Coming tomorrow: iReady Day at PS 101 :-)

Good morning PS 101 Families,

In order to do our usual end of year iReady diagnostic, we are designating two days to focus on iReady diagnostics (think of it like a doctor “check-up”), which will help 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 ELA Diagnostic
9:30-10:30 Brain Break Video
10:30-11:00 i-Ready ELA 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 ELA Diagnostic
1:30-2:00 Kids Bop Video
2:30-3:00 i-Ready Diagnostic

5th Grade and Kindergarten Graduation

Dear PS 101 Families:

I hope this email finds everyone safe and healthy. We remain committed to carrying on with our school’s traditions by celebrating the accomplishments and successes our students have achieved. We may be apart, but we remain together as a 101 family.

I am happy to inform you:
We will be providing our students with a (1) virtual Grade 5 Awards Ceremony Ceremony, (2) a virtual Grade 5 Graduation Ceremony and (3) Kindergarten Stepping Up Ceremony.
*dates will be announced in the coming weeks

While I fully understand that these virtual ceremonies cannot replace the in-person experience, we will to do our very best to make each ceremony special.

We will keep you informed and provide updates as they become available.

We thank you for your understanding, positivity and support as we move forward together.

PS 101 Teacher Video #2!

Dear PS 101 Families-

We truly miss our students and think of ways to let them know how important and special they are to us.

We hope this second Teacher Video lifts you up and makes you smile!

Song credit: Kygo, Whitney Houston, “Higher Love” (originally by Steve Winwood)

You can use this direct link to see the video


#ps101 #ps101experience #amazingteachers

Parent Support Hotlines

Greetings 101 Families-

Please see the attached document which lists free places you can call for parent assistance
(ex: needing someone to talk to regarding stress, overwhelm and other services).

Parent support hotlines

Additional assistance:

Chinese American Sunshine House: Remote Parent Support Groups ( Wednesday, 3-4pm) and Online Mental Health Workshops
Brooklyn Chinese American Association Online Learning Resource List (in multiple languages):

Advocates for Children of New York Education Helpline (for parent/student support or legal assistance): Monday through Thursday, 10 am – 4 pm, (866) 427-6033 (toll-free, multiple languages including Mandarin/Cantonese, Urdu/Hindi, Tajik, Spanish, etc)

Sanctuary For Families, (212) 349-6009, ext. 221: free individual and group therapy, legal assistance and health insurance enrollment (all regardless of citizenship status)– Urdu, Chinese, Spanish, French



Pre-Kindergarten September 2020

Dear PS 101 Families

Pre-K offers will be available later this week.

Offer Acceptance

While you will have until the end of June to accept their offers, I highly suggest you make your acceptance or decline your offer ASAP. This helps us prepare our Orientation for new families, as well as (if you decline) allow another family to have the available seat.

Families who applied online will be able to accept their offer through the MySchools parent portal.


NYCDOE: Wellness Wednesdays initiative

Dear PS 101 Families:

The DOE has begun a Wellness Wednesdays initiative in an effort to assist students, their families, and educators in developing skills to maintain their physical, mental, and emotional well-being during remote learning.

Wellness Wednesdays uses a skills-based, whole-child approach that promotes accessible and actionable resources, as well as student-facing activities, which can help young people become healthy, focused, and ready to learn now, but also when they return to their school communities.

The core question grounding this initiative—how do we take care of ourselves and take care of others during difficult times—is explored each week through a specific theme that includes a complementary student/family activity, along with supporting resources and an in-home-fitness video.

Please visit the Wellness Wednesday family-facing webpage each week, and join in sharing these mental health and wellness activities.


Letter from the Chancellor: PMIS

Dear PS 101 Families.

Please see the attached letter from the Chancellor:

Update for Families_PMIS_May 11 2020 and read below regarding Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome, or PMIS, a new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere, and which may be associated with COVID-19 in children.

The attached letter offers more information to families about the illness and guidance about when to seek medical care. Please share it with all the families in your communities now; translations will soon be available and posted to the Coronavirus Parent Letters page on the Info Hub.

This situation is still developing, and we will provide further updates and guidance as new information becomes available.

Stay safe-