December 2021 – Important Dates

Dear PS 101 Parents/Guardians:

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

DATEREASON
Friday, December 3rd School Spirit DayCreative Face Mask Day
Friday, December 3rd COFFEE WITH KORROL Via ZOOM GRADE 3 Families only 9:30 am
Tuesday, December 7thPTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
VIA ZOOM at 10am 
Friday, December 17th School Spirit DayUgly Holiday Sweater Day
Thursday, December 23rd School Spirit DayBelieve in Winter Dreams- Pajama Day
Friday, December 24th– Friday, December 31stWINTER RECESS
ALL NYC SCHOOLS CLOSED School Resumes Monday, January 3rd

If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Margaret Lloyd at 1-347-563-4680 or via email at MLloyd2@schools.nyc.gov. We hope this information will be helpful to you in planning for the month of December.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

School Spirit Day – We’re Back! Wednesday, November 24th

Little Lighthouse Team

Fall Flannel Wednesday – Wednesday, November 24th

We are pleased to bring back our School Spirit Days to the 101 Family!

On Wednesday, November 24th, get ready to cozy up with your fall favorites on Fall Flannel Wednesday! 

We want to show our 101 school spirit and get comfy to wear some warm flannel apparel! 

Please be sure your child is prepared for this fun-filled schoolwide event on Wednesday, November 24th.

The Fall is a time for cooler weather.

In comes the chill of the brisk air.

There is a strong need for warmer clothing.

Bathing suits are something, you should no longer dare.

It’s a time for flannel shirts, thicker socks

and friends spending time together.

So, let’s stay warm, celebrating all that is happening in the Fall;

Changing leaves, flannel shirts and cool weather!

HIV/AIDS Awareness Lessons

November 19, 2021

Dear P.S. 101 Parent or Guardian:

           HIV/AIDS is one of the most serious health problems Americans have ever faced. It has no cure, and education is the only way we can help our students protect themselves from the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

           Our school will begin to teach your child about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). The New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education have mandated that HIV/AIDS education be provided for all students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 during the week of Monday, November 29, 2021, through Friday, December 3, 2021. This mandate states that HIV/AIDS instruction, which includes five consecutive lessons, must be age-appropriate and address the nature of the disease, the methods of transmission, and methods of prevention. Abstinence from alcohol and other drug use and sexual intercourse is emphasized as the most appropriate and effective method of prevention for students. Lessons focus on developing an understanding of communicable diseases, ways to live a healthy life, and how to identify community resources that can help enhance the quality of life.

           State Regulations require that all students attend lessons on the nature of the disease and methods of transmission. However, parents or legal guardians have the right to ask that their child not participate in the lessons dealing with methods of prevention. These lessons are labeled “Prevention.” Parents or legal guardians who do make such a request must file with the principal of their child’s school a written request that the child not receive such instruction, and assure that the pupil will receive such instruction at home.

           An HIV/AIDS advisory council composed of Panel on Educational Policy members, community representatives, parents, teachers, and supervisors has thoroughly reviewed and approved the curriculum and related materials to be used. The curriculum has also been reviewed and approved by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

           Encourage your child to speak with you about HIV/AIDS. You might wish to point out newspaper or magazine articles about HIV/AIDS issues that you can discuss together. Or you and your child might watch television programs about HIV/AIDS together. Doing so can help you reinforce your child’s awareness of how HIV is transmitted, and present opportunities for you and your child to discuss how abstaining from sexual intercourse and alcohol and other drug use is the most appropriate and effective way for children to protect their health and their futures.

           We welcome your involvement at school. For example, parents are needed on high school HIV/AIDS teams and to coordinate PTA presentations about HIV/AIDS. Speak to your child’s teacher, parent coordinator, or me about how you can support HIV/AIDS lessons.

           If you have any questions regarding this program or would like to review HIV/AIDS curriculum materials, please do not hesitate to call.  You can find the complete curriculum on our school website  www.PS101k.com.

            All students are mandated to participate in the course of lessons throughout the week (lessons 1-4).   Please note, if you do not want your child to participate in the HIV/AIDS fifth and final instruction lesson of the series; please contact your child’s teacher prior to day five.

           If you give permission for your child to take part in the HIV/AIDS Awareness/Prevention lesson #5, then you do not need to respond.  No response will automatically provide your child with consent to participate.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol                                                                                                                                                 

Principal

School Spirit Days Calendar 2021-2022

Do you have 101 School Spirit?

Dear PS 101 Families:

We are excited to bring back our PS 101 School Spirit Days for the 2021-2022 calendar! Research-based studies show how students with School Spirit perform better academically and are more engaged in social and civic matters are happier in general than those without school pride and interest.

Here is a sneak peek at the fun-filled theme days planned for our students and staff, while engaging in learning. Mark your calendars and plan ahead!

As a reminder, we will also include specific school spirit days in our monthly parent memo on our website.

Special thanks to our Little Lighthouse Team for their collaboration, ideas and school spirit! I look forward to sharing in these special days with all of you.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol

Principal

PS 101 Little Lighthouse Team

Calendar of School Spirit Events 2021 – 2022

NovemberFall Flannel – Wear Flannel- November 24
DecemberCreative Face Mask Day – December 3
Ugly Holiday Sweater Day – December 17
A Day to Believe in Winter Dreams Pajama Day – December 23
JanuaryCollege Awareness Day – Wear College Gear – January 7
Disney Day – January 14
Crazy Hair Day – January 21
Lunar New Year – Wear Red – January 31
FebruarySports Day – Football Jersey Day- February 11  
Respect for All Week – February 14-18
Love Day – Wear Pink or Red – February 14 
Crazy Hat Day – February 15
100th Day of School – February 16
101st Day of School – Wear PS 101 Gear-February 17
Friendship Day – Wear Yellow – February 18  
MarchDr. Seuss’s Birthday – Wear Red and white/stripes – March 2
St. Patrick’s Day – Wear Green – March 15
Dress for Success Day/Career Day – March 25
NYS ELA State Exam – Comfy/Cozy Day > Don’t Sweat The Test!  Wear sweatpants/sweatshirt – March 29 and March 30 
AprilAutism Awareness – Wear blue- April 2     
Earth Day – Wear Green or Blue – April  22
NYS MATH State Exam – Comfy/Cozy Day > Don’t Sweat The Test!  Wear sweatpants/sweatshirt – April 26 and April 27
MayHarry Potter Day – May 3rd
May The Fourth Be With You – May 4th
Teacher Appreciation Week – May 6-10
Memorial Day – 5/27 -red, white and blue
JuneSunglasses Inside Day- June 3
NYS SCIENCE State Exam – Comfy/Cozy Day > Don’t Sweat The Test!  Wear sweatpants/sweatshirt – June 6
Flag Day – Wear Red, White, and Blue  – June 14
Luau Day – Wear Hawaiian Shirts, Shorts, Flip Flops, etc. – June 24

Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear PS101 Families,

Please note the case below has warranted a partial classroom closure, meaning some students who sat near the person who tested positive will be quarantined.

****You will receive additional notification today if the person who tested positive is in your child’s class and if your child is mandated for quarantine.****

11/15/2021 3:05 PM

Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear P.S. 101 The Verrazano at 8696 24 Avenue Community:

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).

What Happens Now?

  • Students and staff who are considered close contacts of the individual who tested positive have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.
  • T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.
  • Any staff or students who are fully vaccinated OR students who were recently (within the past three months) diagnosed with COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days will NOT need to quarantine as long as they have no COVID-19 symptoms. People who are fully vaccinated have received both shots of a two shot regimen or one shot of a single shot regimen and 14 days or more have elapsed since their last shot.
  • Unvaccinated students and staff who are considered close contacts may test out of quarantine in order to return to their classrooms on the eighth day of quarantine. In order to do so, students should take a COVID-19 test on their fifth day of quarantine in order to re-enter class on the eighth day. Students must submit proof of a negative test through the DOE’s COVID-19 Vaccination Portal.
  • Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.
  • All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.
  • If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?

All New Yorkers age 12 or older are eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. If someone is fully vaccinated, they do not have to miss school, sports or work if there is a case in their classroom. People who are between 12 and 17 years old are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only; all older ages are eligible for all three vaccines. Find a vaccine site today at https://vaccinefinder.nyc.gov/. There is no cost to be vaccinated.

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:  

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).
  2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
  3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care.  To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.  

Sincerely,

GREGG KORROL

School Spirit Day – We’re Back! Wednesday November 24th

Little Lighthouse Team

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Fall Flannel Wednesday – Wednesday, November 24th

We are pleased to bring back our School Spirit Days to the 101 Family!

On Wednesday, November 24th, get ready to cozy up with your fall favorites on Fall Flannel Wednesday! 

We want to show our 101 school spirit and get comfy to wear some warm flannel apparel! 

Please be sure your child is prepared for this fun-filled schoolwide event on Wednesday, November 24th.

The Fall is a time for cooler weather.

In comes the chill of the brisk air.

There is a strong need for warmer clothing.

Bathing suits are something, you should no longer dare.

It’s a time for flannel shirts, thicker socks

and friends spending time together.

So, let’s stay warm, celebrating all that is happening in the Fall;

Changing leaves, flannel shirts and cool weather!

NOVEMBER 2021 – IMPORTANT DATES

Dear Parents/Guardians:

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

DATEREASON
Monday, November 1st through Friday, November 5th PS 101 SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
Students will be able to shop and purchase throughout the entire week. 
Tuesday, November 2ndELECTION DAY
NYC SCHOOLS CLOSED
Asynchronous work due to account for all student’s attendance. 
Tuesday, November 2nd PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
VIA ZOOM at 10
:00 am 
Wednesday, November 3rd
Friday, November 5th
Tuesday, November 9th 
Tuesday, November 30th 
CLASS LECTURE VISITS with guest speakers to review traffic safety from the NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION.
Thursday, November 4th HALF-DAY OF SCHOOL
Student dismissal at 11:50 am. 
PARENT-TE
ACHER CONFERENCES
will be held virtually at 12:50 – 2:50 pm and 4:30 – 7:00 pm.
Friday, November 5th COFFEE WITH KORROL
Via ZOOM

Grade 4 Families Only 
9:30 AM start time
Thursday, November 11th VETERAN’S DAY
NO SCHOOL
ALL NYC SCHOOLS CLOSED 
Friday, November 19th COFFEE WITH KORROL
Via ZOOM
Grade 2 Families Only 
9:30 AM start time
Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY OBSERVANCE
NO SCHOOL 
ALL NYC SCHOOLS CLOSED

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 November.

Sincerely,

Gregg Korrol,

Principal