Past Newsletters

April 2021

Reminders:

Choose Your Learning Preference for Spring 2021

Remote learning students will now be able to opt into blended learning for the remainder of the school year.  Please visit the DOE website to fill out your Learning Preference survey by April 9, 2021. Students who switch to blended learning will begin their new schedule sometime in April (more information to come).

Pre-Kindergarten Application Period: February 24 to April 19, 2021

Children born in 2017 can apply to Pre-Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year until April 7, 2021.  Families can create their children’s accounts and apply to Pre-Kindergarten admissions either online at NYC MySchools or over the phone by calling 718-935-2009.  All families who apply by the deadline will receive a Pre-Kindergarten offer later in the spring.

Gifted & Talented (G&T) Application Period

If you have a child born in 2016 and are interested in the G&T programs for your child, please apply by Friday, April 9, 2021, either online NYC MySchools or over the phone by calling 718-935-2009. 

Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Survey

Please fill out the google form by using the link below to describe your thoughts about the anti-Asian hate crimes that have occurred this year:  Anti-Asian Hate Crimes Survey.

Meet the Candidates Running for Your Community Education Council (CEC)

CEC 2 Candidate Forum hosted by District 2 Presidents’ Council, Monday, April 5, 2021 at 5:00 to 10:00 pm. Register here. (Translation available in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese). The candidates are seeking to represent their school community and all public school students by serving on the Community Education Councils (CEC), an education policy advisory body responsible for, among other things, reviewing and evaluating the district’s educational programs, approving zoning lines, and holding public hearings on certain matters.

Dial-A-Teacher for Free homework Help

Students and their parents or caregivers are invited to call 212-777-3380 Monday through Thursday between 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. to get free homework help from a licensed teacher. Many of the teachers are bilingual, so Dial-A-Teacher can assist students and families in 10 languages, including Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog.

Parent University

Parent University is a resource for families offering free virtual courses covering a wide range of topics and providing information about events, resources and activities. Recently added courses include “Creating a Successful Learning Environment at Home” (5 part series, March 23 to May 5, 2021) by Ramapo for Children, and “Making learning work – learn how to support your child and finish the school year strong” (3 workshops, April 20 to May 4, 2021) by Columbia University’s Center for Public Research and Leadership. Click here for DOE Parent University registration.

School Letter (Face-to-Face Letter)

Face-to-face letter is a “verification of enrollment” letter that officially states your child is enrolled at P. S. 1. If an agency (for example, accountant office) requires proof of your child’s enrollment, address, or guardian information, the primary guardian can access the information by logging into the NYC Schools Account. You can then navigate to the “Details” dropdown menu and print a copy or take a screenshot of the “Student” page to present as proof of your home address. The “Enrollment” page can be used as proof of the student’s current attendance/enrollment and the “Guardian” page can also be used to verify that you are the guardian of your child. 

Virtual Cookshop for Parents/Guardians

There are six Virtual Cookshops for Families this school year. In the lessons, you will learn how to make healthy decisions. The last lesson will be on April 13, 20/21 and we will send out a reminder before the lesson.  If you are interested, please register here

Child Mind Institute’s FREE Workshop Series for Families

The Child Mind Institute will be hosting Caregiver Support Workshops. This workshop series is designed to provide families with proactive strategies to use to support your child’s mental health and learning needs while virtually learning from home. The series is available at no cost to all NYC DOE parents and caregivers.  For additional resources, please visit The Child Mind Institute.

Free Virtual Intrepid Adventure Programs for Families (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00PM to 4:00 pm)

Join an Intrepid Museum educator each week as they explore history, science and ingenuity online together. Virtual Intrepid Adventure Programs are family-friendly and engage all ages. Adults are requested to participate in the program with their children. Programs run between 45 minutes and one hour. Advance registration for this drop-in online program is required in order to receive Zoom information and print-at-home materials, when applicable.

Save the Date

Wednesday, April 21, 2021. PTA Monthly Virtual Meeting, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (More information to come)

Upcoming Dates

April 20 to April 21, 2021

Grades 3 to 5 New York State English Language Arts (ELA) Tests

May 4 to May 5, 2021

Grades 3 to 5 New York State Mathematics Tests

April 19 to June 9, 2021

NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Test NYSESLAT (speaking portion)

May 17 to June 9, 2021

NYS English as a Second Language Achievement Tests NYSESLAT (listening, reading and writing)

May 25 to June 4, 2021

Grade 4 New York State Science Performance Test

June 7, 2021

Grade 4 New York State Science Written Test

May 13, 2021

Eid Al-Fitr (School will be closed)

May 31, 2021

Memorial Day (School will be closed)

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Please do not hesitate to contact me with school related questions or concerns. I can be reached from Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (except holidays) either by email: clau@schools.nyc.gov or by phone at 347-563-5079, as I am working remotely from home.