Don't see the answer to your question? Check the Parent Handbook 2018-2019.docx . There you can find lots more details about our school's policies.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Parent Association
1) What is the Parent Association?
The Parent Association (PA) is an organization comprised of the parents within the school. The purpose of the PA is to advocate for students and families and help keep families aware of things going on within the school. The PA supports the school and the parents in a number of ways including fundraising, volunteering, holding monthly meetings, and planning events and/or workshops.
2) Who can join the PA?
Great news - if you are a parent or guardian of a child at P.S. 24, then you are already a member of our PA. BUT, the PA is only effective if it has active members so come to one of our general meetings to learn how you can play a part, big or small. While you're there, introduce yourself to anyone on the board!
3) What has the PA accomplished?
The PA has funded a number of enrichment programs at PS 24. The PA also supports the volunteering program. Volunteers have provided extra supervision during the recess hours, helped maintain the garden, and assisted with scanning materials for the new media center. Additionally, the PA hosts informative workshops for parents on topics such as curriculum, advice regarding screen time, etc.
4) How can I get involved?
There are many ways that you can get involved with the PA:
- Join the PA email list to stay informed about what's happening at the school
- Come to one of our monthly general meetings (click here to see the full list of dates and topics)
- Volunteer to help the CAR LINE during morning drop-off. It’s a 30-40 minute commitment once a week or once every other week, depending on your availability! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
- Join a committee (click here for a list of our committees)
- Become a class rep
- Volunteer in the school (there are many volunteering opportunities - contact Florence Byrne, the parent coordinator, to learn more)
- Attend one of our fundraising events (subscribe to our calendar so you don't miss any of our events) - How-to-subscribe-to-a-calendar.pdf
- MAKE A DONATION
Frequently Asked Questions about P.S. 24
5) Who is my child's teacher?
6) Where do I bring my child in the morning? What are morning drop-off/arrival procedures?
Students may not arrive before 7:35 am. After 7:35 am, students may either report to the Hot Lunch Room if they wish to get breakfast, or to the designated location for their grade (see below). Breakfast is free for all students and is available from 7:35 - 7:55 am.
All students in grades K-3 who arrive before 8:00 am will report to the auditorium. Parents can drop their student off at the main entrance of the building on West 236th Street or at the back entrance on West 235th Street (Note: the 235th street entrance will remain open only until 8:00 am).
All students in grades 4-5 who arrive before 8:00 am will report to the cold lunchroom. They may enter via the doors located opposite the basketball courts (exits 11 and 12) between 236th and 235th streets.
After 8:00 am all students must enter the building from the main entrance on 236th street.
All students who arrive after 8:00 am are expected to report directly to their classroom. Any students arriving after 8:05 am will be marked late.
See below for a map of the school's exterior.
7) Where do I pick my child up? What are afternoon dismissal / pick-up procedures?
Kindergarten dismissal is at 2:10 pm. Dismissal for all other grades is at 2:20 pm.
Kindergarten parents should consult their teacher to find out which exit their class will be dismissed from.
1st grade students are dismissed from exit #13 on 235th street, which is in the yard.
2nd grade students are dismissed from exit# 13 on 235th street, which is in the yard.
3rd grade students are dismissed from exit# 9 on 236th street (first exit past the main entrance when heading north towards the river).
4th grade students are dismissed in the Cold Lunchroom (parents will enter through Exit 11 and leave through Exit 12).
5th grade students are dismissed in the Cold Lunchroom (parents will enter through Exit 11 and leave through Exit 12).
Students who are not picked up at the dismissal door at 2:20 pm will be brought to the auditorium. Parents or individuals who are picking up students after 2:20 pm will have to sign in from the back entrance (Exit 1 by the auditorium) and leave through the same entrance. A safety agent will be present. Please make sure you have your ID to enter the building.
After 3:00 pm all children who have not been picked up will then go to the main office where the emergency contacts designated on the Blue Emergency Card will be called to see who can pick the child up. After 3:00 pm, parents should enter the building through the main entrance on 236th street to pick up and sign out their child.
See below for a map of the school's exterior.
8) Where are the building's exits?
9) How is the school day structured?
10) When is the best time to speak with my child's teacher?
Parents are encouraged to request a meeting time during the Tuesday afternoon “Parent Outreach” time. All teachers are available on Tuesdays, between 2:30 pm and 3:00 pm, to meet with parents to discuss their child’s education. Please contact your teacher for an appointment. If that time does not work for you, please let your teacher know so that a convenient time for you and the teacher can be found.
11) It's my child's birthday. Can I bring in a cake?
Unfortunately, no. The birthday policy at P.S. 24 is that all birthdays will be celebrated on the last Friday of each month at 1:45 p.m. in your child’s classroom. If your child's birthday occurred during that month, then you are permitted to bring in a snack from the approved snack list for your child to share with the class.
- Pre-cut fresh fruits
- Dried fruits
- Individual apple sauce cups/ pouches
- Rice Krispy treats
- Chex mix
- Hummus with pita chips
- Tortilla chips and individual guacamole
- Any pre-packaged snack mix (e.g. pretzels, marshmallows, chocolate chips)
- Pirate Booty
- Veggie sticks
- Pretzels dipped in chocolate
- Teddy Grahams
- Animal crackers
- Fruit snacks
- Cheese sticks
- Pre-packed cheese with crackers
- Pudding or Jello cups
- Individual cookie packs
- Pre-packaged mini cupcakes/donuts/brownies/muffins
- Small water bottles (NO JUICES OR PUNCH)