Falcon Family Newsletter

January 18, 2021

Information for Families

Good morning PS 199 Families,

If you haven't already created your mystudent account that gives you access to your child's records, please do so. There is a link below. Continue to scroll down for updated information. Have a good week. S.B.

This Week's K- 5 Cohort Calendar

Monday, January 18, 2021- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, JANUARY 19, 2021-COHORT A

Wednesday, JANUARY 20, 2021 -COHORT A

Thursday, JANUARY 21, 2021- COHORT B

Friday, JANUARY 22, 2021-COHORT B

High School Admissions Information Sessions

Virtual Arts High School Fairs

Interested in applying to audition programs? 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). Meet representatives from NYC’s audition schools, including LaGuardia High School. Please note that schools from different boroughs will showcase their programs on different days.

· January 21, 1pm to 3pm Manhattan and Bronx audition programs

· January 25, 5pm to 7pm Brooklyn and Staten Island audition programs

· February 2, 4pm to 6pm Queens audition programs

· February 4, 6pm to 8pm Manhattan and Bronx audition programs

Register at tinyurl.com/nyc2021HSvirtual for any event(s) you’d like to attend.

Kindergarten Application Period

Beginning Thursday, December 10th, children born in 2016 can apply to kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year. The application deadline was 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.

ICYMI - Screened Middle Schools and High School Enrollment September 2021

The Mayor and Chancellor announced the elimination of the academic screens in Middle School admissions and the elimination of geographic screens/priorities in High School admissions in December.

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 the week of January 11, 2021

Community and Citywide Education Council Elections

The 2021 Community and Citywide Education Councils (CCEC) election cycle shifts into high gear this week. The countdown to February 1, when the candidates’ application window opens, begins now. Continue to educate your families on the important work the Community Education Councils perform to positively influence your schools. Share the advocacy work the Citywide Education Councils accomplish, representing family voices on focused education issues. Encourage your parents to serve their community – run for a seat on an Education Council!

January is NYC Schools Account Sign-Up

Help your school and district get to 100% of their students linked to their parents’ NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)! A fully linked NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) is the only entry point for applying and voting in the CCEC elections. Let your parents know that NYCSA provides easy access to important education information for all their students in one place. Before February 1, 2021, all parents should have an account. To create an account visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/student-journey/nyc-schools-account

Partner with your parent coordinator and your district Family Leadership Coordinator to host virtual NYCSA sign-up events for parents. These virtual events help by walking parents through the setup process in real time. We created a Parent NYCSA Sign-Up Guide that we ask you to share with your families. The guide provides a visual step-by-step on setting up their account. We also have a video https://vimeo.com/497731682 available that you can share in a meeting, on your website or social media channels to model the set-up process.

The CCEC Elections Outreach Team is available to present at your parent events and engage in a more in-depth conversation about the 2021 CCEC elections. E-mail us at Elections2021@schools.nyc.gov. We are here to collaborate with our families and parent leaders to make these elections the most successful yet!

Parent University

Parent University (parentu.schools.nyc) is a course registration and management system where NYC families can find free trainings on a wide range of topics. Parent University serves all families, from early childhood through adulthood, and seeks to educate and empower them as partners and advocates through free courses, resources, events, and activities.

Haven't joined us yet? Watch this short tutorial to learn how to create an account.

Then go to parentu.schools.nyc to log in and enroll in one of our upcoming live, web-based courses!

· CCEC Roles and Responsibilities – RESCHEDULED TO 2/8/2021 @ 6:00 pm


· Family Fun Night: A Day in the Life of Literacy - 1/26/21 @ 5:30pm

Or check out one of our newest pre-recorded, on-demand courses!

Parent University Tutorial

· How to Create an Account in Parent University

· How to Enroll in a Course in Parent University

· How to Use Captions and Transcripts in YouTube

· Yeti, Set, Snow!

· Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre "Puppet Time"

· Meditation Monday with Karine Plantadit

· SummerStage Studio: Tap with Ayodele Casel

· Yoga Basics with Richard Barcia

Western Queens Parent Workshops:

Tips to Help make Remote Learning

Easier for Students K-5

Day: Mondays at 12:00 pm starting January 11th 2021 (Ongoing)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 930 4872 4682

Passcode: 991389

Remote Learning Technical Support Ticket System for Families

In an attempt to assist families whom are still facing challenges logging into the different platforms and having problems the DOE has launched a family-facing Remote Learning Technical Support ticket system. Families (or someone on their behalf) can submit requests for technical support for a broad range of issues, including application support, lost, stolen, or broken devices, and delivery status, though the Technical Support for Families page. Note that when families select a topic and issue in the ticket submission form, the form will automatically list common resolutions to technical support problems; if the suggested resolutions do not resolve the family’s issue, they can continue to submit a tech support ticket by completing the form. This family-facing system, and the DOE staff remote learning support ticket system, is intended to replace emails to the SchoolDevices@schools.nyc.gov inbox. SEE BUTTON BELOW

Community Meals

New York City is committed to making free meals available daily for all New Yorkers. While school buildings are closed, students and families can go to nearby school buildings for takeout meals. Additionally, any New Yorker can receive free meals available at locations across the city. Use the search link below to find a location online or Text “NYC FOOD” or “NYC COMIDA” to 877-877 (text messaging and data rates may apply)

For important updates, we will continue to notify you in the following ways:

School Messenger Calls and Emails, our website ps199q.org, Twitter@ PS_199Q and PTA's Facebook page.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns, and

I will do my best to provide you with assistance

Stacey Becco

Parent Coordinator

Email: sbecco@schools.nyc.gov,

Cellphone: (646) 400-9174

Mystudent Account Creation Tutorial

A step by step guide to setting up your NYC mystudent account. Send your child' name, your name phone number and your personal email to sbecco@schools.nyc.gov to receive your unique creation code.

Message from our Principal

Good morning PS 199

Please join us for

Community Safety Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, January 20th

at 9:30 a.m.

Click here to join the meeting!

Meeting ID: 952 6425 1270

Passcode: 308816

Kujtim Daliposki

COVID 19 Symptoms and the Criteria for returning to School.

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. Infected people have had a wide range of symptoms reported – from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

Fever or chills


Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


Muscle or body aches


New loss of taste or smell

Sore throat

Congestion or runny nose

Nausea or vomiting


Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

Trouble breathing

Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

New confusion

Inability to wake or stay awake

Bluish lips or face

Criteria for Returning to School After Showing Symptoms Any individual (student or staff member) showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to school when all the following conditions are met:

Received a positive COVID-19 test AND

Isolated for 10 days AND

The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving.


Received a negative COVID-19 test AND

The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving.


Never got a COVID-19 test AND

At least 10 days have passed since symptoms started AND

The individual has been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication and overall symptoms are improving.

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.

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

For more on low-cost internet plans, please visit the DOE website.

P.S. 199 Parents Teachers Association

PTA Executive Board:

President: Ska Ska Morales

Vice President: Fakiha Khan

Treasurer: Kiron Flowers

Recording Secretary: Diego Carracundo

Parent SLT Members:

Ska Ska Morales

Arpita Patel

Kiron Flowers

Diego Carracundo

Martha Waite

Fakiha Khan

General Meeting Dates

11/18 @ 6:30

12/16 @ 6:30 pm

1/20 @ 6:30-Next meeting, Look out for the zoom link.

2/17 @ 6:30

3/18 @ 6:30

4/29 @ 6:30

5/26 @ 6:30

6/23 @ 6:30

Community and Citywide Education Council Elections

Are you ready to Run. Serve. Lead?

Parents who serve on Community and Citywide Education Councils promote student achievement and act as an important voice for all parents. In February 2021 you will have an opportunity to apply for a seat on an Education Council!

We encourage you to attend Community and Citywide Education Councils meetings and to invite other parents in your community - there is no better way to understand what Education Councils are and what they do than to actually observe them in action! This month, CECs will discuss their district’s schools Capital Plans – it is a great opportunity to learn more about the process and how their work affects their community.

To encourage maximum participation in the Elections, the NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) will be the entry point for both application and voting. It is imperative that all parents create an account and link all their children to it before February 1, 2021. To create an account visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/student-journey/nyc-schools-account.

Please invite the Elections Team to your parent events for more in-depth conversations about the 2021 CCEC elections. We are here to collaborate with our families and parent leaders to make these elections the most successful yet! E-mail us at Elections2021@schools.nyc.gov


December 3, 2020: District 75 Student COVID-19 Testing


UFT Parent and Community News

Dear parents, grandparents, guardians, and education activists,

I'm pleased to announce that the UFT's free homework help hotline, Dial-A-Teacher, is open!

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.

We know this is an unusual and challenging school year and hope this service helps your family navigate it a bit more easily.

In unity,

Nicholas Cruz
UFT Director of Community and Parent Outreach

Include Fair

Saturday, Jan. 30th, 9am-1pm

This is an online event.

INCLUDEnyc is a non-profit providing training and information for young people with any disability (age 0-26) in New York City, their families, and the professionals who support them.

Learn more about organizations and programs supporting young people with disabilities. Based on your preference, connect with representatives via chat, audio, or video to learn more about Summer Camps, After School, Recreation, Athletics, Art, Dance, and Music Transition Services and College Supports and Services.

More information here.

Registration required: https://app.brazenconnect.com/a/INCLUDEnyc/e/qY6WV

Child Mind Institute

Caregiver Support Workshops

The Child Mind Institute will be hosting Caregiver Support Workshops. These workshop series are designed to provide families with proactive strategies to use to support your child’s mental health and learning needs while virtually learning from home. They are available at no cost to all NYC DOE parents and caregivers. Please see below for additional details.

Promoting Positive Behaviors for Your Child – Please click here to learn more and register.

· Structuring a Home Learning Environment; Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST

· Managing Kids' Screen Time; Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 | 9:00am – 10:00am EST

· Motivating Your Child for Remote Learning – Part 1; Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST

· Motivating Your Child for Remote Learning – Part 2; Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 | 9:00am – 10:00am EST

· Improving Your Relationship With Your Child; Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST

· Parent Calming Techniques; Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 | 9:00am – 10:00am EST

Coping During COVID-19 – Please click here to learn more and register.

· Managing Grief and Loss; Monday, January 11th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST

· Managing Stress and Anxiety; Tuesday, January 12th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST

· Mindful Parenting; Monday, January 18th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST

· Managing Intense Emotions; Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST

· Will My Child be Okay?; Monday, January 25th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST

· Fostering Resilience Within Your Family; Thursday, January 28th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST

Supporting Learning at Home – Please click here to learn more and register.

· Supporting Your Child in Virtual Learning; Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST

· Building and Supporting Executive Functioning Skills; Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST

· Building a Foundation for Reading at Home; Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 | 5:00pm – 6:00pm EST

For additional resources, please visit The Child Mind Institute at: https://childmind.org/coping-during-covid-19-resources-for-parents/.

Department of Education Device Request Form

*If you want order a DOE Device click on this link.*

Si desea pedir un IPAD DOE haga clic en este enlace-

Si desea pedir un IPAD DOE haga clic en este enlace-

Department of Education Issued Device Support

To receive assistance with using devices received through the mail from the DOE.

Technical support /Soporte Técnico

Students/Parents if you need Technical support for DOE Devices please fill out online formEstudiantes/Padres si necesita soporte técnico para Dispositivos DOE por favor llene el formulario en línea

At Home STEM Resources

This Week's Featured Resource: Make Your Own Bouncy Balls! Have you ever wondered how colorful, gravity-defying bouncy balls get their elastic properties? With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your very own at home.