NYC Schools Closed in Observance of Rosh Hashanah 9/26 – 9/27/22

Greetings PS 101 Families:

As a reminder, please note, New York City schools will be closed on Monday, September 26th and Tuesday, September 27th in observance of Rosh Hashanah. Happy holiday to all of our families celebrating together.

We look forward to seeing our students on Wednesday, September 28th.


Gregg Korrol


What should I expect this School Year?

Good Day PS 101 Families,

While we do not have our usual Back to School evening, we wanted you to have all the information you need to learn about your child’s teacher and the expectations for the grade including classwork, homework, tests and more. We also have many other staff members who you have yet to meet and learn about such as our Cluster staff (art, music, STEM, etc), our Related Service Providers such as Speech, Occupational Therapy, and more!

Please click on the link below for your child’s grade to learn about our teaching staff and the expectations for the year. Please also visit the link for Clusters, ESL and Related Service providers if your child has these services.
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Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Specialty Classes/ Clusters

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Related Services (OT, PT, Speech)

RTI (Small Group Teachers)


ExpandED After-School Program for Grades 3, 4 & 5 students

ExpandED After-School Program Grades 3, 4 & 5 students 

PS101/ Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, Inc. 

September 13, 2022

Dear PS 101 Parents and Guardians, 

Welcome back to a new school year. We hope you had an enjoyable and restful summer. We are pleased to announce that once again our school has received funding from Councilman Ari Kagan for the ExpandEd Program After-School Program.  

As in the past, the ExpandEd Program, along with the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island, will partner with P.S.101 in providing extra Literacy and Mathematics, and the Arts. The instructional part of the program includes standardized test preparation, homework help and peer tutoring on Mondays and Tuesdays, while the Wednesday and Thursday part of the week will focus on the Performing Arts such as Dance, Drama, Art and Chorus. 

Applications are now on-line at the link below. There are a very limited number of seats and therefore all potential participants will be chosen via a lottery- based system.

If your child is chosen from the lottery-based system, you will be notified and given forms to complete by September 30. Please note that this is a four-day week program with attendance expected each day.  If your child displays poor attendance, they will be excluded from the program. 

The Google Form can be accessed with the following link:

Application Deadline: September 20, 2022. 

Please direct any questions to


Frances Mastrianni Director 

NYC Kids RISE – Save for College Program

Dear Kindergarten and First Grade Families:

We are so excited to share with you that the Save for College Program is available to families at P.S. 101! This scholarship and savings program provides families, schools, and communities with a way to work together to invest in their children’s futures. It is managed by the nonprofit NYC Kids RISE in partnership with the Department of Education and the City of New York.

Every kindergarten and new first grade student at NYC public schools and participating charter schools is eligible to participate in the Program, regardless of family income or immigration status. Here are some resources with more information about the Program:

This program has two parts: Scholarship and Savings. To get every family started, your child will be automatically enrolled in the Program and receive an NYC Scholarship Account with a free $100 initial allocation from NYC Kids RISE. Programs like these are more important than ever in supporting families with resources to create a financial foundation for students’ educational futures.

What’s next? Your child will be automatically enrolled in the Program unless you choose not to participate by “opting-out.” This means that your child will automatically be enrolled as long as you TAKE NO ACTION during the upcoming opt-out process, which lasts for 30 days.

After your 30-day opportunity to opt out is over, if you have chosen to stay in the Program, your child’s NYC Scholarship Account will be funded with the initial $100 by NYC Kids RISE in early 2023. You will receive information about how to activate and view the account when it is ready. We will share information and host events throughout the year about the Program and how we can work together as a community to save and plan for your child’s future.

In addition to the resources included in this memo, our Save for College Liaison and School Counselor, Ms. Kipriadis we will be sharing a tutorial

If you have any questions, you can reach out to Save for College Liaison and School Counselor, Ms. K. Kipriadis at You can also call NYC Kids RISE at 833-543-7473 or email


Kyri Kipriadis

PS 101 Save for College Liaison and School Counselor

Virtual Library Card- Access to Free Materials

Greetings 101 Families-

Hoping you are safe and well.

New York residents can apply for a New York Public Library card through SimplyE to gain access to an array of digital resources, including e-books and audiobooks, as well as databases available from home during our period of closure.

#nypal #library #ebook

Reminder: School Safety Regarding Early Pick-Up

Dear PS 101 Families-

Due to safety protocols and staff assignments, if you need to pick up your child early for a doctors appointment, etc, you must do so before 2pm. Additionally, you must have a valid reason for taking your child out of school early. Please do your best to schedule any and all appointments after school hours.

Any parents who arrive to pick up their child after 2pm will be asked to wait for normal dismissal as we will not have staff to assist.


Letter from Chancellor Banks

Dear Families:

Welcome to the 2022–2023 school year!

As the father of four children, I still remember the excitement of September and my kids’ jitters over what the new school year would bring. Would they like their teachers? Would it be easy to make new friends? Would they do well in their classes? I reassured them that the adults in their school would cherish them as much as I did at home.

Now, as I prepare to experience my first “first day of school” as Chancellor, I am grateful for you and for our educators, who are as excited as I am to welcome your children back. I also appreciate that in sending your children into our classrooms, you are placing great trust in us—trust that we will challenge your children intellectually so they can live out their wildest dreams. Trust that we will keep them safe and help them grow as human beings. Trust that they will graduate with a pathway to a rewarding career and enjoy long-term economic security. Trust that we will teach your children how to be a positive force for change in our world.

I am committed to doing all of this—and more.

My team and I have spent the summer reimagining the student experience so that it better serves your children. Literacy, which is the foundational building block of all learning, will be a major focus this school year. We are transforming how we teach reading by implementing a high-quality, phonics-based literacy program in all elementary schools. We are extending learning beyond the four walls of the classroom, offering students regular visits to local museums, parks, and all the incredible resources our great city has to offer. At the same time, we are improving students’ digital learning experiences.

This year, we are also offering more of the learning opportunities you have requested, enhancing the way we serve all children. This includes an increase in Community Schools, Gifted & Talented programs, bilingual education programs, and programs to improve long-term academic outcomes for students with disabilities. Wellness and its role in student success is another priority you’ll be hearing more about.

I can’t write to families without recognizing you as the lifeblood of our school communities and our true partners in your child’s education. Be on the lookout for improved ways to access the information and support you need to help your children succeed. This will include expanded language access supports for families who speak languages other than English and more opportunities for us to work together.

Thank you for choosing NYC Public Schools. I know that there have been challenges, and I hope
you agree that our schools stand ready to put all children on the path to the bright, bold futures
they deserve. I encourage you to visit to find the most up-to-date
information about the new school year.

As always, I am honored to partner with you to better serve our children. I truly believe that the
best is yet to come. So, let’s get the 2022–2023 school year started!

Soaring high,

David C. Banks

New York City Schools Chancellor

You can download translations of the Chancellor’s Letter here at:

An Amazing Beginning!

Dear PS 101 Families,

We had an amazing start to the school year! You can see videos and pictures from today on our Instagram page (if you don’t follow us yet, you definitely want to).

Thank you to our outstanding PTA for coming in the past week and today to help with school supplies.

We look forward to a safe and fun school year, filled with a tremendous amount of learning!


September 2022 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 SEPTEMBER. 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!

WEAR PS 101 school apparel!
You may also WEAR our school color: BLUE!
Friday, September 9thSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY!
Let’s commemorate 9/11 and show our support!
WEAR PS 101 school apparel!
You may also WEAR our school color: BLUE!
Friday, September 23rdSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY! Color it up PS 101! It’s Class Color Day!
Each class will choose a color of choice and show their school spirit with a rainbow of colors throughout the building.
Classroom teachers will notify you of the chosen color!
Friday, September 30thSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY! It’s HERITAGE DAY – represent your true self!
WEAR something special to show-off your heritage and be proud!

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


PS 101 LIM Little Lighthouse Team