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    PS 186 (20K186) - Dr. Irving A Gladstone Elementary School
  • PTA General Meeting 7 pm

    PS 186 (20K186) - Dr. Irving A Gladstone Elementary School
  • Silly Hat Day

    Silly Hat Day to celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday.
    PS 186 (20K186) - Dr. Irving A Gladstone Elementary School
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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.


ChancellorMayorLettertoParents21417Spanish 1.pdf 





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

PS 186 proudly presents The Little Mermaid


Thursday April 6, 2017

Pre-Show:  5:15 pm

Show time:  7 pm

Important Dates to Know

Dear Parents,

We are already halfway through the school year with only 38 school days left before state testing. It’s hard to believe that on Thursday, February 16th, we will already be celebrating the 100th Day of School!

Promotion-in-Doubt letters will be sent home during the week of February 6th to select students who are in danger of not being promoted to the next grade in June 2017.  Please read through those letters carefully.  Teachers have already reached out to you to discuss areas of concern and to address ways to ensure a successful remainder of the school year.  If you have any further questions you can request an appointment on Tuesdays from 2:20 – 3:00 by calling the school or sending a note to the teacher.

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 (8:00 AM for the regular school day) 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 your children to meet this mandate is also appreciated.

Important Dates to Know

January 28                    No Saturday Academy

                                          Happy Chinese New Year! Gung Hay Fat Choy!


                                           IT IS A REGULAR SCHOOL DAY!

February 1                    Superbowl Jersey Day – Donate $1 and wear your favorite NY Team Jersey.

                                          All proceeds will go to Relay for Life!

February 3                    National Wear Red Day!  Don’t forget to come in wearing red today.

February 6                    Grade 3 – 5 Spring ELA Benchmark

February 9                    School Leadership Team Meeting @ 8:55 AM

February 10                  Kindergarten and Grade 5 Graduation Picture Day

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

February 14                   PTA Valentine’s Day Bake Sale

February 16                   Happy 100 Days of School!  Help us meet the 100 Item Food Challenge!  More information will follow.

February 17                   Last day for marking period 2

February 20-24             Mid-Winter Recess! Students are reminded to work on their

Vacation Learning Packets which includes their “Dr. Seuss Silly Hat Day” project.

February 27                  Back to School! All Vacation Learning Packets are due!

February 28                   PTA General Meeting

March 6-10                    Spring Book Fair begins – Please visit when you come to Parent Teacher Conferences

March 2                          Silly Hat Day at P.S. 186 to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

VIP Reader’s Day/Read Across America

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

March 6                        Spring Math Benchmark for all Grade 3 – 5 classes

March 9                        Half Day – Dismissal will be at 11:00 AM

Parent Teacher Conferences

                                    Afternoon 12:20 – 2:20 PM

                                    Evening       4:30 – 7:30 PM

                                       *Report cards will be distributed to all Grade Pre-K-5 Parents.

March 16                      School Leadership Team Meeting @ 8:55 AM

March 23                      School Leadership Team Meeting @ 8:55 AM

March 28-30               Grade 3-5 New York State ELA Testing

April 10-18                  Spring Recess – No School

May 2-4                        Grade 3-5 New York State Math Testing

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. 

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.

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%




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.