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CNN and ‘Sesame Street’ to host a town hall addressing racism

The 60-minute special “Coming Together: Standing Up to Racism. A CNN/Sesame Street Town Hall for Kids and Families” will air on Saturday, June 6, at 10 a.m. ET.
The show will talk to kids about racism, the recent nationwide protests, embracing diversity and being more empathetic and understanding.
Big Bird will join CNN commentator Van Jones and CNN anchor and national correspondent Erica Hill to moderate the event. They will be joined by “Sesame Street” characters — including Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Rosita — and other experts answering questions submitted by families.
The first CNN “Sesame Street” town hall in April addressed the coronavirus pandemic that has already seen many families sheltering at home, grappling with trying to explain the dangers of covid-19 to their children. View it in full here.
How to watch: The town hall will air on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español. It will stream live on’s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps, without requiring a cable log-in.
You can also watch on CNNgo, and subscribers to cable/satellite systems can watch it on-demand.

Important Dates ahead *June and Summer 2020*

Greetings 101 Families,

Please take note of the following important dates for June and beyond:

  • June 10– 5th Grade awards ceremony (details emailed directly to students in Grade 5 receiving awards)
  • June 18– 5th Grade Moving-up/Graduation -details communicated through Google Classroom soon
  • June 22– Kindergarten Stepping-up ceremony -details communicated through Google Classroom soon
  • June 22– Pre-Kindergarten Orientation for students entering September 2020 -details emailed to parents directly
  • June 26– Last day of school for all students. 1/2 day- school ends at 11:30am

Summer Learning 101 –To assist parents with continued instruction, our outstanding staff will be posting work for students to do over the summer. The grade your child is moving into, will post work for your child. So, for example, a student finishing 3rd grade now will get 4th grade coursework over the summer. This work is optional, but highly recommended. The main focus for this work is to both ensure continued active learning and to begin preparing your child for next school year.

*It’s very important you know that while we will be posting work for students to do over the summer, teaching staff will NOT be available to assist or answer any questions over the summer. 

September 2020 –at this time we have no information regarding a start date of school, or what school will look like for September (remote online? in the building? a blend?).

As I find out, I will post updates for you.


Regarding Recent Events -from the Chancellor

Dear Families,

It is hard to recall another time as gut-wrenching and heartbreaking as these recent days have been. George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police officers last week was horrifying. I am sickened. But, like many of you, I am not surprised. We have seen this abominable disregard for Black lives so many times before, including multiple times in recent weeks. It is truly agonizing to witness; it is nothing short of another pandemic presenting itself on the streets of America.

The New York City Department of Education condemns police brutality and this brutal loss of life. My heart breaks to know that yet another Black family has lost a son, a father, a brother. I stand in solidarity with Black New Yorkers and Americans, and with everyone who is mourning yet another senseless loss. Pain ripples and resonates across communities all over the City. I am with all of you as we individually and collectively reckon with this tragic injustice. The demonstrations happening in the five boroughs and in nearly 140 cities across the country are a reflection of this anguish, and the desire for a better world.

It is incredibly difficult to be a parent or caregiver right now: grappling with emotions, seeking actions that both feel of service and of the magnitude needed in this moment, and thinking through ways to begin or deepen conversations with children and families about recent horrific incidents and the systemic racism from which they spring—all at the same time. The pain and struggle are very real.

For communities of color, nothing about this pain is new. It’s been in the bodies, minds, and hearts of millions of New Yorkers and Americans for generations—because racist violence has been perpetrated for that long.

Racism also causes new harm in other ways, every day, because it is systemic—woven deeply into the fabric of our institutions, our economy, and the systems that make up our shared community. That is true in New York City, as progressive and forward-thinking as we are, including in our public school system.

At the DOE we have said, and we will continue to say: no more.

We must answer the call to be actively anti-racist and work every day to undo these systems of injustice. We will continue in our resolve to advance equity now. We will honor the dignity and humanity of every student, parent, educator, employee and member of our community every day.

No matter the form teaching and learning takes—in brick-and-mortar classrooms or on a digital device—the goal remains the same: providing an excellent education to every single student. In doing so, we must also continually find ways to dismantle institutional racism and reverse its effects.

That work is underway. It includes implementing restorative practices, training all educators and employees on implicit bias, providing mental health supports to school communities, and more. This work creates a lifelong effect in children and has the potential to transform our society in ways that make that the world safer, more just, and better for everyone.

When, for example, children learn from books featuring protagonists and lessons featuring stories from people of different races, abilities, genders, ethnicities, languages, and more, they learn also to value difference and diversity. When students experiencing anger or resentment are taught healthy ways to communicate, it’s more likely they won’t react out of unfounded fear.

We will not relent in the work to intensify equity until, student by student and school by school, change comes. We all need this, because racism doesn’t just harm Black, Brown, or Asian families—it harms us all.

Everyone has a role to play. In addition to continuing our work centrally, we are supporting educators with resources to teach episodes from our history and our present, episodes where these same shudders of injustice and outrage, peaceful protest, and also violence and destruction have ripped through our city and society.

At the same time, many of you have already been doing this work at home or are otherwise putting personal resources into these efforts—your time, your energy, your heart, or your voice. We see you, and we are grateful for your powerful commitment. Children see and feel the world around them, and now is an important time to guide them in understanding and engaging with their experiences and those of their friends, families, and fellow New Yorkers.

Below you will find resources to help start, continue, or deepen conversations with children about racism and injustice. We are also sharing resources to help with stress, exhaustion, and self-care. As parents and caregivers, caring for yourself is essential in order to be able to care for others. We will continue to update resources as we move ahead.

I have been reminded of this quote by the writer James Baldwin that resonates so powerfully in this moment: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” These are difficult days of reckoning, but we have the opportunity—and a calling—to go farther in facing injustice.

You are our most important partners in the education of the children of New York City and the building of a better world. We are grateful for you today and every day.


Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education

Resources for Families

How to Talk to Your Children About Race and Current Events

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (Update)

Dear PS 101 Families,

(Please read below from the Chancellor)

The DOE is committed to keeping families informed about recent developments regarding Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C). MIS-C is a new health condition associated with COVID-19 that is appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere. The syndrome was previously called Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). MIS-C is like other serious inflammatory conditions, such as Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome. Since children with MIS-C may become seriously ill, it is important that families know the signs and symptoms their children may experience, so they can get help right away.

Please read this letter from the Chancellor to families. Translated versions will be available at the same link beginning June 8.

5th Grade Moving-up Ceremony (Graduation)

Good afternoon 5th Grade Parents-

When life throws you lemons, you make lemonade!

While graduation won’t happen in the traditional sense, we are working on a virtual graduation to honor our amazing 5th grade students and celebrate their accomplishments with you.

We will be holding 5th Grade Moving-up Ceremony on Thursday June 18, and will announce the time and virtual platform shortly.

My suggested next step for you is to decide on how you can make this day special at home for your children. Whether it’s ordering a special meal, cooking your your child’s favorite dish, or having a Zoom celebration with your family, etc- find a way to create a memory for your child so they look back and say, “Even though we didn’t have it in the school, it was still an amazing day!”

More details coming soon…


June Calendar- June 4, 9 and 26th

Dear PS 101 families-

Please read the letter below from the Chancellor:


Dear Families,

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility in response to this ever-evolving crisis. We are writing today to share some important updates and reminders about the end of year school calendar.

We have two days coming up in June that were originally scheduled as times when students would not be in attendance. However, with the ongoing pandemic, students will be expected to participate in remote learning on both of these days:

  •   Thursday, June 4 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for all students in observance of Brooklyn / Queens Day (also known as Anniversary Day).
  •   Tuesday, June 9 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for students in schools serving grades K-8, as well as District 75 schools and programs.

    On June 4, all students are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in professional development. Teachers are not expected to engage students on June 4; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day.

    On June 9, students who attend a school serving grades K-8, or who attend any District 75 school, are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in reorganization work. Teachers in these schools are not expected to engage students on June 9; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day.

    If you have questions or concerns regarding the school schedule for your student, please contact your school for additional information.

    As a reminder, June 26 is the last day of school and a half day for all students. We will issue additional guidance to families about the end of the 2019-20 school year in the coming weeks.

    Thank you again for your partnership as we continually navigate unfamiliar terrain. I often say that we have the best students, staff, and families in the world. You and your children continue to prove that, every day. Together, we will continue to weather this storm.


    Richard A. Carranza
    New York City Department of Education


Mental Health Live Presentation

Dear PS 101 Families:

We are proud to bring you a live Mental Health Presentation exclusively for PS 101 PARENTS with NYC THRIVE Mental Health Consultant Maribel Haralampopoulos



Zoom Meeting ID: 732 0005 2003 or use this link

Password: 6S7iDr

Topics Covered:

  • Juggling working from home and your child’s remote learning
  • Guidance and coping skills to navigate this time
  • Q&A

PS 101 Student Email accounts

Dear PS 101 Families,

As you know, safety is always our first concern at PS 101. It has been reported that many students are beginning to create email chains / threads to other students and using their email inappropriately (not maliciously, but in a silly-kid way). As a result, we are going to shut down student emails either permanently or until such time that we can figure out a better solution.

Parents, as a reminder, you can continue to contact your child’s teacher through Google Classroom or Remind. 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Complete the 2020 Census

Dear PS 101 families,
As we grapple with COVID-19, completing the 2020 Census is even more important now than ever. The number of New Yorkers who are counted will determine how much funding we receive for our schools and public services over the next 10 years. City schools receive more than $781 million every year in Title I funding, based on census data. In addition, the census helps determine funding for early learn centers, in-school and afterschool youth programs, childcare programs, and other services that support our school communities. 

If you haven’t yet, please complete the census online at, or by calling 844-330-2020, and completing the brief survey, which is open until October 31.

For more information, please visit the NYC 2020 Census page


Dial-A-Teacher Now Available for Grades K–5

Dar 101 families,

The UFT has re-opened its Dial-A-Teacher program, a homework help line for students, run by classroom teachers. This resource is available from 4:00–7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, for students in grades K–5. Due to limitations caused by school building closures, the help line is currently only available for ELA and math homework from teachers speaking English. The UFT is hoping to expand to other subjects, grades, and languages soon.

*Please be advised these are not PS 101 teachers