  • 8 French fundraiser for UNICEF 8:30-9:30AM and 2:30-3:30PM
  • 8 Queens Sports Awards 1:10PM
  • 8 Skateboard Science Assembly 2PM
  • 8 MS Spring Fling 6-8PM


  • 11
  • 12
  • 13 Last day of class for JA-M2 (full day)
  • 14 M4 Commencement Breakfast 9:30AM
  • 14 M4 Commencement Ceremony 11AM (M3 & M4)

  • Happy Mother's Day

Today is Mother's Day in the United States. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation

designating Mother's Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

I wish all the mothers, step-mothers and grandmothers a very "Happy Mother's Day" and want to

express appreciation for all you do for your children that supports the work we do at Queens.

  • Executive Director Search

Candidate #3 will be at the Queens campus on Wednesday, May 16th, this week. There will be an opportunity for parents to meet the candidates from 8:30am-9:15am at the Queens campus. Additionally, parents are invited to meet the candidates at the Manhattan campus from 5:00pm - 5:45pm.

Please RSVP sasha.legeros@pa.unis.org if you plan to attend.

  • M3 Manhattan Info Session

UNIS Director of Admissions, John Nichols, will conduct a tour of the Manhattan campus and answer questions about the Tutorial House (TH) program for our M3 parents and students on May 29th at 6:30PM. This is an opportunity to learn about the TH program as M3 parents begin to gather information about high school options before the students enter M4 in the fall and will need to make some decisions about high school applications.

  • MS Spring Concert The MS Spring Concert will take place on May 23rd at 6:30PM. Students should be here at 6PM. This concert is for the M1-M4 students. The M1 students are part of the chorus.
  • M1 Concert The M1 Concert will be on Monday, June 4th, at 2PM. The M1 instrumental groups will perform at this concert.
  • Pennies for Patients

The boxes are getting heavy and we want them even heavier!! Students are encouraged to continue to bring in pennies and other spare change all month to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's mission to cure children with leukemia and other blood-related cancers. A collection box is in each classroom and at the front desk in the lobby. This is UNIS Queens' 13th year participating in this program, and we continue to do so in memory of former UNIS Queens student, Michele Louis. Thank you for helping to make a difference. Every penny counts!

  • PA Carnival

The PA Carnival is a highlight of the end of the year for Junior School students in the same

way that the Spring Fling is for Middle School students. The Carnival will be held on May

24th. Our M3 students traditionally participate by helping to run games, to serve food, etc. If your Junior school student has a Middle School sibling in M1 or M2 who would like to help at the carnival, please contact Orlene Arrieux (clover.riley@verizon.net), who is overseeing the volunteers. Otherwise, the carnival is for JS students only.

  • 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.

  • Photos from the M4 Trips:
    • Costa Rica

  • Montpellier

  • MAP Testing

Results will be sent home early this week. Please see your child's teacher of Dr. Jane if you have

any questions.

  • MAY IB Learner Profile Focus: We are OPEN-MINDED Students understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience. IB students have a deep understanding of various cultures and views, bringing an appreciation of new views to both their academic study and their involvement in local and wider communities.

  • 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)