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School Day & Procedures

Arrival & Dismissal Times*

2016 - 2017 Official School hours
Breakfast Program:  7:40 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. daily (for students who do not eat breakfast at home)
8:15 a.m. arrival
8:20 a.m. classes start
2:40 p.m. dismissal for Pre-K & K students *pick up in classroom
2:40 p.m. dismissal for Grades 1 – 5 students
* For the safety of all students, please ensure timely pick-up of all children according to the schedule above.

ONLY Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten parents enter the building via the Washington

entrance to escort students to classrooms for drop-off in the mornings and from

classrooms for pick up in the afternoons. 

All grades 1 - 5 students line up outside by 8:15 a.m. and are escorted into the building by

PS11 staff.

Morning lineup and afternoon dismissal is in the small yard for grades 1 and 2. Rain or shine.

Morning lineup and afternoon dismissal is in the big yard for grades 3, 4 and 5. Rain or shine.

The school day begins at 8:20 a.m.

Thank you for your patience, continued support and cooperation as we work together to keep our children safe.

It is imperative that students are picked up on time each afternoon (except those going on to after school enrichment/Virtual Y activities).  In the event that you are running late, always call the school to inform them of your expected arrival time.  If you are not able to pick up your child at the required time after school, please make sure a responsible adult will arrive in your place. Any adult picking up a child has to be on the blue card filled out in the beginning of the year and must show ID.   If not on the blue card, the parent must notify the school in writing.  This person must also show ID. 

Uniform Policy

The PS11 uniform policy is navy blue bottoms and white shirts.  Uniforms are worn Monday thru Thursday; Friday is an optional non-uniform day.  On gym days, red shorts/pants and plain white t-shirts or PS11 logo t-shirts are worn.  PS11 t-shirts will be available for sale on the first day of school, the first PTA meeting and orientation days (see calendar for PTA meeting and orientation days).


Consistent attendance is extremely important for a successful school year.  If your child is ill and unable to come to school, please send a note explaining the reason for the absence upon their return.  Encourage your child to keep up with homework assignments even when he or she is absent.  During a lengthy absence, please notify the school and check with your child’s teacher about the best way to complete assignments.


The Office of Pupil Transportation provides information for families eligible for the school transportation. Please contact the school secretary if you need information or forms on transportation options for your child.

Lunch Forms

A free hot lunch is available daily to eligible students. Early in the fall, all families must complete and return the Application for Free and Reduced Priced Meals. Eligibility is based on the household size and monthly gross income. It is important that all parents complete this form, as it affects the school’s funding status for supplies, extended days and several programs including reduced class size, additional support staff and specialized non-mandated programs. Your child may not be able to participate in some after school activities and receive a snack without a lunch form on file. Even if you are ineligible or do not intend to have your child eat school breakfast, lunch, or afterschool snack, you MUST sign and return the form.  You may choose to fill out the form online instead of submitting a paper form.

Lost and Found

The lost and found is located beneath the stairwell on the ground floor. Please label everything with your child’s first and last names. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity after two weeks.

Breakfast, Lunch, Recess & Lunch Volunteers 

Breakfast and lunch are provided daily to all students. Parents may also send their child to school with a packed meal. Please be mindful when packing lunches and snacks to provide your child with healthy choices. Candy and junk food are prohibited in school. The breakfast and lunch menus can be viewed at


                     Lunch period 1 is from 11:05 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. and is for Pre-K to 2nd grades. Pre-K students eat lunch in their classrooms.

                     Lunch period 2 is from 12:00 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. and is for 3rd to 5th grades.


Lunch volunteers are ALWAYS welcome.  Sign up for a day and help kids get their lunches, open milk containers, get outside and play!
Weather permitting; students generally have an outdoor recess after lunch. In cold or inclement weather, students are offered alternative indoor activities. Our school is an It Takes A Village school.


In the event of an emergency, should you need to get a message to your child during the school day, please call the Main Office at 718-638-2661 and leave a message for his/her teacher. The teacher will relay the message to your child.


Toys and Electronic Devices

All forms of toys and electronic devices are prohibited. Such items will be confiscated by school personnel. Parents must claim seized items in person at the school. PS11 school staff is not responsible for lost or stolen items.


Cell Phones

The New York City Department of Education prohibits the usage of cell phones in public schools. If your child must carry a cell phone, it should be turned off and secured in their book bag. Cell phones can be confiscated by school personnel if used in school. If you have an emergency, contact the Main Office at 718-638-2661 to leave a message for your child. PS11 school staff is not responsible for lost or stolen cell phones.

Special Education

PS11 offers two self contained 12:1:1 special education classes. They include a 2nd/3rd, and 4th/5th grade classes. A full time, onsite Special Education Teacher for Support Services (SETSS), formerly known as the Resource Room, is also on staff. If you have any questions or concerns about the special education program, please contact the school social worker, school psychologist or SETSS teacher.

School Based Support Team

The school based support team at PS11 consists of one part time child psychologist and one part time social worker.  The team works to provide intervention support to children identified as needing these services.  

Discipline and Conflict Resolution

The Chancellor’s Citywide Standards of Discipline and Intervention Measures (Blue Book) which outlines the discipline policies, as set forth by the Department of Education, is distributed at the beginning of every school year to all students. This document includes the DOE’s citywide “Discipline Code” as well as a “Student Bill of Rights.”  

All staff members or adults in the building may serve as facilitators for conflicts occurring between students. If a problem cannot be resolved, it is then taken to the assistant princi­pal or principal. Some teachers, staff and students have received training in the Resolving Conflicts Creatively Program (RCCP) which teaches its participants to find alternative and peaceful solutions to working out conflict.

Basic Supply List for Grades 1 - 5

Some of the basic supplies usually requested in grades 1-5 are:
-composition notebooks (at least 8)
-pocket folders
-crayola crayons
-colored markers (thick and thin markers)
-colored pencils
-glue sticks
-#2 sharpened pencils (lots of them)
-blue or black ink pens (grades 3-5)
-1 pack of composition paper (wide ruled – grades 2-5)
-box of facial tissue
-safety scissors
-post it notes or other sticky notes (size 3x3)
-teachers may ask for a fee to join a class book club and/or magazine (Scholastic, Troll, Time For Kids, etc)
-1 ream of white copy paper
-1 pack of multi-colored construction paper

Note:  Teachers may also request items based on special projects and assignments they are planning for the year.  The list above merely serves as a basic list for elementary students.

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