Public School 94
5010 6TH Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11220
Phone: (718) 435-6034
Fax: (718) 871-6251
School Website: http://ps94k.echalksites.com
Ms. Anita Skop
District 15 Superintendent
Jean Marie McInerney
Table of Contents
Important Information _______________________ 3
P.S. 94 Mission and Vision Statement___________ 4
A Word from Our Principal __________________ 6
A Word from Our Parent Coordinator___________ 8
The School Day at P.S. 94 ____________________ 9
Parent/School Communication _______________ 18
Safety and Wellness ________________________ 19
Parent Involvement at P.S. 94 _________________25
School Personnel 2018-2019
Janette Caban, Principal
Cristina Gonzalez, Assistant Principal
Doris Corniel, Assistant Principal
Jean Marie McInerney, Assistant Principal
Lola Calderon, Payroll Secretary
Ya Ting Chen (Tina), Pupil Secretary
Karen Li, Procurement Secretary
718-435-6034 ext. 1068
718-435-6034 ext. 1051
(718) 435 – 6034
School Nurses Rm 106
Nurse assistant- Gloria Arias
Bil. Guidance Counselor Rm 200
(Cindy) Hsin-Yu Hsuing
Child Psychologist Rm 300
(718) 435 -6034 ext.3000
Social Worker RM 313A
Speech Provider Rm 413
Bil. Sp. Speech Provider Rm413
Bil. Ch. Speech Provider Rm413
Yuk Lan Peng
Occupational Therapists Rm 400
Physical Therapists Rm 400
Adaptive Physical Education Rm 400
P.T.A. Executive Board
President: Rosalba Tlatenchi
Co- President: Elaine Chen
Treasurer: Fabiola Jimenez
Co-Treasurer: Antonia Perez
(718) 435 -6034 ext. 1008
P.S. 94 Mission and Vision Statement
P. S. 94K, The Henry Longfellow School is a diverse community where respect and commitment
to excellence is valued. We believe in the value of developing citizens who are, proud of their
cultural heritage, bilingual, bi-literate and bicultural. We envision our school as a safe, supportive
learning environment where students, parents, teachers and support staff form a community of
learners. P. S. 94K is committed to support all students achieve the highest standards of excellence
through a rigorous Next Generation Learning Standards based curriculum which prepares students
for college and career readiness.
P.S. 94K, The Henry Longfellow School is committed to developing inquisitive, critical thinkers who embark on a lifelong journey of learning. To meet our vision and mission, we are committed to…
- Provide ALL students, within a safe, clean, and secure environment equal access to the curriculum which is an integration of academic and enrichment disciplines
- Provide students the opportunity to become bilingual, bi-literate and bicultural through our Dual Language Spanish-English and Chinese- English programs.
- Provide engaging, rigorous and coherent literacy and content area curricula aligned to the Next Generation Learning Standards.
- Provide engaging, rigorous and coherent curricula to develop critical thinkers through problem solving procedures and project-based learning.
P.S.94 is our school. We are here to learn and grow into independent global citizens. We will be respectful of our teachers and fellow students. We will be responsible learners by coming prepared for class every day. We will work hard and challenge ourselves to become creative leaders of our own learning.
I want to take this opportunity to welcome you and your family of what promises to be a wonderful school year 2018-2019!
We look forward to meeting the new members of our community and re-connecting with those who are returning. We recognize that our children benefit from both the home and school partnership. We believe it is everyone’s responsibility to empower children with the creative, intellectual, and decision-making skills necessary for them to become academically, socially, physically, and emotionally successful and responsible.
We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:
1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers
3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
4) Shares school experiences with you, so that you are aware of his/her school life
5) Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
6) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and go on to college
Please consider joining our Parent -Teacher Association, School Leadership Team, and Parents as Learning Partners. Our Parents as Learning Partners is always the first Friday of every month. On these Fridays, parents can participate in an informal independent reading activity, writing celebration, math activity, and/or a project-based activity. It is a very special time for parents to come into their child’s classroom. All of our children benefit from having more adults to interact with and our whole school community benefits from increased parent involvement. Please mark it on your calendars.
In addition, we will be conducting parent workshops on a monthly basis with topics of your interest. Please stay connected to the school through our brand new PS94 website: https://ps94K.echalksites.com
The hours that your children are with us each day are extremely important. Please be reminded that school hours are from 8:00-2:20p.m. Cafeteria doors open for breakfast at 7:30a.m. Our school doors open at 8:00a.m and breakfast is provided to every student who wishes to have breakfast in the classroom.
Let us all commit to having a wonderful school year, setting everyone, both students and teachers up for success. You may contact and meet your child’s teacher on Tuesdays from 3:00-3:30p.m. or make an appointment to meet on another day and time.
We thank you for your support and look forward to meeting you.
A Word from Our Parent Coordinators
Dear Parents and Guardians,
As the Parent Coordinators of PS 94 we would like to welcome each and every one of our families. As members of the PS 94 and Sunset Park community we are proud to say it has been and will continue to be a pleasure to have the opportunity to work alongside with our PS 94 staff, parents and students.
Throughout the course of the school year we will keep you inform through our school website, newsletters, calendars and flyers, about events, programs and workshops available to you.
Please feel free to stop by the office, we look forward to meeting all of you throughout the school year. Once again thank you for your commitment to your child’s future. We look forward to another amazing school year!
Our final goal is to work closely with our parents and colleagues to build and maintain an effective partnership between the home and our school community.
We are available to meet or speak with you anytime. You may contact us at the school @ (718) 435-6034 ext. 1067 or 1069 or email.
School Hours for 2018 -2019
8:00am – 2:20pm
Daily Schedule & Lunch
- 0 … 8:00 – 8:05
- 1 … 8:05 – 8:50
- 2 … 8:55 - 9:40
- 3 … 9:45 – 10:30 (Lunch: 9:45-10:35a.m.: Grade K&1)
- 4 … 10:40 – 11:25 (Lunch: 10:40-11:30a.m.: Grades 2 & 4)
- 5 … 11:35 – 12:20 (Lunch: 11:35 – 12:25p.m.: Grades 3)
- 6 … 12:30 – 1:15 (Lunch 12:30 – 1:20p.m.: Grade 5)
- 7 … 1:25 – 2:10
School Building Opens for Staff: 7:00a.m.
Breakfast for Students: 7:30a.m.
Doors Open for Students at 8:00a.m.
Kindergarten, First & Second Grade: 2:15pm
Third, Fourth, & Fifth Grade: 2:20pm
Half-Day Lunch Schedule
9:05-9:35a.m.: Kindergarten & First Grade
9:40-10:10a.m.: Second Grade and Fourth Grade
10:15-10:45a.m.: Third Grade
10:50-11:20a.m.: Fifth Grade
Effective use of time is a priority at P.S. 94. All students are expected to consistently arrive to school by 8:00am Doors will open at 7:30a.m. for students to receive breakfast in the cafeteria thru 50th street side.
Please be advised that we cannot accommodate early pick-up of students after 2:00pm
Morning Line – Up Procedures Are As Follows:
Arrival – 8:00a.m.
Dismissal- 2:15p.m. (Grades K-2) & 2:20p.m. (Grade 3 -5)
6th Avenue Main Entrance
6th Avenue Main Entrance
Schoolyard: Door #7
Schoolyard: Grade 1 Door #7
Schoolyard: Door #6
Schoolyard Door #6
Schoolyard: Door #6
Schoolyard: Door #8
51st Street Side: Door #3
51st Street Side: Door#3
51st Street Side: Door #5
51st Street Side: Door#5
Breakfast: At 7:30am thru 50th street side door
Arrival: School doors open at 8:00am
Late Pick – Up: Auditorium
KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IS OUR MAIN PRIORITY - Children should not be left alone outside, while waiting for doors to open at 7:30am and 8:00am
Dismissal Procedures are as follow:
**ALL Parents/Guardians are asked to make eye contact with the teacher during dismissal, so that our teachers can acknowledge that the student is being picked up.
Early Pick-Up: (Prior to 2:00pm)
If you need to pick up your child early, please notify your classroom teacher in writing or call the main office ahead of time. Early pickup must occur prior to 2:00pm. Upon arriving at the school you must go to main office where school staff will call your child. Once your child has come to the main office, you must sign your child out of school. Only a parent/guardian may pick up a child early. You MUST have ID to enter the building and your name must be on the “Blue Emergency Contact Card.” If possible, please make every effort to schedule all medical and dental appointments for after
school hours. If it is necessary for students to leave early during school hours, a note must be sent in and signed by a parent/guardian. Chancellor Regulation A-210
Late Pick –Ups:
It is imperative that students are picked up promptly at dismissal time 2:20pm each afternoon (except those going on to after school enrichment Activities). In the rare occasion when an emergency arises, the parent or guardian must call the school (718) 435-6034 letting us know that he/she is on the way. The student will be escorted to the main office until parent/guardian arrives. The parent/guardian must sign a late pick-up log. You MUST have ID to enter the building.
Absences and Lateness: regarding Minimum Standards for School Attendance Programs. Chancellor’ Regulations require all students to be in attendance at least 90% or more. Students need to be present in order to make satisfactory academic progress. ALL late students must enter through our main entrance on 6th Avenue, receive a late pass from the main office and proceed to their classrooms where they will be marked LATE on the attendance record. Students who are late miss the most important part of the lesson--the purpose and the way to use the skill. It is urgently advised that children arrive at school no later than 8:00 AM. Please remember that report card grades and promotion to the next grade is significantly influenced by attendance and punctuality.
Attendance is an extremely important component of a student's academic excellence. Children should be absent only when they are ill or on a rare emergency. When a child returns to school after an absence, a parent note is required; If it is for medical reasons, (3 or more days), then the note needs to be from a doctor. If possible, please make every effort to schedule all medical and dental appointments for after school hours. If it is necessary for students to arrive late or leave early during school hours, a note must be sent in and signed by a parent or guardian. Communicable diseases such as measles, chicken pox, conjunctivitis (pink eye), pediculosis (head lice), ringworm, etc. must be reported to the school office. Please note that children who are absent or leave school early due to an illness are not permitted to return to school to participate in after school activities or events.
Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC):
PS 94 is a “Breakfast in the Classroom” school that allows us to maximize the availability of free breakfast for all our students. This program ensures that all students receive the proper nutrients and energy they need for their instructional day. Children who have already eaten at home may eat a second meal or not. “Breakfast in the Classroom” takes only about 15 minutes each day at the time the school period starts. Many teachers use the time during breakfast to collect homework and take attendance. Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) serves the Breakfast Express Menu available at this link. http://www.schoolfoodnyc.org/. Breakfasts include two grain components and fruit every day. Students may also request cereal and milk on any day as well.
Cell Phone Policy: Chancellor's Regulation A-413, Department of Education’s (“DOE”) policy regarding possession and use of: 1) cell phones; 2) laptops, tablets, iPads and other similar computing devices (“computing devices”); and 3) portable music and entertainment systems in schools. Possession of cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems is permitted in schools.
- Students are permitted to bring the following electronic items to school: 1) cell phones; 2) laptops, tablets, iPads and other similar computing devices (“computing devices”); and 3) portable music and entertainment systems (such as iPods, MP3 players, PSP and Nintendo DS).
- Cell phones and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination.2
- Computing devices may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination, except where such use has been explicitly authorized by the school or is contained in an Individualized Education Program or Section 504 Accommodation Plan.
- Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.
- Cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems may not be used in locker rooms or bathrooms.
School-Based Policy of PS 94 for the Use of Cell Phones and Computing Devices on
- Cell phones and computing devices, such as laptops, tablets and IPads and portable music and entertainment systems such as, iPods, MP3 players, PSP, and Nintendo DS may be brought to school but must be kept out of sight at all times.
- Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used on school property (inside the gates).
- Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during instructional time including the administration of any quiz, test or NYS examination.
- Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.
- Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used in bathrooms.
Students who use cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems are in violation of provisions of the Department of Education Discipline Code, the school’s policy and Chancellor’s Regulation A-413 and will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code. These disciplinary measures are listed below:
This notice serves as a warning to the entire school:
- Confiscation of cell phone, computing device, or portable music or entertainment system will be returned to parent during a conference.
Parents should never attempt to call or text message to their child during school day. If you need to contact your child, you should call the General Office at 718-435-6034.
Discipline and Conflict Resolution:
The Chancellor’s Citywide Standards of discipline and intervention measures (Blue Book), which outlines the discipline policies, as set forth by the Department of Education, is distributed at the beginning of every school year to all students. This document includes the DOE’s citywide “Discipline Code” as well as a “Student Bill of Rights.”
All staff members or adults in the building may serve as facilitators for conflicts occurring between students. If a problem cannot be resolved, it is taken to the assistant principal or principal.
In an effort to be clearer to students and parents regarding what constitutes a level grade, we are going to use number grades to inform students and parents where our students stand academically. The following policies are in accordance with NYS and NYC policies.
All K-5 students will receive progress reports and report cards using the New York State levels 1 to 4. Note below the explanation of those levels.
Grades 3 – 5: Yearly grade promotional criteria will be based on three components:
- Classroom work and portfolios
- New York State standardized test scores (a level 2 is required for promotion)
- 90% attendance
We use a grade scale of 100 points that correlates to the New York State four-point grade scale. The section below explains the grade scale conversion:
- 4: (90 -100) exceeds grade level standards
- 3: (80 – 89) meets grade level standards
- 2: (65 -79) approaches grade level standards
- 1: (64 and below) far below grade levels
Classwork/Participation – 25%
Students are expected to engage in their own learning and participate in classroom discussion as outlined in the Speaking & Listening CCLS. The development of oral skills, listening skills and group skills such as interacting and cooperating with peers and teachers is crucial. Classroom participation includes active learning in a group, one on one, peer assessment, and self-assessment. Presentations are assessed with rubrics.
Project Based Learning (PBL) – 25%
In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice 21st Century Skills such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking. These projects and products will be used to evaluate how students address community issues, explore careers, interact with adult mentors, use technology, and present their work to audiences. Rubrics used for grading projects/products reflect mastery of common core learning standards
Tests/Quizzes/ Assessments – 20%
Standardized test results from NYSED and NYC as well as teacher created tests, end of unit test and student-generated tests are used for grading students’ mastery of common core learning standards by grade level.
Homework – 20%
Homework assignment is meaningful and purposeful. It extends, reinforces and connects to class work. Homework is collected daily and reviewed for assessing the degree of learning that is taking place.
Attendance – 10%
Attendance is very important for mastery of material. Therefore, absences will affect the quarterly grade. In addition, punctuality is expected from every student. Students are encouraged to develop good habits of attendance, beginning with their first school experience. The attainment of at least 90% attendance is one of the criteria for promotion.
Makeup Work and Incomplete Grades
Students are permitted to make up assignments and tests without grade penalty after an absence.
All students must have a signed permission/consent slip returned to their classroom teacher prior to going to any field trip. If the child does not return the written permission/consent slip they are NOT permitted to attend the trip. Verbal consent will not be accepted on the day of the trip. NO exceptions! Individual teachers will decide the number of chaperones required for a trip. Teachers will do their best to accommodate chaperones and will consider allowing every parent the opportunity a chance throughout the year to attend.
Children are given homework every day. If your child reports that he/she does not have homework, please check with their teacher. Additionally, if you find that homework is taking too long nightly or if the homework does not seem to be at the appropriate level of challenge for your child, please discuss this with your child’s teacher and Assistant Principal.
Lunch & Recess:
Lunch is provided daily. Parents may also send their child to school with a packed meal. Please be mindful, when packing lunches and snacks, to provide your child with healthy choices. The lunch menus can be viewed at www.opt-osfns.org.
- Lunch- Period 3 is at 9:45 – 10:35A.M.: Grade K & 1
- Lunch- Period 4 is at 10:40 – 11:30A.M.: Grades 2 & 4
- Lunch- Period 5 is at 11:35 – 12:25P.M.: Grades 3
- Lunch- Period 6 is at 12:30 – 1:20: Grade 5th
Weather permitting; students generally have an outdoor recess after lunch. In cold or inclement weather, students are offered alternative indoor activities.
Lunchtime/ Recess Volunteering:
We have set up a system of parent volunteers to help facilitate lunch and recess. Parent volunteers are needed daily – one parent per class. Everyone’s help is needed a few times during the school year. Each grade has a parent representative that schedules the volunteers on a monthly basis.
Lost and Found:
Please use an indelible marker to write your child’s name on all outer clothing (book bags, hats, gloves sweaters, boots…) and on lunch boxes. This will enable us to return lost articles. The volume and quality of clothing “found” is staggering. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity after two weeks. Please check the lost-and-found in the Main Office next to the Parent Coordinators’ office.
In the event of an emergency, should you need to get a message to your child during the school day, please call the main office at (718) 435 -6034 and leave a message for his/her teacher. The teacher will relay the message to your child.
Moving or Transferring:
The school and classroom teacher must be notified in advance about family’s plans to move or transfer a student to another school. For more information, please review Chancellor’s regulation A-240 at http://schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/ChancellorsRegulations/default.htm
The Office of pupil Transportation www.opt-osfns.org/opt provides information for families eligible for the school transportation. Please contact the school secretary if you need information or forms on transportation options for your child.
Toys and Electronic Devices:
All forms of toys and electronics devices are prohibited. School personnel will confiscate such items. Parents must claim seized items in person at school. P.S. 94 school staff is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Uniform Policy: www.smoothusa.com/PS94K
- S. 94 has adopted, in accordance with Chancellor’s Regulation, a mandatory uniform policy. P.S. 94’s Uniform Policy was decided by our School Leadership Team in consultation with our PTA and parents. The uniform policy is intended to help schools promote a more effective learning climate; foster school unity and pride; improve student performance; foster self-esteem; eliminate label competition; simplify dressing and minimize costs to parents; teach children appropriate dress and decorum in a school environment; and help to improve student conduct and discipline.
The uniform colors are:
Gold button-down shirt with collar and school emblem. NO Tee shirts!
Navy blue pants, Navy blue sweatpants, Navy blue skirt, jumper or skort
Optional: Navy blue sweater, Navy blue knee length shorts
Physical Education: On Gym days only, children must wear navy blue sweatpants, navy blue tee shirt with school emblem and sneakers.
- In very hot weather, the children may wear navy blue knee length shorts with school emblem.
To encourage and reward students for wearing uniforms each day classes with 100% participation for the month will receive a prize or special privilege. Our goal is to improve student performance by eliminating competition in clothing and teach students appropriate dress and decorum in their “work” place, school. Uniforms also help to improve student conduct and discipline, and build self-esteem. This policy can only succeed with the full cooperation of all parents. As per the Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures, The Discipline Code and Bill of Student Rights
and Responsibilities, disciplinary response will be taken when students do not follow the mandated policy.
All Students have a yellow vinyl communication folder with a P.S. 94 logo that goes home with them every night and returns to school with them in the morning. The folder will hold important notices for families and may serve as a vehicle to return notes or permission slips to teachers. It is imperative that parents check the folders each night and return them to school daily in their child’s backpack. Parents will be responsible for replacing lost, misplaced, or damaged folders with a substitute yellow vinyl folder.
PTA (Parent Teacher – Association):
PTA general meetings, held every month.
Parent Teacher Conference:
Parent Teacher Conferences are held four times throughout the school year. There are both a Fall Conferences and a Spring Conferences. The fall conference is held in Sept & November and the spring conference is held in March & May. They are held during afternoon and evening hours. You will receive additional information in your child’s folder. In addition to the conferences listed above, conferences between parents and school personnel are excellent practices that should take place throughout the school year to keep abreast of your Child’s academic progress.
Parent School Contacts:
School Messenger System will send recorded messages to your home phone number or cell numbers regarding school related events/issues. Please notify Nellie Hernandez or Anna Ta, Parent Coordinators should you not be receiving messages. Parent Coordinators will also send important information via e-mail blast. Please be sure that the E-Mail address we have for you is current and that you check this mailbox often. You can also get information by visiting our website at http://ps94k.echalksites.com
NYC Schools Account :
Sign in to see your child's recent test scores, attendance records, grades and contact information in one of ten languages on a computer, phone, or tablet.
To set up an account you will need your child's Student ID number, which you can find on his or her report card, as well as an Account Creation Code, which your school will supply. You can also open an account by visiting your Parent Coordinators – Elaine Ayala Nellie Hernandez or Anna Ta -you will need a photo ID such as a driver's license or passport.
Safety and Wellness
Blue Emergency Contact Card:
Be sure to accurately fill out all the information requested on the Blue Emergency Cards. Please list multiple numbers for emergency contact information. The more phone numbers the better. Any adult that your child can be released to must be listed on the Blue Emergency Card. We WILL NOT release your child to any person not listed on the Blue Emergency Card. Should you have a court order please submit a copy of the court-signed paperwork along with the Blue Card so that we maintain this information on file. If information changes at any time during the year, parents must come into the Main Office and update the Blue Card.
Emergency Closings and Delayed Openings:
The Chancellor of the NYC Department of Education determines school closings and delayed openings by 6:00am. Parents can find updated information by checking the DOE website (http://schools.nyc.gov), calling 311, or listening to local news radio (1010WINS), local TV stations, or cable channel NY1. Any school closings will effectively cancel all field trips, after school programs, and school transportation for that day.
Emergency Evacuation Plan:
In case of an emergency requiring evacuation during the school day, students and staff will evacuate to the following sites: P.S. 1 Bergen School, 309 47th street, Brooklyn NY 11220, and P.S. 169 Sunset Park School, 4305 7th Avenue, Brooklyn 11232.
Fire Drills at School (Evacuation Drills):
Fire drills are held throughout the school year to prepare students and staff for an emergency situation. During a fire drill it is an expectation that all students remain quiet and follow the directives of the teacher to quickly and quietly exit the building. Please stress to your child (ren) how important these rules are and review them often at home.
All students entering a New York City school for the first time must have a complete physical examination. The comprehensive examination must include proof of all required immunizations. Information about these requirements is available on the NYCDOE website https://schools.nyc.gov/office/health
Notify the school nurse of any chronic conditions diagnosed in your child. Please return all physical exam forms to your child’s teacher.
Lockdown Drills at School:
Lockdown drills are held throughout the school year as part of the General Response Protocol (GRP). These drills help to prepare students and staff for a threat within the school building. During a lockdown drill all students and staff are required to be in a locked location and remain quiet and out of the,” line of vision”. Advanced notice of these drills is given to parents so that you can speak with your child at home and stress the importance of these drills. Your child’s safety is of utmost importance to us at P.S. 94.
Media Release Form
“Consent to Photograph, Film or Videotape a Student for Non-Profit Use” permission slips are distributed school-wide in September. These permission slips are collected and secured by our Administrative staff. With this form the parent gives permission for child to be interviewed, photographed and videotaped by the Department of Education as well as consent to be used for non-profit purposes including use in print, on the internet and all other forms of media.
Nurse’s Office and Medication:
Mrs. Faina Brenkler our full-time school nurse is located in Room 106. If a child is ill or injured during school hours, he or she will be taken to the nurse’s office. Should your child required a 504 form for medical accommodations, (use of asthma pump, dispensing medication, Epi- pens or monitoring of sugar level) a parent must complete and submit a Medication Administration 504 form, available from the school nurse. To reach the nurse, you may call 718 435-6034 ext.1041. For your child’s safety, in case of a health emergency and no one can be reached, the Principal will call 911.
School Safety and Security:
All visitors & volunteers to the school must sign in and show photo identification at the security desk in the lobby to receive their visitor's pass. Visitors must then go to the Main Office and state the nature of business to one of the secretaries. When exiting the building please exit through the main entrance on 6th Avenue. It is essential for the safety of the children that we follow this protocol.
Shelter Drills at School:
Shelter drills are also held throughout the school year as part of the GRP. These drills are to prepare students and staff for an emergency or threat outside of the school building. During these drills the front door of the school is locked and no one is permitted to enter or exit the building. During these drills all business throughout the building is conducted as usual.
Response to Intervention (RTI): Academic Intervention Services for At-Risk Students
Our work with at-risk students is being supported by regulations which require all schools in New York State to provide academic intervention services for students below the State designated performance level on State assessments and/or who are at-risk of not achieving the State learning standards.
RTI services are not special education services, but are additional instruction and support services, which supplement the general curriculum, before referring a student for special education services.
In following the Response to Intervention Act, there are three tiers of intervention:
Tier 1 - support that teachers provide their students in the classroom,
Tier 2 – push-in/ pull-out support services by an AIS teacher with a small group of students
Tier 3 - more intensive than Tier 1 and Tier 2 services, could be one-on-one, with an AIS teacher.
We have a variety of academic intervention services available during the school year 2018-2019:
- Reading Recovery: Grade 1
- Literacy Prevention and Intervention After-School Program: Grades 1-3
- Intervention Mathematics: Grades 1-4
- Saturday Academy: Grades 3-5
- Guidance services
One of our top priorities as a school is to meet the needs of all students as we strive to meet high standards of performance.
Dual Language (Spanish or Chinese)
As a school, we believe that a dual language program will help our students to become bi-literate, bilingual and bicultural. Children who know more than one language have intellectual, educational, personal, social, and economic advantages that will continue throughout their lives. We follow a Balanced Language Model (50/50 model), reflecting the fact that the two languages are evenly balanced. English language learners (Ells) receive half of their content instruction in the new language (English) and the other half of their instruction in the home language (Spanish or Chinese). This is considered a “simultaneous literacy” model as both the new language and the home language are focused on simultaneously. Our content areas are closely aligned to the language of instruction of the lesson and lessons are not translated to both languages as the skills are not retaught in both languages, but rather build upon. The students are linguistically integrated; classes may contain students whom are native speakers of English, native speakers of other languages or multilingual (students who have reached proficiency levels in more than one language). Upon their completion in the Dual Language programs students in both language groups will:
Meet or exceed Next Generation Learning Standards
Develop proficiency in their home language
Develop proficiency in their new language
Develop positive cross-cultural attitudes; behaviors, and skills that will help them function in a global society
Develop second language skills while learning content knowledge in both languages.
English Language Learners (ELLs) `
We provide ongoing support and guidance in the effective implementation of our Dual Language and ENL programs. These programs strengthen students’ home language development and content knowledge while they build their social and academic English skills. We also provide English as a New Language (ENL) programs that use strategies for English language development with home language support so that students develop language and content knowledge in English.
Upon admission, parents complete the Parent/Guardian Home Language Identification Survey; this survey will be used along with other information provided to determine your child’s home language and eligibility for the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners. Once child takes the test, instructional planning and delivery of English language support is identified.
Gifted & Talented
Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs are one way that the NYC Department of Education supports the needs of exceptional students. G&T programs aim to deliver accelerated, rigorous, and specialized instruction aligned to Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). Students entering kindergarten through third grade are eligible to participate in G&T admissions. Children must pass an assessment to be eligible to apply to G&T programs.http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/GiftedandTalented/default.htm
If you believe your child requires additional academic support, please contact an Assistant Principal to address your child’s needs. The school has a team of experts that will differentiate instruction and create plan to support your child’s needs. In addition, we have a pupil personnel team composed by a school psychologist, social worker, and a special education teacher that can support you with the process of conducting an academic evaluation to determine the best learning setting for your child, which can include SETTS, a special education class or an Integrated Classroom Team setting.
Parent Associations and the Schools “Chancellor’s Regulation CR A-660”
Parent Associations are the backbone of the public schools. They provide the parent leadership essential to developing school strengths, identifying and solving problems and building the partnership between schools, community and parents necessary to successful education. The New York City Board of Education, recognizing the importance of parent associations to a school’s success, issues this policy statement to foster strong and effective parent representation in every school and at every level of the school system.
Parents as Learning Partners
8:10 a.m. - 8:55 am
Please join us on the first Friday of every month for our “Parents as Learning Partners” program. The first Friday of every month is a very special time for parents to come into classroom, and so please mark it on your calendars. On these Fridays, parents can participate in an informal independent reading activity, writing celebration, math activity, and/or a project based activity through social studies or science.
All of our children will benefit from having more adults to interact with and our whole school community benefits from increased parent involvement. Thank you.
Parent Engagement Time
2:55p.m. – 3:35p.m.
All parents/guardians are welcome to come every Tuesday from 2:55p.m.-3:35p.m. to meet with their child’s teacher or to participate in other school wide activities.
To view the NYCDOE “Parent’s Bill of Rights” log onto http://schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/ParentBillofRights/default.htm
School website: https://ps94k.echalksites.com.
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