Bulletin Board

Principal Chat on 3/19

Posted March 17, 2021

CHARLA CON LA DIRECTORA, el 19 marzo

Posted March 17, 2021

DOE FACE & CEC3 Check-In Notes for 3/16/21

Posted March 16, 2021

Citywide and Community Education Council Candidate Forums

The Citywide and Community Education Council (CCEC) application window has closed. The schedule of candidate forums and downloadable campaign guidelines can be found on the DOE’s website here. You can register to attend the forums here.Please continue to check the DOE's website for updated CCEC election information.

PA/PTA election planning
We would like to encourage you to continue to plan your Elections of PA/PTA Officers according to Chancellor’s Regulation A-660. Elections of mandatory officers (president, treasurer, and recording secretary) must be held between April 1 and the last day of school, to ensure there will be a PA/PTA in place during the summer and for the opening of school in the fall. The executive board must notify the principal of the date and time of the annual elections by April 1. Timely Elections are important to avoid dysfunction to SLTs and other critical parent leader bodies. Please contact your FACE Liaison if you have any questions or need support.

Pre-K applications are open, the application deadline is April 7

During the application period, you can apply online or by phone. Use MySchools.nyc to learn about pre-K programs, apply, get your offer, and learn about waitlists. Start exploring pre-K program options in MySchools' online, searchable, preK directory. Learn how to apply and how pre-K offers are made on this page. Sign up for the pre-K admissions email list.

FACE Training on PA / PTA Bylaws on April 13 at 10 AM

This training will provide an overview of 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

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: Parent Leader School Visit Guidance and SLT/DLT Virtual Meeting Guidance**CORRECTION: A link to in this document references DOE guidance for videoconferencing that was published before May 6th, 2020. Since that date the DOE has allowed the use of ZOOM for video conferencing. We are working to update the guidance.

FACE’s Parent University

Parent University (parentu.schools.nyc) offers 275+ free, pre-recorded and live, web-based courses in adult education, arts, early childhood education, enrollment, health and fitness, multilingual learners, parent leadership, remote learning and technology, school buildings and operations, and special education. For more information, including translated flyers, please visit the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) webpage. To get started, watch this short video tutorial and learn how to create an account. Upcoming live, web-based courses:

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

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

Weekend Wellness: Self-Care for Communities and Families

The Office of School Wellness Programs is partnering with Hip Hop Public Health to host free, Saturday morning events from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Register here.

  • March 20: Mental health and physical activity

  • April 24: Racism and the connection to health/stress

Resources for Families of Children with Disabilities

Our Beyond Access DOE webpage was recently updated to include several new offerings including webinars on transitioning from EI to Preschool, Inclusive Preschool options, and sessions that parents and children can participate in together over Spring Recess. Ramapo will be facilitating three workshops in Spanish and three in English about topics like family teamwork, skill building, and energizers/calming activities. Space is limited to 54 families per session as these include breakout rooms and will be highly interactive. We are excited about how dynamic these will be and hope that families will enjoy the fun and productive programming.

Resources for Women’s History Month

A collection of 274 ebooks and 44 audiobooks highlighting contemporary and consequential topics on feminism and women’s history. Available to NYCDOE students and teachers by logging into the Sora app with their NYCDOE credentials.

The Women's History Month Resource Toolkit is a March calendar filled with links to biographies, events, and programming to celebrate this important month.

In honor of Women's History Month, each March, NYPL librarians present a month long series of posts highlighting the many amazing women they've discovered through the print and online resources of The New York Public Library.

A collection of streaming videos celebrating the accomplishments and vital contributions of women in history with documentaries and stories that center women's experiences in history.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.


Activities available on the Wide Open School website

Posted March 16, 2021

The Wide Open School website provides learning activities for students to complete independently at home, or with their families. Activities are available in all subjects and grades, and in all languages via Google Translate. Families can use the information to do the following:

  • Access an overview of the units their children are studying throughout the year, in grades K-8; high school units will be added soon.

  • Engage with their child on what is taught at school;

  • Find support for learning at home, like tips for keeping children focused, as well as information about using online learning tools;

  • Assist with conversations at parent-teacher conferences;

  • Locate afterschool activities.

To learn more about tools and resources available on Wide Open School, visit nycschools.wideopenschool.org. For questions, email Kecia Ray.

social-emotional learning classes for NYC families

Posted March 16, 2021

The DOE’s Parent University invites NYC families to a series of virtual courses on social-emotional learning (SEL). In these courses, families will learn strategies and have access to tools that promote a successful learning environment for their children. Courses will be conducted in English, Spanish, and Chinese, and taught by DOE partners at Ramapo For Children.

Courses are available in

The DOE’s Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families from early childhood through adulthood, with free courses, resources, events, and activities. Parents can register for free trainings on a wide range of topics, including adult education, student social-emotional learning, and special education.

Join us for Weekend Wellness, Part 2

Posted March 16, 2021

What: "Community Activity": Move Your Body to Improve Your Mind (Weekend Wellness, Part 2)
When: March 20 from 10:30-11:30
Where: Online! (Register)

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

10-Day School Building Closure

Posted March 15, 2021

"Dear Locke School Community:

I’m writing to inform you that following an initial 24-hour closure of our school building, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have determined that the building must remain closed through 3/22/2021."

Read more in Ms. Spence's March 15th School Closure Update to families.

March 15th Covid case Update

Posted March 12, 2021

"The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE)."

Read more in Ms. Spence's March 15th Covid Update to families.

Puede leer más en actualización para familias de la Sra. Spence.

24-Hour School Building Closure

Posted March 13th, 2021

"As a result of determinations made by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and The NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2), two or more members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 within seven days of each other. As a result, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours so that the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) may investigate the source(s) of transmission."

Read more in Ms. Spence's March 13th School Closure Update to families.

March 12th Covid case Update

Posted March 12, 2021

"The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE)."

Read more in Ms. Spence's March 12th Covid Update to families.

Puede leer más en actualización para familias de la Sra. Spence.

Covid case Update

Posted March 10, 2021

"The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE)."

Read more in Ms. Spence's March 10th Covid Update to families.

CEC District 3 Business Meeting

Posted March 10, 2021

When: 6:30 PM Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Register in advance in Zoom for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvceitpzIuE9Cnpg1S-9cwIh2EwxakMFeH

Update from Our Parent Coordinator, Monika Vargas

Posted March 10th, 2021

Read the most recent Update from our Parent Coordinator, Monika Vargas.

Join an inclusion talking circle

Posted March 9, 2021

Students can register now to join an inclusion talking circle!


Interested in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) of students with disabilities? Then join us for an inclusion talking circle. All NYCDOE students are welcome, including students with and without disabilities, school government and clubs, and supporting staff members. Circles will be held March 15-19 on Microsoft Teams at 10am, Noon, and 3pm based on scheduling. Students will be grouped by grade level.

Goals for these talking circles include:

  • Building relationships between schools

  • Talking directly about disability and inclusion

  • Creating more inclusive school communities

Prompts we plan to use:

  • When I think of disability, I think of…

  • What has shaped your understanding of disability?

  • How do language and labels influence your thoughts when it comes to disability?

  • How does the media, including social media, portray people with disabilities?

High School buildings to Re-open on March 22.

Posted March 9, 2021

"...I am writing to you today with an exciting update: we will be reopening our high schools for in-person learning on March 22. [...] I am so pleased that we can now invite students in grades 9-12 who selected blended learning in the fall back to the classroom."

Read more in Chancellor Carranza's March 8th Update for Families.

An update for Families from CHancellor Carranza

Posted March 3, 2021

"...As Executive Superintendent Porter and I work together on the transition, I want to make sure you are aware of some important opportunities coming up over the next few weeks..."

Read more in Chancellor Carranza's March 2nd Update for Families.

An update for Families from CHancellor Carranza

Posted February 26, 2021

"I hope you and your families are keeping safe and healthy. I’m writing today with some important news. After three years leading the DOE, I will be stepping down as Chancellor in March.

I am full of mixed emotions to leave the DOE family. It has been the honor of my career to serve you, and help your child’s school and our whole system get closer to reaching its full potential..."

Read more in Chancellor Carranza's February 26th Update for Families.

Covid case Update

Posted February 10, 2021

"The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) have determined that a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19, and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance on next steps that will help keep you, your child, and our school community healthy and safe. The information below reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE)."

Read more in Ms. Spence's February 10th Covid Update to families.

Help us celebrate your child's work at our next bee celebration!

Posted February 23, 2021

When? February 26th at 8:20am

Where?​ In your child’s Morning Meeting or on the PTA Facebook Page

What is it? Please join us for our February Bee Celebration: an opportunity for the K-5 community to come together and celebrate our successes!!!

Download the February Bee Celebration Flyer!

¡Descargue el folleto de celebración de febrero!

CEC3 School District Elections Town Hall & PC Jt. Calendar Meeting

Posted February 23, 2021

Please join us for this event!

When: February 24th at 6PM

Where: This meeting will take place on Zoom. You can register in advance for this meeting at the following address:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkde2rpz4sGtEL1kZVtzVUAhJ3lVf9XayQ

CHancellor Carranza's February Update for Families

Posted February 11, 2021

"Your voice and leadership are important, and I want to briefly share how you can use them to help our schools and students in a very important way. You can now apply to run for a seat in the coming election for Community and Citywide Education Councils...."

Read more in Chancellor Carranza's February 11th Update for Families.

Covid case Update

Posted February 10, 2021

"As a result of determinations made by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and The NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2), a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test & Trace Corps (T2)..."

Read more in Cindi's February 10th Covid Update to families.

Clarification on Opt-In Blended Learning

Posted February 10, 2021

Please note at this time, there will not be an additional opportunity this school year for families to opt into blended learning. If a family did not choose blended learning during one of the previous opt-in periods in summer 2020 and in November 2020, at this time, their student(s) will remain in remote learning. The Department of Education will continue to closely follow public health conditions and the potential for any future opt-in periods will be guided by those standards.

An Introduction from Ms. Woodhouse-Spence

Posted February 10, 2021

[Ms. Woodhouse-Spence's letter is also available here in Spanish.]

February 22, 2021

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is with extraordinary pride and joy that I write this letter to introduce myself to you as the new principal of PS 185. I am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such commitment to learning and excellence. I know that these are unprecedented times that we are all faced with, however, I am committed to supporting our children’s growth each and every day while providing them with a meaningful learning environment, with a strong emphasis on supporting the whole child.

I come to you as a well experienced and dedicated educator. I began my career as an elementary school teacher and come to you today as a seasoned elementary school assistant principal. I bring a belief that I look forward to bringing my skills to you as an instructional leader and promise to work with you as partners in our children’s academic success.

In addition to my role as educator, I am first and foremost a proud parent of 3 exceptional children and a proud aunt of seven amazing and very energetic nephews. The same quality of education that I expect for my children and nephews is the same that I will ensure here at PS 185, the Locke School.

I can assure you that I share PS 185's school community’s commitment and promise to continue the legacy of persistence and hard work, to improve a positive school culture, set high standards for teacher performance, increase academic expectations for all students, the use of data to drive instruction, and build strong relationships with the community.

My position as principal will provide me the opportunity to work collaboratively with our dedicated teachers and parents regularly, while also remaining connected to our young scholars.

To all my students, I look forward to getting to know you and working with you. You are smart, you are important, and you are valued. I wholeheartedly believe that you can excel. I will do my best to ensure that learning is fun and that you achieve success.

I am truly honored to be given this opportunity and look forward to immersing myself completely in our school and in our community. It is my goal to continue to improve and strive for excellence. I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of all of our children. They will continue to be the primary focus of the work. Please know that my door is always open to you. I look forward to our many conversations, and positive input for years to come.

Best regards,

Andrea Woodhouse-Spence
Aspence32@schools.nyc.gov

Weekly Update from Our Parent Coordinator, Monika Vargas

Posted February 9th, 2021

Read the most recent Weekly Update from our Parent Coordinator, Monika Vargas.

CHancellor Carranza's Middle school Updates

Posted February 8th, 2021

"I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I am writing to you today with an exciting update: we will be reopening our middle schools for in-person learning on Thursday, February 25."

Read more in Chancellor Carranza's February 8th Middle School Update for Families.

Announcing our New Principal

Posted February 5, 2021

"Dear Locke School Community,

It gives me great pride to formally and finally announce, Andrea Woodhouse-Spence as the appointed Principal of 03M185 – The Locke School! [...] Principal Woodhouse-Spence will begin her new role on Monday, February 22, 2021. Next week Tuesday, February 9, at 3 pm, I will introduce her to the community during the "Principal Chat.""

Read more in Superintendent Loughlin's February 4th Letter to Families, and welcome to soon-to-be Principal Woodhouse-Spence!

CEC3 BUSINESS MEETING

Posted February 4, 2021

DOE Contracts for Excellence (C4E) presenting
Wednesday, Feb. 10 @ 6:30 PM
Zoom Registration


And More CEC3 Meetings:

CEC3 Middle School Committee
Feb 23, 2021 07:00 PM
Zoom Registration

CEC3 Calendar Meeting
Feb 24, 2021 06:30 PM
Zoom Registration

Find out more at www.cec3.org.

upcoming event and deadline

Posted February 4, 2021

Dear Parents,

We wanted to let you know about an upcoming event and deadline:

#NYCOfficeHours tonight with DC Adrienne Austin
🗓️ Thursday, February 4 - TODAY!
🕘 6:30-7:30pm
❓ Ask your questions with #NYCOfficeHours
☎️ Call 1-800-280-9461


School Experience Survey - Due TOMORROW-Friday February 5, 2021

NYC DOE is currently collecting feedback through the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey until TOMORROW Friday, February 5.

We are asking families to share their experience during a year that’s been like no other. Knowing your experience will help us plan for the spring and beyond. It will also help us quickly support schools to improve remote and in-person learning.

The survey is available in 10 languages. More information about the survey can be found on the DOE's website.

Share your experience today at schools.nyc.gov/experiencesurvey or by calling 311.

Please fill out the survey if you have not done so already.

Thank you,

The FACE Team

Important Reminder to Fifth Grade Families

Posted February 4, 2021

You MUST submit your child's middle school application by Tuesday February 9th to have a voice in your child's middle school choice.

If you do not have a Myschools account, you should have received an email copy of the application or a paper copy of the application was sent home with your child.

Ms. Singh, Guidance Counselor, also has daily office hours to support families with the application from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., via ZOOM.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86914007720pwd=cDhaMXBmNE00TnZKZVFvQkVFZEZLQT09
Meeting ID: 869 1400 7720
Passcode: 185185

If you have any questions regarding the middle school process please contact Monika Vargas, the parent coordinator at 347-444-9903 or Ms. Singh at 212-534-7490 x3571.

Launch of 2021 Remote Learning Training for Parents and Caregivers

Posted February 3, 2021

It is with excitement that the Manhattan B/CO Teams announces the calendar of remote learning support trainings for parents/caregivers.

This is in partnership with Congressmember Adriano Espaillat. The goal is to expand outreach to even more families who are looking for hands-on support and an online community to help each other with their child's learning.

The first session takes place online on Zoom this Thursday, February 4th, from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. with an introduction by Manhattan Executive Superintendent Marisol C. Rosales and Congressmember Adriano Espaillat.

Register for your spot here (https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=tyxJGEXvYUWFcQxC5fesBz_RK4fgcEBOsfCPxcIpPahUNVhNN1JZS1BCQUw4TzBOM1FFRzJNUktUSS4u)

Es con emoción que anunciamos el calendario de entrenamientos de apoyo al aprendizaje remoto para padres/cuidadores ofrecidos por nuestros propios equipos de Manhattan B/CO para febrero-junio de 2021.

Esto está en asociación con el congresista Adriano Espaillat. Estamos ampliando el alcance a más familias que buscan apoyo práctico y una comunidad en línea para ayudarse mutuamente con el aprendizaje de sus hijos.

Nuestra primera sesión se lleva a cabo en línea en Zoom este jueves, 4 de febrero, de 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. con una presentación por parte del Superintendente Ejecutiva de Manhattan Marisol C. Rosales y el Congresista Adriano Espaillat.

Por favor, comparta el folletos adjunto o este correo electrónico a sus familias, coordinador de padres, o persona de contacto para el compromiso familiar, y registrarse para su lugar aquí (https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=tyxJGEXvYUWFcQxC5fesBz_RK4fgcEBOsfCPxcIpPahUNVhNN1JZS1BCQUw4TzBOM1FFRzJNUktUSS4u). El formulario de inscripción está disponible tanto en inglés como en español.

Participants will receive the link to join, and consecutive interpretation in Spanish will be made available during the session.

Los participantes recibirán el enlace para unirse, y la interpretación consecutiva en español estará disponible durante la sesión.

Update on Weather Operating Status for Wednesday 2/3/21

Posted February 2, 2021

The DOE plans to reopen buildings for teaching and learning tomorrow, Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

The DOE urges staff and students traveling for in-person learning to exercise caution tomorrow. Please use mass transit wherever possible and leave extra time to get to and from school as traffic may be slower than usual.

The DOE is coordinating closely with New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) on the weather and if any of these circumstances change, we will alert you right away. Student, staff, and general safety is of the utmost importance.

Only 4 Days Left to complete the Survey!

Posted February 2, 2021

Parents please help us reach our goal of 100% of the survey responses from the Locke School Families!

We have FOUR days to go and right now we are only at 38%. Only you can help increase the school’s response percentage.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey! Your feedback is needed!

We are asking all families to share their experience during this year, which has been like no other. Knowing your experience will help the Department of Education plan for the spring and beyond.

The link to the survey is here.

Please note that when you start the survey, you will be asked for the school name. Please scroll all the way down until you find “The Locke School of Arts and Engineering.”

Weekly Update from Parent Coordinator, Monika Vargas

Posted February 2, 2021

The 2021 CCEC Elections Begin today, February 1st!

Sneak preview - applications are open for the CCEC Elections.

Applying is fast and easy. Simply, just log into your NYC Schools Account at @mystudent.nyc to get started.

Don’t have a NYC Schools Account? Each parent can sign up for one now at @mystudent.nyc. Then contact your Parent Coordinator for your personal code to add your students.

Want more information about Education Councils? - visit: schools.nyc.gov/elections2021

Want to know if you are eligible to apply?

Chancellor’s Regulations D140, D150, D160 and D170 outline the process and eligibility requirements for the Community Education Councils for community schools districts and Citywide Education Councils for High Schools, Special Education, District 75 and English Language Learners.

For Community Education Councils, you are eligible to run if you are the parent of a student who currently attends Pre-K through 8th grade in a school under the jurisdiction of the Community School District where you wish to serve on the CEC.

For the purpose of determining CEC eligibility, “parent” is defined in Chancellor’s Regulation D-140 as: A parent (by birth or adoption, stepparent, or foster parent), legal guardian, or person in parental relation to a child. A person in parental relation to a child is a person who is directly responsible for the care and custody of the child on a regular basis in lieu of a parent or legal guardian.

Events with Chancellor Carranza

  • CCD75 Town Hall with Chancellor Carranza on February 3rd from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • CEC 28 Town Hall with Chancellor Carranza on February 4th from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • CEC 21 Town Hall with Chancellor Carranza on February 10th from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Parent University *NEW FEATURES*

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

· Adult and Continuing Education

· Arts – NEW category!

· Early Childhood Education  

· Enrollment  

· Fitness – NEW category!

· Health and Wellness 

· Multilingual Learners  

· Parent Leadership   

· Remote Learning and Technology   

· School Buildings and Operations   

· Special Education    

We also offer links to 50 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 thisshort video tutorial and learn how to create an account. Then, go toparentu.schools.nyc to log in and enroll in one of our upcoming live, web-based courses!

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

Or check out one of our 50 NEWLY ADDED pre-recorded, on-demand courses!

  • Web-based Translation Tools - Available with Arabic and Spanish Subtitles

  • Accepting What Is - Available in multiple languages

  • Controlling the Uncontrollable - Available in multiple languages

  • Conflict Management and De-Escalation - Available in multiple languages

  • Acknowledging and Accepting Feelings - Available in multiple languages

  • Mindfulness and Stress Relief Strategies - Available in multiple languages

  • Reaching Out for Help - Available in multiple languages

We hope to see you on Parent University!

Middle Schools Applications are Open

Get ready for middle school! All New York City 5th graders—and 6th graders at schools that end in 6th grade—can apply to middle school this winter. The middle school application opened the week of January 11, 2021, and the deadline to apply is February 9th. Apply to up to 12 programs on your child’s application; list programs in your true order of preference, with your first choice at the top as #1.

Apply one of three ways: online with MySchools, through your child’s current school counselor, or through a Family Welcome Center. Questions? Watch the “How to Apply to Middle or High School” MySchools tutorial.

The Fall 2020 School Experience Survey

Share your experiences about learning in NYC public schools! Take our survey to help us plan for the future. All students in grades 6–12 and parents/guardians and teachers of students in grades 3-K through 12 are invited to participate in the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey.

Your feedback on remote learning, technology, how DOE is communicating, and health and safety in our schools will help us plan both remote and in-person learning.

Visitschools.nyc.gov/ExperienceSurvey to take the survey now! If you need help completing the survey, please call 311. Information in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Urdu can be found here.

School Quality Snapshot 2019-2020

Every year, schools receive a School Quality Snapshot based on the learning environment and the performance of its students. The 2019-2020 School Quality Snapshot is now available here https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/school-quality

EVENTS: Free Online Civics Classes to Prepare for the Citizenship Exam

The NY Historical Society is partnering is offering classes to green card holders on Saturdays.

Started on January 23 and will end on February 27, 10 am-12 pm. https://nyhistory.org/citizenship

EVENTS: Intrepid Museum’s Free STEAM Events for Teens & Families

Virtual Teen Forum: Supporting BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) Teens in STEM.

Wednesday, February 3rd: 4:00pm-5:00pm

Join us as our interns from the GOALS for Girls program highlight the accomplishments of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) young professionals in their academic and professional journeys in STEAM. Participants will be inspired and motivated to continue their own pathways towards careers in the sciences.

REGISTER HERE

Free Virtual Intrepid Adventure Programs for Families

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00PM-4:00PM:

Join an Intrepid Museum educator each week as we explore history, science and ingenuity online together. Virtual Intrepid Adventure Programs are family-friendly and engage all ages. We request that adults participate in the program with their children. Programs run between 45 minutes and one hour. Advance registration for this drop-in online program is required to receive Zoom information and print-at-home materials when applicable. https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/education/intrepid-adventures

Free Access Family Program for children and youth with developmental or learning disabilities and their families: Fun and Games (All Ages)

Sunday, February 7th 11:00am-Noon

Life on the aircraft carrier Intrepid was hard work, but sailors still found ways to have fun! Virtually tour historical spaces and hear stories from the crew about entertainment and recreation on board Intrepid. Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLVA9foYvx0ODOdF6C3m2rhzNOa0cKHwrYHVgciLnEdef_hA/viewform

FREE DROP IN STUDENT/SCHOOL-FOCUSED PROGRAMS, W, Th, F 1:00PM-2:00PM Information and registration here: https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/education/pre-k-12-school-programs

FREE K-12 VIRTUAL “Field Trips”

Thanks to the Department of Cultural Affairs and other funding streams we are able to offer free virtual field trips for Title I schools as long as funding lasts. Find descriptions here and reservation information here: https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/education/pre-k-12-school-programs

Intrepid is also offering a new High School Program supported by the NYC DOE as part of their LGBTQ+ initiative- more information here: https://spep.libguides.com/lgbtqtrips

EVENTS: Navigating the Service System for People with Developmental Disabilities

Learn about the eligibility process and services available through the NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Workshops are free and open to people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD), families, caregivers, and professionals.

To ensure the safety of the people we support, our staff, and you, all trainings are being offered online at this time. Registrants will be provided access details before the event.

Check out YAI’s website for more information.

EVENTS: Child Mind Institute’s FREE Workshop Series for Families

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 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EVENTS: BLM in NYC Schools and Black History Month Kick-Off March

  • WHEN: Monday, Feb 1, 2021

  • TIME: 3:30p.m kick off

  • WHERE: Harlem USA, Route is: Marcus Garvey Park, 120th and 5th to Harriet Tubman Statue (122nd and St Nic) then finish at 110th.

  • WHO: Educators, Students, Families, CEJ, CEC members, PRESS NYC

  • This event will be Open Press

Get Your Child’s COVID-19 Test Results

Our school conducts weekly random testing of students and staff for COVID-19. If a student is tested, parents should hear results via text, email, or phone call within two to three days. Please make sure that you have provided the schools with your most current contact information.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing results here or at schools.nyc.gov/covidresults

Flyers available in: Arabic, Bengali/Bengla, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Urdu

NYC COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Community Conversations:

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is providing a free 60-minute virtual presentation entitled COVID-19 Community Conversations: Mental Health, Equity & Resilience. The COVID-19 Community Conversation presentation covers topics including grief, trauma, coping, resilience and mental health tips. Click here to register for an upcoming presentation!

New COVID-19 Variant

What we know - Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time. Sometimes new variants emerge and disappear. Other times, new variants emerge and persist. Multiple variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been documented in the United States and globally during this pandemic.

What we do not know - Scientists are working to learn more about these variants, and more studies are needed to understand:

· How widely these new variants have spread

· How the new variants differ

· How the disease caused by these new variants differs from the disease caused by other variants that are currently circulating

What it means- Public health officials are studying these variants quickly to learn more to control their spread. They want to understand whether the variants

· Spread more easily from person to person

· Cause milder or more severe disease in people

· Are detected by currently available viral tests

· Respond to medicines currently being used to treat people for COVID-19

· Change the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. There is no evidence that this is occurring, and most experts believe this is unlikely to occur because of the nature of the immune response to the virus.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Walk-in testing is available at no cost to you at these NYC Health + Hospitals locations.

Click to access: NYC.gov/COVIDTEST. Get a COVID-19 Test and an Antibody test to know if you have been exposed to the virus. – The tests are FREE, confidential and safe. More than 200 testing sites now open. Learn more.

COVID-19 Vaccine DOHMH has created a Vaccine web page to keep New Yorkers up to date.

Click to access: NYC.gov/COVIDVACCINE

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to certain groups in NYC. The following groups have recently become eligible:

· People age 65 and older

· Teachers and education workers

· First responders

· Public safety workers

· Public transit workers

Learn which groups are currently eligible for the vaccine, and which may be eligible next.

Click to access: NYC.gov/COVIDVACCINEDISTRIBUTION

COVID-19 Data

The data reflects the most recent information collected about people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in NYC. It is updated daily. Click to access COVID-19 DATA

General Information on COVID-19

There is increasing transmission of COVID-19 in New York City and widespread transmission across the United States and in many other countries. Read about: www.nyc.gov/COVID-19



Only 5 Days LEFt to complete the survey!



Parents help us reach our goal of 100% of the survey responses from the Locke School Families!

It is great that so many parents are responding! This is appreciated!

We are at 36.5% and this is the final week to make it happen!


Please take a few minutes this evening to complete the survey! Your feedback will make a difference!

We are asking all families to share their experience during this year, which has been like no other. Knowing your experience will help the Department of Education plan for the spring and beyond.

The link to the survey is here.

Please note that when you start the survey, you will be asked for the school name. Please scroll all the way down until you find “The Locke School of Arts and Engineering.”


Update On Weather and School Status for Tuesday, February 2nd.

Posted February 1, 2021

Due to expected severe weather conditions, all New York City public school buildings will remain closed tomorrow, Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021. All instruction will take place remotely for all students.

Learning Bridges and after-school programs are cancelled tomorrow. Food distribution sites are closed as well.

The City of New York has issued a local Winter Weather Emergency Declaration which includes restrictions on non-essential travel beginning at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, February 1st. All vehicles are restricted on NYC roads until 6:00am on 2/2 except for essential and emergency travel. The City of NY urges staff to exercise caution when going outside and to use public transportation whenever possible and use caution when walking, biking and driving and allow for additional travel time. Safety is of the utmost importance.

The Department of Education is working in close communication with DOT and NYC Emergency Management (NYCEM) throughout the next 24 hours. At this time, no decisions about weather-related closures have been made for Wednesday, February 3rd. We are continuing to monitor the storm’s progress, and we will keep you informed on Tuesday regarding operating status for Wednesday.

2021 Education COuncil Elections

Posted February 1st, 2021

Calling all parents! Want to be a voice for change in your school district? Be a leader in your school community?

Find out about Community & Citywide Education Councils and how to get involved! Join one of our daily virtual information sessions in February

If you are a parent of a student in a NYC public school you are eligible to run for a seat and vote in the upcoming elections:

Apply: Feb 1st - 28th

Vote: May 1st - 11th

Learn more at http://schools.nyc.gov/elections2021

CLICK ON THE DAY BELOW TO REGISTER

Monday 2/1 – 6 PM (Spanish)

Tuesday 2/2 – 11 AM (English)

Wednesday 2/3 – 6 PM (English)

Thursday 2/4 – 12 PM (Urdu)

Friday 2/5 – 11 AM (Spanish)

ALL INSTRUCTION WILL BE REMOTE ON MONDAY FEBRUARY 1ST

Posted January 31, 2021

Due to expected severe weather conditions, all New York City public school buildings will be closed tomorrow, Monday, February 1, 2021. All instruction will take place remotely.

Learning Bridges and after-school programs are cancelled tomorrow. Food distribution sites are closed as well.


We are continuing to monitor the storm’s progress, and we will keep you informed on Monday regarding operating status for Tuesday.

Only 6 Days Left to complete the Survey!

Posted January 29, 2020

Parents help us reach our goal of 100% of the survey responses from the Locke School Families!

It is great that so many parents are responding! This is appreciated!

We are at 32.6% and only YOU can help us to reach our goal in six days!

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey! Your feedback will make a difference!

We are asking all families to share their experience during this year, which has been like no other. Knowing your experience will help the Department of Education plan for the spring and beyond.

The link to the survey is here.

Please note that when you start the survey, you will be asked for the school name. Please scroll all the way down until you find “The Locke School of Arts and Engineering.”

If you need any assistance please call Monika Vargas, Parent Coordinator at 347-444-9913.

Special PTA Meeting: Feb. 11

Posted January 29, 2020

Join us at a Special PTA Meeting, on February 11th. Business includes:

  • Nomination & election of a PTA treasurer and SLT member

  • Learn about our incoming School Principal

  • The School Experience Survey

  • Important Upcoming Dates and Events

When: Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4:00PM

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88096544178?pwd=kzblm1mxnw85zmxxwm8rwkfxzg95ut09
Meeting ID: 880 9654 4178
Passcode: 976759
One tap mobile: 1-646-558-8656


February Calendars

Posted January 29, 2020

Monika has released the February 2021 Events Calendar. Check it out now! We are also sharing the February 2021 NYC Schools Breakfast Menu and February 2021 NYC Schools Lunch Menu.

Building cleared to Re-open

Posted January 28, 2021

"Today I am writing to share an important update about our school building. Since closing the building following multiple unlinked COVID-19 cases in our school community, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have completed a thorough investigation. They have determined that the building is clear to reopen for regularly scheduled activities on 1/9/2021."

Read more in Cindi's December 28th Reopening Letter to Families.

Please also check out "Guidance on returning to school after experiencing COVID symptoms", to familiarize yourself with any changes to the quarantining protocols.

CHancellor Carranza's january Update for Families

Posted January 26, 2021

"I hope the new year is treating you and your loved ones well and that your children are settling back into their learning routines. There are a lot of great things happening in our public schools this month! [...] In the Update for Families below, you will find additional information on new admissions policies, as well as on the School Experience Survey."

Read more in Chancellor Carranza's January 25th Update for Families.

10-Days left to complete the survey

Posted January 25th, 2021

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey! Your feedback will make a difference!

We are asking all families to share their experience during this year, which has been like no other. Knowing your experience will help the Department of Education plan for the spring and beyond.

The link to the survey is here.

Please note that when you start the survey, you will be asked for the school name. Please scroll all the way down until you find “The Locke School of Arts and Engineering.”

10-Day School Building Closure

Posted January 20th, 2021

"Dear Locke School Community:

I’m writing to inform you that following an initial 24-hour closure of our school building, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have determined that the building must remain closed through 1/28/2021."

Read more in Cindi's January 20th School Closure Update to families.

FAQ: Fall 2020 School Experience Survey

Posted January 20th, 2021

The DOE invites all parents and guardians of students in grades 3-K–12, teachers and students in Grades 6-12 to take the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey.

The goals of the survey are to:

  • provide timely and actionable feedback to schools and field teams to improve both remote and in-person learning experiences

  • assist in planning for the spring semester


The survey is open from Tuesday, January 19, 2021 through Friday, February 5, 2021.

The Survey

The survey is available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. Once you are at the survey, you can select your preferred language in the top left corner of the survey screen.


Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to commonly asked questions about the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey.


What is the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey?

The Fall 2020 School Experience Survey is a formative assessment tool intended to gather feedback about families, students and teachers’ experiences and needs during the 2020-21 school year to date as these relate to remote learning, communication, technology use and in person health, safety, and instruction for those students and teachers who attended school or worked in-person at any point this school year. The survey is comprised of three surveys: a parent/guardian survey, a student survey and a teacher survey.


What is the purpose of the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey?

The purpose of administering the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey is to collect feedback from families, students and teachers about remote learning, communication, technology use and in person health, safety, and instruction for those students and teachers who attended school or worked in-person at any point this school year. The feedback will help school administrators and the NYC DOE overall to continue to deepen their knowledge of what students, families and teachers need and their current learning environment in order to inform planning for the rest of the school year.


Who should take the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey?

The following members of the DOE community are to participate in the survey:

  • Parents/guardians (families) of students in grades 3K–12

  • Students in grades 6–12

  • Teachers of grades 3K–12

Please note that the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey is only open to families, students, and teachers of NYC public schools.


When will the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey be open?

The Fall 2020 Experience Survey will be administered over the span of three weeks, starting on Tuesday, January 19th and ending on Friday, February 5th.


What is the deadline to take the survey?

All families, students and teachers who are eligible to participate in the survey should do so by Friday, February 5th.


How many surveys should be completed in households where there are sets of siblings in the same school?

Families that have more than one child attending NYC public schools should complete one survey on behalf of each child. Families might have children in one school or spread across several grades and school buildings. Completing one survey on behalf of each child will allow them the opportunity to provide feedback specific to each child’s experience.


How will survey results be used?

To ensure survey data can be used in a timely manner, live results and response rates will be available throughout the administration window via the Panorama Education platform, as soon as a minimum number of survey responses is reached for each survey respondent group respectively. The data is intended to help schools improve the remote and in-person learning experience in the spring semester.


Is the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey anonymous? Is it confidential?

Yes, the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey is anonymous and it is confidential. To link survey responses to schools and to make survey results more actionable, the following Given that no identifying information is requested throughout the survey and no access codes are used to complete the survey, there is no way of linking survey responses to individual participants. Furthermore, Panorama Education will collect and process all survey responses and will share the school-level data with the NYCDOE. No one from a school will ever see individual survey responses.


Is the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey translated into all DOE supported languages?

Yes, the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey has been translated into all nine DOE supported languages: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Urdu.


How can participants take the survey if they do not have a computer, smart phone or tablet?

Any parent/guardian or student who does not have the ability to complete the survey online can call 311 and an operator will connect them to support to complete the survey by phone.


How can families who are unable to read participate in the survey?

Families that need support to participate in the survey can call 311 and an operator will connect them to support to complete the survey by phone.


Are all District 75 students being surveyed? Which students are and which are not?

The survey is open to all students in grades 6-12, including students in District 75 schools.


Who handles the data? Who sees the data?

The survey is being administered by Panorama Education on their survey platform. The NYC DOE will not be able to link individual people to individual responses. Given the anonymous nature of the survey, there is no way of tracking parent/guardians, students or teachers who have completed the survey. However, schools will have access to response rates for each respondent group via the Panorama Education platform.

The Fall 2020 School Experience Survey

Posted January 19th, 2021

The DOE has launched the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey as of today, Tuesday, January 19th. It will close on February 5th.

At this time, we are asking all families to share their experience during this year, which has been like no other. Knowing your experience will help the Department of Education plan for the spring and beyond.

The link to the survey is here: Fall 202 School Experience Survey.

Teachers will also be completing this survey and it will be done in school during time that will be provided for them to complete.

Weekly Updates from Parent Coordinator, Monika Vargas

Posted January 19th, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Resource Guide

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. The NYCDOE encourages teachers to dedicate class time to recognizing the holiday and celebrating Dr. King’s legacy and role in the Civil Rights Movement. It is important that students’ understanding of Dr. King’s legacy is not limited to the yearly celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but instead is contextualized within the civil rights movement. The resources below have been curated to support families in this effort.


Family Facing Resources

National Civil Rights Museum, King Day

Register for the Museum's virtual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Two sessions are available, afternoon and evening.

National Constitution Center: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Registration links to free, live virtual sessions on the civil rights movement and MLK Jr.’s legacy. Students explore the civil rights movement; the Warren Court; and landmark laws enacted by Congress like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. On Friday, January 22nd there is a session with Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate professor of history at The Ohio State University to explore the civil rights movement. On this page there are also videos of a performance of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and links to classroom materials.

Middle Schools Applications are Open

Get ready for middle school! All New York City 5th graders can apply to middle school this winter. The middle school application opened the week of January 11, 2021, and the deadline to apply is February 9th. Apply to up to 12 programs on your child’s application; list programs in your true order of preference, with your first choice at the top as #1.

The DOE is hosting virtual information session for families. Learn how to explore your child’s middle school options, how to apply, and how offers are made. We’ll also go over changes this year due to COVID-19.

After the presentation, we will respond to your questions. Register at tinyurl.com/nyc2021MSvirtual for the event you’d like to attend.

Virtual Middle School Admissions Information Session

Location and Audience

Date

Time

Manhattan Families

1/21/2021

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Learn more about the Middle School Admission process here and upcoming Middle School Admissions events here.

The Fall 2020 School Experience Survey is Launching January 19, 2021

The DOE is launching the Fall 2020 School Experience Survey opens on Tuesday, January 19th and closes on February 5th!

We are asking all families and staff, to share their experience during this year, which has been like no other. Knowing your experience will help us plan for the spring and beyond, and it will also help us quickly support schools to improve remote and in-person learning

The survey link will be sent to families next week and published on the DOE’s website. It will be available in 10 languages.

The link to the survey is here.

Get Your Child’s COVID-19 Test Results

Our school is conducting weekly random testing of students and staff for COVID-19. If a student is tested, parents should hear results via text, email, or phone call within two to three days.

Learn more about COVID-19 testing results here or at schools.nyc.gov/covidresults

Flyers available in: Arabic, Bengali/Bengla, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Urdu

Community and Citywide Education Council Elections

We are two weeks away from the opening of applications to run for the Community and Citywide Education Councils (CCEC)! Is your parent community ready to Run.Serve.Lead?

This election, parents will be able to use their NYC Schools Account to run and vote!

January is NYC Schools Account Sign-Up Month

The Mission: 100% parents and students signed up!!

Please follow this instructional video https://vimeo.com/497731682, which provide visual step-by-step instructions on how to set up an account.

Amendments to the Chancellor’s Regulations

Amendments to Chancellor's Regulation D-140, D-150, D-160 and D-170 will be considered by the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) at its January 27th meeting. These regulations govern eligibility to run and serve on Community and Citywide Education Councils, as well as the election procedures for these councils.

Parents are encouraged to submit comments by email at RegulationD-140@schools.nyc.gov, or by phone at 212-346-5226. Comments may be submitted until January 26th at 6:00pm.

EVENTS FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES

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.

We currently offer 200+ pre-recorded, on-demand, or live, web-based courses and they cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Adult and Continuing Education

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Enrollment

  • Health and Wellness

  • Multilingual Learners

  • Parent Leadership

  • Remote Learning and Technology

  • School Buildings and Operations

  • Special Education

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

Haven't joined us yet? Watch this short video 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!

  • A Day of Mindfulness – 1/19/21 @ 12:30pm

  • Self-Care: Mindfulness, Breathing, & Chair Yoga – Beginning 1/26/21 and EVERY Tuesday @ 10am

  • CCEC Roles and Responsibilities – 2/8/21 @ 6pm

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

  • PA/PTA Financial Reporting – Missed the live session? Catch it on-demand!

We hope to see you on Parent University!

STEAM Education at Home: What’s Working?

It is clear that online learning is here to stay as a part of learning experiences for children and adults. This conference is geared towards helping teachers, educators and parents by sharing successes and challenges.

We will cover ideas from experts in a variety of fields to help us learn how to make remote learning become more effective and more social. Our invited speakers include teachers from kindergarten through college, parents, administrators and Ed Tech specialists. At the end of our four-hour conference we’ll create a summary of best practices to help us all.

Vision Education & Media's Robofun is currently partnering with NYU’s ITP program to host this symposium via zoom on January 21st from 2 pm - 6 pm.

STEAM Education at Home: What’s Working? Come share and learn from our successes and challenges.

We will have four, 45-minute panel discussions on different topics including social and emotional development, curriculum modification, tips and tricks on the available platforms and interfaces available for virtual classes, open discussion on successes and challenges, and more!

Date: January 21, 2021

Time: 2pm - 6pm

Click Here to Register

Click Here to Learn More

The INCLUDEnyc Fair

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Join Anytime From 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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


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.

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 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.

  • 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/.

24-Hour School Building Closure

Posted January 18th, 2021

"As a result of determinations made by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and The NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2), two or more members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 within seven days of each other. As a result, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours so that the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) may investigate the source(s) of transmission."

Read more in Cindi's January 18th School Closure Update to families.

SAFETY NOTIFICATION

Posted January 16, 2021

As you might have learned on the NYC Citizen App for police activity in our school community, it is important that you be made aware that last night there was a break-in at The Locke School of Arts and Engineering-P.S. 185. Thank you to our very alert and quick-thinking neighbors in the school community, as they were vigilant and able to alert NYPD.

The NYPD immediately responded, and they were able to apprehend all of the individuals involved.

As of this morning, the school has been completely secured and we are just so fortunate the police were able to respond while the break-in was still in progress.

Because this is an ongoing NYPD matter, no other details are available.

We are so grateful to the NYPD and the relationship we have with our neighbors and the community.


DISTRICT 3 5TH GRADE MIDDLE SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES WEEK

Posted January 14, 2021

This venue will provide all D3 5th graders with an opportunity to learn about every Middle School in District 3! We will provide the meeting link here when it is made available!

EVERY DAY

TUESDAY JANUARY 19 THRU FRIDAY JANUARY 22, 2021

11:30 AM-12:40 PM

Download your own copy of the District 3 Middle School Assembly Flyer.

Covid case Update

Posted January 14, 2021

"As a result of determinations made by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and The NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2), a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test & Trace Corps (T2)..."

Read more in Cindi's January 14th Covid Update to families.

COVID Testing-Obtaining Your Child’s Results

Posted January 13, 2021

If your child has been tested in school and you do not receive his/her COVID-19 test results within 48-72 hours from our school’s testing provider. Please note the following and take appropriate action:

  • Make sure your contact information in school records and New York City School Account is still current 

  • Note that our school is being tested by SOMOS Community Care

  • If you are not contacted within 72 hours, please visit somosny.com anytime or call 833-SOMOSNY (766-6769) between hours of 8AM – 8PM Monday – Friday

  • Or contact Bio Reference (the Lab that processed the test for SOMOS) directly at 1-888-279-0967, and mention you are calling in reference to NYC schools testing program. When contacting the lab, please have the following information available: Child’s Name, Child’s Date of Birth, Date Testing Occurred

  • The NYC Public School Testing Result Hotline can be reached at (646) 614-3028. Note that families must have the name of the testing-provider lab (SOMOS/BioReference) conducting tests at our school, in order to access the results.

Covid case Update

Posted January 11, 2021

"As a result of determinations made by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and The NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2), a member of our school community has tested positive for COVID-19 and may have exposed others while at school.

Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the NYC Test & Trace Corps (T2)..."

Read more in Cindi's January 11th Covid Update to families.

Weekly Updates from Parent Coordinator Monika Vargas

Posted January 11 2021

ICYMI - Screened Middle Schools Enrollment September 2021

The Mayor and Chancellor announced the elimination of the academic screens in Middle School admissions.

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 11th.

For more information and details about middle enrollment, please visit the DOE’s website.

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

A fully linked NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) is the only entry point for applying and voting in the CCEC elections. NYCSA provides easy access to important education information for all their students in one place. Before February 1, 2021, all parents must have an account. To create an account visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/student-journey/nyc-schools-account

EVENTS FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES

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.

Since we officially launched on November 24, 2020 we have:

  • 175 Courses

  • 50 Resources

  • 27K Users

  • 93K Visits

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

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

  • PA/PTA Financial Reporting - 1/12/21 @ 10am

  • 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

We hope to see you on Parent University!


Teaching Reading for Families: What Everyone Should Know about Reading in English

Tuesday January 12, 2021

7:30 PM

This session is designed to give parents the basic theory and practice of good reading instruction and to enable them to have a repertoire of research-based activities to move the reading process along. Many of these activities can be done while cooking, driving, cleaning, shopping and the myriad of other things parents have to do as they raise their children. This session focuses on integrating everyday reading and using oral language at home with your child.

Presenters

Lavinia Mancuso, Everyone Reading

Host

Jose Rios Lua, Director of Family Empowerment and Communications

Register here

The INCLUDEnyc Fair

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Join Anytime From 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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


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.

YAI’s Independent Living Skills Program is enrolling new applicants for the 12-week winter group.

Groups will be offered through Zoom video meetings.

Wednesdays from 3:00 - 4:30 pm, starting in February

People aged 18+ can come to learn and socialize around topics like decision making, relationships, planning, and more. To register, please complete the application. Program also includes parent education sessions to bring the skills home.

Groups are for adults 18+ who live with their families in Manhattan. Intake and OPWDD eligibility required.

YAI and its network of affiliate agencies offer children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities a comprehensive range of services.

For more information, please call YAI LINK at 212.273.6182 or email link@yai.org

Or visit YAI’s website https://www.yai.org/services/independent-living-skills-program-ilsp-nyc

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/.

New York State Summer School of the Arts

Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA). The four-week summer program will be held fully online to ensure safety during the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis. Tuition will be free for all students who qualify, fostering equity by allowing students who may not have been able to participate otherwise. Students will be able to experience intensive work and interaction with internationally acclaimed artists and performing arts companies.

NYSSSA auditions begin this month, and students in grades 8-12 throughout New York State are encouraged to apply. Audition information and application materials are available on the NYSSSA website.

Big Apple Awards

LAST CHANCE TO NOMINATE A TEACHER FOR THE BIG APPLE AWARD

Nominations for the Big Apple Award are open until Sunday, January 10th.

We encourage you to celebrate outstanding educators in our community by nominating them for the Big Apple Awards by January 10th.

To make a nomination, visit http://schools.nyc.gov/bigappleawards.

Click here for more information.

District 3 meet the middle schools night

Posted January 8, 2021

Wednesday, January 13th from 5 pm to 7 pm https://tinyurl.com/d3meettheschools

District 3 middle schools will be giving brief overviews of their schools and taking a few questions. Come to learn more about all of our District 3 middle schools to fill up your preference sheets by February 9th!

Bee Celebration

Posted January 8, 2021

When: January 11th at 8:20 am

Where: In your child’s Morning Meeting (also on the PTA Facebook Page)

Please join us for our January Celebration: an opportunity for the K-5 community to come together and celebrate our successes!!!

Coping Through COVID-19

Posted January 7, 2021

Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on New York City, ACS and the City of New York have developed a list of resources for those seeking assistance.

The following information aims to connect New Yorkers and their loved ones to day-to-day resources they may need, including: greater access to food and internet; housing and rental assistance; and medical, mental health and drug treatment services. You can also check HelpNowNYC for ways the City of New York and its partners are providing help, or to support COVID-19 response efforts.

Being a parent or caregiver can be challenging, especially right now. If you are a parent, or currently caring for children or teens, the list below provides information on how to de-stress. You can also find free educational activities for children staying at home.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic or gender-based violence, help is available. Call 311 to be connected to the nearest NYC Family Justice Center or see phone numbers listed below. Find resources and support by searching the City's NYC HOPE Resource Directory. Call the NYC's 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-621-HOPE (4673) for immediate safety planning, shelter assistance, and other resources. TTY: 800-810-7444. In an emergency, dial 911.

Available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.:

NYC Family Justice Center, Queens Call 718-575-4545

NYC Family Justice Center, Brooklyn Call 718-250-5113

NYC Family Justice Center, Bronx Call 718-508-1220

NYC Family Justice Center, Manhattan Call 212-602-2800

NYC Family Justice Center, Staten Island Call 718-697-4300

The Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence has created printable flyers, resources, and toolkits in 11 languages that can be found here.

Stay Up-to-Date With Health Information

New York City is currently experiencing widespread community transmission of a new type of respiratory infection known as COVID-19. You can get up-to-date information from New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) to keep you and your family safe and healthy. They are posting lots of guidance and NYC case data about this illness (please follow this link for translated DOHMH guidance). You can text "COVID" to 692-692 to receive updates by text message.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C):

The State and City Health Departments are currently investigating a condition, which can be very harmful or fatal to children, and which may be associated with COVID-19. It is important for parents, caregivers, and those working with children to be aware of this condition, because, though it continues to be uncommon, it can be fatal if not treated promptly.

This condition, which has features similar to Kawasaki Disease and Toxic Shock Syndrome, is called Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C and previously referred to as PMIS), and may be associated with COVID-19. It is important to recognize the signs, which include a high fever along with other symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, and swollen hands or feet. If a child is ill with a persistent fever, please contact their pediatrician as soon as possible to assess for MIS-C. If a child is acutely ill with other symptoms (rash, abdominal pain, chest pain) accompanying the fever, please call 911 immediately.

· DOHMH Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Fact Sheet (PDF, May 18, 2020)

As parents and caretakers continue to follow social distancing guidelines, they should know that vaccination is considered essential and is a valid reason to leave the home. It is important your child doesn’t fall behind on their vaccine schedule. NYC Health + Hospitals is offering free vaccinations for children up to 2 years old. Special attention has been placed on ensuring that hospital sites are safe and are following recommendations to decrease visitor’s exposure to germs. Call 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692) to make an appointment.

Please visit DOHMH’s website for more information (including translated materials).

Access To Food

For information about food pantries and meal programs that serve New York City children and families, as well as seniors and other individuals at risk of hunger, please see the following:

· Food Pantries

· A Map of Food Pantries Across NYC

· The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for any New Yorker. Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city. For locations, hours, and more information, click here. No registration or ID is required.

· Free Food Delivery for Individuals Who Are Homebound

· City Meals on Wheels: If you are 60 years of age or older, unable to prepare meals, and live at home, click here.

· SNAP Benefits

· NYC Neighborhood Food Resource Guides: To help community members in need of food, The Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center has created COVID-19 food resource guides for each NYC neighborhood.

Many of us are trying to stretch our food budgets, think of creative new recipes, and get the whole family involved with meal preparation to make it less burdensome and more fun. Below are some resources to help:

· My Plate Kitchen offers searchable recipes by course, nutrition, food group, cooking equipment and cost. They are also offering SNAP recipes which are healthy, easy to make, and tasty.

· Good Housekeeping has recipes, prep ideas, and ingredient substitutions for creative meals while practicing social distancing at home.

· Foodschool offers weekly online classes that the whole family can enjoy.

· Food Literacy Program provides healthy recipes and cooking lessons for parents to do with their kids.

· Food52 connects viewers to free online cooking classes with 12 different professional chefs.

Access To Cell Service and WiFi

Gaining access to cell phone service, internet and/or WiFi can make all the difference as we continue to social distance, work from home and learn remotely. During the COVID-19 emergency, some carriers are offering discounts or other relief to their customers. For information on how you can access these services, please see the following or contact your carrier for more information:

· Discounted Internet Service for Low-Income Families:

o AT&T offers a discounted service for income-limited households or those who qualify for the National School Lunch Program or Head Start. Visit Access from AT&T for more information.

o Spectrum offers a discounted internet plan for qualified households who are also in receipt of assistance through the National School Lunch Program or Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65 and older only). Visit Spectrum Internet Assist to learn more.

· Income-based free cell phone and airtime: SafeLink Wireless is a government supported program that provides a free cell phone and airtime each month for income-eligible customers. A private company provides the service. It is not connected to any New York City agency. Follow this link for more information about the program.

· Cell Phone Providers: Numerous cell phone companies have signed the "Keep Americans Connected Pledge" and are agreeing to stop service termination and waive late fees for families experiencing financial hardship. You can contact your carrier for more information.

Help with Housing, Paying Rent, and/or Preventing Eviction

· If you are at risk of eviction or entering shelter, connect to Legal Assistance and Rental Assistance programs offered by NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA)

· The Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants offers resources and information, including free advice, connection to legal assistance, and the latest on COVID-19 emergency orders that may impact evictions and Housing Court. Visit their website or call 311 and ask for the “Tenant Helpline”

· Disabled individuals Experiencing Challenges Within the Shelter System: Contact Elizabeth Iannone, Director of Disability Affairs for Homeless Services at iannonee@dss.nyc.gov

· Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals Who Need to Communicate With the Department of Social Services: DSS ASL Direct is available. Contact Kim Dolan, 347-474-4231

· For additional eviction prevention information and resources (including their hotline availability and hours), visit Coalition for the Homeless Eviction Prevention Program.

· NYS Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) announced it will be reopening the COVID Rent Relief Program to provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household's landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. The new application period will be open from Friday, December 18, 2020 through February 1, 2021.

o Previous Applicants for COVID Rent Relief will not have to reapply to be reconsidered. HCR will re-evaluate all applications that were denied according to its new criteria and issue revised determination letters to applicants.

o The COVID Rent Relief Extension Program is not first come, first served. Applications will be accepted throughout the application period. HCR will prioritize eligible households with "greatest economic and social need."

o For more information about eligibility criteria and to access an application, please visit the COVID Rent Relief Program website.

Utilities

As of March 13, 2020 New York utilities have volunteered to suspend utility shut-offs for power, heat and water for all customers.

Education

Please visit the Department of Education (DOE)’s website for the latest information about the 2020-2021 school year, including health and safety measures, and learning models that will be available.

Free Mental Health Services

If you are feeling stressed, anxious, or overwhelmed, please know that you are not alone. Help is available.

· NYC Well: NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365. Help is available through phone, text or chat! For more information, visit: https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/

· NYS COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline: Free mental health counseling can be reached at 1-844-863-9314

Health & Mental Health Services for Young Adults

· Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center: Doors remain open Monday through Saturday to all young people who need services. Call 212-423-3000

· Covenant House: Doors remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for young people experiencing homelessness. Call 212-613-0300 or visit www.covenanthouse.org

LGBTQ Medical & Mental Health Services

· NYC Unity Project Citywide LGBTQ + COVID-19 Guide: For up to date information on over 100 LGBTQ+ affirming programs and services still available virtually and in-person across NYC, visit the NYC Unit Project’s LGBTQ + COVID-19 Resource Guide

· Trevor Project : A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. Trained counselors are available to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call 1-866-488-7386 or visit www.thetrevorproject.org

· Callen- Lorde Health Clinic: The schedule for visits for those with urgent symptoms or in-person care will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but patients will be screened by phone. Those scheduled for routine appointments will receive a phone call the day of their appointment. New patients are not being accepted at this time. Pharmacy hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in Chelsea and the Bronx, but those who need prescriptions can get them delivered with Callen-Lorde's free delivery service. Visit www.Callen-Lorde.org

· Covenant House: Doors remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for young people experiencing homelessness. Call 212-613-0300 or visit www.covenanthouse.org

· H.E.A.T clinic: Will remain open and are available to answer your questions or concerns by phone at (718) 613-8453.

· Gay Center: The information and referral team is operating virtual front desks from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 212-620-7310. – visit www.gaycenter.org

· Trans Lifeline: Trans Lifeline offers peer support and can help you access the many emergency funds and mutual aid resources arising locally and nationally. Contact them at 877–565–8860. Visit: www.translifeline.org

· Immigration Equality : Hotline for people calling from detention only: 917-654-9696. They are open from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm. Monday – Friday. General requests and other legal help: 212-714-2904. They are open 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Monday's and Wednesday's and 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on Friday's. Visit www.immigrationequality.org

Help Using Telehealth Services

Telehealth is when you get healthcare or therapy over your phone, tablet, or computer, instead of meeting with your social service provider, advocate, or healthcare provider in person. During COVID-19, many people are accessing services through telehealth to help lower the risk of spreading or getting the virus.

Check out these Telehealth Tips, which were developed by New York City families and service providers to answer common questions and help you get the most from your telehealth appointments. You will find information about setting up your technology, preparing for a virtual session, and more. This resource is available in eleven languages.

Access To Fitness

Staying active and healthy is important, even when remain in our homes. Free online exercise classes are a great solution:

· Free Online Exercise Classes: The YMCA is offering free online exercise classes.

Alcohol and Drug Use

Stressful events like the COVID-19 pandemic can affect the way people drink alcohol and use drugs. People may be drinking more alcohol and using drugs more frequently as a response to sudden loss in income, loss of loved ones, boredom or being unable to practice other coping strategies.

Many people can enjoy drinking alcohol with few health risks but drinking to cope with stressful events may worsen any challenges you have controlling or limiting your alcohol use. Being mindful about your drinking can help you set boundaries allowing you to drink alcohol in a healthier way. Please view this guide from NYC DOHMH for helpful information about alcohol use (translations available here).

NYC DOHMH has also issued safety guidance around drug use during COVID-19 that is linked here with translations available:

· COVID-19: Guidance for People Who Use Drugs

· Responding to an Overdose During the COVID-19 Pandemic

· How to Get Opioid Use Disorder Treatment at Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

· Guidance on Safe Storage of Medications and Substances for Recreational Use During COVID-19

New York City has many free and low-cost services for people struggling with drug and/or alcohol misuse. In addition to the listings below, you can call New York City’s 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week hotline at 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355) or visit NYC Well online.

Find Help

· NY Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS): Find the right drug or alcohol treatment program with the Addiction Treatment Locator. Addiction treatment and recovery services continue to be available during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whether you need to talk or are worried that you will go into withdrawal or relapse, OASAS-certified or funded providers across New York State are available via phone/video or from a safe distance in person. For 24/7 help with addiction, substance use, or gambling, call 877-846-7369, text HOPENY (467369), or visit OASAS to read more.

· Remote Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings: For remote Alcoholic Anonymous Meetings, visit NY Intergroup.

Face Coverings

Safety

Please note that children under the age of 2 years should not wear cloth face coverings. The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued helpful tips for keeping children safe when using face coverings and ideas for how to help encourage your child to use a face covering when appropriate.

Do-It-Yourself

Face coverings don’t need to be expensive and can be fun to make!

· The CDC provides instructions on how to use face coverings, with instructions for sewing or no-sew options.

· This New York Times video shows how to use an old t-shirt to create a reusable cloth face covering (no sewing required).

· Here is another easy, no-sew example (and the site links to other home crafting examples you may want to try with your kids).

Support For Parents & Caregivers

Plan for Your Child in Case You Get Sick: While it is scary for parents to think about getting sick, you might be comforted to talk to your friends and family about a plan for your child if that happens. You can keep your child safe by arranging for a safe, responsible adult to care for your child if you become too sick to take care of them or if you need to go to the hospital. Parents might make different arrangements depending on your family's situation. We’ve put together some tips to consider about 1) who to ask, 2) how a plan might work, and 3) communication.

For Families with Pets: NYC Emergency Management and the Animal Planning Task Force have established a COVID-19 Pet Hotline for pet owners who are impacted by COVID-19 and need assistance. Call (877) 204-8821, open 7 days per week 8am to 8pm ET. (See flyer in English or Spanish)

With schools closed and kids at home, many parents are facing added stress. Here are ways parents can destress:

· Mindfulness For Parents

· Deep Breathing Techniques

As we remain in our homes for extended periods of time to help stop the spread of COVID-19, parenting can be especially challenging.

· Here are some positive parenting tips to help keep the calm at home.

· See also, Coronavirus Resources & Tips for Parents, Children & Others

· Tips for Coping with a New Baby during COVID-19

· Resources for Supporting Children's Emotional Well-being during the COVID-19 Pandemic

· Tips from NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) about Stress Management and Substance Misuse Prevention during COVID-19

Many parents are looking for advice on how to speak with children about COVID-19. Below are some helpful videos and activity sheets:

· PBS: Read this article from PBS Kids that provides helpful tips about talking to children about COVID-19.

· Sesame Street: Our friends at Sesame Street created a guide on how to discuss COVID-19 with young children.

· Importance of Washing Hands: Sesame Street created fun, printable coloring pages that teaches children how to wash their hands step-by-step.

Looking for some fun and educational activities for your children while you stay indoors?

· Brooklyn Public Library: Virtual programing for kids of all ages, including: yoga, storytime, improve and more.

· Children's Museum of Manhattan: You may not be able to visit the children's museum, but why not bring it home to you? Visit the Children's Museum of Manhattan's website for some ideas on how to fill your child's day with engaging interactive activities. There's something for everyday of the week!

· Children's Museum of the Arts: Check out these videos from the Children's Museum of the Arts and learn how to make creative art projects out of household materials: tie-dye flowers, space stations, puppets. There's something for everyone!

· Disney Workouts: Disney is offering free, family-friendly workout series that will have you breaking a sweat without even leaving your home.

· Lincoln Center Pop-up Classroom: a daily dose of creativity designed and led by some of world's best artists and educators. Each daily digital live class will utilize simple materials found at home to help families with children explore a variety of art forms.

· NYC Parks: While you're socially distancing and/or staying home, join us in the parks - online. Join us for live park tours, meditation, fitness, art classes, fun activities for kids, and more!

· Scholastic: Scholastic created a fun-filled list of free at-home activities for children.

· Storyline Online: A digital library of dozens of children's books read by celebrated actors, including Oprah Winfrey.

· Summer Camp Hub: A guide for free virtual summer camps offering a range of activities like robotics, mathematics, art, reading, writing and more.

· Time for Kids magazine is providing access to its digital archive. Stories are suitable for Grades K-6 and grouped according to grade level. They are designed to teach children about the world around them and build news literacy.

ACS offers home and community-based supports (now with remote and virtual operations) that are targeted to meet the unique needs of your family.

· Prevention Services: Prevention services help families keep children safe at home. These services are free, voluntary, and available in every neighborhood in NYC to support families with children from infants, to school-age children, to youth and young adults. Services are tailored to meet individual needs and may include helping parents and caregivers with challenges like: mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, exploited or at-risk youth, and special medical needs; and they help connect families with concrete supports to meet housing, child care, or other basic needs. Please email OPTA@acs.nyc.gov for more information and to be matched with the program that is right for your family.

· Family Assessment Program: The Family Assessment Program (FAP) provides support to families and youth up to age 18 who are struggling with everyday challenges. FAP works to strengthen families, reduce conflict, and help families handle concerns such as a child running away, skipping school, using drugs or alcohol, or showing disruptive or dangerous behavior. FAP services are voluntary, and each family can receive an individualized assessment with a social worker who specializes in family crisis resolution.

Our FAP offices are currently closed to the public, but all inquiries and assessments can be done via phone and/or video. We connect families to evidence-based therapeutic services as well as community-based organizations. Please reach FAP by email FAPinquiry@acs.nyc.gov and by phone:

· Bronx office: 718-664-1800

· Brooklyn office: 646-584-5178 / 347-907-0464 / 646-584-8935

· Manhattan office: 212-341-0012

· Staten Island office: 718-720-0418 / 646-276-4170

· Queens office: 646-599-3308 / 718-725-3244

The email box and phones are answered Monday through Friday 9-5, and all messages will be returned.

Resources for Teens

Even if you feel healthy, you can still spread COVID-19 to other people who may get very sick. Staying away from others and doing activities at home is the best way to can connect to and care for the community right now.

Thankfully, you can find many ways to stay connected and have fun while you stay home.

Teens Take On COVID: Being stuck at home can be rough. You probably miss going to school, hanging out with your friends and some of you may be tired of watching after your little siblings. People in your home may be raising their voices, at you and each other. You may have questions about COVID-19 or other health issues. Or you just might need someone to talk to! The good news is, there are still lots of services and help for youth available.

Connections in Your Neighborhood

Find your local Family Enrichment Center: ACS partners with community-based organizations in three neighborhoods to provide Family Enrichment Centers (FECs), which are warm, home-like spaces that provide a range of offerings for and with the community. FECs are now providing remote referrals and support, as well as limited in-person emergency resources. Please contact your local FEC for more information.

The C.R.I.B. in East New York

646-477- 6780 or thecrib.enyfec@gmail.com

thecrib.enyfec.org

2779 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207

Circle of Dreams in Highbridge

718-618-5559

acamacho@childrensvillage.org

266 E. 165th St., Bronx, NY 10456

O.U.R. Place in Hunts Point/Longwood

917-945-1152

ourplacefec.graham-windham.org

940 Garrison Avenue, Bronx, NY 10474

Community Partnerships: ACS has established 11 community-based networks that meet monthly. They are now using virtual meetings and e-mail to plan and provide referrals for families. Some partnerships are also providing in-person emergency resources. Access contact information for Community Partnerships here and below

Staten Island (North Shore)

917-485-7710

www.sicpp.com

SICPPInfo@nyfoundling.org


Building cleared to Re-open

Posted December 23, 2020

"Today I am writing to share an important update about our school building. Since closing the building following two or more unlinked COVID-19 cases in our school community, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have completed a thorough investigation. They have determined that the building is clear to reopen for regularly scheduled activities on 12/24/2020."

Read more in Cindi's December 23rd Reopening Letter to Families.

Please also check out "Guidance on returning to school after experiencing COVID symptoms", to familiarize yourself with any changes to the quarantining protocols.

Winter Greetings from Cindi

Posted December 23, 2020

Wishing the Locke School Community a wonderful winter break!

Please be sure to enjoy whatever you have planned, and have some fun and laughter with your family and friends (even if it may only be virtually).

I wish you all the best and I look forward to 2021. I hope the year ahead is filled with better things to come for all of us, including good health, and happiness!

Have a very Happy Holiday (in any way you may celebrate) and Happy New Year!

Warmly,

Cindi

Pandemic-EBT Resource Update

Posted December 23, 2020

What families should do if they have not yet received Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) for Spring 2020

New York State has recently finished the initial distribution of P-EBT benefits for the past school year. There are still many families who have not yet received their benefit for various reasons, such as a change in address.

Anyone who has not received this initial $420 distribution should complete the State P-EBT Contact Form. We are assured that the State is following up on inquiries submitted through this form, though it may take some time to hear back.

Please Note: The State P-EBT helpline (1-833-452-0096) is not currently staffed and you will get an automated recording.

Status of P-EBT for the 2020-2021 School Year

As announced in October, the federal government extended P-EBT for the 2020-2021 school year. New York State is in the process of submitting a plan to the federal government for distribution of these benefits. We do not have a specific time frame for distribution of benefits but the state is projecting a March 2021 distribution date. We will keep you informed as their plans become definite.

January Calendars

Posted December 23, 2020

Monika has released the January 2021 Events Calendar. Check it out now! We are also sharing the January 2021 NYC Schools Breakfast Menu and January 2021 NYC Schools Lunch Menu.

Chancellor's Update for Families

Posted December 23, 2020

"Before we part for Winter Recess, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for all you have done to keep the learning going during this unforgettable year.

Our families and educators are the hearts and souls of our school communities, and everything we have gotten right this year, we owe to you."

Read more in Chancellor Carranza's December 22nd Update for Families.

24-Hour School Building Closure continued

Posted December 22, 2020

"I’m writing to inform you that following an initial 24-hour closure of our school building, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have determined that the building must remain closed through 12/23/2020."

Read more in Cindi's December 22nd School Closure Update to families.

24-Hour School Building Closure

Posted December 21, 2020

"As a result of determinations made by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and The NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2), two or more members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 within seven days of each other. As a result, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours so that the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) may investigate the source(s) of transmission."

Read more in Cindi's December 21st School Closure Update to families.

Potential Covid case at the Locke School

Posted December 21, 2020

"Today I am writing to inform you, out of an abundance of caution, of a potential case of COVID- 19 in our school community. We are handling this situation with the utmost seriousness, working in partnership with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) to confirm test results."

Read more in Cindi's December 21st Covid Update to families.

D3 Cafe With Superintendent Christine Loughlin

Posted December 21, 2020

When: January 4, 2021 4-5:30pm

Where: Zoom (Link below)

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3777516647?pwd=bkVJaUZpZUNRcmtqVWVtWWZHSzNhZz09

Meeting ID: 377 751 6647
Passcode: 063260

One tap mobile
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Important information

Weekly Update from Parent Coordinator, Monika Vargas

EVENTS FOR PARENTS AND FAMILIES

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:

· Tuesday, December 15 at 2pm

· Thursday, December 17 at 6pm

· 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.

We are here to support you throughout the admissions process! If you have questions, you can:

· Call us at 718-935-2009 or

· Email us at ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov

It’s Our Money

Young people vote and decide on how to spend $100,000 to address their needs in this moment.

The Civic Engagement Commission (CEC) is running a participatory budgeting process designed by youth, for youth, in partnership with the Coro New York Leadership Center PB Youth Fellowship Program. The goal of the project is to engage and empower young people to decide how to spend $100,000 of expense funding on projects that meet their needs, address their interests, and strengthen youth engagement across the city.

Youth provider organizations will be invited to submit proposals that directly address the ideas and needs youth identify in the first stage of the project. Youth votes will determine the projects awarded.

If you are a young person between the ages of 9-24, you are eligible to participate by submitting ideas and voting on projects that quality for an award.

If you are an organization serving young people in the following communities (insert link), you can submit a proposal for up to 20K in funding.

Visit https://www.participate.nyc.gov/processes/itsourmoney to learn more!

Electronic Devices for Students

Whether they’re learning in-person or remote, we are committed to equipping every student with the resources they need to access a high-quality education, and we’ve delivered 62,000 new internet-enabled iPads to schools in the past four weeks. We’re working hard to get the remaining devices into the hands of students before winter break and will continue coordinating with schools to ensure their families’ device needs are met.

We’re working aggressively to distribute the new batch of 100,00 internet-enabled iPads to schools, of which 62,000 have been delivered.


Kindergarten Application Period Open

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

Announcement on Renewed Academic Priorities

On Thursday, December 10th, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard A. Carranza shared their 2021 Student Achievement Plan.

The key principles are:

· Leveraging the innovative work educators have done over the last eight months and making the best digital curricula available to all schools

· Implementing diagnostic assessments to understand where students are and help teachers target instruction and accelerate learning gains

· Phasing in a learning management system that enables a one-stop shop for all digital components of learning

· Increasing professional learning

· Expanding Parent University to bring family support into the home through digital courses in different languages.

COVID-19 Testing Report for Schools

The DOE’s website has been updated to include the results of COVID-19 testing at individual public schools. Mandatory in-school testing is part of the Department of Education’s comprehensive effort to keep school communities healthy and safe, and ensure our school buildings remain open. You can find citywide and borough-wide testing data below, as well as information for specific schools. The DOE testing site shows results from as recent as Monday, December 7, 2020.

For more information visit the DOE Website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing/covid-testing-results

Opportunity to Nominate Outstanding Teachers for the Big Apple Awards

The Office of Teacher Leadership

teacherleadership@schools.nyc.gov

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is excited to announce the nomination period for the 9th annual Big Apple Awards. Teacher Career Pathways encourages you to nominate excellent educators using the nomination form by January 10th.

Last year, we received nearly 7,000 nominations across 75% of DOE schools, recognized more than 200 teachers as finalists via their superintendents, and selected 19 Big Apple Award recipients who are currently representing teachers citywide as members of the Chancellor’s Teacher Advisory Council.

Nominations are accepted through January 10; we need your help to highlight some of the city’s best teachers and achieve our goal of at least one nominee from every NYCDOE school. Please share information about the Big Apple Awards with your community and consider making a nomination yourself.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

· All full-time public school teachers at NYC district schools, charter schools, and early education centers are eligible to be nominated. In particular, consider nominating teachers who inspire students, demonstrate exceptional instructional practice, display outstanding leadership in and out of the classroom with colleagues and their school community, and support the key areas of our Equity & Excellence for All work

· Everyone is welcome to nominate someone – We encourage students and their families, teachers, school staff, school leaders, and community members to thank the teachers who do exceptional work every day on behalf of our students with a nomination

· Spread the word about the Big Apple Awards by sharing NYCDOE Big Apple Award tweets and/or Facebook posts with your community using #ThankATeacherNYC

· To make a nomination, visit the Big Apple Awards page. Nominations are being accepted through Sunday, January 10th

Let’s continue to celebrate the diverse range of great teachers who are setting the foundation for the next generation in New York City and engage in a citywide dialogue about what excellent teaching looks like.

If you have questions please visit our website or email us at teacherleadership@schools.nyc.gov.

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