Monthly Archives: March 2015

Class 3-205 Sweeps NYC in the UNICEF KidPower Program

Class 3-205, taught by Cindy Wong and Helen Kim, was named the winner of the UNICEF KidPower program, which combined activity and fitness for our kids with food for undernourished children in Africa. The results were published today in the Queens Courier:

Bayside students stay fit to help feed children in Africa

See Class 3-205 featured on the KidPower web site

See the PS 41 Leaderboard on the KidPower web site

All together, our PS 41 students walked more than 42 million steps (almost 15,000 miles), and donated 3,827 packets of food to children who desperately need them.

Congratulations to all our students, who participated so enthusiastically in this challenge, and to the students all over the city who joined in the effort.

P.S. 41 BOOK FAIR- Thursday March 19th and Friday March 20th

March Bookfair

Dear PS 41 Families,


The annual Scholastic Book Fair is this Thursday and Friday, March 19th and 20th. Encourage reading by participating in this well-loved event. Our PS41 lunchroom will host an amazing selection of books with fun-filled themes.


Our children can shop for a variety of fascinating books, please send your child in with some cash if you would like to participate. What a great way to stock up for Spring Break reading and to support our school!


Each class will visit the book fair during school hours at their designated time on Thursday or Friday. Please also stop by the book fair during the Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday from 12:20-2:20 PM and 4:30-7:30 PM.


You can also choose to donate a book to your child’s classroom. Our teachers will have wish lists posted at the Book Fair to allow us to purchase and donate items directly. Furthermore, you can also purchase a Gift Certificate to donate to your child’s classroom library.


Get excited about reading, see you at the Book Fair.


Best regards,

Eliane Salzberg and Susan Chin

Parent Advisory Board- Meeting tomorrow March 18th

Parent Adv Board Invite – March 18 2015.


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March 4, 2015

Dear Members of the Parent Advisory Board:


You are invited to our next Parent Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday March 18, 2015 at 6:00pm at Borough Hall located at 120-55 Queens Blvd in the Borough President’s Conference Room.


We will be joined by two guest speakers from the Department of Education Division of Teaching and Learning, Lena Kim and Kerry Cunningham to speak about Common Core which is a topic that many parents have expressed concerns about.


Please RSVP to Monica Gutierrez, Education Director, at 718-286-2626. We look forward to having you at this important meeting.



Melinda Katz


Borough of Queens



The Science Fair has been cancelled due to the weather.

Parents can still visit the Science Fair tomorrow during school hours tomorrow Friday, March 6th.

8:10- 8:35am- 4-211

8:35- 9:00am- 4-213, 3-204

9:00- 9:25am- 2-200, 2-300

9:25- 9:50am – k-111, k-114

9:50- 10:15am- 1-107, 1-108, 3/4/5- 101

10:15- 10:45am- 3-104, 3-105

10:45- 11:35am- LUNCH

11:35- 12:00pm- k-112, k-113

12:00- 12:25pm- 4-215, 5-110- (This is revised from the sheet given)

12:25- 12:50- 2-400, 1-109

12:50- 1:15- 5-206, 5-202

Apply Today for 2015-2017 Education Councils

Apply today for 2015-2017 Education Council

Dear P.S. 41 Families:

Click on the link above to apply for 2015-2017 Education Council.

There is less than one week remaining to apply for Education Council Elections.



March Events 2015

Dear PS 41 Families,


After a freezing February, there’s daylight savings time literally around the corner on Sunday March 8th. March promises to be a packed month, here are upcoming events at PS41:


Potential change of school hours for next year: Flyers went home asking for your input on potential start and dismissal times for the next school year. Make your vote count, please indicate your choice and return the slip by Friday, March 6th. A copy of the flyer can also be found on


International Night Ticket Order Forms are going home in backpacks on Wednesday, March 4th. As this is a very popular event, tickets are limited. Please return your ticket order no later than Friday, March 6th. Volunteers are still needed, if you’re interested in volunteering, please also let Mary Bow know by Friday, March 6th.


March 5: Annual Science Fair: Thursday is Evening Hours: 6:30-8:30 PM: Exciting projects await! Parents, come see the great experiments that our budding scientists have created.


March 6: Science Fair: During school hours on Friday, classes will visit the fair. Parents are welcome to attend with their child’s class. Please follow the schedule outlined in the Science Fair flyer that was sent home.


March 12: Join Hands at 7:45 AM at the Main Entrance: The UFT is sponsoring a “hands-around” our school event to show that we stand united in protecting our schools against the governor’s destructive proposals. See the flyer on the website for more details.


March 12: Picture Day: Smile, it’s Spring Picture Day, don’t forget to wear your Spring best.


March 12: ELA and Math State Test Parent Workshop at 7:00-8:30 PM


March 13: Career Day: Parents can arrange to speak to their child’s class about their career and help expand everyone’s knowledge in this fun and factual activity.


March 16: Report Cards Distributed


March 17: Green Day: Show your school spirit by wearing Green on St. Patrick’s Day, sponsored by the Student Council.


March 19: Half-day: Dismissal at 11:20 AM, followed by Parent Teacher Conferences from 12:20-2:20 PM and then 4:30-7:30 PM. During the conferences, please visit the Scholastic Book Fair and Bake Sale for a sweet “reeead-treat”.


March 20: Scholastic Book Fair: The book fair continues during school hours, students can shop for fun books that they’ll love to read, from Magic School Bus to Goosebumps.


March 26: PTA Meeting: Join the PTA meeting at 7 PM and take part in enriching our children’s 41 experience. February Students of the Month will be awarded. A Town Hall Safety Meeting is also featured with a speaker from the Office of Emergency Management.


March 28: UFT District 26 Scholarship: students from each grade may submit entries to compete for scholarships of $1,000 each. Last year PS41 had a winner who received $1,000! Applications must be postmarked by March 28th, see the UFT flyer on if you’re interested.


March 31: Second Grade Theater Arts Show: Broadway comes to PS41. See our second graders in a fantastic musical production of Charlotte’s Web, starting at 7PM.


Best regards,

Eliane Salzberg and Susan Chin

PTA Co-Corresponding Secretaries

UFT Annual Dinner Dance- May 21st, 2015

Ninth Annual District 26 Scholarship Dinner Dance

Thursday, May 21, 2015

6:30-10:30 p.m.

The Inn at New Hyde Park

214 Jericho Turnpike New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Awards and Honorees

Fifth Annual Fajir Javid Elementary Scholarship

Sixth Alexandra Falabella Early Childhood Scholarship

James J. Ambrose Middle School Scholarship

Fourth Annual Jessica Martell First Grade Scholarship

September 11th Firefighter Henry Miller Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Fifth Annual Steven Petillo Elementary Scholarship

District 26 Student Courage Award

Kinsey Shaleh, Student PS 188

United Federation of Teachers Leadership Award

Chapter Leader Janice Testa

Council of Supervisors & Administrators Leadership Award

Superintendent Danielle Giunta

Educators with 40 Years of Educational Excellence

Educators with 30 Years of Educational Excellence

Schools with 60 Years of Educational Excellence

PS 191        PS 205

MS 172

MS 74

RSVP by sending a $75 check made payable to and mailed to:

UFT/District 26 Scholarship Fund

97-77 Queens Boulevard, 5th Floor

Rego Park, NY 11374

Attention: Mary Vaccaro, District 26 Representative

If you cannot attend donations to the District 26 Scholarship Fund will be gladly accepted.

Special Requests for Vegetarian or Kosher Meals should be made by contacting Ilene Rivera, at 718-423-8652 by May 16th.

Due to the nature of the event we will not be able to refund ticket purchases.

March Calender 2015


Attached is the March Calender.

Please review for upcoming events.



Potential change of school hours for next year

Dear PS 41 Family,

Our PS 41 School Leadership Team is going to make a recommendation to me regarding a potential change in start time and dismissal for the 2015-2016 school year.  We would like to have your feedback regarding this change so that we can take the wishes of the majority of parents into consideration. (See attached start and dismissal times flyer.)

To give you some background, in June of 2014, the DOE required all schools to select from start and dismissal times that are noted below. There was a very short period of time to make the decision and at that time I quickly polled the teachers and we decided on 8:00 AM start and 2:20 PM dismissal.

Now that we have the time and also the experience we can make a thoughtful decision.

The three choices are:

  • 8:00 AM  start time  with  2:20 PM dismissal      
  • 8:10 AM  start time with 2:30 PM dismissal      
  • 8:20 AM  start time with 2:40 PM dismissal      

Please note that MS 158, the school that most of our 5th graders will go to next year, has chosen  8:00 AM  to 2:20 PM as their start and dismissal time for the 2015-2016 school year and that may impact the decision of families who have children in both schools.

Please indicate your choice and send this start and dismissal-times flyer back to school by Friday, March 6 so that we may tally your preferences.  If you have any questions please call me at 718-423-8333.


Sari Latto, Principal

Important messages from P.S.41

March 12 UFT Governor Cuomo proposal

Dear P.S. 41 families:


Please take the time to read the attached handouts that were given out at the last P.T.A. meeting.

They are regarding Govenor Cuomo’s proposal for our public school children.

There will be a demonstration on Thursday, March 12 at the front entrance of P.S. 41.




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