Week of April 6, 2020
I hope my letter finds you safe and your family healthy during this difficult time.
This week is National Assistant Principal Week. We are fortunate to have two exceptional Assistant Principals working at PS 212. Mrs. Stern and Mrs. Dror are passionate about education and have a tremendous love for children. I want to take a moment to thank them for their continuous efforts to help our school and children grow and learn. I am blessed to have such a dynamic team, who are smart and creative, and help me support our school’s needs.
I wanted to share with you some information about 212 remote learning. As you know based on guidance from the NYC Department of Education, teachers are responsible for entering attendance daily. They take attendance in many different ways not just through the google classroom. Please continue to interact and have your child engage with their teachers. It is important that we stay in communication whether it is through google, emails, phone calls or Dojo/REMIND. Your child will be marked present or absent based on interactions with their teacher.
Our school aides, have been contacting families, across all grades and in all classrooms weekly. Please let them know if you need any assistance. They will put you in touch with someone immediately that can help you. If you have any questions or concerns or need to reach me or a particular teacher you can always contact our parent coordinator, Ilia Liff at Iliff@schools.nyc.gov.
As many of you know, teachers are assigning and checking work. If you do not have a device please download the packets we posted under student resources at www.PS212Brooklyn.org or the teacher can email you some work if you let him or her know. The DOE is also mailing 10 days of work to families.
We understand that many of you have not received your devices and we are working with families to support you during remote learning. We want to help students continue to learn at home during this time in whatever way is possible. We also remind families to take advantage of i-Ready ELA and Math along with RAZ kids that can be done any time of the day or evening. i-Ready can provide the kids with instruction and explanations which will help children understand the work they are given in both ELA and Math.
Teachers will be posting family activities and projects during this week and next week. The NYC Chancellor did share that schools will remain open during Spring Break. He explained how this will look in his letter to families which we sent on the family REMIND message and posted at www.PS212Brooklyn.org We plan to offer and assign family engagement projects and themes to explore. We will also be posting virtual trips and activities.
Thank you for participating in last week’s PS 212 School Spirit Week. It was lovely to see so many children and staff come together “virtually” to remain unified as a school community. During remote learning, we will continue to find ways to encourage community and unity through activities the students can find joy in. Our teachers are following along with our curriculum and using envision Math 2.0 and our ELA units to help children be exposed to the curriculum.
This month our PS 212 Book of the Month is Sofia’s Dream. Sofia, the main character befriends the moon and sets off on a dreamy adventure to visit her friend. She sees our planet from the Moon’s point of view and is inspired to protect our Earth. In remote learning, we will be hosting an Earth Day Contest and Activities across all google classrooms during Spring Break to promote caring for the Earth.
Your child will receive information about the contest through their teacher. If you have not seen our PS 212 Staff Message to students you can see it on our website www.PS212Brooklyn.org or on you tube at https://youtu.be/Nt34SegD-gY
Our staff wishes everyone celebrating a happy and healthy holiday and we hope we can see one another soon! We miss everyone.