Saturday, December 15, 2018

Week of December 17, 2018

December 19, 2018
8:30 AM 
in Church 
Parents Welcome to Attend 

Kitchen Update
On November 26th the NYFD was here to inspect the school kitchen and the new venting system. We received a Letter of Approval to move forward.
Con Edison was notified and we are awaiting a date for the gas
 to be turned on for the kitchen stoves. 
Please remember to thank Fr. Cruz for his persistent involvement in making sure this is resolved so that we may serve hot lunch. 

Flu Shot Mandate 
Mr. Woods received a reminder about the Flu Shot requirement for students in PreK and K.
Please read the condensed notes below. If you have questions please see Mr. Guzman, Alba or                Mr. Woods and please 
do not wait until December 31st!

        Flu Shots for all children under the age of 5. (attached – pages 8 & 9  Article 43.17 ( a2B, a2C, a2D)  This change is in addition to the existing requirements for DTaP (diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine), polio, MMR (measles-mumps-rubella), varicella, and hepatitis vaccines. In order for children to attend your program, proof of immunization is required. Similar to other vaccination requirements, please work with your families on completing all of their vaccination requirements.
Q1 – How do I notify parents of this mandate?   
A1 –  Most families were notified about the flu shot requirement at time of enrollment since the flu shot is on the schedule for yearly required physicals for children ages 6 mos – 59 mos.  (Item 11)  .   Physicians were notified by the DOHMH.  The attached memo can be found on the DOHMH website as well and can be modified and sent out  as a reminder to the parents of any child not yet in compliance.  By January 1st, most of your kindergarten children will be 60+ mos of age and are no longer under this mandate.
Q2 – What happens if a parent requests a medical exemption?
A2 -  Print and give the parent the medical exemption form.  It must be filled out and signed by a physician.   NYC schools with PKFA and 3K must keep a copy of the medical exemption request  on file and submit the completed paperwork to  NYC DOE.   
Q3 – What happens if students do not have the flu shot by January 1, 2019 and do not have a medical exemption request, signed by a physician, on file.
A3 -   Schools are to exclude these children.  The DOHMH can issue violations and fines to the school for each instance of non-compliance with this mandate.  We continue to monitor this mandate to insure that it is being fairly enforced in all PKFA/3K programs.  If the exclusion requirement changes,  we will be sure to send out a follow-up email.  Based on a conversation with the DOHMH on Friday,  we anticipate that the inspectors will be told to issue violations for children under the age of 5 years who are present in school and lack flu shot documentation.  
Tuition Suspension 
January 3, 2019 
The Manhattan Regional Office is requiring that tuition is up to date before students return to school after 
Christmas break.
Parents who have made no payment since September will be sent home a letter stating that fact and that they should contact the Manhattan Region's business manager in order to return to school after Christmas.

Christmas Break 
December 20, 2018 - January 3, 2019 
The Christmas break will begin on  Wednesday December 19th at dismissal for all students in:
PreK -1 Mrs. Fundora's Class
PreK-2 Ms. Rodriguez's room
and all students in grades K-8 
and resume on 
Wednesday January 3, 2019

PreK For All Students
Students in:
Mrs. Gonzalez's Class
Ms. McGarry's Class
Mrs. Serbones' Class
Christmas break will begin on Thursday December 20, 2018 
at dismissal and school will resume on 
Wednesday January 3, 2019 

After School Program Last Day for 2018 
The last day of the After School Program will be Wednesday December 19, 2018.
The program will resume on January 3, 2019.

Monday December 17, 2018
Students will need shopping bags to pack their books for Christmas classroom cleaning and waxing of floors.

Tuesday December 18, 2018 
Mrs. Claus and the Elves will be here to meet with students in 
PreK and K.
7th & 8th Grade Cake Sale
Living Environment Class 3:45 PM - 6:00 PM 

Wednesday December 19, 2018 
Lessons & Carols 8:30 AM - Parents invited.
Students are to wear dress up clothes with green/red motif for Christmas.

Classroom Chrsitmas parties after Lessons & Carols. Please see your child's teacher regarding the class Christmas party.

Last Day of After School Program 

Christmas recess begins for students in 
PreK-1, PreK -2 and K through grade 8 at dismissal.

Thursday December 20, 2018 
PreK For All Holiday Presentation 9:00 AM 
Parents invited.