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Upcoming 2017-2018 School Year

I want to welcome all new and returning families to PS 6 and the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. We are excited that you will be a part of our special community. Please read the important information below to get the school year off to a good start.

Meet and Greet

Please mark your calendars for our annual Meet and Greet for students in grades Pre-K to 5 on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 9:30am-10:30am. This is an opportunity for children to see their new classrooms, meet their classmates and say a quick “Hello” to their teachers.

In addition, please feel free to stop by the lunchroom to visit with the PTA and representatives from some after school programs including Afterschool Workshop, Big Apple, Chess with Michael Poukchanski and 92Y Noar After School Program.

School Supplies Pre-K-5

In the spirit of 'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle' and to lower the cost of supplies, the school and PTA are working closely together to purchase materials in bulk. This system was successful last year and we received positive feedback from both families and staff members. We are pleased to announce that we will continue to offer this opportunity to families.

The cost is $100 per child which includes all school supplies as well as your child’s class t-shirt. If you would like to purchase supplies through the PTA, please click here to make this purchase.

In addition to the shared classroom supplies, each child will need personal supplies listed below. Please send the following items on the first day of school. Please be sure to clearly label all items with your child’s first and last name and class number.

Personal Supplies

One backpack large enough to hold a 9 X 12 folder.
Wheelie backpacks are NOT permitted; they are unsafe-especially when traveling up and down the stairs.
Two 2-pocket folders of your child’s choice in color, style and design.
One reusable water bottle.
A set of headphones.
One pencil case - for children in grades 3 to 5 only. As per teachers’ requests.
3rd graders please bring a hard pencil case.
4th graders please bring a soft pencil case.
5th graders can choose either.
If you do not wish to participate in purchasing supplies through the PTA and would prefer to buy your own supplies, please click on the appropriate grade for a list of school supplies Prek / K / 1st Grade / 2nd Grade / 3rd Grade / 4th Grade / 5th Grade - Don't forget to order your child’s class t-shirt for $12 at that time too!

Class Placement Letters

Class placement letters for all grades will be emailed throughout the week of August 28. When you receive your class placement email please read the enclosures carefully, as they contain pertinent information and important forms for you to complete.

If at any time your plans change and your child will not be attending or returning to PS 6 in September, please notify the school at mainoffice@ps6nyc.com ASAP.

Helpful Information

Arrival and Dismissal

Our schoolyard is currently under construction for repairs as well as upgrades to the play equipment for the children. We are monitoring the project closely and will share the Arrival and Dismissal Procedures the week of August 28th when we are able to see how much of the project has been completed.

Lateness and Late Passes

Teachers take daily attendance promptly at 8:20am.  Children arriving at 8:20am will be marked late.  Be advised that the total number of latenesses (and absences) will be recorded on your child’s report card and is something the NYCDOE monitors closely.  Private schools and Middle schools also look closely at latenesses and absences.  We urge you to check your child's official attendance and lateness records periodically at NYC School's Account

Early Pick-up

If your child is leaving school early for any reason, you must notify your child’s teacher in writing.  To make sure the learning time your child is missing is limited, s/he will remain in class until you arrive. You will sign your child out in the main office.

Make sure the person picking up your child has a photo ID and signs in at the security desk. Once you have signed in, the security agent will give you a visitor's pass and direct you to the main office for further assistance. You, or the person picking up your child, need to know your child’s class # and teacher’s name.  This will facilitate a smooth dismissal.

If your child is sick, go to the main office after signing in with security.  Do not go directly to the medical office.  Office staff will notify the nurse of your arrival. You must sign your child out in the main office.

To help prevent you from being late for an appointment please allow 10 minutes for your child to come to the main office. Children are not allowed to sign themselves out.  Students will be released only to the adults (age 18 or older) listed on your emergency contact card.  Students will not be released to anyone under age 18.

Afternoon Pick Up 2:35pm

At 2:35pm students will be dismissed. For security reasons, please wait until the teacher acknowledges you before leaving with your child.  Prompt dismissals are essential for all.  Plan on arriving at least five minutes early to offset inevitable traffic delays.  Be sure to inform your child’s teacher if your child is enrolled in an after school program.

If your child is going to be picked up by another adult, you must send in a written note which includes:

The date
Your child’s name
The name of the pick-up person
Your signature
Please be advised that children will only be released to the adults for whom you have provided written permission, or whom you have listed on the Blue Emergency Card. Students will be released only to the adults (age 18 or older) listed on your emergency contact card.  Students will not be released to anyone under age 18.

In the rare case you need to have your child picked up by someone who is not on your Blue Emergency Card and a note has not been sent in to your teacher please email Sanober Khan at skhan@ps6nyc.com with the above information. In addition, call the office to make sure Sanober has received your request by 2:00pm. Please understand we MUST have written authorization to release your child. Staff members will NOT take verbal authorization.

Lunch Account

To ensure a smooth start to the year, please send your payment for one semester of hot lunch no later than Thursday, September 7, 2017. If your child will purchase hot lunch daily, please send in a check for $175.  If your child will eat hot lunch two or three times a week, please send in a check for $85.

We recommend that everyone send in at least $20 for the first semester. Any remaining balances will automatically be transferred to the second semester.  You may send your check in the mail or open an online account by going to: myschoolbucks

If sending a check, please address the envelope to:

Ms. Weiswasser
PS 6
45 East 81st Street
New York, NY 10028

Make your check payable to PS 6 General Fund.  Remember to clearly write your child’s full name and class number in the memo section of the check.  Please be advised that school lunch now costs $1.75/day.

Bus Transportation

Students who are eligible for bus service may take the bus to and from school beginning Thursday, September 7, 2017. If you need assistance with busing please contact Jane Galasso, one of our Assistant Principals, at jgalass@schools.nyc.gov the week of August 28th. On the first day, plan to be at the bus stop at least five minutes earlier than last year. Please be patient while bus schedules and times stabilize; this may take up to three weeks. Be sure to inform your child's teacher if your child rides the school bus. MetroCards will be issued to eligible students during the first week of school. Eligible students may either ride the school bus or get a MetroCard (not both).

Birthday Celebrations

Please be advised that PS 6 has a NO FOOD Birthday policy. Each grade decides how it acknowledges and celebrates birthdays. This will be shared at Curriculum Night. If your child has a birthday prior to Curriculum Night, please let your child’s teacher know at the beginning of school.

Allergies

In response to the growing number of children with food allergies, we have a school-wide policy to help keep students with food allergies safe.  If anyone in your child’s class has an allergy, you will receive a letter explaining this and advising you that you may not bring snacks containing these substances into the classroom. This policy holds true for food brought in for classroom celebrations as well as class trips.

We have a nut-free table in our cafeteria that is always cleaned after each lunch shift to prevent cross-contamination.  Any child with a peanut allergy must sit at this table.  This table has a lighter colored tabletop near the exit.  Each child may invite a classmate to sit at the table, as long as that classmate’s lunch is nut-free.  In compliance with Chancellor’s Regulation A-715, classroom teachers of students with extreme allergies must be trained in the use of the EpiPen. In addition, our cafeteria staff is also trained. To read the Chancellor’s Regulation please click the following link: Chancellor's Regulation A-715

Medication and Immunization

If your child requires medication during the school day, the school nurse, Danielle Gustama, must be the one to administer it.  All medication must be given to the nurse along with the required paperwork completed by both the guardian and the physician/health care provider.

Forms can be downloaded from the DOE website.  Please be advised that all forms must be printed and completed by hand, not on-line. Please click on the following link to access the forms: NYCDOE Health Services/Section 504 Accommodations

In addition, please use the following link to review the schedule for immunizations that are required for all students: NYCDOE Immunization Information

Calendar Important Dates

Be sure to mark your calendar with these important dates:

Wednesday, September 6: Meet and Greet 9:30am-10:30am
Thursday, September 7: First Day of School 8:15am -2:35pm
Wednesday, September 13: Curriculum Night & PTA Meeting
Thursday, September 21 and Friday, September 22: No School - Happy Rosh Hashanah
Monday, September 25: Middle School Information Evening
Thursday, October 5: Fall Cocktail Party
Monday, October 9: Columbus Day
Friday, October 20: Math Morning After Drop Off
Wednesday, November 8: Literacy Morning K-2
Friday, November 10: Literacy Morning 3 - 5