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May 7, 2020
It is hard to believe that as I write this letter, we are just about to complete our seventh week of remote learning. What was once unimaginable has become our reality. We miss our friends, families and our school. We have all suffered the consequences of this crisis in many ways. Our hearts go out to those who have lost family members and friends and to everyone that has been sickened by the virus. We know that this has not been easy for you. And yet, we see that you are helping your children learn every day. I have said it many times that a parent is a child’s first teacher. This has never been truer!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each one of you for taking an active role in remote learning. Just last week, I was reviewing attendance and noticed that we had over 90% attendance. This is nothing short of amazing. I cannot thank our teachers enough for getting our Google classrooms up and running within days in mid-March. This has been quite a journey and remains a work in progress. During our first few weeks, our focus was on getting everyone up and running on the platform and ensuring that all students have devices. Our parent coordinator and school aides reached out to support families in getting started. Next, we began to train our teachers to use technology to create a more engaging experience. As teachers become more comfortable with the tools, they are integrating digital whiteboards, interactive slideshows, and video-based lessons. As a school team, we are aligning our school’s curriculum and adjusting the pacing to make this work for our students and parents. We know that this is not perfect. Nothing can replace being in a classroom with teachers and students. However, we are so thankful for the support you are giving your children at home. Just like us, you are new to this and you have risen to the occasion by learning Google classroom and creating learning environments at home. As a parent myself, I know how challenging it is to try and balance working from home and working with my children on their school assignments. It takes a lot of patience and dedication!
As you may already know, this week is Teacher Appreciation Week. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing teachers of PS 216! All of them… the ones that are planning the lessons on Google classroom and the ones at home that are sitting side by side helping their children learn. We are grateful for all that you do!
This week we are hosting our first virtual meeting. We will be reviewing the resources on our school website, Google Classroom, and offering support in navigating assignments. I hope that you will be able to join us!
Stay safe and well!
IF YOU NEED TO REQUEST TECHNOLOGY PLEASE VISIT THIS LINK
As you already know, our school is using the i-Ready platform for remote instruction.
i-Ready learning paths are developed for each individual student based upon the results of a diagnostic exam. The diagnostics are given multiple times throughout the school term so that students are always working at their own pace. Our final diagnostic exam will be administered remotely on the following dates:
ELA May 18th – 20th
Math May 26th – 28th
When signing into i-Ready, the student will automatically be assigned the diagnostic exam and may begin. The exam takes approximately 45-60 minutes per content area. The times may vary because each child is on their own “path.” For this reason, the classroom teacher will not assign additional work in that content area on the exam dates. The diagnostic will provide us with information about the standards your child has mastered and exceeded and identify areas for growth. Following the diagnostic exam, your child will then be working on an updated learning path each time they sign into i-Ready. Please keep in mind the following:
· Please speak to your child about staying focused and completing the diagnostic.
· Set up a quiet space for them to work.
· Be mindful of frustration; allow for breaks. You may also want to allow them to take it over three days. The exam will allow them to pick up where they left off.
· Refrain from helping them find the answers. For example, help them to get set up but allow them to work independently as you monitor them.
· Helping them too much would deem inaccurate results and then students would be working on a path that is too difficult for them for the rest of the school year.
As always, we thank you for our cooperation! Classroom teachers will share assessment results with parents in the coming weeks. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any questions about the i-Ready Diagnostic exam!
Following up on our letter to you last week about the new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere, linked below is a Fact Sheet from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) that provides additional information.
Per NYC Health, this condition has been renamed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)—formerly Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). The condition is rare and it is potentially life-threatening, so it is important that you know its signs and symptoms.
NYC Health’s Fact Sheet conveys new information about the syndrome, its symptoms, when to seek medical help, treatments, and preventative steps. Because MIS-C is associated with COVID-19, acting to keep your child from being exposed to COVID-19 continues to be essential.
As a reminder, families should help their children understand the importance of the following measures and ensure their children follow them:
As per NYS Executive Order 202.17, all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. Free face coverings are available at DOE Meal Hubs in all five boroughs—you can find one close to you on the DOE website.
Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering.
When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.
Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequently wash their hands.
The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Please visit nyc.gov/health at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and do not hesitate to contact 311 with any questions.
Richard A. Carranza
Please see below, options that may be available to you.
· AlticeUSA is providing free internet service for all students for 60 days. Please call 866-200-9522 to enroll.
· Comcast - Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free. To sign up for a free internet essentials package for 60 days, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
· Spectrum - Beginning March 16, Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
· Charter - Charter is offering free internet for 2 months. 1 (877) 906-9121
· AT&T - AT&T COVID-19 response. AT&T will offer open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.
· Sprint - Sprint is following the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
· T-Mobile - T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
*Please note there is no affiliation or legal responsibility between the Dept of Education and these companies. Any concerns, please contact the company directly
We are here to help!
If you need to reach out to your child's teacher over the phone, we have access to translation services!
Please visit the link below to request a device
If you need help with your device, please fill out this link and someone from the DOE will reach out to help.
Do you need help but also need translation?
Please call this number: 718-935-5100
Update for Families-Grading Policy_April 28 2020 Translation for this document can be found here, https://sites.google.com/strongschools.nyc/bksouthlaabcommunityresources/language-access-resources/covid-19-related-language-access-resources
Please join us on REMIND through the app or through text message.
to keep in contact with us you can download the REMIND app, make an account and input the class code @school216
you can text the number 81010 and reply with @school216
Please see the attached letter, a case has been self reported at P.S. 216
Please see the link below for a walkthrough on Google Classrooms
In response to COVID-19 and in an effort to keep our community safe and healthy, beginning, Friday, March 20, 2020, Community School District 21’s office has been temporarily closed.
Beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, staff members will be working remotely to support families.
You can receive direct support from the Family Support Coordinator and the Family Leadership Coordinator by e-mailing:
Mary Dorney: Family Support Coordinator
Georgette Pezzolanti: Family Leadership Coordinator
We may also be reached at 347-371-0882
Follow us on Twitter for updates and announcements @D21_Community
We should all continue to practice general flu prevention measures including:
· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
· Wash your hands regularly
· Avoid touching your face
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick
· Get your flu shot – it’s never too late
· Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms, travel history, and if you’ve had contact with people who are sick.
The green surveys were given out during parent teacher conferences. However if you no longer have the survey, you can find your access code by filling our your child's name and birthday.
Below you will find the link.
Please make sure you click the PARENT SURVEY
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