I would like to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year. I hope your summer went well and you are excited to begin the new school year. I anticipate an exciting year as we collectively strive to foster a culture of learning. I feel extremely fortunate to be working with such an exceptional group of students, families and staff members.
Today is our official start of the school year and students are expected to be in school from 8:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. each day. Pre-k and Kindergarten students are dismissed at 2:30 p.m. Our cafeteria doors open at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast. Pre-k are served breakfast in their classrooms at 8:35 a.m.
During the first two days of school all first and second grade students will meet their teachers in the school yard at 8:20. Students in grade 3-5 will enter directly into the cafeteria. Parents of Pre-k and kindergarten students will escort their children directly in the classrooms via the main entrance. Beginning September 13, 2015 the 46 street side door will be open from 8:15 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. for all first and second grade students. Kindergarten parents will continue to escort their children to their classroom for the month of September. Pre-k parents will escort their children directly to the classroom for the entire school year.
Our dismissal procedures are as follows:
Pre-K parents pick up their children from the classrooms at 2:30.
Kindergarten students are dismissed at 2:30 in the school yard
First grade, second grade, 154, 153, and 305 students are dismissed at 2:40 in the school yard
Fourth grade students are dismissed at 2:40 through the main entrance
Third and Fifth grade students are dismissed at 2:40 through the 46 street side exit.
Procedures for students who are not picked up on time:
Pre-K students will be placed in the main office
K-2 students will be in the mini-school until 3p.m.
Grades 3-5 will be in the auditorium until 3p.m.
In the event of hazardous weather conditions, you will receive an automated message stating we will be using alternate dismissal procedures. These procedures are as follows:
All students in the mini building will be picked up directly from the mini building
Kindergarten students will be picked up directly from their classrooms
First and second grade students who are not in the mini building will be picked up from the cafeteria.
Third thru fifth grade, students will be dismissed as usual.
It is extremely important that the person who is picking up your child knows the name and class of the students in order to have a smooth dismissal.
Early pick-up of your child may only be for emergencies In order for your child to receive the best academic program it is important for you to schedule all doctor’s appointments after school hours. Students need to be in school every day on time in order to progress academically. Please remember if your child will be picked-up by another adult they must be 18 years and older and listed on the blue card. It is important to regularly update the blue card in order for the school to be able to reach you in the event of an emergency. You must present an ID at the Security Desk to enter the building.
Meet our administrative staff
Ms. Ramirez, Assistant Principal for Pre-K and K
Ms. Johnson, Assistant Principal for first and second grade.
Ms. Benitez, Assistant Principal for grades 3-5
Meet our support staff
Ms. Pratt, Guidance counselor for grades K-2
Ms. Soto, Guidance counselor for grades 3-5
Ms. Pina, Parent Coordinator
Ms. Sifre, Pre-K family worker
Ms. Mercado Pre-K family worker
Ms. Soto-Pragliola, School Assessment Team Family Worker
Ms. Camacho, School Social Worker
Ms. Pinzon, School Psychologist
* (Attached you will find the school organization sheet)
Main Office Hours
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Scheduling appointments with administrative staff
The Principal and Assistant Principals look forward to working with you to answer all your questions and concerns. If you would like to discuss a matter with the administrative staff please feel free to schedule an appointment. The administrative team will be visiting classrooms from 9 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. and are available in the afternoon to meet with parents. In the event of an emergency please do not hesitate to contact us and we will make ourselves available.
Scheduling meetings with teachers
In efforts to build, a strong partnership with parents, teachers will be meeting with parents on a regular basis to discuss student progress. If you are interested in meeting with a teacher during the school day, please send a note to school requesting an appointment.
Children are expected to wear school uniforms on a daily basis please see parent coordinator for details (light blue shirt and navy blue pants or skirt)
Attendance and Lateness
It is imperative that your child comes to school every day on time prepared to learn. Research states that a child that comes to school every day and on time is successful throughout life. We want all our children to succeed.
Student Intervention and Discipline Code
Parents will receive a copy of the “Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning: Student Intervention and Discipline Code and Bill of Student Rights and Responsibility, K-12. This document outlines the discipline procedures for all behaviors.
40 % for Test/Quizzes
40 % for Classwork
10% Participation/Teacher Observation
5 % for Projects
5% for Homework
The following guidelines will help you when planning your homework for the week:
***Other subject homework (Social Studies, word study, etc.) may be given. However, no more than 15 minutes should be allotted for it. Also, other subject homework must have a connection to the reading, writing, or mathematics homework given that evening.
Please note if you are a chaperone on a class trip all students must remain in school until 2:40. Parents are not allowed to take students home directly from a trip. In the event that you must take your child home, the child must be signed out from school for security purposes.
Parent Involvement Activities
Fabulous Friday – Last Friday of every month (Appointment is not required)
- Grades 1-5 9.a.m to 10 a.m.
- Pre-k- and K 2pm to 2:40 p.m.
Parent Teacher Conferences:
Sept. 22nd -- 4:30 -7:30 p.m.
Nov. 3rd -- 12:40- 2:40 & 4:30 – 7:30
Jan. 12 -- 4:30 – 6:00
March 3rd -- 12:40- 2:40 & 4:30 – 7:30
June 16th -- 4:30 -6:00 p.m.
Parent Engagement Tuesday – Every Tuesday from 2:40 to 3:10
Parent Workshops- Every Wednesday from 9a.m to 10 a.m.
Monthly Parent Trips – TBA
PTA meetings –TBA
I look forward to continuing our work together as we support the P.S. 1 community.