Limited Opportunity Available: Mandarin Class

Dear Parents and guardinas,

While it doesn’t happen often, we do have very few seats available for children to transfer into the Dual language mandarin class on many grades. For students who transfer into the program, there will be a basic level mandarin after school class to help them catch up with their peers. Read below for more information:

Dual Language Class Interest Survey for 2021-22 2021-22 学年双语课程兴趣调查

Please complete this form to indicate your interest in our advanced Dual Language Class. Filling out this form does NOT guarantee a spot in our program. Since this program means that your child will learn Mandarin IN ADDITION to maintaining all grade-level expectations, your child’s current teacher will also need to support the program placement request.

𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐤𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐢𝐧 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝:温馨提示:
This program is best suited for fluent Mandarin speakers OR fluent English speakers. (Your child does not need to know Mandarin already, but of course it is helpful. If they do not speak Mandarin, then they need to have a strong grasp of English. In fact, our classes are most popular with English native speakers wanting to learn Mandarin.) 此双语项目最适合能流利地说普通话或英语的学生。 (您的孩子并不需要已经会说普通话,但这当然会有所帮助。如果他们不会说普通话,那么他们就需要对英语有较强的掌握。事实上,在我们的课程里,大多数是母语为英语的学生想学习普通话。)
Mandarin-speaking English Language Learners will receive priority placement. 会说普通话的英语学习者将获得优先安排。
Your child must already be doing VERY well in their current general education placement. There will be extra daily homework assignments for all students in the DL program. 您的孩子必须是已经在目前的学习中学得非常好。 双语项目中的所有学生都将有额外的日常作业。
Children who enjoy challenges, doing extra homework, and have a great memory have the best chance at succeeding in this program. 乐于接受挑战,能做额外的功课并有出色记忆的孩子最有可能成功完成该双语课程项目。如果您的孩子不是这类孩子,请不要申请。
Children who have an IEP requiring a specific class placement are not eligible for a DL class placement because of their IEP mandates. 如果您的孩子有个人教育计划并且需要特定的班级安排,那么个人教育计划将覆盖双语班级安排。
Placement in a DL class will be for the entire 2021-2022 school year, and potentially until the end of grade 5. We will not move students mid-year because it is too disruptive.双语课程的学习将在整个2021-2022学年进行,并且可能要持续到5年级结束。我们不会在年中时,从班级里移除学生,因为这会给学生的学习带来很大的干扰。

If you have already written an email to our program coordinator, Mrs. Rivera (, to indicate your interest in the past, please complete this survey anyway. We will respect the date you originally requested placement on our waitlist. 如果您已经发过邮件给我们的项目负责人:Rivera老师(,以表示您对这个项目的兴趣,也请务必完成此调查。我们仍然会尊重您最初要求将其放置在候补名单上的日期。

If your child fits our criteria, we will reach out for an interview mid-June.

PS – If your child does not already know some Mandarin, consider enrolling them into a basic Mandarin courses outside of school, or developing a daily habit of using apps like Duolingo, Babbel or Busuu. We will also host an after school program during the school year to help new DL students catch up their basic Mandarin. 另外,如果您的孩子尚且不懂普通话,请考虑在学校外帮孩子注册基础普通话课程,或者养成每天使用Duolingo或Busuu等应用的习惯。

Complete the form:

Complete the form to apply for Dual Language here

New Dual Language Teacher

Dear PS101 Families of Dual Language Learners,

When we all met prior to the pandemic, I had informed you my goal was to strengthen the Dual Language Mandarin program at PS 101 by hiring more Mandarin teachers with the ultimate goal of having one Dual Language class on each grade. Even though there have been many set backs in the past year, I am still working on this commitment and am happy to inform you we have just hired a new Dual Language teacher who will be taking over class 404 for mandarin (this will not impact the Mrs. Castro as she will remain as the primary classroom teacher).

Ms. Hu is a welcome new member of our staff and you can read more about her below. Ms. Hu is the second Mandarin teacher we have hired this year (Ms Weng is in Grade 1), and we will continue to build this program until we have one teacher for every grade level.

A note from Ms. Hu:

Hi, my name is Ms.Hu. I come from China and I am excited to join the PS101K. I am passionate about teaching because I was inspired by a great teacher earlier in my life and I would like to be there for my students in the way that teacher was there for me. I love interacting with students and helping them see the connection between what they are learning and their lives. I look forward to seeing you all soon.


Onwards and upwards-


Incoming Kindergarten Dual Language Students for September 2021

Dear Parents of Incoming Dual Language Students for 2021-22,


We are hosting an information session on the Dual Language Program for the 2021-22 school year.  This session is for incoming Kindergarten students who have already been offers a seat to our DL program.  


This session is specifically for you to ensure that you have an opportunity to make an informed decision that is best for your child. Dual Language is an enrichment program that has very high expectations for your child, and so we are sure you have many questions.

这个讨论是给你们多一点知识关于双语班。 双语课程是一个资优教育课程. 

The session will happen remotely over Zoom on Thursday, April 29th at 8:30 AM.   At 8:30 AM, we will present on the anticipated format of the program for 2021-22 and follow with a Q&A session.  

这个网络讨论是在星期四,(四月 /29)早上8:30。我们希望你们可以参加。