April Parent Letter

Dear Parents,

Spring is finally here and we’re looking forward to our final few months at P. S. 186!  We are so proud of our grade 3, 4 and 5 students who have been working so hard to prepare for the NYS ELA and NYS Math Exams.  All of our English Language Learners will soon be taking the NYSESLAT exam in reading, writing, listening and speaking 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.  Please be reminded that students should report to school on time on all testing days with #2 pencils after eating a healthy breakfast at home or at school (before 7:45 AM)

 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.  Breakfast is available beginning at 7:20 AM, children should arrive no later than 7:40 AM, in order to eat their breakfast.  Grab and go breakfast is available for all other students upon arrival at 7:50 AM. 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 on-line deadline has been extended to April 12th.  As of today, 817 families completed the survey and we are at 83%!  Help us reach our goal of 100%!  If you misplaced your survey, please call

1-877-819-2363 to request a new access code.  Please contact Ms. Delaney at 347-563-4585 if you have not yet completed your surveys or need assistance.  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 16                PTA General Meeting @ 8:30 AM

April 17                School Leadership Team Meetings @ 7:15 AM

April 18                Autism Awareness Day- Wear Blue!                          

                                Lemonade Stand during all three lunch periods

April 19-26          No School!  Spring Recess!

April 29                 Back to School - All completed vacation learning packets are due

April 30                 Poem in Your Pocket Day!

May 1, 2                NYS Math Exam (Grades 3 – 5)

May 3                     School Spirit Day – Don’t forget to wear your gold and burgundy t-shirts!

Breakfast Procedures

 Students who wish to join us for breakfast should enter the building through the main entrance no earlier than 7:20 AM or later than 7:40 AM.  A free and nutritious breakfast is available to all students from 7:20- 7:50 AM each school day.  After breakfast children will be escorted to their line-up area by our staff. Students who arrive after 7:40 AM must go to the schoolyard for line-up and have the option to have a "grab and go" breakfast to bring to their 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 after 7:45 AM may 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. 

Lunch is FREE for all NYC Students

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.

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.

PTA Meeting Schedule

PTA General Meeting Agenda: Important Dates to Know

Location:  Auditorium 

Date: April 16, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM

 We will be celebrating our students of the month at the meeting!  Following our PTA meeting we will be having a NYS ELA & Math Testing Meeting at 9:00 AM in our auditorium.  

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.  
 
 

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. 

Statement on Accessibility

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