Hugo Newman Family Update

Welcome Back to School (September 2021 Edition)

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Welcome Back!

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children. The health and safety of all our students remains of the utmost importance. As we welcome students back, we are asking that each family complete this short survey to inform school planning and support your child(ren)’s social-emotional health: This private information will only be shared with your child’s official class teacher(s) and the guidance counselor. We are coming together and supporting our students as they navigate this school year. Through our collective commitment, we will create opportunities where our students can learn, grow, and re-engage.

New Year, Staff and Course Offerings

For the 2021-22 school year, we are continuing our focus on Coherence & Connectivity. For us, this means a shared depth of understanding about the purpose and nature of the work in the minds and actions individually and especially collectively.

Each year brings positive change. This includes a few additions to our staff. We are delighted to welcome Mr. Marte, 2nd grade special education teacher; Mr. Buckingham, middle school humanities teacher; Ms. Brown, middle school math teacher, and Ms. Eckersely, music teacher. Also, we are pleased to announce that Ms. Paulino, Universal Literacy Coach will be full-time with us this school year to support accelerating learning in early childhood.

This school year, your child can look forward to the following clusters and club activities:

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Facilities Update

Upon entering the building, visitors will be greeted with a new mural reading “Be here. Be you. Belong.” PS/IS 180 is a school where all are welcome here and most importantly a place to call home. Our first floor hallways have also received a facelift with new murals celebrating our Young, Gifted & Harlem theme and Grow with Us from PK-8 imageries. Lastly, we are pleased to unveil our new Family Room in Room 132 with updated furniture, technology, appliances including a washer and dryer, and newly designed room with professional artwork by Tats Cru.

In accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the NYCDOE is taking several steps to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission within school buildings and classrooms. Each classroom at PS/IS 180 is now equipped with 2 air purification units. Also, each classroom has received a brand new air conditioning unit this summer, as well as four new cooling units in the auditorium.

School Supplies & Giveaways

As previously announced, I am excited to share that the school has purchased all grade-level academic supplies for the 2021-22 school year. You do not need to hunt for items and wait in long lines to purchase Back to School materials. This means that every child at every grade at PS/IS 180 will have all their Back-to-School supplies provided at no charge! This is what equity looks like in action and what it means to be a Jaguar.

We do ask that families donate the following communal supplies to your child's classroom:

* 1 box of Kleenex

* 1 large bottle of Lysol Hand Sanitizer pump

* 2 Clorox disinfecting wipes

* 2 rolls of Paper Towels

To prepare for the year, you will need to purchase a backpack for your son or daughter as well as school uniforms. PS/IS 180 is a uniform school, and students are required to wear their uniforms daily. Click here for uniform information:

Upcoming Events

On Saturday, August 28th, COOL Kids is proud to participate in the 4th annual Give Day by hosting a Back to School Bash for Harlem students. On 8/28 from 12:00- 4:00PM, children ages 5-14 will enjoy a video game truck, ice cream, games, and free school supplies. Additionally, mental health, financial literacy, scholarship, and career resources will be available for community members of all ages. This event will take place in front of the school’s Young, Gifted & Harlem mural located on Morningside Ave between 119th St and 120th St. This is an event that you do not want to miss.

Please save the date for our first PTA meeting of the year which will occur outdoors at Morningside Park on Saturday, September 25th. All are welcome!

As a reminder, the first day of school is Monday, September 13th. You may click here to access the DOE Calendar: In advance of in-person learning for all students this fall, the DOE encourages everyone ages 12 and older to get vaccinated for COVID-19! It’s the best way to keep our communities and city safe. You can make an appointment for yourself and your child by visiting

Quick Reference Guide

Below, please find a chart that provides you with a quick-reference guide on what our school year will look like for our students. As new information is communicated from the NYC Department of Education, this chart will be updated accordingly. Specific details will be shared through upcoming town hall meeting or directly through written communication via Bloomz. You're invited to join me for a Town Hall on Friday, September 3rd at 10:00AM to discuss the upcoming school year, including the Quick Reference Guide as seen below:

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Lastly, thank you to all who are helping prepare for the new school year. Your commitment to ensuring that PS/IS 180 Hugo Newman College Preparatory remains a celebrated and successful school is awe-inspiring. I eagerly look forward to greeting students and families in a few short weeks. It remains an honor and privilege to serve as your principal. Please stop by and say hello. Together, I know we will make this school year one of growth and achievement for all children.

Warmest Regards,

Jeneca Parker

Principal, PS/IS 180

Click Here to Access the Homecoming Guide

This is the NYC DOE 2021-22 Health & Safety Guide for families.

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Before the School Year Starts

As you prepare for September 13th, families should take three important actions before the school year starts:
  1. COVID-19 Vaccination/ Testing
  2. Discuss the importance of masking & Begin establishing a routine now
  3. Complete the PS/IS 180 Welcome Back family survey

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Ages 12 and Older

Vaccination is the most important step you can take to protect you and your family from COVID-19, and all New Yorkers aged 12 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccination is safe, free, and available regardless of immigration status.

If you have a child who is at least 12 years old, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the New York City Department of Education strongly encourage you to make a vaccination appointment for them as soon as possible by visiting You can also call 877-VAX-4-NYC (877-829-4692) for help making an appointment at a City-run vaccination site. Many sites now have walk-in appointments. For answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit

Provide Consent for COVID-19 Testing, starting in Grade 1

Regular COVID-19 testing provides school communities and public health experts with valuable information. Continuing the successful safety practices of last year, there will be regular testing for COVID-19 in our schools. Every school will have ten percent of unvaccinated individuals who have submitted consent for testing in their school population tested biweekly.

It is important that you provide consent for your child to participate in the in school testing program. You can fill out the testing consent form in your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) or download a printable version at Don’t have an NYC Schools Account? Learn how to get started at

Discuss Importance of Masking & Establish a Routine Now

The New York Times recently provided the following advice to families in a Back to School article:

One of the best ways to level a bumpy road back to in-person schooling, said Dr. Bode, who is also a general pediatrician at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, is to give children a good sense of what they can expect, and for parents to make clear that they believe a safe return is possible.

“Projecting that calm reassurance is going to do a lot,” she said.

Talk to kids about the types of masks that are most effective (multiple ply, close fitting, sides tucked in) and how to wear them properly.

Children’s schedules have become disarranged over the pandemic year, with many eating and sleeping at odd hours. To help your kids get back on track before school starts, return to your regular school-year routine now: Enforce regular sleep and wake times (with a “no screen” rule for at least an hour before bed), and try to keep meal times consistent — with dinner not too late and breakfast early enough to be eaten before school."

Roads to Success (Pk-8) After School Information

Registration for Roads to Success (RTS) After-School Program begins Monday, August 30th, 2021, at 4:00pm for Grades K-5.

Click here to register:

For Program Inquiries Email and Marcus (Site Director)

For Billing Inquiries Email

Enrollment period for PreK and Middle School will open shortly. Stay tuned for more information.

Program Description:

Roads to Success operates a 10-month long after-school program that helps young people gain the skills to be positive members of their communities and identify future potential pathways. Each day after school is very active at RTS, where every child will participate in:

  • Enrichment activities (visual or performing arts, sports and team building, science, service learning, and more).
  • Academic skill support (reading activities, or academic games).
  • Community circles (cheers, group games, appreciation ceremonies, etc.).
  • Snacks

These activities will culminate in events and showcases where families can come and celebrate their children’s milestones and accomplishments together.

Monthly Fees:

  • 5 Days ($288)
  • 4 Days ($250)
  • 3 Days ($227)
  • Drop-in ($37)

*Financial Aide will be available mid-September*

For sibling discount use code: “ sibling2122 “ during checkout

About Roads to Success: Committed to achievement for all New York City youth, Roads to Success promotes academic, personal, and professional development through out-of-school-time programs built on a philosophy of self-discovery. We create and sustain an environment where young people find their identity, build their independence and practice generosity in their communities. Roads to Success is dedicated to helping young people discover the self-esteem, self-reliance, and empathy necessary to become future leaders and driving forces of positive change. We are led by a passionate community of young educators—a lead-by-example staff who are dedicated that all of New York City’s young people are given a fair and equitable chance to fulfill their dreams.

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Town Hall with Families

Friday, Sep. 3rd, 10am

This is an online event.

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Town Hall meeting.

Homecoming (in-person)

Thursday, Sep. 23rd, 4:30pm

370 West 120th Street

New York, NY

Join us for live jazz entertainment and food in the large yard for an outdoors Homecoming Celebration. Parents are invited to meet the staff, view the classroom, and learn more about our curriculum.

PTA Meeting (outdoors)

Saturday, Sep. 25th, 10am

Morningside Drive

New York, NY

Download the Bloomz App

Bloomz is available on the desktop, iPhone and Android phones. Downloading the app is very easy and can be done in a couple of minutes. It is a private and secure way that we communicate with families.

New Bloomz Parent

1. Download the “Bloomz" app from the AppStore/PlayStore and click on "Enter Code". If browser, go to and click on "Join Bloomz" followed by "Enter Code"

2. In the text box, enter the following codes to access the following pages:

  • PS/IS 180 Announcements: P8WSVG
3. Create your account

Existing Bloomz Parent

1. Log into your Bloomz account

2. Click “+Add Class/Group” on the left navigation.

3. In the text box, enter the codes as provided by classroom teacher(s)

4. Click next

Things to be aware of……

  • The app will provide you with access to your child’s classroom blog
  • For those who give photo/ video permission, we will periodically post pictures from activities/ events of your child(ren) visible to the grade
  • You will be able to view general news posted by the school, PreK grade team, PTA and any other important announcements
  • Upcoming events are listed on the app
  • Your child’s classroom teacher may send you alerts and reminders via the app
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