Dear AmPark Families,
Now more than ever, we give thanks to you all, our community of amazing families, that together create, inspire, and support this beautiful school. Please take good care of yourselves and one another. We love you.
Wishing you all a healthy and happy Thanksgiving,
Kelly, Bonnie, and the AmPark Family
Niomi and Craig will be available for device troubleshooting on Monday, November 23rd and Tuesday, November 24th by appointment between 9 and 2 p.m. Please email Niomi at email@example.com if you need support with a device.
Several grade levels and specialty area teachers will have additional material distribution on Monday and Tuesday as well. Please be on the lookout for communication from your child’s teachers. Additional material distribution days will be contingent on the length of the in-person learning closure.
If you are in need of books, paper, pencils, etc. please also be in touch with Niomi so that additional materials can be secured for your child.
The Department of Education has promised to send additional devices to families that are still in need on a rolling basis over the next five weeks. We will be in communication with families that have indicated their need as the devices come in.
Third Grade Social Justice Week Zoom Rallies
Third Grade will be hosting a Social Justice week where we will share all we have learned about Social Issues. We want to come together to stand up to the Social Issues happening around the world with you! Please join us on Wednesday 12/2, Thursday 12/3, and Friday 12/4 from 12:00-12:30 for our "Zoom Rallies" where we will share our research and let you know what you can to do to help stand up to these social issues! We look forward to being activists with you!
"Your voice can inspire, heal and transform. Your voice can change the world." - from the book Say Something! by Peter Reynolds
Casey Burns is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
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AmPark’s Middle School Information Workshop
While there are still many questions around the middle school applications process in regard to application deadlines and timetables, we do want to offer all that we can to support our 5th grade students and families as they begin to grapple with the middle school transition ahead. On December 1st, at 6PM will will host a Zoom meeting to share with families what we know about the application process, navigating MySchools accounts and, best of all, hear from several of our AmPark Alumni who are now in 6th and 7th grade at some of our most frequented middle schools.
Topic: Middle School Info Session
Time: Dec 1, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Let’s Learn Flyer: https://auth-infohub.nyced.org/docs/default-source/default-document-library/lets-learn-nyc-flyer.pdf
The DOE, in partnership with the WNET Group, is launching new episodes of the public television program Let’s Learn, which features lessons for children in 3-K—grade 2, that will continue to serve as a supplemental resource for remote and blended learning.
Let’s Learn offers age-appropriate content that is aligned to education standards and lessons for early childhood education, using videotaped lessons by educators, that focus on foundational reading and writing skills, literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts. The series also supports social-emotional learning and brings viewers on virtual field trips to see dance performances, meet animals, visit botanical gardens, and more. Beginning November 16, episodes of Let’s Learn will air weekdays at 11:00 a.m. on WNET-Channel 13, and at 9:00 a.m. on WLIW-Channel 21, the New York-metro-area PBS stations. Episodes and segments will stream nationwide at letslearn.org. All programming will have English and Spanish captions.
There will be no Owl next week due to the Thanksgiving break. We hope that next week brings your family time for rest and connection.
Parent Coordinator Corner:
Hello AmPark Families! I hope you all are safe and healthy. Below you will find a link that can support you finding food hubs, financial and work resources.
Next Wednesday please join me for a Brain Power and Wellness Workshop from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.! This is a District 10 collaboration and I.S. 254 will be hosting. I can't wait to see you all there!
Announcing Details for the NY Dental Program Partnership with AmPark for 2020-2021
We are happy to have NYU Carried Away provide dental care to your children once again. Due to safety guidelines in schools, NYU Carried Away will provide dental care to your children at Lehman College 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, Bronx NY 10468, during the week of 11/30/2020.
NYU will call parents who have already completed consent forms. If you would like your child to participate click on the link below to fill out a consent form and NYU will call you to make an appointment. No out of pocket costs for families. Medicaid will be billed. If a child is not insured, NYU Carried Away will pay for all services provided.
NYU Caried Away Dental Program Informed Consent Form ENGLISH
Formulario de Consentimiento Informado del Programa Dental Caried Away de NYU ESPAÑOL
November 18, 2020 - Letter from NYC School Chancellor Richard Carranza
I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.
All of us at the Department of Education have been so proud to witness the joy of students and educators reuniting and learning together this year. We have been the only major school district in the nation to reopen our buildings. The benefit to hundreds of thousands of students is incredible, as school communities have reconnected in person for learning, growing, and supporting one another.
All along, we have kept health and safety at the forefront of everything we do. That includes carefully monitoring COVID-19 transmission rates across the city and, when necessary in response to infections, temporarily closing our school buildings and transitioning students to fully remote learning.
Given recent increases in transmission, we have reached a point in our City’s infection rate that requires all students to transition to remote learning. Beginning Thursday, November 19, all school buildings will be closed, and all learning will proceed remotely for all students, until further notice. You will hear from your principal shortly about next steps for you and your student. Please note that this is a temporary closure, and school buildings will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
I am sure you have many questions, and below you can find some important guidance to provide some answers. As always, we are committed to academic excellence, community-building, and social-emotional support for your child—no matter where they are learning.
Devices for Remote Learning
Do you need a device, need technical support or to fix a broken device, or are dealing with a lost or stolen device? Call DOE’s IT Help desk at 718-935-5100 and press 5 to get assistance.
You can also get quick help online:
Browse tech support topics: schools.nyc.gov/technicaltools
File a tech support ticket: schools.nyc.gov/techsupport
Request a device: schools.nyc.gov/devices
Get support with a DOE-issued iPad: schools.nyc.gov/ipadfixes
Issues with your Internet connection: schools.nyc.gov/internet
We are committed to ensuring every student is learning 5 days a week. Your child’s school will support you in remote learning if you currently don’t have a device by providing paper-based work. Contact your school for more info.
Free Meals for Students and Families
All families and students can continue to go to any school building between 9:00 a.m. and noon on weekdays to pick up three free grab-and-go meals. No identification or registration is necessary. Halal and kosher meals are available at some sites, which are listed at schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.
From 3-5 p.m., New Yorkers of all ages can pick up free meals at 260 Community Meals sites across the city. For a list of sites, please visit schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.
Learning Bridges, the City’s free childcare program for children in 3-K through 8th grade, will continue to serve families enrolled in blended learning. We will continue to give priority to children of essential workers, as well as students in temporary housing or residing in NYCHA developments, children in foster care or receiving child welfare services, and students with disabilities. Families can learn more and apply at schools.nyc.gov/learningbridges, and new offers will be made to families weekly as seats are available.
Early Childhood Education
3-K and Pre-K classrooms in district schools and DOE Pre-K Centers will be closed. If your child attends a program in a community-based center that is not located in a public school, or attends a family childcare program that is part of a DOE network, it will remain open. If you are not sure which type of program your child attends or have questions about your child’s services, please contact your program directly. Strong supports are in place to ensure that these sites can continue operating safely.
Although we are temporarily shifting to fully remote teaching and learning for all students, if you have recently elected to enroll your child in blended learning, your child will be able to begin in-person learning after we reopen. I know that for many of you, this decision to temporarily close school buildings that we recently opened up will be disappointing, and I understand. But by confronting these challenges together, we can continue to fight back against COVID-19. And I am confident that before long, we will be able to safely reopen our school buildings again.
Please remember the “Core Four”: wash your hands, wear a face covering, keep six feet of distance from others, and stay home if you’re feeling sick. These are critically important steps that all of us can take every day.
We will continue to provide updates, supporting you and everyone in the DOE family as this public health crisis continues to evolve. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school with any questions or concerns. We are grateful for your partnership and all you do for our city.
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
As always, we hope this communication finds you safe and healthy. There has been no official announcement made as of yet regarding the citywide status of school closure, but we do anticipate that this will be forthcoming. We will be in frequent communication with you regarding announcements.
As the city prepares to support students in the event of a shutdown, we need to prioritize any devices that are in transit to students that have no or extremely limited access. If you have been able to secure a device, but your child’s name is still on the request list, we are asking that you please rescind your request. We know that this is a tall order given the significant wait times for devices. If you feel more comfortable, please feel free to send an informal email to Niomi, Bonnie or myself stating that you wish to remain on the request list, but if we have the ability to use our discretion then we can prioritize a family in greater need. The city has made decisions regarding how they prioritize distribution of centrally funded iPads, but we are anticipating our chromebook shipment to arrive in the coming weeks and hope to fill the gaps so that all of our students are well covered. To cancel your request please visit this website: https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/acceptagreements
"Lunch Forms" - Income Verification Forms
We are asking for all of our parents to please fill out a Family Income Verification Form this year, as we do every year. This form is also known as the "Lunch Form". The vital information provided on this form will determin if your child is eligible for Title 1 and other funding. It is important not only to your child but to our school funding overall. Please support us by completing the form online here: MYSCHOOLAPPS.COM
Remote Only/Hybrid Opt-In:
The timing on this is auspicious given the changes we anticipate, but if your child was originally opted into HYBRID learning, but has not come for any in-person and has only logged on for instruction, please update your request here: https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference
Staffing, attendance, and budgetary needs are determined by learning preferences this year and it is essential that we can accurately reflect learning preference and attendance alignment.
Additionally, the opt in period for hybrid learning is closing this Sunday, November 15th. Given current circumstances, we are not certain how this will change, but we encourage you to complete the survey if you would like for your child to move from fully remote to hybrid learning when possible. The same survey can be used: https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference
Good Evening AmPark Families,
This post is to let you all know that I have just received confirmation from the Situation Room that our building is to remain closed through November 24th. All learning will continue and be fully remote during that time. Please know that this does not indicate additional positive cases of COVID-19 in our building but rather community tracing's inconclusive results linking our AmPark COVID case to those positive cases at PS/MS 95. Keeping our campus closed is being done out of an abundance of caution. Please see the letter generated by the Situation Room posted below.
Do not hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns.
In solidarity and with well wishes,
Dear AmPark Neighborhood School Families:
As always, the health and safety of our students and staff, and everyone in the DOE family across the city, is our top priority.
As you know, our school building was closed for an initial 24 hours because two or more members of our school community tested positive for COVID-19. Today we are writing to update you that the NYC Test + Trace Corps and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have determined that at this time the building must remain closed for 14 days, inclusive of today.
Here is what will happen next:
· The school building will remain closed, and all teaching and learning will continue remotely. Staff and students may return to school on November 25.
· Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious.
· Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified and will continue their 14-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 14 days.
It’s up to all of us to help keep our school community safe and healthy. While we swiftly address this situation, please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:
· Stay home if sick: Monitor your and your child’s health and stay home if you are sick or keep them home if they are sick, except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs.
· Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
· Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit nyc.gov/health/coronavirus and look for "FAQ About Face Coverings."
· Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.
We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions. For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311. Finally, to ensure we can rapidly reach you via text and email, please set up a New York City Schools Account as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.
Thank you for your cooperation. Health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what.
AmPark Neighborhood School