Principal's Update

Dear Families,

As NYC prepares for what school looks like in the fall, on the assumption schools are open part time, meaning your child will be in school possibly 2 days a week, we need to know if:


1) You will choose to send your child to school and receive a combination of In-Person and Remote Learning at home
or
2) If you'd prefer to keep them home for 100% Remote Learning.


***Please note, if you decide to keep them home for 100% remote instruction, there will be other opportunities during the school year to change your preference and send them in part time.***

 

Please let us know immediately which of these two options you will choose by completing the Learning Preference Survey or call 718-935-2200 by August 7 so we can plan accordingly.

 

Direct link to survey:
https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference


 

Update for Families: School Reopening July 27th

 

 Dear Families, 

I hope you and your children are well and enjoying some time off this summer. September will be here before we know it, and I am writing to you today to keep you updated on the 2020–21 school year and make sure you know how to be part of the conversation. Throughout this summer, as we diligently work to clarify operations for the fall, I promise to be transparent about what we know—and what we don’t yet know. 

Your Learning Options 

First things first: New York City students will be learning five days a week, whether in person or at home. As previously announced, schools are planning for blended learning, in which students will be taught in school buildings for part of the week, and will continue learning remotely from home on the other days of the week. Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. We know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. However, if you intend to choose all-remote learning for your child and have not yet notified us, please let us know by August 7 so schools can plan accordingly. You can fill out a web form at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 or call 311. 

To enable you to make a more informed choice, we have prepared some important comparisons about what you can expect from each mode of learning, which you can find at the end of this letter. Families who choose all-remote instruction will be able to opt back in to blended learning on a quarterly basis throughout the school year, beginning in November. 

No matter whether you are at school in-person or you are learning remotely, you and your child are still enrolled in and part of your school community. Your child’s schedule and learning experience will be fully managed by your school. The vast majority of students who participate in fully remote learning will be taught by teachers from their school. While there may be some limited exceptions on a school-by-school basis, you should expect your child to be assigned teachers from their school when they receive their full schedule before the school year begins. 

As our plans continue to come together, we must be nimble. We will make adjustments as public health conditions continue to evolve. 

How to Learn More 

Every week, we will be posting more information about school operations to schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020. Please bookmark this page and visit it frequently. On this page, you will find information on Physical Education, Arts Education, and more. We are asking for your patience and flexibility throughout this process as we work through a great deal of planning in collaboration with our teachers, principals, and school-based staff. 

Your voice and feedback are essential as our work continues. We are creating many opportunities for you to discuss the year ahead with the DOE, and we hope you will get involved. We hosted our first citywide information session on July 16, and received many great suggestions from families across the City. Please join 

us for one of the upcoming info sessions Tuesday, July 28; Wednesday, August 12; and Thursday, August 27. You can visit schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 to register and submit a question. 

In addition, each school will host a parent meeting to discuss the proposed school schedule and to review planning for the year ahead, and we will be holding community and advocate round-table meetings, briefings with Community Education Council leaders and elected officials, and more. 

While the world around us continues to change, our commitment to the health and safety of our students, teachers, staff, and families remains steadfast, and so does our focus on equity and excellence. We will deliver what your child needs to succeed academically, knowing the traumatic impact this crisis has had on New Yorkers of all ages. We will ensure your child feels welcome and supported in their school community, no matter what. 

Thank you for continuing to share your comments and questions. I have said it before, but it’s no less true now: You are our most important partners and I am grateful for you today and every day. Please stay safe and healthy. 

Sincerely, 

Richard A. Carranza 

Chancellor 

New York City Department of Education 

  

 

Resources for Families

 

How to Talk to Your Children About Race and Current Events 

Mental Health Resources

These can help address stress and trauma that children and families may be experiencing at this time

Free Mental Health Support 

  • NYC Well For Staff, students and parents 
    • Call: 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
    • Text: WELL to 65173
    • Live Chat 

P-EBT Information Sheet

  

We Miss You!

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 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

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!

ALL New Yorkers can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city!
Find a location near you: schools.nyc.gov/freemeals
 
Vegetarian and halal options are available at all sites and we now include sites that offer exclusively kosher certified meals.
 

 

  

Do you need to request an iPad?

Please visit the link below to request a device

 

https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

Need Tech Support For Your D.O.E Device?

If you need help with your device, please fill out this link and someone from the DOE will reach out to help.

 

https://www.nycenet.edu/technicalsupportforfamily

 

Do you need help but also need translation?

Please call this number: 718-935-5100

  

Important information/flyers for families

 Update for Families_April 7 2020

 Calvary: support for a lost loved one due to Covid-19

 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

 47th District Virtual Education Town Hall.jpg 

 

Parent survey for the reopening for the next school year (please fill this survey out, this is very important) 

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/in-our-classrooms/return-to-school-2020

 

Equip Learn Launch Brooklyn Virtual Summer Institute: For Parents of English Language Learners Virtual ELL Summer Institute Flyer

 

JOIN US ON REMIND

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

or

you can text the number 81010 and reply with @school216

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

MDorney2@schools.nyc.gov

Georgette Pezzolanti: Family Leadership Coordinator

GPezzolanti@schools.nyc.gov

We may also be reached at 347-371-0882


Follow us on Twitter for updates and announcements @D21_Community

iReady Summer Tracker

Pre-K Parent orientation Packet

Here is the packet we would have given you during our parent orientation. You can download the PDF and print it out if you would like.

  

Pre-K Welcome Packet.pdf 

Presentation 06/15/2020  Incoming Pre-K Parent Meeting.pptx 

How to Access Teach Hub

Please see the following document to log into teach tub.

 Family Flyer for Accessing APPs ENGLISH.docx 

Other Languages 

 Parent Flyer for Accessing APPs Translated versions.pdf 

  

Statement on Accessibility

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