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A Message from Principal Lucas

Greetings Proud Lions,


I hope you all are enjoying your summer and that you are just as excited as I am for the first day.  Welcoming all of our students, parents, and faculty back to school will be especially meaningful to me as it marks the start of my first full school year as your principal.  Your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education is valued and I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community.


As many of you know, I joined the 143 family in December of last school year and I missed the “back to school” excitement.  I am looking forward to greeting all of our students with open arms as they prepare to learn, laugh, and thrive this year!  Your child is not only your most prized possession BUT they are mine as well.  Their safety, well-being, academic, emotional, and social development will always remain my number one priority.  I am incredibly honored and proud to serve the best students in the city and my commitment to all of our children is unwavering. 


I encourage you to always reach out to me because your voice is valued.  Monthly, after each PTA meeting, we host Coffee with the Principal.  Sometimes coffee turns into champurrado, tamales, or cake with the principal too.  This year, we have plans for bachata and zumba with the principal.  Regardless of what we are serving or what we are doing, this is always the perfect time to connect.  These monthly gatherings provide me with opportunities to sit, chat, and listen to your thoughts, ideas, and feelings.  Your candid feedback is precious to me and it drives my next steps.   Additionally, these times also allow me to answer questions, offer clarity about current happenings, and enthusiastically share what is on the horizon at our school.  I love the energy that I feel when we are connecting because it reminds me that all great work is done together. With that being said, I encourage you to attend the first PTA meeting on Tuesday, September 10th and to visit with me afterwards.  P.S. 143 has the absolute best parents around and I want to meet every single one of you. 


There is something else I want you to know.  Not only do we have fantastic students and parents BUT I am incredibly proud of the devoted and skilled faculty P.S. 143 is comprised of.    We are indeed a joyous and caring community with common goals of nurturing responsible, caring students and promoting high-level learning.  Attending our back to school night, parent teacher conferences, open school week, and more will foster a great relationship between home and school.   Most importantly, partnering directly with your child’s teacher is the key to a promising year for your son or daughter.   If you desire a personalized appointment with a teacher, a great time to do that is on Tuesday afternoons during a specific time that has been set aside for parent engagement, 2:30 - 3:30 PM.  If you need a translator, we are happy to accommodate you and your family.  We have a translation line to call, staff members who speak multiple languages on site, and several other options for us to effectively communicate with one another.  To make an appointment with your child’s teacher, you can email them here or call our main offices to leave a message. 


Grade K - Annex 1 ~ (718) 672 - 2645       

Grade 1 & 2 - Annex 2 ~ (718) 457 - 0370     

Grade 3,4, & 5 - Main Building ~ (718) 429 - 5700


School will soon be open to answer all of your questions.  In the interim, enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer.  I cannot wait to see you all in September.


Yours truly,


Ms. Lucas

Proud Principal of P.S. 143


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