Principal’s Newsletter – January & February 2018

January/February 2018


Dear Families,

I want to take this opportunity to wish all of our Abigail Adams families and happy and healthy new year.  As we embark on this new year, we are looking forward to many exciting school activities!  The 4th and 5th Grade Chorus Performance and our 1st Annual Respect For All Week Tie-Dye Fundraiser will be in February, Mrs. Carmeli’s Art Fair will take place in March and the 4th Grade CASA Performance will be in April.  Follow these exciting events and more on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook (@ps131q).

The first marking period ended on Friday, December 22, 2017.  Report cards will be distributed Friday, January 12, 2018.  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.

As winter creeps in, 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 ( for the latest weather-related scheduling changes.  Another option is to sign up for school alerts at Notify NYC or call 311.

During the months of January & February, your children will take the STARS 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. School is closed on Friday, February 16th for Chinese New Year.  Mid-winter recess is February 19, 2018 – February 23, 2018. 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.


Warmest Regards,


Veronica DePaolo


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