Letter from the Chancellor: Summer Reading Apps

Dear PS 101 Families-

Please see the letter from the Chancellor below:
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June 2020

Dear Families,

Summer reading is so important to keep learning going and to let imaginations run free! We are thrilled to make more e-books and audiobooks for all ages available for free this summer to all DOE families, and it’s easier than ever to access them. Please read on for more information, and visit schools.nyc.gov/summerreading for additional details to be posted on Monday, June 29.

Reading with Sora!

The e-book reader Sora has a diverse set of hundreds of resources available for grades 3K-12 in a multiple languages to help students see themselves and fellow students in the books they are reading. You can download an app to your device or access them via a web browser. All you have to do is log in with your student’s DOE ID; no additional sign up is necessary. Please visit discoversora.com/nyc to get started.

Need help finding your student’s DOE login? Click here. If you received an iPad from DOE, it will have the Sora app automatically installed by July 1!

You may also visit galepages.com/nycdoe11 to access additional e-book titles and databases provided by the New York City School Library System. To access e-books from any location and databases from outside of New York State, please email libraries@schools.nyc.gov for the username and password.

Please note that while some of these resources might only be available in English, we will continue to strive to make more resources available in home languages.

Take Advantage of Public Library Resources, Too!

New York City public library systems are also providing digital resources and free access to the tutoring platform Brainfuse through internet-enabled devices, including all DOE-issued iPads.

  • • Brooklyn Public Library. To obtain a Brooklyn Public Library eCard, fill out the form at Bklynlibrary.org.
  • • The New York Public Library serving the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. To obtain a New York Public Library digital card through the free SimplyE app, please visit NYPL.org.
  • • Queens Public Library. To obtain a Queens Public Library eCard, fill out the form at QueensLibrary.org.

Wishing you a summer full of reading!

Warm regards,

Linda Chen

Chief Academic Officer

Letter from the Chancellor regarding Summer School 2020

Greetings Parents-

Some things you should understand regarding Summer School.

  1. Summer School is Remote Learning, not in school.
  2. Summer School is not enrichment or to support continued learning. It is specifically for students who are not on level and are recommended by necessity to be able to continue on to the next grade.
  3. Summer School is not taught by PS 101 teaching staff.

 

Letter from the Chancellor:

Dear Families,

Earlier this week, we announced our plans for summer learning, to ensure that our students can continue to engage and receive the academic supports they need to be ready for returning to school in the fall. We are writing to you today with an update on the summer calendar, informed by feedback from DOE communities.

For elementary and middle school students who are required or recommended to attend summer school, the program will start one week earlier and will run from Monday, July 6 – Tuesday, August 11. There is no change to the duration or structure of the program.

For high school students who are attending summer school, courses will also start one week earlier and will run from Monday, July 6 – Friday, August 14. There is no change to the duration or structure of this program either.

For students with 12-month Individualized Education Plan (IEPs) services, there will be no change to the calendar. Our teachers start on Wednesday, July 1 and students are expected to participate from Thursday, July 2–Thursday, August 13.

These changes will help accelerate learning for all students. Beginning summer school earlier—closer to the end of the regular school year—allows for continuous learning for students. Concluding programs earlier also allows more time for continuous rest for your family in the month of August.

We appreciate your ongoing patience and flexibility as we adapt to this crisis in real time. Nothing is more important than the health, safety, and continued academic success of your child: we thank you for your partnership in this important endeavor now more than ever.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

New York City Department of Education

Fact Sheet from NYC Health: Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS)

Dear PS 101 Families-

Please read the letter below from the Chancellor:

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May 19, 2020

Dear Families,

Following up on our letter to you last week about the new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere, linked below is a Fact Sheet from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) that provides additional information.

Per NYC Health, this condition has been renamed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)—formerly Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). The condition is rare and it is potentially life-threatening, so it is important that you know its signs and symptoms.

NYC Health’s Fact Sheet conveys new information about the syndrome, its symptoms, when to seek medical help, treatments, and preventative steps. Because MIS-C is associated with COVID-19, acting to keep your child from being exposed to COVID-19 continues to be essential.

As a reminder, families should help their children understand the importance of the following measures and ensure their children follow them:

As per NYS Executive Order 202.17, all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. Free face coverings are available at DOE Meal Hubs in all five boroughs—you can find one close to you on the DOE website.

 Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering.

When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.

Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequently wash their hands.

The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Please visit nyc.gov/health at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and do not hesitate to contact 311 with any questions.

Translations of the family letter will also be available on the Coronavirus Parent Letters page on the InfoHub in the coming days

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

New York City Department of Education

Greetings From Chancellor Carranza

PS 101 is very excited to welcome the new Chancellor to the NYCDOE.
Please see the letter below from Chancellor Carranza:

April 9, 2018
Dear Parents,
It is my pleasure to serve as your Schools Chancellor. I am eager to meet parents and families, and hear your hopes for your children and schools.
I want to share a bit about my life and career. I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, the son of a sheet metal worker and a hairdresser. My grandparents were immigrants from Mexico and I did not learn English until kindergarten. Although my parents never attended college, they knew that the path forward for my twin brother and me included an education. They wanted more for their children—a college degree and meaningful work. I know that you also want the same opportunities for your children.
I have devoted my life to public education because it is the greatest gift I have received. I started teaching nearly 30 years ago in the same public high school that I attended. I began as a bilingual social studies and music teacher, and later became a high school principal in Tucson. I then went on to be a regional superintendent in Las Vegas, and a superintendent in San Francisco, and most recently, in Houston.
As Chancellor, I plan to build on the strong work our students, educators, schools, and families are already doing. I am particularly focused on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Equity and Excellence for All (E&E) agenda. E&E is the engine through which we are offering every four-year old a free, full day, high-quality Pre-K for All seat, and expanding 3-K for All to reach each child in this formative stage. Through our Universal Literacy initiative, we are getting all of our students reading on grade level. Beyond our students’ early years, we are making sure that all of our graduates are prepared for college and careers through College Access for All and AP for All. You are partners in this important work, and together we will continue to make sure that your children are in school and committed to learning.
I also believe that schools are more than places where children go to learn. They are the heart of our communities—and a bridge to opportunity, support, and wellness for students and their families. A great education is the best way to empower the next generation.
I am excited to share this journey with you, and look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months. Your children are New York City’s future doctors, tech leaders, teachers, and mayors. I promise to serve, champion, and care for each of them.
Sincerely,
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
Office of the Chancellor

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