December School Spirit Days With Our 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 DECEMBER. 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, December 2ndSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
WINTER HAT DAY! In-school!
Do you have a favorite, cute and fun winter hat to wear in school?
WEAR your favorite winter hat day!
Friday, December 9thSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
WINTER WHITE WONDERLAND!
Get ready for the winter snow and WEAR WINTER WHITE DAY!
Friday, December 16thSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATER DAY!
WEAR your Ugly Holiday Sweater Day!
  Friday, December 23rdSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
Believe in Winter Dreams and WEAR your favorite winter theme, character, holiday, comfy/cozy pjs!
It’s Pajama Day at PS 101!

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

December 2022 – Important Dates

Dear PS 101 Parents/Guardians:

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

DATEREASON
Thursday, December 1st Middle School Application CLOSES.
Ensure your fifth grader preparing for Middle School applies via MySchools.nyc.
Friday, December 2nd School Spirit DaySCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
WINTER HAT DAY! In-school! Do you have a favorite, cute and fun winter hat to wear in school?
WEAR your favorite winter hat day!
Friday, December 9th School Spirit DaySCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
WINTER WHITE WONDERLAND!
Get ready for the winter snow and WEAR WINTER WHITE DAY!
Tuesday, December 13thPTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
VIA ZOOM at 10am 
Tuesday, December 13thWinter Wonderland Performance for KINDERGARTEN.
NYCDOE Visitor Policy includes, KINDERGARTEN families must show valid ID and proof of COVID vaccination status upon entry.
Doors open at 9am.
Show begins at 9:15 am.
Wednesday, December 14thWinter Wonderland Performance for GRADE ONE.
NYCDOE Visitor Policy includes, GRADE ONE families must show valid ID and proof of COVID vaccination status upon entry.
Doors open at 9am.
Show begins at 9:15 am.
Thursday, December 15thWinter Wonderland Performance for GRADE TWO.
NYCDOE Visitor Policy includes, GRADE TWO families must show valid ID and proof of vaccination status upon entry.
Doors open at 9am.
Show begins at 9:15 am
Friday, December 16thWinter Wonderland Performance for PRE-K.
NYCDOE Visitor Policy includes, PRE-K families must show valid ID and proof of vaccination status upon entry.
Doors open at 9am.
Show begins at 9:15 am. 
Friday, December 16th School Spirit DaySCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
WEAR your Ugly Holiday Sweater Day!
Friday, December 23
School Spirit Day
SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
Believe in Winter Dreams and WEAR your favorite winter theme, character, holiday, comfy/cozy PJs!
It’s Pajama Day at PS 101!
Friday, December 24th – Friday, December 31stWINTER RECESS
ALL NYC SCHOOLS CLOSED
School Resumes Tuesday, January 3rd

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 December.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

P.S. 101 FOOD DRIVE: November 28 – December 9

Dear PS 101 Families:

The P.S.101 Family, led by the Little Lighthouse Team, will be holding a food drive beginning November 28th, through December 9th to help support the anti-hunger programs of the Reaching Out Community Services organization. This is an excellent chance to make a difference in the lives of many as well as making a significant impact on our community. We encourage you to join this effort to help our less fortunate neighbors.  The food we collect will be donated to the food pantry of the Reaching Out Community Services Organization that is located here in our community of Bensonhurst/Bath Beach. Your donations of boxed or canned goods will go a long way to help members of our community who are struggling with hunger. 

Help donate to those in need!

Please donate only non-perishable and non-expired canned or boxed foods.

What we need:

Canned fruits or vegetables, beans,  boxed cereals, pasta, granola bars, boxed or bagged snacks, crackers 

Drop off your donations in the box that will be set up near the security desk in the main lobby.

The Little Lighthouse Team of P.S.101

NYCDOE HIV/AIDS Curriculum

Dear PS 101 Parents/Guardians:

The NYS Education Department and the NYC Department of Education require that HIV/AIDS education be provided for all students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. The HIV/AIDS Curriculum that NYCDOE developed for NYC students is age and developmentally appropriate. For example, in kindergarten, students learn how people get sick and how to get better. In 5th grade, children learn how diseases are transmitted and how the body protects itself from disease. The New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education have mandated that HIV/AIDS education be provided for all students in Kindergarten through Grade 5 during the week of Monday, November 28, 2022, through Friday, December 2, 2022.

Classroom teachers will be implementing the mandated HIV/AIDS lessons with each class in our school. As a parent or legal guardian, you have the right to excuse your child from certain HIV/AIDS lessons that teach about methods of HIV prevention.  These “opt out” prevention lessons are identified in the HIV/AIDS Curriculum, which can be found online at: https://www.weteachnyc.org/resources/resource/hivaids-curriculum-2012-edition/

If you would like your child to be excused, you must write a letter to me, as the principal, stating the following:

  • Your child should not be in the classroom during the “opt out” prevention lessons; and
  • You will teach your child about prevention at home.

Lessons focus on developing an understanding of communicable diseases, ways to live a healthy life, and how to identify community resources that can help enhance the quality of life. An HIV/AIDS advisory council composed of Panel on Educational Policy members, community representatives, parents, teachers, and supervisors has thoroughly reviewed and approved the curriculum and related materials to be used. The curriculum has also been reviewed and approved by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

We welcome your involvement at school. If you have any questions regarding this program or would like to review HIV/AIDS curriculum materials, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

All students are mandated to participate in the course of lessons throughout the week with an “opt out” opportunity regarding prevention measures (1) lesson: “Opt Out” prevention lessons in grades K-5 include:

GRADE, LESSON TITLE:

Grade K, Lesson 4: How Do People Get Sick? What Is HIV? What Is AIDS?

Grade 1, Lesson 3: What Are Viruses? How Do They Enter the Body to Cause Disease?

Grade 2, Lesson 3: What Causes and Prevents the Spread of Illness?

Grade 3, Lesson 4: What Are Healthy Choices That People Can Make?

Grade 4, Lesson 4: How Can We Help Each Other Make Healthy Choices?

Grade 5, Lesson 3: How Can We Reduce Our Risk Behaviors?

If you give permission for your child to take part in the HIV/AIDS Awareness/Prevention lesson, then you do not need to respond.  No response will automatically provide your child with consent to participate.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

Leadership position as a member of the Panel for Educational Policy

Dear parents,

I would like to make you aware of an exciting opportunity to serve in a leadership position as a member of the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP)! Apply by November 23 to be considered for one of the 5 seats on the panel reserved for 5 parents, one from each borough.

The PEP is responsible for some of the most significant decisions affecting NYC’s education system. It votes on the Chancellor’s proposed education policies, including school closings, co-locations, and grade expansions; DOE contracts; and, most importantly, the DOE’s budget. The PEP also advises the Chancellor on general matters affecting the city’s school districts and its students.

PEP meetings are open to the public, and scheduled meeting dates, minutes from past meetings and videos of past meetings are posted on the PEP page on the DOE’s website. Each monthly meeting includes a “public comment” section.

The application is available in all languages on the DOE website. Please fill it out and send it to PEPParentApplications@schools.nyc.gov no later than November 23. Your application will be reviewed and voted on by the 32 Community Education Council presidents. If you are elected, your term of service will begin on January 15 and end on June 30, 2023.

I hope you will consider this opportunity to serve the children of New York City!

Thank you,

GK

Family Fun Night!

Dear PS 101 parents and guardians, 

We are beginning a new initiative to support you and your family called Family Fun Night!

Family Fun Night is an opportunity for your and your children to create some quality bonding time together that will create the memories your children will one day tell their children! Family Fun Night will be held the last Friday of every month (except holidays) and there is also some follow-up homework.

There are many ways you can create time together and make this a family tradition lasting for many years to come! Some ideas could be to watch a movie together, cook together, complete a puzzle together, play a board game, etc. (Suggestion: make it no phones allowed during together time)

Your Assignment: On the following Monday, your child should bring evidence of your time together (examples: a picture sent on Remind or a note of the activity signed by a parent or guardian).

Still not sure what to do together or do you have a cool idea you can share with other families?
Comment on this post and share your great ideas, pictures of Family Fun Night, etc.

Family Fun Night begins this Friday, November 18th. We can’t wait to see what fun activities your children will share with us! 

Thank you for your support. 

PS101 Lighthouse Team

Food Sharing Safety

Dear PS 101 Families:

We always want to ensure our student’s safety. Students should not share their snacks with other classmates. Please speak with your child to refrain some sharing snacks in the classroom or lunch. 

Please be reminded of safety first! To avoid any issues with students bringing in snack packets from home to eat during lunchtime/class-time, please do not allow children to bring in any foods that may be harmful. Some items may include the contents of silica gel. Gel beads in the package are at-risk for ingestion. Please be mindful when shopping or preparing snacks/meals for your child in school and educate your child. 

Although many foods include these little white packets to keep foods fresh, it is very harmful and dangerous around children. Silica gel is considered non-toxic; however, many products brought in by students are packaged overseas. Imported products from another country cannot be verified as non-toxic. 

Thank you for cooperation with safety first!

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

PS 101 launches the Hour of Code

Dear PS 101 Families-

PS101 has joined the Hour of Code!!!

This December, PS 101 will join millions of students around the world celebrating Computer Science Education Week with the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, using fun tutorials to show that anybody can learn the basics. 

We will launch our Hour of Code with a school-wide assembly. Then, every class in our school will participate in some basic coding in their classroom to teach our students about coding.

Want to try Computer Coding at home for free?
Visit the Hour of Code site and check out dozens of free coding activities that you can do with your child.

GK

Pre-K Coffee with Principal Korrol

Dear Pre-Kindergarten Parents-

You can now listen to today’s Pre-Kindergarten Coffee with Korrol recording below. The conversation includes information about how we educate our Pre-K students and how you as a parent can help your child get ready for the upper grades, parenting ideas to create great habits in your child, and why spending time with them is so very important at this age.

Pre-K Coffee with Principal Korrol

GK