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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.

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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
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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

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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.

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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
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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

A Locke School Update!

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.

A Locke School Update!

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.

A Locke School Update!

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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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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