State Senator Leroy Comrie is hosting a Family Fun Night on Wednesday, July 8th, from 6pm – 8pm on ZOOM and FACEBOOK LIVE. Please see the attached flyers for additional information and share with families and community members.
Learn to code online in a supportive, all-girl environment!
Explore how women across the spectrum of race, class, and sexuality exercised power and effected change. Share under-told stories of women throughout history and code digital projects that make a difference in the world and help fight the gender gap.
Tech Scholars is open to high school students nationwide, grades 9-12, who self-identify as girls.
Tech Scholars Programs are offered on a pay-what-you-want basis. We are committed to making the program accessible to all girls.
It is officially summer! We are thrilled to launch our Summer Studio program, our new series of online weekly art classes for kids, teens, and families. For six weeks this summer, kids, teens, and families are invited to join Whitney educators to experiment, create and learn together. Each week features a new theme and project inspired by a work of art in the Whitney’s permanent collection.
Keep learning and creating by exploring our activity guides for families, kids audio guides or through our new Whitney Kids Art Challenge! This series of artmaking prompts is designed for kids and grown-ups to do together. Each prompt is based upon a work of art in the Whitney’s permanent collection by artists like Toyin Ojih Odutola, Jay DeFeo, Charles Henry Alston and Isamu Noguchi. Check back for updates on a regular basis.
We love to see what you are making. Use the hashtag #WhitneyFromHome to share your work with us!
Stay safe and well.
Yours from afar, Whitney School, Youth and Family Programs
Major support for School and Educator Programs is provided by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, GRoW @ Annenberg, and The Paul & Karen Levy Family Foundation.
Generous support is provided by The Fund for Individual Potential.
Additional support is provided by Con Edison, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the Whitney’s Education Committee.
Free Guided Visits for New York City Public and Charter Schools are endowed by The Allen and Kelli Questrom Foundation.
Major support for Youth Insights is provided by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, and GRoW @ Annenberg.
Additional support is provided by the Keith Haring Foundation; The Tianaderrah Foundation; the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the Youth Insights Fund, supported by an anonymous donor, Lise and Michael Evans, Ellen and Andrew Celli, David Sigal, and the Yurman Family Foundation; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and the Whitney’s Education Committee.
Major support for Education Programs is provided by the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Annenberg Foundation, GRoW @ Annenberg, Krystyna Doerfler, The Paul & Karen Levy Family Foundation, Steven Tisch, and Laurie M. Tisch.
Generous support is provided by Lise and Michael Evans, Ronnie and Michael Kassan, Barry and Mimi Sternlicht, Burton P. and Judith B. Resnick, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Significant support is provided by the Manitou Fund.
Additional support is provided by the Barker Welfare Foundation, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the Whitney’s Education Committee.
Free Guided Student Visits for New York City Public and Charter Schools are endowed by The Allen and Kelli Questrom Foundation.
Whitney Museum of American Art 99 Gansevoort Street New York, NY 10014 whitney.org
JOIN US FOR TWO MORE FREE CLASSES! July 1: Bollywood & July 8: Swing Dance
Don’t miss our final free Wednesday classes of the season! Pooja is back with her famous combo of BollyJazz, and Shannon Varner streams in from Columbus, Ohio to teach Lindy Hop/Swing!
FINAL Moving Together Classes for now:Wednesdays 4:00-5:00pm EDT
JULY 1: BOLLYWOOD with Pooja Uberoi
Bollywood Dance is a mix of dance styles performed in Bollywood films, including traditional Indian styles of Bharatanatyam, Kathak, folk styles, and modern Jazz, Hip-Hop or Belly Dance. Jazz gives a dancer form and style while Bollywood allows you to experience and open up the body in a fun way. Equal parts dance and fitness! REGISTER: BOLLYWOOD
JULY 8: SWING/LINDY HOP with Shannon Varner Lindy Hop is the mother of all Swing Dances and was born in America with African American dancers in Harlem, NYC, along with the music of this period. This is a class with authentic solo dance steps from the Vintage Swing & Jazz Age of the 1920s-1940s, moves from the Charleston to Tabby the Cat. REGISTER: SWING DANCE
ABOUT THE TEACHING ARTISTS
Pooja Uberoi is the founder and owner of the Artistic Dance Company IKIGAI USA which operates in the U.S. and India. Pooja is a trained Jazz and Bollywood dancer and teacher. Pooja is also a trained 200-hour Hatha yoga teacher from Bangalore, India and currently teaches at the Indian Embassy in New York. Pooja Uberoi is also the Producer for NYC Dance Week and founder of Funkar – a NYC10 initiative. She has more than 13 years of experience as a dancer and teacher in Jazz schools in India, the Bollywood Film industry in Mumbai, India and New York City. She was a Board member and Head of a National Dance school in India before moving to New York City. Pooja has choreographed for many movies, musical theatre shows and the famous Sesame Street in India.
Shannon Varner discovered Lindy Hop while living in New York City and has been fortunate to live in Lindy Hop-centric cities ever since. Whether Washington DC, Chicago, or Columbus, OH, they all provided rich opportunities to participate in their wonderful and varied dance scenes, as an instructor, choreographer and a performer. Shannon has won numerous awards, placing in such competitions as the Beantown Dance Camp, Nevermore Jazz Ball in St. Louis, SwingIN, Southern Swing Challenge in Nashville, American Lindy Hop Championships, Virginia State Open, and the Jack & Jill contest at Midsummer Night Swing in NYC. Her media credits include “PBS’ Swingin with the Duke” with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; The Today Show; Dance Chicago and NBC4 Columbus. She rounds out her dance experience with a background in arts administration.
Summer camps are here! COVID-19 has caused parents everywhere to rearrange their summer plans. Instead of traditional summer camps, families and camps are choosing virtual options to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Although some organizations are sticking to tradition by hosting in person camps, there are still adjustments being made to keep everyone safe and healthy. From educational to recreational, Ralspin has provided a list of virtual camps to get you started.
ELEMENTARY STUDENTS Camp Supernow Students from ages 5 to 11 can join a virtual “cabin” at Camp Supernow. Campers will be paired with a counselor and other campers from across the country for an hour of crafts and activities on Zoom. Each session is two weeks and costs $199 per camper. See if your kids will like the camp before you commit with a free trial day.
MIDDLE SCHOOL BIZNOVATOR VIRTUAL BizTech Camp The BIZNOVATOR Virtual Camp is a fast-paced interactive online camp experience that allows students to apply what they’ve learned, including writing their own start-up business plan. Some of the topics covered are mindfulness, technology and entrepreneurship.
ALL AGES Camp Wonderopolis This STEAM focused camp provides fun and education for kids of all ages. Camp Wonderopolis offers free STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts, and math—programs. The camp helps kids with vocabulary, background knowledge in science, reading comprehension, critical thinking, and other literacy skills along the way.iD Tech The iD Tech Virtual Tech Camps teach kids from 7 to 19 everything from coding to machine learning. They are offering several sessions this summer to help build new skills, connect with other students online and explore their creativity as it relates to all things tech.
New York University is offering an array of immersive online courses and workshops to afford high school students opportunities to engage with leading scholars and professionals, and collaborate with classmates from all over the world. Parents and students may select from more than 30 programs.
Click on the links below to find programs in the arts, entrepreneurship and STEM.
PARENTS IN THE KNOW SUMMER CAMP 2020: SOCIAL DISTANCE STYLE by: Susie AnOn a hot, sunny morning last week, a few YMCA camp counselors in northwest suburban Palatine stood far out in a grassy field and led a call and response singalong. read more >>
Cross Current Contemporary Dance Virtual Festival PART II: FRI, JULY 3 at 7 PM EDT Produced by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company and presented by Flushing Town Hall, the virtual festival on Facebook Live aims to foster creative contemporary dance choreography in the Asian American Community by showcasing new works by Asian American choreographer and in-depth discussion with the artists and Nai-Ni Chen. LEARN MORE
In continued adherence to federal, State, and City health guidelines, we are adapting our summer school model for summer 2020. This year, we will offer summer school via remote instruction, allowing us to provide more students than ever before with the academic supports they need and a bridge from this school year to the next.
In addition to receiving academic instruction, students participating in these summer school programs will also have opportunities to go on self-paced virtual field trips and engage in daily social-emotional learning activities.
Summer School 2020 will offer remote instruction to the following students:
Students in grades 3–8 who are:
not promoted in June and are required to attend summer school.
promoted in June but are recommended by their teacher for additional academic support in ELA and/or math over the summer.
Students in grades 9–12 who receive a grade of Course in Progress, or who need to retake a course they have failed in a prior term.
Students with 12-month Individualized Education Program (IEP) Services.
Dates for Summer School 2020
Starting June 17: Schools notify families if a student will be promoted to the next grade
June 17–25, and on the first day of Summer School: Summer school registration opens for non-public school, charter school, new resident, temporary resident, and non-resident students:
Friday, July 3: Independence Day observed (schools closed)
Monday, July 6: First instructional day for elementary, middle, and high school students
Friday, July 31: Eid al- Adha observed (schools closed)
Tuesday, August 11: Last instructional day for elementary and middle school students
Dates for Summer School 2020 by Grade Level
Elementary and middle school:
Monday, July 6 – Tuesday, August 11
Who Must Attend Summer School
Your student’s school will notify you by email in mid- to late-June if your student is required or recommended to participate in Summer School.
Summer has finally arrived! We know that so many of you have taken on the tremendous task of changing your daily routines very quickly in a time of crisis, and serving as a strong support system for your loved ones. We want you to know that you are doing a great job and you are doing enough. As you continue to manage priorities and accommodate everyday moments during these times, don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for the incredible job you are doing to maintain normalcy for your child and family during this time.
To all the moms, dads, aunts, uncles, foster parents, grandparents and caregivers, you already have what it takes to help your child grow and flourish through this time, and we are here to support you.
We are sharing opportunities with you that you may decide to try with your child. These activities are aimed to be fun and to promote learning, and help you locate useful services near you.
Please pick and choose the activities and platforms that work for your family and for your child, and remember to take it slowly. This might mean doing one activity below or simply spending time with one another. As time goes on, you may be able to open yourself and your child to new activities and experiences.
Note: These websites and apps have not been vetted for privacy or data security protocols by DOE or City of New York.
NYC Programs and Services
● Get Tested in Your Community: The City of New York is working to expand testing for COVID-19 rapidly throughout the five boroughs. Check back regularly for more locations as testing sites continue to open.
○ While many of the resources above are at no-cost for services with costs, New York State has issued an emergency regulation requiring insurance companies to waive deductibles, copayments (copays), or coinsurance for in-network telehealth visits, including mental health services. High-quality, low-cost and no-cost mental health services are also guaranteed for NYC Care members. New Yorkers who do not qualify for or cannot afford health insurance can click here to enroll in NYCCare.nyc or call 646-NYC-Care (646-692-2273).
● Food Benefits for All NYC Public School Students: Pandemic EBTP-EBT is a program for families to buy food while students are learning from home. This resource shares that in NYC, every single public school student ages 3-21 is eligible, regardless of income or immigration status. Benefits will be issued automatically; there is no application or documentation required.
● Growing Up NYC: Growing Up NYC is a mobile-friendly website that makes it simple for families to learn about and access City programs, as well as services and activities available through government agencies and community partners in English and in Spanish. COVID-19 content and resources for families produced by DECE now appear on this page of the site.
Digital and Hands-on Activities for Children
● Khan Academy Kids: Free, fun, educational app with thousands of activities and books for young children ages 2-7.
● Vooks: A streaming service for kids, where storybooks come to life. First month free. “Our mission is to make screen time better. Unlike traditional cartoons and movies, Vooks allows for children’s imaginations to engage; it encourages reading; it promotes attention and focus. By bringing storybooks to life, Vooks redefines what screen time can be.”
● Sesame Street: Lupita Nyong’o Loves Her Skin: Elmo talks with his good friend Lupita about skin. Skin comes in all different textures and shades of color. Elmo’s skin is very ticklish. Lupita’s skin is a beautiful brown color. Most of all, they talk about loving the skin you have.
● Camp Noggin: Summer of 2020 will look a little different from other summers, and Noggin is welcoming families to a free, virtual day camp where kids become campers alongside the characters they love. Sign up for your free Noggin account through Noggin Cares, and be one of the first to know when Camp Noggin begins.
Parenting Information / Supporting Children’s Learning
● Video on How To Talk to Kids About Race: This 3-minute video produced by The Atlantic offers guidance on different ways to approach racial conversations with children, and how to incorporate them into everyday life. “The worst conversation adults can have with kids about race is no conversation at all,” says author Jemar Tisby. “Talking to kids about race needs to happen early, often, and honestly.”
● NPR Segment: Talking Race with Young Children: This 20 minute audio clip addresses how young children (birth to 5) understand race and its impact on their lives. It offers concrete strategies for talking to young children about current events and everyday moments.
● HITN: Articles, printable playsheets, crafts, activities, and a series of LIVE forums with HITN’s educational Advisors as seen on Facebook or Instagram to help parents and caregivers navigate this challenging time with their young children.
● Let’s Learn, NYC!This collection of resources for children ages 3-8 supports the public television series Let’s Learn NYC!, a partnership between the WNET Group and the New York City Department of Education. The series is designed to supplement remote learning and includes foundational reading skills, literacy, science, and social studies.
● SEL Tips for this Moment: Six social and emotional learning (SEL) practices, from deep breathing to self-talk, that can help both parents and children deal with stress and anxiety.
● Fun with Feelings: Fun with Feelings cards are a playful way for you to help your child learn about and manage feelings together. This resource is now available for families to download and use at home!
● Age Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event: A resource to help families understand how children experience traumatic events, express their lingering distress, and how to restore balance to children’s and families’ lives.
● Talking is Teaching: Brought to you by Too Small To Fail at the Clinton Foundation. Resources for simple tips and ideas on talking, reading, and singing with young children during everyday moments.
● All the Way to K and Beyond: Activity posters for children ages birth-5 with easy, age-specific tips and activities to help prepare children for learning and school.
● Sparkler: Play for Parenting: Now FREE for NYC DOE Families! Sparkler: Play for Parenting is an app that offers play-based learning activities you can do with your child. Download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play. When you open the Sparkler app for the first time, create a new account. Next time, sign in using the method you picked. Use code 2-1-2-1 to register, which will give you access to Sparkler for free. Pick “Family” from the drop-down menu. Visit “Play” for ideas for off-screen play that grow your child’s heart, mind, body, and words.
● Ready4K: Free offering now extended! Ready4K is an evidence-based family engagement curriculum delivered via text messages. Each week, you’ll receive short text messages with fun facts and easy tips on how to promote your child’s development by building on existing family routines – like pointing out letters on the shampoo bottle during bath time and naming their sounds. To sign up text “NYC” to 70138. While there is absolutely no cost for enrolling, your regular data & message rates may apply for receiving ~3 messages per week. You can cancel text messages at any time by texting STOP to 70138.
● Why Are We All Stuck Inside?This kit offers fun activities that will get young children moving, creating, experimenting and even cleaning, while helping families answer tough questions about coronavirus. The kit is intended to be a jumping off point for your family’s creativity, so adjust for your kid’s personality and what you have on hand.
● NAEYC For Families: Research-based resources on child development, reading, writing, music, math, and more! Need a suggestion? Read 10 Prop Box Ideas: Mini Learning Centers at Home.
● Message in a Backpackarticles from Teaching Young Children: Tips and ideas about supporting preschool age children’s learning at home.
Today is the last day of the most challenging, most intense school year many of us have ever experienced. I am humbled by your efforts and so proud of your children—our brilliant students.
I know that last September feels like it was years ago, and that time in general seems to exist as “before COVID” and “after COVID.” It might be hard to remember, but before the pandemic upended our lives, we opened more pre-K Dual Language programs across the city, saw a record number of our students enrolling in college, and learned just how much our Community Schools have been changing students’ lives for the better—to name just a few of our accomplishments. All that still matters because it has real-life, positive impacts for our children.
And then, all of a sudden, it was Monday, March 16, and the coronavirus forced us to reinvent the nation’s largest school system, closing all school buildings and transitioning our 1.1 million students to remote learning. To me, the “after COVID” time is as stunningly impressive as what came before. I know this because over the past three months I have seen your children complete science experiments in your kitchens, debate the United States Constitution in Spanish from your living rooms, and join band practice and master Shakespeare on Zoom.
Your children accomplished these amazing feats all while the coronavirus was affecting you, your families, and your communities. Sadly, we lost immediate family members, and 79 Department of Education employees, to COVID-19. We will never be the same without the loved ones, friends, and colleagues who gave our lives and work meaning. We will never, ever forget a single one of them. They live on in our hearts, in our memories, and in our children.
I’ve always said that parents and families are our most important partners, but this year that was truer than ever, as you became your child’s teacher, coach, and constant presence in an uncertain world. Your lives were upended in support of a totally unconventional schedule for your children. I know how much you sacrificed for them, how concerned you are about their futures, and how deep your love for them runs. I can’t thank you enough for the effort you have made to support your child’s learning at home.
In recent weeks, you’ve kept the learning going as our city and nation have been enraged and have mourned the senseless loss of more Black lives at the hands of those whose duty it is to serve and protect. It has been a gut-wrenching time for all of us. Systemic racism endangers people of color in this country, period; and true change for New Yorkers of color must begin in our schools.
I pledge that we will take what we have learned this year and double down on addressing systemic inequalities in our system that these crises have further exposed. This includes continuing to build a strong, inclusive, just, and anti-racist educational system. I pledge that we will keep cultivating and celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of your children. I pledge to continue to be there for you and your children, not being deterred for a moment—no matter what challenges come our way. Over the next several months, we will operate Summer School, Meal Hubs, Regional Enrichment Centers, and Emergency Child Care Centers to actively serve our families. I pledge to deliver the education your children demand and deserve—an education that enables them to grow into well-educated, responsible, compassionate adults who are equipped to change the world.
I know you are rightfully anxious to know what that education will look like for your child this fall. We are working day in and day out to develop robust plans for the more than one million children who are in our seats. You will receive information in the coming weeks—including the date for the first day of school—once we receive the necessary guidance from the State and federal government that paves the way for us to finalize our plan. We also need your guidance, too! Please tell us what you want fall 2020 to look like by filling out our Return to School survey at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 by Tuesday, June 30. This will help us meet your needs as we come back to school.
Given all we have been through together, we cannot end the school year without celebrating our students’ remarkable accomplishments. I invite you to join me; Mayor de Blasio; former NYC public school student and teacher, Lin-Manuel Miranda; and other celebrities, elected officials, and special guests on June 30 as we honor the Class of 2020 at a citywide graduation ceremony. You can watch it beginning at 7 p.m. on PIX 11 and at nycclassof2020.com. Please join us!
And one more exciting development for our students: we are thrilled to make more e-books and audiobooks for all ages available for free this summer to all DOE families, and it’s easier than ever to access them. Just use your student’s DOE login; no special signup necessary. Summer reading is so important to keep learning going and to let imaginations run free, so please visit schools.nyc.gov/summerreading to find these amazing resources. If you received a DOE-issued iPad, it will automatically have the Sora app installed to access these texts—but you don’t need a DOE-issued device to use Sora. You can download the app on any device, use your student’s DOE login, and start reading.
I have often said that we have the best students, staff, and families anywhere. This year, you have proved that true beyond any shadow of a doubt. You are helping us build a better world. We are grateful for you today and every day.
Have a wonderful summer. We can’t wait to see you in September.
Richard A. Carranza Chancellor New York City Department of Education
Summer reading is so important to keep learning going and to let imaginations run free! We are thrilled to make more e-books and audiobooks for all ages available for free this summer to all DOE families, and it’s easier than ever to access them. Please read on for more information, and visit schools.nyc.gov/summerreading for additional details to be posted on Monday, June 29.
Reading with Sora!
The e-book reader Sora has a diverse set of hundreds of resources available for grades 3K-12 in a multiple languages to help students see themselves and fellow students in the books they are reading. You can download an app to your device or access them via a web browser. All you have to do is log in with your student’s DOE ID; no additional sign up is necessary. Please visit discoversora.com/nyc to get started.
Need help finding your student’s DOE login? Click here. If you received an iPad from DOE, it will have the Sora app automatically installed by July 1!
You may also visit galepages.com/nycdoe11 to access additional e-book titles and databases provided by the New York City School Library System. To access e-books from any location and databases from outside of New York State, please email email@example.com for the username and password.
Please note that while some of these resources might only be available in English, we will continue to strive to make more resources available in home languages.
Take Advantage of Public Library Resources, Too!
New York City public library systems are also providing digital resources and free access to the tutoring platform Brainfuse through internet-enabled devices, including all DOE-issued iPads.
Brooklyn Public Library. To obtain a Brooklyn Public Library eCard, fill out the form at Bklynlibrary.org.
The New York Public Library serving the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. To obtain a New York Public Library digital card through the free SimplyE app, please visit NYPL.org.
Queens Public Library. To obtain a Queens Public Library eCard, fill out the form at QueensLibrary.org.