September Newsletter

Dear Families,                                                                                                        

Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year! We are all really excited to see you in person and cannot wait to start the school year. We have a few updates that we would like to share with all of our families. This will make your return to school easier and safer.

The first day of school will be Monday, September 13th, 2021. The school day will begin at 8:00am and end at 2:20 pm. There is no early drop off available.

ALL STUDENTS are required to wear a facemask covering their nose and mouth during the school day. Students will be going through a health screening prior to being allowed into the building. This will include having their temperature taken and making sure they submit the NYCDOE Health Screening. Listed below are the forms you should complete for your child because the first day of school.

On the first day of school all students in grades K to 5, will be meeting their teachers on the track, every morning. Please complete health screening in the front of the school. There will be staff to direct you to the track.


Once again, we are looking forward to seeing you all in September and welcoming home our students and families. Please join us and let us make sure we have a safe and exciting school year.

Thank you,

Sita Basu


Student & Family Resources

Attendance Support

Good attendance keeps students on track to move up in school. Being in school can make sure kids are reading at grade level and keeping up with their schoolwork. Learn how this helps kids succeed.

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Self Care Corner

Going back to school can be difficult for both parents and students. Plan ahead to make the transition as easy as possible.

  1. Prepare early. Talk about returning to school as soon as possible. Be enthusiastic and share memories.
  2. Get into the school routine before the first day. Help your child get into a regular sleeping pattern.
  3. Make a list of all school supplies, clothes, medical information, and vaccinations you'll need before school starts.
  4. Include your child in back to school shopping. Let them pick out new clothes and school supplies.
  5. Gather documentation. Make a copy of your child's IEP for the teacher and write a brief letter introducing your child.
  6. Write down all names, phone numbers, and email addresses of your child's teachers, therapy providers, counselors, the parent coordinator, and anyone else on the IEP team.
  7. Look for a letter from Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) at the end of August. Write down all busing information, including pick-up time, route, bus type and size, and contact information for the bus company.
  8. Learn the school rules. Is there a dress code? How do you report absences?
  9. Mark important dates on a calendar, such as school orientation, parent teacher conferences, testing days, and days off.
  10. Plan for childcare. Does the school have an afterschool program? Will you need an alternative drop-off for busing? Who will take care of your child during a sick day or snow day?


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Committee For Hispanic Children and Families - After School Program 

Our After-school programs support our participants and our families in a variety of ways; always focusing in their social emotional growth and with cultural-informed activities, we are able to provide academic support in homework and assignments, as well Arts & Craft, Sports and Technology among others. We also work close with our community providing events, workshops, and opportunities to empower our families.

Afterschool will begin on October 4th 2021

Apply Now 


The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families

Mauro Satalino Program Director Email:

Nidia Carreño Administrative Assistant Email:  

Phone: 718-584-4730 x1013 |


Leader in Me 

We are often asked how parents can support our school’s leadership initiative. Each time we are asked we give the same answer: “Use the 7 Habits language at home.” As the school year unfolds, the students are learning the language and meaning of the 7 Habits. By hearing the same language at home and at school, you send your child a message of what is important and that we are all on the same team—the team that wants to help your student succeed. When parents and schools support one another, the sky is the limit!

Below is a summary of each of the habits:

Habit 1: Be Proactive (I’m Responsible for Me)
 Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan)
Habit 3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)
Habit 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen Before You Talk)
Habit 6: Synergize (Together Is Better)
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)

In order to encourage the 7 Habits language at home, here are some questions you can ask your child:

How were you proactive today?
 What is your end in mind with this project/work/task?
 How do you plan to put first things first in this situation?
What would be a win-win for us?
 I want to hear what you think first and then I will share. How do you know when you are being listened to?
How can we work together on this?
How would you like to sharpen your saw today?



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About The Holidays

Have you ever stopped to wonder why we wear Halloween costumes, celebrate Thanksgiving in November, or choose valentines in February? These familiar traditions have fascinating and sometimes surprising origins. Get to know the history and significance behind these U.S. holidays (and more!) with this new collection of resources.

Labor Day

Learn the history of Labor Day in this quick video. Take your students on a look back to the Industrial Revolution and the establishment of Labor Day in 1894 to honor the unions who fought for the rights of the working class.


Happy Labor Day Pictures

Rosh Hashanah

Learn about the celebration of Rosh Hashanah in this quick video. Help students understand the traditions and history behind The Jewish New Year.

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Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people, known as the "Day of Atonement." Learn more about how the Jewish people observe traditions like fasting and asking forgiveness as they enter the new year.

Yom Kippur Cards

Hispanic Heritage Month

There are about 54 million Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. That's a lot of people to celebrate! Across the country, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated with festivals and community events recognizing the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States.

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School Based Support

Need Help?

I need help with my classwork:

  • Email your teacher, we are willing to you help you during school hours

I have a problem or question about my DOE Device:

  • Call or Text Mr. Ramirez 973-963-7481

My family needs help finding resources such as food, public assistances and other NYC Fund & Services:

  • Visit Mr. R. Ramirez’s Classroom or Call or Text Ms. S. Gonzalez at 917-310-1134

I just need to talk to someone, because I am sad or overwhelmed:

  • Text Well to 65173 or Call NYC Well at 888-692-9355 or call or text the school guidance counselor, Ms. Lugo @ 201-690-7122 or the school social worker, Ms. Diaz @347-874-5686

I need help from our ENL Providers Ms. Monte or Ms. Matos:

Communicate with our Staff

Call the School or visit our school website for a full staff directory.

Social Emotional Support:

  • Text or Call Ms. Lugo @ 201-690-7122 or Ms. Diaz @ 347-874-5686

Resources such as food, public assistances and other NYC Fund & Services:

  • Visit Mr. R. Ramirez’s Classroom or Call or Text Ms. S. Gonzalez at 917-310-1134

Tech Support & Parent Questions:

  • Call or Text R. Ramirez at 973-963-7481

Need to contact the Parent Association President:

Need to speak to someone about afterschool: