• Families Need to Address 13 Reasons Why

    Our first priority is providing a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students. As parents and educators, it is important that we be aware of what our young people are watching, reading and talking about. This helps open the door for important conversations centered on topics that interest them. It also provides an opportunity for you to offer support and guidance and be aware of what information they may be getting from the media and their peers.

    Many students are watching and talking about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

    Find out more. Click here.

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    Since 1984, National PTA has designated one week in May as a special time to honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.

    Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12, 2017. We can’t wait to #ThankATeacher with you!

    This year’s theme is “Teachers Deliver.” And they do! Teachers deliver so much to our students—inspiration, motivation and, ultimately, their futures. From May 8-12, 2017, we would like to celebrate teachers and deliver our thanks and gratitude to them.

    Teachers change the lives of millions of children every day, and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Join us during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week to #ThankATeacher for all that they deliver to our nation’s children.

    Source:  National PTA website


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  • New York State Examinations for Grades 3-8: Mathematics

    During the first week of May, students in grades 3 to 8 will participate in the annual New York State Mathematics Examinations.

    Every spring, the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Examinations are administered to students across New York State.  These annual tests are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction and help to ensure that students are on the right track to graduate from high school with the critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills needed for success in college and the modern workplace.  

    Click here to read more about the 2017 NYS ELA and Math Exams.

    NYS Q&A for Families 

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    Families with early childhood age children who will (or hope to) be joining the school community @229K are invited to our annual Open House.  

    Come to see and hear about our Kindergarten and school programs, with a focus on Gifted & Talented:

    Friday, April 21, 2017
    9 AM (about one hour)
    Enter on Bay 7th Street.

    Consider sharing our motto, "Home - School - Community, " with your family.

    Go Tigers!  (The 229 Tigers are our middle school basketball team.)

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    During most of this month, we would like to show appreciation to our neighbors at the Brooklyn Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital (800 Poly Place, across from the Dyker Beach Golf Course) through a collection of the following suggested items for those whom they serve:
    >  Circle Word Search (large print)
    >  Pencils/Pens
    >  Board games
    >  Jigsaw Puzzles
    >  Various toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, comb, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)

    Students may drop off items in our main lobby.  The drive ends on March 21. 

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  • NYC Public Schools will be Closed on Tuesday, March 14. 2017

    Check the NYC DOE website  http://schools.nyc.gov  for up-to-date information about NYC Public Schools.

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  • Come to the Fairs!

    Thursday, March 9th, will be a big day for our school community during the hours of Parent-Teacher Conferences:
    12:30-2:30 PM &
    4:30-7:30 PM

    New! Family Health Fair (main lobby):  Come and see the table of resources available locally and, in the afternoon, meet some representatives from these organizations.

    Grades 5-8 Science Fair (multi-purpose room):  Come and see the display of official class winners. 

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    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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