Principal’s Message

Photo of principal with new Chancellor, Superintendent, and Executive Superintendent
Happy November 121 Families,
I hope everyone has had a great first two months of school!
At this point in the year, we have completed all of our “beginning of the year” assessments and are fully into daily whole group, small group, and individual instruction. You should have received your child’s first progress report on Friday, October 21st or Monday, October 24th. The report contains information about how your child has been doing academically to start the year. The progress report is a great tool to use during the upcoming parent/teacher conferences; make sure that you have yours before you speak with your child’s teachers. As always, please feel free to contact myself or Ms. Ottombrino if you have any questions or concerns.
November’s SEL Theme: Gratitude!
Each Month, the SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) team at PS/IS 121 is focusing on a theme for our students to think about. Our theme for November is “Gratitude.”  Students will read age-appropriate books and engage in several activities to help them understand the idea of gratitude.  At the end of the month, we will create “gratitude trees,” which will be decorated with leaves created by the students. If you would like to support “gratitude month” at home, please take some time to talk with kids about things that you are grateful for and things that they are grateful for.  Thank you 
NYCSA Accounts
The DOE is moving away from paper and more toward “online” communication.  Lots of communication from both the DOE Central Offices and from PS/IS 121 will take place through the NYCSA account this year.  PLEASE make sure to check in with Ms. Ottombrino, our Parent Coordinator, if you have any issues accessing account.  
BLUE Card Reminder
Please add anyone who will be picking up your child to the child’s blue card!  
We hate to have to bother you about it, but making sure every child gets home safely at the end of each day is our #1 priority.