Dear Families, September 18, 2020

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I am writing to you today with an important update on the start of school.

As you know, for months we have been preparing to reopen our school buildings so that if COVID-19 infection rates fell low enough in our city, we would be ready to welcome students back to school. And thanks to all of you and everything you have done over the last six months, we are there. The city has seen infection rates hovering around 1% for several weeks, making us the only city in the country able to reopen.

Just as you have done everything necessary to flatten the curve of COVID-19, we have made a pledge to you [schools.nyc.gov/pledge] that we would put health and safety first to help keep it flat. That is what we have done—inspecting tens of thousands of classrooms for proper ventilation; distributing millions of pieces of PPE and cleaning supplies; prioritizing students and staff for expedited COVID-19 testing; requiring face coverings and physical distancing; developing a swift and strong testing, quarantine, and tracing protocol anytime we might see COVID-19 activity in our schools; and more.

All of this means that we have needs we never have before—for more supplies, more staff, more facilities, more inspections, more training. To fulfill all these needs, we need more time.

We have come to an agreement with our union partners to allow for that time, resulting in the new staggered schedule below for the start of the 2020-21 school year. If you have a child in blended learning, they will be learning remotely until their in-person start date as outlined here:

  •   Monday, September 21:
    o Full-Day teaching and learning begins for fully remote students
    o In-Person Learning Begins for 3K, Pre-K, and District 75 students ONLY

    *according to students’ specific schedules—check to see if your child should report on Mondays

  •   Monday, September 28: In-person learning begins for kindergarten through 5th grade students ONLY *according to students’ specific schedules—check yours to see if you should report on Mondays

 Thursday, October 1: In-person learning begins for students in middle (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) *according to students’ specific schedules—check yours to see if you should report on Mondays

We know that for many of you this is difficult, as you seek to reconnect with your school community in person as soon as possible. But we also know that we are accountable for our pledge to deliver a strong, safe, and supportive education to every student this year. Many families and educators are concerned and we want each of you to know that this additional time means that we hear you and we are acting.

I always say that New York City has the best students, staff, and families in the world, and nothing will ever change that—no matter when, where, and how we are learning.

Thank you for everything you do for your children and this city. Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

The following are links you will need to get your child started this year. 

To Find Your User Name and Reset Password click here: https://idm.nycenet.edu/students/start.form

In order to  set up our child's student account you can click here: 

DOE Accounts

Parents we encourage you to set up a NYC DOE account for yourself.  Please use this link to do so:

NYC Schools Account 

 

 

PS 121 will be holding registration from

August 31st - September 3rd

9 am - 12 pm

For us, health and safety always lead the way. Our vision for the fall is a safe, strong, and supportive learning environment and an excellent education for every one of our students. Schools will be in session and students will be learning five days per week—no matter where they are.  With that said, we have chosen the model 2 blended learning schedule below.

  

 Group A (Green Group) will attend school every Wednesday, Mondays during week 1 and Tuesdays during weeks 3.  Group B (Orange Group) will attend school every Thursday, Tuesday on week 1 and Monday on weeks 2.  Group C (Blue Group) will attend school every Friday, Tuesday on week 2 and Monday on weeks 3. Group D (Grey Group) will be 100%  remote learning.

Updates for Families about the

2020-2021 School Year

Dear Families,

In good times and in challenging times, I know that you want the best for your children. You want them to be safe, healthy, and happy. And you want them to always be learning, growing, and getting ready to take on the world. Our schools play such an important role in that, especially now, when the children of our city have been through so much.

For us, health and safety always lead the way. Our vision for the fall is a safe, strong, and supportive learning environment and an excellent education for every one of our students. Schools will be in session and students will be learning five days per week—no matter where they are.

We know a lot more now about how the learning experience is going to work. In this week’s Reopening Update for Families, you will find:

  •   The latest health and safety information, including on ventilation, school nurses, and testing and tracing in schools

  •   How to stay informed on confirmed COVID-19 cases in your school community

  •   How families can change their children’s learning preference to/from fully remote learning

  •   What happens if students attend school in-person on a day they are not scheduled to attend

  •   Supports for students with Individualized Education Programs

  •   Supports for students in temporary housing and foster care

    We know that planning for the new school year isn’t easy—for you, for our educators, for school staff, and for our communities. But I believe that by working together we can start the school year strong. I want to acknowledge the tireless work of your principals and school leaders, who have been hustling all summer to be ready for the first day of school.

    I also want to thank you. Your partnership has made it possible for us to consider and plan for both in-person and remote learning. Your continued investment and engagement in your school communities is a vital part of ensuring our students’ success not just during this upcoming school year but for years to come. We are privileged to serve you and your children, the young people who not long from now will be the ones leading our city.

    If you have questions regarding the information in this letter, please contact your principal. You can find principal contact information by searching for your child’s school on Find a School: schoolsearch.schools.nyc. Principal information is on each school’s web page at schools.nyc.gov, in the “School Contacts and Information” section. And as always, all information regarding back to school can be found at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020.

    Sincerely,

    Richard A. Carranza
    Chancellor
    New York City Department of Education

August 17, 2020

Reopening Update for Families: August 17, 2020

The updates below are included on our school reopening webpage at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020, available 24/7 to help you find information about the upcoming school year.

The Latest Health and Safety Information

For school buildings to open in September and remain open, the city must see fewer than 3 percent of all COVID- 19 tests come back positive on a weekly average. Since June, the city positive test rate has been between 1 and 2 percent. We have strict protocols for testing, tracing, and quarantining if there is a confirmed case in school, and we will use every effort to prevent the spread of infection in schools if a student or staff member is feeling sick or has a confirmed case of COVID-19.

Many families have questions about ventilation. Our commitment is simple: if a room does not have adequate ventilation, it will not be used by students or staff. We are assessing and performing maintenance in buildings to maximize ventilation with outdoor air to the greatest extent possible. We expect maintenance to be completed by the opening of school.

Finally, this fall, every school building in New York City and all early childhood programs across the city will have access to nurses. Through a partnership with NYC Health + Hospitals, in addition to our established nursing workforce, every student will have access to a qualified nurse every day as we reopen schools safely and continue to stop the spread of COVID-19. Nurses will be in-place by the first day of school.

How to Stay Informed on Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Your School Community

When the school year begins, we want to make sure we can contact you quickly and effectively to share information, including about confirmed COVID-19 cases in your child’s school. Please sign up for a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) so we can contact you via phone, email, or text message.

Your NYCSA account can also help you find your child’s grades, test scores, schedules, transportation information, and more— from anywhere, and in all nine standard DOE language translations. I encourage you to keep your contact information up to date, so we can get in touch with you in the event of an emergency. If you don’t have an account, sign up today at schools.nyc.gov/nycsa. It only takes five minutes!

How to Change a Child’s Learning Preference to/from Fully Remote Learning

Your school principals, in partnership with district and central administrators, are continuing to develop school- level plans for every public school in New York City. We are currently planning for around three-quarters of our students (over 700,000 students) to begin the school year in a blended learning mode. This means that they’ll learn in-person in a school building part of the school week and continue learning remotely from home for the rest of the week. The remaining families in our DOE community will begin the year in fully remote learning mode.

You can move your child into 100 percent remote learning at any time using the Learning Preference online form: nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference. Families who choose 100 percent remote learning can opt back into blended learning on a quarterly basis, beginning in November.

What Happens if Students Attend School In-Person on a Day They are Not Scheduled to Attend

Schools will work closely with families to clearly communicate which days their child will attend school in- person. The DOE encourages you to make alternate childcare arrangements and to build a plan to help ensure that your child does not arrive at school on unscheduled days. If a student arrives at school on days when they are scheduled for remote learning, your child’s school will inform you. All children attending on an unscheduled day will need to be picked up or will be sent home, depending on age and other factors. For more information on policies for students who attend school on a mistaken day, visit schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020.

Supports for Students with Individualized Education Programs

The DOE will provide students with disabilities access to in-person instruction during blended learning. If your child's IEP recommends related services, you will soon receive a survey where you will be asked to express your preference for in-person or remote therapy. Upon school opening, your child's school will contact you to discuss your child's specific schedule and make every effort to align your request to available services. The DOE will release additional guidance and information for families of students with disabilities shortly.

Supports for Students in Temporary Housing and Foster Care

Students in temporary housing and foster care face unique challenges as a result of COVID-19, including the shift to remote learning. We have been providing additional supports to these students, including ensuring their early receipt of remote learning devices. Any remote learning devices given to students in shelter have cellular capabilities. As possible and appropriate, students in temporary housing and foster care may also receive additional in-person instruction, depending on a school’s programming model, overall student needs, and capacity.

 

 

Town Hall Meeting 

Thursday, August 20th

@ 5:30 pm

Reopening Plan for 2020-2021 

 

Return to School

2020-2021 

Click here to access the NYC DOE's portal for returning to school.

September, 2020: Schools Open​

  • School starts for all students.
  • Contingency plans in place to close school buildings.

We have been planning for the reopening of school buildings since the day they closed. Since that time, we’ve heard from hundreds of thousands of families, students, and staff; closely followed national and international trends; and worked with multiple City agencies, City and State education advisory groups, and other partners. We remain in lockstep with the City’s health experts, and we continue to look to CDC and State Health guidance as the basis for all of DOE’s plans.

Family and Student Information Sessions

We will be hosting virtual citywide Information sessions for students and families from 6:30-8:00 PM on:

  • Wednesday, August 12, 2020
  • Thursday, August 27, 2020
 

Register now! (Open external link)You can also select your preferred language (English, Spanish or Chinese) and submit a question. 

Please click on the underlined font to see the Update for Families on Health and Safety Protocols August 3 2020.pdf 

 

 

 

 

   

Click here to join the Town Hall Meeting.

Return to School 2020 Survey

Our students, staff, and families have done an incredible job with remote teaching and learning. We are working on plans for re-opening school buildings in the 2020-21 school year, and exploring various options based on available guidance from public health experts.

Since we cannot yet predict what September will look like, we need to be prepared for a range of possibilities. We know we can’t do this without your input! We’ve created a short, anonymous survey to help us understand what is most important to you for when we return to school in the fall.

Click here to take the survey.

Message From 

The Principal

Parents of P.S.121,

I hope you are doing well and are staying safe during this difficult time. We wanted to take a moment and introduce to you a service our school has partnered with, Practice Makes Perfect. This tutoring service would provide you and your child with the opportunity to directly connect with a trained tutor from Practice Makes Perfect who will assist your child with navigating classwork/homework for a 30 minute session. We understand that the transition to distance and online learning can be difficult, but we are here to help. If you are interested in having your child work one-on-one with a tutor and would like a tutor to reach out to your child please fill out the following form. A tutor will reach out to you between the hours of 9AM and 2PM, Monday through Thursday, to schedule an online tutoring session. Please feel free to include any specific questions you may have at this time on the form and we will try our best to assist you as soon as possible.

Best Regards,

Principal Kreiner

https://forms.gle/pNe9Q5NqVzZXt8Rz8

* You can copy and paste this into your web browser if it does not allow you to click on it.

 

 

 

 

 

Update for Families-SITC

Hi,

Please click on the link below:

Update for Families-SITC_May 19 2020.pdf 

Update Letter for Parents 5/30

Dear Parents,

Please read parent letter regarding June 4th and June 9th. This will provide additional clarity regarding expectations on those days.

Families & Students

Thank you for your patience during this transition to remote learning.  We are aware that technical issues may arise and we are working on solutions to address them.  Please continue to be patient and we will be posting more information on how you will report technical support issues within the next few days.

Stay Healthy,

Principal Kreiner

Technology Support Form

Hi Parents & Guardians,

Below is the link to request assistance with Technology. Once submitted a School Tech from 121 will help you as soon as possible.

Please make sure you log in with your child's my ps121 username and password to access the form. 

https://forms.gle/CsDKaNFcYkmQa52p9

 

This video was made by a parent of one of our 1st grade students to assist other parents in navigating Google Classroom from a parent point of view!

Thank You!

 How To Navigate Google Classroom.mp4 

This is an amazing resource for our PS121 families brought to us by our very own Mrs. Ines Gonzalez. 

Great Job Mrs. Gonzalez and Congratulations!!

     or   

 

We are all here for you. Just click on the tiger to hear us ROAR.  

  

It will download and then you can make it bigger. Enjoy! We miss you all!!!

April 8, 2020

 

Dear Families,

 

            We would like to thank you for keeping your children on task during these unforeseen times. We appreciate you and all you are doing at home.

 

The week of April 13th to April 17th was slated for Spring Break. As you may have heard in the news, to support New York State’s efforts to keep everyone at home and social distancing, the Department of Education has required us to continue Remote Learning during that week.

 

Thursday, April 9th and Friday, April 10th

 

These two days will be used as “make-up” days for any missing assignments. Please use the time to complete any work that your child may not have been able to complete on assignment dates. If your child has completed all of their work already, please use this time to engage them in independent reading on MYON or IXL for Math. There will be no live sessions during this time. If you have any questions, or need support, please email or send your child’s teacher a message on google classroom.

 

Monday, April 13th- Friday, April 17th

 

During this time, students will engage in daily activities through various themes.

 

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES (APRIL 9th - APRIL 17th)

 

If you are disconnecting for religious observance between April 9, 2020- April 17, 2020, please send a message to your child’s teacher so that your child’s attendance is taken accordingly and you do not get calls from our outreach team during that time. Please note that attendance will be marked as “absent” although these days are excused. Students will not be penalized for missing assignments.

 

If your child will be engaging in remote learning, please check the tasks and directions in google classroom, as assignments vary by grade.

As a school community, we have decided to provide the following themes and activities in accordance with the chancellor’s directive.

Date

Theme

 Overview

Thursday,

 April 9, 2020

Make up day

Students will complete any assignments that they did not complete previously. Students who have completed work, should be encouraged to engage in independent reading on MYON and use IXL for Math.

Friday,

April 10, 2020

Make up day

Students will complete any assignments that they did not complete previously. Students who have completed work, should be encouraged to engage in independent reading on MYON and use IXL for Math.

 

Monday,

April 13, 2020

Exploring Science in the Home!

To provide students and their families an opportunity to engage in design challenges and opportunities to explore the natural world from home. These interactive activities will allow for hands-on learning of the design process and provide students the opportunity to engage in virtual trips to the natural world from home.

 

Tuesday,

April 14, 2020

Computer Science! Create, Compute, and Community Day

We want to give students and parents of all ages a fun and engaging introduction to computer science. These ideas are designed for every student and family to engage in activities that show how computational thinking can be used to solve problems and express every child’s identity.

Wednesday,

April 15, 2020

Health & Wellness! Discover How You Can Be a Wellness Champion while staying indoors and practicing social distancing with Physical Education activities and Social, Emotional and Mental Health Education activities 

 

 The NYCDOE uses the Supportive Environment Framework to support the mental, physical and emotional wellness of each student and to ensure a safe, welcoming & affirming environment for all students, families and educators. During Wellness Wednesday, students and families will have a chance to learn about these domains of wellness through instructional enrichment and experiential activities.

This will include, but is not limited to:

·         Physical Education and Health Education extension activities

·         Physical activity & Healthy Habits (eat a healthy snack, do a 15-minute       mindfulness exercise)

·         Learning about and/or practicing a restorative circle as a family

·         Affirming and honoring one’s identity through CR-SE activities

Thursday,

April 16, 2020

 

World Languages! Over the course of World Languages Day, students and families will explore cultures and languages as assets in a global society. 

 

Students and families will  explore and make connections to the rich diversity of languages and cultures in New York City.  Students will build on the core concepts of World Language learning: communication, comparisons, connections, communities, cultures, as well as lifelong learning:

o   To understand how exploring and understanding the world around us makes us better global citizens

o   To develop an understanding of Spring celebrations around the world 

o   To explore the music and art of another culture

Friday,

April 17, 2020

Arts!

Spring Break Family Fun with the Arts!

Over two days, students and families are invited to explore together active arts making adventures in Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts and the Moving Image. These activities will allow students and families to come together on projects across disciplines that will allow students to express themselves and share their talent with their school communities.

 

 

WHERE WILL MY CHILD FIND LESSONS AND INSTRUCTIONS?

 

Assignments will be posted under the “classwork” section of Google Classroom each day. Please check for feedback and check-in during “office hours” for additional support.

 

HOW DO I CONTACT MY CHILD’S TEACHER FOR SUPPORT?

 

Although there will be no live teaching during this time, teachers will be available for “office hours” via email at any point during the day (8:30 AM- 12:20 PM) and (2:00PM-2:50PM).

PARENTS - As promised, the following form can be utilized for parents to voice your opinions, concerns and questions to the staff at P.S. 121.  This form will remain available during Remote Learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 School Year.

Thank you,  Mr. Kreiner