Principal’s Message

Photo of principal with new Chancellor, Superintendent, and Executive Superintendent
Hello PS/IS 121 Community!
The weather may not feel like it, but May is just around the corner! We are excited for Spring; the trees and flowers are blooming and the wether is letting us get outside for both learning and fun!
We have a lot of field trips coming up for all grade- please check in with your child's teachers if you have any questions or concerns about out of the building trips. 
We recently completed State Math Testing for Grades 3-8 and I have to say that the students did a great job! Everyone I saw was working hard, and teachers reported that they were very impressed with student work and effort. Give your child a high five!
I have recently received a lot of questions about the DOE's announcement about Gifted and Talented programming. There will now be two entry points for gifted and Talented- taking an evaluation in Pre-K for a program that starts in Kindergarten or based on student grades for a program that starts in 3rd Grade. Please contact our Parent Coordinator Ms. Ottombrino if you have any questions about the new program and would like to set up a time to talk. Thank you!

The DOE COVID policies which went into place on 1/3/2022 are listed below:
There are currently two different COVID quarantine policies: one policy for students who may have been exposed while at school and one policy for students who were exposed at home or somewhere else outside of school.
-There is no mandatory quarantine, regardless of vaccination status
-Students will receive 2 "take home" COVID tests
-Students should take one test the evening they find out about the exposure and one test 5 days later
-As long as the students are feeling ok and test negative, they can continue to come to school
(see attached sample letter for guidance on at-school potential exposure)
-Fully vaccinated students can continue to attend school with no quarantine as long as they are feeling healthy
-Unvaccinated students must either:
     *Quarantine for 7 days, take a test on day 5-7, return to school on day 8 if test is negative and student is feeling healthy, or;
     *Quarantine for 10 days, return to school on day 11 without testing if feeling healthy
FOR STUDENTS WHO TEST POSITIVE on a lab or at-home kit:
-Please inform the school right away
-Student must quarantine for 10 days from either positive test or end of serious symptoms
-IF the student is feeling ok, he/she can log on to Google Classroom to complete school work
Please contact the school if you have any questions or need any support.  
Thank you for your continued flexibility and patience as we navigate the latest wave!
-Mr. Haviland