May 28, 2020
Dear PS 321 Families,
It has been wonderful to see so many of you in my virtual grade-by-grade parent meetings. The last one, for Kindergarten parents and guardians, is scheduled for Monday, 6/1, at 4pm. If you were/are unable to attend a meeting, recordings of the meetings are posted on our website, www.ps321.org.
The DOE Calendar for June includes two non-attendance days. These are days when the staff is working but students are not attending school. The first such day, a professional development day, is scheduled for next Thursday, June 4. PLEASE NOTE, HOWEVER, THAT AT PS 321, WE WILL HAVE A REGULAR REMOTE SCHOOL DAY ON JUNE 4. AS PART OF OUR PROSE SCHOOL PROPOSAL, WE ARE ABLE TO CHANGE THE DATE OF PD DAYS. Because we do not yet have our budget, and are unsure of grade assignments for teachers, we have decided to postpone our professional development day. OUR PD DAY, WHICH WILL BE A NONATTENDANCE DAY FOR STUDENTS, WILL BE ON MONDAY, JUNE 22. Teachers will be engaged in planning for next year and so will not be available to meet with students, communicate with parents, or post assignments on this day.
The other nonattendance day in June is a Clerical Day when teachers work on end-of-year record keeping. THAT DAY IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY JUNE 9. THERE WILL BE NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS ON JUNE 9. On June 9 staff will be engaged in other work and so will not be available for students or families on this day.
I hope that if you have not yet submitted your child’s poem for publication in our virtual Pandamonium, you will do this by Monday. We think it will be lots of fun for children to be able to see their poems and their friends’ poems published this way. To submit your child’s poem, please use this link: Enter a poem here.
I encourage you to attend the PTA meeting scheduled for Wednesday, 6/3 at 5pm. You received a letter about this from the PTA co-presidents. We will be talking about budget as well as about building community during this unusual time. The link to get on that meeting is
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
+1 347-966-4114 United States, New York City (Toll)
Conference ID: 555 037 33#
As we enter the final weeks of the school year, we know that some students—including those who were doing fine with remote learning—become less committed to doing their work. This happens in real school too! Teachers are working hard to plan activities that are engaging to students and that will allow them to have some closure to this highly unusual school year. I am so grateful for the incredible work of our teachers, service providers, paraprofessionals, teaching assistants, assistant principals and other staff members—and I know that you are too.
I am also very appreciative of the support of parents. Thank you for the countless ways you are supporting your children and our school. I miss you and the children!