Important Family Update from Principal Joanna
Wed, Sep 14 9:49am

Note that schoolwide updates will be sent via Konstella and Operoo through the end of this week. Starting next week, all schoolwide updates will be sent via Konstella. Only classroom notifications about positive COVID cases will be sent as messages via Operoo.

 

Dear PS 107 Families, 

 

I hope that the 2022-23 school year is off to a great start for you and your family! It has been such a joy visiting classrooms over the last 4 days. Your children are happy and engaged in learning their classroom routines and building community in their new spaces. I’m writing to share a few important updates and reminders as the year gets underway. 

 

SCHOOL BUDGET UPDATE

PS 107 started the summer over $300K in deficit. In large part, this had to do with the fact that the Department of Education quite significantly underprojected our enrollment for the 2022-23 school year. All summer, we fought to have the DOE revisit their projections, and finally, in the last week of summer, we were given an additional $200K in what’s called “register growth” funds. This combined with some natural staff attrition over the summer got our budget out of deficit just as the school year began. We are now in a relatively stable budget position, although we have limited funds for extras beyond personnel and basic school operations. We greatly appreciate your donations to the PTA, which help to bring those extras to PS 107!

 

SCIENCE TEACHER

As many of you know, our longtime and beloved Science teacher, Steve Tomsik, moved out of state at the end of the 2021-22 school year. This was a difficult decision for Mr. Tomsik, and we miss him a great deal! Along with our budget fight, summer was spent working to identify a replacement for Mr. Tomsik who we were able to also afford. We were very fortunate to hire Abby Roberts, a longtime teacher in PS 107’s afterschool program, who will be teaching Science to students in grades 2-5 this year. Because of budget constraints and other school programming considerations, we were only able to bring on Ms Abby three times a week, which means that students in grades 2-5 will have Science once a week, which is a reduction of one day/week for grades 3-5, who had Science twice a week last school year. We so value Science instruction and are disappointed to have had to make this change; however, we will be looking for other opportunities to bring Science to students at PS 107 this year, including through field trips and classroom activities.  

 

REPORT CARDS + PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Last school year, our School Leadership Team (SLT), a team made up of parents and PS 107 staff members who set policy for the school as a whole, investigated the way that teachers reported student progress to parents via report cards and parent-teacher conferences. After lengthy discussions and consulting with stakeholders, the SLT made the decision to disconnect report cards from parent-teacher conferences. Therefore, student progress will be reported to families in the following manner going forward: 

 

  • November 3, 2022: Parent-Teacher Conference #1

    • Individual conferences where parents will receive verbal progress updates from teachers on how the year is going so far. 

  • January 2023 (exact date TBD): Report Card #1

    • Formal report cards will be shared with parents on your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). Please reach out to Nadia Benlarbi if you need assistance setting up your NYCSA. 

    • There will not be parent-teacher conferences in January; however, if you have questions about your child’s report card, you can reach out to their teacher directly.

  • March 9, 2023: Parent-Teacher Conference #2

    • Individual conferences where parents will receive verbal progress updates from teachers on how students are doing. 

  • June 27, 2023: Report Card #2

    • End-of-year formal report cards will be shared with parents on your NYCSA. 

 

The SLT believes this structure will allow parents to get even more information on how your child is doing throughout the year – four updates rather than three per year. We are looking forward to using this new structure this year!

 

CURRICULUM CONFERENCES

As a reminder, teachers will be holding Curriculum Conferences on Thursday, September 15th (tomorrow!). This is an opportunity to learn about how the school year will go for your child, as well as virtually “meet” your children’s teachers. We encourage you to attend! The schedule for Curriculum Conferences is as follows:

 

  • 4:30-5:30 pm: Specialty Teacher Presentations (Art, Music, PE, Science, Library), "roundtable" style

  • 5:30-6:30 pm: PreK-grade 2 Teacher Presentations (individual teachers will share Zoom links with families)

  • 6:30-7:30 pm: Grades 3-5 Teacher Presentations (individual teachers will share Zoom links with families)

Note that Curriculum Conferences will not be recorded, but materials will be provided by teachers afterwards if you are unable to attend. 

 

SIGN UP FOR KONSTELLA!

Konstella is the main communication tool for PS 107, for both school- and PTA-related communication. Please be sure you are signed up! Consider downloading the Konstella app and make sure your settings have you receiving each notification immediately. To sign up:

 

Computer

  1. Go to https://www.konstella.com/

  2. Click on Find Your School and search for PS107 (no spaces)

  3. Enter information and hit submit

  4. Receive invitation from Konstella administrator for PS107 and follow directions

 

App

  1. Download Konstella app

  2. Tap on Register

  3. Enter invitation code: eLrJe2

  4. Tap on join in your email

 

In order to add your children to a particular class, the parent will need to go to their account settings, select "Your Children," click on the child's name, and then it will let you browse the classrooms to add for that child.

 

Need help with Konstella? Contact your PTA Communications team at communications@ps107.org 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read through this lengthy update! I am so excited to spend this new school year in community with all of you. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. 

 

Warmly, 

Ms Joanna

Principal

 

Third Grade Community Quilt created in Art with Ms Julie, and inspired by American textile designer and quilter Tula Pink