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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!

March Parent Letter


We are already more than halfway through the school year! We just celebrated the 100th day of school on Friday, February 17, 2017! It was wonderful to see so many of our families during the week of February 13th (Open school week) to help us celebrate the 100th Day of School and Respect for All Week! We are also celebrating the retirement of Our School Safety Agent, Lois Wanio! Help us bid her farewell when you come to the school for Parent Teacher Conference on March 9th, which will be her last day at P.S. 186! We thank her for her 20 years of service keeping our children safe.

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 and asking them about their daily activities.

Report cards will be distributed during Parent-Teacher conferences scheduled on Thursday, March 9th. 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!

This year the bright green envelopes labeled Learning Environment Survey will be delivered to our school. These envelopes contain the parent surveys. We will be distributing these surveys during Parent-Teacher Conferences. 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. Please take note of the following important dates to know:

March 2 It’s Silly Hat Day at P.S. 186! Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

VIP Readers Day and Read Across America!

March 3 School Spirit Day! Don’t forget to wear your gold with burgundy t-shirts!

March 4 Saturday Academy continues for select students

March 6 Spring Math Benchmark for Grades 3 - 5

Saturday Academy Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1

March 6 - 10 Spring Book Fair

March 9 Half Day

Dismissal will be at 11:00 AM

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Afternoon 12:20 – 2:20PM

Evening 4:30 – 7:30PM

Report cards will be distributed to parents.

March 16 SLT Meeting

March 23 SLT Meeting

March 28 -30 NYS ELA Exam (Grades 3 – 5)

April 10 -18 Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL

April 19 Return to school

May 2- 4 NYS math Exam (Grades 3 – 5)

Thank you for your cooperation, we look forward to our continued partnership.


Bayan Ebeid-Cadotte


PS 186 proudly presents The Little Mermaid


Thursday April 6, 2017

Pre-Show:  5:15 pm

Show time:  7 pm

Letter from the Chancellor

January 30, 2017

Dear Students and Families,

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the Mayor’s Office are committed to protecting the right of every student in New York City to attend public school, regardless of immigration status. The United States Supreme Court has also recognized the importance of public education for all students, including undocumented students. Your child is our top priority, and we will do everything in our power to protect that right and ensure all students get a quality education.

We take pride in our diversity. Immigrant parents, students, principals, teachers and other staff are a part of what makes our schools, and New York City, the amazing, strong, vibrant places they are. Whether you or your family arrived 100 years or 100 days ago —you are New Yorkers— and we stand with you.

To help ensure that all children continue to learn in safe, nurturing environments, we are providing the following direction to the staff members at our schools:

 As in the past, DOE staff will not ask about or keep a record of the immigration status of a student or family member. If you do share confidential information, including immigration status, about yourself or your family, it will be protected under the City’s confidentiality policy and the Chancellor’s Regulations.

DOE staff will not grant unlimited access to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Like all other law enforcement agencies, ICE is not permitted access to schools without proper legal authority. If ICE officers go to a school for immigration enforcement purposes, they will be referred to the principal who will take appropriate action.

DOE staff will not release student information unless required to by law.

Anyone in our schools seeking immigration legal services will be referred to ActionNYC. ActionNYC is a program that offers free, safe immigration legal help from trusted community organizations, in your communities and in your language.

All New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, can continue to access City services. Call 311 or visit nyc.gov/immigrants for more information from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Additionally, resources are available on the DOE website at http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/schools/SupportingAllStudents.htm. This area of our website will be expanded in the coming weeks.

School staff will ensure all students are in safe and supportive learning environments. The DOE’s policy is to maintain safe and inclusive schools that are free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination on account of actual or perceived race, color, religion, age, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), or weight. Any incidents or concerns should be immediately reported to school staff, who will investigate and take swift action.

Thank you for entrusting your child’s education to us. Nothing is more important than putting our 1.1 million students on the path to success.



Carmen Fariña                                                                                     Nisha Agarwal

Chancellor                                                                                            Commissioner

NYC Department of Education                                                         Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

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.