January Parent Letter

Dear Parents,

On behalf of the P.S. 186 school family, we would like to wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! We are very excited to welcome all of your children back to school. We thank you for ensuring that your children returned to school with completed vacation learning packets. We look forward to celebrating the New Year with all of our families with a special New Year Cultural Celebration on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 2:30 PM. More information will follow.

 Promotion-in-Doubt letters will be sent home this month to select students who are in danger of not being promoted to the next grade in June 2019. Please read through those letters carefully and return the tear-offs to your child’s classroom teacher. Teachers will schedule face to face meetings with you to discuss areas of concern and plan for next steps to ensure their success for the remainder of the school year.

 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 (line up begins at 7:50 AM and the school day starts at 8:00 AM) and has good attendance is greatly appreciated. Effective immediately, we will be lining up indoors. Students should continue to enter through the school yard gates. We would also like to remind you that P.S. 186 follows the school uniform policy. Your cooperation in assisting our students to meet this mandate is also appreciated.

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%




Letter from our new Chancellor Richard A. Carranza

September 5, 2018

Dear Families,

I hope you had a terrific summer, and that you are as excited about the year ahead as I am. It is a delight to welcome you to the 2018–19 school year. 

I was up before my alarm this morning, my mind racing with thoughts about all the incredible things we are going to do together this school year. This is my first full year as your Chancellor, and my focus this year is on the 1.1 million students here in New York City—and my promise to make our public school system the fairest and strongest in the nation. 

I know that we can’t achieve that promise on our own—we need one another. My own parents entrusted me to the public school system. They relied on our schools to teach me English, and together with their support I became fully bilingual, and was the first in my family (alongside my twin brother) to attend college. Our families and educators are in this together, and we succeed together. We promise to meet you where you are and get information to you where and when you need it. You play a key role in your children’s education, and we are here to help you make critical decisions about their future.

We understand that you are entrusting your children to us, and we do not take that responsibility lightly. We promise to teach your children in safe, welcoming schools, and hold high expectations for their success. We will challenge your children academically and support them socially and emotionally. We will deliver excellence through equity, so that every student graduates from high school with the ability to write well, think like a scientist, understand history, and learn computer science. We will teach all of our students to think critically, speak passionately about important issues, and work in teams to achieve big things. These are the skills needed to succeed in the 21st century.

Together, we will make 2018–19 a year of high expectations, a year of equity and excellence, a year in which we lift all our students to greater heights.

Thank you for your support. I wish you and your children a wonderful start to the school year.

In unity,

Richard A. Carranza

PTA Meeting Schedule

PTA General Meeting Agenda: Important Dates to Know

Location:  Auditorium 

Date: January 15, 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

Submit A Family Income Inquiry Form Today


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.

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. 

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    

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. 

Statement on Accessibility

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