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January Parent Letter

Dear Parents,


On behalf of the P.S. 186 school family, we would like to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! We are very excited to welcome all of your children back to school. We thank you for ensuring that your children returned to school with completed vacation learning packets.

 Promotion-in-Doubt letters will be sent home this week to select students who are in danger of not being promoted to the next grade in June 2017. Please read through those letters carefully and return the tear-offs to your child’s classroom teacher. Teachers will schedule face to face meetings with you on January 19th, from 4:30 to 7:30 PM to discuss areas of concern and plan for next steps to ensure their success for this school year.

 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 (line up begins at 7:50 AM and the school day starts at 8:00 AM) 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 our students to meet this mandate is also appreciated.

 Finally, it is with great sadness that I announce the departure of Mr. Nicholas Frangella, our Assistant Principal. His last day will be Friday, January 20, 2017. He will be taking on the role of Project manager of a new Middle School, and become Principal shortly thereafter. We are very proud and excited for him! We wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors!

 Important Dates to Know

January 6 School Spirit Day - Wear your gold with burgundy t-shirt!

January 7 Saturday Academy continues 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4

January 9 Math Benchmark (Grades 3 – 5)

January 11 College Awareness Day! Wear your favorite college t-shirts and sweatshirts!

January 16 NO SCHOOL! Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 19 Parent-Teacher Conferences for select students. By appointment only 4:30 -7:30PM.

January 20 PTA Bake Sale


February 3 School Spirit Day - Wear your gold with burgundy t-shirt!

February 13 - 17 Respect for All Week (More information will follow)

February 20 - 24 NO SCHOOL! Mid-winter Recess

February 27 Back to School

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.

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 5-11). 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 foundational 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.


Breakfast in the Classroom

Beginning Monday, November 14th, our school will 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, or reads announcements. 

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.

The grading policy is used to determine students' report card grades as specified below:



Grading Guidelines


Weighted Value







92 - 100%





80 – 91%





65 – 79%





Below 65%