Yorkville Community School PTA eBlast: 8/28/17

Keeping parents updated with important school news one week at a time…

Welcome back YCS Families, and a special welcome to families new to YCS!  

We hope you are as excited as we are for the start of another school year!  We have many exciting events already planned for September! Please see the details below.

  • As a YCS parent, you are automatically part of the YCS PTA. There are no fees and no special membership forms to complete… and ALL members have a voice and voting rights.  The PTA funds many of the great in-class enrichment programs offered at YCS, including in-class chess instruction by Chess NYC and the 4th and 5th grade band, as well as classroom and lunchroom aides and Asphalt Green’s guided recess.  Funding for these programs is not provided by the DOE and would not be possible without YOUR support, so please consider making your annual contribution today either via our YCS Web Site or by printing our YCS Donation Form and sending it to school, along with your donation, in your child’s backpack.
  • The full year calendar will be sent home the 1st week of school in your child’s backpack. Click here to access our September Calendar as a PDF.  We’ve also made the YCS school year available for your computer, tablet or phone!  Simply CLICK HERE from your phone or laptop to add it to your calendar.  Of course, we will continue to post updates to our YCS WEB SITE and FACEBOOK

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

  • 9/7: First day of school!  Please note that it is a half day for kindergarten (dismissal at 11:45am)
  • 9/7: Welcome breakfast for all new families in the cafeteria at 9am
  • 9/13: Curriculum night and book fair evening shopping (adults only, see details below)

KEY INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

Class Assignments

Your child’s class assignment will be delivered via email the weekend before school starts. Please look for it in your email by 9/4.

Class Specific Start Times

  • The YCS school building opens at 8:20 AM for breakfast.  All students are welcome and breakfast is free.  Please contact mainoffice@yorkvillecommunityschool.org with any questions

  • The school day begins at 8:40 AM and ends at 2:50 PM for 1st graders and 3 PM for 2nd thru 5th graders.

  • The first day of Kindergarten is a half day. Walk your child to class and then please join the PTA in the cafeteria for coffee and light snacks afterward.

  • On the first day of school, Kindergarten dismissal is at 11:45 AM. The first full day of school for Kindergarten is Friday, September 8th.

  • The first two days of Pre-K will run on two 90 minute sessions. Check your email and use the sign up genius to sign up for either the: 9:30 -11am morning sessions or the 12 – 1:30pm afternoon sessions (please contact mainoffice@yorkvillecommunityschool.org if you did not receive an email).  The first full day for Pre-K students is Monday, September 11th.

After School Programs

Please CLICK HERE for more information and to register for YCS after school programs.. Please note that Wingspan is now offering programming for Pre-K.

Curriculum Night and Parent Book Fair Shopping

Visit your child’s classroom and teacher and learn about the YCS curriculum, daily routines, and enrichment programs.  And, while you’re at school, make sure to stop by the book fair in the YCS cafeteria to stock up on books for your child’s at-home reading and to help fulfill teacher book wish-lists.  Dates and details to follow.

School Supplies

YCS teachers have assembled comprehensive lists of supplies they will need to optimize the students’ experiences during the upcoming school year.  Please find a link to the supply lists HERE.  If you elected to pre-order supplies from Schoolkidz, we thank you and the supplies will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom with your child’s name on it.  If you missed the deadline to order from Schoolkidz, we ask that you please bring your child’s supplies to school during the first week. And if you shop for supplies at Amazon.com by clicking HERE, Amazon will donate up to 6% of your purchase to YCS!  (Please note that this program works in addition to Amazon Prime and applies to purchases other than school supplies, but you must click through to Amazon via the YCS website.)

Modell’s Coupon and Other YCS Shopping Partners

Save some money and help YCS as you “gear up” for your fall sports or buy that new school backpack with the YCS Modell’s Coupon, which qualifies you for a 15% discount and ensures that Modell’s donates 5% of sales to YCS!  There are a number of other easy ways to support YCS when you shop.  Please CLICK HERE for details on some of our other shopping partners.

NYC Schools Account

With an NYC Schools Account, you can easily access information about your child’s progress in school, including attendance, report cards, assessments and general student information, in one of ten languages. To set up an account, you must be your child’s parent or legal guardian and live at the same address as the child (you can link all of your children to one NYC School Account). You can register for an NYC Schools Account at http://schools.nyc.gov/myaccount by providing the Creation Code from the letter you received from YCS. If you do not have the letter, please email our parent coordinator, Christie Falciani at mainoffice@yorkvillecommunityschool.org

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