Principal’s Newsletter – October 2016

Dear Families,

It was great to see everyone at our Meet the Teacher Night.  Our first weeks together have gone by so quickly.  The children have made new friends and have become comfortable with our daily routines.  Please feel free to contact myself, Mrs. Quiles or Mrs. Cintron if you ever have any questions or concerns.  Remember, communication is very important to ensure a successful school year.

It is important to make sure all of your emergency contact information is current and up to date.  Another essential element is your ability to access your child’s NYC Schools Account (  You will be able to access key information about your child’s progress in school, including attendance, report card grades, general school information and test scores, in one of ten languages.  If you need to sign up for your account please contact Mrs. Pauline Isaacs.  Another great resource is our school website.  This website can be accessed directly through the website or visiting

Please note, the main entrance cannot be used to enter the building between 7:50 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. During warm weather days, the students line up in the school yard (K-2 entrance on 83rd Ave. and 3-5 entrance on 84th Ave) and on cold/inclement weather days, the auditorium door on 172nd Street will open for all students. If you choose to drop your child off at school in the morning, note that students should arrive no earlier than 7:20 a.m. for the breakfast program, as there is no supervision provided before that time.

Another important safety procedure is during arrival and dismissal.  Please do not double park your cars during these very busy times.  Double parking is causing traffic congestion and endangering students who are crossing the street.

We are very excited that our school library will re-open for families on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Please come and borrow books to read at home!


Warmest Regards,


Veronica DePaolo,




Please review the upcoming calendar of events we have scheduled so far the month of October.


            EVENT               DATE            Location
Rosh Hashanah October 3-4, 2016 School Closed
Columbus Day October 10, 2016 School Closed
Library opens for families to borrow books October 11, 2016

2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Library (Mrs. Isaacs)
Yom Kippur October 12, 2016 School Closed
SLT Meeting October 17, 2016 – 4:00 p.m. Library
PTA Meeting October 17, 2016 – 5:30 p.m. Auditorium
Student of the Month October 17, 2016 – 6:00 p.m. Auditorium
Kindergarten Open House – Families registering for the 2017-2018 school year October 28, 2016

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.




Cell Phone Policy

PS 131 – Abigail Adams CELL PHONE POLICY

The Cell Phone Policy below can also be found in the Parent Handbook, which can be downloaded from the Parent Handbook section of this website.

  • Students are permitted to bring cell phones to school under certain specific conditions.
  • The cell phone must remain off and placed in students back packs.
  • If parents must communicate with their children during the school day, they must contact the school (Administrative Team) to allow the children to have access to their cell phone during the day. The cell phone may be checked during the student lunch period.
  • If the school is notified of an emergency situation, the Administrative Team may also allow the children to have the phone on during the course of the day for open communication as well. The school must approve this. The parents will then be allowed to text their children. The parents are also allowed to call the office as needed for further communication.
  • The cell phones may not be turned on during fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.
  • Cell phones cannot be used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination.
  • On the days of the State Wide Math and E.L.A. Exams, the cell phones will be collected by their classroom teachers and returned after the test.  It is highly recommended that cell phones be kept home on those dates.
  • Cell phones may not be used in bathrooms.
  • Parents will be asked to use discretion on the information given to their children during the school day.
  • Students who violate the school’s cell phone policy will be subject to discipline in accordance to the D.O.E. and school policy. For the first offense, the principal/designee will confiscate the cell phone and contact the parents. The phone will then be returned to the parents/ legal guardians.
  • Students, who have multiple offenses, will have their phone confiscated. Their parents will be contacted and their phones will not be returned until the end of the school year. The phones will be returned to their parents/ legal guardians.
  • The school must post a notice of its policy on the school’s website.
  • The Chancellor may waive portions or all of the regulation if the Chancellor determines it to be the best interests of the school system.
  • Our school assumes no responsibility for cell phones that are lost, stolen or damaged.

Principal’s Newsletter – September 2016

Dear Families,


Greetings to all families of Public School 131! It is a pleasure to be with you for a second year now.  Your summer days are about to come to an end in the upcoming weeks and your fall days are about to begin.  Our goal moving forward is to promote a culture of excellence for all.  Let us begin this journey to success.

We are excited to announce that fourth and fifth grade will have a new literacy program this year.  The Wonders Literacy Program was a major success in kindergarten through third grade and now fourth and fifth grade will have the program.  The ELA program offers a wealth of research-based print and digital resources providing support for building strong literacy foundations, accessing complex texts, engaging in collaborative conversations, and writing text-based responses.

More great changes come for our fifth graders.  This year the fifth grade will be departmentalized.  This means the students will be switching classes and will have all fifth grade teachers during the day.  They will have a different teacher for reading, writing, math and social studies.  They will have one homeroom teacher who picks them up from morning line-up, takes attendance and prepares them for the day.  They will truly be middle school ready!  Fifth grade parents will receive more information at Meet the Teacher Night.

Please be sure to save the date for Meet the Teacher Night.  This night is very important for our collaboration with families and we hope to see everyone there.  It is scheduled for Thursday, September 22, 2016.  Sessions will begin at 4:30PM.  More detailed information will follow.

Each school year offers our students a chance to start anew.  Please be mindful of your child’s school schedule.  Children should not be picked up early from school unless an emergency situation arises.  Lastly, if your child’s pick-up procedure is changing for the day, please be sure to contact the school in the morning hours so all parties can be notified.

Please note, the main entrance is not used to enter the building during arrival after 7:50 am.  During warm weather days, the students line up in the school yard (K-2 entrance on 83rd Ave. and 3-5 entrance on 84th Ave) and on cold/inclement weather days, the auditorium door on 172nd Street will open for all students.

Another important safety procedure is during dismissal.  Kindergarten, first and second grade children who are not picked up by 2:20 PM will be taken to the auditorium.  You may enter the auditorium on 172nd Street.  You must pick up your child no later than 2:40 PM.  There is no supervision after this time for your child.  Third, fourth and fifth graders are dismissed to the sidewalk.  Please arrive on time to meet your child.  If a third, fourth or fifth grade child is not picked up in a timely manner, they must come back inside to the main office on their own accord to place a call to you.  Please instruct your child of this very important safety procedure.

Please be sure to visit the school website which can be accessed directly through the website or visiting for important information throughout the year.

I look forward to another safe and productive year.

Warmest Regards,

Veronica DePaolo, Principal


Please review the upcoming calendar of events we have scheduled so far for the month of September.

            EVENT               DATE            Location
Back to School September 8, 2016  
Eid al-Adha September 12, 2016 School Closed
PTA Meeting September 19, 2016  5:30 PM Auditorium
Student of the Month September 19, 2016 6:00 PM Auditorium
New Parent Orientation September 19, 2016 8:15AM or 6:30PM following the PTA Meeting Auditorium
Meet the Teacher Night September 22, 2016- Sessions begin at 4:30PM

*Information to follow




Welcome Back One and All!!

The first day of school is coming!

On Thursday, September 8 we look forward to seeing all of you, parents included!

Please note that Kindergarten will dismiss at 12:50 PM on September 8 ONLY!!

What does my child need for the first day?

Click below for the supply list for your child’s grade…

Kindergarten Supply List

Grade 1 Supply List

Grade 2 Supply List

Grade 3 Supply List

Grade 4 Supply List

Grade 5 Supply List

Apply for School Lunch Online!!!



Many students are eligible for free meals. To find out if your child qualifies, return a completed paper application* (instructions included) to the school or use an electronic device with an internet connection to apply online at:

It takes just a few minutes to apply and only one application, either paper or online, needs to be completed for all children (pre-k to high school) living in your household.

Say yes to delicious and healthy school meals and complete your child’s application today. Completing it helps secure State funding for your child’s school.

If you have questions regarding the 2016-2017 Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals contact SchoolFood’s Help Desk at 877.363.6325.

Your privacy is important to us. All information is kept confidential. Federal regulations do not allow the Department of Education to share your information with any other agency.

The Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture will host its yearly Summer School program this year from Monday-Friday, July 18 to August 19th at PS Is 268, 92-07 175 Street, Jamaica Queens, NY  11433.   The program application deadline is the middle of July.  This will be an exciting five week program, designed for junior high and high school students.

On July 19th , Andrea Jones, NASA Veteran and Expert on space programs, including the Mars Curiosity Mission, will address students, teachers, parents and others.




For more information got to:

Summer School Program at PS/IS 268: The Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture

Literacy Fair!!!


Team Up Tuesday!!!



As part of our effort to expand our partnership with the NYPD and build meaningful relationships between officers and students, we are excited to announce the first ever TEAM UP TUESDAY took place on May 17, 2016. Through this interactive event, students  participated in a variety of activities focused on teamwork and leadership that was led by officers from the 107th Police Precinct.

PS 131 was been selected as one of 360 elementary schools to participate in this initiative. On Team Up! Tuesday, police officers from the City’s 77 precincts  met with students at five local elementary schools, where they  engaged them in productive activities, ranging from arts and crafts to reading.

By participating in these activities, officers and students are fostering new connections and highlight Team Up! Tuesday’s themes of teamwork and leadership. Students were also be able to hear directly from officers about their own experiences and learn about the importance of being a member of a community as well as a strong leader.