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 ( 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.

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


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

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

Principal’s Newsletter – November 2016

Dear Families,


I am very excited to continue having students participate in student led conferences on November 3, 2016.  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.  Here’s 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.


Another exciting announcement is that E3Sports (Educate,Exercise,Evolve) will be working with the students during all recess periods.  Coaches from E3Sports will be working together with the school aides during lunch time to provide structured recess play that will support physical, social and academic development.  Their holistic approach will not only focus students with a routine brief, daily warm-up but also provides energized “free-play” model, which promotes structure in a way that contributes to the decrease of bullying and playground injuries.


Our new partnership with E3Sports will allow students to be outside even during the winter months.  Please note, Roger Platt, MD, Director of School Health for the New York City Department of Education, strongly recommends that children should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible.  Unless it is snowing or there is ice on the playground, low temperatures should not be a barrier to outside play.  Please dress your children appropriately.  Make sure they are wearing their coats, hats and gloves to play safely outside during the cold weather months.


Lastly, we want to give students and parents every opportunity to work together in school and at home.  By now you should have received your child’s Razz Kids and Go Math passwords.  These passwords will allow your child to read books online and practice math at home.  If you did not receive your child’s password yet, please reach out to your child’s teacher. Individual student Wonders passwords will be coming home shortly as well.


Thank you for the privilege of serving your children and thank you to all of the families and teachers for your hard work and dedication to the school community each and every day.



Warmest Regards,


Veronica DePaolo




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


            EVENT               DATE            Location
Student – Led Parent Conferences November 3, 2016

(At your scheduled meeting time)

Your child’s classroom
Election Day November 8, 2016 School Closed for Students
Veterans Day November 11, 2016 School Closed


Open School Week November 14-18, 2016 More information to follow


SLT Meeting November 21, 2016 – 4:00 p.m. Room 231


PTA Meeting November 21, 2016 – 5:30 p.m. Auditorium



Student of the Month November 21, 2016 – 6:00 p.m. Auditorium


Thanksgiving Recess November 24-25, 2016 School Closed


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!!!