We hope this letter finds you and your families safe and well on the brink of a spring weather weekend.
AmPark and the Department of Education are united in speaking out against hate and violence. We stand in solidarity with our Asian-American community. Our most important tasks as educators are to develop empathetic citizens that value diversity and to create safe spaces for all students, staff, and families.
Enrichment and Socialization:
Casey and Matilda are offering a STEM enrichment program weekday mornings during the month of April for interested 2nd - 5th graders. If you are interested, the sign up form will be sent to families on Monday, March 22nd.
Session 1: Tuesdays from 8:00 - 8:40 April 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
Session 2: Wednesdays from 8:00 - 8:40 April 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th
Ana will also be hosting after-school virtual sessions. More details to follow.
A Bedtime Story with... A Teacher in PJs!
"Which amazing magical unicorn AmPark teacher?" you ask? Join us at 6:30 on Wednesday March 24th to find out and hear a most beautiful read aloud with a strong SEL message.
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Meeting ID: 833 6741 5476
As shared in my letter this week, the state test waiver was denied and the ELA and Math state tests are scheduled to take place for in-person learners as one session from April 19th - 29th (ELA) and May 3rd - 14th (Math). Remote only students will not be tested unless their family reaches out to indicate otherwise. Our testing schedule will be shared following the break. We appreciate the proactivity of so many families in emailing me opt-out requests early to support planning. If you would like to opt your in-person learner out of the exam, please email me at Klennon@schools.nyc.gov. We will be holding a Town Hall on Tuesday, March 23rd on the topic of state testing.
Topic: Town Hall for Families on 3-5 State Testing
Time: Mar 23, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 884 7907 7850
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New York Public Library Offerings for Families
NYPL is thrilled to share that we now have live storytimes on Google Hangout. Families can find a list of all live storytimes here.
All of February, our pre-recorded online storytimes featured titles from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s 2020 Best of the Best Booklist. During March, all storytimes will feature nonfiction biographies of famous women. You can find them at nypl.org/storytime.
New storytimes in Spanish are posted every Wednesday at 10 AM! You can find them, by visiting nypl.org/storytime.
Past multilingual storytimes can be found here. Languages featured in these storytimes include Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, German, and Japanese.
You can see recorded Drag Queen Story Hour videos by clicking here. Drag Queen story hour also features bilingual videos in Spanish and French. We’ll have 15 new DQSH videos launching March 8th-March 26th.
Good News Families!!!
***Square 1 Art DEADLINE has been extended until 3/26***
As you may have already heard through the previous emails, we are very excited to bring the SQUARE 1 ART fundraiser back to AmPark this spring!!! It has been 100% VIRTUAL this year!
Create your free online account at www.square1art.com, then simply snap a picture with any device and upload the artwork that your child or children have done during previous art weeks.
Since our art teacher Ina was not doing grade wide lessons this year specifically for Square 1 Art, you can choose any art that you especially love to upload. You will have the option to:
*SELECT ANY ONE OF YOUR CHILD'S ARTWORKS FROM THIS YEAR OR
*HAVE YOUR CHILD CREATE A NEW ORIGINAL ARTWORK TO SUBMIT.
*You could even create an artwork as a family to mark this most unusual year.
I hope you can take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to celebrate your child's creativity AND support the AmPark Community.
Below is a youtube video that explains how to upload art, then shop and checkout.
Letter Generated for AmPark from the Situation Room Regarding 24 Hour Building Closure for Monday, March 22nd, 2021
Subject: 24 Hour School Building Closure
Dear AmPark Neighborhood School Families:
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) determined that two or more members of our school community have tested positive for COVID-19 within seven days of each other. As a result, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours to investigate the source(s) of transmission.
Below you will find information on next steps to protect the health of you, your child, and the school community. This guidance reflects the expertise of DOHMH, T2, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE).
What Happens Now?
● Effective 3/22/2021, the school building will close for an initial 24 hours. All students will transition to fully remote learning for this period. During this time, T2 and DOHMH will complete their investigation and the school will be cleaned and disinfected.
● All students and staff in the affected room(s) with the individual who tested positive are considered “close contacts” and have been notified of the need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with the person who tested positive. These students and staff will transition to fully remote teaching and learning for this period.
● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the building until they are no longer infectious.
● T2 and DOHMH will identify and notify any other close contacts in the building, who will also need to quarantine for 10 days.
● Based on the status of the investigation, I will communicate with you each night about the status of opening the next morning for everyone who is not a close contact.
How do we stay healthy?
Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:
We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.
To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with these resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319).
For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.