Chancellor Carranza Greetings

April 9, 2018

Dear Parents,

It is my pleasure to serve as your Schools Chancellor. I am eager to meet parents and families, and hear your hopes for your children and schools.

I want to share a bit about my life and career. I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, the son of a sheet metal worker and a hairdresser. My grandparents were immigrants from Mexico and I did not learn English until kindergarten. Although my parents never attended college, they knew that the path forward for my twin brother and me included an education. They wanted more for their children—a college degree and meaningful work. I know that you also want the same opportunities for your children.

I have devoted my life to public education because it is the greatest gift I have received. I started teaching nearly 30 years ago in the same public high school that I attended. I began as a bilingual social studies and music teacher, and later became a high school principal in Tucson. I then went on to be a regional superintendent in Las Vegas, and a superintendent in San Francisco, and most recently, in Houston.

As Chancellor, I plan to build on the strong work our students, educators, schools, and families are already doing. I am particularly focused on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Equity and Excellence for All (E&E) agenda. E&E is the engine through which we are offering every four-year old a free, full day, high-quality Pre-K for All seat, and expanding 3-K for All to reach each child in this formative stage. Through our Universal Literacy initiative, we are getting all of our students reading on grade level. Beyond our students’ early years, we are making sure that all of our graduates are prepared for college and careers through College Access for All and AP for All. You are partners in this important work, and together we will continue to make sure that your children are in school and committed to learning.

I also believe that schools are more than places where children go to learn. They are the heart of our communities—and a bridge to opportunity, support, and wellness for students and their families. A great education is the best way to empower the next generation.

I am excited to share this journey with you, and look forward to meeting many of you in the coming months. Your children are New York City’s future doctors, tech leaders, teachers, and mayors. I promise to serve, champion, and care for each of them.

Sincerely,
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor

Chancellor Carranza Greetings.pdf 

From The Office of the Mayor

September 28, 2017

Dear Families,

We are deeply saddened and concerned about the widespread devastation in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other Caribbean islands in the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. Our hearts go out to those who have lost so much. As many New Yorkers prepare to welcome displaced relatives and friends into their homes, we stand ready to welcome their children into our schools.  [See the column to the right for translations of this letter.]

We want to be clear that New York City’s public schools are open to students in need, whether they arrive with or without documentation needed to register, such as a birth certificate that may have been lost in floods and chaos.
As school communities, we come together in the face of tragedy. Our focus remains on keeping students in school where they can learn. Being in the classroom keeps children safe and offers them stability during uncertain times. In addition, going to school every day connects students to a caring, nurturing community.

The Department of Education (DOE) is ready to assist in enrolling school-age children in the City’s public schools, from pre-kindergarten through high school. For more information, families can call 311, go to schools.nyc.gov/NewStudents, or visit a Family Welcome Center. Family Welcome Centers are open in all five boroughs from Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can find information on our Family Welcome Centers here: schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/NewStudents/WelcomeCenters. The Early Childhood Outreach team can support families looking for pre-kindergarten and other early childhood options; call (212) 637-8000 for information.

For families who are not directly impacted but who would like to help, 18 firehouse and EMS stations across the City are accepting critically-needed donations daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. To find a list of these items or a drop-off center near you, visit on.nyc.gov/PuertoRicoRelief. You can also join the DOE in supporting aid for students and schools in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico hit hard by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. To make a voluntary donation, visit the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City at www1.nyc.gov/site/fund/donate/donate.page.

We expect more families and children from devastated areas in the Caribbean to relocate to New York City in the coming months—and we are ready. The DOE and the entire City will do all in our power to help support students and their families in their hour of need.

Sincerely,
Bill de Blasio, Mayor
Carmen Fariña, Schools Chancellor

From the Office of the Mayor

September 28, 2017   Translations:

Arabic 2017_09-28.pdf                

Chinese 2017_09-28.pdf                

English 2017_09-28.pdf              

Russian 2017_09-28.pdf           

Spanish 2017_09-28.pdf 

 

NIA's SPRING INTO HEALTH FAIR 
April 10, 2018
at P.S. 247K
7000 21st Avenue, Brooklyn 11204
(6:00-9:30 PM)


The Spring Into Health Fair will engage, encourage, empower, and expose community residents to an array of holistic services. Participating Cornerstone sites will host local community-based organizations and City agencies in each neighborhood.  


Activities will focus on three topics: awareness and education (e.g., supplemental nutrition assistance, health insurance enrollment opportunities); lifestyle information (e.g., blood pressure, vision, dental screening); and demonstrations (e.g., yoga, zumba, CPR).

For more information, click : NIA Spring Into Health Fair 2018.docx   
or contact NIA/PS 247 Beacon Program Director Paul Suciu, Phone: 917.757.8684; Email: nia.ps247k@niabklyn.org .

NYC DOE

September 25, 2017

Dear Families and Staff,

Many of you have asked how we, as a community, can help the people of Texas and Florida. In response to the on-going devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, I am pleased to announce that the New York City Department of Education is collecting donations for affected schools in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and other impacted areas. The funds will provide critical relief to students and their families – from school uniforms and supplies to toiletries and backpacks for students. Districts across the nation are coming together for this effort, and as the largest public school district in the nation, I know we can do our part to support these children.

The voluntary donations will be collected through the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and can be made by visiting the Mayor’s Fund Donation page (http://www1.nyc.gov/site/fund/donate/donate.page), and selecting the options labeled: Please join the NYC Department of Education community in supporting critical aid and relief efforts for schools and students impacted by Hurricane Irma or Please join the NYC Department of Education community in supporting critical aid and relief efforts for schools and students impacted by Hurricane Harvey or Please join the NYC Department of Education community in supporting critical aid and relief efforts for schools and students impacted by Hurricane Maria.

New York City has always been a beacon of hope to the world. This is another moment when our spirit and generosity can lift the spirits of those in need.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,
Carmen Fariña, Chancellor

COMMUNITY DRUG INFORMATION

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Click on the attachment for details: 
COMMUNITY DRUG INFORMATION 2017_06-13.pptx 

FREE FAMILY ICE SKATING

Wed 12/28
Thurs 12/29

9 am to 11 am
at Abe Stark Rink

More details:   Free Family Ice Skating 2016_12.pdf 

Join us for the first
Brooklyn Dyslexia
Awareness Nite

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
6 PM – 8:30 PM

Hosted by
Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams
and Senator Martin Golden

Learn more about Dyslexia legislation A. 4330A/ S. 5439
RSVP (for planning purposes only)
StinsonM@nyassembly.gov or call 718-246-4889

#SayDyslexiaNY

"IT'S ELEMENTARY!"
THE SEPTEMBER 2017 NYC DOE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Gifted & Talented

The NYC DOE Office of Student Enrollment is hosting It’s Elementary! admissions events for elementary school families. In one night, families can attend presentations and ask questions about Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Gifted & Talented Admissions.

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Franklin D. Roosevelt High School 
                    5800 20th Avenue

For more information, review the NYC DOE links at the far right of this row.

To reach the NYC DOE "It's Elementary" page, click here. 

YOUNG DOCS SATURDAY PROGRAM
at COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
for Middle and High Schoolers

It is the mission of the Young Doctors Mentorship program at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons to expose youth to careers in medicine. As part of this goal, we hold a science fair to allow students the opportunity to explore and conduct research on a human body system. 

More details are available at the link in the text box to the right.

Application deadline:  November 17, 2016.

To register, click here.

FREE Wi-Fi FOR ELIGIBLE STUDENTS

The ConnectED Library Hotspot Loan Program is a collaborative program by New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Public Library and Department of Education to provide thousands of NYC K-12 students with free Internet access for the entire school year. This program addresses the needs of more than 1 in 5 New York City households who do not have home access to high-speed Internet services. 

In order to be eligible to participate in this program, a patron must:

  • Have a child in NYC public school
  • Have a valid library card* and be at least 18 years old
  • Have less than $15 in outstanding fines on their library card
  • Have no Internet access at home
  • Register and attend an orientation session at one of our participating location
  • Agree to participate in surveys and other evaluations that will help BPL determine the merits of the program
  • Agree to the program conditions listed on the online Library HotSpot registration form

    For more information, click here.

    

HAUNTED HALLOWEEN
Monday, Oct. 31, 2016
3:30-8:00 PM
Owl's Head Park
67th St. & Colonial Rd.

Haunted Walk Tours, Costume Contests, Fairytale Forest Tours, face painting, rides, sand art, FDNY Smokehouse, "Dracula's Food Court" -  sponsored by Senator Marty Golden, SWB Parks Task Force, Community Emergency Response Team, NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation.

Recommended donation $1.
More details

Halloween Spooktacular Street Festival
Saturday, October 29
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
11th Avenue, between 66th & 67th Streets
sponsored by NIA

Activities, performances, games, music, photo booth, vendors, giveaways

More info

Family Fall Harvest Festival 
Saturday, October 22, 2016

sponsored by Brooklyn South
Details at:   Family Fall Harvest Festival 2016 

DISTRICT 20 WELCOMES CHANCELLOR FARINA