Principal’s Message- Safety and Protocols March 11

Greetings 101 Families,

I am writing to give you some updates on how we are protecting your children at this time. As you know, PS 101 is a safety first school- it’s the message I give at every welcoming assembly, and have said consistently throughout meetings. Since this concern began, I have been posting everything that the Dept of Education sends to me regarding the COVID/Corona virus on our school website.

There have been some concerned calls regarding the local King David Nursing Facility where our students have done community service for many years. This past Sunday, March 8 we learned in the news that there was a confirmed case of Corona at the King David Nursing Facility. On March 8, when I learned of this, I immediately reported it to the Superintendent and Dept of Education.

I spoke to the administration at the King David Nursing Facility today and was told that the person who was reported infected on March 8 was last at the Nursing Facility on February 28-29 and on the second floor. Our students who visited from our Little Lighthouse Team (8 students and 3 adults) were at the King David Nursing Facility on February 27 on the first floor, the day before the infected person was there. I have also been told today that none of their residents have been sick or had any symptoms, and even those tested came back negative for the virus.
None of the students or staff who visited the center two weeks ago have been ill or reported any symptoms.

In regards to PS 101 student safety and following State recommendations to avoid crowds, we are taking the following precautions:

  • Daily, we announce and remind students to wash their hands, not touch one another, not touch their face, etc.
  • Custodial staff is cleaning daily, even more than usual, using disinfectant in classrooms, the cafeteria and bathrooms.
  • The custodial staff cleans multiple times a day (hallways, bathrooms, door handles, banisters in stairwells, etc) with disinfectant.
  • We are cancelling all non-essential gatherings. This means we are not inviting parents for shows at this time, but will record the show and post it for parents to watch online.
  • We will make decisions to cancel or postpone school trips as we get closer to the dates.
  • At this time we are not allowing parents to come to the office to pick up their child. If you need to take your child out of school early, tell our security officer who will call the office and we will bring your child to you.
  • We are not allowing parents to come into the building at dismissal and asking everyone to wait outside when picking up their child.
  • When a child isn’t feeling well, they are sent to the nurse and then the parent is called to pick them up. The child does not return to class if not feeling well.
  • We have set up a quarantine room if any children are showing signs or symptoms.
    Thankfully, no children have shown any symptoms.
  • As messaged, parents can choose to keep their child home during this time and their attendance will not impact their school records. If you child is not in school, they are still marked absent, but it will not hurt their student record.
  • If you are keeping your child home, you should continue to ensure they are doing their HW and using iReady daily which we will track and include as part of their grades.
  • If you are keeping your child home as a preventative measure, you must let the school know so we can code the absence differently than a regular absence. Please call the school and tell Mrs. Margaret you are keeping your child home as a precaution.
  • If your child is not feeling well, you MUST keep them home and I highly suggest seeing a doctor. Please obtain a note from your doctor, preferably with a diagnosis, for the absence.

In regards to posting messages on our school website, as a Principal, I am required to follow Dept of Education protocols. As part of my job, I must follow my supervisor’s directive and can only post official information related to the Corona Virus.

What I can share is that I am in the same situation as you. I also have my own concerns, but I am focusing on the facts. I am still coming to work every day. I am still sending my daughter to school every day, and so are Mrs. Kane, Mrs. Percaccio and all of our staff.

Some measures I take at home with my family, aside from washing constantly, are removing our shoes and also changing our clothes the moment we get home (something we have always done). We do laundry more frequently and disinfect our door knobs and entry way floor. These are great steps to take for you as well.

As I have been, I will continue to post any information we get from the Department of Education.

Thank you so much for your support and messages to me, my staff and our PTA. We are all working very hard to ensure learning continues and that all of our children and families are safe.

G.Korrol
Principal of PS 101

Cancelled: Leader of the Month and Coffee with Korrol

Good morning-

Please be advised in response to some expressed concerns, we will be cancelling this week’s gatherings for Thursday’s Leader of the Month Celebration (3/12) and the Friday Coffee with Korrol (3/13) meeting.  I  understand the heightened concern for unnecessary gatherings at this time. That being said, we will still ensure our students receive their certificates and are publicly recognized over our announcements.

Thank you for your understanding,

GK

Did You Know?

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Did you know our 900+ students speak more than 30 different languages at home?

Did you know we have students from all over the world from countries you may have never even heard of?

We have a lot to share and learn from one another!

As part of the #PS101Experience, we have created a Multi-Cultural Team to celebrate various cultures of our PS 101 Students.  In February, we are celebrating Spanish heritage and Black History Month where students will learn about the history of these cultures. Additionally, we put several items on display in our brand new showcase located across the hall from the main office (you can see pictures on our Instagram feed).

The best way to make this experience outstanding is by having your contributions! Anything you give us to display will be returned to you at the end of the month. 

We are now collecting items for the month of March to celebrate Women’s history and Irish-Heritage month. If you have any items you would like to donate to our display case, please drop them off into the collection box that is located in the main office. Please remember to label your item(s) with your child’s name and class, so they can be returned to them at the end of the month.

Items that we are looking to collect for the display case should represent:

  • Food (images or art)
  • Currency
  • Flag
  • Music
  • Sports
  • Landmarks
  • Traditions
  • Literature

Thank you for involvement and dedication!

Sincerely,

The P.S. 101 Multi-Cultural Team

 

Free workshop from the Child-Mind Institute

Dear Parents’Guardians,

Below is a free workshop from the Child-Mind Institute you may want to look into. We have no affiliation with them, however I have heard good things about their programs.

GK

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The Child Mind Institute’s Student Success Program is thrilled to offer a FREE one-day parent and caregiver training on Friday, January 10th. Behavior and Emotional Skills Training (BEST) is open to parents and caregivers of elementary school children, and typically costs $600 per participant. Lunch will be provided.

During BEST, parents and caregivers will learn strategies to increase positive behaviors, manage misbehaviors, and connect with other families and caregivers for continued support.

BEST Details:

Friday, January 10th, 2020

9:00am-2:00pm

PS 130 K – Lower School | 70 Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11218

A flyer is attached – please feel free to share this with parents and caregivers who may be interested in attending the event.

Families may enroll by completing the sign up form online here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Lip3iLGWBB1-0sHMEfR3MCwFeyueZ2F5by8TFszblJI/edit

REMIND and Homework

Happy Monday parents and families!

Your child’s teacher should have already sent home a link or class code for you to join their class on REMIND. If you haven’t received the class code, write a note to your child’s teacher or call our Parent Coordinator for the class code.

The REMIND app lets you receive notifications form your child’s teacher.

This year, teachers will also be posting Homework on REMIND daily so you can see a copy of what your child is expected to do every night for homework.

GK

The Fun begins in 3 Weeks … :-)

As a reminder, the first day of school is Thursday September 5, 2019.

School hours are:
Breakfast 7:40am-8:05am
School hours: 8:10am-2:30pm

New Dismissal areas will be posted on our website before school begins.

The NEW main entrance is located on 24th Avenue…

Back to school Night is Wednesday September 11, 2019

Below are the supplies that your child’s teacher is requesting for the upcoming school year.

While you should have your child bring in notebooks, pens, folders etc on the first day, you may bring up the remainder of the supplies on Back to School Night.

Please click on the link below to download the supply list for September:

New Mandated Immunization Requirements

Dear PS 101 Parents,

Students who have not completed immunization requirements will not be allowed to attend PS 101.

As of June 13, 2019, public, private and parochial schools and child care programs in New York can no longer accept requests for religious exemptions from school immunization requirements. This law applies to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and to all child care settings. This legislation is in response to the measles outbreak and will help contain the spread of measles among unvaccinated students.

 

All prior religious exemptions granted to students are now invalid. Please see the Parent Immunization Letter from the DOE for more information.

All NYC students must meet the immunization requirements in order to attend school. You can review the immunization requirements online at schools.nyc.gov on the Immunizations page. Please review the Immunization Chart and Parent Immunization Letter (translated versions available on the Info Hub) to ensure that students are in compliance with requirements for school year 2019-20.

Regards,

 

G.Korrol

Principal