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November 2021 Newsletter

Reminders:

Blue Emergency Form

The Blue Emergency Contact Form is our first source of information in case of any emergency. Please complete and return it to your child’s teacher as soon as possible, if you have not yet done so. Please be sure that all phone numbers are current and in service, and that we can reach someone you list on the form

You are encouraged to submit this form for your child as soon as possible, if you have not yet done so. If you have already submitted this consent form for the 2021-2022 school year, then you are not required to do so again. You can fill out and submit the form one of two ways:  1) Fill out the form using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA): https://schoolsaccount.nyc or 2) Download the form online at https://schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting and have your child bring the completed form to school.

Family Income Inquiry Form (Breakfast/Lunch Form)

To assure the appropriate allocation of federal Title 1 dollars to our school and to determine the eligibility of your child(ren) for certain rights and services under the No Child Left Behind Act, this school year we are asked to distribute the Family Income Inquiry Form (Lunch Form) to those families who are not enrolled in the government assistance programs. We encourage you to fill out and submit the form or you may submit it online: Breakfast/Lunch Form. Ms. Lau will assist you with this process if you have any questions.

UPDATE: Emergency Broadband Benefit: Internet Service Discount

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an Internet Service Discount program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any families with children in schools offering free meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision can sign up for this program, which means it’s available to all students enrolled in New York City’s public schools. The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Upcoming Dates

November 2

Election Day (Students will receive asynchronous remote assignments.)

November 4

Our Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 4th. Instead of parent conferences during this period, grade teams will be hosting a meeting for all families to discuss and share information about our curriculum. The meetings will be held at 1 PM or 5 PM on November 4th. (Children will be dismissed at 11:30 am, half day of school for students.)

Please complete this form by November 2, 2021 to RSVP to our Curriculum Meeting on November 4th. The meeting links will be emailed to you on November 3rd. Virtual Curriculum Meeting Form

November 7

Daylight Saving Time (set clock back one hour at 2:00 am)

November 11

Veterans Day (School will be closed)

November 16

PTA Virtual General Meeting, 10:00 am, more information to come

November 25 and 26

Thanksgiving Recess (School will be closed)

December 24, 2021 to January 2, 2022

Winter Recess (School will be closed)

January 3, 2022

School resumes

Click this link to access daily breakfast and lunch menus (English) and click this link for translated languages.

October 2021 Newsletter

Reminders:

Blue Emergency Form

The Blue Emergency Contact Form is our first source of information in case of any emergency. This form was backpack home with your child. Please fill it out completely and return it to your child’s teacher as soon as possible, if you have not yet done so. Please be sure that all phone numbers are current and in service, and that we can reach someone you list on the form.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Every year between September 15 – October 15, Americans across the United States celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

You are encouraged to submit this form for your child as soon as possible, if you have not yet done so. If you have already submitted this consent form for the 2021-2022 school year, then you are not required to do so again. You can fill out and submit the form one of two ways:  1) Fill out the form using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA): https://schoolsaccount.nyc or 2) Download the form online at https://schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting and have your child bring the completed form to school.

Upcoming Dates

October 11

Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day (School will be closed)

October 19

PTA Virtual General Meeting, 9:30 am, more information to come

November 2

Election Day (Students will receive asynchronous remote assignments.)

November 4

Parent Teacher Conferences – Students will be dismissed at 11:30 am (half day). Parents and/or guardians are encouraged to meet your child’s teacher in a zoom meeting (more information to come).

The school will provide Cantonese, Fujianese, Mandarian and Spanish interpretation.

November 7

Daylight Saving Time (set clock back one hour at 2:00 am)

November 11

Veterans Day (School will be closed)

November 25 and 26

Thanksgiving Recess (School will be closed)

September 2021 Newsletter

Reminders:

Dear P.S. 1 Families,

Welcome new and returning families to a wonderful new school year. Our tentative schedules for the first 7 days of school are as follows:

September 13 – First day of school; 3K, Pre-K and Kindergarten Staggered Schedules; Grades 1-5 and class 412 – Full Day of School: 8:15-2:35 pm; Gr. Kindergarten-2 Meet and Greet Meeting: 3:00-3:30 pm

September 14 – 3K, Pre-K and Kindergarten Staggered Schedules; Gr. 3-5 and class 412 Meet and Greet Meeting: 3:00-3:30 pm

September 15 – 3K, Pre-K and Kindergarten Half-Day Schedule: 8:15-11:30 am

September 17 – 3K and Pre-K Half-Day Schedule: 8:15-11:30am; Kindergarten Full Day Schedule: 8:15 am-2:35 pm

September 20 – 3K Half-Day Schedule: 8:15-11:30am; Pre-K Full Day Schedule: 8:15 am-2:35 pm

September 21 – 3K Full Day Schedule: 8:15 am-2:35 pm

September 22 – 3K Full Day Schedule: 8:15 am-2:35 pm

September 16 – Yom Kippur (school will be closed)

September 27 – English as New Language Learners (ENL) Parent Workshop: 8:30 – 9:30 AM, We will provide the ENL parent the notice and zoom link at a later date. ENL Parent Workshop is for Kindergarten and newly admitted ENL students’ parents (from grades 1 – 5). ENL students are entitled to services.

Reading Empowers for Grade 1, 2 and 3

Saturday program (more information to come)

Grade 4 Apex ELA

Saturday program (more information to come)

Apex Basketball

Saturday program (more information to come)

Young Runners Club and New York City Football Club (NYCFC)/Soccer Club

(more information to come)

Read Ahead Program (reading program during the school day at lunch time)

(more information to come)

PTA

The first PTA General Meeting will be in October (more information to come), including how PTA supports our school, important events, and PTA membership dues.

May/June 2021 Newsletter

Reminders:

Middle School Offers For Grade 5 Families

This month, the students will receive their middle school offer letters. Your child is automatically on the waitlist for any program that is listed higher on their application than the program where they received an offer. For example, if your child received an offer to their third-choice program, they are automatically waitlisted for their first-choice and second-choice programs. 

“Summer Rising” In-Person Program for Kindergarten For Grade 5

P. S. 1 students are invited to attend summer school at P. S. 2, 122 Henry Street, NYC from July 6 – August 20, 2021, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Last week, our school has sent out paper applications for in-person students. If the parents’ of remote students need support please contact Ms. Lau.  Please visit: Summer Rising Application and register for this summer program.

Citywide and Community Education Councils (CCEC) Election (May 1 to May 11, 2021)

CCEC provides parents/guardians with a strong voice in NYC education. On May 1st, for the first time, you can vote for the council representatives on the CCEC council in your NYC Schools Account:  NYC Schools Account.  If you need assistance, please contact Ms. Lau.

PTA Save the Dates

PTA Virtual Meeting – Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 9:30 – 10:30 am (More information to come).

PTA Virtual Election for 2021-2022 Executive Board Members, School Leadership Team Parent Members and Title 1 Parent Representative – Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 9:30 – 10:30 am (more information to come)

3-K Program in Fall of 2021

If your child was born in 2018, you can apply for the 3-K Programs. The 3-K Application deadline is May 28, 2021.  Families can create their children’s accounts and apply online at Myschools or over the phone by calling 718-935-2009.

The Skyscraper Museum

It has begun its 2021 season of virtual educational and fun programs, led by educators who explore principles of urbanismarchitecture, and engineering. If you are interested, please visit: Skyscraper Family Programs and register for these free programs ahead of time to reserve your seat.

Parent University

Parent University is a resource for families where they can register free virtual courses covering a wide range of topics and learn about events, resources and activities. They have added new courses such as “Creating a Successful Learning Environment at Home” (5 part series, 3/23 – 5/12/21) by Ramapo for Children. Please click the link to register:  DOE Parent University Registration

Child Mind Institute’s FREE Workshop Series for Families

The Child Mind Institute will be hosting Caregiver Support Workshops. This workshop series is designed to  support your child’s mental health and learning needs while virtually learning from home. They are free for NYC Department of Education parents and caregivers For additional resources, please visit The Child Mind Institute at: The Child Mind Institute.

Free Virtual Intrepid Adventure Programs for Families (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:00pm)

Virtual Intrepid Adventure Programs are family-friendly and engage all ages. They request that adults participate in the program with their children. Advance registration for this online program is required in order to receive Zoom information and print-at-home materials when applicable: Advance Registration.

Upcoming Dates

May 3rd to May 14th     

Grades 3 – 5 New York State Mathematics Tests

April 19th to June 9th             

NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Test – NYSESLAT (speaking portion)

May 17th to June 9th    

NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Tests – NYSESLAT (listening, reading and writing)

May 25th to June 4th    

Grade 4 New York State Science Performance Test

June 7th to June 11th     

Grade 4 New York State Science Written Test

May 13th

Eid Al-Fitr (School will be closed)

May 31st

Memorial Day (School will be closed)

June 3rd

Chancellor’s day (Students are not in attendance)

June 8th

Clerical day (Students are not in attendance)

Please do not hesitate to contact me with school related questions or concerns. I can be reached from Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (except holidays) either by email: clau@schools.nyc.gov or by phone at 347-563-5079, as I am working remotely from home.

April 2021 Newsletter

Reminders:

Choose Your Learning Preference for Spring 2021

Remote learning students will now be able to opt into blended learning for the remainder of the school year.  Please visit the DOE website to fill out your Learning Preference survey by April 9, 2021. Students who switch to blended learning will begin their new schedule sometime in April (more information to come).

Pre-Kindergarten Application Period: February 24 to April 19, 2021

Children born in 2017 can apply to Pre-Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year until April 7, 2021.  Families can create their children’s accounts and apply to Pre-Kindergarten admissions either online at NYC MySchools or over the phone by calling 718-935-2009.  All families who apply by the deadline will receive a Pre-Kindergarten offer later in the spring.

Gifted & Talented (G&T) Application Period

If you have a child born in 2016 and are interested in the G&T programs for your child, please apply by Friday, April 9, 2021, either online NYC MySchools or over the phone by calling 718-935-2009. 

Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Survey

Please fill out the google form by using the link below to describe your thoughts about the anti-Asian hate crimes that have occurred this year:  Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Survey.

Meet the Candidates Running for Your Community Education Council (CEC)

CEC 2 Candidate Forum hosted by District 2 Presidents’ Council, Monday, April 5, 2021 at 5:00 to 10:00 pm. Register here. (Translation available in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese). The candidates are seeking to represent their school community and all public school students by serving on the Community Education Councils (CEC), an education policy advisory body responsible for, among other things, reviewing and evaluating the district’s educational programs, approving zoning lines, and holding public hearings on certain matters.

Dial-A-Teacher for Free homework Help

Students and their parents or caregivers are invited to call 212-777-3380 Monday through Thursday between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. to get free homework help from a licensed teacher. Many of the teachers are bilingual, so Dial-A-Teacher can assist students and families in 10 languages, including Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog.

Parent University

Parent University is a resource for families offering free virtual courses covering a wide range of topics and providing information about events, resources and activities. Recently added courses include “Creating a Successful Learning Environment at Home” (5 part series, March 23 to May 5, 2021) by Ramapo for Children, and “Making learning work – learn how to support your child and finish the school year strong” (3 workshops, April 20 to May 4, 2021) by Columbia University’s Center for Public Research and Leadership. Click here for DOE Parent University registration.

School Letter (Face-to-Face Letter)

Face-to-face letter is a “verification of enrollment” letter that officially states your child is enrolled at P. S. 1. If an agency (for example, accountant office) requires proof of your child’s enrollment, address, or guardian information, the primary guardian can access the information by logging into the NYC Schools Account. You can then navigate to the “Details” dropdown menu and print a copy or take a screenshot of the “Student” page to present as proof of your home address. The “Enrollment” page can be used as proof of the student’s current attendance/enrollment and the “Guardian” page can also be used to verify that you are the guardian of your child. 

Virtual Cookshop for Parents/Guardians

There are six Virtual Cookshops for Families this school year. In the lessons, you will learn how to make healthy decisions. The last lesson will be on April 13, 20/21 and we will send out a reminder before the lesson.  If you are interested, please register here

Child Mind Institute’s FREE Workshop Series for Families

The Child Mind Institute will be hosting Caregiver Support Workshops. This workshop series is designed to provide families with proactive strategies to use to support your child’s mental health and learning needs while virtually learning from home. The series is available at no cost to all NYC DOE parents and caregivers.  For additional resources, please visit The Child Mind Institute.

Free Virtual Intrepid Adventure Programs for Families (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00PM to 4:00 pm)

Join an Intrepid Museum educator each week as they explore history, science and ingenuity online together. Virtual Intrepid Adventure Programs are family-friendly and engage all ages. Adults are requested to participate in the program with their children. Programs run between 45 minutes and one hour. Advance registration for this drop-in online program is required in order to receive Zoom information and print-at-home materials, when applicable.

Save the Date

Wednesday, April 21, 2021. PTA Monthly Virtual Meeting, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (More information to come)

Upcoming Dates

April 20 to April 21, 2021

Grades 3 to 5 New York State English Language Arts (ELA) Tests

May 4 to May 5, 2021

Grades 3 to 5 New York State Mathematics Tests

April 19 to June 9, 2021

NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Test NYSESLAT (speaking portion)

May 17 to June 9, 2021

NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Tests NYSESLAT (listening, reading and writing)

May 25 to June 4, 2021

Grade 4 New York State Science Performance Test

June 7, 2021

Grade 4 New York State Science Written Test

May 13, 2021

Eid Al-Fitr (School will be closed)

May 31, 2021

Memorial Day (School will be closed)

Click this link to access daily breakfast and lunch menus.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with school related questions or concerns. I can be reached from Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (except holidays) either by email: clau@schools.nyc.gov or by phone at 347-563-5079, as I am working remotely from home.