PARENT COORDINATOR UPDATES
Dear PS 107 Families.
I hope you had a lovely holiday weekend!
Please see below for Ms. Joanna’s weekly message and updates from myself and the PTA.
MESSAGE FROM MS JOANNA
Dear PS 107 Families,
I hope that your Thanksgiving holiday was wonderful — allowing you time with your loved ones, as well as the opportunity to reflect on all that we have to be grateful for. Throughout the month of November, during our student-led morning announcements, children have been sharing what they are grateful for, and they have run the gamut, from their parents, to their pets, to their teachers, to our school, to time outdoors. It’s been such a treat for me to hear all of the people and places that our children value in their lives!
Tis the Season for … Sickness!
As we enter the colder winter months, we are seeing more and more students and staff members getting sick, needing to go to the nurse, and having to stay home from school. It’s hard to ignore the warnings of a “tripledemic” this winter — influenza, COVID, and RSV are circulating at high levels. Nurse Kara reminds everyone to keep children home when they are sick, particularly if they have a fever or obvious symptoms of illness. Ironically, I’m writing this week’s letter from my sick bed, COVID having finally caught up with me, after 2.5 years with lots of exposure, but no positive tests. I was beginning to think I was among the lucky few who were truly immune, but alas, I am not.
While masks are no longer required, they are certainly helpful when there is a lot of illness around. PS 107 continues to keep child-sized surgical masks on hand. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Parent Coordinator Nadia Benlarbi if you would like us to send some home with your child(ren). As always, when your child is exposed to a case of COVID in their classroom, you will receive a notification via Operoo. Our after-school program will also notify parents via email whose children have been exposed in after-school classes.
As a reminder, when a student is positive for COVID, they must stay home for 5 full days following the onset of symptoms/positive test. Note that symptom onset/positive test is considered day 0, and we start counting days after that. As long as symptoms are improving, children can return to school on day 6, wearing a high-filtration mask through day 10.
Announcing Family Mornings
Finally, I am thrilled to announce that our School Leadership Team has developed a plan to get families into classrooms this year! Family Mornings will begin in January 2023 and will take place once a month through June 2023. Each month, one-third of parents from each class will be invited into classrooms to either do a special activity or participate in the classroom’s regular morning work. There will be two cycles of Family Mornings — the first running January through March and the second running April through June. This will give parents the opportunity to visit their children’s classrooms twice during the school year, once during each cycle. Teachers will let you know when it is your turn to visit!
We are hopeful that Family Mornings provide you with the chance to see your child’s classroom in action, in a less crowded and less overwhelming environment for all participants. Please note that parents who are visiting the building must be prepared to show proof of at least one dose of the COVID vaccine upon entry. This is the current NYC DOE policy. We are really looking forward to seeing parents back in the building on a regular basis!
PS One of our Amazon wishlists has had some cold weather gear added to it. Please help if you can!
To see all of Ms Joanna’s weekly updates, click here.
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- The November edition of The 5 Day Week is here!
- Last week the track team had their final cross country meet of the season. It was cold! and 21 kids attended the meet and ran their hearts out! So proud of you all!
- SAVE THE DATE ! PS 107 Reindeer Run on Sunday, December 18th in Prospect Park (open to kids and adults!) to benefit the Prospect Park Armory YMCA Annual Campaign which supports kids, families and adults in our neighborhood to get Y memberships and go to camp for free. Look for more information soon.
LOST AND FOUND
Please take a look at the virtual lost and found for your child's items.
Please continue to label your children’s items with their Full Name (First,Last) and classroom. I have been able to return a few more items recently because there have been more labels. Thank you :)
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 email@example.com and copy Principal Joanna Cohen on your email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Craft Fair - 12:00-3:00pm Dec 10th
Parents' Special Education Support Committee - 12:00 pm Dec.14th
Teacher Holiday Potluck - Dec. 21st
Next PTA Meeting - 9am Dec 22nd
CHRISTMAS TREES WITH FOLEY FIRS
We wanted to send out another reminder that if you plan to get a Christmas tree this Holiday season, please consider shopping with Foley Firs. When you buy your tree with Foley Firs and mention PS 107, they will donate $10 per tree to our PTA! They are located on 8th Ave and 8th street, and offer free delivery and installation of trees. Also, if you would like to order online instead of visiting their tree stand (or track how much we have fundraised with them), check out their website at www.foleyfirs.com
CRAFT FAIR VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED
- December 1st - Middle School Applications Due
- December 10 - Holiday Craft Fair 12-3pm
- December 14 - Parents' Special Education Support Committee
- December 21 - Superintendent Town Hall (flyer to follow)
- December 22 - PTA Meeting 9 am
- December 26 - January 2 - Winter Recess Schools Closed