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School calendar


Welcome back to school!

First Day of School is Thursday, September 5, 2019

Please read about our new arrival and dismissal procedures -- due to the constructions, there may be some changes that affect you and your child.  


Curriculum Nights 2019

Grades K-2: Tuesday, Sept. 17th, 2019
Grades 3-5: Wednesday, Sept. 18th, 2019
Specialty Teachers (all Grades): Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019

All Nights: 6:15pm-7:30pm

Come join PS11 teachers for Curriculum Night ( Tuesday, September 17  for K-2;  Wednesday, September 18  for 3-5; and  Tuesday, September 24  for all grades specialty classes)!  

Teachers will be giving presentations focused on what will be happening throughout the year in
the classroom, including in ELA and math, and what to expect as a parent.  Although you may not be with your own child's teacher, a teacher from your child's grade will provide the curricular overview, as well as answering questions about what will happen in classes this year.  

There will be childcare and dinner for the kids provided, so feel free to bring your child/children along.  Each night starts at 6:15pm at PS11 (enter through the big yard).




Middle School Tour Info and More

5th Grade Families: Please see the documents below regarding Middle School Tours, Open Houses, Admission, and Application FAQs



Annual Fund Donations made Easy!


Pay three ways: 

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Online at

Mail to PS11 PTA (Attn. Annual Fund); 320 W. 21st Street; New York, NY 10011

Go to our Annual Fund page for more details.  



School Construction Project

We are undergoing a huge construction project at PS 11. Our building is nearing 100 years old and is need of some external masonry work. This work is scheduled to begin next week and is expected to be completed by June of 2021. Click here to read more. 


New Box Tops app! 

Collect BoxTops and Earn $ for PS11!
Our school gets 10cents for every grocery "BoxTop" that we collect. Last year we collected almost 10,000 BoxTops!  There are two ways to collect BoxTops:
1. Download the BoxTop app on your phone, enter PS11 as your school of choice and scan your grocery receipt, any grocery item that is associated with BoxTops will automatically get added! See attached flyer to download the App.
2. See a BoxTop logo on a brand, cut it out, save it and hand it in in February when we do the School-wide drive!  
It is easy and its free to do! All proceeds go to PS11!
See the flyer for details or go to our Box Tops page for more!




Fall Festival, Saturday October 19th, 2019

Please join us for the PS11 Fall Festival on Saturday, October 19, 2019!  

We need over 100 volunteers to help with Fall Festival, PS11's biggest community event of the Fall! Help with set up, leading craft projects with kids, face painting, and more! Bring your most creative baked goods. And of course, invite friends and family to COME OUT TO THE EVENT!

For more details, go to our Fall Festival page


Spelling Bee Dates for 2019-2020

Friday, October 11, lunchtime (room 405)
    • 4th grade written qualifying test
    • 5th grade written qualifying test
Wednesday, October 23, 8AM (room 405)
    • 4th grade spelling bee
Friday, November 8, 8am (room 405)
    • 5th grade spelling bee

Students will have until Monday, September 30 to register: click here to register and go to our spelling bee page to learn more about the spelling bee and read about previous years' spelling bees.





Library Orientation 2019

Are you interested in finding out more about the PS11 library?  Come to an orientation meeting and learn all about it.  The library depends on parent volunteers and we'd love to have you join us in the PS11 library, Room 408.  

We will be doing an Intro to Library orientation on Friday October 4 at 9am, after drop-off and a Returning Volunteers meeting on Friday October 10 also at 9am after drop-off. 

If you can't make it but are interested, are thinking of signing up for a shift, or have any other questions, please contact us at


Important Bus Policy Please Read

This year, we are continuing our bus protocol. This protocol was implemented in order to make certain that all our students who ride the bus are safe and accounted for at all times. We have made some important changes regarding bus dismissal, the changes are noted in red. Click here to read the updated bus procedures. To translate, please select languae in the upper left of the website. 


This year, we are continuing our bus protocol. This protocol was implemented in order to make certain that all our students who ride the bus are safe and accounted for at all times. We have made some important changes regarding bus dismissal, the changes are noted in red below. 

1. If your child is not taking the bus home at dismissal because an adult is picking him/her up at school, you must send a note in the morning, and email by 2:30pm.  Include the name of the adult picking up your child. Due to the construction, buses will pick up students on 20th street. Whoever is picking up your child MUST be at the 20th street bus door by 3:00pm.  If no adult is present at the time your child is to get on the bus, your child will go on the bus and will need to be picked up at his/her scheduled bus stop. If your child is attending PS 11 Afterschool, he/she will not report to the bus line. 

2. If your child will be picked up on the same days each week (i.e. every Tuesday and Thursday they have a class), you can notify and your classroom teacher at the beginning of the year to let them know.  However, if an adult is not at the gate by 3:00pm, they will get on the bus, regardless of whether it is a typical pickup day or not.  If an after school activity ends, and the consistent pickup changes, please notify your teacher and the above email address.

We have adopted the following procedure to ensure that our students are dismissed safety from the bus each day. 

  1. Each bus route will be assigned a color ID badge. The color of the badge will represent the BUS ROUTE. The badge will have the student's LAST NAME and FIRST INITIAL as well as the STOP # and ADDRESS of the stop.  Students must have their bus badge on his/her backpack. 

  2. A bus attendance/bus dismissal recording sheet with be created for each bus route.  This will be created on two page carbonless paper. This sheet will contain students' names (alphabetical), grouped by bus stop. Bus stops will be numbered in the order that they appear on the route guide. 

  3. As each student is placed on the bus, a PS 11 staff member will take attendance on the spread sheet. Once all of the students are on the bus, the bus driver will receive a copy of the attendance. 

  4. As students are dismissed, they will show his/her badge to the bus driver and the driver will check the dismissal box. Students will not be permitted to exit the bus unless they are at the DESIGNATED STOP # and DESIGNATED STOP ADDRESS. 

  5. Students are never permitted to get off the bus at a NON-DESIGNATED stop. 

  6. Please remind your child that they MUST have his/her badge each day. If an adult is not present at the designated stop, the student will notify the bus driver and may choose to stay on the bus. After the route is completed, the driver will return to the stop. If an adult is still not present, the driver will contact 911. 


Positive bus behavior is incredibly important to keep students safe.  We will be reminding them of bus safety rules, but please speak to your children about staying in their seat with the seatbelt fastened, using kind language and following the rules.  If a child displays inappropriate behavior, please be aware that your child may be suspended from the bus.

The Department of Education has created a short video about busing procedures. You can view that here:




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