A Week of Celebrations

What a week of celebrations! Last week many classes celebrated the kick off to Chinese New Year including making masks, sharing Chinese stories, eating cultural foods, and a Pre-K parade! Students in first and second grade celebrated the end of their respective literacy units by sharing their writing pieces and practicing their new found fluency with other classes. This class co-mingling was so nice to see and the students were really excited. Classes are excited to be starting new units this coming week, as we work with Teachers College the next 3 Fridays.

102 for Leukemia: DONATE NOW

Our school is registered to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Student Series’ Pennies for Patients for a second year during the month of January. Thanks to you, last year we were incredibly successful by doubling our goal and becoming a top 10 fundraising school in New York City! The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society received 3 out of 4 stars for financial accountability and 73% of donated funds go directly towards research and to families in need. Schools and students collect money to help find cures for blood cancer patients. Through P.S./I.S.102’s own webpage along with coin collections, friends and family, near and far, can help increase the number of donations they can collect. But some help from an adult will be needed to make the donations online. You can either make a donation to your son/daughter’s teacher classroom page or make it anonymous. The link to our fundraising page this year is


By making donations, students will help people touched by blood cancers. In the 1960s the survival rate for the most common form of childhood leukemia was 3%. Today it’s approximately 90% thanks to many research advances funded by LLS. With the help of programs like this one, LLS has invested more than $1 billion in research to advance therapies that save lives. That includes more than $287,000 from New York City. Thanks to you and your child in advance for helping LLS create a world without blood cancers!

Thank you!

2015-2016 OFFICIAL School Quality Report: 102 is Now EXCELLENT

To help families understand the quality of education their schools are delivering, each year the NYC Department of Education publishes for all school a School Quality Report that includes ratings for different categories as well as information such as student state exam results. So what does this year’s report say about 102?

We are now rated as “EXCELLENT”, the highest possible rating and one that is awarded to just a few schools across the city. Our rating last year was “GOOD”, and to see such improvement in just one year bears testament to the kinds of families and staff we have in this community. Going form GOOD to GREAT is often the hardest improvement a school can make, and we should all be very proud of doing our part in this achievement. The challenge now is to preserve this prestigious rating for years to come, and as long as we remain unsatisfied and keep improving every year, there’s no reason we can’t. 

Excellence came to Elmhurst and it’s here to stay.

Some other notable information in the School Quality

-Our rating for STRONG FAMILY-COMMUNITY TIES improved from “FAIR” to “GOOD

-Our students test result went UP around 7% for both ELA and MATH

-Our English language learners and special education students both made “EXCELLENT” progress when compared to all other schools

See the full report here.

(Last year’s report)


102 KNOW: JAN 2017


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