COVID-19 High Alert Level

Dear PS 101 Families:

Please read the following message from the NYCDOE regarding COVID-19 updates.

Due to recent increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in New York City, the city is now at a COVID-19 high (orange) alert level. This means there is significant spread of COVID-19 in the city.

We urge you to take the following proven precautions to protect your family and our communities:

  • Wear a mask. We recommend that everyone age 2 and older wear a well-fitting mask in all public indoor settings, including at school and early childhood education (ECE) programs, even if not required. Encourage your child to wear a mask while at school or ECE program and when gathering with friends. Your child’s school has masks available.
  • Get vaccinated and boosted. Everyone age 5 and older should get vaccinated against COVID-19, including getting a booster shot when eligible. Vaccines have saved countless lives and are our best defense against the virus. Find a vaccination site at nyc.gov/vaccinefinder(Open external link) or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC (877-829-4692). You can get vaccinated for free, regardless of immigration or insurance status.
  • Stay home when sick. Everyone should stay home if they are sick or test positive for COVID-19 and follow all guidance, including wearing a well-fitting face mask for 10 days.
  • Get tested. Everyone should get tested if they have COVID-19 symptoms, were recently with someone who has COVID-19, recently traveled or were at a large event. Schools are giving each child four at-home tests per week and testing is available throughout the city. To find a testing site, visit nyc.gov/covidtest(Open external link). Testing is free at many sites.
  • Consider other precautions, such as avoiding crowds, limiting gatherings to a small number of people, increasing ventilation, and wearing a higher quality mask. This is especially important for people who are at increased risk due to age, underlying medical condition, or because they are unvaccinated.

If you or your child tests positive for COVID-19, call your health care provider or 212-COVID19 (212-268-4319) to ask about treatment options for people age 12 and older. To learn more, including about who is eligible, visit nyc.gov/health/covidtreatments(Open external link). If your child tests positive, please inform their school or ECE program. Children who test positive or are home with symptoms can receive free online learning and office hours while out sick.

If we all do our part, we can beat this COVID-19 wave and enjoy a safe and healthy spring and summer.

Translations of this message will be available at the end of the day here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/messages-for-families

COVID Positives and Test Kits

Dear PS 101 Families,

As a reminder, students are given four home COVID Test kits per week. It is recommended you test your child at the beginning of the week and three days later. The other two kits may be used by family members.

Like the rest of NYC, PS 101 has also had a rise in positive COVID cases both in students and staff. When a child in a class or staff member reports being positive, we send a letter home to the class called an “exposure letter” which informs you someone in your child’s class has tested positive. if you get this letter, it is recommended you test your child that evening. If your child tests positive, you must notify PS 101 so we can take additional steps on our end to protect the community.

While New York City health officials on Monday strongly recommended that all individuals wear medical-grade masks in public indoor settings citywide, masks are not mandated in schools and it is still your (and your child’s) choice to wear or not wear a mask.

We will of course keep you updated with any additional news.

GK
Principal

Reminder: Important Dates for May 2022

Dear PS 101 Parents/Guardians:

We are listing some important dates for the month of May. Please keep these dates for reference during the month of May.

DATEREASON
Monday, May 2ndNYCDOE Schools Closed Eid al-Fitr Observance
Tuesday, May 3rdSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY Harry Potter Day WEAR your favorite Harry Potter shirt/character or movie design/apparel. 
Tuesday, May 3rdPTA General membership Meeting via ZOOM at 10am. Link to follow, closer to the meeting date. 
Wednesday, May 4thSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY WEAR your favorite STAR WARS shirt/character/movie design/apparel.
MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!
Monday, May 2nd– Friday, May 6th  Teacher Appreciation Week  May 2nd -6th Say a special thank you to our teaching staff. They deserve it!
Wednesday, May 25th 

(Rain-date Friday, May 27th)
EARLY CHILDHOOD DANCE FESTIVAL 
Grades PREK-Grade 2 Classes ONLY
Schoolyard showcase

Please follow grade times:
PRE-K: start time at 9:30 am
Kindergarten: start time at 10:15 am
Grade One: start time at 11:00 am
Grade Two: start time at 11:45 am
Friday, May 27thSchool Spirit Day WEAR Red, white or blue for patriotism. 
Friday, May 27th GRADE 5 SENIOR FIELD DAY TRIP
Parent/Guardian Permission
Senior Field Day Trip at Fort Hamilton Park: competitive play; team building, fun and lunch!

If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Margaret Lloyd at 1-718-372-0221 or via email at MLloyd2@schools.nyc.gov. We hope this information will be helpful to you in planning for the month of May. 

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

May 2022 – Important Dates

Dear PS 101 Parents/Guardians:

We are listing some important dates for the month of May. Please keep these dates for reference during the month of May.

DATEREASON
Monday, May 2ndNYCDOE Schools Closed Eid al-Fitr Observance
Tuesday, May 3rdSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY Harry Potter Day WEAR your favorite Harry Potter shirt/character or movie design/apparel. 
Tuesday, May 3rdPTA General membership Meeting via ZOOM at 10am. Link to follow, closer to the meeting date. 
Wednesday, May 4thSCHOOL SPIRIT DAY WEAR your favorite STAR WARS shirt/character/movie design/apparel.
MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!
Monday, May 2nd– Friday, May 6th  Teacher Appreciation Week  May 2nd -6th Say a special thank you to our teaching staff. They deserve it!
Wednesday, May 25th 

(Rain-date Friday, May 27th)
EARLY CHILDHOOD DANCE FESTIVAL 
Grades PREK-Grade 2 Classes ONLY
Schoolyard showcase

Please follow grade times:
PRE-K: start time at 9:30 am
Kindergarten: start time at 10:15 am
Grade One: start time at 11:00 am
Grade Two: start time at 11:45 am
Friday, May 27thSchool Spirit Day WEAR Red, white or blue for patriotism. 
Friday, May 27th GRADE 5 SENIOR FIELD DAY TRIP
Parent/Guardian Permission
Senior Field Day Trip at Fort Hamilton Park: competitive play; team building, fun and lunch!

If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Margaret Lloyd at 1-718-372-0221 or via email at MLloyd2@schools.nyc.gov. We hope this information will be helpful to you in planning for the month of May. 

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

2022 NYS Testing Dates – Lunch Schedule Changes

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Please be advised that lunch schedules will be adjusted during the 2022 New York State testing days (Tues 4/26, Wed 4/27) as follows:

PERIODTIMEGRADES
410:50AM-11:40AMK & 1
511:40AM-12:30PM2
612:30PM-1:20PM3, 4, 5

This change in schedule is due to the elongated testing times for the state exams, and to ensure students are accommodated appropriately.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Gregg Korrol

Principal

Reminder: Ramadan

Dear PS 101 Families:

April recognizes Arab American Heritage Month. Ramadan begins on April 2 and ends with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr on May 2. Our teaching staff will be using NYCDOE resources and instructional materials to celebrate heritage and culture in accordance with Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr.

Appreciation of other cultures requires nurturing our sense of respect and acceptance. The more we understand and appreciate each other, the more we strengthen the social fabric of our city and our schools.

Eid al-Fitr translates to the “Festival of Breaking the Fast” and is celebrated starting on the first day of Shawwal following the month of Ramadan.

The resources below may be helpful in continuing to learn about Ramadan at home:

Ramadan (PBS Learning Media)  

Eid al Fitr: All About the Holidays (PBS Learning Media)  

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

NYSESLAT Family Letter

Dear Parent/Guardian(s),

The NYSESLAT is given to all students who are identified as ELL/MLL by the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL). The purpose of the NYSESLAT is to annually assess the English language proficiency level of ELLs/MLLs enrolled in Grades K–12 in New York State schools. The test gives the state, schools, parents, and teachers valuable information about the English language development of ELLs/MLLs. 

The NYSESLAT includes multiple choice, short written response questions, long written response questions, and oral response questions in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. Your child must take all parts of the test in order to receive a valid score. The questions on the NYSESLAT reflect the kinds of activities and tasks that your child would experience in the classroom.

Your child will be tested within the testing windows noted below:

April 11 – May 6Speaking session test window (one-on-one testing)* This window will be interrupted by Spring Break on April 15 – 24. *
May 9 – 20Session 1, 2, 3  test window for listening, reading and writing

There are absolutely no make-ups after May 20th.  It is paramount that your child(ren) attend school during this window or they will receive an invalid score.  If they receive an invalid score, his or her level will then default to the previous year’s results. If you have plans to take your child out of school at any time during the dates noted above, please contact Mrs. Rivera, at jleung@schools.nyc.gov or your child’s ESL/ENL teacher in writing or at (718) 372-0221.

📌 For more information about the NYSESLAT, please visit: 

http://www.nysed.gov/bilingual-ed/nysitell-and-nyseslat-parent-guides

The NYSESLAT parent guide is available in 22 languages, including Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Russian, Albanian and Uzbek.  

📌 For samples of test questions, please visit: https://www.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-english-a-second-language-achievement-test-nyseslat-sample-items-annotations 

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal