March Parent Letter
We are already more than halfway through the school year! We recently celebrated the 100th day of school on Thursday, February 14, 2019! It was wonderful to see so many of our families during the week of February 12th to help us celebrate the 100th Day of School, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year and Respect for All Week!
We thank you for assisting your children with their vacation learning packets over the February break. Please continue to support your children by checking their homework nightly, making sure they read daily and asking them about their daily activities.
Report cards will be distributed during Parent-Teacher conferences scheduled on Thursday, March 14th. We look forward to seeing many of you either in the afternoon (12:20 – 3:00 PM) or in the evening (4:30-7:30 PM). A letter will be sent home with more information and some teachers will be reaching out to you to schedule appointments. Don’t forget to stop by and visit our Book Fair which will be held in the 77th Street gymnasium. A Book Fair schedule and flyer will be sent home. Help us to spread the love of literacy among all our children!
The bright green envelopes labeled Learning Environment Survey were sent home with your child before the February break. These envelopes contain the parent surveys. Students who return these surveys will earn a certificate for a free ice cream during lunch time. We are hoping to have 100% of our families complete and return the surveys. The information it provides helps us to identify what we’re doing well and how we can better serve our children.
Important Dates to Know
March 20 SLT Meeting @7:15 AM
March 21 Disney’s Mary Poppins Show 7:00 PM
April 2 - 3 NYS ELA Exam (Grades 3 – 5)
April 26 Spring Recess - NO SCHOOL
April 29 Return to school
May 1 - 2 NYS Math Exam (Grades 3 – 5)
Green Envelopes- Student Survey
Return the bright green envelopes labeled Learning Environment Survey to school to be mailed by Friday, March 22nd. 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. 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.
NYS ELA & NYS MATH TEST PARENT MEETING
Please join us at our NYS ELA & NYS MATH TEST PARENT MEETING
on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 9:00 AM in the auditorium.
Important testing information will be shared at this meeting.
NYS ELA- April 2nd & April 3rd
NYS Math- May 1st & May 2nd
PRE-K Registration Deadline is Coming up!
As a reminder, the deadline for children born in 2015 to apply to pre-K programs is March 15, and the deadline for children born in 2016 to apply to 3-K is May 3.
If you have any questions, please contact ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.
Mary Poppins Evening Show
Tickets are on sale now for our Evening Performance of Mary Poppins Jr.
Show is on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
PRE -SHOW ACTIVITIES
6:00 p.m. cafeteria
Face Painting, Arts & Crafts, Photo Ops & Much More!!
*Refreshments, Novelties & T-Shirts will be sold
Tickets must be purchased in advance at $5.00 per ticket. The performance is reserved seating only. Seats will be determined based on best available at the time of the request. Ticket sales begin on Monday, March 4th and go through Friday, March 15th.
Place the ticket slip and total payment in an envelope. Label it with your child’s name and class on the outside. Cash or money order will be accepted. Make money orders payable to P.S.186. Personal checks will not be accepted.
Online Student Learning
How to Log Into Our Internet Resources
2018-2019 Supply Lists
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
Barnes & Noble "My Favorite Teacher" contest
Barnes and Noble is hosting a "My Favorite Teacher" contest. You must enter by March 14th at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/h/my-favorite-teacher.
PTA Meeting Schedule
PTA General Meeting Agenda: Important Dates to Know
Date: March 19, 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
Safety Drill Videos
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.
Lunch Flyers & Links
LUNCH IS AT NO CHARGE FOR ALL NYC STUDENTS!- Complete Application Now!
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.