P.S. 154 News & Information
New: ALARMS ON ALL SIDE AND BACK DOORS
As a new safety precaution, we have installed alarms on all our side and back doors and will engage them on Monday, September 22, 2014. Loud, localized alarms will sound to notify Agent White and our staff if these doors are used. All traffic in and out of the building (other than at arrival and dismissal) must go through our main entrance on 11th Avenue.
Saturday, September 20th
School Yard Jam
1pm – 4pm
(donate your time, your hotdogs & your baked goods)
Tuesday, September 23rd
PTA Meeting – Dessert Potluck
Meet & Greet starts at 6pm in the MMR
Thursday, September 25th & Friday, September 26th
No School – Rosh Hashanah
Keep up to date: http://ps154.org/calendar/
No Dogs Allowed…
No dogs (big or little) in the school yard. Dogs must be leashed outside the school yard (away from the entrances) while you drop off or pick up your student.
Help limit class room disruptions…
We ask that you make every effort to make sure that your child has all that he/she needs every morning before coming to school. It is a distraction to the class in the morning to call upstairs because of forgotten lunches, homework, etc. In addition, please make every effort to schedule appointments for your child either after school or, if absolutely necessary, during periods other than lunch period. It is difficult for us to retrieve a child and all of his/her belongings during lunch and this, at times, leads to families being late for appointments. And finally, please schedule play dates in advance and send in notes to your child’s teacher if there are changes to who is picking them up that day.
Back to School Night…
September 16, 2014, 5pm – 8pm*: Teachers review with the parents what the curriculum will be for the students that year, including information about what your child will be doing in class, how you can help at home, and what to expect for homework.
Middle School Information Session…
September 18, 2014, 8:30am & 6:30pm: This talk is mainly for 5th grade families, however, 4th grade families are welcome to attend as well. Both sessions will discuss the same thing, so please choose only one to attend. Feel free to contact our guidance counselor, Kimley Desir at KDesir@schools.nyc.gov, for more information.
Keep up to date: http://ps154.org/calendar/
Thank you again for your patience as we settle into our arrival procedures for the new year. We have tweaked the process a bit, mostly for 3rd – 5th grade, so please read through to the end…
September 9, 2014 and Onward
(Please note the change in the bell time and the 3rd – 5th grade entrance.)
Kindergarten students arrive in the cafeteria each morning around 8:10am (you may drop off your child as early as 7:40am to sit at their lunch tables and have breakfast). Please enter the school from the Sherman Street playground entrance. It is important for the safety of all that parents/families drop off your child(ren) at the Sherman Street door without entering the building. There are staff in the cafeteria that will assist your child if need be before the teacher arrives to pick them up at their tables. Each Kindergarten class sits at their assigned table. K students are picked up by their teachers in the lunchroom at their designated tables at 8:20am.
1st – 5th Grade
At 8:10am, if your child is not inside eating breakfast, when the bell rings, students will make their way into the school through the lunch room. It is important for the safety of all that parents/families drop off your child(ren) at the door without entering the building.
1st grade & 2nd grade students should enter through the Sherman side school yard door and go directly to their tables to wait to be dismissed to their classrooms.
3rd – 5th grade students enter through the Windsor side school yard door when the bell rings and go the MMR. They will wait there to be dismissed to their classrooms.
At 8:20am, the school yard doors will close and students must enter through the main entrance. At this time, your child will sign in and be given a late pass to bring to their teacher.
The start of school has happened, and the bright faces are still shining. We know it was a bit crazy for the little ones in the cafeteria today. Unfortunately, we have limited space with construction around us , and we are doing our best to make the transition to the new school year a pleasant one. Please read on for a reminder about Arrival & Dismissal procedures going forward…
Day 3: September 8th and Onward
Kindergarten students arrive in the cafeteria each morning around 8:15am (unless your child is being dropped off for breakfast at 7:40am). You may drop off your student at the Sherman Street playground entrance. It is important for the safety of all that parents/families drop off your child(ren) at the door without entering the building. We have staff in the cafeteria that will assist your child if need be before the teacher arrives to pick them up at their tables. Each Kindergarten class sits at their assigned table. K students are picked up by their teachers in the lunchroom at their designated tables at 8:20am.
1st – 5th Grade
At 8:15am, if your child is not inside eating breakfast, when the bell rings, children will make their way into the lunchroom via the back door in the school yard on the Sherman side, saying goodbye to parents at the door. K-2 children sit at their lunch tables, grades 3-5 go to the MMR. 1st through 5th grade students wait at their designated spots before they are dismissed to their classrooms at 8:20am and the school day begins.
Starting Monday, September 8th, your child must be picked up at 2:40pm from the cafeteria. Parents/Caretakers wait by the Sherman Street door until all Kindergarten classes are seated, at which time school staff will open the door and parents/caretakers may go inside to pick up their children. Your child will then shake his or her teacher’s hand to let her know that they are leaving with an approved guardian. After receiving your child, you must exit the cafeteria from the Windsor Street door or the back school yard door.
1st – 5th Grades (Dismissed at 2:40pm)
Grades 1 – 2 will be dismissed in the school yard. Grade 3 will be dismissed through the front door and will line up in front of the school on the Sherman Street corner. Grade 4 will be dismissed from the Sherman Street door closest to the school yard. Grade 5 will be dismissed through the front door and will line up in front of the school on the Windsor Place corner.
*If parents/guardians are delayed in picking up, their children will be taken to the main office to wait for them.
BLUE CARD ONLINE
Each year you must complete two “Blue Cards” (they are literally blue) with contact and health information about your child(ren). Here at PS 154, we have created an online form that is more efficient at capturing the “Blue Card” data. This on line process is much easier for you to complete than the paper form. We are asking everyone to do this on-line. Returning families will need to go on line as well and complete it again this year even if there were no changes to your information.
This year we are asking permission to share information such as home address & emails with our PTA & Teachers to help create our Class Lists and improve on school communications. Please note Yes or No to the first question to share your information. Emergency contacts and health care information are never shared.
Go to: http://ps154.org/students/blue-card/ and follow the instructions.
The benefits of filling in the online form (vs. the paper “Blue Card”) are:
- You only have to fill in one form for up to 3 children (instead of 2 cards per child)
- The information will be printed and legible, making it easier for us to contact you
- We can create an electronic roster so we can more easily match parent names to children
Of course, you may still ask the office for physical “Blue Cards”, fill them in and return them to school.
For privacy reasons, all information other than email addresses and child’s class and grade (if you sign up for notices) will be taken offline after we have printed the “Blue Cards”, and all information will always be password protected.
If you have any questions, please contact our Parent Coordinator, Debby Wattenbarger at email@example.com or 718 768 0057.