10/3/21 Weekly Updates & Important Reminders

Good afternoon TAOTS Families,

We hope that you are doing well.

Here’s what’s happening at TAOTS on 10/6 – 10/8: 

Monday, October 4, 2021 – Happy Monday!

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 – Parent Communication Time!

  • 2:20 pm – 3:10 pm – Be sure to make an appointment with your child’s teachers to chat.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 – Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, October 7, 2021 – NYCSA!

Friday, October 8, 2021 – Have a nice weekend!

Important Reminder:

School Closed on Monday, October 11, 2021 – Italian Heritage Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

School will Resume on Tuesday, October  12, 2021.

Sad News in our TAOTS Community

Dear Parents,

It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of one of our teachers Ms. Colleen Bowerman. 

Ms. Bowerman passed away on Tuesday September 21, 2021. This is a tragedy for the Bowerman family, our students, and our entire school community. Deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the family and our entire school community. 

We know how devastating this news is for our school community. Although classroom instruction will continue, I anticipate that the coming days and weeks will be particularly difficult for everyone. We have professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents and school personnel during difficult times. Our school crisis team, school counselor and social worker will be available to provide counseling for any student or staff member who may need or want help surrounding this loss. Team members will continue to check-in with students and staff to provide support and resources. 

Our staff will monitor our students to see if they express any concerns or would like to speak to someone about their feelings.  It is equally important that you monitor your child’s behavior to determine how they are feeling and if they need any support.

Please feel free to reach out to me, our school counselor Ms. Karen Konstan (718) 621-2730 ext 2202, our social worker Ms. Belfon (718) 621-2730  or to another staff member if you have any questions or concerns. Also, we encourage you to utilize the DOE CRISIS PAGE for additional resources. 

Thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time. 


Josephine Sportella-Giusto

Founding Principal

9/19/21 Weekly Updates & Important Reminders

Good afternoon,

We hope that everyone had a great first week back at school.  

Here is what’s happening at TAOTS from 9/20/21 – 9/25/21:

Monday, September 20, 2021 – Happy Monday!

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 – Parent Communication Time!

  • 2:20 – 3:10 pm is Parent Communication Time every Tuesday.  Please be sure to make an appointment with your child’s teachers to chat.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, September 23, 2021 – Curriculum Night!

  • 5:00pm – 8:00pm meet your child’s Teachers, Specialty Teachers, Staff, and Service Providers via Zoom, where they will discuss your child’s Curriculum, Expectations, and Procedures for this school year.  Links will be shared by our Computer Specialist, Mr. Aleksey by Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Friday, September 24, 2021 – Happy Friday and Enjoy Your Weekend!

Save the Date:

Thursday, September 30, 2021 – 7pm General PTO Meeting via Zoom

Important Reminders: 

Blue Cards: 

  • If you have not done so already, please be sure to complete and return your BLUE CARDS.   PLEASE NOTE: Children will ONLY be DISMISSED to ADULTS who are LISTED on the BLUE CARD and MUST SHOW ID.

DOE EMAIL & Password:

  • Please be sure to check your child’s homework folder for their update DOE Email and Password to access TeachHub and Health Screening etc…

PLEASE READ Important Updates and Reminders from the Principal

Dear  Parents & Guardians:


Effective on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 2:20 PM, all 5th Grade students and their siblings will be dismissed on Avenue P , closer to West 13th Street to alleviate the congestion in the school yard.  If your 5th Grader has a younger sibling in the P.S 682, the sibling will be dismissed with your 5th Grade child. Please look for the TAOTS 5th Grade Dismissal Line Up Sign.

All other students in grades Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade will be dismissed in the school yard at 2:20 pm. 


Effective Monday, September 20, 2021 ALL TAOTS students are expected to wear their school uniforms daily on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 

 Friday is the only dress down day. 

School Uniform: Khaki will be the color of our pants, skirts, skorts, dresses and/or shorts. Students will have the option of wearing white or red polo or rugby shirts/blouses, sweaters and/or vests.

Gym Uniform: Students will wear gray sweatpants and sweatshirts or T-shirts with our school name and/or logo. Parents can purchase the gym uniform through Land’s End. 




FRIDAYS:  Students have the option of dressing down in their own clothes provided it’s appropriate to school.  Uniforms may also be worn if you choose.


Effective Monday, September 20, 2021 ALL TAOTS students are expected to wear proper footwear such as sneakers or a sneaker like shoe with an anti-slip sole. 

Sneakers must be worn for gym and daily recess. Students that are not wearing proper footwear will not be allowed to participate in gym or recess. 

No Crocs, high heels or flip flops, sandals, will be allowed in school for safety reasons.

If for any reason you are experiencing a hardship of any kind regarding purchasing the school uniform or proper footwear, please contact our Parent and Community Coordinator at pandc@taots.org