General Information

Instructional Day

Monday through Friday:  

                                    8:20 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.          Prekindergarten

                                    8:20 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.          Kindergarten

                                     8:20 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.          Grades 1 - 5

  Please make sure that you make the necessary adjustments to your home schedule for on-time drop off and pick-up of children every day.

 There is an afterschool program for children from 2:40 until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the cafeteria by an organization called “Leading Stars” beginning in September.  If interested, please see someone in the Main Office for information.  There is a fee per week, per student.  Vouchers are accepted.

 Another afterschool program will begin on October 15, 2019 from 2:45 until 5:45 pm through a grant that the school has been participating in for the last two years.  A 2-day Academic Program will be a component of this program that the students in Grades 4 and 5 that did not receive a Level 3 or a Level 4 on the State Exams in the spring will be mandated to attend.

Entrance and Dismissal

Students in Grades PreK and Kindergarten will be entering the school building at 8:20 a.m. through the Main Entrance of the school.  They will dismiss through the Main Entrance at 2:30 p.m. and 2:35 p.m., respectively.

 Students in Grades 1 and 2 will enter the school building at 8:20 a.m. through the Middle Entrance of the school.  They will dismiss through the Main Entrance of the school at 2:40 p.m.

 Students in Grades 3 through 5 will enter the school building at 8:20 a.m. through the Gate at the end of the school building and will dismiss through the same Gate at 2:40 p.m., unless it is raining or snowing

Early Pick-Up

Dismissal time is between 2:30 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.  (Monday through Friday) - (As specified for each grade.)  Any adult picking up a student MUST be listed on the emergency form.  Please stop into the Main Office anytime there are changes throughout the year to update emergency information including a current working telephone number.   No child will be released before the official end of the school day unless we have written documentation of a medical appointment or family emergency. It is not acceptable to remove your child early from their educational day unless it is an EXTREME EMERGENCY! (Please do not come to the office for early release without proper documentation.) . Parents are responsible to arrange for end of day pick-up in case they cannot do it themselves. 

Uniform Policy

All children must wear a school uniform. This is a Chancellor’s Requirement and part of our school policy. All students are mandated to wear their uniform every day.  No student will be allowed to go on a trip without a uniform.  Please see our Parent Coordinator, Social Worker, Community Coordinator or the Parent Association for information about where to purchase the uniform and discount coupons.  Please also let them know about any special circumstances that you may have. Our school colors are dark green pants/jumpers/skirts and yellow shirts/polos for grades Prekindergarten through 2nd grade and dark green polos and kaki color pants/jumpers/skirts for grades 3rd through 5th.  These can be purchased in Walmart, Target, Kmart, Kids World and at times in Old Navy and even on-line.

Appointments with Staff

Please contact your child’s teacher about any concerns you may have during the year. There are ways we have provided for you to do this without taking time or attention away from the class as the day begins. You may leave a  message on a form that can be provided for you by just asking the School Security Agent or meet with the teacher or any Tuesday afternoon during Parent Engagement (2:40-3:20 p.m.).  Please leave your name, telephone #, best time for a return call, and a brief message for the staff member you wish to speak to.

Attendance

There are very strict requirements for attendance set at 94% for every attending child Pre-kindergarten through the  5th Grade.  The State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education set attendance standards. This year we will be monitoring CHRONIC ABSENTISM very closely.  Excessive lateness will also be monitored, and parent meetings will be held.  A student that is absent 2-days a month in the course of the school year is considered to have Chronic Absenteeism.

 *Please note:  Children’s promotion may be in doubt if they exceed 20 days for the year along with other un-metvacademic criteria. 

 All students are required to bring to school a letter (from a doctor, healthcare provider or parent/guardian) that explains the reason for each absence. (This letter must be brought to the office or sent to the teacher after every absence.)  The following steps should be followed EVERY time:

  1. Child must return to school with a NOTE from a doctor, nurse, clinic, or parent, with child’s full name on it.
  2. Child must give this note to their teacher or brought to the Main Office by the parent. This step is extremely important. (Notes left in book bags, lost or forgotten cannot be entered into the computer.)
  3. Teacher records the note and forwards it to our attendance staff.
  4. The attendance staff completes the computer entry, making the absence valid and excused (when applicable). Attendance staff will call parents for any uncertified absences.
  5. Additionally, parent vacations should be scheduled around school vacations and NOT school time. Removing children during the academic year is not permissible and interferes with continuity of their instruction.