School Policies
PS 110 Parent Handbook
The Family Handbook was written to answer many of the frequently asked questions that families have regarding school policies, procedures and programs. Please review this information with your child and discuss the importance of following all school regulations. Family involvement and support enables PS 110 to provide an academic, child-centered, supportive learning environment for all students. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact the parent coordinator, Millie Candelaria at 212-674 2951.You may e-mail her at: 

Cold Weather and Outdoor Recess:
During typical winter days, common sense requires us to look beyond a specific temperature and consider factors such as wind chill, whether the ground is frozen or the sun is shining, how well students are prepared to play outdoors (jackets, gloves, and hats), and the length of time to be spent outside. Deciding when students play outside remains the responsibility of the principal, based on her professional judgment and is a judgment call on a day-to-day basis. The decision-making process may also vary from grade to grade. 

The following temperature guidelines (including wind-chill: the perception of temperature created by the combination of the actual temperature and additional heat loss from exposed skin caused by the wind) will be used (but not as the sole criteria) in decision-making by the principal.

    32 degrees and above---------students can stay outside for an extended period of time.
    25-32 degrees---------students can stay out 10 – 20 minutes.
    10-25 degrees---------students will not go outside.

Please make sure your child is properly dressed for cold weather. This includes boots, hats, gloves, and a warm coat.

Children with special health conditions, in particular asthmatic children, may require special accommodations during cold weather; however, all students will go outside unless they have a note from either a parent/guardian or a doctor on a daily basis. Students who will not be going outdoors will stay in the cafeteria throughout the recess period and should have a book with them.

Exercise outdoors is healthy and is strongly encouraged. If the cold precludes the full recess time, even a 5-minute break can revitalize children and prepare them for more sitting and intense academic learning inside the classroom.

Bad Weather Dismissal Policy
Grades Pre-K to 3rd will be dismissed indoors. Please exit the building (preferably through the doors by the security desk) immediately unless you are waiting for a second child. If you are waiting for a second child see #4.

Grades 4 and 5 will be dismissed outside. Parents will wait in the courtyard to pick up their child. To reduce the discomfort caused by waiting in bad weather, please dress accordingly and do not arrive early.

Pre-K and K are dismissed at 2:50 pm
If you have a Pre-K or K child and an older child, you may wait in the main lobby at the designated line-up spots for your older child (grades 1 – 3) or in the cafeteria area (grades 4 and 5).

On bad weather days, teachers will drop-ff students who are attending after school programs in the following locations:
Henry Street Settlement After school program will meet in the auditorium

Extended Day
Over four years ago, the Department of Education and the NYC teacher’s union negotiated a contract that resulted in extended teaching time in a teacher’s day – 37½ minutes to be exact. The directive for this extended time was to create an instructional period that would provide extra remedial support in a small-group setting for students at risk of not meeting grade-level standards. For the 2009-10 school year, Early-Morning Extended Day at PS 110 targets instruction for specific students that we have identified using data that includes reading level and (last year’s) standardized ELA test scores as well as teacher observations and student work.

We recognize that students who are, in fact, struggling to read on grade level in the early grades continue to struggle into the upper grades and our goal over time is to improve reading at the earliest age possible. Invited students (in Kindergarten through fifth grade) are reading significantly below grade level and struggle with reading fluency and comprehension.

Early-Morning Extended Day begins promptly at 8:00

Report Cards
PS 110’s report card is standards-based. Students are assessed based on their ability to master content and performance standards for each grading period. The goal of a standards-based report card is to inform students and their parents about progress towards mastering units of work (content) and whether students are doing that on, above or below grade-level expectations during the marking period. Your child’s report card will indicate progress toward meeting the standards for his or her grade in each content area and aligns with the skills the NYS Standards require to be mastered.

Before grades are assigned, teachers look at student work and consider its quality, class participation, application of what has been learned, and homework as indicators of learning. In addition, teachers spend time collaborating to come to a common understanding about what work looks like below, on, and above grade-level. Effort is not included in the grade but may be referred to in the comment section.