Health & Safety Of All Students, Staff, and Families

Message From Our Principal

                
 

Dear I.S. 131 School Community,

Welcome to March!  We would like to thank all of our parents and guardians for assisting us in ensuring that our students are Polite, Prepared, and Punctual!  By this time that you have been informed, via letter, if your child has Promotion In Doubt (PID).  This letter informed you of your child’s progress thus far this year.  As the letter indicates that there is a “doubt” but it is not a certainty.   With all of us working together we can erase the “doubt”.  Remember to contact your child’s teacher via is131.org or set up an appointment during our Tuesday Engagement session if you have any questions or concerns.  Second Quarter Report cards were distributed to students on Friday, January 31, 2020 and Promotion In Doubt letters were distributed to students by Friday, February 15, 2020.  Students who received a Promotion-In-Doubt letter also had this information mailed to the home address on record.  Please contact me if you have not received this important information.

Our job at I.S. 131 is to work with our parents and guardians for the benefit of our children.  We hope at this time that you have been able to review your child’s second quarter report card and have contacted your child’s teachers, if you have any concerns.  Remember, open communication is key in assisting your child academically.  We would like to remind you that our teachers are available through is131.org, as well as during our Family Engagement time on Tuesday afternoons from 3:10 pm – 3:45 pm.  If you are experiencing any difficulties with logging into the various websites or would like assistance with scheduling an appointment, please contact the Grade Assistant Principal for assistance.

             Grade 8 – Mr. C. Acevedo – ext. 236

            Grade 7  – Ms. C. Kenny - ext. 104

            Grade 6 – Ms. E. Moro-Sullivan – ext. 116

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 12, 2020.   Students will be dismissed at 11:30 am.    The afternoon session will be held from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm, while the evening session will be held from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  Remember, this is a wonderful opportunity to discuss their academic progress as well as to voice any concerns.  During this time please contact the teachers via email or by phone due to the concerns regarding coronavirus.

We are pleased to offer additional academic supports through our Saturday Test Prep Academy which began on Saturday, January 17th.  The program takes place from 9:00 to 12:00. 

We are also offering additional academic support in ELA  on Wednesdays from 2:30 pm – 4:35 pm and Math on Thursdays 2:30 pm – 4:05 pm.  Sign up your child today!

All applications for our various programs are available in our Main Office for pick up or you may request us to send it home with your child.

Remember, all students should be reading for 30 minutes each night and should log this information every day on their Reading Tracker sheet or logged on to I-Ready for extra support in ELA and Math. So, if your child states that they do not have any homework, please ask them about their reading or I-Ready.  Please check Pupilpath.com weekly to see the progress of your child and to contact any teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

We have been working to Prepare your child for the upcoming State Exams.  As I have mentioned in an earlier communication that in order to assist your child in doing their best academically, we have made some changes in our weekly flow.  On Fridays, students in ELA and Math are participating in Focus Fridays.  Students are given a short exam based on material that they need to be familiar with on their grade level.  These exams are graded and the students are provided with the results and this information is used to provide support on Skills Day as well as Content Re-Teach Day.  You can monitor the progress of your child by logging onto www.pupilpath.com.  Please contact your grade Assistant Principal if you need assistance with accessing this site.

 As you are aware, our students become stressful when faced with the New York State Exams.  In order to alleviate this stress and to acclimate our students to the rigors of the State Exams, we conducted a Simulation Exam for ELA on Wednesday, February 5th and Thursday, February 6th.   We also conducted a Simulation Exam for Math on Wednesday, February 26th and Thursday, February 27th.    We have met with your children in Grade Assemblies and Town Hall meetings and gathered their feedback regarding testing and their concerns for the upcoming State Exams.  We are utilizing this information to provide the necessary supports for your child to do their best.

 

In order for your child to do their best on these exams, it is imperative that they are Prepared and Punctual.  Students should get plenty of sleep, arrive to school on time, eat breakfast, have two sharpened number two pencils, and “Bring their A Game!”.

Remember this is a partnership between you, your child, and the school.  When we work together, there is nothing that your child can’t accomplish!

Coming soon:

Dates to Remember!

Date

Day

Event

March 12th

 

Thursday

Students dismissed at 11:30 am

Parent-Teacher Conferences

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm & 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

-          Online or by Phone

March 25 & 26

Wednesday & Thursday

New York State ELA Exam – Bring a sharpened #2 pencil!

April 9th

April 17th

Thursday – Friday

SPRING RECESS!

April 20th

Monday

Return to School by 8:10 am

 April 22nd & April 23rd

Wednesday & Thursday

NYS MATH Exam– Bring a sharpened #2 pencil!

May 14th

Thursday

Evening Conference – 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

May 25th

Monday

Memorial Day Observed (schools closed)

 

 

Remember to check our websites weekly for other events such as our monthly workshops offered by our Parent Association as well as our Parent Coordinator, Ms. N. Rodriguez.  Please contact Ms. N. Rodriguez, at extension 111, if you would like additional information.

 

Thank you for being a positive part of our I.S. 131 school community. 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Ms. Monique Mason

Principal

 

Dates To Remember - Scroll below to see the 2019-2020 Calendar

View Monthly Calendar

Family Paint & Mingle Night @ I.S. 131

Science Fair

I.S. 131 Sports Schedules

Parent Coordinator

 
I.S. 131 Twitter @IS131Bronx

 

September 5, 2019

Welcome families and students,

I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to those of you who do not already know me.  My name is Natalie Rodriguez, I am a bilingual Parent Coordinator at I.S. 131.  I will be working with you and your family throughout the year. As we gear up for another exciting school year. I'm excited to assure you that my purpose here at I.S. 131, is to serve as a helping resource to our families. I encourage all parents to communicate creative ideas or concerns that you may have.  My role in collaboration with I.S. 131 administration, and Ms. English community school director is to facilitate support networks, workshops of interest for you, and support you in any way possible. I will like to start with two (2) important information.

 

  • New York City has updated the school immunization requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. A list of the new school immunization requirements for 2019-2020 is available online or at the school main office. When the school year begins, you must submit and updated proof of your child’s immunization. New York State Public Health Law requires students to get certain vaccines in order to attend school.  This would avoid your child being excluded from school.

 

  • We have set up an account for families to purchase school uniform polo shirts, t-shirt, zip-up hoodie, and sweatpants with Logo at Kids Place. Please, let them know your child’s school is the Albert Einstein Intermediate School 131. Our school uniform NEW color is Navy blue top, and black or khaki Pants.

Where to purchase our school uniform

 KIDS PLACE located at. 1450 Metropolitan Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 (across from Macy's in Parkchester).

Help with registration

You can visit our school website at is131.org registration not needed. Once our students are set-up you will have access to PupilPath , our online student grading system and communication.  The NYC Schools Account, is a NYC web-based application that lets you see your child’s academic and biographic information.  I'm available to assist from Monday-Friday 7:30am-3:00pm once it becomes available.  You can reach in the school main office or by phone 718-991-7490 Ext.110, Cell Phone: 718-344-6439 Or by E-mail Nrodriguez38@schools.nyc.gov

Nrodriguez@is131.org

 Sincerely

Natalie Rodriguez

Parent Coordinator

 

 

Parent Association's Corner

   

Caroline Santana
PA President

Jason Bowles
PA Treasurer

 FAX – (718) 328-6705
is131parentsassociation@gmail.com
Facebook Parent Coordinator’s Page: @131PCRivera

 

       2019-2020 PARENT ASSOCIATION CALENDAR OF MEETINGS       

                                

PA MEETING

DATE

TIME

1

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

2

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

3

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

4

Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

5

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

6

Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

7

Wednesday, March 13, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

8

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

9

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

10

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

                             

We will meet at the Parent Association in Room 168

 PLEASE JOIN US! ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS ARE WELCOME!

                    __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

2019-2020 School Calendar

The beginning of the new school year will be here before we know it.  Take a look at the 2019-2020 school year calendar to help you plan your upcoming school year.

2019-2020 School Year Calendar 

2019

September  

5 

Thursday

SCHOOL SESSIONS BEGIN FOR ALL STUDENTS  

@ 8:10 am 

September  

19

Thursday

Meet the Teacher Night 

4:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

September-October 

30-1

Monday-Tuesday

Rosh Hashanah –(schools closed)

October

9

Wednesday 

 Yom Kippur (schools closed) 

October  

14

Monday  

Columbus Day Observed (schools closed)  

November  

5

Tuesday  

Election Day- Students do not be in attend school) 

November 

7

Thursday

Parent Teacher Conference  

Students dismissed at 11:30 am 

Day 12:30-2:30 & Evening 4:30-7:30 

 

November  

11

Tuesday

Veterans Day Observed (Schools closed)

November 

28-29

Thursday & Friday

 Thanksgiving Recess (Schools closed)

December 2019/ 

January 2020

12/23-  

1/1 

Tuesday through

Wednesday   

Winter Recess (including Christmas and New Year's Day) (schools closed -students return to school on Wednesday, January 2, 2019).  

2020

January 

2 

Thursday 

School Resumes 

January  

20

Monday  

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (schools closed)  

February  

17 - 21

Monday through  

Friday  

Midwinter Recess (schools closed -students return to school on Monday, February 24, 2020) 

March 

13

Friday 

Parent Teacher Conference

Students dismissed at 11:30 am  

Day 12:30-2:30 & Evening 4:30-7:30 

April 

9 – 17

Thursday - Friday 

Spring Recess (schools closed - Students return to school on Monday, April 20, 2020).  

May 

14

Thursday 

Parent Teacher Conference

Evening Conference – 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

May  

25

Monday  

Memorial Day Observed (schools closed)  

June  

4

Thursday  

Anniversary Day - Chancellor’s Conference Day - Students do not attend school. 

June 

9

Tuesday 

Clerical Day – Students do not attend school.  

June  

26 

Wednesday  

LAST DAY FOR ALL STUDENTS.  

Early Dismissal- 11:30 am  

 

 

 

School Supplies

  

Photo by David Pennington on Unsplash

 

 

School Supplies for the 2019-2020 School Year

SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED 

General supplies (School-Wide)

  • 6 Composition Notebooks (one for every subject) – One (1) Composition book with cover decorated with pictures or items that represent you and your “likes”.
  • 4 Two-Pocket folders
  • 8 GB Thumb drive/Flash Drive
  • Ear buds/headphones
  • 6 pens (blue/black)
  • 12 sharpened #2 pencils with erasers
  • Pencil Sharpener with cover to pick up the pencil shavings
  • 8 ½ X 11 loose leaf paper
  • 2 Highlighters
  • 12-inch ruler-must have Centimeter & inches
  • Travel hand Sanitizer

 

General supplies (for home)

  • Crayons/colored pencils
  • Construction paper
  • Glue/glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Calculator

Dress Code

I.S. 131 seeks to prepare students for a future in the work force and to “Dress for Success”. Therefore, the dress code requires all students to use:

Tops:  Navy Blue and a choice of; Polo Shirts, Long Sleeve, T-Shirt, Sweatpants, and Zip-Up Hoodie, with Logo.

Bottoms: Pants in Black or Khaki

The following are NOT acceptable at any time:

  • Jeans – with holes and tears
  • T-shirt with photographs, emblems or inappropriate words.
  • Sleeveless shirts (Tank tops, tube tops, halters, spaghetti straps, etc)
  • Pants worn below the waist which show underwear or shorts underneath.
  • Skirts or shorts with hems higher than 4 inches above the knee.
  • Do-Rags/Scarves (unless for medical or religious reasons)
  • Hats and Hoodies.

Note: You will receive a call to bring in a change of clothes if we believe that a student is dressed in appropriately for school.

Pink Friday & The Breast Cancer Walk 2019

Hall of Science Lego Exhibit

Senior's Board 2019-2020

  

 

Senior Dues -  Sr Duesletter2019-20.do 

Holiday Luncheon - Thanskgivingletterparentinvite.docx 

Parents Letter #4 -  ParentLetter 4Dec.docx 

ASPIRA After School Program

    2019-2020 Aspira After School Program

Monday - Friday 2:30pm to  5:30pm

718-991-7490 ext: 126

Application is available in English & Spanish

 DYCD Universal ENGLISH Participant Intake and AIR Consent - FY20.pdf  

DYCD Universal Spanish Participant Intake-Youth and Adult Form FY19-SP 2 002.pdf 

 

  
 Katherine Gomez,  Director

Lanaya Jeffer,  Assistant Director

LaNaya Jeffers,  Senior Group Leader

Collin Emanuel,  Senior Group Leader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community School

     

September 20, 2018

Dear Albert Einstein, Intermediate School 131 Family:

Hello! We would like to introduce ourselves and inform you about our role’s here at the school. My name is Kaychell English, and I am the Community School Director and I work alongside Shantae Blount who is my Assistant Community School Director. We service both Intermediate School 131 & Soundview Academy for Culture and Scholarship.

We are from the Community Based Organization ASPIRA of NY Inc. Working in partnership with the DOE, through the Office of Community Schools. NYC Community Schools Initiative focuses on six models which are Academics & Enrichment, Attendance, Family Engagement, School Environment, Health and Mental Health and Community Partnerships.

We offer Adult ESL Classes to our families. We have winter coats to families in need. Also, we have the connections to link families to organizations for anything you might need. Please, consider us your extra voice to support and advocate for you and your child.

If you need assistance we are located in Room 101-A or you can contact us at 718-991-7490 ext. 147 or email us at sblount@nyaspira.org or kenglish@nyaspira.org. We look forward to a great year!

 Best,

Community School Team

Graduation - Class Of 2019

Senior Dance - Class of 2019

2018 Holiday Happening Show

The Broadway JR. Einstein Player On Broadway

Watch Video--->    https://youtu.be/yv4OgIjgNck

   

District 8 Family Day

Einstein Algebra Regents Mathletes @ Great Adventure 2019

I.S. 131 Algebra Regents Mathletes

College Awareness Day

This event was created to encourage our 7th graders to begin thinking about college and their future careers.  During College Week, teachers decorated their doors representing the colleges they attended and spoke to their classes to share their own college experiences and journeys.  On Friday, January 11, 2019, College Awareness Day, we had two special guest presenters for our students.  Former NHL hockey player, Mr. Ron Duguay from the NY Rangers spoke to our students about following his dream. He shared with our students the hard work and dedication he had to apply to be successful and happy throughout his career doing what he loved.  Mr. Rich Bastar, known as B.A. Star from Funk Salsa Urban, a New York based Latin band, spoke to our students about his college experience and journey in becoming a musician.  Rich not only performed for our students, but he spoke to our scholars and asked them questions to expand their mindset on college

 

College Awareness Day Pictures

Pancakes before the ELA Exam

I.S. 131 College Access Pep Rally Special Guests - Magic Master Performer & DJ

The Einstein Players on Broadway

Hip Hop Assembly 2019 - Art Horizons

College trip to Suny Cortland

College Trip to Roger Williams University

Legacy Pictures

Leadership & Legacy Program

Woodlawn Cemetery Student Leadership & Legacy Program 

The Legacy program works with 15-18 of our students from 6th and 7th grade exploring the potential leader inside them, while identifying and defining their personal path to their own legacy.  Students will research a historic and heroic legacy from the Woodlawn Cemetery that was a unique and inspirational landmark in the country.  During this 3 part series, students will identify the leadership qualities in themselves.  Session 1 took place on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 with Former NHL hockey player, Mr. Stephane Matteau from the NY Rangers.  Mr. Matteau spent time with our students asking questions that challenged students to think about who they are now, who is inspirational in their life, and what qualities they want to have to be a positive leader.  We are looking forward to Session 2 at the Woodlawn Cemetery next month. Stay tuned as we following our students during this amazing leadership opportunity!

Football Team "I.S. 131 Team Hope"

Wednesday is Game Day -  Fall Flag Football Schedule.docx

Practice are on Saturdays from 2:00pm - 3:30pm

                               

Legacy Volleyball Team

   

  

 

iReady

We are committed to improving the skills of all the members of our learning community.  Every student at I.S. 131 has access to iReady which is specifically designed to improve ELA and Math skills for every grade level.  Click the iReady link below to visit the web site to learn more.  Students can use any device to connect to their account.  Visit the Play Store for Android or the App Store for iPhone/iPad users and search for iReady.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mr. Fischetto at rfisch55@is131.org.

iReady

Walking Nachos & Tacos

Olive Garden Luncheon

Parent Handbook

 

Parent Handbook

 The documents below are there to help answer any questions you may have throughout the school year.  Please take the time to read the handbook which provides you with important information for I.S. 131.  If you have any further questions, please contact us.

 Parent Handbook.docx  

Parent Handbook in Spanish.docx 

 

 

I.S. 131 Cell Phone Policy

Use of Cell Phone and Other Electronic Devices

I.S. 131 Policies 

 

IS 131’s policy on cell phones and other electronic device policy remains unchanged.  The new Regulation A-413 continues to stress that for all regular communication between parents, guardians and students, the Onsite School’s phone system must be used. Our school phone number is (718) 991-7490 and it must be used for all emergency communication. Additionally, there will be no tolerance for unauthorized cell phone use during the school day, and disciplinary interventions will apply as per Chancellor’s Disciplinary Code. While we recognize the reality of handheld devices in today’s society, we also affirm the need for our school to maintain safety for our students.

 

In short, students may have their cellphones on their person as long as they are turned off and out of sight.  No use of such devices is permitted during school hours, including after school and Saturdays. Violation of this policy will result in confiscation and disciplinary consequences in accordance with the guidance interventions and disciplinary responses set forth in the Chancellor’s Discipline Code.

 

Regulation A-413 does allow students to bring electronic and digital devices to school for educational purposes. However, given the quantity of devices we have on site we highly recommend our students leave their devices at home. Our school will not secure nor provide protection for such devices, nor be held responsible for lost or misplaced items.

 

Key additional provisions of this policy include:

 

●        Cell phones/electronic devices must be turned off before entering the school building.

●        Once inside the school building, cell phones and electronic devices must not be visible under any circumstances.

●        If a cell phone or electronic device rings, vibrates, or makes any noticeable sound, it will be confiscated.

●        If a cell phone or electronic device is noticeably visible, it will be confiscated.

●        Refusal to surrender a cell phone or electronic device is considered insubordination and will be addressed according to the Chancellor’s Discipline Code. 

●        In the event that parents/guardians contact their children via cell phone during school hours, a mandatory meeting with administration will be required; as such communication is highly disruptive to the educational process.

 

IS 131 requires your full co-operation with this policy. 

I.S. 131 Core Values

 

-Responsibility- 

Accountable for ones actions

Supporting members of the community to be the best they can be

Holding high expectations for oneself as well as all members of the community

-Respect-

To regard the feelings, wishes and rights of others before responding.

-Trust-

Assist in creating a risk free environment that leads to open discussions and dialogue

Building relationships to support personal and academic growth

-Perseverance-

When faced with challenges you don't give up!  Seek support from a member of the school community in order to achieve mastery.

-Positivity-

Focus on what can be and not what can't be in order to achieve your goals.

PupilPath

       

The link for pupil path is below.  We encourage you to log on to monitor your child's academic progress throughout the year.   

If you encounter any issues, please contact Ms. Kenny - 7th grade Assistant Principal or Ms. Rivera - Parent Coordinator

https://pupilpath.skedula.com/

 

 

 

 

School Leadership Team Meeting Schedule - 2018-2019

 

September 27, 2018 4pm - 7pm
October 29, 2018 4pm - 7pm
November 19, 2018 4pm - 7pm
December 10, 2018 4pm - 7pm
January 14, 2019 4pm - 7pm
February 11, 2019 4pm - 7pm
March 11,2019 4pm - 7pm
April 15, 2019 4pm - 7pm
May 13, 2019 4pm - 7pm
June 3, 2019 4pm - 7pm

 

Boys Varsity & Junior Varsity Basketball Schedule

  

Please see our boys varsity basketball schedule below.  Come down and support our team!

MSBL Varsity Basketball Schedule

 

Week 1:               131 vs 339                    Thurs.  12/6/18            Home

Week 2:               123 vs 131                    Thurs.  12/13/18          Away

Week 3:              532 vs 131                    Tues.    12/18/18         Away

Week 4:              131 vs 127                    Thurs.   1/10/19           Home

Week 5:              144 vs 131                    Fri.         1/18/19          Away

Week 6:              462 vs 131                    Fri.         1/25/19          Away

Week 7:              131 vs 177                    Thurs.    1/31/19          Home

Week 8:               339 vs 131                    Weds.    2/6/19            Away

Week 9:               131 vs 123                    Thurs.    2/14/19          Home

Week 10:            131 vs 532                    Thurs.    2/28/19          Home  

 

Junior Varsity

Week 1:               462 vs 131                    Wed.   12/5/18            Away

Week 2:               127 vs 131                    Tues.    12/11/18         Away

Week 3:               131 vs 144                    Thurs.  12/20/18          Home

Week 4:               454A vs 131                 Tues.    1/ 8/19             Away

Week 5:               131 vs 339                    Thurs.   1/17/19           Home

Week 6:               131 vs 462                    Thurs.   1/24/19          Home

Week 7:               214A vs 131                 Fri.         2/1/19              Away

Week 8:               131 vs 22A                    Thurs.    2/7/19           Home

Week 9:               331 vs 131                    Wed.      2/13/19          Away

Week 10:            131 vs 355A                 Thurs.   2/28/19           Home