We recognize how difficult these closures are for our community and are very much going through this experience alongside you. If your child is struggling socially and emotionally with the back and forth, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the teachers, our parent coordinator, or the administrators. Similarly, remote only students may be feeling the stress of such a long time being physically separated from their friends and we are more than happy to set up additional supports.
We have just received word that there is an extended closure of our building, but it is only through Monday, January 18th. This may be confusing as Monday is of course Martin Luther King Junior Day and a school holiday (closed school day) for all anyway. It also means that Test and Trace is still working to investigate links in the multiple cases that we've had at AmPark. We are pasting the extended building closure letter from the Situation Room below this blog post for all to reference.
The DOE’s policy for a safer reopening has been to randomly test 10-20% of the in-person population weekly. Confirmed cases have been steadily increasing and while I recognize how impossible it would be to test a larger sample within the school, the random sample testing has uncovered positive results over the last two weeks. I urge anyone that has the ability to get tested to do so periodically out of an abundance of caution and to work to curtail the spread.
On Wednesday we had our first PA meeting of the new year and opened by creating Family Charters. This interactive family event led to the creation of family agreements that promote emotional well-being and connectedness. We would like to share the resources for those that could not make it here.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 18th, 2021
Celebrate peace, justice, and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday.
The New York Times has compiled a list of various Covid-19 observant activities, including virtual options and using the day as a day of service.
“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” - MLK
A Bedtime Story with An AP in PJs
This month's bedtime story is coming your way on January 19th at 6:30pm!
Get tucked in and in your coziest gear for a read aloud that's based upon a real life story about Vice President Elect Kamala Harris as a kid! This is a great read for the eve before Inauguration Day and perfect for January's Social Emotional Learning theme of renewal.
Can't wait to see you there Owls! - Bonnie
The demand for Practice Makes Perfect tutoring was overwhelming! We appreciate the feedback that was shared at Wednesday’s PA meeting. Based on the feedback, we have ramped up the partnership to add an additional tutor, as well as work towards scheduled tutoring sessions in addition to the on-demand ones. We had 116 requests within the first week which was far greater than the 40 sessions that were initially available. Please let us know what’s working for you and where improvements can be made. We are happy to be able to provide this additional support to our families.
Brain Power Wellness launched for students this week and continued its work with families and staff members. If you are looking for an active indoor activity to destress and have some family time, we encourage you to check out their next session:
Friday, Jan 22nd: 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Wednesday, Jan 27th: 5:30 PM - 6:30PM
January 19th - The Kindergarten admissions deadline is fast approaching!!
You can submit your kindergarten application one of two ways:
The middle school application is now available!
This means that:
Events and Resources
Letter from the Situation Room Regarding Extended Building Closure Through the 18th:
This message is from the DOE COVID-19 Response Situation Room in reference to P.S. 95 - BRONX at 3961 HILLMAN AVENUE. The DOE COVID-19 Situation Room has determined that:
Due to multiple unlinked confirmed cases of COVID-19 your school building will REMAIN CLOSED until 1/18/2021 FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION after the initial 24 hour closure has concluded.
Principal Next Steps
1. NYC Test + Trace Corps will work with you to finalize the list of close contacts associated with this case.
2. All Principals in the school building should review the attached letter template and share it with your school communities.
Situation Room Next Steps
The Situation Room will send out a summary via text and email of COVID-19 activity in your building to you and all families who have a New York City School Account (NYCSA), including those in co-located schools. Information about COVID-19 activity in your school building will also be available on the DOE Daily COVID Case Map and the NYS COVID Report Card.
If you have any questions or need additional clarification about next steps, please contact the Situation Room at 212-393-2780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly Lennon Fitzpatrick