PS 29 John M. Harrigan School | 425 Henry St | Brooklyn, NY 11201 | (718) 330-9277800-123-456

FAQ’s for New Kindergarten Families

Welcome to PS 29!

We are so happy to welcome you to the PS 29 family. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.

When is the first day of school? The first day of school is Wednesday, September 5th and is a half
day for all Kindergarten students with dismissal at 11:45 AM. Starting on Thursday, September 6th the regular school day schedule begins for all Kindergarten students.

Please find the DOE calendar for the 2018-19 school year calendar here.

What time does the school day start and end for Kindergarten? The school day starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 2:45 PM. Parents or caregivers drop-off and pick up at the classroom door. Kindergarten families enter through the main entrance on Henry St.

Do I need to buy any school supplies before the first day of school? No, our teachers buy all school supplies in bulk, you do not need to buy any school supplies except a backpack, and a lunch box if your child will be bringing home-lunch.  Our PTA will be sending a letter along with your teacher’s letter with more details on this. 

Do I need to pack a lunch or is there school lunch available? You can either send home lunch or your child can have school lunch. Lunch is now free for every child but you will still receive a lunch form that will need to be filled out and returned in September, this is a requirement of the DOE. Kindergarten has lunch from 11:05-12:05 PM in the cafeteria.

You can find a sample menu for school lunch here.

Is there an early drop-off option for Kindergarten students?

Yes, you can drop off starting at 7:30 AM in the morning, directly in the cafeteria. Children can enjoy a free breakfast if they are dropped off early. There is no need to register for early drop-off or breakfast.

You can find a sample menu for school breakfast here.

Is there an after school program at PS 29? How and when do I register my child?

Yes, PS 29 has a PTA run after school program called PS 29 Plus. There are two options available, Kids Club, which is after school childcare available every day, and after school courses in both the fall and spring sessions. Registration for after-school Kids Club and courses begins sometime in late August. We recommend checking the website towards the second half of August when the course catalogue becomes available. You can also create an account with PS 29 Plus (select pre-register option) so that you receive the email notifications they send out once registration opens up.

Please visit the After School Portal at

You can view a sample course schedule from the Spring 2018 session here.

When will I know which class and teacher my child has been assigned to?

You will be receiving your teacher and placement letter by mail towards the end of the summer.

Can I ask for a specific teacher or a request a change of class?

Our administration and teachers go through a very thoughtful process and work hard to make sure all

classes are balanced. There are no changes to class assignments.


I hope this list helps. If you have any other questions or need assistance with anything related to PS 29, please feel free to email me at

Welcome to PS 29!


Mónica Gutiérrez Kirwan

PS 29 Parent Coordinator

Resources for New Families

A handout with tips to help your child transition to elementary school, put together by PS 29 parent and  LCSW-R, Maura Sheehy.


Transition to School