November Parent Letter

Dear Parents,

 We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your support and donations during our Zumba for a Cause Event and Breast Cancer Awareness month.  We greatly appreciate that we could always count on you to support the efforts of our school!

 We are so proud to announce that our School Chancellor, Carmen Farina, and our Superintendent, Karina Costantino joined us on October 25th to celebrate the diversity at P.S. 186, she absolutely loved our school!  Thanks to all our families, staff and students, we are truly “Heads Above the Rest!”

 We strongly encourage all our families to attend Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday, November 16th to pick up your child’s report card and to discuss your child’s progress.  Our Book Fair will be set up so that you may stop by to support your child’s love of reading!  An invitation will be sent home to invite you to join us the week of November 13th to visit your child’s classroom and observe a typical day of teaching and learning.

 Please continue to support your child by checking and signing his/her homework nightly.  Encourage them to talk to you about their daily activities at school.  Communication is key!

 We would like to remind parents that morning line-up begins at 7:50 AM.  No child should be left in the schoolyard before that time.  All ball playing, playground time and running must come to an end at 7:50 AM and parents should leave the schoolyard at this time.  Students should not be leaving the schoolyard area to go to the corner store once they are dropped off in the schoolyard. We would also like to remind you that we encourage all our students to attend school daily and to be punctual.  Therefore, students should report to morning line-up at 7:50 AM. Your cooperation in making sure that your child arrives to school on time is appreciated.

 As a result of concerns brought to our attention at a safety town hall meeting that was hosted at our PTA meeting in October, no scooters will be permitted in the school yard during dismissal.  The safety of our students, staff and families is of our utmost concern.  The schoolyard gates will be closed at 3:30 PM daily in order for the NIA ExpandED program to have access for over 450 of the students in the program to safely use the schoolyard for many different activities.

Open School Week and Parent Teacher Conferences

Dear Parents/Guardians:

 You are invited to join us to visit your child’s class to observe and participate in a typical instructional lesson. Please follow the schedule below between 8:30 – 10:30 AM on your child’s scheduled date. We look forward to seeing you as we continue to build dynamic partnerships to ensure the educational success of each student.

 Monday, November 13th Kindergarten

Tuesday, November 14th Grades 1 and 2

Wednesday, November 15th Grade 3

Friday, November 17 Grades 4 & 5


Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 16th as follows:

 Afternoon Conferences ……..12:20 – 2:20 PM

Evening Conferences….…….4:30 – 7:30 PM


STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED at 11:15AM on Thursday, November 16th, 2017. There will be NO P.S. 186/NIA ExpandED PROGRAM on this day.


We look forward to seeing every parent during Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Some teachers will be reaching out to you to schedule an appointment.


· If you need translation during parent teacher conferences, please bring someone with you who speaks your language as well as English.  We will also have translators available to you.

· We strongly encourage parents to leave younger children at home. If your children attend with you, for their safety, they must remain with you at all times.

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. 

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 ( 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 for details, and help spread the word.


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 Dept. of Education has set forth the following guideline:

Schools should use their judgement in determining whether conditions are satisfactory for outdoor activity in cold weather. A combination of factors (temperature, wind-speed, precipitation and other factors) should be used to make this determination. For example, outdoor activity on a sunny, windless day when the temperature is below 32 degrees is suitable as long as children are appropriately dressed. 

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!

We are starting some new and exciting games on November 27th for our students.  

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 12, 2018 online at, 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.

Opportunity to Nominate Outstanding Teachers for the Big Apple Awards

Why nominate a teacher?

  • Show your appreciation for a dedicated educator who has made an impact on you and/or your community.
  • Contribute to a citywide conversation about teaching excellence and showcase the work happening in your school community.
  • Make your teacher's day. Every time a teacher is nominated, they receive an email letting them know.
  • The teacher you nominate could be recognized as one of more than 200 Finalists.
  • The teacher you nominate could even become a Big Apple Award recipient and spend the 2018-19 school year participating in the Big Apple Fellowship and representing teachers citywide as members of the Chancellor’s Teacher Advisory Group.
  • All nominees will be considered for additional NYC DOE recognition opportunities throughout the year.

Who can I nominate?

Nominees should be current, full-time teachers at New York City district schools, charter schools, or teaching full-day Universal Pre-Kindergarten at a NYC Early Education Center (NYCEEC).

Please note that you may nominate more than one teacher for this award.

Who can submit a nomination?

Anyone can submit a nomination for a current teacher — students, families, teachers, administrators, community members.

I'm ready to nominate! What information will I need to submit?

  • Your name and a valid email address;
  • Basic information about your nominee (including their name and school);
  • A statement on why your nominee should be considered for the Awards.

Click on the link below to start the nomination:

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