March Parent Letter
We are already more than halfway through the school year! We just celebrated the 100th day of school on Tuesday, February 13, 2018! It was wonderful to see so many of our families during the week of February 12th to help us celebrate the 100th Day of School, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year and Respect for All Week!
We thank you for assisting your children with their vacation learning packets over the February break. Please continue to support your children by checking their homework nightly, making sure they read daily and asking them about their daily activities.
Report cards will be distributed during Parent-Teacher conferences scheduled on Thursday, March 15th. We look forward to seeing many of you either in the afternoon (12:20 – 2:20 PM) or in the evening (4:30-7:30PM). A letter will be sent home with more information and some teachers will be reaching out to you to schedule appointments. Don’t forget to stop by and visit our Book Fair which will be held in the 77th Street gymnasium. A Book Fair schedule and flyer will be sent home. Help us to teach a love of literacy among all our children as we support the Chancellor’s Initiative to READ 365 Days a Year!
The bright green envelopes labeled Learning Environment Survey were sent home with your child over the February break. These envelopes contain the parent surveys. Students who return these surveys will earn a certificate for a free ice cream during lunch time. We are hoping to have 100% of our families complete and return the surveys. The information it provides helps us to identify what we’re doing well and how we can better serve our children.
Thank you for your cooperation, we look forward to our continued partnership.
Important Dates to Know
March 1 Spring Math Benchmark for all Grade 3 – 5 classes
March 2 Silly Hat Day at P.S. 186 to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday, VIP Reader’s Day/Read Across America, School Spirit Day! Don’t forget to wear your gold with burgundy t-shirts!
March 3 Saturday Academy 8:30AM- 11:30AM
March 9 Kindergarten and Grade 5 Cap and Gown Picture Retake
March 10 Saturday Academy 8:30AM- 11:30AM
March 12-16 Spring Book Fair begins – Please visit when you come to Parent Teacher Conferences
March 14 School Leadership Team Meeting @ 7:15 AM
March 15 Half Day – Dismissal will be at 11:15 AM for Parent Teacher Conferences
Afternoon 12:20 – 2:20 PM
Evening 4:30 – 7:30 PM
*Report cards will be distributed to all Grade K-5 Parents during the conferences.
March 17 Saturday Academy 8:30AM- 11:30AM
March 20 PTA Meeting 8:30AM
March 24 Saturday Academy 8:30AM- 11:30AM
March 28 School Leadership Team Meeting @ 7:15 AM
March 30 - April 8 Spring Recess – No School
April 9 Back to School!
April 11 & 12 Grade 3-5 NYS ELA Exam
May 1 & 2 Grade 3-5 New York State Math Exam
Online Student Learning
How to Log Into Our Internet Resources
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.
Report Card Grades
92% - 100%
80% – 91%
65% – 79%
PTA Meeting Schedule
PTA General Meeting agenda: TBA
We look forward to seeing you!
Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM
Parent YOU-niversity – Parenting Education 2/8
As a parent, YOU are your child’s 1st teacher and HOME is the first school. Schools function properly because of routines and procedures, and similar strategies can be implemented in the home. Parent YOU-niversity will remind parents of the ways they can make a positive impact on their child’s future, happiness, and success. YOU will take delight in learning more ways to acknowledge your child’s efforts as well as achievements during the Parenting Education Workshop / Seminar.
At the conclusion of this program the attendees will gain the following:
- YOU will learn new ways to make learning fun every day while showing sensitivity to your child’s feelings and uniqueness.
- YOU will learn to interact with your child in a way that can be replicated in the school setting…teachers can’t yell, scream, and curse to get compliance.
***FOOD and REFRESHMENTS will be available before the event, from 5:30-6:00pm
***CHILDCARE will be offered, upon request. Parent must request and register their child/children by calling 718-270-5069. NO unregistered children will be accepted on day of event.
Thu, February 8, 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Founders Auditorium, 1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Safety Drill Videos
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.
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:
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.