March 2022 Principal's Message

Dear Magnetic Families, 

      We are having an exciting school year.   As we round the corner of the Pandemic that has gripped our lives these last 2 1/2 years it is refreshing to return to normalcy.  Mask are no longer required in school but scholars, staff and families can still wear mask if they desire.  On the heels of this great news we are returning to in-person events for our families.  We welcome you all back to monthly events to celebrate and recognize your children our scholars through academic celebrations in their class, school-wide honor assemblies or parent meetings, school trips have also returned and we look forward to taking scholars on trips for the remainder of the school year.  Please attend the Town Hall Meetings  hosted by our central office to learn about updated policies on COVID-19 vaccines and mask mandates the link can be found in the School News Alert.  

     We know that families enjoy celebrating their child's birthday at school.  However, in the interest of learning we can not have in-person birthday parties during instructional time.  Please consider that if every scholar in the class had an in-person party that is over one whole week of missed instruction.  If you would like to celebrate your child's birthday at school the event must get approval by administration.  We will work with you on how best to have the celebration with the least disruption to instruction for the class.  This year we have an administrative team of three; Assistant Principal Streppone for grades 3-5, Assistant Principal Gonzalez for grades 3K to 2nd Grade and myself; Principal Ellman. 

    Please check and ask your children daily about any school notices that they receive so that you have up to date information.   For the month of March we have; a bake sale,  cap and gown measurement for seniors and our monthly Parent Association meeting to name a few.  Scholars on grade 3-5 will take the NYS ELA Exam starting Tuesday, March 29th to Thursday March 31st.  Please make sure that your child gets at least eight (8) hours of sleep on the night before each exam day.  Please make sure that your child eats breakfast either at home or at school.  School breakfast is from 7:45AM to 8:15AM.  Please check the parent corner for more information starting March 17th.         

     Your children are an absolute joy to have in school everyday and we appreciate the trust that you have placed in us to ensure that they receive a rigorous education and a safe school experience.  I look forward to our continued partnership.  If you have a concern about a school policy,  a general question or about a school incident please complete a Parent Concern form either in person or by speaking with our Parent Coordinator Ms. Vasquez and your issue will be directed to the appropriate person to handle your issue.  It is our duty and pleasure to make sure that we address all families concerns big or small.  As always continue to be safe and well.  

Schwanna Ellman

Principal Ellman

Get School Alert Notifications Sent to Your Phone & Create An App Icon of Our Website on Your Mobile Device

To get the Alerts posted on the school's website sent to your phone add eChalk Notify to your home screen:

  1. Download the eChalk Notify App. Anyone can get it free from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Just search for "eChalk Notify".
  2. When you enter the login page click on "Proceed Without Logging In"-- go to settings icon -- go to + -- enter our school's alert code IK92CC -- click Connect to receive emergency alert notifications. See the eChalk Notify Quick Start Video for Parents. For quick access to the eChalk Notify app and our code, click on the yellow slide-out widget at the bottom right corner of the Home Page.

To create an app shortcut on your phone or tablet for quick access to our school's website follow these instructions:

To add our website as an App icon on your iPhone or iPad:

  1. Type our school's URL - - into your mobile device's native browser window (i.e. Safari)
  2. Once the site is loaded, you'll see a rectangular icon with an up arrow in the bottom menu of the browser. Tap this button.
  3. Scroll down and select the Add to Home Screen button.
  4. Click the Add button.
  5. Tap the icon for your school's site on the home screen of your mobile device to launch the site.

To add our website as an App icon on your Android device:

  1. Type our school's URL - - into your mobile device's native browser window
  2. Once the app is loaded, press your device's Menu button usually located at the top right.
  3. Select Add shortcut on Homescreen.
  4. Tap the icon for your school's site on the home screen of your mobile device to launch the site.

NOTE: eChalk is the host of our website.

What are Magnet Schools?

Magnet schools are part of the New York City Department of Education and accountable to the same state standards as all other New York City public schools. Each magnet school focuses on individually themed curricula that provides engaging and innovative learning opportunities to all students. Magnet schools attract children of various socioeconomic backgrounds, race and academic achievement levels. They promote 21st Century skills as well as creativity, teamwork, and acceptance. Magnet school students learn in vibrant environments that prepare them for future careers and successful community engagement through hands-on experience working with businesses, cultural institutions, universities and community organizations.

Makers, Inventors, Thinkers, Explorers, and Creators Welcome

Make: Students at 3D printer  Invent: Robotics  Think: learning to code  Explore: science projects  Create: student producing video on green screen