March 2020 School Spirit Dates

School Spirit Days – March 2020

Little Lighthouse Team

MARCH School Spirit Days

Dear 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 Spring School Spirit Events for the month of March. 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!

Monday, March 2nd:

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday – Please dress-up and wear RED and WHITE/STRIPES

Tuesday, March 17th:

St. Patrick’s Day – Please wear GREEN and feel lucky as a leprechaun!

Monday, March 23rd:

Dress for Success Day- Please wear your best attire and dress-up with your professional and fancy clothing to be the most successful you!

We look forward to sharing in these special days! Participate and get some School Spirit at 101!



Ms. Kipriaidis and Ms. Bova and The Little Lighthouse Team

Fundraiser – Pennies for Patients

Pennies for Patients – Little Lighthouse Team

Dear PS 101 Families:

As we prepare our Service to Schools end-of-year project, we are excited to share our most productive and important fundraiser with the PS 101 community. The funds collected will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Everyone who participates is a winner! Students, just like us across the country are collecting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters during the Pennies for Patients campaign benefiting those who need it most. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program will enable students to collect their pennies and donate them to patients suffering from diseases and support the mission for a cure! Through this schoolwide service learning project, your child will learn about leadership, humanitarian efforts and will inspire and change people’s lives. Pennies for Patients is as simple as collecting spare or loose change, coins around the house or from your own piggy bank to donate to this important cause. Top classes on each grade will be awarded with a complimentary pizza party as a special reward. Please join our crusade and encourage your child to bring in Pennies for Patients and to donate to this wonderful cause.


The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (Pennies For Patients) Timeline — SAVE THE DATES


P for P Pie in The Face – Thursday February 27th

Period one — for 10-15 minutes

Grades 3, 4, and 5 only – Staff members will be chosen from a hat to be “Pied in the Face” (a plate with whipped cream). He/She will sit on the stage, while two lucky students, who bought their raffle tickets will have a lucky chance for their names to be selected randomly from a basket. Those two students get to pie a staff member up on stage, in the face (music playing, excitement in the air). Tickets will be sold starting Monday, February 24th.

P for P Sit With A Friend Day – Wednesday, March 11th

Students within the same lunch period will be able to sit next to a friend from a different class. Tickets will be sold to use this idea as a part of a fundraiser.

P for P Bake Sale – Wednesday, March 18th

Please allow your child to bring in spending money to make some sweet and tasty purchases during their lunch periods. Students and staff are encouraged to bring in donated baked goods to sell.

Thank you to all for pitching in to make a difference and the most successful fundraiser yet at PS 101!!


Our PS 101 Little Lighthouse Team (LLT) and our LLT coordinators Ms. Bova and Ms. Kipriadis

Testing Dates – Upper Grades

Testing Dates for grades 3, 4, 5

February 13, 2020

 Dear PS 101 Upper Grade Parents/Guardians,

As we prepare to enter into testing season, I wanted to remind you of important dates with New York State (NYS) standardized testing: The Grades 3-5 NYS ELA exam will take place over two days from March 25th – March 26th. Make-up days will immediately follow.

The Grades 3-5 NYS Math exam will take place over two days from April 22nd – April 23rd.  Make-up days will immediately follow.

The Grade 4 NYS Science performance exam with hands-on lab work/experiments window opens on May 18th. The written part of the NYS Science is scheduled for Monday, June 1st.

Please ensure your child is present on testing days, unless they are sick. If they wear eyeglasses, please ensure they have them for the start of the day.

Upper grade teachers will be preparing students with a variety of test preparation and review sheets in the coming days/weeks leading up to the exams. The state exams can be challenging and we want our students to be as prepared and comfortable as possible for the big day(s). Additionally, you may notice an uptick in homework assignments or different tasks/classwork activities during this time period. This is by design and implemented to provide our students with exposure, instructional practice and to build stamina they will need to shine. Please encourage your child to do their best and work hard every day as you are your child’s first teacher.

Kindly, support your child to use access their iReady accounts with ELA and Math practice for a minimum of 45 minutes per week in each subject. We are providing also providing optimal learning opportunities to use iReady in-class as well.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to speak with your child’s teacher or contact our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Margaret Lloyd at 1-347-563-4680.


Gregg Korrol



Door Wars! Cast Your Vote!

Door Wars Vote – Parent Letter



 February 13, 2020

 Dear Friends and Families of PS 101,

This past week, in honor of Respect for All week, our school community participated in a door decorating contest. Each teacher worked together with their class to decorate their door based on a children’s book and accompanying positive character trait. Our doors and halls have literally been transformed and now we’re ready to share them with all of you. Please take your time to carefully view each door and vote for your favorite. The last day for voting is February 23, 2020. Happy Respect for All week!



 PS 101’s Little Lighthouse Team



PTA Meeting Agenda for March

Agenda for Mar 2020 meeting


Tuesday, 3/3/2020 @ 8:30 am


  • Meeting Call to Order
  • 7 Minutes for 7 Habits
  • Review of Minutes / Motion to Approve
  • President’s Report
    • Updates on Fundraisers and Important Dates
  • Treasurer’s Report/Motion to Approve Treasurer’s Report
  • Title 1 / SLT Update
  • Questions & Concerns Session
  • Motion to Adjourn



Title 1 PAC Meeting

Tuesday, 3/3/2020 @ 9:00 am


  • Meeting Call to Order
  • Develop Spending Plan
  • Other Title 1 Updates
  • Questions & Concerns Session
  • Motion to Adjourn




I Am Pennies – Respect for All Parent Letter

I Am Pennies Respect

Dear PS 101 Families:

As a fundraiser for Pennies for Patients and a part of Respect For All, we are collecting $1 per student if they wish to be included on our “I AM” wall in the auditorium. Students will be given a template that says “I am ______” and they can choose to fill in the blank however they wish — something that represents them or how they identify. They will also be able to decorate this as they wish. For example, “I am an artist,” “I am Muslim,” “I am Chinese,” “I am a boy,” “I am a gamer,” “I am kind,” “I am a math genius,” “I am brave,” etc.

Photos will be taken on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during morning line up (7:40-8:10AM) in the auditorium.

Photos will be posted throughout the week and will stay up for the remainder of the school year. Students will get their photo returned to them in June.

This is a great opportunity for students to express who they are with pride and without judgment while raising money for a great cause!

We hope to have all our students participate in this endeavor!

Please enclose the dollar donation in a sealed envelope labeled with your child’s full name and class.

With gratitude,

Ms. Kipriadis, Ms. Bova, and the Little Lighthouse and Diversity Teams



New Information Regarding Coronavirus

February 2020

Dear Families:

Recently, a novel (new) coronavirus was detected in thousands of people worldwide, primarily in China. A “novel coronavirus” is a strain that has not been previously found in humans. This novel coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath.

The City is monitoring the outbreak closely and working with our partners at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At this time, the NYC Department of Education (DOE) is not authorizing school-sponsored travel to China. Local field trips will go on as planned.

Please be reassured that there is no need for alarm or to change daily routines in any way. The City is closely monitoring the situation, and all New Yorkers are advised to follow the same precautions they normally would in cold and flu season. Please see the recommendations below:

Students and staff with NO recent travel from China: Everyone should go about their daily lives and not panic, but practice the same precautions you do during cold and flu season:

• If not already vaccinated — get your flu shot.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when sneezing or coughing.

• Wash your hands with soap and water often — use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

• Stay home if you have a fever or are feeling sick.

Some students may come to school wearing face masks. The CDC does not recommend the use of face masks among healthy individuals. However, they are permitted. If the face mask becomes a distraction in the classroom or school community, school staff may ask students to remove them.

Students and school staff with recent travel from China:

The federal government has issued a requirement for up to 14 days of either mandatory quarantine or home isolation (depending on travel areas in China) for individuals who left China after 5pm EST February 2, 2020. This means that those individuals should NOT report to work or school for up to 14 days from the date that they departed China.

Students and staff who left China before 5pm EST February 2, 2020, and who have no symptoms of illness, may return to school immediately.

Anyone who has left China in the last two weeks and has a fever or a cough or shortness of breath should call their medical provider and report their symptoms and travel history. They should not come to school until they have been evaluated by a doctor and told they are no longer sick.

With the best public health system in the world, New York City stands ready to respond to any confirmed cases of the coronavirus. We urge all New Yorkers to remain vigilant, and if you or anyone you know matches the criteria and have recently traveled to the affected areas of China, please see a medical professional.

To learn more, visit


Oxiris Barbot, MD


New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene


Little Lighthouse – Team February School Spirit Dates

School Spirit Days – February 2020



Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are pleased to announce “Sports Day”, which will be celebrated on Monday, February 3rdChildren are encouraged to wear football jerseys to get ready for Super Bowl Sunday (February 2nd) Children can also wear anything sports related. You may want to wear some of these fan favorites: Favorite Team T-shirt or Team Jersey; Sweat-suit/jogging suit/sweat pants; Team Uniform; Sneakers

Please ensure all paraphernalia or clothing apparel are considered safe and appropriate for children to wear for their day at school. Please help your child prepare for this fun-filled experience and be sure they come to PS 101 prepared on Monday, February 3rd t for our annual “Sports Day” School Spirit Day.

RESPECT FOR ALL: Please include your child in our week filled with respect, kindness, love and school spirit:

  • Monday, February 10 – Friendship Day – Wear YELLOW.
  • Tuesday, February 11 – Wear clothing that shares positive, kind, or inspirational messages.
  • Wednesday, February 12 – Favorite Shirt Day – wear your favorite shirt that reveals something about your character, personality, origin, family, etc. Use this as an opening for dialogue and a conversation with a friend.
  • Thursday, February 13 –Love Day – Wear PINK or RED.
  • ASSEMBLY: Respect for All Thursday, February 13th
  • PERIOD 2- Grades 3-4-5 audience
  • PERIOD 3- Grades Kgn-1-2 audience
  • Friday, February 14 – 100th Day of School – Create and wear a 100 theme hat or outfit



Ms. Bova, Ms. Kipriadis

and our

The Little Lighthouse Team