September 7, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I would like to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year. I hope you had a great summer and are excited to begin the new school year. I anticipate an exciting year as we collectively strive to foster a culture of learning. I feel extremely fortunate to be working with such an exceptional group of students, families, and staff members.

Today is our official start of the school year and students are expected to be in school from 8:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. each day. Pre-K and Kindergarten students are dismissed at 2:30 p.m.

In June, both the School Leadership Team and the third and fourth grade students, voted in favor of a vegetarian menu for the 2017-2018 school year. Our cafeteria doors open at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast and Pre-K students are served breakfast in their classrooms at 8:35 a.m.

Parents of Pre-K and Kindergarten students will escort their children directly to their classrooms via the main entrance. Pre-K parents will escort their children directly to the classroom for the entire school year. Kindergarten parents will continue to escort their children to their classroom for the month of September. During the first two days of school, all first and second grade students will meet their teachers in the school yard at 8:20 a.m. Beginning September 11, 2017, the 46th street side door will be open from 8:15 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. for all first and second grade students. Students in grades 3 - 5 will enter directly into the cafeteria for the entire school year.

Our dismissal procedures are as follows:

Procedures for students who are not picked up on time.

In the event of hazardous weather conditions, you will receive an automated message stating we will be using alternate dismissal procedures. These procedures are as follows:

It is extremely important that the person who is picking up your child knows the name and class of the student in order to have a smooth dismissal.

Early pick-up of your child may only be for emergencies. In order for your child to receive the best academic program, it is important for you to schedule all doctor’s appointments after school hours. Students need to be in school every day on time in order to progress academically.

Please remember, if your child is picked-up by another adult they must be 18 years and older and listed on the blue card.  It is important to regularly update the blue card in order for the school to be able to reach you in the event of an emergency. You must present an ID at the Security Desk to enter the building.

Meet our administrative staff

Meet our support staff

* (Attached you will find the school organization sheet)

Main Office Hours

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Scheduling appointments with administrative staff

The Principal and Assistant Principals look forward to working with you to answer all your questions and concerns. If you would like to discuss a matter with the administrative staff please feel free to schedule an appointment. The administrative team will be visiting classrooms from 9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and are available in the afternoon to meet with parents. In the event of an emergency, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will make ourselves available.

Scheduling meetings with teachers

In efforts to build a strong partnership with parents, teachers will be meeting with parents on a regular basis to discuss student progress. If you are interested in meeting with a teacher during the school day, please send a note to school requesting an appointment.  

School Uniforms

Children are expected to wear school uniforms on a daily basis. Please see the parent coordinator for details (light blue shirt and navy blue pants or skirt).

Attendance and Lateness

It is imperative that your child comes to school every day on time prepared to learn. Research states that a child that comes to school every day and on time is successful throughout life. We want all our children to succeed.

Student Intervention and Discipline Code

Parents will receive a copy of the “Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning:  Student Intervention and Discipline Code and Bill of Student Rights and Responsibility, K-12.  This document outlines the discipline procedures for all behaviors.

Grading Policy

All teachers will discuss the grading policy during the first parent teacher conference on 9/13/2017 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Grading Policy will be available on our school website on 9/14/2017.

Homework Policy

The following guidelines will help you when planning your homework for the week:

Grade

Reading (At least)

Writing

Mathematics

Kindergarten

15-20 minutes

(reading independently or with their parents)

5 – 10 minutes

1 page (10-15 minutes)

First Grade

Beginning of the year: 15-20 minutes

(reading independently or with their parents)

Towards the end: 20 minutes

10- 15 minutes

1 page (10-15 minutes)

Second Grade

30 minutes

10 – 15 minutes

1 page (10-15 minutes)

Third Grade

35 minutes

15 minutes

1 page (10-15 minutes)

Fourth Grade

40 minutes

20 minutes

1 page (10-15 minutes)

Fifth Grade

45 minutes

25 minutes

1 page (10-15 minutes)

***Other subject homework (Social Studies, word study, etc.) may be given.  However, no more than 15 minutes should be allotted for it.  Also, other subject homework must have a connection to the reading, writing, or mathematics homework given that evening.

Trips

Please note, if you are a chaperone on a class trip all students must remain in school until 2:40 p.m. Parents are not allowed to take students home directly from a trip.  In the event that you must take your child home, the child must be signed out from school for security purposes.

Parent Involvement Activities

Please note the primary elections are scheduled for September 12th and we will be serving students bag breakfast and lunch in an alternate space.

I look forward to continuing our work together as we support the P.S. 1 community.

Sincerely,

Arlene Ramos

Principal