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Bidding Farewell to Ms. Buzzetta

Photograph by Della Stern.

By Della Stern and Claudia Rothberg (5-504)

Ms. Marianne Buzzetta is one of the most beloved members of the P.S. 29 school staff. Her official title is Supervising Aide, but she does so much to make our school run well.

Ms. Buzzetta has been working at P.S. 29 for 24 years and is, sadly, retiring in June. Before she leaves, we wanted to have one more talk with her, to learn more about her experience at P.S. 29 and her plans for the future.

Ms. Buzzetta has a lot of responsibility: She is in charge of monitoring recess, lunch and Kids Club after school. She makes copies, she laminates papers and she collects and scans the attendance from all the classrooms every morning.

Combined, she spends an average of about 11 hours a day at school! Ms. Buzzetta says that the hardest part of her job is lunch duty because it’s hard to get big groups of children to be safe and follow the rules. Her favorite part of working at P.S. 29 is definitely the children.

Ms. Buzzetta adds so much to the community at P.S. 29, said principal Dr. Rebecca Fagin. “I’ll particularly miss her relationship with our photocopy machine,” Dr. Fagin told us. “And, of course, a million other things too.” Parent Coordinator Mónica Gutiérrez-Kirwan worries that Ms. Buzzetta seems to be the ONLY staff member that understands the copiers, “so I don’t know if we will be able to use the machines once she leaves.” Monica also told us that “there are just too many reasons why we will miss Ms. Buzzetta. She is the first one in the morning and one of the last ones to leave and I can honestly say I have NEVER seen her in a bad mood.”

Ms. Buzzetta decided to retire because she wants to do other things and travel the world with her husband.

We wondered, since Ms. Buzzetta has been here for so long, what are the biggest changes she’s seen during her years at the school? “P.S. 29 used to go up to sixth grade, but now it only goes up to fifth grade. I have been doing the same thing for 24 years with a different group of children. The school is also much bigger.”

Ms. Buzzetta has had a lot of scary moments while working at P.S. 29. Sometimes the ground is wet, and kids can slip and get hurt. One of her scariest moments at P.S. 29 was when someone fell and got a concussion.

And as many of you might know, Ms. Buzzetta has a son, known around school as Mr. Joe. He works at P.S. 29, helping with Kids Club. We wanted to know if Mr. Joe will keep working here. If so, how long? Ms. Buzzetta said, honestly, that she didn’t know – and that we would have to ask him.

Ms. Buzzetta is leaving P.S. 29 at the end of the school year in June. We will miss her so much, but we still have until the end of school before she leaves. So, for her last months at P.S. 29, we can all acknowledge how much she has done for our school in all these 24 years! When you see her, thank her and be extra-friendly.


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