Hugo Newman Family Newsletter
PS/IS 180 Hugo Newman College Preparatory
Dear Parent/ Guardian,
As we galvanize our collective energy to disrupt silences around race and racism in classrooms, curriculum, and school, I am excited to announce that in October 2021, all PS/IS 180 scholars in Grades 3-8 will take a 2-week pause from the Reading/ Writing units of study with Teachers College project (TCRWP). The purpose of this pause is to study and discuss systematic racism and anti-racism. Students in Grades 3-8 will engage with excerpts from Sonja Cherry-Paul's adaptation of Stamped (For Kids) by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi. Sonja Cherry-Paul is the Director of Diversity and Equity at TCRWP. This text is now available for pre-order; it releases on May 11th. This summer/ fall, our TCRWP staff developers will train our staff in culturally and asset-based pedagogies and provide the necessary tools for deep learning and critical literacy practices that bring about liberatory educational experiences that help all children thrive. More information will be shared as we approach the mini unit of study in the 2021-22 school year.
Furthermore, it is my pleasure to share the good news that a team of teachers, students, and parents have been planning and developing ways to Cultivate Genius within the middle school course sequence using Dr. Gholdy Muhammed's equity framework for culturally and historically responsive literacy. We are intently focused on the archaeology of self and working to build greater awareness of where we are uniquely situated within our historic community of Harlem. Starting next school year, we plan to have intentional community partnership development that allow for experiential thematic learning through an upper grade seminar sequence in the Arts, STEM, and Social Justice. We are looking to partner with the Schomburg Center, Harlem Grown, and local student unions at college/ university campuses. More information will be shared in the summer with middle school families.
This year, our focus has been on Coherence & Connectivity; we have prioritized cultivating a sense of belonging. Foundationally, we have put down roots in the following systems and structures to nurture and develop relationship building:
Daily schoolwide morning routines including restorative circles and brain breaks
Monthly adult self-care workshops for staff
Quarterly family wellness events and Virtual School Assemblies as Community Days
Improved communication streamlines through digital messaging and video announcements featuring daily highlights, news, and celebratory experiences for both students at school and home
Distribution of Learn At Home bags, Just Right book baggies, STEM kits, and STH bookbags filled with hygiene supplies
Total of 9 Success Mentors across grades to call and follow-up with families daily
Trained and certified middle school staff in Restorative Circles Tier I with a newly named Restorative Justice Coordinator
Innovative teaming structures building staff capacity through departmentalization
Strong partnerships with the PTA for Reading Challenges bridging at home and in-person literacy initiatives, Family Paint Night, Events in the Park, and Unity Space Dialogues for restoration and racial healing
Our next steps in this journey of belonging is to continue to examine our curriculum through an equity framework and develop opportunities that affirm each students’ identity. You are invited to join us in conversation on Wednesday, May 12th at 5:30PM as we discuss culturally and historically responsive teaching. We will be joined by Deirdre Hollman from Mosaic Education. She has served as Director of Education at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for fifteen years where she engaged teachers and learners of all ages with the Schomburg’s collections through year-round programming for youth and teens; professional development workshops for teachers; and curriculum development partnerships with schools and community organization. Ms. Hollman is stepping into the role as our new Culturally Responsive curriculum consultant at PS/IS 180. In addition to meeting our families, she will be meeting separately with a group of students as well as our K-8 teaching staff. As one school with multiple voices, we are doing the brave work of interrogating our beliefs and practices about teaching and learning. Together, we are exploring the kind of teaching that advances the work of equity. Our shared future must include school cultures and climates where children are not only known well but where they see themselves reflected and respected in their curriculum.
On May 19th, we will hold space for another Principal-Parent Coffee Chat at 5:30pm. Please join me and SLT members in an Envisioning Exercise as we discuss what were the successful teaching/ learning and school climate practices of this year that we want to take with us into next year and where we want to pivot as we prepare for a 5-day return to school for all in the fall. Your voice matters. All are welcome.
To be seen and valued is a place where one can call home; for PS/IS 180, this is our vision of a school where everyone belongs. Everything we say and do is rooted in reminding students and families that they are loved, they are enough, and that they belong.
Principal, PS/IS 180
"Be here. Be you. Belong. This school belongs to all of us." --Brené Brown
Save the Dates
- Pre-Kindergarten on June 21st
- Kindergarten on June 22nd
- 5th Grade on June 16th
- 8th Grade on June 17th
IMPORTANT: To stay within CDC guidelines, each student is allowed a maximum of 2 guests.
Please know that the outdoor event will be livestreamed to accommodate all students, families, and staff who are unable to attend in-person for health and safety reasons. Also, we are simultaneously planning for an alternative virtual option in the event that we need to quickly pivot if cases rise.
⭐️ First Day of School: Sept. 13th, 2021
⭐️ Winter Recess: Dec. 24th - 31st, 2021
⭐️ Midwinter Recess: Feb 21st - 25th, 2022
⭐️ Spring Recess: April 15th - 22nd, 2022
⭐️ Last Day of School: June 27, 2022
Please note the following reminders:
- On “snow days” or days when school buildings are closed due to an emergency, all students and families should plan on participating in remote learning.
- Your parent-teacher conference date might be different from those listed on the School Year Calendar. Your child’s teacher will work with you to schedule your conference.
Message from the Parent Coordinator
The 2010 Census shows Harlem and East Harlem's Asian populations more than doubled over the last decade, growing 239% in East Harlem- from 520 residents in 2000 to 1,766 in 2010. In Central Harlem, the Asian population increased nearly 234% - from 460 to 1,536. In just 10 years, East Harlem has seen its Asian population rise from 0.9% in 2000 to 3% in 2010, CUNY'S Center for Urban Research says.
We recognize the Asian American and Pacific Islander (APPI) Community has a part of our Harlem community. For this very reason, Harlem's PS/IS 180 Hugo Newman Preparatory College is having our first AAPI assembly. This assembly will dispel stereotypes and myths about your people and/or community, teach and build appreciation and understanding towards the differences, gifts, and talents AAPI contributed to our community/country.
The virtual assembly will be shown on May 28 at 11:00 AM for the entire school (for in-person or remote students and families). Come enjoy the personal stories, cultures and achievements of the Asian American & Pacific Islanders within our Harlem community.
-Ms. Maryum Opa
Message from the Speech Department
To celebrate, the Speech-Language Department at PS/IS 180 has created a visual handout to raise awareness about communication disorders. This year, the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association’s (ASHA) theme for 2021 is Building Connections. We wanted to take this opportunity to share information about Speech-Language and continue to build strong relationships within our PS/IS 180 community.
As always, please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.
Everyone has a unique voice, and we encourage all our Jaguars to make theirs heard. Happy Better Speech & Hearing Month!
Ms. Gherlone and Ms. Siegel
Progress Reports 5/17
As a parent, you can view your child's performance history across specific standards. Please note that not every assignment is individually graded. PS/IS 180 scholars receive holistic feedback across tasks completed and conference sessions from the week(s). Scores can be determined in multiple ways such as, teacher observation (both in person and remote), student-teacher conferences, student work, or performance tasks which can be seen in Otus.
Report Cards will be distributed on June 15th. Borrowed technology devices must be returned to receive a copy of report cards and/or diplomas.
Annual NYC School Survey
All families can take the survey online – in any of the nine NYCDOE supported languages – using their student’s nine-digit identification (OSIS) number. They can find the OSIS number on the report card, student ID card or their NYCSA account. Families completing the survey online should go to the NYC School Survey website (NYCSchoolSurvey.org), enter the letter “f” (lowercase) followed by their student’s nine-digit OSIS number, and complete the survey.
We are excited to advise you that we are adopting a new system named Operoo. Some people may have already used this system, previously known as CareMonkey.
The Operoo system makes it very easy for you to respond to field trip, blue cards, registration, and other consent forms using your mobile phone, tablet or PC. No more paperwork! No more lost forms or notes found in the bottom of the backpack, no more concerns about children missing out on information when they are absent.
It will greatly reduce the burden on you to provide information that is repetitive. For example, it will allow you to keep your or your child’s emergency contact up to date; so you don’t need to repeat this information again whilst your child is at PS/IS 180. It also keeps you informed of all form requests, events, important dates, registration and backpack letters.
We do need a valid email address or cell phone number from you in order to use the Operoo system. Please share those details with us if you haven’t already.
You don’t need to do anything else until you receive an email invitation from us asking you to sign up for your Operoo account. After that, you’ll receive notifications whenever there is an electronic form to complete or a backpack letter to view for PS/IS 180.
From PS/IS 180’s perspective, you or your child’s information will only be visible by the relevant staff for you or your child and will be managed in accordance with our privacy policies. Details about Operoo’s security and privacy procedures can be found here: https://www.operoo.com/terms-policies-security/.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. You can visit the Operoo website for more information here: www.operoo.com. There is also a parent introduction page here: https://www.operoo.com/intro-for-parents/.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact your parent coordinator, Ms. Opa, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school directly at (212) 678-2849.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! PS/IS 180 has the best staff around!
Message from the PTA
Save the Dates! PS/IS 180 is happy to announce that we can safely hold the annual Jag-a-thon Fundraiser in person this month. On May 25th and 26th, students will be able to participate in a masked run, jog or walk around the play yard, or a zoom activity with their remote learning teacher. We are holding the event over two days to make sure we have only one grade per time period to adhere to social distancing.
Every in-person student that would like to participate in the run needs to have an online permission form signed. At this time there are no paper forms. If you have any trouble completing the online form please reach out to Beth at email@example.com. Parent volunteers can sign up using this same permission form. https://tinyurl.com/PSIS180Jagathon
Students that do not participate in running/walking/jogging or zooming will be able to cheer on their classmates as they socially distance in the play yard or through their zoom classroom.
All students have the opportunity to share our fundraising page with their friends, family and community, no matter where they live. You can find our fundraising page here. We know this is a tough time for families all over the world and any donation at all is highly appreciated. Funds raised will go toward classroom needs and lunch and recess support in the next school year. https://gofund.me/6806fc46
Please see this FAQ page for more information. https://tinyurl.com/180JagathonFAQ
We hope to see you running, volunteering, zooming and cheering on May 25th and 26th!
PS/IS 180 Reading Challenge
I am thrilled to announce that we had 149 students participate in the challenge, and together we logged over 33,403 minutes of reading as a school!
Shout out to the following grades that increased the number of minutes read: 1st, 4th, 6th, 7th and Bridge Class
Shout out to the following grades that increased participation: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 5th, 6th, and Bridge Class
The great news doesn't end there: The PTA will be awarding smaller prices to:
- 2nd Grade for highest participation. We had 69% of 2nd graders take part in the challenge!
- The Bridge Class will win an award for the most improved. These Jaguars more than doubled their minutes.
Arts & Culture at PS/IS 180
This spring, we have enjoyed numerous virtual and outdoor assemblies as well as Paint Nights:
- Taiko Drumming with Ne-O ensemble of Midori & Friends
- Young Peoples' LatinX Performance with Ballet Hispanico (made possible by Council Member Bill Perkins)
- Studio in a School art nights for K-2, 3-5 and 6-8 grade bands
- Jazz at Lincoln Center- Let Freedom Swing band
- Family Paint Night with the PTA
- America's Got Talent--> Zuzu Acrobats!
Our next event will be a music concert with Skye Steele featuring string instruments with Midori & Friends.
2021 CEC Elections
The New York City Department of Education will be hosting what we hope will be the largest online municipal election in history – the 2021 Citywide and Community Education Council Elections!
⭐️ Voting begins this Saturday, May 1st and continues until Tuesday, May 11th.
This year, more than one million parents are eligible to vote, and we are encouraging parents to vote through their online NYCSA account in the comfort of their own homes. In-person voting sites will be open during the hours of 4pm – 7pm, on weekdays from Monday, May 3rd to Tuesday, May 11th. The Manhattan in-person locations will be:
- Anna Silver School (01M20), 166 Essex Street
- Harriet Tubman School (05M154), 250 W. 127th St.
- Michael J. Buczek, (06M048), 4360-78 Broadway
⭐️ Click Here to See Who’s Running :https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/education-council-elections-2021/run-for-a-seat-on-a-council/ccec-elections-list-of-candidates-for-all-councils
⭐️ Click Here to Hear Directly From the Candidates: https://learndoe.org/cec/candidateforum/archives/
⭐️ Lastly, the DOE has prepared a Video Voting Guide to Voting to learn more about the process this year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIyJip0kYlc
This will be the largest CCEC election in DOE history with a record-breaking 1,750 parents running for seats - let's make it a success!
Registration is now open for Summer Rising, NYC's new free summer program for students in grades K–12. PS/IS 180 is a confirmed host location. Please continue checking the website weekly for updates.
Summer Rising will offer academic and social-emotional support, arts, and recreation. There will also be local field trips to parks, pools, and other enriching outdoor venues that are both educational and meet State health and safety guidelines. Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be served to each student.
Families of students in grades K-8 can sign up at nyc.gov/summerrising. For families of students in grades 9-12, high schools will reach out students in the coming weeks to discuss a summer program that meets their needs and interests. If you are a family of a student in grades K-8 and you do not see your site listed, please complete the survey at nycenet.edu/surveys/NYCSummerRising and you’ll be contacted when a program opens in your neighborhood. We’re adding new ones every Monday through mid-May. After you sign up for a program, you’ll receive an email confirming your registration.
We look forward to seeing your child this summer!
We’re delighted to announce the launch of Parent University, a collaboration between the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) and the Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT)!
Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families from early childhood through adulthood, with free courses, resources, events, and activities. Parents can register for free trainings on a wide range of topics, including adult education, student social-emotional learning, and special education. Visit Parent University today at parent.schools.nyc!
All families, from early childhood to adult education, can create a free account and register for workshops, attend an event, find a training and more. There are currently 95+ courses offered covering a wide range of topics including:
- Remote Learning and Technology
- Health and Wellness
- Special Education
- Multilingual Learners
- Early Childhood Education
- Parent Leadership
- School Buildings and Operations
- Adult and Continuing Education
Attendance Policy Reminder
Grab & Go Meals Available
The parents/guardians of those students may also pick up the take-out meals. Take-out meals for students and other NYC children will be available on school days from 9:00AM - 12:00PM. No registration, ID, or documentation required.
What's on the Menu
This is a great stocking stuffer for friends and family. Proceeds benefit PS/IS 180.
Tuesday, May 11th, 7:30am
This is an online event.
Thursday, May 20th, 7pm
This is an online event.
More information including zoom link, detailed agenda, minutes of the previous meeting and the treasurer’s report will be distributed via Bloomz
Principal Parent Coffee Chat: Culturally & Historically Responsive Teaching Conversation
Wednesday, May 12th, 5:30pm
This is an online event.
Principal Parent Coffee Chat: Envisioning the 2021-22 School Year
Wednesday, May 19th, 5:30pm
This is an online event.
District 3 Superintendent Coffee Chat
Monday, May 24th, 4pm
This is an online event.
Our Core Actions to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
NYC DOE Health Policy
Please read the New York City Department of Education's District School Reopening Plan, which outlines the policy, guidelines and processes schools will follow to open safely in September.
Building upon the District Plan, every school has provided information on key school-specific contacts and safety measures that have been put into place, which is linked above.
DOWNLOAD THE BLOOMZ APP
Bloomz is available on the desktop, iPhone and Android phones. Downloading the app is very easy and can be done in a couple of minutes. It is a private and secure way that we communicate with families.
New Bloomz Parent
1. Download the “Bloomz" app from the AppStore/PlayStore and click on "Enter Code". If browser, go to bloomz.com and click on "Join Bloomz" followed by "Enter Code"
2. In the text box, enter the following codes to access the following pages:
- PS/IS 180 Announcements: P8WSVG
- PTA: 4XEBTA
3. Create your account
Existing Bloomz Parent
1. Log into your Bloomz account
2. Click “+Add Class/Group” on the left navigation.
3. In the text box, enter the codes as provided by classroom teacher(s)
4. Click next
Things to be aware of……
- The app will provide you with access to your child’s classroom blog
- For those who give photo/ video permission, we will periodically post pictures from activities/ events of your child(ren) visible to the grade
- You will be able to view general news posted by the school, PreK grade team, PTA and any other important announcements
- Upcoming events are listed on the app
- Your child’s classroom teacher may send you alerts and reminders via the app
Tech Support for Families
If you need technical assistance, please visit our school website at www.hugonewmanprep.org, and chat in the message box (located in the lower right hand corner of your screen) as shown below to reach our PS/IS 180 Tech Help Desk.
Live support with Ms. Costley, PS/IS 180 Tech Specialist, is available for families and students from 9:00AM- 11:00AM and 1:00PM- 2:00PM, Monday through Friday.