The New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the Mayor’s Office are committed to protecting the right of every student in New York City to attend public school, regardless of immigration status. The United States Supreme Court has also recognized the importance of public education for all students, including undocumented students. Your child is our top priority, and we will do everything in our power to protect that right and ensure all students get a quality education.

    We take pride in our diversity. Immigrant parents, students, principals, teachers and other staff are a part of what makes our schools, and New York City, the amazing, strong, vibrant places they are. Whether you or your family arrived 100 years or 100 days ago —you are New Yorkers— and we stand with you.

    To help ensure that all children continue to learn in safe, nurturing environments, we are providing the following direction to the staff members at our schools:

    As in the past, DOE staff will not ask about or keep a record of the immigration status of a student or family member. If you do share confidential information, including immigration status, about yourself or your family, it will be protected under the City’s confidentiality policy and the Chancellor’s Regulations.

    DOE staff will not grant unlimited access to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Like all other law enforcement agencies, ICE is not permitted access to schools without proper legal authority. If ICE officers go to a school for immigration enforcement purposes, they will be referred to the principal who will take appropriate action.

    DOE staff will not release student information unless required to by law.

    Anyone in our schools seeking immigration legal services will be referred to ActionNYC. ActionNYC is a program that offers free, safe immigration legal help from trusted community organizations, in your communities and in your language.
    All New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, can continue to access City services. Call 311 or visit nyc.gov/immigrants for more information from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Additionally, resources are available on the DOE website at http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/schools/SupportingAllStudents.htm. This area of our website will be expanded in the coming weeks.

    School staff will ensure all students are in safe and supportive learning environments. The DOE’s policy is to maintain safe and inclusive schools that are free from harassment, bullying, and discrimination on account of actual or perceived race, color, religion, age, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), or weight. Any incidents or concerns should be immediately reported to school staff, who will investigate and take swift action.
    Thank you for entrusting your child’s education to us. Nothing is more important than putting our 1.1 million students on the path to success.

    Carmen Fariña 
    Chancellor Commissioner
    Nisha Agarwal
    NYC Department of Education Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

    January 30, 2017

    For more information, click below:

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  • Specialized High School Admissions Test to be Revised

    Starting with the fall 2017 Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) administration, for admissions to schools in the 2018-19 school year, the SHSAT will be redesigned. (The test administered in October and November 2016 for admission to schools in September 2017 was the final administration of the test under the previous design.)

    To find out more, click below:





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    Wednesday and Thursday, December 21 and 22, mark the dates for P.S. 229's annual Winter Concerts.  We invite you to join us on these two days at 9:00 AM to come enjoy and appreciate the great success our students have had over the course of the school year.  Grades 3, 4, & 5 will show off their talents in a series of festive musical performances on December 21--including the band, orchestra, and chorus.  Then on the following day, December 22, grades 6, 7, & 8 will mark their presence on the stage with an added group, the Jazz Band, a small bunch--but strong and full of energy. With over 100 students performing in total, not a single one's talent should be unnoticed as every musician puts lots of effort, time, and soul into their task of bringing a warm feeling to everyone's hearts through music on these special days.

    Leading them will be our profound band and orchestra teacher, Ms. Oppel, and our amazing chorus director, Ms. Yorr.  They have been working non-stop all these years teaching the ways of music.  If it wasn't for them, we would not have these great events. 

    From year to year, we see the bond growing stronger and stronger among audience, performers, teachers, and, of course, music--and we hope this relationship will only enhance and prosper.  We hope to see you in the auditorium on these seemingly small, but, in fact, big days for both the students and teachers, representing our school's and individual student's achievements.  (Student-submission by A.T.)  

     Editor's Note:  Click on the Calendar for details about our early childhood Winter Sing-Alongs on Friday, December 23.  

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    Our PTA, along with our after-school NIA programs, COMPASS (elementary) and SONYC (middle school) are hosting a Toy Drive for children in the community.

    As families are able, our students are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for a child which can be dropped off in the special boxes near the main entrance.  The toy drive ends on December 14, 2016.

    "A kind heart is a fountain of gladness,
    making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles."
                   --Washington Irving (Writer, New Yorker, 1783-1859)

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    Throughout New York City, December is a time of musical performances.

    So, too, here @229K we have Winter Concerts and early childhood "Sing-Along" Assemblies (check our calendar for updated details).

    As the nighttime increases, the sounds of music fill the air,
    recalling and calling forth the warmth and sunshine of longer days,
    to bring joy and laughter 

    Make music.  Sing.  (Or be a part of the audience.)

    Season's Greetings.

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    "The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest."
    --William Blake, poet (1757-1827)

    Thanks to those who share their learning;
    Thanks to those who share their knowledge;
    Thanks to those who share their time, their talents, their treasure;
    All for our students.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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    We welcome parents and guardians to come, see, and celebrate their children at work.  We encourage classroom visits between 8:45 – 10:15 AM on the following dates:   

    Monday, 11/14:  Pre-K  

    Tuesday, 11/15: Classes 901, 904, and Grades 1 & 5    

    Wednesday, 11/16:  Classes 902, 906, and Grades 2 & 7  

    Thursday, 11/17:  Classes 903, 905, Kindergarten, and Grades 3 & 6    

    Friday, 11/18:  Classes 904, 907, and Grades 4 & 8   

    See you in school.

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  • NOVEMBER 6th @ 2:00 A.M.

    Click on the image below for a reminder or two.

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    On Tuesday, November 1st, your child’s bus service will not be interrupted and will operate as usual.

    ·        There will be no bus strike.

    ·        Jofaz Transportation and Y&M Transit have reached a tentative agreement.

    ·        All buses will operate Tuesday, November 1st as usual.

    Updates are available on the NYCDOE website (see Quick Link below, "Transportation.")

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    The New York City Department of Education has information available in case there is a disruption in yellow bus service for students using Jofaz Transportation and Y&M Transit.  The most up-to-date details are available on the NYCDOE website (see the Quick Links at the bottom of this homepage, then click on "Transportation").  

    The October 31st letter from the NYCDOE is available here:  

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Principal's Welcome

Welcome to our new "mobile-friendly" version of our website which adjusts automatically to smartphones, tablets, and personal computers.  This totally redesigned version features less crowded content and improved navigation.  Watch us as we build!

Upcoming Events

  • School re-opens Monday, February 27.

    Mid-Winter Recess

    School is Closed.

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  • Presidents' Day

    Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.  
    (Source:  history.com)

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  • Kdg-Gr 5 Third Trimester begins

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