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Public School 94

5010 6TH Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11220

Phone: (718) 435-6034

Fax: (718) 871-6251 School

Website: http://schools.nyc.gov/schoolportals/15/K094.





Janette Caban



Robert Bonilla

Assistant Principal


Ms. Anita Skop,

District 15 Superintendent


Elaine Ayala


Nellie Hernandez

Parent Coordinators


Cristina Gonzalez

Assistant Principal



One Community, One Vision, One Goal: Success

Table of Contents



Important Information _______________________ 3


P.S. 94 Mission and Vision Statement___________ 4


A Word from Our Principal __________________ 5


A Word from Our Parent Coordinator___________ 6


The School Day at P.S. 94 ____________________ 7


Parent/School Communication _______________ 9


Safety and Wellness ________________________ 19


Parent Involvement at P.S. 94 ________________24


School Personnel 2015-2016

Administrative Staff

Janette Caban, Principal

Robert Bonilla, Assistant Principal

Cristina Gonzalez, Assistant Principal


School Secretary

Danese Chen, Pupil Secretary

Lola Calderon, Procurement Secretary

Vera Felsman, Payroll Secretary


Guidance Counselor Rm 213A

Bil. Guidance Counselors

Enid Ramos,                                      

(718) 435 – 6034 ext. 2131                

Email: ERamos@schools.nyc.gov


Bil. Guidance Counselors Rm 200

(Cindy) Hsin-Yu Hsuing          

Email: HHsiung@schools.nyc.gov

P.T.A. Executive Board

President, Areli Castelon                   

Secretary, Jeronima Valerio              

Treasurer, Elizabeth Martinez

(718) 435 -6034 ext. 5050

Email: 094KPA@Schools.nyc.gov

School Nurses Rm 106

Faina Brenkler

Nurse assistant-Gabriela Acosta

Child Psychologist Rm 300

Paul Muccigrosso                   

(718) 435 -6034 ext.3000

Social Worker RM 313A

Celeste Aguilar

Clerical Worker

Richard Nieves

Speech Provider Rm 413

Ladonna Kennedy

Bil. Sp. Speech Provider Rm413

Kristtel Echevarria

Bil. Ch. Speech Provider Rm413

Yuk Lan Peng


Occupational Therapists Rm 400

Jane C. Viacruis

Physical Therapists Rm 400

Mamichelle Rivers

Adaptive Physical Education Rm 400

Maria Ridriguez



Parent Coordinator

Elaine Ayala, Nellie Hernandez

(718) 435 – 6034  ext. 1065





PS 94, The Henry Longfellow International School for Language and Culture is a diverse community where respect and commitment to excellence is valued. We envision our school as a safe, supportive, and learning environment where students, parents, teachers, and support staff form a community of learners. P. S. 94 is committed to achieving the highest standards of excellence through a rigorous core curriculum for all of our children and professional development for our teachers.    


P. S. 94K, The Henry Longfellow International School for Language and Culture is committed to developing inquisitive, critical thinkers who embark on a lifelong journey of learning. We believe in the value of developing citizens who are proud of their cultural heritage, and are bilingual, bi-literate and bicultural. We believe in the value of parent and community collaboration. To meet our mission, we are committed to…

•          Provide ALL students, within a safe, clean, and secure environment equal access to the curriculum which is an integration of academic and enrichment disciplines

•          Provide engaging, rigorous and coherent literacy curricula aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards

•          Provide engaging, rigorous and coherent mathematics curriculum to develop critical thinking through problem solving procedures


Core Values

•          Academic Achievement

•          Respect for Diversity

•          Relevance to Our World

•          Community Involvement

•          Individual Responsibility



P.S.94 Pledge

P.S.94 is our school. We are here to learn and grow into independent global citizens. We will be respectful of our teachers and fellow students. We will be responsible learners by coming prepared for class every day. We will work hard and challenge ourselves to become creative leaders of our own learning.



Dear Parents and Guardians:


I want to take this opportunity to welcome you and your family of what promises to be a wonderful school year!


I look forward to meeting the new members of our community and connecting with those who are returning. I encourage families to get to know each other so that we can build new friendships and support each other as the need arises. 


We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience

2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers

3) Reads daily to develop a love of reading and to improve literacy skills

4) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life


Please consider joining our School Leadership Team, Parent -Teacher Association and Parents as Learning Partners; our students can greatly benefit from your involvement and contributions to the school’s program and its operations. Your child’s teacher will be available on Tuesdays from 3:00-3:30p.m.  You may contact and meet with your child’s teacher on Tuesdays.  In addition, we will be conducting parent workshops on a monthly basis with topics of your interest.

Please stay connected to the school through our PS94 website: http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/15/K094


Finally, School doors open at 7:50 a.m. Breakfast is at 7:15a.m. Our school hours are 8:00-2:20p.m. Please remember that you set your child up for success by getting him/her to school on time and ready to learn. The hours that your children are with us each day are extremely important. 


Let us all commit to having a wonderful school year, setting everyone, both students and teachers up for success.


Thank you for your commitment to your child's education and I look forward to seeing you in the very near future.



Janette Cabán




A Word from Our


Parent Coordinators


Dear Parents/ Guardians


            Our names are Elaine Ayala and Nellie Hernandez we have had the privilege to be associated with the P.S. 94 community for the past 19 years, first as a parent, PTA volunteer, and now as a Parent Coordinators.

As a member of the PS 94 community we are proud to say it has been and continues to be a pleasure to have the opportunity to work alongside with our administrators, teachers, parents and students.

Together we make our school a successful place where our active parents alongside with our staff are key to strengthening our children’s education.

Our role as a Parent Coordinator is to work closely with our colleagues to make sure that there’s communication and a positive connection between all involve in your child’s education.  


If you need any information or have concerns you can visit us in Main Office. 

No appointment needed.  

We can also be reached at


(718) 435-6034, extension 1065,

Email: Eayala6@Schools.nyc.gov.

         Email: Nhernandez20@Schools.nyc.gov


Parent Coordinators


Elaine Ayala


Nellie Hernandez


P.S. 94

School Hours for 2015 -2016

 Grades K-5

8:00am – 2:20pm  

Daily Schedule & Lunch


PD. 1 … 8:00 - 8:45

PD. 2 … 8:50 - 9:35

PD. 3 … 9:40 – 10:25

PD. 4 … 10:30 – 11:15 (Lunch: 10:30-11:20: Grades K & 4)

PD. 5 … 11:25 – 12:10 (Lunch: 11:25 – 12:15: Grades 1 & 5) 

PD. 6 … 12:20 – 1:05 (Lunch 12:20 – 1:10: Grades 2 & 3)

PD. 7 … 1:15 – 2:00



School Building Opens for Staff: 7:00a.m.

Breakfast for Students: 7:20a.m.

Doors Open at 7:50 for Students



Kindergarten, First & Second Grade: 2:20pm

Third, Fourth, & Fifth Grade: 2:20pm


Half-Day Lunch Schedule

9:45-10:10a.m.: Second Grade and Third Grade 

10:15-10:45a.m.: First Grade and Fifth Grade

10:50-11:20a.m.: Kindergarten and Fourth Grade

Half-Day Dismissal: 11:20a.m.



Arrivals:  Effective use of time is a priority at P.S. 94. All students are expected to consistently arrive to school by 7:50a.m., classes begin at 8:00a.m. Doors will continue to open at 7:20 a.m. for students to receive breakfast in the cafeteria.

Morning Line – Up Procedures Are As Follows:


Through the School Yard


1st Grade

Through the School Yard

Right side Door

2nd Grade

51st Street Side

Grade 2 Door

3rd Grade

Through the School Yard

Middle Door

4th Grade

Through the School Yard

Middle Door

5th Grade

Through the School Yard

Middle Door

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE IS OUR MAIN PRIORITY- Children should not be left alone outside, while waiting for doors to open at 7:20a.m. and 7:50a.m.


Absences and Lateness: Chancellor’ Regulations require all students to be in attendance at least 90% or more. Students need to be present in order to make satisfactory academic progress. ALL late students (those arriving AFTER 8:00 a.m.) must enter through our main entrance on 6th Avenue, and proceed to their classrooms where they will be marked LATE on the attendance record. All late students will need to obtain a late pass from the main office and are marked late on the attendance record. Students who are late miss the most important part of the lesson--the purpose and the way to use the skill. It is urgently advised that children arrive at school no later than 8:00 AM. Please remember that report card grades and promotion to the next grade is significantly influenced by attendance and punctuality.


Attendance is an extremely important component of a student's academic excellence. Children should be absent only when they are ill or on a rare emergency. When a child returns to school after an absence, a parent note is required; If it is for medical reasons, (3 or more days), then the note needs to be from a doctor. If possible, please make every effort to schedule all medical and dental appointments for after school hours. If it is necessary for students to arrive late or leave early during school hours, a note must be sent in and signed by a parent or guardian. Communicable diseases such as measles, chicken pox, conjunctivitis (pink eye), pediculosis (head lice), ringworm, etc. must be reported to the school office. Please note that children who are absent or leave school early due to an illness are not permitted to return to school to participate in after school activities or events.


Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC):

PS 94 is a “Breakfast in the Classroom” school that allows us to maximize the availability of free breakfast for all our students. This program ensures that all students receive the proper nutrients and energy they need for their instructional day. Children who have already eaten at home, may eat a second meal or not. “Breakfast in the Classroom” takes only about 15 minutes each day at the time the school period starts. Many teachers use the time during breakfast to collect homework and take attendance. Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) serves the Breakfast Express Menu available at this link.  http://www.schoolfoodnyc.org/. Breakfasts include two grain components and fruit every day. Students may also request cereal and milk on any day as well.


Cell Phone Policy:

On January 7, 2015 the New York City Department of Education amended its policy regarding the use of cell phones and other electronic devices in schools. Chancellor’s Regulation A-413 requires that each school must develop a written school-based policy regarding cell phones in schools. Our school’s policy is listed below and will go into effect March 2, 2015.


School-Based Policy of PS 94 for the Use of Cell Phones and Computing Devices on

School Property


1.         Cell phones and computing devices, such as laptops, tablets and IPads and portable music and entertainment systems such as, iPods, MP3 players, PSP, and Nintendo DS may be brought to school but must be kept out of sight at all times.

2.         Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used on school property (inside the gates).

3.         Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during instructional time including the administration of any quiz, test or NYS examination.

4.         Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used during school fire drills or other emergency preparedness exercises.

5.         Cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems may not be turned on or used in bathrooms.


Students who use cell phones, computing devices and portable music and entertainment systems are in violation of provisions of the Department of Education Discipline Code, the school’s policy and Chancellor’s Regulation A-413 and will be subject to discipline in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Discipline Code. These disciplinary measures are listed below:


This notice serves as a warning to the entire school:


1.         Confiscation of cell phone, computing device, or portable music or entertainment system will be returned to parent during a conference.



Parents should never attempt to call or text message to their child during school day. If you need to contact your child, you should call the General Office at 718-435-6034.

Discipline and Conflict Resolution:

The Chancellor’s Citywide Standards of discipline and intervention measures (Blue Book), which outlines the discipline policies, as set forth by the Department of Education, is distributed at the beginning of every school year to all students. This document includes the DOE’s citywide “Discipline Code” as well as a “Student Bill of Rights.”



All staff members or adults in the building may serve as facilitators for conflicts occurring between students. If a problem cannot be resolved, it is taken to the assistant principal or principal.



Please be advised that we cannot accommodate early pick-up of students after 2:00p.m.

Dismissal Procedures are as follow:


Through the School Yard


1st Grade

Through the School Yard

Right side Door

2nd Grade

51st Street Side


3rd Grade

Main Entrance

6th Avenue

4th Grade

Main Entrance

6th Avenue

5th Grade

Main Entrance

6th Avenue

**ALL Parents/Guardians are asked to make eye contact with the teacher during dismissal, so that our teachers can acknowledge that the student is being picked up.


Early Pick-Up: (Prior to 2:00p.m.)

If you need to pick up your child early, please notify your classroom teacher in writing or call the main office ahead of time. Early pickup must occur prior to 2:00p.m. Upon arriving at the school you must go to main office where school staff will call your child. Once your child has come to the main office, you must sign your child out of school. Only a parent/guardian may pick up a child early.  You MUST have ID to enter the building and your name must be on the “Blue Emergency Contact Card.” If possible, please make every effort to schedule all medical and dental appointments for after school hours. If it is necessary for students to leave early during school hours, a note must be sent in and signed by a parent/guardian. Chancellor Regulation A-210


Grading Policy:

In an effort to be clearer to students and parents regarding what constitutes a level grade, we are going to use number grades to inform students and parents where our students stand academically. The following policies are in accordance with NYS and NYC policies.

All K-5 students will receive progress reports and report cards using the New York State levels 1 to 4. Note below the explanation of those levels.

Grades 3 – 5:  Yearly grade promotional criteria will be based on three components:

•          Classroom work and portfolios

•          New York State standardized test scores (a level 2 is required for promotion) 

•          90% attendance

We use a grade scale of 100 points that correlates to the New York State four-point grade scale. The section below explains the grade scale conversion:

•          4: (90 -100) exceeds grade level standards

•          3: (80 – 89) meets grade level standards

•          2: (65 -79) approaches grade level standards

•          1: (64 and below) far below grade levels

Honor Roll

Students will be awarded honor roll certificates based upon achieving levels 3 or higher in all subjects in grades K through 5.


Classwork/Participation – 25%

Students are expected to engage in their own learning and participate in classroom discussion as outlined in the Speaking & Listening CCLS.  The development of oral skills, listening skills and group skills such as interacting and cooperating with peers and teachers is crucial. Classroom participation includes active learning in a group, one on one, peer assessment, and self-assessment.  Presentations are assessed with rubrics.



Project Based Learning (PBL) – 25%

In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice 21st Century Skills such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking.  These projects and products will be used to evaluate how students address community issues, explore careers, interact with adult mentors, use technology, and present their work to audiences. Rubrics used for grading projects/products reflect mastery of common core learning standards


Tests/Quizzes/ Assessments – 20%

Standardized test results from NYSED and NYC as well as teacher created tests, end of unit test and student-generated tests are used for grading students’ mastery of common core learning standards by grade level.

Homework – 20%

Homework assignment is meaningful and purposeful. It extends, reinforces and connects to class work. Homework is collected daily and reviewed for assessing the degree of learning that is taking place.

Attendance – 10%

Attendance is very important for mastery of material. Therefore, absences will affect the quarterly grade.  In addition, punctuality is expected from every student. Students are encouraged to develop good habits of attendance, beginning with their first school experience. The attainment of at least 90% attendance is one of the criteria for promotion.

Makeup Work and Incomplete Grades

Students are permitted to make up assignments and tests without grade penalty after an absence.


Field Trips:

All students must have a signed permission/consent slip returned to their classroom teacher prior to going to any field trip. If the child does not return the written permission/consent slip they are NOT permitted to attend the trip. Verbal consent will not be accepted on the day of the trip. NO exceptions!  Individual teachers will decide the number of chaperones required for a trip. Teachers will do their best to accommodate chaperones and will consider allowing every parent the opportunity a chance throughout the year to attend.



Homework Policy:

Children are given homework every day. If your child reports that he/she does not have homework, please check with their teacher. Additionally, if you find that homework is taking too long nightly or if the homework does not seem to be at the appropriate level of challenge for your child, please discuss this with your teacher.


Late Pick –Ups:

It is imperative that students are picked up promptly at dismissal time 2:20p.m. each afternoon (except those going on to afterschool enrichment Activities). In the rare occasion when an emergency arises, the parent or guardian must call the school (718) 435-6034 letting us know that he/she is on the way. The student will be escorted to the main office until parent/guardian arrives. The parent/guardian must sign a late pick-up log. You MUST have ID to enter the building.



Lunch Forms:                                            

As a Title I school, a free hot lunch is available daily to eligible students. Early in the fall, all families must complete and return the Application for Free and reduces Price Meals. Eligibility is based on the household size and monthly gross income. It is important that all parents complete this form, as it affects the school’s funding statues for supplies, extended days and several programs including reduced class size, additional support staff and specialized non-mandated programs.  Even if you are ineligible or do not plan to have your child eat school breakfast, lunch you MUST sign and return the form. You could also go to www.ApplyForLunch.com and apply online. Information regarding money collection for those who do not qualify for free lunch will be sent home at the end of each month.  


Pay for school meals and more, anytime, anywhere from your computer or smartphone. Create your Free account to get started.

Payments for meals

1. Online: an easy, fast and simple meal payment system will now be available. Enrolling and funding your child’s account is completed online through MySchoolBucks.com.

a. Money will be available for your child to use 24-hours after you complete the transaction.

b. Student accounts are registered on MySchoolBucks.com using their 9 digit student ID number. This 9 digit number it is not your child’s social security number. You may go to your school’s main office for the student ID (OSIS) number if you do not know it.

2. At the School: Payments will continue to be made by sending money to your child’s school. All cash must be exact and be sealed with your child’s name and class included on the envelope.

Lunch & Recess:

Lunch is provided daily. Parents may also send their child to school with a packed meal. Please be mindful, when packing lunches and snacks, to provide your child with healthy choices. The lunch menus can be viewed at www.opt-osfns.org.

·         Lunch Period 1 is at 10:30 – 11:15am for Kinder and 4th Grades.

·         Lunch Period 2 is at 11:25 – 12:15pm for 1nd and 5th Grades.

·         Lunch Period 3 is at 12:20 – 1:10pm for 2th and 3th Grades


Weather permitting; students generally have an outdoor recess after lunch. In cold or inclement weather, students are offered alternative indoor activities.


Lunchtime/ Recess Volunteering:

We have set up a system of parent volunteers to help facilitate lunch and recess. Parent volunteers are needed daily – one parent per class. Everyone’s help is needed a few times during the school year. Each grade has a parent representative that schedules the volunteers on a monthly basis.


Lost and Found:

Please use an indelible marker to write your child’s name on all outer clothing (book bags, hats, gloves sweaters, boots…) and on lunch boxes. This will enable us to return lost articles. The volume and quality of clothing “found” is staggering. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity after two weeks. Please check the lost-and-found in the Main Office next to the Parent Coordinators’ office.


In the event of an emergency, should you need to get a message to your child during the school day, please call the main office at (718) 435 -6034 and leave a message for his/her teacher. The teacher will relay the message to your child.

Moving or Transferring:

The school and classroom teacher must be notified in advance about family’s plans to move or transfer a student to another school. For more information, please review Chancellor’s regulation A-240 at http://schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/ChancellorsRegulations/default.htm


The Office of pupil Transportation www.opt-osfns.org/opt provides information for families eligible for the school transportation. Please contact the school secretary if you need information or forms on transportation options for your child.


Toys and Electronic Devices:

All forms of toys and electronics devices are prohibited.  School personnel will confiscate such items. Parents must claim seized items in person at school.  P.S. 94 school staff is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


Uniform Policy: www.smoothusa.com/PS94K

P. S. 94 has adopted, in accordance with Chancellor’s Regulation, a mandatory uniform policy. P.S. 94’s Uniform Policy was decided by our School Leadership Team in consultation with our PTA and parents. The uniform policy is intended to help schools promote a more effective learning climate; foster school unity and pride; improve student performance; foster self-esteem; eliminate label competition; simplify dressing and minimize costs to parents; teach children appropriate dress and decorum in a school environment; and help to improve student conduct and discipline.


The uniform colors are:

Boys: Gold button-down shirt with collar and school emblem. NO Tee shirts!

Navy blue pants, Navy blue sweatpants

Optional: Navy sweater Navy blue knee length shorts


Girls: Gold button-down shirt with collar and school emblem           

Navy blue skirt, jumper, skort or pants            

Navy blue sweatpants

Optional: Navy blue sweater

Navy blue knee length short


Physical Education: On Gym days only, children must wear navy blue sweatpants, navy blue tee shirt with school emblem and sneakers.

    • In very hot weather, the children may wear navy blue knee length shorts with school emblem.


To encourage and reward students for wearing uniforms each day classes with 100% participation for the month will receive a prize or special privilege.  If students arrive to school without the school uniform the PTA will call parents and ask them to bring uniform to school.


Our goal is to improve student performance by eliminating competition in clothing and teach students appropriate dress and decorum in their “work” place, school.  Uniforms also help to improve student conduct and discipline, and build self-esteem.


This policy can only succeed with the full cooperation of all parents. As per the Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures, The Discipline Code and Bill of Student Rights and Responsibilities, disciplinary response will be taken when students do not follow the mandated policy.


Parent/School Communication


Yellow Folders:

All Students have a yellow vinyl communication folder with a P.S. 94 logo that goes home with them every night and returns to school with them in the morning. The folder will hold important notices for families and may serve as a vehicle to return notes or permission slips to teachers. It is imperative that parents check the folders each night and return them to school daily in their child’s backpack.  Parents will be responsible for replacing lost, misplaced, or damaged folders with a substitute yellow vinyl folder.

PTA (Parent Teacher – Association):

PTA general meetings, held on the first Friday of every month following Parents as Learning Partners, is a great way to keep on top the important P.S. 94 news including PTA events, DOE initiatives and school-wide programs. Parents are encouraged to ask questions, voice their opinions and volunteer new ideas for fundraising and community building.

Parent Teacher Conference:

Parent Teacher Conferences are held four times throughout the school year. There are both a Fall Conferences and a Spring Conferences. The fall conference is held in Sept & November and the spring conference is held in March & May. They are held during afternoon and evening hours.  You will receive additional information in your child’s folder. In addition to the conferences listed above, conferences between parents and school personnel are excellent practices that should take place throughout the school year to keep abreast of your Child’s academic progress.

Parent School Contacts:

School Messenger System will send recorded messages to your home phone number or cell numbers regarding school related events/issues. Please notify Elaine Ayala, Parent Coordinator should you not be receiving messages. Elaine Ayala will also send important information via e-mail blast. Please be sure that the E-Mail address we have for you is current and that you check this mailbox often. You can also get information by visiting our website at http://schools.nyc.gov/schoolportals/15/K094



Safety and Wellness


Blue Emergency Contact Card:

Be sure to accurately fill out all the information requested on the Blue Emergency Cards. Please list multiple numbers for emergency contact information. The more phone numbers the better. Any adult that your child can be released to must be listed on the Blue Emergency Card. We WILL NOT release your child to any person not listed on the Blue Emergency Card. Should you have a court order please submit a copy of the court-signed paperwork along with the Blue Card so that we maintain this information on file. If information changes at any time during the year, parents must come into the Main Office and update the Blue Card.


Emergency Closings and Delayed Openings:    

The Chancellor of the NYC Department of Education determines school closings and delayed openings by 6:00am. Parents can find updated information by checking the DOE website (http://schools.nyc.gov), calling 311, or listening to local news radio (1010WINS), local TV stations, or cable channel NY1. Any school closings will effectively cancel all field trips, after school programs, and school transportation for that day.


Emergency Evacuation Plan:

In case of an emergency requiring evacuation during the school day, students and staff will evacuate to the following sites: P.S. 1 Bergen School, 309 47th street, Brooklyn NY 11220, and P.S. 169 Sunset Park School, 4305 7th Avenue, Brooklyn 11232.


Fire Drills at School (Evacuation Drills): 

Fire drills are held throughout the school year to prepare students and staff for an emergency situation. During a fire drill it is an expectation that all students remain quiet and follow the directives of the teacher to quickly and quietly exit the building. Please stress to your child (ren) how important these rules are and review them often at home. 



All students entering a New York City school for the first time must have a complete physical examination. The comprehensive examination must include proof of all required immunizations. Information about these requirements is available on the NYCDOE website https://schools.nyc.gov/office/health

Notify the school nurse of any chronic conditions diagnosed in your child. Please return all physical exam forms to your child’s teacher.


Lockdown Drills at School: 

Lockdown drills are held throughout the school year as part of the General Response Protocol (GRP). These drills help to prepare students and staff for a threat within the school building. During a lockdown drill all students and staff are required to be in a locked location and remain quiet and out of the,” line of vision”. Advanced notice of these drills is given to parents so that you can speak with your child at home and stress the importance of these drills. Your child’s safety is of utmost importance to us at P.S. 94.


Media Release Form

“Consent to Photograph, Film or Videotape a Student for Non-Profit Use” permission slips are distributed school-wide in September. These permission slips are collected and secured by our Administrative staff. With this form the parent gives permission for child to be interviewed, photographed and videotaped by the Department of Education as well as consent to be used for non-profit purposes including use in print, on the internet and all other forms of media.


Nurse’s Office and Medication: 

Mrs. Faina Brenkler our full-time school nurse is located in Room 106. If a child is ill or injured during school hours, he or she will be taken to the nurse’s office. Should your child required a 504 form for medical accommodations, (use of asthma pump, dispensing medication, Epi- pens or monitoring of sugar level) a parent must complete and submit a Medication Administration 504 form, available from the school nurse. To reach the nurse, you may call 718 435-6034 ext.1041. For your child’s safety, in case of a health emergency and no one can be reached, the Principal will call 911.


School Safety and Security:

All visitors & volunteers to the school must sign in and show photo identification at the security desk in the lobby to receive their visitor's pass. Visitors must then go to the Main Office and state the nature of business to one of the secretaries. When exiting the building please exit through the main entrance on 6th Avenue. It is essential for the safety of the children that we follow this protocol. 

Shelter Drills at School: 

Shelter drills are also held throughout the school year as part of the GRP. These drills are to prepare students and staff for an emergency or threat outside of the school building. During these drills the front door of the school is locked and no one is permitted to enter or exit the building. During these drills all business throughout the building is conducted as usual.


Academic Intervention Services (AIS) for At-Risk Students

Our Academic Intervention Services are now a part of the Citywide

“Shifts,” providing students with support services. The new Response to Intervention (RTI) is an approach to instruction that is ultimately designed to support students with special learning and/or behavior needs. The goal of this structure is to provide students with high-quality instruction.

In an effort to meet the city mandates for RTI, our school will continue to implement the three phases of this model. Students will be placed in a small group setting both in class, and during our 37 1/2 minutes Extended Day period. Students in need of extra support will be identified and assessed to ensure that they receive additional support. Assessment tools such as an informal Literacy Inventory will help us identify such students. State and city assessments will also be utilized to determine the need of our students in upper grades. Careful record keeping, including anecdotal/conference notes, running records, and work samples, will be used as important tools in helping to determine a plan of action for our students.

One focus this year will be to address the varied ways in which we can determine the best possible methods to meet the needs of our at-risk population. Grade subject facilitators, colleagues, consultants and the Administrative staff will be instrumental in providing the staff with the needed professional development in these areas. All classroom teachers are required to create a list of at-risk students. This will be done as soon as Teachers College’s Assessments and an analysis of the student’s performance from the previous school year have been completed. Teachers are also required to maintain record keeping that indicates the kinds of supports given to these students (work folders and conference notes must support the plan of action). Educational Assistants and Support Services personnel, who work with at-risk students, must also maintain a log of each student’s daily work.

Our Speech teachers, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Guidance Counselor and members of the SBST can also help to meet the needs of our at-risk students. These professionals can share their expertise by helping us to identify students with OT, PT, speech and social/emotional issues, while providing teachers with ideas for intervention. We anticipate being able to have the following this year:

- RTI supported groups

- Guided reading push-in/pull-out program (Grades K-5)

- Small group support (Grades K-5)

- Reading Recovery Program

- America Reads Tutors

- Great Leaps

- Guidance services: emotional and social support

- The Mental Health Clinic: family/emotional support

- Educational Assistant support

- Learning Leaders support

- Professional Development in meeting the needs of struggling readers

- Professional Development in meeting the needs of students struggling with     mathematics

- Resource Room (K-5 and “At-Risk” students)




Dual Language (Spanish or Chinese)

As a school, we believe that a dual language program will help our students to become bi-literate, bilingual and bicultural. Children who know more than one language have intellectual, educational, personal, social, and economic advantages that will continue throughout their lives.  We follow a Balanced Language Model (50/50 model), reflecting the fact that the two languages are evenly balanced.  Students receive half of their instruction in English and the other half in the target language (Spanish or Chinese).   The students are linguistically integrated; there are native speakers of English and native speakers of the other language who are ELLs as well as English Proficient.   Upon their completion in the Dual Language programs students in both language groups will:

        Meet or exceed Common Core Learning Standards

        Develop proficiency in their first language

        Develop proficiency in their second language

        Develop positive cross-cultural attitudes; behaviors, and skills that will help them function in a global society.

        Develop second language skills while learning content knowledge in both languages.


English Language Learners (ELL)  

We provide ongoing support and guidance in the effective implementation of our Dual Language and ENL programs. These programs strengthen students’ home language development and content knowledge while they build their social and academic English skills. We also provide English as a New Language (ENL) programs that use strategies for English language development with home language support so that students develop language and content knowledge in English.


Upon admission, parents complete the Parent/Guardian Home Language Identification Survey; this survey will be used along with other information provided to determine your child’s home language and eligibility for the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners. Once child takes the test, instructional planning and delivery of English language support is identified.


Gifted & Talented  

Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs are one way that the NYC Department of Education supports the needs of exceptional students. G&T programs aim to deliver accelerated, rigorous, and specialized instruction aligned to Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). Students entering kindergarten through third grade are eligible to participate in G&T admissions. Children must pass an assessment to be eligible to apply to G&T programs.http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/GiftedandTalented/default.htm



Special Education  

If you believe your child requires special education services, it is important that you ask the right questions from the start. Talk to your child's current teacher to find out if there are supports available within the general education setting at the school. Those kinds of supports might be all your child needs. Schools offer supports like Academic Intervention Services (AIS), reading remediation programs, and counseling. It may also be possible to adapt your child's general education program without special education services.

After talking to your child's teacher and school, you may feel that your child needs additional support. In that case, you (or another individual) may refer your child for a special education evaluation, which is a series of evaluations to determine if your child has a disability. You can make a referral for a special education evaluation at any time. at our school, or go online to: http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/SpecialEducation/tellmemore/importantDocuments


Parental Involvement


Parent Associations and the Schools “Chancellor’s Regulation CR A-660”

Parent Associations are the backbone of the public schools. They provide the parent leadership essential to developing school strengths, identifying and solving problems and building the partnership between schools, community and parents necessary to successful education. The New York City Board of Education, recognizing the importance of parent associations to a school’s success, issues this policy statement to foster strong and effective parent representation in every school and at every level of the school system.

To view the NYCDOE “Parent’s Bill of Rights” log onto http://schools.nyc.gov/RulesPolicies/ParentBillofRights/default.htm


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