Update for Families June 12
Message from Mrs. Tomasuolo
I hope you are all safe and well. The Department of Education has created a survey for families as part of the re-opening planning for September. I am strongly encouraging all families to complete the survey. Please read the attached letter from Chancellor Carranza. This is your opportunity to share what you believe will best serve your children. The deadline for the survey is June 22nd.
The survey and more information is available at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020, where translations of the letter will also be available in the coming days.
Chancellor's Family Letter Update # 3
June 5, 2020
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. Recently, we shared some information with you regarding Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). Although we do not have any new updates to report, guidance issued by DOHMH remains in place, and we urge you to visit nyc.gov/health at any time for this important information related to MIS-C. There, you will also find the MIS-C Fact Sheet, provided last week and translated into multiple languages here.
As a reminder for the health of all children in New York City, all children 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 should maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.
We will continue to communicate with you on a weekly basis regarding MIS-C and provide updates, if any. Please visit nyc.gov/health at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and please contact 311 with any questions,
Richard A. Carranza Chancellor
New York City Department of Education
PS 204 Message: How To Access Your Child's Grades
The DOE is asking schools to use a system called NYSSA ( New York City Student Account) to share report card grades, attendance, and other relevant information with parents. It is very important that you set up your NYC Student Account so that you can access your child's report card remotely. You can access NYCSA online at: Student Account.
If you need assistance creating your account or accessing an existing account, please contact Michele Wei at firstname.lastname@example.org
Letter to Families
May 30, 2020
Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility in response to this ever-evolving crisis. We are writing today to share some important updates and reminders about the end of year school calendar. We have two days coming up in June that were originally scheduled as times when students would not be in attendance. However, with the ongoing pandemic, students will be expected to participate in remote learning on both of these days:
Thursday, June 4 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for all students in observance of Brooklyn / Queens Day (also known as Anniversary Day).
Tuesday, June 9 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for students in schools serving grades K-8, as well as District 75 schools and programs.
On June 4, all students are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in professional development. Teachers are not expected to engage students on June 4; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day.
On June 9, students who attend a school serving grades K-8, or who attend any District 75 school, are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in reorganization work. Teachers in these schools are not expected to engage students on June 9; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day.
If you have questions or concerns regarding the school schedule for your student, please contact your school for additional information.
As a reminder, June 26 is the last day of school and a half day for all students. We will issue additional guidance to families about the end of the 2019-20 school year in the coming weeks.
Thank you again for your partnership as we continually navigate unfamiliar terrain. I often say that we have the best students, staff, and families in the world. You and your children continue to prove that, every day. Together, we will continue to weather this storm.
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
Letter To Families May 20, 2020
Earlier this week, we announced our plans for summer learning, to ensure that our students can continue to engage and receive the academic supports they need to be ready for returning to school in the fall. We are writing to you today with an update on the summer calendar, informed by feedback from DOE communities.
For elementary and middle school students who are required or recommended to attend summer school, the program will start one week earlier and will run from Monday, July 6 – Tuesday, August 11. There is no change to the duration or structure of the program.
For high school students who are attending summer school, courses will also start one week earlier and will run from Monday, July 6 – Friday, August 14. There is no change to the duration or structure of this program either.
For students with 12-month Individualized Education Plan (IEPs) services, there will be no change to the calendar. Our teachers start on Wednesday, July 1 and students are expected to participate from Thursday, July 2– Thursday, August 13.
These changes will help accelerate learning for all students. Beginning summer school earlier—closer to the end of the regular school year—allows for continuous learning for students. Concluding programs earlier also allows more time for continuous rest for your family in the month of August.
We appreciate your ongoing patience and flexibility as we adapt to this crisis in real time. Nothing is more important than the health, safety, and continued academic success of your child: we thank you for your partnership in this important endeavor now more than ever.
Richard A. Carranza Chancellor
New York City Department of Education
Dear Families, 5/13/2020
The DOE has a Webpage for Parents that translates all letters sent home, as well as, Interpretation for Remote Learning resources.
Click on the link below to access.
Dear Parents and Students;
The iPads you have received belong to our school. They are remotely managed, which means you cannot reset them and put in your information.
1. If you need to download an app you can use our Apple ID password. It is case sensitive which means it must be typed exactly. You can get the Apple ID from your teacher if you were not given it when you picked up your iPad.
2. If you have your own Apple ID account you can logout of our account and use yours, but you need our password to log out of the account.
3. Our Apple ID can not be used to purchase any Apps.
TO ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS:
In order to receive emails from the NYCDOE you must have an email account.
1. If you DO NOT have an email account please create a GMAIL account using the link below:
Once you create this account please click here to create a NYC Student Account.
2. If you DO have an email, but have not created a NYC Student Account, please click here.
3. If you already have a NYC Student Account for your children you will be able to receive NYCDOE emails.
Please complete these directions, as soon as possible, so that you and your children can be provided with the most current information. Thank you.
Sign Up For P.S. 204 Text Alert
In an effort to better commnicate school news and updates with parents, P.S. 204 has signed up with Remind. This free service allows P.S. 204 to send text "blasts" to all subscribers. Simply follow the directions below and you will automatically receive any messages we send to the P.S. 204 community. This is a closed system. We will NOT have access to each other's cell phone numbers. You will NOT be able to text back. Our hope is to use the service to give updates and reminders regarding, school schedule changes, conference dates and important community and school events. Sign up for Remind to receive text messages from P.S. 204.
It is our hope that this tool will make it easier for you to do the many things that are demanded of you as a parent and yet still keep you connected and up-to-date with P.S. 204. If you need assistance accessing Remind please contact our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Wei at 718-236-2906 ex. 2545
Directions to Sign Up for Remind
Just text @ps20 to 81010. Once you text @ps20 to that number you will receive confirmation that you are not subscribed. It's that easy.
TO: 81010 <Enter this number
Message: @ps20 <Text this message
Welcome to P.S. 204's Website!
Our translatable website was carefully designed to fullfill the needs of parents and teachers. We follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 and if you need assistance or have any questions, please call Michele Wei at (718) 236-2906 or email at Mwei@schools.nyc.gov
We encourage all families to become members. Your donations help support activities and purchases made throughout the year; from updating technology, the Halloween Parade, Pre-K, Kindergarten and 5th Grade activities and graduation gifts to many various items needed for the classrooms such as printers and ink. Every donation counts and is greatly appreciated. Click here for PTA Welcome Letter. Each class who has a 100% response will receive a pizza party.
Our school will be participating in the SchoolStore program. This online program helps our school earn cash without students selling door-to-door, collecting money, or delivering products. Over 400 merchants, including Sears, Target and WalMart.com, have joined together to offer up to 50% of sales to our school for shopping through SchoolStore.com.
To shop and support our school, simply go to www.schoolstore.com and select our school.
Participation is key in helping get the word out about our School Store. Soon your child will come home with a parent letter requesting you to help them enter email addresses to friends and family. When you enter just 3 email addresses you'll receive a prize code your child can return the next day for a prize. Please note: Although it might say our fundraiser starts in January they are letting us start early for the holiday shopping.