The ABCs of Healthy Relationships

Dear PS101 Families,

Through the Parent University, families are being invited to attend a one-hour, 30-minute virtual course entitled, “Helping Our Kids Build Healthy Relationships,” which will be held at 6:00 p.m. on October 19. The course is being taught by experts from the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence and the DOE. Parents and caregivers can learn about a new virtual toolkit called “The ABCs of Healthy Relationships,” and get tips from experts on how to support elementary school aged kids in developing healthier relationships. 

NYC Parent University Register Flyer  available in:

What types of classes does PS101 have?

Dear PS 101 Families,

As we are now in well into into the school year, I want to explain the different types of classrooms PS 101 has (as do most schools across NYC).

There are 3 categories of classrooms: GE (General Education), ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching), and Self-Contained. We have 6 classes on every grade and between 1-4 ICT classes as a part of the 6 classes (changes yearly). Students will have both experiences of GE and ICT classrooms during their time at PS 101.

  • What is a General Education Classroom?
    A GE classroom has one teacher with students that are above grade level, on grade level or approaching grade level. Students who are approaching grade level may or may not have an IEP (Individualized Education program) and receive support services in one of several ways: a Special Ed support teacher may push-in, meaning co-teach in the classroom for part of the day or a teacher may pull some students out of the classroom for small group skill building. Additionally, there will be students with other services such as Speech therapy, Occupational therapy, or Physical Therapy and the teacher may remain in the classroom to assist the student or pull them out depending on their required number of sessions per week.
  • What is an Integrated Co-Teaching Classroom?
    An ICT classroom has two teachers with 60% of the class that are above grade level or on grade level and 40% of the class who are approaching grade level. Students who are approaching grade level have an IEP (Individualized Education program) which allows for extra support in the classroom. Hence, instead of students being pulled our or pushed in like the GE class, the second teacher remains in classroom all the time and co-teaches with the GE teacher. Please note both teachers will work equally with the class to help all students as needed, including those who are exceeding grade level.

The key to note between the two classes above is they move forward together through the curriculum at the same pace.

  • What is a Self-Contained Classroom?
    A Self-Contained classroom is a small class with no more than 12 students who are multiple years behind grade level. These students all have an IEP and the small group design is present to help them catch up to grade level. Hence these students are still expected to work at their grade level and the teacher is responsible for providing more differentiation and scaffolds (building steps) to help them get on grade level.

GK


Stress, Anxiety, Parenting Workshop Series

Dear PS 101 Families,

We hope you are having a smooth transition back to school! We want to inform you of the support workshops that the Child Mind Institute team is offering this fall.

Please see below for links to registration pages.

Caregiver Workshop Series (English)

Caregiver Workshop Series (Spanish)

Educator Workshop Series

Topics include:

  • Effective Behavior Management
  • Supporting Your Anxious Child
  • Supporting Your Child’s Academic Success
  • Stress Management
  • Helping your Child Develop Friendships 
  • and more…

GK

Indigenous People’s Day – Schools Closed on Monday, October 11, 2021

Dear PS 101 Families:

Pease be advised all New York City Department of Education schools will be closed on Monday, October 11th. This special holiday celebrates Indigenous People’s Day to commemorate various histories and cultures.

We look forward to welcoming our students back to school to resume our school week on Tuesday, October 12th.

Visit our website at www.ps101k.com for all Important up-to-date information.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

Emergency Broadband Benefit Informational

Dear PS 101 Families,

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, which provides broadband internet service for eligible New York City households, at a reduced cost, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please view the informational flyer.

All families with a student enrolled in a DOE school or program are eligible for this benefit. Families can confirm their eligibility, apply for the program, and find participating broadband providers via the USAC website. There are two types of benefits available to eligible households:  

  • Monthly Benefit: A discount of up to $50/month for broadband service, equipment, and device rentals; or  
  • One-time Device Discount: A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of $10-$50), where available. 

Families can visit the FCC’s EBB webpage and view this FAQ to learn more about the EBB program. Translated materials are available via the following links: SpanishArabicAmharicBurmeseChineseFrenchHaitian CreoleKoreanPortugueseRussianSomaliTagalog, and Vietnamese

For questions and support, schools and families should email EBBHelp@usac.org or call (833) 511-0311. 

GK

Smile! School Picture Day is Next Week!!

Greetings PS 101 families!

Its Picture day image of camera

On Wednesday, October 13th and Thursday, October 14th, students will be photographed for their 2021 Fall Portraits. All students will be photographed unless parents provide a letter opting their child from pictures. Any photo packages purchased will be sent home 4-6 weeks later.  It is preferred that the children wear a solid colored shirt as they look best with the different backgrounds.

Picture Schedule

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 ~ Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade

Thursday, October 14, 2021 ~ 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

GK

New Programs to PS101

Dear PS 101 Families-

As stated on our website this past weekend, due to the vaccine mandate, we had to make some changes to PS101 staffing and programs.

We are currently in the process of moving some teachers around to ensure every classroom has a well-known and experienced PS101 teacher leading instruction. If a change was made to your child’s teacher, you’ll be receiving a letter today that alerts you to the changes.

In regards to paraprofessionals, we are still working on securing substitute paraprofessionals until such time that we can place an assigned paraprofessional with each child whose IEP mandates it.

While there have been some changes, that doesn’t mean change is bad!
As a result of shifting staff around, we have been able to create a “silver lining” for our school. I am very happy to announce that we are introducing STEM and Graphic Design into the PS101 curriculum! Students who previously had Math as a cluster will now have STEM. Students who previously had Leader in Me as a cluster, will now have Graphic Design.

While we didn’t want to have to make the necessary changes, I am happy to say we created a way to maintain quality instruction at PS101 and introduce some fantastic coursework for our students 🙂

GK