Falcon Family Newsletter

March 22, 2021

Information for Families

Good morning PS 199 Families,

This Week's K- 5 Cohort Calendar

Monday, March 22 2021- COHORT A

Tuesday, March 23, 2021-COHORT A

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 -COHORT A

Thursday, March 25, 2021- COHORT B

Friday, March 26, 2021-COHORT B

Stacey Becco is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Watercolors 101

Time: March 24, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Please RSVP by sending your child's name and class and your name, email address and phone number to sbecco@schools.nyc.gov

Join Zoom Meeting



Dates to remember

March 29th - April 2 SPRING BREAK

April 7th & 8th Grade 5 graduation photos

April 9th & 12th Rain dates for Grade 5 photos

April 19th - 22nd English Language Arts Exam (tentative)

May 3rd - 6th Math Exam (tentative)

May 17th - June 6th New York State ELSLAT (tentative)

DOE UPDATE: Pre-K Applications Are Open

The pre-K application opened on February 24, 2021; the deadline to apply is April 7. During the application period, you can apply online or by phone. Here's what you can do now:

  • Sign up for the pre-K admissions email list .
  • Learn how to apply and how pre-K offers are made on this page. Missed the virtual Elementary Admissions Events? A recording from one of DOE's January sessions will be available soon, with captions in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Korean, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Russian and Urdu.
  • Throughout the admissions process, you'll use MySchools.nyc to learn about pre-K programs, apply, get your offer, and learn about waitlists.
  • Before the application opens you can
    • Set up your MySchools account.
    • Start exploring pre-K program options in MySchools' online, searchable, preK directory.

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.

We currently offer 275+ pre-recorded, on-demand, and live, web-based courses and they cover a wide range of categories including:

· Adult and Continuing Education

· Arts

· Early Childhood Education

· Enrollment

· For Parents, By Parents – NEW Category!

· Fitness

· Health and Wellness

· Multilingual Learners

· Parent Leadership

· Remote Learning and Technology

· School Buildings and Operations

· Special Education

We also offer links to 65 websites on our Resources Tab.

For more information, including flyers in different languages, please visit the Office of Family and Community Empowerment page on the DOE website.

To get started, watch this short video tutorial and learn how to create an account. Then, go to parentu.schools.nyc to log in and enroll in one of our upcoming NEW live, web-based courses!

· Self-Care: Mindfulness, Breathing, & Chair Yoga – EVERY Tuesday @ 10am

· DOE Translation & Interpretation Services – Monday, March 8 @ 6pm

· Tobacco, E-cigarette & Alternative Product Use - RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, 3/17 @ 9:30am

· All About Ranked Choice Voting: English - Wednesday, March 24 @ 6PM

· All About Ranked Choice Voting: Spanish - Thursday, March 25 @ 6PM

· PA/PTA Bylaws – Tuesday, April 13 @ 10am

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

· How to Apply for the 2021 CCEC Elections – Now available in multiple languages

· Enhance Your Child's Cognitive Functions

· Literacy at Home: Oral Language – Available in Spanish

· Kitchen Percussion Challenge

We hope to see you on Parent University!

EVENT: FACE Training for PAs and PTAs

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021, 10:00 am

Topic: PA/PTA Bylaws, an overview of the PA/PTA Bylaws. Bylaws are a set of rules adopted by members of the association. These rules govern the day-to-day affairs of the PA/PTA.

Register here

EVENT: Connect Leaders: a Student-Led Forum

Students and families are invited to a day of networking and learning from several Latinx leaders in education, technology, the arts, and music. Led by NYC’s student delegation for the Puerto Rican Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI), attendees will also have an opportunity to learn more about and apply to next year’s student delegation. Please share this flyer with your communities, which includes the event information below.

Date: Saturday, March 6

Time: 10:00am to 1:00pm

Location: Virtual

Register: https://bit.ly/prhylileadershipconference2021

EVENT: Beyond Access

Our third session on Literacy, How to Help Children Develop Oral Language at Home, is on 3/9/21 at 7:30. The presenter, Lavinia Mancuso, Everyone Reading, will share information on the following:

The importance of talking in the home language if that is the stronger language.

The perils of texting

Opportunities for conversation

Tongue twisters and nursery rhymes

Storytelling Using read alouds to develop vocabulary and knowledge

Tips on book selection and techniques for reading aloud

The Beyond Access webpage has been updated so families can find and register for sessions more easily. You'll also see a number of new upcoming sessions on

Inclusive Preschool Options and Transitioning from EI to Preschool in both Spanish and English.

EVENT: 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.

P-EBT Food Benefit

What you need to know about the P-EBT food benefit for NYC students, as of February 10, 2021:

· The $420 food benefit for spring 2020 has been distributed to all NYC public school students.

· If you have not received the spring 2020 benefit, click here (bit.ly/PEBTcontactform) to contact the State, and send an email to info@foodadvocates.org.

· It is anticipated that P-EBT food benefits for the 2020-2021 school year will be issued to eligible children no sooner than March 2021, this and more information can be found on the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance website


Please continue to visit https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19 for the most up to date information. You can also find additional information on what the Pandemic EBT food benefit is and who is eligible here

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.

DOE UPDATE: Meet the Citywide and Community Education Council Candidates!

Right now, parents are looking to represent their school community by serving on a Citywide or Community Education Council. 32 Community and 4 Citywide Education Councils (CCEC) work to represent all public school students.

The application window is over, and the voting window will start on May 1st and end on May 11th - but the Candidate Forums are happening now! Join a virtual forum to hear what the candidates have to say, or if you can’t make the forum for your district, watch a recording.

Check out the DOE’s CCEC Elections website, for updated information about Candidates, Candidate Forums, Recorded Candidate Forums and Campaign Guidelines.

You can register to attend the forms here.

Please continue to check the DOE's website for updated CCEC election information.

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

1/21 @ 6:30

2/17 @ 6:30

3/18 @ 6:30 -Next meeting, Look out for the zoom link.

4/29 @ 6:30

5/26 @ 6:30

6/23 @ 6:30

Free Family Engagement Curriculum - Ready4K - March & April Webinar Dates

Ready4K is an evidenced-based family engagement curriculum shown to increase student growth by two months. The curriculum empowers families by texting them simple, achievable ways to incorporate learning into everyday moments. Families can get messages in Arabic, Chinese, English, Spanish, or Vietnamese. We have also incorporated messages linking families to NYC resources like food and health services. Ready4K comes at no cost to your families or your program.

To sign up your families, register here for March and April 2021 Ready4K Onboarding Sessions. Select the date and time that best fits your schedule from the drop down menu.

Meisha Porter, New York City’s New Chancellor

This was my first week as your new Chancellor, and I couldn’t be more excited to take on this role. Not only because I am a New Yorker born and bred, but because education is in my blood. Both my mom and auntie were teachers and I became a New York City public school English teacher because of them, and the amazing educators I had as a student myself growing up in Queens.

Since I started at the DOE 21 years ago, I have also worked as an assistant principal, and then principal. More recently, I served our school communities as a superintendent and Bronx executive superintendent.

And now it is my honor and privilege to lead our schools citywide. I have spent much of this week seeing our brilliant students and educators from every borough in action, in-person and remotely. I saw pre-k students learn about the water cycle, joined sixth graders in learning ratios by mixing just the right ratio of food coloring into frosting, and joined seventh-graders in sharing special objects that reveal something about who we are. Despite all the changes and challenges we’ve faced this past year, our school communities are still joyful, vibrant places of learning.

As I reflect on this week’s visits, I am also heartened by the beautiful diversity of our classrooms, communities, and our City as a whole. In our schools, “respect for all” is not just a slogan, but a way of life. We value every student, staff member, and family for who they are. We ensure everyone feels welcomed. This is at our very core.

But the horrific anti-Asian hate crimes we’ve been seeing citywide and this week in Atlanta make it clear that we must work harder to end systemic racism. Justice and inclusivity have been pillars of my career as an educator. As Chancellor, I promise to continue to advance equity and dismantle any biases in our school system. And I want to make it clear: there is no room for racism or discrimination of any kind at the Department of Education or in any of our schools. Just this week, we provided our educators with updated resources to combat hate crimes in our schools and provide our students with social and emotional supports. You can find resources for discussing racism and hate crimes with your children at schools.nyc.gov/togetherforjustice.

Creating environments that encourage all students to be who they are will be on my mind on March 22, when all our public high schools will begin welcoming students back to in-person and blended learning. Like elementary and middle schools, as well as our District 75 programs, high schools will follow the strong practices we have established to help keep school communities healthy and safe. This includes weekly random testing of students and staff for COVID-19, physical distancing, masks, and nightly deep cleaning. In the meantime, I’m excited about this important milestone in the city’s recovery. And I’m proud to lead a school system that has set the standard for the nation in reopening efforts.

This is such a hopeful and historic time for our schools and our city, and I want to thank you for all you have done to support our students and schools. In the coming weeks, there will be opportunities for us to meet and talk. I promise to hear and include your voices as we finish out this school year and plan for the next.

Let’s go. Let’s do this. We’re ready.

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

City Harvest Cooking Demostrations

Saturday, March 27th, 11am

This is an online event.

Join me on Saturday mornings for virtual cooking demonstrations presented by City Harvest.

Use the link below for more information and to register.


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.

· Parent Calming Techniques; Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 |

9:00am – 10:00am EST

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

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

EVENT: IncludeNYC - Disability in the Family: Exploring the Experience of Sibling Relationships

Sunday, April 11th, 4-6pm

This is an online event.

INCLUDEnyc is offering an online panel featuring brothers and sisters of people with disabilities on Sunday, April 11th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

For more information and registration, click here.

UFT Teacher Center Saturday Academy

The UFT Teacher Center Saturday Academy is back with free, online academic enrichment classes for children on April 10 and 24!

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. All are suitable for children with and without special needs.

Register now

Here are the details:

  • The two-part program runs April 10 and 24.
  • 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.

We hope your children can join us!

In unity,


UFT Director of Community and Parent Engagement


DOE UPDATE: Spring into Parent University!

2 Great Series on Socioemotional Supports for Learning at Home

Creating a Successful Learning Environment at Home - Ramapo for Children

Join us for Creating a Successful Learning Environment at Home, a series of live, virtual courses where you will learn strategies and access tools that promote a successful learning environment for your children.

For more information about this 5-part series view the course information below or download these flyers in English, Spanish, and Chinese.


Self-Care for the Caregiver

In this workshop we will learn some practical tools for taking care of ourselves while at home, so that we can continue to be effective caregivers for our children.

Spanish – Tuesday, March 23 @ 6pm

Chinese - Wednesday, March 24 @ 6pm

English – Thursday, March 25 @ 6pm

Energizers and Calming for the Whole Family

In this workshop we will practice some fun, practical ways to move our bodies while at home, from energetic movement to deep breathing and relaxing yoga poses.

English – Tuesday, March 30 @ 6pm

Chinese – Wednesday, March 31 @ 6pm

Spanish – Thursday, April 1 @ 6pm

Building Relationships: Connecting While at Home

Being at home can be challenging. In this workshop we will identify specific tools for connecting with our children in a fun, unpressured way.

Spanish – Wednesday, April 7 @ 6pm

English – Thursday, April 8 @ 6pm

Creating Structure and Routines While at Home

In this workshop we will learn tools for creating structure at home, from online schooling to planning for downtime, completing chores, and practicing life skills.

Chinese – Wednesday, April 7 @ 6pm

English – Tuesday, April 13 @ 6pm

Spanish – Thursday, April 15 @ 6pm

Coping with Conflict While at Home

In this workshop we will discuss our triggers and challenges of being at home and learn tools for managing overwhelming feelings.

Spanish – Tuesday, May 11 @ 6pm

English – Wednesday, May 12 @ 6pm

Making Learning Work - Columbia University’s Center for Public Research and Leadership

Join us for a series of live, virtual courses called Making Learning Work and learn how to support your child and finish the school year strong! In these courses, celebrate the ways you are already supporting your child.

Also, access a user-friendly family guide full of practical resources, tools, and tips to help your child learn at home and school and build and sustain meaningful relationships.

For more information about this 3-part series view the course information below or download these flyers in English and Spanish.


In this workshop we will discuss how to create a safe, consistent learning environment for your child.

English and Spanish – Tuesday, April 20 @ 6pm

Learning & Growing

In this workshop we will discuss how to engage your child in instruction and support your child’s growth.

English and Spanish – Tuesday, April 20 @ 6pm

Community & Connection

In this workshop we will discuss how to help your child establish and support meaningful relationships.

English and Spanish – Tuesday, May 4 @ 6pm


  • Visit parentu.schools.nyc

  • Sign in with your NYC Schools Account or create a new account

  • Choose a course from the Course Catalog tab

  • Click Enroll

  • Check your email for confirmation!

We hope to see you on Parent University!

DOE UPDATE: Guidance on Virtual SLT/DLT Meetings and Parent Leader School Visits

The DOE has issued guidance for Parent Leader School Visits and SLT/DLT virtual meetings, which was shared with Principals this week.

You can access both these documents below.

Parent Leader School Visit Guidance

SLT/DLT Virtual Meeting Guidance*

PA/PTA Bylaws

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at 10:00 am

This training will provide an overview of the PA/PTA Bylaws. Bylaws are the document that establishes and governs the day-to-day affairs of the PA/PTA. All PA/PTAs must have bylaws; bylaws cannot be suspended and should be amended periodically to reflect current PA/PTA needs and changes to the Chancellor Regulation A-660.

Interpretation will be provided in Spanish, Mandarin and French. Please see registration link below and the interpretation lines.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Wxf28IinS1Wuc8tPameGeg

Interpretation lines:

Spanish Conference Line - Dial 347-966-4114 Pin: 372 148 163#

Mandarin Conference Line - Dial 347-966-4114 Pin: 781 406 966#

French Conference Line - Dial 347-966-4114 Pin: 770 915 500#

This information will also be uploaded to Parent University

DOE UPDATE: Pre-K Applications Are Open

The pre-K application opened on February 24, 2021; the deadline to apply is April 7. During the application period, you can apply online or by phone. Here's what you can do now:

  • Sign up for the pre-K admissions email list .

  • Learn how to apply and how pre-K offers are made on this page. Missed the virtual Elementary Admissions Events? A recording from one of DOE's January sessions will be available soon, with captions in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Korean, Haitian Creole, Spanish, Russian and Urdu.

  • Throughout the admissions process, you'll use MySchools.nyc to learn about pre-K programs, apply, get your offer, and learn about waitlists.

  • Before the application opens you can

DOE EVENT: School Wellness Weekend Wellness, Part 2

Community Activity: Move Your Body to Improve Your Mind

We're coming to you live and direct again next Saturday, March 20!

The Office of School Wellness Programs is partnering with Hip Hop Public Health for a free, three-part, monthly Saturday morning event series, "Weekend Wellness: Self-Care for Communities and Families". Spread the word to families and caregivers in your school communities—especially our communities of color—and encourage them to join us for the next two upcoming Saturday-morning events from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:

March 20: "Community Activity": Move Your Body to Improve Your Mind

April 24: "Community Resiliency": The Real Deal on Toxic Stress and Racism

Missed our first session on February 27? No problem! Access it here: Weekend Wellness: Community Immunity to learn, share and spread #FactsNotFear about vaccine hesitancy and acceptance.

Register for the March 20 event and to receive series updates. The series engages families in school wellness to raise awareness around self-care skills and concepts central to PE and Health Education that benefit not only students but also their families and communities. Join us for our next installment, "Community Activity," to explore how physical activity can combat stress and promote mental wellness. Office of School Wellness Programs expert Cedra Starks will join panelists Dr. Olajide Williams (the "Hip Hop Doc"), New York City hip hop icon Doug E. Fresh, and fitness choreographer Marc Santa Maria to deliver empowering messages of self-care.




Department of Education Issued Device Support

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

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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