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Principal's Weekly Message (The Week of February 12)

The Petrides School


The Week of February 12, 2024 


Dear Petrides Families, 


Here is to another great week at Panther Nation!!


Respect for All (RFA)

February 12 – February 16 is NYCDOE Respect for All (RFA) week. The week is dedicated to actively promote a community of inclusion in schools. The importance of promoting respect for diversity in our daily practice is vital to creating and sustaining an inclusive school climate and culture in each of our schools so that all students feel valued, supported, and safe.


Our school will be promoting RFA with events at all grade levels.



Summer Youth Employment Program

United Activities Unlimited will be presenting about Summer Youth Employment during MS & HS in the cafeteria during lunch periods. This is a great opportunity for our students to get more information about this SYEP. Individuals between the ages of 14 – 24 may apply. Check out their website for more information




Before and After School Opportunities

3rd & 4th grade Test Prep - We are excited to announce that we have created a morning and afternoon program for our students where the teachers will be able to work with them on strategies and practice tests for our upcoming State Exams.  The morning program will begin on February 5th and run until April 10th (Monday-Thursday). The afternoon program will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 – 4:00, beginning on February 1st. Notices were back packed home. Please contact our Parent Coordinator or Ms. Ponzi for details.


5th – 8th grade Test Prep & Sports and RecreationalWe are excited to announce a morning and afternoon program exclusive for our middle school students. The program will begin on February 7th and run until March 27th. More information will follow. Please contact our Parent Coordinator or Ms. Souffrin for details.







The Michael J Petrides School PTA is proud to offer our Annual Scholarship. Four graduating High School Seniors from the class of 2024 will receive a $1,000 scholarship award. Please see the link for more information  PTA Senior Essay 2024 (1).pdf



Here’s what’s happening next week and looking ahead. . .   



RFA - "Mismatch Day"- Wear mismatched attire to respect our differences.



RFA - "Be a Fan of Respect"- Wear your favorite team jersey.


United Activities Unlimited will be presenting about Summer Youth Employment during MS & HS in the cafeteria during lunch periods.  Check out there website for more information;

2024 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Application (




RFA - "Wear Red" - Valentines Day


Council for Unity sponsors a Valentines Day treat. Student pre-K – 8th grade will enjoy “A Day at the Movies” in Petrides. All proceeds will benefit American Cancer Society




RFA - "Be a HERO-- Helpful, Engaged, Respectful, On task  Wear (Wear something superhero) 


MS Special Assembly – Black History month celebrated with a special assembly


7:00 pm – Virtual PTA Meeting – for info




RFA - "Panthers Unite" -- No one eats alone & promote a safe, respectful learning environment – wear Petrides Gear to promote Panther unity.  


Pre K & K – A special science lesson with Dr. Ortiz

My Brother Keeper’s Meeting with District 31



Some of our celebratory and graduation dates are set.

Middle School – 8th Grade

Prom – June 5

Graduation – June 20

High School – 12th Grade

Prom – May 23

Graduation June 24



Have a great week!!    


Anthony Tabbitas 

Principal, I.A.