Important Updates

  • Principal's Newsletter - April, 2022

    Greetings Public School 147 Families,

    Our Principal's Newsletter for April is now available.  Translated versions may be viewed by clicking on the "Select Language" tab on the upper right hand corner.  Thank you.

     

    Principal's Newsletter

    Upcoming Events

    Apr. 15 – Apr. 22

    Spring Recess – School is Closed

    Apr. 26 – Apr. 27

    NYS Mathematics Exam:  Grades 3 – 5

    May 2

    Eid al-Fitr – School is Closed

     

    Dear Parents/Caregivers,

    I hope this newsletter finds you well and in good health.  Spring is here and with that comes warmer weather and longer days.  There are many exciting events happening at PS147.  I hope that you enjoy just a few of many highlights reflected here.  

    At PS147, we collectively celebrate the success of all students, families and staff.  Together, we work towards ensuring that our students achieve throughout the school day and extended day after school activities. 

    Please continue to read the Class Dojo Home Page and your child’s Teacher Classroom page for important NYCDOE school information, events, and special highlights.

    Warm Regards,

    Ms. Sandra Noyola

    Principal

    Attendance Spirit Week

    During the week of March 14, our school celebrated Attendance Spirit Week.  We highlighted students who have improved their attendance and had 100% attendance since the beginning of the school year.  Students were given prizes, certificates and had their name announced. 

    New York State Testing

    New York State testing for grades 3 – 5 has already begun.  Below, you will find testing dates:

    New York State English Language Arts Exam

    March 29 – March 30

    NYSESLAT (Speaking)

    April 11

    New York State Mathematics Exam

    April 26 – April 27

    NYSESLAT (Listening, Reading and Writing)

    May 9

    Grade 4 ONLY – Science Performance Exam

    May 24 – May 26

    Grade 4 ONLY – Science Written Exam

    June 6

    Residencies

    🎵 🎹 Our partnership with the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance is in full swing! 🎸🎵

    Students in kindergarten through 2nd grade have been participating in the G.R.I.O.T. with teaching artists Daniela "Dani" Serna and Maria Gonzalez. Global Rhythms in our Tribe (G.R.I.O.T.) is an opportunity for young people and curious learners of all ages to reconnect with the foundations of music found around the globe: voice and percussion. The G.R.I.O.T. program uses folkloric traditions from throughout the African diaspora to teach rhythm, get people singing, and build community through music making.

    Students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade have been learning guitar and piano as part of ALJAM! A.L.J.A.M. (Afro Latin Jazz Academy of Music) provides music instruction –including instrumental music and music theory– to New York City public schools at no cost to the students, providing them with Grammy award winning instructors and top performing musicians, such as lead trumpeter Jim Seeley of the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. Students have been working with Yuri Juarez for guitar and Miho Nobuzane sensei for piano.

    Our Student Council members were instrumental in articulating how important it is for students to have an authentic performing arts experience and for collaborating to make this happen!

    Our remote recital date will be on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Zoom information will be forthcoming. 😃

    Sprinting Through Spring

    Beginning April 1st, we will begin our “Sprinting thru Spring” attendance initiative.  This initiative promotes academic success thru daily attendance.  For every week that your child attends school each day, their name will be entered to win a prize.  Your child will receive one (1) entry per every week of perfect attendance.  At the end of the month, students will be selected at random to win an amazing prize.    

    Virtual Parent Workshops On the Horizon

    We are pleased to offer our families virtual parent education workshops.  Information for each workshop along with respective links will be provided via Class Dojo by our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Santiago.

    April 6, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    Understanding Social/Emotional Learning for MLL/ENL parents

    Chancellor Banks 4 Pillars

    1. Scale, sustain and restore what works
    2. Re-imagine the school experience so that youth are excited about coming to school
    3. Prioritize student health and wellness and measure its impact on student success
    4. Intentional engagement with parents, families and communities

    PS147 continues to create opportunities to reflect these 4 Pillars.

    As you know, based on multiple sources of student data gathered by teachers, our instructional focus is in the area of vocabulary.  With this, teachers are strategically focusing on vocabulary and the 5 Pillars of Literacy (phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension) across all subjects.  The Theory of Action that is correlated to our vocabulary area of focus is as follows: 

    Area of Focus

    Vocabulary

    Theory of Action

    If teachers increase grade-specific academic and content area vocabulary through explicit instruction, then students’ comprehension of fiction and non-fiction texts will improve.

    Did You Know?

    Our Community Coordinator, Ms. Harper has launched a partnership with Stop n’ Shop to support families/students in temporary housing.  Ms. Harper is an advocate for our STH students and families as she strives to improve conditions of those who are impacted by food injustice.

    In addition to the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance Residency, our students will also be partaking in residencies with Abron’s Art Center and City Lore.  These residencies will cater to our younger students in grades K – 2 and are scheduled to begin in mid-April.

    Kuo-Flynn sensei, in collaboration with teachers, is helping to re-establish our partnership with the Japan Society.  On Friday, April 1, 2022, our students in the Japanese Dual Language classes enjoyed a virtual gallery tour.  Great job team!

    Our PTA Executive Board, in partnership with school building leaders and teachers, are sponsoring a residency titled, “Character & Integrity Building – No Excuses.”  Beginning this month, Judge Woods will lead a course designed to “engage young people with a real time, no nonsense, interactive approach to bettering their life by preparing them to address actual life situations before they can become life altering incidents.”  By incorporating into his presentation life experiences, topical discussions, historical perspectives and thought-provoking plays, Judge Woods is able to create meaningful change in the lives of young people.  Through his course, Judge Woods will help to begin the transformation process of improving a young person’s character and integrity while also demonstrating the importance of protecting their name and reputation – not only for today, but for the rest of their lives.  Judge Woods will be working with specific classes in grades 4 and 5.  The workshops will be tailored to support and address topics related to integrity and character.  To learn more about Judge Woods, his mission and legacy work, please visit his website at www.cibuilding.org.

    Our school librarian, Ms. Federico, was able to secure a grant thru the Wide Rainbow Library Project.  Each unique library is curated with over 100 children’s books.  The Black Art Library is a collection of resources about black visual artists, authors and illustrators.

     

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  • COVID-19 Family Update

    Dear PS147 Families,

    Attached, please find updated guidance regarding face coverings in NYCDOE schools dated March 4, 2022, which includes very important information. Effective, Monday, March 7, 2022:

    • The NYCDOE will continue to practice COVID-19 protocols, including increased ventilation and daily health screening
    • Face coverings will be optional for students and staff in grades K – 5 in classrooms, indoor areas and outdoors
    • The daily health screener will continue to be required for entry into NYCDOE school buildings
    • Face coverings for pre-K students and staff will remain in effect in classrooms and indoor areas
    • Any staff member or student in grades Kindergarten or higher returning on Day 6 following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis or after having COVID-19 symptoms without taking a COVID test is still required to wear a well-fitting mask at all times on school property through Day 10
    • Face coverings are strongly recommended for any staff member or student who knows they have been exposed to COVID-19 within the previous 10 days
    • Mask wearing is still required in medical rooms and nurses’ offices, as well as in School Based Health Centers. Nurses will have face coverings on hand for anyone entering who may need one.
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  • Pre-K Application for Fall, 2022

    The Pre-K application for children born in 2018 is now open.  The deadline to apply is March 18, 2022. 

    All NYC residents with children of this age can apply to pre-K this coming winter/spring to enter a pre-K program in fall 2022. Submitting an application by the deadline is the best way to get an offer to a program you want your child to attend.  For more information, please visit the DOE website

    Please note:  Our school will not have a Pre-K Japanese Dual Language class for the 2022 - 2023 school year.

    Please join us for one of our virtual Open Houses.

     Pre-K Virtual Open House.pdf 

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  • Principal's Newsletter - December, 2021

    Greetings PS147 Families,

    Happy New Year!  Attached, please find Principal's Newsletter for December, 2021.

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  • Welcome Chancellor Banks

    Greetings PS147 Families,

    Happy New Year!  We hope you all had a restful holiday break.  Please see attached letter from Chancellor Banks.

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  • Principal's Newsletter - November, 2021

    *Disclaimer* For families requiring a translated version, please click on the Google Select Language prompt on the upper right of the Home Page Screen.

    Dear Parents/Caregivers,

    I hope this newsletter finds you all well and in the best of spirits.  What a wonderful November it has been.  From celebrating kindness to welcoming distinguished guests, we continue to thrive to ensure a positive and engaging school experience for all of our students.

    On behalf of the entire PS147 school community, we wish you and your families a safe and healthy Thanksgiving Holiday.

    Warmly,

    Ms. Sandra Noyola

    Principal

    Fall Happenings

    November has been filled with numerous activities, learning and celebrations.  Some of the activities include Kindness Spirit Week, P.S. 147 Day and the Onigiri ‘Rice Ball’ Action Event, attended by distinguished guests from the Japan Foundation Los Angeles and Canada, respectively.   

    Student Attendance

    To date, PS147 is exceeding the current District 14 attendance average goal of 90.1%.  Our school’s attendance is currently 92%. To congratulate our students, our school gives morning shout-outs to the classes with 100% attendance.  In addition, those classes with 100% attendance will be rewarded with a pizza party at the end of the month.  We want to thank our families and staff for working collaborative to ensure our student attend school daily. 

     After School Programs

    I am pleased to announce the continuity of our collaboration with the St. Nick’s Alliance afterschool.  St. Nick’s alliance has been a valuable ally and partner in fostering additional academic and social-emotional enrichment opportunities for our students.  For more information, please contact the Site Director, Ms. Bianca Velez at bvelez@stnicksalliance.org.

    In addition to St. Nicks, P.S. 147 will have begun hosting in-house afterschool programs.  We are pleased to inform you that our Literacy afterschool program for students in grades 3 – 5 will begin in January, 2022.

    • K – 2 Literacy After School Program. Start Date:  Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30pm – 5:30pm starting November 3, 2021 – Thursday, March 9, 2022.
    • Saturday School Program for students with IEP’s and 504’s. Start Date:  Saturdays from 9am – 12noon starting November 6, 2021 – April 30, 2022.
    • ENL Enrichment After School Program. Start Date:  Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30pm – 4:30pm starting November 17, 2021 – Thursday, March 9, 2022.

    More Important News

    Onigiri ‘Rice Ball” Event

    On November 3, 2021, our school had the honor of participating in the Onigiri ‘Rice Ball’ Event.  The Onigiri ‘Rice Ball’ Action Event was a powerful representation of Culturally Responsive Sustaining Education (CR-SE) tenets by purposefully engaging students and community in a social justice issue related to food insecurity.

    Our co-host, Community School District 14 Superintendent Dr. Dixon, Special Guests Japan Foundation Los Angeles Executive Director Yasuko Uchida, Japan Foundation Canada Executive Director Yuko Shimizu and I were all very impressed particularly as it related to the demonstrated level of student engagement and agency.

    I would like to thank our Japanese Dual Language Teachers, Ms. Watanabe-Murphy and Ms. Kuo-Flynn along with our parent volunteers for making this engaging and fostering student agency for our entire PS147 school community.

    Student Council

    Throughout the month of October, our students campaigned for Student Council.  On Election Day, students presented their platform speeches stating how they wish to serve the school community.  PS147 students participated in the election of their peers. I look forward to working with our student council members alongside Assistant Principal Figueroa and Ms. Reid, School Counselor.    It is my pleasure to introduce you the 2021 – 2022 Student Council:

    3rd Grade President:  Simone Fugelsang

    3rd Grade Vice - President: Jayla Caruso 

    3rd Grade Class Representatives:  Isabelle McKeithan and Brook-Lynn Trocchio

    4th Grade President: Zoe Blunt

    4th Grade Vice - President:  Aiden Serrano

    4th Grade Representatives:  Emma Mancebo and Wilmot Savice III

    5th Grade President:  Devin Coley

    5th Grade Vice President: Karen Rosario Peña

    5th Grade Class Representatives:  Yirhanni Mena Ovalle and Jason Zeller

    A Special Thank YOU:

    I want to give a warm and special thank you to our wonderful PTA Executive Board for planning and effectively executing the Thanksgiving Holiday Basket raffle giveaway.  Three (3) families were selected via raffle, notified and received a holiday basket with all the trimmings including a turkey.  Thank you to our amazing staff, who also participated in the effort and donated items. 

    A Look Ahead

    • December 20, 2021:  Spirit of the Season Day
    • December 21, 2021:  Character Celebration Day
    • December 23, 2021:  Jingle All the Way Day
    • December 24, 2021 – January 2, 2022:  Winter Recess Schools Closed

    January 3, 2022:  Students & Staff Back to School

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  • Principal's Newsletter - October, 2021

    Greetings PS147 Families,

    Please see attached Principal's Newsletter with important information.  For families requiring a translated version, please click on the Google Select Language prompt on the upper right of the Home Page Screen.

    Thank you,

    Ms. Sandra Noyola

    Principal

    Principal's Newsletter

    Dear Parents/Caregivers,

    Welcome to a new school year!  In keeping with the Chancellor’s Homecoming theme, our school has partaken in many activities to foster social-emotional awareness for our students while engaging them in rich, academic instruction.

    It is my hope that this new school year continues to reflect positivity, resilience and a collaborative spirit in us all.

    Warmly,

    Ms. Sandra Noyola

    Principal

     

    Fall Happenings

    September and October have been filled with numerous activities, learning and celebrations.  Some of the activities include Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, P.S. 147 Day, World Smile Day and the District 14 Superintendent’s visit. 

    Student Data

    To date, our school has met the 92% attendance goal.  To congratulate our students, our school gives morning shout-outs to the classes with 100%.  We encourage families to send their children to school daily.  Teachers have also begun student assessments.  They are:

    • Acadience Universal Screener: Grades K – 2
    • iReady Diagnostic in ELA and Math: Grades K – 5
    • Fountas & Pinnell Running Records: Grades K – 5
    • SEL Screener: Grades K – 5

    After School Programs

    I am pleased to announce the continuity of our collaboration with the St. Nick’s Alliance afterschool.  St. Nick’s alliance has been a valuable ally and partner in fostering additional academic and social-emotional enrichment opportunities for our students.  For more information, please contact the Site Director, Ms. Bianca Velez at bvelez@stnicksalliance.org.

    In addition to St. Nicks, P.S. 147 will be hosting in-house afterschool programs. 

    • K – 2 Literacy After School Program. Start Date:  Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30pm – 5:30pm starting November 3, 2021 – Thursday, March 9, 2022.
    • Saturday School Program for students with IEP’s and 504’s. Start Date:  Saturdays from 9am – 12noon starting November 6, 2021 – April 30, 2022.
    • ENL Enrichment After School Program. Start Date:  Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30pm – 4:30pm starting November 17, 2021 – Thursday, March 9, 2022.

    More Important News

    Unity Day

    On October 20, 2021, our school celebrated Unity Day.  On this day, individuals, schools, communities, and businesses wear or share orange to unite for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion to prevent students from being bullied. Our school was visited by District 14 Superintendent, Dr. Dixon.  During her visit, Dr. Dixon visited classrooms and interacted with our students.  A special shout-out to our very own Valerie Matias-Robinson from class 503, who gifted Dr. Dixon an orange Unity Dragon scarf. 

     

     

    School Construction Authority – Updates

    • Project Scope
    • The overall Project scope, per contract, Roof Replacement and Flood Elimination. Substantial Completion means that all Contractual Project work has been completed.  The work is now at substantial completion.
    • Upcoming Work – Inspection
    • As is required for all projects, to ensure that the work is completed per the contract and to meet Building Codes, there are a series of upcoming inspections by the Construction Inspection Division (CID) and the Department of Building (DOB).
    • These inspection include an inspection to: Roof, Masonry, Plumbing, HVAC system (reinstalled with the roof work) and Power/Light.  Any inspection deficiencies will be fixed.
    • Punch List
    • Also, as part of every project, there are now items to be addressed (Punch List items).
    • These items are not limited to but will include: Addressing additional visible water damage and painting window trims.
    • Geotech Engineer’s Scope of Work:
    • NYCT Drawing Research – Since the project lies within 200 ft. of a New York City subway, NYCT approval prior to any construction related activities is required. We will obtain available drawings from the Transit Authority related to the project at the above-mentioned location.
    • Site Improvements Plan – We will assist the team in the construction document development process addressing the pavement replacement program. We will work with the design team to prepare a Site Improvements Plan for submission to NYCT for review and approval. We will prepare relevant specifications based on the approved final design. 
    • NYCT Coordination – Since the project lies within 200 ft. of a New York City subway, NYCT approval prior to any construction will be required. We will coordinate with the team and NYCT to obtain the necessary approvals. We will submit the drawings designed and prepared by the design team to the NYCT for their review and comment. Based on our previous design experiences, we anticipate that several meetings may be necessary and that revisions to design may be required. We will coordinate and respond to questions and obtain the final approval for the design from NYCT. We have assumed that one submittal and one re-submittal will be required prior to final approval by the NYCT. We will prepare and submit to NYCT to obtain the necessary approval to perform the proposed repaving at the site.
    • Construction Administration - We will provide traditional construction administration services through construction. This work includes submittal review, RFI responses and periodic site visits by project managers. We will perform site visits when necessary to resolve a specific question that involves design intent.

    A Look Ahead

    • Tuesday, November 2, 2021
      • Election Day – Fully Remote Asynchronous Instructional Day
      • School Building will be closed
    • Thursday, November 4, 2021
      • Virtual Parent/Teachers Conferences
      • Dismissal will be at 11:30am for all students
      • Appointment letters will be sent out this week
    • Parent/Teacher Conference Times:
      • 12:20pm – 2:20pm
      • 5:00pm – 8:00pm
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  • Free and Low-Cost Internet Options

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, which provides broadband internet service for eligible New York City households, at a reduced cost, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  For more information, please see the attached flyer or visit Free and Low-Cost Internet Options (nyc.gov) .

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  • Visitor's Policy

    Greetings PS147 Families,

    Please read important information related to our updated visitor's policy.

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  • Arrival/Dismissal Procedures

    Greetings PS147 Families,

    We are excited to welcome back our students on Monday, September 13, 2021.  Please see attached Arrival and Dismissal procedures for our students.

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