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Welcome Letter

Dear PS 229 Families:
September 2019

Welcome Back!
I hope everyone had a great summer and had time to relax and recharge for the school year ahead. On behalf of the entire PS 229 staff, I would like to welcome back all of our returning students and give a warm welcome to all our new students and their families. There was a lot of positive energy coming from each classroom that I visited on day one. I am looking forward to working with all of our families and the children once again this school year.
 
Facilities
This school year the School Construction Authority, along with our Custodian, will be coordinating a few projects in our building. New windows are being installed, with that project set to begin somewhere in December. For the safety of everyone, there will be some scaffolding put up around the building along with sheds over all the entrances/exits. They forecast the project to be completed by the end of summer 2020. This project will not interfere with the day to day operations of our building, as the work will take place after school and into the night.

There will be an electrical upgrade to accommodate new air conditioners that will be installed in each of the classrooms. Like the windows, this work will take place after school and will not interfere with the building operations.

A new fire alarm system will be installed this school year as well. The existing fire alarm will be fully operational while the new one is installed, tested and approved by the FDNY. And finally, we are still waiting to go solar. That project is a year behind schedule, but should be happening really soon.
 
Building Hours
Each morning, we open our doors at 7:30 AM for our breakfast program which is free for all students. Students that come for breakfast will remain in the cafeteria until we open our entrance doors just before 8:00 AM. At that time, all students make their way to their classrooms where they are greeted by their teachers.

School starts at 8:00 AM, and all students are expected be in their class by that time. Students are dismissed by 2:20 PM, with Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade being dismissed in the school yard. Grades 4 and 5 will be dismissed on the corner of 67th Street and 51st Road, a change from last year. If you are picking your child up by car, we are asking that you park away from this area and walk over to the dismissal area. The dismissal area gets extremely congested very quickly and poses a safety hazard for all of our students and their family members. We continue to alter the dismissal procedures in an effort to make it the safest possible, but we need the cooperation of all families.

Lunch
Lunch is free for all students every day of the school year. However, it is important that you still complete a Family Income Inquiry Form to ensure our school receive the appropriate funding. You can fill the form out online at www.schoolapps.com or complete the paper one that you might have received at home. If you have questions regarding this process please contact our Parent Coordinator, Mary Messina.

Busing
Busing is now in effect for all eligible students. For any questions about eligibility or routing please contact our Parent Coordinator, Mary Messina.
 
Visiting PS 229
Upon visiting PS 229 for any reason, you must be prepared to show your identification to the School Safety Agent on duty. This is a strict DOE policy that all visitors must adhere to for the safety and wellbeing of the children and staff. Please inform the School Safety Agent if you have an appointment with a staff member so that staff member can meet you at the security desk. We thank you for your cooperation.

Home School Connection
Although the start of a new school year can be stressful for children, please feel confident that we are well prepared to receive your students and are committed to the academic and social-emotional growth of each child that enters through our doors. Students succeed best when school and home develop a strong partnership, as this can make all the difference in your child’s education. We pride ourselves on the relationships we build with our families and will continue to strengthen those relationships through the course of the year and beyond.

To support this partnership the following are some things that you can do and discuss with your child(ren):
  • The school day begins at 8:00 AM and it’s important that each student is in their classroom at that time preparing for the day ahead.
  • Homework is an extension of the school day. It’s very important for each student to do their homework in order to reinforce the day’s lessons while also providing the teacher with information of what your child understood or did not understand about the day’s work. Teachers use this information to better support each individual child’s academic needs.
  • Everyday students learn new reading strategies in fluency and comprehension. To become better readers, they have to practice these newly acquired strategies. Although there is some independent reading time set-aside during the day, the more practice they get the better readers they will become. Therefore, children should be reading on their own, each day, after school and on the weekends.
  • Talk to your children about their school day. Let them share with you what they learned and experienced each day while at school. This will keep you informed of what’s happening in their classroom and children are always excited to share with their parents.
 
Please mark down the following upcoming important dates:
September 12th– Parent Engagement Evening from 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
September 26th– PTA Meeting 8:30 AM
September 30th– School closed in Observance of Rosh Hashanah
October 1st– School closed in observance of Rosh Hashanah
October 9th– School closed in observance of Yom Kippur
October 14th– School closed in observance of Columbus Day

The full school year calendar is available on the DOE website: http://schools.nyc.gov/calendar.
Please also visit our school’s website at http://PS229Q.org which is updated often with important information.
 
Our wonderful staff and I, feel privileged to be part of this school family. We thank you for your support and look forward to working with you throughout the school year.

Sincerely,

Seth Berger
Principal
PS 229Q