Parent Handbook

P.S. 36

Parent Handbook

                            

2012-2013

Elvira Maresca

Principal

            Rachelynn C. Milby & Fran E. Boemio

                        Asisstant Principals

Lucy Velazquez & Raquel Smith

Co-Presidents P.A.

 

 

DISTRICT 8

&

CHILDREN FIRST NETWORK

 

1230 Zerega Avenue

Bronx, New York 10462

718-828-2440

Public School 36X is in partnership with the:

Children First Network

Timothy Behr, Community Superintendent

Jose Ruiz, Cluster Leader

Irene Rogan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Elmer Myers, Network Leader 607


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Letter from the principal …………...……………………………………………………….….………….      1

 

Mission Statement…………………………………………………………...…………………..…………..2

 

Accident, incidents or occurrences……………………………………………...………….………..………3

 

After school program……………………………………………………………..…….………..…............            3

 

Appointments……….……………………………………………………………..……….…….…………..3

 

Arrivals……………………………………...………………………………………….…….……………...3

 

Assembly Programs……………………………………   ………………………….….….……………….        3

 

Attendance …………………………………………………...………………………….…….…………….3

 

Attendance Office…………………………………………...…………………………………………….....4

 

Babysitters………………………………………………………………………………..………………….4

 

Blue Emergency Cards…………………………………………………………….…………..…………….4

 

Breakfast program……………………………………………………………………….………................            4

 

Bus Children …………………………………………………………………………………..……….......            4

 

Carriages…………………………………………………………………….…………..…………………...4

 

Cellular Phones……………………………………………………………………….……….……............            4

 

Child Abuse..….……………………………………………………………………….………….…………4

 

Children not to be spoken to………………………………………………………….……………………..5

 

Construction concerns…………………………………………………………………….……..…………..5

 

Costumes……………………………….………………………………………………….…..……............            5

 

Culture……………………………………………………………………………………….…..…………            5

 

Discipline Code…………………………………………………………………………………………..….5

 

Dismissal…………………………………………………………………………………………………....            5

 

Dress Code…………………………………………………………………………………………………...6

 

Early Release of Students…………………………………………………………………..………………..6

 

Effort Roll……………………………………………………………………………………………………6

 

English Language Arts Standard……………………………………………………………..……………...6

 

Entrance……………………………………………………………………………………….…….............6

 

Face to Face Letters…………………………………………………………………….……………………6

 

Homework………………………………………………………………………………….………………...7

 

Homework Policy….………………………………………………………………..………………….........7

 

Honor Roll……………………………………………………………………………………..……….........7

 

Important School Telephone Numbers…………………………………………………………...................7

 

Incidents……………………………………………………………….…..………………………………...7

 

Injuries to students…………………………………………………………………………...………………8

 

Internet Policy…………………………………………………………………………………………........            8

 

Late Arrivals Criteria…………………..…………………………………………………..………………...8

 

Late Children……………………………………………………………………….………...………….…..8

 

L.E.D. Sign………………………………...………………………………………………………………..8

 

Library……………….…………………………………………………………………………..…….........8

 

Line Up Procedures Morning ……….…………………………………………………….…......................            8

 

Loitering…….……………………….……………………………………….……………..……………….9

 

Lost and Found.…………………………………………………………...……………….…………..........9

 

Lunch Program………………………………………………………………………...….……..…………..9

 

Medication…………...…………….…………………………………………..…………………..….……..9

 

Nurse……………………………………………………………………...……………………………...….10

 

Nutrition Committee………………………………………………………………...….…………..….……10

 

Parent Association………………………………………………………………….………………………..10

 

Parent Concern Forms……………………………………………………………………………………….10

 

Parent Vacation……………………………………………………………………………………………..10

 

Parking around schools……………………………………………………………………………………..10

 

Parties………………………………………………………………………………………………….……10

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Passing School Bus and Double Parking………………………………………….………………………..11

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PBIS………………………………………………………………………………………………………...11

                   

Picking Up a Friend’s Child………………………………………………………………………..……....11

 

Principal’s Bulletin/Calendar…………………………………………………………………………….....11

 

Progress Report………………………………………………………………………………….……….....12

 

Promotional Standards……………………………………………………………………………..…….....12

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Religious Observance…………………………………………………………………….………………....12

 

Report Cards…………………………………………………………………………………………………12

 

School Features………………………………………………………………………………………………12

 

School Hours For Children………………………………………………………………………..…………12

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School Leadership Team…………………………………………………………………………..……......13

 

School Safety Plan………………………………………………………………………………………......13

 

School Service……………………………………………………………………………………………….13

 

School Spirit Days………………………………………………………………………………………......13

 

School Supplies………………………………………………………………………………….…..……....13

 

Section 504……………………………………………………………………………………………….….13

 

Security…………………………………………………………………………………………………..….13

 

Storm Day Procedures………………………………………………………………………………...…….13

 

Summer School………………………………………………………………………………………..…….14

 

Telephones……………………………………………………………………………………………….….14

 

Toys, Games, IPOD, Cell phones, Pokémon Cards etc.,…………………………………………………….14

 

Trips………………………………………………………………………………………………………....14

 

Truancy Intervention Program…………………………………………………………….………..………           14

 

Uniforms………………………………………………………………………….……………..…………            14

 

Vacations…………………………………………………………………………………….……………...            14

 

Video/Picture Release…………………………………………………………………………………........            14

 

Visitors to the school……………………………………………………………………..…………………14

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Volunteers…………………………………………………………………………………..……………….15

 

Weather (arrival and dismissal)……..…………………………………………………………………….....15

 

Websites……………………………………………………..….…………….……………….………….....15

 

Yellow Medical Cards………………………………………………………………………………………15

 


 



 

 

 

 

 

P.S. 36X

RISING STARS

1070 Castle Hill Avenue

Bronx, NY  10472

(718) 822-5345/Fax (718) 239-6390

Elvira Maresca, Principal

Rachelynn Milby, Assistant Principal

Fran E. Boemio, Assistant Principal

www.PS36X.org

 

 

 

 

 


PARENT HANDBOOK   2012-2013

 

Parent Letter # 1

 

Dear Parents and Guardians:

 

 I am pleased to welcome you and your child to a new and exciting year at P. S. 36.  All the staff here at

P.S. 36 are committed to one goal: making sure your child receives an excellent education. We look forward to meeting with all of you to discuss whatever questions and concerns you may have.

 

I believe, as you probably do, that the school is the institution where the attainment of knowledge takes place through proper instruction.  The process of learning can best take place when parents along with teachers work together to bring out the best in our children. Of course in order to achieve this goal, teachers, parents and students must show respect and understanding to one another in all situations.

 

As a parent, in order to maximize your child's chances for success, you must have an open line of communication with your child's teacher.  Feel free to write a note to the teacher asking for an appointment to discuss any situation which you feel needs clarification, but please do not walk straight to the teacher's door to discuss an issue. Teachers are not allowed to leave children unattended.  Should a situation occur which you feel warrants immediate response, please call the school and ask for the parent coordinator who will direct your call to the appropriate school personnel.

 

Parents should also strive to become active members in the school community. Try to attend monthly meetings, workshops and school events.  Enclosed you will find a Parent Handbook.  The Parent Handbook will discuss items of major importance regarding the school schedule, expectations, and safety procedures and sign the homework policy.  Please read it and refer to it when questions arise.

 

 As we strive to provide a safe, caring, and nurturing environment, we ask students, staff, parents and the community to join together to ensure that P.S. 36 is an exemplary learning institution.

Feel free to contact the school if you have a question or concern. Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.

 

Educationally yours,

 

Elvira Maresca, Principal

 

SCHOOL VISION AND MISSION

2012-2013

 

 

 

Through the collaborative efforts of the PS 36 community, our vision is to inspire, challenge, and motivate each student in order to meet and exceed the Common Core Learning Standards.  Instruction will be differentiated  to meet the diverse needs and learning styles of all students. 

 

Our mission is to focus on:

  • The attainment of excellence in literacy, mathematics, social studies, science and the arts.
  • Technology will be infused into the curriculum to help prepare our students for the 21st Century.
  • We will use data to drive instruction meeting the individual needs of our students.
  • Grade level Inquiry teams’ foci will be determined by qualitative and quantitative data. 
  • Embedded in our pedagogical best practices are the collaboration of teacher teams and the application of the Frameworks For Teaching. In refining our craft, we will prepare our students to be college and career ready.

 

The collaborative union of staff and parents will ensure a successful education for all of our students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accidents, incidents or occurrences

To inquire about an accident or incident please call grade appropriate Assistant Principal.  DO NOT approach or speak to a child (other than your own) about anything.  Come into the building and speak with the Parent Coordinator who will direct your complaint to the appropriate personnel.  Failure to comply can lead to a ban from the school premises.  We ask that you fill out a “Parent Concern Form” if any situation arises that you feel needs to be followed-up.

 

After school programs- recreational/homework help

All information about after school programs will be announced via parent bulletin or letters from school principal or designee.  Please call (718) 822-5345 ext. 1520 for information regarding the Sports & Arts after School program for grades K-5.

 

After School Program- Academic

An Academic Intervention Services (A.I.S.) After School Program for selected at-risk student will be held beginning as soon as possible.  A letter will be sent home by the principal to parents of selected students with information pending budget allocations.

 

Appointments

If you need to speak with your child’s teacher, you will need to make an appointment.  Please send a note in your child’s notebook and an appointment will be made for you.

 

Arrivals

See Line up information on page 10.

 

Assembly Programs

Children are required to participate in assemblies.  The usual assemblies are Fall Multicultural Celebration to be held on November 21st, Holiday on December 21st, Winter Multicultural Celebration on February 15th and Multicultural Dance in June, which is a clerical half-day.  We try to respect religious beliefs so please send your child’s teacher a letter if your child cannot participate in any school activities and they will be assigned appropriate school related work.

            Assembly time will be:

            Grades K-1 9:00 am  

            Grades 2-3 10:15am

Grades 4-5 11:30 am

 

Attendance

Children must come to school everyday and on time. Breakfast is 7:40 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. and line up is at 8:10 a.m.  There is a direct correlation between excellent attendance and excellent grades.  100% attendance will be rewarded with beautiful certificates and names will be displayed in school lobby and in the Principal’s monthly parent bulletin.  Each month an attendance certificate will be issued to the children for their attendance.  The requirements or criteria are as follows:

Gold Attendance – 0 absences and 0 lateness.

Silver Attendance – 1 absence and no more then 2 latenesses.

Bronze Attendance – 2 absences and no more the 4 latenesses

A Special Assembly to honor children with 100% attendance will be held as follows:

 

            September – January             Awards day in February – Breakfast with the Principal

            February – June                      Awards day in June – Lunch with the Principal

September – June                   Awards day in June – Medals and Certificates

 

 

 

Attendance Office

If your child is ill and cannot come to school, or an emergency situation occurs, please call our Attendance Coordinator at (718) 822-5345 ext. 2530.  Please remember that a note from either you or a doctor is required upon your child’s return to school.  No more than 2 parent notes are allowed; all others must be medically certified.   Remember to fill out a Section 504 form so the nurse can administer medication to your child in school and possibly avoid an absence.  There is also a form for your child to self-administer an asthma inhaler.  Call (718) 822-5345 ext. 2031, Miss Cedeño, our Guidance Counselor for information on these programs.  Court appearances, religious observances, and programs such as “Take Your Children to Work” are excused absences with appropriate documentation.

 

Babysitters

The school is not able to “watch” your child earlier then 7:40 am when breakfast starts.  If you need someone to watch your child/ren in the morning, please visit the Parent Association room and they can refer you to various parents who are babysitters.  The same applies for afternoon.  We cannot wait for middle or high school students to get here if it is after 3:10 pm.  Please utilize a babysitter or one of the two recreational after school programs.

 

Blue Emergency Cards

One must be on file in main office and must be updated regularly by you, the parent or guardian.  Please update as you change your information or your backup contacts.  Your child’s well being depends on the card being up-to-date.

 

 

 

 

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Breakfast program

Breakfast is from 7:40 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. for all children.  We are a universal feeding school so a lunch application does not need to be on file to be eligible for the breakfast and lunch program.  This may change depending on NY State continuing our Universal Feeding Program.

 

Bus children

Children are placed on appropriate buses as soon as buses arrive at approximately 3:00 pm. Please speak with your children regarding safety and behavior on school bus.  If your child is a bus child he/she will always be placed on the bus in the afternoon.  If you plan to pick up your child you must send in a letter to the Principal indicating the change, otherwise your child will be placed on the bus.  It is your responsibility (or your designee’s) to wait for your child at his/her bus stop. Children returned to school by bus driver maybe at risk of losing bus privileges.

 

Carriages

Baby carriages are not allowed beyond the security guard’s desk.  If you do bring a carriage, do not block any entrances or exits.  It is considered a fire and safety hazard.  We cannot, unfortunately, be responsible if your carriage is stolen.

 

Cellular Phones

No child is permitted to have or use a cellular phone in school, as per Chancellor’s mandates.  The school is not responsible if a cellular phone is brought to school and is lost or stolen.  If you need to get a message to your child, please call the main office and speak to Parent Coordinator (718) 822-5345 Ext. 2151.

 

Child Abuse

We are mandated to report any unexplained bruises, incidents, etc.  If a child has an accident at home, please send in a written explanation.

 

 

 

 

Children not to be spoken to as indicated below

 

 

 

 

No person is allowed to approach a child to discuss, discipline, intimidate or get clarification about any incident, etc.   Failure to comply with this directive will lead to a ban from the school.  If you have any concerns, please come into the building and fill out a parent concern form.

 

Construction Concerns

Please speak to your child about safety in and out of the building during construction, which will continue in the auditorium.

 

Costumes

Only Pre-K – Grade 2 are allowed to bring costumes to school on Halloween.  If you participate in this holiday and send a costume to school, please be aware that the costume must fit over child’s clothing (uniform).  Children who do not celebrate holidays due to religious observances will be involved in other appropriate activities.  Save your costumes since they are used again in June.

 

Culture

We teach children to respect each other’s culture and religion.  Please inform the teacher if your child has special needs, i.e. fasting, or not eating a certain type of foods for religious reasons.

 

Discipline Code

The school discipline code and parent compact will be disseminated to all our families.  We ask that you take the time to discuss the issues presented with your child/children.  We will also present the discipline code to the children during an assembly program, and/or through our Guidance Counselor, but as parents, it is most important to stress through conversations with your children the proper modes of discipline and expected behavior.   Children do better in school when they demonstrate appropriate discipline.  Good discipline begins when the rules are known to all and everyone is consistent in enforcing the rules.

 

Dismissal:  It is your RESPONSIBILITY to be ON TIME!

Walkers:

 

10:50 am & 2:50 pm  Pre-K                          Castle Hill (Main Entrance)

2:50 pm                       Grade K                      School yard near flag pole

2:55 pm                       First Grade                  Middle of school yard

3:05 pm                       Second Grade             Auditorium side of school yard

3:05 pm                       Third Grade                Back of school yard

3:05 pm                       Fourth & Fifth Grade             Near Blackrock Avenue gate

 

During inclement weather Grades Pre-K-2 dismissal will be in the auditorium and Grades 3-5 will be dismissed, as usual, outside in the school yard regardless of weather so please be prompt.  Please clear the schoolyard so construction workers can begin working as soon as they can to complete project.

 

Please do not come into the school lobby as it becomes crowded and causes an unsafe situation.  The safety and security of our children becomes jeopardized by large crowds.  Please be on time always.  There should be no need for the teachers to bring large amounts of children back into the building if parents pick them up on time.  If you have a problem getting to school, call 718-822-5345 ext. 1630 and report your inability to pick up your child on times.  This is, of course, for rare times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dress Code

P.S. 36 has an adopted dress code/uniform, which is mandated.  Not wearing a school uniform is a violation of the Discipline Code.  See “school uniform” for description of uniforms.  The P.A. is responsible for filing exemptions. With all due respect, please make sure the laundry is done before Monday so uniforms are ready to wear to begin the week.  Please purchase enough uniforms to last for the entire week.

 

 

 

 

  CHILDREN ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR THEIR UNIFORM EVERY DAY!  Gym uniforms are also mandated, which consists of a plain navy blue jogging suit.  Gym T-shirts maybe purchased from P.A. room.

 

Early Release of Students

The adult must first sign in with the security guard showing proper ID.  When issued a pass, the person will then proceed to room 163 (main office) to sign out the student.  Once arriving at the main office the child’s blue card will verify that the person that is picking up the child is authorized to do so.  The adult will then sign the “sign out book” and school personnel will call the child down to the main office if the child is in grades 3-5.  For children in grades Pre-K-2nd grade the adult will be given an authorization to pick up the child.  Teachers are not authorized to release children without proof that the child has been properly signed out.

 

Effort Roll

Good effort will be displayed on Assistant Principal’s Effort Roll in November, March and June. Awards Assembly will be announced.

The criteria to be inducted to the Assistant Principal’s Effort Roll is:

  • Good to excellent attendance
  • Students must have a minimum of “3’s” in the major academic areas and cannot have any “1’s” on their report cards.
  • Children must be making adequate progress to reading 800 books.

 

English Language Arts Standards

It is required that all children read a minimum of 800 steps in Gr. 2-5 and 400 steps in Gr. K&1.  Your child’s teacher will inform you regarding book reports or any other assignments related to meeting the standard.  A special bulletin board will highlight your child’s on-going achievement to meet their personal goal.  Please remember that your child, especially in grades Pre-K-2 will need your direct assistance to meet this standard.  Reading logs must be utilized to record your child’s progress in the Star Reader Challenge, remember that one reading step = 15 minutes.

 

Entrance

The Blackrock Avenue doors will be used for morning entrance (7:40 am) and for picking up late children in the afternoon (3:10 pm).  The Castle Hill main entrance will be utilized only between the hours of 9:00 am – 2:30 pm.

 

enVisionMath Program

This program is used school wide.  It is based on the Standards for Learning set down by the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics).  It was developed around the philosophy that children succeed by taking an active part in their own learning experiences.  Students are encouraged to develop and use various strategies in their attempt to solve problems.  The teacher acts as a facilitator, guiding the students in their search for solutions.

Face to Face Letters

 Letters will be issued Monday – Friday between the hours of 9:00 – 11:00 am.  Please bring your appointment letter.  Please call Mrs. Evette Barrett, Pupil Accounting Secretary, at 718-822-5345 ext. 1631, if    you need assistance, clarification or special request regarding these procedures.  Letters cannot be issued to children.

 

Homework

Homework must be completed everyday as assigned.  A homework sheet with the weekly assignments will be sent home on Monday for students in grades K-5.  Soon all homework will be available on the school’s website. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homework Policy

The district/school homework policy (homework is to be assigned on a daily basis) is as follows:

 

            Kindergarten               minimum of 20-25 minutes

            First Grade                  minimum of 25-30 minutes

            Second Grade             minimum of 30-35 minutes

            Third Grade                minimum of 35-40 minutes

            Fourth Grade              minimum of 40-45 minutes

            Fifth Grade                 minimum of 45-60 minutes

 

Please remember that you must read to your child (or have your child read to you) for at least 30 minutes daily in addition to homework assigned by classroom teacher or reading teacher or other special teachers your child may have such as SETSS, Speech Teacher, etc.

 

Honor Roll

Names will be displayed on Principal’s Honor Roll in November, March and June.  The criteria are as follows:

 

  • Excellent attendance
  • Students must have “3s” or “4s” in the six Major Academic areas and all class quizzes

and no “2s” or “1s” on their report cards.

  • Shows progress to meeting the standard of reading 800 steps.

 

Important school telephones

Sports & Arts After school                Carla Rosado                          (718) 822-5345 Ext. 1520

Assistant Principal (Grades 3-5)        Fran E. Boemio                      (718) 822-5345 Ext. 3071

Assistant Principal (Pre-K – 2nd)      Rachelynn Milby                    (718) 822-5345 Ext. 2071

Attendance Office                              Regina Padilla                                    (718) 833-5345 Ext. 2530

Guidance Office                                 Vivian Cedeño                        (718) 822-5345 Ext. 2031

Nurse                                                  Winsome Chambers               (718) 823-6364 Ext. 1021

Parent Association Room                   Ms. Velazquez/Ms. Smith      (718) 822-8222 Ext.5007/5008

Parent Coordinator                             Norma Martinez                     (347) 563-5018 Ext. 2151

P.S. 36 Robin Hood Library               Nicole Procario                      (718) 822-5345 Ext. 1060

School Based Support Team              Carl Mannino                         (718) 822-5345 Ext. 4074

 

Incidents

All incidents must be reported to school personnel.  No one may speak to a child about any incidents or issues without speaking to the Guidance Counselor who, after speaking with Principal & Assistant Principal will determine if a parent should be contacted.  Do not approach any child either in school building, schoolyard, through the fence, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Injuries to students

If a child is injured in school someone will either call you or you may receive a note from school nurse depending on severity of illness/accident.  We ask you to also send us a note or medical documentation if your child has an accident or is injured outside of school.

 

Internet Policy

All children will have access to the school’s internet for academic purposes.  Children may not use the internet or school computers to threaten harass or intimidate another student or staff member.

 

Late Arrivals Criteria

Children are expected in school by 8:10 a.m. for line-up.  Children who arrive after 8:20 a.m.are considered late and must be issued a late pass, which will be recorded and marked on their report card.  Please allow for walking time so children do not come to school continually late.  Children who arrive late for school cannot be escorted to their classrooms so it behooves them to arrive on time so they can go to their classrooms with their own teacher and classmates.  The School Safety Agents will not let you escort children, other than Pre-K to their classrooms.

 

Late Children pickup in the afternoon

School dismissal ends at 3:10 p.m.  If your child is not picked up on time the child will remain in the auditorium for a short period of time.  If your child is not picked up timely and consistently, the child may be picked up by the 43rd Precinct and will be considered an abandoned child.  Please do not allow this to happen.  If a child is not picked up on time once or twice it is not a problem, but if a child is not picked up on time regularly as documented in a “late pickup” notebook then it is considered neglect.  We cannot wait for middle and high school children to pick up children so you may have to consider after school care.  Staff is not available for an extended period of time at the end of the day.  Please cooperate.  Use a babysitter or the two after school programs.

 

L.E.D Sign

We have placed a sign on school wall near Blackrock Avenue to keep you informed.

 

Library (P.S. 36 Robin Hood or NYC Public Library)

Visit the local public library at least once a week.  Every child should be signed up for a library card.  The school library is also available for you and your children’s use.  For assistance with a school project contact our school librarian at Ext. 1060.  Homework help is available at Castle Hill Library.  You too can improve your child’s reading level.

 

Read for 30 minutes every single day, age and attention span appropriately.  Turn off the television and radio.  It is best that you read a newspaper or magazine when they are engaged in their own book.  Set an example by reading with them or to them.  All children must read a minimum of 800 steps this school year to meet and exceed the reading standards.  Reminder, children learn to read by reading so READ, READ, READ!

 

Line Up Procedures Morning:

Children in Grade 3, 4 & 5 will line up in the Blackrock Avenue school yard at 8:10 a.m. Grade 1 & 2 will line up in the auditorium at 8:10 a.m.   Kindergarten will line up in the cafeteria at 8:10 a.m. by the Parent Association Room.  Pre-K will line up in back of auditorium.

 

Teachers pick up children at their designated area before 8:20 a.m.  Therefore children must be in their designated areas between 8:10 – 8:15 a.m. as follows:

           

 

 

 

Pre-K                          Go directly to auditorium

            Kindergarten               Line up in cafeteria near parent’s room

            First Grade                  Line up in auditorium (on piano side)

 

            Second Grade             Line up in auditorium (by exit door)

            Third Grade                Line up in school yard.  In case of bad weather, they will line

                                                up in auditorium. Dismissal is ALWAYS into school yard.

            Fourth Grade and        Line up in school yard

            Fifth Grade                 except during inclement weather when they will line up in school

 

 

 

 

 

                                                gymnasium.  Dismissal is ALWAYS into schoolyard.

 

Due to the population of this school, and to be able to ensure the safety of our children, we must limit the amount of adults who enter our school building or school yard.  Parents are not allowed to escort their children to the classrooms.  After the first week of school children will be familiar with their line up area so I am asking that only parents of Pre-K children enter the school in the morning. Drop off your children in grades K-5 (outside) in front of the school and please leave.  School volunteers will be placed, strategically, to guide your child to his/her morning line-up area.  This is a procedure that is followed in most of the elementary schools in our district for the safety and security of our children.  The teachers will escort the children to their classrooms.  Unless you are a certified parent volunteer you may not follow the teacher to the classroom.  Call (718) 822-5345 Ext. 5007 (Parent Association telephone) if you wish to volunteer.

 

Loitering

No one is permitted to approach any child from in or around the schoolyard/fence.  This includes family members.  Once again do not ever approach a child who is not your own child about any incident. If you need to speak with a child or report an incident, come into the building, sign in and report to the main office. 

 

Lost and Found

We have a lost and found box in the cafeteria near Parent Association Rooms.  Please tell your children to look in the box if they lose any apparel.

 

Lunch Program

            Kindergarten               10:45 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

            First Grade                  10:45 a.m.-11:35 a.m.

            Second Grade             11:40 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

            Third Grade                12:35 p.m.-1:25 p.m.

            Fourth Grade              1:30   p.m.-2:20 p.m.

            Fifth Grade                 12:35 p.m. -1:25 p.m.

 

Please do not send snacks to school unless directed by classroom teacher.  They are not necessary and are not allowed by the Department of Education.  The only children who may bring healthy snacks are kindergarten.  I would appreciate it if you did not send snacks such as potato chips, etc., but you can send fresh fruit or other healthy snacks. 

 

Medication

No child can self administer medication such as aspirin, Tylenol, etc. unless an official 504 is on file with the nurse.  If a child needs medication for one day, then parent or adult designee must come to school to administer the medication.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nurse

If a child visits the nurse too often, without a valid medical reason, we will ask the nurse to contact you for an appointment.  The Guidance Counselor may also be present at this meeting.  You will discuss possible reasons for your child leaving the classroom frequently. 

 

Nutrition Committee

This committee meets once a month.  If you wish to serve on it contact the Parent Association office,

Ms. Milby, Assistant Principal or Dietician.  Select children in grades 1-5 also serve on this committee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent Association

P.A. meetings are held monthly on the third Thursday of every month.  P.A. is responsible to send notices.  Please make a special effort to attend.  Parent Involvement is the key to a successful school.  Commendation cards are awarded to classes with the most parent participation.

 

Parent Concern Forms

Should any concerns occur please fill out a parent concern form in the main office and someone will address your concerns as soon as possible depending on severity of the concern.

 

Parent Vacations

Please plan your vacations during the times indicated on the school calendar. The calendar will be sent to you with the October parent bulletin.  Please be aware that I, as the school principal, can not grant you permission to take your children out of school for any reason.  If you decide to take a vacation during school time, then you must answer to child welfare authorities, ACS (Administration for Children’s Services) to answer educational neglect charges.  If children are absent for an extended period, your child will be discharged to a long-term absence register.  The Department of Education computer automatically generates a special truancy attendance form called a “407” after a number of consecutive absences.  Truant or Attendance Teachers will visit your home.  If you wish to report an absence due to illness, death in family etc., please call our Attendance Office after 9:00 a.m. (718) 822-5345 ext. 2530 and ask for Regina Padilla, Attendance Coordinator.  Please send in doctor’s notes and/or other documentation.

 

Parking Around School

Please do not block spaces reserved for teachers when you drop off your child.  Parking is allowed across the street until 9:30 a.m.  When you double park you do not allow the school buses access to the school and bus children arrive late for breakfast.  The police department has advised us they will ticket your cars.  Please cooperate.  Please do not attempt to pass a school bus when their lights are flashing since you risk injuring a child or other pedestrians you can also get a ticket with points on your license.  Do not block the driveways of neighboring homes.

 

Parties

Classroom parties are to be integrated into the curriculum, i.e. reason for Thanksgiving, Easter, Winter Celebrations etc.  Birthday parties should be planned and scheduled in advance.  All parties should occur as late in the day as possible so it will not interfere with the classroom curriculum.  Parents are required to stay and assist the teacher with serving and cleaning up.  Parents are required to bring all paper goods and supplies.  Teachers must obtain large plastic garbage bags from the custodian for the disposal of food.  Please let the main office staff know, what the party details are in advance.   Parents must stop in the main office first.  We need to know.  Principal must approve the use of “characters.”  Party bags may not contain ROUND hard candies since they pose choking hazard so please check piñata candies, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Passing School Bus and Double Parking

Parents please remember it is against the law to pass a school bus while the lights are flashing.   First offense is four points against your license and a $250.00 fine.  Subsequent offenses may lead to license revocation.  We are experiencing serious traffic congestion on Blackrock and Watson Avenues, and ask that you do not double park.  Please remember to obey traffic regulations for the safety and well being of all children in our community and the residents of Blackrock Avenue.

 

PBIS

The Behavioral Expectation Matrix is attached at the end of the handbook.  This serves as the expected behaviors or rules for the school.  Parents should reinforce the rules with their children on a daily basis.  Each parent will receive an introductory letter from their child’s new teacher sharing pertinent information about the class.  You should review the information carefully with your child and reinforce it daily.  It is imperative that all students make a concerted effort to adhere to all school rules.  Below is a list of expected appropriate behaviors, consequences and rewards.

            Rules

              Come to school on time and prepared to learn.

  Be responsible and take care of all books and materials.

  Be respectful of others and their property.

  Walk quietly and orderly at all times.

  Seek permission from an adult in charge in order to leave the classroom, lunchroom, auditorium, play yard and school ground.

  Carry a pass when leaving the classroom and sign out if requested to do so.

  Dangerous objects or weapons should not be brought to school.

  Avoid fighting or use of inappropriate language in school.

  Remain seated in the lunchroom and only eat in the appropriate area.

  Adhere to the rules of safety and fire prevention at all times.

 

Consequences

  A conference with the Assistant Principal and/or Principal

  Temporary removal from the classroom.

  Loss of playtime or lunchroom recess.

  A letter or telephone call to the parent.

  A conference with the parent and the Assistant Principal and/or Principal.

  Principal or Superintendant Suspension.

 

Rewards

  Students will receive individual tickets to trade in for prizes.

  Students and classes will be selected to participate in special activities.

  Students and classes will receive monthly prizes and awards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picking Up a Friend’s Child

If you want to do your friend or neighbor a favor by picking up their child, please have them list you on their blue emergency card.

 

Principal’s Bulletin/Calendar

Please make sure you ask your child for the Parent Calendar, which is sent home at the beginning of every month from October to June.  As soon as information is available to me, (such as days when school will not be in session) I try to pass it on to you quickly so you can make appropriate child care arrangements for your children.

 

 

 

Progress Reports to Report on Child’s Academic Achievements

Academic Intervention Services (AIS) begins with classroom teachers.  In some instances other teachers may also provide AIS.  A progress report is sent home 3x’s a year November, January and March.  Teachers, at their discretion, may send additional progress reports home.

 

Promotional Standards

To be promoted to the next grade the following mandates must be met:

  • All children must have attended school at least 95% of the school year.
  • Have a portfolio of work, which shows child is progressing in meeting standards.
  • In grades 3-5 where children take a state test, and must score in Proficiency Level 2 in reading and mathematics.
  • In K-2 show appropriate ECLAS 2/DRA progress.
  • Meet the standards of meeting 800 steps or more.

Children not meeting these standards may have to attend summer school and will have to repeat the grade.  Children who are mandated to attend summer school and do not attend are automatically mandated to repeat the grade.  Promotion in doubt letters will be sent home in January and parents must meet with teachers to discuss an educational plan.

 

Religious Observance

An excused absence will be allowed for religious reasons, but parents must send a letter listing the reasons for absence.  Please also inform the classroom teacher if your child must “fast” or observe any other rituals in school in writing.  We can then inform cafeteria staff and school aides.

 

Report Cards

There are three marking periods when report cards are issued, November, March, and June.  All parents are expected to pick up report cards in November and March during parent teacher conferences.  If your child is “promotion in doubt” then you will also have to meet with your child’s teacher in January to jointly decide on a plan of improvement.  The June report cards will be sent home with children on the last day of school.

 

School Features

  • Reading, Writing & Mathematics Block for Grades K-5.
  • The enVisionMath Program for Grades K-5.
  • Academic Intervention Services to support the needs of all students.
  • Literacy Coaches for Grades K-5.
  • English as a Second Language for students in need.
  • Guidance Counselor for Grades K-5.
  • Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports System
  • Computers in the Lab, Library and many classrooms.
  • Star Reader (Independent Reading).
  • Extended Day Programs – afterschool and on Saturdays.
  • Extracurricular activities – music, dance, art, and other Project Arts initiatives.
  • eChalk - school website (www.PS36X.org).
  • Parent Coordinator for the school.

 

 School Hours for children

For the safety and security of our children and staff, please be aware that you are not allowed to escort your child to his/her classroom.  It is our school policy that children must be brought to school by 8:10 a.m. so their teachers can escort them to their classrooms.  If you bring your child late to school, then you must follow school policy and cannot escort your child to his/her classroom. 

 

We ask your cooperation when visiting the school and ask that you comply with security requests.

School hours:  Breakfast 7:40 – 8:10 AM

                          Line up 8:10 AM

                         Dismissal 3:00 – 3:10 PM

 

School Leadership Team

This team meets from 7:15 am – 8:15 am and from 3:15 PM– 5:15 PM.  Both meetings are held bi-monthly in school Library on alternating Mondays/Tuesdays.  See P.A. if you wish to become a member.

 

School Safety Plan

We have a School Safety Plan on file in our main office. For the safety and security of our children and staff, please be aware that you are not allowed to escort your child to his/her classroom.  It is our school policy that children must be brought to school by 8:10 a.m. so their teachers can escort them to their classrooms.  If you bring your child late to school, then you must follow school policy and cannot escort your child to his/her classroom.  We ask your cooperation when visiting the school and ask that you comply with security requests.

 

School Service

Our students provide school service in a variety of ways such as serving on Nutrition, Recycling, reading to senior citizens at a nursing home, tutoring young children etc.

 

School Spirit Days

School Spirit Day will be announced, in advance, as the school year progresses i.e. wear red on Valentines Day, green on St. Patrick’s Day, Costume Day in June, etc.

 

School Supplies

Children must bring their school supplies to school (notebook, pencils) everyday.  Replenish them when they finish.  Check after every report card marking period to see if any supplies need to be purchased.  If you need a supply letter please come to main office.

 

Section 504

See guidance counselor or nurse for 504 medical forms or for information regarding the administration of medication to your child in school which may also make your child eligible for extended time during standardized testing due to his/her medical condition.

 

Security

Anyone failing to register at the security desk and obtaining a pass located in any of our lobbies may be considered as trespassing and may be subject to the provisions of the New York State Penal Code/Law.  You must obtain a pass which will direct you to main office anytime you visit our school.  Secretaries will assist you and will then issue a new pass to your destination after you have checked in with the School Safety Agent.  If the agent deems you to be hostile or aggressive you may be denied entry into the school.  Please remember that you are required to present a picture identification to School Safety Agent upon arrival at the school.

 

Storm Day Procedures

The Chancellor will make the decision to close or delay the opening of schools during stormy weather as early as possible prior to 6:00 a.m. on the affected day.  If a child is absent during inclement weather, it is not an excused absence and will adversely affect his/her 100% status if the school isn’t declared officially closed by Chancellor. Listen to 880 AM, 1010 WINS or call 311.

 

 

 

 

Summer School

 

 

 

 

 

Information is disseminated in June, but the dates are usually from 1st week of July to 2nd week of August.

 

Telephones

Children are not allowed to use or bring cellular phones, beepers or any other type of electronics to school.  Children are not allowed to use the school telephone without the presence of a school staff member.  If you need to speak with your child call the Parent Coordinator at (718) 822-5345 ext. 2151

 

Toys, Games, IPODs, Cellphones, Pokemon cards, etc.

Please ask your child not to bring any of these items or any other toys to school.  They interfere with our instructional day and cause a disruption.  I know some of these items are expensive, but if they are lost stolen or misplaced, the school nor any of its staff members will be responsible to replace them.

 

Trips

Parents are needed to accompany class on trips.  If you make the commitment, please do not cancel at the last minute.  The trip will be cancelled if the ratio of adults to children required by the Chancellor is not met.  A parent or trip chaperone may not discipline children or speak to a child about any incidents which may have occurred between children.  Only the classroom teacher may intervene.  Please be aware that you will be receiving a medical release form to be used in case a child gets hurt during a trip so the teacher can act on the child’s behalf, so he/she can get medical treatment until parent/guardian arrives.

 

Truancy Intervention Program

If your child is absent or suspended please keep your child at home.  Do not send your child to the store alone since specially trained police officers will pick up any school age youngster who is seen on the streets during school time.

 

Uniforms

By now you know that our school’s Chancellor has mandated the wearing of uniforms.  The colors of our uniform are navy blue pants/skirts/jumpers, light blue shirts/blouses; navy blue sweat suits should be worn on the day the children are scheduled for gym.  Should you need to discuss this policy, please call the Parent Association at (718) 822-8222 Ext. 5007.  There are no days off.  Uniforms must be worn daily.  Children do need more then one uniform since they do get soiled.  We ask that you donate gently worn uniforms please to Parent Association.

 

Vacations

See Parent Vacations on page 11

 

 

Video/Picture Release

We need one on file for every child so when we have special visitors they can take your child’s pictures or video tape them.  This also gives us permission to put pictures on our schools’ website.

 

Visitors to the school

For the safety and well being of everyone in the building, I am asking visitors to stop by the security desk at the main entrance to sign in.  You must provide picture identification.  You will then be directed to the main office where you will be issued an official pass to your designation.  Children are not allowed to bring outsiders to the school as visitor.

 

 

 

 

 

Volunteers

All volunteers must show proof of a current Tuberculosis test and fill out a volunteer form. 

You should register in Parent Association room located in school cafeteria.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weather                    

During inclement weather the following routines will be in play for arrival and dismissal.

 

            Arrival:

            Pre-K - 2nd as usual

            3rd Grade – Back of auditorium

            4th and 5th grade – In gymnasium with Mr. J. Devanny and Mr. Brooks

 

            Dismissal:

            Pre- –In back of auditorium

            K, 1, 2 –In back of auditorium

            3, 4, 5 –Dismissed into schoolyard, as usual, so please be prompt.

 

            Lunch:  Unless it is severe weather children will go outside for recess.  At all times children will   have the option of staying indoors or going outside.  You, the parents, must guide your child to     follow your indoor/outside policy.

               

Website

 

Yellow Medical Cards

These cards will provide school nurse with all pertinent information, should you need to be called for a medical reason.  Please make sure school is informed about allergies or any other medical alert.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                               

Created on 5/11/2010 - Last updated on 7/7/2013