September Parent Letter



Welcome to Kindergarten!

Dear Parents, 

Welcome to Kindergarten! The first day of school is Wednesday, September 5th, 2018. All students will receive lunch on this date and will follow a shortened schedule as follows:

Arrival 8:15 AM Dismissal: 11:45 AM

 On Thursday, September 6th, our Kindergarten children will begin their regular school schedule which is 8:00 AM – 2:10 PM.  Line up and dismissal will take place in the schoolyard. Please look for the designated signs.

 Children are required to wear school uniforms. When students wear uniforms, there is a greater sense of community within a school and an increased focus on academic performance among children. Our school uniform consists of a collared white or light blue shirt, and navy blue or black pants, jumpers or skorts.

 Please label all supplies and send them in with your child on Wednesday, September 5th. You can find the supply list on this website and can view a translated versions of the supply list.

 We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, September 5th!


 Bayan Ebeid-Cadotte


Family Resources for Special Education

2018-2019 School Year Calendar

Letter from our new Chancellor Richard A. Carranza

Dear Parents,
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. 

Performance Levels


Report Card Grades





Weight %


92% - 100%





80% – 91%





65% – 79%





Below 65%




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. 

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 ( 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 for details, and help spread the word.


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