Archer Elementary School, PS 531

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Archer Community!
Don't worry about the scaffolding!  Over the next year, there will be construction on the roof and in the basement to ensure the school is water-tight.  It isn't pretty, but it isn't forever.  Thanks.
                                                END OF YEAR CALENDAR!                                                            
Important Dates:

No School For Students:

Monday, May 28th                    Memorial Day
Thursday, June 7th                   Chancellor's Day (Staff Report to Work)
Monday, June 11th                    Clerical Day (Staff Report to Work)
Friday, June 15th                       Eid al-Fitr

Student Events:

Tuesday, June 5th                    Field Day at Noble Park (PreK - 4th Grade)
Friday, June 8th                       5th Grade Dance, Cafeteria, 5pm-7pm
Wednesday, June 13th             5th Grade Trip, 7am - 5:15pm
Thursday, June 14th                Shakespeare Performance, Auditorium, 5pm
Tuesday, June 19th                  5th Grade Field Day and BBQ, Noble Park
Friday, June 22nd                    5th Grade Graduation
Monday, June 25th                  Kindergarten Stepping Up Ceremony

Parent Events:

Wednesday, June 6th               SLT, 3pm-5pm, Media Center
Friday, June 8th                       Principal's Tea and Talk, 8:45am, Media Center
Friday, June 8th                       PTA Meeting, 9:45am, Media Center
Tuesday, June 12th                  Kindergarten Orientation (students registered for K for 2018-19)
Thursday, June 14th                Father's Day Workshop   


Last Day of School is Tuesday, June 26th
**The last day of school is a half-day.  Please pick up your child at 11:30 from the cafeteria and HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!

Summer Programs
Please talk to Pearl Mozon, our Parent Coordinator, if you have questions about summer programs.  You can contact her at:
(718) 828-3791 x2162 or

The weather has gotten extremely cold!  We care about your kids, and daily exercise is an important part of the school day.  Please see our outdoor play policy below and make sure your children are dressed appropriately.

We have lots of cold-weather gear (jackets, gloves, hats, etc) at school!  If your child has outgrown or loses something, please speak to Ms. Pearl (parent coordinator) and we will figure out a way to make sure he/she stays warm!

Lost and Found:

It is AMAZING how many sweaters, hats, and gloves kids are leaving in the cafeteria, the gym, and hallways!  PLEASE write your child's name and "PS 531" on the tags of any clothes you are worried about so that we can return items to kids!

Joke of the Month:

Q:    Why do you never see elephants hiding in trees?

A:     They are really good at it!

School Hours for Students: 8:20 am to 2:40 pm

Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria from 7:45-8:15 every day. Please do not bring or allow students to walk to school earlier than 7:45. There are not adults present to supervise children before 7:45.  

Students will go to their classrooms with their teachers at 8:20.  Cafeteria doors are locked at 8:25; students arriving after that time must go to the main entrance on Archer Street.

Dismissal time is 2:40 every day.  Students in Kindergarten-Third Grade will be picked up from the cafeteria.  Students in Fourth and Fifth Grade will be dismissed from the recess yard whenever weather permits.

Outdoor Play Policy:

The Chancellor’s policy states that children go outside for recess as long as the temperature (with wind chill) is above zero degrees.  On cold days (20-32 degrees), we will allow students with appropriate cold weather clothes (warm coat, hat and gloves) to go outside for exercise. Any student who is uncomfortable or has a health issue can choose to stay inside the cafeteria and read a book.  On days when the temperature is below 20 degrees, Mr. Haviland and Ms. Dorr will determine if the students will go outside for recess. 

Healthy Snack Policy:

All students at PS 531 are provided with a healthy breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack every day. If your child does not eat school lunch, you may send them with healthy food from home.  We do not allow unhealthy snacks (chips, cookies, candy, donuts, etc.) or sugary drinks (soda, tropical fantasy, Hawaiian punch) in the lunchroom.  Many students eat only their chips and cookies, instead of the healthy lunch and salad bar provided.  Several students have misplaced their snacks or had disagreements with other students about sharing snacks. If your child brings unhealthy snacks to the lunchroom, they will be asked to put them away. If they are asked a second time, we will take the item away and a parent can pick it up at the end of the day.  Some students may be allowed to have snack time in the afternoon or during the afterschool program.Those snacks must stay in backpacks until the appropriate time. 

The school provides access to a great resource, Raz-Kids, which has animated books for students to read and listen to that are exactly on their level. Please check it out! 
If you are trying to access Raz-Kids on a tablet (iPad, Kindle, or Android device) please click here to download the appropriate app so that you are able to get on.

Third Grade, Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade students will take the English Language Arts test and the Math test based on more rigorous Common Core standards. For more information about the Common Core standards, click here.

If you are a new parent or student, please explore the website to learn more about Archer Elementary.   We will be starting a new round of Friday enrichment classes in January. Students are visiting the school store to use their Archer Bucks every two weeks.  Get to know your child's new teacher here.  

 A Program for Every Child


The mission of Archer Elementary School is to produce graduates with the confidence, knowledge, and skills necessary to succeed on the path to a high school, college, and career of their choice.


We will accomplish this by working closely with families to tailor our instructional program to meet the needs of every child.  We will provide students with access to high quality instruction, mentors, and experiences that will allow them to deeply explore their interests and talents.


 School will begins at 8:20 am.  Students can get breakfast provided by the school starting at 7:45.  School ends at 2:40 pm. Please enter through the cafeteria doors to drop off and pick up your child on time!
Late students can be picked up from the small cafeteria (the "peanut room"). 
We will have a monthly Attendance Celebration for students who have 100% Attendance.  Students will receive a certificate and a prize. Help your child get to school on time every day!



Archer Elementary is a Mandatory Uniform School. All students must wear their uniform every day unless instructed not to (ex. school spirit day).Our school uniforms consist of: a navy blue polo with white school logo or a white t-shirt with blue school logo, Khaki pants for boys and Khaki pants and/or skirts for girls. Uniform polo shirts and t-shirts will be available for purchase at the school the first week in September. Students who do not comply with the uniform policy will be subjected to disciplinary actions.



Short sleeve polo’s: $8.19

Short Sleeve T-shirts: 7.00

Purchase together for 15.00

Khaki Pants and skirts can be purchased at any children’s store (ex. Kids place, Cookies etc.).



Elemental de Arquero es una Escuela Uniforme Obligatoria. Todos los estudiantes deben llevar su uniforme cada día a menos que de otro modo instruido no a (ex. día de espíritu de escuela). Nuestros uniformes escolares consistan: de un polo azul marino con logo blanco ni camiseta blanca con logo azul de escuela en ello. Los pantalones caqui para chicos y pantalones y/o ladea caqui para chicas. Polos y camisetas uniformes estarán disponibles para la compra en la escuela la primera semana en septiembre. Los estudiantes que no se conforman con la política uniforme serán sujetos a acciones disciplinarias.




El polo corto de la manga: $8.19

Las camisetas cortas de la manga: $7.00

Compre juntos para $ 15.00

Los Pantalones y las faldas caqui pueden ser comprados en la tienda de cualquier niños.

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At Archer, reading is everybody’s business.  Students will look at everything from books to online newspapers to cereal boxes to learn how reading is the key to any information they could want.


At Archer, writing is how we explain the world.  Our students will learn to use writing as a powerful tool to express who they are and what they know.


At Archer, parents are vital partners.  We want you in the school and in the classrooms every minute of every day.


At Archer, there are lots of ways to get involved.  Join the PTA and come out to our monthly social events. Be a part of our Book of the Month Club, where you will receive a free children’s book, discuss it over breakfast with the principal, then head to a classroom to read it with your child!


At Archer, students are leaders   who look out for one another.  As     the school grows, our students will serve as mentors, co-teachers, peer mediators, and community activists.


At Archer, we bring the experiences to you.  All students will participate in enrichment classes such as art, dance, music, chess, and photography every Friday from 1-3pm!

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