School Day

  • Mon-Thurs - 8:20am - 3:10pm
  • Friday - 8:20am - 2:20 pm
  • Half Days - 8:20 - 12 Noon

Summer Programs

Dear Parents,

As I receive Camp Programs, I will be placing them under Vacation & Summer Programs in Featured Pages in the left Hand Column.  As they start to take up space in the center, I feel it is better to have them together.  The latest are on top and it includes everything from educational to play camps and expensive to free.  I haven’t removed the camps from previous years,  because I haven’t received new literature yet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call 212-691-1183 x2 or write

Free Summer Camps

Dear Parents,  Below are some summer camps that are free: please check out their websites for locations and times.  The websites are fairly complete,  and reading through the list, I found that one may have a religious base, a couple are not full time, and some are not local to the village, but many of these programs are free and have good reputations.  If you have any additions to summer camps or maybe you know more about them, please let me know.


Our Summer Garden

We still need some volunteers who can stop by school and check on the garden (Wooley Pockets) over the summer.   It takes only a few minutes.

Please let me know as soon as you can.

Thanks very much,


First Day of School

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The first school day at PS 3 for 2014-2015.


Camp Saturday at Gate Hill

On August 2nd
Gate Hill has an event called “CampSaturday”.

It is an opportunity for New Families to Test Drive Gate Hill for 2015.


Lisa Goldstein “Take Time To Celebrate!”
Community Outreach & Marketing Coordinator
Gate Hill Day Camp
750 Gate Hill Road
P.O. Box 592
Stony Point, NY 10980
tel: (845) 947-3223
fax: (845) 942-0958


Enter Your Contact Information

We want to get the contacts cleaned up for sending out the class assignments in August and so next year’s teachers start with a good list.  Please use to update your information.

Medical Forms & Information

Here are the links for parents to print off medication forms/physicals and have them completed over the summer to have ANY medications for their children in school in September. 
The forms are ALL NEW for 2014/2015 school year!   All forms can be found on this DOE site:
Thank you and have a wonderful summer!
Nurse Tricia

Our Summer Garden

We still need some volunteers who can stop by school and check on the garden over the summer.  If you can do it one time that would be great.  Particularly crucial are the weeks that I will be away — next week and the last two weeks of August (through Labor Day).  It should take you no more than 10 minutes if that while you are here.  A small amount of work for a big return:  a flourishing garden when the kids return in September.

Please let me know as soon as you can.
thanks very much,

Parents: Thanks & Thanks Again

PS3 is renown for its parent participation.  We help in the classroom, chaperone field trips, and organize amazing events like the Spring Fling.  Thank  you for your time and amazing energy !  But as you know, many of the important elements of our children’s education take more than participation.   Our teachers’ aides, the music and art programs, supplemental learning materials, and many other amazing educational opportunities that our children have available to them every day require fundraising.

That is why we want to say THANK YOU to each of you who made a monetary contribution to the school this year, no matter how large or how small. If you contributed to the 3FUnd, thank you! If you contributed to the Auction, thank you! If you bought books at the book fair, ran in the marathon, bought clothes at Pop UP Shop, or contributed to any of our many fundraisers, thank you, thank you, thank you! We are so pleased to announce that ———— together we have raised more than $500,000.

You can see the difference your contributions make every day on the walls of the school, in the sounds of Bruce’s drums in the hall, in the happy laughter on the playground, in the quiet learning in classrooms. Your children are getting a creative and high-quality education and it’s your hard work, dedication, and contributions that make it all happen.

So thanks & thanks again, and do have a wonderful summer!


School Day, 2014-2015

Dear P.S. 3 families,
I have heard that there is support among families for continuing to have our current 8:20 AM – 3:10 PM school day next year. Unfortunately, it is not within our power to do that. The remainder of this letter will explain why our school day next year will be 8:20 – 2:40 PM Monday through Friday.
As you probably know, the City of New York and the United Federation of Teachers recently signed a new contract. This contract specifically addresses the length of the school day for students, the length of the work day for teachers, and sets the parameters for permissible beginning and ending times of both.
The school day for students has been set at 6 hours and 20 minutes each day, Monday through Friday. After students are dismissed, teachers are required to work an additional 80 minutes on Mondays, with the time used for professional development and planning. On Tuesdays, teachers are required to work an additional 75 minutes after students are dismissed, with the time used for professional activities (among them, entering and updating data in NYS and NYC online systems) and parent outreach (meetings, writing weekly newsletter, etc.). 
The contract requires that the teacher workday end no later than 4:00 PM. Let’s do the math: If you add the required 6 hours and 20 minutes of the student school day with the additional 80 minutes that teachers must work on Mondays after students are dismissed, the sum is 7 hours and 40 minutes. If you count 7 hours and 40 minutes backwards starting at 4:00 PM, you arrive at 8:20 AM.
The contract does leave open the possibility for schools to apply to completely restructure their school days. However, the application and approval process is complicated and time-consuming, and requires the participation and approval of the staff and administration. Any proposal must then be submitted for both Department of Education and UFT review and approval. Given the short timeframe available to us after the contract was passed, we simply could not devise a viable alternative plan. There is a staff committee in place that will be exploring possible alternatives for the 2015-16 school year.

We understand that changes in schedule are difficult for families. P.S. 3 til 6 will be starting at 2:40 PM next year in order to accommodate our new dismissal time. We must once again, as a community, demonstrate our resilience and flexibility, and make the best possible use of the time we are together.