is my pleasure to welcome you back to The Bedford Village School/P.S. 3. We trust that you and your family have
enjoyed a good summer vacation. I have
had the privilege of serving as principal for seventeen years. I am delighted to share with you some of our
rich history, as well as our current and ongoing efforts to build upon this
school's distinguished legacy and its many unique qualities and attributes. We
offer a balanced curriculum, highly qualified faculty, and unique community
partnerships that have made P.S. 3 one of the great schools in our city. We are anticipating an exciting and
successful school year.
P.S. 3 is a warm and friendly environment where a commitment to
academic excellence blends with an equally strong tradition of building character, an appreciation of the arts, and
the development of well-rounded young people who thrive on challenges and
opportunities in all areas of life. We
offer opportunities to meet with your child’s teachers and discuss matters of
concern. Some of our more successful
functions include Family Day, Day of the African Child and Carnival, held at the end of the school
year. We also look forward to the annual
Back-to-School Barbeque Celebration
scheduled for Saturday, September 26th.
school is a time of growth. Please
understand that workloads increase as children move through the grades. As always, our focus will be on the
development and enrichment of the whole child.
We will use a balanced approach to teach reading, math, science, social
studies, technology, and the arts. Your
child will have a minimum of 120 minutes per day of literacy development and 90
minutes devoted to interactive math.
and sharpened pencils are required for all students. Your child’s teacher should be sending a list
of required supplies for his or her class.
Uniforms are mandatory this
year. We elected to have navy blue
skirts/pants and yellow blouses/shirts for students in grades
Pre-Kindergarten-4. Grade 5 students must
wear a white top and black bottom. There
is no dress-down day. Children are to
wear their uniforms every school day.
Uniform requirements for trips will be determined by the classroom
note the following important points:
begins at 8:15AM. All students
must be on time. If you are dropping off students in the morning, entry is
either through the lunch room door or the main entrance on Jefferson Ave. After 8:15 am the lunchroom door will be
locked. Entry will only be through the
- DISMISSAL: Dismissal time is 2:35PM every day. Grades
3, 4, and 5 will be
dismissed from the Jefferson Avenue exit, nearest to Bedford Avenue. Grades
1 and 2 will be dismissed
from the Hancock Street exit, between the lunchroom and auditorium. Pre-Kindergarten
students are to be picked up in their classrooms. Kindergarten
students should be picked up in the auditorium. Except for parents of Pre-Kindergarten
and Kindergarten students, all other parents must wait outside of the
building. All students must be picked up on time. No one will be available to watch your
child after 2:35PM.
ON DOORS: This year our doors are equipped with
MEALS/LUNCH APPLICATIONS: Every family will have to submit lunch
applications this year. If you choose to provide lunch for your child, please
send a healthy lunch (no junk food or glass bottles are allowed). Breakfast is free for all and served daily
from 7:30AM-8:00AM. Please note that
once your child enters the building for breakfast, he/she must remain inside
until school personnel are on duty in the schoolyard. Since the schoolyard is a large area, please
speak to your child about playing safely and responding to adults who are in
charge in the morning, at lunchtime and during dismissal. Effective
Friday, September 25th, parents
will not be allowed in the cafeteria during breakfast,
EMERGENCY CARDS: Please make sure that we have a new blue
card with your current contact information (address, telephone numbers, contact
and pick up persons, medical alert, etc.).
Only people that you designate on the blue card will be allowed to pick
up your child from school. If your child
doesn’t bring home this emergency card, please ask your child’s teacher to send
EXAMINATION FORM: All students are required to
have a physical examination every year.
This form must be completed and returned to school by September 30,
CONFERENCES: Four Parent
Conferences are scheduled this year: September 17. 2015 November 5, 2015, March 3, 2016,
and May 12, 2016. Teachers will discuss areas of academic study,
New York State Common Core State Standards, and curriculum-related activities
and trips. You will also get a
Discipline Code, a Parent Handbook and a curriculum overview during the
CALENDAR: At the beginning of each month a
calendar with important information will be sent home with your child. Please check your child’s backpack to make
sure that you are receiving all school communications.
SCHOOLWEBSITE: We will post school events and information on
our website.Class webpages will include homework
assignments and important announcements, as well as class news. Please check the website regularly since it
is updated often.
TO SPEAK TO SCHOOL PERSONNEL: This year the Chancellor has
designated Tuesdays, between 2:35PM and 3:50PM, for you to meet with teachers. You
must schedule an appointment. Please
call the school at (718) 622-2960 or send a note with your child to make this
appointment. For immediate help, our Parent
Coordinator, Mrs. Harris and our Guidance Counselor, Ms. Mills.
will be available to assist you
Monday through Friday.
PROGRAMS: This year CAMBA, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit
agency, will continue its after school program free of charge. In addition, programs and activities will be scheduled
on most weekdays when the school is closed.
Bright Star, a community-based organization, will continue to offer
parents another after school option for a fee.
As additional after school programs become available, parents will be
notified. A hot meal will be served to
all students participating in after school programs.
ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Cell phones are allowed in school. Please
read the attached Electronic Device Policy.
to a generous grant, this year we will be continuing as a The Leader in Me implementation school to develop student, staff
and parent leadership skills. We have also
received a grant from Sanford Harmony Program
Foundation to further support collaboration
and leadership skills. Additionally, we
have expanded our French/English Dual Language Program to include first grade. We expect to grow it every year until we have
a K-5 program.
have met the requirements to no longer be designated as a Focus School because
our students have continued to make gains in ELA for the past three years. However, since District 13, in which we’re
located, continues to be a Focus District and has not met the removal criteria,
we were not removed from Focus status until our District has made similar gains.
look forward to working with you as partners in your child’s education. In doing so, we can have a productive school year and ensure that our students are college and career ready.