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School Lunch


May 2014

SCHOOL LUNCH made easy! Sign up today at, open an account and fund it with a credit card. All your child has to do is go through the line, and choose what they want to eat. No cash, no cards, no hassle.

Testing Task Force

Our goal is to help parents learn more about changing policies related to standardized testing and the impact of that on our community. Learn more.

Fact of the Week - 6/17

Did you know you can keep up with the latest news and become informed about petitions, rallies, and other actions by signing up for the Parent Voices NY list serve?  To find out more, click here.

New & Noteworthy

2014-2015 PTA Officers


Top News


Registration for zoned children in grades 1 – 5, and K waitlist requests will be processed on Tuesday September 2nd from 1:00 to 3:00 and Wednesday September 3 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.



For 2014-2015 School Year

The start and end times of the school day will change next year. Kindergartners will attend school from 8:30 - 2:45. All other grades will attend from 8:30 - 2:50.

For Kindergarten and First Grade there will be a phase into the new schedule. Please see below for start and end times for all grades:

• September 4 (1/2 Day) -- 8:50 - 11:50
• September 5 (1/2 Day) -- 8:50 - 11:50
• Beginning on Monday, Sept 8 -- 8:30 - 2:45

First Grade:
• September 4 & 5 - 8:40  - 2:50
• Beginning on Monday, Sept 8 -- 8:30 - 2:50

2nd - 5th Grade:
• Beginning on Thursday, Sept 4 -- 8:30 - 2:50

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency is requesting public comment on New York City’s report addressing PCB contamination in schools. Schools built between 1950-1978, which include PS 321, have lighting fixtures that are likely to contain PCBs and will therefore be replaced, as per a letter from the DOE sent home by Liz Phillips in November 2013. There is some concern that there may be PCBs in the caulking as well, although this has not yet been tested.  Parent comments are the best way to ensure that moving forward, the City addresses these deficiencies and does the most it can do to protect our children. Please see New York Lawyer’s for the Public Interest’s comments to the EPA [File Attached] for more background and issues to address in your letter to the EPA.

Art Calendar: On Sale Now!

It's time to place your order for the PS 321 Art Calendar!  The calendar showcases student art from PS 321 art classes and all of the dates you’ll need for next year. Art Calendars cost $20 each -- all proceeds go to support the school’s enrichment programs (excluding printing costs). Click HERE to purchase your PS 321 Art Calendar online. The calendar will be delivered to your child’s class in the first week of the new school year.


For free, full day, public Pre-K in Community Based Early Childhood Centers, here is a link to an application families can use to apply.  Please note that P.S. 321 will not have Pre-K for the 2014-15 school year.

From the Principal

Spring 2014
Dear PS 321 Families:
It is hard to believe how quickly the year is flying by!  As always, one of the joys of being at PS 321 is the amazing sense of community here.   That certainly has been evident this spring.    It was wonderful to have so many of you accompany us on our Walkathon for a Healthy Planet—what a fabulous event.  We’re very much looking forward to sending checks to Transportation Alternatives and Amazon Watch, and we’ll let you know the amount we raised once we add up what we’ve collected.  Your support for our rally protesting the ELA exam in early April was incredibly gratifying.   And, our Family Diversity Night, “Around the World in 80 Minutes,” was once again a huge success.  Our school’s international community has grown dramatically in recent years, and we are all greatly enriched by this diversity.
There are so many other ways in which the collaboration between families and staff makes PS 321 such a special place.  Thanks to the work of the Green and Healthy Committee, we now have salad bar 5 days a week—with fourth graders serving during the second lunch period and parent volunteers during the first.  And, our Technology Committee of parents and staff has been hard at work all year and has exciting plans for technology for the 2014-15 school year.   Another great collaboration between staff and families is our Poetry Magazine, Pandamonium—what a beautiful publication.   If you haven’t yet seen it, you will have a chance to during June Family Friday.
I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at my grade by grade parent meetings this spring.  You will get a notice home the week before the meeting.  And, our Family Potluck Dinner on June 4 is always a wonderful event! 
This is such a lovely time of year as we see the incredible growth that children have made since September.   Listening to their conversations about books and social studies, reading their writing, observing them doing math investigations, and hearing about their wonderful spring trips is so energizing. 

Thank you for all that you do to support our community. 
Liz Phillips

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Books by Level

Click HERE to find books that match your child's letter reading level.

Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved at PS 321. Our current urgent needs are listed after the jump.

If you want to get involved in other ways, contact Isabel Santiago-Gordon by email or fill out our volunteer survey.



Today, 9/1/2014
High: 84 Low: 71
Chance thunderstorms
49% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 9/2/2014
High: 88 Low: 73
Slight chance thunderstorms
28% chance of precipitation.

Upcoming Events

Monday, September 1
Labor Day
School Closed 
Thursday, September 4
First Day of School
11:45 dismissal for K only.
Friday, September 5
11:45 dismissal for K only.
Wednesday, September 10
Green & Healthy Committee First Meeting
8:00 AM
Mini School
Thursday, September 11
Fundraising Committee First Meeting
8:00 AM
Principal´s office
Friday, September 12
Breakfast for New Families
8:40 AM
In the backyard
All New Families Welcome
Tuesday, September 16
Steering Committee First Meeting
8:30 AM
Principal´s office
All are welcome
Thursday, September 18
PTA Meeting and Volunteer Fair
6:30 PM
All are welcome
Friday, September 19
Welcome Back Potluck
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
In the backyard
All are welcome
Monday, September 22
Meet the Writers First Meeting
8:30 AM
Principal´s office
Curriculum Conferences for 3rd-5th Grade
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, September 23
First Day of Fall
Curriculum Conferences for K-2nd Grade
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, September 24
Lunchroom Orientation for Kindergarten Parents
8:40 AM
Thursday, September 25
Rosh Hashanah
No school
PS321's School Calendar can be exported into Microsoft Excel, iCal or vCal.  Click on the "View Monthly Calendar" link above and then click on the Export Events icon, located on the top right corner of the monthly calendar, and follow the prompts to complete the export.