Letter to Families 10-30-20

October 30, 2020

Dear Families,

Thank you for all of your support, flexibility, and understanding during this unique school year. Fall has arrived and with it all of our regular patterns with the season. Please be aware of the following important information for the coming weeks:

1. Students Must Engage in their Schoolwork Every Day: No matter whether students are learning at home or in person at P.S. 5, students must interact with their teacher and complete assignments. Learning must not stop on days that students are at home in order for children to continue to progress in in their studies!

2. Health Screening: A health screening sheet must be completed for each child for each day he/she enters P.S. 5. For your convenience, blank copies are sent home at the end of each day so that you can complete the forms before arriving at P.S. 5 in the morning.

3. Election Day – November 3rd: All students will learn remotely on Election Day. Teachers will hold regular live morning meets with students through Google Classroom. Students will then work independently for the remainder of the day. Please exercise your right and VOTE!

4. New Citywide Grading Policy: Earlier this week, the Chancellor announced a new grading policy. We will mark students in Grades K-5 with the following scale:

NL Insufficient information to determine whether a student has met standards

N In need of improvement

3 Proficient (meeting grade-level standards)

4 Excels in standards

At this time, many students across New York City, including at P.S. 5, are working toward the grade-level standards and are then in need of improvement. By continuing to fully engage in in-person and remote learning, we should expect to see increases in students’ marks by the end of the school year!

*Please note: In November, Kindergarten students will receive a progress report and will receive their first report card in March. There are no report cards for 3K and PreK students. Teachers confer with parents through the use of student interactions to discuss progress.

5. Parent Teacher Conferences – November 5th: Thursday, November 5th will be a half day ending at 11:30 a.m. for all students. Teachers have been in touch with families to schedule virtual conferences for the remainder of the day. During conferences, teachers will share student progress and report cards and also ask families what their goals are for their children.

6. Technology Support: Families in need of support with technological devices, including DOE-issued computers / iPads should call the Main Office at 212.567.8109. A staff member from the school will be happy to help you resolve the issue.

7. Change of Contact Information: If you have a change in address or telephone number, please call the Main Office at 212.567.8109 so we can update school records. Having accurate contact information for all of our students, both blended and remote, is essential now more than ever to ensure that you are receiving the most up-to-date information.

8. School Website and Facebook: Please continue to access www.ps005m.org and www.facebook.com/ps5mellenlurie for current information!

9. Window to Opt-In to In-Person Learning: The Chancellor has announced that the opt-in window for in-person learning will be from Monday, November 2 – Sunday, November 15. He also announced that this will be the only opportunity for families to opt their children into in-person learning during this school year. Fully remote families will have access to a survey to indicate their preference beginning next week. These changes will take into effect at the beginning of December.

Finally, as Halloween approaches, many children and families are looking forward to celebrating. Please follow these guidelines from the Commissioner of NYC Department of Health and Hygiene:


 Stay outdoors: Try going to a scavenger hunt in a park or walking around your neighborhood to see all the spooky decorations. Do not attend a haunted house or other indoor events.

 Keep your group small: The best idea is to keep to your own household. If you meet up with people outside your household, stay outdoors and keep the group small. You should not go to parties. It is not safe to host or attend large gatherings indoors or outdoors even if everyone feels well.

 Trick-or-treat safely: If you go trick-or-treating, be sure everyone is wearing a face covering, stay outdoors and 6 feet away after knocking on a door, and bring plenty of hand sanitizer.


We are strong – we are persistent – we are hopeful – we don’t give up – we are P.S. 5!



Christopher Anest, Principal

Ana Luisa Ariza, Assistant Principal

Latosha Thomas, Assistant Principal