Parent Letters /Information


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

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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.

 

Parent Letter #17 -

posted Apr 20, 2017, 9:14 AM by Felicia Ippolito

March 6, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians:

HIV/AIDS is one of the most serious health problems Americans have ever faced.  Advances in medicine have made tremendous strides in keeping people infected with HIV healthy for many years.  Still, it has no cure, and education is the only way we can help our students protect themselves from becoming infected. 

The New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) require that HIV/AIDS education be provided for all students in kindergarten through grade 12.  The HIV/AIDS Curriculum that NYC DOE developed for NYC students is age and developmentally appropriate.  For example, in kindergarten, students learn how people get sick and how to get better.  

As a parent or legal guardian, you have the right to excuse your child from certain HIV/AIDS lessons that teach about methods of HIV/AIDS prevention.  These “opt out” prevention lessons are identified in the HIV/AIDS Curriculum, which is online at

http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/Wellness/HealthHIV/HIVAIDSoverview.htm.

If you would like your child to be excused from that particular lesson, you must write a letter to me stating that:

  • Your child should not be in the classroom during the “opt out” prevention lessons; and
  • You will teach your child about prevention at home.
  • Send the letter in no later than Monday, March 13, 2017 as lessons will be beginning that week. 

If you have questions, please contact Ms. Klein at 718-558-2700 and press 0 for the main office.  You will be able to leave a message in the main office for Ms. Klein.

Sincerely,

J. Iovine

Principal (IA)                                                                                                                                 

Parent Letter #16 - Survey

posted Apr 20, 2017, 9:13 AM by Felicia Ippolito

March 2, 2017

 

Dear Parent/Guardian:

 

On the day of Parent / Teacher Conferences you will be asked to fill out a very important survey while you wait to see your child’s teacher.  This survey is administered by the Department of Education and each school’s survey results are used in determining the school “grade.” 

 

We sincerely urge you to participate in this survey because your feedback is extremely valuable to us.  By just participating in the survey you will be entered into a raffle to win a Razor scooter!

 

We want to thank you for your past participation and all of the support you have given to us.  We truly value you as part of the PS 108 family and we will remain devoted to providing your child with the best education possible.

 

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Thank You,

 

 

J. Iovine

Principal (IA)

 

Parent Letter #15a - Parent Teacher Conferences Pre - K

posted Feb 27, 2017, 10:02 AM by Felicia Ippolito

February 27, 2017          

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Our next Parent Teacher Conferences will be held in two sessions on one day only.  Students will have a half day dismissal.  You will receive a letter from your child’s classroom teacher to schedule an appointment time. 

    Thursday – March 9, 2017                 Afternoon Session – 12:30 – 2:30 pm

                                                              Evening Session – 4:30 – 7:30 pm

  • Pre – K dismissal will be at 10:55 am at the silver doors.

Parent Letter #15 - Parent Teacher Conferences

posted Feb 27, 2017, 10:01 AM by Felicia Ippolito

February 27, 2017         

 Dear Parent/Guardian:                                

Our next Parent Teacher Conferences will be held in two sessions on one day only.  Students will have a half day dismissal.  You will receive a letter from your child’s classroom teacher to schedule an appointment time. 

    Thursday – March 9, 2017                 Afternoon Session – 12:30 – 2:30 pm

                                                              Evening Session – 4:30 – 7:30 pm 

  • Dismissal for K & 1 students – 11:10 am
  • Dismissal for Gr 2 – 5 students – 11:20 am
  • Report Cards will be distributed at Parent Teacher Conferences
  • No Afterschool Programs will be held on 3/9/2017

            

Parent Letter #14 - FDNY response

posted Feb 27, 2017, 9:59 AM by Felicia Ippolito

January 20, 2017 

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

On Friday, January 20, 2017 at approximately 10:00 am in the morning the fire alarm in P.S. 108 sounded.  We determined there was an odor of smoke on the fourth floor.  Due to these factors the building responded as if we were having a fire drill and the fire department was contacted.  Staff and students left the building safely and efficiently.  The fire department responded promptly and determined there was no fire just a malfunction in one of the fan rooms which caused the alarm and the odor.  The fire department gave the “all clear” to enter back into the building.  Staff and students proceeded back into the building in an orderly manner.  Since this situation occurred during the first lunch period, students’ lunch times were adjusted to ensure all students had the opportunity to have lunch. 

We are so proud of how well the students behaved and listened to direction during this situation.  We are also extremely proud of our staff whose response was both seamless and organized as we have systems and protocols in place and we practice these protocols several times throughout the school year.  Safety of students and staff is our number one concern and we appreciate all of your support. 

Sincerely,  

J. Iovine

Principal (IA)                                                                                                                                                                                   

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