Greetings Fashion Families from your Principal Daryl Blank. It was great see HSFI parents at our first Parents Association meeting of the school year this past Wednesday. Next month’s Parents Association meeting will be College Financial Aid Night. We will have a great speaker on understanding how college financial aid works. Every parent of every child of every grade should be interested in this topic.
This Friday is our annual College T-Shirt Day. A large majority of our staff will be wearing a t-shirt, sweatshirt or some sort of gear from the college that they attended. The day will hopefully have a motivating effect on our seniors who are beginning to work on their college applications and get our 9th, 10th and 11th graders thinking about the college process.
Continuing on the college theme, remind your child that they should be checking their HSFI email and Jupiter grades every day. Students should be getting in the habit of checking their HSFI every day because they will lose out on many opportunities. It is critical for all students, including all seniors, who are emailed college information almost on a daily basis by HSFI. You and your child should be checking Jupiter Grades every day to see where students stand in their classes.
This past Wednesday and Thursday we held our annual Student Club Fair. We had over 30 clubs and activities presenting at the fair. Attached to this email and posted on the school website is a PowerPoint presentation with information on a large number of these activities. The slides describe the club, its purpose as well as where and when they meet. Please encourage your children to join a club or activity.
This Thursday we will be holding a hiring committee for selection of a new Assistant Principal who supervises Special Education. The committee is made up of HSFI parents, staff members, students and supervisors. Thank you to the 6 HSFI parents who signed up to be part of the committee.
I also want to highlight a new computer lab that we created for HSFI students. The computer lab is located in Room 201 and has 34 computers along with color printers. The computer lab is open at 7:30 am until 9:00 am when second period begins. It is open during the lunch periods. It is open after school from 2:45 pm until 5:00 pm. Please have your child make use of the lab if they need it.
If you have not done so yet, your child’s lunch application is now due. This is important to make sure your child pays or does not pay the appropriate amount of money for lunch. In addition, Title I funding in New York City is tied to the information that parents/guardians provide on the yearly lunch application. The High School of Fashion Industries receives nearly $1 million in Title I funding each year. You can now fill out your lunch application online at https://www.myschoolapps.com/
The school cafeteria will be open for breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is free for all students. If you were in the NYC school system last year, the amount of money you pay or do not pay for lunch carries over from last year until you submit a new application. If you are new to NYC or NYC public schools, you have to pay full price for lunch until a lunch application is submitted. Full price for lunch is $1.75. If you do not submit your application by the end of September, your child will have to pay full price for lunch.