Meet the Teacher: Thursday, September 22

Meet the Teacher Banner

“Meet the Teacher Night” will be held on Thursday, September 22, for all grades Pre-K through 2nd Grade during the school day.  Each teacher will be available for a 40-minute period in his/her classroom. A schedule will be announced.

During this meeting, your child’s teacher will speak with you about our expectations for the 2022-2023 school year.  The teacher will also discuss homework policies, the school’s code of behavior, and other very important information. 

The cluster team (Music, Physical Education and Theater) will be conducting their presentations together in the library.

Habits of Mind

This year, we are embedding the Habits of Mind within our Into Reading Literacy Program and into the entire curriculum. There is a growing recognition that mastering subject-area knowledge alone will not be sufficient to prepare our children for their futures. They will need consistent practice and renewed attention to grow their capacity as strategic thinkers to increase or enhance their ability to complete the work in the classroom.

Habits of Mind is a universal framework for thinking. Habits of Mind are skills people use when confronted with problems and situations to which answers are not immediately apparent. When students draw upon these habits of mind, the results of the work produced are more powerful, of higher quality and of greater importance than if they fail to make use of these intellectual behaviors.

Below is a chart of the 16 Habits of Mind described in student-friendly language.

The 16 Habits of Mind in Student-Friendly Language

Below is a chart of the 16 Habits of Mind for parents.

The 16 Habits of Mind

Schoolwide Enrichment Program

Children exploring their interests

We are happy to share that we will be implementing our Schoolwide Enrichment Program (SEM) on Fridays during the school day (period 7 – 1:50 – 2:40 pm). The SEM Program comprises enrichment clusters made up of small groups of students who share common interests. They come together during special time blocks to research/pursue these interests with teachers who share their interests and want to help students develop their talents in this particular area. In past school years, through the adoption of enrichment clusters, our students have been able to participate in highly engaging learning activities that made their experience in school much more enjoyable. Therefore, we are able to continue our SEM Program with great enthusiasm.

Below are the dates for the three 10-week cycles, one for each grade. Also included are the due dates for the title and description, the names of the teacher facilitators and the room numbers.

Second Grade

September 16 – December 2

First Grade

December 9 – March 3


March 10 – June 23

SEM Cycles for 2022-2023 School Year

Each student in each grade will receive a choice sheet and asked to rank in order in preference his or her top three SEM Clusters. Students’ choice sheets will be reviewed and cluster groups of no more than 10 students will be created.

Opening Day of School

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We look forward to welcoming you and your child in-person on September 8. To ensure a smooth transition, we wanted to share with you pertinent information about our school opening.


Our school hours are from 8:00 to 2:50 pm Monday through Friday.

First and Second Grade Classes

On the first day of school at 7:55 am, students in first and second grade will use the side door #4 on 87th Street and go straight into the cafeteria and sit by the table with their class number. The classes will be escorted to the classrooms at 8:00 am. Note that dismissal on the first day of school is at 2:50 pm, regular time, through the same door #4 that was used in the morning.

On the second day of school, students in first and second grades will be walking inside the school through the main entrance and into the cafeteria where they will congregate before heading to the classroom at 8:00 AM. 

Kindergarten Classes

On the first day of school, you will notice 4 placards on the front side of the school, one for each of our kindergarten classes containing the class number and the name of the teacher.  Kindergarteners will begin to line up single file 5 minutes prior at 7:55 am. Parents must supervise their children up until the time they enter the building.

At 8:00 am, the classroom teacher will come out and greet you and your child.   The teacher will call on the students’ names one by one and place a name plate over his/her neck. Once the teacher has accounted for all of the children, the class will proceed into the building through side door #3.  That is the time to say, “Good bye.”    Note that dismissal on the first day of school is at 2:50 pm, regular time, through the same door that was used in the morning.  Please be informed that the name plate that is put on your child will go home that day. We want you to put it on your child the very next day.

On the second day of school, please make sure your child wears the name plate.  Drop them off at the main entrance as they will be walking inside the school and into the cafeteria on their own where they will meet with their teacher at an assigned table.  I know that parents worry about sending their children into the cafeteria unescorted.  I can assure you once they get through the doors, they will know exactly what to do!  Plus, there is staff in the hallway and inside the cafeteria to make sure that they go to their assigned table.

Pre-K Class

In order to facilitate a smooth transition from home to school, arrival will be staggered for Pre-K during the first couple of days of school, September 8 and 9. The class will be divided into two groups. Please carefully read the schedule below. The groups will enter the building through the 87th Street side door #2. Families will be receiving individual letters notifying them of their child’s group under separate cover.

Thursday, September 8Two groups of 9 students attend in the morning.
1st group from 9:00 – 10:30 am
2nd group from 11:00 – 12:30 pm
September 9
Entire class will be in for a shortened period of 2 hours and 30 minutes, from 8:00 – 10:30 am.
September 12
Entire class will be in session based on the school’s full day schedule, from 8:00 – 2:50 pm.
Pre-K Schedule for First Couple of Days of School

The following week on September 12, the entire Pre-K class will congregate by the teacher’s sign and wait for the teacher and the paraprofessional to greet them at 8:00 am. Everyone will enter the building through the 87th Street side door #2. Pre-K parents may escort their children to the classroom during this time.

Criers will be asked to stand to the side and wait for Ms. Maritza Cajigas-Dias, Speech Pathologist who will escort the children to the multipurpose room to be comforted by our professional personnel.


Breakfast for all grades K-2 (not Pre-K as they eat in the classroom) will be from 7:30 – 7:55 AM. Students should enter the building through the main entrance.


Students will be dismissed through the same door as they entered which is as follows:

Pre-K:                             2:50 PM – Exit 1 (87th Street)

Kindergarten:                 2:50 PM – Exit 3 (37th Avenue)

Grade 1:                          2:50 PM – Exit 2 (87th Street)

Grade 2:                          2:50 PM – Exit 2 (87th Street)

Teachers will be leading the class line at dismissal and escort the children to the dismissal area. 

Children who are not picked up by an adult or older sibling will be brought to the cafeteria and left under the supervision of the school aide on duty.  Another school aide will contact the parents of the child and only release the child to a parent/guardian who is listed on the emergency contact card by the front door. It is essential for parents to include the names of persons permitted to pick up their child. All parents and guardians must present identification to pick up a child. At no point will the parent be able to enter the building.

Dismissal procedures will not change due to inclement weather. Parents are encouraged to listen to daily forecasts, particularly for rainy or snowy weather, and send their children with umbrellas and raincoats, hats and gloves.

Commemorating 9/11

9/11 Banner

As we commemorate the events of September 11th, we come together to honor the lives of the heroes who perished in this horrible tragedy. Our school was named after one of those heroes, Firefighter Christopher A. Santora.

On Monday, September 12, our entire school community will remember the sacrifice and bravery of many of our fellow New Yorkers and NYC Firefighters by presenting a Commemorative Assembly Program for Students. Our school will have the honor of having Mrs. Maureen Santora, mother of FF Christopher A. Santora, who will conduct a read aloud of her published book titled “My Son Christopher”. Songs and poems of peace, heroism and patriotism will be presented by our students.