Fall weather and the beauty of autumn leaves are upon us, it is my hope that your children have settled into a new school year as September was a very busy month for us at P.S. 216! The children have come so far in the last few weeks. It is my pleasure to announce that every class has created a “mission statement”. This mission statement establishes how class communities will learn together and seek excellence while supporting one another as they persevere through challenges. As you may already know, we are entering our 4th year of being a “Leader In Me” school. We are looking forward to deepening our work in inspiring greatness; one child at a time!
By now students have begun to get into routines at school and home. Please allow me to take this opportunity to thank you for going the extra mile to make sure children brought in all supplies and tools to succeed. One important way to support children on the path to success is to help them to be organized and prepared for it. Setting aside a specific time and place for homework, having tools handy, helping them to review work/notices in their folders and packing it all up at night are all ways to help them to be ready to learn! It is also a great way to reinforce Habit #1: Be Proactive.
I would like to thank our wonderful families for their cooperation during morning drop-off and afternoon dismissal. Staff members and I have been directing a steady flow of traffic creating a quicker system to drop off arriving children on East 1st Street. In order to make this process even smoother, I ask that if you would like to walk your child to the door that you safely park your car away from the entrance. We have created an area to stop and drop quickly and safely at the curb in front of the door. If you would like to “Stop, Drop and Go”, please have your child ready to exit the car once it has stopped. We are happy to assist each child to arrive at school safely and on time.
Just a few reminders:
*We would like to remind you of our school uniform policy. We have found that school uniforms help set a serious tone in our building. Back by popular demand, Fridays have been designated as “Dress Down Fridays” and we will have additional “Theme” days as we did last year.
*Please do not address teachers with concerns at dismissal. For the safety of all children, the teachers must be attentive to their classes. Talking to parents will take the teacher’s focus away from the children. Please send a note so that an appointment can be scheduled with your child’s teacher. Your cooperation on this matter is greatly appreciated.
Please check our website, PS216.com often!
I look forward to seeing all of you at the many events that have been planned in the coming weeks! Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Parent Coordinator, Mallory Figueroa, if you have any questions. I am confident that the school year is off to a great start because P.S. 216 is a great place to learn and grow!