Daily Announcements

Common Cents Penny Harvest

This year we will once again participate in the annual Common Cents Penny Harvest.  This year we will also accept nickels, dimes, quarters and bills.

All Penny Harvest money will be collected during homeroom.  Our goal is to collect at least 25 sacks of pennies worth $50 each or their equivalent by Friday, December 5, 2014.

Your support is greatly needed for the Penny Harvest to be a success!


Toys for Tots Drive
Please donate new, unwrapped toys to our Toys for Tots Drive.  We will be collecting toys from now until Thursday, December 18th.  Please click on the link for more information, including suggested age appropriate toys!

Toys for Tots 2014


Modell's Team Weeks Coupon
IS 24 will receive the following perks with this coupon:

• Save 15% off all regular and sale merchandise!

• Receive 5% back of purchases made during your "Team Weeks" shopping period*.

• Earn MVP points while supporting your team!

Keep in mind that the coupon is valid for multiple purchases during your Team Weeks shopping period.  Click on the link for the printable coupon:

Team Weeks Coupon


Holiday Fair Information From Our PTA


Please find attached information about our Holiday Fair.  If you are interested in participating as a vendor please contact our PTA @ ptaoffice@barnes24.org .  Last year we had wonderful selection of vendors.  This year we expect the same with an even bigger turn out of people coming to shop. 
 
 
Call now to reserve a table
718-982-4700 x2131
 
Click here for the flyer: Vendors Wanted 2014

2015 Yearbook Ads
Do you have someone special to acknowledge or congratulate?
Do you have a business you would like to advertise?
Do you have a memory you would like to last a lifetime?

Space has been made available for your message in the 2015 yearbook.

This year we have stream-lined the process by bringing it all online!

Click on the link for more information, including how to create an ad and prices!

2015 Yearbook Ads Notice


Parents/Guardians/Staff/Students;
 
Please click the link below to read a letter from the Chancellor of the Department of Education and Department of Health Commissioner on the Ebola virus.



STUDENT ATTENDANCE
 
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE STRIVE FOR 95% OR HIGHER ATTENDANCE AT IS 24. TO BE ABLE TO REACH THIS GOAL AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR WE ASK THAT FAMILIES CHECK THE NYC DOE SCHOOL CALENDAR TO BE AWARE OF HOLIDAYS, RECESS AND SUMMER VACATION BEFORE PLANNING A FAMILY VACATION. USE THE LINK BELOW TO SEE THE FULL CALENDAR.
 
STUDENTS WHO ARE ABSENT DUE TO A VACATION WHILE SCHOOL IS IN SESSION WILL BE TREATED AS AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE. TEACHERS WILL NOT BE EXPECTED TO REPEAT LESSONS OR ADMINISTER A MISSED EXAM WHILE A STUDENT WAS ON A VACATION. PLEASE REFER TO THE SCHOOL CALENDAR WHEN PLANNING A FAMILY VACATION.
 
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOL GOAL OF 95% ATTENDANCE AND STUDENT SUCCESS.
 

UAU REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN
I.S. 24 has been awarded the NYC SONYC SCHOOLS OUT Program.  UAU will be providing the service to our students.  Please click on the attached document for a description of the UAU Compass Program, and a registration form. The UAU program will be offering a variety of activities to our students five days a week from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The program is free.
For more information contact the UAU office:
Donna Gianna, Program Director
718-982-4700 ext. 1141

Click on the link for more information:  DYCD Common Enrollment COMPASS Information




How To Get a Refund from MyLunchMoney.com due to Middle School FREE LUNCH Program
 
 
Due to the new FREE LUNCH Pilot Program FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS, several parents asked about how to obtain a refund for the balance in their middle school student’s MyLunchMoney.com account. Thanks to the District 31 Community Education Council's outreach effort parents/guardians can take the steps below for a refund if, and only if they had deposited funds to a child's lunch account.
 
If you would like to receive a refund for the balance in your MyLunchMoney.com account you can Call DOE Food Services at (718) 349-5783. DOE Food Services will process the refund request. The refund is issued in about 6 weeks as a check directly to the parent/guardian home address.
 
Parents can call the same number to transfer balances to another child's account.

Free Lunch for Students for the 2014-2015 School Year
We are pleased to announce that School Food Services is providing free lunch to our students in 2014-2015.  Please click on the following links for more information:

Free Lunch Parent Letter

2014 Meal Application Flyer




Please be advised the school lunch program will be free to our students this school year thanks to the NYC Council and Department of Education. Due to Federal Regulations families will need to continue submitting a lunch application online for the 2014-2015 school year which can be done before the school year begins through October 3, 2014. Use the link below to fill out your application as soon as possible. Every application counts!

www.applyforlunch.com




TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION

Attached below you will find the 2014-15 school bus routes for our school. Please be aware the routes or stops are subject to change by the NYC Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT). If you have a question about a stop or specific route please contact OPT by calling 718-392-8855 or visit http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/Transportation/default.htm. This website is also helpful in learning about bus routes and MetroCard eligibility.

 

AM-PM Bus Schedule 2014-15.docx

New Announcements!

NYPD Traffic Flyer
NYPD Traffic Flier.pdf
Parent's Guide to Common Core
Parents Guide to Common Core.pdf

From the Principal

SEPTEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

As we begin another school year, I want to welcome you all back as we welcome our new sixth grade families to I.S. 24 as well.  I am very excited to face another school year with you as we also celebrate achievements and progress together.

By now, your children are coming home and reporting what they are learning, taking part in, and what is expected of them.  The faculty and staff of our school are committed to giving your child the best opportunity to succeed and grow in a safe and nurturing environment.

As a large comprehensive Middle School, it is important for all students to establish a good record of academic achievement, great attendance, responsibility, good judgment and a positive attitude.  Middle School provides many opportunities for social growth along with the development of self-discipline, teamwork and good decision making skills.

Some new information about our school year is:

We welcome our new Community District Superintendent, Mr. Anthony Lodico who is serving as Acting Superintendent as Ms. Jenkins will be leaving her post in January.

Our new school session time is now Monday-Friday 7:40AM-2:00PM.

Through the directives of Ms. Carmen Fariņa, Chancellor we are finding new ways to limit the amount of exams students are expected to take in one school year so a focus on instructional time is maintained. We also are using time during the school week to communicate more with parents to engage them in the process.

Through the gracious and dedicated volunteer work and fundraising of the 2013-2014 I.S. 24 PTA President and Executive Board along with volunteers, air conditioning for several classrooms has been installed around the school.

All this and more will allow us to continue to be The Pride of Great Kills!

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the teacher, specifically, our Parent Coordinator, Guidance Counselor, a Dean or your child’s Assistant Principal.  We are all here to assist you in any way we can.

Best wishes for a very successful school year!
                                                                                                                                                              Sincerely,
                                                                                                                                                           Lenny Santamaria
Principal


Upcoming Events

Thu, Nov 27 - Fri, Nov 28
Thanksgiving Recess: School Closed
Saturday, December 6
PTA Holiday Fair
Friday, December 12
Winter Concert
7:00 PM
Thursday, December 18
PTA Pretzel Day Fundraiser
Tuesday, December 23
School Spirit Day - Wacky Holiday Hat Day
Wed, Dec 24 - Sun, Jan 4
Winter Recess: School Closed

Weather

Today, 11/26/2014
High: 42 Low: 32
Rain/snow
100% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 11/27/2014
High: 40 Low: 27
Slight chance rain/snow
21% chance of precipitation.