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Tuesday November 10, 2020 - John Dewey High School

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Connie's Corner

Dear Dewey Family,

Welcome back to Connie’s Corner and our John Dewey HS newsletter! November is a month of giving thanks, and I am grateful and thankful for all of you!! Presently, we are trying to function in a world that is uncertain, challenging, and sometimes very sad and lonely. I ask you to think about all of the things that you have and hold dear. Remember that “This too shall pass”!

In just a short time we have accomplished so much at our school: It is November 10th and we are fully remote. We are holding steady at approximately 83% attendance, our NX Academy is up and running, supporting 600 of our 2300 students and our after school activities have also begun. Our teacher teams are evolving with our Remote Tech Support Committee, our Instructional Leadership Team and department teams who have been working since the summer on creating and developing motivating and exciting curriculum for all! Our focus at John Dewey HS this year is to know our students well, develop and ensure shared and inclusive instruction, and to ensure that we are communicating with our parents and families on a daily basis. This is the time like never before...a time to develop strong family ties with our community so that together we can be partners in making sure that our students are successful, happy, and cared for socially, emotionally and educationally.

I wish you all, from the bottom of my heart, to be well and safe. Remember that this time next year, we WILL be celebrating for our JDHS Thanksgiving Feast, under one roof, with delicious food, wonderful music and most importantly, we will have each other!! See you again next month! Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone, one filled with the love and compassion we all deserve right now.

Your Principal,

Connie Hamilton

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What are you thankful for?

During these uncertain and trying times it helps to think about all the things you have and what you are grateful for. Take a minute to think about what you're thankful for and upload it on the padlet below.


Academy Town Hall Dates & Information

Students, we are so excited to get together for our first Academy Town Hall Meeting of the school year. These are the dates for your meeting, depending on your grade level:

November 17th - 9th Grade

Period 8 (2:00-2:20)

November 18th - 10th and 11th Grades

Period 8 (2:00-2:20)

November 19th - 12th Grade

Period 8 (2:00-2:20)

*Please check your emails for your exact Google Meets link for your Academy and grade level.

Meet your Academy

Hello John Dewey High School Students,

Unfortunately most of you haven't gotten the chance to meet your Academy AP, Guidance Counselor or Support Staff. Here's your chance to put a face to the name you might have seen in in the last couple of months.

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday November 12 from 4:30 P.M. to 7:30 pm and Friday, November 13, 2020 from 12:30P.M. to 2:30 P.M. These meetings will be done via telephone and there will be no in person conferences this year. If you would like to engage in a conversation with your child's teacher regarding your child's progress, please click on the link below and fill out the survey for each teacher you would like to speak with.


Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 4:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.


Friday, November 13, 2020 from 12:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Friday November 13, 2020 Half Day Bell Schedule

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NX Academy

Attention all students of the NX academy. In order to gain access to your classes in APEX, you must log on through iLearn. Click the video below which will show you how to gain access into iLearn. Make sure you are completing your assignments daily in APEX.

If you have any questions or are having trouble logging in, please email Ms. Savino at ksavino@schools.nyc.gov

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Dewey Birthday Shout-Outs!

A huge, happy birthday to all the students and staff who celebrated a birthday this week!
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Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are excited to advise you that we are adopting a new system named Operoo. Some people may have already used this system, previously known as CareMonkey.

The Operoo system makes it very easy for you to respond to field trip, blue cards and other consent forms using your mobile phone, tablet or PC. No more paperwork! No more lost forms or notes covered in a squashed banana in bags, no more concerns about children missing out on information when they are absent.

It will greatly reduce the burden on you to provide information that is repetitive. For example, it will allow you to keep your or your child’s emergency contact and medical information up to date; so you don’t need to repeat this information again whilst your child is at John Dewey High School. It also puts you in control of this data so you’ll always know what emergency contacts and medical information is shared with John Dewey High School.

We do need a valid email address from you in order to use the Operoo system. Please share those details with us if you haven’t already.

You don’t need to do anything else until you receive an email invitation from us asking you to sign up for your Operoo account. After that, you’ll receive notifications whenever there is an electronic form to complete for John Dewey High School.

From John Dewey High School’s perspective, you or your child’s information will only be visible by the relevant staff for you or your child and will be managed in accordance with our privacy policies. Details about Operoo’s security and privacy procedures can be found here: https://www.operoo.com/terms-policies-security/.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. You can visit the Operoo website for more information here: www.operoo.com. There is also a parent introduction page here: https://www.operoo.com/intro-for-parents/.

November's Cohort Calendar

Students make sure you are coming into the building on your Cohort day.
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Dewey Club Schedule

Click Here to Join our Virtual After School Clubs!

* If a student is interested please contact the advisor to gain access to the club classroom.

Mindfulness Moments are BACK!!

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Change is the one guarantee we have in life. No matter what... we are in this together! We at John Dewey High School proudly present our Virtual Mindfulness Room. No matter what you are experiencing right now, you are not alone. We want you to know that your thoughts and feelings are valid and we are here for you.

Take a moment each day to examine your experience, and remember, like all else, this shall pass, too. We are one school all in it together.

See more information about the website here.

More Information

Switching to Remote Learning

  • At any time, you can use this form to choose fully remote learning for your child.
  • Between November 2 and November 15, 2020, you can use this form to switch to blended learning (a mix of in-person days at school and remote-learning days at home) for the remainder of this school year.
    • At this time, this is the only opportunity planned for families to opt into blended/in-person learning.
    • Your child’s school will keep you informed of its specific learning model and your child's schedule. If you have questions, please reach out to the school directly.
    • Students who switch to blended learning will begin their new schedule sometime the week of November 30 or the week of December 7, 2020.

Click Here For Remote Survey Link

COVID 19 Testing Consent Form For In-Person Learning

We are seeking your consent to test your child for COVID-19 infection. The New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), working with NYC Health + Hospitals and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, has partnered with laboratories and other providers to test NYC DOE students, teachers, and other staff members for COVID-19 infection.

Please email this completed form to smore@johndeweyhighschool.org

Click Here for the English Version of COVID 19 Consent Form

Click Here for the Spanish Version of COVID 19 Consent Form

Click Here for the Chinese Version of COVID 19 Consent Form

Click Here for the Bengali Version of COVID 19 Consent Form

Click Here for the Russian Version of COVID 19 Consent Form

Click Here for the Urdu Version of COVID 19 Consent Form

Click Here for the Arabic Version of COVID 19 Consent Form

Click Here for the Hatian-Creole Version of COVID 19 Consent Form

Click Here for the Korean Version of COVID 19 Consent Form

Click Here for the French Version of COVID 19 Consent Form

Take-Out Meals For Remote Learning Students

Students or their parents/guardians may pick up meals for students on days they are attending school remotely. Take-Out meals for students will be available on school days only, 9:00AM-12 noon. No registration, ID, or documentation required.

Click Here to Find Take-Out Meal locations

Additional Resources

Social-Emotional Wellness During COVID-19: Caring for Ourselves and One Another Parent & Family Resource https://www.schools.nyc.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/parent-and-family-covid-sel-resource-doe.pdf

NYC Well: Free, confidential mental-health services are available 24/7 in over 200 languages. Support is available by calling 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), texting "WELL" to 65173, or via online chat at nyc.gov/nycwell.

Family Guide 2020-21: The Blended Learning Opt-In Period is Monday, 11/2/20 to Sunday 11/15/20. We want to provide information and resources that may help families come to a decision about whether their children should attend school remotely or in a blended learning model.

The Family Guide provides information on what teaching and learning will look like this school year, and universal expectations for how our schools support all students —whether they are attending fully remote or blended learning classes. The guide also provides information about who families can contact when they have questions or concerns, and resources that families can use to support learning at home.


FREE ONLINE CITIZENSHIP CLASSES FOR GREEN CARD HOLDERS The New-York Historical Society offers free online citizenship classes for green card holders preparing for the naturalization interview. The online citizenship course prepares permanent residents for the civics test portion of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization interview. https://www.nyhistory.org/education/citizenship-project

Family Inquiry Forms (AKA Meal Forms) To maximize your school’s Title I funding, we encourage families to complete the online Family Income Inquiry Form, where possible, to reduce the number of paper forms that schools need to collect and to allow the DOE to process forms more quickly. Title I provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Complete the Family Inquiry Form today! https://www.myschoolapps.com/Home/PickDistrict

November 7 UFT Parent Conference: Join parents, guardians, grandparents and educators for a free, informative day of workshops, speakers and connecting to problem solve the challenges of educating our children in the time of COVID-19. The virtual summit will include a special teen summit, too! Parent voice has never been more critical as we work in support of our children’s right to a safe, high-quality education. Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information and to register, visit www.uft.org/parent-conference

November 10 6:30 PM #NYCOfficeHours 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.

Brooklyn Public Library Updates

Greetings from Brooklyn Public Library

We are launching 8 weeks of Team Up To Read programming, an exciting virtual literacy program for ages 5-9 and we’d like to invite you to join us. Week one starts on Saturday, October 31, 2020! This week’s topic is Team Up To Read: Be Curious. Learn how to pause and ask questions to be a more curious reader. Learn about the library and how to check out e-books. Please visit bklynlib.org/TeamUpToRead for more information on this series that continues through December 21.