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Last Day of School

Friday, June 7th, 2019

12:30 p.m. Early Dismissal


Summer Playground Fun

Monday, June 17th – Friday, July 26th, 2019

Ready, Set, Go Program 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Beyond the Bell Summer Program 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Dear Parents and Guardians,


Can you believe the end of the 2018-2019 school year is here?  My, how time flies when you’re having fun!  We have had a great time interacting with our students, watching them grow on a daily basis, and seeing the improved student achievement over the past year.  As this school year comes to an end, I would like to thank the 186th Street School family for a fabulous first school year as principal.  We had some exciting moments, some challenging days, and a millions of memories that will last a lifetime.  We believe our students did their best on the Smarter Balanced Assessment, DIBELS, and the NGSS Science test.  It was an amazing first year together as we built relationships, promoted school spirit and school pride, focused on improved student achievement, utilized the Peace First curriculum to improve our school-wide discipline program, implemented the culturally relevant responsive education program, fine tuned our response to intervention, and continued to engage students with the Common Core State Standards.  I am so happy to say that we accomplished our goals by maintaining a student-centered agenda. 


I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the culminating Class of 2019.  They are well-equipped to go on to middle school and make a difference in the lives of  others.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working with them, and I appreciate their willingness to cooperate with their teachers and with me.  I wish them much happiness and success as they go on to middle school.  Even though they will move on to different school mascots, we hope they will always reflect upon being Owls…Winning…Learning… and Succeeding.  Parents, please stay involved in their education.  This will be a very important time of making wise decisions.  Meet their friends and their friends’ parents.  It will save you a lot of grief.  We wish you all the best things life has to offer.


A special thanks to all the parents who have been involved in the PTA, our School Councils, Madres Activas, Parent Volunteers, Healthy Start, and the Parent Center.  Without their help our school would not have been able to provide the students with the support they need to be successful in the classrooms.  As principal, I appreciate your willingness to attend meetings and share your ideas.  Your support of our instructional program helps the teachers, and most importantly helps your children.   When you attend parent/teacher conferences, help your child with homework, and encourage them to read, you are supporting the school and the instructional program we are offering your child.


Many thanks also to the school community members who are involved in the Booster Club, the Neighborhood Watch activities, Harbor Gateway South Neighborhood Council, and the Toyota partnerships.  The generous donations of time and funds helped our students to have a wonderful year.  I am still bragging about the Jet Toy Derby program sponsored by Toyota, our STAR Deputy teaching in the 4th and 5th grade classrooms, the book give-away activities, our Peace March, the Art Teachers, and continuing our Arts Academy for free dance lessons.  All of these activities and your involvement helped us soar academically, artistically, and peacefully. 


Through the generosity of our school business partnership, the school has benefited in many ways.  The Toyota Technical Center donated money for our STAR Deputy, the Wise Owl Computer Lab, the West Point Leadership and STEM with Diversity Program, holiday crafts, the summer playground activities, and they sponsored several of our families in need during the holiday season; and Honda donated money to provide the Peace First Program.  I am most thankful for the support and encouragement of the staff at 186th Street School.  The teachers and support staff are truly dedicated to your children. Our children are the grateful recipients of their dedication to bringing excellence eaxh day into the classrooms. This has been a wonderful first year  of new challenges, new friends, and great accomplishments. 


For the summer, please encourage your children to read.  Take them to the library and check out books.  Readers are leaders, and I am a firm believer that if you want to write better, you must read more.  Reading during the summer will help keep our students’ skills fine tuned to achievement.  Due to budget cuts, we will only have summer school for our Special Education students.  We sent information home about our Free Summer Playground Programs.


As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your classroom teacher or me at (310) 324-1153.  Here’s to a happy hootin’ summer time with rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation.  Hoot! Hoot! Hooray!




Antonio Aguilar