Principal's Update


Dear K - 5 Parents/Guardians,

As you may already know, our virtual classrooms will be going "Live" on Monday, March 23,2020.  Beginning on  Monday, your child will be able to log into their virtual classroom which can be found at  All students should have recieved usernames and passwords from their teachers.  Each child was given an email   This is the email they will use for the google platform.   If they have not already done so, they will need to set up the account immediately.    If you are having any difficulty logging in or need help in any way,  please contact your child's teacher via email or Remind.  Google Classroom can be used on laptops, ipads or smartphones. 

Each morning, your child's teacher will post new work across all content areas including ELA,Math, Social Studies and Science. This will be in the form of video, posted assignments, discussions/chats. Students are also expected to complete 45 minutes of I-Ready for reading and 45 minutes of I-Reay math.   Your child will also see that our cluster teachers also have a Google classroom for  Physical Education, Science, Dance, Visual Arts & Music.  Your child is expected to complete the assigned work in cluster classrooms each week.  In addition, Mrs. Festa will be posting a Leader in Me lesson once per week for students to continue to engage with  their work in the 7 Habits. 

Teachers will be available for live support and feedback during the school day. They will share these times with you in order to make it easier to communicate.  They are here to help!  Please reach out if you need anything. Our goal is to make sure the children continue their education! We must work together to make this happen. 

Here a few tips to help you get started: 

1. Set up a home workstation.  Be sure that it is comfortable and well lit.  Have all supplies at the ready. (notebooks, pencils, pens, paper, etc)

2. Keep a daily work schedule. Try to choose a consistent time to complete school work, preferably during school hours.

3. Keep consistent bedtime routines and hours. Kids are used to going to bed earlier on "school nights" so that they are refreshed in the morning and ready to work.  

4. Schedule "breaks" throughout the day and be sure they have time to eat breakfast and lunch.

5.  Keep distractions to a minimum. Try not to have too much excess noise in the background. 

6.  Encourage your child to do the work on their own, whenever possible.  When your child is working on I-Ready, their learning path is created from recent assessment data. Therefore your child is practicing the skills he/she needs. Giving them the answer does not help them to make progress.  Please help them to learn indenpendence. 

7.  Keep them motivated.  Provide praise and encouragement. After all this is different for them! It may seem strange and they may need some reassurance.

8. Check the Google classroom daily so that you are aware of the teacher's expectations.  


We thank you for your support as we transition to remote learning environments.  Please feel free to reach out to our teachers or our parent coordinator, Mrs. Mallory Figueroa.  I am positive that the students will make us proud! Stay safe everyone.  I looke forward to seeing you all soon!



Mrs. Neglia 


REMINDER: All Pre-K classes will be using dojo for daily learning and Kindergarten-5th will be using Google classrooms. 



Wifi Concerns? Please see the information posted below.

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 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

Need Translation??

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!

Free Meals! P.S. 216 is an active location!

NEWS: starting tomorrow, Friday, April 3, 2020 three free meals will be available daily for ALL New Yorkers in more than 400 Meal Hubs across the 5 boroughs.
To find a location near you visit or text "NYC FOOD" to 877-877.




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

Family Resources: Social/Emotional

Here are some organizations that have upcoming workshops/webinars for parents: 
Parenting Strategies for Challenging Times Webinar Series Many of us are experiencing anxiety due to the coronavirus pandemic, especially parents as they spend consecutive days inside trying to balance it all – work demands, child care, homeschooling – all while keeping their own and their child’s worries under control. With access to so much parenting advice and resources, it’s hard to put advice into practice.
Weill Cornell Medicine’s Child Psychology Team will lead consecutive evening webinars including a Q&A to discuss practical skills aimed to support parents and help children thrive during this challenging time. These webinars are open to any parent looking to learn more about how to manage and cope with these stressful times.

Wed. 4/2: Parenting Strategies for Challenging Times
Wednesday April 1st | 8:00 PM – 8:45PM       
co-leaders: Dr. Rachel Goldman and Dr. Avital Falk
Topic: Parenting Strategies for Healthy Coping

Thurs. 4/2: Creating Structure During Unstructured Times
Thursday April 2nd | 8:00pm - 8:45pm
co-leaders: Dr. Andrea Temkin and Dr. Shannon Bennett
Topic: Creating Structure During Unstructured Times
Register Here

Mon. 4/6: Incorporating Validation into Parenting
Monday April 6th | 8:00pm - 8:45pm
co-leaders: Dr. Rachel Goldmand and Dr. Avital Falk
Topic: Incorporating Validation into Parenting (Dr. Goldman & Dr. Falk)
Register Here 

Tues. 4/7: Coping and Conflict Management
Tuesday 4/7 | 8:00pm - 8:45pmTopic: Parenting Webinar: Coping and Conflict Management
co-leaders Dr. Andrea Temkin and Dr. Shannon Bennett
Register Here

Wed. 4/8: Making Meaning of Difficult Times
Wednesday April 8th | 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Topic: Making Meaning of Difficult Times
co-leaders: Dr. Rachel Goldman and Dr. Andrea Temkin
Register Here



Jewish Board for Family and Child Services: webinar series aimed at strengthening coping skills and supporting loved ones, including children experiencing anxiety.  
Check out the calendar for ongoing English & Spanish events: 
April 20th and 21st: Parent Support Group 
April 22nd: Parenting a Child With a Disability


Self Report Case

Please see the attached letter, a case has been self reported at P.S. 216


 School Self-Reported Case family letter 3 21 20 PS 216 pdf

Classroom Walkthrough

Please see the link below for a walkthrough on Google Classrooms

 2020 Parents Guide to Google Classroom


District 21 office

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

Pre-K application deadline extended.

We are happy to share that the pre-K application deadline is now Sunday, March 29.

Families can apply to pre-K in the following ways:

·       Online with MySchools by 11:59pm on March 29

·       By phone at 718-935-2009 by 6pm on March 27


How to avoid getting sick

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 – its never too late

·         Stay home if youre feeling sick.  Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms, travel history, and if you’ve had contact with people who are sick.

Please fill out our school's green survey

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

Green School Survey

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