Parent Letters /Information


Parent Letter #9

posted Oct 30, 2017, 4:54 AM by Felicia Ippolito

October 25, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

Please be aware that only Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten students will be allowed to wear costumes on Tuesday, October 31st (Halloween) for their Halloween Parades.  Students in grades 1 – 5 may wear black and orange to be festive.  We appreciate your cooperation with this matter.

Sincerely, 

J. Iovine

Principal

Parent Letter #8

posted Oct 30, 2017, 4:53 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you may know, Chancellor Farina has lifted the ban on cell phones in school as of

March 1, 2015.   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 of this change, 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

posted Oct 30, 2017, 4:51 AM by Felicia Ippolito

Dear Parents/Guardians:                                   

Homework has always been recognized as an important medium to foster the academic achievement of students and to extend school activities into the home and community. Homework assignments will be given on a daily basis, including Fridays, in accordance with minimum time allotments. 

Homework assignments serve to:

  • Review work taught in class
  • Increase the time spent on academic tasks
  • Enhance the type of learning and activities taking place in the classroom
  • Help to prepare students for next day’s class participation and to reorganize material studied
  • Give students an opportunity to evaluate his/her knowledge and to request help if necessary 

Students should be helped to understand their responsibility for homework.  Students should:

  • Do the work to the best of their ability, with a minimum of help.
  • Budget sufficient time each school day for homework.
  • Keep a written record of all assignments. 
  • Assume responsibility for getting and doing homework assignments missed because of lateness or absence. 

Frequency and Quantity

 

  • Suggested minimum time allotments for homework are as follows:

 

MINIMUM TIME ALLOTMENTS

GRADE

FREQUENCY

MINIMUM DAILY TOTAL

K-1

Daily

15 - 30 minutes

2-3

Daily

30 - 45 minutes

4-5

Daily

45 - 60 minutes

 

In addition, children in Grades K-5 are required to read at their independent reading level each night and maintain a reading log. Parents’ participation is a vital part of a quality education and your efforts to encourage reading each night for a minimum of 10-20 minutes will provide your child with the time to practice reading strategies at home and to establish a love of reading. Please monitor your child’s homework to ensure completion of all assigned tasks. 

Very truly yours,

 

J. Iovine

Principal

Parent Letter #6

posted Oct 30, 2017, 4:50 AM by Felicia Ippolito

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 the classrooms are:

  • Cupcakes (with napkins)
  • Juice Boxes 

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. 

Sincerely,


J. Iovine

Principal 

Parent Letter #5

posted Oct 30, 2017, 4:49 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 all children.  The form needs to be filled in, signed and dated and returned to your child’s teacher no later than Monday, September 18, 2017. 

If you have not already filled out an application for the 2017-2018 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

posted Sep 8, 2017, 7:28 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians of Grades K & 1 & 2 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 K & 1 & 2 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. Do not send in any glass containers.
  • Healthy snacks include, cheese (low fat preferred), fruits, vegetable or crackers, etc.  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 - Holidays/School Closings

posted Sep 8, 2017, 7:19 AM by Felicia Ippolito   [ updated Sep 11, 2017, 5:53 AM ]

September 2017 

                                            ***********Corrected Dates**************

Dear Parents, 

In order to assist you in planning for days when PS 108 is closed for students, the following is a brief calendar of all holidays/days off for the 2017-2018 school year.   Please keep and refer to this calendar throughout the year.

 

            September 21 & 22, 2017                                            Rosh Hashanah

            October 9, 2017                                                         Columbus Day

November 7, 2017                                                       Election Day

November 23 & 24, 2017                                            Thanksgiving Recess

December 25, 2017 – January 1, 2018                       Winter Recess

January 15, 2018                                                         Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 16 - 23, 2018                                                Lunar New Year & Midwinter Recess

March 30 – April 6, 2018                                            Spring Recess 

May 28, 2018                                                              Memorial Day

June 7, 2018                                                                Chancellor’s Conference Day

June 11, 2018                                                              Clerical Day

_____________________________________________________________________________________ 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 will be the last day of school.  Students will have a half day dismissal. 

The first Parent/Teacher Conference will be held on September 13, 2017.  You will receive a more detailed letter with all of the information.        

Additional Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held in November, March and May. 

Sincerely, 

J. Iovine

Principal

 

PLEASE SAVE THIS NOTICE FOR FUTURE REFERENCE

Parent Letter #2 - Policies

posted Sep 8, 2017, 7:16 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2017 

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 8:00 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 is 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 and avoid picking up your child any time after 1:50 pm on Monday – Friday, as this is the time when classes are summarizing the day’s lessons and discussing the homework assignments.  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 from me.  Each letter is numbered.  Please read each letter 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.

 Sincerely, 

J. Iovine

Principal

Parent Letter #1 - Welcome 2017-2018

posted Sep 8, 2017, 7:14 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2017

 Dear Parents/Guardians, 

On behalf of the entire staff I want to welcome you back to the PS 108 School Community.  To the parents who are new to school, we send you a warm welcome to the PS 108 school family.  We’re excited to begin the new school year and we look forward to a strong, unified partnership.  

As you know, our school day will be the same as last year: All children will attend school from 8:00 to 2:20 Monday to Friday (5 days a week). 

Below I’ve outlined the Department of Education Citywide Instructional Expectations (CIE): 

Ensure knowledge of students and their work, and use this knowledge as a starting point for learning;

Integrate policy into established, clearly articulated instructional focus; and

Develop a culture of collaborative professional development that enables school and individual development 

Additionally, this year parents/guardians will have four (4) opportunities to meet with your child’s teacher during the school year:  September 13th, November 16th, March 15th, and May 23rd,.  The November and March Conferences will be afternoon and evening sessions and the September and May conferences will be evenings only.  

In order to provide parents with on-going and updated information regarding your child’s academic progress, you will have access to viewing your child’s s individual data using your personal login information for the On Course Parent Portal.  Access codes will remain the same as last year for those parents returning.  For parents of incoming Kindergarteners and any new admits, Mrs. Ippolito will contact you in the next few weeks regarding your access codes for On Course.  

We continue to embed a high level of ‘rigor’ in instruction in all grades, for all students.  The city’s goal is to engage all students in rigorous units of study in Literacy, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Teachers continue to work in teams to ensure all instructional plans are aligned to the Common Core.  

We are committed to supporting your child academically and socially to ensure each child graduates P.S.108Q with the skills and tools necessary to excel in Middle School and beyond while preparing for College and Career Readiness. This year, each month you will have an opportunity to visit your child’s classroom and participate in Family Fundays.  

I want to extend my personal thanks in advance for all your support and cooperation.  A school’s success is only possible with the collaboration of parents and teachers. Your participation in your child’s education is critical to their success. I am confident that with strong family ties and parent engagement. Together we can and will make a difference! 

Sincerely,     

J. Iovine

Principal

Parent Letter #18 - State Math test reminder

posted Apr 20, 2017, 9:16 AM by Felicia Ippolito

Dear Parents of Grade 3, 4 & 5: 

The NYS Math test will be taking place on: May 2nd, 3rd, and 4th - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday           

Please note the following:

  • Students must come to school on time (8:00 am).  Latecomers will not be allowed into the classrooms.
  • Your child must take all parts of the tests. Please make sure he/she comes to school all days.
  • Please make sure that your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a nourishing breakfast.
  • Have your child bring two #2 pencils.
  • If your child wears eyeglasses, please make sure they have them for the test.

We are confident that our children will do well on these assessments.  Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

 

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