Parent Coordinator Updates - 1/2/23
Mon, Jan 2 3:42pm

PARENT COORDINATOR UPDATES

 

Dear PS 107 Families.

 

Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful break full of love, joy, and lots of rest!

 

Please see below for Ms. Joanna’s weekly message and updates from myself and the PTA. 

 

MESSAGE FROM MS JOANNA 

 

Dear PS 107 Families, 

 

Happy New Year! I hope that the holiday break provided you with just the right balance of time with loved ones and time to rejuvenate and reset. Rest is so important for all of us — it helps our brains function better, improves our mood, and boosts creativity. 

 

Over this past week, I was reflecting on last year’s holiday break and remembering how little time there was to rest. We were in the midst of the Omicron surge and COVID cases were coming in apace. The DOE was shifting policy around student attendance, COVID isolation, and safety protocols. We were making contingency plans to maintain adequate staffing during the Omicron surge. This year, while we are still managing the COVID pandemic, along with a significant uptick in other respiratory viruses, it feels that we are no longer in constant crisis mode, which allows for what we all need so much: rest. I am incredibly grateful to have had that time this year. 

 

I’m so excited for all that’s to come in the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year, starting with the return of having families regularly visiting classrooms. Our new-and-improved Family Mornings begin this Friday, January 6th. One-third of families from each class (with the exception of 5th grade and class 3-304 — you will hear from teachers about when you’ll be visiting) are invited to spend 1st period, 8:20-9:10 am, in your child’s classroom. Teachers will either plan an activity for families and students to do together or will have families participate in regular morning work. Note that this is not a time to discuss your child’s progress with their teacher. 

 

Teachers will let you know if you are in the first third of families invited for this year’s inaugural Family Morning on Friday, January 6th. If you aren’t, the second third of families will visit on Friday, February 3rd; and the final third of families on Friday, March 3rd. The cycle will begin again in April and everyone will have another chance to spend 1st period in the classroom with their child. If you aren’t sure when you are scheduled to visit your child’s classroom for a Family Morning, please reach out to your child’s teacher. 

 

While masks are not mandated, given that there continues to be a great deal of respiratory illness in circulation and New York City continues to have an indoor masking advisory in effect, we strongly recommend wearing a mask to Family Mornings. To reduce crowding in classrooms, we also recommend leaving siblings who are not school-age at home.

 

We are looking forward to seeing many of you this Friday at our first Family Morning of the school year! I’m excited to see where 2023 takes our wonderful school community. 

 

Warmly, 

Ms Joanna


PS Your child’s first report card of the school year will be released on Monday, January 30th via their New York City Schools Acount (NYCSA). If you do not have your child’s NYCSA set up yet, please reach out to Parent Coordinator Nadia Benlarbi as soon as possible. 

To see all of Ms Joanna’s weekly updates, click here.

 

SCHOOL NEWS

 

Family Mornings begin this Friday, January 6, 8:20 -9:10 am

-Parents who are attending this Friday should enter the school with your child.

 

REMINDERS

 

COVID-19 UPDATES

 

Please use the take home test provided prior to the break as a precaution before your student returns to the school building.

If your child tests positive, please alert our Parent Coordinator, Nadia Benlarbi, at parentcoordinator@ps107.org and copy Principal Joanna Cohen on your email at jcohen@ps107.org .

 

NYCSA ACCOUNT 

 

Recently, I emailed or sent home account creation letters for all families who do not have a NYCSA account created for their child.

This is a NYC DOE parent account 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.

If your family does not have at least one account created at this time, please contact me at parentcoordinator@ps107.org for instructions and your unique account creation code.  

  

LOST AND FOUND
 
Please continue to label your children’s items with their Full Name (First,Last) and classroom.  The full name is important as we do have students with the same first name and including the classroom saves the extra step of looking up children in Operoo to find their classrooms to return the items to them.  
 
*Look for an updated  virtual lost and found next update
 
PTA UPDATES

  

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Next PTA Meeting - 6:30pm Jan 19th Zoom Link Here

  • Lunar New Year  - Jan 22nd 

 

AAPI- LUNAR NEW YEAR

This is a great time for AAPI families to join the Asian American and Pacific Islander Affinity Group at 107! The committee is currently working on a Lunar New Year activity for the school, happening around 1/22.  Please reach out to Sowoon (sowoon@gmail.com) if you are interested in being a part of the team.


GREEN COMMITTEE UPDATE

The Green Committee is planning to organize their initial meeting to plan activities for winter/spring this January.  If you are interested in being a part of our green efforts, please contact Kajal Patel (kajalpatelbelow@gmail.com) or sign up to be a part of the committee here.  We are excited to continue our focus on low-waste and green practices in 2023 and would love to have your help!


AUCTION/GALA - TIME WITH TEACHER LEAD

The Spring Auction is coming April 28th and as the committee plans for the great event we are looking for your support.  We are specifically looking for someone to lead the "Time with Teacher" part of the auction. "Time with Teacher" is when a teacher donates something for a student or student(s) to do with them, such as "pizza party in the park" or "seeing a movie together." Leading this would involve reaching out to and coordinating with teachers who would like to donate their time, and working with Alyse and Christine to integrate this into the event. This role is easy to do on your own time, and is a great opportunity to get to know some of the teachers at PS107! Reach out to Alyse (alyselaw@gmail.com) and Christine (christine.canedo@gmail.com) with any interest in taking on this role.

We also would love anyone who is still interested in making an auction donation.  Read more about what makes a great donation from our earlier Konstella post here and email Alyse or Christine with any questions.  


SUPPORT THE PS 107 PTA

- Donate to our Annual Fund by clicking here or share this link with friends and family (a special link for non-Konstella users)

- Go to Smile.Amazon.com and select PS 107 Parent Teacher Association before you shop. 5% of your purchase will be donated to the PTA!

- Scan your groceries receipt with the Box Tops for Education app on your phone. It only takes a minute and any purchases with the Box Tops label on them will automatically make money for our school! 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • January 6 - Family Morning 8:20-9:10am
  • January 18 - D15 Monthly Town Hall with Superintendent Alvarez 6:30 - 8pm
  • January 19 - PTA Meeting - 6:30 pm 

UPCOMING HOLIDAYS

  • January 16 - Martin Luther King Day - Schools closed
  • January 22 Lunar New Year

 

Thank you

Nadia