Jane's Letter to FamiliesPosted September 25, 2020
Greetings Locke School Families,
I’m writing with a few updates about the upcoming week. It’s another long one, but please make time to read all the way through- it’s all important information for families coming into school for the first time next week, and some news for our 'all remote' families as well.
The cohort calendar is available in the Locke School App and on the website. We hope that you find it helpful in tracking your ‘in-person’ and ‘remote’ days. Here's the link again:
This Monday, September 28th all NYC public schools are closed in observance of Yom Kippur.
Next week is a ‘WEEK 2”
Cohort A comes to school for 'in-person' learning on Tuesday. Cohort A is in 'remote' learning on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On those days students join the live synchronous morning meeting at 8:30 and must answer the attendance question by 11:00am to be marked ‘Present’.
Cohort B is in ‘remote’ learning on Tuesday. On that day students join the live synchronous morning meeting at 8:30 and must answer the attendance question by 11:00am to be marked ‘Present’. Cohort B comes to school for “in-person” learning on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Due to a city-wide teacher shortage, at this time Cohorts A and B have only one live, synchronous instruction period on ‘remote’ learning days. This was an unfortunate and unexpected turn of events for all of us. Efforts are being made to correct this situation and we appreciate your patience as this issue is resolved.
When students come to school ‘in-person’ you will find that we have new procedures in place to keep everyone safe and healthy.
School starts as usual at 8:20 but we will enter from the school yard on 111th Street. This allows us to maintain safe physical distancing for all families and staff.
All students entering the building must have a health screening completed for them by an adult family member. Older students may complete it themselves.
Here's the link to the health survey:
Otherwise, families will be asked to complete a pen and paper version of the survey and have a quick temperature screening before children enter the building.
Due to strict room capacity rules, family members will not be permitted to enter the building. The passage way to classrooms will be lined with friendly and familiar faces to assist children on their way to classrooms.
Kindergarten students will gather with the classroom teacher in the yard and go to the classroom together with the teacher.
Students pick up a ‘Grab and Go’ breakfast and eat in the classroom.
Lunch will be served in the classrooms. Families participating in ‘remote’ learning are also encouraged to pick up meals from the school at the cafeteria gate on 112th Street.
Dismissal is at 1:50 in the school yard. Families will be assisted to find their class by staff assigned for support in the yard.
We can’t wait to see you all! Have a wonderful weekend!
Chancellor's Letter to FamiliesPosted September 23, 2020
"We know that there will be cases of COVID-19 this fall. The good news is we are prepared to fight this virus while holding true to our mission—ensuring that all our students continue to learn and thrive.
To carry this out, we have put in place strict health and safety protocols..."
Read more in Chancellor Carranza's September 21st Letter to Families.
Parents Save The Dates!
Know your Allies
This new school year brings another opportunity to make new connections with
families of the children in your child's class.
Here are the dates for the Cohort Meet-ups:
First Grade 09/23
Second and Third Grade 09/24
Fourth and Fifth Grade 09/25
Please save these dates. You will receive an
e-mail with the link and time for each Cohort by grade. Keep your eye on the PTA Face Book Page and the Locke School App for more info!
Welcome Back! ...But what's my password?Posted September 16, 2020
If it's been a while since your child has been online, there's a good chance that the password has been forgotten. Not to worry! Grace made this helpful video to show you how to get your child online. Click on the video to the left to watch.
Prefer to read instead of watch? Here are the steps:
If you DON'T have/know your child’s username or password:
Make sure you have your child’s 9-digit student ID (also called “OSIS”) handy.
Go to this site to find out your child’s account id.
The user account It will likely be in the format “first name + last letter + number”, ie. “JohnD123”
You can set (or reset) the child’s password in this same form.
If you DO have your child’s username and password
To log in to google classroom, you’ll visit: http://classroom.google.com.
If you get to a NYC login page, leave out “@nycstudents.net” during login.
Supplies ListPosted September 11, 2020
Greetings families and welcome to the new school year. This will be a year like no other. We are so happy to be on this journey with you.
Whether your family is participating in the blended learning or the full-time remote program, the Locke School will provide your child with the essentials for learning. If you want to begin to collect extra materials to have at home for remote learning, we can make the following suggestions. The materials below are suggestions only and are broken up into two lists: highly suggested and suggested.
Highly Suggested Materials for Remote Learning (PK - 3 Edition)
4 sturdy plastic or laminated pocket folders
a ream of copy paper
K and 1st grade: Flair pens in black and green
2nd and 3rd grade: Pens (we don’t recommend pencils)
blunt safety scissors (make sure to get either right hand OR left hand)
broad tip markers
crayons (thick or thin, depending on age. Recommending thick or ‘jumbo’ for Pk/Kinder)
pencil case/box and other organizational materials (shoe boxes also work well for this purpose)
2nd grade: Ruler with ½” markings; 3X3’ post-its (supervise use)
3rd Grade: Ruler with ¼” markings, 3X3’ post-its (supervise use)
Deck of playing cards, face cards and joker removed.
a collection of counting materials (Examples include coins, bottle caps, paper clips, etc.)
Suggested or “Wish List” Materials for Remote Learning (PK - 3 Edition)
colored construction paper (9 ½ X 11)
scotch tape (any brand of clear tape)
Elmer's Liquid Glue (supervise use)
fine tip markers (pack of 8-12)
stapler (supervise use)
one or two clipboards
small watercolor paint set (Crayola makes a nice reasonably priced set of 16 colors for about $3.50)
these headphones ages 3-7
***It’s really important to start collecting interesting bits and pieces for recycled art projects. Boxes, toilet rolls, packing materials, egg cartons, bottle tops, magazines, interesting odds and ends. You will be amazed at what your children will imagine and create out of what adults consider ‘junk’. One family keeps what they call an “Idea Box” where they collect pieces that have potential for sparking ideas. I would suggest maybe a laundry basket or large reusable shopping bag for collecting materials- big enough to accommodate a good collection but not too big.
Highly Suggested Materials For Remote Learning (4th and 5th Grade Edition)
4 sturdy plastic or laminated pocket folders
a ream of copy paper
2 composition notebooks (not college ruled- look for the kind with wider lines)
Pens (we don’t recommend pencils)
broad and fine tip markers
highlighters (two colors)
3X3” post-its (supervise use)
small watercolor paint set (Crayola makes a nice set of 16 colors for about $3.50)
Plastic pencil cases/boxes and other organizational materials (shoe boxes also work well for this purpose)
Suggested or “Wish List” Materials For Remote Learning (4th and 5th Grade Edition)
3-hole punch lined paper
2 clip boards
Earphones or earbuds with a microphone built in (available for about $12.00)
Materials the school is supplying:
‘pencil’ box for materials storage
grade specific composition books (bound notebooks)
some math manipulatives: dice, two color markers
markers and crayons by request
access to books on-line (MYON, RazKids, EPIC from 8am - 3pm)
iReady digital resources for math and reading
White boards and white board markers
Other materials available by request. Please contact Monika Vargas at email@example.com
Family Letter from the CHancellorPosted September 9, 2020
"How Will My Child Learn at Home?
Whether learning remotely from home part of the week or every day, students will receive remote instruction in two different ways [...] Let us explain what that means."
Read more in the Chancellor's September 4th Letter to families.
Also available, Carta del Canciller a las familias el 4 de septiembre.
Latest Update from Jane regarding OpeningPosted September 5, 2020
Greetings Locke School Families
Here are the latest updates for school start date and times:
Emails will go out on Friday September 11th with the name of your child’s classroom teacher and for blended students, the classroom number. They will go out to your child’s Department of Education email address. This is the same email address we used for sharing your child’s cohort information and the same email required for logging into your child’s google classroom. Please email Monika at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible for assistance accessing this email. We urge families to make a test run now to check for possible problems.
SCHOOL HOURS: In-person and synchronous learning will begin daily at 8:20am. This is a change from the previously announced 8:30 start time. The school day will end at 1:50pm for all students. This is a change from the previously announced 2:00pm end time.
Parents participating in blended learning should plan on an 8:20am arrival and a 1:50pm pick-up time.
FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS:
Wednesday September 16, Thursday September 17, Friday September 18
Remote Learning FOR ALL STUDENTS and FAMILIES begins on Wednesday September 16, 2020. Children and families should log into their Google Classroom at 8:20 for Morning Meeting and be prepared for orientation sessions throughout the day on Google Classroom, ZOOM and Google Chat. Orientation and ‘FIRST DAYS ACTIVITIES” for children and families will continue through Friday, September 18, 2020. These are regular school days for Kindergarten – Fifth Grade Students. Please plan on full remote engagement on these days. Adult family members should check the upcoming parent learning schedule and plan accordingly for these days.
Monday September 21 and ongoing
Monday, September 21st is the first day of “in-person” learning. Monday September 21st is the beginning of WEEK 1.
Cohort ‘A’ students have “in-person” classes that week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Cohort ‘B’ students have “in-person” classes on Thursday and Friday that week. We anticipate the Department of Education will release the schedule for the 2020- 2021 school year shortly. When it is released, we will provide families with the year-long WEEK 1/WEEK 2 rotation.
For more information about your child’s cohort, please email Monika at email@example.com
Pre-Kindergarten families will receive an appointment time for a 20 minute 1:1 in-person meeting with the Pre-Kindergarten team by September 10, 2020. These meetings will be scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, and Thursday, September 17. This 1:1 meeting is an opportunity for you and your child to connect with the team and begin to build a learning relationship on an individual basis. This meeting can occur in the school yard or the classroom, depending on the weather and family preference. The invitation will come to the email address the family provided as part of the registration process. When you receive the email, please respond right away with a confirmation of the day and time for the in-person meeting or your preference for a remote 1:1 meeting.
Thank you to all families who have completed the learning environment survey and officially selected the ‘Fully Remote” or “Blended” learning model. If you know that you are opting into the fully remote model for learning for at least the first three months of school and you haven’t had a chance to complete the survey, please use the link below to complete it now.
Help us spread the word! Encourage fellow Locke School families to download the Locke School app on their phone and check the Lockearts website regularly for updates.
Your feedback is valued and appreciated. You can reach me with comments, questions and concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org
Important Changes to the opening of all NYC schoolsPosted September 1, 2020
On September 1st, the city acted to protect our children by delaying the start date for all NYC schools. Schools will begin remote instruction for ALL students on September 16th. For those students in a blended model, in-person instruction will begin on September 21st for Cohort A. Cohort B will remain online until they start in-person on Thursday, September 24th. Follow the schedule that was emailed for your child's particular cohort for in-person vs. remote instruction days.
Check out the NYC Schools website for more information on the 2020-21 start of school.
August Update from JanePosted August 28, 2020
Dear Locke School Families,
Welcome back! We are ready for a year like no other. With the start of the new school year just around the corner, we’d like to catch you up on the latest news.
As you know, the Locke School is offering a ‘Two Cohort” blended learning model, which means students come into school two or three days each week. Fully remote students will also have full access to the curriculum and many opportunities to join in with virtual school-wide celebrations and events, so they’ll always be in on the fun.
For our blended learners, we’ll be taking full advantage of our special resources to make in-person learning safe and engaging. Plans are underway for daily outdoor learning in our school yard, our garden, and even in outings to Central Park two blocks away. The Locke School takes safety seriously. Our HVAC and exhaust systems have been inspected by engineers and are ready to serve. Private bathrooms in every classroom cut down on exposure to multiple groups. All pre-Kindergarten classrooms are located on the first floor with an exit directly to the school yard, allowing for an easy, socially distanced pick up and drop off. All students will enter and leave in-person learning through the school yard, with the entrance located on 111th Street, for safe, socially distanced conditions for everyone. Our school nurse is returning and will be there to take temperatures and ask our standard entry screening questions.
We are happy to assure all our families that our commitment to learning through the arts and projects is still strong. Students will engage in weekly engineering, dance, and visual arts lessons led by our enrichment teachers as well as integrated learning projects with their classroom teacher.
We know that blended and remote learning models pose challenges for many children and families. We’ve adapted to these challenges by supplementing our curriculum with remote learning tools including iReady for math and reading for parent-friendly access and great assessment tools for targeting growth and learning.
We’ve talked about my retirement at a couple of Principal’s Chats over the summer, and now it is right on the horizon. I’ll be with you through September. We expect Superintendent Loughlin will make her announcement about the new principal sometime in September. We’ll let you know as soon as any decisions are made. We are confident that she understands who we are and the kind of leader we are looking for.
Questions, comments, suggestions? Your input is valued and appreciated. Please email Monika at email@example.com or me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m looking forward to an interesting and productive start of the new school year. Truly, I will miss the excitement that this time of the year has brought to my life for the past 31 years, and I am excited to see what wonderful new ideas a new leader will bring to our school.
All the best,
Now available! Find out your child's Cohort
Letters about your child’s programing cohort went out via email today. These letter explain when your child will attend school in person and when they will participate in lessons from their Locke School teachers from home. If you have chosen fully remote learning, the letter will confirm that choice.
The letters have been sent to your child’s DoE email address, ending in "@nycstudents.net".
Your child’s DoE email address is the one used to log on to Google Classroom. If you have recently updated your email address through the Learning Preference Survey or a Device Request Survey, the cohort information was also sent to the parent/guardian email. If you have never logged into a Google Classroom, please check your own email address AND contact Monika at MVargas16@schools.nyc.gov for the DOE email log on information. You will need it soon!
Families can now log into their child’s DoE email account (same user name and password for their Google Classroom access) for their cohort information. If there are questions about how to access the email, please email MVargas16@schools.nyc.gov.
For questions or concerns, please contact Principal Jane at email@example.com.
Important Info ABOUT REC CENTERS
If you need childcare on the days that your child is not in school, please read the info below and see if your child qualifies for a spot in a Regional Enrichment Center. I suggest that you apply early as there will be limited spots available. (According to news reports 100,000 seats will be available around the five boroughs.)
Please use this link to apply.
Regional Enrichment Centers are open only to children who are New York City residents and whose parents/guardians work in the certain fields. As enrollment progresses, we will assess capacity and demand and will work to expand eligibility to additional essential personnel and children most in need of this support.
Who Can Apply:
1199, Child Care Fund
1199, United Healthcare Workers East
311 Call Center essential staff
Board of Corrections
Building Staff, including both residential and commercial buildings
Corrections – Rikers
CWA (Communications Workers of America)
DC 37, Public Employee Union
DCAS essential employee staff (including safety agents)
Delivery/Logistics Workers (e.g., UPS, FedEx, etc.)
Federation of Nurses
Food/Restaurant Staff (including delivery staff)
Garment workers (PPE)
Greater New York Hospital Association
Grocery store workers
Healthcare Associate of New York State
HPD essential staff
Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice essential staff, including contracted providers on site and in the field
MTA / New York City Transit Authority
New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
New York City Probation Department essential staff
New York State Nurses Association
NYC Administration for Child Services essential staff, including staff, contracted providers on site and in the field, and foster parents
NYC Department for the Aging, including staff and contracted providers on site and in the field
NYC Department of Buildings inspectors/essential staff
NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
NYC Department of Corrections essential staff
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
NYC Department of Parks and Recreation essential staff
NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) essential staff
NYC Department of Social Services essential staff, including staff and contracted providers on site and in the field
NYC Department of Education essential staff
NYC Department of Education staff (including CBO partners) working at RECs and food hubs
NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
NYC Ferry workers
NYC Health and Hospitals
NYC Human Resources Administration shelter staff
NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner
NYC Office of Labor Relations
Other Healthcare Essential Staff
Office of Emergency Management
Staten Island Ferry workers
United States Postal Service Workers
CENTER HOURS AND ACTIVITIES
Regional Enrichment Centers will be open from Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Each room will have a maximum of 12 children, supported by at least one adult; this size will both allow for personalized attention and will meet social distancing needs
Children will have the opportunity to participate in remote learning with their regular school, as is the case for all NYC public school students
Children will also have opportunities to engage in art, music, and physical education
The environment will be safe and supportive, and staff will be prepared to respond to children’s social and emotional needs
Children will be offered a site based on their home address and their parent or caregiver’s role in providing essential services
Students will be asked each day to bring a device they can use for remote learning if one is available to them.
KEEPING RECS SAFE
The health and safety of students and staff members remains our highest priority. All social distancing protocols will be followed at RECs, including:
maintaining 6 feet of distance between people
limiting classrooms to 12 or fewer students
regular cleaning and disinfecting all sites
anyone who is sick should stay home
For more information contact Monika, Parent Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
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