CELL PHONE POLICY - As you may or may not be aware, the Mayor and Chancellor have changed the official policy on cell phones in schools.  As part of this new policy, the DOE has directed schools to set forth their own policy as to when and where cell phones and other personal electronic devices may or may not be used during the school day. After consultation with the School Leadership Team, the School Safety Team and the Administrative Cabinet, we have agreed upon the policy as outlined below. 

 In Effect as of Monday March 2, 2015:

Ø  Phones should not be seen or heard in school.  This includes timers, alarms and any other electronic noise.

Ø  Field trip use of electronic devices will be based on chaperone/administration discretion.

Ø  PS 232 and the DOE are not responsible for lost or damaged phones or other electronic devices. They are brought to school at the risk of the owner.

Ø  Students will not be permitted to use phones or other electronic devices during lunch, recess or when using the restrooms.

Ø  Electronic devices can be used during the school day or during after-school activities only when directly supervised by a school staff member.

 Confiscation and return of electronic devices

Ø  Students using a cell phone or other electronic device in violation of the above stipulations are subject to:

o   First Offense:  Confiscation of item and return at end of school day.

o   Second Offense:  Confiscation of item and return following parent/guardian conference to be scheduled no earlier than one week from the date of confiscation and to be held on school days between 3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

o   Third Offense:  Revocation of privilege to bring any electronic device to school for the remainder of the school year.

PARENT SURVEYS - Be on the look-out for the “Parent Surveys” (in the green envelopes) on Parent Teacher Conference Day. Like last year, we will ask that you complete your survey in our school cafeteria or while you are waiting to speak to your child’s teacher. When you do and submit your survey and raffle ticket to Ms. DiBenedetto stationed in our school lobby, your family name will be entered into a raffle for one of three gift baskets that will be on display. If you complete your survey, your child will also receive a “No School Uniform” pass that can be used on any day they’d like. Also, for any class that has 100% parent survey participation, a pizza party will be thrown! There will also be parent volunteers walking around the building during PT Conferences to help you with your parent survey if you have any questions.

Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, March 19th. Our teachers will send appointment slips home this week if they haven’t done so already. Parents will be able to come up to discuss student progress on the afternoon of March 19th (1:00-3:00 p.m.) and the same evening of March 19th (5:00 – 8:00 p.m.). If you cannot discuss your child’s progress on March 19th during PT conferences, then you can make an appointment during Parent Engagement Tuesdays on the following dates:

  • March 17th  between 2:30 – 3:10 p.m.
  • March 24th between 2:30 – 3:10 p.m.
  • March 31st between 2:30 – 3:10 p.m.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in meeting on any of those three days. Please remember that March 19th is a half day of school for our students, and dismissal is at 11:45 a.m. Lunch will be served before they leave for the day.

SCIENCE FAIR/ BOOK FAIR - We are very excited that our conference will coincide with both our school-wide science fair in the gymnasium and our Scholastic Book Fair in the auditorium! The book fair will be open to your child during the week of March 16th, ending on Friday the 20th at 10:45 a.m. All classes will be scheduled for a class visit to the auditorium. This Scholastic Book Fair will raise the much-needed funding that our school needs to continue upgrading our library and place new books on our shelves. Our school Science Fair will begin on March 18th, but you will be able to visit during PT Conferences in the afternoon and/or evening.

Thank you for your support during our Candy Sale School Fundraiser. All candy envelopes are to be returned by Friday, March 6, 2015. Any student who sells at least $10 will be invited to our annual ice cream sundae party in June! No child is to go door-to-door with their candy envelope. Safety first!

This month’s Principal’s Breakfast is on Monday, March 9, 2015. This month, Ms. Falcone, our guidance counselor, will present “Cyberbullying”, a hot topic that our parents have been asking for. Many of our students are on the internet and need supervision and guidance in this area. Please join us for this important workshop. Be the first to complete the Parent Survey and enter our school raffle! If you would like to attend, please RSVP me at ljoseph3@schools.nyc.gov.

Women in History - As a school, we are transitioning from Black History Month into Women in History Month. Women in History Month is a time for teachers to integrate the study of women who made a difference in our history. There will also be a variety of lessons and activities that your child’s teacher has planned throughout the month. It is so important for our children to read and learn about how others lead their lives and changed history. In turn, our students will learn more about themselves.

Our school will begin to teach your child about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) starting the month of March. The New York State Education Department and the New York City Department of Education have mandated that HIV/AIDS education be provided for all students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. This mandate states that HIV/AIDS instruction must be age-appropriate and address the nature of the disease, the methods of transmission, and methods of prevention. Lessons focus on developing an understanding of communicable diseases, ways to live a healthy life, and how to identify community resources that can help enhance the quality of life.


The five lessons will be taught during the months of March and April. State regulations require that all students attend lessons on the nature of the disease and methods of transmission. However, parents or legal guardians have the right to ask that their child not participate in the lessons dealing with methods of prevention. Parents or legal guardians who do make such a request must file a written request with the principal. Ms. DiBenedetto, our parent coordinator, Ms. Falcone, and Ms. Black will hold a parent workshop at the Principal’s Breakfast on Monday, February 9, 2015 entitled, “HIV/AIDS Curriculum for Parents”. Whether you attend or not, I want you to be informed. The parent website is as follows:  http://schools.nyc.gov/HealthED. You will access a full text of the updated HIV/AIDS curriculum which includes all the lessons for kindergarten through 12th grades. The lessons for the grade of your child will be available at the workshop.



Khaki beige or blue pants or shorts (in warmer weather)
Navy blue or light blue polo (golf) shirt (short or long-sleeved)
Comfortable shoes or sneakers (not carried by Flynn & O’Hara)


Khaki beige or blue pants, skirts, skorts, capris, shorts (in warmer weather)
Navy blue or light blue polo (golf) shirt (short or long-sleeved)
Comfortable shoes or sneakers (no flip flops)

Tuesday, March 31
Leadership Team Meeting
3:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 2
Dress Down Day
Friday, April 3
Good Friday
Monday, April 6
Tuesday, April 7

Today, 3/31/2015
High: 43 Low: 30
Chance rain/snow
52% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 4/1/2015
High: 44 Low: 35
Mostly sunny
5% chance of precipitation.