Bulletin Board

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)

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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.

ICYMI

Community Meals

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

Community and Citywide Education Council Elections

Are you ready to Run. Serve. Lead?

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

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

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

Governor Cuomo Launches Free Online Platform for New Yorkers to Learn New Job Skills, Earn Certificates & Advance Their Careers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of a new online training platform which will enable unemployed and underemployed New Yorkers weathering the COVID-19 pandemic to learn new skills, earn certificates, and advance their careers at no cost. The new tool will provide access to nearly 4,000 online programs taught by leading professors and industry professionals on Coursera, with a focus on high-growth and in-demand sectors like advanced manufacturing, technology, and health care, among others.

Parent University is Here!

A reminder that we launched Parent University last week. Parent University is for all parents and family members. Parent University 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.

You can check out the site here: https://parentu.schools.nyc/

For more information, including flyers in different languages please visit the DOE’s Family Empowerment site.


Guidance for Inclement Weather Days

Posted December 15, 2020

"As we head into winter, it’s likely we will have inclement weather that in an ordinary year would cause all schools to close for teaching and learning. This year, if a snowstorm or other weather demands that school buildings close, all schools will still conduct remote learning on that day..."

Read more in Chancellor Carranza's December 15th Inclement Weather Update for Families.

#NYCOfficeHours Virtual Town Hall for Families

Posted December 15, 2020

Families across the DOE are invited to attend another session of the #NYCOfficeHours series, during which they can ask city public health experts and DOE leadership questions about health and safety in our schools. The upcoming session will take place from 6:30–7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 17th. At this virtual town hall, families can also view and participate via a Facebook live stream. The meeting will feature Dr. Jay Varma, senior advisor for public health in the Mayor's Office, and DOE Deputy Chancellor for Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications Adrienne Austin.

To access #NYCOfficeHours during the town hall, families should dial 1-800-280-9461.

Covid case Update

Posted December 14, 2020

"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 December 14th Covid Update to families.

School Leadership Team To Meet this THURSDAY

Posted December 14, 2020

The meeting is open to all members of the Locke School Community. All non-SLT members, however, attend the meeting as guests and must request permission to speak. The procedure will be explained at the beginning of the meeting.

Thursday December 17th at 3:10pm

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89466416099?pwd=U0VDSkZnaEhCblRyTGJ6ayt3ajh4QT09

Meeting ID: 894 6641 6099

Passcode: 185185

To call in, dial (646) 558-8656.

Chancellor's Update for Families

Posted December 14, 2020

"In this Update for Families, you will find information on:

  • What you need to know about mandatory, in-school testing

  • How to submit consent for in-school random testing

  • What to do if your child has recently traveled

  • What you need to know about exemptions from in-school testing

  • How to apply for kindergarten for the 2021–2022 school year

  • How to learn more about elementary admissions

  • How to participate in Parent University, a new platform offering families on-demand courses and resources on a host of subjects."

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

Happy Hanukkah

Posted December 11, 2020

Extending warmest wishes to all those members of the community who are celebrating Hanukkah. May you connect with loved ones over these meaningful eight days, even if at a distance, as you reflect on the miracles of the past and look forward to the promises of the future. Though our world faces challenging days ahead, may the light of the menorah brighten your homes and bring you and your loved ones hope and peace during this holiday season.

Opportunities for Mental Health Supports

Posted December 10, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to impact New York City and the holiday season nears, there is greater demand for support to address trauma, grief, and loss, and an even greater need to connect with school mental health services. The DOE has a robust network of mental health services for our students and our school community, that are available and ready to support during this time.

For further information, please contact Mariana N. Youssef, Program Coordinator, for our school’s mental health provider, Northside Center. She can be contacted by phone at 646-398-0674 or 212-426-3482 or by email at myoussef@northsidecenter.org or at www.northsidecenter.org


Outdoor learning during Cold Weather

Posted December 9, 2020

Children benefit from vigorous exercise and are to be given the opportunity to learn outside whenever possible, while maintaining social distancing. Unless it is snowing, or there is ice on the playground, or the wind chill factor produces an effective temperature below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), temperature alone would not be a barrier to outdoor learning.

Please take precautions to keep your children warm and ensure that they are appropriately dressed on very cold days. When sending children to school, please ensure they are wearing warm clothing with multiple layers to maintain warmth, including hats and gloves/to cover exposed skin. Staff and students will continue to adhere to physical distancing requirements at all times.​​​​​​

Students who need to avoid the cold weather for medical reasons must submit a note from their healthcare provider to their teacher and our school nurse.

Let’s Learn Programming Schedule

Posted December 8, 2020

As previously announced, the DOE, in partnership with the WNET Group, launched new episodes of the public television program  Let’s Learn, which features lessons for children in Pre-K through Grade 2, that will continue to serve as a supplemental resource for remote and blended learning. The programming schedule for Let’s Learn is now available.

Upcoming Workshop to Support Remote Learning with Spanish-Speaking Families

Posted December 8, 2020

The DOE, in partnership with Ramapo for Children, is offering “¡Celebra y Eleva!,” a workshop offered in Spanish on strategies for families to strengthen their relationship and connection when students are learning remotely. Families may register for any of the sessions below by completing this form; after registering, the webpage will display the link to access the workshop. The dates and times of the workshop sessions are:

  • December 9th from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

  • December 16th from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

  • January 6th from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Update on Weekly COVID-19 Testing

Posted December 7, 2020

Just a reminder….as of this week, weekly COVID -19 Testing has begun at our school.

When testing takes place at our school each week, the school will receive a testing order indicating the staff and students who will be tested. This order will be followed, skipping any staff or student who are not present in the building that day, until the testing benchmark is reached. The Testing Order is based both on randomization and consent.

As students participate in the COVID-19 testing, they will receive a flyer from SOMOS Community Care, who will be conducting the testing at our school.

The majority of test results will come back in about 48 hours and families will be contacted with results.

If your child tests positive for COVID-19:

  • Someone from SOMOS Community Care will call you between the hours of 7AM-8PM weekdays to inform you about your child’s COVID-19 test result and share additional information.

  • You will also receive a call from NYC Test & Trace Corps, who will offer resources and recommendations. They can guide you on next steps, including what you may need to be able to keep your child at home.

If your child tests negative for COVID-19:

  • Someone from SOMOS Community Care will call you between the hours of 7AM-8PM weekdays to inform you about your child’s COVID-19 test result.

  • You will also receive your child’s results by email from Bio Reference Laboratories, the lab company that processed your child’s test results, if you provided an email address.

If you do not receive an e-mail or phone call from SOMOS Community Care within 2-3 days after testing, please contact SOMOS at 833-SOMOSNY, or visit www.somosny.com

The privacy of our students and staff is a top priority, and all information relating to COVID-19 testing and your child is strictly confidential.

If you have any other questions, please visit www.schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting or call 311.

LearNing Bridges Update

Posted December 4, 2020

The Learning Bridges programs will continue to serve our families enrolled in blended learning by providing free childcare for students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5.

Families can learn more about Learning Bridges and apply through the DOE’s family-facing Learning Bridges page, or contacting our Parent Coordinator, Monika Vargas, at MVargas16@schools.nyc.gov or at 1-347-444-9913. If any families have questions about their Learning Bridges application or placement, please email: LearningBridges@schools.nyc.gov.

Download the Learning Bridges Flyer now!

MMCC Beacon 185: Program Update

Posted December 4, 2020

Downloadables:


We are excited to announce that the MMCC Beacon In-person Afterschool will resume on Monday, December 7th.

However, we will continue to offer remote afterschool in collaboration with other sites at our agency on zoom.

You can find the zoom information for the agency virtual program below.

  • When: Monday -Friday

  • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • Where:

    • ZOOM MEETING ID: 848-4145-1105

    • PASSCODE: letslink

Program Changes:

There are some changes to the program due to the challenges with shipping. We are requesting that parents provide their child with a snack for afterschool until further notice. Please see the agency letter included here.

In addition, we are now accepting applications for Kindergarten! More staff has joined the 185 Team so we can expand to support K-5th Grade students.

For Cohort B, Kindergarten applications will be accepted immediately.

For Cohort A, we will begin accepting Kindergarten students on December 14th. Please send your applications to ksims@mmcc.org. A blank application and the required medical form are included here. To begin attending in-person afterschool, we need a completed application and current medical form with a stamp.

Music and Math Matters classes will resume when we return next week. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for clearances for the Basketball and Capoeira programs. We will let you know when they are cleared. Thank you for your patience and understanding with this matter!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Program Director, Kristina Sims, at 347-266-1354 or via email: ksims@mmcc.org

New Arrival Procedures

Posted December 3, 2020

Beginning Monday, December 7th, we will be begin distributing laminated passes to all students in Cohorts A of blended learning. On Wednesday, December 9th we will continue distributing the passes to all students in Cohort B of blended learning. When your child arrives at school, he/she will receive a laminated pass with a clip on it that he/she will be able to place on the zipper of their jacket or on the zipper of their bookbag. This pass will be used moving forward for arrival procedures when students come into school. After obtaining the new laminated pass, there will no longer be the need to stop at the table to pick up a paper pass anymore as the laminated passes are reusable. Your child will enter the schoolyard, proceed to their designated station, show their health screening survey and enter the building. This will allow everyone to enter the building faster, especially important as the weather becomes more inclement

Please be reminded that in addition to the laminated passes, each morning, prior to entering the Locke School, every person must complete the DOE's health screening, either online or on paper. The quickest way to enter the building is by completing the health screening on your mobile device. If the child or adult does not have the health screening on their device, they will need to stop first to complete a paper health screening at the table in the yard.

At this time we are again encouraging all families to add the health screening to their phone and use it each morning to speed up the arrival process. Did you know you can put an icon on your homepage to access it right away without searching for it?

We have created two videos for accessing the health screening. Take a look at Adding a Shortcut to the NYC DOE Health Screening for iOS and Android, and an Android-specific tutorial, NYC DOE Health Screening on Android Device.

CEC 3’s Virtual Town Hall with Chancellor Richard A. Carranza

Posted December 2, 2020

Please register ahead of time so you may gain entrance.

Wednesday, December 2nd from 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

Please register for this event at the following link, https://learndoe.org/cec/

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity. Issues and concerns for District 3 will be addressed.

Open the Virtual Town Hall Flyer for more information and clickable Zoom links.

Opportunity to Nominate Outstanding Teachers for the Big Apple Awards

Posted December 2, 2020

The DOE is recognizing teacher excellence through the ninth annual Big Apple Awards program. Our school community (e.g., students, families, administrators, support staff, and teachers) are encouraged to nominate current, full-time teachers who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in their impact on student learning, instructional practices, and professional contributions to our school community. For the second year, we are honoring postsecondary counselors who have made significant strides in advancing their students’ postsecondary readiness and success through the Big Apple College & Career Ambassador award.​​​​​​​

Nominations are due by January 10th. You should consider nominating outstanding teachers in our school, and use this nomination link to do so.

Applicants who advance in the selection process will have the opportunity to interview and/or open their virtual classrooms to our Superintendent’s Team. Award recipients will be recognized as exemplary educators and will spend the 2021–22 school year representing teachers citywide as Big Apple Fellows and members of the Chancellor’s Teacher Advisory Council, while continuing their work in the classroom.

For more information about the Big Apple Awards, the selection process, and past recipients, please visit the Big Apple Awards website.

We Speak NYC: Conversational English Classes for DOE Families

Posted December 2, 2020

The DOE, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), is offering a series of conversational-English classes for New York City families. During these three sessions, families will practice their English-language conversational skills, learn about the free city services available to all New Yorkers, and connect with other families across the city. This course will focus on how families can access NYC services concerning career support, education, and workers’ rights.

The sessions will take place from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., on December 2nd, 9th, and 16th. via Zoom. Please sign up using this form.

Open the We Speak NYC DOE Flyer for more information and clickable Zoom links.

Continuity of Blended Learning at the Locke School

Posted December 1, 2020

Greetings Locke School Families,

I have already had several conversations with parents and staff members regarding the Mayor’s announcement that elementary schools will reopen on Monday December 7th for blending learning. The Mayor and the Chancellor, stated that “As we reopen, wherever possible we will move to 5 day a week in-person learning,” for those students who have already opted in to blending learning.

I wanted to ensure you were aware that we are trying to determine if this is a possibility for the students at the Locke School, given that the social distancing guidelines must still be upheld. At an initial review, it does not seem to be a possibility as our cohort numbers would be over the DOE set number allowable per class. However, we are also working simultaneously to meet the request from parents to ensure all students have a teacher for synchronous, as well as asynchronous instruction, five days a week.

At this time, we will continue with the program model and resulting schedule that was in place prior to going fully remote on November 19th. As a result of the updates to the Learning Preference Survey, there may be changes for some students/teachers and those notifications will be sent out as soon as the schedules/cohorts/teachers are finalized later this week.

We absolutely believe and know that five days a week for “in-person” instruction for all students is not only ideal, but would make a huge difference. We continue to work to ensure the best education for all students while ensuring the safety and well-being of the school community. We will make every effort to increase the in-person instructional time and will provide more information about any schedule changes as soon as possible.

Please reach out to Ms. Colon-Coffil if you have any additional questions.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

Warmly,
Cindi


December Calendars

Posted December 1, 2020

Monika has released the December 2020 Events Calendar. Check it out now! We are also sharing the December 2020 NYC Schools Breakfast Menu and December 2020 NYC Schools Lunch Menu.

Memo from Chancellor details plan to reopen school buildings

Posted November 18, 2020

"As you are aware, on November 18, we temporarily closed school buildings[...]. Today, I am pleased to write to you with our plan to reopen school buildings for in-person instruction for many of our students. [...] this letter also contains information regarding mandatory weekly in- school testing for COVID-19 in all reopened buildings, and how you can submit the required consent forms."

Read more in Chancellor Carranza's November 29th Coronavirus Closure letter to families.

Plan to Re-Open School Building

Posted November 25, 2020

The Mayor has announced that Pre-K, and Grades K-5 will return to in-person learning on Monday, December 7, 2020.

As he indicated, our first commitment is to the health and safety of our community, above and beyond everything else. Your efforts have made it possible for our school to re-open for in-person learning. This re-opening will include:

  • Weekly Testing: The LOCKE School will engage in mandated weekly randomized testing, modeled on the pre-existing monthly approach in which 20% of students and staff are tested.

  • Student Consent: All students at the LOCKE School in Grade 1 through Grade 5 are required to provide consent for testing by their first scheduled in-person learning day.

Thank you to most families who have already submitted the updated consent.

Families who still need to submit an updated consent, may do so using NYCSA or can visit the school this week to compete a paper form. Students who do not submit consent have to be transitioned to remote only learning. If you need assistance with submitting the consent using NYCSA or want to complete a paper form this week, please contact Monika Vargas, Parent Coordinator at 347-444-9913.

Happy THanksgiving!

Posted November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the many reasons to be appreciative for the people in your life.

May your Thanksgiving day be filled with love, family and friends.

Please take time to relax and enjoy. And of course, please stay safe.

Warm Regards,
Cindi

Upcoming Changes to Some Cohorts

Posted November 25, 2020

Changes to Cohorts to Account for Updated Learning Preference Survey Results and Current Fully Remote Status for all Students

As you know, several parents recently updated their Learning Preference Survey, requesting their child be switched from Fully Remote Learning toBlended In-Person learning. Although at the moment, all NYC Public School students are FULLY REMOTE, some students’ cohort or teacher have been changed as of November 30th.

This change might impact your child as these changes were made to account for the fact that we are all fully remote, as well as changes based on the survey and class assignments for In-Person Learning. It is important to realize that your child’s Fully Remote teacher may be different that your child’s Blended In-Person teacher. If your child’s cohort or teacher has been changed, you will receive both an email and a letter with this new information. Please keep an eye out for information from your child’s teacher about the class schedule.

Keep in mind, your child will be receiving instruction from every teacher on the grade team. The “anchor” teacher is your main point of contact.

Join us at our first Bee Celebration!

Posted November 25, 2020

Please join us for our 1st Bee Celebration of the 2020-2021 school year. This is an opportunity for the K-5 community to come together and celebrate our successes!

When: November 30th at 8:20 am

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

Download the November 2020 Bee Celebration Flyer now!

COVID-19 and Holiday Travel

Posted November 24, 2020

New York City is at a turning point with COVID-19. While we have maintained low levels of community transmission over the past several months, we are now seeing very concerning increases in cases and hospitalizations across the City. We need to act now to stop these trends. This will require an all-hands-on-deck effort from all New Yorkers, and the next few days and weeks are critical.

Holiday Travel & Gatherings: For the holidays,the City is recommending that we refrain from all nonessential travel and limit gatherings to those within your household.

Testing: Regardless of whether you travel, or whether you have been tested before, all New Yorkers should get tested. If you test positive, please isolate immediately and answer any calls from contact tracers. Contact tracers can connect you with any resources you need, including medication delivery.

  • How to find a testing location:

    • Free testing available at sites listed here

    • Call 212 -COVID19

    • TextCOVID TEST to 855-48

Flu Shots: This year’s flu shot may be the most important one yet. Many places offer free flu shots, so please take advantage of this opportunity.

Thank you for your help with controlling the spread of COVID-19 over the past nine months, and at this critical moment in time.

Weekly Update from Parent Coordinator, Monika Vargas

Posted November 23, 2020

Building Relationships and Engaging Parent Leaders

December 1st, 2020 at 10:00 am

Please join this workshop where the Office of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) will share best practices to help you, as parent leaders, engage with our school community. Come ready to share and grow as we learn together how to build relationships and community, develop future leaders and create partnerships to support all parents and students in our school!

When: Tuesday, December 1st @ 10am

Where: Zoom Webinar - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87592084920?pwd=aHA3THVWRFlsMWxzWEtneStOenpDUT09
Dial-in number: US: +1-646-558-8656
Webinar ID: 875 9208 4920
Passcode: 201835


Family and Student Information Sessions

Did you miss the November 12th or 19th Family and Student Information Sessions?

You can view the recording here: https://learndoe.org/face/recordings/

City Harvest Food Drive

For 38 years, City Harvest and the Daily News have partnered to host the city’s largest food drive, taking place this year from Tuesday, October 20, 2020 through Friday, January 22, 2021. Our goal is to collect one million pounds of nutritious food, which we will deliver, free of charge, to hundreds of soup kitchens, food pantries, and other community food programs across the five boroughs. Find out how you can get involved this year by visiting City Harvest’s website


Learning Bridges

Learning Bridges, the City’s free childcare program for children in Pre-K through 8th Grade, will continue to serve families enrolled in blended learning. We will continue to give priority to children of essential workers, as well as students in temporary housing or residing in NYCHA developments, children in foster care or receiving child welfare services, and students with disabilities. Families can learn more and apply at schools.nyc.gov/learningbridges, and new offers will be made to families weekly as seats are available.

Parent University is Here!

I am delighted to let you know that Parent University is live. Parent University is for all parents and family members. Parent University 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.

You can check out the site here: https://parentu.schools.nyc/

MMCC Beacon: Program Update

Posted November 19, 2020

As students have transitioned to remote learning, MMCC has also re-launched it's virtual program, "MMCC Virtual World" to serve students for afterschool, evenings and Saturdays!

MMCC staff will be online from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for the afterschool program. They will continue to offer the enrichments our in-person program provides. They will begin offering the virtual program today!

Students will be separated by their usual grade pods, but will have the option to try other programming from across the agency. Please see the zoom information below:

Meeting ID: 989 7977 0557
Password: letslink

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Kristina Sims at ksims@mmcc.org

Citywide School Closures

Posted November 19, 2020

As you know, all public school buildings will be closed until further notice. The City and State have not yet decided on their plan to reopen buildings, and the Mayor has indicated that all schools will remain closed until at least after the Thanksgiving weekend. We will provide updates as soon as we are able. Thank you for your partnership as we navigate through these necessary transitions and changes in the coming days and weeks.

Remote Learning Checklist

Posted November 19, 2020

Still getting used to the new new new normal? We understand! Here is a checklist of things you can do to make the transition to remote go more smoothly, including establishing routines, tips for working with the technology and how to get support. Check it out in the DOE's Remote Learning Checklist.

Temporary Building Closure of All Public School Buildings - Fully Remote Instruction

Posted November 18, 2020

Effective, Thursday, November 19, 2020 all children will receive instruction as follows:

  • If your child is an in-person blended student, he/she will meet with their in-person teacher for the next five days, regardless of their Cohort. So, every day, beginning tomorrow, they will go to Google Classroom and see his/her teachers. Your child’s teacher will post the schedule with Zoom links and your child’s teacher will be waiting to see them tomorrow for Morning Meeting, which begins at 8:20 a.m.

  • If your child is a remote only student, he/she will continue with their remote only teacher.

More information will be coming regarding any additional changes to be in place as of November 30th.

Chancellor Closes all NYC schools, effective immediately

Posted November 18, 2020

"Given recent increases in transmission, we have reached a point in our City’s infection rate that requires all students to transition to remote learning. Beginning Thursday, November 19, all school buildings will be closed, and all learning will proceed remotely for all students, until further notice. You will hear from your principal shortly about next steps for you and your student. Please note that this is a temporary closure, and school buildings will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. "

Read more in Chancellor Carranza's November 18th Coronavirus Closure letter to families.

Please watch More information will come from the Locke School shortly.

Financial Wellness Workshop with Students and Families

Posted November 17, 2020

The DOE is partnering with EverFi and Master Your Card to host two workshops on financial wellness, one in English and one in Spanish.

The workshops will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, November 18th , with the English workshop taking place from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., and the Spanish workshop taking place from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

More information, including Zoom links, is available in the November 18th Financial Workshop Flier (English) and Su Bienestar Financiero (en Español)

New "Let’s Learn" Episodes Broadcasting and Streaming Now

Posted November 17, 2020

The DOE, in partnership with the WNET Group, is launching new episodes of the public television program Let’s Learn, which features lessons for children in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2 that will continue to serve as a supplemental resource for remote and blended learning.

Let’s Learn offers age-appropriate content that is aligned to education standards and lessons for early childhood education, using videotaped lessons by educators, that focus on foundational reading and writing skills, literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts. The series also supports social-emotional learning and brings viewers on virtual field trips to see dance performances, meet animals, visit botanical gardens, and more. Beginning November 16th, episodes of Let’s Learn will air weekdays at 11:00 a.m. on WNET-Channel 13, and at 9:00 a.m. on WLIW-Channel 21, the New York-metro-area PBS stations. Episodes and segments will stream nationwide at letslearn.org. All programming will have English and Spanish captions

Family and Student Information Session on Remote and Blended Learning

Posted November 17, 2020

Families across the DOE are invited to attend a virtual “Family and Student Information” session, which will take place from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19th.

The session, hosted by Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, will feature DOE leaders discussing the most up-to-date information about remote and blended learning, grading policies, and health and safety protocols.

Families can join this event by registering via Learn DOE; families can also view the event, without registering, via this livestream on the day/time of the event.

COVID Testing for November

Posted November 17, 2020

"As part of New York City’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and ensure the health and safety of our community, COVID-19 testing of staff and students will be conducted in our school once a month from now through the end of the school year. We have been notified that the testing provider will be at our school within the week."

Read more in Cindi's November 16th Covid Testing Update for Families.

Potential Transition to Fully Remote Instruction in the Event of Citywide Closures

Posted November 17, 2020

Within our schools, we have seen a COVID-19 positivity rate of only .18% out of more than 100,000 students and staff tested. This has been a reassuring sign that our schools are safe, and that our families, staff members and students are taking all the necessary precautions to stay safe and healthy.

However, outside of schools, the signs are not as promising. Two months ago, the Mayor and Chancellor pledged to close NYC school buildings and temporarily shift to fully remote teaching and learning if the average weekly positive testing rate, across the city, reached 3%.

Unfortunately, the rate has been increasing towards 3%, and we may have to temporarily shift back to full-time remote learning in the coming days or weeks. This is an outcome that no-one wants, in a set of circumstances that no-one is happy about. However, we do need to be prepared should we have to take this step. We will keep you closely updated.

NYC Schools Covid Update

Posted November 13, 2020

The Governor and Mayor announced yesterday that Staten Island is now considered a “yellow zone,” and so all District 31 schools will engage in random mandatory weekly testing until further notice.

At today’s press conference, the Mayor confirmed that if the city reaches a 7-day citywide average of 3%, all schools will close the following day. Conversations with the City and DOE around potential closures are happening daily. If all schools must close due to the positivity rate, we will be sure to communicate with the community in a timely manner. We will keep you updated throughout the coming days and weeks.

Covid Testing Update

Posted November 12, 2020

"We know many of you have filled out and submitted the COVID-19 Consent form however, AN UPDATED CONSENT is now NEEDED. Please see the information below on how to submit the consent electronically through My Schools Account."

This form must be completed by Friday November 13, 2020.

Read more in the November 12th Updated Covid Consent Memo.

Covid case Update

Posted November 12, 2020

"...Today I am writing to update you on the impact of COVID-19 case in our building. The NYC Test + Trace Corps and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have completed a thorough investigation and determined that the classroom is clear to reopen for regularly scheduled activities on 11/12/2020..."

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

Chat with Superintendent Loughlin at the D3 Café

Posted November 10, 2020

When: Monday November 23, 2020 from 4-5pm

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84059004655?pwd=NmJOME5xNW8yTlMzMHh3ZjVEQTNlUT09
Meeting ID: 840 5900 4655
Passcode: 252658

Spanish +1 347-966-4114, 698589747#
French +1 347-966-4114, 698589747#
Arabic +1 347-966-4114, 242852653#

Agenda

  • Welcome

  • FACE Updates

  • Suggestions on future parent events for the entire D3 community

  • Q&A

BioBus Student Town Hall: Science in Harlem!

Posted November 10, 2020

On Thursday, November 12th at 4:00 p.m., there will be a Student Town Hall that will focus on scientific research happening right in our backyard in Harlem!

During the Student Town Hall, students will virtually visit the research laboratory of neuroscientist, Dr. Tessa Montague, at the Columbia Zuckerman Institute! Tessa studies the marine animal cuttlefish and their camouflage behavior!

Students should send in their cuttlefish questions here and then watch live on YouTube to hear the answers and continue the discussion with Dr. Tessa, BioBus Scientist Rosemary and Ashley Pirovano, BioBus Senior Community Scientist.

Health and Safety Family Town Hall en Español

Posted November 6, 2020

Families across the DOE are invited to attend #NYCOfficeHours en Español, the Chancellor’s Spanish-language virtual town hall on health and safety in school buildings, which will take place from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on November 10th.

The Town Hall Meeting, hosted by Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, will feature Dr. Aaron Miller, executive director of the Family Health Program for New York City Health and Hospitals. They will be providing information and responding to questions from families about COVID-19 testing in schools, ventilation, PPE and cleaning protocols, among other topics.

To access #NYCOfficeHours en Español, families should dial 1-800-280-9461.

Additional sessions will be held in the future for families who speak other DOE languages.

Safety Update

Posted November 5, 2020

The safety of our students is our highest priority. To that end, we are writing to inform you that there was a heavy police presence near the school yesterday. This morning Assistant Principal Colon-Coffil and I learned of all the additional details of this incident and felt it was necessary to reassure you of what transpired. We were made aware that the reason for that increased police presence is because at approximately 9:15 a.m. there was an alleged shooting off of the school grounds on 112th street near Lenox Avenue. NYPD responded and secured the area. Our School Safety Agent was informed that the situation was already under control by NYPD. No members of the school community were involved in the incident.

We assure you that every precaution was taken to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We look forward to your continued partnership as we work together to ensure our school campus continues to provide the best and safest learning environment possible for all of our students. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone or email.

Warmly,

Cindi

HEALTH SCREENING Updates

Posted November 5, 2020

Just a reminder that each morning, prior to entering the Locke School, every student and/or adult entering the building must complete the DOE's health screening, either online or on paper.

The quickest way to enter the building is by completing the health screening on your mobile device. This is highly encouraged as the weather becomes colder, as we all want to get inside faster.

Did you know you can put an icon on your homepage to access it right away without searching for it?

Please take a look at Adding a Shortcut to the NYC DOE Health Screening for iOS and Android, and an Android-specific tutorial, NYC DOE Health Screening on Android Device.

Outdoor Learning in Cold Weather

Posted November 4, 2020

Children benefit from vigorous exercise and will be given the opportunity to learn outside whenever possible, while maintaining social distancing. Unless it is snowing, or there is ice on the playground, or the wind chill factor produces an effective temperature below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), temperature alone will not be a barrier to outdoor learning.

All Locke School teachers will utilize the school’s Outdoor Learning Plan to maintain opportunities for students to be outside in addition to their Physical Education time. Please take precautions to keep your children warm and ensure that they are always appropriately dressed in layers on very cold days. When outdoors, teachers will ensure that your children cover exposed skin and wear their multiple layers to maintain warmth. Staff and students will continue to adhere to physical distancing requirements at all times.​​​​​​​ Children who need to avoid the cold weather for medical reasons must submit a note from their healthcare provider to our school nurse.

MMCC Beacon: Program Updates

Posted November 3, 2020

Program Days:
There is no afterschool program today, November 3rd for Election Day or Thursday, November 5th due to Parent/Teacher Conferences.

November Programming:
Music classes will begin this week starting on Wednesday! Professor Othello is excited to get started!

Basketball and Capoeira will begin later this month.

Media:
Over the course of the year, we will take videos and photographs of the program. If you would prefer to have your student be excluded from our media and did not indicate it on our media release form in the application, please send me a separate email with the subject line "No Media Consent".

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Kristina Sims, the Program Director at 607-379-4416.

Blended Learning Opt-In Period: Nov. 2-15, 2020

Posted November 2, 2020

Fully remote families now have the option to opt-in to blended learning, meaning that students will learn in the school building for part of the week, and remotely at home the rest of the week. From Monday, November 2nd through Sunday, November 15th, families will have the option to fill out this form indicating their wish to change learning preferences. Students who change from remote to blended will begin in-person between the weeks of November 30th and December 7th, and will be informed as soon as possible of their start date and schedule. We will make every effort to accommodate all requests based on programming and space capacity.

As always, we are grateful for your partnership in your child’s education.

We remain focused on delivering a strong, supportive, engaging learning experience for your student, no matter where they are learning.

November Calendars

Posted November 2, 2020

Monika has released the November 2020 Events Calendar. Check it out now! We are also sharing the November 2020 NYC Schools Breakfast Menu and November 2020 NYC Schools Lunch Menu.

School administration during our quarantine

Posted October 29, 2020

"...Please be advised that while we work remotely and are not on-site, Superintendent Christine Loughlin and two members of the D3 Team have been reporting to the school yesterday and today..."

Please read more in Cindi's October 29th Letter to Families.

DOHMH's Information for a Safe and Healthy Halloween

Posted October 28, 2020

"As Halloween approaches, we know many children and families across the city are looking forward to celebrating. We are excited to share ways to safely have fun with your family, while still being mindful of key COVID-19 prevention measures.

Here are top tips for a healthy Halloween..."

Please read more in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's 2020 Halloween letter and their Tips for a Safe 2020 Halloween flier.

information on COVID-19 case at the locke school

Posted October 27, 2020

"The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority. We are committed to making sure you are up to date on COVID-19 as we continue to navigate this public health emergency together.

Today I am writing to inform you about the community:

  • 4th & 5th grade students in Cohort A, may have been exposed to a member of our school community who has tested positive for COVID-19

  • Cohort B students have not been exposed and are to report to school as usual tomorrow 10/28/2020

  • Only 4th and 5th Graders in Cohort A, must stay home for 14 days following the date of possible exposure (today) and may not return to school until 11/12/2020. All 4th and 5th Graders in Cohort A will learn remotely during this quarantine."

Please read for important information in Cindi's October 27th Letter to Families.

COVID-19 Testing Update

Posted October 27, 2020

Yesterday, students in Cohort A and school staff were tested for COVID-19 by a medical professional from SOMOS Community Care and we are happy to report that all went very well.

What’s happens next?

SOMAS will contact you with your results. The majority of test results will come back in about 48 hours.

If your child has COVID-19:

1. Someone from SOMOS Community Care will call you between the hours of 7:00 a.m. -and 8:00 p.m. to let you know that your child has COVID-19 and will share additional information.

2. You will also receive a call from NYC Test & Trace Corps, who will offer resources and recommendations. They will help you with what you may need to be able to safely stay at home.

If you do not receive an e-mail or phone call from SOMOS Community Care within the next 2-3 days, please contact SOMOS at 833- SOMOSNY or visit somosny.com

If you have any other questions, please visit www.schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting

DOE REvisES Grading Policy

Posted October 27, 2020

"Given the challenges we have been navigating together throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have recognized the need to update our grading policy. In this letter, I will share information about the grading policy for the 2020-21 school year..."

Read more in Chancellor Carranza's October 26th update for families.

Increased Availability to learning bridges program

Posted October 27, 2020

In the coming days, the DOE will broaden access to Learning Bridges programs, so that more of our families can attend programs, by drawing students from multiple schools to a single Learning Bridges site. In broadening access to Learning Bridges, students will no longer need to attend a matched school to enroll in a program. This additional flexibility will ensure that Learning Bridges seats are available to more schools and as many families as possible. Interested families should complete the Learning Bridges application, which takes less than five minutes; applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Offers are made on a weekly basis and new seats and sites will continue to be added throughout the fall.

This decision to open Learning Bridges to additional schools was made in conjunction with the city’s health experts; all Learning Bridges programs will continue to follow rigorous COVID-19 prevention strategies.

CHANCELLOR CARRANZA REvisES blended learning opt-in window

Posted October 26, 2020

The Chancellor’s wants to share more information and guidance on the blended learning opt-in window for families.

We aimed to develop an opt-in process that would:

  • Honor our commitment to families that they would have an opportunity to opt into blended/in-person learning in November

  • Acknowledge that some schools may need time and support to develop solutions to accommodate students who want to return to in-person learning

  • Promote the stability and continuity needed to maximize learning


To best meet these objectives, the process outlined below will be the only opt-in window for families this school year, through the last day of the 2020-2021 school year. We believe that this best meets the needs of students, families, teachers, and school leaders as we establish strong routines and structures for learning. As such, the process for blended learning opt-in is as follows:

Monday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 15th: Blended Learning Opt-In Window for Families

    • Families requesting to change from 100% remote to blended learning should complete and submit the Learning Preference survey during this window.

    • Schools will be able to review individual students’ updated learning preference on a rolling basis during this window.

Weeks of November 30th & December 7th: Students Begin In-Person Learning

MMCC Beacon: Program Update

Posted October 26, 2020

There are a few updates for the program. Please see them below. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email or phone.

Program Structure:

Although the program has launched, there is some programming that has not begun yet. Music, Basketball, and Capoeira will begin next month. Please see the program schedule attached to this email. The descriptions of the activities are listed below and attached to this email. The activities were chosen based on the responses we received from the students' interests survey parents filled out in September-October. There are a limited number of offerings due to COVID-19 regulations regarding the number of individuals in the school building.

  • Enrichment Activities

    • Math Matters: This component enhances and broadens participants’ understanding of core concepts learned during the school year. Through modeling, graphing, and solving real-world problems, participants will refine their problem-solving strategies.

    • Club Zone: Clubs will be separated by grade appropriately, whereas 1 – 2nd-grade students will select and engage in club activities together and 3rd-5th graders will select and engage in clubs twice a week to allow time for learning and producing a project. Clubs will include: Minecraft, Beyblade, Pokemon, and Cooking

    • KidzLit: The KidzLit program is a reading enrichment program designed specifically for use in out-of-school settings. It increases young people’s motivation to read and build their literacy skills. At the same time, it develops the core values of helpfulness, fairness, personal responsibility, and respect for others.

    • S.T.E.M. UP: Group leaders guide kids through fun, playing, and building-based games and projects in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Exploration and experimentation-based projects in earth science, robotics, physics, mechanics, alternative energy, geometry to foster early interests in STEM and introductory skills.

    • Sounds of Music: Students will explore a variety of musical avenues to develop an appreciation and enjoy music. This is a year-long course exploring choral music from a variety of cultures and time periods through study and performance. Students will learn the basics of sight-reading, music theory, and music history.

    • C.A.M. (Create A Masterpiece): Participants engage in arts and crafts and develop and foster skills that can be gained and improved through various hands-on art projects. In addition to developing creative abilities and encouraging imaginative thinking, participants will also increase cognitive, fine motor, and problem-solving skills.

    • Partner Organizations:

      • ABADA-Capoeira NYC: Students will build strength, stamina, and flexibility in this full-body workout, and experience the Brazilian martial arts rich in history and culture.

      • Crusaders Basketball: Crusader Basketball Inc. is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization promoting amateur basketball for youth in the New York City area. Crusader Basketball offers the opportunity to build self-esteem and sportsmanship while learning the fundamentals of basketball.

Fall Fest:

This week students will celebrate the beauty and splendor of the Fall season! Students will decorate pumpkins, create Fall-inspired costumes, play Fall-themed games, and finish their week with a virtual costume parade for the costumes they made in afterschool. The 4th-5th grade students are painting backdrops of Fall landscapes for the virtual parade. We encourage students and families to join the MMCC Zoom this Tuesday and Friday to join in the festivities. All activities will occur during the afterschool program. You can access the Zoom room here: https://zoom.us/j/91080269549?pwd=WGtER1QxZ2RFakpTTDdEa0NGSkdtdz09


Meeting ID: 910 8026 9549

Passcode: 2h6wKU

Please see the flyer attached to the Zoom link information as well.

In-Person Dismissal:

Thank you for following our adjusted protocol for dismissal! As a reminder, we are a new program and have been welcoming new staff. Please be prepared to show a photo ID when picking up your student. The new staff is required to verify Photo IDs when serving as a dismissal monitor. Thank you for your patience as the new staff gets acclimated to the process.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out.


Best wishes,

Kristina Sims

Special Telephone Town Hall for Families on Health and Safety in Schools

Posted October 26, 2020

Families: You’re Invited to #NYCOfficeHours with the Experts on Tuesday, October 27th

  • When: Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m.

  • Where: Call 1-800-280-9461 to ask and listen.

Join us on Tuesday, October 27th from 6:30p.m. - 7:30p.m., for our #NYCOfficeHours telephone town hall. All about health and safety in our schools!

Dr. Jay Varma, Senior Advisor for Public Health in the Mayor’s Office, and DOE Deputy Chancellor for Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications Adrienne Austin will be taking questions from callers.

Whether you have questions about COVID-19 testing in schools, ventilation, PPE and cleaning, or more, dial 1-800-280-9461 on Tuesday, October 27th at 6:30 p.m. to ask and listen.

COVID-19 Testing Update

Posted October 22, 2020

"As part of New York City's ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and ensure the health and safety of our community, COVID-19 testing of staff and students will be conducted in our school once a month from now until the end of the school year."

Read more in Cindi's October 22nd COVID-19 Testing update to families.


A Locke School update from Cindi

Posted October 22, 2020

Be sure to read Cindi's October 22nd letter to families, which covers the Remote-to-Blended transfer period, Parent Teacher Conferences and a request for family volunteers.

Title I annual Parent Meeting

Please join us at our Title I Annual Parent Meeting on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 4pm. This will be a virtual meeting. You will receive an email invitation with the link to the event.

At this meeting we will discuss the importance of Title I Funding, the role of the CEP (Comprehensive Educational Plan) and how Title I supports academic achievement.

Contacting Our Office

Posted October 13, 2020
Note: The information below has been updated on 10/29/2020. Thank you!

Hello Locke School Family,

Effective today October 29th, there is a new link available if you are trying to reach our school secretary, Justine Restrepo. She can be reached between the hours 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Justine Restrepo's Zoom
Meeting ID: 895 5648 4521
Passcode: 185185
Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89556484521?pwd=YWwyVHNqL3ZqWTNLdDA3SWZjMXVjQT09

Dial by your location
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

She can also be reached at 414-775-6253 or by email at jrestrepo4@schools.nyc.gov.

We are happy to assist you.

Greetings from Cindi

Posted October 12, 2020

“I know this is a very difficult time for the school community, but I want to assure you I am 100% committed to the work here. Even in the short time I’ve been here, I see the amazing work of the dedicated teachers who are working under extremely challenging circumstances. I see bright and eager children arriving to school and in their Google Classrooms, full of wonder, excitement and ready to learn. And I see how committed every parent is to ensuring the best opportunities for their children.

Read more in Cindi's October 9th letter to families.

Update from Superintendent Loughlin

Posted October 12, 2020

"I am reaching out today to update you about the hiring process for the principal position, and where we are in the process. Because it is critical that we have an experienced administrator at the helm to support all aspects of school life during these challenging time, I have selected Deputy Superintendent, Cynthia Dickman to serve as Interim Acting Principal."

Read more in Superintendent Loughlin's October 9th letter to families.

Takeout Meals for Students Learning Remotely

Posted October 9, 2020

Even if your children aren't in the school building, there are still healthy meals ready for them! The Locke School has meals available for pick-up-and-go, every Monday through Friday, from 9am-12pm. Come to the school yard on 112th (Between the main entrance and Lenox) for free take-out meals for all NYC Children!

coronavirus school testing FAQ

Posted October 7, 2020

Many parents have had questions regarding the upcoming COVID Testing and have stopped to ask at arrival and dismissal. Here are the answers to Covid testing questions that have been asked.

Lunch Forms Needed ASAP

Posted October 6, 2020

Hello Locke School Families-

We are a Title 1 school. It is important that all families complete a lunch form by October 30, because our funds are tied to information given in the forms. If you have any questions please call Monika at 347-444-9913

Here is the link to complete the form: https://www.myschoolapps.com/

coronavirus school testing policy

Posted October 2, 2020

"New York City will make COVID-19 testing readily available for all its residents, including children, at over 200 locations across all five boroughs. NYCDOE encourages all its students and school-based staff to get tested within seven days of reporting to buildings and at regular intervals throughout the remainder of this crisis..."

Read more in the UFT and DOE's School Testing Policy Agreement.

October Calendar

Posted October 1, 2020

Monika has released the October 2020 Events Calendar. Check it out now!

Jane's Letter to Families

Posted 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:

2020-21 Locke School Cohort Calendar

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:

HEALTH SCREENING 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 Families

Posted 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.