Field Trip to a Museum

Our W1 students had the opportunity to explore the National Museum of the American Indian last weekend. Students were impressed with the large rotunda and took the time to read all the information about the history of the building. The gallery exhibitions offered them a great glimpse into the Native American experience. Thank you to our wonderful teacher Lynne, for organizing this trip!

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St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day in NYC!

Originally, St. Patrick’s Day began in Ireland as a Catholic holiday, but over the years it has grown into a festival of Irish culture. A week-long celebration of Irish music, theater, and visual arts takes place in many regions of Ireland. Family get-togethers are also important, as people sit down for a special meal. The feast of corned beef and cabbage, though, is an American tradition; in Ireland one is more likely to find bacon or a savory roast chicken on the table. 

Although the St. Patrick’s Day Parade has become a part of celebrations in Ireland these days, it’s the result of an American influence, where the tradition was created by homesick Irish immigrants. More recently, St. Patrick’s Day has become a highly marketable and promoted event in Ireland, resulting in an attractive draw for tourists visiting the country.

The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade dates back to March 17, 1762, when it was first organized by a group of homesick Irish immigrants and Irish military in the American colonies of NYC. Participants enjoyed  the freedom to speak Irish, wear the color green- which was banned in Ireland at the time, sing native songs, and play the bagpipe.

These things gave powerful meaning to those people who fled their homeland.

Join in the fun! Come to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

The NYC Parade is held on March 17th and begins precisely at 11:00 AM. The Parade marches up Fifth Avenue beginning at East 44th Street and ending at East 79th.  

Reference: CUNY Baruch: NYCdata | Uniquely NYC (

  1. Homesick- adj the feeling of missing your home
  2. Banned-adj not allowed
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Learning about the Three Branches of Government

Mae of the Chinese Progressive Association visited us again this year to teach our students about the three branches of government through a workshop series. She taught our 2A and 3A students last Monday and W2 and W3 students last Saturday. She will return to teach E2 and E3 students this Wednesday. Some pictures were taken to be shared with you on Saturday.

Who are they and what government branches are they working for?
There was a little commotion among the students when they found out that judges and justices serve no fixed term. They kept saying, “Wow!” “For life?” “Is that good?”
Looking for their own Representatives at using their phones
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March is Women’s History Month

Today, tomorrow, and for the rest of March it’s time to show every woman in your life that you appreciate them! If you identify as a woman, it’s your time to cherish (1) the month!

Regardless of your borough, you can find an event to celebrate and learn about women during women’s history month! Check the links below for more information about the events happening in each borough!

  1. Cherish – to hold dear : feel or show affection for

The Bronx:

Adult Art Class: Women’s History Month

Date and Time:

  • Monday, March 20, 2023, 3 – 4 PM
  • Monday, March 27, 2023, 3 – 4 PM


Francis Martin Library

2150 University Ave, The Bronx, NY 10453

Fully accessible to wheelchairs


This is a free in-person event.

March is Women’s History Month! Come learn about different artists and their styles. 

With book recommendations, giveaways, and a chance to express yourself.

More info here: Adult Art Class: Women’s History Month | The New York Public Library (


Free Caribbean Cooking Class!

Date and Time:

Thu, March 23, 2023, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM


Essex Market 88 Essex Street New York, NY 10002


Celebrate Women’s History Month with Kenya from Manny Cantor and Lily from Essex Market . We will highlight three amazing women who fought for labor rights and make dishes inspired by them and the women in our lives.

Tentative Dishes to be cooked include

Salt Fish Stew

Coconut Steamed Rice

Stewed Callaloo

Sauteed Water Spinach with Shrimp Paste

This is a free event.

Ticket confirmation and cancellations: We will email final confirmations to ticket holders 72 hours prior to class. If you do not confirm within 24 hours we will offer your ticket to someone on the waiting list. If you are unable to make class and need to cancel please email us.

If tickets are sold out, please sign up for the waiting list.

More information here: Women’s History Month, Cooking with Kenya and Lily Tickets, Thu, Mar 23, 2023 at 5:30 PM | Eventbrite


Los Colores de Frida/ The Colors of Frida

Date and Time:

 Sat, Mar 11 2023    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Canarsie Library

1580 Rockaway Pkwy. at Ave. J

Brooklyn, NY 1123


THE COLORS OF FRIDA is a bilingual, one-woman show about the great Mexican painter Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), which combines storytelling, music, visual arts, puppets, and audience participation.  Join us for a colorful, fun, educational program that everyone will enjoy.  Presented by Teatro Society of the Educational Arts.  Recommended especially for ages 3-10 but older people are welcome!  

More information here: 

Society of the Educational Arts/Sociedad Educativa de las Artes presents Los Colores de Frida/The Colors of Frida | Brooklyn Public Library ( 


Peruvian Music Party (In-Person)

Date and Time:

Saturday, March 11, 11am


Queens Public Library 38-23 104 Street



Join Grammy-nominated performer Araceli Poma for a music party celebrating important women from Peru! We will listen to the inspiring stories of women like Yma Sumac (one of the bestselling Latin American recording artists and the bestselling Peruvian artist in history) and Victoria Santa Cruz, considered “the mother of Afro-Peruvian dance and theater.” Plus, Araceli will bring her charango, traditional puppets, and many rhythms for you to enjoy. Through singing and dancing, we will celebrate powerful women who inspire girls around the world!

More information here: (More dates)

Women’s History Month 2023 – Programs – Queens Public Library (

Staten Island:

Women’s History Quiz Show!

Date and Time:

Wednesday, March 29, 2023, 4 – 5 PM

End times are approximate. Events may end early or late.


Richmondtown Library, 200 Clarke Ave.


Join us for a fun quiz show about women’s history, and win a prize! For ages 7-12  and their caregivers.

More information here: 

Women’s History Quiz Show! | The New York Public Library (

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“Shh! The baby is sleeping! 

“Sh” is the sound people use to (usually rudely) say “Be Quiet!” 

If you wanted to express this in writing, you  have now seen that it is written as “sh” or “shh”

Did you know that in American English there are other ways to write the same sound?

Think about how you would say the name of the picture below!

Ocean- sounds like O-Shuhn.


What would you call the hair growing above the men’s lips?

Mustache- sounds like – Muhs-ta-sh

Depending on the word, “sh” can be written as an “x”, a “t”, “ch”, a “ss” or even the letter “c”.

Take a look below at the list of words, used by our very own University Settlement teacher, Lynne!

Spelling the “SH” sound:

ship, sheep, wish

chef, machine

mustache, creche

sure, sugar, insure

ocean, crustacean

issue, assure

action, fiction, faction, action, station, mention

fusion, vision


flexion, anxious, noxious


brochure, chalet, parachute, champagne

musician, special, racial, delicious, social, official

expression, mission, Russia, expression, passion, profession

conscience, consciously


Comment sentences below using as many words that contain the “sh” sound!

For example: The brochure on racial expression is on the cushion! 

I used the “sh” sound 4 times!

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