Parent Handbook

Public School 199

Rosalia Bacarella, Principal

Gina Leahy, Assistant Principal

                       

September 2017

 

Handbook for Parents and Guardians

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

                  At P.S. 199, parents, teachers and staff work together as a team to provide our students with the best education possible. We believe it is very important to maintain open lines of communication. Throughout the year, we will communicate with you through our school website (www.ps199brooklyn.org), emails, and notes sent home with your child. Please remember to check your child’s school bag every night for important communication from your child’s teacher and school.

 

The first such communication is this Parents Handbook. Please read it carefully as it contains information that will be helpful to you throughout the year, including a school calendar. We hope you find this document helpful and wish you all a productive school year. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.   

                                   

 

PS 199 Mission

 

The Mission of PS 199 is to instill a life-long love of learning and to foster self-esteem in every child. In addition, we strive to work with parents to meet the social, emotional and educational needs of all children so that they will be able to meet the challenge of their future college and career aspirations. We feel that literacy is the foundational skill in a well-rounded education, which is essential in order for children to become contributing citizens of our communities, country and world.

 

Contacting School Personnel

You may contact our staff by calling our main telephone number at (718-339-1422). The following staff is available for your assistance:

  • Rosalia Bacarella, Principal (Press 0)
  • Gina Leahy, Assistant Principal (Press 0)
  • Rita Velic, Parent Coordinator (Ext. 2534)
  • Alison Spund, Guidance and Counseling (Ext. 2631)
  • School Nurse (Ext. 2523)

 

Your child's classroom teacher is the first person you should speak to if you have questions related to your child's progress or studies. Please write the teacher a note or call the main office and leave a message and he/she will contact you or make an appointment. Time has been set aside each Tuesday from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. so that parents can meet with teachers as needed. Please be aware that teachers cannot be directly reached by school telephone, nor do they give out their home phone numbers. At dismissal, they are monitoring students, so please don’t expect that you will be able to have a conference with them when picking up your child. It is always best to meet with teachers by setting up an appointment.

 

Schedule for All Students in Grades Pre-K to 5

Monday to Friday

Breakfast

7:45 to 8:05 a.m.

School Starts

8:10 a.m.

Dismissal

2:30 p.m.

 

Arrival Procedures: Indoor line-up

 

  • Pre-K – Parents may enter through Exit 3 to drop off their children at the classroom door. Breakfast will be provided for students in the classroom.
  • Kindergarten to 2nd Grade – Students enter through Exit 8, on Coney Island Ave., and may proceed to the cafeteria for breakfast or line up in the Auditorium.
  • 3rd to 5th Grade – Students enter through Exit 8, on Coney Island Ave., and may proceed to the cafeteria for breakfast or line up in the gym.

 

Dismissal Exits

 

Grade

Exit

Grade

Exit

Pre-K

3

Kindergarten

2

First Grade

5

Second Grade

4

Third Grade

4

Fourth Grade

6

Fifth Grade

7

Bus children and

Classes 320, 322A, 322B, 311, 217, 221 and 222B

8

 

 

Safety, Emergency Forms, Emergency Procedures

 

Door Alarms

Ensuring that all of our students are safe while at PS 199 is our top priority. Door alarms are installed at all exits in the building. They will be activated each morning following arrivals. An alarm will sound if the doors are opened while the system is activated and staff members have been trained to investigate and secure the exits. When visiting the school, it is extremely important that you enter and exit via the main entrance on Elm Avenue. If you use any other door other than the main entrance to exit the building, an alarm will sound. A Safety Agent or staff member will be present at the main entrance at all times. All visitors, including parents, must show a valid picture ID to enter.

 

Emergency Contact Information

You will be asked to complete a blue Emergency Form. Please fill it out completely. If the address this year is different from last year's address, please write, "NEW ADDRESS" at the top of the form. Make sure you enter as many phone numbers for each parent or guardian as possible (home, work, and cell). Please include your e-mail address at home and work as well. It is extremely important that you list as many people as possible who are authorized to take your child home in an emergency when we cannot reach you. If you need to change arrangements for someone not on your card to pick your child up, we must have this information in writing. We will not release a child to anyone who is not listed on the blue emergency form.

 

Emergency Procedures

As you know, we have evacuation, bus, and lock down drills to practice how to respond to emergencies. Evacuation drills are used to practice how to leave the building in the event something unsafe occurs in the building. Lock down drills are for indoor practice, in case something unsafe happens inside or outside the school. Bus drills are to learn about bus safety in case there are emergencies on the bus and we have to get off. We stress that drills are for practice, and that when we have a drill there is no real emergency. However, we practice to be safe in case there is ever a real problem. Various staff members have responsibilities to make sure the building is evacuated completely, or that all classes respond effectively during lock down drills.

 

In the event of a situation that requires an actual evacuation of our building, we take children to one of three locations:

  • Edward R. Murrow High School (1600 Avenue L)
  • Yeshiva of Flatbush (919 East 10th Street)
  • Bias Yakov (1223 Elm Avenue)

 

We also will consult with the Police Department and our superintendent’s office during such emergencies. Information will also be posted on the Department of Education’s Web Site: (http://www.schools.nyc.gov).

 

Our school Safety Committee meets regularly to review safety issues. A safety plan is approved and filed each year with the Department of Education and the Police Department.

 

A defibrillator is located in the main lobby.

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

The schedule for Parent Teacher Conferences is as follows:

 

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 – Meet the Teacher Night – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 – From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 15, 2018 – From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.        

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 – Parent Teacher Night -- From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

Parents’ Association

Please join! Your attendance at meetings, availability to volunteer at school, and your help in fund raising all contribute to the success of our school. You will be advised of meetings through flyers sent home with your child and our school website (www.ps199brooklyn.org).

 

Student Absences and Lateness

Children must submit a note from a parent explaining their absence upon returning to school. Absences should be for self-treated or physician treated illness. Please be aware that a 90% rate of attendance is one of the four criteria required for promotion. In addition, our parent coordinator, teachers and office staff also call home when children are absent for two or more consecutive days. Lateness deprives children of an opportunity to learn. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time. Excessive absences and lateness will prompt a guidance conference.

 

Dress Policy

PS 199 has a dress code. Students wear navy blue slacks, skirts or jumpers and white or light blue shirts. Jeans, shorts, and sandals are not permitted. Socks must be worn at all times. Sneakers can be worn any day, but always on days when your child has physical education.

 

Homework Policy

Homework is a critical reinforcement of what your child learned in school. With very rare exceptions, students receive homework every day, including weekends, holidays and vacation. Please check your child’s agenda daily for homework assignments and sign the agenda to let teachers know you are aware of the assignments and that your child completed them. While it is important that you are aware of the homework and provide appropriate support, encourage your child to complete homework independently. It is important that your child reads every day at home as well. All students complete a daily reading log. Please feel free to write your child’s teacher, should you have questions about the homework.

 

 

 

FOOD PROGRAM

 

Lunch

All children eat lunch in school. No child may leave the building for lunch. Students may choose to eat the school’s lunch or bring their own lunch from home. Please complete the lunch form sent home early in September. This form determines if your child is eligible for free lunch. Full lunch price is $1.75. Breakfast is free for all students. There are three lunch periods as follows:

10:30 – 11:20   Kindergarten and First Grade

11:20 – 12:10   Pre-K, Second and Third Grades

12:10 – 1:00    Fourth and Fifth Grades                   

                      

Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade students may bring a healthy snack for the afternoon. We recommend crackers, fruit, cheese or vegetables with a small water. Do Not Send hard lunch boxes, glass containers of any kind, or carbonated beverages. Do label all bags and their contents with child’s name and class.

 

Breakfast

Our breakfast begins on the first day of school. Breakfast will be served each morning from 7:45 to 8:05 a.m. Breakfast is available to all children at no cost. Please make sure children arrive at the beginning of the breakfast period in order to eat breakfast on time.

 

Picture/Video Permission

Throughout the school year we have many occasions when we would like to have pictures and videos of our students taking part in school related activities. It is necessary to have permission from parents in order for our students to be included in these photographs and videos. Please complete the Picture Permission Form and return to your child’s teacher. Any student who does not have a picture permission form may be excluded from activities if the activity is being photographed or videotaped.

 

            Birthday Parties

Birthday parties are not permitted in school.

 

P.S. 199 DISCIPLINE CODE

PS 199 adheres to the Citywide Standards of Discipline and Intervention Measures. A copy of this document will be given to you early in the year. Please read it and discuss it with your child. Both you and your child will have to sign that you understand the standards and that you agree to abide by them.

 

Cell Phone Policy

The PS 199 School Leadership Team has established the following policy regarding the use of cell phones, computing devices and other portable music and entertainment systems. Please read it carefully and discuss it with your child. It is extremely important for everyone in our school community to understand that the possession of cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems is the sole responsibility of the student possessing them. Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems and the rules and regulations used to govern their possession and use must not become a distraction or hindrance to classroom instruction and the educational process.

 

PS 199 policies regarding the use of cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems on school property are as follows:

 

Students may bring cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems to school, but they may not be used at school.

 

Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during evacuation drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.

 

Computer devices may not be turned on or used during the administration of any school quiz, test or examination, except as authorized by the school, or pursuant to an Individualized Education Plan or a Section 504 accommodation.

 

All cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems brought to school must be turned off before entering school. They are not to be turned on until students have left school property.

 

Students who use cell phones, computing devices or portable music and entertainment systems in violation of the DOE’s Discipline Code, the school’s policy, Chancellor’s Regulation A-413, and/or the DOE’s Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code.

 

Students who choose to bring cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems to school are fully responsible for that device/system by keeping that item on their person or storing the item. PS 199 is not liable for lost, stolen, or damaged cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems.

 

If a school confiscates a cell phone, computing device, or portable music or entertainment system for violation of the DOE’s Discipline Code, the school’s policy, this regulation, and/or the Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Policy, the principal/designee must contact the student’s parent. The first time a school confiscates a cell phone, computing device, or portable music or entertainment system, the student’s parent will be contacted and it will be returned to the student at the end of the day. The second time a school confiscates a cell phone, computing device, or portable music or entertainment system, the student’s parent will be contacted and required to come to school so that it can be returned to the parent.

 

Picking Children Up During the Day

Please avoid making appointments that require your child to miss school. If you must pick up your child from school prior to dismissal, please make sure your child’s teacher is given a written note in advance. Please do not pick your child up just prior to dismissal time. This is a particularly busy time when we need to make sure all children are dismissed properly.

 

Trips

School trips are a part of instruction. All children are expected to go on them. Prior to each trip, we send home a Trip Permission Form. Please return it to school in a timely manner. If a child is scheduled for a trip, but doesn't have a permission slip, we cannot take verbal authorization over the phone.

Phoning Children at School

We receive many phone calls from parents asking us to give children instructions for going home, visiting friends, etc. We ask that you make all such arrangements prior to sending your child to school and that you send your child’s teacher a note in writing if it changes your child's regular dismissal procedure. When you tell us of a change over the phone, we cannot always verify who is calling, and are not able to change plans unless we have written documentation.

 

Health: Immunizations, Medication, Student Illness, Nursing

Health forms must be on file for every student. Immunizations must be completed for every child entering school. Children who are not completely immunized or do not have health records on file may be excluded from school.

 

Children may not bring prescription or non-prescription medication to school. This includes, but is not limited to aspirin, cold medicine, lozenges, antibiotics, topical creams, etc. Children who require daily medication due to a persistent or chronic condition (for example, asthma, diabetes, Attention Deficit Disorder) must have Department of Education approval either through an Individualized Education Plan (for special education students), or a 504 Plan (for general education students).  For more information please consult our School Nurse.

When students get sick in school, every attempt is made to contact a parent or guardian. Please respect the judgment of our school nurse if she recommends that your child be taken home early. For minor problems, the nurse will send a note home describing what happened.

 

Another important issue regarding student illness is when to keep your child at home and when your child should be sent to school. The following guidelines are provided to help guide you when your child is ill.

  • If your child has a temperature of 100 or more, please keep him or her at home for 24 hours to observe for other symptoms which may indicate the start of a contagious illness.
  • If your child has contracted a communicable disease or is hospitalized, please contact the school nurse immediately.
  • If your child has been diagnosed with strep, he or she needs to take antibiotics for a full 24 hour period prior to returning to school to prevent the spread of infection to others.
  • If your child is ill in the morning while getting ready for school (vomiting, severe sore throat, congestion, or a cough), please keep your child at home. It is uncomfortable for the ill child as well as classmates. Children who are ill in school will eventually be sent home.
  • If your child has red eyes accompanied by an eye discharge, he or she needs to be examined by your pediatrician before returning to school. Such conditions as conjunctivitis are extremely contagious to others. If treatment is needed, your child needs to complete one day's course of medication before returning to school.
  • If your child has been out of school due to a physical injury, he or she must have a physician's note authorizing a return to school and indicating any physical restrictions.
  • Please remember to check your child's hair for lice on a daily basis. If you treat your child's hair, please report this information to the school nurse. This will assist the nurse in controlling the spread of lice.

 

During the year, children in designated grades are also screened for hearing and vision by the Department of Health and trained parent volunteers from the district.

 

If You Move

When a family moves to another address in New York City, children may remain at P.S. 199 until they finish fifth grade, or you may transfer your child to the school zoned for your address. If parents choose to have their children remain at P.S. 199, busing will not be available. Once the student completes fifth grade, they must be registered for sixth grade in the zoned school for their new address. When a family moves out of New York City, their children may no longer attend a New York City school unless they pay tuition.

 

PS 199 School Calendar

 

2017

 

September

7

Thursday

SCHOOL SESSIONS BEGIN FOR ALL STUDENTS

·       Early dismissal for Kindergarten students

·       Partial school time for Pre-K students

 

September

9

Friday

·       First full day for Kindergarten students

·       Partial school time for Pre-K students

 

September

13

Wednesday

Meet the Teacher Night – 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

September

21 - 22

Thursday and Friday

 

Rosh Hashanah

SCHOOL CLOSED

October

9

Monday

Columbus Day –

SCHOOL CLOSED

 

November

7

Tuesday

Election Day. Chancellor’s Day for staff development. Students will not be in attendance.

SCHOOL CLOSED

 

November

16

Thursday

Parent Teacher Conferences

Afternoon 12:30 to 2:30

Evening 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

November

 

23 - 24

Thursday and Friday

 

Thanksgiving Recess – SCHOOL CLOSED

December

5

Thursday

Pre-K Non-Attendance Day

 

December -

January

25 –

1

Monday to Monday

Winter Recess –

SCHOOL CLOSED. Students return Tues., Jan. 2, 2018.

 


2018

 

January

15

Monday

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- SCHOOL CLOSED

 

February

16 - 23

Friday to Friday

 

Midwinter Recess –

SCHOOL CLOSED

 

March

13

Tuesday

Pre-K Non-Attendance Day

 

March

 

15

Thursday

Parent Teacher Conferences

Afternoon 12:30 to 2:30

Evening 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

March -

April

 

30 –

6

Friday to Friday

Spring Recess –

SCHOOL CLOSED

April

11 - 13

Wednesday to Friday

New York State ELA Assessment

 

May

1 – 3

Tuesday to Thursday

 

New York State Math Assessment

May

 

23

Wednesday

Parent Teacher Night.

4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

 

May

28

Monday

Memorial Day –

SCHOOL CLOSED

 

June

7

Thursday

Chancellor’s Conference Day for Staff Development

Students will not be in attendance.

SCHOOL CLOSED

 

June

11

Monday

Clerical Day – Students will not be in attendance. SCHOOL CLOSED

 

June

15

Friday

Eid al-Fitr – SCHOOL CLOSED

 

June

26

Tuesday

LAST DAY FOR ALL STUDENTS – Early Dismissal