Irwin Altman Middle School 172
81-14 257th Street
Floral Park, New York 11004
Mr. Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal
Mr. Myles Nash, Assistant Principal
Ms. Maritza Soto, Assistant Principal
Debbie Hochrad, Parent Coordinator
718-831-4000 ext.1341 (Grade 7 and 821, 823, 825, 831,833,892)
(Grade 6 and 801,802,822,824,832,891)
718-831-4000 ext. 1343
(718) 831-4016 ext. 3175 (M, R, F)
(929) 314-3125 (T, W)
Ms. Danielle Giunta
Community Superintendent District 26
Mental Health Resources
Coronavirus Parent Letters (Different Languages) infohub.nyced.org/in-our-schools/translations/letters/coronavirus
Additional 100,000 LTE-enabled iPads for Remote and Blended Learning
As per the mayor’s press conference with Chancellor Carranza on October 6, the city is purchasing an additional 100,000 LTE-enabled iPads for the DOE to distribute to schools for remote and blended learning. Note that the estimated timeline for delivery of these devices is the next 8–10 weeks.
Families who still need a device should fill out the Remote Learning Device (RLD) Request Form, if they have not yet done so.
For anyone who has a DOE-loaned ipad, we have some important updates for you. It is essential that you take the actions below to ensure your child’s ipad is ready for use for return to school. The first day of school is only a few weeks away, and all students will be working remotely for at least a few days a week. Your child will need their ipad to be ready for learning for the fall. Please note that when we have other updates, we will send messages to you and your iPad on Thursdays, and we will let your schools know about the updates.
1. To prepare, you MUST:
Turn on the ipad - some iPads have not been turned on all summer. We need you to charge and power up the ipad.
Turn Airplane Mode on and off to reset your internet connection
a. Go to Settings
b. Find the Airplane Mode button
c. Turn Airplane Mode on for ten seconds (button turns green)
d. Turn Airplane Mode off and wait until the ipad reconnects to the internet
e. You will see the connected icon at the top of the screen
f. Go to schools.nyc.gov to make sure your ipad is connected to the internet - all DOE-loaned ipads have internet access.
Return to the main screen and sign into Zscaler
in order to ensure your child is using the internet with all the safety the DOE requires and protect your child. You will need your child’s @nycstudents.net account. Once you get that please follow these directions:
a. On the main screen, click the Zscaler icon. After clicking the icon, you will be taken to the login page
. b. Enter your child’s @nycstudent account (only use the student’s username and password, no need to include @nycstudents to log in), then click the “sign in” button.
c. Click on the "allow" button and wait one minute for a connection to be established until you will see the Zscaler screen
d. Once the connection is secure, close the app
e. That is it. You can use the iPad normally now.
Sign into the Learn at Home App
To get ready for the first day of school, make connecting to learning and support much easier for your child (and you, too!), and allow you to get notifications on the iPad:
a. Find the Learn at Home icon on the main screen on the iPad
b. Log in the same way you did for Zscaler, using the same @nycstudents.net account (only use the student’s username and password, no need to include @nycstudents to log in)
c. From the Learn at Home app your child can access TeachHub, Google Classroom and get help.
Your child’s ipad is now a hotspot that allows you to connect other devices used for remote learning to the internet. It is easy
a. Go to Settings
b. Find Personal Hotspot and click to take you to the login screen
c. Select Allow Others to Join
d. Devices other students in your house are using for remote learning can be added to that connection
e. As a reminder, as with the ipad itself, the hotspot connection is to be used only to access remote learning activities. Any unauthorized use is strictly prohibited.
Families are encouraged to request a remote learning device (IPad) if you need one. Please fill out the Remote Learning Device Request
at the link below.
Fill Out the Form(Open external link)
The 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.
Learn at Home App for DOE-Issued iPads
A new app, called Learn at Home, is now available on all DOE-issued iPads. The Learn at Home app is helpful in supporting students’ remote-learning needs—giving parents, students, and staff the ability to stay connected and informed through quick access to student accounts, other learning apps and technical support.
The app provides students with links to all the tools they need to attend class, complete assignments, and track their progress. The Learn at Home app features include:
· Student apps in one place;
· Easy access to schedules and homework;
· Easy-to-find links to DOE tech support;
· Additional learning resources by grade level; and
· A notification system for DOE news and information.
Note that the Learn at Home app is only available on DOE-issued iPads at this time. Please encourage your students to access the app on their DOE-issued iPads. Students who enabled app notifications on their devices can receive updates about DOE news and information.
For questions, email LearnAtHome@schools.nyc.gov.
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)
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.
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 informatiion
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 Software for Students and Families
The DOE provides free Microsoft software to students and families. Much of this software has education-specific content that supports our students’ academic improvement. In addition, familiarity with these tools will help prepare students for college and careers.
Statement on Accessibility: We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities, and will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site, please contact email@example.com to request assistance.
Bell Schedule Oct 1, 2020
Covid Testing Letter
From Mr. Slivko:
Good Morning to our MS 172 Community on this Friday, September 18.
I want to again welcome our students and families- our returning seventh and eighth grade students and our new incoming grade 6 and new grade 7 and 8 students.
We have had a different kind of beginning for this 2020-21 school year and changes are still occurring. I wanted to address you this morning to assure our community that Irwin Altman MS 172 continues to be committed to providing all students with an educational program this year that will support each student in demonstrating growth and achievement and in supporting all of our students’ well-being.
In our orientation sessions today, with that schedule emailed to parents yesterday, teachers will be sharing Socio-Emotional lessons that guide students in their self-awareness and self-regulation, in social awareness and management of relationships and in making good decisions. Students will continue to work on recognizing emotions in themselves and others, understanding the causes and consequences of emotions, labelling emotions accurately, expressing emotions appropriately and regulating their emotions effectively. Achieving all of these is so very important in this difficult and challenging time. Equally as important is that you, our students, respect yourselves, each other and which-ever educational space that you join, either in-school or on-line so that we can all work together in the most supportive environment. We also ask that parents join us in this effort to ensure that their children are participating and engaging in the on-line remote learning that is scheduled and that they do so appropriately.
As per the Chancellor’s announcement yesterday, our Blended and Fully Remote programs will begin on Thursday October 1. On that day, we will be in week 2 of our A, B, C cycle with group B attending in-school classes, followed by Group C on Friday, October 2. Group A will begin in-school classes on Tuesday, October 6. Additional reminders will be sent out for this revised schedule. Remote learning for both Blended and fully Remote students will continue on October 1 for those students not in school.
However, starting this Monday, September 21, all students in MS 172 are on Remote Learning through September 30. This weekend you will be receiving your schedule for this September 21-September 30 time period which would have been your class schedule if we had returned to regular school. It is an 8-period day which includes a lunch period and 7 instructional periods. Time adjustments have been made as the school day is slightly shortened to 8:30am to 2:00pm. We encourage all students and parents to note this schedule and remind you of the importance of having a regular school day routine that begins no later than 8:30am.
In addition to your schedule, you will be receiving your Google Classroom codes that you will need to join your teachers’ classrooms during your scheduled classes. We are sending all of this information to parents’ emails and to our students’ emails. Instructions for students and parents to access student emails will be on our website for those who need it. It is most important that all students and especially our incoming grade 6, activate your nycstudents.net accounts. We have sent emails on how to do this and teachers have reviewed this with students this week during orientation. We do note that many students have still not activated their nycstudents.net accounts. This is also important for our grade 7 and 8 students who have irwinaltman172 google accounts as we will not be using those accounts after September 30. If you need assistance in activating you nycstudents.net account, email Ms. Hochrad, Mr. Nash, Ms. Soto or myself, Mr. Slivko. Our email information is on the school web page at MS 172.org. All teachers will be assisting students in getting to their Google Classrooms and in their successful negotiation of the remote Learning environment.
The schedule that we will be following for this September 21-30 time period is however temporary as we continue to develop the Blended and fully Remote schedules with appropriate teacher coverage as the Chancellor stated yesterday. These schedules will be shared with parents and students the week of September 28, before October 1. We ask that parents who have not been receiving emails make sure to contact Ms. Hochrad with their email address. Please be sure to include your child’s name and class in that email.
I want to commend all of my students who very positively joined their teachers in the remote sessions this week and thank parents for your patience and understanding. We look forward to our partnership with our Irwin Altman MS 172 families for a successful 2020-21 school
IMPORTANT FOR STUDENTS
Please Create a New Username and Password
NYC Student Account
Go to Student Account Self Service https://idm.nycenet.edu/students/start.form
Enter your 9-digit Student ID (OSIS) number. (You can find your Student ID number on a report card, your student ID card, or in your NYCSA account.)
Enter your birthday.
If the information you enter matches your student record, your username will be displayed.
Your student ID is your username followed by @nycstudents.net. For example, if your username is JaneD, your student account ID is JaneD@nycstudents.net.
If you haven't already set up a password, you will be asked to set one up.
Pick a password that only you will know.
Re-enter your password.
Click Update Password
Dear Families September 8, 2020
As we approach the start of the school year, everyone at the New York City Department of Education is laser-focused on delivering a high-quality education that puts your child’s health, safety, and emotional wellbeing first this fall. An education that creates a new standard of excellence for learning from any location. An education that will prepare your children to thrive—today, tomorrow, next year, and for the rest of their lives.
I want to share with you that full-day learning for all students will begin on Monday, September 21. A few days before that, beginning on Wednesday, September 16 through Friday, September 18, all students and teachers will engage remotely for a partial-day instructional transition and orientation to help students reconnect to school. Taking this time will help ensure all children are ready to learn and succeed.
In this letter, we include updates on what that teaching and learning will look like. You will find additional information on how our schools will support every student every day—whether they are participating in fully remote or blended learning (in which they are learning in school buildings for part of the week, and remotely for the rest of the week).
Read the Reopening Update for Families below to find more information on:
How your child will learn at home: Live interaction and lessons with teachers, and projects that students complete on their own
Who will be teaching your child in blended or fully remote learning
How to stay informed on confirmed COVID-19 cases in your school community
If you have questions regarding the information in this letter, please contact your principal. Principal information is on each school’s web page at schools.nyc.gov, in the “School Contacts and Information” section. You can find the page for your child’s school on our website using Find a School: schoolsearch.schools.nyc. And as always, all information regarding back to school can be found at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020.
You have heard me say that New York City has the best, strongest, most committed students, staff, and families anywhere. Every day, you continue to prove that true beyond any shadow of a doubt. I want to reaffirm our pledge to take absolutely every precaution to keep your children healthy and safe. And to ensure they receive the high quality education they deserve no matter how or where they are learning.
I am so excited to welcome all our children and educators back to their school communities soon!
Sincerely, Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
Reopening Update for Families: September 4, 2020
This information and additional details can be found at our school reopening webpage at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 to help you prepare for the upcoming school year.
How Will My Child Learn at Home?
Whether learning remotely from home part of the week or every day, students will receive remote instruction in two different ways: live interaction (sometimes referred to as “synchronous instruction”) with teachers, and independent learning (sometimes referred to as “asynchronous instruction”), which includes assignments, projects, or recorded video lessons. Let us explain what that means:
Live interaction means that your student will interact with their teacher on video, phone, live chat, virtual app, or another digital mode in real time. The teacher may be interacting with the whole class, small groups, or individual students. It can be done over Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or other DOE-approved video or phone conferencing or digital platforms.
Office Hours to connecting in real time with teachers to get individual or small group help with instruction or instructional activities;
Social-emotional wellness activities such as sharing circles or mindfulness exercises; or
Feedback discussions with students and families about their work and progress via video or phone.
Other “live participation” activities, such as chat, offered by the digital platform used by educators during lessons.
At the beginning of the school year, here are the target amounts we are asking all schools to engage their students in live interaction and instruction each day:
Students in 3-K and Pre-K programs: up to 30 minutes
Students in kindergarten through grade 2: 65 to 95 minutes
Students in grades 3–5: 90 to 110 minutes
Middle school students in grades 6–8: 80 to 100 minutes
High school students in grades 9–12: 100 to 120 minutes
The amount of time devoted to live instruction will increase each month for all grades as the school year progresses to allow students and teachers to gradually transition. Scheduled times will be posted so that students and staff alike can plan for engagement.
Independent learning means your student will work on their own with assignments, projects, and materials provided by their teachers. This might include:
Video lessons or presentations recorded previously
Activities, assignments or tasks that build on lessons from previous days
Collaborative projects and assignments with classmates
Discussion boards and conversation, feedback, or guidance from teachers over email
Who Will Be Teaching My Child?
Your child will have a high-quality educator leading their education, no matter where they’re learning. Instruction may look a little bit different in every school, reflecting the specific needs of the school community, but here is what you can generally expect:
For Students in Blended Learning
Blended learning refers to a combination of on-site, in-person instruction at the school some days of the week, and remote instruction at home on remaining days.
Your child may have different teachers for on-site and remote learning. Those teachers will work closely together in pairs or teams to create meaningful and connected learning experiences. For example, a student may begin a project in person and then continue to work on it while remote.
During the remote portion of blended learning, your child will regularly be with the same group of students with whom they attend in person.
For Students in Full-Time Remote Learning
Where possible, students engaging in full-time remote learning will be taught by teachers from their own school. Teachers will regularly meet with the same group of students on specific days.
How to Stay Informed on Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Your School Community
It’s important that your school can reach you to share crucial information quickly, including alerts about confirmed COVID-19 cases in your child’s school. Please sign up for a NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) so we can contact you via phone, email, or text message. With NYCSA, you can access your child’s grades, test scores, schedules, transportation information, and more—from anywhere, and in all nine standard DOE language translations. If you don’t have an account, sign up today at schools.nyc.gov/nycsa. It only takes five minutes!
IRWIN ALTMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL
172 81-14 257 Street
Floral Park, New York 11004
FAX: (718) 831-4008______________________________________________
Mr. Jeffrey D. Slivko, Principal Mr. Myles Nash, Assistant Principal
Ms. Maritza Soto, Assistant Principal
August 19, 2020
Dear Parents / Guardians.
The NYC Department of Education has approved Middle School 172 for the use of Model 2 for our Blended Learning / Remote Learning Program for school re-opening, now scheduled for September 10. This model was
presented to the MS 172 School Leadership Team, the MS 172 PTA and at five
parent meetings in July and August. The model (pictured below) includes both in-person and remote learning for three groups of Blended Learning for those that chose this on the Learning Preference Survey, informed the principal and those who did not complete the survey and 100% Remote Learning for the group that chose this on the DOE Learning Preference Survey.
You will receive your child’s Blended Learning group (A, B, or C) next week. With apologies, we will not be taking requests for students to be in a particular group. We are planning to include siblings in the school in the same group for families’ convenience.
If you did not complete the survey, please email me your choice of Blended or 100% Remote Learning to assist in our planning (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Jeffrey D. Slivko
Return to School 2020
Updates for Families August 17, 2020
Updates for Families Page 2
Updates for Families Page 3
Learning Preferences for Parents 1
Learning Preferences for Parents 2
Learning Preferences for Parents 3
2020 School Requirements -
Link for Immunizations
IMPORTANT FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS FOR SEPTEMBER 2020
July 27, 2020
I hope you and your children are well and enjoying some time off this summer. September will be here before we know it, and I am writing to you today to keep you updated on the 2020–21 school year and make sure you know how to be part of the conversation. Throughout this summer, as we diligently work to clarify operations for the fall, I promise to be transparent about what we know—and what we don’t yet know.
Your Learning Options
First things first: New York City students will be learning five days a week, whether in person or at home. As previously announced, schools are planning for blended learning, in which students will be taught in school buildings for part of the week, and will continue learning remotely from home on the other days of the week. Any family can also choose all-remote learning, for any reason. We know that the majority of families want as much in-person instruction as is safely possible, and we will work to maximize it at every turn, consistent with health and safety requirements. However, if you intend to choose all-remote learning for your child and have not yet notified us, please let us know by August 7 so schools can plan accordingly. You can fill out a web form at www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020
or call 311.
To enable you to make a more informed choice, we have prepared some important comparisons about what you can expect from each mode of learning, which you can find at the end of this letter. Families who choose all-remote instruction will be able to opt back in to blended learning on a quarterly basis throughout the school year, beginning in November
. No matter whether you are at school in-person or you are learning remotely, you and your child are still enrolled in and part of your school community. Your child’s schedule and learning experience will be fully managed by your school. The vast majority of students who participate in fully remote learning will be taught by teachers from their school. While there may be some limited exceptions on a school-by-school basis, you should expect your child to be assigned teachers from their school when they receive their full schedule before the school year begins.
As our plans continue to come together, we must be nimble. We will make adjustments as public health conditions continue to evolve.
How to Learn More
Every week, we will be posting more information about school operations to https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020. Please bookmark this page and visit it frequently. On this page, you will find information on Physical Education, Arts Education, and more. We are asking for your patience and flexibility throughout this process as we work through a great deal of planning in collaboration with our teachers, principals, and school-based staff.
Your voice and feedback are essential as our work continues. We are creating many opportunities for you to discuss the year ahead with the DOE, and we hope you will get involved. We hosted our first citywide information session on July 16, and received many great suggestions from families across the City. Please join us for one of the upcoming info sessions Tuesday, July 28; Wednesday, August 12; and Thursday, August 27.
In addition, each school will host a parent meeting to discuss the proposed school schedule and to review planning for the year ahead, and we will be holding community and advocate round-table meetings, briefings with Community Education Council leaders and elected officials, and more.
While the world around us continues to change, our commitment to the health and safety of our students, teachers, staff, and families remains steadfast, and so does our focus on equity and excellence. We will deliver what your child needs to succeed academically, knowing the traumatic impact this crisis has had on New Yorkers of all ages. We will ensure your child feels welcome and supported in their school community, no matter what.
Thank you for continuing to share your comments and questions. I have said it before, but it’s no less true now: You are our most important partners and I am grateful for you today and every day. Please stay safe and healthy.
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
Food Benefits for all New York City Public School Students
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Letter and Survey for All Families on 2020-21 School Year
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 email@example.com or Ms. Palladino at firstname.lastname@example.org. The osis number can be found in pupilpath
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. 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
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.
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