May Parent Letter

Dear Parents,

        Spring is finally here and we’re looking forward to our final two months at P. S. 186!  Now that the nice weather is here, we will begin outdoor line-up effective next week starting on Monday, May 6th, 2019.  All classes should line up at their recess line-up spots, signs will be posted.  Parents will not be permitted in the schoolyard.

We are so proud of our grades 3, 4 and 5 students who just took the NYS ELA Exam and we would like to wish them all good luck as they prepare to take the NYS Math Exam on Wednesday and Thursday, May 1st and 2nd.  Students are reminded to eat a healthy breakfast at home or at school before 7:50 AM and arrive to school on time (7:50 AM) with sharpened #2 pencils.  All of our English Language Learners will begin taking the NYSESLAT exam in reading, writing and listening next week. 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.

        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. If you opt to have your child wear dark blue shorts rather than pants, please be aware that the shorts must be knee length. Additionally, students must wear closed, rubber-soled shoes in order to be permitted to play during physical education and during Playworks lunchtime recess.  Please avoid wearing any open-toed shoes and/or flip flops.

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!

Please join us in celebrating our entire staff during the week of May 6th for Teacher Appreciation Week.  Our team of outstanding teachers at P.S. 186 work very hard each and every day to ensure the success of all children!  Please encourage your children to write a special letter or make a card for their teachers to show their appreciation for our wonderful educators! 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.  We look forward to a successful conclusion to the year.

After dismissal, please be respectful of the time.  Effective immediately, at 2:30 pm the school yard is closed daily to accommodate the NIA ExpandED Program and the 500 PS 186 students they service.  For safety reasons the gates need to be closed and all students not attending NIA must leave the schoolyard in order for all students to engage in various activities.

Important Dates to Know

 June 12                            Spring Concert @ 7:00 PM

June 14                            Dance Festival – Kindergarten - Grade 2 @ 8:45 AM

                                             Senior Dance @ 3:45 pm

June 18                            Grade 5 Graduation @ 8:30 AM

June 19                            Kindergarten Moving-Up Ceremonies

             8:30 AM for K-209, K-210, K-212, K-213

             10:00 AM for K-201, K-202, K-203, K-204

June 26                             Last Day of School (1/2 day dismissal anticipated)

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 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: June 12, 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.  

Top 50 Books of Summer

The summer time is a time to slow down and enjoy a sun-filled day!  Get lost in a book while enjoying the beautiful weather.  Scholastic Magazine has chosen their top 50 Books for Summer.  Here they are:


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. 

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