Frequently Asked Questions
Where and when do I drop off and pick up my child?
- School begins at 8:20 am. Children should arrive before 8:20 am.
- Breakfast doors open at 7:30 am.
- Pre-K and Kindergarten students will arrive through the doors in the primary school yard at 8:20 am.
- If you arrive after 8:20 am, you must bring your child to the main entrance of the school. At this time, your child is late. Please make sure you sign the late book, and your child gets a late pass.
Pre-K and Kindergarten will dismiss into the small school yard, through their classroom doors where possible. Other classes will dismiss from the door which leads into this school yard. Pre-K dismisses at 2:35, Kindergarten at 2:40.
1st and 3rd graders are dismissed in the main school yard at the back of the school at 2:35. In the case of extreme inclement weather, classes will dismiss through the same exits, but will not proceed to the schoolyard. Instead the teacher will wait with the class next to their usual dismissal door.
2nd graders are dismissed through the exit doors on the corner of Berry and Grand Street at 2:35.
4th and 5th graders are dismissed through the school’s main doors on Berry Street.
6th, 7th, and 8th graders are dismissed through the doors on Grand Street by the park.
Please note: No dogs are allowed on school property, so please tie up your dog outside the perimeter before drop-off and pickup. This includes the private playground.
What’s a typical day like for my child?
Clearly this varies by grade and teacher, but every classroom has a “Flow of the Day” posted in the room to help students know what to expect. In addition, teachers post each month’s units of study right outside their classroom doors. If you’d like more information, feel free to ask your child’s teacher directly.
Do the students have recess every day?
Yes! Recess is daily, either right before, or right after lunch. We know that exercise is necessary for children’s health and ability to focus, so weather permitting the students play in the playground or schoolyard. When inclement weather keeps us indoors, students take part in our YMCA Get Moving program, which is a fun dancing and singing activity that most kids love. In addition to daily recess, students get other movement activities throughout the week.
In kindergarten, a combined lunch/recess is provided in the middle of the day for 50 minutes.
Do all students eat in the cafeteria?
Pre-K students eat in their own classrooms. Students in grades K-8 eat in the cafeteria at staggered times. Kindergartners are often very excited to graduate to the big-kids cafeteria!
I’d like to visit my child’s classroom. Can I drop in?
In order to minimize disruptions and keep our campus safe, we discourage casual drop-in, but you’re always welcome to schedule a visit with your child’s teacher. In addition, on the last Wednesday of each month the entire school offers “Wonderful Wednesday” from 8:30-9:15 am, when parents and guardians are invited into their children’s classrooms to observe and participate. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what goes on in the classroom and to meet other parents.
Any time you come to visit, please be sure to bring picture ID to gain access into the building! Even if they recognize your face, school security won’t be able to admit you without it.
What is the school's policy on attendance?
Like all public schools, PS 84’s goal is 100% attendance. Classes that have excellent attendance are rewarded with pizza or ice cream parties.
Is there bus service?
Yes, out-of-zone students can take a yellow bus to and from school. The school will notify you if your child is eligible. Busing is handled by the DOE’s Office of Pupil Transportation.
How does PS 84 handle field trips?
Over the course of the school year, every grade will go on multiple field trips linked to the curriculum. (Pre-K trips don’t begin until January, by which time every student will have turned four years old.) You’ll receive notice ahead of time via a permission slip in your child’s folder, which will also include an invitation for you to volunteer as a chaperone. Note that most of the time, we have more volunteers than we need, so teachers choose using a lottery system—every parent or guardian who wants to chaperone should have an opportunity at some point. Adult:student ratios are never higher than 1:10, and in the younger grades they are considerably smaller.
Is there a gifted-and-talented program at PS 84?
No. PS 84 offers a rigorous dual-language program, which provides an exceptionally challenging curriculum, but it is not a gifted and talented program. For information on G&T programs in Brooklyn, please visit the Department of Education’s website.
What is the school's bullying policy?
It is the policy of the New York City Department of Education to maintain a safe and supportive learning and educational environment that is free from harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying committed by students against other students on account of race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or disability. Such bias-based harassment, intimidation and/or bullying is prohibited. See Chancellor’s Regulation A-832 for more information.