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Parent Handbook

Principal’s Message

Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year! I am looking forward to a terrific year working with you as we help our children grow and learn. It is my firm belief that children need to know that they are supported and secure in their educational journey both at school and at home. By working together we can maximize their achievement while nurturing their social and emotional development.


This handbook has been prepared as a resource for you to participate in your child’s daily routines in an informed, prepared manner. It contains a great deal of information about school policies along with numerous resources for your family.


We are looking forward to an exciting successful year for our students, staff, and families. If at any time you have questions or concerns pertaining to your child’s school life, please call our Parent Coordinator, Lisa Juarez at 718-351-5454 ext [1141] so that they can be addressed as quickly as possible.


                       Jane McCord


School Mission

The mission of P.S.52 is to continue to develop reflective, assessment capable learners. P.S.52 has the highest expectations and performance standards for all students. With the help of our parents, we are able to strengthen communications between home and school to benefit the educational process. This will empower students to gain the knowledge, skills and mindset needed to successfully contribute to, compete in, and shape a 21st Century global society that values equity, excellence, and empathy.



School Directory

Main Office                    718-351-5454

Nurse                             718-980-5798 or 980-3184

School Psychologist        718-351-1103

Parent Coordinator         718-351-5454 ext-1141


School Hours

8:00 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.

7:40 a.m. Breakfast is served.

7:50 a.m. Students who do not want to eat school breakfast may enter the building for line up.


Uniform Policy

P.S.52’s School Uniform Policy remains in effect.  Pursuant to Chancellor’s Regulation A-665, all of our students will wear a solid navy polo shirt with khaki/tan slacks (or skirts). Sweaters and sweatshirts are to be solid navy. These items may be bought in many, many retail stores.  Fridays will be dress down day; your children may choose to wear clothing other than the school uniform on Fridays.  Boys and girls may wear either shoes or sneakers, at your discretion. Our students have the option of wearing P.S.52 Phys Ed sweatpants on the day that their class has Phys Ed. P.S.52 Phys Ed sweatpants, sweatshirts and shorts are available for purchase.  When students wear uniforms, there is a greater sense of community and an increased focus on academic performance and we’re looking forward to greeting all of our students in their school uniforms every morning.


New York City Schools Account

The NYC Schools Account is a web-based application that lets you see your child’s academic and biographic information on any computer, phone, or tablet. The application is translated into nine languages other than English. In the account you will see your child’s attendance, grades, test scores, and enrollment history. If you have any questions regarding this account please call the school and speak to the Mrs. Lisa Juarez, Parent Coordinator.


Class Dojo

In September your child’s teacher will send home an invitation to sign up for Class Dojo. The Class Dojo is the best way to communicate with your child’s teacher regarding his/her curriculum, homework, absences, or any issues or concerns you may have. Please join the Class Dojo as soon as possible. If you have any questions regarding the Class Dojo send a note to your child’s teacher.



Regular attendance is essential to the learning process. Once a pupil arrives at school, he/she is expected to remain and attend each class throughout the day. When your child is absent, please call the school to notify the reason for absence. In addition, please send an absence note when your child returns to school. Vacations should be scheduled when school is NOT in session. Attendance is one of our ESSA state accountability measures.


School Breakfast and Lunch Program

Monthly menus are posted in the lobby. These menus list daily breakfasts and lunches. Everyone must complete an application for free or reduced-price meal either online at or on a paper application. You must complete the form for your child(ren) even if you are going to send lunch from home. Please do not send glass containers or soda to school.



There are citywide regulations to follow when administering medication during the school day.  If a pupil is to be given medicines on a daily basis, the doctor and parent must complete a 504 form annually. This form may be obtained in the Nurse’s Office. If there are any changes in medication, a new form must be completed before a new medicine or dosage can be given. School staff are prohibited from providing or administering any medications to students. Students needing occasional medications, such as antibiotics, are to take these medications at home if possible. However, if medication must be given at school, it must be personally delivered by the parent and administered by the parent. In the event your child becomes ill, we will contact you immediately using the emergency information you have provided. Please notify us of any changes to your emergency contacts information.


Visiting the School

Upon arrival, all parents and visitors should use the main entrance [Buel Avenue], sign in, and show identification to the safety agent. You will receive a P.S.52 Visitor’s Pass. [Kindly return it to our security agent at the end of your visit]. You may then proceed to the General Office. Parents and visitors may not to go directly to the classroom as this disrupts the work and routine of the entire class. If you need to confer with your child’s teacher, send a Dojo message or note to the teacher who will notify you of a convenient time. This procedure is followed for all visitors to ensure the safety of our children.


Blue Emergency Cards

We are required to maintain two copies of the blue emergency contact card for every child.  One is kept in the Main Office, the other in the Nurse’s Office.  We need to have a minimum of three working telephone numbers on each blue card.  Please be sure update the blue card with new phone numbers whenever changes occur. Be sure you include the names of any adults you would want your child dismissed to in case of an emergency. Please reinforce to your child the importance of not responding or speaking to strangers and the importance of reporting to a responsible adult if a stranger ever approaches them.


Student Dismissal

Dismissal for all students is at 2:20 daily.  Any change in dismissal plans should be sent to the teacher in writing (verbal requests cannot be honored). Early dismissals disrupt instruction and safe dismissal of students; early dismissal is strongly discouraged. We encourage you to schedule your child’s doctor and dental appointments after school hours. If this is not possible, have your child provide the teacher with a note in the morning and you must come to the Main Office to sign your child out. We will not dismiss students to parents after 2:00 p.m. Reminder: Pupils will only be released to the people named on the blue emergency card.


Educational Field Trips

Educational field trips are an important part of the instructional program. A signed permission form from a parent or guardian is required for each field trip.  Please complete and return these slips as quickly as possible.


Messages and Forgotten Items

Parents are requested to bring messages for students and forgotten items, [ex. lunch, musical instruments, homework, projects, etc.] to the Main Office. The child’s name and class should be on the article. 


School Discipline

The City-Wide School Conduct and Discipline Code will be reviewed with our children in school. You will receive a Parent Student Contract to be signed and returned. The contract is available on the Dept. of Education website. Your signature states that you have read and reviewed the School Conduct and Discipline Code with your child.


Parent Teacher Association

This year, our Co-Presidents are Mrs. Jamie Pascale and Mrs. Melanie Cacace. The Parent/Teacher Association is a vital part of our school program. PTA meetings are held monthly. Attendances at these meetings provide an excellent opportunity for parents to learn about school life and to establish improved communication.


31R052 John C. Thompson School Grading Policy

PS 52: John C. Thompson School- Grading Policy

Grades: K - 2 (Grades Reported Using Performance Levels)


Journeys Assessments 25%


           Writing Tasks 10%

Phonetic Awareness 15%

Checks for Understanding 15%

Classwork 10%




End Module Unit Assessment 50%

Independent Tasks 20%

Checks for Understanding/Exit Slips 15%

Classwork 10%

Math Fluency 5%


Social Studies & Science

Assessments 50%

Quizzes / Projects / Labs 30%

Classwork 20%

Grades: 3-5 (Grades Reported Using Performance Levels)


Journeys Assessments 25%


            Writing Tasks 20%

Checks for Understanding 20%

Classwork 10%




End Module Unit Assessment 50%

Independent Tasks 20%

Checks for Understanding/Exit Slips 15%

Classwork 10%

Math Fluency 5%


Social Studies & Science

Assessments 50%

Quizzes / Projects / Labs 30%

Classwork 20%


Bus Conduct

 Student behavior expectations are established for the safe and efficient operation of Pupil Transportation in accordance with state law and regulations. Transportation is considered an extension of the regular school program and students who violate behavior expectations while riding a bus are subject to suspension from riding the bus and/or all other penalties established for misbehavior while students are on the premises.


Bus Rules

  1. Bus riders wait at bus stops and board the bus in an orderly manner, taking seats promptly.
  2. Bus riders must remain seated and use seat belts, at all times. [when available]
  3. Younger students will sit in the front of the bus.
  4. Bus riders keep hands away from windows and do not touch other students.
  5. If a child does not see a parent/guardian at the bus stop they are to notify the bus driver and remain on the bus.


All parents should enforce the importance of good behavior while riding the school bus whether it be daily or on a school trip.


Procedures for Safe Arrival

Stop and Drop

  1. Nugent Avenue will be closed to all cars between 7:40 and 8:00 each morning. Only buses will be allowed access to drop off students.
  2. Parents can stop and drop their child off on Buel Avenue only, in a single curbside lane.
  3. Do not leave your car unattended in the Stop and Drop lane.
  4. There will be no double parking. If you double park you will be asked to circle the block again.
  5. J walking is not permitted. This is a very dangerous hazard to our children
  6. The Crossing Guards will help with traffic flow and street closure.


Procedures for Safe Dismissal

  1. Double parked cars may be ticketed by the NYPD.
  2. Please refrain from beeping your horn or calling out to your child as this can cause a dangerous situation.
  3. The children will not be dismissed to parents waiting in cars. Please greet your child at the dismissal doors.
  4. Unescorted children must cross at the corner with the Crossing Guard.
  5. We are urging all parents within walking distance to please walk to the school as this alleviates so many of the safety issues at the school.


NIA-Community Based Organzation

This is available daily from 2:20p.m.-5:20p.m. This is a DYCD Program that provides afterschool support to our families.

Brief Calendar for 2019-20



5- School Opens

12- Family Conference Night [4:30 to 7:30pm]

30-Rosh Hashanah [School Closed]


1- Rosh Hashanah [School Closed]

9- Yom Kippur [Schools Closed]

14- Columbus Day [Schools Closed]


5 – Election Day [School Closed]

11- Veteran’s Day [Schools Closed]

14 – Parent Teacher Conferences [1/2 Day for Students]

28 & 29, Thanksgiving Recess [School Closed]


24 through January 1- Winter Recess [Schools Closed]



2- School is back in session

20– Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, [School Closed]

30- Family Conference Night [4:30-7:30pm]


17 through 21-Midwinter Recess [School Closed]                                          


5- Parent Teacher Conferences [1/2 Day for Students]


9 through 17–Spring Recess [Students return on 18th]


25 – Memorial Day [School Closed]


4- Chancellor’s Conference Day [School Closed]

9– Staff Clerical Day [School Closed]

26– Last Day of School for Students



Helpful Website

Dial-A-Teacher at 1-212-777-3380. A teacher will answer, ready to help you. They speak Spanish, Italian, Chinese, French, Haitian-Creole, Greek, Hebrew, Korean, Albanian and Russian.

Call Monday-Thursday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. or go to