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

Frequently Asked Questions

PS 29 FAQs

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions. We want to make sure you always know WHERE to go or WHO to talk to at PS 29.  If you have a question that is not answered here, please email parent coordinator Monica Gutierrez-Kirwan

FAQ’s  for Current Families

FAQ’s for Prospective Parents

Current Families FAQs

What time will the school day start this year?

The schedule for 2017-18 school year will be as follows:

Pre-K and Kindergarten: 8:30 am – 2:45 pm

Grades 1st–5th: 8:30 am – 2:50 pm

Students go up to their classrooms at 8:28 so they are at their classrooms, ready to learn by 8:30 am.

Who is the parent coordinator?

Monica Gutierrez-Kirwan is our parent coordinator. She can be found greeting families at drop-off and pick-up. She is always available to answer any questions. Monica is the liaison between parents and the principal, administration, teachers and the DOE. You can always talk to Monica if you have any concerns or if you want to volunteer but don’t know where to start –or anything at all!  You can drop by Monica’s office in room 105 or email her at Monica also sends out a weekly newsletter to keep you in the loop about all that goes on at PS 29, she backpacks a monthly PS 29 calendar and also posts photos and videos about all the great school events on our PS 29 Facebook page.

How do I get in touch with my child’s teacher?

Each teacher has a preference for keeping in touch and will let you know the best way to establish communication (notes via your child’s homework folder, email, phone).  If you have a specific concern about your child’s work or behavior in a specialty class such as library, music, science, chess or PE, speak with that teacher directly. You can find the contact number for your teacher in our directory page. If you are not sure what to do, speak with our parent coordinator, Monica Gutierrez-Kirwan. You can reach her at


Who should I talk to if I have a concern or a question about my child’s education and experience at PS 29?

If you have any concerns about your child, talk to your teacher first before reaching out to anyone on the administration team. She is the person that knows your child best at school and you can ask for suggestions or work out a plan together. If you feel you need further assistance, you can contact one of our assistant principals. Dawn Pender is the assistant principal for 3rd to 5th grades and Halee Hochman is the assistant principal for grades Pre-K–2nd.  You can always reach out to our parent coordinator Monica Gutierrez-Kirwan and she can arrange a meeting with someone on the administration team. Our principal, Rebecca Fagin is also available to meet with parents.  Call the office (718-330-9277) to arrange an appointment.

Can I ask for a change in my child’s class placement?

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 classes.

Should I call the school if my child is absent?

No. When your child returns to school after one or two days, provide the teacher with a note stating the date(s) of and reason for the absence (illness, family emergency, trip,). When appropriate, include a doctor’s note.

I have a question related to the After School Program (PS 29 Plus), should I call the main office?

Please send all your PS 29 Plus questions to our after school program manager, Arlene Villareal. She can be reached at

I am moving out of the PS 29 zone, can my child and her siblings still come to PS 29?

PS 29 is a zoned school and follows the DOE zoning priorities. If your child is applying for Pre-K, we only have 36 spots as of April 207 and zoned siblings have first priority.  If you move out of the zone, you lose your zoned-sibling priority status. The same applies to Kindergarten, though in Kindergarten we do have more spots.  To find out more about zoning priorities, please visit our registration page.


What is the Free Breakfast program and what time does it start?

Breakfast is served starting at 7:30 am. All students who come in early may be dropped off directly to the cafeteria where they will be encouraged to participate in our universal breakfast program. There are also board games during this time in the cafeteria.  School aides are present to supervise students. Pre-K and Kindergarten students are escorted by school aides to their classrooms. There is no need to register for the FREE breakfast program.

What is an ICT class? Why does the ICT class have two teachers?

In an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classroom, 60% of students are in general education and 40% have an individualized education plan (IEP). ITC classes have two teachers, one licensed in general education and one licensed in special education. Our inclusion classes provide the same curriculum as our other classes, with the added benefit of a higher staffing ratio and a great deal of support.

Children at PS 29 29 are likely, at some point in their school career, to be in an ICT class.

What is the total student population at PS 29?

We have about 950 students, but enrollment fluctuates so it is hard to give a number.

Can I park my scooter or skateboard in front of the school?

There are no scooters, skateboards or ripsticks allowed in the school building at any time. For safety reasons we ask that all scooters and skateboards be left outside in the “Scooter Parking” on the Baltic St. and Kane St. side of the school. Please note that you are leaving your scooters and skateboards at your own risk and PS 29 is not responsible for lost or stolen objects. Many parents bring locks with them.


Prospective Families FAQ’s


Prospective Families

Do I have to live in the PS 29 zone to attend?

Yes, PS 29 is a zoned school and can only accept zoned students. 

The list below shows the order applicants are considered for placement by the DOE.

  1. Zoned students whose verified siblings will be enrolled in grades K-5 in the school in September 2018
  2. Zoned students without siblings in the school;
  3. Students whose verified siblings will be enrolled in grades K-5 in the school in September 2018 who are not zoned to the school but are residents of the district.


How do I find out if I am zoned for PS 29?

Click here and enter your address in the “School Search” form to find out your zoned school.

 I live in the PS 29 zone, do I have a guaranteed spot in Pre-K?

Unfortunately, no.  PS 29 only has 36 Pre-K spots and we have many more applicants than spots. Applicants are considered using the priorities listed above.

I live in the PS 29 zone, will my child have a spot in Kindergarten?

This past April 2017 was the first time that PS 29 had zoned Kindergarten children on a wait list.  As more families move to the PS 29 zone, it is hard to determine if we will be able to take all our zoned Kindergarten students for the next school year.

Does PS 29 have a school tour?

Yes, PS 29 holds one school tour during the fall.  The date is posted on our website after the start of the school year.

I missed the PS 29 tour, could I schedule a private tour?

We only allow visits during our official school tour.  We are unable to accommodate requests for private tours as it disrupts the school day.

We are moving to NYC from abroad, what do we do to register?

Please contact parent coordinator Monica Gutierrez if you are moving from a different city or a different country.  She can help you navigate the system and answer any questions.

We are applying to PS 29 but are coming from a private school where the birthdate cut-off is different. Can I request that my child be placed in a different grade than the one specified by the DOE’s birthday cut-off date?

The DOE has strict rules regarding birthday cut-off dates and the system will not allow us to register a child outside the required birthdate for Pre-K and Kindergarten.  In grades 1st through 5th, we assess the placement of the child on a case-by-case basis and take the report card of the last grade the child attended as a reference point.

Do you have an after-school program?

Yes. The PS29+ After School Program is a fun, safe enriching experience for all PS29 students. Offerings include Kids Club – A scheduled, supervised aftercare program and a wide range of enrichment courses for K – 5th Graders, taught by PS29 teachers and professional partners, covers a variety of interests. For more information, please visit

 What specialty classes does the school offer?

We have wonderful specialty teachers and classes as follows; Art, Drama, Science, Library and Media Literacy, Physical Education and Music.