Parent Letter #1 - Welcome

posted Sep 22, 2015, 5:12 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2015


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, I 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 17th 2015, November 5h, 2015, March 3rd, 2016 and May 12th, 2016.  The November and May conferences will be afternoon and evening sessions and the September and May conferences will be evenings only. 


We recently received specific assessment data regarding State Assessments administered earlier this year to children in grades 3-5. The data indicates we are above the city and district average.  In June, all parents were given the information to access the NYC Schools account provided by the DOE.  You will also have access to viewing your child’s s individual data using your personal login information for the Parent Portal provided by P.S. 108.  Ms. Ippolito will be sending home the log in information for OnCourse (the parent portal) in the next couple of weeks.  For parents of incoming Kindergarteners and any new admits, Mrs. Ippolito will contact you regarding your access codes.  Remember, it’s important to print a copy and review the results with your child.


We continue to embed the Common Core Standards, with an emphasis on raising the ‘rigor’ of instruction in all grades, for all students.  The city’s goal is to engage all students in rigorous units of study in literacy and math. Our teachers continue to work in teams to ensure all instructional plans are aligned to the Common Core.  


We are committed to support 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. This year, each month you have an opportunity to visit your child’s classroom as part of our new initiative called Family Fridays. 


I want to extend my personal thanks in advance for all your support.  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. Together we can and will make a difference!





Ms. Biondollilo