Daily Life at PS3

The School Day
School starts promptly at 8:20 a.m. Free breakfast is served starting at 7:55 a.m. for all students who wish to eat, and there is supervision for students in the Lunchroom starting at that time. Parents of 2nd and 3rd graders may wait with their children in the Auditorium until 8:20, when students go up to their classrooms with their teachers.  Families  bring K/1 students to their classrooms, while 4th and 5th grade students go up on their own using the entrance on Hudson near Grove street.

Dismissal time is 2:40 p.m. Pre-K, Kindergartens and first graders are picked up at their classrooms. All others students are dismissed from the auditorium.  Students who are not picked up promptly must wait in the Main Office for their parent or caregiver.

Drop Off
School starts promptly at 8:20 a.m. Free breakfast is served starting at 7:55 a.m. for all students who wish to eat, and there is supervision for students in the Lunchroom starting at that time. Parents of 2nd and 3rd graders may wait with their children in the Gymeteria until 8:20 when students go up to their classrooms with their teachers. Families bring K/1 students to their classrooms, while 4th and 5th grade students go up on their own using the entrance on Hudson near Grove street.

Late Passes
Those arriving late miss out on morning activities as the school day starts and disrupt the class. Also, attendance is an important factor considered by middle schools when evaluating students for admission. So for many reasons, it is important for children to arrive on time. However, if on occasion you child arrives after 8:25, he or she must go to the office and receive a late pass to bring to their teacher.

Absences
If a child is absent, it is important to send in an absence note with the dates and reasons when s/he returns to school. If a child has a serious illness or is going to miss more than a couple of days of school for any reason, it is important to notify Dawn Bridges at 212-691-1183, ext. 0.

Lunch
Soon after the start of school, all families are required to fill out a Board of Education Lunch Form for each student. Please fill out the form even if you know you do not qualify (simply write “not interested” across the financial-information area and hand it in). For those who do qualify, lunches are free or discounted. All Meals are prepared on-­site in our “cook-­in” kitchen and are served in our Gymeteria on the first floor. Whenever possible, ingredients from the PS3 wooly pockets in the Play Yard or from the Urban Farm are integrated into the daily menu. Each month children will be sent home with a menu. If your child will be having school lunch, please fill out the form on the backside of the menu and return it to Raquel in the main office. Your child might eat school lunch daily, intermittently (as needed), or once a week for the ever popular pizza Friday. All payments must be by check or money order, and be made out to PS3. Payment may be dropped off in the office or with your teacher. You may opt to pay monthly, every three months, or for the entire school year.

Lunch/Recess Period
Students have a 25-minute lunch period and a 25-minute recess period. Because the Gymeteria has to accommodate so many students, lunch periods stretch from 10:40 to 12:30. Children eat with their grade level. The Lunchroom is staffed with two school aides, and we rely on parent volunteers to provide additional help. Parents are strongly encouraged to assist at lunch and recess whenever they can, whether regularly or occasionally. The younger children need help learning the system, washing their hands and opening their containers. Older kids benefit too from the presence of additional adults. It’s also a good opportunity for parents to get to know a lot of kids fast and to become a familiar face.

During good weather, recess is held in the rooftop play area on the second floor. When the temperature drops, or when the surfaces are wet or frozen, recess takes place in the auditorium. Here, again, parent participation is essential and appreciated. The Lunch/Recess Committee holds workshops to train parent volunteers.

Pick up
Dismissal time is 2:40 p.m. Kindergartens and first graders are picked up at their classrooms, 2/3 students are dismissed from the auditorium and 4/5 students are dismissed from the gym. Students who are not picked up promptly must wait in the Main Office for their parent or caregiver.

Parents who linger with children in the gym to play inside in cold weather must wait until 2:50 to play, and leave the school premises by 3:15. Parents who take their children to play on the roof after school must leave by 3:15, as the after school uses the roof starting at that time.

School Bus
Information regarding yellow school buses and public-transportation passes can be obtained from the Main Office. Children taking the bus home are dismissed slightly early by their teachers and gather in the Hudson Street vestibule. A school aide brings the K/1 bus riders down and is responsible for seeing that all children get on the correct bus. Please remember that it takes a while for the bus routine to stabilize and for the drivers to become familiar with their routes. Parents of younger children may prefer to wait a couple of weeks until routes and times become regular before using the service. Please note that drivers cannot wait for children in the morning, nor leave a child if there is no adult at the bus stop in the afternoon. You should get to the bus stop early. If possible, introduce yourself and your child to others at the bus stop, make sure that a parent will stay with your child if you are delayed, and offer to do the same. In recent years, drivers have been enforcing Bureau of Transportation rules which state that non-bus children will not be allowed on the bus to go home with friends after school, and that children carrying class pets will not be allowed on the bus. Also, any child who is issued a public-transportation pass will not be allowed on the yellow school buses. For more specific information on whether your child qualifies for yellow school busing, please speak to a staff member in the Main Office.

City Bus Passes
Depending on how far the family lives from school, students may qualify for a free metro card. Contact Raquel in the office for more information.

Health Matters

  • Families of all new students are required to submit the School Health New Admission Examination Forms, filled out by their pediatrician. Board of Health regulations state that any child who is not up to date with immunizations will not be permitted to remain in school. This is form NYC 205, and should come with the child’s registration package. Please make sure it is returned to the nurse’s office.
  • When your child is sick, she or he must stay home for 24 hours after the last incident of either fever or vomiting. This helps your child, and all the kids at school, too.
  • If your child has asthma or allergies, please notify the nurse so she can have medication on hand.
  • If your child needs medication year-round (or emergency medication for allergies, for example), the family must bring the medication with a NYC Form for Medications (#504). You can get the form from the Nurse. The Nurse CANNOT dispense medications of any type with out this form.
  • Temporary medications (antibiotics, for example) should be taken at home.

Emergency Forms and Contact Information
At the beginning of each year families are asked to complete a “blue card” for each student. This contains contact information and a list of adults permitted to pick the child up from school. It is extremely important to return this promptly and to notify the school secretary if any of this information changes.

Communication and School Contacts
There are many systems in place for disseminating information.

Backpack Mail – Most handouts regarding school matters (such as special school schedules, field trips, health advisories) are sent home via ‘backpack mail.’ Please be sure to check your child’s backpack daily and respond promptly when a response is called for.

Teacher emails - Many teachers now send home a weekly update or e-mail, listing the highlights of the previous week and upcoming events.

Class parents – In each class, several parents are designated to serve as liaisons between the parents of their child’s class and the PTA. They can be a helpful resource when you have questions.

PS3 Newsletter - In addition, the MOD Committee has instituted a weekly e-mail note home listing important dates and other timely information important to the PS3 community. if you want to receive this, CLICK HERE to add your name to this list or sign up through the link on the “News” page of this web site.

Posters – Notices of events and committee meetings will also be posted around school.

Bulletin Board – Times and locations of meetings that take place on a regularity are posted on the bulletin board in the lobby along with contact information for committee heads, SLT members and Executive Board Members.

Minutes of the monthly PTA meetings – A quick perusal of the PTA minutes will help keep you up to date on what’s going on around school as well as future events and important issues. They are posted on this web site on the Parent Teacher Association page under the Get Involved tab of this website.

Facilities
The exits on the Grove Street and Bedford Street sides of the buildings are for emergencies only. All parents and caregivers enter the building via the Hudson Street lobby (the three street level blue doors). You are asked to show your ID to the School Safety Officer at the desk, even if the officer knows who you are.

The Parent Room
Room 408 serves as a gathering place for parents, a meeting room, a mail room for PTA officers, the Afterschool headquarters, and a resource room. Our parent coordinator, Carrie, also works from this room when she isn’t out and about within PS3. Parents and caregivers are welcome to stop by to seek information or solutions to problems. If you need a space for a meeting, talk to Carrie about availability.

Bullying
PS3 has a “no bullying” policy. We believe this behavior is best addressed by building a strong, respectful community. If your child experiences bullying, the first step is to consult his or her teacher who is usually in the best position to evaluate the situation. For more suggestions on how to deal with this serious issue, check out the “How to Bully-proof Your Child” page  under the About tab at the top of this website.

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