Irwin Altman Middle School 172
81-14 257th Street
Floral Park, New York 11004
Mr. Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Ms. Mary Tully Alarcon, Assistant Principal
Mr. Myles Nash, Assistant Principal
Ms. Maritza Soto, Assistant Principal
929-282-0258 (Grade 6, 803, 821, 823,831,833,892)
929-279-2691 (Grade 7, 801,802,822,824,832,891)
Ms. Danielle Giunta
Community Superintendent District 26
Mental Health Resources
Coronavirus Parent Letters (Different Languages) infohub.nyced.org/in-our-schools/translations/letters/coronavirus
Important updates and resources from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs and the City of New York. Please read
May 18, 2020
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 lifethreatening, 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.
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) Update
NYC families: if your child has a persistent fever, rash, abdominal pain, vomiting or other symptoms, call your doctor immediately. If you don’t have a doctor, call 311. So far there have been 110 cases of multi-system inflammatory syndrome have been detected in children in NYC hospitals.
Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome Fact Sheet (PDF, May 11)
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Antibody Testing Update
The City of New York will offer free antibody tests to 70,000 New Yorkers. 1,000 tests will be given at each site every day by appointment only. Five sites have been selected to perform these tests:
Bronx: Morrisania- 4006 Third Avenue
Brooklyn: East NY - 127 Pennsylvania Avenue
Manhattan: Upper Manhattan - 21 Old Broadway
Staten Island: Concord - St. John’s Villa 57 Cleveland Place Queens: Long Island City - 34-09 Queens Boulevard
You can make an appointment through nyc.bioreference.com/antibodysurvey.
If you DO NOT have internet access, please call 888-279-0967
Expanded COVID-19 Testing
Visit nyc.gov/covidtest to find a community testing site near you.
The City will double its testing capacity at NYC Health + Hospitals and will open 12 new testing sites by May 25. Beginning the week of May 18, 2 new COVID-19 testing sites will be open.
Read the press release here
All City MD sites to have tests 7 days a week
· 123 sites across all 5 boroughs
· Walk-ins welcome
· No cost for the uninsured
· Find locations at citymd.com
Job Opportunity: NYC Health + Hospitals is Hiring Contact Tracers
Job information can be viewed at nychealthandhospitals.org/careers
Urgent: Blood Donations Needed
There is a shortage of blood and blood donations are desperately needed. New Yorkers can help others during the COVID-19 crisis by donating blood.
Make an appointment with New York Blood Center to donate your blood at nybc.org/donate-blood or call 800-933-2566
Funeral Rites and Burial Assistance
In order to ensure that those we’ve lost are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve, the City signed an emergency rule to expand the number of low-income people who can receive burial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The assistance is available to everyone, regardless of immigration status, with proof of low-income status. For more information, visit the Help Now NYC website, call 929-252-7731, or email BurialServices@hra.nyc.gov for application assistance.
The NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) has published important information for New Yorkers who have lost loved ones.
Download DCWP’s Funeral Planning During COVID-19 Tips.
On May 14, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Bitta Mostofi, Department of Social Services Commissioner Steve Banks, Community Affairs Unit Commissioner Marco Carrión, and Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Executive held an Community and Ethnic Media virtual roundtable on funeral rites and burial assistance.
· Watch and share the discussion on social media.
Emergency Food Assistance
All New Yorkers can access the food they need by picking up grab-and-go meals at NYC Schools, by visiting a food pantry, or by signing up for food delivery assistance
Go to nyc.gov/getfood to sign up or to find an emergency food location near you.
Visiting a food pantry, picking up a grab-and-go meal, or receiving food delivery assistance will not impact your ability to apply for a green card. If you have questions about how accessing certain public benefits may affect immigration status, call the free, confidential ActionNYC hotline at 1-800-354-0365 for information and connections to legal help.
The GetFood Delivery Assistance Program is seeking nonprofit providers for meal preparation with a focus on culturally sensitive meals and ethnic foods, to staff and serve as distribution sites, and to facilitate home meal delivery.
Go to nyc.gov/nonprofits for more information.
NYC LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Guide
On May 12, the NYC Unity Project in the NYC Mayor’s Office, in partnership with representatives from 15 city agencies and over 200 LGBTQ+ community partners across NYC, launched the NYC LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Guide: nyc.gov/lgbtqcovid
New COVID-19 Resources by Neighborhood
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has created a comprehensive resource guide. The guide includes resources currently available in specific communities, listed by zip code. Some resources are available for in-person services, while others offer remote and delivery options.
Visit the DOHMH COVID-19 Community and Business webpage to view the guides available by borough, neighborhood, and by language. More translations will be available soon. TLC Resource Center
On May 12, the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) launched its Driver Resource Center: portal.driverresourcecenter.tlc.nyc.gov
All TLC-licensed drivers and medallion owner-drivers can access legal services, financial counseling, health and mental health referrals, driver protection services, and public benefits application support.
Free Tax Support
The tax filing deadline for 2019 tax returns is July 15, 2020.
Eligible New Yorkers can use NYC Free Tax Prep services available at nyc.gov/taxprep.
DACA Renewal Assistance
If the Supreme Court ends DACA, it would put approximately 29,000 healthcare practitioners nationwide—who are also DACA recipients—at risk of deportation, when hospital systems need them most.
Need to renew your DACA in NYC? Call ActionNYC at 1-800-354-0365 for help renewing your application.
What you need to know about COVID-19
Dear Our 105 Precinct Community Members,
As we know, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency in New York as officials seek to combat the spreading coronavirus. We want our community members to know we are here to help get through these tough times. The Coronavirus is likely to spread from person to person, but it is currently unclear how easily it spreads. 80% of people with COVID-19 will feel like they have a bad cold or flu like symptoms. People who are at a higher risk of severe illness are the elderly or have other underlying health conditions.
What should New Yorkers do?
1 Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
2 Use alcohol based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
2 Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/sleeve (not your hands).
3 Get the flu shot-it is not too late. Although the shot will not protect you from COVID-19, it can help prevent the flu which has similar symptoms to the coronavirus.
4 Refrain from touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
5 If you feel sick, stay home and keep distance from others.
6 If you have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, and recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread of coronavirus, or have been in close contact with someone who recently has, go to your doctor immediately.
7 If you have these symptoms, but no travel history, still take it seriously. Stay home and call your doctor. 8If you need connection to a health care provider, call 311.
8 Hospital staff will not ask about immigration status. Receiving health care is not a public benefit identified by the public charge test. Please get the facts about COVID-19 in real-time & ignore the rumors.
9 Text ‘COVID’ to 692-692 (NYC-NYC) for accurate, real-time updates from @NotifyNYC & the NYC OEM. Please do not share unconfirmed information you might read.
10 Visit http://nyc.gov/coronavirus for more information.
Families that want to request a device should fill out the Remote Learning Device Request
Fill Out the Form(Open external link)
These agencies are Individual DeliveriesThe DOE is contracting with FedEx to deliver iPads directly to students. Your iPad will be shipped to the address you entered on the request form.
If you have already filled out the request form, you will receive a text message or email making sure you have completed the Student Device Loan Agreement. Please complete the agreement when you request a device as your device cannot be shipped unless you have signed the agreement.
Please make sure someone is at the address to accept the delivery, as FedEx will not leave packages unattended. Also, FedEx carriers will adhere to social distancing rules.
Launch of Remote Learning Technical Support Ticket System for Families
The DOE is launching a family-facing Remote Learning Technical Support ticket system. Families (or someone on their behalf) can submit requests for technical support for a broad range of issues, including application support, lost, stolen, or broken devices, and delivery status, though the Technical Support for Families page. Note that when families select a topic and issue in the ticket submission form, the form will automatically list common resolutions to technical support problems; if the suggested resolutions do not resolve the family’s issue, they can continue to submit a tech support ticket by completing the form.
Google Classroom Instructions (translations)
Letter from Chancellor Carranza
March 19, 2020
In order to successfully fight COVID-19, our first responders, health care providers, transit workers, and other key personnel must be able to come to work. That is why we have created Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs)—places where the children of these front-line workers can be safely cared for while their parents continue to serve the city in this time of need. Staffed by DOE employees and community-based organization partners, the centers will provide children with three hot meals daily, remote learning time with their teachers, activities like art and music, and social and emotional support. Regional Enrichment Centers will be available citywide.
If you are a first responder, health care provider, or transit worker whose child is a New York City resident, and you have no other child care option, please complete this survey to begin your enrollment process. You will then be contacted about assignment to a site near your home. These centers are not available for any other New Yorkers at this time. We will post additional updates and information on the DOE website about RECs as we have it at schools.nyc.gov.
Additional information about Regional Enrichment Centers:
RECs will be open from Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Each room will have a maximum of 12 children, supported by at least one adult; this size will both allow for personalized attention and will meet social distancing needs. RECs will also have nurses on site.
Children will have the opportunity to participate in remote learning with their regular school, as is the case for all NYC public school students.
Children will also have opportunities to engage in art, music, and physical education.
The environment will be safe and supportive, and staff will be prepared to respond to children’s social and emotional needs
Children will be offered a site based on their home address and their parent or caregiver’s role in providing essential services.
Students will be asked each day to bring a device they can use for remote learning if one is available.
Please compete the survey today ONLY if you are a healthcare worker, first responder, or transit worker. Following survey submission, the DOE will contact you with additional details about where and how to bring your child to a REC site within 48-72 hours.
If you have questions about enrollment for the Regional Enrichment Centers, please call (718) 935-2200.
Richard A. Carranza Chancellor
New York City Department of Education
Please be reminded that all 6th grade students must have the Tdap vaccine by their 11th birthday and 7th grade students must have the Meningococcal Conjugate vaccine when they enter 7th grade (no age requirement.)
Microsoft Office for Free for Students!
Parents and Guardians of students can download Microsoft Office software from https://studentoffice.net/ at no cost, on up to five of their family’s computers and five of their family’s tablets, smart phones, or other mobile devices. Please check out the FAQ and help section before reaching out for help with issues. Microsoft is the direct contact for issues: nycdoeO365@microsoft.com
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School Buildings will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year
Food Benefits for all New York City Public School Students
Together for Justice
June 3, 2020 Letter From the Chancellor on Striving for Justice
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. You can find them at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/togetherforjustice
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
Dear Families, May 30, 2020
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
Report Card Information
Report card grades will be posted in the NYC Schools accounts at https://mystudent.nyc.
You will need a creation code and your child's osis ID number to set up an account.
If you need the creation code email Ms. Hochrad at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Palladino at email@example.com. The osis number can be found in pupilpath
March 29, 2020
To Our Irwin Altman MS 172 Students and Parents:
I hope this letter finds all of you well. First and foremost, I want to let you know that you, your safety and your welfare, are in the thoughts of our entire staff. Our hope is that all remain safe and healthy throughout this crisis.
We know that this is a challenging and stressful time. However, we are very excited to welcome you to our new Remote Learning experience! Our plan officially begins on Monday, March 23rd. We want to stress that while schools are physically closed, we are open for virtual (on-line) business and here to support you academically, socially, and emotionally. Our aim is to provide an experience where all of the coursework is at students’ fingertips on the screen of different devices. Students will be able to connect with classmates, meet with teachers and counselors, and so much more. Just as we will be here for you, we will need you to be there with us. Classwork will go on and your attendance and active participation is required. We are confident you will transition to this new reality and rise to the occasion.
We have faith in you and will be here to support you every step of the way. You are still going to learn new content and skills, practice, work hard, discuss and collaborate - we will just do it from our separate locations. While this is a very different and potentially scary time, the ability to practice working and collaborating remotely is a skill that is needed in the “real world.” You are already skilled at this from our work with Google Classroom and your own use of video games and social media, so we will be depending on you! We will all learn from each other.
In addition to doing their work in Google classroom, all students should complete the attendance form in Mr. Nash's, Ms. Soto's and Ms. Alarcon's classrooms everyday by 4:00pm.
Student Online Learning Expectations
Our classroom expectations are:
Focus, Self-Management, Respect and Personal Responsibility
1 Use the comment feature responsibly. Speak respectfully and kindly to one another, use appropriate language and allow for equity of voice during conversations. Students who don’t use the Comment feature properly will be “Muted,” and if many students abuse it, we will have to disable it. Incidents of bullying, slurs and other inappropriate language will be reported to school officials and parents.
2 You are responsible for your own success, so ask questions, check in often and respect all deadlines. Your work will be assessed and grades will be issued (the 3 rd Marking Period may be extended. Please be patient for forthcoming information.)
Student Roles & Responsibilities
1 Establish daily routines for engaging in the learning experiences
2 Identify a space in your home where you can work effectively and successfully Students and Parents: Please be reminded that Google Classroom is not to be used for Social Media interaction; additionally inappropriate interaction on Social Media between students will also be reported to the DOE, as during the normal school year.)
3 Complete all assignments, participate in learning activities and meet all deadlines assigned to you by your teachers - Students should participate in check-ins, discussions, and other communication mechanisms as expected by the teacher
4 Regularly monitor online platforms Engage in all learning with academic honesty and integrity
5 Communicate proactively with your teachers if you cannot meet deadlines or require additional support
6 Comply with School Internet Safety policies including expectations for online etiquette
7 Students should review teacher feedback and complete any follow-up activities as assigned by the teacher;
8 Students and families should proactively notify their teacher or a school administrator school with any concerns about progress or additional support needed;
9 Communicate to Guidance or Admin if you need additional support; Phone numbers where Guidance Counselors and Assistant Principals can be reached are:
Mr. Nash (Assistant Principal, Grade 6) - (631)392-6821
Ms. Soto: (Assistant Principal, Grade 7) - (914) 407-4189
Ms. Alarcon: (Assistant Principal, Grade 8) - (631) 392-8376
Ms. Grevstad (929) 279-2691 [Grade 7, Classes 801,802,822, 824, 832, 891]
Ms. LaValle- (929) 282-0258 [Grade 6,Classes 803, 821,823,831,833,892 ]
Parent/Guardian Roles and Responsibilities
Provide support for your children by:
1 Families should support students in being successful by establishing routines and habits that support their success.
2 Families should ensure that students are adhering to appropriate behavior on web-enabled devices.
3 Defining the physical space for your child to study
4 Monitoring communications from your child’s teachers
5 Beginning and ending each day with a check-in
6 Taking an active role in helping your child process his/her learning
7 Communicating directly to your child’s teacher if you need subject specific support
8 Review student assignments
9 Communicate to Administration/Guidance if you need additional support with anything
10 Establishing times for quiet and reflection Remaining mindful of your child’s stress or worry
11 Monitoring how much time your child is spending online
12 Keeping your child social, but set rules around their social media interactions
As above, I want all of our students and families of the MS 172 community to know that we will stand together through all of this. Again, please heed all government directives and follow all precautions to stay safe and stay healthy.
Jeffrey D. Slivko Principal
Students and Parents: Please be reminded that Google Classroom is not to be used for Social Media interaction; additionally inappropriate interaction on Social Media between students will also be reported to the DOE, as during the normal school year
Resources for Parents
Queens North Borough Citywide Office would like to invite you to our coming Virtual Parent Workshops
New York Public Library Resources
NYPL Instructional Materials Now Available for Every DOE Teacher and Student The New York Public Library is offering an expanded array of resources for teachers, students, and their families to support learning at home including:
1 Daily homework help and personal online tutoring in both English and Spanish;
2 Access to expanded databases and e-resources for research;
3 Reading resources such as access to e-books for kids of all ages; and
4 Activities for home featuring arts and crafts, science experiments, and more fun activities.
All resources can be accessed for free with a NYPL library card by navigating to nypl.org/communitylearning. Anyone without a library card can visit nypl.org/SimplyE to learn how to sign up for a NYPL Card using the SimplyE app.
Optional Tutoring Resource Available through Public Libraries
The City of New York’s three public library systems—Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Public Library—are providing free access to Brainfuse, which is an online tutoring platform for families and students. This resource is available seven days a week, from 2:00–11:00 p.m., and provides support to all grade levels in the following areas:Homework Help: Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.
Skills-Building: Choose your topic to receive real-time help.
Personalized eLearning Tools: My File Sharing, My Session Replay, My Tutoring Archive, My Tests Archive, and more.
24-Hour Writing Lab: Submit essays and other kinds of writing for constructive feedback.
Homework Questions: Submit homework questions for expert guidance.
Adult Learning Center: Access a library of rich, adult-learning content (GED), and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills series, and more.
Foreign Language Lab/Spanish-Speaking Support.
To access Brainfuse, New York State residents must sign up for a free library card in one of the three library systems. See below for information about how school communities in all five boroughs can obtain library cards at any of the three public library systems:
Brooklyn Public Library: To obtain a Brooklyn Public Library eCard, fill out this form. Families and students may access Brainfuse using their Brooklyn Public Library eCard.
New York Public Library: To obtain a New York Public Library eCard, download and use the SimplyE app. Please note that this app has been uploaded to all iPads issued by the DOE. For instructions on how to apply using the SimplyE app, please visit NYPL.org. Families and students may access Brainfuse using their New York Public Library eCard.
Queens Public Library: To obtain a Queen Public Library eCard, fill out this form. Families and students may access Brainfuse using their Queens Public Library eCard.
NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)
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:
Entering your name and email address,
creating a password, and
answering a few brief security questions so you can reset the password if you forget it.
May 27, 2020
Greetings from Commonpoint Queens,
We hope that this email finds you and your families safe and well and are writing to you to continue to keep you informed of the incredible work that our agency has done in our communities. Last week, the agency was featured by three different media outlets, the Queens Courier, Spectrum News NY1 and NBC News! We’d like to thank you for helping us to get the word out about our services to your school communities. We deeply appreciate our partnership with you and will continue to strive to support you and the school community in any way that we can, including continuing with our virtual programs and activities that allow us to maintain a seamless transition between the school day and after school programming. We also look forward to supporting you on SLT and School Safety, especially now when we know that numerous conversations are being had about how to start up the next school year.
Some more exciting news - Through our Single Parent Initiative program, we helped more than 130 families celebrate Mother’s Day by delivering bagel breakfasts to celebrate the amazing mothers in our communities.
The Beacon Program will be hosting a Wind Down Wednesday for all adults every Wednesday from 8 PM - 9 PM.
Join our Outreach Coordinators every Wednesday night to vent,
connect, and wind down. We will be answering any and all questions
regarding summer camp, Regional Enrichment Center (REC)
enrollment, financial assistance, virtual learning, and more!
In its coverage of the agency’s meal delivery service, The Queens Courier has highlighted that we have delivered meals to over 60,000 people in need. NBC News has spoken to our Census Director about our efforts to get community members to fill out the census despite the coronavirus pandemic.
While we look forward to getting back to some sense of normalcy and continuing our partnership with you in the upcoming year, we will continue our virtual programming, offering recreational activities, academic support, counseling services and one-on-one chats with students and their parents. The best part of our day is engaging with our kids and seeing their smiling faces.
As always, we are grateful for your support and look forward to the day when we can see each other and our school communities again. If someone in your community needs assistance, please feel free to reach out, or have them call 929-255-6060.
Please stay well and stay in touch.
Beacon MS 172 Program Director
Convid-19 Resource Guide
Beacon Presents "Wind Down Wednesdays"
Commonpoint Queens is STILL accepting applications for our emergency cash assistance program!
Please help us by circulating information about our program within our school community by sending out the application for awards up to $500 with documented employment loss due to COVID-19. The application is presented in both English and Spanish. Awards will be considered on a first come, first-served basis and will be considered until the funds are depleted. The Emergency Cash Assistance Program application can be found
Health & Wellness/Fitness Classes
As a reminder, you can always circulate our website for FREE community health & wellness & fitness classes to offer to families:
Commonpoint Queens at Home - Health and Wellness
Unemployment & Workforce Assistance for Families
Anglea Timmons, our Adult Employment Coordinator, remains the expert and a resource to families navigating the Unemployment process. Angela is available for individual appointments and can be reached through email at ATimmons@commonpointqueens.org.
Please also feel free to share our last Facebook Live event discussing Unemployment.
Emergency Assistance & Food Package Delivery
People in need of assistance or who need to be added to our food delivery, can call Charlene on our hotline at (929) 255-6060 Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm or complete their online emergency assistance form at https://www.commonpointqueens.org/commonpoint-queens-emergency-assistance/ Emergency cash assistance providing financial support to people seeking to get themselves and their families back on their feet.
MS 172 Beacon Program