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.
Upcoming Changes to Some CohortsPosted 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 TravelPosted 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
Text COVID 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 VargasPosted 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
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, 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 UpdatePosted 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
Citywide School ClosuresPosted 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 ChecklistPosted 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 InstructionPosted 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 immediatelyPosted 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. "
Please watch More information will come from the Locke School shortly.
Financial Wellness Workshop with Students and FamiliesPosted 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.
New "Let’s Learn" Episodes Broadcasting and Streaming NowPosted 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 LearningPosted 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.
COVID Testing for NovemberPosted 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 ClosuresPosted 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 UpdatePosted 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 UpdatePosted 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 UpdatePosted 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 CaféPosted 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
Spanish +1 347-966-4114, 698589747#
French +1 347-966-4114, 698589747#
Arabic +1 347-966-4114, 242852653#
Suggestions on future parent events for the entire D3 community
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 EspañolPosted 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 UpdatePosted 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.
HEALTH SCREENING UpdatesPosted 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?
Outdoor Learning in Cold WeatherPosted 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 UpdatesPosted November 3, 2020
There is no afterschool program today, November 3rd for Election Day or Thursday, November 5th due to Parent/Teacher Conferences.
Music classes will begin this week starting on Wednesday! Professor Othello is excited to get started!
Basketball and Capoeira will begin later this month.
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.
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 HalloweenPosted 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 UpdatePosted 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 PolicyPosted 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 programPosted 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 windowPosted 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 UpdatePosted 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Please see the flyer attached to the Zoom link information as well.
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.
Special Telephone Town Hall for Families on Health and Safety in SchoolsPosted 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 UpdatePosted 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 CindiPosted October 22, 2020
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 OfficePosted October 13, 2020
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
Dial by your location
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
She can also be reached at 414-775-6253 or by email at email@example.com.
We are happy to assist you.
Greetings from CindiPosted 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 LoughlinPosted 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 RemotelyPosted 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 FAQPosted October 7, 2020
Lunch Forms Needed ASAPPosted 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 policyPosted 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.
Jane's Letter to FamiliesPosted September 25, 2020
Greetings Locke School Families,
I’m writing with a few updates about the upcoming week. It’s another long one, but please make time to read all the way through- it’s all important information for families coming into school for the first time next week, and some news for our 'all remote' families as well.
The cohort calendar is available in the Locke School App and on the website. We hope that you find it helpful in tracking your ‘in-person’ and ‘remote’ days. Here's the link again:
This Monday, September 28th all NYC public schools are closed in observance of Yom Kippur.
Next week is a ‘WEEK 2”
Cohort A comes to school for 'in-person' learning on Tuesday. Cohort A is in 'remote' learning on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On those days students join the live synchronous morning meeting at 8:30 and must answer the attendance question by 11:00am to be marked ‘Present’.
Cohort B is in ‘remote’ learning on Tuesday. On that day students join the live synchronous morning meeting at 8:30 and must answer the attendance question by 11:00am to be marked ‘Present’. Cohort B comes to school for “in-person” learning on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Due to a city-wide teacher shortage, at this time Cohorts A and B have only one live, synchronous instruction period on ‘remote’ learning days. This was an unfortunate and unexpected turn of events for all of us. Efforts are being made to correct this situation and we appreciate your patience as this issue is resolved.
When students come to school ‘in-person’ you will find that we have new procedures in place to keep everyone safe and healthy.
School starts as usual at 8:20 but we will enter from the school yard on 111th Street. This allows us to maintain safe physical distancing for all families and staff.
All students entering the building must have a health screening completed for them by an adult family member. Older students may complete it themselves.
Here's the link to the health survey:
Otherwise, families will be asked to complete a pen and paper version of the survey and have a quick temperature screening before children enter the building.
Due to strict room capacity rules, family members will not be permitted to enter the building. The passage way to classrooms will be lined with friendly and familiar faces to assist children on their way to classrooms.
Kindergarten students will gather with the classroom teacher in the yard and go to the classroom together with the teacher.
Students pick up a ‘Grab and Go’ breakfast and eat in the classroom.
Lunch will be served in the classrooms. Families participating in ‘remote’ learning are also encouraged to pick up meals from the school at the cafeteria gate on 112th Street.
Dismissal is at 1:50 in the school yard. Families will be assisted to find their class by staff assigned for support in the yard.
We can’t wait to see you all! Have a wonderful weekend!
Chancellor's Letter to FamiliesPosted September 23, 2020
"We know that there will be cases of COVID-19 this fall. The good news is we are prepared to fight this virus while holding true to our mission—ensuring that all our students continue to learn and thrive.
To carry this out, we have put in place strict health and safety protocols..."
Read more in Chancellor Carranza's September 21st Letter to Families.
Parents Save The Dates!
Know your Allies
This new school year brings another opportunity to make new connections with
families of the children in your child's class.
Here are the dates for the Cohort Meet-ups:
First Grade 09/23
Second and Third Grade 09/24
Fourth and Fifth Grade 09/25
Please save these dates. You will receive an
e-mail with the link and time for each Cohort by grade. Keep your eye on the PTA Face Book Page and the Locke School App for more info!
Welcome Back! ...But what's my password?Posted September 16, 2020
If it's been a while since your child has been online, there's a good chance that the password has been forgotten. Not to worry! Grace made this helpful video to show you how to get your child online. Click on the video to the left to watch.
Prefer to read instead of watch? Here are the steps:
If you DON'T have/know your child’s username or password:
Make sure you have your child’s 9-digit student ID (also called “OSIS”) handy.
Go to this site to find out your child’s account id.
The user account It will likely be in the format “first name + last letter + number”, ie. “JohnD123”
You can set (or reset) the child’s password in this same form.
If you DO have your child’s username and password
To log in to google classroom, you’ll visit: http://classroom.google.com.
If you get to a NYC login page, leave out “@nycstudents.net” during login.
Supplies ListPosted September 11, 2020
Greetings families and welcome to the new school year. This will be a year like no other. We are so happy to be on this journey with you.
Whether your family is participating in the blended learning or the full-time remote program, the Locke School will provide your child with the essentials for learning. If you want to begin to collect extra materials to have at home for remote learning, we can make the following suggestions. The materials below are suggestions only and are broken up into two lists: highly suggested and suggested.
Highly Suggested Materials for Remote Learning (PK - 3 Edition)
4 sturdy plastic or laminated pocket folders
a ream of copy paper
K and 1st grade: Flair pens in black and green
2nd and 3rd grade: Pens (we don’t recommend pencils)
blunt safety scissors (make sure to get either right hand OR left hand)
broad tip markers
crayons (thick or thin, depending on age. Recommending thick or ‘jumbo’ for Pk/Kinder)
pencil case/box and other organizational materials (shoe boxes also work well for this purpose)
2nd grade: Ruler with ½” markings; 3X3’ post-its (supervise use)
3rd Grade: Ruler with ¼” markings, 3X3’ post-its (supervise use)
Deck of playing cards, face cards and joker removed.
a collection of counting materials (Examples include coins, bottle caps, paper clips, etc.)
Suggested or “Wish List” Materials for Remote Learning (PK - 3 Edition)
colored construction paper (9 ½ X 11)
scotch tape (any brand of clear tape)
Elmer's Liquid Glue (supervise use)
fine tip markers (pack of 8-12)
stapler (supervise use)
one or two clipboards
small watercolor paint set (Crayola makes a nice reasonably priced set of 16 colors for about $3.50)
these headphones ages 3-7
***It’s really important to start collecting interesting bits and pieces for recycled art projects. Boxes, toilet rolls, packing materials, egg cartons, bottle tops, magazines, interesting odds and ends. You will be amazed at what your children will imagine and create out of what adults consider ‘junk’. One family keeps what they call an “Idea Box” where they collect pieces that have potential for sparking ideas. I would suggest maybe a laundry basket or large reusable shopping bag for collecting materials- big enough to accommodate a good collection but not too big.
Highly Suggested Materials For Remote Learning (4th and 5th Grade Edition)
4 sturdy plastic or laminated pocket folders
a ream of copy paper
2 composition notebooks (not college ruled- look for the kind with wider lines)
Pens (we don’t recommend pencils)
broad and fine tip markers
highlighters (two colors)
3X3” post-its (supervise use)
small watercolor paint set (Crayola makes a nice set of 16 colors for about $3.50)
Plastic pencil cases/boxes and other organizational materials (shoe boxes also work well for this purpose)
Suggested or “Wish List” Materials For Remote Learning (4th and 5th Grade Edition)
3-hole punch lined paper
2 clip boards
Earphones or earbuds with a microphone built in (available for about $12.00)
Materials the school is supplying:
‘pencil’ box for materials storage
grade specific composition books (bound notebooks)
some math manipulatives: dice, two color markers
markers and crayons by request
access to books on-line (MYON, RazKids, EPIC from 8am - 3pm)
iReady digital resources for math and reading
White boards and white board markers
Other materials available by request. Please contact Monika Vargas at firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Letter from the CHancellorPosted September 9, 2020
"How Will My Child Learn at Home?
Whether learning remotely from home part of the week or every day, students will receive remote instruction in two different ways [...] Let us explain what that means."
Read more in the Chancellor's September 4th Letter to families.
Also available, Carta del Canciller a las familias el 4 de septiembre.
Latest Update from Jane regarding OpeningPosted September 5, 2020
Greetings Locke School Families
Here are the latest updates for school start date and times:
Emails will go out on Friday September 11th with the name of your child’s classroom teacher and for blended students, the classroom number. They will go out to your child’s Department of Education email address. This is the same email address we used for sharing your child’s cohort information and the same email required for logging into your child’s google classroom. Please email Monika at email@example.com as soon as possible for assistance accessing this email. We urge families to make a test run now to check for possible problems.
SCHOOL HOURS: In-person and synchronous learning will begin daily at 8:20am. This is a change from the previously announced 8:30 start time. The school day will end at 1:50pm for all students. This is a change from the previously announced 2:00pm end time.
Parents participating in blended learning should plan on an 8:20am arrival and a 1:50pm pick-up time.
FIRST DAYS OF SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS:
Wednesday September 16, Thursday September 17, Friday September 18
Remote Learning FOR ALL STUDENTS and FAMILIES begins on Wednesday September 16, 2020. Children and families should log into their Google Classroom at 8:20 for Morning Meeting and be prepared for orientation sessions throughout the day on Google Classroom, ZOOM and Google Chat. Orientation and ‘FIRST DAYS ACTIVITIES” for children and families will continue through Friday, September 18, 2020. These are regular school days for Kindergarten – Fifth Grade Students. Please plan on full remote engagement on these days. Adult family members should check the upcoming parent learning schedule and plan accordingly for these days.
Monday September 21 and ongoing
Monday, September 21st is the first day of “in-person” learning. Monday September 21st is the beginning of WEEK 1.
Cohort ‘A’ students have “in-person” classes that week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Cohort ‘B’ students have “in-person” classes on Thursday and Friday that week. We anticipate the Department of Education will release the schedule for the 2020- 2021 school year shortly. When it is released, we will provide families with the year-long WEEK 1/WEEK 2 rotation.
For more information about your child’s cohort, please email Monika at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-Kindergarten families will receive an appointment time for a 20 minute 1:1 in-person meeting with the Pre-Kindergarten team by September 10, 2020. These meetings will be scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, and Thursday, September 17. This 1:1 meeting is an opportunity for you and your child to connect with the team and begin to build a learning relationship on an individual basis. This meeting can occur in the school yard or the classroom, depending on the weather and family preference. The invitation will come to the email address the family provided as part of the registration process. When you receive the email, please respond right away with a confirmation of the day and time for the in-person meeting or your preference for a remote 1:1 meeting.
Thank you to all families who have completed the learning environment survey and officially selected the ‘Fully Remote” or “Blended” learning model. If you know that you are opting into the fully remote model for learning for at least the first three months of school and you haven’t had a chance to complete the survey, please use the link below to complete it now.
Help us spread the word! Encourage fellow Locke School families to download the Locke School app on their phone and check the Lockearts website regularly for updates.
Your feedback is valued and appreciated. You can reach me with comments, questions and concerns at email@example.com
Important Changes to the opening of all NYC schoolsPosted September 1, 2020
On September 1st, the city acted to protect our children by delaying the start date for all NYC schools. Schools will begin remote instruction for ALL students on September 16th. For those students in a blended model, in-person instruction will begin on September 21st for Cohort A. Cohort B will remain online until they start in-person on Thursday, September 24th. Follow the schedule that was emailed for your child's particular cohort for in-person vs. remote instruction days.
Check out the NYC Schools website for more information on the 2020-21 start of school.
August Update from JanePosted August 28, 2020
Dear Locke School Families,
Welcome back! We are ready for a year like no other. With the start of the new school year just around the corner, we’d like to catch you up on the latest news.
As you know, the Locke School is offering a ‘Two Cohort” blended learning model, which means students come into school two or three days each week. Fully remote students will also have full access to the curriculum and many opportunities to join in with virtual school-wide celebrations and events, so they’ll always be in on the fun.
For our blended learners, we’ll be taking full advantage of our special resources to make in-person learning safe and engaging. Plans are underway for daily outdoor learning in our school yard, our garden, and even in outings to Central Park two blocks away. The Locke School takes safety seriously. Our HVAC and exhaust systems have been inspected by engineers and are ready to serve. Private bathrooms in every classroom cut down on exposure to multiple groups. All pre-Kindergarten classrooms are located on the first floor with an exit directly to the school yard, allowing for an easy, socially distanced pick up and drop off. All students will enter and leave in-person learning through the school yard, with the entrance located on 111th Street, for safe, socially distanced conditions for everyone. Our school nurse is returning and will be there to take temperatures and ask our standard entry screening questions.
We are happy to assure all our families that our commitment to learning through the arts and projects is still strong. Students will engage in weekly engineering, dance, and visual arts lessons led by our enrichment teachers as well as integrated learning projects with their classroom teacher.
We know that blended and remote learning models pose challenges for many children and families. We’ve adapted to these challenges by supplementing our curriculum with remote learning tools including iReady for math and reading for parent-friendly access and great assessment tools for targeting growth and learning.
We’ve talked about my retirement at a couple of Principal’s Chats over the summer, and now it is right on the horizon. I’ll be with you through September. We expect Superintendent Loughlin will make her announcement about the new principal sometime in September. We’ll let you know as soon as any decisions are made. We are confident that she understands who we are and the kind of leader we are looking for.
Questions, comments, suggestions? Your input is valued and appreciated. Please email Monika at firstname.lastname@example.org or me at email@example.com
I’m looking forward to an interesting and productive start of the new school year. Truly, I will miss the excitement that this time of the year has brought to my life for the past 31 years, and I am excited to see what wonderful new ideas a new leader will bring to our school.
All the best,
Now available! Find out your child's Cohort
Letters about your child’s programing cohort went out via email today. These letter explain when your child will attend school in person and when they will participate in lessons from their Locke School teachers from home. If you have chosen fully remote learning, the letter will confirm that choice.
The letters have been sent to your child’s DoE email address, ending in "@nycstudents.net".
Your child’s DoE email address is the one used to log on to Google Classroom. If you have recently updated your email address through the Learning Preference Survey or a Device Request Survey, the cohort information was also sent to the parent/guardian email. If you have never logged into a Google Classroom, please check your own email address AND contact Monika at MVargas16@schools.nyc.gov for the DOE email log on information. You will need it soon!
Families can now log into their child’s DoE email account (same user name and password for their Google Classroom access) for their cohort information. If there are questions about how to access the email, please email MVargas16@schools.nyc.gov.
For questions or concerns, please contact Principal Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Important Info ABOUT REC CENTERS
If you need childcare on the days that your child is not in school, please read the info below and see if your child qualifies for a spot in a Regional Enrichment Center. I suggest that you apply early as there will be limited spots available. (According to news reports 100,000 seats will be available around the five boroughs.)
Please use this link to apply.
Regional Enrichment Centers are open only to children who are New York City residents and whose parents/guardians work in the certain fields. As enrollment progresses, we will assess capacity and demand and will work to expand eligibility to additional essential personnel and children most in need of this support.
Who Can Apply:
1199, Child Care Fund
1199, United Healthcare Workers East
311 Call Center essential staff
Board of Corrections
Building Staff, including both residential and commercial buildings
Corrections – Rikers
CWA (Communications Workers of America)
DC 37, Public Employee Union
DCAS essential employee staff (including safety agents)
Delivery/Logistics Workers (e.g., UPS, FedEx, etc.)
Federation of Nurses
Food/Restaurant Staff (including delivery staff)
Garment workers (PPE)
Greater New York Hospital Association
Grocery store workers
Healthcare Associate of New York State
HPD essential staff
Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice essential staff, including contracted providers on site and in the field
MTA / New York City Transit Authority
New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
New York City Probation Department essential staff
New York State Nurses Association
NYC Administration for Child Services essential staff, including staff, contracted providers on site and in the field, and foster parents
NYC Department for the Aging, including staff and contracted providers on site and in the field
NYC Department of Buildings inspectors/essential staff
NYC Department of Consumer Affairs
NYC Department of Corrections essential staff
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
NYC Department of Parks and Recreation essential staff
NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) essential staff
NYC Department of Social Services essential staff, including staff and contracted providers on site and in the field
NYC Department of Education essential staff
NYC Department of Education staff (including CBO partners) working at RECs and food hubs
NYC Department of Youth and Community Development
NYC Ferry workers
NYC Health and Hospitals
NYC Human Resources Administration shelter staff
NYC Office of Chief Medical Examiner
NYC Office of Labor Relations
Other Healthcare Essential Staff
Office of Emergency Management
Staten Island Ferry workers
United States Postal Service Workers
CENTER HOURS AND ACTIVITIES
Regional Enrichment Centers will be open from Monday through Friday, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
Each room will have a maximum of 12 children, supported by at least one adult; this size will both allow for personalized attention and will meet social distancing needs
Children will have the opportunity to participate in remote learning with their regular school, as is the case for all NYC public school students
Children will also have opportunities to engage in art, music, and physical education
The environment will be safe and supportive, and staff will be prepared to respond to children’s social and emotional needs
Children will be offered a site based on their home address and their parent or caregiver’s role in providing essential services
Students will be asked each day to bring a device they can use for remote learning if one is available to them.
KEEPING RECS SAFE
The health and safety of students and staff members remains our highest priority. All social distancing protocols will be followed at RECs, including:
maintaining 6 feet of distance between people
limiting classrooms to 12 or fewer students
regular cleaning and disinfecting all sites
anyone who is sick should stay home
For more information contact Monika, Parent Coordinator at email@example.com
Parents Save The Date
Return to School Family and Student Information Sessions-
Attend to learn more about the Department of Education plans for the 2020–21 school year.
Please select the date you are interested in joining…
CITYWIDE - July 28, 2020
CITYWIDE - August 12, 2020
CITYWIDE - August 27, 2020
Please register for this events at