Parent 411- Updates & Events

The Walt Disney Magnet STEAM School - 12/20 Edition

Thank You For Making The Transition, Easier.

On Nov. 19th we were sent back into remote learning. Ten days later on Nov. 29th we were informed that not only were our blended learning students heading back to school on Dec. 7th, but now they would be in school for 5 days a week. The Chancellor and the Mayor changed the protocols for our in person learners, but our families pulled together and made yet another transition easier than expected. Thank you, to our Principal, Ms. Baker, our Assistant Principal, Ms. Washington and our staff for taking it in stride and keeping the learning happening.
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Update To Our School Closure - 14 day Closure


It has been determined by the NYC Test + Trace Corps and the NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene that our building must remained closed through 12/27/20. However, due to the winter break, the return to our building will be January 4, 2021

Please click on the link below to read the notification in its entirety.

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5th Grade Moving To The Middle - Middle School Process Updates

Middle School Process- What is Happening?

Welcome Letters will be available for 5th grade families starting next week. Welcome letters provide families with instructions on how to set up a MySchools account and add their child to it using their unique account creation code.

· This week, Welcome Letters were mailed to all current fifth grade families.

· Starting Monday, December 14, we may provide Welcome Letters directly to families as needed. Welcome letters along with Chancellor's Letter to Families will be sent to your child's gmail starting the week of 12/21/20.

· Chancellor's Update for Middle School Admissions (As of 12/18/20)-

Middle School:

· All middle school screens will be paused for this year. This includes academic screens, school-based assessments, composite scores and auditions. Students will be admitted through a lottery based system.

· District and geographic priorities, as well as Diversity in Admissions priorities, will still apply for those middle schools that have them.


· The middle school application will open during the week of January 11, 2021. Families and school staff will be notified when the application opens.

· The deadline for families to submit their middle school application will be the week of February 8, 2021.

· Middle school offers will be available to families and school staff in the spring.

You can get started by visiting to learn more about the process, and to set up your MySchools account to be ready when the application period opens. Do not hesitate to reach out to Ms.Gray, Parent Coordinator— she will be your guide throughout the process. You can also contact a Family Welcome Center (learn how at or call 718-935-2009.

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Catching Up and Getting Ahead- Free Reading Intervention Program from "Everyone Reading"

They will be conducting a free reading intervention program via ZOOM called "Catching Up and Getting Ahead" ​in February for current 4th graders who are having difficulty with acquiring basic reading skills.
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Happening Now

The kindergarten application is now open, and the deadline to apply is January 19, 2021! Here's what to do:

  • Create your MySchools account(Open external link)! You'll use MySchools to explore your child’s elementary school options, save your favorite programs, and submit your application.
  • Watch our video series (above) to learn how to find programs for your application and apply, as well as how to use MySchools.

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EVENTS FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES - Virtual Elementary Admissions Event- Pre-K & K

Wednesday, Jan. 6th, 6pm

This is an online event.

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.

Celebrar & Elevar

Monday, Jan. 6th 2020 at 5:30pm

This is an online event.

Celebrar & Elevar

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. Families may attend any of the following sessions:

· December 16, from 5:30-6:30PM

· January 6, from 5:30-6:30PM

Participants may register for any of these sessions here:

Taller para apoyar el aprendizaje remoto con familias de habla hispana

El DOE, en colaboración con Ramapo for Children, ofrece "Celebrar Elevar &", un taller en español sobre estrategias para que las familias fortalezcan su conexión cuando están aprendiendo de forma remota. Las familias pueden asistir a cualquiera de las siguientes sesiones: 16 de diciembre, de 5:30-6:30PM 6 de enero, de 5:30-6:30PM

Los participantes pueden inscribirse en cualquiera de estas sesiones aquí

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