From The 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 or set up an appointment during our Tuesday Engagement session if you have any questions or concerns. On Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, your child was given their report card for the second marking period as well as Promotion in Doubt letters if there were any concerns.

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,, 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 – Ms. F. Piccone – ext. 104

Grade 7 – Mr. C. Acevedo - ext. 116

Grade 6 – Ms. E. Moro-Sullivan – ext. 236

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. 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 meet with your child and their teacher to discuss their academic progress as well as to voice any concerns.

We are pleased to offer additional academic supports through our Saturday Test Prep Academy which began on Saturday, January 20th. The program takes place from 9:00 to 12:00. The remaining dates are as follows:

March: 10th, 17th, 24th

April: 14th , 21st , 28th

We are also offering additional academic support in Math on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and ELA on Fridays from 2:30 pm – 4:00 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 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 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 14th and Thursday, February 16th. We will be conducting a Simulation Exam for Math on Wednesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 15th. 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:

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - Parent-Teacher Conferences - 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and from 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Family ELA & Math Fun Night – 5:30 pm

March 30th – April 6th – Spring Recess – No School

Monday, April 9th – School Resumes at 8:10 am

April 11th & 12th - NYS ELA EXAM

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 on March 6th for our Parent-Teacher Conferences!


Ms. Monique Mason



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


I.S. 131 Core Values


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


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


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

Building relationships to support personal and academic growth


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


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

School Leadership Team Meeting Schedule

--The 2017-2018 School Leadership Team Schedule will be arriving shortly--

Stay Tuned...


Coach Eddie's Corner

Parent Coordinator

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


College Access For All

We are very excited to have the College Access For All initiative in our school this year!  Our students are learning all about college and what it takes to get there and be successful.  From campus life to scholarships- They will learn it all.  Listed below are the upcoming dates for the workshops as well as the trips we will be going on.

College Access Workshops


What Is college?


Myth busting ex. College vs universities


Resume Writing 


Sport Preparation



College access week kick-off assembly


November 8, 2017

Bronx Community College

December 12, 2017



ASPIRA After School Program

Check out our ASPIRA calendar so you are aware of our upcoming events.

 Calender to parents 2017-2018.docx