Parent Teacher Night

Parent Teacher Night:
**Date Change**- Parents/guardians are invited to participate in a Parent Teacher Night on
Monday, September 17th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. You will hear an overview of our school’s successes and this year’s goals, meet your child’s teacher(s) to learn what your child will be learning this year. A detailed letter will follow.

After-School Program

Welcome back to a brand new school year. Sorry to announce Thinking Caps will not be having their After-School program in our school at this time. We are sorry for the information you received August concerning registration. We know and understand your frustration we are working to correct this matter.

After School Program Update

Dear Parents,
Hope you are enjoying your summer!
We are working to setup registration for the upcoming 2018-2019 PS/IS 499 after school program with Thinking Caps. We will publish registration information on this website as soon as it is available.

If you haven’t done so yet, subscribe to receive e-mail notifications for this website so you are alerted once additional information is available.

Thank you!

Free NYC Summer Lunch Program

Queens Library is honored to partner with the NYC Department of Education to provide an essential summer service — FREE lunches for kids and teens all summer long.

Queens Library will provide summer meals from Wednesday, June 27 through Friday, August 31. Summer meals are OPEN to all children, 18 and younger.

Enrollment is not required and there is no cost.
Meals will be provided Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at specific locations.

Go to the website for more information:

Parent Information Session Support Contacts

Dear Parents,
As a follow up to the June 13, 2018 Parent Information Session. See the contact information below to further support families that have questions.

Esther Maluto
Family Leadership Coordinator

Jinmei Yin
Family Support Coordinator

Damarine Reyes
Special Education Community Support Coordinator

Remediation Letter for Elevated Levels of Lead Outlets

Principal Minhas has asked the PTA to share the following communications from the Deputy Chancellor.

On October 13, 2017 and March 02, 2018, every potential source of water for drinking or preparing food at P.S./I.S. 499 – Queens was tested for lead. The laboratory results showed elevated levels of lead in 2 of the 146 samples of water taken and tested from outlets in the building.

Each affected fixture at P.S./I.S. 499 was taken out of service on February 15, 2017, and the remediation work was completed.

On June 01, 2018, the remediated fixtures were tested and the final laboratory results indicate that all samples taken and tested were below the action level of 15 ppb.

Families can visit to learn more about the robust protocol we use to ensure the safety of drinking water in each and every school, as well as to look up water test results for their child’s school.

Remediation Letter from the Deputy Chancellor

Family Day Picnic: Saturday, June 16

The school year is almost over so come join us for a fun family picnic! The day will be filled with activities in the PS/IS 499 playground and field. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

When: Saturday, June 16
Where: PS/IS 499 Playground & Field
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

RSVP is required by Monday, June 11. Fill out the form and send it back to the PTA.

Family Fun Day

General Response Protocol: Evacuate on Wednesday, May 30

Principal Minhas has asked the PTA to share this information with you. On Wednesday, May 30, the school fire alarm was triggered at 3:50 p.m. and the school was evacuated. Everyone was safe during the emergency response.

Since the event happened after normal school hours, parent communication was unable to be sent in a timely manner.

For more information, see the school communication below:

Dear 499 Families,

The General Response Protocol (GRP) has been designed to provide all schools with the direction they will take when an emergency incident occurs. In every incident, school administrators assess the unique circumstances that affect how the GRP is implemented.

Our school building was evacuated today at around 3:50 p.m. A fire alarm was triggered because a hose from inside the air handler became loose and was rubbing against a belt. Even though there was no fire, the rubber belt produced a burning smell that was disseminated throughout the building through central air conditioning vents. Our students (after-school program and ARISTA) are all safe and our school building has been examined by the custodial staff. Please be informed that our custodial staff is working with the facilities director to address this issue.

The General Response Protocol (GRP) for evacuations is listed below.

Evacuate – The fire alarm system is the initial alert for staff and students to initiate an evacuation. However, there may be times when the PA system and specific directions will serve as the alert initiating an evacuation. Announcements will begin with “Attention” and be followed with specific directions. (Repeated twice over the PA system).

Students are trained to:

  1. Leave belongings behind and form a single file line. In cold weather, students
    should be reminded to take their coats when leaving the classroom. Students in physical education attire WILL NOT return to the locker room. Students without proper outdoor attire will be secured in a warm location as immediately as possible.

Teachers are trained to:

  1. Grab evacuation folder (with attendance sheet and Assembly cards).
  2. Lead students to evacuation location as identified on Fire Drill Posters. ALWAYS LISTEN FOR ADDITIONAL DIRECTIONS
  3. Take attendance and account for students.
  4. Report injuries, problems, or missing students to school staff and first responders using Assembly Card method.