February Parent Letter

Dear Parents,

We are already halfway through the school year with only 33 school days left before state testing begins. It’s hard to believe that on Thursday, February 14th, we will already be celebrating the 100th Day of School!

Promotion-in-Doubt letters were sent home to select students who are in danger of not being promoted to the next grade in June 2019.  Follow up letters will also be sent home from the DOE during the week of February 11, 2019.  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 or a date and time that is most convenient for you 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

February 11 - 15           Respect for All Week (More information on the back.)

February 14                    Happy 100 Days of School!  Help us meet the 100 Item Food Challenge!

                                            PTA Valentine’s Day Bake Sale

February 15                    Last day for marking period 2

February 18 - 22           Mid-Winter Recess! Students are reminded to work on their

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

February 25                    Back to School! All Vacation Learning Packets are due!

March 1                            Silly Hat Day at P.S. 186 to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

                                            VIP Reader’s Day/Read Across America

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

March 11 - 15                 Spring Book Fair – Please visit when you come to Parent Teacher Conferences

March 6, 20, 27              School Leadership Team Meeting @ 7:15 AM

March 14                          Half Day – Dismissal will be at 11:15 AM

                                            Parent Teacher Conferences

                                    Afternoon 12:20 – 3:00 PM

                                    Evening      4:30 – 7:30 PM

                       *Report cards will be distributed to all Grade K-5 Parents during the conferences.

April 2 & 3                   Grade 3 – 5 NYS ELA Exam

Green Envelopes- Student Survey


Return the bright green envelopes labeled Learning Environment Survey to school to be mailed by Friday, February 15, 2019.  The information it provides helps us to identify what we are doing well and how we can better serve our children.  Each of your children will receive a free ice cream ticket when they return the survey.  As an added bonus, the first class to reach 100% will have a pizza party!  If you need help, filing out the survey please contact our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Delaney, at (718) 236-7071 Extension 1031.  Also, if you fill out the survey online please print a confirmation and send it in.  Thank you in advance for completing and returning the survey.


Donors Choose

We make it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education.  Here is a link to our classrooms that are trying to be funded.  Please help us reach our goals.   https://www.donorschoose.org/donors/search.html?includeNearbyLocations=true&school=688&keywords=ps%20186

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Healthy Homes Program Workshops

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Healthy Homes Program is offering FREE Winter Session Workshops for community residents to attend. Workshops are conducted in English and Spanish.


Workshops will be held at: NYC Department of Health- 125 Worth Street, New York, NY 10013.  To RSVP: call 646-632-6023 or email us @ healthyhomes@health.nyc.gov    

PTA Meeting Schedule

PTA General Meeting Agenda: Important Dates to Know

Location:  Auditorium 

Date: March 19, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM

 We will be celebrating our students of the month at the meeting!

2018-2019 School Year Calendar

Family Resources for Special Education

Cyberbullying Presentation

On April 17, 2018 during our PTA meeting,  representative, Serge St Leger from Office of Safety and Youth Development, joined us and presented a presentation on cyberbullying.  Please click the link below to watch the presentation.  

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. 


Each school day New York City Public School students are able to enjoy FREE breakfast and lunch meals. Parents and guardians must complete an application by applying online at www.myschoolapps.com/Application using any electronic device with an internet connection. Households need to complete only one application for all children living in a home attending Pre-k to high school.

Say yes to delicious and healthy school meals and complete your child’s application today. Completing it helps secure State funding for your child’s school.
If you have questions regarding the application contact SchoolFood's Help Desk at 877.363.6325.
Your privacy is important to us. All information is kept confidential. Federal regulations do not allow the Department of Education to share your information with any other agency.

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