Field Day 2017

Join PS186 students and staff for an a day of fun in the sun!

PS 186 FIELD DAY is on Friday, June 9th

Make sure to get your team’s color shirt ready to go! 
PRE-K – Yellow
Kindergarten – Green
1st grade – Blue
2nd grade – Red
3rd grade – Orange
4th grade – Light Blue
5th grade – Navy blue or GRADUATION CLASS T-SHIRTS

We are in need of parent volunteers for this year’s Field Day! If available, please complete and return this Field Day Volunteer Letter, as soon as possible!

Important Dates for June 2017

There are a bunch of happenings at Castlewood in June. Please mark your calendar accordingly!


June 8th: No School for Students

June 9th: FIELD DAY

June 10th: “Dad’s” Day Adventure

June 12th: No School for Students

June 13th: Fifth Grade Trip to Club Getaway

June 17th: Family Theater Day

June 20th: Pre-K Moving-Up Ceremony at 9AM

June 21st: Kindergarten Moving-Up Ceremony at 9AM

June 23rd: 5th Grade Graduation Ceremony at 9AM

June 24th: Seussical Performance

June 25th: Seussical Performance


June 27th: Last day of PS186’s After School Program

June 28th: Last day of school; 11:40AM DISMISSAL 

Everyone NOSE We Helped Kids in Need

The KC raised $450 for The Red Nose Day Fund!

Second grade KC members learned about child poverty and worked hard to spread the word around Castlewood. Students made posters and AM morning announcement speeches to encourage students and staff to contribute to the Red Nose Day Fund.

All the money we collected went directly to providing help to kids that really need it. We are SO PROUD to have raised $450. We wore our noses with big smiles on May 25th – partly because it felt silly, but mostly because we NOSE that our kindness changed the lives of others.

Thank you to all who donated!

These Students Must BEE Good at Math!

Congratulations to all of last week’s K-2 Math Bee participants. You were 100% amazing!

A CHEERful Greeting for the Morning of Testing!

The Kindness Committee had a surprise in store for the third, fourth, and fifth graders that woke-up this morning feeling nervous about the ELA test. Students and teachers were lined up, pom-poms waving, chanting a very important message:

“Don’t sweat the test! Just try your best!”

Nerves subsided as students walked through and aisle of colorful pom-poms and received high-fives and good luck wishes.

Sharing Kindness through Literature with Seniors

Once a month, Castlewood’s Kindness Committee visits Centerlight Senior Center to spread kindness to the seniors that spend their days there. These senior-junior relationships have brought great joy to both parties. While seniors delight in the children’s energy, enthusiasm, and  acts of kindness, the students experience the intrinsic value of performing kind acts for others and make new connections about life, their elders, and their community.

On our most recent trip, Kindness Committee members shared a book about friendship. Senior-junior partnerships than discussed themes within friendship, including stories from their own life experiences. Groups then enjoyed a friendly game of Family Feud. Fun was had by all!

Enjoy these photos from our experience!

The Cat in the Hat and a Dog in Pajamas?!

Literacy Week at Castlewood included so many wonderful spirit days and reading activities. We have revamped our love of books, and got to meet author Judith Casely. The photos below are a wonderful way to capture all of the amazing events, such as PJ read alouds and buddy reading day.

Special thanks to Judith Casely, Mrs. Restrepo, Ms. Rowe, Ms. Iskaros, & all of our wonderful volunteer readers who helped to make Literacy Week a bug success!


Seuss-ify Yourself and READ!

We have a fun filled week for this year’s Literacy Week with a theme of Dr. Seuss spirit days, reading buddy pair-ups, and a special author visit from Judith Casely! Make sure you are in the know of all the happenings, parent volunteer opportunities, and of course, ready for PJ day!  See below for this year’s events. Special thanks to Mrs. Restrepo for her hard work and dedication in making this week a super success for our students.

Monday, February 27

Cat in the Hat Day…  Wear stripes to school!

Tuesday, February 28  

Lorax Day… Wear a mustache to school!


Wednesday, March 1

            Cozy Up to a Good Book Day… Reading Buddies during period 6


Thursday, March 2

Dr. Seuss Day… Wear PJs and enjoy visitor Read-Alouds of Dr. Seuss books!

Wear your pajamas to school for Dr. Seuss’ birthday!

to volunteer: DOCTOR SEUSS DAY

Friday, March 3

Fox in Sox Day… Wear crazy or mismatched shoes or socks to school!

And… Visit from author Judith Casely!

For more at home fun, see Letter for Parents

Something was certainly different about Castlewood on Tuesday; students and staff dressed up to stand out in honor of Difference Day!

Difference Day was a Kindness Committee celebration of ALL outward differences.

Just like we learned in the book Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, we all have differences on the outside, but we all have a heart with feelings on the inside.

Difference Day was a way to remind ourselves and others that the outward differences we notice are actually great. Differences make the world more fun and more interesting.

Check out all the DIFFERENT ways we decided to be different in the photos below!