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5th Grade: Middle School Program

April 6, 2020

Dear 5th Grade Families:

This week you will be receiving your child’s middle school match. Each student will receive one offer to a middle school program. If your child applied to multiple schools/programs, he/she will automatically be placed on waitlists for any school/program that was listed higher than their offer on the application. (For example, your child receives an offer to I.S. 109, which was listed as their 3rd choice on the application, so he/she is automatically placed on the waitlist for I.S. 238 (#2 on application) and Queens Gateway (#1 choice on application). If your child matches to their first choice, they will not be placed on any waitlists. You may add or remove your child to waitlists in their MySchools account at http://www.myschools.nyc. If for any reason, you do not receive an offer through e-mail, phone call and/or your child’s MySchools account, please reach out to me so that I may give you your child’s match information.

If your child receives an offer to one of the waitlist schools, you have 7 days to respond to the offer. If you accept the waitlist offer, you forfeit your child’s original offer. If you reject the waitlist offer, the original offers stands. If you accept or reject a waitlist offer, your child will remain on any other waitlists he/she was placed on. You can monitor all waitlists, seat availability and offers in your child’s MySchools account. If and when seats become available, middle schools will make offers directly to families by phone/email. As seats become available, offers will be made and waitlist rankings will change. This will be ongoing until all seats are offered.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns to Ms. Arduini (School Counselor) at AArduini@schools.nyc.gov or to Middle School Enrollment at MSEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov.

Supporting our Community

Dear P.S. 135 Families,

In these trying times, some of us are also experiencing loss within our families, communities, and organizations we are a part of.  With the current health crisis, unfortunately, we cannot grieve as we typically would which can add even more sadness and anxiety to an already difficult situation and may create more confusion for our little ones.  In an effort to support any family dealing with the loss of life, I would like to share some resources that may help you with the grieving process. Please feel free to reach out to me at AArduini@schools.nyc.gov if you have any questions or concerns.

With warm regards,

Alison Arduini
School Counselor

Pre-K Applications!

We are happy to share that the pre-K application deadline is now Sunday, March 29.

Families can apply to Pre-K in the following ways:

·       Online with MySchools by 11:59pm on March 29

·       By phone at 718-935-2009 by 6pm on March 27

With this in mind, the deadline for programs to verify applicant priorities has been extended to Friday, April 3.

Please take the time to log in to the MySchools School Portal (school.myschools.nyc) to review applicants to your program and verify applicant priorities.

·       MySchools School Portal Guidance 

If you are having trouble logging in to your MySchools account, please email ESEnrollment@schools.nyc.gov

Message from Chancellor Carranza to Parents/Guardians

Picture of House with Books

Key Links
Learn at Home: schools.nyc.gov/learnathome
Coronavirus Updates: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update

Important Links for Parents/Guardians and Students

March 16, 2020 

Dear Families, 

All of us are living through an unprecedented time as we work to keep our communities safe and healthy in the face of the coronavirus. New Yorkers are joining millions in cities, states, and nations across the world in confronting decisions that we’ve never had to face—and maybe never could have imagined having to. 

Here in New York, Mayor de Blasio and I have been clear that any changes to our school system as we know it would be an extreme measure—a last resort. We’ve been monitoring the outbreak in New York City day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. This weekend, it became clear that continuing public education in our school buildings was no longer sustainable for the time being. 

On Sunday, we announced that for the next three and a half weeks, we are moving to a remote learning model, with a projected reopening of school buildings the week of April 20, 2020. I know this may feel abrupt, and has the potential to cause disruption in your lives. We are committed to consistent and clear communication with you throughout this time period, and a clear understanding of what will happen. 

Our announcement today means that Monday, March 16, school buildings are closed and students will be out of session. However, students and families can pick up medication or receive any standard medical services from Tuesday through Thursday, during regular school hours; school nurses and school based health center staff will be on site. During that time, teachers will also be expected to report to their buildings and receive full-day professional development on remote learning. 

Later in the week, students will begin picking up materials, including technology to participate in remote learning when needed. Additional guidance on all of this will be shared with you in the next couple of days. 

All throughout this week, grab-and-go breakfast will be available at the entrance of every school building from 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Any student can pick up breakfast and lunch at any school building. 

On Monday, March 23, we will be opening several dozen Regional Enrichment Centers across the City, to serve the children of our City’s first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations. 

That Monday, we will also launch remote learning for grades K-12. I have every confidence in New York City educators and know they will rise to the occasion, and dedicate the same passion for delivering high-quality instruction remotely as they do in the classroom. We know we have the most dedicated school staff: teachers, custodians, administrators, and especially the school food workers who will be continuing to work during this time as part of a citywide meals program. More information on the launch of that program will be coming soon. 2 

I want to be clear that this is not a closure, but a transition. We will not lower our expectations for our students. We know they are hungry to learn and we will match their curiosity and passion with work-from-home materials, including distribution of devices that will support our remote-learning instructional model. 

There are already instructional resources available for every grade level in every subject at schools.nyc.gov/learnathome

We know this is a difficult time, and we are working hard to make sure our City continues to support families in every way we can. I want to assure families we’re working to make this as seamless a transition as possible. 

Now is the time to come together to do what’s best for the health and safety of all New Yorkers. We are with you, partners in education in the greatest city in the world. We have the world’s most talented students, educators, and staff—and nothing will ever change that. 

We will continue to communicate with you in the coming days, and encourage you to visit our website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update for more information and updates on this transition. 

Sincerely, 

Richard A. Carranza 
Chancellor 
New York City Department of Education