March 23, 2020
Dear Children’s School Families and Students:
We miss all of your faces already!
I hope this letter finds you all well. Thank you for the many kind words you have shared with your child’s classroom staff. They are all working at getting your Google Classroom up and running so that the students and the teaching staff can continue to have contact with you all through this difficult time. We spent last week organizing our remote learning plans, contacting every family to make sure that you have the necessary technology needed and to make certain that you have access to the remote systems we are creating. At this time, every student from PreK to 8th grade at our Carroll Street and Adelphi Street locations have been given a gmail account in order to access the google classroom.
Students and families are encouraged to participate in the check ins, assignments, and activities that teachers have created. We certainly understand if you cannot follow every detail outlined by the remote plans. Do your best and make sure to communicate with your administrators, teaching staff and parent coordinator if the need arises. This is a stressful enough time and we do not wish to add to that.
Technology distribution began last week. If you are in need of technology, please reach out to our Parent Coordinator who can assist you with completing the survey that was released by the Chancellor’s office. We wish to make sure that every student who can participate in remote learning can do so with the necessary technology.
School is not cancelled, it is just different! This is a time to stay connected albeit remotely. This is a time to learn from one another as some of us are technology savvy and some of us not. If you have ideas for us, please share them. You will continue to receive information from your teachers beginning March 23, 2020 as this is the launch date for Remote Learning.
Please send me photos and emails telling me about all of the things you are doing while we are away from one another.
I want to thank you in advance for your patience during this difficult time. We can do this together! Our school community will rock this.
May you be healthy. May you be safe. May you be happy.
Where can I get food for my family?
1. For families in need, follow this link to a list of food pantries throughout Brooklyn
https://www.foodpantries.org/city.php?city=BROOKLYN&st=NY 2. If you wish to get a grab and go breakfast and lunch, please visit any of the following locations:
PS 130, PS 124, PS 094, PS 038, PS 15, PS 001, IS 36, PS 131, PA 169, PS 172, PS 230, Red Hook Neighborhood School, School for International Studies, The School of Creativity and Innovation. All of these schools are located within District 15. For more schools or further information, please visit opt-osfns.org
How does my child access the Google Classroom? Your child will receive an invite to join the google classroom. They have all been provided a gmail email through ps372.
Do parents have access to google classroom? Yes, you should monitor the google classroom account so that you can follow the work that is being assigned. You will need to log in to your child’s account.
Where do I find teacher or staff email? You can find that information on inclusions.org. All emails are first name. Last firstname.lastname@example.org. For example, I can be reached at email@example.com
I need a google chrome book, where do I get one? At this point many of you have what you need, but if anyone is in need, please email either Yvette Agas-Bautz or myself and we will help work this out for you.
Will there be after school or enrichment? No, schools are closed until April 20, 2020.
Where can I communicate concerns? Contact your teachers first. If you need further assistance, please reach out to an administrator. See emails below.
Where can I get a loaner Ipad? To help students stay connected during emergencies, the DOE is lending internet-enabled iPads to support remote learning for students. If you would like to request a device for a NYC student in your family, please fill out the form below. The DOE will use the contact information you provide to get in touch with you to discuss when and where you can pick up a device. Priority will be given to students most in need, and all devices are granted on a temporary basis and will later need to be returned. There is a limit of one device per student. Follow the this link if you need to get a loaner: https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices
How will my child receive a special education service such as Speech? Each of your child’s providers will be reaching out to you to speak about services. All services will be provided virtually.
Can I speak to my Principal while schools are closed? Yes. Email me and we can set up a time to talk via telephone or video chat.
Is my child’s one to one paraprofessional available? Yes, Paraprofessionals are expected to continue to support teachers in the delivery of instruction, including, participating in the google classroom, maintaining communication with teachers, and checking in with students as determined by the classroom teacher.
Your Assistant Principal’s: Bridget.firstname.lastname@example.org Frank.email@example.com Rosa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Coordinator at Yvette.email@example.com
Nurse Assanta at firstname.lastname@example.org
Any and all staff can be reached via email. All emails are firstname.lastname@ ps372.net