Learning Bridges is a program, new for the 2020–21 school year, that provides free childcare options for families of children from 3-K through grade 8, on days when students are scheduled for remote learning. Interested families should complete the Learning Bridges application, which takes less than five minutes; applications are accepted on a rolling basis and if a school is not listed (non-matched), families should leave those fields blank. Offers are made on a weekly basis and new seats and sites will continue to be added throughout the fall.
You are cordially invited to attend our PA meeting. We will be holding our virtual PA meeting on Monday November 2, 2020 at 5:00 pm. PA meetings will be held on the first Monday of every month. Zoom meeting links will be posted on your child’s iLearn page. Please join us in the meetings and stay informed about what is going on within your school community.
Title I PAC Chairperson Election – We did not have quorum (8 Title I parents) at Annual Title I meeting on 10/27/20
11/3 Election Day School will be in session for students
11/5 Parent Teacher Conference via phone or zoom -afternoon and evening appointments will be available
11/11 Veteran’s Day- No school
11/26 & 11/27 Thanksgiving Recess School closed
11/2-11/15 This is the only time frame for students to sign up for Blended Learning for the remainder of the school year.
Operoo digital forms- PS 64 has switched to digital forms ex. Blue Cards
Weekly COVID -19 Testing.- Ozone Park is in the yellow zone. PS 64 will have weekly COVID-19 testing for students and staff.
Ideas for Title 1 funds
Principal’s Report: How to stay informed – Review of school’s digital platforms
As part of New York City’s ongoing effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, and ensure the health and safety of our community, COVID-19 testing of staff and students will be conducted in our school once a month from now through the end of the school year. We have been notified that the testing provider will be at our school within the next week. Please note that only New York City public school students from grades 1-12 are eligible to be tested.
As the September 29, 2020 letter co-signed by NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, Executive Director Ted Long of New York City Test + Trace Corps, and Dr. Dave Chokshi, Commissioner of NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene stated, the test is easy, quick, and safe. A “short swab” (similar to a Q-tip) will be inserted into the front part of the nose for five to ten seconds. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit).
Only students and school-based staff members with signed and submitted consent forms are eligible to be tested (schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting). Your child will not be tested if they are uncomfortable or become distressed at any point during the process. If that happens, we will work with you to address any potential concerns so that your child is comfortable participating in future testing.
If your child is tested at school, information about the testing process, and when and how you will receive the results, will be sent home with your child. The majority of all testing results will be available within 48 hours. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, the testing provider will notify you via a telephone call, and NYC Test & Trace Corps will call to provide your family with resources and support.
If any member of the school community tests positive during this testing process, our school community will continue to follow the guidelines outlined on the Health & Safety section of the website (schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety).
We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping your school community safe and healthy.
P.S. 64 Q -The Joseph P. Addabbo School
Letter From Chancellor Carranza on Grading Policy and Blended Learning Opt in Period
October 26, 2020
Over the past month, I’ve been visiting schools throughout the city and have felt such a strong sense of community both in-person and virtually. I’ve been especially proud to see our schools promoting safe and healthy learning environments—both indoors and outdoors. In every class I see, students and staff members have been diligent about protecting one another’s health and safety, wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, and more. Whether your child is learning in school for part of the week or fully remotely, ensuring safe, high quality learning experiences remains our number one priority.
As your child’s learning journey continues this year, it is critical that you have a clear picture of their progress. Grades provide a common language for understanding and communicating with your child’s teacher(s) about their strengths and areas for growth. However, given the challenges we have been navigating together throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have recognized the need to update our grading policy. In this letter, I will share information about the grading policy for the 2020-21 school year.
Please note that our policy reflects feedback from school communities, school leaders, and many other stakeholders across the city. We have heard loud and clear that as students continue to adapt to remote and blended learning, our grading policy must also evolve to meet the academic and social-emotional needs of our students. The 2020-21 grading policy aims to provide you with a clear picture of your child’s progress while honoring each individual student’s experience adapting to new ways of learning.
What You Need to Know About Grading in the 2020-21 School Year
Here are key elements of this year’s grading policy:
Student grades will still be based on academic progress and performance, considering students’ entire body of work in each subject. Grades reflect students’ level of understanding and skills in a subject as of a specific point in time.
This year, each school selects its own grading scale from among several options. Examples of common grading scales include the 1-4 scale, the numerical scale (100 points), and the alphabetical scale (A-D).
Schools’ grading policies will reflect the new ways students complete their work in blended and remote learning models. This means flexibility with assignments, giving students different ways to show what they have learned, and more.
Families have flexibility in determining how passing final grades are reflected on student records. This is an option for families who prefer to have their child’s performance reflected more generally (such as “Pass” instead of a numerical grade) as they continue to adapt to blended and remote learning.
Additionally, students will not receive failing grades if they have not yet met the learning outcomes for their courses; instead, they will receive another mark (“needs improvement” or “course in progress,” depending on grade level) and will be provided with additional time and support to ensure they can master course concepts and earn credit as appropriate.
While students must continue to participate in remote and blended learning each day, attendance will not be a factor in student grades. Attending school, participating in class, and demonstrating understanding are all essential components of student learning, and school communities must make every effort to ensure that students attend school, with a goal of every student, every day.
Summary of Key Components of Grading Policy in 2020-21 Grade(s)
Grading Policy Summary
3K & Pre-K No change because students do not receive report cards or grades.
K – 5th Schools select their grading scales for marking period and final grades. Students will receive grades of “needs improvement” (N) in place of failing grades. Parents/guardians may choose to have any passing grade updated to a passing grade of “meets standards” (MT).
6th – 8th Schools select their grading scales for marking period and final grades. Students will receive grades of “course in progress” (NX) in place of failing grades. Parents/guardians may choose to have any passing grade updated to “pass” (P). Grades of “P” will not be factored into students’ GPAs.
9th – 12th Schools select their grading scales for marking period and final grades. Students will receive grades of “course in progress” (NX) in place of failing grades. Parents/guardians may choose to have any passing grade updated to a passing grade of “credit” (CR). Grades of “CR” will not be factored into students’ GPAs.
If your middle or high school student receives a “course in progress” grade, their school will support them in continuing with their learning beyond the end of the term, as appropriate for the grade level and subject area. Teachers will target instruction to the individual needs of each student. Together, this will help your student make progress toward the learning outcomes for their courses.
If You Need More Information
You should reach out to your child’s teacher or principal for more information about your child’s progress and your school’s expectations and scales for grading. When your child’s school issues report cards, your child’s grades will also appear in your New York City Schools Account (mystudent.nyc). If you do not have a New York City Schools Account, visit schools.nyc.gov/nycsa or contact your child’s school for more information.
Blended Learning Opt-In Period: November 2 – 15, 2020
Please also note that fully remote families will soon have the option to opt-in to blended learning, meaning that students will learn in the school building for part of the week, and remotely at home the rest of the week. From Monday, November 2 through Sunday, November 15, families will have the option to fill out a form indicating their wish to change learning preferences. Students who change from remote to blended will begin in-person between the weeks of November 30 and December 7, and will be informed by their school their start date and schedule. Schools will make every effort to accommodate these requests based on programming and space capacity.
As always, we are grateful for your partnership in your child’s education. We remain focused on delivering a strong, supportive, engaging learning experience for your student, no matter where they are learning.
Our new grading policy honors their hard work—and yours—during this unprecedented time. We will continue to support you and your child every step of the way.
Richard A. Carranza Chancellor New York City Department of Education
P.S.: If you would like to learn more or have questions specifically about health and safety in our schools, please join us this Tuesday from 6:30-7:30pm for an #NYCOfficeHours teletownhall. Just dial 1-800-280-9461 at 6:30pm to hear directly from the experts!
Blended Learning Opt In Period (New Guidance From DOE Today):The process outlined below will be the onlyopt-inwindow for families this school year, through the last day of the 2020-2021 school year. We (DOE) believe that this best meets the needs of students, families, teachers, and school leaders as we establish strong routines and structures for learning. As such, the process for blended learning opt-in is as follows:
Monday, November 2 – Sunday, November 15:Blended Learning Opt-In Window for Families (Changed from dates previously provided)
Families requesting to change from 100% remote to blended learning should complete and submit the Learning Preference survey during this window.
Schools will be able to review individual students’ updated learning preference on a rolling basis during this window.
Weeks of November 30 & December 7: Students Begin In-Person Learning (Changed from date previously provided)
Please let us know if you want your child back into Blended Learning by filling out this survey:
This week, the State of New York made some important announcements regarding its designation of geographic zones reflecting elevated levels of COVID-19 transmission. I am writing today to explain how this affects your school and important next steps.
Here is today’s update: The State has now designated your school to be in one of the city’s “yellow zones.” Per State guidance, this means your building can stay open for teaching and learning, with additional precautions in place to ensure the safety and health of your school community. An important precautionary step that all yellow zone schools will perform is mandatory weekly testing of a random selection of staff and students in the school building. Weekly testing of students and staff is mandatory for schools in the yellow zone, and will continue until the State modifies or lifts the zone requirements, or removes your school from the yellow zone. In order for us to test your child for COVID-19, we need your consent. Information and Consent for Mandatory Weekly Testing for COVID-19 Mandatory in-school testing will be conducted for school staff and students in grades 1-12. The test is easy, quick, and safe. Thousands of students have already been tested across the city. A “short swab” (similar to a Q-tip) will be inserted into the front part of the nose for five to ten seconds. Later this school year, it is possible that tests will be administered by collecting a small amount of saliva (spit). In order to test your child, we need your consent. There are two easy ways to provide consent. Please note that even if you previously provided consent, as a parent at a State-designated Yellow Zone school we ask you to resubmit the consent form for your child, as the consent form accounts for the new mandate from the State requiring weekly testing in your school. Whether you have filled out a form previously, or if you have not yet filled out a form, please see these easy methods to do so right away: 1. Online: Fill out the form online using a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). Go to mystudent.nyc If you already have a NYCSA account linked to your student(s): Log in, click your student’s name, click “Manage Account,” and then when a dropdown menu appears, click “Consent Forms.” Read the page, and then choose the consent option at the end for your student. If you do not already have a NYCSA account: You can create one right away! If you have an account creation code from your school, you can create a full account in approximately five minutes, and then provide consent as described above. If you do not have an account creation code from your school, you can still provide your consent right away by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19 Testing” and filling out your and your child’s information to provide consent. 2. Paper Form: Fill out and return the paper form to school. We have included the updated consent form with this letter. Your school can print and provide this form to you, or you can print it at home and send in with your child on their next in-person blended learning day. A printable PDF file is available in ten languages at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting. Here are some important notes for your awareness. You can find additional information under Frequently Asked Questions at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting. A random selection of students and staff will be tested each week, so if your child is selected one week, they may or may not also be tested the following week. If your child is tested at school, information about the testing process, and when and how you will receive the results, will be sent home with your child. Most testing results will be available within 48 hours. Please be assured that, even after we receive your consent, your child will not be tested if they are uncomfortable or become distressed at any point during the process. If that happens, we will work with you to address any potential concerns so that your child is comfortable participating in future testing. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, you will receive two phone calls. The testing provider will notify you via a telephone call, and NYC Test & Trace Corps will call to provide your family with resources and support. If any member of the school community tests positive during this testing process, our school community will continue to follow the guidelines outlined on the Health & Safety section of the DOE website (schools.nyc.gov/RTShealthsafety). We deeply appreciate your partnership and your commitment to keeping our school community safe and healthy. Sincerely, Richard A. Carranza Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
Our first virtual PA meeting will be held on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm. PA meetings will be held on the first Monday of every month. ZOOM meeting links will be posted on the PS 64Q iLearnNYC Homepage as we approach the meeting dates. For our first meeting, you will have to register due to the elections that will take place for the School Leadership Team (SLT). Please join us in the meetings and stayed informed about what is going on within your school community. Meeting Agenda for Monday, October 19, 2020 1. PA President Report o School will be in session remotely on Election Day November 3, 2020 2. Treasurer’s Report 3. Principal’s Report Health and Safety- Screening & Random Testing Expectations for Student Attendance Expectations for student participation in Zoom Testing 4. School Leadership Team (SLT) Election: There is 3 vacancies open for parent representatives.
First, we would like to welcome you back to PS 64 for another exciting school year. We also want to welcome all new parents to our school community.
Our first virtual PA meeting will be held on Monday, October 5, 2020 at 5:00 pm. PA meetings will be held on the first Monday of every month. ZOOM meeting links will be posted on thePS 64Q iLearnNYC Homepage as we approach the meeting dates. Please join us in the meetings and stayed informed about what is going on within your school community.
Meeting Agenda for Monday, October 5, 2020 1. PA President Report o Virtual Student Attendance o No school: Wed. October 12, 2020 due to Columbus Day o School will be in session on Election Day November 3, 2020 2. Treasurer’s Report 3. Principal’s Report 4. School Leadership Team (SLT) Election: There is 3 vacancies open for parent representatives.
I believe that, despite life’s circumstances, every child can learn.
I strongly believe that every child is entitled to a high quality education.
Children must be provided with opportunities to be active participants in the learning process-instead of remaining passive recipients.
As educators, our role is to have children ask questions, explore, and assess what they know and incorporate their experiences in instruction so that they are able to construct meaning and understanding of the world in which they live, a world which is culturally diverse and technologically advanced.
It is our responsibility to educate children in an environment which is safe, clean and structured.
In order for students to be successful learners, they need to have teachers who set high expectations and standards for all students.
Teachers must be provided with ongoing training and support so that they can flourish in their professional growth.
We must cultivate a school climate which believes in the important role of the students’ families and must continuously strive to foster family engagement.
All decisions must be evaluated to determine how they impact on the children and their education. If a decision will enhance their education, only then is it a worthwhile decision.
2020-2021 School Wide (CEP) WIGs (Wildly Important Goals)
English Language Arts: By June 2021, there will be a 5% increase from 55% proficiency to 60% proficiency of all students as measured by the NYS ELA exam.
As a school, we will aim to:
enhance and build students’ academic and literary vocabulary
strengthen students’ composite skills (inferring, summarizing, making connection, etc.)
Mathematics: By June 2021, there will be a 5% increase from 49% proficiency to 54% proficiency of all students as measured by the NYS Math exam.
As a school, we aim to:
improve problem-solving skills for attacking multi-step math task
build students conceptual understanding in math
make deep connections with math content
Chronic Absenteeism: By June 2021, Chronic absenteeism for all students will decrease 6.1% from 20.7% to 14.6% based on the NYS Report Card.
We will use bi-weekly attendance meetings to develop tiered interventions across the school community and provide targeted interventions for students who are chronically absent.