Attention 5th Grade Families of the Graduating Class of 2020

5th Grade End of Year Activities 

During this uncertain time, we want to make sure we are recognizing our 5th grade students - the Class of 2020, by providing opportunities for them to celebrate their last year at P.S.186.  

To ensure our 5th grade students will have long-lasting memories, just as they would if they were physically in school, we have planned some virtual events and memorabilia items which will be shared with all of our 5th grade students and their families during the month of June.  

We would like to thank our PTA for working alongside us to prepare these special End Of Year activities as a gift to all of our graduates.


Below is an outline of the events/memorabilia items,  along with tentative dates so you can SAVE THE DATES! 

Virtual Events 

(events will be held using  Google Meet or Zoom)

Senior Virtual Dance  (June 5th)

Classroom Awards Ceremonies  (June 19th)

Digital Memorabilia Items 

(all items will be sent using links and can be viewed on any device)

Graduation Video Presentation  (June 19th)

Graduation Digital YearbooK  (June 22nd)

More information with details for all of the above will follow. 


In order for our events to be a success - we will need your help!

Please visit your child’s Google Classroom to submit your photos using the correct 

‘Assignment’ link for the Digital Yearbook. 

Students should send ONE photo from each category by Friday, May 15th.

*Please note - We cannot guarantee that all photos will be used.

(If you already sent some photos in - we have them!  No worries!)

The following types of photos should be submitted for our 

Digital Yearbook:

Baby Photos

These pictures should be a photo of your child as a baby. 

Flashback Photos 

These can include pictures from school events such as Fun Fridays, Playworks Playdates, Class Celebrations, Dance Festival, Field Day, Class Trips, Holiday Shows and Parties, Spring Concerts, and much more! Please try to send group pictures with 2-4 students.

(You can send up to 5 pictures in this category).

Family Photos 

These pictures of your families could include adults and children that have been staying home with you during remote learning since our families have helped us all get through this time together.  We could not have done it without them!

Remote Learning Photos

These pictures should be of our students working remotely from home. Students can pose while using their devices (iPads, laptops, iPhones, etc.) while working in their designated study areas while engaging in remote learning activities or while wearing their headphones. 

Additional Important Information

All Students are requested to submit one sentence for the topic What is your Fondest Memory as a Student at PS 186?’  This task should be submitted in your child’s google classroom using the special assignment link. This is due by Friday, May 15th, and will be included in the Digital Yearbook.

Families can submit up to 5 sentences for a special message for their graduate which will be included in a Family Personal Ads Section in the Digital Yearbook. This is optional. This task should be submitted in your child’s google classroom using the special assignment link. These Special Messages are due by Friday, May 22nd.   Please review for spelling errors before submitting them. Clip Art and Photos can be added alongside the text.

One Senior Virtual Dance photo can also be submitted by Sunday, June 7th (after the event) so that we can include those photos in the Digital Yearbook. A special link will be provided at a later date.  

Students will be given the words to their ‘Graduation Song’ entitled ‘Get Back Up Again’ from the Trolls Movie today on Google Classroom. Mrs. Colavito will be sharing a video on Monday, May 11th, in their Google Classrooms, for all students to practice singing the song. 

We hope our graduates and their families are as excited as we are about all the wonderful events that are being planned and all the projects that we are currently working on to celebrate our spectacular Class of 2020!  

Thank you for all of your patience and understanding

Please note - We are currently trying to determine the best way in which all senior funds that have already been submitted can be returned.  We will keep you posted.  

Announcements from Chancellor Carranza

 Letter Regarding Grading Policy from the Chancellor

April 28, 2020

Chancellor Carranza and Chief Academic Officer Linda Chen Announce the Grading Policy for Remote Learning

Dear Families,

This unprecedented time of COVID-19 has presented difficulty and struggles for all New Yorkers, and we recognize that supporting your children in their continued learning in the midst of this crisis has been no small feat. We are amazed by the resilience and resolve that all of you—the families of our 1.1 million students—have shown as we transformed our entire system to remote learning. We are grateful for all that you are doing to support the success of your child as we finish the 2019-2020 school year in remote learning.

This transition would be a challenge at any time, but in the midst of the anxiety and trauma so many of our communities are experiencing due to the pandemic, it could have been insurmountable. Still, you have done it, being there for your children in every way you can to support their learning despite not necessarily knowing where the next meal will be coming from, or dealing with illness or loss in your family or community, or any other number of insecurities this time has brought.

That is why we have continually evolved our policies to meet this moment, developing and in some cases entirely reinventing them to support all of you—our students and families. These policies run the gamut from attendance to class scheduling to technology usage and beyond. Today, we are writing with another important policy update, concerning student grading 

Grades are important for understanding a student’s progress toward meeting learning standards, but they are just one way our educators are measuring and discerning how a student is engaging with schoolwork and making progress. We must ensure that support for our students includes not just academics, but social-emotional learning, health and safety, and physical and mental wellness, and there are relationships in place that affirm and empower our students and families. We are giving our educators the tools and skills they need to understand and support our students socially and emotionally. We will continue to create resources for students and families that elevate these supports within the context of COVID-19. Implementation of the policy by school leaders will be considerate of students who have experienced emotional loss, death, mental health issues, or didn’t have access to a device or connectivity right away. We know that just as you are our partners in learning, we are yours in the emotional support your children may need during this time.

We have heard from students, parents, teachers, school leaders, and many others across the City to inform our revised grading policy. We see you, we hear you, and we believe that the final policy we are issuing emphasizes flexibility and patience for students in these unprecedented times, while also keeping students engaged without penalty for the trauma they may be experiencing. It maintains clear expectations that acknowledge each individual student’s experience, and creates a consistent, equitable system across all schools. The policy seeks to minimize stress on families and students, while still providing next year’s teachers with the information they need about an individual student’s progress toward achieving standards.

What You Need to Know

The grading policy outlined below is in effect for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year only. Teachers will base students’ final grades on a holistic review of their progress before and after we started remote learning. Attendance will not be a factor in students’ grades. No student will receive a failing final grade.

Grade(s) Grading Policy Summary
3K & Pre-K No change because students do not receive report cards or grades.
K - 5th Students receive final grades of either “Meets Standards” (MT) or “Needs Improvement” (N).
6th-8th Students receive final grades of “Meets Standards” (MT), “Needs Improvement” (MP), or “Course in Progress” (NX).
9th – 12th Your school’s existing grading scale applies, but no failing grade will be issued. A “Course in Progress” (NX) will be issued instead. After final grades have been issued, students and families have the option to convert any or all passing Spring Semester 2020 final grades to pass (CR will be the symbol used in this case). Any CR grade will not be factored into a students’ GPA.

The DOE is continuing to develop plans for programming and supports over the summer months. More information about summer school will be made available by your school and shared in the upcoming weeks.

If You Have Questions

For elementary and middle schools, principals will generally serve as primary points to answer questions regarding the grading policy for families.

For high schools, school counselors and college counselors will generally serve as primary points to answer questions regarding the grading policy for students and families, along with principals. If you need help identifying the school counselor or college counselor, please contact your principal.

Please also see our Frequently Asked Questions document for additional information. We are committed not only to supporting students in their continued learning through June and beyond, but to supporting you as our primary partner in your child’s education. We know you have had a lot of questions and faced a lot of challenges in this transition; you have had to take on essential, invaluable new roles to keep your child’s education going and become indispensable partners to teachers. There are many resources available on this website, and your student’s school is also standing by to support you.

We always say that New York City has the best students, staff, and families in the world, and nothing will ever change that. You continue to prove this true each and every day. Thank you.

Chancellor Signature

Richard A. Carranza


New York City Department of Education

Chancellor's Letter to Families About Remote Learning

Here are all the Coronavirus/Remote Learning Letters from the Chancellor. This includes information regarding June 4 and June 9.

 Students sitting at a desk 


Free Meals

The City of New York is providing assistance to New Yorkers during the COVID-19 crisis by delivering meals to those who cannot access food themselves.

The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for all NYC children.

 Meal on a tray 

  • Beginning March 23, meals will be distributed at more than 400 sites across the city. 
  • Three meals a day, including breakfast, will be available to all NYC children
  • Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm at locations across the city.
  • At the moment PS186 is not a site. Please use the link below to find the nearest site.
  • Use our site lookup tool to find a location for free meals near you! 

Do you need a device?

The New York City Department of Education wants every student who needs a device for remote learning to have one, even if the student does not have internet access at home. Simply call 718-935-5100 and choose Option 5 on the menu. Someone will help you get a device with an internet connection.

You may also access the webpage to request a device.

 Call 718-935-5100 and someone will help you get a device with an internet connection. 

Corona Virus

Parent Letter Regarding a confirmed Coronavirus Case at PS 186


The Chancellor has announced that all NYC Public Schools are closed.

Your child's teacher has reached out to you with more information about setting up a Google Classroom account as part of our school-wide plan for remote learning.

Also, please have your children log into iReady daily to practice reading and math.  Remember, read nightly.  Here is a guide for using iReady at home

  We will keep all of our latest information on the Department of Education Website at the NYCDOE Corona Virus Family Letter Page and the NYCDOE Corona Virus Update Page.

Please visit My Student Account to create an account and to update your emergency contact information.

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions sheet attached to the letter for more information, or visit NYC Health Corona Virus Page at any time for important updates.

The health and safety of our students continue to be our chief priority, and we will follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures accordingly.

Other Resouces for Coronavirus information:
NYS Dept. of Health Coronavirus information
CDC Information regarding Covid-19 


Playworks Recess at Home

 Playworks logo 

Have you joined Playworks Virtual Recess yet? Playworks is eager to share our Play at Home series to support kids’ healthy movement and play while students are home.  Anyone can join Playworks for Live Virtual Recess Monday - Friday at 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm EST. 

A Playworks Coach leads a morning warm-up, a midday game, and an afternoon cooldown each weekday. Not on Facebook, or can’t join live? Playworks posts all Virtual Recess videos on the Playworks YouTube page so you can Play at Home anytime. 

We are now, more than ever, committed to responding to the need for continued healthy activities through the Play at Home resources we are offering for free:

At Playworks, we believe that every child deserves to play every day! Please share these resources widely. 

Peace and play, 

The Playworks Team

Learn at Home

 Home learning 

Please take a moment to log in to your class’ Google Classroom using your Google login.  Please reach out to your teacher for your username and password.

Student user names are the full first then the first letter of the last name the last four numbers of the student ID number then “” and the is the password is the student ID number.

For example, John Doe whose ID is 123456789 would have the user name  His password would be 123456789

NYCDOE has also set up a Learn at Home page.

District 20 Has set up a Remote Learning Page.

Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in English
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Arabic
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Bangla
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Chinese
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Korean
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Russian
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Spanish
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Tajik-Farsi-Persian
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Ukrainian
Parent's Guide to Google Classroom in Urdu


Good luck and have fun learning online!!!



PTA Meeting Schedule

PTA General Meeting Agenda: Important Dates to Know

Location:  Auditorium 

Date: TBD

Time: 8:30

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

2019-2020 School Year Calendar

Family Resources for Special Education

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. 

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.

NYCDOE Website's statement regarding outdoor activities.

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