PS 032 - The Giffords School
232 Barlow Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10308
Phone: 718-984-1688

Contact Information

Main Office  
(718) 984-1688

Main Office Fax Number
(718) 227-5736

School Nurse
 (718) 227-9786

PTA Office 
(718) 605-1241

Parent Coordinator
(718) 984-1688

School Assessment Team (718) 948-8010
Principal:

Nancy Spataro

Assistant Principals:

Jodi Rosenberg

Evy Schultz

Jennifer Doren


ARRIVAL

Begins at 7:45 AM

Official School hours will be:


8:00 AM-2:20 PM 



ARRIVAL: 7:45 AM

All walkers in Grades 1- 5, will enter the building through the gym doors and go directly to their assigned holding areas. These doors will remain open until 8:05 to accommodate any student who may be running late. Students who come in through the Main Entrance will receive late passes. If you know your child will be late for school, please send in note or accompany your child into the school building through the Main Entrance.

Grade 1         Auditorium
Grade 2 -3    Gymnasium
Grade 4 -5    Cafeteria

Kindergarten students will enter the building using the side entrance on Barlow Avenue (Kindergarten playground) and go directly to their classrooms. 
All latecomers must enter the building through the Barlow Avenue main entrance and obtain a late pass from the security guard.
PreK students will enter through the classroom doors near Barlow Avenue by the Kindergarten playground.  The doors will be labeled with the class numbers. 

When dropping your child off for school please be aware that:
The School Safety Agent is positioned behind the school across from the gym door entrance.
School personnel will be on the sidewalks by the entrance to the back of the school /school yard and at all entrances to the building where children enter the school.

All bus children will enter the building through the Elverton Avenue doors. An Assistant Principal with additional adult supervision is provided outside, as the children are disembarking the bus and as they move inside to the holding areas. 

Breakfast begins at 7:45 AM for Grades K - 5, in the cafeteria.



Dismissal 2:20PM
Pre-K-144 & Pre-K 146            Outside Individual Classroom Door
                                                  (Elverton Avenue) 
Pre-K 145 & K-143                   Exit 6 (Barlow Ave)
K-140 & K-142                          Outside Individual Classroom Doors (Elverton Avenue)
K-141 & K-242                          Exit 4/5 (Next to playground-Elverton Avenue)
Grade 1Exit 7                          (Main Entrance – Stieg Avenue)
Grade 2Exit 7                          (Main Entrance – Barlow Avenue)
Grade 3 Exit 2/3                       (Stieg Avenue)
Grade 4Exit 1                          Bottom of Stairs - (Stieg Avenue)
Grade 5 Exit 1                          Bottom of Stairs - (Stieg Avenue)
Classes                                    K/1-240, 2/3-210, 4-340, &5-341
                                                  Gym Door Exit (Next to the Schoolyard)

Walkers
Children will be met outside of the school building. Parents may not come into the lobby to pick up their children. If you have a last minute emergency situation and your child needs to be picked up early, please report to the general office so an arrangement can be made prior to dismissal.
Your cooperation is gratefully appreciated.
Once again, for the safety of your children the following routines will be enforced:

Classes K/1-240, 2/3-210, 3/4-340, & 4/5-341 Gym Door Exit (Next to the Schoolyard)

Bus Children
Bus service begins the first day of school. Please use bus service as soon as possible. We need to know the number of children who will be using bus service. For safety purposes, it is not recommended that children switch from bus to walker for a day. As a safety precaution, in the event that there is a change in your child's bus routine, you must notify the school in writing. In addition, you may not pick up another child without written permission from his/her parent. Students are not permitted to take a different bus from the one they are assigned. 

Children are eligible for the bus, if they meet the following requirements: 
Grades K-2 are entitled to bus if they live ½ mile or more from the school.
Grades 3-5-must live over one mile from the school or have a medical variance (obtained from the Office of Pupil Transportation and filled out by the child's doctor).  
Bus children will be dismissed from the gym exit and board their bus on Elverton Avenue.


Cautions: Children are not to be dropped off between cars or buses. Parents should not double park, pass a school bus with flashing red lights, or park in bus stop areas. Please use the crosswalks. 
The school works in partnership with the 122nd Precinct in enforcing traffic safety laws. To protect our children, no one is permitted to return to the building to retrieve forgotten items after dismissal. Parents may write a note to the teacher explaining the dilemma. We appreciate your cooperation in abiding by these most important safety rules established for the welfare of your children.  
For the safety of the children we ask to follow the Parking/No Parking rules on Elverton and Stieg Avenue (signs posted by the Police Department). Please remain outside the building. Allow room at each exit so all designated classes can leave the building in a safe and orderly manner. Teachers will escort the pupils outside the building. Discuss with your child the importance of safety and any special arrangements you will have to meet them. Please avoid using Elverton Avenue during arrival and dismissal as the buses are dropping off students. The buses must have clear access in order for the children to arrive safely and on time.  

SAFEGUARDING YOUR CHILD
Please do not have pets or lit cigarettes around the perimeter of the school.

CROSS ONLY AT CORNERS: Observance of this rule eliminates the dangerous practice of jay walking.? If the intersection is controlled, drivers look for and expect walkers to cross only at the corner and with the traffic light. 

WATCH FOR TURNING CARS: This guards against children walking into the side of cars as they turn corners. Too many children are injured when they forget they must be extra alert at corners.  

KEEP FROM BETWEEN PARKED CARS: This rule is probably the most often violated and bears the most serious consequences of all. It takes time and distance to stop a vehicle even if it is moving slowly. It is difficult for the driver to stop if a child darts suddenly into his path from between two parked cars.  

WALK ON LEFT FACING TRAFFIC: 
This applies to sections where there are no sidewalks. While walking to the left, the child can observe oncoming traffic and step off the roadway in plenty of time to avoid an approaching vehicle.

PLAY AWAY FROM TRAFFIC:
Playing on the street is one of the largest causes of child accidents. Street games in traffic are dangerous. Playgrounds and backyards in the neighborhood are the best guarantee that no boy or girl will be deprived of a happy childhood because of a traffic injury. 

BE DOUBLY ALERT ON RAINY DAYS: Special care is necessary to counteract the difficulty of seeing clearly on rainy days. Visibility is hampered by umbrellas and rainfall and may hide a vehicle from view. In addition, it is more difficult for the driver to see and vehicles may be unable to stop quickly or may skid. 

OBEY POLICE OFFICERS, ADULT CROSSING GUARDS, AND TRAFFIC SIGNALS: Your child's safety to and from school will depend to a great degree upon obedience to these safety guardians.

ITEMS NOT TO BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL: Toys, toy guns, cars, radios, electronic games, etc. are not to be brought to school unless specifically requested by the teacher. 


Dates to Remember...

September  13th
Meet & Greet
4:30-7:30


November 16th
1/2 day-11:20 Dismissal
Parent-Teacher Conferences 


March 15th
1/2 day-11:20 Dismissal
Parent-Teacher Conferences

ATTENDANCE REGULATIONS
If your child is going to be absent please call the Parent Coordinator in the main office at (718) 984-1688

Children ages 6-17 are mandated by law to be in school. Attendance is taken daily. Children are expected to be on time.If your child was absent, a note from the parent or a doctor must be given to the teacher when he/she returns to school.  If a child is absent for two consecutive days, a call to the parent will be made by the school. Absence for family vacation is not an excusable absence. Family holidays should be taken during school holidays. 
Remember: Attendance is vital to your child's academic success, and his/her achieving promotional standards.  
Requesting the release of your child before dismissal should take place only if there is an emergency. All appointments should be scheduled when school is not in session. Children will not be released once the dismissal process begins (2:40 PM). Be advised that students should not be signed out upon returning from a class trip, at the conclusion of a class performance, or special event. Your child must remain with their class until dismissal. Children will not be released to anyone not listed on the blue emergency card unless a note is sent to the teacher by the parent. If a change in your child's daily schedule is necessary (i.e. bus children will be a walker; child is not attending any after school program, etc.); a note must be written and given to the teacher. A student's verbal statement or phone call will not be honored. Please state if someone other than the usual person is picking up your child.  
Remember: Photo ID is required from everyone to sign out a student.  This is for the safety of all. 

ROUTINES FOR VISITING THE SCHOOL
Enter and leave the building through the main entrance on Barlow Avenue. Sign in at the security desk. You will receive a pass after identification is validated. The issued pass only affords you access to a designated location. For the safety of pupils and staff, you may be asked for this pass by school personnel. Visitors should not be in any part of the building without authorization. Any unauthorized visitors will be considered intruders. Intruders will be reported to the police. Upon leaving the building, you must sign out and return the pass.  
If you are leaving books, lunches, cupcakes, etc, please bring these articles to the main office and they will be sent to the classes. Be sure to label the item with your child's name and class.  PS 32 has an open door policy. If you would like to speak with school personnel, it is not necessary to have an appointment.

MEDICATION
Your child may be entitled to special accommodations in school under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, The Americans with Disabilities Act and various State and City laws. These laws protect the rights of students with special health needs who might have difficulty attending school or participating in regular school activities without support services or reasonable accommodations being provided. For example: parents of students with asthma, seizure disorders, etc. should contact the School Nurse at (718) 227-9786.  

GENERAL RESPONSE PROTOCOL DRILLS
Fire drills are a time of strict silence and immediate evacuation from the building. Fire drills are required by law and are held twelve times during the year. When the fire bell rings, the student is expected to obey orders and clear the building quickly and silently. The teacher in each classroom will give instructions for exiting the building. Specific fire drill procedures are posted in each room. It is important to respond to each fire drill as if it were a real fire. No child or adult may be left in the building during a fire drill.

Fire Drill Signals: 3 Gongs, 4 times-Immediate evacuation, 2 Gongs, followed by 3 Gongs, rung 4 times - Get ready/Get outerwear, proceed to your designated exit 

Lockdown-Soft/Hard: 
Soft Lockdown implies that there is no identified imminent danger. Students are to move out of sight and maintain silence. Specific soft lockdown drill procedures are posted in each room.
Hard Lockdown implies that imminent danger is known. Students are to move out of sight and maintain silence. Specific hard lockdown drill procedures are posted in each room.

Shelter Drill: The threat is outside the building. Students remain inside the building, conduct business as usual and respond to teacher directions. Specific shelter drill procedures are posted in each room.


BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM
Breakfast is free for all students.
All students must submit a completed lunch form whether or not you intend to have your child eat hot lunch. There are two categories of hot lunch: free and full payment. Eligibility is based on family size and income. 

LUNCH AND MILK COLLECTION
*Lunch and milk monies are collected once a month. Money cannot be accepted at other times since the money is deposited in the bank on specific days. Reminder  enroll your child online at www.myLunchMoney.com (an online service which enables you to manage your child's lunch account easily from home).
ONLY CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED

Cost:HOT LUNCH $1.75 per day
Milk $.35 per day
(Prices are subject to change)

LUNCH PROCEDURES
Students have a 50 minute lunch period which includes eating time and recreation time. Parents or guardians wishing to take their children home for lunch must meet in the main office. There must be advance notice on file with your child's teacher. 

1st Lunch 10:24-11:14am
Grades K, 3, 5 & Classes 2/3-210, 4/5-341

2nd Lunch 11:50-12:40pm
Grades 1, 2, 4 Classes K/1/2- 240, 3/4-304

Good housekeeping is very important for a safe and orderly environment for our children. Please encourage your children to clean up their garbage during breakfast/lunch and cooperate with school rules and regulations. Children may not bring drinks in glass containers or cans. 

LUNCHROOM PROCEDURES
1.You must sit at your assigned table.
2.Always wait to be called for hot lunch and drinks. 
3.Use a soft voice at all times.  
4.Remember we only walk in the lunchroom.  
5.It is expected that the cafeteria is to be kept clean and neat.  
6.Food is not to leave the lunchroom.
7.Listen to the adults in charge.  

PLAYGROUND RULES
1.Think safety first. Hitting, kicking, pushing, punching, tackling, and running are not permitted.  
2.No one is to return to the building unless permission is given by the adult on duty.  
3.Students are expected to line up quietly and move through the building in the same manner.  
4.Use of bad language is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  
5.Throwing of stones, sticks, snowballs, or any other objects is not permitted.  
6.NEVER go beyond the schoolyard gates!
7.Listen to the adults in charge. 

FIELD TRIPS
Prior to any field trip, a note is sent home with each student describing the trip and explaining any fees involved. This note includes a permission slip that must be signed by the parent/guardian and returned to the teacher.  
Please be advised that only parents selected by the teacher will attend a class trip. To maintain safety and order on trips, parents who have not been selected are not to impose his/her presence at the trip site. Siblings are not invited to accompany parent chaperones. A Board of Health nurse will accompany designated children on trips. In the event a nurse is not available, students with a 504 on file must have a parent and/or guardian attend the trip.