Important Updates

  • Principal's Update May 28, 2021

    Dear P.S. 147 Families,

    I hope that this update finds you and your family doing well.  Last week, we had the honor of welcoming Chancellor Ross-Porter to our school community.  Joining Chancellor Porter was BCO Executive Superintendent Watts, District 14 Superintendent Winnicki and members of their respective teams.  Chancellor Ross-Porter met with school, District and BCO leadership and proceeded with the visit by touring classrooms and spending some time engaging with students and teachers. 

    As we continue to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Month, our school celebrated via a culminating video presentation celebrating student work.  Our students did a fantastic job as demonstrated in their work products and projects.  Special thanks to the teacher team that worked collaboratively to create a video celebrating and centering student work and voice.  An extra special thanks to Heinl sensei who created the video presentation compilation with ease and beauty.  Thank you Kudo sensei for serving as our host and launching us into video presentation after my sharing a few words to the community.  Thank you to all students, families and teachers who participated in the event. 

    At this time, teachers are in the process of facilitating the final round of the iReady diagnostic tool.  As you know, this tool is used to provide information that helps support the academic needs of students in ELA and Math while also accelerating their proficiency in these areas.  Once academic assessments are finalized, families will receive their child’s individualized student report.

    A Look Ahead – June Dates

    June is LGBTQIA Pride Month

    June 3:  Chancellor’s Conference Day – No school for students

    June 4:  SLT Meeting

    June 8:  Clerical Day – No school for students

    June 9:  Town Hall

    June 19:  Juneteenth

    June 21:  Virtual Graduation Day

    June 22:  In – Person Graduation Day

    June 25:  Last Day of School – 11:30am dismissal for all students

    PTA/SLT Parent Elections

    PTA Executive Board Elections for the upcoming 2021 – 2022 school year, will be taking place virtually on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 6pm.  SLT Parent Elections will also be taking place on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.  Registration is required.  Please refer to the notice posted on the PTA Class Dojo page or your child’s Class Dojo page for registration information.  This week, notices were also backpacked with students.

    The School Leadership Team will meet on June 4, 2021 for the last planning session of this school year.  We will be working on preliminary goals and action plans to support our learners for the upcoming school year.

    There will be a Town Hall meeting on June 9, 2021.  Information and details will be forthcoming.

    Fifth Grade Senior Activities 

    Spirit Week:  June 14 – June 18

    Virtual Prom: June 17 from 5pm – 7pm 

    Graduation - Virtual

    Monday, June 21, 2021 

    Pre-Kindergarten                                             Kindergarten                                                     *5th Grade 

    9:00am – 10:00am                                           10:00am-11:00am                                           1:00pm – 2:00pm  

    Graduation – In-Person

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021 

    Rain date:  TBD 

    Pre-Kindergarten                                             Kindergarten                                                     *5th Grade 

    8:30am – 9:30am                                             10:30am – 11:30am                                        12:30pm – 1:30pm 

    There is a two (2) guest limit per graduating child.  Due to safety protocols, there will be no exceptions to this rule.  

     *Fifth Grade Seniors were surveyed and provided us with feedback regarding what they wanted their graduation to look like.  Seniors provided feedback regarding their own graduation songs, theme, dances, activities, etc.   Special thanks to our Fifth Grade teachers and support staff who have been working closely with all Fifth-Grade families.  

  • Pre-Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022 School Year

    If your child was born in 2017, they will be able to start pre-kindergarten in the Fall 2021.  Families will be receiving offer letters in May, 2021.  For more information on pre-kindergarten, click here.

    Please note:  Our school will not have a Pre-K Japanese Dual Language class for the 2021 - 2022 school year.

  • NYS Examination Information 2021

    As we head into the spring, I know many of you have questions about standardized testing. In a typical year, State exams would be administered to nearly all students in their physical classroom. This year, many of our students are learning remotely, but the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has required that exams must still take place in-person in the school building. It will not be possible to administer state exams remotely. Therefore, we are contacting you to determine if you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams.

    It is very important you let us know if you would like your student to participate in this year’s State exams so that we can prepare and create a testing schedule that ensures the health and safety of all of our students. Please read on for more information about this year’s exams.

    What State exams will be administered in the school building?

    The Grades 3–8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams, and the Grades 4 and 8 Science exams, will only be administered in your child’s school building. All schools will adhere to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Visit to learn more.

    How will you keep my student safe during in-person test administration?

    Health and safety are our first priorities. We are asking for you to sign up so we can create testing schedules and room assignments that allow for social distancing protocols.

    How do I sign up for the exams?

    If you would like your child to participate in this year’s State exams, please notify us by completing this survey m?usp=sflink by Thursday, April 15, 2021. If you do not wish to have your child test you do not have to take any further action. If we do not hear back from you by Thursday, April 15, 2021, your child will NOT participate in state testing.

    If my student is already learning in the building, do I still need to sign up for the exams?

    Yes. You must let us know if you would like your student to take State exams, whether they are learning in-person or remotely.

    My student is fully-remote. Are they expected to come in to take the exams?

    No. Students receiving fully remote instruction are not expected to come to school to take the State exams. However, if you would like your student to take the exam, they can be included—just notify us by completing the survey above.

    If my student does not take the exams, will they be penalized?

    No. Any student who does not participate in the 2021 NYS ELA, Math, or Science exams will not be penalized. 

    When are the exams?

    The exams will be administered within the following dates:

    - English Language Arts for grades 3 through 8: April 19–29, 2021

    - Mathematics for grades 3 through 8: May 3–14, 2021

    - Science for grades 4 and 8: June 7–11, 2021

    Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr. We will share the scheduled testing date for your child prior to the start of testing window.

    If I don’t sign up, what will my child do while their classmates are taking the exam?

    Students receiving in-person instruction who do not take the exam will continue their instructional program, as will fully remote students.

    Are the exams different this year?

    Yes. This year, the ELA and Mathematics exams for grades 3 through 8 will be multiple choice only. The Science exams for grades 4 and 8 will consist only of questions that are multiple choice or require a short, written answer. The tests are untimed, but most students will complete the tests in 55 to 90 minutes.

    I have more questions. How can I learn more?

    The DOE has created a Parent Guide to address commonly asked questions about the administration of the Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics and Grades 4 and 8 Science exams in the 2020-21 school year. We appreciate your collaboration and flexibility as we continually work to ensure a strong, supportive education for your child and every student in our school community.

  • Kindergarten Registration 2021-2022 School Year

    If your child was born in 2016, you will apply to kindergarten this winter, and your child will start kindergarten in Fall 2021.

    We welcome all of the following to apply to kindergarten: current pre-K students at DOE public schools, Pre-K Centers, NYC Early Education Centers, charter schools, and private and parochial schools; students with disabilities; students with accessibility needs; students learning English; students in temporary housing; and LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students. 

    For more information, please click here.

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