From The Principal’ s Desk

Starrett Early Learning Center

Welcome to the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year! It is my excited pleasure to begin a new journey of educating the young scholars of The Starrett Early Learning Center (SELC) as their program and education director. 

I am passionate about collaborating with families in building and developing emotionally and cognitively strong resilient learners. There is a saying which states, “It takes a village to raise a child.” I believe this wholeheartedly and because of it, the amazing work of ‘raising’ this generation is one I gladly share with the all of the leaders within our village. Our main focus is to prepare the students for kindergarten and beyond while having fun by providing a wonderful and joyful experience!

At SELC, our endeavor is to offer a high quality early childhood education within a productive, safe, and healthy learning environment. All students will have the opportunity to learn and grow with his/her peers in a variety of ways. Nurturing our students into independent self-regulated learners is a priority.

Our Early Childhood program spans the ages of 2.5 years to UPK. We employ a myriad of developmentally appropriate themes to help the students learn as they play. All learning is aligned to The New York State Prekindergarten Foundation for the Common Core which includes the following domains: 

Approaches to Learning – How children become involved in learning and acquiring knowledge.

Physical Development and Health – Children’s physical health and ability to engage in daily activities.

Social and Emotional Development – The emotional competence and ability to form positive relationships that give meaning to children’s experiences in the home, school, and larger community.

Communication, Language, and Literacy – How children understand, create, and communicate meaning.

Cognition and Knowledge of the World – What children need to know and understand about their world and how they apply what they know. I am looking forward to creating a strong partnership with our families and the community as a whole. Family engagement and parent workshops will be an additional focus at SELC this school year. So stay tuned!

It’s going to be a great school year!

Thank you,

Director of Starrett Early Learning Center, Tammy Moore, MS.Ed

Abe Stark Primary School 346

Welcome back to what guarantees to be an exciting year at PS 346. Already this week we had three very successful events: Our annual Open House, the always popular DADS Take Your Child To School Day, and our first ever Bike Swap where students received new bikes, had old ones repaired and got Safety Helmets.

We are happy to announce that our student test scores in grades 3-5 taking the English Language Arts State Exams grew by more than 25%. And for students in grades Kindergarten through 5 more students are reading and writing at grade level than ever before! We thank all of our parents for their active involvement in their child’s education. And just as important are the high expectations our staff has for both the academic and social development of their students coupled with all the hard work and dedication of our children.

This year we have many activities planned for our children including Lacrosse, Basketball, Baseball, Yoga, Drumming, Step Dancing and of course our renowned PS 346 band (provided by a Starrett City Grant) led once again by Mark Thrasher and his band mates. Our PTA, with  Ava Garrick Atkinson (President), are already planning a Chocolate Fund Raiser, Fall Pictures and a special Pumpkin Halloween surprise! The first PTA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 24th at 6:00 p.m. If you have any questions or want to volunteer for any of our programs feel free to contact our new Parent Coordinator, Ms. Melanie Hohenkirk at 718-642-3000.


Principal Kevin Caifa

Frederick Douglass Academy VIII

I hope you all had an enjoyable summer. We look forward to working with you and your children as they grow in their journey as scholars. We are now a PROSE school. PROSE stands for Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence. This means that we have the ability to redesign the way our school functions in order to meet the needs of our scholars. 

We have changed our school hours as a result of this initiative. Our school hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) and 8:40 a.m. to 12:15 on Thursdays. Scholars will be able to come in for Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday) Breakfast will be at 8:15 on Thursdays. Parent Engagement time will be from 8:00 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. on Thursdays. This is an opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers. Please reach out to Ms. Balfour, our school Parent Coordinator for more information in regards to parent engagement time. The scholars will go to lunch from 12:05 to 12:15 on Thursdays and dismissed directly from the cafeteria. The New York Edge Afterschool program will still be available for any scholar who applies to the program. This program is of no cost to you.

So far, we have had a positive start of the school year. Your commitment to insuring that Frederick Douglass Academy VIII remains a celebrated and successful school is inspiring. This school year will bring many wonderful opportunities for our scholars. It remains an honor and a privilege to serve as your principal. Please take advantage of our parent empowerment days. We look forward to connecting with our families. Together, we will make this our most successful year yet. 


Principal Chantal Grandchamps

Gateway Intermediate School 364

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! As we embark on the new school year we extend a heartfelt welcome to new and returning students to Gateway Intermediate School 364.  The staff is excited, thrilled and looking forward to an amazing school year and we know it will be the best one yet! We are ready to build upon the success of our students and staff from last year.  Our students put forth super efforts to meet and exceed expectations in their academics and other initiatives. They made their small steps into giant leaps.

For many students, the beginning of the school year is a time filled with excitement and anticipation as they prepare to reacquaint themselves with friends, develop new friendships, and enter the next grade of their education.  This school year will be filled with many learning opportunities for our students, community service projects, the arts, recreation, college awareness programs and so much more.

Hellen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”  At Gateway I.S. 364 we take pride in establishing an environment that invites its valued stakeholders to be part of the educational process so we welcome the attendance of parents, guardians, and community members at school events and encourage your participation by volunteering in our school. You are a valued member of our team!

As we start the New Year, please keep in mind some important dates for the beginning of the school year.

September 30-October 1………………. No School Rosh Hashanah

October 2, 2019…………………………. 8th Grade Parent Meeting

October 7, 2019…………………………. Stomp Out Bullying Day

We are looking forward to an exciting school year that will challenge all of our students to become stronger, wiser, and enthusiastic about learning.


Go Falcons!

Best Regards,

Principal Nicole Fraser-Edmund

Assistant Principal Treena Hall