DOE Info & Community Updates
DISTRICT 3 NEWS
CEC3 Survey: School Opening and COVID-19
Deadline: January 17, 2022
CEC3 is working to get a better pulse on how families are currently coping during the COVID-19 pandemic by conducting a brief D3 parent survey on school opening and COVID-19. Our goal is to gather as much information as possible by January 17, 2022 and present any practical recommendations to our local officials and the DOE.
CEC3 Calendar Meeting
January 19, 2022 @ 6:30pm
CEC3 Business and Calendar Meeting
February 9, 2022 @ 6:30pm
Joan of Arc Complex
154 West 93rd Street
DOE NEWS / EVENTS
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)?
All NYC Public School Families Can Get Up to a $50 Monthly Internet Credit
All families with children in New York City public schools are eligible for discounted internet and devices thanks to a temporary federal program, yet only a fraction of eligible households appear to have signed up for the six-month-old program.
Help the MS54 PTA While Getting Vaccinated
If you get a vaccination shot from an NYC-run site and mention "MS54 Booker T. Washington Parent Teacher Association" the city will donate $100 to the PTA. This is a low-effort way to help the PTA at no extra cost to you.
Bringing Light to the Darkness
January 17, 2022 @ 10am - 4pm
YM & YWHA Washington Heights and Inwood
Take up the mantle of Dr. King's legacy and help bring light to the darkness. The UJA Federation of New York is partnering with City Meals on Wheels to pack food in hour-long shifts and support NYC seniors struggling with food insufficiency. This volunteering event is outdoors, socially distanced by pod, and with a mask requirement. Learn more.
Met Council MLK Day Volunteering
January 17, 2022Met Council volunteer waiver prior to the event.
Package Hygiene Kits at JCC Harlem
January 17, 2022Join Repair the World Harlem on Monday, January 17th at JCC Harlem to package hygiene kits to be donated to the Community Kitchen & Pantry of West Harlem. CKP does the vital work of providing hot meals, food pantry items, and other essentials to low-income New Yorkers. This volunteering event is outdoors, socially distanced by pod, and with a mask requirement.
Package Art Kits on the Upper West Side
January 17, 2022 @ 3:30pm
Join Repair the World Harlem on Monday, January 17th at JCC Manhattan to package art supplies kits to be donated to East Harlem Tutorial Program. EHTP aims to serve as an agent of change and thoughtfully contribute to the national fight for racial equity and education justice.
January Family Volunteer Opportunities
Looking for volunteer opportunities that you can do as a family? Checkout the January family volunteer list compiled by Doing Good Together. When calling to volunteer, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing and ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
MEETINGS / WORKSHOPS
Recorded Webinar: How Parents, Peers, and Teachers Shape Skills and Inspire Aspirations
As part of Rockefeller University's program on Parents and Science, on October 19, 2021, Ronald F. Ferguson, Ph.D., drew upon almost four decades of research and consulting on topics ranging from state and local economic development to school leadership, teaching, and parenting to compare and contrast what parents and teachers do to foster children’s life success, including helping to anticipate and manage both positive and negative peer dynamics.
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.
Spring 2022 High School & SHSAT Prep Program
Program: March 5 - June 4, 2022 @ 11am - 3pm and
July 6 - August 13, 2022 @ 10am - 12pm
Registration Deadline: February 3, 2022
Selected candidates will be invited for an interview during the winter break.
Classes on Applying to NYC High Schools
InsideSchools just launched free online classes—available in Spanish and English—that walk NYC families through how to find the best school for their child and how to apply. They're available exclusively on InsideSchools+ and open to all. You'll need to join IS+ (membership is free) to have access to the classes.
Free InsideSchools Events
InsideSchools and their nonprofit partners host free events on topics covering education. parenting, and mental health. Check out the entire list.
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.
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.
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.
More to come!
FREE RESOURCES LISTINGS
InsideSchools' Free 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.
Happier January Calendar
How can we boost our wellbeing and help each other in 2022? This month, Action for Happiness is encouraging everyone to focus on small steps to spread kindness for ourselves and others around us.