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December 2, 6:00p

Chat with Kerry

Family Experience with Remote Learning: Grades 3-5


December 2, 6:30-7:30p

CEC3 Virtual Town Hall w/ Chancellor Carranza


December 3, 8:00p

Family Giving Town Hall



December 8, 7:00p

NYC Admissions Solutions

Info Session


December 9, 6:00p

Chat with Kerry

Family Experience with Remote Learning: Grades K-2



 

Letter from Claire

Dear Families,  

We are excited for K-5 in person learning, for students who opted in, to resume on December 7th.  

Reminders:  

  • Everyone is remote this week until Dec 4th. 
  • Grades K-5 students who opted for in person will return to the school building on Dec 7th.   
  • Students in remote learning will continue online.  
  • Cohort A will meet on Monday, December 7th.  
  • The schedule continues as it had been with Cohort A and Cohort B alternating Mondays and Cohort A on 
    Tuesday/Wednesday and Cohort B on Thursday/Friday.  
  • 6-8 will continue fully remote until further notice.   
  • At this time, we are NOT going back to full time 5 days a week. To keep our students and staff safe and 
    maintain social distancing, the groups will remain at 12. 

Updates:  

  • Mandatory Weekly COVID Testing:  schools will have 20% of students and staff tested on a weekly basis.   
  • All students are required to provide consent for testing by December 7 or by their first scheduled in-person learning day.  
  • Families can submit consent using NYCSA (below). Students without consent, and who do not have medical exemption or disability-based exemption, will be moved to fully remote instruction.  


Best,  
Claire   

Student COVID-19 Testing Consent Form

Parent University: Online Resource for Families

The DOE’s Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) team, in partnership with the Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT), worked collaboratively to design and operationalize Parent University. Along with tailored resources and courses, it also provides another way for DOE and community partners to share important news, updates, and information with families. Courses are available in multiple languages and they’re working to expand the amount of multilingual offerings.

All families, from early childhood to adult education, can create a free account and register for workshops, attend an event, find a training and more. There are currently 95+ courses offered and they cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Remote Learning and Technology 
  • Health and Wellness 
  • Special Education 
  • Multilingual Learners 
  • Early Childhood Education 
  • Parent Leadership 
  • School Buildings and Operations 
  • Adult and Continuing Education 
Visit Parent University

Take-Out Meals for All

New York City is committed to making free meals available daily for all New Yorkers. While school buildings are closed, students and families can go to nearby school buildings for takeout meals. Additionally, any New Yorker can receive free meals available at locations across the city. 

FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILES

  • All families and students can visit to pick up three free grab-and-go meals.
  • Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 12:00pm 
  • No registration, ID, or documentation required 
  • No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises
  • Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children
Find a Take-Out Meal Location Near You

FOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY

  • Monday through Friday, 3pm to 5pm 
  • No registration, ID, or documentation required 
  • No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises
  • Multiple meals may be picked up at once
  • Find a Kosher and Halal location
  • Visit GETFOODNYC to find a location 3pm to 5pm
Community Meals Information

CEC3 Virtual Town Hall with

Chancellor Carranza

Register today!   


CEC3 Virtual Town Hall

Available in English, Spanish, and French 

Letter from Kerry

Dear K-5 Families,

I hope the start of fully remote learning has gone smoothly for your family.  I am writing to clarify schedule changes that will occur starting on Monday, November 30 and when our school building reopens and students return to hybrid learning, as well as invite you to join me in a Chat to discuss your experiences in remote learning.

The recent window for learning preference changes ended with over 41 students (K-8) opting into hybrid learning and gave us the opportunity to reassess class rosters and schedules.  In order to capitalize on this opt-in period we’ve made strategic changes with consideration to K-5 progress reports and teacher check-in meetings.  After reviewing progress reports and meeting with teachers one on one, it became clear that we need to do more to support our students with disabilities in the remote and hybrid setting.  Our intention is twofold; 1) to collapse cohorts so that more teachers would teach either in person or remote (not both/one modality when possible) and 2) redesign student cohorts to strategically support our students with special needs. 

Based on numbers who opted into Hybrid (41 opted in), we collapsed cohorts in K01, K02, K03, K04 and 103 which allows for academic intervention services and functional SETSS grouping in K-3. Lindsey & Catherine will serve as SETSS/AIS teachers on Cohort B days.  This will take effect when in person learning resumes.

Starting on Monday, Nov 30th, Nadia will join the 3rd grade team as a remote teacher and will no longer teach dance.  Like James and Shakira who are classroom teachers, Nadia will be planning and teaching alongside Alice, Stephanie and Nichole.  This allows for more teachers to teach one modality and for smaller student cohorts.  Fortunately, our partnerships with the New York City Ballet (Ballet Tales 1st and 2nd), Carnegie Hall (3rd-4th) are continuing this year, and we are seeking to expand our work with Harmonize Kids to K-1.  Our partnership with Inside Broadway will begin on December 1st and will provide our middle school students with a robust arts experience alongside their music classes with Shelley.  

Malaka has contacted families of students who opted-in to hybrid learning to explain their schedule and provide them with their new class.  She has also contacted families of students who’s cohort D or teacher is changing. If you have not heard from Malaka, there are no changes for your child.  If your child is in Cohort A or B, there are no changes. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at Kpowers3@schools.nyc.gov 

Warm wishes,

Kerry

Chat with Kerry!

Topic: Family Experience with Remote Learning

As we completed our 1st week of transitioning to fully remote, we would love to hear from you! We invite you to join Kerry in a chat to discuss your experiences in remote learning.

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd: Grades 3rd - 5th @ 6pm Sharp
Wednesday, Dec. 9th: Grades K - 2nd @ 6pm Sharp

Every student has experienced remote learning. We want to check in and discuss how it is going. Please take a moment to complete this short survey.

Family Experience with Remote Learning Survey

Letter from Ben

Dear Middle School Families,

 

I hope the start of fully remote learning has gone smoothly for your family.  I am writing to clarify schedule changes that will occur when our school building reopens and students return to hybrid learning.

 

The opt-in period for hybrid learning ended. Our intention was to collapse cohorts so that more teachers would teach either in person or remote (one modality when possible).  We were unable to do that in middle school because more students opted into hybrid learning.  

Based on numbers who opted into Hybrid (41 opted in), we collapsed cohorts in K01, K02, K03, K04 and 103 which allows for academic intervention services and functional SETSS grouping in K-3.

  • Increase the opportunity for students in all cohorts to have learning from classroom teachers and content area specialists (6-8) 

  • Increase the opportunity for co-teaching during ELA and Math

In 3rd Grade, Nadia will join Alice as a remote teacher in order to allow for small remote groupings (3rd Grade is one of the largest remote groups in K-5).  Nadia’s new schedule will begin on November 30th.  Fortunately, our partnership with Inside Broadway will begin on December 1st and we will continue to provide our students with a robust arts experience alongside those who have music classes with Shelley. 

Four more students opted into 6th grade, six more students opted into 7th grade, and four more students opted into 8th grade.  This is good news, but also requires that we redesign our program to balance the large number of students who are fully remote and hybrid.  In order to increase the opportunity for students in all cohorts to have learning from content area specialists, the schedule has been adjusted.  This new schedule will also allow an opportunity for co-teaching during ELA and Math.  The new schedule will begin when school reopens for in-person hybrid learning. 

Malaka has contacted families of students who opted-in to hybrid learning to explain their schedule and provide them with their new class and advisory group which will begin when hybrid learning resumes.

Overview of Inside Broadway program: This year’s program, “NYC…Together Again” will explore the ways in which we can stay connected while supporting each other through being a friend and ally. Students will have the chance to help contribute to the script of the show and learn choreographed songs that fit the theme of the show. The program will be held via Google Classroom/Google Meet and Inside Broadway will supply all of the supplemental materials to be uploaded into the Google Classroom.  Inside Broadway’s virtual theater program combines choreography, vocal technique,  acting skills and monologue writing during this 12 session online program and will be taught by Inside Broadway teaching artists Jacob Dunham and Chris Hendricks. 

Each session will include:

  • Theater warmups and games 

  • Classroom discussions related to the theme to encourage ideas for script writing 

  • Choreography sessions for the selected song 

  • Vocal work on the selected song 

  • Direction for the students for monologue performance

Logistics:

Shelley will be managing the google classroom and all sections will be a part of the same google classroom.  Each class will be led by a teaching artist:

  • Chris Hendricks will teach classes 701, 702, 801

  • Jacob Dunham will teach classes 601, 602, 802

Schedule: 

The classes will occur remotely (students who are in school must bring headphones since groups will be mixed cohorts).  The classes will take the place of 

  • one advisory session per week for 6D1, 6A1, 6B1, 8D1, 8A1, 8B1, 7D1, 7A1, and 7B1.

  • One LOTE/Music session per week for 7D1, 7A1, 7B1

  • One Amplify Science session for 6D1, 6A1, 6B1

Student Schedules to be Implemented when hybrid learning resumes:

601, 701, 801 Cohorts A & B
602, 702, 802 Cohorts A & B
Cohort D

Contact me with any questions or concerns. 

Sincerely,

Benjamin Schott

BSchott@schools.nyc.gov


RESCHEDULED:

8th Grade NYC Admissions Solutions Info Session

Please save the date for an information session with NYC Admissions Solutions’ Founder and President, Maurice Frumkin,  NOW TUESDAY, 12/8 at 7pm via google meet.

More information and a google meet link will be forthcoming.

REMINDER:

8th Grade NYC CTE Virtual High School Fairs

  • These virtual events are open to all NYC students and their families to learn about Career and Technical Education (CTE) high schools.

  • Learn more and register here:

NYC CTE Virtual High School Fairs

Have a DOE-Issued Device You're Not Using?

Please contact Malaka to coordinate returning that device. 

Do You Need School Supplies?

Need supplies?

Contact Malaka to get what you need.

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Learning Bridges Information

As the New York City Department of Education resumes remote learning for all Learning Bridges is a program that provides free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning. 

How to Apply

  • If you are interested in the Learning Bridges Program, please complete this application.
  • Need help completing the online application? Call 311 for assistance.
  • If you previously filled out the expression of interest form, you do not need to complete another application
Learning Bridges Information

Dial-A-Teacher Information

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  • What: Homework help line for students, run by classroom teachers
  • Where: Call 212-777-3380
  • Who: Students in kindergarten through 12th grade
  • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m. when school is in session
  • Languages spoken: Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog
  • Subjects available: English, math, science and social studies
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