Parent Coordinator Updates - Return to School Information Part 2
This week, we are sending this message to all families via both Operoo and Konstella. We will begin sending our grade-wide and school-wide communications using only the Konstella platform shortly. Please make sure you are signed up for Konstella (see below for directions).
There is a lot of information in this email. Please take the time to read through this entire message. Thank you!
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MESSAGE FROM MS. JOANNA
Dear PS 107 Families,
The first two days of school passed by in the blink of an eye! Your children eagerly joined their new classmates and teachers on Thursday and have been getting to know one another and learning the routines of the new school year ever since.
A great deal of time at the beginning of each year is spent introducing and going over new routines and expectations so that they become second nature. We encourage teachers to co-construct these routines and expectations with their students so that students feel that their views and experiences are respected and considered and so that they feel an important part of the larger classroom community. Still, not every routine and classroom expectation will be to a child’s liking, and you may hear that they are spending a lot of time practicing lining up or are listening to basic routines about how to choose books from the classroom library more than they’d like.
I can promise you that all of this serves a purpose and helps our classrooms to run more smoothly and peacefully throughout the course of the school year. In addition, routines provide predictability and structure, which helps to reduce feelings of uncertainty and anxiety (in all of us!). If you have questions about the routines and expectations in your children’s classrooms or in shared spaces like the cafeteria or the play yards, don’t hesitate to reach out directly to your children’s teachers or, for schoolwide routines, to me, Ms Rinah, or Ms Nadia.
We are looking forward to our first full week of school and to continuing to learn and grow together as a community this year.
THE DAILY DISMISSAL FORM IS LIVE ON OPEROO
- Please remember that updates to the routine must be noted on the Daily Dismissal Form AND emailed to classroom teachers and parent coordinator.
- Last minute pickup change - call or email parent coordinator
TOMORROW: Students in grades 2-5 will go to their classrooms on their own (yes!). If you anticipate your child needing extra assistance to come into the building, send us an email tonight or early tomorrow morning!
And for K and 1, teachers will continue to come downstairs to pick up their students according to the schedule below:
- Kindergarten: Teachers come down 9/12, 9/13, 9/14. On 9/15, Kindergartners go to their classrooms on their own! (Yes! They can do it! And we will have lots of people helping along the way.)
- 1st Grade: Teachers come down until 9/12. On 9/13, students go into their classrooms on their own!
LABEL! LABEL! LABEL!
Please parents, remember to label your student’s water bottles, lunch boxes, backpacks, and clothing with their name and if there is space, please include their class number. We want to be able to return all fabulous items to their rightful owner!
KONSTELLA: MAKE SURE YOU ARE SIGNED UP
This is the PTA portal we use for grade-wide and school-wide communication, the PS 107 school calendar and PTA events. At least one parent or guardian should have a Konstella account to be sure to receive all of our communications. Consider downloading the Konstella app and make sure your settings have you receiving each notification immediately.
- Go to www.Konstella.com
- Click on Find Your School and search for PS107 (no spaces)
- Enter information and hit Submit
- Receive invitation from Konstella administrator for PS107 and follow directions
- Download Konstella app
- Tap on Register
- Enter invitation code: eLrJe2
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Breakfast and lunch are available for free at school for all students, daily. For breakfast, we are providing the Breakfast Express menu which is a "grab and go" meal for the students as they enter the building. The meals are available by arrival locations for kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd through 5th. We will make sure to show children where they can grab their breakfasts.
For lunch, we follow the PreK-8 Express Hot Lunch menu. The best way to keep track of what is being served is on the School Food app (the option is actually listed as K-8 Hot Express on the app) , the link to download the app can be found on this page.
** Note that food substitutions may occur based on supply chain issues, and we do not recommend relying on school food if your child is not a flexible eater.
GYM/TRIP SHIRTS - Available for purchase now
Order your gym and trip shirts to wear on gym and trip days! Orders must be placed by September 15th! All gym and trip shirts are $15. You can choose home delivery or school delivery. If you choose home delivery there is a $15.00 charge, school delivery is free of charge.
Click on this link to order:
Password - mod107
If you have any questions, please contact Jill Davitt at Jill@ps107.org
NYC SCHOOLS ACCOUNT - NYCSA
This is a NYC DOE parent account that’s used from PreK - 12th grade where parents/guardians can view all of their children’s records - grades, attendance, your child’s DOE email, etc. At least one parent/guardian will need to have access to this account. We strongly encourage all parents/guardians to have their own account. Any parent with children in grades 1-5 who does not have their own NYCSA, please contact email@example.com for instructions and your unique account creation code.
PLEASE NOTE: Incoming PreK and Kindergarten families will need to wait until the second week of school to receive their students unique id number. Once your child has been given their ID number, I will share directions along with unique account creation codes with you to open your NYCSA.
FAMILY INCOME FORMS
All families should complete the Family Income Inquiry Form, which helps schools receive money for their programs, whether or not they qualify for free or reduced lunch. Please complete this important form as soon as possible!
- Positive cases of COVID in students must still be reported to the DOE’s Situation Room; therefore, if your child tests positive, please alert our Parent Coordinator, Nadia Benlarbi, at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy Principal Joanna Cohen on your email at email@example.com.
- The DOE is having schools distribute 4 COVID tests per month per child, and this month's supply will be sent home with students the week of 9/12
September 12 - Meet the Principal for Kindergarten families 9-10 am Link can be found HERE
September 15 - First PTA General Meeting 9:00 to 10:00 am Link can be found HERE
Please join our first general PTA meeting of the school year! It will take place on zoom this coming Thursday at 9AM. For those who are new to the school, the monthly PTA meetings are your chance to hear updates from our Principal and Parent Coordinator, updates from the Afterschool program, hear from various PTA committees, and learn all about upcoming events and see how you can get involved in our amazing community. We look forward to seeing you there!
September 15 - Curriculum Conferences with the teachers 4:30 to 7:30 pm
On Curriculum Night, your children’s teachers will share with you the curriculum for each grade and what to expect this year. Curriculum Night is virtual, and teachers will share Zoom links with you soon that you will use to join their presentations. The schedule for Curriculum Night is as follows:
- 4:30-5:30 pm: Cluster Teacher Presentations, roundtable style
- Learn about what your children will experience this year in Art, Music, Physical Education, Library, and Science over Zoom
- 5:30-6:30 pm: PreK-grade 2 Teacher Presentations
- Individual classroom teachers will present to their families over Zoom
- 6:30-7:30 pm: Grades 3-5 Teacher Presentations
- Individual classroom teachers will present to their families over Zoom
September 16 - Meet the Principal for Pre K families 9-10 am Link can be found HERE
September 30 - Fall Movie Night in the Big Yard! Stay tuned for information about tickets.
- September 26 and 27 - School is Closed for Rosh Hashana
- October 5th - School is Closed for Yom Kippur
This is a special thank you to all of the PTA volunteers who work tirelessly and contribute to this community and our school in so many ways! Cleaning out PTA storage bins as part of our efforts to beautify our school, assisting teachers and families with Edukit classroom delivery, organizing Kindergarten picnics and helping us give a big Welcome to our new families here at PS 107. I am impressed by the sense of community here, it warms my heart. Thank you!
Looking forward to our first full week!