December Parent Letter

Dear Parents,

 On behalf of the staff of P.S. 186, we would like to thank all of the parents we were able to meet with and talk to during our November Parent-Teacher conferences. We are proud to announce that 992 of our 1060 families came to meet with our teachers. We were also very excited to welcome many of our families during our many feasts and Family Fun Friday events over the past few weeks. It’s wonderful to see the partnerships that have been formed between our teachers and our parents and we look forward to continuing to work together to ensure a successful school year for your child. We have so many more events to come so we hope you can join us!

 Thank you for all your contributions to our Thanksgiving Food Drive and Operation Gobbler Giving which helped feed 40 families. Join the District 20 Day of Giving on December 5th, as we come together to help the families in Paradise, California.  Our students will be making cards and sending good wishes to the students displaced by these fires. We look forward to spreading some cheer to those in need with all the toys we will collect during our annual toy drive on December 7th. All students are invited to come in wearing pajamas on Thursday, December 20th and donate a dollar to support the PJ’s for PJ Foundation to help raise awareness and find a cure for DMD.

 Please continue to bring your color-coded flyers with you tour special events and your photo ID with you each day. We also ask that you kindly use the front door ONLY when entering and exiting our building. All other doors are alarmed for the safety of all members of our school community.

 With the weather and temperature changing, we remind all students to come dressed appropriately with coats, hats and gloves, weather permitting, our goal is to take our kids out for recess! Effective Wednesday, January 2nd, we will begin indoor line-up. All students should enter through the schoolyard gates where they will proceed into the building to report to their indoor line-up locations.

 Please continue to enforce good habits that include wearing school uniforms, completing homework and coming to school on time prepared with the right tools to succeed! On behalf of the entire P.S. 186 school family, we would like to wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a happy healthy new year!

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

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%




PTA Meeting Schedule

PTA General Meeting Agenda: Important Dates to Know

Location:  Auditorium 

Date: December 18, 2018

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 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. 

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. 

Local school joins mission to introduce students to computer science

We live in a world surrounded by technology, and we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works. However, only a tiny fraction of us are learning how technology works. Fewer than half of all schools teach computer science.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

Our Hour of Code is making a statement that PS 186 is ready to teach these 21st century skills. To help us in this initiative, we encourage you to work with your son or daughter at home on the activities on ( so that they can continue their learning of Computer Science.  

We are excited to be a part of this important initiative and look forward to sparking students’ interest in Computer Science.  See for details, and help spread the word.


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