big apple awards

Have you nominated your favorite PS 101 Teacher?

Nominate a Teacher or Staff member for the Big Apple Award!

Dear PS 101 Families,

The Big Apple Awards are an opportunity for you to tell the NYC Dept. of Education how thankful you are for your child’s teacher or a staff member who works at PS101. The Big Apple Awards recognize and celebrate New York City teachers who make positive differences for all the students they teach. The application is quick, but the appreciation will last a lifetime!

Students, families, administrators, and community members can nominate any PS101 teacher or staff member for the Big Apple Award.

The nomination window is open until February 28, 2023.

You can nominate a teacher by:

● Submit the teacher’s name and school to the DOE All Stars website:


○ Note: sign in as a Guest – you do not need a DOE login to nominate a teacher

through the portal

● Email with the teacher’s name and school


Please support our staff and give them this honorary shout-out if you feel they deserve it!

Thank yopu,


Body Positivity from Northwell Health

Dear PS 101 Families,

Below are some tips from Northwell Health Health on positive ways to talk to your child about weight and a healthy lifestyle.

I’ll start my diet after the holidays, I really need to lose weight.” While there’s nothing wrong with adults setting achievable health goals, it’s neither appropriate nor helpful for children to hear adults talk about their struggles with dieting and weight loss. Hearing this language could lead a child or teen to engage in dangerous and restrictive eating and or exercise behaviors. Nearly one in three children or adolescents in the US today have either overweight or obesity. Many youth are bullied or develop poor self-esteem as a result. As a parent or caregiver, it’s important to avoid causing guilt or placing blame on a child or teen who may have overweight or obesity. Here are some ways to help children and teens develop healthful behaviors and body-positive attitudes:

  • Refrain from “fat talk,” fad diets and commenting or criticizing your own body shape and size.
  • Avoid talking about pounds, weight loss and the numbers on the scale; focus on healthy habits.
  • Make positive changes for the entire family; don’t single out the child with the weight issue.
  • Avoid talking about carbs, calories, fats or any single “off limits” food.
  • Offer a variety of healthful foods at regular snack and mealtimes.
  • Make family mealtimes a priority. Eating and talking together promotes good nutrition and healthy weight for kids.

Provide positive feedback on healthy lifestyle behaviors like “great snack choice” or “you are running fast today,” rather than focusing on losing a pound on the scale.

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Parent Workshops: Special Education

Dear PS 101 Families,

Below are links to community workshops on Special Education and services.

Brooklyn Early Childhood & School Age Family Community Engagement (FACE) Center for NYC

Upcoming Workshops and Events for Families:

Understanding the IEP Process
2/8/23, Wednesday, 11:00am-1:00pm:

Learn about the fundamentals of the IEP process, including evaluations and
eligibility, the roles and responsibilities of school staff and families, the
various components of the IEP, and the transition planning process.
For families of students with disabilities.

Agency 101: Connecting Individuals with Disabilities to Adult Services
2/16/23, Thursday, 5:30pm-7:00pm:

This training will review New York State’s adult service agencies for people
with disabilities, the services they provide, and their eligibility processes.
Learn about how to connect students with disabilities to essential
post-school options and supports, the benefits of adult agency services, and
how to involve your student and IEP team in accessing services.


Save For College Parent Workshop for Kindergarten and Grade 1 Families on January 25

Dear PS 101 Kindergarten and Grade One Families:

Please see below registration link to join our information workshop on Wednesday January 25th, at 9:00 AM. You will learn more about the Save for College program. We will explain the process and the advantages to joining the program to save for your child’s future. All workshop participants must show valid ID and proof of COVID vaccination upon entry.

Register for this workshop using this link:

Your child has been automatically enrolled in the Save for College Program unless you choose not to participate. You do not have to do anything to enroll to receive a free NYC Scholarship Account. For more details, please visit;;

Building Block 1 – To Activate and View the NYC Scholarship Account:

1. Visit

2. Click Activate Account

3. After reading the Welcome statement, scroll down and click activate account

4. Another small box will appear and you can click Continue

5. You will then see a Registration box pop up

6. Enter your child’s Date of Birth, Zip Code, and OSIS Number (Student ID Number), then click submit.

7. Now you will enter your personal information and create a password

8. Once that’s complete, click on the introductory survey

9. Complete the introductory survey to earn the first $25 reward, which will be allocated to your child’s scholarship account within about a week.

After you finish activating the account, you can choose to open your own account as a next step (also known as Building Block 2) so that you can save alongside the scholarship account. If you have any questions or would like support opening your own college and career savings account:

1. Call NYC Kids RISE at 1-833-543-7473 or email them at

2. Join NYC Kids RISE for a Choose the Right Account Workshop. Click here to see the full list of events and register.

We will walk you through these simple steps together!

Please contact our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Bing Xing Lin at or (347) 563-4680 if you need support to activate and view your child’s NYC Scholarship Account.

In community,

Gregg Korrol


Parents as Partners Workshop on January 20th

Dear PS 101 Families:

Please join me for a parent workshop on Friday, January 20th at 9am to welcome guest speaker, Dr. Vincent Adamo, who is a part of the Wellness Professionals committed to changing the healthcare delivery system for the world. He will be visiting PS 101 to educate and support families on how to live healthier lives and build healthy families. He is committed to educating the community on boosting their immune system through the correction of your spine and nervous system. Join us for this parent workshop to learn more about improving their health.

Please register for the workshop at:

All workshop participants must show valid ID and proof of COVID vaccination upon entry.

Please contact me with further concerns and questions at 1-347-563-4690 or via email at


Ms. Bing Xing Lin

PS 101 Parent Coordinator

Building Your Child’s Home Library Family Workshop

Dear PS 101 Families:

You are cordially invited to join us for a Family Workshop on Building Your Child’s Home Library on Saturday, January 28th at 10:15 AM.  (Please view our flyer.)

Come have your family register for a FREE library card with our local librarian, Ms. O’Leary! Did you know this card doubles as a powerful culture pass to many of NYC’s best museums and sites?! Did you also know that your NYC students’ account has access to SORA – a FREE online library? Join us to learn about these resources to help you build up literacy at home! At the end of the event, every child will also be allowed to take home 10+ new or used books for FREE!

This workshop is free but space is limited to 25 families. (If it is popular, we will host a duplicate event in the future.) Online Registration is REQUIRED and opens tomorrow, Saturday the 14th here: parent per family is required to attend with their child(ren). A light breakfast will be served. 

Translators for Chinese, Russian and/or Spanish will be present. Other languages can also be requested! الترجمة متاحة! 翻译可用!Доступен перевод! ¡Traducción disponible! ترجمہ دستیاب ہے! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Rivera at

Our books were generously sponsored by both the Brooklyn Book Bodega, whose mission is to increase the number of books homes for kids 0-18 in NYC, and by the Book Fairies of LI who sources and redistributes books to under-resourced communities on Long Island and New York City to provide equitable opportunities for children to learn, grow, and thrive. 

We hope you’ll be able to join us!

Please be prepared to show valid ID and proof of COVID vaccination upon entry to the building.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Gregg Korrol


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NYC DOE Schools Closed Monday, January 16th

Dear PS 101 Families:

As a reminder, please be advised there is NO school on Monday, January 16th in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day. This is a special day to celebrate the life of his incredible activism and leadership.

We look forward to seeing our students on Tuesday, January 17th to resume the instructional week.


Gregg Korrol


NYC Schools Account Parent Workshop on Thursday, January 12

Greeting PS 101 Parents/Guardians:

It is my pleasure to invite our 101 families to join me for an in-person parent workshop on Thursday, January 12th at 9:00 AM.

Now that you have created your child’s NYC Schools Account, do you want to gain a better understanding of how you can support your child’s academic career? Please complete the google form to register for this workshop: > Kindly note, this workshop is now full. Thank you for signing up! Please look out for future workshops!

All visitors must show valid ID and proof of vaccination upon entry.

What is a NYC Schools Account? 

NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) is a DOE application that lets you access important information about your child on any device. The website is accessible in nine languages. 

Why is the NYC Schools Account important? 

The NYC Schools Account allows you to view your child’s grades, report cards, attendance history, test scores, transportation information, IEP information, submit COVID consent forms, track your child’s progress to graduation, and more to come! Your NYC Schools Account will be the only way to vote in the upcoming 2023 Education Council Elections (CEC).  

Please join me to learn how more information and how to navigate the portal to better support your child on January 12th at 9 AM.

Our Tech Support Liaison, Ms. Lau, will also be available for any tech issues you may be experiencing with your account accessibility.

If you have any questions, please contact me at 1-347-563-4680 or via email at


Bing Xing Lin

PS 101K Parent Coordinator