The 101 Experience: Where Kids Thrive!

PS 101 Student Email accounts

Dear PS 101 Families,

As you know, safety is always our first concern at PS 101. It has been reported that many students are beginning to create email chains / threads to other students and using their email inappropriately (not maliciously, but in a silly-kid way). As a result, we are going to shut down student emails either permanently or until such time that we can figure out a better solution.

Parents, as a reminder, you can continue to contact your child’s teacher through Google Classroom or Remind. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Complete the 2020 Census

Dear PS 101 families,
As we grapple with COVID-19, completing the 2020 Census is even more important now than ever. The number of New Yorkers who are counted will determine how much funding we receive for our schools and public services over the next 10 years. City schools receive more than $781 million every year in Title I funding, based on census data. In addition, the census helps determine funding for early learn centers, in-school and afterschool youth programs, childcare programs, and other services that support our school communities. 

If you haven’t yet, please complete the census online at, or by calling 844-330-2020, and completing the brief survey, which is open until October 31.

For more information, please visit the NYC 2020 Census page


Dial-A-Teacher Now Available for Grades K–5

Dar 101 families,

The UFT has re-opened its Dial-A-Teacher program, a homework help line for students, run by classroom teachers. This resource is available from 4:00–7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, for students in grades K–5. Due to limitations caused by school building closures, the help line is currently only available for ELA and math homework from teachers speaking English. The UFT is hoping to expand to other subjects, grades, and languages soon.

*Please be advised these are not PS 101 teachers


Upcoming Engagement on Policy for 2020–21 Admissions

Dear PS 101 families-

Please see the letter below from the Chancellor regarding admissions to Middle School and High School. As we already know which Middle School our students have made, this policy is more around placement within the school:

Due to COVID-19, some factors that middle and high schools consider in admissions decisions, such as state test scores, attendance, and end-of-year grades, are not available. The admissions process for middle and high schools for the 2020–21 school year has to adapt to account for the absence of this information, which schools use in ranking prospective students.

The DOE announced a citywide engagement plan on admissions for the 2020–21 school year, and will continue its plans to gather feedback from parents, students, school leaders, and others to help inform the policymaking process. The engagement plan describes upcoming parent engagements with deputy chancellors and executive superintendents in all five boroughs. Please share this letter with students’ families, so that they can be made aware of the opportunity to participate.

Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings, listed below:

  • Bronx with Executive Superintendent Meisha Ross-Porter on May 27 (6:00–8:00 p.m.)
  • Queens with Executive Superintendents Mabel Muñiz-Sarduy and Andre Spencer on May 28 (6:00–8:00 p.m.)
  • Staten Island with Executive Superintendent Anthony Lodico on May 29 (6:00–8:00 p.m.)
  • Manhattan with Executive Superintendent Marisol Rosales on June 1 (6:00–8:00 p.m.)
  • Brooklyn with Executive Superintendents Karen Watts and Barbara Freeman on June 2 (6:00–8:00 p.m.)

Coming tomorrow- iReady Day (Math) at PS 101

Good morning PS 101 Families,

Tomorrow we finish up our iReady diagnostic with a focus on MATH. Reminder, iReady diagnostics (think of it like a doctor “check-up”), helps us measure student progress and growth over the year. it’s VERY IMPORTANT that you do not assist your child with the diagnostic as it will lead to a false result and create a problem for your child for all future iReady use as they will be getting work that may be too hard.
Additionally, it’s important for students to take breaks throughout the diagnostic. Students will have an entire school day to complete the diagnostic and should take the diagnostic in 20-minute increments.
A sample schedule is provided below.

Parents, please watch the videos below to assist you:
  • NEW Video Guidance for Families Administering the i-Ready Diagnostic from Home(English) Video
  • Family Diagnostic Check-list: A list of to-dos for being as supportive as possible with your student(s) English | Spanish
  • Website: Family Guidance for Supporting Students Using i-Ready Assessment at Home This Spring (English and Spanish)


Students will start the day, as usual,  by logging into their Google Classroom, and read the daily message from their teacher.

The two designated testing days are:

  • Tuesday May 19, 2020: ELA iReady Exam
  • Tuesday May 26, 2020: Math iReady Exam
Sample Schedule for May 19:
9:00 – 9:30 i-Ready Math Diagnostic
9:30-10:30 Brain Break Video
10:30-11:00 i-Ready Math Diagnostic
11:00-11:30 Journal (participation grade )
11:30-12:00 Go Noodle
12:00 -1:00 LUNCH
1:00-1:30 I-Ready Math Diagnostic
1:30-2:00 Kids Bop Video
2:30-3:00 i-Ready Math Diagnostic

Art Exhibit Showcase for PS 101 Staff and Parents

Dear 101 Parents,

Art Teacher Mrs. Russo created a place for the staff (and you as a parent) to exhibit your creativity. It doesn’t have to be artwork specifically; it can be a recipe, a sewing project, photography–anything creative done within the last 8 weeks you would like to display. It’s a great way of sharing a little piece of yourself with the school community, while appreciating one another more and getting to know each other better.

Please ensure to post only appropriate artwork and comments that children can look at and read about.  

PS101 Art exhibit online:

Adult Artistry of PS 101; Made with Magic During Covid19

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