Principal Meeting with PS 101 Parents- Friday November 20 at 9am

Good morning PS 101 Families,

Principal Korrol will be holding a Zoom meeting with parents to give updates about school closure, as well as answer your questions.

Meeting Date/Time: November 20, 2020 at 9am.

The link to the Zoom Meeting and the password will be posted in your child’s Google Classroom around 5pm tonight.

Important notes:

  1. You must use your (or your child’s) DOE email address to enter the meeting
  2. Please have your cameras on so I can see you
  3. The Zoom meeting will allow up to 300 participants.
  4. Ensure your name is posted on your Zoom or phone. If the name comes in as “Galaxy Phone xyz”, (for example), you will not be admitted. We need to see names and faces.
  5. Doors will open at approx 8:50am

Full Remote School starting tomorrow Thursday Nov 19, Until Further Notice

Please be advised of this update- schools will be fully remote starting tomorrow Thursday November 19, until further notice.
Please ensure your child joins us on Google Classroom everyday.

As you are aware, the City is experiencing elevated rates of COVID-19. Last summer, as we prepared to open our school buildings for in-person teaching and learning, we established a threshold of 3% COVID-19 test positivity rate for the City using a 7-day rolling average as a trigger for closing our school buildings and transitioning to fully remote learning.

As of this morning, November 18, the City has now reached this threshold of test positivity citywide and, as a result, the DOE will temporarily close down all public school buildings for in-person learning, Thursday, November 19. This action, along with other city-wide measures, is a key component to address the concerning rise in COVID-19 transmission rates. This closure of buildings is temporary; we will work diligently alongside other City agencies and every New Yorker to bring this transmission rate back down and get back to in-person learning as quickly and as safely as possible. Translations of the family letter will be available very shortly on the Messages for Families page on the website.

PS 101 School will be FULLY REMOTE when the building is closed.

Read the Full letter from the Chancellor here:

I will post updates here regarding school buildings re-opening. Please also check your local news.

PS 101 School will be FULLY REMOTE when the building is closed.

Financial Wellness Workshop

The DOE is partnering with EverFi and Master Your Card to host two workshops on financial wellness, one in English and one in Spanish. The workshops will take place via Zoom on November 18, with the English workshop taking place from 3:00–4:00 p.m., and the Spanish workshop taking place from 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Please see the flyers for the English workshop and the Spanish workshop . Information on similar workshops in other DOE-supported languages are forthcoming.

Launch of New Let’s Learn Episodes

The DOE, in partnership with the WNET Group, is launching new episodes of the public television program Let’s Learn, which features lessons for children in 3-K—grade 2, that will continue to serve as a supplemental resource for remote and blended learning. Please review this flyer about the resource. Translations of the flyer will be available on the Early Childhood Translations page by November 20.

Let’s Learn offers age-appropriate content that is aligned to education standards and lessons for early childhood education, using videotaped lessons by educators, that focus on foundational reading and writing skills, literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts. The series also supports social-emotional learning and brings viewers on virtual field trips to see dance performances, meet animals, visit botanical gardens, and more. Beginning November 16,episodes of Let’s Learn will air weekdays at 11:00 a.m. on WNET-Channel 13, and at 9:00 a.m. on WLIW-Channel 21, the New York-metro-area PBS stations. Episodes and segments will stream nationwide at All programming will have English and Spanish captions.

Please be advised students are not permitted to view these episodes instead of coming to school remotely or in-person.

Free Fun Drama Opportunity

Dear PS 101 Families,

I’m always keeping an eye out for what might be a fun and free opportunity for our students. On Friday November 20th at 2:45pm, you can join a Live Q&A with Broadway Actor Justin Greer.

Join us as we meet: JUSTIN GREER!  Justin is an opera singer by training, a Broadway dancer and actor by trade, and an arts educator.  He was most recently seen on Broadway as Lieutenant Ward and Henry Morganthau in the recent revival of ANNIE.  Prior to that, he was in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, swinging and serving as the dance captain. His career on Broadway has spanned more than a decade, and he has performed in the hit Broadway revival of ANYTHING GOES, covering eleven men as a swing and assistant dance captain, as well as being part of the original Broadway companies of SHREK THE MUSICAL, URBAN COWBOY and SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL. Other Broadway shows include THE PRODUCERS, where he was the dance captain and understudy for Leo Bloom and Carmen Ghia, playing both leading roles many times, and the Tony award winning revival of ANNIE GET YOUR GUN starring Bernadette Peters. He has been a guest artist, teacher and arts administrator for numerous prestigious arts education organizations including Camp Broadway, Broadway Classroom, City Center, the BRAVO television network, US Performing Arts Camps, Moveable Arts, in the NYC public schools and was on the faculty of the Trevor Day School.  Mr. Greer is now a full-time arts specialist on the faculty of Manhattan’s prestigious Dalton School. He extensively lectures and has held master classes in audition techniques, dance, acting, music and performance. He holds a BFA in Vocal Performance and Theatre from Carnegie Mellon University, and currently resides in New York City.  We can’t wait to learn more about Justin and his pathway to his exciting career! We’ll also open it up for students to ask Justin their own questions LIVE! This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students and a fantastic learning experience for all!

ALL are invited to join this event from across the nation. There is absolutely no cost to participate. You must register for the event via this link so you can be reminded to tune in via Zoom on 11/20/2020 @ 2:45 PM EST.
*Please note on the registration page the time is listed in Central time, not Eastern. The event is at 2:45pm EST

Please be reminded this is not a PS 101 or NYCDOE affiliated event and you should supervise your child when they are on line.

#broadway #artseducation #ps101experience #nycdoearts #artsinschool

Learning Bridges Program

The DOE and the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) are collaborating to launch Learning Bridges – a new program that will provide free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade from 8am -3pm on days when they are scheduled for remote learning. There are over 200 Learning Bridge sites around the City and each site will be matched with at least one school to recruit students.  We are excited to inform you that PS101 has been paired with the below Learning Bridges site. 

The site name and contact information for the PS101 paired Learning Bridges sites is listed below:

  • CBO Name: St Vincent’s Services Inc
  • Learning Lab Site: Surfside Gardense
  • Learning Lab Site Address: 2940 West 31st Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11224
  • CBO Contact: Radayza Montas
  • CBO Contact Title: Program Director
  • CBO Contact Phone Number: 347-633-1341

Note, students must be enrolled in blended learning/hybrid schedules (100% remote students are not eligible) and attend PS101 (or reside in a matched homeless shelter) to be able to attend a Learning Bridges program.  To enroll in Learning Bridges, families should fill out the application available here:

  1. Please see this FLYER for more information. The flyer is accessible in multiple languages HERE.
  2. You can also visit the DOE website for more information and to apply.

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

Return to Blended Learning November 30-December 4

Dear PS 101 Families-

If you filled out the form last week requesting your child return to Blended in-person learning, on Monday November 23rd, you will receive a call from your child’s teacher informing you of which Cohort your child is being placed in (A, B or C).
*Please note we do try our best to ensure siblings are coming on the same Cohort day.
**Due to class size limits and Social distancing, we cannot take requested for a specific cohort.

The start date for students who filled out the form and are approved for returning to Blended in-person learning is the week of November 30- December 4th, dependent on which Cohort A, B, or C your child is placed in.

Important Reminders:

  1. Visit this link to see the Blended in-person Learning Calendar and required Health information.
  2. Watch this video which explains morning arrival including using the health Screening App, and
  3. VERY IMPORTANT: If your child or a household member is not feeling well or has any COVID like symptoms including a fever, chills, loss of taste or smell, etc, the child is not permitted to come to school as per the NYCDOE Health Screener which must be filled out daily before coming to school.

What is policy on students returning from being absent or who sent home with COVID related symptoms? 

Any individual (student or staff member) showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to
school when all the following conditions are met:
If a student Received a positive COVID-19 test AND
o Isolated for 10 days AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
If a student Received a negative COVID-19 test AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.
If a student Never got a COVID-19 test AND
o At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND
o Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND
o The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication.