Dear AmPark Families,
Thank you for sticking with us this far! We are in the very last stretch of this most unusual year. Please continue to encourage your students to log in and join us for end of year activities and celebrations. We are so sad to not be able to end with our usual hugs and celebrations and want to be sure to get in those last virtual squeezes before closing out for the year.
This week I met with our School Leadership Team and UFT (teacher’s union) Committee to look at preliminary space planning projections and models. We are in need of many answers from our higher ups and the more questions that our community can generate, the better our planning can be. I want to once again encourage you to complete the DOE fall survey. I would also like to invite you to join together for the last PA meeting of the year where you are welcome to share concerns and ask questions. It will be on Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30 p.m. The invite will be forthcoming from our PA.
Next week will be a bittersweet one as we say goodbye to our fifth graders. Our eyes always get misty as they move on and we celebrate their transition to middle school, but this year is especially hard. None of us knew on March 13th that we would be parting ways for so long. We wish our rising middle schoolers the very best and know that they can grow immeasurably from any challenge that comes their way as they have already demonstrated. A HUGE thank you to all of the fifth grade families that have worked together to make the events so special.
The 5th Grade Stepping Up Ceremony will be held on Thursday June 25th at 1PM via Zoom. Students will log in with a Zoom link using their DOE account and we are working to ensure that the ceremony is live streamed more broadly after the event. An Evite will be sent to 5th grade families with those links on Monday, June 22nd. 5th grade families please check in your Google Classrooms for all of the exciting events next week including the 5th Grade Dance on Monday, Stop Motion Film Share, Kahoot Party and Awards Celebration!
In an effort to support families with accessing their records directly, the DOE will make certain documents available for students and families in NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) and Teach Hub 2.0 beginning the week of June 15. These documents will display as they become available. DOE students can log into Teach Hub 2.0 and view unofficial copies of their own report cards, transcripts, and summer school letters. Note that access to Teach Hub 2.0 is only available to teachers and students. For guidance on accessing student accounts, see the Students Accounts page.
Authorized adults can log into their NYCSA and view unofficial copies of their child’s report card, transcript, and summer school letter in the 'Student Documents' section. https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/in-our-classrooms/nyc-schools-account
Live Events Next Week
Tuesday June 23rd - AmPark's Got Talent @ 4pm (Thanks to everyone for hanging in with us while we wait until tech issues are resolved for our student accounts!)
Wednesday June 24th - End of Year Live Lunch Sing with Josh & Friends @ 11:30
Daily Self-Care Affirmations
Monday, June 22nd: Something good is going to happen today. I may need to pay attention to find it.
Tuesday, June 23rd: I have love for myself and people in my life.
Wednesday, June 24th: It’s okay to take a breather when I need one.
Thursday, June 25th: I can find the adventure in today.
Friday, June 26th: I learned so much about myself and all that I can accomplish this year.
Letter from the Chancellor for Voting and the 2020 Census
I hope you had a safe and restful weekend. I’d like to share information provided by our City colleagues about two important actions you can take immediately to have your voice heard about the future of our city: filling out the 2020 United States Census, and voting in the primary election on Tuesday, June 23. Here is what you need to know:
How to Vote in the June 23 Primary Election This month, primary elections will take place across New York City. You can confirm which races are happening in your district with nyc.pollsitelocator.com
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Here’s how you can vote:
Vote by Mail
This year, filling out the Census is easier than ever. You can complete it in five minutes, in fifteen languages, online at or over the phone by calling 844-330-2020.
The Census does not include a citizenship question. Even if you are undocumented, filling out the census will not put you or your family at risk. Census responses are private, protected by federal law, and will never be shared with NYCHA, ICE, HRA, Department of Buildings, or any other government agency—or your landlord.
You and your family need to be counted because Census results determine critical school funding, including special education grants, extra supplies, much-needed technology, and more teachers for our classrooms. It also helps to set funding for Early Learn Centers, In-School and Out-of-School Youth Programs, child care programs, and more.
The Census also serves enormously important non-education purposes. That includes funding for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, hospital care, affordable housing, and more. Plus, the Census affects each state’s allotment of representatives to Congress and Electoral College votes.
Now more than ever, we need to step up and help make sure all New Yorkers are counted! A complete count will bring our city the resources we need as we recover from the pandemic and its economic impact.
Civic participation is critical for a healthy democracy. I hope these resources are of use to you and your family.