Water Testing Initial Results

Citywide Backpack Letter Initial Results

November 14, 2018

Dear Families and Staff:

This is a follow up to a September letter informing you that your school’s operational water fixtures would be tested for the presence of lead in 2018.

On 10/11/2018, all operational sources of water at P.S. 101 – Brooklyn (P.S. 101 The Verrazano at 2360 Benson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214), including for drinking or cooking, were tested for the presence of lead. The laboratory results showed elevated levels of lead in 2 of the 61 fixtures from which water was taken and tested. Any drinking or cooking fixture with elevated levels was immediately taken offline, and will remain offline until it is successfully remediated. Details of elevated results are attached and complete test results are posted on the DOE website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/schools/K101. Click “Data and Reports” and look for the “Facilities” heading.

The test results include water fixtures that are not used for drinking or cooking, including handwashing sinks. Sinks will have clear signs indicating “Hand Washing Only” and “Not for Drinking Use.” The custodial staff will flush the P.S. 101 – Brooklyn water systems on Monday mornings and after holidays before school starts, in order to eliminate water that has been stagnant in pipes over the weekend. This is part of our robust protocol to ensure safe drinking water is available for students and staff.

Please visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/water-safety to learn more about the protocol we use to ensure the safety of drinking water in each and every school.

We will keep you updated on the remediation work at P.S. 101 – Brooklyn, and thank you for your patience and support.

Sincerely yours,

Lauren Siciliano



Reminder Tomorrow, November 15, 2018 is a Half Day of School and Parent-Teacher Conference

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As a reminder, tomorrow is Parent-Teacher Conferences AND a Half-Day of school.

Parent-Teacher Conferences for the Fall 2018 term are as follows (you should already have an appointment time):

Date:                      November 15, 2018

Times:                    Afternoon Conferences — 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Evening Conferences —    4:30 pm -7:30 pm

**Half-Day of School – All Students will be dismissed at 11:20 am sharp due to Parent Teacher Conferences. Please ensure you are on time to pick up your child.

  • TASC AFTER SCHOOL programs are cancelled on Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Appointments were made in advance with parents through class Messenger.
  • Hot lunch will be given to all children participating in the hot lunch program.
  • Yellow school bus service will be provided for those children using the service.
  • Please make every effort to meet with your child’s teacher. By attending this conference you will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress.
  • Translators will be available in Russian/Hebrew/Spanish/Italian/Arabic /Cantonese/Mandarin


PS. 101’s Grading Policy Grades K-5

ME:  “Mastery-Exceeds” Standards (95-100) = 4 by NYS Standards

MA:  “Mastery-Above” Standards (85-94) = a mid-high 3 by NYS Standards

MT:  “Mastery-Meets” Standards (75-84) = a low-mid 3 by NYS Standards

MP:  “Mastery-Approaching” Standards (65-74) = 2 by NYS Standards

MB:  “Mastery-Below Standards (64 or less) – 1 by NYS Standards

P.S. 101 is dedicated to the advancement of all students on their way to becoming college and career ready.  Our school-wide policy is published on our website and hard copies are available upon request. This policy was included in our opening Student/Parent Handbook for your perusal.
*Students will receive a progress report in January and their next report card in march 2019. 

Marks Awarded: The minimum grade a student must receive to pass a course is Mastery Approaching (MA is slightly below grade level). Grades are cumulative and show students’ progress throughout the year. Our Grading Policy:

Lower Grades (K-2)
Participation 20%
Classwork 30%
Homework 10%
Assessments 40%
Total 100%


Upper Grades (3-5)
Participation 10%
Classwork 20%
Homework 10%
Assessments 60%
Total 100%

School Spirit Day – Flannel Day – November 21st

Little Lighthouse Team – School Spirit Day – Flannel Day

November 19, 2018

School Spirit Day – Wednesday, November 21st

Dear PS 101 Parents and Guardians,

We are pleased to announce our School Spirit Day on Wednesday, November 21st to cozy up with the fall season upon us with our Fall Flannel Wednesday!

We want to show our 101 school spirit and get comfy to wear some warm flannel apparel!

Please be sure your child is prepared for this fun-filled school wide event on Wednesday, November 21st

 The Fall is a time for cooler weather.

In comes the chill of the brisk air.

There is a strong need for warmer clothing.

Bathing suits are something, you should no longer dare.


It’s a time for flannel shirts, thicker socks

and friends spending time together.

So, let’s stay warm, celebrating all that is happening in the Fall;

Changing leaves, flannel shirts and cool weather!

Thank you for your continued support as we work with our Little Lighthouse Team to create fun-filled school days that bring smiles and spirit!

Yours truly,

Ms. M. Bova, Ms. Nessas and our Little Lighthouse Team

What Are You Waiting For? Time is Almost Up!

Do you want to say THANK YOU to your child’s teacher?

Nominate your child’s teacher and tell the NYCDOE how happy you are that a PS 101 educator made a difference in your child’s life!!

Why nominate a teacher?

  • Show your appreciation for a dedicated educator who has made an impact on you and/or your community.
  • Contribute to a citywide conversation about teaching excellence and showcase the work happening in your school community.
  • Make your teacher’s day. Every time a teacher is nominated, they receive an email letting them know.

Click here to nominate a PS 101 Educator/Teacher

Room Assignments for Cluster/Support Personnel – PTC 11/15

Parent Teacher Conference – Room Assignments Parent Memo – 2018



November 14, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The following cluster/support personnel will be meeting in the assigned classrooms:

Gymnasium, 3rd Floor

  • G – Physical Education Cluster
  • Park – Physical Education Cluster

Cluster Room Assignments – ROOM 422

  • Lau – STEM Cluster

Cluster Room Assignments – ROOM 361

  • Russo – Art Cluster
  • Bova – Leader In Me Cluster
  • Mastrianni – Science Cluster
  • DeMarco – Drama Cluster
  • Bove – Music Cluster

ESL Staff Classrooms

  • Rivera – ESL – Class 202/5th Grade – Room 107
  • P. DeMarco – ESL – 3rd/4th Grades and Class 001 – Room 107
  • Siggia – ESL – 1st/2nd Grade – Room 107
  • Wu – Dual Language/ESL 1st Grade ( Class 102- Room 215)  & 2nd  Grade (Class 201-Room 309)

Instructional Support: Funded Staff Classrooms

  • Pluchino – Room 459/215/311/309
  • Brocato – Math Club – Room 361A (GYM)
  • Ruszkowski – Room 451/314
  • McGinn – Room 255
  • Cannatella – Room 459/316/218

IEP Teacher

  • Damiano – Room 205

Speech Teachers

  • Gaba – Room 351
  • Azaria – Room 351
  • Blatti – Room 451
  • Vorobeychik – Room 451
  • Lewinger – Room 451

Guidance Counselor

  • Nessas – Room 359

Occupational Therapy

  • Vugman – Room 219
  • Dornhelm – Room 361

Physical Therapy

  • Hasaneen – Room 361 (GYM)

School Psychologist

  • Willner/Ms. Avila – Room 423

School Social Worker

  • Guerovich – Room 423
  • Ortiz – Room 423
  • Hung – Room 423

City Harvest – Food Drive 2018

Food Drive – City Harvest 2018-2019

Kids Can Help Food Drive

It’s the season for food drive! Organizing a food drive helps City Harvest stock shelves at food pantries and soup kitchens with nonperishable food for those less fortunate during the holiday season.   Running a food drive at PS 101 will help City Harvest provide good and plentiful food when so many of our  neighbors in the community struggle to put food on their tables.  With your support, we can make a difference.  This year we are requesting that each student from P.S.101 bring in one food item.  In order to make it easier to sort, we are breaking it down by grade and requesting that you send in the item that corresponds with your child’s grade by Tuesday, November 27, 2018.


Kindergarten Canned Fruits/Vegetables Peaches, Pineapples, Corn, String Beans, Carrots, & Peas
1st Grade Boxed Goods Macaroni and Cheese, Pasta, Rice
2nd Grade Canned Macaroni and Soups

Canned Tuna

Spaghetti O’s, Beefaroni,  Soups, Chef Boyardee Selections
3rd Grade Plastic Jar Foods Peanut Butter and Jelly
4TH Grade Packaged Hot Meals Hot Cereal, Oatmeal, Soups
5th Grade Boxed Cereals Cold Cereal Selection


Thank you for your cooperation in advance.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Margaret Lloyd at (347) 563-4680.




Ms. Bova, Ms. Nessas and The Little Lighthouse Team

Grade 3 Performance – The Science of Stuff: Matter and Its Properties

3rd Grade Science Show

November 9, 2018

Dear Grade 3 Parents/Guardians:

It is with great pleasure to announce that your child will be performing in the upcoming production of The Science of Stuff: Matter and Its Properties.  Please join us for a musical performance that will educate your child about scientific matter and its many properties through the realm of the ARTs.

Your child has been working extremely hard on this production for the past two months, whether he or she is acting, singing, or dancing in this performance.  They are excited to bring this production to life on stage for students, staff, and of course you, the parents.

At this time, we are reaching out to you for some assistance in providing some of the basic costume pieces for this production.  You may have some of the suggested items at home and some of the things your child will be able to wear again when the show is over.

Please have your child wear the following items to school on December 5th, 2018, it would be greatly appreciated.

Items to be worn by all 3rd grade students:       

  1. Blue denim jeans/Blue pants
  2. White Polo Shirt/White button shirt

*It would be best for your child to wear black or brown shoes on the day of the performance.  Please no sneakers.

Thank you in advance for your attention and cooperation.  We are excited to have you take part in your child’s performance.  An invitation to this performance has already been sent home with your child.


Mr. DeMarco, Ms. Russo, Ms. Bove and Ms. Mastrianni

The Arts Department and Science Cluster Staff