Category Archives: Principal’s Message

January 2015

January 8, 2015

Dress Code and Cell Phone Policy

Dear Parents,

Now that the cold weather is here girls may add grey dress pants as a choice from now until the end of March.  Grey denim jeans, sweat pants or leggings alone are not considered grey dress pants.  The pants should fit properly; not too tight. Certainly your daughter is welcomed to wear her uniform with heavy tights as an option.  The uniform or pants must be accompanied with a white collared shirt at all times.

Please refer to the student planner (page 16) in the Parent/Student Handbook which contains the dress code for any questions on what students should be wearing. In addition to the dark green sweater, which I understand families are having difficulty acquiring, students can have solid color white, grey, navy blue, or black sweaters.  These colors coordinate with the school uniform.  No other sweaters are acceptable.  Hoodies are never permitted to be worn in school, but can certainly be used as a layering piece to and from school.  If you want your child to wear a hoodie to and from school please give them another sweater to keep at school to wear during class time.  They can keep it either in the classroom or locker.  Please write their name and class on the sweater tag.

The gym uniform remains the same; grey sweat pants, white T-Shirt and sneakers.

Cell Phone Policy:

The mayor announced that cell phones are permitted in school.  This ruling is primarily for high schools where students were paying vendors outside of school to hold their phones.  However, this ruling does not change the policy that we have always had in place.  Students are permitted to bring in their cell phones but, in the case of the middle school, they must remain in their lockers turned off during the day.  If a student in the elementary grades has need of a cell phone it is to remain turned off in the book bag or given to the teacher.  The school is not responsible for any cell phones or electronic devices that may be lost or stolen.  These devices are not necessary to have in school. All students are permitted to use the phone in the main office for emergencies and should you need to contact your child we will make sure that they get your important message.  As always a parent will be required to meet with Mr. Reilly, Dean, should your student be using their phone during school time.  We have no problem with students who use their cell phones at dismissal to call parents to let them know when they are leaving school.

As we bundle up for this cold weather let’s think about the spring flowers and hope they don’t have to sleep too long!



Summer 2014

June 24, 2014

Dear Parents,

I want to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful summer. This has been another successful year; our school continues to be in “Good Standing” with New York State, our graduating students have been accepted into some very good high schools and as far as we know now, only a handful of students did not meet the standards in their ELA and Math New York State Assessment. However, as a school, we must constantly keep improving and providing our students with the best education possible.

Our PTA has again done a wonderful job of supporting our school’s initiatives by taking over the cost of the 92nd St. “Y” residency, support for our library upgrade, our auditorium renovation and our school’s beautification project.  Further, Spring Fair, the support for the Arts, in general, and musical Mondays, all parent organized, provided additional opportunities to enrich the lives of our children. A parent, willing to give of their personal time to our students, is a blessing and a fine example as role models for their own children.                                                       The Wellness Committee, a branch of the SLT (School Leadership Team) gathered parents together to provide Math Facts Fun during lunch, cafecito for the parents during arrivals, a weekly parent walking group and supported a uniform exchange program.  I am sure I have left out many activities but I am just so privileged to have such wonderful, active and supportive help from the parents.  I hope every parent can find some time to work with the PTA.  They have worked tirelessly on behalf of your children.

Summer is a time for family and fun.  However, research has shown that children who do not practice what they have learned, and do not read daily, start off in September at a definite disadvantage.  Please do not let that happen to your child.  The teachers have provided summer packets in ELA and Math. On our website you will shortly find a grade level syllabus.  This is a new project that the teachers have undertaken.  It is a guide to the topics that your child will be learning about over the course of the year.  You can help, especially in social studies and science by taking family trips to the museums or merely going to the library to have your student take out books that might help them be prepared for the new work. We will be using our website next year for most of our communications so please become familiar with all the resources on it.  The parents do a fantastic job of keeping it updated.

Again, thank you for sending us your children. I hope you feel that your student has been successful.  Working together we can have a positive impact on your child’s development.  See you on September 4th at 8:00 (Kindergarten 8:30 on the first two days). Our schedule for ALL students is Monday through Friday is 8 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.




Maureen Guido, Principal


Welcome Back!

August 30, 2012

Dear Parents/Guardians,

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.


2. Bussing: If you go on the DOE Dept. of Transportation website, 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.