Pre Kindergarten

Please note new procedure. Pre K families will drop off and pick up from the Dean Street entrance.

Jamie Gifkins

PK 113 Jamie Gifkins [email protected]

Jamie began teaching at P.S. 261 in 2002.  She has taught Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 4th Grade, and now Pre-K!  She has a Bachelors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Dual Masters in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from NYU.  Jamie loves working at P.S. 261 because of the amazing colleagues, creative programs, and diversity that 261 has to offer.  On her free time, Jamie loves to travel, cook and ride her bike.  She lives nearby with her husband and 8-year-old son, Owen.  You might catch her at a neighborhood playground!






Yvonne Edwards

PK 115 Yvonne Edwards [email protected]

Yvonne, as she prefers to be called, has been at our school since 1996. Before this, she worked on Wall Street for 10 years. She received her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education, Master’s in Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School, and a Master’s in Educational Leadership/School Administration, from Brooklyn College. Yvonne has taught Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third grades, and she was the “Math Games” teacher specialist. Yvonne, who is from Panama, speaks Spanish fluently. She enjoys attending performing arts events, and she loves children, cakes, and flowers.

PK Supplies

NEEDED: Please send in a complete change of weather appropriate and labeled clothes – include; underwear, socks, shirt, and pants.

Supply List

  • Water bottle labeled with your child’s name
  • Small Blanket labeled with your child’s name ( for nap time)

Wish List

    • SPECIAL REQUEST – Natural Liquid Spray Cleaners – our favorites are Method or Seventh Generation
    • Permanent Markers, different colors. Large and regular size.
    • Child-friendly ice packs
    • White Copy Paper
    • Wet Wipes
    • Sponges or container of Clorox bleach-free wipes
    • Dish Soap
    • Ziploc bags – 1 gallon, 1 quart, 1 snack size
    • Foaming hand soap OR foam hand soap refill (method makes one in a bag)
    • Tissues
    • Bandaids
  • Paper Mate Flair tip black pens
  • Scotch Packing Tape
  • Cardstock
  • Crayons
  • Rubber or latex gloves
  • Baby wipes
  • Flushable wipes
  • Glue sticks
  • Paper towel roll

Big Big Wish List

PreK 115 ink cartridges #62

Pre-K 113 would love a new comfy teachers chair & a good color printer

Thank you for all of your help with these supplies!