District 27

Family Newsletter

New York City Community School District 27

Community Superintendent Jennifer Carreón


Website: http://www.district27nyc.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/District27NYC

Email: District27@schools.nyc.gov


Queen's South Borough Citywide Office (QSBCO)

https://queenssouth.strongschools.nyc/


District 27 Family Engagement Calendar

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OeMNczyZHCeghgyyEMHz2K1uTyRTsJr7dt3Jscc-ccE/edit?usp=sharing

District 27 Information Sheet

Remote Learning helpful links and resources for families.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Hh5WlKBRoyd46fqNFeMOSoI42HOaqQl7/view?usp=sharing

2020-2021 District 27 Family Empowerment Calendar

Please continue to visit our Virtual Family Engagement Calendar for virtual family events, workshops, and community meetings in our district

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OeMNczyZHCeghgyyEMHz2K1uTyRTsJr7dt3Jscc-ccE/edit?usp=sharing

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Family Update - June 7th, 2021

REMINDER - Tuesday, June 8, 2021 Clerical Day

Clerical Day for K-5, K-6, 6-8, and K-12 and D75 Schools and Programs Only; students in these schools do not attend (students in 9-12 and 6-12 schools in districts 1-32 are in attendance)
AAPI Heritage Month Celebration

First District Sponsored Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Celebration

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NYC School Survey

Your School. Your Child. Your Voice. Every year, all parents, teachers, students in grades 6-12 and select school support staff take the NYC School Survey. The survey helps school leaders understand what key members of their school community think about the learning environment at their school. The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. Take the 2020-21 NYC School Survey NOW! Families should enter “f” followed by their child’s nine-digit Student Identification (OSIS) Number to access the survey. Note that “f” must be lowercase. Families can find their child’s Student Identification Number on their report card, student ID card, or New York City Schools Account (NYCSA).

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/school-quality/nyc-school-survey

Summer Rising Grades K-8

Summer Rising is New York City’s free summer program for any City child in grades K–8, including students with disabilities, who wants to participate.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/summer

Registration

For Summer Rising programs (grades K-8) families can sign up through the discoverDYCD website starting on Monday, April 26. Schools will also reach out to families to encourage them to sign up and help them do so.

High schools will reach out students in the coming weeks to discuss participation.

Students with 12-month IEPs will be contacted about participating in their IEP-recommended programs and about their learning preferences (remote or in person).

All New York City residents are eligible for Summer Rising programs. If your student is a New York City resident but does not attend a DOE school, you should apply to a program that is in your neighborhood.

  • Summer Rising will be available in every neighborhood.
  • All programs will be run by local school leaders and trusted community-based organizations.
  • Summer Rising programs are full day and in-person experiences
  • All programs will create a bridge back to school in the fall and give parents peace of mind as they return to work.
  • The environment will be safe and supportive. Staff members are prepared to respond to children’s social and emotional needs.
  • Summer programs will offer academic support, arts, recreation, and social-emotional support.
  • There will be local field trips to parks, pools, and other enriching outdoor venues that are educational and in accordance with State health and safety guidelines.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be served to each student.

The NYC EDUCATION COUNCILS 2021–2023 Borough President & Public Advocate Appointees Applications are Available

The NYC Education Councils 2021–2023 Borough President & Public Advocate Appointee Applications are now available for the July 1, 2021–June 30, 2023, Term.


Remember: you must be re-elected or re-appointed if you would like to serve on the CEC again for the 2021-2023 term regardless of when you were previously appointed.


These applications are available on the DOE website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/education-council-elections-2021/run-for-a-seat-on-a-council or by accessing the direct link Borough President Appointee or Public Advocate Appointee Applications.


You can find this and more information on 2021 CCEC Elections page on the DOE website here

STEM Night: Getting into a Career in STEM

Join us for this special daytime edition of this STEM career event series!

In this virtual event, hosted by the New York Hall of Science, we will explore different kinds of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) – and how to get into them.

This Zoom event will feature a STEM Panel, as well as breakout conversations focused around particular STEM fields – giving youth participants the opportunity to connect with industry professionals.

Audience: High school and college students who are curious about careers in STEM.

Platform: Zoom.

Please note: This event has limited capacity – priority will be given to high school and college students. Confirmed registrants will be sent a Zoom link prior to the event.

June 5, 2021, from 12pm-1:30pm


Register HERE

Indoors for Autism 2021

Join INCLUDEnyc and our amazing partners - Omnium: A Bold New Circus, KEEN New York, The Intrepid Museum, Extreme Kids and Crew, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, Teatro SEA, and Author Heather Wolf for a full day of virtual fun, entertainment, and self-care!
Once you register, you'll receive an email with your own Indoors for Autism link. Join us 5 minutes prior to chosen activities below.

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Star Stories by the Intrepid, Sea, Air & Space Museum
For ages 5-12, but all are welcome.
Available in English with Spanish interpretation.
www.intrepidmuseum.org

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Latin Dance Fitness by Certified Dance Fitness Instructor, Rosalyn Valdez
For ages 5 and up, but all are welcome.
Available in English & Spanish.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Birds of NYC with Heather Wolf
For all ages.
Available in Spanish.
http://heatherwolf.com/

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Birds of NYC with Heather Wolf
For all ages.
Available in English.
http://heatherwolf.com/

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
KEEN on Yoga by KEEN New York
For ages 5 and up, but all are welcome.
Available in English with Spanish interpretation
www.keennewyork.org

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Take it to the Extreme! Music group with Jasper Lewis from Brooklyn Conservatory of Music and Mr. Christian from Extreme Kids and Crew!
For ages 8-16, but all are welcome.
Available in English.
www.extremekidsandcrew.org
https://bkcm.org/

3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
The Pura Belpré Project / El Proyecto Pura Belpré by Teatro SEA
Storytelling with puppets
For ages 3-9, but all are welcome.
Available in English & Spanish.
www.teatrosea.org

5:30 PM or 7:30 PM
Omnium: A Bold New Circus
For all ages.
Available in English, Spanish, & ASL. Closed captioning provided.
https://omniumcircus.org/

A special code with instructions for Omnium will be emailed to you after you attend an earlier activity.

June 5th, 2021 at 9am

Register HERE

Community District Education Council 27 Calendar Meeting

Please join

Community District Education Council 27

Monday, June 21, 2021

Calendar Meeting

AGENDA

End of Year Scientific Calculator Giveaway – 7pm

[For our June 21st meeting, CEC 27 is giving away 20 Scientific Calculators to our D27 students. The requirement is that the student will have to be on the Zoom to give their name, grade, and school to enter.]

*School Safety Agents transfer from the NYPD to the DOE (Tentative)

*Charter Schools in District 27 school buildings

Community Superintendent Report - Jennifer Carreon

Business Meeting Immediately Follows the Calendar Meeting

Join Zoom Meeting

https://nycdoe.zoom.us/j/85338473842?

pwd=dEc0Z2lmRlhxQVpxd3EzU2VKOVlhQT09

Meeting ID: 853 3847 3842 Passcode: 791514

Dial by your location +1 646 518 9805 US (New York)

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The NYC Unity Project

The NYC Unity Project is the first-ever focused, citywide commitment to supporting and empowering LGBTQ young people.

Through the project, you can find organizations and city services supporting LGBTQ youth in the following areas:

  • Family supports

  • Health care and wellness

  • Housing

  • Employment

  • Healthy relationship

Statistically, NYC’s LGBTQ youth fare better than their peers in other cities. But even in NYC, many vulnerable LGBTQ young people fall through the cracks and continue to struggle as a result of discrimination, rejection, and mistreatment.

Even while facing these struggles, LGBTQ young people remain brilliant and resilient. The NYC Unity Project’s goal is to build and strengthen our city’s programs so that LGBTQ young people are free to not only survive, but grow and thrive.

UPDATE: Emergency Broadband Benefit for Families

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a short-term Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) program, which will provide reduced cost broadband internet service for eligible New York City households during the COVID-19 pandemic. All families with a student enrolled in a DOE school or program are eligible for this benefit, and funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis until the program has exhausted available funds or six months after the US Department of Health and Human services declares an end to the COVID-19 health emergency.

Families can find out if they are eligible, apply for the program, and find participating broadband providers via the USAC website. There are two types of benefits available to eligible households:

  • Monthly Benefit: a discount of up to $50/month for broadband service, equipment, and device rentals; or

  • One-time Device Discount: up to $100 for a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer (with a co-payment of $10 - $50), where available.

Families can visit the FCC’s EBB webpage and view this FAQ to learn more about the EBB program. Translated materials are available via the following links: Spanish, Arabic, Amharic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

If families have questions or require support with an application, they can email EBBHelp@usac.org or call (833) 511-0311.

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

DOE Health Screening

All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

3-K for All programs will be available in all 32 NYC school districts this fall!v

Starting this fall, the City will expand to offer 3-K to as many families as possible in the remaining sixteen school districts.

  • In school districts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 19, 23, 27, 31, and 32, there is a 3-K seat for every three-year-old.
  • In school districts 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 and 30, we will offer 3-K seats to as many families as possible.
  • Families across the city can still apply to programs in any district, and your child has priority to attend 3-K for All programs in the district where they live. Families can find out their school district by calling 311 or visiting schools.nyc.gov/Find-a-School).
  • Additionally, each district will continue to offer Extended Day/Year 3-K programs to families who qualify based on income and needs.
Sign up for the 3-K admissions email list. We'll let you know when new programs are added to the application, send you updates, tips, and reminders throughout the process.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/3k

WIDEOPENSCHOOL & NYC DOE

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) and Wide Open School (WOS) share a belief that online learning resources are an essential component of student learning in the modern classroom and complement teacher instruction. This exciting DOE and WOS partnership provides a distance learning site where families and students may access a variety of high-quality, academic enrichment and support resources.


Through the site, students are able to complete free self-guided learning activities, and parents, caregivers, and teachers can find the advice and support they seek about distance and hybrid learning. With content curated by Common Sense and an easy-to-use experience designed and built by Amplify, students and families can find resources all in one place.

https://nycschools.wideopenschool.org/

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Beyond Access Series

The Beyond Access Series is presented by the New York City Department of Education's Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support. The series supports families of students with disabilities by providing sessions on topics around special education.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/special-education/family-resources/beyond-access-series

Register for Upcoming Sessions

Upcoming Sessions:

May 25

“You Are Experts Too!” Parent Q&A with Professor Wexler

  • Presenter: Bruce E. Wexler, MD Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University
  • Register for the May 25 event
  • Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be provided.

UFT Health and Fitness for Children and Adults

The past year has not been easy on families. With the stress of remote learning and other hardships, physical health and quality time have suffered in many of our households. Let’s change that together! At Transitioning Back to Groovement, our weekly, online health and fitness classes, we’ll take time for bonding and self-care. Details and Registration here.

Get moving with dance-based fitness classes; return to fundamentals of mental, spiritual and physical health; and learn some nourishing, budget-friendly recipes that kids will love. These classes are designed to be engaging and fun for children and adults together.

You can register for as many or as few of the classes as you choose.

Here's the full schedule:

  • May 29 — Hip-Hop: Together we’ll learn a piece of hip-hop choreography, incorporating street dance styles, and the pop-locking technique. Children may be invited to use props to understand counts and rhythm and to enhance their motor skills.

  • June 5 — Budget-Friendly Dinners: This session will teach you how to prepare healthy food using everyday cooking items you may already have in your fridge or freezer. Learn easy tips to cook meals with your family that are super tasty and economical!

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IT Help Desk And Resources For Remote Learning For Families

We would like to share the DOE’s IT HELP DESK AND RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING in English, Spanish and Chinese. This document outlines resources that are available to our families to support remote learning.

Translated versions in all the DOE’s nine commonly translated languages, which will be ready by next week.

The DOE and Community Partners Host FAFSA/TAP Completion Workshops in Multiple Languages

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. Each year, over 13 million students who file the FAFSA get more than $120 billion in grants, work-study, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Education.

Lots of states and colleges also use the FAFSA to determine which students get financial aid—and how much they’ll get.

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can be up to $5,165. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.

TAP is also available for students attending a SUNY, CUNY and not-for-profit independent degree-granting college on a part-time basis. To be eligible for Part-time TAP you must have been a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter, have earned 12 credits or more in each of two consecutive semesters, and maintained a “C” average.

The DOE is partnering with community partners to host FAFSA/TAP completion workshops for students and families.

UFT Teacher Center Saturday Academy

The UFT Teacher Center Saturday Academy is back with free, online academic enrichment classes for children on April 24!


If you haven't registered yet, there's still time. If you registered using a DOE email address, please register again using a non-DOE email address. You'll need to use the same non-DOE email to log into Zoom to access any remote UFT events, including Saturday Academy classes.


These 90-minute virtual classes, held over two consecutive Saturdays, will be engaging, creative and fun. They're designed to reinforce the skills your children are learning during the week and help boost their academic progress in this difficult school year.


We'll help our students learn about how to discover the beautiful changes all around us! They may explore what it means to be a hero, write poetry or work on a project that examines current events and social justice.


There will be sessions for six different grade levels. You can register your child for the 9:30 a.m. sessions or the 11:30 a.m. sessions. These enrichment classes are separated into six age groups: 3K to pre-K, pre-K to kindergarten, kindergarten to grade 1, grades 2-3, grades 4-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. All are suitable for children with and without special needs. More information and registration here.

Family Update - May 24th, 2021

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AAPI Heritage Month Resources

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which commemorates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the US. For educators, students, and families, this month is an excellent time to explore the rich history and culture of people who are of AAPI heritage, as well as examine the marked increase in discrimination aimed at Asian Americans and stand in solidarity against harassment of the AAPI community across the country.


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Join a conversation with the Chancellor!

Chancellor Porter wants to hear your questions and feedback. In light of unprecedented investments from local, state and federal government, these forums will serve as an opportunity for the Department of Education (DOE) to hear directly from school communities on the types of resources and support they need as we move towards a full reopening in September.

Forums are in each borough on the following dates from 6:30-8:00 PM:

  • Queens – Thursday, May 27, 2021
  • Brooklyn – Monday, June 7, 2021
  • Bronx – Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Chancellor Porter will be joined by Executive Superintendents and leadership from the DOE to help answer any questions families may have and facilitate a productive conversation with the community. Families can register for the forums online at learndoe.org/chancellor). At the time of registration, participants will be asked if they want to ask a question or provide a comment during the event about a number of categories, including health and safety, special education, fall 2021 school reopening, social emotional learning, and more. Each forum will be recorded and posted online so that school communities may access them at any time. Interpretation services will be available at every forum.

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NYC School Survey

Your School. Your Child. Your Voice. Every year, all parents, teachers, students in grades 6-12 and select school support staff take the NYC School Survey. The survey helps school leaders understand what key members of their school community think about the learning environment at their school. The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. Take the 2020-21 NYC School Survey NOW! Families should enter “f” followed by their child’s nine-digit Student Identification (OSIS) Number to access the survey. Note that “f” must be lowercase. Families can find their child’s Student Identification Number on their report card, student ID card, or New York City Schools Account (NYCSA).

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/school-quality/nyc-school-survey

Summer Rising Grades K-8

Summer Rising is New York City’s free summer program for any City child in grades K–8, including students with disabilities, who wants to participate.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/summer

Registration

For Summer Rising programs (grades K-8) families can sign up through the discoverDYCD website starting on Monday, April 26. Schools will also reach out to families to encourage them to sign up and help them do so.

High schools will reach out students in the coming weeks to discuss participation.

Students with 12-month IEPs will be contacted about participating in their IEP-recommended programs and about their learning preferences (remote or in person).

All New York City residents are eligible for Summer Rising programs. If your student is a New York City resident but does not attend a DOE school, you should apply to a program that is in your neighborhood.

  • Summer Rising will be available in every neighborhood.
  • All programs will be run by local school leaders and trusted community-based organizations.
  • Summer Rising programs are full day and in-person experiences
  • All programs will create a bridge back to school in the fall and give parents peace of mind as they return to work.
  • The environment will be safe and supportive. Staff members are prepared to respond to children’s social and emotional needs.
  • Summer programs will offer academic support, arts, recreation, and social-emotional support.
  • There will be local field trips to parks, pools, and other enriching outdoor venues that are educational and in accordance with State health and safety guidelines.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be served to each student.

The NYC EDUCATION COUNCILS 2021–2023 Borough President & Public Advocate Appointees Applications are Available

The NYC Education Councils 2021–2023 Borough President & Public Advocate Appointee Applications are now available for the July 1, 2021–June 30, 2023, Term.


Remember: you must be re-elected or re-appointed if you would like to serve on the CEC again for the 2021-2023 term regardless of when you were previously appointed.


These applications are available on the DOE website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/education-council-elections-2021/run-for-a-seat-on-a-council or by accessing the direct link Borough President Appointee or Public Advocate Appointee Applications.


You can find this and more information on 2021 CCEC Elections page on the DOE website here

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

DOE Health Screening

All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

NYS Grades 3–8 ELA/Math Exams Updates

In a typical year, New York State Grades 3–8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams and the Grades 4 and 8 Science exams would be administered to nearly all students in their physical classroom. This year, many of our students are learning remotely, but the New York State Education Department has required that exams must still take place in-person in the school building.



Assessments will be administered in-person at your child’s school to students who would like to participate. Schools will conduct outreach to all families on whether you would like your student to participate in this year’s State exams so that schools can prepare and create a testing schedule that ensures the health and safety of all our students. The 2021 Student Participation Guide includes helpful information to help answer questions about this spring’s tests in Grades 3-8.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/testing


Testing Update

The State exams will be administered within the following dates:

🔹English Language Arts | Grades 3-8: April 19–29, 2021

🔹Mathematics | Grades 3-8: May 3–14, 2021

🔹Science | Grades 4-8: June 7–11, 2021

*Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr.



Whether your child is learning in-person or remotely, if you want your child to take State tests, please notify your school. If you do not wish to have your child take the tests, you do not have to take any action. State exams, for Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics and Grades 4 and 8 Science, will not be administered remotely.

3-K for All programs will be available in all 32 NYC school districts this fall!

Starting this fall, the City will expand to offer 3-K to as many families as possible in the remaining sixteen school districts.

  • In school districts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 19, 23, 27, 31, and 32, there is a 3-K seat for every three-year-old.
  • In school districts 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 and 30, we will offer 3-K seats to as many families as possible.
  • Families across the city can still apply to programs in any district, and your child has priority to attend 3-K for All programs in the district where they live. Families can find out their school district by calling 311 or visiting schools.nyc.gov/Find-a-School).
  • Additionally, each district will continue to offer Extended Day/Year 3-K programs to families who qualify based on income and needs.
Sign up for the 3-K admissions email list. We'll let you know when new programs are added to the application, send you updates, tips, and reminders throughout the process.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/3k

Important Admissions Updates

Early Childhood:

  • The 3-K application deadline has been extended to May 28.

Welcome to Admissions for Early Childhood Education!

WIDEOPENSCHOOL & NYC DOE

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) and Wide Open School (WOS) share a belief that online learning resources are an essential component of student learning in the modern classroom and complement teacher instruction. This exciting DOE and WOS partnership provides a distance learning site where families and students may access a variety of high-quality, academic enrichment and support resources.


Through the site, students are able to complete free self-guided learning activities, and parents, caregivers, and teachers can find the advice and support they seek about distance and hybrid learning. With content curated by Common Sense and an easy-to-use experience designed and built by Amplify, students and families can find resources all in one place.

https://nycschools.wideopenschool.org/

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Beyond Access Series

The Beyond Access Series is presented by the New York City Department of Education's Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support. The series supports families of students with disabilities by providing sessions on topics around special education.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/special-education/family-resources/beyond-access-series

Register for Upcoming Sessions

Upcoming Sessions:

May 25

“You Are Experts Too!” Parent Q&A with Professor Wexler

  • Presenter: Bruce E. Wexler, MD Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University
  • Register for the May 25 event
  • Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be provided.

UFT Health and Fitness for Children and Adults

The past year has not been easy on families. With the stress of remote learning and other hardships, physical health and quality time have suffered in many of our households. Let’s change that together! At Transitioning Back to Groovement, our weekly, online health and fitness classes, we’ll take time for bonding and self-care. Details and Registration here.

Get moving with dance-based fitness classes; return to fundamentals of mental, spiritual and physical health; and learn some nourishing, budget-friendly recipes that kids will love. These classes are designed to be engaging and fun for children and adults together.

You can register for as many or as few of the classes as you choose.

Here's the full schedule:

  • May 29 — Hip-Hop: Together we’ll learn a piece of hip-hop choreography, incorporating street dance styles, and the pop-locking technique. Children may be invited to use props to understand counts and rhythm and to enhance their motor skills.

  • June 5 — Budget-Friendly Dinners: This session will teach you how to prepare healthy food using everyday cooking items you may already have in your fridge or freezer. Learn easy tips to cook meals with your family that are super tasty and economical!

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IT Help Desk And Resources For Remote Learning For Families

We would like to share the DOE’s IT HELP DESK AND RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING in English, Spanish and Chinese. This document outlines resources that are available to our families to support remote learning.

Translated versions in all the DOE’s nine commonly translated languages, which will be ready by next week.

NYC DOE Parent University

The DOE’s new Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families, from early childhood through adulthood, as partners and advocates through 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.

The DOE and Community Partners Host FAFSA/TAP Completion Workshops in Multiple Languages

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. Each year, over 13 million students who file the FAFSA get more than $120 billion in grants, work-study, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Education.

Lots of states and colleges also use the FAFSA to determine which students get financial aid—and how much they’ll get.

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can be up to $5,165. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.

TAP is also available for students attending a SUNY, CUNY and not-for-profit independent degree-granting college on a part-time basis. To be eligible for Part-time TAP you must have been a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter, have earned 12 credits or more in each of two consecutive semesters, and maintained a “C” average.

The DOE is partnering with community partners to host FAFSA/TAP completion workshops for students and families.

UFT Teacher Center Saturday Academy

The UFT Teacher Center Saturday Academy is back with free, online academic enrichment classes for children on April 24!


If you haven't registered yet, there's still time. If you registered using a DOE email address, please register again using a non-DOE email address. You'll need to use the same non-DOE email to log into Zoom to access any remote UFT events, including Saturday Academy classes.


These 90-minute virtual classes, held over two consecutive Saturdays, will be engaging, creative and fun. They're designed to reinforce the skills your children are learning during the week and help boost their academic progress in this difficult school year.


We'll help our students learn about how to discover the beautiful changes all around us! They may explore what it means to be a hero, write poetry or work on a project that examines current events and social justice.


There will be sessions for six different grade levels. You can register your child for the 9:30 a.m. sessions or the 11:30 a.m. sessions. These enrichment classes are separated into six age groups: 3K to pre-K, pre-K to kindergarten, kindergarten to grade 1, grades 2-3, grades 4-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. All are suitable for children with and without special needs. More information and registration here.

Family Update - May 10th, 2021

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2021-2022 NYC DOE School Calendar

The 2021–2022 School Year Calendar for all K­­–12 NYCDOE public schools is now available in all 10 languages supported by the DOE!

Reminders:

  • November 2, Election Day, will be a fully remote, asynchronous instructional day for all students
  • 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.

If your child attends a private, parochial, or charter school, please contact your child’s school for information about their calendar.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/2021-2022-school-year-calendar

AAPI Heritage Month Resources

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which commemorates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the US. For educators, students, and families, this month is an excellent time to explore the rich history and culture of people who are of AAPI heritage, as well as examine the marked increase in discrimination aimed at Asian Americans and stand in solidarity against harassment of the AAPI community across the country.


Special Education Family Forum

Join us at the Special Education Family Forum on May 20, 3:00PM - 7:30PM, brought to you by the NYC Department of Education. During this interactive virtual Forum, you'll learn about a variety of special education topics from experts, hear from parent leaders, and get tools that can be used to support participation in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Our interactive workshops have been developed to meet the diverse learning needs of families who are new to special education, those with children who are preparing for life after high school, and everything in between.

See featured speakers, breakout sessions, online resources and discussion panels, all under one virtual roof!

https://www.techlearningevents.com/family-forum/home?ref=nycdoe

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Summer Rising Grades K-8

Summer Rising is New York City’s free summer program for any City child in grades K–8, including students with disabilities, who wants to participate.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/summer

Registration

For Summer Rising programs (grades K-8) families can sign up through the discoverDYCD website starting on Monday, April 26. Schools will also reach out to families to encourage them to sign up and help them do so.

High schools will reach out students in the coming weeks to discuss participation.

Students with 12-month IEPs will be contacted about participating in their IEP-recommended programs and about their learning preferences (remote or in person).

All New York City residents are eligible for Summer Rising programs. If your student is a New York City resident but does not attend a DOE school, you should apply to a program that is in your neighborhood.

  • Summer Rising will be available in every neighborhood.
  • All programs will be run by local school leaders and trusted community-based organizations.
  • Summer Rising programs are full day and in-person experiences
  • All programs will create a bridge back to school in the fall and give parents peace of mind as they return to work.
  • The environment will be safe and supportive. Staff members are prepared to respond to children’s social and emotional needs.
  • Summer programs will offer academic support, arts, recreation, and social-emotional support.
  • There will be local field trips to parks, pools, and other enriching outdoor venues that are educational and in accordance with State health and safety guidelines.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be served to each student.

NYSABE 2021 Virtual Conference

The New York State Association for Bilingual Education

cordially invites you to the

2021 VIRTUAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Fostering Collaborative Instructional Leadership

in Bilingual Education: Equity in Action

May 20-22, 2021

Pre-Conference Events on May 15-19, 2021

https://www.nysabe.net/2021conference/

Vote in the 2021 NYCDOE CCEC Elections

Voting for Council Representatives runs May 1 and ends May 11! Parents will vote for the councils that serve their children using their NYC Schools Account. To vote, parents will need to have an NYC Schools Account that has all of their students registered. Parents can join a virtual Candidate Forum to hear what the candidates have to say, or watch a recording of the Forum. Watch How to Vote in the 2021 NYCDOE CCEC Elections for an overview of the CCECs and voting process. Parent Coordinators and parent leaders can share this link with parents or view the video together at the school’s next PA/PTA meeting. Parent Coordinators and parent leaders can give the presentation themselves with this Voting Guide Presentation and script. (Translated versions will be posted soon.) Check out the DOE’s CCEC Elections website, for updated information about Candidates, Candidate Forums, Recorded Candidate Forums and Campaign Guidelines.

The NYC EDUCATION COUNCILS 2021–2023 Borough President & Public Advocate Appointees Applications are Available

The NYC Education Councils 2021–2023 Borough President & Public Advocate Appointee Applications are now available for the July 1, 2021–June 30, 2023, Term. Remember: you must be re-elected or re-appointed if you would like to serve on the CEC again for the 2021-2023 term regardless of when you were previously appointed. These applications are available on the DOE website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/education-council-elections-2021/run-for-a-seat-on-a-council or by accessing the direct link Borough President Appointee or Public Advocate Appointee Applications. You can find this and more information on 2021 CCEC Elections page on the DOE website here

Youth Summit registration is now open!

Youth Summit NYC is an annual event, hosted by Students and Educators for Equity (SEE) and Youth Restorative Justice (YRJ), that brings together a collective of student activists and adult allies to highlight the effects of disproportionality on students, while providing best practices for building community and addressing inequities. Through authentic youth-adult partnership, we aim to elevate student perspectives and foster inclusive, humanizing, and critical learning environments for all members of our school communities.
Youth Summit will be held virtually on June 3rd, and include dynamic keynote speakers, workshops, performances, and a virtual reality art gallery! There are no requirements to attend, except for filling out the registration form! Registration closes on May 22nd.
Please be advised that workshop registration will be open from May 22nd-May 31st. Workshops will be capped at 25 participants.
CLICK HERE to complete the General Registration form.
If you have any questions regarding registration, or related, please feel free to reach out: YouthSummitNYC@strongschools.nyc.
We look forward to seeing you at the Summit!

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

DOE Health Screening

All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

NYS Grades 3–8 ELA/Math Exams Updates

In a typical year, New York State Grades 3–8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams and the Grades 4 and 8 Science exams would be administered to nearly all students in their physical classroom. This year, many of our students are learning remotely, but the New York State Education Department has required that exams must still take place in-person in the school building. Assessments will be administered in-person at your child’s school to students who would like to participate. Schools will conduct outreach to all families on whether you would like your student to participate in this year’s State exams so that schools can prepare and create a testing schedule that ensures the health and safety of all our students. The 2021 Student Participation Guide includes helpful information to help answer questions about this spring’s tests in Grades 3-8.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/testing

Testing Update

The State exams will be administered within the following dates:

🔹English Language Arts | Grades 3-8: April 19–29, 2021

🔹Mathematics | Grades 3-8: May 3–14, 2021

🔹Science | Grades 4-8: June 7–11, 2021

*Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr.

Whether your child is learning in-person or remotely, if you want your child to take State tests, please notify your school. If you do not wish to have your child take the tests, you do not have to take any action. State exams, for Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics and Grades 4 and 8 Science, will not be administered remotely.

3-K for All programs will be available in all 32 NYC school districts this fall!

Starting this fall, the City will expand to offer 3-K to as many families as possible in the remaining sixteen school districts.

  • In school districts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 19, 23, 27, 31, and 32, there is a 3-K seat for every three-year-old.
  • In school districts 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 and 30, we will offer 3-K seats to as many families as possible.
  • Families across the city can still apply to programs in any district, and your child has priority to attend 3-K for All programs in the district where they live. Families can find out their school district by calling 311 or visiting schools.nyc.gov/Find-a-School).
  • Additionally, each district will continue to offer Extended Day/Year 3-K programs to families who qualify based on income and needs.
Sign up for the 3-K admissions email list. We'll let you know when new programs are added to the application, send you updates, tips, and reminders throughout the process.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/3k

Important Admissions Updates

Early Childhood:

  • The 3-K application deadline has been extended to May 28.

WIDEOPENSCHOOL & NYC DOE

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) and Wide Open School (WOS) share a belief that online learning resources are an essential component of student learning in the modern classroom and complement teacher instruction. This exciting DOE and WOS partnership provides a distance learning site where families and students may access a variety of high-quality, academic enrichment and support resources. Through the site, students are able to complete free self-guided learning activities, and parents, caregivers, and teachers can find the advice and support they seek about distance and hybrid learning. With content curated by Common Sense and an easy-to-use experience designed and built by Amplify, students and families can find resources all in one place.

https://nycschools.wideopenschool.org/

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Beyond Access Series

The Beyond Access Series is presented by the New York City Department of Education's Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support. The series supports families of students with disabilities by providing sessions on topics around special education.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/special-education/family-resources/beyond-access-series

Register for Upcoming Sessions

Upcoming Sessions:

May 10

A Tough Topic for a Tough Time

  • Join us to learn how to understand suicide, recognize the warning signs, respond to your child in crisis and access resources.
  • Presenter: Pat Breux, Suicide Prevention Center of New York (SPC-NY)
  • Register for the May 10th event

May 11
Explore how Games Provide the Practice Necessary for Reading and Oral Language Development

May 12
Overview on Inclusive Preschool Options

May 17
Parenting with School when Suicide is the Concern

  • Join us to learn how to partner with schools to address mental health concerns. Topics include safety plans, school support, privacy & more.
  • Presenter: Pat Breux, Suicide Prevention Center of New York (SPC-NY)
  • Register for the May 17th event

May 18
Taking Care of Yourself During the Pandemic

  • Presenter: David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP, Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Register for the May 18 event
  • Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be provided.

May 20
Family Forum on Special Education

  • During this interactive virtual Forum, you'll learn about a variety of special education topics from experts, hear from parent leaders, and get tools that can be used to support participation in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. Our workshops have been developed to meet the diverse learning needs of families who are new to special education, those with children who are preparing for life after high school, and everything in between.
  • Register for the Forum
  • Spanish, Mandarin and American Sign Language interpretation will be provided.

May 25
“You Are Experts Too!” Parent Q&A with Professor Wexler

  • Presenter: Bruce E. Wexler, MD Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University
  • Register for the May 25 event
  • Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be provided.

UFT Health and Fitness for Children and Adults

The past year has not been easy on families. With the stress of remote learning and other hardships, physical health and quality time have suffered in many of our households. Let’s change that together! At Transitioning Back to Groovement, our weekly, online health and fitness classes, we’ll take time for bonding and self-care. Details and Registration here.

Get moving with dance-based fitness classes; return to fundamentals of mental, spiritual and physical health; and learn some nourishing, budget-friendly recipes that kids will love. These classes are designed to be engaging and fun for children and adults together.

You can register for as many or as few of the classes as you choose. Here's the full schedule:


  • May 1 — Zumba: In Zumba, we execute fun and easy-to-follow routines to Latin and international music, combining fast and slow rhythms to create a dynamic aerobic workout.

  • May 8 — Stretch and Strengthen: Synchronize movement and energy in this mindful exercise class that is appropriate for all levels. We will focus on building flexibility and strength while learning fitness fundamentals so you can care for your body for years to come.

  • May 15 — Kemetic Yoga: Experience an ancient yoga practice that originated in Kemet, Egypt. We’ll learn the yogic breathing technique, geometric progression through poses depicted on ancient hieroglyphics and Hekau words of power in the Medu Neter language. This class combines movement and meditation to heal your mind, body and spirit.

  • May 22 — Soca Fitness: Move your body to upbeat Soca music from the Caribbean Islands! We’ll tone our bodies, strengthen our cores and have tons of fun.

  • May 29 — Hip-Hop: Together we’ll learn a piece of hip-hop choreography, incorporating street dance styles, and the pop-locking technique. Children may be invited to use props to understand counts and rhythm and to enhance their motor skills.

  • June 5 — Budget-Friendly Dinners: This session will teach you how to prepare healthy food using everyday cooking items you may already have in your fridge or freezer. Learn easy tips to cook meals with your family that are super tasty and economical!

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IT Help Desk And Resources For Remote Learning For Families

We would like to share the DOE’s IT HELP DESK AND RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING in English, Spanish and Chinese. This document outlines resources that are available to our families to support remote learning.

Translated versions in all the DOE’s nine commonly translated languages, which will be ready by next week.

NYC DOE Parent University

The DOE’s new Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families, from early childhood through adulthood, as partners and advocates through 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.

The DOE and Community Partners Host FAFSA/TAP Completion Workshops in Multiple Languages

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. Each year, over 13 million students who file the FAFSA get more than $120 billion in grants, work-study, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Education.

Lots of states and colleges also use the FAFSA to determine which students get financial aid—and how much they’ll get.

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can be up to $5,165. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.

TAP is also available for students attending a SUNY, CUNY and not-for-profit independent degree-granting college on a part-time basis. To be eligible for Part-time TAP you must have been a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter, have earned 12 credits or more in each of two consecutive semesters, and maintained a “C” average.

The DOE is partnering with community partners to host FAFSA/TAP completion workshops for students and families.

UFT Teacher Center Saturday Academy

The UFT Teacher Center Saturday Academy is back with free, online academic enrichment classes for children on April 24!


If you haven't registered yet, there's still time. If you registered using a DOE email address, please register again using a non-DOE email address. You'll need to use the same non-DOE email to log into Zoom to access any remote UFT events, including Saturday Academy classes.


These 90-minute virtual classes, held over two consecutive Saturdays, will be engaging, creative and fun. They're designed to reinforce the skills your children are learning during the week and help boost their academic progress in this difficult school year.


We'll help our students learn about how to discover the beautiful changes all around us! They may explore what it means to be a hero, write poetry or work on a project that examines current events and social justice.


There will be sessions for six different grade levels. You can register your child for the 9:30 a.m. sessions or the 11:30 a.m. sessions. These enrichment classes are separated into six age groups: 3K to pre-K, pre-K to kindergarten, kindergarten to grade 1, grades 2-3, grades 4-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. All are suitable for children with and without special needs. More information and registration here.

Family Update - April 26th, 2021

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Summer Rising Grades K-8

Summer Rising is New York City’s free summer program for any City child in grades K–8, including students with disabilities, who wants to participate.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/summer

Registration

For Summer Rising programs (grades K-8) families can sign up through the discoverDYCD website starting on Monday, April 26. Schools will also reach out to families to encourage them to sign up and help them do so.


High schools will reach out students in the coming weeks to discuss participation.

Students with 12-month IEPs will be contacted about participating in their IEP-recommended programs and about their learning preferences (remote or in person).

All New York City residents are eligible for Summer Rising programs. If your student is a New York City resident but does not attend a DOE school, you should apply to a program that is in your neighborhood.


  • Summer Rising will be available in every neighborhood.
  • All programs will be run by local school leaders and trusted community-based organizations.
  • Summer Rising programs are full day and in-person experiences
  • All programs will create a bridge back to school in the fall and give parents peace of mind as they return to work.
  • The environment will be safe and supportive. Staff members are prepared to respond to children’s social and emotional needs.
  • Summer programs will offer academic support, arts, recreation, and social-emotional support.
  • There will be local field trips to parks, pools, and other enriching outdoor venues that are educational and in accordance with State health and safety guidelines.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and a snack will be served to each student.

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

DOE Health Screening

All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

NYS Grades 3–8 ELA/Math Exams Updates

In a typical year, New York State Grades 3–8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams and the Grades 4 and 8 Science exams would be administered to nearly all students in their physical classroom. This year, many of our students are learning remotely, but the New York State Education Department has required that exams must still take place in-person in the school building.



Assessments will be administered in-person at your child’s school to students who would like to participate. Schools will conduct outreach to all families on whether you would like your student to participate in this year’s State exams so that schools can prepare and create a testing schedule that ensures the health and safety of all our students. The 2021 Student Participation Guide includes helpful information to help answer questions about this spring’s tests in Grades 3-8.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/testing


Testing Update

The State exams will be administered within the following dates:

🔹English Language Arts | Grades 3-8: April 19–29, 2021

🔹Mathematics | Grades 3-8: May 3–14, 2021

🔹Science | Grades 4-8: June 7–11, 2021

*Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr.



Whether your child is learning in-person or remotely, if you want your child to take State tests, please notify your school. If you do not wish to have your child take the tests, you do not have to take any action. State exams, for Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics and Grades 4 and 8 Science, will not be administered remotely.

3-K for All programs will be available in all 32 NYC school districts this fall!

Starting this fall, the City will expand to offer 3-K to as many families as possible in the remaining sixteen school districts.

  • In school districts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 19, 23, 27, 31, and 32, there is a 3-K seat for every three-year-old.
  • In school districts 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 and 30, we will offer 3-K seats to as many families as possible.
  • Families across the city can still apply to programs in any district, and your child has priority to attend 3-K for All programs in the district where they live. Families can find out their school district by calling 311 or visiting schools.nyc.gov/Find-a-School).
  • Additionally, each district will continue to offer Extended Day/Year 3-K programs to families who qualify based on income and needs.
Sign up for the 3-K admissions email list. We'll let you know when new programs are added to the application, send you updates, tips, and reminders throughout the process.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/3k

Important Admissions Updates

Early Childhood:

  • The 3-K application deadline has been extended to May 28.

Welcome to Admissions for Early Childhood Education!

CCEC Elections: Candidate Forums Information Sessions

Candidate Forums are organized by the district and borough Presidents’ Councils, in collaboration with the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE). They are an opportunity for candidates to meet and speak with the parents who will be voting for them. For the 2021 elections, due to ongoing pandemic conditions, all candidate forums will be held on a virtual meeting platform rather than in person.


For the first time voting is open to parents of all students. To vote parents will need to have an NYC Schools Account that has all of their students registered. If you do not have an NYC Schools Account, or need assistance registering your children to your existing account, please contact your Parent Coordinator or Family Leadership Coordinator (FLC) for assistance.

Voting will be from May 1 to May 11.

Visit Education Councils for more information.

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WIDEOPENSCHOOL & NYC DOE

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) and Wide Open School (WOS) share a belief that online learning resources are an essential component of student learning in the modern classroom and complement teacher instruction. This exciting DOE and WOS partnership provides a distance learning site where families and students may access a variety of high-quality, academic enrichment and support resources.


Through the site, students are able to complete free self-guided learning activities, and parents, caregivers, and teachers can find the advice and support they seek about distance and hybrid learning. With content curated by Common Sense and an easy-to-use experience designed and built by Amplify, students and families can find resources all in one place.

https://nycschools.wideopenschool.org/

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Beyond Access Series

The Beyond Access Series is presented by the New York City Department of Education's Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support. The series supports families of students with disabilities by providing sessions on topics around special education.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/special-education/family-resources/beyond-access-series

Register for Upcoming Sessions

Upcoming Sessions:

April 27

  • Executive Function Challenges in Common Conditions: ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder

    • Presenter: Bruce E. Wexler, MD Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University
    • Register for the April 27 event
    • Spanish and Mandarin interpretation will be provided.
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IT Help Desk And Resources For Remote Learning For Families

We would like to share the DOE’s IT HELP DESK AND RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING in English, Spanish and Chinese. This document outlines resources that are available to our families to support remote learning.

Translated versions in all the DOE’s nine commonly translated languages, which will be ready by next week.

NYC DOE Parent University

The DOE’s new Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families, from early childhood through adulthood, as partners and advocates through 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.
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EVENT: UFT Health and Fitness for Children and Adults

The past year has not been easy on families. With the stress of remote learning and other hardships, physical health and quality time have suffered in many of our households. Let’s change that together! At Transitioning Back to Groovement, our weekly, online health and fitness classes, we’ll take time for bonding and self-care. Details and Registration here.


Get moving with dance-based fitness classes; return to fundamentals of mental, spiritual and physical health; and learn some nourishing, budget-friendly recipes that kids will love. These classes are designed to be engaging and fun for children and adults together.


You can register for as many or as few of the classes as you choose. Here's the full schedule:


  • May 1 — Zumba: In Zumba, we execute fun and easy-to-follow routines to Latin and international music, combining fast and slow rhythms to create a dynamic aerobic workout.

  • May 8 — Stretch and Strengthen: Synchronize movement and energy in this mindful exercise class that is appropriate for all levels. We will focus on building flexibility and strength while learning fitness fundamentals so you can care for your body for years to come.

  • May 15 — Kemetic Yoga: Experience an ancient yoga practice that originated in Kemet, Egypt. We’ll learn the yogic breathing technique, geometric progression through poses depicted on ancient hieroglyphics and Hekau words of power in the Medu Neter language. This class combines movement and meditation to heal your mind, body and spirit.

  • May 22 — Soca Fitness: Move your body to upbeat Soca music from the Caribbean Islands! We’ll tone our bodies, strengthen our cores and have tons of fun.

  • May 29 — Hip-Hop: Together we’ll learn a piece of hip-hop choreography, incorporating street dance styles, and the pop-locking technique. Children may be invited to use props to understand counts and rhythm and to enhance their motor skills.

  • June 5 — Budget-Friendly Dinners: This session will teach you how to prepare healthy food using everyday cooking items you may already have in your fridge or freezer. Learn easy tips to cook meals with your family that are super tasty and economical!

The DOE and Community Partners Host FAFSA/TAP Completion Workshops in Multiple Languages

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form you need to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. Each year, over 13 million students who file the FAFSA get more than $120 billion in grants, work-study, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Department of Education.

Lots of states and colleges also use the FAFSA to determine which students get financial aid—and how much they’ll get.

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can be up to $5,165. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back.

TAP is also available for students attending a SUNY, CUNY and not-for-profit independent degree-granting college on a part-time basis. To be eligible for Part-time TAP you must have been a first-time freshman in the 2006-07 academic year or thereafter, have earned 12 credits or more in each of two consecutive semesters, and maintained a “C” average.

The DOE is partnering with community partners to host FAFSA/TAP completion workshops for students and families.

Guggenheim for All: Art for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum

In this free virtual program designed for individuals on the autism spectrum and their caregivers, explore works of art from the Guggenheim Museum and create your own art at home. To celebrate Autism Acceptance Month we have a special artist-led program featuring Myasia Dowdell. Dowdell is a neurodiverse artist whose paintings of celebrities, animals, and fantastic creations are widely collected.


Sunday, April 25, 2021 11–11:45 am

For participants ages 5–12, or for individuals who would benefit from accommodations designed for a younger audience.

Sunday, April 25, 2021 12–12:45 pm

For participants ages 13 and up, or for individuals who would benefit from accommodations designed for an older audience.

See the Guggenheim event page for more details and registration.

UFT Teacher Center Saturday Academy

The UFT Teacher Center Saturday Academy is back with free, online academic enrichment classes for children on April 24!


If you haven't registered yet, there's still time. If you registered using a DOE email address, please register again using a non-DOE email address. You'll need to use the same non-DOE email to log into Zoom to access any remote UFT events, including Saturday Academy classes.


These 90-minute virtual classes, held over two consecutive Saturdays, will be engaging, creative and fun. They're designed to reinforce the skills your children are learning during the week and help boost their academic progress in this difficult school year.


We'll help our students learn about how to discover the beautiful changes all around us! They may explore what it means to be a hero, write poetry or work on a project that examines current events and social justice.


There will be sessions for six different grade levels. You can register your child for the 9:30 a.m. sessions or the 11:30 a.m. sessions. These enrichment classes are separated into six age groups: 3K to pre-K, pre-K to kindergarten, kindergarten to grade 1, grades 2-3, grades 4-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. All are suitable for children with and without special needs. More information and registration here.

Family Update - April 12th, 2021

DOE Family Updates

New Blended Learning Opt-in Window

  • New Opt-in Window for Blended Learning: Wednesday, March 24 through Friday, April 9.

  • Families can Opt-in by filling out the Learning Preference Survey https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference or by calling 311.

  • Students in 3-K, Pre-K, and grades K-5, including students in District 75, who opt into blended learning during this opt-in window will return to buildings in April. Students in grades 6-12 who opt into blended learning during this opt-in window will return at a later date, and we will communicate more details as soon as possible.

  • Families must submit the consent form for random COVID-19 testing by the first day their child begins in-person learning via their New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) https://mystudent.nyc/

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

DOE Health Screening

All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.

https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

3-K for All programs will be available in all 32 NYC school districts this fall!

Starting this fall, the City will expand to offer 3-K to as many families as possible in the remaining sixteen school districts.

  • In school districts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 19, 23, 27, 31, and 32, there is a 3-K seat for every three-year-old.
  • In school districts 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 and 30, we will offer 3-K seats to as many families as possible.
  • Families across the city can still apply to programs in any district, and your child has priority to attend 3-K for All programs in the district where they live. Families can find out their school district by calling 311 or visiting schools.nyc.gov/Find-a-School).
  • Additionally, each district will continue to offer Extended Day/Year 3-K programs to families who qualify based on income and needs.
Sign up for the 3-K admissions email list. We'll let you know when new programs are added to the application, send you updates, tips, and reminders throughout the process.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/3k

NYS Grades 3–8 ELA/Math Exams Updates

In a typical year, New York State Grades 3–8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics exams and the Grades 4 and 8 Science exams would be administered to nearly all students in their physical classroom. This year, many of our students are learning remotely, but the New York State Education Department has required that exams must still take place in-person in the school building.



Assessments will be administered in-person at your child’s school to students who would like to participate. Schools will conduct outreach to all families on whether you would like your student to participate in this year’s State exams so that schools can prepare and create a testing schedule that ensures the health and safety of all our students. The 2021 Student Participation Guide includes helpful information to help answer questions about this spring’s tests in Grades 3-8.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/testing


Testing Update

The State exams will be administered within the following dates:

🔹English Language Arts | Grades 3-8: April 19–29, 2021

🔹Mathematics | Grades 3-8: May 3–14, 2021

🔹Science | Grades 4-8: June 7–11, 2021

*Testing will not occur on May 13, when schools are closed for Eid Al-Fitr.



Whether your child is learning in-person or remotely, if you want your child to take State tests, please notify your school. If you do not wish to have your child take the tests, you do not have to take any action. State exams, for Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics and Grades 4 and 8 Science, will not be administered remotely.

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FAMILY UPDATE - MARCH 29TH, 2021

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Schools Closed for Spring recess

Monday, March 29 – Friday, April 2, 2021

Messages for Families

Important Admissions Updates

Early Childhood:

  • The pre-K application deadline is April 7.

  • The 3-K application deadline has been extended to May 28.

Welcome to Admissions for Early Childhood Education!

2021- 2022 Gifted and Talented

This year, for children applying to enter programs in fall 2021, Gifted & Talented (G&T) offers will be made differently than in previous years.

  • We will not be administering a G&T test.
  • Instead, families and educators will help identify students for accelerated learning.

Who Can Participate:

  • For families with children entering first, second, and third grades in fall 2021: Offers to G&T programs will be made to children from last year's G&T waitlists. The DOE will not be accepting new applications for these seats.
  • All families with children born in 2016 who live in New York City—including those who have temporarily relocated due to the COVID-19 pandemic—can participate in G&T admissions.

Current Program or DOE Questionnaire:

  • For children currently enrolled in pre-K programs: Once you have applied, educators from your family’s pre-K school or program will then complete a questionnaire to determine if your child is eligible to apply for a G&T seat.
  • For children NOT enrolled in pre-K programs: Once you have applied, the DOE’s Early Childhood Team will complete this questionnaire based on a short remote interview.


Starting March 8, you can submit a Gifted & Talented application for your child. You can apply to up to 12 programs on your child's application. There will be two ways to apply: online with MySchools or through a Family Welcome Center.


For more information, please visit the DOE's website schools.nyc.gov/gt and for questions, email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.

CCEC Elections: Candidate Forums Information Sessions

Candidate Forums are organized by the district and borough Presidents’ Councils, in collaboration with the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE). They are an opportunity for candidates to meet and speak with the parents who will be voting for them. For the 2021 elections, due to ongoing pandemic conditions, all candidate forums will be held on a virtual meeting platform rather than in person.


For the first time voting is open to parents of all students. To vote parents will need to have an NYC Schools Account that has all of their students registered. If you do not have an NYC Schools Account, or need assistance registering your children to your existing account, please contact your Parent Coordinator or Family Leadership Coordinator (FLC) for assistance.

Voting will be from May 1 to May 11.

Visit Education Councils for more information.

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WIDEOPENSCHOOL & NYC DOE

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) and Wide Open School (WOS) share a belief that online learning resources are an essential component of student learning in the modern classroom and complement teacher instruction. This exciting DOE and WOS partnership provides a distance learning site where families and students may access a variety of high-quality, academic enrichment and support resources.


Through the site, students are able to complete free self-guided learning activities, and parents, caregivers, and teachers can find the advice and support they seek about distance and hybrid learning. With content curated by Common Sense and an easy-to-use experience designed and built by Amplify, students and families can find resources all in one place.

https://nycschools.wideopenschool.org/

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Summer Arts Institute (SAI)

Summer Arts Institute (SAI) is a free, virtual, four-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2021 (students currently in grades 7 through 11). For 2021, this intensive program will be held virtually, Monday-Friday from 9 am-12 pm. Summer Arts Institute is administered by the NYCDOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects. Students participate in one of the following studios: Dance, Instrumental Music, Moving Image, Strings Orchestra, Theater, Visual Arts or Vocal Music. The program is designed for students at an intermediate or advanced level of study in their discipline. Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with DOE arts specialists, arts organizations, and guest artists. This experienced team guides each student in developing an artistic point of view and developing a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study: an arts-focused high school, college/university, a conservatory or professional work. The daily schedule will include studio work and experiences with professional artists. In the studios, students develop and improve their technical skills and creative expression in their art form. Time is dedicated to rehearsals, viewing professional performances and online arts galleries and exploring careers. TO APPLY: Visit https://www.cvent.com/d/3jqjyf

Admission to the Summer Arts Institute is by application and audition. Students may apply and audition for only ONE studio. AUDITION AND PROGRAM DATES Program Dates: July 5 – July 30, 2021 Student Application Period: February 25, 2021 – March 22, 2021 Student Auditions: Auditions will be submitted virtually between February 25 - March 29 SAI Confirmations/Regret: no later than May 11 TO APPLY: Visit https://www.cvent.com/d/3jqjyf APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 22, 2021

Beyond Access Series

The Beyond Access Series is presented by the New York City Department of Education's Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support. The series supports families of students with disabilities by providing sessions on topics around special education.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/special-education/family-resources/beyond-access-series

Register for Upcoming Sessions

Upcoming Sessions:

March 30
Keep it Moving! Energizers and Calming for the Whole Family


March 31
Family Teamwork

March 31
An Overview for Families on Inclusive Preschool Options (Spanish)

DREAM-SHSI Program

The DREAM Specialized High School Institute (SHSI) is launching its application for eligible seventh-grade students. The DREAM-SHSI program provides free test preparation for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT); the program will start in the summer of 2021 and continue into the fall. The application deadline for students is April 9. Applications will also be mailed directly to students’ homes.
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IT Help Desk And Resources For Remote Learning For Families

We would like to share the DOE’s IT HELP DESK AND RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING in English, Spanish and Chinese. This document outlines resources that are available to our families to support remote learning.

Translated versions in all the DOE’s nine commonly translated languages, which will be ready by next week.

NYC DOE Parent University

The DOE’s new Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families, from early childhood through adulthood, as partners and advocates through 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.

6 ways to establish a productive homework routine

6 ways to make homework more manageable and valuable, whether your child is in elementary school, middle, or high school.

https://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/6-ways-to-establish-a-productive-homework-routine/?utm_source=newsletter_gbg_6&utm_medium=email&utm_content=031721.4

Applications are Open for the 2021 Summer Youth Employment Program - Deadline to Apply is April 23rd

New York City young people between the ages of 14 and 21 can apply through April 23 for the 2021 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). The initiative, which was launched in 1963, returns this year after the all-virtual SYEP Summer Bridge 2020 was created to adapt to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic last summer. Beginning on July 6, the six-week program will offer SYEP participants the opportunity to explore their interests and career pathways, build workplace skills, and engage in learning experiences that help develop their social, civic and leadership skills. By participating in structured project- and work-based opportunities, NYC youth are better prepared for careers of the future and to help the City recover in the months and years to come.

For more information and applications, please visit the Summer Youth Employment Program website.

American Museum of Natural History Family Series

The Scientist Is In: The World According to Pteropods

What do pteropods do all day?

Geologist Rosie Oakes will introduce us to the world of pteropods–tiny ocean creatures that migrate more than 650 feet (200 meters) every day from the surface to the bottom of the sea. Find out about the function of these fascinating critters within the larger ocean ecosystem, as well as their daily struggles as they fight predators, currents, and pollution in order to survive, in this family-friendly presentation.

How to Watch:

Join the Facebook watch party on Thursday, March 25, at 2 pm ET, or view on:

https://www.amnh.org/calendar/pteropods

Free Online Kids Cooking Classes

Common Threads Cooking for Life is offering free virtual on demand nutrition lessons for elementary school students across the country. Learn more and register here.

Whether you are a parent trying to make virtual learning work for your child, a neighbor looking to help the families in your neighborhood, a teacher that is looking to provide your students with interactive ways to learn at home, or a district in the midst of in-person, virtual, or hybrid teaching models, Common Threads is dedicated to supporting our communities in whatever environment they are in. This free course is currently available nationwide for 3rd-5th grade students.

Students will self-navigate through 9 lessons using Nearpod.

National Cyber Scholarship Program

The National Cyber Scholarship program gives students the opportunity to compete for millions of dollars in college scholarships to support cybersecurity training. Every high school student in America can register for free access to CyberStart America. The 2021 Competition will take place fully online April 5-6, 2021. To learn more and to register, visit the CyberStart America website.

Family Update - March 15th, 2021

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New York City Department of Education Chancellor Meisha Porter

Meisha Porter is Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school system in the nation. Appointed on March 15, 2021, she is the first Black woman to lead the education of the system’s 1 million students in over 1,800 schools. A lifelong New Yorker and product of the City’s public schools, Chancellor Porter has climbed every rung of the DOE’s professional ladder over nearly 25 years: community coordinator, English teacher, assistant principal, principal, district superintendent, and Bronx executive superintendent before ascending to Chancellor. Under her leadership in her most recent position, graduation rate increases in the Bronx outpaced the gains of other boroughs. Her vast experience in the system makes her the ideal leader to advance us toward fully reopening our buildings to all students while accelerating progress toward equity and excellence for all.

Chancellor Porter’s lifelong journey through the New York City public school system has steeped her in the myriad complexities, challenges, and opportunities across the City’s vast educational landscape. Just as her own local public education enabled her to achieve success, she is driven by the mission of enabling all students to realize their dreams.

Born in Far Rockaway and raised in Jamaica, Queens, Porter graduated from Queens Vocational and Technical High School before enrolling in Hunter College. She started her career as a youth organizer in Highbridge, then helped to conceptualize and launch the creation of the Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice, the first Urban Assembly school. That was where she served 18 years as community coordinator, English teacher, assistant principal, and ultimately principal.

Porter then spent three years as Superintendent of Bronx District 11, which includes neighborhoods that span the North Bronx. In 2018, she was promoted to Bronx Executive Superintendent since 2018, leading the entire borough’s 361 schools, the New Visions Affinity schools and 235,000 students across community school districts 7 through 12.

A recipient of the National Association of Negro Women’s Sojourner Truth Award, Porter has been a Columbia University Cahn fellow and an Aspen Institute fellow. She has taught at CUNY as an adjunct professor and participated in the Harvard University National Institute for Urban School Leaders and is a member of the Fordham University – Carnegie Foundation iLead team.

Porter received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Hunter College, concentrating in Cross Cultural Literature and Black and Puerto Rican Studies. She later received her Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Mercy College and completed her School District Leader certification through the NYC Advanced Leadership Institute. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in education at Fordham University.

Return to School

Blended learning students in grades 9-12 return to buildings beginning 03/22

Messages for Families

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Family Engagement Session 2/25/21

Trauma-Informed Care, Mental Health and Free Resources for Families Featuring: Rachelle Lewis, Director for Student Services, Queens South NYCDOE Borough Office Anthony Akinduro, The Family Assessment Program

Important Admissions Updates

Early Childhood:

  • The pre-K application deadline is April 7.

  • The 3-K application deadline is April 30.

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2021- 2022 Gifted and Talented

This year, for children applying to enter programs in fall 2021, Gifted & Talented (G&T) offers will be made differently than in previous years.

  • We will not be administering a G&T test.
  • Instead, families and educators will help identify students for accelerated learning.

Who Can Participate:

  • For families with children entering first, second, and third grades in fall 2021: Offers to G&T programs will be made to children from last year's G&T waitlists. The DOE will not be accepting new applications for these seats.
  • All families with children born in 2016 who live in New York City—including those who have temporarily relocated due to the COVID-19 pandemic—can participate in G&T admissions.

Current Program or DOE Questionnaire:

  • For children currently enrolled in pre-K programs: Once you have applied, educators from your family’s pre-K school or program will then complete a questionnaire to determine if your child is eligible to apply for a G&T seat.
  • For children NOT enrolled in pre-K programs: Once you have applied, the DOE’s Early Childhood Team will complete this questionnaire based on a short remote interview.


Starting March 8, you can submit a Gifted & Talented application for your child. You can apply to up to 12 programs on your child's application. There will be two ways to apply: online with MySchools or through a Family Welcome Center.


For more information, please visit the DOE's website schools.nyc.gov/gt and for questions, email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.

Gifted and Talented Information Sessions

This month, you can join The Gifted & Talented Admissions Team for a virtual Gifted & Talented Information Session to learn more! At each event, they will share an admissions presentation and there will also be a chance to ask questions and get answers to your questions:


Session will be offered on the following dates:


Thursday, March 18 from 6 - 7 pm | Interpretation in Arabic, Urdu, Haitian Creole

Tuesday, March 23 from 6 - 7 pm | Interpretation in Russian, Korean, French

Thursday, March 25 from 6 - 7 pm | Interpretation in Bangla, Mandarin, Spanish,


You can find these dates, times, interpretation information for specific sessions and more updates on the DOE website at schools.nyc.gov/GT

CCEC Elections: Candidate Forums Information Sessions

Candidate Forums are organized by the district and borough Presidents’ Councils, in collaboration with the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE). They are an opportunity for candidates to meet and speak with the parents who will be voting for them. For the 2021 elections, due to ongoing pandemic conditions, all candidate forums will be held on a virtual meeting platform rather than in person.


For the first time voting is open to parents of all students. To vote parents will need to have an NYC Schools Account that has all of their students registered. If you do not have an NYC Schools Account, or need assistance registering your children to your existing account, please contact your Parent Coordinator or Family Leadership Coordinator (FLC) for assistance.

Voting will be from May 1 to May 11.

Visit Education Councils for more information.

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CEC 27 March Meeting Notice

CEC 27 Calendar and Business Meeting - March 15, 2021

Time: Mar 15, 2021 06:30 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

https://nycdoe.zoom.us/j/82601038138?pwd=T0tkMDk1bFlKM29YeEJMRWZXdGtrdz09

Meeting ID: 826 0103 8138

Passcode: 576268

District 27 President's Council March Meeting

Election season is here! Join us to learn how to run your virtual elections.

Understand the difference between technical host and election chair. Don’t forget, you need a note taker!We are available to attend your election meeting and provide any support you need. We will also be holding an expedited election for the position of Recording Secretary. If you have specific questions you would like addressed during the meeting, feel free to email us ahead of time so we can be sure to have the answer for you. All board members and Parent Coordinators are welcome and encouraged to attend!


Date: Monday, March 22, 2021

Time: 6:00 P.M.

Location: ZOOM https://nycdoe.zoom.us/j/88234509648?pwd=N25mSUhieGlBNVVNZFRCNEYvZjBRQT09


Meeting ID: 882 3450 9648

Passcode: 140887


One tap mobile

+19292056099,,88234509648#,,,,*140887# US (New York)


Dial by your location

+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

WIDEOPENSCHOOL & NYC DOE

The NYC Department of Education (DOE) and Wide Open School (WOS) share a belief that online learning resources are an essential component of student learning in the modern classroom and complement teacher instruction. This exciting DOE and WOS partnership provides a distance learning site where families and students may access a variety of high-quality, academic enrichment and support resources.


Through the site, students are able to complete free self-guided learning activities, and parents, caregivers, and teachers can find the advice and support they seek about distance and hybrid learning. With content curated by Common Sense and an easy-to-use experience designed and built by Amplify, students and families can find resources all in one place.

https://nycschools.wideopenschool.org/

Summer Arts Institute (SAI)

Summer Arts Institute (SAI) is a free, virtual, four-week arts program for New York City Department of Education public school students entering grades 8 through 12 in Fall 2021 (students currently in grades 7 through 11). For 2021, this intensive program will be held virtually, Monday-Friday from 9 am-12 pm. Summer Arts Institute is administered by the NYCDOE’s Office of Arts and Special Projects. Students participate in one of the following studios: Dance, Instrumental Music, Moving Image, Strings Orchestra, Theater, Visual Arts or Vocal Music. The program is designed for students at an intermediate or advanced level of study in their discipline. Summer Arts Institute offers a unique opportunity for students to work with DOE arts specialists, arts organizations, and guest artists. This experienced team guides each student in developing an artistic point of view and developing a portfolio or audition skills for their next level of study: an arts-focused high school, college/university, a conservatory or professional work. The daily schedule will include studio work and experiences with professional artists. In the studios, students develop and improve their technical skills and creative expression in their art form. Time is dedicated to rehearsals, viewing professional performances and online arts galleries and exploring careers. TO APPLY: Visit https://www.cvent.com/d/3jqjyf

Admission to the Summer Arts Institute is by application and audition. Students may apply and audition for only ONE studio. AUDITION AND PROGRAM DATES Program Dates: July 5 – July 30, 2021 Student Application Period: February 25, 2021 – March 22, 2021 Student Auditions: Auditions will be submitted virtually between February 25 - March 29 SAI Confirmations/Regret: no later than May 11 TO APPLY: Visit https://www.cvent.com/d/3jqjyf APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 22, 2021

Beyond Access Series

The Beyond Access Series is presented by the New York City Department of Education's Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support. The series supports families of students with disabilities by providing sessions on topics around special education.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/special-education/family-resources/beyond-access-series

Register for Upcoming Sessions

Upcoming Sessions:

March 16
Explaining Death to Children – Why We Should have the Conversation and what they Need to Understand

  • Presenter: David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP, Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Register for the March 16 event

March 18
An Overview for Families: Transitioning from Early Intervention to Preschool (English)

DREAM-SHSI Program

The DREAM Specialized High School Institute (SHSI) is launching its application for eligible seventh-grade students. The DREAM-SHSI program provides free test preparation for the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT); the program will start in the summer of 2021 and continue into the fall. The application deadline for students is April 9. Applications will also be mailed directly to students’ homes.

Webinar for Latino High School Students

The conference by Webinar will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021, from 1:00 - 3:00 PM. It is also a great opportunity for our students to connect with other high school students from NY state and other parts of the country. The first 100 students that register will receive a gift for their participation.

Saturday, March 20, 2021 from 1-3PM ET

Please register at: tiny.cc/GlowUp2021

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IT Help Desk And Resources For Remote Learning For Families

We would like to share the DOE’s IT HELP DESK AND RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING in English, Spanish and Chinese. This document outlines resources that are available to our families to support remote learning.

Translated versions in all the DOE’s nine commonly translated languages, which will be ready by next week.

NYC DOE Parent University

The DOE’s new Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families, from early childhood through adulthood, as partners and advocates through 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.

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

American Museum of Natural History Family Series

The Scientist Is In: Green Thumb:

Do you have what it takes to start your own garden?

Explore some of the most intriguing plants that live in ecosystems around you with botanist Donald McClelland in this family-friendly program. Then, watch a special showcase where you'll learn how to plant your own garden and create life right in your own home! Whether it’s herbs and vegetables for eating, or flowers to admire and decorate your space, you can find out all about how to create botanical life in this special green event.

How to Watch:

Join the Facebook watch party on Thursday, March 11, at 2 pm ET, or view on:

https://www.amnh.org/calendar/green-thumb


The Scientist Is In: The World According to Pteropods

What do pteropods do all day?

Geologist Rosie Oakes will introduce us to the world of pteropods–tiny ocean creatures that migrate more than 650 feet (200 meters) every day from the surface to the bottom of the sea. Find out about the function of these fascinating critters within the larger ocean ecosystem, as well as their daily struggles as they fight predators, currents, and pollution in order to survive, in this family-friendly presentation.

How to Watch:

Join the Facebook watch party on Thursday, March 25, at 2 pm ET, or view on:

https://www.amnh.org/calendar/pteropods

Free Online Kids Cooking Classes

Common Threads Cooking for Life is offering free virtual on demand nutrition lessons for elementary school students across the country. Learn more and register here.


Whether you are a parent trying to make virtual learning work for your child, a neighbor looking to help the families in your neighborhood, a teacher that is looking to provide your students with interactive ways to learn at home, or a district in the midst of in-person, virtual, or hybrid teaching models, Common Threads is dedicated to supporting our communities in whatever environment they are in. This free course is currently available nationwide for 3rd-5th grade students.


Students will self-navigate through 9 lessons using Nearpod.

National Cyber Scholarship Program

The National Cyber Scholarship program gives students the opportunity to compete for millions of dollars in college scholarships to support cybersecurity training. Every high school student in America can register for free access to CyberStart America. The 2021 Competition will take place fully online April 5-6, 2021. To learn more and to register, visit the CyberStart America website.

Family Update - March 1st, 2021

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Important Admissions Updates

Early Childhood:

  • The pre-K application deadline is April 7.

  • The 3-K application deadline is April 30.


High School:

  • DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 1, 2021.

  • DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 1, 2021 to audition for LaGuardia High School programs.

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2021- 2022 Gifted and Talented

This year, for children applying to enter programs in fall 2021, Gifted & Talented (G&T) offers will be made differently than in previous years.

  • We will not be administering a G&T test.
  • Instead, families and educators will help identify students for accelerated learning.

Who Can Participate:

  • For families with children entering first, second, and third grades in fall 2021: Offers to G&T programs will be made to children from last year's G&T waitlists. The DOE will not be accepting new applications for these seats.
  • All families with children born in 2016 who live in New York City—including those who have temporarily relocated due to the COVID-19 pandemic—can participate in G&T admissions.

Current Program or DOE Questionnaire:

  • For children currently enrolled in pre-K programs: Once you have applied, educators from your family’s pre-K school or program will then complete a questionnaire to determine if your child is eligible to apply for a G&T seat.
  • For children NOT enrolled in pre-K programs: Once you have applied, the DOE’s Early Childhood Team will complete this questionnaire based on a short remote interview.


Starting March 8, you can submit a Gifted & Talented application for your child. You can apply to up to 12 programs on your child's application. There will be two ways to apply: online with MySchools or through a Family Welcome Center.


For more information, please visit the DOE's website schools.nyc.gov/gt and for questions, email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.

Education Council Application EXTENDED to March 4, 2021

Run for a Seat on a Council

Elections 2021: Run. Serve. Lead.

Apply Now to run for a seat on an Education Council!

This year, in order to submit an application, you will need an NYC Schools Account with all your children attending DOE schools registered to it.

If you do not have an NYC Schools Account, or need assistance registering your children to your existing account, please contact your Parent Coordinator or Family Leadership Coordinator (FLC) for assistance.

Visit Education Councils for more information.

Find out about Community & Citywide Education Councils and how to get involved!


APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 4, 2021

Building a Successful Family Toolkit

District 27 Family Engagement Session Video January 28, 2021 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n6oFDhdhrZFXzSZVA98X69qdKgAZPL-B/view?usp=sharing

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IT Help Desk And Resources For Remote Learning For Families

We would like to share the DOE’s IT HELP DESK AND RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING in English, Spanish and Chinese. This document outlines resources that are available to our families to support remote learning.

Translated versions in all the DOE’s nine commonly translated languages, which will be ready by next week.

NYC DOE Parent University

The DOE’s new Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families, from early childhood through adulthood, as partners and advocates through 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.

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

El Museo Del Barrio

ESTAMOS BIEN - LA TRIENAL 20/21
Virtual Opening Celebration

Friday, March 12 | 6pm - 7:30pm

FREE | To RSVP, click here.

To celebrate the debut of ESTAMOS BIEN – LA TRIENAL 20/21, El Museo del Barrio will host a virtual opening featuring an exhibition tour by the Trienal Curatorial Team of Rodrigo Moura, Susanna V. Temkin, and Elia Alba. The celebration will also include a conversation with participating artists Carolina Caycedo, Yelaine Rodriguez, and Joey Terrill.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
El Museo del Barrio presents ESTAMOS BIEN – LA TRIENAL 20/21, the museum’s first national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art featuring more than 40 artists from across the United States and Puerto Rico. Curated by El Museo del Barrio’s Chief Curator Rodrigo Moura and Curator Susanna V. Temkin, along with New York-based and former (S) Files artist Elia Alba as Guest Curator, the exhibition addresses how identity and structural racism; migration, displacement; climate and ecological justice are classified in the context of the current and ongoing global pandemic, as it relates to Latinx populations.

American Museum of Natural History Family Series

The Scientist Is In: Green Thumb:

Do you have what it takes to start your own garden?

Explore some of the most intriguing plants that live in ecosystems around you with botanist Donald McClelland in this family-friendly program. Then, watch a special showcase where you'll learn how to plant your own garden and create life right in your own home! Whether it’s herbs and vegetables for eating, or flowers to admire and decorate your space, you can find out all about how to create botanical life in this special green event.

How to Watch:

Join the Facebook watch party on Thursday, March 11, at 2 pm ET, or view on:

https://www.amnh.org/calendar/green-thumb


The Scientist Is In: The World According to Pteropods

What do pteropods do all day?

Geologist Rosie Oakes will introduce us to the world of pteropods–tiny ocean creatures that migrate more than 650 feet (200 meters) every day from the surface to the bottom of the sea. Find out about the function of these fascinating critters within the larger ocean ecosystem, as well as their daily struggles as they fight predators, currents, and pollution in order to survive, in this family-friendly presentation.

How to Watch:

Join the Facebook watch party on Thursday, March 25, at 2 pm ET, or view on:

https://www.amnh.org/calendar/pteropods

Free Online Kids Cooking Classes

Common Threads Cooking for Life is offering free virtual on demand nutrition lessons for elementary school students across the country. Learn more and register here.


Whether you are a parent trying to make virtual learning work for your child, a neighbor looking to help the families in your neighborhood, a teacher that is looking to provide your students with interactive ways to learn at home, or a district in the midst of in-person, virtual, or hybrid teaching models, Common Threads is dedicated to supporting our communities in whatever environment they are in. This free course is currently available nationwide for 3rd-5th grade students. Students will self-navigate through 9 lessons using Nearpod.

Family Update - February 15th, 2021

Building a Successful Family Toolkit

District 27 Family Engagement Session Video January 28, 2021 https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n6oFDhdhrZFXzSZVA98X69qdKgAZPL-B/view?usp=sharing

Important Admissions Updates

Early Childhood:

  • The pre-K application will open on February 24, and the deadline to apply is April 7.

  • The 3-K application will open on February 24, and the deadline to apply is April 30.

Middle School:

  • DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 23, 2021.

High School:

  • DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 1, 2021.

  • DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 1, 2021 to audition for LaGuardia High School programs.

Middle School Updates: Return to In-Person Learning

  • In-Person Staff Report - February 24th

  • All blended learning students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will return to in-person learning on Thursday, February 25.

  • All schools will have 20% of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis.

  • All students who have not already done so are required to provide consent for testing by their first scheduled in-person learning day in order to learn in person.

  • Families are encouraged to submit consent through your NYC Schools Account at mystudent.nyc prior to their child’s first day of in-person learning.

  • Learning Preference and In-Person Schedule

  • Attendance - Blended in-person students are required to attend on a consistent basis. If not, students transition to fully remote.

  • Travel Advisory and Quarantine

Family Update - February 1st, 2021

School Closing

All NYC public school buildings will be closed February 1-2, all instruction will take place remotely. Due to expected severe weather conditions, all New York City public school buildings are closed Monday, February 2, 2021 and will remain closed through Tuesday, February 2, 2021. All instruction will take place remotely for all students in 3K-12 including District 75, adult education, and YABC programs.

  • Learning Bridges and Learning Labs, and after-school programs are cancelled tomorrow.
  • Food distribution sites are closed.
  • For safety reasons, yellow bus service for charter and non-public school students will not operate tomorrow.

Important updates from Superintendent Jennifer Carreón

  • February 12, 2021, schools closed will be closed for Lunar New Year
  • February 15 - February 19th, 2021, schools closed for Midwinter Recess (includes Presidents’ Day and Lincoln’s Birthday)

Fall 2020 School Experience Survey

The DOE invites all students in grades 6–12, parents and guardians of students in grades 3-K–12, and teachers to take the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey.

The goals of the survey are to:

  • provide timely and actionable feedback to schools and field teams to improve both remote and in-person learning experiences, and
  • assist in planning for the spring semester.

The survey is open from Tuesday, January 19, 2021 through Friday, February 5, 2021.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home/fall-2020-school-experience-survey


Survey for Queens Families: https://surveys.panoramaed.com/nycdoe/Queens%20Family/surveys?language=en

Survey for Queens Students:

https://surveys.panoramaed.com/nycdoe/Queens/surveys?language=en

Fall 2020 School Experience Survey

Chancellor Carranza's January 22, 2021: Update for Families

2021 Middle School admissions

The application for students entering middle school in fall 2021 is open, and the deadline to apply is February 9, 2021. You can apply to up to 12 programs with your child's middle school application. This year, DOE public middle schools will not use academic records, auditions, or other screens or assessments to evaluate or admit students. Screening will be paused for 2021 admissions, meaning for students applying to middle schools this winter and entering middle school in fall 2021.

  • If a school has more applicants than available seats, offers will be made using admissions priorities and randomly assigned numbers (a lottery).
  • We will initiate further talks with school communities to help inform the use of screens for future years.

Please set up your MySchools account to apply.


Please visit our Middle School Admissions video series to guide you through the Middle School process. https://vimeo.com/showcase/7780026

Virtual Elementary Admissions Event

Learn about 3-K, pre-K, and kindergarten admissions. Find out what to expect and how to apply. All New York City families are welcome to attend.

  • Learn about pre-K programs with MySchools.
  • If you missed the virtual Elementary Admissions Events in December and January, a recording will be available with captions in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Korean, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Russian and Urdu.
  • Sign up for the pre-K admissions email list. We'll send you pre-K admissions updates, tips, and key date reminders.

Need a pre-K placement now?

Email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov for assistance in finding a program with an available seat near you.

2021 High School Admissions Update

  • The application for students entering high school in fall 2021 is open, and the deadline to apply is February 23, 2021. You can apply to 12 programs with your personalized high school application.
  • Register for LaGuardia High School Auditions. The deadline to register is February 23.

  • Geographic (location-based) admissions priorities for high schools will be phased out over the next two years. This means that, after next year, the location of a student’s home cannot alone determine their chances of getting into a certain school.
    • District priorities for high school admissions will be permanently eliminated this year.
    • All other geographic priorities—like borough residence requirements—will be eliminated next year.
  • Screened high school programs can use the following criteria this year to rank applicants: a combination of 2018-2019 state test scores, previous years' grades, and/or other measures. You can find any program's academic screening criteria on their MySchools page, in the Admissions Factors section.

Please set up your MySchools account to apply.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school

Virtual High School Admissions Events!

Office of Student Enrollment is hosting two kinds of virtual events to share information about high school admissions in New York City. Click here to register for any event(s) you’d like to attend—dates and times are listed below and at the link.

Please join us for:

  • Virtual High School Admissions Information Sessions. At each of these events, we’ll walk you through how to apply to high school, including any changes due to COVID-19, how to build your application, and how to participate in Specialized High Schools admissions. After the presentation, we will respond to your questions.
    • January 15, 1pm to 2pm
  • Virtual Arts High School Fairs. Interested in applying to audition programs? At these online events you can learn about audition requirements for each discipline, the audition process for this year, and how to use MySchools and the Virtual Audition Submission Tool (VAST). Additionally, this is a chance to meet representatives from NYC’s audition schools, including LaGuardia High School. At the end of the event, school and DOE staff will respond to your questions. Please note that schools from different boroughs will showcase their programs on different days.
    • February 2, 4pm to 6pm, featuring Queens audition programs | Interpretation will be provided in: Spanish, Mandarin, Bangla
    • February 4, 6pm to 8pm, featuring Manhattan and Bronx audition programs | Interpretation will be provided in: Spanish, Mandarin, Bangla

The day before the event, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the link to the virtual event(s) you registered for—when the event starts, click this link to join.

Please check our website for the most current list of dates and language supports for events.

2021 Community Education Council (CEC) Elections

Presidents Council February Meeting Notice

February Meeting Notice

Date: Monday, February 22, 2020

Time: 5:00 P.M.

Location: ZOOM

https://nycdoe.zoom.us/j/88234509648?pwd=N25mSUhieGlBNVVNZFRCNEYvZjBRQT09


Meeting ID: 882 3450 9648

Passcode: 140887


One tap mobile

+19292056099,,88234509648#,,,,*140887# US (New York)


Dial by your location

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Find out what the Presidents Council is and how they can support you in running your PA/PTA. We will also host a PA/PTA training regarding forming a nominating committee and their role in the upcoming Spring elections. All board members and Parent Coordinators are welcome and encouraged to attend!

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IT Help Desk And Resources For Remote Learning For Families

We would like to share the DOE’s IT HELP DESK AND RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING in English, Spanish and Chinese. This document outlines resources that are available to our families to support remote learning.

Translated versions in all the DOE’s nine commonly translated languages, which will be ready by next week.

NYC DOE Parent University

The DOE’s new Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families, from early childhood through adulthood, as partners and advocates through 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.

Virtual open house for Waterside School for Leadership (MS318)

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

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Black History Month Poetry Contest

In honor of Black History Month, The BlaQue Resource Network is offering middle school students (5th-8th Grade) an opportunity to compete in our 1st Annual Black History Month Poetry Contest. The top 10 poets will have an opportunity to read their poem during a BlaQue History Month Celebration and the top 3 youth poets will earn a prize.

Contest Details:


  • Contest is open to all children ages 11-14 or in 5th to 8th grade.
  • You must be Black Queens resident and a family member in your household must be a member of the Black Resource Network.
  • You can only submit one entry per person.
  • Written entries must have no less than 3 lines long. Poem must be original work by the person entering the contest.
  • All entries will be judged by a panel of local educators and authors.
  • The 1st 30 registered poets will be entered into the contest.
  • The top 10 poets will be selected to perform at our BlaQue History Month.
The winning poet will receive $250. Contest begins on January 13, 2021 and ends on Feb. 12, 2021 at 5pm.

email: blaqueresourcenetwork@gmail.com

Facebook: The BlaQue Resource Network

Instagram: blaque_resource_network

National Cyber Scholarship Program

The National Cyber Scholarship program gives students the opportunity to compete for millions of dollars in college scholarships to support cybersecurity training. Every high school student in America can register for free access to CyberStart America. The 2021 Competition will take place fully online April 5-6, 2021. To learn more and to register, visit the CyberStart America website.

El Museo Del Barrio - COQUÍ CLUB | I Love Saturdays y Domingos

Saturday, February 6, 2021 | 11am - 11:45 am

FREE | To RSVP, click here.


Hola Coquí's! El Museo is excited to bring Coquí Club, our bilingual program for our tiniest visitors, into your casita. Join us as we explore the gift of culture and traditions amongst families in the dual language book, I Love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor Ada and Elivia Savadier. Be sure to bring your Coquí crowns and get ready to have fun! Recommended for children ages 1-5.

Queens Historical Society

Virtual Exhibition Opening

Capturing Queens: Percy Loomis Sperr and Frederick J. Weber

Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021

Time: 2:30 – 4:00 pm.
Price: FREE!!! (RSVP at the link provided)
*Please note: This is a virtual program held via Zoom.

This exhibition highlights the work of two prominent photographers of Queens, Percy Loomis Sperr (1840- 1964) and Frederic J. Weber (1881-1967).
The exhibition displays a group of photographs specifically depicting Queens’ colonial homesteads and Victorian mansions, farm and marsh landscape, and urban settings, many of which sadly do not exist anymore. His work has become a living record of what Queens County looked like before it was transformed into how we know and experience it today. The images are startling and breathtaking. Though there is a documentary perspective and intention, the photographs can also be analyzed through their atmospheric, and expressive qualities as well as their emphasis on pictorial composition and sensitivity towards light and shadow. This will be the first time that they will be presented through an artistic lens with the hope of bringing Sperr into consideration within the field of fine art.
*After February 13, the exhibit will be available for in-person view on Tuesdays and Saturdays with limited capacity. Entry is by advance timed ticket only! Click HERE to book your in-person visit. Masks are required for indoor and outdoor tours of the property. Visitors will be required to fill out a COVID19 questionnaire before their visit.
Co-curated by Daniela Addamo and Jason Antos

Join the Virtual Exhibition Opening

Family Update - January 15th, 2021

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2021 Middle School admissions

The middle school application for students entering middle school in fall 2021 is now open. This year, DOE public middle schools will not use academic records, auditions, or other screens or assessments to evaluate or admit students. Screening will be paused for 2021 admissions, meaning for students applying to middle schools this winter and entering middle school in fall 2021.

  • If a school has more applicants than available seats, offers will be made using admissions priorities and randomly assigned numbers (a lottery).
  • We will initiate further talks with school communities to help inform the use of screens for future years.

Please set up your MySchools account to apply.


Please visit our Middle School Admissions video series to guide you through the Middle School process. https://vimeo.com/showcase/7780026

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Virtual Elementary Admissions Event

Learn about 3-K, pre-K, and kindergarten admissions. Find out what to expect and how to apply. All New York City families are welcome to attend.

Sessions will be held on:

· Wednesday, January 6 at 6pm

· Thursday, January 7 at 6pm (Spanish only)

· Tuesday, January 12 at 2pm

Click here to register—please register for just one event. When you register, be sure to indicate your language preference; interpretation services will be provided according to demand.

We are here to support you throughout the admissions process! If you have questions, you can:

· Call us at 718-935-2009 or

· Email us at ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov

2021 Kindergarten Application Period Open

Beginning Thursday, December 10th, children born in 2016 can apply to kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. The application deadline is Tuesday, January 19, 2021. All families who apply by the deadline will receive a kindergarten offer in April.

All families should participate in kindergarten admissions, including children currently attending pre-K, students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students with accessibility needs.

MySchools.nyc includes an online directory tool that allows families to explore program choices, save programs of interest and submit their application, all on the same site.

Families can apply to Kindergarten in two ways, online at MySchools and over the phone by calling 718-935-2009.

2021 High School Admissions Update

  • The high school application and enrollment process this year, will open the week of January 18.
  • Registration for Specialized High Schools admissions ends on January 15, 2021. Learn more on our Specialized High Schools page
  • Geographic (location-based) admissions priorities for high schools will be phased out over the next two years. This means that, after next year, the location of a student’s home cannot alone determine their chances of getting into a certain school.
    • District priorities for high school admissions will be permanently eliminated this year.
    • All other geographic priorities—like borough residence requirements—will be eliminated next year.
  • Screened high school programs can use the following criteria this year to rank applicants: a combination of 2018-2019 state test scores, previous years' grades, and/or other measures. You can find any program's academic screening criteria on their MySchools page, in the Admissions Factors section.

Please set up your MySchools account to apply.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school

Virtual High School Admissions Events!

Office of Student Enrollment is hosting two kinds of virtual events to share information about high school admissions in New York City. Click here to register for any event(s) you’d like to attend—dates and times are listed below and at the link.

Please join us for:

  • Virtual High School Admissions Information Sessions. At each of these events, we’ll walk you through how to apply to high school, including any changes due to COVID-19, how to build your application, and how to participate in Specialized High Schools admissions. After the presentation, we will respond to your questions.
    • January 15, 1pm to 2pm
  • Virtual Arts High School Fairs. Interested in applying to audition programs? At these online events you can learn about audition requirements for each discipline, the audition process for this year, and how to use MySchools and the Virtual Audition Submission Tool (VAST). Additionally, this is a chance to meet representatives from NYC’s audition schools, including LaGuardia High School. At the end of the event, school and DOE staff will respond to your questions. Please note that schools from different boroughs will showcase their programs on different days.
    • January 21, 1pm to 3pm, featuring Manhattan and Bronx audition programs | Interpretation will be provided in: Spanish, Mandarin, French
    • January 25, 5pm to 7pm, featuring Brooklyn and Staten Island audition programs| Interpretation will be provided in: Spanish, Mandarin, Russian
    • February 2, 4pm to 6pm, featuring Queens audition programs | Interpretation will be provided in: Spanish, Mandarin, Bangla
    • February 4, 6pm to 8pm, featuring Manhattan and Bronx audition programs | Interpretation will be provided in: Spanish, Mandarin, Bangla


The day before the event, you’ll receive a confirmation email with the link to the virtual event(s) you registered for—when the event starts, click this link to join.


Please check our website for the most current list of dates and language supports for events.

Brooklyn South & Queens South Day of Mindfulness for Students, Families, and Educators.

We are proud to present the very first Brooklyn South & Queens South Day of Mindfulness for Students, Families, and Educators. The 45-minute event will feature three practices on conscious breathing, chair yoga and movement, and a closing meditation practice.


These practices are designed to help both students and adults foster skills to reduce anxiety, develop stress-resilience, and cultivate clarity and calm.

The information for the event is below.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE LIVESTREAM EVENT.

(Tuesday January 19th, 2021, 12:30pm-1:15pm)


Facilitators: Mauriciere DeGovia, Stu Chasabenis, Natasha Eastman

Producers: Rachelle Lewis, Lian Robinson, Janine DaSilva


This event is brought to you by The Brooklyn South Borough Office, Queens South Borough Offices, & YMTPP.

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IT Help Desk And Resources For Remote Learning For Families

We would like to share the DOE’s IT HELP DESK AND RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING in English, Spanish and Chinese. This document outlines resources that are available to our families to support remote learning.

Translated versions in all the DOE’s nine commonly translated languages, which will be ready by next week.

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

Community Education Council 27 Quarterly Meeting

CEC 27 Quarterly PA/PTA on January 25, 2021


  • 6:00PM (Parent Q & A) Calendar Meeting
  • 6:30 PM “Agenda” Superintendent’s Report CEC Election Update presented by FACE Resolution for CEC 27 Budget Modification
  • Business Meeting - 7:30 PM


Join Zoom Meeting https://nycdoe.zoom.us/j/88962941861?pwd=bmtOcGcrUjlvWGZFd0VVRGh2VGJCZz09


Meeting ID: 889 6294 1861

Passcode: 894134

Dial by your location +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

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Black History Month Poetry Contest

In honor of Black History Month, The BlaQue Resource Network is offering middle school students (5th-8th Grade) an opportunity to compete in our 1st Annual Black History Month Poetry Contest. The top 10 poets will have an opportunity to read their poem during a BlaQue History Month Celebration and the top 3 youth poets will earn a prize.

Contest Details:


  • Contest is open to all children ages 11-14 or in 5th to 8th grade.
  • You must be Black Queens resident and a family member in your household must be a member of the Black Resource Network.
  • You can only submit one entry per person.
  • Written entries must have no less than 3 lines long. Poem must be original work by the person entering the contest.
  • All entries will be judged by a panel of local educators and authors.
  • The 1st 30 registered poets will be entered into the contest.
  • The top 10 poets will be selected to perform at our BlaQue History Month.
The winning poet will receive $250. Contest begins on January 13, 2021 and ends on Feb. 12, 2021 at 5pm.


email: blaqueresourcenetwork@gmail.com

Facebook: The BlaQue Resource Network

Instagram: blaque_resource_network

Weekly Family Update - December 21st - December 25th

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Updates from Superintendent Jennifer CarreónAmbert

  • As announced by Chancellor Carranza on November 29,

    Students in grades 3K-5 will return to in-person learning beginning on Monday, December 7. Students in grades 1-5 must submit a COVID consent form to attend in person instruction. Students in grades 6 through 12 (outside of District 75 schools) will continue to learn remotely until further notice.


The Following schools will remain closed for in-person learning and are expected to reopen on 1/4/20. Families should regularly view the school’s parent platform for additional updates.


  • 27Q114

  • 27Q223

  • 27Q232

  • 27Q333

  • 27Q377


Schools will be closed from December 24–January 1 for winter recess. We would like to wish you Happy Holidays and a happy New Year!

Virtual Elementary Admissions Event

Learn about 3-K, pre-K, and kindergarten admissions. Find out what to expect and how to apply. All New York City families are welcome to attend.

Sessions will be held on:

· Wednesday, January 6 at 6pm

· Thursday, January 7 at 6pm (Spanish only)

· Tuesday, January 12 at 2pm

Click here to register—please register for just one event. When you register, be sure to indicate your language preference; interpretation services will be provided according to demand.

We are here to support you throughout the admissions process! If you have questions, you can:

· Call us at 718-935-2009 or

· Email us at ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov

2021 Kindergarten Application Period Open

Beginning Thursday, December 10th, children born in 2016 can apply to kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. The application deadline is Tuesday, January 19, 2021. All families who apply by the deadline will receive a kindergarten offer in April.

All families should participate in kindergarten admissions, including children currently attending pre-K, students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students with accessibility needs.

MySchools.nyc includes an online directory tool that allows families to explore program choices, save programs of interest and submit their application, all on the same site.

Families can apply to Kindergarten in two ways, online at MySchools and over the phone by calling 718-935-2009.

2021 Middle School admissions

The middle school application for students entering middle school in fall 2021 will open the week of January 11. This year, DOE public middle schools will not use academic records, auditions, or other screens or assessments to evaluate or admit students. Screening will be paused for 2021 admissions, meaning for students applying to middle schools this winter and entering middle school in fall 2021.

  • If a school has more applicants than available seats, offers will be made using admissions priorities and randomly assigned numbers (a lottery).
  • We will initiate further talks with school communities to help inform the use of screens for future years.

Please set up your MySchools account to apply.


Please visit our Middle School Admissions video series to guide you through the Middle School process. https://vimeo.com/showcase/7780026

2021 High School Admissions Update

  • The high school application and enrollment process this year, will open the week of January 18.
  • Registration for Specialized High Schools admissions opens on December 21, 2020. Learn more on our Specialized High Schools page
  • Geographic (location-based) admissions priorities for high schools will be phased out over the next two years. This means that, after next year, the location of a student’s home cannot alone determine their chances of getting into a certain school.
    • District priorities for high school admissions will be permanently eliminated this year.
    • All other geographic priorities—like borough residence requirements—will be eliminated next year.
  • Screened high school programs can use the following criteria this year to rank applicants: a combination of 2018-2019 state test scores, previous years' grades, and/or other measures. You can find any program's academic screening criteria on their MySchools page, in the Admissions Factors section.

Please set up your MySchools account to apply.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school

IT Help Desk And Resources For Remote Learning For Families

We would like to share the DOE’s IT HELP DESK AND RESOURCES FOR REMOTE LEARNING in English, Spanish and Chinese. This document outlines resources that are available to our families to support remote learning.

Translated versions in all the DOE’s nine commonly translated languages, which will be ready by next week.

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Extended Grace Period for remote only student vaccinations

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has further extended the grace period to obtain all required vaccinations for students who have opted for fully remote learning to January 11 (from December 11). Please note that for remote-only students, the January 11 deadline supersedes all previous immunization compliance deadlines.

By January 11, students exclusively engaged in remote learning must submit proof to their school that they have obtained all required vaccinations, if they have not already done so.

Please note that this guidance does not change the requirement for all blended and in-person learning students to obtain vaccinations to attend school; this deadline extension is for remote-only students to show proof of immunization compliance.

Workshop to Support Remote Learning with Spanish-Speaking Families

The DOE, in partnership with Ramapo for Children, is offering “Celebrar & Elevar,” a workshop in Spanish about strategies for families to strengthen their connection when they are learning remotely. Participants may register for any of these sessions here: https://rb.gy/l9jzej.

Families may attend any the following session:

· January 6, from 5:30-6:30PM

NYC DOE Parent University

The DOE’s new Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families, from early childhood through adulthood, as partners and advocates through 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.

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

Holiday Fun at the Met Opera

Free Met Opera 5-Day Family Holiday Festival

Thursday, December 17 through Monday, December 21

During this festive time of year, the Met Opera is presenting a series of virtual workshops to guide kids and families through Hansel and Gretel, a wickedly entertaining, English language adaptation of the classic fairy tale.

All workshops will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube.

Visit www.metopera.org/family to learn more and register.

Big Apple Awards

2020 Nominations are Now Open!

Nominate your favorite teacher for Big Apple Award. We are now accepting nominations for the Big Apple Awards! Nominations for teachers and college and career counselors will be accepted through January 10, 2021.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/vision-and-mission/big-apple-awards

Daily COVID Case Map

This map shows all known cases of COVID-19 at New York City public schools. It is updated Sunday through Friday at 5:30 PM

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/daily-covid-case-map

COVID19 Hot Zone Finder Map

New Yorkers should go to nyc.gov/COVIDZone to enter their address and find what zone they live, work, shop, and go to school in.

NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest is open to all students in New York State. This is a great opportunity to talk to your children about being safe while on the Internet and while using computers and mobile devices. The contest has five entry categories: Kindergarten-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and Special Education. Entries must be received by December 18, 2020.

National Cyber Scholarship Program

The National Cyber Scholarship program gives students the opportunity to compete for millions of dollars in college scholarships to support cybersecurity training. Every high school student in America can register for free access to CyberStart America. The 2021 Competition will take place fully online April 5-6, 2021. To learn more and to register, visit the CyberStart America website.

Virtual Design Field Trips with Cooper Hewitt

Register for Virtual Design Field Trips with Cooper Hewitt
Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Maggie Lisman
The Virtual Design Field Trip experience is a 60-minute program in which K-12 students explore the design process, build connections to Cooper Hewitt’s collection, and foster a deeper understanding of brainstorming techniques and inclusive design. The interactive field trip aims to inspire the next generation of designers to take action in their community, build self-confidence and self-esteem, and help participants learn how to create change. The free program is held virtually via Zoom Monday-Friday starting at 10:00am or 1:00pm. Learn more and register.

Weekly Family Update - November 30th - December 4th

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Updates from Superintendent Jennifer CarreónAmbert

  • As announced by Chancellor Carranza on November 29,

    Students in grades 3K-5 will return to in-person learning beginning on Monday, December 7. Students in grades 1-5 must submit a COVID consent form to attend in person instruction.


    Students in grades 6 through 12 (outside of District 75 schools) will continue to learn remotely until further notice.


  • 27Q097 will remain closed for in-person learning and is expected to reopen on 12/14. Families should regularly view the school’s parent platform for additional updates.

Chancellor's Message for Families November 29, 2020: Re-opening School Buildings

District 27 Family Engagement Session

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The DOE, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), is offering a series of conversational-English classes for New York City families. During these three sessions, families will practice their English-language conversational skills, learn about the free city services available to all New Yorkers, and connect with other families across the city. This course will focus on how families can access NYC services concerning career support, education, and workers’ rights.

The sessions will take place from 5:30–7:30 p.m., on December 2, 9, and 16 via Zoom.

NYC DOE Parent University

The DOE’s new Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families, from early childhood through adulthood, as partners and advocates through 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.

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

Big Apple Awards

2020 Nominations are Now Open!

Nominate your favorite teacher for Big Apple Award. We are now accepting nominations for the Big Apple Awards! Nominations for teachers and college and career counselors will be accepted through January 10, 2021.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/vision-and-mission/big-apple-awards

Daily COVID Case Map

This map shows all known cases of COVID-19 at New York City public schools. It is updated Sunday through Friday at 5:30 PM

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/daily-covid-case-map

COVID19 Hot Zone Finder Map

New Yorkers should go to nyc.gov/COVIDZone to enter their address and find what zone they live, work, shop, and go to school in.

NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services NYS K-12 Kids Safe Online Poster Contest is open to all students in New York State. This is a great opportunity to talk to your children about being safe while on the Internet and while using computers and mobile devices. The contest has five entry categories: Kindergarten-Grade 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and Special Education. Entries must be received by December 18, 2020.
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National Cyber Scholarship Program

The National Cyber Scholarship program gives students the opportunity to compete for millions of dollars in college scholarships to support cybersecurity training. Every high school student in America can register for free access to CyberStart America. The 2021 Competition will take place fully online April 5-6, 2021. To learn more and to register, visit the CyberStart America website.

Apoyando a los niños en duelo (Taller GRATIS) Free Workshop in Spanish

Diseñado para padres, tutores, y familiares adultos, este taller fomenta aumentar la comprensión y conexión para los adultos que cuidan a un/a joven en duelo. Consejeros con experiencia con el duelo compartirán información sobre las reacciones de duelo comunes, comprensión de la muerte, y el afrontamiento, en adición a repasar estrategias útiles de cómo cuidar a los niños.

https://nylife.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uGYQZOd6QwOO3zRIw4kD2Q

Dec 10, 2020 02:00 PM

Virtual Design Field Trips with Cooper Hewitt

Register for Virtual Design Field Trips with Cooper Hewitt
Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Maggie Lisman
The Virtual Design Field Trip experience is a 60-minute program in which K-12 students explore the design process, build connections to Cooper Hewitt’s collection, and foster a deeper understanding of brainstorming techniques and inclusive design. The interactive field trip aims to inspire the next generation of designers to take action in their community, build self-confidence and self-esteem, and help participants learn how to create change. The free program is held virtually via Zoom Monday-Friday starting at 10:00am or 1:00pm. Learn more and register.
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Weekly Family Update - November 23- November 27

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Updates from Superintendent Jennifer CarreónAmbert

  • NYC Schools will be closed for Thanksgiving Recess on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2020.


  • As of November 19, 2020, all school buildings are closed until further notice, and all students are learning remotely 5 days a week. School buildings will need to close if New York City meets the following criteria: the percent of positive tests in New York City is equal to or greater than 3% using a 7-day rolling average. If we cross this threshold, school buildings will close, and all students will transition to full-time remote learning for a minimum of two weeks.
    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update


  • The following schools in D27 will remain closed for in-person learning within Superintendent CarreónAmbert’s portfolio:

    27Q053, 27Q062, 27Q202, 27Q210, 27Q254, 27Q319. Families from these schools should regularly view their school’s parent platform for additional updates.

District 27 Family Engagement Session

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January 2021 Regents Examinations Cancelled Due to Ongoing Pandemic

The January 2021 administration of the High School Regents Examination Program is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic. This cancellation applies to all Regents Examinations that had been scheduled for the January 2021 Regents Examination period. No decisions have been made regarding the June and August 2021 administrations of Regents Examinations or any of the other State assessment programs.

http://www.nysed.gov/news/2020/january-2021-regents-examinations-cancelled-due-ongoing-pandemic

Regents Examination Exemptions

To ensure students are not adversely impacted by the cancellation of the exams, the Department will ask the Board of Regents to adopt emergency regulations pertaining to the assessment requirements that students must meet in order to earn diplomas, credentials and endorsements. Under the proposed emergency regulations, students who are planning to take one or more Regents Examinations during the January 2021 examination period at the conclusion of a course of study or make up program shall be exempt from the requirements pertaining to passing such Regents Examination to be issued a diploma. To qualify for the exemption, the student must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled in a course of study that would ordinarily culminate in the taking of a January 2021 Regents Examination and earn credit for such course of study by the end of the first semester of the 2020-21 school year; or
  • Between September 1, 2020 and the end of the first semester of the 2020-21 school year, successfully complete a make-up program for the purpose of earning course credit; or
  • Be preparing to take a required Regents Examination to graduate at the end of the first semester of the 2020-21 school year.

High School Admissions Update

COVID-19 has had a profound impact across every aspect of our school system, including the admissions process. As a result, we’re updating our pre-pandemic admissions timeline to ensure ample time for families to explore schools and apply once the application launches. Please note:

· The high school application is not yet open, and no longer closes on December 4, 2020. You will have additional time to apply.

· Registration for Specialized High Schools admissions is not yet open, and no longer closes on October 21, 2020. You will have additional time to register.

· Dates and locations for the high school fairs, the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), and LaGuardia High School auditions—as listed in the 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide—will also change.

Sign up for our high school admissions email list and we'll notify you when the high school application and Specialized High Schools registration opens! You will also get updates, key date reminders, and tips throughout the admissions process.

*High Schools Admissions Information Sessions previously announced are now postponed until further notice.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school

NYC DOE Parent University

The DOE’s new Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families, from early childhood through adulthood, as partners and advocates through 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.

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

We strongly encourage families of all students participating in-person learning to provide consent. The more students that participate, the better our ability will be to monitor COVID-19 transmission in our school communities. This testing is essential to keeping your child and your child’s school community safe and healthy, and ensuring the school building can stay open and in-person learning can continue.

You and your child always have the right to refuse testing. Families who do not provide consent may be required to participate in remote-only learning.


Families are now able to provide consent for their child to be tested using their NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)


https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing

Big Apple Awards

2020 Nominations are Now Open!

Nominate your favorite teacher for Big Apple Award. We are now accepting nominations for the Big Apple Awards! Nominations for teachers and college and career counselors will be accepted through January 10, 2021.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/vision-and-mission/big-apple-awards

Social-Emotional Wellness During COVID-19: Caring for Ourselves and One Another Parent & Family Resource

The New York City Department of Education cares deeply about the social-emotional health and wellbeing of NYCDOE’s children and families. We recognize that the sharing of information about COVID-19, and the resulting school closures, will have a significant impact on each of us. Increased stress and anxiety are common responses to the coronavirus outbreak. The resources below can support you and your family through this challenging time. In addition to resources for stress management, there are helpful strategies and resources for proactively developing your child’s social and emotional skills.

Please visit the link below for resources:


  • Strategies for Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19
  • Resources for Coping with Stress & Anxiety
  • At-Home Strategies to Promote Social-Emotional Wellness



https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/parent-and-family-covid-sel-resource-doe.pdf

Daily COVID Case Map

This map shows all known cases of COVID-19 at New York City public schools. It is updated Sunday through Friday at 5:30 PM

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/daily-covid-case-map

COVID19 Hot Zone Finder Map

New Yorkers should go to nyc.gov/COVIDZone to enter their address and find what zone they live, work, shop, and go to school in.

Offer of Free Internet from Service Providers

The following internet carriers are offering free household Wi-Fi or special accommodations for 60 days:

· Comcast is offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 Days to families who do not have a subscription already. Call: 1-855-846-8376 for English Enrollment; Call: 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish Enrollment; or visit Comcast Free Public Wi-Fi.

· Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Call: 1-844-488-8395 or visit Charter Communications Free Wi-Fi Access.

· For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not a currently have home internet access, Altice is offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint. Call: 866 – 200 – 9522 to enroll in Optimum Region; Call: 888 – 633 – 0030 to enroll in Suddenlink Region; or visit Altice USA Free Broadband Announcement.


For more on low-cost internet plans, please visit our website. There are many places across the city where you can connect to internet for free. Locations include:


· All branches of the New York Public Library

· Several public spaces in Lower Manhattan

· LinkNYC kiosks across the City

Apoyando a los niños en duelo (Taller GRATIS) Free Workshop in Spanish

Diseñado para padres, tutores, y familiares adultos, este taller fomenta aumentar la comprensión y conexión para los adultos que cuidan a un/a joven en duelo. Consejeros con experiencia con el duelo compartirán información sobre las reacciones de duelo comunes, comprensión de la muerte, y el afrontamiento, en adición a repasar estrategias útiles de cómo cuidar a los niños.

https://nylife.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uGYQZOd6QwOO3zRIw4kD2Q

Dec 10, 2020 02:00 PM

WomensActivism.NYC Women Who Inspire Contest

Throughout history, women have always had an impact on our policies and politics. Now, in this election year, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S., we’re inviting you to help us collect stories of inspiring women who have made a difference through their activism. By entering stories about inspiring women into the contest, you have a chance to win up to $500 and your submissions will contribute to our goal to collect 20,000 stories of women activists, changemakers, and inspiring women by the close of 2020.

Story submissions will be accepted from Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 12:00 AM to Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

For more information, guidelines and to register please click the following link: on.nyc.gov/3kEM1hf.


The contest is sponsored by the New York Archival Society, in connection with WomensActivism.NYC – a crowd-sourced, digital archive spearheaded by the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (Municipal Archives) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the United States.


Please reach out to us at womensactivism@records.nyc.gov with any questions.

Virtual Design Field Trips with Cooper Hewitt

Register for Virtual Design Field Trips with Cooper Hewitt
Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Maggie Lisman
The Virtual Design Field Trip experience is a 60-minute program in which K-12 students explore the design process, build connections to Cooper Hewitt’s collection, and foster a deeper understanding of brainstorming techniques and inclusive design. The interactive field trip aims to inspire the next generation of designers to take action in their community, build self-confidence and self-esteem, and help participants learn how to create change. The free program is held virtually via Zoom Monday-Friday starting at 10:00am or 1:00pm. Learn more and register.

Weekly Family Update - November 16 - November 20

Updates from the Superintendent

  • The following schools in D27 will remain closed for in-person learning within Superintendent CarreónAmbert’s portfolio: 27Q062, 27Q114, 27Q282. (27Q114 will remain closed until November 20, 2020)

Blended Learning Opt-In Period: November 2 – 15, 2020

Choose Your Learning Preference for the 2020-2021 School Year

Families have the option of choosing to have their child attend school solely through remote learning at any time. Families who have previously chosen remote only learning will have the opportunity to opt into blended learning for the remainder of the school year between November 2 and November 15. Complete the Learning Preference survey. Beginning on November 2, families who previously chose remote only learning will be able to opt into blended/in-person learning for the remainder of this school year using this survey. Students who change from remote to blended will begin in-person between the weeks of November 30 and December 7, and will be informed by their school their start date and schedule. Schools will make every effort to accommodate these requests based on programming and space capacity.

High School/Specialized High School Admissions Informational Sessions Update

High Schools Admissions Information Sessions previously announced are now postponed until further notice.

High School Admissions Update

COVID-19 has had a profound impact across every aspect of our school system, including the admissions process. As a result, we’re updating our pre-pandemic admissions timeline to ensure ample time for families to explore schools and apply once the application launches. Please note:

· The high school application is not yet open, and no longer closes on December 4, 2020. You will have additional time to apply.

· Registration for Specialized High Schools admissions is not yet open, and no longer closes on October 21, 2020. You will have additional time to register.

· Dates and locations for the high school fairs, the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), and LaGuardia High School auditions—as listed in the 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide—will also change.

Sign up for our high school admissions email list and we'll notify you when the high school application and Specialized High Schools registration opens! You will also get updates, key date reminders, and tips throughout the admissions process.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school

IMPORTANT IMMUNIZATION UPDATE

All public and non-public Pre-K to Grade 12 schools must ensure that all students are up to date with all mandatory school vaccinations, regardless whether they are attending school in-person, via remote learning, or a hybrid model. • Public Health Law § 2164 requires each Pre-K through Grade 12 student to satisfy certain vaccination requirements as a condition of attending school. These requirements are listed in the 2020-21 School Year New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance.

Fully remote students have until December 11th to be vaccinated.

January 2021 Regents Examinations Cancelled Due to Ongoing Pandemic

The January 2021 administration of the High School Regents Examination Program is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic. This cancellation applies to all Regents Examinations that had been scheduled for the January 2021 Regents Examination period. No decisions have been made regarding the June and August 2021 administrations of Regents Examinations or any of the other State assessment programs.

http://www.nysed.gov/news/2020/january-2021-regents-examinations-cancelled-due-ongoing-pandemic

Regents Examination Exemptions

To ensure students are not adversely impacted by the cancellation of the exams, the Department will ask the Board of Regents to adopt emergency regulations pertaining to the assessment requirements that students must meet in order to earn diplomas, credentials and endorsements. Under the proposed emergency regulations, students who are planning to take one or more Regents Examinations during the January 2021 examination period at the conclusion of a course of study or make up program shall be exempt from the requirements pertaining to passing such Regents Examination to be issued a diploma. To qualify for the exemption, the student must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled in a course of study that would ordinarily culminate in the taking of a January 2021 Regents Examination and earn credit for such course of study by the end of the first semester of the 2020-21 school year; or
  • Between September 1, 2020 and the end of the first semester of the 2020-21 school year, successfully complete a make-up program for the purpose of earning course credit; or
  • Be preparing to take a required Regents Examination to graduate at the end of the first semester of the 2020-21 school year.

District 27 Family Engagement Session

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FACE Citywide Information Sessions for Families

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

We strongly encourage families of all students participating in-person learning to provide consent. The more students that participate, the better our ability will be to monitor COVID-19 transmission in our school communities. This testing is essential to keeping your child and your child’s school community safe and healthy, and ensuring the school building can stay open and in-person learning can continue.

You and your child always have the right to refuse testing. Families who do not provide consent may be required to participate in remote-only learning.


Families are now able to provide consent for their child to be tested using their NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)


https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing

Social-Emotional Wellness During COVID-19: Caring for Ourselves and One Another Parent & Family Resource

The New York City Department of Education cares deeply about the social-emotional health and wellbeing of NYCDOE’s children and families. We recognize that the sharing of information about COVID-19, and the resulting school closures, will have a significant impact on each of us. Increased stress and anxiety are common responses to the coronavirus outbreak. The resources below can support you and your family through this challenging time. In addition to resources for stress management, there are helpful strategies and resources for proactively developing your child’s social and emotional skills.

Please visit the link below for resources:


  • Strategies for Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19
  • Resources for Coping with Stress & Anxiety
  • At-Home Strategies to Promote Social-Emotional Wellness



https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/parent-and-family-covid-sel-resource-doe.pdf

WomensActivism.NYC Women Who Inspire Contest

Throughout history, women have always had an impact on our policies and politics. Now, in this election year, the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S., we’re inviting you to help us collect stories of inspiring women who have made a difference through their activism. By entering stories about inspiring women into the contest, you have a chance to win up to $500 and your submissions will contribute to our goal to collect 20,000 stories of women activists, changemakers, and inspiring women by the close of 2020.

Story submissions will be accepted from Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 12:00 AM to Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

For more information, guidelines and to register please click the following link: on.nyc.gov/3kEM1hf.


The contest is sponsored by the New York Archival Society, in connection with WomensActivism.NYC – a crowd-sourced, digital archive spearheaded by the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (Municipal Archives) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the United States.


Please reach out to us at womensactivism@records.nyc.gov with any questions.

Virtual Design Field Trips with Cooper Hewitt

Register for Virtual Design Field Trips with Cooper Hewitt
Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Maggie Lisman
The Virtual Design Field Trip experience is a 60-minute program in which K-12 students explore the design process, build connections to Cooper Hewitt’s collection, and foster a deeper understanding of brainstorming techniques and inclusive design. The interactive field trip aims to inspire the next generation of designers to take action in their community, build self-confidence and self-esteem, and help participants learn how to create change. The free program is held virtually via Zoom Monday-Friday starting at 10:00am or 1:00pm. Learn more and register.

Offer of Free Internet from Service Providers

The following internet carriers are offering free household Wi-Fi or special accommodations for 60 days:

· Comcast is offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 Days to families who do not have a subscription already. Call: 1-855-846-8376 for English Enrollment; Call: 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish Enrollment; or visit Comcast Free Public Wi-Fi.

· Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Call: 1-844-488-8395 or visit Charter Communications Free Wi-Fi Access.

· For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not a currently have home internet access, Altice is offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint. Call: 866 – 200 – 9522 to enroll in Optimum Region; Call: 888 – 633 – 0030 to enroll in Suddenlink Region; or visit Altice USA Free Broadband Announcement.


For more on low-cost internet plans, please visit our website. There are many places across the city where you can connect to internet for free. Locations include:


· All branches of the New York Public Library

· Several public spaces in Lower Manhattan

· LinkNYC kiosks across the City

Daily COVID Case Map

This map shows all known cases of COVID-19 at New York City public schools. It is updated Sunday through Friday at 5:30 PM

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/daily-covid-case-map

COVID19 Hot Zone Finder Map

New Yorkers should go to nyc.gov/COVIDZone to enter their address and find what zone they live, work, shop, and go to school in.

Weekly Family Update - November 9 - November 13

Updates from the Superintendent

  • 27Q114 will remain closed until November 20, 2020.

Blended Learning Opt-In Period: November 2 – 15, 2020

Choose Your Learning Preference for the 2020-2021 School Year

Families have the option of choosing to have their child attend school solely through remote learning at any time. Families who have previously chosen remote only learning will have the opportunity to opt into blended learning for the remainder of the school year between November 2 and November 15. Complete the Learning Preference survey. Beginning on November 2, families who previously chose remote only learning will be able to opt into blended/in-person learning for the remainder of this school year using this survey. Students who change from remote to blended will begin in-person between the weeks of November 30 and December 7, and will be informed by their school their start date and schedule. Schools will make every effort to accommodate these requests based on programming and space capacity.

January 2021 Regents Examinations Cancelled Due to Ongoing Pandemic

The January 2021 administration of the High School Regents Examination Program is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic. This cancellation applies to all Regents Examinations that had been scheduled for the January 2021 Regents Examination period. No decisions have been made regarding the June and August 2021 administrations of Regents Examinations or any of the other State assessment programs.

http://www.nysed.gov/news/2020/january-2021-regents-examinations-cancelled-due-ongoing-pandemic

Regents Examination Exemptions

To ensure students are not adversely impacted by the cancellation of the exams, the Department will ask the Board of Regents to adopt emergency regulations pertaining to the assessment requirements that students must meet in order to earn diplomas, credentials and endorsements. Under the proposed emergency regulations, students who are planning to take one or more Regents Examinations during the January 2021 examination period at the conclusion of a course of study or make up program shall be exempt from the requirements pertaining to passing such Regents Examination to be issued a diploma. To qualify for the exemption, the student must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be currently enrolled in a course of study that would ordinarily culminate in the taking of a January 2021 Regents Examination and earn credit for such course of study by the end of the first semester of the 2020-21 school year; or
  • Between September 1, 2020 and the end of the first semester of the 2020-21 school year, successfully complete a make-up program for the purpose of earning course credit; or
  • Be preparing to take a required Regents Examination to graduate at the end of the first semester of the 2020-21 school year.

District 27 Family Engagement Session

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FACE Citywide Information Sessions for Families

Chancellor Carranza’s Health and Safety Family Town Hall en Español

Families across the DOE are invited to attend #NYCOfficeHours en Español, the Chancellor’s Spanish-language virtual town hall on health and safety in school buildings, which will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on November 10. The town hall meeting, hosted by Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, will feature Dr. Aaron Miller, executive director of the Family Health Program for New York City Health and Hospitals. They will be providing information and responding to questions from families about COVID-19 testing in schools, ventilation, PPE and cleaning protocols, among other topics. To access #NYCOfficeHours en Español, families should dial 1-800-280-9461. Additional sessions wil be held in the future for families who speak other DOE languages.

State Education Department Launches Parent Dashboard

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) today launched a Parent Dashboard to increase transparency and make information about school performance and other school-level data easier for parents and the public to access.


The Parent Dashboard provides access to the following school-level data elements:

  • Student Enrollment and Ethnicity
  • Average Class Size
  • School Climate
  • Accountability Status
  • Assessment Results
  • Financial Transparency
  • Graduation Rate
  • College, Career, and Civic Readiness
  • School/District Location and Contact Information

The data on the Parent Dashboard will be updated annually. Additional education data is available on NYSED’s public data website, including detailed data on enrollment, assessments, graduation rates, and much more.

High School Admissions Update

COVID-19 has had a profound impact across every aspect of our school system, including the admissions process. As a result, we’re updating our pre-pandemic admissions timeline to ensure ample time for families to explore schools and apply once the application launches. Please note:

· The high school application is not yet open, and no longer closes on December 4, 2020. You will have additional time to apply.

· Registration for Specialized High Schools admissions is not yet open, and no longer closes on October 21, 2020. You will have additional time to register.

· Dates and locations for the high school fairs, the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), and LaGuardia High School auditions—as listed in the 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide—will also change.

Sign up for our high school admissions email list and we'll notify you when the high school application and Specialized High Schools registration opens! You will also get updates, key date reminders, and tips throughout the admissions process.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

We strongly encourage families of all students participating in-person learning to provide consent. The more students that participate, the better our ability will be to monitor COVID-19 transmission in our school communities. This testing is essential to keeping your child and your child’s school community safe and healthy, and ensuring the school building can stay open and in-person learning can continue.

You and your child always have the right to refuse testing. Families who do not provide consent may be required to participate in remote-only learning.


Families are now able to provide consent for their child to be tested using their NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)


https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing

Social-Emotional Wellness During COVID-19: Caring for Ourselves and One Another Parent & Family Resource

The New York City Department of Education cares deeply about the social-emotional health and wellbeing of NYCDOE’s children and families. We recognize that the sharing of information about COVID-19, and the resulting school closures, will have a significant impact on each of us. Increased stress and anxiety are common responses to the coronavirus outbreak. The resources below can support you and your family through this challenging time. In addition to resources for stress management, there are helpful strategies and resources for proactively developing your child’s social and emotional skills.

Please visit the link below for resources:


  • Strategies for Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19
  • Resources for Coping with Stress & Anxiety
  • At-Home Strategies to Promote Social-Emotional Wellness



https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/parent-and-family-covid-sel-resource-doe.pdf

Guidance for Outdoor Play in Cold Weather

Children benefit from vigorous exercise and should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible, while maintaining social distancing. Unless it is snowing, or there is ice on the playground, or the wind chill factor produces an effective temperature below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), temperature alone should not be a barrier to outdoor play.

Offer of Free Internet from Service Providers

The following internet carriers are offering free household Wi-Fi or special accommodations for 60 days:

· Comcast is offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 Days to families who do not have a subscription already. Call: 1-855-846-8376 for English Enrollment; Call: 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish Enrollment; or visit Comcast Free Public Wi-Fi.

· Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Call: 1-844-488-8395 or visit Charter Communications Free Wi-Fi Access.

· For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not a currently have home internet access, Altice is offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint. Call: 866 – 200 – 9522 to enroll in Optimum Region; Call: 888 – 633 – 0030 to enroll in Suddenlink Region; or visit Altice USA Free Broadband Announcement.


For more on low-cost internet plans, please visit our website. There are many places across the city where you can connect to internet for free. Locations include:


· All branches of the New York Public Library

· Several public spaces in Lower Manhattan

· LinkNYC kiosks across the City

Virtual Design Field Trips with Cooper Hewitt

Register for Virtual Design Field Trips with Cooper Hewitt
Deadline: Ongoing
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Maggie Lisman
The Virtual Design Field Trip experience is a 60-minute program in which K-12 students explore the design process, build connections to Cooper Hewitt’s collection, and foster a deeper understanding of brainstorming techniques and inclusive design. The interactive field trip aims to inspire the next generation of designers to take action in their community, build self-confidence and self-esteem, and help participants learn how to create change. The free program is held virtually via Zoom Monday-Friday starting at 10:00am or 1:00pm. Learn more and register.

Weekly Family Update - November 2 - November 6

Updates from the Chancellor

Blended Learning Opt-In Period: November 2 – 15, 2020

Families have the option of choosing to have their child attend school solely through remote learning at any time. Families who have previously chosen remote only learning will have the opportunity to opt into blended learning for the remainder of the school year between November 2 and November 15. Complete the Learning Preference survey. Beginning on November 2, families who previously chose remote only learning will be able to opt into blended/in-person learning for the remainder of this school year using this survey. Students who change from remote to blended will begin in-person between the weeks of November 30 and December 7, and will be informed by their school their start date and schedule. Schools will make every effort to accommodate these requests based on programming and space capacity.

Grading Policy in 2020-21

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  • Student grades will still be based on academic progress and performance, considering students’ entire body of work in each subject. Grades reflect students’ level of understanding and skills in a subject as of a specific point in time.
  • This year, each school selects its own grading scale from among several options. Examples of common grading scales include the 1-4 scale, the numerical scale (100 points), and the alphabetical scale (A-D).
  • Schools’ grading policies will reflect the new ways students complete their work in blended and remote learning models. This means flexibility with assignments, giving students different ways to show what they have learned, and more.
  • Families have flexibility in determining how passing final grades are reflected on student records. This is an option for families who prefer to have their child’s performance reflected more generally (such as “Pass” instead of a numerical grade) as they continue to adapt to blended and remote learning.
  • Additionally, students will not receive failing grades if they have not yet met the learning outcomes for their courses; instead, they will receive another mark (“needs improvement” or “course in progress,” depending on grade level) and will be provided with additional time and support to ensure they can master course concepts and earn credit as appropriate.
  • While students must continue to participate in remote and blended learning each day, attendance will not be a factor in student grades. Attending school, participating in class, and demonstrating understanding are all essential components of student learning, and school communities must make every effort to ensure that students attend school, with a goal of every student, every day.

If your middle or high school student receives a “course in progress” grade, their school will support them in continuing with their learning beyond the end of the term, as appropriate for the grade level and subject area. Teachers will target instruction to the individual needs of each student. Together, this will help your student make progress toward the learning outcomes for their courses. If You Need More Information You should reach out to your child’s teacher or principal for more information about your child’s progress and your school’s expectations and scales for grading. When your child’s school issues report cards, your child’s grades will also appear in your New York City Schools Account (mystudent.nyc). If you do not have a New York City Schools Account, visit www.schools.nyc.gov/nycsa or contact your child’s school for more information.

Updates from the Superintendent

  • 108Q reopened on 11/2 for in-person learning.

District 27 Family Engagement Session

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NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

We strongly encourage families of all students participating in-person learning to provide consent. The more students that participate, the better our ability will be to monitor COVID-19 transmission in our school communities. This testing is essential to keeping your child and your child’s school community safe and healthy, and ensuring the school building can stay open and in-person learning can continue.

You and your child always have the right to refuse testing. Families who do not provide consent may be required to participate in remote-only learning.


Families are now able to provide consent for their child to be tested using their NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)


https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing

Social-Emotional Wellness During COVID-19: Caring for Ourselves and One Another Parent & Family Resource

The New York City Department of Education cares deeply about the social-emotional health and wellbeing of NYCDOE’s children and families. We recognize that the sharing of information about COVID-19, and the resulting school closures, will have a significant impact on each of us. Increased stress and anxiety are common responses to the coronavirus outbreak. The resources below can support you and your family through this challenging time. In addition to resources for stress management, there are helpful strategies and resources for proactively developing your child’s social and emotional skills.

Please visit the link below for resources:


  • Strategies for Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19
  • Resources for Coping with Stress & Anxiety
  • At-Home Strategies to Promote Social-Emotional Wellness



https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/parent-and-family-covid-sel-resource-doe.pdf

Guidance for Outdoor Play in Cold Weather

Children benefit from vigorous exercise and should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible, while maintaining social distancing. Unless it is snowing, or there is ice on the playground, or the wind chill factor produces an effective temperature below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), temperature alone should not be a barrier to outdoor play.

Daily COVID Case Map

This map shows all known cases of COVID-19 at New York City public schools. It is updated Sunday through Friday at 5:30 PM

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/daily-covid-case-map

COVID19 Hot Zone Finder Map

New Yorkers should go to nyc.gov/COVIDZone to enter their address and find what zone they live, work, shop, and go to school in.

High School Admissions Update

COVID-19 has had a profound impact across every aspect of our school system, including the admissions process. As a result, we’re updating our pre-pandemic admissions timeline to ensure ample time for families to explore schools and apply once the application launches. Please note:

· The high school application is not yet open, and no longer closes on December 4, 2020. You will have additional time to apply.

· Registration for Specialized High Schools admissions is not yet open, and no longer closes on October 21, 2020. You will have additional time to register.

· Dates and locations for the high school fairs, the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), and LaGuardia High School auditions—as listed in the 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide—will also change.

Sign up for our high school admissions email list and we'll notify you when the high school application and Specialized High Schools registration opens! You will also get updates, key date reminders, and tips throughout the admissions process.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school

Offer of Free Internet from Service Providers

The following internet carriers are offering free household Wi-Fi or special accommodations for 60 days:

· Comcast is offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 Days to families who do not have a subscription already. Call: 1-855-846-8376 for English Enrollment; Call: 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish Enrollment; or visit Comcast Free Public Wi-Fi.

· Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Call: 1-844-488-8395 or visit Charter Communications Free Wi-Fi Access.

· For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not a currently have home internet access, Altice is offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint. Call: 866 – 200 – 9522 to enroll in Optimum Region; Call: 888 – 633 – 0030 to enroll in Suddenlink Region; or visit Altice USA Free Broadband Announcement.


For more on low-cost internet plans, please visit our website. There are many places across the city where you can connect to internet for free. Locations include:


· All branches of the New York Public Library

· Several public spaces in Lower Manhattan

· LinkNYC kiosks across the City

Loving Math — stories, games, and laughter

Back by popular demand! Join master storyteller Steve Sherman for Loving Math — stories, games, and laughter in a hilariously fun children's event on Tuesday, November 10, at 4:00 pm ET (New York). This wild and wacky event is designed for kindergarteners through third graders and is perfect for the entire family.

Learn more and register at loving.momath.org.

Weekly Family Update - October 26 - October 30

Updates from the Superintendent

  • As per the Governor and the Mayor, the following schools in D27 have been reopened for in-person learning within Superintendent CarreónAmbert’s portfolio:
    43Q, 53Q, 104Q, 105Q, 106Q, 197Q, 253Q, 282Q, 319Q and 362Q.


  • In addition, 108Q is expected to reopen on 11/2 for in-person learning.

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

We strongly encourage families of all students participating in-person learning to provide consent. The more students that participate, the better our ability will be to monitor COVID-19 transmission in our school communities. This testing is essential to keeping your child and your child’s school community safe and healthy, and ensuring the school building can stay open and in-person learning can continue.

You and your child always have the right to refuse testing. Families who do not provide consent may be required to participate in remote-only learning.


Families are now able to provide consent for their child to be tested using their NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)


https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing

Changes to Guidance on Immunization Requirements for Students in Remote Learning

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has announced that students who are exclusively engaged in remote learning have a grace period until November 11, to obtain all required vaccinations. Note that this guidance does not change the requirement for all students to obtain vaccinations to attend school for blended learning or in-person; this only extends the deadline for remote-only students to show proof of immunization. Students attending in-person who have not demonstrated proof of immunization compliance must be excluded.


By November 11, students exclusively engaged in remote learning must submit proof to their school that they have obtained all required vaccinations, if they have not already done so. Please note that for remote-only students, the November 11 deadline supersedes any previously published immunization compliance deadline.


https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/immunizations

Virtual District 27 Family Engagement Session

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NYS Senator James Sanders Jr. Facebook Live Event

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Social-Emotional Wellness During COVID-19: Caring for Ourselves and One Another Parent & Family Resource

The New York City Department of Education cares deeply about the social-emotional health and wellbeing of NYCDOE’s children and families. We recognize that the sharing of information about COVID-19, and the resulting school closures, will have a significant impact on each of us. Increased stress and anxiety are common responses to the coronavirus outbreak. The resources below can support you and your family through this challenging time. In addition to resources for stress management, there are helpful strategies and resources for proactively developing your child’s social and emotional skills.

Please visit the link below for resources:


  • Strategies for Talking to Your Kids About COVID-19
  • Resources for Coping with Stress & Anxiety
  • At-Home Strategies to Promote Social-Emotional Wellness


https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/parent-and-family-covid-sel-resource-doe.pdf

Medicaid Consent Form

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) asks that all families of students with disabilities sign a Medicaid Consent Form. This form allows us to access the records (for example: IEP, progress notes) needed for claiming Medicaid reimbursements, as well as to access a family’s Medicaid information if applicable. We work to get this form from all families of students with disabilities, regardless of their individual Medicaid status. The DOE never shares Medicaid eligibility information with schools or service providers, and is committed to providing services per a student’s IEP—whether or not the form is signed.

Once a family has consented and returned the signed Medicaid Consent Form, it is valid for all future years their child is enrolled in the DOE.

Personalized Medicaid Consent Forms can be generated by a student’s school and returned there as well.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/funding/medicaid

Healing-Centered and Trauma-Informed School Support

A collaborative initiative between the Child Mind Institute, the Fund for Public Schools and the New York City Department of Education.

When a child is struggling, the whole family is affected. At the Child Mind Institute we want to help you make good decisions for your kids and navigate the challenges of parenting. We explore the concerns and challenges we hear about most from parents and provide expert guidance on how to respond in the most effective way. And if you have a child who needs support, we offer resources that can help you get the best care for that child and the best outcome for your family.

https://childmind.org/audience/for-families/

Daily COVID Case Map

This map shows all known cases of COVID-19 at New York City public schools. It is updated Sunday through Friday at 5:30pm.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/daily-covid-case-map

COVID19 Hot Zone Finder Map

New Yorkers should go to nyc.gov/COVIDZone to enter their address and find what zone they live, work, shop, and go to school in.

High School Admissions Update

COVID-19 has had a profound impact across every aspect of our school system, including the admissions process. As a result, we’re updating our pre-pandemic admissions timeline to ensure ample time for families to explore schools and apply once the application launches. Please note:

· The high school application is not yet open, and no longer closes on December 4, 2020. You will have additional time to apply.

· Registration for Specialized High Schools admissions is not yet open, and no longer closes on October 21, 2020. You will have additional time to register.

· Dates and locations for the high school fairs, the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), and LaGuardia High School auditions—as listed in the 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide—will also change.

Sign up for our high school admissions email list and we'll notify you when the high school application and Specialized High Schools registration opens! You will also get updates, key date reminders, and tips throughout the admissions process.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school

Offer of Free Internet from Service Providers

The following internet carriers are offering free household Wi-Fi or special accommodations for 60 days:

· Comcast is offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 Days to families who do not have a subscription already. Call: 1-855-846-8376 for English Enrollment; Call: 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish Enrollment; or visit Comcast Free Public Wi-Fi.

· Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Call: 1-844-488-8395 or visit Charter Communications Free Wi-Fi Access.

· For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not a currently have home internet access, Altice is offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint. Call: 866 – 200 – 9522 to enroll in Optimum Region; Call: 888 – 633 – 0030 to enroll in Suddenlink Region; or visit Altice USA Free Broadband Announcement.


For more on low-cost internet plans, please visit our website. There are many places across the city where you can connect to internet for free. Locations include:


· All branches of the New York Public Library

· Several public spaces in Lower Manhattan

· LinkNYC kiosks across the City

Multilingual Monday

#MULTILINGUALMONDAYS for students and families are back! The series will kick off on October 19, with a session on educational rights and resources for immigrant students and families. This hour-long session will be offered by our partner ImmSchools in both English (at 3PM) and Spanish (at 4:30PM).


Tap into your power by learning about your rights as immigrant students and families during COVID-19, including:

  • Educational rights and resources for our immigrant community
  • Information on how to navigate encounters with policing entities including Immigration Custom Enforcement

This session is a safe space for immigrant students and families and will be led by immigrant educators from ImmSchools. All are welcomed.

Join Zoom Meeting


Conozaca sus derechos como estudiantes y familias inmigrantes durante COVID-19:

  • Los derechos educativos los recursos para nuestra comunidad inmigrante
  • El cómo navegar los encuentros con las entidades policiales como la policía o Immigration Custom Enforcement

Esta sesión es un espacio seguro para estudiantes y familias inmigrantes y será dirigida por el equipo inmigrante de ImmSchools. Todos están bienvenidos.

Join Zoom Meeting

5th Annual Sustainability Project Grant to NYC Public Schools

The DOE Office of Sustainability is proud to offer our 5th Annual Sustainability Project Grant to NYC Public Schools!

The DOE is offering schools an opportunity to apply for the annual Sustainability Project Grant, which provides up to $5,000 in funding to support achievable and impactful sustainability projects in their buildings. Principals or a designee can learn about and apply for the grant; the application is open until November 17. The grant focus areas include:

  • Gardens and outdoor learning;
  • Environmental education;
  • Waste and recycling materials;
  • Energy conservation; and
  • Demonstration solar installation.

https://nycdoefacilities.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eajATRrIfrLGyLb

Learning Bridges Program

As the New York City Department of Education resumes in-person schooling this fall, most schools and sites will operate on a blended learning model. This will include some in-person services for a portion of the week and reduced class sizes in accordance with social distancing guidance.


Please complete this Survey to express interest in the Learning Bridges program, which will provide child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade this fall for days when they are not in school buildings.


The information collected in this survey will be used to guide the City's planning for the Learning Bridges program. Families can expect more information about a potential placement in the coming weeks.


Please note: Programs will become available on a rolling basis through the start of school.


For more information on the Learning Bridges program on the DOE website at: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enrollment-help/learning-bridges


For additional support, please email learningbridges@schools.nyc.gov

Weekly Family Update - October 19 - October 23

Updates from the Superintendent

  • As per the Governor and the Mayor, the following schools in D27 have been closed for in-person learning within Superintendent CarreónAmbert’s portfolio since 10/6:
    43Q, 53Q, 104Q, 105Q, 106Q, 197Q, 253Q, 282Q, 319Q and 362Q. All learning will take place remotely until further notice.
    However, 105Q may expect to reopen later this week. Guidance will be forthcoming. The entire Kappa VI Campus/Far Rockaway Campus, with schools outside of the Superintendent’s portfolio, is impacted as well.

  • In addition, 108Q is closed for in-person learning for the next fourteen days per the Chancellor. All learning will take place remotely. Communication was shared to all families.

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

We strongly encourage families of all students participating in-person learning to provide consent. The more students that participate, the better our ability will be to monitor COVID-19 transmission in our school communities. This testing is essential to keeping your child and your child’s school community safe and healthy, and ensuring the school building can stay open and in-person learning can continue.

You and your child always have the right to refuse testing. Families who do not provide consent may be required to participate in remote-only learning.


Families are now able to provide consent for their child to be tested using their NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)


https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing

School Re-opening 2020-2021 Family Guide

The School Re-Opening 2020–21 Family Guide guide provides some information on what that teaching and learning will look like this school year. You will find universal expectations for how our schools will support every single student every single school day—whether they are participating in fully remote or blended learning.

Use the link below to explore the website and find resources to support your child, and view or print the Family Guide available in the 9 DOE languages:

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/family-guide

Daily COVID Case Map

This map shows all known cases of COVID-19 at New York City public schools. It is updated Sunday through Friday at 6 PM

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/daily-covid-case-map

COVID19 Hot Zone Finder Map

New Yorkers should go to nyc.gov/COVIDZone to enter their address and find what zone they live, work, shop, and go to school in.

NYC Schools Account - New updates

New updated features on New York City Schools Accounts include:
  • School Based Testing Consent
  • Adding Students
  • Sharing Access

Please make sure you have signed up for your NYC Schools Account.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/student-journey/nyc-schools-account

High School Admissions Update

COVID-19 has had a profound impact across every aspect of our school system, including the admissions process. As a result, we’re updating our pre-pandemic admissions timeline to ensure ample time for families to explore schools and apply once the application launches. Please note:

· The high school application is not yet open, and no longer closes on December 4, 2020. You will have additional time to apply.

· Registration for Specialized High Schools admissions is not yet open, and no longer closes on October 21, 2020. You will have additional time to register.

· Dates and locations for the high school fairs, the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), and LaGuardia High School auditions—as listed in the 2021 NYC High School and Specialized High Schools Admissions Guide—will also change.

Sign up for our high school admissions email list and we'll notify you when the high school application and Specialized High Schools registration opens! You will also get updates, key date reminders, and tips throughout the admissions process.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school

Offer of Free Internet from Service Providers

The following internet carriers are offering free household Wi-Fi or special accommodations for 60 days:

· Comcast is offering free public Wi-Fi for 60 Days to families who do not have a subscription already. Call: 1-855-846-8376 for English Enrollment; Call: 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish Enrollment; or visit Comcast Free Public Wi-Fi.

· Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Call: 1-844-488-8395 or visit Charter Communications Free Wi-Fi Access.

· For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not a currently have home internet access, Altice is offering our Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within our footprint. Call: 866 – 200 – 9522 to enroll in Optimum Region; Call: 888 – 633 – 0030 to enroll in Suddenlink Region; or visit Altice USA Free Broadband Announcement.

For more on low-cost internet plans, please visit our website. There are many places across the city where you can connect to internet for free. Locations include:

· All branches of the New York Public Library

· Several public spaces in Lower Manhattan

· LinkNYC kiosks across the City

Virtual District 27 Family Engagement Session every Thursday

District Family Engagement Session this Thursday, October 22nd

Please join our District 27 Family Team at our Family Engagement Session with guest speaker

Desiree Carrington, District 27 Administrator for Special Education

Special Evening Hour from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

To schedule a one on one appointment, please email: District27@schools.nyc.gov

Google Meets

Meeting ID

meet.google.com/kun-rntm-cqb

Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 252-772-1591‬

PIN: ‪918 146 718#‬

Multilingual Monday

#MULTILINGUALMONDAYS for students and families are back! The series will kick off on October 19, with a session on educational rights and resources for immigrant students and families. This hour-long session will be offered by our partner ImmSchools in both English (at 3PM) and Spanish (at 4:30PM).


Tap into your power by learning about your rights as immigrant students and families during COVID-19, including:

  • Educational rights and resources for our immigrant community
  • Information on how to navigate encounters with policing entities including Immigration Custom Enforcement

This session is a safe space for immigrant students and families and will be led by immigrant educators from ImmSchools. All are welcomed.

Join Zoom Meeting


Conozaca sus derechos como estudiantes y familias inmigrantes durante COVID-19:

  • Los derechos educativos los recursos para nuestra comunidad inmigrante
  • El cómo navegar los encuentros con las entidades policiales como la policía o Immigration Custom Enforcement

Esta sesión es un espacio seguro para estudiantes y familias inmigrantes y será dirigida por el equipo inmigrante de ImmSchools. Todos están bienvenidos.

Join Zoom Meeting

Dial a Teacher Program

UFT Dial a Teacher is up & running for the school year. K-12 students and their parents or caregivers are invited to call 212-777-3380 or visit the Dial-A-Teacher website Mondays through Thursdays between 4 and 7 p.m. to get free homework help from a licensed teacher.

Many of the teachers are bilingual, so Dial-A-Teacher can assist students and families in 10 languages, including Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog.

5th Annual Sustainability Project Grant to NYC Public Schools

The DOE Office of Sustainability is proud to offer our 5th Annual Sustainability Project Grant to NYC Public Schools!

The DOE is offering schools an opportunity to apply for the annual Sustainability Project Grant, which provides up to $5,000 in funding to support achievable and impactful sustainability projects in their buildings. Principals or a designee can learn about and apply for the grant; the application is open until November 17. The grant focus areas include:

  • Gardens and outdoor learning;
  • Environmental education;
  • Waste and recycling materials;
  • Energy conservation; and
  • Demonstration solar installation.

https://nycdoefacilities.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eajATRrIfrLGyLb

ABENY - Association of Black Educators of New York Black History Month Essay Contest 2021

Black History Month Essay Contest 2021: "African American Pioneers in Medicine." Please find the guidelines attached. Note that the deadline for schools to email their three entries to sheilahbobo@gmail.com is January 8, 2021. ABENY hopes to select 20 winners, as in the past. A Certificate of Achievement will be emailed to the contact person at each school. Student winners and their parents will also be invited to share their essays at a virtual Black History Month program which is being hosted by ABENY and the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture on Saturday, February 6, from 1 - 2:30

Learning Bridges Program

As the New York City Department of Education resumes in-person schooling this fall, most schools and sites will operate on a blended learning model. This will include some in-person services for a portion of the week and reduced class sizes in accordance with social distancing guidance.


Please complete this Survey to express interest in the Learning Bridges program, which will provide child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade this fall for days when they are not in school buildings.


The information collected in this survey will be used to guide the City's planning for the Learning Bridges program. Families can expect more information about a potential placement in the coming weeks.


Please note: Programs will become available on a rolling basis through the start of school.


For more information on the Learning Bridges program on the DOE website at: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enrollment-help/learning-bridges


For additional support, please email learningbridges@schools.nyc.gov

Weekly Family Update - October 12 - October 16

Daily Health Screening

All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility, you will be asked to provide the results of your ​​​screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.
https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

We strongly encourage families of all students participating in-person learning to provide consent. The more students that participate, the better our ability will be to monitor COVID-19 transmission in our school communities. This testing is essential to keeping your child and your child’s school community safe and healthy, and ensuring the school building can stay open and in-person learning can continue.

You and your child always have the right to refuse testing. Families who do not provide consent may be required to participate in remote-only learning.


Families are now able to provide consent for their child to be tested using their NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)


https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing

Daily COVID Case Map

This map shows all known cases of COVID-19 at New York City public schools. It is updated Sunday through Friday at 5:30 PM

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/daily-covid-case-map

COVID19 Hot Zone Finder Map

New Yorkers should go to nyc.gov/COVIDZone to enter their address and find what zone they live, work, shop, and go to school in.

Virtual District 27 Family Engagement Session every Thursday

District Family Engagement Session this Thursday, October 15th

Please join our District 27 Family Team at our Family Engagement Session on

New York City Schools Accounts - NYCSA

Micah Peterson, Deputy Director, Product Management

Open access from 10:00am - 11:00am

To schedule a one on one appointment, please email: District27@schools.nyc.gov

Google Meets

Meeting ID

meet.google.com/kun-rntm-cqb

Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 252-772-1591‬

PIN: ‪918 146 718#‬

School Metrocards and Other Alternatives

MetroCards

Your school will provide student MetroCards to students engaged in blended learning to travel to and from school. Some parents who must accompany students traveling for in-person blended learning are eligible for a MetroCard as well. Eligible adults are:

  • parents/caregivers of pre-K–6 busing students
  • parents/guardians of families in temporary housing.

When using public transportation, students will be expected to follow the same social distancing and face covering protocols as all New Yorkers.

Transportation Alternatives

Reimbursement will be available for families with special circumstances whose children are eligible for curb-to-school bus service, cannot use public transportation via MetroCard, and are awaiting bus service. For more information, speak with your school or email
TransportationReimbursement@schools.nyc.gov.

Food Services

Thursday 10/1 and beyond:

In-school meal service available to all students attending school in person

Takeout meal service available for remote students – at 1100 buildings with in-person students (sites can be found via DOE locator)

200+ community meals locations open 3:00PM-5:00PM (sites can be found via GetFoodNYC locator)

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety

Learning Bridges Program

As the New York City Department of Education resumes in-person schooling this fall, most schools and sites will operate on a blended learning model. This will include some in-person services for a portion of the week and reduced class sizes in accordance with social distancing guidance.


Please complete this Survey to express interest in the Learning Bridges program, which will provide child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade this fall for days when they are not in school buildings.


The information collected in this survey will be used to guide the City's planning for the Learning Bridges program. Families can expect more information about a potential placement in the coming weeks.


Please note: Programs will become available on a rolling basis through the start of school.


For more information on the Learning Bridges program on the DOE website at: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enrollment-help/learning-bridges


For additional support, please email learningbridges@schools.nyc.gov

PPE and Face Coverings

The mandatory use of face coverings while on NYCDOE property must be enforced for all individuals, including staff, students, and essential visitors, (please see link below for exceptions). NYCDOE will communicate, educate, and reinforce the required wearing face coverings with families engaged as full partners in this process.
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/district-school-reopening-plan-submission-to-nysed/health-and-safety-plan

Watch our Family Engagement Session with Superintendent CarreónAmbert

Click HERE to view the PDF version


Below you can watch the video of the session.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NebqL4oaXOI&feature=youtu.be

Weekly Family Update - October 5 - October 9

Daily Health Screening

All DOE employees, students, families, and visitors seeking to enter DOE buildings must complete a health screening before entering DOE facilities. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival and results will reset at midnight of each day. Upon entering the facility, you will be asked to provide the results of your ​​​screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results.
https://healthscreening.schools.nyc/

NYC DOE CONSENT FORM FOR COVID TESTING

We strongly encourage families of all students participating in-person learning to provide consent. The more students that participate, the better our ability will be to monitor COVID-19 transmission in our school communities. This testing is essential to keeping your child and your child’s school community safe and healthy, and ensuring the school building can stay open and in-person learning can continue.

You and your child always have the right to refuse testing. Families who do not provide consent may be required to participate in remote-only learning.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing

Immunization Requirements

Students must have updated immunization requirements. Please note that the Flu Vaccine is a requirement for Children under age 5 who are enrolled in childcare and prekindergarten (pre-K). Please see the attached immunization chart for a detailed age requirement.
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/immunizations
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Virtual District 27 Family Engagement Session every Thursday

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District Family Engagement Session this Thursday, October 8th

Please join our District 27 Family Team at our Family Engagement Session with invited guest

Susan Settanni, Director of Early Childhood

Open access from 10:00am - 11:00am

To schedule a one on one appointment, please email: District27@schools.nyc.gov

Google Meets

Meeting ID

meet.google.com/kun-rntm-cqb

Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 252-772-1591‬

PIN: ‪918 146 718#‬

School Bus Update

School Bus Routes and Services for the 2020-21 School Year

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/transportation/transportation-overview/whats-new

Your child’s pick-up and drop-off times for the 2020-21 school year are based on approved school start and end times from the 2019-20 school year. Adjustments to bus pick-up and drop-off times will be made on a rolling basis this fall.

Your child may be on the bus with students from different schools. Getting our students to and from school as safely as possible is as important as keeping them safe while they are in the building. Whether traveling by bus, public transportation, or other means, students will be expected to wear masks and practice social distancing, just as they will in and around their school.

Your child’s current transportation assignment and information is now available in your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA).

Following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), buses transporting students will be limited to 25 percent of capacity to ensure safe social distancing. The only exception to this will be students from the same household who may be seated with each other, and nurses and paraprofessionals assigned to students. With the exception of students who are exempted from facial coverings requirements, everyone in a school bus must wear face masks at all times. Seating on the bus will be clearly marked to guide students to where they can or cannot sit.

Due to the constraints of COVID-19, the DOE is prioritizing busing students to and from school this year, as a result, these busing services are not available in the 2020-21 school year:

  • Afterschool programs, except in cases when a student has specialized transportation and has submitted an application and been approved for transportation to an alternate afternoon drop-off location.
    • In these cases, busing is available only to the drop-off location; additional busing from the afterschool program to the student's residence will not be available.
  • School field trips
  • Learning Bridges programs
  • On Federal holidays

School Metrocards and Other Alternatives

MetroCards

Your school will provide student MetroCards to students engaged in blended learning to travel to and from school. Some parents who must accompany students traveling for in-person blended learning are eligible for a MetroCard as well. Eligible adults are:

  • parents/caregivers of pre-K–6 busing students
  • parents/guardians of families in temporary housing.

When using public transportation, students will be expected to follow the same social distancing and face covering protocols as all New Yorkers.

Transportation Alternatives

Reimbursement will be available for families with special circumstances whose children are eligible for curb-to-school bus service, cannot use public transportation via MetroCard, and are awaiting bus service. For more information, speak with your school or email
TransportationReimbursement@schools.nyc.gov

Food Services

Thursday 10/1 and beyond:

In-school meal service available to all students attending school in person

Takeout meal service available for remote students – at 1100 buildings with in-person students (sites can be found via DOE locator)

200+ community meals locations open 3:00PM-5:00PM (sites can be found via GetFoodNYC locator)

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety

Learning Bridges Program

As the New York City Department of Education resumes in-person schooling this fall, most schools and sites will operate on a blended learning model. This will include some in-person services for a portion of the week and reduced class sizes in accordance with social distancing guidance.


Please complete this Survey to express interest in the Learning Bridges program, which will provide child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade this fall for days when they are not in school buildings.


The information collected in this survey will be used to guide the City's planning for the Learning Bridges program. Families can expect more information about a potential placement in the coming weeks.


Please note: Programs will become available on a rolling basis through the start of school.


For more information on the Learning Bridges program on the DOE website at: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enrollment-help/learning-bridges


For additional support, please email learningbridges@schools.nyc.gov

PPE and Face Coverings

The mandatory use of face coverings while on NYCDOE property must be enforced for all individuals, including staff, students, and essential visitors, (please see link below for exceptions). NYCDOE will communicate, educate, and reinforce the required wearing face coverings with families engaged as full partners in this process.
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/district-school-reopening-plan-submission-to-nysed/health-and-safety-plan

Community Education Council 27 Special Meeting

Please join CEC 27's Special Meeting on Tuesday, Oct 6, 2020 at 6 pm

Agenda

Bylaws Amendments

Current Vacancies

Parent Surveys


Join Zoom Meeting