Fast FAQ'S

We’ve compiled some answers to the most frequently asked questions from families. We hope you find them helpful.  

IF I HAVE A QUESTION, DO I GO TO THE MAIN OFFICE OR THE PTA OFFICE?
Both offices are located on the ground floor (the Main Office is Room 109 and the PTA is Room 101) but they have different functions. Please direct all questions about administration, curriculum and school policies & procedures to the the Parent Coordinator in the Main Office. The PTA handles questions about PTA events, fundraising and volunteers.  Keep in mind, when visiting the school, you are required to sign in at the lobby security desk and show our safety agent your identification.  

WHERE DO I GO IF I HAVE AN ACADEMIC QUESTION OR CONCERN ABOUT MY CHILD?
Whenever there is a concern about your child in the classroom, his/her work or behavior, please address the issue with your child's teacher first.  If there are specific concerns about your child in a specialty class (art, technology, dance, physical education, science), please arrange to discuss them with the particular specialty teacher.

If you would like to talk with your child's teacher, please contact him/her to request an appointment.  Arrival and dismissal are not appropriate times to converse with teachers, as teachers are responsible for supervising the entire class at these times, and there are confidentiality issues at hand.  To contact any teacher, please send a note in with your child (or email the teacher if s/he uses email), and the teacher will contact you to talk by phone, or set up a convenient time to meet with you. You can also leave a note for a specific teacher by visiting or calling the Main Office.  In addition, Parent Coordinator Michele Farinet is available to meet with any parent, and, depending on the concern, will refer you to the appropriate person. 

DOES PS41 HAVE A TALENTED AND GIFTED PROGRAM?
There are District Two schools that have a T.A.G. program, but PS41 does not. The teachers at PS41 are trained to work with a diverse range of children, from those who are performing above standard levels in some areas of learning to those performing below standard levels in some areas of learning. The administration of PS41 believes that students learn best with a range of learners in the classroom and all children benefit from the additional opportunities for enrichment available at PS41.

CAN THE PTA RAISE MONEY FOR TEACHERS OR ASSISTANT TEACHERS?
Raising funds for teacher salaries is expressly prohibited by the Department of Education. The PS41 PTA can supplement the budget for some school aide positions, professional development and F-status part-time personnel for enrichment. The administration at PS41 believes the partnership with several universities for student teachers is a better match for providing superior support in the classroom.

WHAT IS THE INTEGRATED CO-TEACHING CLASS (ICT)?
Each grade at PS41 has one ICT class. The ICT class has one general education teacher and one special education teacher. In the ICT classes, the ratio is approximately 60% general education students and 40% special education students. The same curriculum is provided as the other classes, with the added benefit of a higher staffing ratio and a great deal of support. The Committee for Special Education (CSE) and/or the School Psychologist places the children who are on the special education side of the ICT classes. The school administration places the children on the general education side. Children on the general education side are “model” students—they must model excellent behavioral and learning habits.

WHAT IS THE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM (SLT)?
The School Leadership Team is a collaborative team of parents, teachers, staff and the Principal that is mandated by state law to play a significant role as an advisory panel in representing the school community. Elected every two years, the SLT helps create structures for school-based decision making, develops school-based educational policies and ensures resources are aligned to implement those policies. The SLT writes and reviews the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP).

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPECIALTY (CLUSTER) CLASSES AND ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS?
Specialty classes (also known as cluster classes) are part of our regular classroom instruction throughout the school year. At PS41 we offer Science, Physical Education, Art, Computer, and Movement/Dance.

Enrichment programs are brought in to supplement our regular classroom instruction & cluster classes and are funded by the PTA with the help of our PS41 community. Past enrichment programs have included chess and National Dance Institute. Enrichment programs are very carefully evaluated by the administration and are divided throughout all the grades so that each grade benefits from the program/s that are most appropriate.

CAN I VOLUNTEER AT PS41?
Yes, please! At PS41 there are many volunteer needs and opportunities throughout the year, from scheduled fundraising events, to helping in the PTA office and more. Parents can also volunteer in the library, during class trips, or help with class projects. Volunteers and ideas are always needed and appreciated – if you have an idea about a fundraising event, please don’t hesitate to contact the PTA office or email pta@ps41.org.

AM I ALLOWED IN MY CHILD’S CLASSROOM IN THE MORNING?
Pre-K and Kindergarteners will enter the school through the main doors on West 11th Street. For the first month, parents may escort their Kindergarteners to the classroom door, without entering the classroom.  

All other students may be escorted by their parents to their classroom for the first 2 days of school only. After that, students must be dropped at the entrance to school and go to the classrooms by themselves.

CAN FAMILIES PARTICIPATE IN CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES?
Yes! PS41 encourages family involvement in your child’s education. Once the school year gets under way, teachers schedule “Family Mornings” once a month, when families are invited to go to the classroom at drop-off and observe what their children are learning in both literacy and math.  Siblings cannot attend Family Mornings.

WHEN DO WE RECEIVE CLASS LISTS
Class lists will be compiled and distributed before the end of September by PTA volunteers. A preliminary list will be shared first to confirm that your contact information is correct and then the final lists are distributed. Class lists are intended for class purposes only and are not to be confused with the “blue cards” used for emergency contact and coordinated by the main office.

HOW DOES PS41 HELP WITH LICE PREVENTION?
The PTA has a contract with professional lice checkers who come in several times a year to perform head checks on all students and faculty. 

However, please check your own child consistently and let your teacher know if your child has developed a case of lice. Once your child has been diagnosed with a case of lice, he or she must check in at the nurse’s office first thing upon arrival at school in the morning and get a note clearing him or her to return to class.  For more information about Lice Prevention, click here.