4th Grade Parents

Middle School Information for 4th Grade Parents

Middle School Tours

Please don’t sign up for middle school tours when your child is in 4th grade. The tours for 5th grade students only. The tour spots fill up quickly.

Absences and Late Arrivals

Although your child is only in 4th grade, there is an important aspect of the middle school process you should think about for this year:

Middle Schools look closely at the number of absences and late arrivals. Absences and late arrivals are coded as “excused” and “unexcused.” For middle school applications, it is better to have these instances coded as “excused.” (Regular attendance and arriving at school on time are ALWAYS CRITICAL for student success in all grades.)

Only keep your child home from school if they are sick.

If they are sick, please call in to report the absence. Also, send in a note the following day. If you take your child to the   doctor, ask the doctor to write a note.

Please be at school on time. Middle Schools feel that if you can’t be on time to your zoned school, you will be late   traveling  to a school that is not necessarily close to your home. If your child is late due to a doctor’s appointment, please   ask the   doctor’s office for a note.

Please keep copies of notes from you or the doctor. In 5th grade, I will ask for copies of these notes for your child’s middle   school file. In some cases, you will need to bring them to middle school interviews.

NYC Schools Account

If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for an NYC Schools Account. This account will allow you to verify your contact information and review absences and late arrivals. If you need to make any changes or need information on how to gain access to your account, please e-mail Pamela Rosenberg at hdamon@schools.nyc.gov or call 718.499.2054 x1031. Corrections to absences and late arrivals for 4th grade must be made by the end of the current school year. Changes cannot be made in 5th grade.

Important Documents

Along with absence notes, please do keep the final 4th grade report card in a safe place. We will remind you in June to keep and make multiple copies of the 4th grade report card, as you may need them in 5th grade. Some City middle schools or private schools may ask for copies of the report cards.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Damon at 718.499.2054 x1031 or e-mail