What should I expect this School Year?

Good Day PS 101 Families,

While we do not have our usual Back to School evening, we wanted you to have all the information you need to learn about your child’s teacher and the expectations for the grade including classwork, homework, tests and more. We also have many other staff members who you have yet to meet and learn about such as our Cluster staff (art, music, STEM, etc), our Related Service Providers such as Speech, Occupational Therapy, and more!

Please click on the link below for your child’s grade to learn about our teaching staff and the expectations for the year. Please also visit the link for Clusters, ESL and Related Service providers if your child has these services.
*When you open the presentation, you will have to click through the slides to advance the presentation.

Pre-Kindergarten

Kindergarten

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Specialty Classes/ Clusters

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Related Services (OT, PT, Speech)

RTI (Small Group Teachers)

GK

Coffee with Principal Korrol (in-person)

Dear Families of PS 101,

PS 101 parents are invited to have “Coffee with Principal Korrol”.

We’re happy to announce that for the 2022-23 school year, we will have “Coffee with Korrol” in person. During this 45 minute meeting, you’ll meet Principal Korrol, learn about expectations for your child’s specific grade, discuss Parenting tips and have a chance to ask questions directly to Principal Korrol, and have coffee!!

As per DOE guidelines, you MUST have proof of COVID-19 vaccination (2 vaccines that took place more than 2 weeks ago) to enter the school. If you are unable to attend, the meeting will be recorded and posted on our website.
***You will need to show BOTH your ID and Vaccination card to the security guard at the main lobby on the day of the meeting

Parents who are interested in attending this meeting must register for their specific grade by clicking the grade link below.

Dates of these meetings are listed below:
(Click your child’s grade below to register now)

  1. Kindergarten – Friday, September 23 at 9:00 AM
  2. 5th Grade – Friday, September 30 at 9:00 AM
  3. 2nd Grade – Friday, October 7 at 9:00 AM
  4. 4th Grade – Friday, October 14 at 9:00 AM
  5. 1st Grade – Friday, October 21 at 9:00 AM
  6. 3rd Grade – Friday, October 28 at 9:00 AM
  7. Pre-K– Friday, November 4 at 9:00 AM

*Please be advised that dates are subject to change

We hope you are able to attend and I look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol
Principal

Welcome Back to School Information

Dear PS 101 Families!

We are super excited to begin the fantastic new school year that is finally here!

Here’s what you need to know (please read carefully):

First day of School: Thursday September 8

School Hours:
8:00am-8:25am: Breakfast is served in the cafeteria
8:30am-2:45pm -School hours
*younger grades will be dismissed slightly earlier- your teacher will let you know the time

Where does my child enter PS 101?
All students will enter the school through the Main Entrance (except Pre-K)
Students arriving to their classroom after 8:35am will be marked late

After students enter PS 101 in the morning:

Breakfast for all of our students will be in the cafeteria. If your child is eating they will first start in the cafeteria.

After Breakfast (or if not having breakfast in school)

Grade K & 1 students will remain in the cafeteria.
Grades 2, 3, 4 students will report to the auditorium.  
Grade 5 students will report to the gymnasium.

At 8:30 am grades 2-5 students will all walk on their own to their classrooms.  Teachers will greet their students at the classroom door at 8:30.  

Grade K & 1 teachers will meet their classes in the cafeteria.  

Pre-Kindergarten ONLY: Pre-K students enter in the same place they exit (see map below)
Pre-K-1 students will enter on 24 Avenue; Pre-K-2 students will enter on Bay 35th Street.

Where does my child dismiss from?

Dismissal Map:

Do we still have to do the Daily Health Screener?
No- daily health screeners are no longer required, however, if your child is sick you must keep them home from school. You can read all about the Health and Safety protocols here.

What School Supplies do I need?
Click here for School Supply Lists for all students

Please make sure to write your child’s name and class on the bag of school supplies

When is school closed for Holidays?
2022-2023 School year Calendar

Want to meet with the Principal?
Sign up: Parent meetings with Principal Korrol

First Day of School information for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Information:
***Please check your email for important information about the first day of school***

Kindergarten September 8 ONLY:
Kindergarten students will arrive at 9am through the schoolyard gates and have an outdoor line-up.

Kindergarten families will return to the schoolyard in designated color/class stations at 1pm to engage in an outdoor orientation with families. After the outdoor parent meeting, students will be dismissed to their parent/guardian.

On Friday, September 9th, all Kindergarten students will enter through the main entrance.

GK

School Spirit Days in October 2022 with our PS 101 Little Lighthouse Team

Greetings PS 101 Families:

We always want to strive to demonstrate a sense of community and family that unite together to celebrate. Our united school spirit will show support as a form of expression. Here are some upcoming School Spirit Events for the month of OCTOBER. We need your support and full participation with each special day, so please make every effort to adhere to the color/theme and share in the fun!

Friday, October 7thSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
SHOW YOUR PS 101 VIKING PRIDE!
WEAR PS 101 school apparel!
You may also WEAR our school color: BLUE!
Friday, October 14thSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
SHOW YOUR PS 101 VIKING PRIDE!
WEAR PS 101 school apparel!
You may also WEAR our school color: BLUE!
Friday, October 21stSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
FEEL GOOD ON FUN FRIDAY!
WEAR a t-shirt/sweatshirt with positive vibes/messages!
Friday, October 28thSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
Show your best self with working out attire to show you’re physically fit!
WEAR WORKOUT GEAR DAY!
Monday, October 31stSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
Character Day at PS 101
Dress up as your favorite character/person!

We look forward to sharing in these special days! Participate and show some School Spirit at 101! 101 VIKING PRIDE!

Sincerely,

PS 101 LIM Little Lighthouse Team

Late Arrivals

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Please be advised that the PS 101 school day begins promptly at 8:30 AM daily. Effective Monday October 3rd, students entering the school building later than 8:35 AM will be issued a pink late pass and will be marked ‘Late’ on the daily attendance. 

Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring your children are present for the entire school day.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

5th Grade Coffee with Korrol Recording (Sept 30, 2022)

Dear 5th Grade Parents-

You can now listen to today’s 5th Grade Coffee with Korrol recording below. The conversation includes information about the Middle School application process, Senior Activities including Graduation, and parenting tips and habits to create.

DESSA Family Letter

September 2022

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s), 

Welcome back to the new school year. Your continued partnership with us is more important than ever as we strive to ensure your child excels this school year and beyond. To further support you, our teachers, counselors, and social workers as champions of your child(ren)’s academic and social and emotional needs, we will continue administering the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) that was introduced last school year.

The DESSA is a strengths-based Social Emotional Screener that asks questions about areas of social-emotional functioning including decision making, relationship building, confidence, and others. This tool is completed by someone who knows your child really well—in most cases a teacher. Research has consistently shown that developing the social and emotional skills of students helps them to succeed academically, gain confidence, and be happier. Social-emotional learning, or SEL, includes developing relationship skills, self-awareness, responsible decision-making, and optimistic thinking. 

Through use of the DESSA last year, we were able to build on each student’s strengths while identifying the social-emotional skills they needed to further develop. When the students’ growth areas were identified, we developed a highly responsive plan to target, strengthen, and enhance those skills in the most appropriate manner and settings.

The results of this screener will not be included on report cards, will not have any impact on grades, and will not be used to make any diagnostic or evaluation decisions. The results will be stored securely in an online portal that meets the DOE’s strictest privacy and security settings and will only be viewable by your child(ren)’s teachers and select school staff such as the principal or counselor.

We are excited to implement the DESSA beginning October 17, 2022. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Counselors Ms. Kipriadis or Ms. Liebert at (718) 372-0221.

*** OPT OUT INFO: Please indicate your intention for the DESSA screening on this Google Form: https://forms.gle/puX5Zb5XpWyzvYEd9. The form will close on October 16, 2022. If there is no response to the form, the DESSA screening will be administered for your child.

Sincerely, 

Gregg Korrol

Principal

5th Grade: Middle School Applications

Dear 5th Grade Families,

The time has come!

HOW TO APPLY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
Children who have completed fifth grade can apply to middle school, and most NYC middle
schools serve children in grades 6–8. Many students attend their zoned middle school (PS 101’s zoned Middle School is IS 281 Cavallaro), and most students attend middle school in their district. To find out if your New York City home address has a zoned middle school, call 311 or visit schoolsearch.schools.nyc and type in your home address. If your child doesn’t have a zoned school or you need help, reach out
to your school’s counselor. Learn about your zoned school and/or other schools in your district
online with MySchools

MIDDLE SCHOOL ADMISSIONS BEGINS OCTOBER 26th
The middle school application will open on October 26th, and the deadline to apply is December
1st.
Students will receive offers in April. Superintendents will partner with school communities’
leadership, staff, and parents to thoughtfully determine if and where middle school screened
programs should exist based on instructional and community needs. Where screening is allowed,
students would be ranked based on a composite of their course grades from fourth grade. The
number of academically screened schools will be limited and based on the needs of the
community. Screens will be determined by the start of the Middle School Admissions process on
October 26th.

Central Open House Calendar – We are launching an events calendar in MySchools so
that families can find all admissions events and school open houses and tour information
in one place. Families will be able to add events to their personal calendar and RSVP to
events directly from MySchools

Improved Virtual Audition Experience – The virtual audition and additional material
submission experience will be improved by adding clearer instructions and submission
confirmation.

Timeline:
October 26: MS Application Opens
December 1: MS / HS Application Deadline
January: MS Screening for talents
April: Middle School Offers

GK

Save for College Program Information Sessions

Dear PS 101 Families:

Please see below flyer for registration information on workshops you can attend to learn more about the Save for College program. You can register for these events on nyckidsrise.org/events.

Workshops are available in English, Arabic, Mandarin, and Spanish and you can also view pre-recorded sessions on youtube.com/nyckidsrise.

Poster of Save for College Information Sessions

October 2022 – Important Dates

Dear PS 101 Parents/Guardians:

We are listing some important dates for the month of October. Please keep these dates for reference during the month of October.

DATEREASON
October 4, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 24, 25, 26CLASS LECTURE VISITS with guest speakers to review traffic safety from the NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
Wednesday, October 5thNYCDOE Schools Closed
Yom Kippur Holiday Observance  
Friday, October 7thCoffee with Korrol
Grade: 2nd Grade Families
Join Principal Korrol for some coffee talk in PS 101 at 9am.
Must show proof of COVID vaccination status upon entry. 
Friday, October 7thSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
SHOW YOUR PS 101 VIKING PRIDE!
WEAR PS 101 school apparel!
You may also WEAR our school color: BLUE!
Monday, October 10thNYC Schools Closed
Holiday Observance
Italian Heritage/Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Tuesday, October 11thPTA General Membership Meeting via ZOOM at 10am.
Link to follow, prior to the meeting date. 
Friday, October 14thCoffee with Korrol
Grade: 4th Grade Families
Join Principal Korrol for some coffee talk in PS 101 at 9am.
Must show proof of COVID vaccination status upon entry.
Friday, October 14thSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
SHOW YOUR PS 101 VIKING PRIDE!
WEAR PS 101 school apparel!
You may also WEAR our school color: BLUE!
Friday, October 21stCoffee with Korrol
Grade: 1st Grade Families
Join Principal Korrol for some coffee talk at 9am.
Must show proof of COVID vaccination status upon entry. 
Friday, October 21stSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
FEEL GOOD ON FUN FRIDAY!
WEAR a t-shirt/sweatshirt with positive vibes/messages!
Friday, October 28thCoffee with Korrol
Grade: 3rd Grade Families
Join Principal Korrol for some coffee talk at 9am.
Must show proof of COVID vaccination status upon entry. 
Friday, October 28thSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
Show your best self with working out attire to show you’re physically fit! WEAR WORKOUT GEAR DAY!
Monday, October 31stSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
Character Day at PS 101 Dress up as your favorite character/person!
Monday, October 31-November 4thScholastic Book Fair at PS 101
SHOP for BOOKS!
Students will be able to shop for leveled books and books of high interest. 

If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher. We hope this information will be helpful to you in planning for the month of October. 

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

Safety Concerns

Dear PS 101 Families,

We need your help!

As you know safety is our priority here at PS101 and there are a few things we need you to help us with:

  1. Dogs– many people bring their dogs with them when picking up their children. First and foremost, your dog MUST be on a leash. While your pet is friendly to you, to others it can be scary. While we would prefer you not bring your dog to morning drop-off or pick-up, if you do please be considerate of everyone and ensure they are on a leash. Additionally, dogs are not permitted in the school yard.
  2. Double parking creates a tremendous back up of traffic and frustration. While you are welcome to drop and go, you cannot leave your car double parked and unattended while waiting for your child. NYPD has informed me they will begin ticketing cars that do this.
  3. Morning drop off– When you walk your child to the steps, hug them and say goodbye BEFORE they start walking up. I have observed many parents calling out to their children while walking up the steps, and the kids turn around and in some cases have almost fallen down the steps.
    Please say your goodbyes before they start walking up and ensure your child faces forward when walking up steps.

Thank you for helping us keep your children safe 🙂

GK