Principal’s Newsletter – May/June 2017

Dear Families,

 

Another successful school year is coming to an end!  Reflecting on the past school year makes us realize how fortunate we are at P.S. 131.  Our school has been successful due to the wonderful collaborative partnership between students, staff members, and parents.  We must recognize our students for their perseverance, hard work, and effort displayed throughout the school year.

On May 17th, P.S.131 will hold the last Parent Teacher Conference of the year.  These conferences will take place from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.  Staff members from each grade and content area will provide three different information sessions.  The different sessions will allow you to attend presentations for different grades.  During these conferences teachers of your child’s next grade level will present expectations for the 2017-2018 school year. These meetings will provide you with information about different routines, procedures, and curriculums for the upcoming school year.  The presentations will also include helpful tips and suggestions for summer activities that will promote student learning.

During the next two months, staff and students are busy with teaching and learning, assessments, and exciting events.  Please see the calendar of events in this newsletter for specific times and dates that pertain to your child’s grade level.  Students in grades 3-5 will take the NYS Common Core Mathematics Exam May 2nd – May 4th.  Students in grade 4 will take the NYS Science Performance Test between May 24th and June 2nd.  The grade 4 NYS Science Written Test will be Monday, June 5th.  The Dance Festival will be held on June 9, 2017.  The 5th grade Graduation Ceremony will be held on Friday, June 23rd at Jamaica High School.  Wednesday, June 28th is the last day of school for students, which is an early dismissal day.  Dismissal is at 11:20 a.m.

Please enjoy the change of pace that the summer brings.  Have a happy, relaxing, and safe summer with your children.  We look forward to seeing everyone upon our return for the 2017-2018 school year.  Have a wonderful and relaxing summer and we will see you again on Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Lastly, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the principal of the Abigail Adams School for the second year now. If my staff or I can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are here to assist you and your child.

 

Warmest regards.

 

Mrs. Veronica DePaolo

Principal

 

 

Important Dates to Remember!

 

May 2, 3, 4 – NYS Mathematics Exam for grades 3, 4, 5

May 8, 9, 10, 12 – Smile NY (Dentist Visit)

May 12 – PTA Mother’s Day Sale

May 15 – PTA Meeting 5:30pm/Student of the Month at 6:00pm

May 17 – Parent/Teacher Conference* (Evening)

*Expectations for your child next year

May 17 – Science Fair for grades 3, 4 and 5

May 23 – Spring Concert (4th and 5th Grade Chorus)

May 24-June 2 – Grade 4 State Science Performance Test

May 24 – Grade 5 Senior Trip

May 29 – No School – Memorial Day

June 5 – Grade 4 State Science Exam – Written

June 8 – No School – Anniversary Day (Chancellor’s Staff Development Day for Teachers)

June 9 – Dance Festival – All Grades – Rain date- June 19

June 12 – No School for Students (Chancellor’s Clerical Day)

June 19 – PTA Meeting 5:30 pm/Student of the Month at 6:00pm

June 20 – Grade 5 Awards Night at P.S. 131 at 5:00pm

June 23 – Grade 5 Graduation at Jamaica High School

June 26 – No School – Eid al-Fitr

June 28 – Last Day of School – Dismissal 11:20am – Report Cards Distributed

 

Sept 7 – First Day of School!

Weather Advisory: Schools Closed Tuesday, March 14 Due to Severe Weather Conditions

Due to expected severe weather conditions, all New York City public schools will be closed Tuesday, March 14, 2017. After-school programs, adult education, YABC programs, and PSAL activities are also cancelled.

DOE central and field offices will remain open. We urge New Yorkers to exercise caution when going outside and avoid traveling.

Sign up for direct alerts at http://nyc.gov/notifynyc  & follow @NotifyNYC. Call @NYC311 if you have any questions.

NYC School Survey

Every year, all parents, teachers, and students in grades 6 – 12 take the NYC School Survey. The survey ranks among the largest surveys of any kind ever conducted nationally. It helps school leaders understand what key members of the school community say about the learning environment at each school. The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn.

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Principal’s Newsletter – March/April 2017

Dear Families,

We may have a few more snowflakes ahead of us, but spring is just around the corner and we’re ready to celebrate the warm weather and cheer on our students with their spring academics.  We look forward to seeing all parents and guardians at Student-Led Conferences on Thursday, March 9th.  Students will be dismissed at 11:20 am on this day.  Please make arrangements to pick up your child early.

Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be difficult. Please know that good health is more important than a perfect attendance record. In order for your child to be available for learning, and to control communicable diseases in school, it is important to keep your child home for the following reasons:

  • Fever above 100.4 degrees – Your child should be fever free, and off of all fever reducing medication for 24 hours before he or she returns to school. Students returning to school before they are well are more susceptible to illness and may expose others. Please do not give your student medication to treat a fever and then send him or her to school.
  • Sore throat or tonsillitis – A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be a symptom of a more serious illness. Keep your child home from school and contact your health care provider. if your child is diagnosed with Strep Throat, he or she may return to school 24 hours after antibiotic treatment begins.
  • Spots/Rash – Do not send your child to school with a rash until your health care provider has said that it is safe to do so. Children with ringworm, scabies, or impetigo can return to school after 24 hours of appropriate treatment. The affected area should be covered if possible.
  • Bad Cough/Cold Symptoms – Children with bad coughs/colds need to stay home, and possibly see their health care provider. When the cough improves and the child is feeling better they may return to school. It can take well over a week for a bad cough to completely go away.
  • Eye Inflammation or Discharge – If your child’s eye is red with a cloudy or yellow/green drainage; matted eyelids after sleep; eye pain and/or redness, you should keep your child home, and contact your child’s health care provider. If your child is diagnosed with pink eye, he or she may return to school 24 hours after treatment has begun.
  • Vomiting and/or Diarrhea – your child should stay home until the illness is over, and for 24 hours after the last episode (without medication).
  • Ear Pain – Consult with your health care provider. Untreated ear infections can cause problems with hearing loss.
  • Head Lice – Student must be treated with a special preparation for killing head lice (available over-the-counter).
  • Acute Pain – Students that have pain that requires narcotic medication for relief should not attend school.

Lastly, the NYC Parent Surveys will be distributed at Parent-Teacher Conferences this year.  This survey gives the school feedback on what we are doing well and what we still need to make even better.  We need to hear from you.  Each class that receives 100% survey completion will receive an ICE CREAM PARTY!  We encourage all parents to complete these surveys and return them to your child’s teacher as soon as you can.

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Veronica DePaolo

 

 

Please review the upcoming calendar of events scheduled for the month of March/April.

 

Event Date Location
Report Cards Distributed

 

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Student-Led Conferences Thursday, March 9, 2017

Half-Day – Dismissal 11:20 AM

 

PTA Meeting Monday, March 20, 2017 School Auditorium 5:30 PM

 

Student of the Month Ceremony Monday, March 20, 2017 School Auditorium 6:00 PM

 

New York State ELA Exam Grades 3-5

 

Tuesday, March 28th – Thursday, March 30th
Spring Recess April 10, 2017 – April 18, 2017

 

School Closed
NYC Parent Surveys Due

 

Friday, March 31, 2017
New York State Math Exam Grades 3-5 Tuesday, May 2nd – Thursday, May 4th

 

 

 

 

 

Notice to Parents: Elizabeth A. Rose, Deputy Chancellor, Division of Operations

Dear Families and Staff:

This is a follow up to my December 19 letter outlining the additional measures the New York City Department of Education (DOE) is taking to ensure that the water in New York City schools is safe for students and staff.

On January 25, 2017, every potential source of water for drinking or preparing food at P.S. 131 – Queens (P.S. 131 Abigail Adams, 170-45 84 Avenue Queens, NY 11432) was tested for lead. The laboratory results showed elevated levels of lead in 9 of the 66 samples of water taken and tested from outlets in the building. A more detailed letter related to the testing for lead at P.S. 131 – Queens is attached and complete test results are posted on the DOE website.

In any building where lead test results show even one water outlet above the action level of 15 parts per billion, the DOE will implement its standard response protocol, which includes removing any drinking or cooking water fixture outlet from service, flushing all or part of the system to eliminate water sitting in pipes overnight, replacing equipment and re-testing after the equipment is replaced.

Each affected drinking or cooking water fixture at P.S. 131 – Queens will remain out of service until it is remediated and future testing shows that the water does not have an elevated level of lead. The custodial staff will also continue to flush the P.S. 131 – Queens water systems on Monday mornings before school starts in order to eliminate water that has been stagnant in pipes over the weekend and to ensure safe drinking water is available for students and staff.

Please visit http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/schools/watersafety.htm to learn more about the robust protocol we use to ensure the safety of drinking water in each and every school, as well as to look up water test results for their child’s school.

We will keep you updated on the remediation work at P.S. 131 – Queens, and thank you for your patience and support.

Sincerely yours,

Elizabeth A. Rose

Note: The complete test report is available for download here: 

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Principal’s Newsletter – February 2017

February 2017

 

Dear Families,

 

With the second semester well under way, we want to thank everyone for your continued support of our students, staff and school as we collectively strive to provide optimal opportunities for learning each and every day. The second marking period ends February 28, 2017 and Student Led Conferences will be held March 9, 2017.  Report cards will be distributed that week.  I am very excited to continue having students participate in student led conferences in March.  Student-led conferences embody the Chancellor’s vision for students to build their self-confidence and hold themselves accountable for improvement and also inform parents how to best support their child both inside and outside the classroom.  I’d like to reiterate some helpful information about student-led conferences:

  • A student-led conference is a conference with parents led by the student;
  • The role of the classroom teacher is to facilitate the process;
  • Students lead parents through a discussion of their work and established academic and  social goals;
  • The teacher will be facilitating several student-led conferences at one time;
  • The role of the parent is to listen.

This month our children will take the STAR Reading Assessment online in the school’s computer lab. Discuss your child’s reading level with him or her at the March conference and appropriate books he or she can be reading at home. This can also be discussed with your child’s teacher on Tuesday afternoons between 2:20pm and 3:00pm during parent engagement time. Remember, this Tuesday afternoon time is for you! Please feel free to make an appointment with your child’s teacher to discuss academics, social-emotional development and ways to help your child at home.

 

Mid-winter recess is February 20, 2017 – February 24, 2017. Consider spending your break watching fabulous family theatre shows, exploring cool museum exhibits or visit the local library. You might also enjoy seasonal sports in the city, like ice-skating and sledding, or take a day trip to a nearby skiing and snow tubing resort. Plus, lots of museums run special family programs over breaks, where kids can enjoy a wide variety of hands-on activities.

 

In closing, we want to thank you, our families, for your diligence in having your students at school on-time and well-prepared for learning each day. In addition, please continue to be mindful that our students’ academic day continues until dismissal each afternoon and it is very important that students are not picked up early.  We understand occasionally unavoidable appointments or emergencies occur.  However, early pick up causes valuable instruction to be missed, in addition to required assignments. As always, thank you for supporting the wonderful teaching and learning taking place here at P.S. 131Q!

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Veronica DePaolo

Principal

 

Please review the upcoming calendar of events scheduled for the month of February.

 

EVENT

 

DATE

 

LOCATION

School Leadership Team Meeting February 13, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. G22

 

PTA Meeting February 13, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. School Auditorium

 

Student of the Month

 

February 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. School Auditorium
Mid-Winter Recess Monday, Feb. 20th – Friday, Feb. 24th SCHOOL CLOSED

 

Principal’s Newsletter – January 2017

January 2017

 

Dear Families,

 

I want to take this opportunity to wish all our Abigail Adams families a happy and healthy new year.  I hope your holiday was relaxing and filled with memories to cherish with family and friends.  Our students have transitioned back into their academic routines.  As always, please be sure to contact your child’s teacher should you have any questions about their progress.  Tuesday afternoons between 2:20 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. teachers are available for meetings, phone conferences and email communication.

 

Additionally, it’s important for students to arrive to school on time.  The homeroom period provides students with a smooth transition to a day of learning.  At this time, the students recite the Pledge of Allegiance, sing the school song, review the day’s schedule in the classroom, listen to school announcements and distribute notes and materials from home to their teachers.  To provide your children with a positive start to the day, please plan your morning so your child arrives in school no later than 8:00 a.m. In addition to morning routines, we ask our families to continue to be mindful of early dismissal habits as well.  Although there are times when an occasional early dismissal is necessary, they should be minimal as this loss of instructional time can certainly affect a student’s performance.

 

Parents are asked to listen carefully to the news on the television or radio for the latest information regarding school closings or delays.  The NYC Department of Education lets you sign up for emails that will notify you of important school news, including snow closures.  You can follow the DOE on Facebook and Twitter, and visit the DOE website (schools.nyc.gov) for the latest weather-related scheduling changes.  Another option is to sign up for school alerts at Notify NYC or call 311.

 

One last piece of information is a shout-out to the families of P.S. 131!  We collected over 10 boxes of canned food for families in need.  Thank you for all you do for your children and the community!

 

Please review the upcoming calendar of events scheduled for the month of January.

EVENT DATE LOCATION
All students return to school

 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Joint Public Hearing Meeting

Proposal: Temporary re-siting of kindergarten to PS 35 for 4 years

 

Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Auditorium
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

Monday, January 16, 2017 SCHOOL CLOSED
SLT Meeting

 

Monday, January 23, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Room 231
PTA Meeting

 

Monday, January 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Auditorium
Student of the Month Ceremony

(December and January)

Monday, January 23, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Auditorium

 

Warmest Regards,

 

Veronica DePaolo

Principal’s Newsletter – December 2016

December 2016

Dear Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving break with some family time.  It is amazing to me that I am sending out the December newsletter – it feels like the first few months of school passed by so quickly!

October and November are always a busy time of year for our students and staff.  October ended with the PTA Costume Party.  Students and parents danced the night away to the tunes of our very own deejay, Coach A.  Thank you to the PTA for that entertaining event.  The food drive was a huge success as well.  Thank you to all who donated for families in need.  Of course, we can’t forget the memorable evening filled with student led conferences.  It was delightful to see the children sharing their accomplishments and goals with you.  We had many parents attend the Tuesday afternoon parent engagement workshops in Wonders and Go Math hosted by the staff.  Please feel free to email me with Tuesday afternoon events of interest to you.  Don’t forget to bring your children to the school library on Tuesday afternoons between 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. with Pauline Isaacs to borrow books.

We are looking forward to an assembly with the Harlem Globetrotters this month.  The basketball players are going to speak to the students about leadership and believing in oneself.  I’m sure they will entertain us with some basketball moves as they spread their important message.

We thank you for your support and interest during this past month’s conferences.  It is always our sincere intention to work as a team to create the best learning environment for students.  We offer the very best wishes to you during this wonderful season of family, friends and tradition.

Our lost and found is located in the back of the auditorium.  We have many unclaimed coats, hats, sweaters, lunch boxes and water bottles.  Please take time to make arrangements to pick them up if your child was missing any of these items when they returned from school.  All unclaimed items will be donated to a charity during winter recess.

Warmest Regards,

Veronica DePaolo

Principal

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

EVENT DATE LOCATION
SLT Meeting December 19, 2016 – 4:00 p.m. Room 231
Next PTA Meeting January 23, 2017 – 5:30 p.m. Auditorium
Next Student of the Month Meeting January 23, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. Auditorium
Winter Recess December 26, 2016 – January 2, 2017 School Closed