Message From Our Principal

November 2018

Dear I.S. 131 School Community,

The end of the First Marking Period is fast approaching!  We would like to thank all of our parents and guardians for your support with ensuring that your child is following our Three P’s by being Polite, Prepared, and Punctual!  Our Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on November 27, 2018.  Students will be dismissed at 11:30 am and our afternoon session will take place from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm while our evening session will be from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm.  We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to conference with your child’s teachers since they are always informative and productive.

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 log onto www.pupilpath.com  to check the status of your child’s progress as well as to utilize as a means of communicating with your child’s teachers. Remember, open communication is key in assisting your child academically.  We would like to remind you that our teachers are available, as well, 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 6 – Ms. E. Moro-Sullivan – ext. 116

Grade 7 – Ms. C. Kenny – ext. 104

Grade 8 –Mr. C. Acevedo - ext. 236

We are pleased to offer additional academic supports through our “Zero Period” Academy for selected students who will be sitting for the Algebra I Regents when they are in the 8th Grade.

We are also offering additional academic enrichment support on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:40 pm – 4:40 pm for selected students through our ELL program.

Shortly, we will be sending out invitations for students to join us after school for Math and ELA enrichment.

If you are unaware, our ASPIRA program runs five days a week from 2:30 – 5:30 and offers academic assistance, sports, arts, dance, robotics, chess and even a D.J. class.  Sign up your child today!  We also have additional programs offered by our Community Schools which include volleyball, soccer, and karate.  Be on the look up for flyers for upcoming events including Paint Night!

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 Log.  So, if your child states that they do not have any homework, please ask them about their reading.  Please check www.pupilpath.com weekly to see the progress of your child and to contact any teacher if you have any questions or concerns.

Coming soon:

November

6

Tuesday

Election Day- Students will not be in attendance.

November

12

Monday

Veterans Day Observed (schools closed)

November

November

22 & 23

 

Thursday and

Friday

Thanksgiving Recess (schools closed)

November

27

Tuesday

Parent Teacher Conference

Students dismissed at 11:30 am

Day 12:30-2:30 & Evening 4:30-7:30

December

19

Wednesday

Winter Show  - 6pm

December 2018/

January 2019

12/24-

1/1

 

Monday through

Tuesday

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

Remember to check our websites weekly for other events such as our “Breakfast with the Principal and Parent Coordinator” and our weekly workshops offered by our Parent Association as well as our Parent Coordinator, Ms. B. Rivera.  Please contact Ms. B. Rivera, at extension 110, if you would like additional information.

Thank you for being a positive part of our I.S. 131 school community.  We look forward to seeing you soon! 

Sincerely,

Ms. Monique Mason

Principal

Parent Coordinator

I.S. 131 Parent Coordinator's Facebook Page @131PCRivera
I.S. 131 Twitter @IS131Bronx

Please visit our amazing parent coordinator on her Facebook page in order to stay connected with the I.S. 131 community

September 5, 2018

Welcome back, families and students

I am Ms. Rivera your parent coordinator, 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. Coming into 2018-2019 school year; I encourage all parents to communicate creative ideas or concerns that you may have.  My role, in partnership with Ms. English the community school director is to facilitate support networks, workshops of interest for you, and support you in any way possible. We can also help you register to “PupilPath” our online grading and communication system

 Free uniform Shirt

 On Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 4:30PM to 7:30PM parents will have the opportunity to meet the teachers, Parent Coordinator, the Community School Director, as well as the administration. You can also register to “PupilPath” our online grading and communication system, before you leave, you will receive a Free Uniform Shirt.

                    How to purchase uniform shirts

Unfortunately, school uniform will not be sold at I.S. 131. We have set up an account for families to purchase uniform Polo at KIDS PLACE located at. 1450 Metropolitan Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462 (across from Macys in Parkchester).

 Help with registration

 I can also assist with the is131.org school website, PupilPath online student grading system, and the NYC Schools Account, 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-3:30pm.  You can reach me by phone 718-991-7490 Ext.110, Cell Phone: 718-344-6439 Or by E-mail Brivera13@schools.nyc.gov

 Sincerely

Beatrice Rivera

Parent Coordinator

 

 

Parent Association's Corner

   

Caroline Santana
PA President

 Yancy Betancourt
PA Treasurer

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

 

                                                                      2018-2019 PARENT ASSOCIATION CALENDAR OF MEETINGS                                                                    

MEETING

DATE

TIME  

1

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

2

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

3

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

4

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

5

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

6

Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

7

Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2019

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

8

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

9

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

We will meet at the Parent Association in Room 168

 PLEASE JOIN US!ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS ARE WELCOME!

                    __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

CALENDARIO 2018-2019 DE REUNIONES DE LA ASOCIACION DE PADRES

REUNION

FECHA

HORA

1

Miércoles, 10 de Oct. de 2018

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

2

Miércoles, 14 de Nov. de 2018

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

3

Miércoles, 12 de Dic. de 2018

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

4

Miércoles, 16 de Enero de 2019

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

5

Miércoles, 13 de Febrero de 2019

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

6

Miércoles, 13 de Marzo de 2019

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

7

Miércoles, 10 de Abril de 2019

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

8

Miércoles, 08 de Mayo de 2019

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

9

Miércoles, 12 de Junio de 2019

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

 Nos reuniremos en el salón 168 de la Asociación de Padres

 ¡TODOS LOS PADRES/TUTORES SON BIENVENIDOS!

FREE Nutrition Workshops/Curso GRATIS de Nutricion

COME JOIN THE FUN!!! - ¡¡¡ÚNETE A LA DIVERSIÓN!!!

Every Wednesdays @ 9:00am in room 168

     

Only 8 to 10 Workshops - Sólo 8 a 10 Curso

Learn how to make new recipes, plan meals & menus, enjoy physical activities, how to read nutrition labels, taste healthy snacks, and practice food safety

Aprenda cómo preparar nuevas recetas, planificar comidas y menús, disfrutar de las actividades físicas, leer las etiquetas de nutrición, probar bocadillos saludables, y practicar la seguridad de alimentos.


 

2018 Harvest Dance @ I.S. 131

  2018 Harvest Dance - Fiesta de la Cosecha

                         Check in with your Climate Coordinator, Mr. Brain or Mr. Eddie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

Friendship Festival

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

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

ASPIRA After School Program

     

Katherine Gomez, DYCD SONYC Director

Quamisha Lyles, Assistant Director  

                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

2018-2019 School Calendar

The beginning of the new school year will be here before we know it.  Take a look at the 2018-2019 school year calendar to help you plan your upcoming school year.

2018-2019 School Year Calendar 

2018 

September  

5 

Wednesday 

SCHOOL SESSIONS BEGIN FOR ALL STUDENTS  

@ 8:10 am 

September  

10 & 11 

Monday & Tuesday 

Rosh Hashanah –(schools closed) 

September  

19 

Wednesday 

Yom Kippur (schools closed) 

September 

20 

Thursday 

Meet the Teacher Night 

4:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

October  

8 

Monday  

Columbus Day Observed (schools closed)  

November  

6 

Tuesday  

Election Day- Students will not be in attendance.  

November 

12 

Monday 

Veterans Day Observed (schools closed) 

November  

November  

22 & 23 

 

Thursday and  

Friday  

Thanksgiving Recess (schools closed)  

November 

27 

Tuesday 

Parent Teacher Conference  

Students dismissed at 11:30 am 

Day 12:30-2:30 & Evening 4:30-7:30 

December 2018/ 

January 2019 

12/24-  

1/1 

  

Monday through  

Tuesday 

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

2019 

January 

2 

Wednesday 

School Resumes 

January  

21 

Monday  

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

February 

5 

Tuesday 

Lunar New Year (schools closed) 

February  

18- 22 

Monday through  

Friday  

Midwinter Recess (schools closed -students return to school on Monday, February 25, 2019) 

March 

26 

Tuesday 

Parent Teacher Conference 

Day 12:30-2:30 & Evening 4:30-7:30 

April  

2 – 4 

tentative 

Tuesday- Thursday 

NYS ELA Exam 

April 

19 – 26 

Friday - Friday 

Spring Recess (schools closed - Students return to school on Monday, April 29, 2019).  

May 

1 – 3 

tentative 

Wednesday - Friday 

NYS MATH Exam 

May 

16 

Thursday 

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

May  

27 

Monday  

Memorial Day Observed (schools closed)  

June 

4 

Tuesday 

Eid al-Fitr (schools closed) 

June  

6 

Thursday  

Anniversary Day - Chancellor’s Conference Day - Students will not be in attendance. 

June 

11 

Tuesday 

Clerical Day – Students will not be in attendance.  

June  

26 

Wednesday  

LAST DAY FOR ALL STUDENTS.  

Early Dismissal- 11:30 am  

 

2018-2019 calendario del año escolar 

2018 

Septiembre  

5 

Miércoles 

Las sesiones escolares empiezan para todos los estudiantes @ 8:10 AM 

Septiembre  

10 & 11 

Lunes y martes 

Rosh Hashaná – (escuelas cerradas) 

Septiembre  

19 

Miércoles 

Yom Kippur (escuelas cerradas) 

Septiembre 

20 

Jueves 

Conoce a la noche del maestro 4:30 pm – 7:30 PM 

Octubre  

8 

Lunes  

Día de Colón observado (escuelas cerradas)  

Noviembre  

6 

Martes  

Día de la elección- Los estudiantes no asistirán.  

Noviembre 

12 

Lunes 

Día de los veteranos observado (escuelas cerradas) 

Noviembre  

 

22 & 23 

 

Jueves y Viernes  

Receso de acción de gracias (escuelas cerradas)  

Noviembre 

27 

Martes 

Conferencia de padres y maestros  

Estudiantes despedidos a las 11:30 AM 

Día 12:30-2:30 & noche 4:30-7:30 

Diciembre de 2018/ 

Enero 2019 

12/24-  

1/1 

  

Lunes a través  

Martes 

Receso de invierno (incluyendo Navidad y día de año nuevo) (escuelas cerradas-los estudiantes regresan a la escuela el miércoles, 2 de enero, 2019).  

2019 

Enero 

2 

Miércoles 

Currículos escolares 

Enero  

21 

Lunes  

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (escuelas cerradas)  

Febrero 

5 

Martes 

Año nuevo lunar (escuelas cerradas) 

Febrero  

18-22 

Lunes Por  

Viernes  

Receso del solsticio de invierno (escuelas cerradas-los estudiantes regresan a la escuela el lunes, 25 de febrero, 2019) 

Marzo 

26 

MartesDía 

Conferencia de padres y maestros 

Día 12:30-2:30 & noche 4:30-7:30 

Abril  

2 – 4 

Intento 

Martes-jueves 

Examen de estado de NY ELA 

Abril 

19 – 26 

Viernes-viernes 

Receso de primavera (escuelas cerradas-los estudiantes regresan a la escuela el lunes, 29 de abril, 2019).  

Mayo 

1 – 3 

Intento 

Miércoles-viernes 

Examen de matemáticas del estado de NY 

Mayo 

16 

Jueves 

Conferencia vespertina – 4:30 pm – 7:30 PM 

Mayo 

27 

Lunes  

Día conmemorativo observado (escuelas cerradas)  

Junio 

4 

Martes 

Eid al-Fitr (escuelas cerradas) 

Junio  

6 

Jueves  

Día del aniversario-día de la Conferencia del Canciller- Los estudiantes no asistirán. 

Junio 

11 

Martes 

Día de oficina – Los estudiantes no asistirán.  

Junio  

26 

Miércoles 

Último día para todos los estudiantes.  

Despidos tempranos-11:30 AM  

 

School Supplies

  

Photo by David Pennington on Unsplash

 

 

School Supplies for the 2018-2019 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  
  • 1 ½ inch Hard cover Binder 
  • 2 Highlighters  
  • 12 inch ruler- must have Centimeters & inches 
  • Travel hand Sanitizer 

 

General supplies (for home) 

  • Crayons/colored pencils  
  • Construction paper 
  • Glue/glue Stick 
  • Scissors 
  • Dictionary and Thesaurus 
  • 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: Royal Blue Collared School Shirts 

Bottoms:  Pants in Khaki or Black 

 The following are NOT acceptable at any time: 

  • Jeans – with holes and tears 
  • T-shirts 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  
  • Hoodies  

 

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

 

 

 

 

ÚTILES ESCOLARES NECESITADOS 

Suministros generales (escolar) 

  •         6 cuadernos de composición (uno para cada tema)
  •         4 dosbolsillo carpetas  
  •         8 GB Thumb drive/Flash Drive
  • Ear buds/headphones 
  •         6 plumas [azul/negro]
  •         12 afilar lápices #2 con gomas de borrar
  •         Sacapuntas con tapa para recoger las virutas de lápiz
  •         8 ½ x 11 papel de hojas sueltas 
  •        tapadura de 1 ½ pulgada Binder 
  •         2 marcadores 
  •         reglade 12 pulgadas-deben tener centímetros y pulgadas 
  •         Viajes mano desinfectante

 

Suministros generales (para el hogar) 

  •        Lápices de colores/colores 
  •         Papel de construcción
  •         Pegamento/pegamentoStick 
  •         Tijeras
  •         Diccionario y tesauro
  •         Calculadora

 

Código de vestir 

 

I.S. 131 pretende preparar a los estudiantes para un futuro en la fuerza de trabajo y a "Vístete para el éxito". Por lo tanto, el código de vestimenta requiere que todos los estudiantes a usar:  

 

Máximo: Escuela camisas de cuello azul marino 

Fondos: Pantalones caqui o negro 

 Las siguientes no son aceptables en cualquier momento: 

  • Pantalones vaqueros  
  • Camisetas con fotografías, emblemas o palabras inapropiadas.  
  • Camisas sin mangas (Tank tops, tapas de tubo, sogas, correas de espagueti, etc..)  
  • Pantalón desgastado por debajo de la cintura que muestran ropa interior o pantalones cortos por debajo de  
  • Faldas o pantalones cortos con dobladillos superiores a 4 pulgadas sobre la rodilla.  
  • Hacer-Rags/bufandas [a menos que por razones médicas o religiosas.  
  • Sombreros  

 

Nota: Usted recibirá una llamada para que traigan una muda de ropa si creemos que un estudiante es vestido inapropiadamente a la escuela. 

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.