P.S. 97 The Highlawn SCHool

1855 Stillwell Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11223

718-627-7550

Young students wearing adorable dresses that are designed like super hero costumes
 hand painted door of a tree, apples, and students
Two girls dressed as super heroes standing in front of a board that reads "What's Your Super Power"?

Dear PS 97 families, as per Department of Education directive, our school building will remain closed through at least Wednesday, October 21. All students will continue Remote Learning. We will share more updates with you as they come in.

PS 97 Families are cordially invited to PTA/SLT Elections

(agenda and description of PTA duties are Here )

When: October 22th at 6pm via Zoom

Please check your PupilPath email for your unique registration link and Verification Code.

We hope to see you there!

ATTENTION FAMILIES OF BLENDED STUDENTS:

We are excited to inform you that our school has been paired with the Learning Bridges site at Edith & Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst located at 7802 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY, 11214. Enrolled students, will be able to receive supervision, access to the Internet, and meals on the days they don't attend school in person. Students will continue learning remotely with PS 97 teachers on the days they attend Learning Bridges.

Note, students must be enrolled in blended learning/hybrid schedules (100% remote students are not eligible).

To enroll in Learning Bridges, families should fill out the application available here: www.schools.nyc.gov/learningbridges.

Here is the link to their FLYER in English and here is the link to the flyer in other languages Flyer multilingual.

Please apply ASAP as space is limited.

REVISED - Update for Families in Impacted Zip Codes - October 5 2020.pdf

Translated letters from the Chancellor are available here:

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/chancellor-s-message-for-families

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

Important Dates

    • October 6th - school will be closed for in-person learning. We will continue remote learning

    • October 6th - Back to school parent meetings - 2:10pm - 2:40pm

    • October 8th - SLT meeting - 12pm

    • October 12th - Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

    • October 15th - PTA meeting followed by Title I meeting - 6pm/6:20pm

    • October 21st - CEC meeting

Important INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES IN BLENDED LEARNING

DUE TO THE CLOSURE OF ALL SCHOOLS IN 11223 ZIP CODE, WE WILL TEMPORARILY SUSPEND BLENDED LEARNING AS OF oCTOBER 6TH FOR A MINIMUM OF 2 WEEKS. ALL STUDENTS WILL CONTINUE LEARNING REMOTELY DURING THIS TIME.

When we return:

ARRIVAL DISMISSAL

GRADES 3-5 REPORT AT 8:30 AM GRADES 3-5 DISMISS AT 1:45 PM

GRADE 3 - DOOR 5 GRADE 3 - DOOR 5

GRADE 4 - DOOR 6 GRADE 4 - DOOR 6

GRADE 5 - DOOR 3 GRADE 5 - DOOR 3


GRADES K-2 REPORT AT 8:45 AM GRADES K-2 DISMISS AT 1:55 PM

GRADE K - DOOR 5 GRADE K - DOOR 5

GRADE 1 - DOOR 3 GRADE 1 - DOOR 3

GRADE 2 - DOOR 6 GRADE 2 - DOOR 6

ALL STUDENTS MUST ARRIVE ON THE CORRECT DAY. STUDENTS ARRIVING ON THE WRONG DAY WILL BE SENT HOME.

Important Links

Looking Ahead: 2020-2021


Please see our after school application and the Blended Learning Calendar below.

NEW- PS 97 Blended_In-Person_ Learning School Calendar (1).pdf
97 Revised (Single Page).pdf

Dear PS 97 Families,

Our school was approved for Model 2 (3 cohorts in 3 weeks cycle) with an exception made for students in 12:1:1 classrooms. Please see the Model 2 schedule below. Students in 12:1:1 classrooms who did not opt in for fully remote learning will attend every day. This model will allow us to comply with social distancing requirements for our students as well as ensure a safe arrival and dismissal.

We will have 2 arrival times - 8:30am (grades 3-5) and 8:45am (grades K-2). We will also have 2 dismissal times - 1:45pm (grades 3-5) and 1:55pm (grades K-2). Students in grades K-2 will have lunch in their classrooms at 11 am while students in grades 3-5 will have lunch in their classrooms at 12 pm. Lunch will be during instructional time. Movement breaks will be provided throughout the day.

All families who opted into blended learning model will receive their Group assignment in the STUDENTS' PS 97 EMAIL next week. We did our best to place siblings in the same group. However, if we missed someone, please let us know ASAP, so we could make the change. Please understand that group changes will only be made if space is available and in very special circumstances (ex. to match sibling schedule).

Remote and blended students' class schedule will be shared by the classroom teachers during the first week of school. All students will be expected to follow the schedule while working remotely. Teachers will be teaching live lessons on Google Meet at designated times as well as providing group and individual support during scheduled periods. We will be using Google Classroom to share all assignments with students and PupilPath to share the grades. PS 97 Grading Policy 2020-2021 will be shared with families during the first week of school.

We are still waiting for the first day of school to be announced by the Chancellor but currently expect to open September 10th.

Please email us with any questions Contact Us

VERY IMPORTANT!!!

As NYC prepares for what school looks like in the fall, on the assumption schools are open part time, meaning your child will be in school possibly 2 days a week, we need to know if:

1) You will choose to send your child to school and receive a combination of In-Person and Remote Learning at home

or

2) If you'd prefer to keep them home for 100% Remote Learning.

***Please note, if you decide to keep them home for 100% remote instruction, there will be other opportunities during the school year to change your preference and send them in part time.***

Please let us know immediately which of these two options you will choose by completing the Learning Preference Survey or call 718-935-2200 by August 7 so we can plan accordingly.

Direct link:

Link to opt-in to Remote Learning

Read the latest Chancellor's letter to families HERE

Click here for the District 21 Newsletter

Update for Families_July 13 2020.pdf

School Spirit Day Every Friday! - Wear your PS 97 Gear!

Dear PS 97 families,

Welcome to an exciting 2020-2021 school year! As the principal of PS 97, I welcome you to our school. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work with the highly qualified staff, the wonderful students, and the supportive families. As a parent, I know how much support our children need in their academic, social and emotional development. Here, at PS 97, we make every effort to help your children achieve academically and socially. It is our goal to create an enriched learning environment that engages and challenges each student. We are dedicated to providing our kids with high quality world-class education that will help them become leaders and citizens of the world.

Of course, in order to succeed, we need and welcome your support. We are committed to working with students and their families as a team. We encourage you to become active in the Parent Association and the School Leadership Team. It is a wonderful way for you to share ideas and to support the mission of the school. Please contact Lea Yingfong Mui, our Parent Coordinator, for more information.

I look forward to meeting and getting to know you during our many upcoming events and celebrations!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions or meet me for a monthly "Breakfast with the Principal" to share your suggestions and aspirations for our school.

Working together makes a difference in the lives of our students. We thank you for your support and welcome you to the new school year!

Sincerely,

Irina Cabello, Principal


Parent volunteer standing in front of the school

Updated and Translated NY State Assessment Resources for Parents

The New York State Education Department has translated the assessment resources for parents into 10 languages, including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified), French, Haitian Creole, Karen, Nepali, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.

These translated materials are now available on their

website:

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/assessment/ei/parent-resources-17.html