Parent Communication

Our 2023 Food Service Spring Survey

We would like to provide you with the best food service program possible. Take a quick survey to tell us what you want to eat. Thank you in advance for wanting to make a difference. (Select Student, District 31, School Name/Number is 31R005)

Talent Show act submissions are due today, Jan. 30th and Talent Show T-Shirts can be ordered until Feb. 14th.
PTA Meeting Feb. 6th at PS 5, beginning at 9:30 AM.
Please join our PS 5 Team in raising money for the American Heart Association
Several people have reached out to us indicating that they missed the deadline to purchase the yearbook.  The yearbook company has agreed to re-open the website and allow purchases through February 15th.  Please don't miss this extended opportunity! If you have any questions, please reach out to one of us.  Thank you! 
Tracy Tessitore (917) 816-2156 
Nicole Barone (718) 344-8475

Yearbook reminders  Yearbook 2022-2023.docx  Yearbook Instructions 22-23.pdf 

Spirit Shop is open now until March 9th. Orders will be delivered around March 27th.

Fifth Grade Pie Sale Order form was sent home, please check student backpacks. A copy can also be found on the website on PTA page.

Yearbook information was emailed and sent home, please check your emails & student backpacks.

PS 5 Share a Meal Project with Project Hospitality was emailed home. 

Register for our upcoming PTA Meeting on October 13th at 4PM  PTA Meeting Registration Link 10-13-22.docx 

Picture order form- The student gallery is now active for PRE-PAY orders.  Please see instructions below: Click on Order MYPHOTO Enter Keycode (Pre-pay code) : 23PS5UC Please have parents either print the receipt of the online order or write the confirmation number on their order form.  

Important letters from Mrs. Arcuri and the SCA regarding when the closure of Deisius St will take effect  Street Closing letter.docx  dearneighbor5RAddition1 1.doc 

Register for our upcoming PTA meeting on September 29th at 4PM  PTA Meeting 9-29-22.docx 

PS 5 Goes Gold 9/28/22 for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month  September fundraiser - Childhood Cancer letter.docx 

Start with Hello Week 9/19-9/23   Start With Hello - SEL letter to parents.docx 

PS 5 Book Fair 10/6-10/7 PS 5 Scholastic Book Fair

PS 5 Back to School Ferryhawks Event 9/16/22 Ferryhawks Information

Bus Schedule for 2022-23  Bus times and stops for 2022 2023.docx 

Operoo Notice  Operoo.docx 

Summer Reading Log 

Notice of digital parent handbook and supply drop off day  Letter to Parents June 29th.docx 

Morning Care Morning Care Letter 

*Order your PS 5 Gear Here*store closes on 9/20/22)


Mrs. Arcuri's Messages

2. Dear PS 5 Families, 

By now you have realized how extremely challenging it is going to be during dismissal without a schoolyard and the use of only Deisius Street and Kingdom Avenue.  For safety reasons, we ask that after you pick your child up you immediately clear the area.  Additionally, if possible, please try to refrain from having siblings from other schools meet you here and stand in front of the school as space is limited. 
Tomorrow if you are picking your child up in front of the school you will see a black line across the sidewalk for parents to stand behind. This will clear the area for teachers to walk out on the sidewalk with the students. 
On Kingdom Ave where 4th and 5th graders are dismissed,  we need you to stand back from the gate and make room for the kids to line up outside the gate. Also, we ask that you DO NOT PARK in the street in that area because the BUS has to pull up to take our bus kids home. We should have more room as soon as they make a larger opening in the fence, which I am told will not be happening until after the weekend of Rosh Hashana. 
Thank you for your cooperation,
Mrs. Arcuri & Ms. Cusumano

1. Welcome back PS 5 families! We cannot wait to see you all on Thursday, September 8th. Please read this letter in its entirety as some of the information had to change from our previous correspondence.  First, this year’s SBO (School Based Option) which teachers voted on in June, has changed our arrival and dismissal time for the 2022-2023 school year. All students begin school at 8:30 am, with breakfast available at 8:15 am.  Doors will not open for student arrival until 8:15 am. We realize the inconvenience for families who need an earlier option and have created a self-sustaining Morning Care program.  We have already sent out a survey to the entire PS 5 community to gauge interest and have contacted those interested.  We currently have 25 children signed up.  Morning care can begin as early as 7:00 am but you can drop your children off any time between 7 am and 8:15 am. 


Earlier this summer we emailed the new arrival and dismissal plan (outlined below) to our families.

  • On the first day of school ONLY, Kindergarten children will begin school at 9 am. All other days they will begin at 8:30 am.
  • Kindergarten children will come in DOOR 2 (middle door) located in the front of Deisius Street. Parents will not be allowed to walk into the building with the children. We will have many friendly faces/staff to greet the children to help them in and guide them to their classroom.
  • Dismissal for KINDERGARTEN students is at 2:40 pm each day. This will alleviate much of the congestion that will be at the front of the building since we can no longer use the schoolyard.
  • All other students in grades 1-5 will be dismissed at 2:50 pm each day at their designated area/door.
  • GRADE 1 children will arrive and dismiss from Door 2 which is in the middle of the building on Deisius Street.
  • GRADE 2 children will arrive and dismiss from Door 3 which is on Deisius Street and the corner of Stecher Street.
  • GRADE 3 children will arrive and dismiss from Door 1 which is on Deisius Street and the corner of Kingdom Avenue.
  • GRADES 4 & 5 children will arrive and dismiss from Door 4 located on Kingdom Ave.
  • Morning Care students who have registered and paid for morning care will enter the building through Door 1.


Please remember to have your child’s supplies labeled. We have a committee that will be delivering supplies to your child’s classroom.  Additionally, if anyone wants to drop off their child’s supplies earlier than the first day, you can do it between 9:30 am and 1 pm on Tuesday, August 30th and Wednesday, August 31st


As you know, the new addition is preventing us from using any part of the schoolyard.  I have diligently tried to obtain some/any space for us to use in the back of the school and have been denied. We have spent this summer planning on ways for our children to be outside. The application for OPEN STREETS has been submitted as we are hoping to get approved for the closure of Deisius Street (front of school) for the children to use for PE and recess. For this reason, no cars will be able to drive in front of the school at arrival and dismissal. Since there will be no Stop and Drop and limited parking, please plan accordingly.


I am working with the builder to keep the small jungle gym for our younger ones. We will also have the area on the side of Kingdom Ave/Deisius Street and are moving the sheds to create more space. Thank you so much to our PTA for supporting us with making sure that the children will get outside as much as possible.



Mrs. Arcuri & Ms. Cusumano



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P.S. 5 Digital Parent Handbook

District 31 Communications

The Community Education Council of District 31 would like to invite you and all our D31 and SID75 families to our upcoming Monthly Business and Calendar Meeting for February. The Business meeting begins at 6:30PM and the Calendar Meeting will follow at 7PM. Our meeting is an opportunity to receive reports from your council members, hear updates on District 31 from our Superintendent, and for you to ask questions about and provide feedback on the District's educational progress. Please see our attached flyer with speakers below and find the meeting agenda and meeting minutes from last month attached. We look forward to seeing you there! 
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Dear District 31,

Candidate Forums are the best opportunity for your community to meet the candidates running for a council seat. Forums are organized by the district and borough Presidents’ Councils in collaboration with the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE).
For the 2023 elections, all forums will be held on a virtual meeting platform and will begin at 6 PM. This forum is for candidates and for parents voting. Information on Candidate Forums can be found on the DOE website
Meet the candidates running for a seat here

The Staten Island High Schools Candidate Forum is the best opportunity to meet the candidates running for the Staten Island seats on CCHS.  The borough Presidents’ Council organizes forums in collaboration with the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE). Thank you for your partnership!

For the 2023 elections, all forums will be held on a virtual meeting platform and will begin at 6 PM. This forum is for candidates and for parents voting. Information on Candidate Forums can be found on the DOE website ForumsMeet the candidates running for a seat here

Registration to attend is open now under the Citywide/CCHS heading!

We look forward to having the Staten Island HS community at this forum and wish all candidates the best of luck in the elections!