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Family Day Part 2, this saturday!

Posted June 2, 2021

It's going to be great weather this Saturday! Come out, bring a friend, and enjoy our amazing garden with us!

June 4th Spirit Day: Sports Day!

Posted June 2, 2021

Friday, June 4th is Sports Day!!!!

Join us for this week’s Spirit Day and wear a shirt or the colors of your favorite team!!!

Check out the image on the left to see what other great spirit days we have coming up!

June Calendars

Posted June 1, 2021

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

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CEC3 Middle School Committee Meeting with Office of Enrollment (TIME CHANGE)

Posted May 27, 2021Revised June 1, 2021

CEC3 Middle School Committee Meeting with Office of Enrollment

Thurs., June 3 at 7pm 6:00PM (Note that the time has changed.)


Register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkceutrjMoGNc7AaPOeqxT3wOYSD8l1-3Q

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CEC3 Business Meeting

Posted June 1, 2021

When: Wednesday, June 2, 2021

6:30 PM

Register in advance for Zoom this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArf-mprzssE9C7x3xf6dQF7KbporcpZpzh

Agenda

Business Meeting

  • Call to Order & Roll Call of Members

  • Approval of Minutes

    1. May 5, 2021 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Old Business

    1. End of Year Event

    2. Term Report

  • New Business

    1. CEC3 term end website payments

  • Liaison Reports

  • Committee Reports

  • Adjournment of Business Meeting


For questions or concerns contact cec3@schools.nyc.gov or call the CEC3 office 212-678-2782

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May's Locke Leader: Richard "Coach Rick" Kirkland!

Posted May 28, 2021

May's Locke Leader is international Rugby star and friend to many, Richard "Coach Rick. Join us at 8:30am on May 28th for the May Locke Leader video premiere!

Do you think you could be the next Locke Leader Speaker? We are always looking for leaders in our community who will share their stories and inspire our leaders of tomorrow. We are looking at our amazing Locke School families for future events. Let us know if you think you're just the person for the job!

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Meisha Porter's family engagement tour: Virtual Forum

Posted May 24, 2021

Dear Families,


Last week, Chancellor Meisha Porter launched a five-borough family engagement tour to hear directly from school communities about their top educational priorities for next school year. In light of unprecedented investments from local, state and federal, government, these forums will serve as an opportunity for families, teachers, school administrators and staff to provide Department of Education (DOE) leadership with their thoughts on the types of resources and support that are needed as we move towards a full reopening in September.


Virtual forums will be held on the following dates:

Manhattan – Monday, May 24, 2021, from 6-8:30pm

Queens – Thursday, May 27, 2021, from 6-8:30pm

Brooklyn -- Monday, June 7, 2021, from 6-8:30pm

Bronx -- Wednesday, June 9, 2021, from 6-8:30pm


Chancellor Porter will be joined by Executive Superintendents and leadership from the DOE to help answer questions and to facilitate a productive conversation with the community. Families and staff can register for the forums online at learndoe.org/chancellor. At the time of registration, participants will be asked if they want to ask a question or provide a comment during the event about a number of categories, including health and safety, special education, fall 2021 school reopening, social emotional learning, and more.


Each forum will be recorded and posted learndoe.org/chancellor so that school communities may access them at any time. Interpretation services will be available at every forum. Please share this information and the attached flyers (translated) with your school community.


Best,


Adrienne Austin, Esq.

Deputy Chancellor

Division of Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications

New York City Department of Education

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Update on times to Chancellor Porter's Forums

Posted May 24, 2021

Dear Families,


Our apologies - our earlier message inadvertently stated the incorrect times for the forums.


Please see the accurate times below for the forums.


Virtual forums will be held on the following dates:

Manhattan – Monday, May 24, 2021, from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Queens – Thursday, May 27, 2021, from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Brooklyn -- Monday, June 7, 2021, from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Bronx -- Wednesday, June 9, 2021, from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Chancellor Porter will be joined by Executive Superintendents and leadership from the DOE to help answer questions and to facilitate a productive conversation with the community. Families and staff can register for the forums online at learndoe.org/chancellor. At the time of registration, participants will be asked if they want to ask a question or provide a comment during the event about a number of categories, including health and safety, special education, fall 2021 school reopening, social emotional learning, and more.



Each forum will be recorded and posted learndoe.org/chancellor so that school communities may access them at any time. Interpretation services will be available at every forum. Please share this information and the linked flyers with your community. Translated versions for Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx coming soon.



Manhattan - 5.24.21 (English)

Manhattan - 5.24.21 (Spanish)

Manhattan - 5.24.21 (Chinese)



Queens - 5.27.21

Brooklyn - 6.7.21

Bronx - 6.9.21



Best,



Division of Community Empowerment, Partnerships, and Communications

New York City Department of Education

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CEC3 Committee Meeting: Equitable Outcomes for All Students

Posted May 18, 2021

A panel discussion with District 3 school leadership, parents, and the community on the equity informed work that is happening through the District 3 Equity Leadership Team and how it will affect student's return to the classroom, Fall 2021.

When: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 6:30 PM (via Zoom)

Participants are encouraged to sign up here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvde-sqz4qEtXzE8gVmxL7xYqs_WNJHzRK

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CB7 Discussion: COVID and vaccination in schools

Posted May 18 2021

Do you have questions about kids, COVID-19 and Schools?

Community Board 7’s Youth, Education, and Libraries committee is hosting a virtual discussion on Thursday, May 20th at 6:30pm on the latest health data on children and COVID-19, including vaccination updates and science standards for schools.

Scheduled speakers:

Emily Oster, Ph.D. Brown University Professor of Economics and organizing partner of the COVID-19 School Response Dashboard

Patricia DeLaMora, M.D. Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Weill Cornell Medicine / New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Register here to join:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tCWSc30VQRuI2oUJzykk3g

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Parents: Join us at these important meetings

Posted May 18 2021

Part I

The Basics: Social-Emotional Learning & Mindfulness

In this training, we cover all the basics about SEL and mindfulness: what they are, why they matter, and how they are not just one more thing teachers should do but rather are evidence based practices that will provide countless benefits to your school and students’ lives.

Date: Monday, May 24, 2021

Time: 10:30am

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89750821156?pwd=UGQwUmxzV05wTk1DMFZsbXhibHVCQT09

Part II

The Basics: Social-Emotional Learning & Mindfulness

Date: Monday, June 7, 2021

Time: 10:30am

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89750821156?pwd=UGQwUmxzV05wTk1DMFZsbXhibHVCQT09

Trauma-Informed Teaching

With almost half the nation’ s children experiencing one or more serious traumas before the age of 18, it is more important than ever that schools use trauma-informed practices. The Trauma-Informed Teaching Training introduces teachers to the prevalence of trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), the needs of students who have experienced trauma, and specific trauma-informed teaching interventions.

Date: Monday, June 14, 2021

Time: 10:00am

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89750821156?pwd=UGQwUmxzV05wTk1DMFZsbXhibHVCQT09

Principal Spence will be at these sessions 15 Minutes prior to the start of each session. Each session will be a Q and A.

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NYC Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist Lottery

Posted May 18 2021

New York City Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist Lottery | Homes and Community Renewal

Español- 中國 - 傳統 - Kreyòl ayisyen- Русский - 한국어- বাংলা. MAKE YOUR MOVE New York City Section 8 Voucher Waitlist Opens May 17 – May 28. Section 8 Vouchers provide a subsidy to help low-income renters afford safe, decent housing.

hcr.ny.gov


Application period - May 17 - May 28, 2021

Section 8 Vouchers provide a subsidy to help low-income renters afford safe, decent housing.

How the lottery works

Applicants must apply while the waitlist is open. HCR will select 15,000 households for the waitlist through a lottery. Those selected for the waitlist will be offered a voucher as one becomes available, and will be subject to additional eligibility screening. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Applying does not guarantee a voucher.

Who Can Apply

Applicants must be 18+ and reside in an income-eligible household. See the “Income Eligibility” section below for details. Applicants who currently reside outside of New York City must reside within New York City for the first 12 months after receiving a voucher.

Number of Persons in Family (Income Limits)

1 ($41,800))

2 ($47,750)

3 ($53,700)

4 ($59,650)

5 ($64,450)

6 ($69,200)

7 ($74,000)

8 ($78,750)

9 ($83,510)

10 ($84,286)

How to Apply

The application will be open May 17th 9:00 AM - May 28th 11:59 PM. Applications will not be accepted outside of this period.

You must apply online. Paper applications submitted by mail or in person will not be accepted.

THE APPLICATION WILL BE AVAILABLE STARTING MAY 17TH.

https://hcr.ny.gov/section8

Updates from the Chancellor

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Letter from Chancellor Porter

Posted May 14, 2021

A memo from Chancellor Porter:

As Chancellor, it is important to me that our students and educators explore the rich traditions and achievements of people of AAPI heritage. It’s also important to have the hard discussions about the horrific rise in violence against our fellow AAPI New Yorkers and Americans. In schools, we are supporting this by providing curriculum resources accessible to educators in all grades. And at every turn, we must reinforce that there is no room for discrimination of any kind in New York City’s public schools.

Read the Chancellor’s full letter here: “May 12, 2021: Letter to Families from Chancellor Porter”.

Translation is available for families
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Locke School's May Spirit Days

Posted May 12, 2021

Each Friday, celebrate our school community with a fun theme! We can't wait to see your school spirit!

Dates and themes are listed below!

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middle school offers are available!

Posted May 11, 2021

The wait is over, middle school offers are now available. Families can view offers directly on Myschools. Offers will also be mailed to families from enrollment and can be printed out by the school. There will be no appeals round this year. Instead, all middle school programs will have waitlists. Applicants who do not get an offer to their first-choice program are automatically on the waitlist for any program listed higher on their application than the program where they’ve received an offer. Waitlists will open at the end of this week. You will receive a notification when waitlists are open. Please contact Ms. Singh if you have any questions.

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Family and Community Empowerment End of Week of Wrap Up (5-7-2021)

Posted May 4, 2021

CEC D3 has made the DOE FACE & CEC 3 End of Week Wrap Up from 5/7/21 now available to read online.

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Vote today!

Posted May 11, 2021
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Upcoming CEC3 Meetings and Events

Posted May 11, 2021
  • May 19, 6:30 PM
    CEC3 Calendar Meeting
    Register here

  • May 20, 1:00 PM
    D3 Dual Language Showcase (open to all NYCDOE Dual Language students)
    Register here

Bee Celebration

Bee Celebration!

Posted May 11, 2021

When: May 14th at 8:20 am

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

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


Updates from the Chancellor

DOE Updates for Families

Posted May 7, 2021

The Chancellor's office has put out a letter to families discussing next year's school calendar, CEC Elections, CEC Elections, Summer Rising and more.

Read the full letter on this page: “May 3, 2021: Update for Families

Translation is available for families
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REMINDER: Vote in the CEC elections - Deadline May 11

Posted MAY 7, 2021

There are only 4 days left! Have you voted?

Voting lasts until May 11, but don’t wait! Sign in to NYCSA and Vote today!

Dear District 3 Friends and Families,

You can make history by voting in the Education Council Elections. You will need to sign into your NYC Schools Account at mystudent.nyc, to Vote. A full list of candidates and links to candidate videos can be found when you reach the voting ballot page.


To learn more about the Education Councils and how voting works, watch this short video: CCEC Voting Guide

If you do not have an account and want to vote, it’s not too late! Click here to sign up for your NYC Schools Account mystudent.nyc. If you need help signing up to NYCSA please reach out to your parent coordinator.

Voting lasts until May 11, but don’t wait! Sign in to NYCSA and Vote today!

Here is a link to the Voting FAQ’s. It can be viewed translated into all languages.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/education-council-elections-2021/run-for-a-seat-on-a-council/voting-faq

Please contact elections2021@schools.nyc.gov if you have questions.

schools.nyc.gov/elections2021

Watch a short video online for more information: Here

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A Locke School Update!

Spots available for May 15th 3K/Pre-K Locke School Tour

Posted May 6, 2021

The Locke School of Arts & Engineering / P.S. 185 is excited to now offer 3K classes (for children born in 2018) in addition to our spectacular Pre-K program (for children born in 2017) as of September 2021! Come see what Harlem's best kept secret has to offer for your child and your family.

What: Pre-K & 3-K Outdoor Open House.

Tour Date: Saturday, May 15th 9:00-11:00AM

Deadline to Apply for Pre-K / 3K: May 28th, 2021

Tour Link: RSVP here for the Locke School Pre-K & 3-K Outdoor Open House!

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Universal 3K is officially happening at the Locke School!

Posted May 5, 2021 (Revised, May 6, 2021)

Dear Families of PS 185

I am elated to share some wonderful news with you. PS 185, The Locke School of Arts and Engineering will pilot the Universal 3-K program for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. In addition to our 3 Universal Pre-K classes, our school will serve 2 Universal 3-K classes. Each class will have no more than 15 students.

The addition of the 3-K program to our building will have a positive impact on our Pre-K & Early Childhood programs. One advantage is a 3-K program will provide a learning environment that supports children's growth in many areas such as language, literacy, and social and emotional development. It is also an opportunity to prepare our students for the academic work they will encounter as they move into the Early Childhood learning experiences. Moreover, the 3-k program will support consistency between home and school. When there is consistency there is growth.

In order to apply to the 3-K program at the Locke School you must open an account at MySchools. Use link https://www.myschools.nyc The application will be reviewed by the central admission office, after which you will receive an offer letter via email. The DEADLINE to apply for 3-K program is MAY 28, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please email Monika Vargas, Parent Coordinator at mvargas16@schools.nyc.gov

I look forward to discussing this further at the next Principal Chat.

Sincerely,
Andrea Woodhouse-Spence
Principal

Family Outdoor Party on May 15th at the Locke School!

Posted May 5, 2021

The Locke School of Arts and Engineering along with the Harlem Renaissance Garden Committee presents...

What: Family Outdoor Party

When: Saturday, May 15th 1 pm-3 pm

Where: Locke School of Arts and Engineering School Yard
(W 111th street entrance, between Lenox and 5th ave)

There will be hands on activities, raffles, music and learning opportunities from Locke School teachers. This event is open for our entire (in-person and remote) school community.

If you have any questions please email Cara at greenspaper@gmail.com

Updates from the Chancellor

Chancellor Porter Kicks Off Voting Period for 2021 Community and CEC Elections

Posted May 4, 2021

From Chancellor Porter:

"Nothing is more important than empowering our families to be advocates in their children’s education, and that’s why I’m thrilled to kick off voting for the Education Council elections."

Read the full letter here: “Chancellor Porter Kicks Off Voting Period for 2021 Community and Citywide Education Council Elections"

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Family and Community Empowerment End of Week of Wrap Up (4-30-2021)

Posted May 4, 2021

CEC D3 has made the DOE FACE & CEC 3 End of Week Wrap Up from 4/30/21 now available to read online.

May Calendars

Posted April 30, 2021

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

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April's Locke Leader: Ms. Spence!

Posted April 29, 2021 (Edited April 30)

Join us for our first Locke Leader Speaker Series of the year! April's Locke Leader is none other than our principal, Ms. Andrea Spence. Join us at 8:30am on April 30th for the April Locke Leader video premiere!

Post-premier note:
Wow! What an event! Do you think you could be the next Locke Leader Speaker? We are always looking for leaders in our community who will share their stories and inspire our leaders of tomorrow. We are looking at our amazing Locke School families for next month's event. Let us know if you think you're just the person for the job!

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Free family fitness and health classes

Posted April 30, 2021

I'm so excited to invite public school families to Transitioning Back to Groovement, a series of free, online fitness and health classes we're holding on six consecutive Saturdays, May 1 to June 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Get moving with dance-based fitness classes; return to the fundamentals of mental, spiritual and physical health; and learn some nourishing, budget-friendly recipes that kids will love.


These classes are designed to be engaging and fun for children and adults together. You may register for as many or as few as you like.


Click to register for Transitioning Back to Groovement.



Get moving with dance-based fitness classes; return to fundamentals of mental, spiritual and physical health; and learn some nourishing, budget-friendly recipes that kids will love. These classes are designed to be engaging and fun for children and adults together.


You can register for as many or as few of the classes as you choose. Here's the full schedule:


· May 1 — Zumba: In Zumba, we execute fun and easy-to-follow routines to Latin and international music, combining fast and slow rhythms to create a dynamic aerobic workout.

· May 8 — Stretch and Strengthen: Synchronize movement and energy in this mindful exercise class that is appropriate for all levels. We will focus on building flexibility and strength while learning fitness fundamentals so you can care for your body for years to come.

· May 15 — Kemetic Yoga: Experience an ancient yoga practice that originated in Kemet, Egypt. We’ll learn the yogic breathing technique, geometric progression through poses depicted on ancient hieroglyphics and Hekau words of power in the Medu Neter language. This class combines movement and meditation to heal your mind, body and spirit.

· May 22 — Soca Fitness: Move your body to upbeat Soca music from the Caribbean Islands! We’ll tone our bodies, strengthen our cores and have tons of fun.

· May 29 — Hip-Hop: Together we’ll learn a piece of hip-hop choreography, incorporating street dance styles, and the pop-locking technique. Children may be invited to use props to understand counts and rhythm and to enhance their motor skills.

· June 5 — Budget-Friendly Dinners: This session will teach you how to prepare healthy food using everyday cooking items you may already have in your fridge or freezer. Learn easy tips to cook meals with your family that are super tasty and economical!

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Dyslexia forum on May 3rd

Posted April 30, 2021
Updates from the Chancellor

Updates on city budget from Chancellor Porter

Posted April 30, 2021

A memo to schools from Chancellor Porter, dated April 26, 2021:


I hope you had a restful weekend. As we start another week in service to our students, I am very happy to be able to share good news about the longer road ahead.

Earlier today, Mayor de Blasio released the proposed Executive Budget for the next fiscal year, which begins on July 1. We have so much work to do to help our children recover from all they have experienced this year, and to further support them academically and emotionally. I am so excited about this work because it means we can create a new normal for our students. We can’t go back to where we were—we must do even better. I know you are excited about this too. As we prepare to welcome our students back this fall, we are getting the resources we need to ensure we can do just that, and create welcoming, affirming learning environments with high expectations for all of our students.

I am reflecting on how different the picture was just a few months ago, when the City’s near-$10 billion deficit threatened our ability to deliver on some of our most important priorities. As Executive Superintendent in the Bronx at that time, I was trying to put the pieces together—how could we fulfill our mission given the huge fiscal challenges that loomed over us? While we as educators can always do more with more, you will see from the below that we are in a completely different position now thanks to federal stimulus funding and increased funding from the state, and for that I am grateful.

Here is a summary of some of the big, high-impact education investments we plan to make, as announced by the Mayor today, and what that means for our schools and students:

Bring Community Schools to Every District: $10M in FY21, Growing to $51M in FY 22

The data is in—Community Schools work. By supporting the whole child, family, and community through partnering schools with community-based organizations, our kids get what they need to succeed. This funding will allow us to bring Community Schools to every district by the 2022-23 school year. This is on top of the 27 new Community Schools we announced in January, and will bring the total number of Community Schools to 406.

Universal Free 3-K for All: $377M FY22 

We will roll out Universal 3-K for All so that every family in New York City can access a 3-K seat by September 2023. This expands on our commitment to bring 3-K to every district by fall 2021! This will bring 61,000 free, full-day, high-quality 3-K seats across New York City. Especially now when childcare is so critical, we are thrilled to bring enriching, affirming education to 3-year-olds that will set them on course for kindergarten and beyond.

Expand Restorative Justice: $12M FY22 

In schools with Restorative Justice programs, students have felt both safe and welcomed, and student issues are addressed in ways that educate, heal, and keep students in school—resulting in a decrease of 66 percent in school suspensions. This funding allows us to follow through with the second phase and complete the rollout, which was interrupted by COVID.  

Increase Academic Support: $500M FY22 

We know we need to meet students where they are, and give them the support they need as individuals. Our goal is to use assessment results to provide opportunities to accelerate learning, which could include additional learning time with a focus on Math and ELA, tutoring support, and targeted services for high-need students. We will have more to share on the details and various initiatives involved with this funding in the coming weeks.

Increase Technology Support: $2M FY21, $155M FY22 

This year has shown beyond a shadow of a doubt just how critical technology can be for 21st century education—even once the pandemic is behind us and all students return in person. These funds build off of our one-stop digital learning hub and will include increased help desk support, expanded Wi-Fi access at school buildings and the continuation of LTE service for SY21-22 on the more than 500,000 devices purchased for students in response to the pandemic. 

Expand Pre-K for All Special Education: $22M FY22 

Our youngest students with disabilities need services right when they begin their educational journey. These funds will support the creation of more special class seats where they are needed across the city and help existing 3-k and Pre-K programs better serve children with disabilities in inclusive settings. In total, this funding will add 800 new seats for children with disabilities across the city. 

Increase Special Education Services: $236M FY22 

This funding increases our ability to provide critical programs and related services to students with disabilities in grades K-12, including physical and speech therapy, and more.

Restore Funding to programs including Learning to Work and Arts Programming: FY21 $3M, FY22 $186M 

This funding will help support restoration of Learning to Work programming, which offers paid internships, student support services, in-depth job readiness and college and career exploration activities for targeted high schools. This funding will also restore the deep investments we’ve made in arts education over the years, providing students with outlets to express themselves, cultivate social-emotional learning, and develop key skills such as critical thinking and innovation.

Expand Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL): $6M in FY22 

PSAL is so important for our students—it builds skills, confidence, and pride. We will increase access to sports programming across the city for high school students, focusing on schools with greatest need.

100% Fair Student Funding: $600M FY22 

As recently announced, the administration has made a historic investment to bring 100 percent “Fair Student Funding” (FSF) for all New York City public schools funded by FSF for the first time ever, starting in the 2021-22 school year. This long-term commitment will help ensure every single school has what it needs to support their students and staff during these challenging times. 

Hold Schools Harmless for Mid-Year Adjustment: $130M FY21 

As previously announced, a restoration of $130M in mid-year adjustment funds was made for this school year. This funding can be used to address staffing needs or provide services for students like after-school tutoring and other direct academic services, and purchase supplies and materials. Given the recent allocation of this funding, DOE has allowed schools to rollover $50M of these funds to SY 21-22.

I am so excited to work together to bring these resources to life in our schools and communities, and to work with you and the communities we serve as we continue to shape and refine our plan for how to use these new resources in service of our students.

I thank each and every one of you for the important work you do every day to keep our students safe, healthy, and constantly learning, and am excited to shape the future ahead with you. I appreciate you today, tomorrow, and every day.

In partnership,

Meisha

Meisha Porter

Chancellor, New York City Public Schools

she/her/hers

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DOE FACE & CEC 3 Check In Notes 4/27/21

Posted April 30, 2021

CEC D3 has made the DOE FACE & CEC 3 Check In Notes from 4/27/21 now available to read online.

A Locke School Update!

Arrival and dismissal Times

Posted April 26, 2021

Welcome back to all of our in-person students on this beautiful Monday! Extra special welcome back to those who are rejoining us from remote instruction.

As there have been some changes since last year regarding arrival and dismissal, please remember that:

  • The school day starts at 8:20am.

  • The school day ends at 1:50pm.

  • Pick up and drop off is in the playground, accessible only on 111th street.

Have a great day!

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CEC3 Business Meeting

Posted April 21, 2021

CEC3 Business Meeting
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
6:30 PM

Register in advance for Zoom this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkdu2pqTorGNDfHYkq60Ryh2KvumspwE62

Agenda

  • Call to Order & Roll Call of Members

  • Approval of Minutes

      1. March 24th, 2021 Calendar Meeting

  • President’s Report

  • Superintendent’s Report

  • Public Comment

  • Old Business

      1. CEC Candidate Election Voting Process

      2. Draft Letter to the Chancellor

  • New Business

      1. Draft High School Admissions Resolution

  • Liaison Reports

  • Committee Reports

  • Public Comment

  • Adjournment of Business Meeting

For questions or concerns contact cec3@schools.nyc.gov or call the CEC3 office 212-678-2782

Updates from the Chancellor

Reflections on the Murder of George Floyd from Chancellor Porter

Posted April 21, 2021

A memo from Chancellor Porter:

“Last year, a police officer put his knee on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds, but to me, it felt like an eternity. I felt pain and rage, deep in my bones. It wasn’t a new feeling. I have felt that many times in my life, as a Black woman, sister, daughter, and mother to Black children—and as an educator who has served children of color in this city for more than 20 years. […] This is what anchors the work we do in schools every day—why we are so focused on creating welcoming, loving environments for all our children. We want to make sure that each child doesn’t just hear, but feels that they are important. We want them to feel that their teachers and school community value their past and present experiences, as well as their dreams for the future.”

Read the Chancellor’s full letter here: “April 20, 2021: Reflections on the Murder of George Floyd from Chancellor Porter

Translation is available for families
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DOE FACE & CEC 3 Check In Notes 4/20/21

Posted April 21, 2021

CECD3 has made the DOE FACE & CEC 3 Check In Notes from 4/20/21 available to read.

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Voter Guide for upcoming CEC elections

Posted April 16, 2021
Re-Posted April 19, 2021

CEC3 Calendar Meeting - Wed., Apr. 21. 6:30PM meeting link included.

Register in advance for this CEC3 Calendar meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkdu2pqTorGNDfHYkq60Ryh2KvumspwE62

Here is an 8 minute video which gives a brief overview of CCECs and then explains how eligibility works and shows the voting process in detail.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIyJip0kYlc

A Locke School Update!

Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Posted April 16, 2021

April 16, 2021

Subject: Confirmed Case of COVID-19: Close Contacts Quarantined

Dear The Locke School of Arts and Engineering at 20 WEST 112 STREET Community:

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

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

What Happens Now?

  • All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts,” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.

  • T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation to identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.

  • Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.

  • All areas visited by the person with COVID-19 will be deep cleaned, disinfected, and reopened.

  • If your child is feeling sick, keep them at home.

How do we stay healthy?

Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

  2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

  3. Wear a face covering to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

How can I stay updated?

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).

For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

Warmly,

Andrea Woodhouse-Spence

Andrea Woodhouse-Spence

Principal

Updates from NYCDOE Division of Early Childhood Education

Posted April 16, 2021

From the Division of Early Childhood Education, Central Office:

Please visit the NYCDOE Division of Early Childhood Education for April's parent newsletter in both English and Spanish:

http://reachmanhattan.org/home-page#h.5bwzkfqyesqv

The ECE office is also hosting Inclusive Options Preschool Informational Sessions. I've also included two documents regarding the Inclusive Options Informational sessions for parents and families where they can learn more about inclusive preschool options at the DOE. Families will need to register to attend these sessions, it's being offered in both English and Spanish. See below for more information

Overview on Inclusive Preschool Options

What: Join us for a free virtual family information session, where you can learn more about inclusive preschool options at the DOE, including:

  • More information on 3-K for All programs, and;

  • How to make a referral to the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) for special education services.
    There will also be an opportunity to ask questions to DOE staff about the EI-to-Preschool transition!

When: Wednesday, May 12th, 2021 10-11:30AM or 5-6:30PM

(Please note AM & PM sessions will have the same information)

Register today at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/nycdoe-division-of-specialized-instruction- and-student-support-13543835816

This event will be in English with Spanish and Mandarin interpretations available.

Interpretations in other languages are available upon request. Families can request translation services and indicate the language they speak when they register using the above link.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions:

  • Email us at- eitopreschool@schools.nyc.gov

  • Call our Helpline- 646-389-7171

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Voter Guide for upcoming CEC elections

Posted April 16, 2021

Dear CEC AAs,

I am sending you a couple of links for information about voting in the 2021 CCEC elections. Voting takes place between May 1-11. Parents vote for the councils that serve their children using their NYC Schools Account.

Here is an 8 minute video which gives a brief overview of CCECs and then explains how eligibility works and shows the voting process in detail.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIyJip0kYlc

Please share this video with your council members and request that the Chair(s) allocate 8 minutes of the next CEC general meeting to be able to present the video.

Here is a link to our Voting FAQ’s. It can be viewed translated into all languages. Please distribute this link as well as the video link to all your members and parents on your mailing list.

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/education-council-elections-2021/run-for-a-seat-on-a-council/voting-faq

Please contact us at elections2021@schools.nyc.gov if you have questions.

Best,

Martha Kessler

CCEC Election Outreach


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Voter Guide for upcoming CEC elections

Posted April 16, 2021

CEC3 Calendar Meeting - Wed., Apr. 21. 6:30PM meeting link included

Register in advance for this CEC3 Calendar meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkdu2pqTorGNDfHYkq60Ryh2KvumspwE62

Here is an 8 minute video which gives a brief overview of CCECs and then explains how eligibility works and shows the voting process in detail.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIyJip0kYlc

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CEC3 Business Meeting

Posted April 13, 2021

CEC3 Business Meeting
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
6:30 PM

Register in advance for Zoom this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUufuGqrTsvHN0Dd5Nv1ByaMDFHDnQyaMHf

Agenda

Business Meeting

  • Call to Order & Roll Call of Members

  • Approval of Minutes

      1. Mar. 10, 2021 Business Meeting Minutes

  • Old Business

      1. CEC Candidate Voting Process

      2. Draft Letter to the Chancellor

      3. Nurse Contract Termination

  • New Business

      1. Extended Use

      2. Opting In

      3. Culturally Responsive Education

  • Liaison Reports

  • Committee Reports

  • Adjournment of Business Meeting

For questions or concerns contact cec3@schools.nyc.gov or call the CEC3 office 212-678-2782

After SChool Ballet

Posted April 13, 2021

Shared by District 3 community member, Shoshana Mozlin:


I am so very excited to announce that SESSION 3 of AFTER SCHOOL BALLET is here. As we continue to navigate through these times, it is essential that we keep our youth active, keep them engaged, and keep them connected - to their bodies and with each other. Though our schedule is changing, our mission remains the same:


AFTER SCHOOL BALLET is an organization that provides professional ballet training for youth. We MOVE to instill ownership, poise, confidence, mindfulness, and strength in the leaders of tomorrow.


WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN AFTER SCHOOL BALLET?

  • ANYONE ages 5-18

  • Session 3 of AFTER SCHOOL BALLET will continue via Zoom.


WHY DO OUR YOUTH NEED THIS NOW?

For the last year+, our lives have been forced into small bubbles, distanced from our communities. As this pandemic continues to run its course, taking much longer than we initially had expected, I am reminded that our youth needs new ways to CONNECT - to their bodies and with each other.


As a professional dancer, my daily dive into mindfulness through movement has always been of utmost importance, and that is why I find it so imperative to offer the same to our youth right NOW, via virtual ballet training. Unfortunately, ballet training is often too expensive for families to provide to their children, which is why I am offering these classes on a sliding scale. Ballet should be accessible to EVERYBODY.


This session, AFTER SCHOOL BALLET will be funded by a sliding scale of tuition payments. That means YOU CHOOSE what you would like to pay, from $0 to $100/session.


Any amount that you choose to donate is graciously appreciated. Please know that payment is not necessary, if you don't have the means. This program is meant to be accessible for EVERYONE. Your child will receive the same great ballet training whether their classes are FREE or paid. In the meantime, I will continue to apply for grants to further fund the program.


WHO IS BEHIND AFTER SCHOOL BALLET?

I am a professional modern/contemporary dancer in New York City. I have been teaching ballet for children, teens, and adults for 10+ years in Southern California and New York City. As a teacher, I trained in both the Royal Academy of Dance and International Dance Acclaim syllabi for children ages 5-7. As a dancer, I have many years of ballet training in both Vaganova and Cecchetti techniques.


SESSION 3 SCHEDULE:

I will provide weekly classes for each of the following age groups:

Ages 5-7 : “LEVEL A” : Wednesdays 5-5:50PM EST (5 classes)

Ages 8-10 : “LEVEL B” : Wednesdays 5:55-6:55PM EST (5 classes)

Ages 11-18 : “LEVEL C”: Mondays 6:15-7:15PM EST (5 classes)


Session 3 of AFTER SCHOOL BALLET, will run for 5 weeks, from Monday, April 26th through Wednesday, May 26th, 2021. At the end of the session, we will “perform” a piece, on Zoom. With your consent, I will send it via email to families of the dancers involved.


Please fill out this Google Form to reserve your child's spot for Session 3 by Sunday, April 25th, 2021. Confirmation, Zoom links, and more detailed information will be emailed to you once you complete registration.


Link: AFTER SCHOOL BALLET: SESSION 3 REGISTRATION FORM

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Bee Celebration!

Posted April 12, 2021

When: April 12th at 8:20 am

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

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

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UFT Teacher Center Saturday enrichment classes are back!

Posted April 12, 2021

From the UFT:

Dear Parents and Caregivers

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

If you haven't registered yet, there's still time. If you registered using a DOE email address, please register again using a non-DOE email address. You'll need to use the same non-DOE email to log into Zoom to access any remote UFT events, including Saturday Academy classes.

These 90-minute virtual classes, held over two consecutive Saturdays, will be engaging, creative and fun. They're designed to reinforce the skills your children are learning during the week and help boost their academic progress in this difficult school year.

We'll help our students learn about how to discover the beautiful changes all around us! They may explore what it means to be a hero, write poetry or work on a project that examines current events and social justice.

There will be sessions for six different grade levels. All are suitable for children with and without special needs.

Click here to Register now

Here are the details:

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

  • You can register your child for the 9:30 a.m. sessions or the 11:30 a.m. sessions.

  • These enrichment classes are separated into six age groups: 3K to pre-K, pre-K to kindergarten, kindergarten to grade 1, grades 2-3, grades 4-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12.

A Locke School Update!

Principal's Chat

Posted April 8, 2021

Join us via Zoom on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 9am to talk with Principal Spence.

Topic: Updates

  • Opt-In transition of remote students to in person learning

  • On Summer School

  • 3-K for All

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89750821156?pwd=UGQwUmxzV05wTk1DMFZsbXhibHVCQT09


Meeting ID: 897 5082 1156
Passcode: 691657

One tap mobile
+16465588656,,89750821156#,,,,*691657# US (New York)

Virtual Community Conversation Flyer

Virtual Community Conversation: Federal American Rescue Plan

Posted April 7, 2021

Join NYS Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for a virtual discussion about the federal American Rescue Plan and the 2021-22 New York State budget. Billions of dollars in federal funding will help the 67th Assembly district and beyond by providing direct state and local aid, vaccine funding, $1,400 stimulus checks, extended unemployment and more. The New York State budget makes historic investments in education, healthcare, rent relief, social services, housing and other essential services.

When: Sunday, April 11, 2021 4 - 5 pm
Where: via Zoom and FB Live
Link: Provided upon RSVP

To RSVP and submit questions, please visit http://bit.ly/Rosenthal-Schumer

Office of Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal
212-873-6368
rosenthall@nyassembly.gov

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DATE CHANGE: CEC3 Business Meeting to Wed. Apr. 14, 6:30 PM

Posted April 7, 2021

An update from CEC D3:

Dear Community,

Due to the CEC3 Candidates Forum Apr. 7, where all parents running for a seat on the CEC3 will introduce themselves, CEC3 has changed the date of the Business Meeting to Wed., Apr. 14, 6:30 PM.

Registrations links for both events are included:

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Help Shape the Future of Education in New York City

Re-Posted April 6, 2021

Meet the Candidates Running for Your Community Education Council

CEC 3 Candidate Forum Hosted by District 3 Presidents’ Council

Different candidates at each event - attend all forums

  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021 5:00PM-7:30PM

  • Saturday, April 10, 2021 10:00AM-12:30PM

To view the event, register at https://learndoe.org/cec/candidateforum/

Interpretation available in Spanish, Mandarin and Russian

schools.nyc.gov/elections2021
Questions: elections2021@schools.nyc.gov

Segregation in our NYC Schools Flyer

DOE Teach-In: Segregation in our NYC Schools

Posted April 6, 2021

Invite your friends and family to this eye-opening series of three sessions hosted by Brooklyn North CECs.

  • Session 1 - Monday, April 5 at 3 pm. A New Future Requires a New Past

  • Session 2 - Monday, April 12 at 3 pm. What is going on? The current state of desegregation and student enrollment.

  • Session 3 - Monday, April 19 at 3 pm. Future and Reflection: Panel Discussion

Register with this link: http://bit.ly/cec2021_teachin

Download a copy of the Segregation in our NYC Schools Flyer.

Updates from the Chancellor

Stay Safe During Spring Recess

Posted March 26, 2021

Spring Recess begins Monday, March 29. With the weather warming up and more parents and grandparents getting vaccinated, you might be considering traveling. Travel is not a good idea because COVID-19 is still a serious risk and puts you, your family, and your community at risk of getting and spreading the virus. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging all of us to avoid leaving town.

Please help stop the spread of COVID-19 and do not travel. If you must travel, remember these COVID-19 prevention tips:

  • Keep distance from others, bring and use hand sanitizer, and make sure everyone over age two wears a face covering.

  • Consider staying at a hotel rather than at someone’s home. If you have out-of-town guests, suggest they do the same.

  • Pick activities that allow you to safely keep distance from others. Avoid large crowds, especially indoors.

  • If you are going to spend time with people who are not members of your household, outdoors is safer, as COVID-19 spreads easier indoors. Get together in parks, at the beach, or in the backyard, or meet up for outdoor dining.

Please be aware that visitors and returning New Yorkers may be required to quarantine upon entering New York. For more information, see the New York State COVID-19 Travel Advisory at coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory.

If you travel, when you return home to New York City it is extremely important to:

  • monitor for COVID-19 symptoms;

  • get tested;

  • strictly follow COVID-19 prevention measures such as wearing a face covering whenever around other people and maintaining six feet of distance from others; and

  • immediately isolate if you feel unwell or test positive for COVID-19.

We hope you enjoy Spring Recess and the many safe, fun activities you can find right here at home. Together, we can stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.

Translation is available for families
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Help Shape the Future of Education in New York City

Posted March 26, 2021

Meet the Candidates Running for Your Community Education Council

CEC 3 Candidate Forum Hosted by District 3 Presidents’ Council

Different candidates at each event - attend all forums

  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021 5:00PM-7:30PM

  • Saturday, April 10, 2021 10:00AM-12:30PM

To view the event, register at https://learndoe.org/cec/candidateforum/

Interpretation available in Spanish, Mandarin and Russian

schools.nyc.gov/elections2021
Questions: elections2021@schools.nyc.gov

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CEC DISTRICT 3: MULTILINGUAL COMMITTEE MEETING

Re-Posted March 25, 2021

When: Thursday, March 25, 6:30 PM
Where: Zoom

Register in advance for District 3: Multilingual Committee Meeting (External zoom link).

A Locke School Update!

Changes to quarantining and Daily Health Screenings

Posted March 24, 2021

Good Morning Families of PS 185,

I hope that this update finds you well. This is to inform you that there has been some changes to quarantines. The copies of the paper health screening utilized in our building will also reflect this newest version. Agent Cruz will have a set of the new version as will our team during arrival.

As I shared during last week's Principal Chat, we urge you to complete a prescreening before coming in each morning, as this will support efficiency and safety concerns. This can be done filling out the health screening on the online app prior to coming in. You can complete the form by going to healthscreening.nyc.gov (external link). or clicking on the link below. There will also be a physical form in your child's backpack if you prefer to complete the screening in this manner.

Warm regards,
Andrea Woodhouse-Spence
Principal

Updated Daily Health Screening Questions

The DOE has updated the questions on daily health screening form (external link) to reflect the latest guidance on:

  • Exposure to COVID-19 for fully vaccinated individuals and those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 90 days; and

  • Travel quarantine requirements for domestic and international travel.

Individuals who are considered fully vaccinated—two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after receiving a single-dose vaccine, or who have recovered from COVID-19 and finished isolation in the past 90 days—are not subject to quarantine after exposure to COVID-19 or after completing domestic travel.

International travelers must quarantine for seven days and receive a negative test or quarantine for a full 10 days after completing overseas travel, regardless of whether they have previously recovered from COVID-19, or are fully vaccinated.

Updates from the Chancellor

Third Blended Opt-IN Window is Now open

Posted March 23, 2021

From Chancellor Porter:

"I am very pleased to let you know that all our remote families will now have one more opportunity to transition to blended learning this school year. This means that if your child is currently learning remotely every day, they will be able to opt in to learning in person in the school building at least part of the week for the remainder of the school year. We will make every effort to provide as many days of in-person learning as possible.

When and How to Opt In to Blended Learning

  • Beginning this Wednesday, March 24, you can visit the Learning Preference Survey (external link) to select blended learning for your child.

  • Families can also call 311.

  • You can change to blended learning until Wednesday, April 7."

Read more in Chancellor Porter's March 22nd Update for Families available on Chancellor's Letters to Families Webpage (external link).

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A Locke School Update!

Principal Chat on 3/23

Posted March 22, 2021

Join us for a Principal's chat with Ms. Spence. Topics will include:

  • Family Communications

  • New (third) opt-in period

Join us Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 1pm via zoom to talk with Principal Spence.

Please see information below :

Time: Mar 23, 2021 at 1:00 PM

Click to Join The Principal's Chat Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 830 6040 2590

Passcode: 115943

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

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CEC DISTRICT 3: MULTILINGUAL COMMITTEE MEETING

Posted March 22, 2021

When: Thursday, March 25, 6:30 PM
Where: Zoom

Register in advance for District 3: Multilingual Committee Meeting (External zoom link).

A Locke School Update!

Forum: Hate Crimes and Human Rights

Posted March 18, 2021
NYC Manhattan Community Board 7

CB7’s Health and Human Services Committee is holding a forum on Hate Crimes and Human Rights on 7:00 pm on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Register for Hate Crimes and Human Rights (External zoom link).

Know your Rights and How to Respect the Rights of Others

Manhattan District Attorney's Office:
ADA Jeanne Olivo, Chief of the Hate Crimes Unit
ADA Sarah Marquez, Deputy Chief of the Hate Crimes Unit

NYPD Hate Crimes Unit:
Sergeant Charles Senat

Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes:
Deborah Lauter, Executive Director Hassan Naveed, Deputy Executive Director
New York City Commission on Human Rights:
Ryan DuBois, Associate Human Rights Specialist

A Locke School Update!

Principal Chat on 3/19

Posted March 17, 2021
Principal Chat Meeting Info

CHARLA CON LA DIRECTORA, el 19 marzo

Posted March 17, 2021
Principal Chat Meeting Info in Spanish
A Locke School Update!

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

Posted March 16, 2021

Citywide and Community Education Council Candidate Forums

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

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

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

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

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

This training will provide an overview of PA/PTA bylaws. Bylaws are a set of rules adopted by members of the association. These rules govern the day-to-day affairs of the PA/PTA. Register here

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

The DOE has issued guidance for Parent Leader School Visits and SLT/DLT virtual meetings, which was shared with Principals this week. You can access both these documents: Parent Leader School Visit Guidance and SLT/DLT Virtual Meeting Guidance**CORRECTION: A link to in this document references DOE guidance for videoconferencing that was published before May 6th, 2020. Since that date the DOE has allowed the use of ZOOM for video conferencing. We are working to update the guidance.

FACE’s Parent University

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

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

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

Weekend Wellness: Self-Care for Communities and Families

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

  • March 20: Mental health and physical activity

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

Resources for Families of Children with Disabilities

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

Resources for Women’s History Month

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

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

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

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

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


A Locke School Update!
Wide Open School by Common Sense

Activities available on the Wide Open School website

Posted March 16, 2021

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

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

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

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

  • Assist with conversations at parent-teacher conferences;

  • Locate afterschool activities.

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

A Locke School Update!

social-emotional learning classes for NYC families

Posted March 16, 2021

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

Courses are available in

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

A Locke School Update!

Join us for Weekend Wellness, Part 2

Posted March 16, 2021
Weekend Wellness

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

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

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

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

A Locke School Update!

10-Day School Building Closure

Posted March 15, 2021

"Dear Locke School Community:

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

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

A Locke School Update!

March 15th Covid case Update

Posted March 12, 2021

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

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

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

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

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24-Hour School Building Closure

Posted March 13th, 2021

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

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

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March 12th Covid case Update

Posted March 12, 2021

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

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

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

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

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Covid case Update

Posted March 10, 2021

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

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

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

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CEC District 3 Business Meeting

Posted March 10, 2021

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

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

Agenda (truly sorry about this...)
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Update from Our Parent Coordinator, Monika Vargas

Posted March 10th, 2021

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

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Join an inclusion talking circle

Posted March 9, 2021

Students can register now to join an inclusion talking circle!


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

Goals for these talking circles include:

  • Building relationships between schools

  • Talking directly about disability and inclusion

  • Creating more inclusive school communities

Prompts we plan to use:

  • When I think of disability, I think of…

  • What has shaped your understanding of disability?

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

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

Updates from the Chancellor

High School buildings to Re-open on March 22.

Posted March 9, 2021

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

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

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Updates from the Chancellor

An update for Families from CHancellor Carranza

Posted March 3, 2021

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

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

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