Parent Letters /Information


Parent letter regarding water bottles

posted Sep 13, 2019, 8:20 AM by Felicia Ippolito   [ updated Sep 13, 2019, 8:21 AM ]

Dear Parents,  
 
Students are permitted and encouraged to bring a water bottle to school each day.  Please make sure your child’s name is clearly written on his/her water bottle.  Please only send water bottles that can be closed tight and will not spill on their desks....do the spill test at home to make sure! Straw top bottles work the best!  To prevent the spread of germs, students are responsible for bringing water bottles home each night to be cleaned and refilled.  
  
Since water is so important to the body, how much water should children drink every day?  An average of 4-5 glasses of fluid each day for children aged 2-6 and water is the best choice! After performing physical activity, or in hot or dry weather, remember to give your children a good supply of water. However, most children are not keen on drinking water, not to mention  4-5 glasses of water every day. They may find water rather bland as most of them have a sweet tooth. This makes a lot of parents worry.  
  
 
       To help children attain such goals, the following tips may help you:  
 
1. Start with a small amount, and keep giving your children water regularly so as to build up their habit of drinking water.  
 
2. Give them water after they get out of bed, during meals, snacks, or activities whenever you can.  
 
3. Give them water only, and not sweetened drinks, when possible. 
 
 
Thank You, 
 
      P.S. 108 Administration 

Parent Letter #10 - Peanut / Nut allergies

posted Sep 12, 2019, 7:29 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 10, 2019 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 This is to inform you that we have some students with severe allergies to peanuts and nuts in our school.   It is important that there is a strict avoidance of this food in order to prevent a life-threatening allergic reaction.  We are asking your help to provide these students with a safe school environment.

 Any exposure to peanuts/nuts may cause a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires emergency medical treatment.  To reduce the chance of this occurring, we are asking that you do not send peanut or nut-containing products to school with your child.  This includes cupcakes sent for birthdays.  Please send only bakery/packaged cupcakes which are clearly labeled to not contain peanuts/nuts.  If your child has eaten peanuts/nuts before coming to school, please be sure your child’s hands and face have been thoroughly washed before entering the school.

 We appreciate your support of these procedures.  Please complete and return this form so that we are certain you have received this information.  You may contact me if you have any questions. 

Thank you for your cooperation.                                                                                   

Sincerely, 

J. Iovine                                                                     

 

Parent Letter #9 - Chronic Absence

posted Sep 12, 2019, 7:24 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2019 

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

As we begin another school year, I would like to take this opportunity to address the importance of school attendance when students are in elementary school.  According to research conducted in 2015, 83% of students who are chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade will not read proficiently in 3rd grade, and will therefore be four times more likely to drop out of high school. By promoting regular school attendance, you are helping your children develop positive habits that will help them be successful in school.  This type of success will not just be reflected in academics, but also in developing appropriate social skills, healthy life habits and positive emotional attitudes. 

Chronic absenteeism is defined as absence from more than 10% of the school year.  Although 18 or more school absences in a year may seem unlikely, that is just two absences a month.  This level of absenteeism can lead to students falling behind their peers academically, as well as to an increase in stress and anxiety for students and parents alike.  A similar effect can occur when students are regularly late to school or dismissed early.  Students who continually miss instructional time will be at a disadvantage and will be continuously trying to catch up with their peers.  Attending school consistently will improve student outcomes. 

If your child is struggling with absenteeism, please contact your child’s teacher, guidance counselors, or our parent coordinator for support.  We appreciate all your support to ensure student success by reducing chronic absence in school. 

Sincerely, 

J. Iovine

Principal

 

 

Parent Letter #8 - Cell phones

posted Sep 10, 2019, 9:49 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2019 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We know that it is very important for your child to be able to contact you especially if he/she walks to school or in the event of an emergency.  As a result, P.S. 108Q has instituted the following guidelines for students who have permission from their parents to bring their cell phones to school or other electronic devices to school. 

  • Cell phones/electronic devices may not be turned on or used while on school property which includes: 
    • During Instructional time (including tests, quizzes, etc)
    • In the lunchroom
    • In the bathroom
    • During Afterschool programs
    • During fire drills and other emergency preparedness exercises
  • Cell phones/electronic devices should be turned off and stored in students’ backpacks while they are in the school building.
  • Students must understand it is their responsibility to take care of their cell phones or other electronic devices.  P.S. 108Q is not responsible for lost or damaged cell phones/electronic devices.
  • If students do not adhere to the above policies, cell phones/devices may be confiscated by staff members, held in the main office and parents will be contacted to pick up the phone.

 

Please take the time to discuss this information with your child and if you have any questions, please contact us.  We appreciate your cooperation with this matter 

Thank you, 

J. Iovine

Principal

Parent Letter #7 - Evacuations

posted Sep 10, 2019, 9:47 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2019

 Dear Parents/Guardians: 

Safety is the number one priority for P.S. 108Q.  As you may know, we practice several “drills” throughout the school year in order to prepare for various emergencies should they occur. Staff instructs students to adhere to specific procedures for each type of drill.

We want to assure parents that procedures are set in place for the safety of your children. We understand the concern of families regarding where there children will be in case of an emergency.  In the event of an evacuation where we need to vacate the premises, students will relocate to another location. 

Students will relocate to the following sites:

Ø  3K, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes will go to:

                                                            PS 100

     111-11 118th Street

         718-558-1510

Ø  Grade 2, Grade 3 classes will go to

                                                       PS 62

                                                     97-25 108th Street

                                                        718-286-4460

 

Ø  Grade 4 and Grade 5 classes will go to:

 

                                                                MS 137

                                                    109-15 98th Street

                                                        718-659-0471

 

Classroom teachers will go with their classes to the relocation site. Each classroom teacher will have an “emergency red bag” which contains a copy of each student’s blue card.  I hope that there will never be a need to evacuate the building, but we want parents and guardians to feel secure in knowing we are prepared should an emergency arise.  As an aside, we noticed that some parents choose to take their children’s coats after dropping them off at school, which is perfectly fine.  However, please keep in mind this means that those children will not have coats during an evacuation. 

In addition to our evacuation procedures, we practice other safety drills throughout the school year. 

They are as follows:

·         Soft Lockdown Drills: this drill occurs when a hazard is found within the building, but there is no identified imminent danger. Students are instructed to move out of sight and remain silent during this drill.

·         Hard Lockdown Drills: this drill occurs when a hazard is found within the building and imminent danger is known. Students will follow same procedures listed in a soft lockdown.

·         Shelter-in Drills: this drill occurs when there is a hazard outside of the building. All activities within the building carry on as usual.

·         Shelter Drill: this drill is used to practice procedures in the event of a severe storm, tornado etc. Students move quietly into the hallway, move next to the wall, crouch down and cover their heads. 

Please refer to this parent letter to familiarize yourselves with our emergency procedures and safety drills. This informative document will serve as an important resource for you throughout the entirety of the school year. 

In the event of an emergency, families will also be notified through School Messenger. 

As always, I thank you for your support and partnership in helping to keep our children safe.

 

Sincerely, 

J. Iovine

Principal

Parent Letter #6 - Birthdays

posted Sep 9, 2019, 7:44 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2019 

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS 

Education is the primary goal of our schools.  Your child’s birthday can be celebrated with zest at home.  For Kindergarten through Grade 5 students, we will allow a small celebration in the classroom.  Birthday celebrations will be kept to a maximum of 15 minutes to be held at an acceptable time for the classroom teacher (for example during snack time).  Please arrange a mutually acceptable day and time with your child’s teacher. 

The following must be adhered to when celebrating your child’s birthday in school.  Parents are not allowed in the classroom; therefore you may deliver the following to the Main Office at any time.  

  1. Cupcakes and juice boxes only!  One per child.  Please bring a supply of napkins.
  2. No cakes. No plastic utensils.  No candles.
  3. No soda.  No cups.
  4. No chips, candy or other snacks allowed.
  5. No balloons.
  6. No goody bags of any kind. 

Please remember, the only items you will be allowed to bring to school are: 

  • Cupcakes (with napkins)
  • Juice Boxes / small water bottles 

Thank you for your support and cooperation in this matter. 

Sincerely,

J. Iovine

Principal 

Parent Letter #5 - Lunch Applications

posted Sep 9, 2019, 7:04 AM by Felicia Ippolito

Dear Parent/Guardian:

                                                            Re:  Lunch Application 

Even though lunch is free for this school year for all children, the Department of Education requires a completed lunch form to be kept on file for every student.  This form needs to be filled out, signed, and dated and returned to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, September 20, 2019 

If you have not already filled out an application for the 2019-2020 school year, you will find an application attached.  You may fill out this application or if you prefer filling out the lunch application on-line, please visit nyc.applyforlunch.com

 If you have any questions, please contact Maria Mirabile at 718-558-2700 extension 1090.

Thank you, 

J. Iovine

Principal

 

Parent Letter #4 - Snack for Grades K, 1, 2 & 3

posted Sep 5, 2019, 6:03 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2019   

Dear Parents/Guardians of Grades K, 1, 2 & 3 Children, 

Healthy eating behaviors and physical activity are important for your child’s health and well-being.  As you know, over the last few years much emphasis has been placed on promoting good eating habits. 

All children in grades K - 3 will have a 5 minute snack time incorporated into each day.  When packing these snacks please be mindful of the following: 

  • All drinks must be healthy: Juice boxes or Water.  Soda is not allowed. Please do not send in any glass containers.
  • Healthy snacks include, cheese (low fat preferred), fruits, vegetable or crackers, etc.  Please do not send potato chips or any other kind of chips or candy. 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

Sincerely, 

J. Iovine

Principal

Parent Letter #3 - School Closings / Holidays

posted Sep 5, 2019, 6:01 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2019 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please find below the list of holidays/days off for the 2019-2020 school yearPlease keep this notice to refer to throughout the school year and check the P.S. 108 website for any updates www.ps108q.com.

 

September 30th & October 1st

Rosh Hashanah

October 9th

Yom Kippur

October 14th

Columbus Day

November 5th

Election Day

November 11th

Veteran’s Day

November 28th & 29th

Thanksgiving Recess

December 24th – January 1st

Winter Recess

January 20th

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 17th – February 21st

Midwinter Recess

April 9th – April 17th

Spring Recess

May 25th

Memorial Day

June 4th

Chancellor’s Conference Day

June 9th

June Clerical Day

                                                                                                                                                                                  

June 26, 2020 will be last the day of school for the 2019 – 2020 school year and it will be a half-day dismissal. 

Sincerely, 

J. Iovine

Principal

Parent Letter #2 - Policies

posted Sep 5, 2019, 5:58 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2019 

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

I would like to take this opportunity to go over some important information highlighted in the Parent Brochure. 

  • Proper ID:  All persons entering the school building are required to present proper identification.  As you enter through the main entrance on 109th Avenue, you will be greeted by our school safety agent who will request to see proper ID.  You will then be asked to sign the log book.  As you know, providing a safe and secure environment is one of our main goals.  Please adhere to this procedure.  If you come to school without proper ID, you will not be allowed into the building.
  • Blue Cards:  Each child must have a fully completed blue card.  The blue card lists all important phone numbers and contact persons. Please do not list the same number several times, you must provide a minimum of two contact numbers.  No child will be released to anyone who is NOT on the blue card, so it’s important that you list all the people who might be picking up your child during the year.  No one under 18 years old is allowed to pick up a child during the school day. Older siblings attending middle and high school may pick up their younger sibling at dismissal. 
  • On Time Policy:  Arriving at school on time each day is essential to having your child receive a full day of learning.  School begins promptly at 8:00am which means our doors are closed at 8:00 and students begin to head up to their classrooms to start their day.  When a child arrives to school late, even 2 minutes late, they must enter the building using the main entrance and report to the late room.  During this time their lateness are recorded and they must wait for a school aide to escort them up to their classroom.  As you can imagine, this causes undo hardship on the staff, but more importantly places your child in an unnecessary disadvantage when they arrive late and miss important school work at the beginning of the school day.
  • Early Dismissal:  It is important that your child attend a full day of school each day.  We understand there are times when you must make appointments for your child.  We ask that you try to make all appointments after school hours. Remember, if you pick up your child early, he/she will be marked absent for ½ day.  Attendance is one of the criteria for promotion. 

Throughout the school year, you will be receiving Parent Letters regarding pertinent information.  Each letter is numbered.  Please read each letter carefully and keep them until June.  These letters can also be found on the schools webpage, http://www.ps108q.com under Parent’s Place. If you see that you have not received a letter, feel free to contact the school and we’ll gladly forward you a copy.

As always, I thank you for your continued support and partnership. 

Sincerely, 

J. Iovine

Principal

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