Weekly Update #9

November 15, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

On Friday, the Mayor announced, as he had previously, that if there was a 3% 7-day average of COVID cases in the city, New York City DOE schools would switch to fully remote program for all students for a period of time. Thankfully as the weekend continued the numbers did not rise and we will continue with in-person blended learning tomorrow. In the event that it should be necessary to become fully remote most schedules and staffing assignments will stay in place and any minimal changes would be shared directly with families affected.

Today was the deadline for families to choose blended learning using the DOE Learning Preference Survey link below. Mrs. Lee-Sim and I will be scheduling the new in-person blended students in the next two weeks. The changes based on the survey will go into effect during the week of November 30, 2020. Families will be notified as to class placement and student schedules. We look forward to welcoming more students to in person learning. The option to choose fully remote will continue to be available at any time to all families.

The link for the learning preference survey, also posted on the school website is https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference

Consent for Random Testing for Blended Students: We continue to remind families to update their decision about consent for random testing for their children, if they have not already done so. The preferred and easiest method of entering your decision to provide consent or not is through your New York City Schools Account, where you can make your choice electronically, this information then gets sent to the school’s data base. Here is the link to more information from central about this. https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/student-journey/nyc-schools-account. We will be continuing to make outreach to families of those students who still have the initial consent on file to remind them to update their consent slip or enter consent online.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL): This year, as in other years, our teachers have been incorporating lessons in SEL to support the children. Especially during these unprecedented and often difficult times, making time for this is even more essential. This week the citywide and schoolwide initiative continues with the use of a program called Sanford Harmony. More information about the program will be shared later this week. Before we begin implementation of this new program we will be surveying the students in grades 3-5 with questions to help us better understand their feelings about school and life. This data will be used to help us provide optimal support for the children. This is also aligned to the district 25 initiative. Ms. Acquista is leading this work and will be communicating directly with families this week with more information about this and other SEL supports that we will be implementing.

PTA Election Update: On November 9, 2020 an expedited election was held and new board members were elected. The PTA will reach out directly to announce the new board members and provide information and outreach to the school community.

Please continue to check the website for all up to date information including important links from the DOE.

Sincerely,

Anna Dimilta

Principal