February Parent Letter

Dear Parents,

We are almost halfway through the school year with only 40 school days left before state testing begins. It’s hard to believe that on Tuesday, February 13th, we will already be celebrating the 100th Day of School!

 Promotion-in-Doubt letters will be sent home during the week of January 29th to select students who are in danger of not being promoted to the next grade in June 2018. Please read through those letters carefully. Teachers have already reached out to you to discuss areas of concern and to address ways to ensure a successful remainder of the school year. If you have any further questions you can request an appointment on Tuesdays from 2:20 – 3:00 or a date and time that is most convenient for you by calling the school or sending a note to the teacher.

 We would like to remind you that daily attendance and punctuality are good habits that we encourage all our children to have. Your cooperation in making sure that your child arrives to school on time (8:00 AM for the regular school day) and has good attendance is greatly appreciated. We would also like to remind you that P.S. 186 follows the school uniform policy. Your cooperation in assisting your children to meet this mandate is also appreciated.

Family Resources for Special Education

2017-2018 School Year Calendar

The Flu: A Guide for Parents

District 20 Grading Policy

PS 186 is participating in the district-wide grading policy to ensure

all students are graded consistently and fairly across all schools and classrooms. 

Performance Levels


Report Card Grades





Weight %


92% - 100%





80% – 91%





65% – 79%





Below 65%




Outdoor Lineup and Recess

In keeping with the recommendations from the NYC Dept. of Health, the Deptartment of Education has set forth the following guideline:

Children benefit from vigorous exercise and should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible. Unless it is snowing, or there is ice on the playground, or the wind-chill factor is below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), temperature alone should not preclude outdoor play. You are encouraged to work with your staff to maintain outdoor play periods, and should take precautions to keep students warm and ensure that they are appropriately dressed on very cold days. When outdoors, please ensure that your students and staff cover exposed skin, wear warm clothing, and use multiple layers to maintain warmth.

Please be sure to dress your child for outdoor line up and recess each day.  

On days when the weather does not permit outdoor lineup, students should enter the school through one of the schoolyard entrances.

Playworks- A Rocking Recess!

Our Indoor "Rockin' Recess" is such a great success! We would, however,  like to give the children the opportunity to play outside whenever it is possible.  Please remind students to come dressed appropriately (cover exposed skin, wear warm clothing and use multiple layers to maintain warmth) for outdoor play daily.  The decision to stay indoors or outdoors will be made on a day to day basis. 

Breakfast in the Classroom

This year our school will continue to participate in an innovative program called Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC). BIC is a free breakfast program that aims to alleviate hunger and ensure all students are ready to learn each day. 

 Our school selected the "Grab and Go" delivery option.  Children arriving before the school day begins between 7:20 and 7:50 AM may have breakfast in the cafeteria before morning line-up.  Children arriving after that time make take their "grab and go" breakfasts up to their classrooms from a station at one of the entrances.  Once in the classroom, these students eat at their desk while the teacher takes morning attendance, teaches a short lesson, and/or reads announcements. 

Gifted and Talented Handbooks

2018 Pre-K- 2nd Grade Gifted & Talented Handbooks have arrived.  These handbooks will help you learn about the G&T Admission and programs.  If you would like to receive  a handbook please send in a note requesting one to your child's teacher.  

Kindergarten News

Kindergarten News 

Welcome to Kindergarten Admissions!

All New York City residents with children born in 2013 can apply to kindergarten. Get ready by taking these next steps: 

  • Read the NYC Kindergarten Directory: Learn about applying to kindergarten and find programs that interest you in your borough and district.
  • Attend an Elementary Admissions Event: Come to an event in your district to learn about Kindergarten and Gifted & Talented (G&T) Admissions.
  • Mark Your Calendar: Apply to kindergarten starting on Tuesday, November 28. 

If you just moved to New York City and are not yet enrolled at a school for the 2017-2018 school year, learn how to enroll on the New Students page.

Find a Kindergarten

Start exploring schools and kindergarten programs around the time your child enters pre-K. You can apply to up to 12 schools. Use the tools below to find schools that interest you:

School Search
Find your zoned school. Most NYC families have a zoned school. This means they live in an area zoned for a specific school and their children have a priority to attend it. Your zoned school is the school where your child is most likely to go to kindergarten. 

NYC Kindergarten Directory
Learn about applying to kindergarten and find programs that interest you. Pick up a print copy of your borough’s Kindergarten Directory from your child’s current school, from a Family Welcome Center, or at an Elementary Admissions Event.

You can also go to Kindergarten Admissions Events and Open Houses to explore your kindergarten options.

Apply to Kindergarten

For families with children born in 2013, there are two paths to Elementary Admissions.

  • Apply to kindergarten. All families submit a Kindergarten Application between November 28, 2017 and January 19,  2018 online at schools.nyc.gov/ApplyOnline, by phone at 718-935-2009, or in person at a Family Welcome Center.
  • Test to apply for G&T programs. Interested families submit a Request for Testing (RFT) form by November 13, 2017 online or in person at your child’s current public school or a Family Welcome Center. Get more information > 

Letter on Graduation Rates - February 14, 2017

 Please click on the attachment to read a message from our Mayor and Chancellor regarding graduation rates in NYC.

Local school joins mission to introduce students to computer science

We live in a world surrounded by technology, and we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. However, only a tiny fraction of us are learning how technology works. Fewer than half of all schools teach computer science.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

Our Hour of Code is making a statement that PS 186 is ready to teach these 21st century skills. To help us in this initiative, we encourage you to work with your son or daughter at home on the activities on code.org (http://hourofcode.com/us) so that they can continue their learning of Computer Science.  

We are excited to be a part of this important initiative and look forward to sparking students’ interest in Computer Science.  See http://hourofcode.com/us for details, and help spread the word.


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