April Parent Letter
Spring is finally here and we’re looking forward to the final few months that remain at P. S. 186! We are so proud of our grade 3, 4 and 5 students who have just taken the NYS ELA and are now preparing to take the NYS Math Exam. All of our English Language Learners are currently testing in speaking and are preparing to take the NYSESLAT exam in reading, writing, and listening and 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.
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 picking up your children 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. The online deadline has been extended to April 20th. Please contact Ms. Delaney at (347) 563-4585 if you have not yet completed your surveys! We look forward to reviewing all your feedback. 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.
Important Dates to Know
April 18 Autism Awareness Day- Wear blue!
Lemonade Stand during all lunch periods
April 20 PTA Auction at 6:30 PM – NIA will not be in session
April 25 SLT Meeting at 7:15 AM
April 26 Poem in Your Pocket Day
May 1- May 2 NYS Math Exam (Grades 3-5)
May 4 Wear purple and buy purple ices during all lunch periods
May 7-14 NYSESLAT listening, reading, writing assessments
May 9 SLT Meeting at 7:15 AM
May 11 Mom’s Take Your Child to School Day! (Moms, Grandmas, Aunts)
Wear purple and buy purple ices during all lunch periods
PTA Mother’s Day Bake Sale during all lunch periods
May 15 PTA Meeting at 8:30 AM
Used Book Sale during all lunch periods
Relay For Life “Zumba for a Cause” Family Engagement Event at 2:30 PM
May 18 Wear purple and buy purple ices during all lunch periods
May 23 Relay for Life Talent Show
May 24 Career Day
May 25 PlayWorks Playdate
Wear purple and buy purple ices during all lunch periods
May 28 Memorial Day- No School!
May 23- June 1 4th Grade NYS Science Manipulative Test
May 31 Awards Ceremonies for Grades 3, 4, and 5
June 1 Carnival (Rain date June 6th)
School Spirit Day! Wear your gold and burgundy shirts.
June 4 4th Grade NYS Science Written Test
June 5 5th Grade Senior Trip
June 6 Field Day (Rain date June 12th)
June 7 Anniversary Day- No school for kids!
June 8 Dance Festival (Rain date June 13th)
Senior Dance at 3:45 PM
June 11 Clerical Day- No school for kids!
June 12 Kindergarten Orientation at 8:45 AM
June 14 Spring Concert
June 15 Eid al-Fitr- No School!
June 19 5th Grade Graduation at 8:30 AM
Used Book Sale during all lunch periods
PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM
June 20 Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremonies 8:30 AM / 10:00 AM
June 22 Last day of NIA
June 26 Last day of school!
Online Student Learning
How to Log Into Our Internet Resources
Family Resources for Special Education
2017-2018 School Year Calendar
Letter from our new Chancellor Richard A. Carranza
It is my pleasure to serve as your Schools Chancellor. I am eager to meet parents and
families, and hear your hopes for your children and schools.
I want to share a bit about my life and career. I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, the son of a
sheet metal worker and a hairdresser. My grandparents were immigrants from Mexico and
I did not learn English until kindergarten. Although my parents never attended college, they
knew that the path forward for my twin brother and me included an education. They wanted
more for their children—a college degree and meaningful work. I know that you also want
the same opportunities for your children.
I have devoted my life to public education because it is the greatest gift I have received. I
started teaching nearly 30 years ago in the same public high school that I attended. I
began as a bilingual social studies and music teacher, and later became a high school
principal in Tucson. I then went on to be a regional superintendent in Las Vegas, and a
superintendent in San Francisco, and most recently, in Houston.
As Chancellor, I plan to build on the strong work our students, educators, schools, and
families are already doing. I am particularly focused on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Equity and
Excellence for All (E&E) agenda. E&E is the engine through which we are offering every
four-year old a free, full day, high-quality Pre-K for All seat, and expanding 3-K for All to
reach each child in this formative stage. Through our Universal Literacy initiative, we are
getting all of our students reading on grade level. Beyond our students’ early years, we are
making sure that all of our graduates are prepared for college and careers through College
Access for All and AP for All. You are partners in this important work, and together we will
continue to make sure that your children are in school and committed to learning.
I also believe that schools are more than places where children go to learn. They are the
heart of our communities—and a bridge to opportunity, support, and wellness for students
and their families. A great education is the best way to empower the next generation.
I am excited to share this journey with you, and look forward to meeting many of you in the
coming months. Your children are New York City’s future doctors, tech leaders, teachers,
and mayors. I promise to serve, champion, and care for each of them.
Richard A. Carranza
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.
Report Card Grades
92% - 100%
80% – 91%
65% – 79%
PTA Meeting Schedule
PTA General Meeting Agenda: TBD
We look forward to seeing you! Student of the Month of April will be honored at the meeting.
Date: May 15, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM
Safety Drill Videos
Outdoor Lineup and Recess
In keeping with the recommendations from the NYC Dept. of Health, the Deptartment of Education has set forth the following guideline:
Children benefit from vigorous exercise and should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible. Unless it is snowing, or there is ice on the playground, or the wind-chill factor is below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius), temperature alone should not preclude outdoor play. You are encouraged to work with your staff to maintain outdoor play periods, and should take precautions to keep students warm and ensure that they are appropriately dressed on very cold days. When outdoors, please ensure that your students and staff cover exposed skin, wear warm clothing, and use multiple layers to maintain warmth.
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.
Playworks- A Rocking Recess!
Our Indoor "Rockin' Recess" is such a great success! We would, however, like to give the children the opportunity to play outside whenever it is possible. Please remind students to come dressed appropriately (cover exposed skin, wear warm clothing and use multiple layers to maintain warmth) for outdoor play daily. The decision to stay indoors or outdoors will be made on a day to day basis.
Breakfast in the Classroom
This year our school will continue to 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, and/or reads announcements.
Gifted and Talented Handbooks
2018 Pre-K- 2nd Grade Gifted & Talented Handbooks have arrived. These handbooks will help you learn about the G&T Admission and programs. If you would like to receive a handbook please send in a note requesting one to your child's teacher.
Accept Your Kindergarten Offer by April 27
If you submitted your child’s kindergarten application by the January 19 deadline, you’ll get your offer letter the week of March 19. Your offer letter lists the school where your child will go to kindergarten, and you’ll need to accept your offer by April 27.
Your letter also includes the schools where your child is waitlisted. You are automatically added to the waitlist for all schools that you ranked higher on your application than the school where your child got an offer. You don’t need to take any action on your waitlist schools until they contact you—schools contact waitlisted families directly if they can offer you a seat.
If you submit a late application, you'll get an offer by mid-June.
To accept your offer, you must pre-register in person at the school where your child got the offer—contact the school to schedule a time.
Please bring with you:
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.
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 4-10). 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 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.