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May Parent Letter

Spring is finally here and we’re looking forward to our final two months at P. S. 186!  Now that the nice weather is here, we will begin outdoor line-up effective Monday, May 8th.  All classes should line up at their recess/line-up spots.  Parents will not be permitted in the schoolyard.

We are so proud of our grades 3, 4 and 5 students who just took the NYS ELA and are now preparing for the NYS Math Exam.  All of our English Language Learners are preparing to take the NYSESLAT exam in reading, writing and listening and have already begun taking the speaking.  Our Fourth Graders are preparing for the NYS Science Exam.  We would like to wish all of our students’ good luck.  We encourage you to continue to support your children by checking their homework nightly so they are better prepared for all of these exams and for their daily classwork.

 As you are aware, P.S. 186 has a Uniform Policy.  With the warmer weather finally here we would like to remind our children that they are required to wear their uniforms daily. If you opt to have your child wear dark blue shorts rather than pants, please be aware that the shorts must be knee length. Additionally, students must wear closed, rubber-soled shoes in order to be permitted to play during physical education or during lunchtime recess.  Please avoid wearing any open-toed shoes and/or flip flops.

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 children arrive to school on time (8:00 AM) and have good attendance (90% or better) is greatly appreciated!

We would also like to remind you that all doctor appointments should be made after school. If you must make a medical appointment during the school day please be sure to write a note to your child’s teacher.  Please try to refrain from making appointments during the lunch periods.  Your cooperation on this matter is greatly appreciated.

We would like to thank the P.S. 186 families for completing this year’s Learning Environment Survey.  We look forward to reviewing all your feedback.  Please join us in celebrating our secretaries this week and our entire staff during the week of May 1st for Staff Appreciation Week.  Our team at P.S. 186 works very hard each and every day to ensure the success of all children!  Thank you for all of your support throughout this school year.  As we continue to work together, we see our children progressing academically and socially.  We look forward to a successful conclusion to the year.

Important Dates to Know

May 11, 18, & 25                  SLT Meeting

May 2 – 4                                NYS Math Exam (Grades 3 – 5)

May 12                                    PTA Auction @ 7:00 PM at P.S. 186

May 16                                    PTA General Meeting

May 22                                    Grade 5 Senior Trip                          

May 26                                   Career Day at P.S. 186

May 24 – June 1                  New York State Science Performance Test Grade 4 (Hands-On)

May 29                                   Memorial Day-School Closed     

June 1                                     SLT Meeting                           

June 2                                     School Spirit Day/School Carnival (Please make sure your child wears socks!)                         

June 5                                    New York State Science Written Test Grade 4

June 7                                    Dance Festival-Pre-K-Grade 2 (More information will follow)

June 8                                    Brooklyn-Queens Day-School Closed

June 9                                    Field Day-Grades 3-5

June 12                                   No School for Kids!  Clerical Day for staff

June 13                                  PTA General Meeting @7:00 PM

June 16                                  Pre-K Stepping Up Ceremony @ 9:00 AM/Senior Dance

June 21                                  Kindergarten Moving-Up Ceremonies

           8:30 AM for K-204, K-210, K-209 and K-212

           10:00 AM for K-201, K-213, K-202 and K-203

June 20                                  Grade 5 Graduation @ 8:30 AM

June 26                                   EID Al Fitr-School Closed

June 28                                  Last Day of School (1/2 day dismissal anticipated)

PS 186 Annual Auction May 12th

Join the PTA of P.S. 186 on the Red Carpet at our Annual Auction.  Tickets are $35.00.  They can be purchased starting April 19th.  Each admission includes hot buffet, beverages, coffee and desert.  See PTA to purchase tickets.  Doors open at 7:00 p.m. 

2017 Grades 3-8 New York Assessments: What Parents Need to Know.

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.

Take the 2017 NYC School Survey!

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%




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.