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




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!


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