Principal’s Newsletter – May/June

May/June 2016

Dear Families,

The end of the year is almost around the corner.  It does not seem possible that another year has come and almost gone.  I do hope your child has not only enjoyed the year, but has grown in many areas.

I would like to draw attention to the new banner hung in the school lobby.  As a school community we took on many instructional components, special events, and initiatives to engage the entire school community in acceptance of diversity and prevention of harassment and bullying behavior. Some of those instructional components, special events, and initiatives include being a Bucket Filler, Student of the Month Award, and Book of the Month. Based on all of this, we have been recognized by the Office of Safety and Youth Development as a Respect For All School!  I am proud to announce that P.S. 131 is a “Respect For All Winning School” for 2016.

Reflecting on this year, it has been an exciting one for all of us. Together we learned much and shared experiences that will long remain with us in the years to come. The strength of our community and passion to make our school a wonderful place of learning not only for our children, but for us as well, has made P.S. 131 a special place. Special thanks to all of you who contributed in many ways: volunteering in the classrooms, chaperoning field trips, organizing events, attending events to support the children, serving on committees, sharing your talents, supporting our work in countless ways, and providing the resources to do what we know is best for children! Thank you for getting your children to school on time each day, for sending your children with healthy lunches and snacks, for making sure homework gets completed… and turned in. Thank you for providing rich, engaging, and well-rounded experiences for your children and for knowing that education is about joy, wonder, and fostering curiosity, along with the development of the social skills so needed to succeed. For these, and a million other things, we are truly grateful! I am truly happy and excited for the kindergarten students who will enter our school in September!

Lastly, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the principal of the Abigail Adams School. 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



Important Dates to Remember !


May 6 – PTA Mother’s Day Sale

May 12 – Parent/Teacher Conference (Evening)

May 20 – Science Fair for grades 3, 4 and 5

May 25 – PTA Meeting/Student of the Month at 5:30pm

May 25-June 3 – Grade 4 State Science Performance Exam

May 30 – No School – Memorial Day

May 31 – Grade 5 Picnic – Schoolyard

June 1 – Grade 5 Picnic (rain date)

June 3 – Grade 5 Senior Trip

June 6 – Grade 4 State Science Exam – Written

June 10 – Dance Festival – All Grades

June 14 – No School for Students

June 15 – PTA Meeting/Student of the Month at 5:30pm

June 17 – Dance Festival – All Grades (rain date)

June 22 – Grade 5 Awards Night at P.S. 131

June 23 – Grade 5 Graduation at Jamaica High School

June 27 – Kindergarten Moving Up Day

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

Sept 8 – First Day of School!


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