DOE Info & Community Updates
HELP THE MS54 PTA WHILE GETTING VACCINATED!
If you get a vaccination shot from an NYC-run site and mention "MS54 Booker T. PTA," the city will donate $100 to the PTA. This is a low-effort way to help the PTA at no extra cost to you. Applicable for scheduled or walk-in appointments. To find a site, visit: https://vax4nyc.nyc.gov/patient/s.
DISTRICT 3 NEWS
CEC3 Calendar Meeting
Quarterly Meeting with Presidents' Council
October 20, 2021 @ 6:30pm
D3 Superintendent Cafe
October 25, 2021 @ 5:30pm
Monthly meeting to hear from District 3's Superintendent Christine Loughlin and ask questions.
DOE NEWS / EVENTS
FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence Nominations Open!
Today, when teaching is more challenging than ever before, consider nominating a public school teacher for The FLAG Award for Teaching Excellence. One grand-prize winner from each of NYC’s five boroughs will receive a $25,000 cash prize and finalists will each receive $10,000.
The winning teachers’ schools will each receive $10,000 and each finalist’s school will receive $2,000 for arts-based initiatives.
Nominations close December 1, 2021. For more information and to nominate a teacher, visit flagaward.org.
All Public School Students Eligible for P-EBT Benefits
All New York City public school families, regardless of household income, will receive food benefits (in 2 payments) provided by the Coronavirus Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), covering the 2020-21 school year. All eligible children will be mailed a P-EBT Food Benefit card with instructions on how to activate the card to access the food benefits. Families do not have to apply. For any questions, please e-mail or call (833) 252-0096.
NYS Thought Exchange Survey
Please complete the NY State Thought Exchange Survey on how to use the new money from the Federal Government. Survey question: As we prepare for the next school year in New York, what are the most important academic, social emotional, and/or mental health supports for schools to provide to serve all students (i.e., general education students, students with disabilities, English language learners, and others)?
Welcome Week and Farewell to Late Fees!
Head over to your local New York Public Library branch in the Bronx, Manhattan or Staten Island from October 18th to 23rd to participate in welcome week events, borrow books and more. Plus, you can get a free "welcome back pack" filled with school supplies—while they last!
AND, the NYPL has announced a major policy change: No more late fees! They've cleared all existing fines and fees from patron accounts.
Optimistic October Action for Happiness Calendar
The Optimistic October calendar from Action for Happiness is full of ideas to help you set meaningful goals and find new perspectives on challenges you're facing.
10%-Off Discount for Soccer Gear for MS54 Booker T. Families
Upper 90 agreed to give us a discount on gear at their new location on West 86th Street/Broadway. (This discount is usually reserved only for soccer clubs.)
West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing, Inc.
The WSFSSH affordable apartments are now accepting applications through New York City Housing Development Corporation, at Housing Connect. Over the summer residents will be moving into new apartments on West 108th Street, and Valley Lodge Shelter will be moving back to its original location on the block. WSFSSH is working with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation on a plan to reopen the section of Anibal Aviles Playground that was used during construction, now including a new comfort station.
MEETINGS / WORKSHOPS
Students, Parents and Experts Weigh in on Mental Health in Schools
Chalkbeat sponsored a conversation on supporting students' mental health this school year. If you weren't able to attend or want to revisit the conversation, you can read a quick recap and watch the full recording. There is also a "take home" sheet full of great articles and resources.
Common Denominator is a non-profit organization that teaches middle school students to navigate and enjoy math through holistic assessments and skill development while instilling agency and math confidence at a critical age. It is offering free math tutoring, in-person and remote, to 5th - 8th graders.
Free Ballet and Other Dance Classes
Ballet and Beyond NYC offers FREE Ballet (and other dance) classes in partnership with Goddard Riverside Community Center's Beacon program. Most classes will begin the week of September 27th and will be held at the Bernie Wohl Center, 647 Columbus Avenue. Modern Dance will begin October 18th. Classes may be relocated to JOA, which is on West 93rd Street. To attend these classes, you must fill out both the DYCD form and the Ballet and Beyond registration registration form.
Basic level classes are open to all students ages seven and above. Intermediate level classes require prior experience and are subject to the teacher's approval. More advanced ballet students will have the opportunity to begin pointe work, if appropriate, and to work toward performance opportunities.
Coastal Classroom After School
October 12 – December 2021 (12 sessions)
3:30 – 6pm
Free. Using site-specific, inquiry-based lessons, 6th to 8th grade students will participate in fun hands-on exploratory activities such as data collection on shoreline creatures, fishing, and rowing/canoeing. Locations: Inwood Hill Park – PS52, 650 Academy St in Manhattan; Bushwick Inlet Park – PS84, 250 Berry St. and Kaiser Park – PS288, 2950 W 25th Street, in Brooklyn.
Welcome Week 3-D Teen Printing Lesson
October 19, 2021 @ 3 - 4pm
The Riverside Library will celebrate Welcoming Week (October 18-23, 2021) with a special 3-D printing lesson for teens. Welcoming Week is intended to celebrate inclusivity and to make our neighborhood a more welcoming place. This in-person event will be limited to the first 10 teens who show up.
Virtual Arts High Schools Admissions Talk
October 19, 2021 @ 5 - 6pm
The Riverside and Bloomingdale Libraries are hosting a talk to learn more about the arts high school admission process and discover all the different programs there are in New York City public schools and resources to help with auditions.
Virtual Comics Chat - Fantasy and Monsters
October 21, 2021 @ 3 - 4pm
The Pelham Parkway-Van Nest, Riverside and Grand Central Libraries present a virtual chat where teens can listen in as three librarians talk about their personal favorite comics and manga focusing on fantasy and monsters. Teens who attend this virtual event will get a link to free digital comics afterwards.
Free Tutoring for Students with an IEP
The Hunter College Learning Lab offers free one-on-one tutoring to children and adolescents with IEPs twice per week for a full year at Hunter College. Learn more and apply online.
Hudson Guild SHSAT
This is a free tutoring program in partnership with Tutorverse for students in the 7th grade that are looking to take the SHSAT test in the 8th grade or need additional academic support. Families can apply by clicking the link here. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Middle School Program Director, Ashley Bermudez at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text (646) 883-4015. If SHSAT isn't for you, we also have free after-school and a Learning Lab Program.
NYC October Family Volunteer Opportunities
See the October family volunteer list compiled by Doing Good Together.™ You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
More to come!
INSIDE SCHOOL FREE RESOURCES LISTINGS
New York City offers children and teens a wide range of after-school and summer activities. The free and low cost programs listed by InsideSchools are a great way to explore new interests, get extra support, and supplement what is being taught during the school day.