Graduation and Stepping-Up Dates (Gr 5, PK, K)

Good day PS 101 Families-

We are greatly looking forward to celebrating our students and all their accomplishments and achievements this year. Some year’s are milestones in education, and we like to recognize these moments alongside our PS101 families with special celebrations.

Due to Social Distancing and health requirements, this year’s Graduation for our 5th Graders and Stepping-up ceremony for Pre-K and Kindergarten will all be Virtual.

We will have a scheduled time for the presentation so that all our families can have a shared experience and then spend the remainder of the day celebrating their child and this monumental event in their lives. The time will be determined and announced as we get closer to June.


5th Grade Graduation: Friday, June 18

Kindergarten Stepping-Up: Wednesday, June 23

Pre-Kindergarten Stepping-Up : Tuesday, June 22


PS 101 Drive-By Parade for Grade 5

Dear PS 101 Parents and Families-

Tomorrow, June 18th between 1pm,-1:30pm, we are taking an extra step to honor our 5th Graders after their graduation in the morning. The 5th Grade teachers, as well as additional PS 101 staff will be holding a drive by parade where we will be playing music from our cars and honking to acknowledge and congratulate our graduating seniors.

While we wish we could have celebrated in person, we figured this next step was a way to maintain social distancing and honor our students.

A few things:

  • Due to the fact we will have about 15-20 cars in this parade, we cannot drive down the busy streets of Cropsey Avenue or 86th street.
  • You don’t need to come out of your house and should be able to view us or hear us from your porch or windows. If you choose to come out of your house, please remember to follow all social distancing laws which require masks and distancing 6ft apart from other people.
  • Unfortunately, we are not going to be able to cover the entire PS101 zone.
  • We will be driving up and down the blocks between Benson Avenue and Bath Avenue from Bay 41st Street all the way to Bay 32nd Street. You can view the route here: Parade route PS101
  • Please do not join the parade with your car.
  • We encourage you to clap and give shout backs to our staff 🙂

To our 5th Graders, we are very excited to celebrate you tomorrow!




Upcoming Engagement on Policy for 2020–21 Admissions

Dear PS 101 families-

Please see the letter below from the Chancellor regarding admissions to Middle School and High School. As we already know which Middle School our students have made, this policy is more around placement within the school:

Due to COVID-19, some factors that middle and high schools consider in admissions decisions, such as state test scores, attendance, and end-of-year grades, are not available. The admissions process for middle and high schools for the 2020–21 school year has to adapt to account for the absence of this information, which schools use in ranking prospective students.

The DOE announced a citywide engagement plan on admissions for the 2020–21 school year, and will continue its plans to gather feedback from parents, students, school leaders, and others to help inform the policymaking process. The engagement plan describes upcoming parent engagements with deputy chancellors and executive superintendents in all five boroughs. Please share this letter with students’ families, so that they can be made aware of the opportunity to participate.

Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings, listed below:

  • Bronx with Executive Superintendent Meisha Ross-Porter on May 27 (6:00–8:00 p.m.)
  • Queens with Executive Superintendents Mabel Muñiz-Sarduy and Andre Spencer on May 28 (6:00–8:00 p.m.)
  • Staten Island with Executive Superintendent Anthony Lodico on May 29 (6:00–8:00 p.m.)
  • Manhattan with Executive Superintendent Marisol Rosales on June 1 (6:00–8:00 p.m.)
  • Brooklyn with Executive Superintendents Karen Watts and Barbara Freeman on June 2 (6:00–8:00 p.m.)