PS 503 PTA Meeting, Wednesday Oct 20
Thank you to all that attended last night’s PTA meeting! The PTA is working very hard on behalf of our school community.
We congratulate Lizeth Ortiz who is now the PTA Treasurer this year! Congratulations to the entire PTA Team. We look forward to working with them on behalf of families and staff!
Here is the PTA Presentation from last night’s meeting.
Also, please see the information slides that were shared during the Principal’s Report at the PTA Meeting.
Please see the September 2021 PTA Meeting minutes so that you are aware of the content of the September meeting.
School Calendar 2021-2022
Please see the important dates calendar for the 2021-2022 school year. These important dates include days that school is closed, days that students are remote, days that are half days and parent meetings.
School Lunch Menu
Want to know what is for lunch at school? Check out the DOE School Lunch Menu website for the most up-to-date information.
School Leadership Team Meeting Update
Thank you to all staff and families who attended our SLT meeting on October 7. Here is the agenda and minutes from the meeting.
Curriculum Conferences Update
Thank you to all of the families who were able to attend Curriculum Conferences!
If you were unable to attend and would like to access the slides that your child’s teacher shared, please see the Curriculum Conferences Fall 2021 document and select your child’s class link.
English Classes for Adults at PS 503
At this time we would like to offer our families the opportunity to learn English at PS 503 (in person) Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 8:30. Classes are taught by certified and experienced teachers. The classes are not exclusively for PS 503 families. Anyone 21 years of age or older can register.
We can support interested families with submitting an application during drop-in hours, October 6th – October 8th 8:30-9:30a Tuesday-Friday. Our parent coordinators can help you submit an application and provide you with additional information. Otherwise you may make a registration appointment by completing the Registration Appointment Form.
Please see the Adult Education Flyer for more information.
Family & Community Resources
Here are some resources that we shared with families at the PTA Meeting on September 29.
- Parent Journey group through CFL – Are you interested in exploring things about your youth that affect parenting behavior? Are you curious about what you need to continue your development as a parent? Join our group! It will be facilitated fully in Spanish for 12 weeks every Friday from 6 pm to 8 pm starting October 8, 2021, at PS1 309 47th Street, between 3rd and 4th avenues. To register, contact Cathy Vargas at C.Vargas@Centerforfamilylife.org.
- PS 503 Food Pantry and Coat Requests Form – Please complete this form and we will put your family on the list to receive food support or coats. Thank you to Grandma’s Love for their donations to our school community.
- Counseling Services for Students: Please complete this Counseling Request Form and we will put your child’s name on a counseling request list.
- FEMA – https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4615
- Financial help with damages from flooding.
- Excluded Workers’ Fund – https://dol.ny.gov/EWF
Please complete the following school forms for each of your children.
- Emergency Contact Card – Grade 1 through grade 5 only
- Emergency Pick up Form – All students
- Photo Consent Form – All students
- Walk Home Alone Permission Form – OPTIONAL – only if you want your child to have permission to walk home alone from school
- Covid Testing Consent – We will have in-school covid-19 surveillance testing 2 times per month for students in grades 1-5. Please complete your consent in your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). This is highly recommended (but not required). You can also print and complete this COVID-19 Testing Consent Form.
September PTA Meeting – PTA Elections: UPDATE
Thank you to all families and staff who attended the PTA meeting on Wednesday, September 29. It was so good to see you! Here are the Principal’s Report slides that were shared at the meeting:
- Family Meetings 2021-2022 (English)
- Family Meetings 2021-2022 (Spanish)
- Family Meetings 2021-2022 (Chinese)
- Family Meetings 2021-2022 (Arabic)
We had many families and staff members who came out to vote for the new PTA Executive Board, School Leadership Team, and Title 1 PAC representatives. Please see the results of the elections below:
PTA Executive Board
PTA President: Crystal Rosario
PTA Vice President: Michelle Rodriguez
PTA Secretary: Ana Alzugaray
PTA Treasurer: OPEN
The PTA is still in need of a treasurer. If you are interested in supporting the executive board as treasurer please contact a member of the executive board.
School Leadership Team (SLT) Members
Ana Benito, Karina Del Vasto, Abel Garcia, Marwa Hassan, Yun Yan Lin, Yesenia Placencia, Jessica Sierra
Title I PAC Representatives
Yesenia Placencia, Michelle Flemen-Tung
Congratulations and best of luck to all of the winners. We are so very grateful for your participation in supporting your child’s school. We look forward to working with all of the newly elected members!
PS 503: Welcome back & Visitor Policy
We are so very excited to welcome you and your beautiful children back to school!
The Department of Education has shared their visitor policy with schools and families. In order to be granted access to the school building, visitors will be expected to:
- provide ID
- show their proof of vaccination that matched ID
- complete a DOE health screening and
- wear a face mask at all times on school grounds.
The school day is from 8:00a to 2:10p daily. Students are considered late beginning at 8:20a. All students must show their Daily Health Screening to their teachers prior to entering the building. We urge all families to please access the Health Screening digitally, but if unable to, we will provide paper copies of the health screening.
PS 503 After School Program: Center for Family Life (CFL)
PS 503/506 share a free after-school program in our building–Center for Family Life (CFL). CFL prioritizes students who have been enrolled in previous years and during the summer. CFL is currently at capacity and notified all families who received a seat on 8/19 & 8/20.
If you are still interested in the afterschool program for your child, you can still apply for CFL to be added to the waiting list. You can still apply for CFL to be added to the waiting list. You can do this by going to https://discoverdycd.dycdconnect.nyc/program-public and searching in the Program Search “PS 503.” You can then create an application for your child and add this program to your application. Please make sure that you complete the entire application and click “Submit.”
DOE Health Screening Form
As we discussed at the family meeting, each family whose children are in Blended Learning must complete the DOE Health Screening for their children prior to coming into the school building EVERY TIME. Children will not be permitted to enter the building without a completed Health Screening.
NYS Emergency Rental Assistance Program
The New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) will provide significant economic relief to help low and moderate-income households at risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability by providing rental arrears, temporary rental assistance and utility arrears assistance.
For more information and to apply, go to this link:
PS 503 Community Painting Project
We have exciting news! Under the direction of Ms. Izzo, our school has created an outdoor museum!
Some students have begun sharing places they love, places they miss, causes they care about, public service announcements, Pikachu, and lots of Spring flowers and gardens. They are sharing images of Sunset Park and things and people they love! Come to the PS 503/506 yard to check it out!
Create your New York City Student Account (NYCSA)!
Need support creating your NYCSA? We can help you in-person at arrival or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Here is a video that can support you!
Anti-Asian Anti-bias Resources
I know that we are all troubled by recent events and the rise of bias and discrimination against all marginalized groups, and most recently against Asian Americans. Special recognition to PS 503 teachers for acknowledging this disturbing trend and responding with community and action. Teachers have put together resources for learning about teaching about Anti-Asian bias.
We encourage and support teachers in discussing these topics in their classrooms with students. Families can email email@example.com with any questions or suggestions.
We are here as a community to support all of our students and families. Please know that as always we are thinking of you.
COVID Testing In Schools
In school COVID-19 testing will be happening again this year 2021-2022. The DOE will test 10% of grades 1-5 students with testing consent every other week.
You can log in to your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) to provide COVID testing consent. Please watch this in-school COVID-19 testing video below if you would like to see exactly how the testing procedure will go. You will be notified on the day of testing if your child has been selected for random testing. Your child will not be tested without parental consent. Testing is recommended but not required.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns and we will respond within 2 business days.
Requesting a Learning Device
PS 503 has devices available for students who are in need. If you need a device or your device is not working, please email email@example.com for support.
For more information visit: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus
PS 503: The School of Discovery and Exploration is safe place where all members of our diverse community learn side by side with one another. Habits of mind are taught, practiced, valued, and infused into our culture. It is our mission to welcome and celebrate all peoples and to nurture them to be more reflective, cooperative, and kindhearted.
It is our expectation that all P.S. 503 members: staff, families, and students, will grow academically and gain the skills to help solve social, environmental, economic, and political world problems.
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