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    Join us on the evening of the 15th at 7PM for our annual Holiday Show.
    PS 186 (20K186) - Dr. Irving A Gladstone Elementary School
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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.


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.

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. 

December Parent Letter

December 2016

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the staff of P.S. 186, we would like to thank all of the parents we were able to meet with and talk to during our November Parent-Teacher conferences. We are proud to announce that 975 of our 1010 families came to meet with our teachers. We were also very excited to welcome many of our families during our parent involvement and Family Fun Friday events over the past few weeks. It’s wonderful to see the partnerships that have been formed between our teachers and our parents and we look forward to working together to ensure a successful school year for your child. We will still have some more events to go!

Thank you for all your contributions to our Thanksgiving Food Drive and Operation Gobbler Giving which helped feed 45 families. We look forward to spreading some cheer to those in need with all the toys we will collect during our annual toy drive on December 8th.

Please continue to bring your ID with you each day. We also ask that you kindly use the front door ONLY when entering and exiting our building. All other doors are alarmed for the safety of all members of our school community.

With the weather temperature changing, we remind all boys and girls to come dressed warmer with coats, hats and gloves. Effective Tuesday, January 3rd, we will begin indoor line-up. All students should enter through the schoolyard gates where they will proceed into the building to report to their indoor line-up locations.

Please continue to enforce good habits that include wearing school uniforms, completing homework and coming to school on time prepared with the right tools to succeed! Please take the time to review the important dates below.

Important Dates

November 30 - January 13        Kindergarten Pre- Registration online or at a Family Welcome Center

December 8                                     School Leadership Team Meeting

December 8                                     Toy Drive

December 10, 17                           Saturday Academy

December 15                                  Holiday Performance

December 16                                  PJ’s for PJ! Join us in taking part in a community wide pajama party as we raise money and awareness with hopes for a cure for DMD. A flyer will follow.

December 15-16                            PTA Holiday Boutique

December 20                                  PTA General Meeting @ 8:15AM

December 26 – January 2         Winter Recess – Happy Holidays!

January 3                                        Back To School!

January 6                                        School Spirit Day!

January 7, 14, 21, 28                   Saturday Academy

January 11                                      College Awareness Day

January 16                                      Martin Luther King Jr. Day - School Closed



Bayan Ebeid-Cadotte


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%