Daily Announcements

Welcome to the Website of Intermediate School 61!

 We hope you are enjoying your Summer break and continue to read books from our Summer Reading List

Make it a habit to set aside time each day to read, and to visit your local library.

2016 Summer Reading Book Lists are here!
Please open this file to find information you'll need for literacy assignments due in September!

Last day of school is June 28th with 11am dismissal
First day of school will be September 8th, 2016

Wishing all of our students & their families a safe, happy summer!

Congratulations to our 2016 Graduating Class! 
Best of luck to you all in High School!!!


Friday's are Pretzel Day!
Thanks to the PTA for hosting this fundraiser!

is coming to our school!

Attn: 6th & 7th Grade Students & Families
Join us under the big top during Physical Education classes
June 20-24th

*Special thanks to NYS Senator Savino for sponsoring this event*

Monday's are Ice Cream Day!
Thanks to the PTA for hosting this fundraiser!

I.S. 61's Third Annual March of Dimes Walk was a huge success!
BIG thanks to all that were involved!!

World Friendship Day
Wednesday, June 8th
Visit the WAM Store during lunch periods to take a photo with a friend!
$2 per photo set

Tomorrow is our March of Dimes walk!!
Join Mrs. Weiss in helping raise money for a good cause, click here to donate.
I.S. 61 is doing great due to the support of so many generous friends, students and family members....
Tuesday, June 6th will be our Third Annual March of Dimes Walk, during periods 2 & 3!

Attn: Parents of 2016-2017 7th Graders

Beginning September 2016, all students entering the 7th grade (12 years of age) will be required to be vaccinated for meningitis. Notices have been sent home with students.

Please plan ahead and talk to your pediatrician about your child and vaccines. Fore more information visit the CDC's website.

Attn: Parents

You may be hearing about Zika virus in the news. Attached below you will find a document providing basic facts about Zika, including where you can find more information, alerts and warnings.
School is closed Monday, May 30th in honor of Memorial Day.

Our 6th grade Visual Arts students visited the Alice Austen House for a photography workshop,
check out some photos from their visit!

Our 8th grade visual arts student work was part of the
Borough Arts Festival at Snug Harbor's 
Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art

Family Fun Night will be Thursday, May 26th at 6pm in our schoolyard!

Attention All Students!
Career Day is coming to our school!
There will be many guest speakers here to inform you about career paths and to answer and questions you may have.

Wear your professional attire.
 When: Thursday, May 19th Periods 2-5

There is no school for students on Thursday May, 12th.

Did you know our school & library are on Facebook? Check us out!

Flowers & Plants will be available to purchase during lunch periods,
May 5th & 6th.

We are so proud of our team and all contributors that helped us reach our goals for this year's
March of Dimes!

Food Drive 2016! Thank you Ms. Weiss and the Leaders Club!

Barnes and Noble "My Favorite Teacher Contest" Winner!
Author of winning essay, Mahwh Anzaldi received her award and presented certificate to her favorite teacher, Ms. Laura Garcia. 
Congratulations to all!!

School will be closed April 25th-29th. Have a happy & safe Spring Recess!

Attn: Parents of 8th Graders

Letters are going home with students today (3/22) with important information about senior dues & graduation.

Senior Dues: $70.00 due Wednesday, May 4th.
Graduation Ceremony: June 23rd @9:00 am.

TEXT SI TO 77944

Fuel My School Contest: Three lucky schools will win a check for $5,000 to use on school supplies or technology for students!

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held Wednesday, March 16th 5-8pm
and Thursday, March 17th 12-2pm. Thursday will also be a 1/2 day for students.

Support our Morris Leader's Club Drives:
Purchase a March of Dimes Card for $1 from Mrs. Weiss or your Team Leader

Student Government will be collecting box tops to help raise money for our school. Students can submit box tops to their homeroom teachers. Winning class will receive a Pizza Party!

See attachment below for more information.

Bring in a non-perishable food item for The Bread of Life Food Drive sponsored by the Leader's Club and receive Morris Money to spend in the WAM Store.

Donations can be dropped off at Room 303 between March 7th-18th.

Thursday, March 3, 2016
@ 6:30 PM

There will be two presentations by Marleah Noonan, from The NY Foundling on
Peer Conflicts, Peer Bullying & Social Media

YMCA will also be presenting information on services they provide.

Tickets for The Little Mermaid are now on sale!


In honor of Respect For All Week (Feb 9-Feb 12), the SBST & the guidance department is asking for everyone's participation and cooperation in the events we have planned. Please see the calendar for upcoming events.

As a culminating event, students will be instructed to complete the Bullying Awareness workbooks they received as a parting gift during Tuesday's and Wednesday's assembly over the February break. Students who have completed the workbook, can use it as a ticket to see a "Respect For All" movie in the auditorium when we return from vacation!

 Presenting the winners of our Book Mark Contest!

Meet our Student Government!

Our Student Government Secretary

Our Student Government Presidents

Cast & Crew Rehearsal is cancelled Thursday, January 21st.
Orchestra Rehearsal is still on, 2-4pm.

The LEGO® Americana Tour is a highly visual, educational and free traveling installation of larger-than-life LEGO® models. Replicas of iconic buildings and architectural structures will be on exhibit at various locations throughout the shopping center.

The one-of-a-kind, large scale model of American landmarks made completely out of LEGO® bricks by LEGO® Master Builders will entertain customers with stunning visuals and fun facts. Featured landmarks include: U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall and Old North Church.
Exhibit is on display until 1/31/16. Use #LegoAmericana when posting your photos on social media!

Build and take home your own mini version of a LEGO® Statue of Liberty for FREE!*

JAN 23 - JAN 24: Noon - 4:00 PM

* No purchase necessary. Offer good while supplies last. 

ATTN: Students

My Favorite Teacher Essay/Poem Contest @ Barnes & Noble

Here's How It Works: Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter (500 words or less, in English on 8.5" x 11" white paper) sharing how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. Each entry should be submitted with the entry form and a parent or legal guardian must sign the entry form acknowledging that they have read the Official Contest Rules.

Participating schools will collect the essays and provide them to their local Barnes & Noble store representative. Deadline for entries is March 1, 2016. Winners are selected, and the local store and community celebrations begin!

If your school is not participating in the contest and you would like your teacher to be considered for the local and regional award as well as the national Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year Award, please submit your signed entry form in person or by mail to your local store. Forms must be postmarked by March 1, 2016 and can be sent to any Barnes & Noble store near you (a complete list of stores is available here). A store representative will ensure it is entered into the pool of entries for the awards.

What Students Get: The students who author the winning essays, poems, or thank-you letters will receive a certificate of recognition and be honored at their local store during a ceremony for the winning teachers from their schools.

In addition, the Student who authors the winning essay, poem, or thank-you letter for the teacher that wins the “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year” will also receive a $500 Barnes & Noble gift certificate and NOOK device.

What Teachers Get: The winning teachers will be recognized at a special event at their local Barnes & Noble store and will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement and additional recognition and praise from their community. The five regional winning teachers will each receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. The winner of the "Barnes & Noble Teacher of the Year" award will receive $5,000 and will be recognized at a special event at a Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher's school will receive $5,000 as well.

Enter Here

School will be closed Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

'The time is always right, to what is right" - Martin Luther King Jr.

Announcing the 2016 School Performance of The Little Mermaid! 
See calendar for upcoming rehearsals & show dates.

There is a wealth of research supporting daily reading. The more we read, the more knowledge we have, the more words we gain exposure to, the more our brain exercises, and the more we experience the joy of getting lost in a story. Reading purely for oneself, to encounter new worlds, to learn new information, to be inspired -- this is the path to success in school as in life.

Reading is an essential life skill. It is an everyday, anywhere activity. Without the ability to read well, children are limited in what they can accomplish. A person who reads well has the ability to own his or her learning process.

Most importantly, reading is essential because words build our foundation for ideas, expression, creativity, opinions, and beliefs.

There’s a reading genre for everyone and for every age, whether you are four or ninety-four. Whether you prefer classical literature, poetry, fashion magazines, biographies, self-help books, science fiction, or romance novels, there’s a book somewhere for you.

The old saying “practice makes perfect” is absolutely true for reading. We know that children who have repeatedly been exposed to books from birth develop strong reading skills and a love of reading.

NYC Reads 365 challenges New Yorkers to read every single day. Read for pleasure, read to find out, read to argue, read to persuade, read to laugh, read to cry, read to understand, read to forget. Help us create a new generation of readers. For more information, read the press release for NYC Reads 365.

 The Morris Leaders Club will be sponsoring a school wide Pennies for Patients Fundraiser for children with Leukemia and Lymphoma. Starting mid-January, please bring in any coins or other donations you might like to make to our collection boxes. We thank you for your kindness and generosity.

7th graders participated in a holiday door decorating contest, check out their hard work..

Students from our 6th & 8th grade have been organizing a donation of handmade cards to send to local hospitalized children. 

We are very proud of our thoughtful students!

This year the IS 61 PTA is excited to be partnering with a fun, free, and truly easy fundraiser called Shoparoo! Schools nationwide are already earning hundreds and even thousands every year through Shoparoo and it’s a great opportunity for us to really make a difference this year!

Download the flyer below for instructions.

Have you seen the WAM Store Grand Opening album? Head over to the WAM Store page..
Also, keep an eye on the calendar for upcoming store hours!

WAM Store is open! Students can use Morris money they earn all year for positive behavior, on school supplies, seasonal items, snacks, sports supplies & much more!

See the calendar for upcoming store hours..

A Scholastic Book Fair will be going on Nov 17-19 8am-2pm during Library hours.
Fair will also be open during Parent-Teacher conferences on 11/17 12-2pm & 5-7:30pm.

Attention ALL Students & Families:
The Literacy Department would like to invite you to participate in 
Student-Led Conferences on November 17, 2015. This year, your child will be
 leading their own conference and explaining what they have been doing in Literacy. Your child has been assessing their own strengths and weaknesses by using both rubrics and teacher feedback, which has prepared him/her to share all of this with you when you come to parent teacher conferences, enabling you to understand your child as a learner. We look forward to meeting all of you on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 from 12:00-2:00p.m. and 5:00pm- 8:00pm!

Attn: 8th Graders

High School applications are due by November 25th!

Our PTA has organized a Thanksgiving Fundraiser with Perkins Pie Orders! 
Orders are due by Friday, November 13th. Order form attached below.
Attn: Staff & Parents

Please see attached form below.
Our PTA is asking for a suggested donation of $5 to go towards fundraising for a new electric marquee sign outside of our school.

With a little help from everyone, we could achieve this goal! 
Thank you in advance!
11/5/15: PTA Meeting at 6:30pm

Join us for pumpkin painting & dinner at Family Fun Night on Thursday, Oct 29th @6pm

Student Government campaigning is happening now until November 2nd! 

Voting will take place on Wednesday, November 4th! Good Luck!

10/21/15: Title 1 Parent Meeting today @ 2:30pm.
All parents are welcome!

Kids will be receiving a bookmark template for a bookmark design contest. 
The theme is "So much to see. So much to do. At your library!".
Open to all grades, entries should be in color. Due 11/5/15 to Mrs. Gambardella.
Voting will take place in November, winner announced 12/3/15!

Wear PINK on Thursday, Oct 15th in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness!

Students will be sent home with a Yankee Candle Fundraiser package.
It is due back before October 30th.

In observance of Columbus Day,
School will be closed on Monday October 12th.

Attn: Parents of 8th Graders

The open houses for Staten Island public high school's have been added to our calendar, beginning October 8th and ending November 10th.

ATTN: 8th Graders

Graduation Gown Fitting- Tuesday 10/6 -Be on time!

10/1/15: PTA Meeting tonight @ 6pm

School will be closed Wednesday, September 23rd for Yom Kippur.

School will be closed Thursday, September 24th for Eid al-Adha.

You can now identify and locate any materials found in our school library. Use this link to search our electronic catalog!

Library Catalog

Dear Parents,
Attached you will find a guide that explains and provides information regarding the seasonal flu virus. Stay safe and healthy this winter season.
Flu Guide for parents-1.pdf

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Today, 8/28/2016
High: 83 Low: 72
Partly cloudy
9% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 8/29/2016
High: 83 Low: 71
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