Queens Borough President’s Parent Board

A message from Monica Gutierrez, Education Director, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz:

The Queens Borough President Melinda Katz invites you to her next meeting of the Parent Advisory Board that will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:00pm in Queens Borough Hall located at 120-55 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY – Room 200. All parents and educators are invited to attend this informative meeting. We will host a presentation by the School Construction Authority (SCA) on the proposed 2015-2019 Five-year Capital Plan. In addition, the Department of Education (DOE) Division of Family and Community Engagement will explain how parents can become involved with the Community Education Councils (CECs).

School Construction Authority

Two guest speakers from the School Construction Authority will present the SCA 2015-2019 Five-year Capital Plan. Ben Goodman is the Manager of Community Relations and handles Queens’ community boards within School Districts 27, 28, and 29. Michael Mirisola is the Director of External Affairs and handles Queens’ community boards within School Districts 24, 25, 26, and 30. The SCA presentation will detail plans to create new school facilities and to improve infrastructure of existing buildings. In addition, the planned distribution of funding to meet local and City requirements will be expanded upon. This plan will invest in the future of New York City’s public schools, as we continue to work to address issues of overcrowding and to prepare for enrollment growth.

Principals, Parent Coordinators, PTA/PA Parents, and Educators will be able to ask questions and express their construction needs for their school as well as find out why some projects submitted were funded and why others were not.

School District Community Education Council (CEC)

Ayesha George is the Parent Leadership Liaison in the Division of Family and Community Engagement at the DOE. Ms. George will explain the process of applying for a position on a School District Community Education Council (CEC) and demonstrate the role of CECs in passing education resolutions and providing funding to public schools. Each CEC oversees a community school district that includes public elementary, intermediate, and junior high schools.


The meeting is open to the public. Please RSVP via email at education@queensbp.org or via phone at 718-286-2850.

Daily News/City Harvest Food Drive


City Harvest and the Daily News have partnered for 34 years to host the largest food drive in New York City. Last year, NYC students collected and donated more than 200,000 pounds of non-perishable foods!

Bring in your canned and boxed goods from Thursday, December 1st through Friday, December 16th. The most needed items are:

  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables
  • canned proteins (for example, tuna or beans)
  • peanut butter (plastic jars, please)
  • macaroni and cheese (packaged)
  • hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-sized)

Note: City Harvest cannot accept unlabeled or dented cans, open packaging, products that need to be refrigerated homemade foods, or expired products.

Photo Credits: City Harvest Daily News 2016 Food Drive Kickoff


School Trips and Upcoming Events

School Trips

Ms. Folgio sent home the December newsletter in which she reminded parents of the new NYC Office of School Health’s policy regarding school trips.  The Office of School Health is a joint program of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Department of Education (DOE).

When a student who requires medication attends a trip, a school trip nurse or a parent/guardian must attend to the assist the student, otherwise the trip must be cancelled. School trip nurses are requested but are not guaranteed.  Classroom teachers will reach out to the parents of students who need to be accompanied prior to making payment for the trip.


There are several upcoming events to recognize student achievement and to celebrate the holidays.  Check out our calendar for details!

School Pictures


If you would like to order your child’s school pictures, order forms were due on October 14th.  Please do not send in envelopes at this time.  Instead, please order photos online from Irvin Simon. Thank you for your cooperation!

If you are not satisfied with your child’s pictures or if your child was absent on October 19th, there will be a Retake Day on Friday, December 2nd.