Parent Letter #1 - Welcome Back 2011-2012

posted Sep 7, 2011, 8:26 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2011


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 and we’re very excited to have you as part of our school family. We’re excited to begin the new school year and we look forward to a strong unified partnership.  As we move forward, it’s important to reflect on the successes of last year in order to help guide our focus for this year. 


As you know, students in grades 3-5 are required to take a series of State exams.  The results of these exams provide important information regarding how children are performing academically and how effective the school is in addressing the academic needs of our children.  Results of the State Exams- ELA (reading assessment) and Math were released to the public on August 8th.  You can view your child’s results in the ARIS Parent Link, using your personal login information. If you have any problems accessing the site, please contact the school for assistance. I suggest you print a copy and review the results with your child.  The report shows your child’s overall score, identifies areas of additional need and highlights areas of strength.  Teachers use this data to guide instruction and design an instructional plan to support, challenge and engage your child.


As you may have heard, the State now holds students to a considerably higher bar compared to previous years.  As stated by Chancellor Walcott, this year the State exams were longer and more comprehensive, but overall the city made progress. We are excited to report that State results from both the ELA and Math exams indicate that PS108Q is well above the City’s average and our students continue to make academic progress. We’re waiting for the release of our School Report Card, and we are confident that we will continue to be rated an A school.  Early summer, the School Learning Environment Surveys results were released showing an increase in Academic Expectations, Communication, and Student Safety. We’re proud to announce that One Hundred percent (100%) of parents/teachers completed the surveys; we’re grateful for your support and feedback and we want to thank you for taking the time to reflect on the school’s progress.


Chancellor Walcott recently noted the city is transitioning to the Common Core, with an emphasis on raising the ‘rigor’ of what we ask students to do. The city’s goal is to engage all students in at least one literacy and math task embedded in the curriculum.  Last year we were fortunate to participate in the Common Core Pilot program, and as a result, teachers integrated these new standards into their instructional maps, embedding rigor in all curriculum tasks.


We will continue to review and reflect on data as a tool to support and guide our instruction.  The entire staff at PS 108 is committed to support your child academically and socially.  Our continued goal is to ensure each child graduates P.S.108Q with the skills and tools necessary to excel in Middle School and beyond.


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