Parents are a vital part of the La Escuelita community, active in all facets of the school. From demonstrating proper dumpling making technique during a “Welcome to China” unit, to chairing a major school event, to lending a helping hand when time permits, parents are always welcome to contribute their time and talents to our school.
Parents are a vital part of the La Escuelita community. The purpose of the Parent Leadership Team is to centralize and lead parent involvement and input in La Escuelita. The PLT provides a forum to discuss school-life issues among families and hosts school-wide events that promote school spirit, supplement curriculum or celebrate Latin culture. Membership is open to everyone and the PLT strives to schedule meetings at times that are accessible to the majority of families. Based on meeting attendance last year, the PLT has decided to hold meetings at 8:30AM. Free Early Drop off for all PLT attendees during meetings to facilitate more productive child-free discussion. That said, babies and children are always welcome.
Wednesday, September 20, 2016 @ 8:30 am
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 8:30 am
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 @ 8:30 am
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 8:30 am
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 @ 8:30 am
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 8:30 am
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 8:30 am
Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 8:30 am
Every December, we provide our families and the greater community the opportunity to purchase high quality Spanish language books and bilingual books for children. We take great care in the selection of books to ensure that they are well-written and representative of diverse cultures. It is difficult to find quality Spanish language books via mass market retailers, so this event has been a valuable resource to not only La Escuelita families for the last several years, but to the wider community as well. Book readings, musical performances, coffee and treats add to the festivities. Proceeds benefit the STAFF DEVELOPMENT FUND.
Please join us on Wednesday December 7, 2016 for our annual Book Fair from 8:30AM - 4PM at 302 West 91st Street. Hundreds of high quality Spanish titles will be available for babies through children in 6th grade.
Parents take turns visiting their children’s classrooms in the month of January to share a favorite story. Stories in Spanish or in English are welcome; what is important is that it is a story that is loved and enjoyed at home. Children look forward to the day their parent comes and shares this special piece of home with their friends and Reading Month reinforces a love of reading to the children.
April is Health and Safety Month at La Escuelita. The PLT recruits professionals that work in healthcare or public safety to visit our children’s classrooms throughout the month. Support pieces are sent home so that parents can reinforce these important messages to their children. Past visitors have included dentists, doctors, EMTs, police officers, firefighters, veterinarians, nutritionists and exercise professionals.
Carnaval is a delightful Latin inspired celebration in May. Our street is closed to traffic for a party that includes games, food, music and dancing. Current and alumni families are invited to join us, as well as the surrounding community. Proceeds from Carnaval benefit the STAFF DEVELOPMENT FUND.
We celebrate the children who are heading to Kindergarten in the fall with a special ceremony, followed by a picnic for all La Escuelita families in Crab Apple Grove.
Parents are always welcome in class, after separation occurs. Teachers routinely invite and encourage parents to work with the children, whether it is to lead a craft, a cooking project, a science experiment, play an instrument or simply read a book; children adore visits from the parents. If you do not speak Spanish, the teachers will help incorporate Spanish into your presentation.
La Escuelita is led by Administrative Director, Kelley Grant, and our Educational Director Rosie Pichardo-Glean. While Rosie oversees teachers, curriculum, staff development, and admissions, Kelley manages the budget, promotes the school, and guides exmissions for our graduating families.
We are fortunate to have a strong, dedicated teaching staff. With an average of six years of tenure at the school, La Escuelita teachers are an integral part of the school culture. Individual observation, weekly team meetings, and ample opportunity for professional development throughout the year all build a teaching team that truly knows your child, and are an asset to your family.
La Escuelita is fortunate to be able to draw upon a diverse, talented group of current and alumni parents for its Board of Directors. The Board supports the school's three core values by hiring and supporting the Administrative Director, ensuring financial stability, and developing long-term strategic vision. Board members devote time, energy, and support throughout the school year, driven by their passion for La Escuelita's mission and excitement to see it thrive.
Ana-Maria is the mother of three La Escuelita alums who attended the school from 2007 to 2014. She recently served as co-chair of the P.S. 87 Dual-Language Committee. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. After spending 10 years working as an information technology programmer in the financial services sector, she joined the New York City Teaching Fellows in 2003 and completed her Master’s degree in secondary math education. Ana currently works for a quantitative hedge fund manager as a talent acquisition & culture specialist.