A Message From The Principal


 Principal’s Note

PS 212 Principal’s Message

Week of April 6, 2020

Dear Families,

I hope my letter finds you safe and your family healthy during this difficult time. 

This week is National Assistant Principal WeekWe 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.

Warm regards,

Rina Horne


A Message From Our 212 Family To Yours

Who to Contact if...

If you are in need of an electronic device please complete the survey on this web page https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

If you require any assistance during remote learning please contact our Parent Coordinator Ilia Liff, Iliff@schools.nyc.gov or Pupil Accounting Secretary Margaret Desimone, MDesimone@schools.nyc.gov.
If you'd like, they can compete the survey for you as long as you provide your information when you contact them.

Any middle school questions for 5th grade families, please contact Ms Belkadi, mkouiad@schools.nyc.gov

You can also reach the administrative team or receive important notifications daily by joining our Family Remind App. The information can be found on this website under "Important Announcements."  

Free wifi options for parents

Free wifi options for parents

Please see below, options that may be available to you.

  • AlticeUSA is providing free internet service for all students for 60 days. Please call 866-200-9522 to enroll.
  • Comcast – Comcast is offering an internet essentials package for free. To sign up for a free internet essentials package for 60 days, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
  • Spectrum – Beginning March 16, Spectrum is offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  • Charter – Charter is offering free internet for 2 months. 1 (877) 906-9121
  • AT&T – AT&T COVID-19 response. AT&T will offer open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low-income families.
  • Sprint – Sprint is following the FCC agreement, providing unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge.
  • T-Mobile – T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement, plus unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

*Please note there is no affiliation or legal responsibility between the Dept of Education and these companies. Any concerns, please contact the company directly

Coronavirus - Know the facts

Student Remote Learning Schedule

Please Click On The Links Below To

View Children's' Daily  Remote Learning Schedule


remotelearning studentschedule.docx  remotelearning studentresp.docx 

Parents Guide To Google Classroom

Hello Parents and Students! If you need any help, following the guides below may answer some of 

your questions! Hope this can help!


 Guidance For Families_ How to Join a Google Meet 1.pdf  


Parent Instructions - How to Access a Video Therapy Session.pdf 


 How to Sign in to Google Account English-Spanish.pdf 


2020 Parents Guide to Google Classroom.pdf 





Sites Where Students Can Pick Up Meals Daily For Free!

Hello Parents, Please open the PDF below to see a list of schools in your area

where your child can pick up 3 free meals every day!

District Grab and Go Sites.pdf 

Hope This Helps!

Parents and Guardians: We’ve made it easier to sign up for a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA).

Setting up a basic account will allow you to get emergency notifications from the DOE.

You can create a basic account online from any computer, phone, or tablet. All you need to do is:

·        Go to https://mystudent.nyc/saa/signup 

·        Set up the account by:

o   Entering  your name and email address,

o   creating a password, and

o   answering a few brief security questions so you can reset the password if you forget it.


After you create your account, you will need to verify your identity and your relationship to that student. You can do that at the upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences on 3/5/2020. Once you do that you will be able to see your child’s grades, test scores, and attendance. 


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