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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016
The Rockaway Times
Thursday, April 28,
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
ROCKAWAY YOUTH TASK FORCE
OPEN HOUSE
1920 Mott Avenue, Suite 4
See RYTF’s new offices.
Friday, April 22,
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
EARTH DAY CLEANUP
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Help clean up marine debris. Dress
for the weather, wear long pants and
long sleeves and sturdy shoes. Call
718-338-3799 for info.
Saturday, April 23, 12 p.m.
SHAPEUP NYC: JUST KEEP MOVING
Peninsula Library
92-25 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Instructor Alice Ostrowsky leads this
low impact aerobics class that aims
to increase cardiovascular health
while reducing the stress on joints.
Saturday, April 23, 3 p.m.
MEDITATION BY THE BEACH
Yoga on the Rock
90-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Meditation with Buddhist Monk
Bhante Suddhaso. Yoga poses. Free,
but donations welcome.
Limited space.
RSVP to rockawaysummer@gmail.
com
Saturday, April 23, 6 p.m.
NOISY PAINT BOX OPENING
RECEPTION
T7 Gallery Fort Tilden
See the RAA’s latest exhibit that will
touch the senses. Live music, wine,
beer, snacks at opening. Gallery
open weekends through May 21.
Saturday, April 23, 7 p.m.
FDNY BRAVEST VS NYPD BOLDEST
Aviator Sports
3159 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn
Come for this football showdown.
$10 for adults, kids free.
Sunday, April 24, 11 a.m.
SALTWATER FISHING
Beach 54th and Almeda Ave
Hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp
or chain pickerel. Recommended for
ages 8+. First-come, first-served.
Sunday, April 24, 2 p.m.
COLOR CABARET
RAA T7 Gallery
Musical revue based on the primary
colors, accompanying Noisy Paint
Box exhibit.
Saturday & Sunday, April 23,
24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
RECRUIT NY OPEN HOUSE &
DEMONSTRATION
VFW Post 260
705 Shad Creek Road, Broad Channel
See what it’s like to be a volunteer
firefighter. Activities for kids and
adults.
Monday, April 25, 7 p.m.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
COMMITTEE MEETING
Knights of Columbus
Discuss proposal for Downtown Far
Rockaway Shopping Center
Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
QUEENS TRANSPORTATION
COMMITTEE MEETING
NYFAC Building
164-14 Cross Bay Blvd, Howard Beach
Come discuss Queens transportation
issues.
Saturday, April 30, 6 p.m.
ST. ROSE OF LIMA CARD PARTY/
AUCTION
St. Rose of Lima Auditorium
130 Beach 84th Street
Call 718-474-7079 for tickets, must
be purchased in advance. $10 for
individuals, $100 per table. Win
prizes like kayaks, trips, concert tix,
more.
Sunday, May 1, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
ROCK SOUP
RAA Building T6 Fort Tilden
Pitch or hear about community
projects, enjoy a meal by donation,
vote on project to receive funding.
RSVP rockawaysoup@gmail.com.
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
WCNY BASKETBALL NIGHT
Seaside Playground Beach 109th
Play basketball with 100 PCT
officers. All ages welcome.
Wednesdays,
4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
FAR ROCKAWAY YOUTH SUMMIT
PLANNING
Far Rockaway Educational Campus
821 Bay 25th Street
Help plan the 5th annual Youth
Summit
Tuesday-Friday,
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Weekends 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
SPRING EQUINOX ART EXHIBIT
New York Arbor
114-07 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Come see the brand new New York
Arbor and its spring exhibit.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
AL-ANON
First Congregational Church
320 Beach 94th Street
Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
FREE ZUMBA WITH LISA G
8-21 Bay 25th Street
Call 917-446-9986 for more info.
Thursdays, 6 p.m.
CUB SCOUT PACK 147 MEETING
Building T-149 Fort Tilden
For boys ages 6-10.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.
BOY SCOUT TROOP 147 MEETING
Building T-149 Fort Tilden
For boys ages 11-18.
Francis 4th graders passed.
On the grade 6 math test, 68
percent of the school’s stu-
dents met or exceeded state
standards while only 35.5 per-
cent of the city’s public school
6th graders did as well. The
Brooklyn Diocese reports that
Catholic schools overall per-
formed better on all state tests
than public schools.
“By the time we get the re-
sults of the state tests,” Schar-
bach noted, “it’s too late to use
them to help this year’s stu-
dents.” Last year’s results did
not reach schools until August.
Jeanne Beattie, spokesper-
son for the state education
department, said “the im-
portance of these tests [is] in
helping educators plan for the
coming school year and to de-
velop individualized plans for
students.” However, if schools
strictly adhere to the current
year’s Common Core curric-
ulum there is little time for
remediation if students per-
formed poorly on the previous
spring’s tests.
One small private school on
the peninsula prefers to use
a mastery-based curriculum,
one in which children learn at
their own pace and “master”
one skill in ELA or math before
tackling the next. Church of
God Christian Academy of Far
Rockaway has a student pop-
ulation of only 70 in grades
K through 12 compared with
St. Francis’ register of 550 in
grades Pre-K through 8. Indi-
vidualized instruction is per-
haps easier at the little school
that started in only one room
28 years ago.
Charmaine
Jean-Baptiste,
principal of the Christian
Academy, stated she chooses
to administer the state test to
children in grades 3 through
8, although some students did
opt out this year. “It’s a good
opportunity to see where the
students are, if they are on par
with the state standards,” she
said. “They also benefit in
learning test-taking skills that
will help them in the future.
You can’t avoid tests in higher
education.”
The Church of God Christian
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L
aQuinta Inn
To Finally
Open
It’s been a long road for The
LaQuinta Inn. The new ho-
tel at 43-17 Beach 43rd Street
opens this Friday, April 22 af-
ter years of stop and go con-
struction.
In the spring of 2012 the
news of the hotel sparked
protests among locals who
feared it would be a transient
hotel or worse. Construction
was underway when Hurri-
cane Sandy struck in October,
2012.
Crews got back to work in
2014 and owners had hoped
to open in the fall of that
year but permitting and oth-
er work issues continued for
more than a year. News came
Wednesday that a Temporary
Certificate of Occupancy was
issued and the Friday open-
ing was set.
For more information go to
laquintafarrockaway.com
Academy uses the Accelerated
Christian Education curricu-
lum and it must be successful.
The principal noted, “We have
had 14-year-old high school
graduates. Our students take
the NYS regents exams.”
As Jean-Baptiste said, tests
cannot be avoided, especially
as students move up the ed-
ucational ladder leading to
eventual careers or life choic-
es. One would hope that a
child’s education prepares her
for adulthood, not just the next
test. Whether or not Common
Core standards and the tests
used to measure attainment of
those standards are a reliable
predictor of success in adult-
hood remains to be seen.
Please
note:
non-public
schools are not for everyone.
Tuition for one child at any
of Rockaway’s Catholic paro-
chial schools hovers close to
$5,000 a year. Jewish paro-
chial schools in the city edu-
cate as many children as their
Catholic counterparts. The
principal of Yeshiva of Belle
Harbor declined comment for
this article.