Welcome Letter for 8th Grade

Please see below for message from Mr. Lampoutis. A copy was backpacked home with your child. PDF available HERE.

Dear 8th Grade Parent(s)/Guardian(s):

Welcome Back! I would like to take this opportunity at the beginning of the school year to outline some key dates concerning our graduating seniors. Please note the following 8th grade events on your family calendar:

(UPDATED**Evening information session for the Senior Trip has been moved to Monday, Oct 7th at 6pm.)

*Students who have received two “N” or “U” Conduct Grades on their report cards any quarter, by two teachers or the same teacher may not participate in the Senior Trip. If a student received a level 3-level 5 code infraction based on the NYCDOE discipline code (B-21-B-62), they will not be permitted to attend the trip. Additionally, participation will be based on administrator’s discretion.

** Since this is an overnight, out of the city trip, parents/guardians who are interested in having their child attend must participate in one of the two information sessions. For your convenience, one early morning and one evening session is available to choose from. If a parent/guardian does not attend one information session, your child will not be able to attend this trip.

Please note if any calendar date/time needs to be changed, you will be notified immediately. As dates approach, more detailed information will be communicated regarding each event. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by phone at (718) 423-8138 or by email at Tlampoutis@schools.nyc.gov.


Taso Lampoutis Grade 8-Assistant Principal   

Sept Workshops – HS Applications & Practicing Empathy

High School Applications

Mr. Armstrong, our Guidance Counselor, will host a High School Application Workshop on Monday, September 23rd at 5pm in the auditorium for Grade 8 parents and students.  We hope you will be able to attend.

Practicing Empathy

Friday, September 27th at 9am in the school library.

Teaching children empathy is more important than ever. Empathy is beneficial for young children to:

  • -build strong relationships with other children and educators
  • -allows them to have tolerance and acceptance of others
  • -increases social harmony
  • -promotes good mental health and reduces the likelihood of bullying

Come learn about empathy and how to develop it with your child at home!

*Please note time for questions is included as well as resources to take home!

Fall 2019 High School Fairs

Fall High School Fairs will be on the following dates:

Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22 10am-3pm:
   Queens Springfield Gardens Educational Campus
   143-10 Springfield Boulevard Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 

Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 10am-3pm: 
   Francis Lewis High School
   58-20 Utopia Parkway Fresh Meadows, NY 11365

Click HERE for flyer containing additional information and locations.

Registration (recommended) and additional information are available at www.schools.nyc.gov/High.

Please also see the following letter from Mr. Lampoutis:

Dear 8th Grade Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

If you are interested in learning more about specific High School programs or the High School Admission process, you may find helpful resources  at www.schools.nyc.gov/High.

In addition, please note on the website you will be able to register for an upcoming Fall 2019 High School Borough Fair. If you have any questions, please contact myself or our guidance counselor, Mr. Armstrong.

Thank you,

Mr. Taso Lampoutis

September PTA Meeting, PTA Election & Upcoming Events

September PTA Meeting, PTA Election & Upcoming Events

September 18, 2019

We look forward to seeing you all at our first PTA meeting on Thursday September 2019 at 7:30PM, right after the Back to School Night ends.

We anticipate a very productive, informative meeting and look forward to meeting you in person.  Come ready to meet the board members, each other, our Principal, and find out about all that is happening and will be happening at our school.

September PTA Meeting Notice and Tentative Agenda HERE

September PTA Election Notice (for VP-Membership, Recording Secretary, 6th Grade Parent Member to the School Leadership Team) HERE

Here are some events coming up this week, and the anticipated agenda.

Wed. 9.18.2019     Photo Day for 6th & 7th Graders (Parent volunteers needed.  Please sign up on the PTA website!)

Thur. 9.19.2019     Back to School Night @ 4:30PM

Thur. 9.19.2019     PTA Meeting and Election @7:30PM (Auditorium)

Fri. 9.20.2019        Photo Day for 8th Graders (Parent volunteers needed.  Please sign up on the PTA website!)


  • Introduction and Welcome by the PTA Executive Board
  • Principal’s Update and Welcome
  • Approval of Change in PTA Budget
  • Election of Executive Board Recording Secretary, V.P. of Membership, and 6th grade parent member to the School Leadership Team
  • Special speaker:  Myrna Lewis, Guidance Counselor at the Family Welcome Center

Child Mind Institute Behavior and Emotional Skills Training (BEST)

The Child Mind Institute’s Student Success Program is offering a FREE one-day parent and caregiver training on Friday, September 20, 2019. Behavior and Emotional Skills Training (BEST) is open to parents and caregivers of school-aged children, and typically costs $600 per participant. Lunch will be provided.

During BEST, parents and caregivers will learn strategies to increase positive behaviors, manage misbehaviors, and connect with other families and caregivers for continued support.

BEST Details:

  • Friday, September 20, 2019
  • 9:00am-2:00pm
  • Hour Working Women Program, 13-07 37th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens 11106

A flyer is attached HERE – please feel free to share this with parents and caregivers who may be interested in attending the event. Limited seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

Families may enroll by completing the sign-up form HERE or emailing Rebecca.Fleischman@childmind.org.

NOTE: This information is offered as a service to parents and does not represent any endorsement of the program.