Weekly Update #20

Dear Parents and Guardians, 

We had great participation in Friday’s spirit day and it was fun to see everyone wear their favorite jerseys. Kindly take a few minutes to read this week’s updates and reminders. 

Status of NYS State Exams: NYS exams in ELA and Math for grade 3-8 students are still scheduled on the NYS testing calendar. The test dates are as follows: ELA-April 20 and 21 and Math- May 4 and 5. At this time, we have learned that New York State officials have petitioned to have the test cancelled due to various issues. A decision has not been made. Whether or not the test is cancelled, we will encourage our students in grades 3-5 to prepare themselves for the standards-based test style questions during our short test sophistication unit in literacy, as we have always done. We know the exams will be given in the future, whether this year or in future years, and we want to expose the students to build the grade level foundation in test sophistication that will support success on any future State exams that are administered. Our goal is to ensure the children are prepared and confident. 

Parking during arrival and dismissal: With the snow making the roads around the school narrower, we had several incidents of cars double parking, blocking driveways, and trying to squeeze through tight spaces this past week. Please be mindful of our neighbors and the drivers and pedestrians in the community, and please refrain from double parking, stopping in the street to drop off and pick up children, and blocking driveways.   

Pre-K Applications: This year’s Pre-K applications will open on Wednesday, February 24th. Children born in 2017 are eligible for Pre-K for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Health and Safety/Situation Room Guidance– As you know health and safety protocols are critical to maintaining the health and safety of students and staff. We continue to work with the situation room to report any cases of COVID in the school community and provide all necessary information for decisions about exposure and quarantining that may lead to closure. We have been fortunate that with the support of our families and staff following guidelines we have had minimal cohort closures compared to other schools. It is critical that families notify the school about any positive COVID cases in the household. Additionally, students should not come to school sick or with a temperature.  

Respect for all Week-Each year we celebrate Respect for All week and remind our children about kindness and respect being essential elements in our school community. This coming week is a four-day week, and we will have a spirit day each of the four days connecting to this theme. See the attached flyer for spirit day descriptions! 

Parent Chat: Kindergarten and Grade 1 families have received an email from Mrs. Golia with information about our first Parent Chat, which will take place the week that we return from mid-winter break.  

Lunar New Year and Mid-Winter Recess: Friday, February 12, schools are closed in observance of Lunar New Year. Happy New Year to our families who celebrate! Monday, February 15, to Friday, February 19, schools will be closed for Mid-Winter recess.  

District 25 CEC Virtual Town Hall with Chancellor Carranza: To register for the March 3rd Town Hall with Chancellor Richard Carranza please visit www.d25.nyc/cec

Thank you for your continued support and partnership!