School Reopening for SY 2021-2022

May 24, 2021

Dear Families,


First, thank you. I know the past year has required resiliency, determination, flexibility, and sacrifices from all of
us, and from you in particular. You have taken on new roles that many of you never imagined you’d have to take
on, and have balanced so much while coping with losses and the many life challenges that COVID-19 brought
to us over the past year.


As we close out this school year, I am looking forward to the opportunity that lies before us to reimagine what
school is and means for your children. We know that we have to welcome our students back to a warm,
welcoming, and affirming learning environment that challenges them academically while lifting them up when
they need support.


As our schools work hard on re-imagining how we educate our children, I am excited to share with you our re-opening plans for fall 2021. Based on available health indicators, we will return to full-time, in-person learning
this September. This means that all students in grades 3-K through 12 will be learning in-person this fall.


All teachers and staff will also be returning to in-person instruction this fall. We are very grateful for the
dedication of all our principals, teachers and school staff and recognize the hard work they have done during this
challenging year, and we’re excited for your children to re-connect with their beloved teachers and school staff, in
addition to their peers, this fall.


As we prepare for your children, as well as teachers and staff, to return to schools, we will continue our
commitment to prioritize health and safety first. With a current rolling 7-day COVID positivity rate of 0.16% and
a consistently low transmission rate, our schools have a proven track record of being safe. We will meet whatever
the CDC social distancing requirements are in September, and we expect that the city’s continuously improving
health metrics may allow for more flexibility by the fall. Finally, in our commitment to keep health and safety a
top priority, we plan to adhere to the many health and safety measures we had in place this past school year,
including the following:
 Masks will continue to be a requirement in all of our school buildings
 Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms will continue to be required to stay at home
 Students, teachers and staff will continue to complete the daily health screener at home
 Every school building will continue to have a nurse
 Every classroom will have working ventilation systems
 On-site COVID-19 testing will continue in school buildings as recommended by the latest health
guidance
 The Situation Room will continue to support schools with next steps if there are positive cases

We know that many of our students have not attended school in-person since March of 2020, and that returning
to school in-person this fall will be an adjustment. We promise to do everything we can to welcome your children
back and provide the supports needed to ensure a positive homecoming. We’ve already made investments to hire
more teachers and social workers, and will have academic and social-emotional learning programs available to
support our students. Here are some ways that we are supporting with the transition now, and we encourage you
and your children to participate: Chancellor’s Borough-Wide Family Forums: I am hosting borough-wide family town halls to hear more from you about this fall, and how we can use our resources to ensure a positive homecoming for your children and provide an enriching and challenging academic experience that integrates social-emotional learning.

To learn more and register, please visit us here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/family-empowerment/chancellor-porter-s-family-forums

School Open Houses: Starting in June and throughout the summer, every school will host open houses for
families to visit, take a tour, and learn about the health and safety precautions in place that have kept our schools
safe over the last year. Your child’s school will be in touch with you about when these will be scheduled, and we
encourage you to participate to learn more.


Summer Rising: In partnership with the Department of Youth and Community Development, we are so excited
to provide an enriching, fun and joyful summer camp experience for any interested student. We encourage your
child to join us – to be welcomed back into their school communities, re-connect with teachers and staff, and get
ready for fall while having fun! Families can sign up here: https://discoverdycd.dycdconnect.nyc/home

Thank you for your partnership, your engagement, and your dedication to your children’s education over the last
year. I am in awe of how our communities came together to lift each other up to ensure our children had the best
experience possible despite enormous challenges. I am looking forward to partnering with you, learning from
you, and leveraging all we‘ve done together over the last year to create a new normal starting in September – one
that is warm and welcoming, affirming and enriching, and exciting and challenging – for each one of your
children.

In partnership,
Meisha Porter
New York City Schools Chancellor

REMINDER – 5th Grade Yearbook Purchase – Now Online!

Dear 5th Grade Families:

This year, our fifth grade students will be purchasing their Yearbooks online directly from the publishing company, Jostens.

Students and their families are to use the following link to purchase the Yearbook:

http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A09875650

Any staff member who wishes to purchase a book may do so as a “student.”

The last day to purchase a Yearbook is March 26th.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

P.S. 101 – February Top Attendance Classes and Schoolwide Winners!

Dear PS 101 Families!

In accordance with our PS 101 Attendance Policy, we are proud to announce monthly schoolwide top winners which include homerooms with remote/in-person cohorts combined. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FEBRUARY TOP CLASSES and SCHOOLWIDE WINNERS!! 

We encourage our students to follow thier schoolmates’ footsteps and we want to see you every day with your in-person attendance and remote learning engagement! 

PS 101 ATTENDANCE POLICY
As a reminder, your child must be present and interacting with Google Classroom. Attendance interaction is part of the current PS 101 Academic Policy may account for up to 30% of a child’s grade.

Attendance is taken by 9:30 AM. If your child is not on Google Classroom and interacting in the live sessions, they will be marked absent unless we are notified by the parent on that day that they are technology issues.

Attendance has also taken throughout the day and each live session with submission of work, which are both part of student grades in each subject.
 

https://ps101k.com/2020/10/05/attendance-grading-policy/

Attendance/ Grading Policy | PS 101 The Virtual Verrazzano School Greetings PS 101 Families- As a reminder, your child must be present and interacting within Google Classroom. Attendance and interaction is part of the PS 101 Grading system and may account for up to 30% of a child’s grade. Attendance is taken by 9:30am. If your child is not on Google Classroom and interacting in… ps101k.com

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol, Principal

REMINDER – Fall 2020 School Experience Survey

Take the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey!

The DOE invites all students in grades 6–12, parents and guardians of students in grades 3-K–12, and teachers to take the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey.

The goals of the survey are to: 

  • provide timely and actionable feedback to schools and field teams to improve both remote an in-person learning experiences and,
  • assist in planning for the spring semester

The survey is open from Tuesday, January 19, 2021 through Friday, February 5, 2021.

Links to the survey are available at schools.nyc.gov/experiencesurvey.

Fall 2020 School Experience Survey

Take the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey!

The DOE invites all students in grades 6–12, parents and guardians of students in grades 3-K–12, and teachers to take the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey.

The goals of the survey are to: 

  • provide timely and actionable feedback to schools and field teams to improve both remote an in-person learning experiences and,
  • assist in planning for the spring semester

The survey is open from Tuesday, January 19, 2021 through Friday, February 5, 2021.

Links to the survey are available at schools.nyc.gov/experiencesurvey.

Soft-Lock Down Drill – Parent Letter

December 10, 2020

Dear PS 101 Parents/Guardians:

Please be advised we will be holding our second Building Response Team drill during the month of December. The drill will be unannounced to better prepare our staff and students to follow procedures with emergency preparedness. The soft-lockdown drill will consist of students and staff understanding the command code for our General Response Protocol. Students are to follow teacher directions for a mock emergency in the building. Students will remain silent and quickly move out of sight and away from the door in the classroom. Teaching staff are trained to quickly retrieve any students in the hallway and lock their classroom door and wait for an ALL CLEAR announcement. Again, this is a drill and we want students and staff to become familiar with the drills so we are prepared in case of a real emergency situation.

Please review lockdown procedures with your child. Thank you for your cooperation in advance to ensure a safe learning environment for all.

Very truly yours,

Gregg Korrol,

Principal

Parent Workshop – OG – December 16 @ 9:15am

BUILDING THE FOUNDATION  –  THE ALPHABET

LETTERS, SOUNDS, SYLLABLE PATTERNS, RULES, DECODING, SPELLING, READING.

LEARN WITH US!

Join us for Parent Workshop to learn about Orton Gillingham (OG) – A Multi-Sensory Approach to teaching/learning phonics, reading, spelling and deciding on

Wednesday, December 16th at 9:15 am via ZOOM.

Our Orton Gillingham Lead Teacher/Coordinator, Ms. McGinn will share her knowledge and help you gain a better understanding of our schoolwide approach.

Break the Code to learning how to read and helping your child with the drills and rules with Orton Gillingham Methodology.

See it- VISUAL LEARNING

Hear it- AUDITORY LEARNING

Do it/Trace it- KINESTHETIC LEARNING

Please Save The Date and join in the learning fun on Wednesday, December 16th at 9:15 am.

Zoom Link Included: click and learn!

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85427465242?pwd=bys0dnhJNU9EQnBVSDIwQVpCdGNQZz09

Meeting ID: 854 2746 5242

Passcode: 990556

One tap mobile +16465588656,,85427465242#,,,,,,0#,,990556# US (New York)

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Margaret Lloyd, our Parent Coordinator at 1-347-563-4680 or email at MLloyd2@schools.nyc.gov.

November PTA Meeting Agenda

PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Tuesday, 11/10/2020 @ 10:00 am via Zoom

AGENDA

  • Meeting Call to Order
  • Review of Minutes / Motion to Approve
  • President’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report/Motion to Approve Treasurer’s Report
  • Title 1 / SLT Update
  • Questions & Concerns Session
  • Motion to Adjourn
  • Text Box: UPCOMING DATES:
Nov 11	          Veterans Day (school closed)
Nov 26-27       Thanksgiving Recess (school closed)
Dec 24-Jan 1   Winter Recess (school closed) 
Dec 1	           December PTA Meeting

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUING SUPPORT!

STAY UP-TO-DATE WITH US ON REMIND! 

Download the app or text 81010 with your child’s class code:

                             PRE-K………..………..@2387kkd

                             KINDERGARTEN…….@kg20202

                             1ST GRADE……………@ptaofps10

                             2nd GRADE……………@3kk46k

                             3rd GRADE…………….@gche83

                             4th GRADE…………….@bhb944

                             5th GRADE…………….@ptaofps101

Soft Lockdown Drill

Please be advised we entered into a soft  lockdown DRILL today.

Please note the MAJOR difference this year in these drills is under normal circumstances, students move into a corner of the room where they cannot be seen from the window, however, due to Social Distancing guidelines, we are following all procedures EXCEPT students will remain at their desks to ensure safe distancing.

As per DOE requirements, we are to do 4 drills per year. I am happy to inform you that everything was very swift and everyone (staff and students) responded perfectly according to our protocol. Thank you to the staff and students.

Character Dress Up Day on Friday, October 30th

Dear PS 101 Families:

Re: Fall Festival > Character Dress-Up Day on Friday, October 30th

In keeping up with traditions, we are permitting students on Friday, October 30th- GROUP C to report to school wearing their favorite character costumes. Families are welcome to send their child to school wearing a safe costume. Character masks are not allowed to be worn, as we need every child to wear a face mask/covering as per health and safety COVID precautions/mandates. Additionally, NO simulated weapons, knives, axes, guns or props are to be brought to school, as we must comply with Chancellor’s Regulations.

Students working remotely in GROUPS A-B-D are invited to dress-up wearing their favorite character costume while engaged in this experience during at home learning. Friday, October 30th will be a regular instructional day for students in-school and at-home

Please follow the guidelines below with in-person learning for GROUP C students:

*No specialty parties/celebrations are being held in the classrooms.                                                                                                   

*No candy/goody bags are to be sent in or distributed to the class.

In closing, our school staff of teachers will prepare and post a fall activity or fun learning task(s) (craft/word jumble/crossword/games) for students to engage in with extra-curricular work ONLY.

Thanks for your cooperation as we try to do our very best under the current COVID circumstances.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal