PRINCIPAL’S LETTER TO PARENTS – APRIL 2021
Did you know that April is Autism Awareness Month, Cancer Control Month and Keep America Beautiful
Month, among others! We ask that all Parents and Families engage your scholar in the discussion and learning with
monthly themes. You can find extra material for Autism Awareness in your scholar’s Google Classroom. We will
also be wearing Blue as a school for Autism Awareness on April 9th. We celebrate the success of our Autism
students and take pride in providing tailored academic instruction to meet the needs of our students.
IN-PERSON OPT-IN – This the last opportunity to transition to blended learning this school year. This means that if
your child is currently learning remotely every day, they will be able to opt in to learning in person in the school
building at least part of the week for the remainder of the school year. We will make every effort to provide as
many days of in-person learning as possible https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference to select
blended learning for your child. You can change to blended learning until Wednesday, April 7th.
PROGRESS REPORTS - Progress Report Cards will be sent home electronically on April 30th
. Parents will be given an
update on how scholars are performing currently according to Middle of Year Diagnostics. We encourage all
parents and families to review the feedback and next steps for their scholars and implement the necessary
strategies at home to ensure academic success.
INTERNET SAFETY – An informed parent is the best safeguard against online dangers. If you’re not internet savvy,
jump in and learn the basics of the Internet – read articles, take a class, and talk to other parents. Also, recognize
that your child is probably using various technological platforms to connect to the web (i.e. cell phones, I Pads,
gaming devices, social media accounts and laptops). Consequently, these items should be properly supervised at
all times. Kindly advise our scholars that they should NEVER POST anything online that would not make their
Parents, Teachers and Administrators proud.
NEW YORK STATE TESTING- As of right now the NYS ELA and Math Test is still scheduled for students this school
year. The 2021 NYS ELA Test will be on April 20
th and 21
st for Grades 3-5 both virtual and in person. The 2021 NYS
Math Test will be on May 4th and 5th for Grades 3-5 both virtual and in person. The most recent guidance states
that students will engage in one day testing for each subject. Both exams will be multiple choice only. We
encourage all of our students to participate. This year’s test is non-evaluative and won’t be used in student
records. Parents of remote students have the option to allow their scholars to test in person. A prompt school
arrival is encouraged each and every day, students are especially encouraged to eat a nutritious breakfast and
arrive at school on time on testing days. Each students should also have in his/her possession 2-3 sharpened
pencils with clean eraser heads. Thank you for your anticipated, cooperation and support.
NYSCA ACCOUNTS- Please ensure that you have set up a NYSCA Account for your child. All students must have an
active account on file. NYC Schools account provides you a new way of accessing key information about your
child’s progress. With your NYC Schools account, you will be able to view your child's information in one of ten
languages on a computer, phone, or tablet. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or Ms. Belton for individual
account creation codes.
REGISTRATION 2021 – 3K and Pre-K application deadline has been extended to April 9th, for any questions, comments or concerns I can be reached at DBaptiste3@schools.nyc.gov. Our Parent Coordinator Ms. Belton can
be reached at (347) 563 – 4350.