CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2020!

Annual 5th Grade Memories Slideshow

Announcements

  • August 3, 2020 Updates for Families on Health & Safety Protocols from Chancellor Carranza

    Dear Families, Please open the attachment for IMPORTANT information from Chancellor Carranza regarding health and safety protocols.

    REMINDER: Friday, August 7th is the deadline to apply for TOTAL remote learning.  LINK: https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference

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  • July 27, 3030 Updates for Families on School Reopening From Chancellor Carranza

    Attention Families: Please see attached update for families letter from the Chancellor sharing more information about both remote and blended learning options to better inform and empower families to make a decision by August 7. 
     
    We encourage all families to fill in the Learning Preference Survey by August 7th 
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  • Learning Preference Survey -Deadline August 7th

    Want to continue all-remote learning in the fall? Let us know by completing the Learning Preference Survey by August 7.

    Link: https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference

    This fall, your child’s school will offer a combination of in-person and remote learning. You can choose from two options:

    1. 100% Remote Learning: Opt in to have your child learn 100% remotely (all online, from home). To choose this option for your child, fill out and submit the form from the above link. If you are having difficulties completing this form online, call 311.

    OR

    2. Combination of In-Person and Remote Learning: Your child can follow their school’s schedule, a mix of in-person days at school and remote learning days from home. To choose this option, no action is needed: your school will be in touch about its schedule and programming plans in the coming weeks. Please visit the Return to School 2020 pages on the website for more information.

    Changing Preferences

    • If you chose 100% Remote Learning but want to change your child’s preference back to Blended Learning, complete this form again by August 7. 
    • After August 7, any family who chose 100% Remote Learning will have the option to change back to Blended Learning at a few specific times during the school year.

     

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  • IMPORTANT: Register for DOE Return to School Family and Student Information Sessions

    Return to School Family and Student Information Sessions - CITYWIDE - July 28, 2020 | 6:30pm-8:00pm ,  August 12, 2020 | 6:30pm-8:00pm and August 27, 2020 | 6:30pm-8:00pm

     

    Attend to learn more about the Department of Education plans for the 2020–21 school year.

    Open the link below and select the date you are interested in joining from the list.  In order to register for multiple dates, simply return to this page after registering for an event and select an alternate date to register for the additional session.

    LINK: https://learndoe.org/face/

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  • WEDNESDAY EVENING JULY 15, 2020 INFORMATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

    WEDNESDAY EVENING JULY 15, 2020 INFORMATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:

    This fall, your child’s school will offer a combination of in-person and remote learning. You can choose from two options:

    1. 100% Remote Learning: Opt in to have your child learn 100% remotely (all online, from home). To choose this option for your child, fill out and submit this form. https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference If you are having difficulties completing this form online, call 311.  Deadline to fill out the form is August 7. 

    OR

    2. Combination of In-Person and Remote Learning: Your child can follow their school’s schedule, a mix of in-person days at school and remote learning days from home. To choose this option, no action is needed: your school will be in touch about its schedule and programming plans in the coming weeks. Please visit the Return to School 2020 pages on the website for more information.

    INVITATIONS TO PS 253’S INFORMATION SESSION GIVEN BY MRS SPERONI WILL BE EMAILED IN THE COMING DAYS, AS WELL AS, POSTED VIA REMIND

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  • Citywide Information Sessions Given by the DOE

    https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020
    There will be citywide information sessions as listed on the Return to School Website, listed under Family and Community Engagement-you must register to attend!

    DOE Return to School Website: DOE will be hosting virtual citywide Information sessions for students and families on Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 6:30-7:30 PM. Register: https://learndoe.org/face/ You can also select your preferred language (English, Spanish or Chinese) and submit a question.

    Other dates for the sessions will be:
    Tuesday, July 28, 2020
    Wednesday, August 12, 2020
    Thursday, August 27, 2020

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  • July 13, 2020 Update for Families from Chancellor Carranza Regarding Summer Learning Resources.

    Please view the attached letter below.  We encourage families to visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/learn-at-home/summer-learning/summer-reading for more detailed information and ongoing updates.

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  • July 8, 2020: Return to School Message From Chancellor Carranza

    Dear Families,

    I hope you are having a restful summer so far, and staying healthy and safe. I am writing today to share important information about the fall, when school will start up again for the 2020-2021 school year. At the conclusion of this note you will find this information organized by topic, including school scheduling, health and safety protocols, and more. Please bookmark schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020(Open external link), where more information is available, and which will be regularly updated as we get closer to reopening.

     

    Our commitment to health and safety drives everything that we do. It drove the transition to remote learning this past March, when we knew that closing school buildings was essential to flattening the curve of COVID-19 infection across New York City. It was profoundly challenging, but you and your children handled it with unbelievable grace and effort, and school communities came together to make it work in historic fashion.

     

    Now, almost four months later, our commitment to health and safety will drive us into the new school year. We have been through so much together, and as we look ahead to September, we see the big picture: the continuing rise in cases across the country; current guidance from City, State, and Federal health authorities; and the knowledge that as the trajectory of the virus continues to evolve, the guidance we must follow will also evolve. When it does, we have to be ready, and prepared to adapt. We’ve also received over 400,000 responses from families and students to a survey asking about preferences and concerns for the upcoming year, and your input has been critical in our planning.

     

    Taken together, this picture demands we begin the 2020-21 school year in an unprecedented way—including new health protocols, physical distancing, and more. Make no mistake: New York City students will still be learning 5 days a week. A major difference is that we are preparing to deliver their education through a blended learning model. Blended learning means students will be taught on-site in school for part of the week, and will attend school remotely on the other days of the week.

     

    Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. But we know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. We will continue to lead with the lens of equity and excellence, giving your child what they need to excel—and recognizing the ways that will be different from each of their classmates, especially in a time of crisis. We will not look away from the ways this virus has further magnified the effects of systemic racism in our communities. We will continue to explore opportunities to directly correct structural inequities—like closing the digital divide.

     

    Our plans must be nimble so we can adjust and update as needed, as the public health landscape continues to evolve. We are also awaiting guidance from the State of New York, and we will be closely coordinating with them once it is released. All of the most up-to-date information will be available at Return to School 2020. Please remember that this guidance may change as public health conditions evolve.

     

    In closing, I want to say that I’m excited, and I’m anxious—just like you. I know that blending in-person and remote learning feels like an improvement over the all-remote experience of the last three months, but still comes with many questions and concerns. We will work with you every step of the way to answer questions around sibling scheduling, transportation, what happens if there’s a confirmed case in a school, and more. I’m committed to doing everything I can to make this easy for you—and I will not compromise on health and safety.

     

    I always say that New York City has the best students, families, and staff in the world—and that nothing will ever change that. A safe return to schools in the fall, and the broader safety of our whole city, will require we consistently work together as partners—DOE staff, families, and students. Together we can ensure that the 1.1 million students—your children—in the NYC public school system get the education they deserve in the safest, most supportive environments possible.

      https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/chancellor-s-message-for-families

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  • June 15, 2020 Update For Families From Chancellor Carranza Regarding U.S. Census and Primary Elections

    Attached you will find the Chancellor's letter with timely information about two important actions New Yorkers can take immediately to have their voices heard about the future of our city: filling out the 2020 United States Census, and voting in the primary election on Tuesday, June 23. 

     

     Translated versions of this letter will be made available shortly at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/chancellor-s-message-for-families

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  • June 12, 2020 Chancellor Carranza Letter to Families Regarding The Return To School Parent Survey

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 New: Frequently Asked Questions for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits

https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Pandemic-EBT.asp

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City Hall COVID-19 Announcements and Updates – 

Today at City Hall the Mayor announced an increase in PPE deliveries to nursing homes, mass distribution of face coverings and more on how NYC is working to close the digital divide.

See below additional updates from Mayor de Blasio about the city’s response to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

MESSAGES AND RESOURCES

  • Big News: NYC to Distribute 7.5 Million Face Coverings Free of Charge:
    • Spread the word with these sample tweets!
  • Message from the Mayor:
  • Help Needed: Food remains a major concern for New Yorkers. Our goal?  We want the ability to deliver 1 MILLION meals a day.
  • Statement from the Mayor on White House Economic Advisor Kevin Hassett
  • ATTENTION NEW YORK CITY SMALL BUSINESSES: COVID-19 support is available for you.
  • Every child can continue to learn!
  • We’re bringing testing to communities that have been hardest hit by this crisis.
  • Protect yourself and others. All NYC Taxi  drivers and passengers must wear a face covering.
  • No matter where you're from, you have a right to be counted in the census.
  • Asian New Yorkers: You have the right to be free from harassment and discrimination under the New York City Human Rights Law.
  • If you live in NYC and you have DACA, call 1-800-354-0365 for help renewing your application.
  • It’s Mental Health Awareness Month: Providers can respond to distress experienced by DACA recipients
  • Our Asian and Pacific Islander communities have contributed so much to the fabric of our city. Now more than ever we must let them know that we stand with them — and AGAINST the discrimination we’ve seen in this crisis. New York City is and will always be your home.
  • Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Bitta Mostofi, Department of Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, and NYC Health and Hospitals Ambulatory Care Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrew Wallach hosted a Community and Ethnic Media virtual round table on COVID-19 testing updates.
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MASS DISTRIBUTION OF FACE COVERINGS 

https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/resources/facecoverings.page

  • NYC Distributing 7.5 Million Face Coverings, Free of Charge
    • 5 million 3-ply non-medical masks    
    • 2.5 million cloth face coverings
    • Distributed citywide, including at NYCHA, DOE Grab & Go meal sites, Parks, Mitchell-Lama buildings, grocery stores, during social distancing enforcement and more

CLOSING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

  • NYC to Provide iPads to Students With Disabilities in Non-Public Schools
    • Students with disabilities in religious and independent nonpublic schools can request tablets DOE has acquired for remote learning
    • DOE has identified approximately 35,000 eligible students

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • Get Tested in Your Community
  • New York City Department of Probation:One week of free groceries are available to all New Yorkers in five boroughs at the Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NeON) Nutrition Kitchens, in partnership with the Food Bank of NYC and the NYC Young Men’s Initiative (YMI)
    • Call the Pet Hotline at 1-877-204-8821
    • 8 a.m. to 8 p.m, 7 days a week
  • Testing Sites Citywide for people most at risk      
    • Open to 1199 workers, health care workers, and residents over 65
    • Call 1-888-OneMED1 or go to onemedical.com and use the code NYCCARE30
  • Student Loan Debt Tips During COVID-19
  • FAQ for Pandemic Unemployment Benefits
  • Centralized COVID19 page for resources:
  • Real-time COVID updates
  • Confidentially self-report COVID19 status and symptoms
  • 11,000 hotel rooms to help New Yorkers Quarantine
    • If you’re a healthcare worker and need a hotel nycgov/covid19hotel
  • Free meals are available to every New Yorker at over 400 locations
  • For DACA Recipients: For help renewing your application call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365 (we may even be able to help you out with the renewal fee.
  • Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Hotline
  • Skip the Trip to Access HRA:
    • To help stop the spread of COVID-19, many HRA locations are consolidating until further notice. We are asking New Yorkers to do everything they can through #AccessHRA or by calling 311.
  • Volunteer, donate or partner with NYC: nyc.gov/helpnow
  • Assistance for Organizations
  • Services for Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Survivors
  • Freelancers in NYC: If you're facing nonpayment issues, file a complaint:
  • It's ILLEGAL for stores to overcharge you.
    •  If you think a store excessively increased the price of items needed to prevent or limit the spread of or treat COVID19 you can:
  • New webpage full of resources for New Yorkers with Disabilities during COVID-19. For information on Food/Supply Delivery, Social Security/Medicaid Benefits, Home Healthcare Services and more
  • Donate money, medical supplies or Personal Protective Equipment  for front line workers
  • Affected by COVID19? Find out what benefits you may qualify for and more
  • Has your financial situation changed due to #COVID19?

·         NYC Financial Empowerment Center counselors are available to support you over the phone with free financial counseling – it’s secure and confidential.

  • Mental Health Support New Yorkers Can Access While Staying Home
  • Stop the spread of misinformation about COVID19 and stand against stigma.
  • Many city services are available to all New Yorkers no matter what your immigration status is and regardless of your ability to pay.
    •  Visit the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ COVID-19 resource guide for immigrant communities during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Information is available in multiple languages: nyc.gov/immigrants/coronavirus  
  • To access SNAP online ordering
  • COVID-19 Resources for NYCHA residents
  • If you believe an employer is violating either existing labor laws or recently issued executive orders:
  • Learn more about COVID-19, or coronavirus, in American Sign Language.
  • NYC Food Delivery Driver Portal
    The City of New York is hiring licensed TLC drivers to deliver food to New Yorkers in need during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • We've released a Work from Home Toolkit to help New Yorkers make the most of working from home.
  • DOE Graphics Library
  • Remote Learning:  
  • Housing Court
    •  is closed for most non-essential matters and that all pending proceedings are being administratively adjourned
    • New York City Housing Court are now only open for essential cases permitted by the court, such as landlord lockouts, serious housing code violations, and requests for emergency repairs orders. Other Housing Court cases are on hold.
      • Know that since March 16, 2020, all eviction proceedings in New York City are suspended indefinitely. For more information, please visit the NYC Department of Investigation (DOI).
      • Anyone with knowledge of City marshals attempting to execute on warrants of eviction can report this activity by calling DOI's Bureau of City Marshals at 212-825-5953.
      • Call 311 or fill out the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants Contact Us form if you are being threatened with eviction, harassment or need emergency help.  
  • COVID-19 and Poison Prevention: Staying Safe While Staying Home

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