Remote Learning Starts September 16, 2020. School building reopens September 21, 2020 for Blended Learning
High School meeting
HIGH SCHOOL PARENT WORKSHOP • Is your child going off to high school next year? • Are you starting to research high schools and need guidance? • Do you have questions about the high school application? • Are you not sure where the best place to send your child? Please join me for a virtual meeting for an informative workshop to learn about the high school admissions process. When: Monday, Tuesday 19, 2021 Time: 4:30-5:45pm Where: Please click clink below to join the meeting Topic: High School Application Workshop Time: Jan 19, 2021 04:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://nycdoe.zoom.us/j/88987522533?pwd=SkFRbkRFQ3lYSTQxdm40SXZYSk1MZz 09 Meeting ID: 889 8752 2533 Passcode: 842182 One tap mobile +19292056099,,88987522533#,,,,*842182# US (New York) Dial by your location: 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Transition for Families A family guide to transition planning with your student and IEP Team to prepare your child for life after high school: ● ● ● Assess your child's strengths, interests, and needs for successful transition planning Establish measurable post-secondary goals and annual goals Identify appropriate transition services and coordinated activities All NYC families are welcome to attend. PRESENTED BY: The Brooklyn Regional Partnership Center and the School-Age Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Center LOCATION: This is an online webinar. LANGUAGE: English For more info: Call Kylie at (212) 677-4650 ext. 21 REGISTRATION REQUIRED! https://bit.ly/38ili4Y
Walt Whitman Middle School
Please Join District 17
FAMILY ENGAGEMENT TEAM (PHILTON & MARGOT) FOR CONNECTING WITH FAMILIES DAILY VIRTUAL OFFICE HOURS 2021 Monday, Wednesday & Friday * 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Click on the link below to Join https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85758833034?pwd=OWJYWmFHRTVTOWtOTGdsT k0xZWdXdz09 Meeting ID: 857 5883 3034 * Passcode: 964745 Mobile Call In+1646-558-8656 (New York) or +1301-715-8592 US (Washington D.C) Tuesday & Thursday * 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Click on the link below to Join https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81484878215?pwd=NE9pUTMwYXpVdXFZVzlBb0dITE1qZz09 Meeting ID: 814 8487 8215 * Passcode: 986261 Mobile Call In +1646-558-8656 US (New York) or +1312-626-6799 US (Chicago) Concerns/Questions relating to: (Parents, PA/PTA, SLT, PAC, 311, Title 1, Parent Workshops/ Presentation, Working Papers, Parent Coordinators & Principals individual Support Talk Time)
Dear Families, I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. All of us at the Department of Education have been so proud to witness the joy of students and educators reuniting and learning together this year. We have been the only major school district in the nation to reopen our buildings. The benefit to hundreds of thousands of students is incredible, as school communities have reconnected in person for learning, growing, and supporting one another. All along, we have kept health and safety at the forefront of everything we do. That includes carefully monitoring COVID-19 transmission rates across the city and, when necessary in response to infections, temporarily closing our school buildings and transitioning students to fully remote learning. Given recent increases in transmission, we have reached a point in our City’s infection rate that requires all students to transition to remote learning. Beginning Thursday, November 19, all school buildings will be closed, and all learning will proceed remotely for all students, until further notice. You will hear from your principal shortly about next steps for you and your student. Please note that this is a temporary closure, and school buildings will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. I am sure you have many questions, and below you can find some important guidance to provide some answers. As always, we are committed to academic excellence, community-building, and social-emotional support for your child—no matter where they are learning. Devices for Remote Learning Do you need a device, need technical support or to fix a broken device, or are dealing with a lost or stolen device? Call DOE’s IT Help desk at 718-935-5100 and press 5 to get assistance. You can also get quick help online: x Browse tech support topics: schools.nyc.gov/technicaltools x File a tech support ticket: schools.nyc.gov/techsupport x Request a device: schools.nyc.gov/devices x Get support with a DOE-issued iPad: schools.nyc.gov/ipadfixes x Issues with your Internet connection: schools.nyc.gov/internet We are committed to ensuring every student is learning 5 days a week. Your child’s school will support you in remote learning if you currently don’t have a device by providing paper-based work. Contact your school for more info. Free Meals for Students and Families All families and students can continue to go to any school building between 9:00 a.m. and noon on weekdays to pick up three free grab-and-go meals. No identification or registration is necessary. Halal and kosher meals are available at some sites, which are listed at schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.
From 3-5 p.m., New Yorkers of all ages can pick up free meals at 260 Community Meals sites across the city. For a list of sites, please visit schools.nyc.gov/freemeals. Learning Bridges Learning Bridges, the City’s free childcare program for children in 3-K through 8th grade, will continue to serve families enrolled in blended learning. We will continue to give priority to children of essential workers, as well as students in temporary housing or residing in NYCHA developments, children in foster care or receiving child welfare services, and students with disabilities. Families can learn more and apply at schools.nyc.gov/learningbridges, and new offers will be made to families weekly as seats are available. Early Childhood Education 3-K and Pre-K classrooms in district schools and DOE Pre-K Centers will be closed. If your child attends a program in a community-based center that is not located in a public school, or attends a family childcare program that is part of a DOE network, it will remain open. If you are not sure which type of program your child attends or have questions about your child’s services, please contact your program directly. Strong supports are in place to ensure that these sites can continue operating safely. Although we are temporarily shifting to fully remote teaching and learning for all students, if you have recently elected to enroll your child in blended learning, your child will be able to begin in-person learning after we reopen. I know that for many of you, this decision to temporarily close school buildings that we recently opened up will be disappointing, and I understand. But by confronting these challenges together, we can continue to fight back against COVID-19. And I am confident that before long, we will be able to safely reopen our school buildings again. Please remember the “Core Four”: wash your hands, wear a face covering, keep six feet of distance from others, and stay home if you’re feeling sick. These are critically important steps that all of us can take every day. We will continue to provide updates, supporting you and everyone in the DOE family as this public health crisis continues to evolve. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school with any questions or concerns. We are grateful for your partnership and all you do for our city. Sincerely,
Richard A. Carranza Chancellor New York City Department of Education
District 17 families Activate your imagination with a BCM Back-to-School kit! Each kit features a set of new school supplies and other surprises to spark creativity. Pick up a free kit while supplies last! Distribution will take place: Brooklyn Children’s Museum 145 Brooklyn Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213 We can’t wait to see what you create! Learn more about BCM’s current programs and schedule at brooklynkids.org. Questions? Email email@example.com. Thursday, November 19 1-3pm
New York offers online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in New York by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.
Election day is Nov. 3
Online: Oct. 9
By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 9
In person: Oct. 9
Absentee ballot deadlines
Request: Oct. 27
Return by mail: Postmarked by Nov. 3
Return in person: Nov. 3 by 9:00 p.m.
Oct. 24 - Nov. 1, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live
Timeline for Choosing Fully Remote Instruction July 15 – August 7 Families can begin opting into full-time remote learning. During this window, families can opt back into in-person instruction if needed on a quarterly basis. Week of August 10 Families can continue to opt into remote only learning Send reports to schools indicating which students have opted into full-time remote learning Non-respondents should be programmed for in-person instruction (based on model school selects) September 2020 Schools begins for all students Families who choose 100 percent remote learning can opt back into blended learning on a quarterly basis, beginning in November.
This fall, your child’s school will offer a combination of in-person and remote learning. You can choose from two options:
1. 100% Remote Learning: Opt in to have your child learn 100% remotely (all online, from home). To choose this option for your child, fill out and submit this form. If you are having difficulties completing this form online, call 311.
2. Combination of In-Person and Remote Learning: Your child can follow their school’s schedule, a mix of in-person days at school and remote learning days from home. To choose this option, no action is needed: your school will be in touch about its schedule and programming plans in the coming weeks. Please visit the Return to School 2020 pages on the website for more information.
If you chose 100% Remote Learning but want to change your child’s preference back to Blended Learning, complete this form again by August 7.
After August 7, any family who chose 100% Remote Learning will have the option to change back to Blended Learning at a few specific times during the school year.
This form does not apply to charter schools. If your child attends a charter school, please reach out to the school directly to discuss remote learning options.
Admissions Upcoming Engagement on Policy for 2020–21 Admissions Due to COVID-19
The DOE is engaging with parents, school leaders, students, and other stakeholders to collect ideas and perspectives on admissions for fall 2021. All parents and students are invited to join virtual borough-based meetings with Executive Superintendents:
Due to COVID-19, some factors that middle and high schools consider in admissions decisions, such as state test scores, attendance, and end-of-year grades, are not available. The admissions process for middle and high schools for the 2020–21 school year has to adapt to account for the absence of this information, which schools use in ranking prospective students.
Bronx with Executive Superintendent Ross Porter on Wednesday May 27th (6pm-8pm)
Queens with Executive Superintendents Muñiz-Sarduy and Spencer on Thursday May 28th (6pm-8pm)
Staten Island with Executive Superintendent Lodico on Friday May 29th (6pm-8pm)
Manhattan with Executive Superintendent Rosales on Monday June 1st (6pm-8pm)
Brooklyn with Executive Superintendents Watts and Freeman on Tuesday June 2nd (6pm-8pm)
We'll be updating this page with details on how to participate: check back again soon!
Additionally, the DOE is hearing from parent leaders across the city through meetings with the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Council, CEC presidents, Presidents’ councils, and other parent advocacy groups.
Messages to Families
May 21, 2020
The following message from the Chancellor provides information on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on DOE admissions for fall 2021, inviting families to engage with us through virtual events. You can read this message without leaving this page or download it as a PDF in your language: translations are coming soon!
Walt Whitman Middle School
Every public school student in New York City will soon receive more than $400 to help pay for food while school buildings are shut down, regardless of family income.
Through a federal relief effort, the state was recently approved to disperse the Coronavirus Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, or P-EBT. The sweeping program will automatically send families the equivalent of about $5.70 per day to make up for meals that each student would have been eligible for while in school.
Charter and parochial students should also benefit, so long as their school participates in the federal school lunch program.
Anti-hunger activists who fought for universal free lunch in the city say the coming relief is unprecedented in scale and serves dual purposes: keeping children fed, and helping local businesses stay afloat.
Families, some of whom may be receiving public assistance for the first time, should not hesitate to use the money, said Joshua Goodman, a city spokesperson.
“This is an important program that is going to benefit a lot of people,” he wrote in an email. “This crisis is exactly what public benefits like P-EBT were made for, and there is no reason to feel reluctant to use it to take care of your family.”
An estimated 2 million people in the city, the epicenter of the virus’s chokehold, are hungry. More than 500 schools have continued to serve as meal hubs since buildings shut down on March 16, providing bagged breakfasts and lunches to anyone who needs food.
Still, meal hubs can only go so far in meeting the need. With set hours, locations that may require traveling on public transit, and menus that don’t always meet dietary or religious restrictions, families may find it hard to access food served at schools.
Increased food benefits, meanwhile, have a well-documented effect of helping to boost the economy, as families can shop in local bodegas and markets.
“That’s money that immediately gets infused into the local economy,” said Liz Accles, executive director of the nonprofit Community Food Advocates. “People get benefits and they spend them right away because the needs are immediate.”
Families do not have to apply. For those already receiving food assistance or medicare, the additional funds will be added automatically to EBT or identification cards. Payments should begin in early June, according to the state.
For all others, benefits are expected to be mailed beginning late June.
The state is responsible for disbursing the money and is working with the New York education department to identify families who haven’t previously received public benefits.
City leaders said they are working on an information campaign so that parents know to expect the extra support. That will be crucial, Accles said, because families may be skeptical of spending the money if they are worried it was sent in error — and that they may need to eventually pay it back.
“We really want to make sure that people know what this is when they get it,” Accles said. “It’s essential and people really need the support.”
For more information, visit the state’s Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance website.
NYC Public Schools will closed until June Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza Remote Learning Model will continue throughout 2019-2020 School year . Students will not report to school buildings for instruction during this time.
Walt Whitman Gardening Program offers the perfect way for kids to get outside and get their hands dirty. Guided by instructors, children plant, tend & harvest fresh vegetables and herbs, and learn about topics from pollination to composting.
Walt Whitman Soccer club is a great way for kids to improve their physical health, it can also improve their mental and social health as well. From improving their mood to gaining confidence in building relationships.
Walt Whitman fitness/strength training include improvements in muscular fitness, bone mineral density, body composition, motor fitness performance and injury resistance, and enhanced sports performance. The most important benefit of any youth fitness program is building up students' confidence.
Walt Whitman currently has a middle school basketball team. Walt Whitman Youth basketball addresses player development and provides education and safety in sport.
Walt Whitman Gaming club puts kids in touch with how gaming systems work. Gaming club allow large groups of children to learn from instructors skilled in gaming, with workshops such as programming, design, 3D animation and modeling.
Geek Squad at Walt Whitman provides an opportunity for students to develop tech skills, build self-confidence, spark creativity, and discover how technology can benefit them in their educational pursuits and in future careers.
Science Club at Walt Whitman fosters excitement, confidence and literacy in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for girls, particularly those from underrepresented communities by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions in STEM.
\With our Robotics and Science programs, your child will learn a new challenge to solve, a new experiment to conduct and a new robot to build. Our projects encourage problem solving and collaboration skills that will give your child an edge in school and careers.
The purpose of STEP club is to learn to use rhythm and beats to create an interpretive dance. There are minimal/no words in this dance. This club is to empower students to create their own steps routine.
This fun and diverse club introduces students to a variety of dance styles. Throughout the year, students will learn dance theory, history, an incredible repertoire of steps, and will create and perform dance routines.