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Don't miss the post on Moving Up Ceremony Information!

Return To School Survey!

Please click the link below. It will give you directly access to the survey!


Super Important! If you would like 100% Remote Learning for your child starting in the fall, you must fill out this form by August 7th!!

This fall, your child’s school will offer a combination of in-person and remote learning. You can choose from two options:

1. 100% Remote Learning: Opt in to have your child learn 100% remotely (all online, from home). To choose this option for your child, fill out and submit this form. If you are having difficulties completing this form online, call 311.


2. Combination of In-Person and Remote Learning: Your child can follow their school’s schedule, a mix of in-person days at school and remote learning days from home. To choose this option, no action is needed: your school will be in touch about its schedule and programming plans in the coming weeks. Please visit the Return to School 2020 pages on the website for more information.


  • If you chose 100% Remote Learning but want to change your child’s preference back to Blended Learning, complete this form again by August 7.

  • After August 7, any family who chose 100% Remote Learning will have the option to change back to Blended Learning at a few specific times during the school year.

Parents Save The Date

Return to School Family and Student Information Sessions-

Attend to learn more about the Department of Education plans for the 2020–21 school year.

Please select the date you are interested in joining…

CITYWIDE - July 28, 2020

CITYWIDE - August 12, 2020

CITYWIDE - August 27, 2020

Please register for this events at


Free Summer Reading Resources

Posted June 26, 2020

"We are thrilled to make more e-books and audiobooks for all ages available for free this summer to all DOE families, and it’s easier than ever to access them."

Read more about this in Chief Academic Officer Linda Chen's Summer Reading Letter to families.

Could you use a Free Air conditioner?

Posted June 24, 2020

Don't get trapped in a hot apartment this summer! The city is providing a free air conditioner to eligible families on a first come first serve basis.

To find out if you are eligible and to apply visit: https://access.nyc.gov/programs/cooling-assistance-benefit/

...or call 311, ask for help with the cooling assistance benefit. Deadline for application is August 30th, 2020!

Instructions for Accessing Report Cards

Posted June 23, 2020

Report cards will be available on the NYSCA site next Monday. Do you have your account set up? If not, you may need to contact Monika for your child's personal Account Creation Code.

The Locke School has created an Accessing the Report Card Letter (with an attached letter from the DOE) available for you to read.

northside services Are available all summer

Posted June 23, 2020

"As we move into the summer months during these uncertain times please know that The Clinic in Schools Program (CIS) of Northside Center is here to provide mental health support to children in who may show need while school is out of session."

Read more about this opportunity in Northside's Letter to Families.

Also available in Spanish: Carta de Programa de la Clínica en las Escuelas (CIS) del Centro Northside

Additional Moving Up Ceremonies

Posted June 22, 2020

While the Moving Up Ceremonies for Pre-K, K, and Grade 5 steal some of the spotlight, let's not forget our other students accomplishments! More intimate moving up ceremonies for the other grades are as follows:

  • Grade 1 - Thurs at 2:30

  • Grade 2 - Tues at 1

  • Grade 3 - Wed at 11

  • Grade 4 - Fri 362 at 10:30, 373 at 11

Please check with your child's teacher for details.

Happy Father’s Day!

Posted June 18, 2020

Fatherhood is the path you take with your child towards life’s greatest achievements. Being a father means to give your child an understanding heart and to always be their source of strength. We would not be the strong community that we are without our dads!

Happy Father’s Day!

With love,

Your Locke School Family

Free Summer Program for Students in Grades 3-8

Posted June 12, 2020

Have you heard about the FREE six-week summer enrichment program for students in grades 3-8? Spots are limited and registration closes on June 19th. Find out more information here on the fliers:

And here are the links, because who puts a crazy link like that in a picture that you can't click on? ;)

Health Update from Chancellor Carranza

Posted June 12, 2020

"As a reminder for the health of all children in New York City, all children over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. Free face coverings are available..."

Read more in Chancellor Carranza's Health Update for Families.

June Ceremonies!

Posted June 11, 2020

The big day is almost here! It's time to celebrate your child moving up to the next grade! If your child is in Pre-K, K or Grade 5, the Locke School invites you to a special celebration via Zoom!


  • PRE-K VIRTUAL STEPPING UP CEREMONY: Monday, June 22, 2020 at 10:00 AM

  • KINDERGARTEN VIRTUAL STEPPING UP CEREMONY: Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 10:00 AM

  • 5TH GRADE VIRTUAL STEPPING UP CEREMONY: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 11:00 AM

More detailed information, including Zoom info, can be found on the attached PDFs:

Detailed Zoom Info for each ceremony


Monday, June 22, 2020 at 10:00 am (Arrive 9:45)



  1. You must use your DOE School Login Account that looks like: studentname@nycstudents.net

  2. Go to: https://nycdoe.zoom.us/

  3. Click the green box that says, “Join.”

  4. In the box under “Join a Meeting” type: 935 7218 9661

  5. When asked for Meeting Password, type: 06222020



  1. Click: https://zoom.us/j/95051533897?pwd=aGsyRU5ZOTV1cGNiaVNzai9vS2grUT09

  2. Scroll down and choose "SIGN IN WITH SSO"

  3. Type "nycdoe" where it says, "Your company domain."

  4. In Username, instead of typing studentname@nycstudent.net, please just type the student name part of the email. (For example: Instead of typing msjay3@nycstudents.net, just type "msjay3")

  5. Use the password for your DOE School Login

  6. Meeting ID: 935 7218 9661

  7. Meeting Password: 06222020


Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 10:00 am (Arrive 9:45)



  1. You must use your DOE School Login Account that looks like: studentname@nycstudents.net

  2. Go to: https://nycdoe.zoom.us/

  3. Click the green box that says, “Join.”

  4. In the box under “Join a Meeting” type: 954 1718 8303

  5. When asked for Meeting Password, type: 06252020



  1. Click: https://zoom.us/j/95051533897?pwd=aGsyRU5ZOTV1cGNiaVNzai9vS2grUT09

  2. Scroll down and choose "SIGN IN WITH SSO"

  3. Type "nycdoe" where it says, "Your company domain."

  4. In Username, instead of typing studentname@nycstudent.net, please just type the student name part of the email. (For example: Instead of typing msjay3@nycstudents.net, just type "msjay3")

  5. Use the password for your DOE School Login

  6. Meeting ID: 954 1718 8303

  7. Meeting Password: 06252020


Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 11:00 am (Arrive 10:45)



  1. You must use your DOE School Login Account that looks like: studentname@nycstudents.net

  2. Go to: https://nycdoe.zoom.us/

  3. Click the green box that says, “Join.”

  4. In the box under “Join a Meeting” type: 950 5153 3897.

  5. When asked for Meeting Password, type: 06232020



  1. Click: https://zoom.us/j/95051533897?pwd=aGsyRU5ZOTV1cGNiaVNzai9vS2grUT09

  2. Scroll down and choose "SIGN IN WITH SSO"

  3. Type "nycdoe" where it says, "Your company domain."

  4. In Username, instead of typing studentname@nycstudent.net, please just type the student name part of the email. (For example: Instead of typing msjay3@nycstudents.net, just type "msjay3")

  5. Use the password for your DOE School Login

  6. Meeting ID: 950 5153 3897

  7. Meeting Password: 06232020

Parent Resources for PRE-K, Zoom Fatigue

Posted June 11, 2020

Pre-K families, have you seen "Getting Ready for Kindergarten"? It addresses preparing for kindergarten, while understanding that right now none of us know exactly what that looks like. The video is about an hour long, but very informative.

Additionally, the same author has shared her most recent newsletter with families with children in any grade, titled "Parents = the Difference." It discusses Zoom fatigue how parents can thoughtfully respond to it. (Side note, the parent's chart on page 2 is as adorable as it is useful! :)

A Message from Jane

Posted June 2, 2020

On behalf of The Locke School administrators, teachers, PTA and SLT members I proudly support all of our families during this time of civil unrest in our city and in our country.

For way too long America has allowed racism to be woven into every part of life for people of color and in particular Black men, women and children. It permeates everything from education, housing, employment, police brutality, and just being alive.

I am proud to be a part of the Harlem community as a Principal and resident but my everyday journey is very different from that of the members of this community and the families I serve.

We strive at our school to be inclusive and continue to celebrate all cultures and ethnic groups in everything we do.

We strive to educate and have hard talks about race, class and the systemic racism during our PTA and SLT meetings.

We want our Black families to know we love and support you and acknowledge your diverse experiences and we strive to continue making our school a safe space.

Your lives matter.


Jane Murphy, Principal

The Locke School of Arts and Engineering

June Calendar

Posted June 1, 2020

Check out the upcoming special events and important dates in the June Calendar.

Virtual CeremonY Dates

Posted June 1, 2020

Here is some information about our upcoming virtual ceremonies:

“Stepping Up Ceremony” for Prekindergarten will be on Monday, June 22 at 10:00am

“Moving Up Ceremony” for Kindergarten will be on Thursday, June 25 at 10:00am

“Moving Up Ceremony” for Grade 5 will be on Tuesday, June 23 at 11:00am

Fifth Grade Dance Party will be on Tuesday, June 23 / Time TBA

You can download this moving up information as a PDF.

Chancellor's Update on June Calendar

Posted April 30, 2020

"We have two days coming up in June that were originally scheduled as times when students would not be in attendance. However, with the ongoing pandemic, students will be expected to participate in remote learning on both of these days" Read more in Chancellor Carranza's May 30th letter to families.

May Events

Posted May 10, 2020

We may not be in the building, but school continues! Please check out the new May events that are happening for our Locke School Community!

Update from Jane

Posted May 6, 2020

Dear Locke School Family,

I hope you are well. My prayers are with members in our community who are ill or grieving the loss of loved ones. Please know you are not alone. The Locke School is here for you. Let us help if you are in need.

Monika- mvargas16@schools.nyc.gov

Jane- jmurphy32@schools.nyc.gov

We’ve also set up special teams to support children and families through these challenging times.

If you have a problem with technology you can contact googleclassroomhelp@lockearts.org

If you need any other support, from advice on food banks, to remote learning stress, to grief counseling, please email FASThelp@lockearts.org

Even when we are not experiencing a direct personal crisis, we are all enduring constant stress from the worry of keeping loved ones safe and trying support children with social and learning needs. Staying connected and maintaining routines can make a big difference for you and your children. You will shortly receive a LOCKE SCHOOL CALENDAR for virtual school events planned for this month. We’ve tried to offer a mix of fun family events with social and informational events for parents and guardians. Please consider attending those that are of interest and service to you and your family. We’ll need your email address to invite you. Please send a quick ‘Invite me!” email to Monika at mvargas16@schools.nyc.gov ASAP!

By now you have likely had a 1:1 meeting with your child’s teacher but if you haven’t, please know that we are trying to reach you. If you are not able to reach your child’s teacher to schedule an appointment, please contact Monika at mvargas16@schools.nyc.gov

One important conversation we need to have is about the CHANCELLOR’S GRADING POLICY. Students will receive a grade for the work they have submitted during the remote learning period, but these grades will not result in retention on the grade. Grades for remote learning will be “Meets the Standards” or ‘Needs Improvement”. Please know that a ‘Needs Improvement’ grade is not a reflection on your child’s ability or a lack of appreciation for what you have done to support learning at home. It is simply a record of the terrible impact of the COVID 19 crisis. More on that at the live stream of the PRINCIPAL’S CHAT on Tuesday, May 12 at 4pm and at this month’s PTA meeting.

What is it you are most looking forward to when this is all over? What are your best ideas for entertaining bored and lonely children? What are the unexpected moments of joy you have found in this crisis? What is UP with this new math? Is it OK that I no longer have separate clothes for sleeping and working? The answers to these and many other pressing questions are in the room! Please share your hard-earned knowledge of how to survive and even thrive in the coming months. Join us for events, share the love, and reach out if you need help. We’re here for you!

I hope to see you on-line this month.

Until then, With All my Heart,


You're doing a good job!

Posted April 26, 2020

At the Locke School, every child comes to us with unique gifts and talents, without exception. This city is filled with children who have so much to offer -- all it takes is someone to notice and nurture those gifts.

Hell's Kitchen native, Alecia Keys, recorded a song that puts a spotlight on each one of us, and how together we are keeping our world together right now -- and we just had to share it.

Locke School families: From the bottom of our hearts let us remind you "You're doing a Good Job!"

NYC DOE wants your feedback!

Posted April 25, 2020

Take the Remote Learning Survey to share your experiences learning at home.

All students in grades 6–12 and parents/guardians of students in grades 3-K through 12 are invited to participate in the Remote Learning Survey. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 1.

Survey feedback will help schools support students and families learning at home.

Visit schools.nyc.gov/RLSurvey to take the survey now! If you need help completing the survey, please call 311.

The Green Team is still on the Job!

Posted April 25, 2020

Take a moment to read Volume 3 of the Greens Paper, or learn more about the team on the Green Team Site.

NYC Children's Theater visited the Locke School

Missing the inside of the Locke School? Well, then this video should cheer you up! The Locke School works with New York City Children's Theater to provide engaging anti-bullying workshops for our children. Red Summit Productions was there to document the event for us and our families!

Mayor and Chancellor's Update on school Closings

Posted April 11, 2020

"After consulting with public health experts [...] and educators across the City [...] we have decided that New York City school buildings will not reopen during the 2019-2020 school year." Read more in Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza's April 11 letter to families.

Jane's note to Families

Posted April 8, 2020

April 8, 2020

Dear Locke School Family,

I hope you are well. My prayers are with our community members who are suffering in this crisis. Please do not hesitate to reach out if and when your burden becomes too much. We are here to help.

Monika mvargas16@schools.nyc.gov or Jane jmurphy32@schools.nyc.gov

I want to provide some clarification around the news you have been hearing about the Spring Break, the continued state wide ‘PAUSE’, the cancellation of state tests and how all of this plays out for your child.

  • First and foremost, thank you to all of our community members who are reporting as essential workers each day. You are truly the heroes of this story.

  • Attendance VS Engagement: It is not possible to track student ‘absence’ in this crisis. Families will not be penalized for not being able to participate in distance learning. ‘Absences’ cannot not be used against any child for promotion to the next grade. We are not tracking who is ‘present’ in class each day, we are tracking who is ‘interacting’.

  • “Interacting’ can be as simple as a parent email to the teacher or a quick hello in a class meeting, or as involved as a completed assignment returned in Google Classroom. We just need to know that your child is safe and engaged at some level. We encourage families to respond to our TECH TEAM outreach or email GoogleClassroomHelp@Lockearts.org for support and more information.

  • The statewide PAUSE has been extended through April 29th. I will be perfectly candid with you and say that I don’t think we will be back in school by that time. We can be hopeful, but we should prepare ourselves for a much longer ‘PAUSE’.

  • The state wide tests have been cancelled. No make- ups, no do-overs, and as we say in the school yard, no take-backsies. We do not know how promotion to the next grade will be determined in June, but be assured that we will consider the impact of this crisis in all decisions that are made about promotion. (In other words, it’s not worth worrying about at this time.)

  • One of our least stressful and most enjoyable on-line distance learning experiences has been ZOOM class meetings, so truly I feel your pain at the announcement that we are no longer able to use it. Chancellor Carranza’s decision was based on his assessment of the risk to student safety and privacy verses the benefits. We are working hard at the Locke School to adapt Google Meets to our needs. Stay Tuned!

  • IF YOU WANT TO TAKE TIME OFF OVER NOW CANCELLED SPRING BREAK, DO IT! Turn off your computers. Open the windows. Breathe. Relax. Just remember that we are still practicing social distancing. Children will need supervision to maintain social distancing if they are not inside with the family.

  • There will be NO PENALTIES for non-participation during the Spring Break. The work we will offer from Thursday April 9 –Friday April 17th is enrichment. Every grade will offer fun, engaging activities that should take up to an hour each day. Again, not required but may be beneficial- you decide.


I miss you all! I miss being with you! I look forward to seeing you when it is safe and we can all celebrate together. Until then…

With All My Heart,


Chancellor Carranza's Letter to Families

Posted April 7, 2020

"I have important updates and reminders to share with you," writes the Chancellor. Continue reading Chancellor Carranza's April 7th letter to families.

Chancellor Carranza's Spring Break Update

Posted April 4, 2020

"For the health and wellbeing of all New Yorkers [...] our schools will continue with remote learning through the time originally scheduled for Spring Recess."

Continue reading Chancellor Carranza's April 3rd letter to parents regarding changes to Spring Break.

Access to fresh food During the CoVID-19 crisis

Posted March 31, 2020

Please see the following list of places we can access fresh food at no cost during this crisis. Please spread the word so that no one goes hungry. (Always call beforehand to make sure they are open.)

Of course, you can still pick up grab-and-go food at school from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM Monday through Friday

Mental Health Support New Yorkers Can Access While Staying Home

Posted March 29, 2020

While our City stays home to stop the spread of coronavirus, New Yorkers can access a range of mental health services by phone or online. If you or someone you care about needs support, we encourage you to reach out to the programs below. Help is available. Every mental health service below is free to … Continue reading "Mental Health Support New Yorkers Can Access While Staying Home"

Attendance, teacher contact, and Installing GOogle Apps

Posted March 24, 2020

Thanks for learning with us as we dive into remote instruction. It's been a slightly rocky start, we've all made huge progress already!

If you have not been able to get your child on to Google Classroom, please email your child's teacher as soon as possible. Teacher email addresses can be found in the Staff Directory.

Even in this new environment, please remember that children are expected to attend instruction every day. Teachers will be required to record student attendance and absences starting this coming Monday.

If you have not been able to set up your child on a device, install Google classroom for the time being on your phone. You will be able to keep on top of class updates, as well as information on how to get a device from the DOE.

iPad and Tablet users -- we recommend you get the google apps from the app store. Go to the app store for your device and download "Google Classroom", "Google Drive", "Google Docs" and "Google Slides".


March 20, 2020

We are open today (Friday, March 20) from 9am-12pm to pick up grade-level work packets. This will be the last chance to pick up a physical copy of your child's work packet. You will be able to download the packets from our website and print them yourself soon.

Please take a grab-and-go breakfast/lunch when you arrive. They are fridge-stable, so you may wish to pick up some for multiple days while you're there.

If you are still in need of an electronic device for your child to access Google Classroom, you can register for a device and be put on the wait list.

Stay safe, Locke families!

Information about NYCDOE Regional Enrichment Centers

Posted March 19, 2020

"If you are a first responder, health care provider, or transit worker whose child is a New York City resident, and you have no other child care option, please complete this survey to begin your enrollment process."

Read more in Chancellor Carranza's March 19th letter to families.

The building will be open for parents and guardians to pick up work packets and/or a device for on-line access on Thursday, March 19, 2020 from 9am to 3pm.

March 18, 2020

Work packets and devices for online access will be available for pickup at the school on Thursday, 3/19. Families are not required to pick up materials at the school. Devices for loan are in limited supply, so we ask that families who have desk-and laptop computers and/or tablets at home give first access to families who don't. Packets for each grade will be available for printing at home on this website by Friday.

GOOGLE CLASSROOM with your child's teacher will be up and running on Monday. Be sure to get your access information from your child's teacher. Be sure to call the school on Thursday 3/19 if you haven't heard from us!

For important updates Download the locke school App on your phone or tablet today!

March 18, 2020

Go to the APP Store or Google Play and type in "Locke School". We're posting important updates daily!

talking to Children about covid-19

March 18, 2020

Here is some guidance from our partners at Bank Street College about to talking to children about COVID-19.

Read Chancellor Carranza's letter to families

Posted March 17, 2020

"I want to be clear that this is not a closure, but a transition. We will not lower our expectations for our students." Read more about the changes coming to all NYC public schools in Chancellor Carranza's March 16th letter to families.

NYC.gov Updates site on COVID-19

Posted March 15, 2020

NYC.gov has updated their Coronavirus information page. Use it to find the latest updates as they are announced by the Department of Education.

Harlem Link's CLosure

Posted March 14, 2020

Harlem Link, which shares a campus with the Locke School, has closed its doors for the next two weeks. Read how this affects our school in Jane's March 14th letter to parents.

Update on COVID-19

Posted March 13, 2020

Excerpt from Jane's March 13th letter to parents:

"First and foremost, I want to encourage everyone to tune in to the most reliable news sources for the latest verified news on COVID-19. There will be considerable misinformation as we move through this crisis and we want to make sure we are not getting distracted by rumors..."

Read more in Jane's March 13th letter to parents.

Black History Show POstponed

Posted March 12, 2020

Dear Locke School Family,

It is with a very heavy heart that I announce the postponement of our fabulous Black History Celebration Show. As of this evening, the mayor has cancelled all assembles and recitals in schools.

It has been pure joy watching the children and teachers prepare for the show. Your children are truly amazing, and I promise that as soon as the mayor lifts the ban on assemblies, we are going all going to celebrate together with this show!

Bee Rally and Locke Leader Rallies scheduled for next week are postponed as well. I’ll provide more information about the Beacon Afterschool Program as I get it.

Stay safe, stick together and we’ll get through this. Please don’t hesitate to reach out when you have questions and concerns.

With All My Heart,


Jane Murphy, Principal

The Locke School of Arts and Engineering

Formerly Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School

20 West 112th Street

New York, NY 10026


Corona Virus Update

Posted March 10, 2020

Jane has shared some updates on the Corona Virus. Take a moment to make sure you and your child are staying safe this season!

Rainbow Monday!

Join in the fun on Monday October 7th — The competition is on!

Click here for the Rainbow Monday Flier.

Kindergarten Update

What a great start to the year! Families with students in Kindergarten will want to check out this posting: It has a special notice from our K team, a letter from Jane, and a brief Kindergarten timeline for the next few weeks.

Prekindergarten Openings

Limited seats available for Prekindergarten. Register Now!

Please call Monika, Parent Coordinator at 212-534-7490 ext 1711 for an appointment.

Read Jane's Equity Team Message

Monday, June 24, 2019

In her June 24th letter to families, Jane writes, "...at this time, we would like to update our families with where we are in our school with the Equity work...". If you missed it, here is Jane's message about the Equity Team.

Awards Assembly InFORMATION

Wednesday, June 18, 2019

All First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade Parents please have your child dressed in school uniform for the awards assembly.

Dates for the Awards Assembly

First Grade and Second Grade:

    • Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 1pm in the auditorium.

Third and Fourth Grade:

    • Friday, June 21, 2019 at 1pm in the auditorium.

Fifth Grade

    • Friday, June 21, 2019 at 11am in the auditorium.

“Children At Work”-VISITING DAY

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

You are invited to attend our very special

“Children At Work”- Visiting Day!

Please see information below for your session. All sessions will begin in Room 171- Monika's Office:

-K moving into 1st Grade at 8:45am – 9:15am

-1st Grade moving into 2nd Grade at 9:30am- 10:45am

-2nd Grade moving to 3rd Grade at 10:15am – 10:45am

-3rd Grade moving to 4th Grade at 11:00am – 11:30am

Please don’t miss this important opportunity to launch the coming year fully prepared!

June 2019 Letter from Principal Jane Murphy

June 3, 2019

This letter is about talking to children about the end of the school year. While many children look forward to summer vacation, the end of the school year can elicit complicated feelings in children... [Continue reading Jane's message.]

Family-Fun Literacy Workshop

May 2019

On June 3rd, the New York Children's Theater will be bringing their workshop "Literature at Play with Families" to the Locke School. Pizza will be served at 5:30PM. The workshop will begin sharply at 6:00PM and then run until 7:30PM.

Learn more about the program here

Water testing is complete

February 2019

As part of a commitment to providing safe, clean drinking water for students and staff, the NYCDOE has found all sources of water at the Locke School to be safe for drinking. You can read details of the water testing here.

School is in Session!

November 2018

We have a lot of reasons to be excited as PS 185 and PS 208 have merged to become The Locke School. To read more about this collaboration, read Principal Jane Murphy's welcome letter.