August 30, 2012
Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful summer. We look forward to celebrating your child’s achievements with us as part of the 278 family. I’d like to remind you of a few things as you prepare your student to return to school:
1. New School Hours:*** 8:00 to 2:20 – Monday through Friday. Extra help, as determined by state scores and teacher recommendation, will be on Mon. Tues. Wed. 2:20 to 3:00. You will be notified if your student qualifies, by Monday 9/10. Please note: It is important for your child to be on time and should be in the school yard by 7:55. Breakfast begins on 9/6 and each morning thereafter from 7:30 to 7:55. Students in grades 5 to 8 who come late will be held with Mr. Reilly, Dean, until the second period to eliminate disruption to instruction already in progress. They will be required to make up their work at 2:20. All parents K – 8 will be notified when your child comes in late.
CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE DROPPED OFF AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE. THEY WILL BE CONSIDERED LATE AND WILL REQUIRE A LATE PASS TO GO TO CLASS.
2. Bussing: If you go on the DOE Dept. of Transportation website, www.schools.nyc.gov/transportation and put in your child’s I.D. # they can tell you your child’s bus route. The I.D. # is on your child’s report card. You can also call 718-392-8855 for DOT customer service. If your child is not on the route don’t be concerned; just plan to bring and pick up your student. Bus issues usually take a few days to iron out. Kindergarten children and new students are not on any bus route until after their first day of school.
3. School Uniform – all children must report on September 6th in full school uniform. Craft Clothing and Cookies (Webster Ave.) have our full uniform requirements. Be sure to give the school name and number at Cookies. I have everything on file there. If you are shopping for sweaters, make sure you purchase the correct dark green. Only our dark green sweater is acceptable. Middle school students may wear our dark green, black, or navy colored sweater. Do not purchase hoodies as they are not permitted for safety reasons. Large hoop earrings also fall in that category!
4. Electronic Devices: Are Not permitted and will be confiscated. We are not responsible for these items.
5. Assignments: Each student in grades 2 to 8 will receive a planner. It is our hope that this will help to organize your student. Please check it daily. Students receive homework assignments daily. Check with your child’s teacher if, during the week, your student says, “I don’t have any homework”!
6. Routines: Please set a special time and place for your student to study. Routines help to keep children organized and demonstrate to your child that their academic success is a priority for you. Set high standards for your child. Expect nothing less than their best!
7. Communication: Please communicate with your child’s teacher. This is an important connection which helps your child, but the teacher as well. You will receive Progress Reports about every 6 weeks to keep you updated on your student’s academic successes and areas in need of improvement.
8. Principal’s Communication: Each month you will receive a Parent Bulletin. This is backpacked and also on our website. Please refer to our website often; this is where you will find the most up to date information.
9. Save the Date: Thursday, September 20th, will be our annual “Back to School Night” from 5:00 to 7:00. More information will follow.
Please know that we look forward to our partnership with you. Together we can provide the best educational environment for your child. Should you have any issues, Mrs. Angelin Gonzalez, Parent Coordinator, Mrs. Reyes, Assistant Principal and I are here to help you. I’m looking forward to seeing your children’s happy faces on Thursday, September 6th at 8:00.
Maureen Guido, Principal
9/6 school begins at 8:30am (drop off in the schoolyard located on 220th street) and dismisses at 11:30am from the classroom/main entrance (located on 219th street).
9/7 school begins at 8:30am (drop off in the schoolyard located on 220th street) and dismisses at 2:20pm in the school yard.
In case of inclement weather on either of these two first days, please use the main entrance for drop off and dismissal.
Otherwise, and on all inclement weather days going forward, children are dropped off and dismissed from “C” (Auditorium) located on 219th Street – entrance closer to 10th Avenue.