Attention: 5th Graders going to Cavallaro – 6th Grade Orientation

Dear Parents/Guardians,,

Please be advised that I.S.281 Principal, Maria Bender and Assistant Principal, Maria Delfini, are inviting all incoming 6th grade Parents and Students to Welcome our Cavallaro Class of 2023.


 Maria Bender is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 Topic: 6th grade orientation

Time: Jun 30, 2020 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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 Meeting ID: 951 8883 0856

Password: 056486

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Updated Letter to Families Regarding Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome

June 5, 2020

Dear Families,

The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Recently, we shared some information with you regarding Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Although we do not have any new updates to report, guidance issued by DOHMH remains in place, and we urge you to visit at any time for this important information related to MIS-C. There, you will also find the MIS-C Fact Sheet, provided last week and translated into multiple languages here.

As a reminder for the health of all children in New York City, all children over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. Free face coverings are available at DOE Meal Hubs in all five boroughs—you can find one close to you on the DOE website. Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering. When outside the home, adults and children should maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.

We will continue to communicate with you on a weekly basis regarding MIS-C and provide updates, if any. Please visit at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and please contact 311 with any questions.

Sincerely, Richard A. Carranza Chancellor New York City Department of Education

PTA June 2020 Agenda


Tuesday, 6/16/2020 @ 11:00 am via Zoom

Zoom meeting link:

Meeting ID: 897 2534 7888
Password: 061620


  • Meeting Call to Order
  • Review of Minutes / Motion to Approve
  • Treasurer’s Report/Motion to Approve Treasurer’s Report
  • President’s Report
  • SLT Update
  • Questions & Concerns Session
  • Motion to Adjourn   






PTA Meeting Agenda May 2020

Agenda for PTA Meeting May 2020


Tuesday, 5/5/2020 @ 11:00 am via Zoom

Zoom meeting link:

Meeting ID: 884 0162 4759
Password: 589043


  • Meeting Call to Order
  • Review of Minutes / Motion to Approve
  • Treasurer’s Report/Motion to Approve Treasurer’s Report
  • President’s Report
  • SLT Update
  • Questions & Concerns Session
  • Motion to Adjourn




Pre-K For All – Application Deadline Extended


We are happy to share the Pre-Kindergarten application deadline has now been extended to Sunday, March 29th.  Our school community may apply for children age-appropriate to attend pre-kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year in the following ways:

  • Online with MySchools by 11:59pm on March 29
  • By phone at 718-935-2009 by 6pm on March 27

We thank you for your cooperation in advance and look forward to our future partnerships with home-school connections.



Gregg Korrol


Pennies for Patients

Pennies for Patients – Parent Letter

Sweets & Bake Shop Fundraiser – Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:

P.S. 101 will be hosting a June Sweets & Cake/Bake Shop Fundraiser on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020.  We will be hosting this school Bake Sale to raise funds for our students suffering from Leukemia and/or Lymphoma. This cake/bake sale with will enable students to purchase sweet treats and donations will go to patients suffering from blood diseases and support the mission for a cure!

Through this endeavor and schoolwide service in learning project, your students will learn about leadership, humanitarian efforts and will inspire and change people’s lives. We are asking students to bring store-bought donations of any kind to school on – Wednesday, March 18th, 2020such as cookies, brownies, cupcakes, candy treats and cake pops, etc. Any type of dessert donation will be welcomed and much appreciated. The students should bring in spending money in order to make a sweet treats purchase at lunchtime.


Thank you very much for your cooperation and generosity.



Your Little Lighthouse Team (LLT) and LLT Coordinators, Ms. Bova and Ms. Kipriadis

Principal’s Message- Safety and Protocols March 11

Greetings 101 Families,

I am writing to give you some updates on how we are protecting your children at this time. As you know, PS 101 is a safety first school- it’s the message I give at every welcoming assembly, and have said consistently throughout meetings. Since this concern began, I have been posting everything that the Dept of Education sends to me regarding the COVID/Corona virus on our school website.

There have been some concerned calls regarding the local King David Nursing Facility where our students have done community service for many years. This past Sunday, March 8 we learned in the news that there was a confirmed case of Corona at the King David Nursing Facility. On March 8, when I learned of this, I immediately reported it to the Superintendent and Dept of Education.

I spoke to the administration at the King David Nursing Facility today and was told that the person who was reported infected on March 8 was last at the Nursing Facility on February 28-29 and on the second floor. Our students who visited from our Little Lighthouse Team (8 students and 3 adults) were at the King David Nursing Facility on February 27 on the first floor, the day before the infected person was there. I have also been told today that none of their residents have been sick or had any symptoms, and even those tested came back negative for the virus.
None of the students or staff who visited the center two weeks ago have been ill or reported any symptoms.

In regards to PS 101 student safety and following State recommendations to avoid crowds, we are taking the following precautions:

  • Daily, we announce and remind students to wash their hands, not touch one another, not touch their face, etc.
  • Custodial staff is cleaning daily, even more than usual, using disinfectant in classrooms, the cafeteria and bathrooms.
  • The custodial staff cleans multiple times a day (hallways, bathrooms, door handles, banisters in stairwells, etc) with disinfectant.
  • We are cancelling all non-essential gatherings. This means we are not inviting parents for shows at this time, but will record the show and post it for parents to watch online.
  • We will make decisions to cancel or postpone school trips as we get closer to the dates.
  • At this time we are not allowing parents to come to the office to pick up their child. If you need to take your child out of school early, tell our security officer who will call the office and we will bring your child to you.
  • We are not allowing parents to come into the building at dismissal and asking everyone to wait outside when picking up their child.
  • When a child isn’t feeling well, they are sent to the nurse and then the parent is called to pick them up. The child does not return to class if not feeling well.
  • We have set up a quarantine room if any children are showing signs or symptoms.
    Thankfully, no children have shown any symptoms.
  • As messaged, parents can choose to keep their child home during this time and their attendance will not impact their school records. If you child is not in school, they are still marked absent, but it will not hurt their student record.
  • If you are keeping your child home, you should continue to ensure they are doing their HW and using iReady daily which we will track and include as part of their grades.
  • If you are keeping your child home as a preventative measure, you must let the school know so we can code the absence differently than a regular absence. Please call the school and tell Mrs. Margaret you are keeping your child home as a precaution.
  • If your child is not feeling well, you MUST keep them home and I highly suggest seeing a doctor. Please obtain a note from your doctor, preferably with a diagnosis, for the absence.

In regards to posting messages on our school website, as a Principal, I am required to follow Dept of Education protocols. As part of my job, I must follow my supervisor’s directive and can only post official information related to the Corona Virus.

What I can share is that I am in the same situation as you. I also have my own concerns, but I am focusing on the facts. I am still coming to work every day. I am still sending my daughter to school every day, and so are Mrs. Kane, Mrs. Percaccio and all of our staff.

Some measures I take at home with my family, aside from washing constantly, are removing our shoes and also changing our clothes the moment we get home (something we have always done). We do laundry more frequently and disinfect our door knobs and entry way floor. These are great steps to take for you as well.

As I have been, I will continue to post any information we get from the Department of Education.

Thank you so much for your support and messages to me, my staff and our PTA. We are all working very hard to ensure learning continues and that all of our children and families are safe.

Principal of PS 101

P.S. 101 – Marker Recycling Letter

PS 101 Marker Recycling Letter


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our Little Lighthouse Team is excited to tell you about a very special program we are coordinating at our school in conjunction with Crayola. It’s called Crayola ColorCycle – an amazing program devised to repurpose used markers rather than sending them to landfills!

The ColorCycle program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada since 2013, and uses the most advanced plastic conversion technologies available today to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate electricity that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles.

All around PS 101, students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house- even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included. Drop-off boxes will be located in the main entrance for your child to deposit the markers.

Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can continue to keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.

Remember, don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it!


Ms. Kipriadis, Ms. Bova, and PS 101’s Little Lighthouse Team


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April Multi-Cultural Collection

April Multi-Cultural Project Parent Letter

March 9, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are now collecting items for the month of April to celebrate Arab-American Heritage and Deaf History Month. If you have any items you would like to donate to our display case, please drop them off into the collection box that is located in the main office. Please remember to label your item(s) with your child’s name and class, so they can be returned to them at the end of the month.

Items that we are looking to collect for the display case should represent:

  • Food
  • Currency
  • Flag
  • Music
  • Sports
  • Landmarks
  • Traditions
  • Literature

Thank you for involvement and dedication!


The P.S. 101 Multi-Cultural Team


Pennies for Patients Fundraiser

Pennies- Sit with a Friend


Pennies for Patients

Wednesday, March 11, 2020


Help our Little Lighthouse Team raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and help those in need. Students will be able to purchase a ticket for $one dollar$ and switch their table seat at lunchtime to sit with a friend of choice.

Encourage your child to make new friends with new experiences!

All proceeds will go to our school-wide fundraiser to raise awareness and funds to lend a helping hand!