Town Hall Parent Meeting re: 2020-21


Thursday 6th of August at 1pm is our Town Hall Parent Meeting. Principal Lopez will be joining us to discuss P255Q and fall Planning. Here is the agenda for the meeting.

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+1 347-966-4114   United States, New York City (Toll)

Conference ID: 825 319 320#

If you are experiencing some technical difficulties in signing into the meeting please consider the following options:

1. Using your child’s DOE email address, sign into portal.office.com to access Microsoft Teams.

2.Download Microsoft Teams by going to your APP store and sign in as a guest.  It is a free App and you could use the APP to attend future Teams Meets.

3. Try using the Chrome internet browser instead of Safari. 

4.If you are using your child’s DOE issued iPad, the Microsoft Team App should already be installed in the Microsoft Office folder. Click on the hyperlink directly using the DOE iPad. It might require you to use your child’s DOE email address. 

5.Use the phone number included in the link and call into the meeting. 

Hope to see you tomorrow at this very informative meeting! 

Mañana por la tarde es nuestra reunión de padres del ayuntamiento. El Principal López se unirá a nosotros para hablar sobre P255Q y la planificación del Otoño. Se adjunta la agenda de la reunión.

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+1 347-966-4114   United States, New York City (Toll)

Conference ID: 825 319 320#

Si tiene dificultades técnicas para iniciar la sesión en la reunión, considere las siguientes opciones:

1. Con la dirección del correo electrónico del DOE de su hijo, inicie la sesión en portal.office.com para acceder a Microsoft Teams.

2.Descargue Microsoft Teams yendo a su tienda de aplicaciones(APP store) e inicie la sesión como invitado. Es una aplicación gratuita y puede usar la aplicación para asistir a reuniones en el futuro de Teams.

3. Intente usar el navegador de internet Chrome en lugar de Safari.

4. Si está utilizando el IPad del DOE de su hijo, la aplicación Microsoft Team ya debería estar instalada en el folleto de Microsoft Office. Haga clic en el enlace directamente con el iPad del  DOE. Es posible que requiera que use la dirección de correo electrónico del DOE de su hijo.5.Puedes llamar usando el numero de telefono en el enlace.

¡Espero verte mañana en esta reunión muy informativa!

Principal’s Letter

In this last week of June, we are pausing to salute all the students who are graduating and moving up to new schools in September. The many smiles of our student’s faces can lighten up the room and in this case, a computer screen. Although we haven’t been able to celebrate in person this year, the online ceremonies have been beautiful. Congratulations to all of our P255Q graduates!

School year 2019/2020 will not be a year anyone will soon forget. A crisis occurred and too many members of the 255Q community were significantly affected by COVID-19.

During the last three months, we all adjusted to the remote learning platform. It has presented us all with many challenges, but overwhelmingly our school community has remained connected as we developed our virtual learning classrooms. I am very proud of our response during this difficult time. We will continue to enhance remote learning as we begin the summer program. Please continue to check your emails and the Remind app for updated and new information. If you are not connected, please send an email to Neckert2@schools.nyc.gov.

For the 350 families participating in summer school, note the following information:

  • Thursday, July 2 – First Instructional Day
  • Friday, July 3 – Independence Day Observed-No school
  • Friday, July 31 – Eid al Adha Observed-No school
  • Thursday, August 13 -Last Instructional Day

I wish all of you a prosperous and healthy summer.

Gregg Lopez

Principal

Message from Mr Lopez

Dear P255Q Parents,                                                                                                            

It is hard to believe that we will begin our graduations and moving up ceremonies this week. When we left our school the last week of March there was much uncertainty.  As the end of our school year approaches, I want to update and thank you for all of  your energy and effort to stay connected with the school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite many challenges, we all remained connected to each other and I am proud of what we have accomplished. 

UPDATES

Summer school-Though we have had some conflicting information it appears that the Chapter 683 Summer program will be remotely delivered.  The flow of the day will remain similar to the practices we have in place currently. We will work together to increase live interactions with students.  As part of summer school instruction, synchronous instruction will occur. Synchronous instruction is defined as some live interaction between the teacher and a student or students each day at a scheduled time at the discretion of the teacher and parent. This summer will allow us time to prepare, develop and set up these practices in preparation for September. 

September 2020- Chancellor Carranza has been very transparent through this process and has shared that his decisions are continually evolving. Plans and provisions are being made for a ‘Blended‘ model of instruction in September. A parent survey has been sent to all families requesting feedback to help determine the design of instruction. Fill out your survey and have your thoughts and concerns be heard. 

We may not have all of the answers, but please join me on Tuesday during our Parent Connection Meeting at 11am for updates and to have any of your questions answered. Send an email to our Parent Coordinator, Nora Eckert for a meeting link at Neckert2@schools.nyc.gov. 

Thank you,

Gregg Lopez

P255Q Principal

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End of Year Activities

Congratulations everybody – we have made it through two months of online learning! We miss you all and we can’t wait to all be back together in our lovely classrooms. In the meantime, it is wonderful to see all the hard work our students have been doing at home. Please keep logging on to your Google Classrooms, completing activities and meeting with your teachers and related service providers. Also, check out our brand new Family Resource Page where you can find supports from our school, parent coordinator and community resources.

Here are just some of the activities and important dates we have planned as we wind down the school year.

Students working on art activity.
Some of our students working on art projects for our exhibition.
  • June 3rd -255Q’s virtual day of the ARTS
  • June 4th- Chancellor’s Day of professional development for all staff.
  • June 5th- 255Q’s APE virtual field day.  More information will be shared shortly.

We will also be cheering on our wonderful graduates this month as they move up and onward. We are organizing some beautiful virtual ceremonies. Graduate parents will receive an email invite soon. Save the date!

Graduation hat
  • June 16th – 307 graduation ceremony.
  • June 17th – 397 graduation ceremony.
  • June 18th – 154 graduation ceremony.
  • June 19th – 168 graduation ceremony.
  • June 24th – P7 graduation ceremony.
  • June 25th – 128 graduation ceremony.

Please check out our new Family Resource page Here you can find all kinds of resources and supports from our parent coordinator.

Back to Remote Learning

We hope that you had as peaceful and restful spirit week and enjoyed the wonderful activities your teachers posted in their classrooms.

Here are some updated resources to help you navigate this new world.

Latest Update from Mr Lopez April 20th

How to access Google Classroom

Google Classroom Guide for Parents (multiple languages)

How to reset your student password.

Support for speakers of other languages

Family tech support help desk

Getting started with your DOE iPad

Letter from Chancellor Carranza to Parents of Students with Disabilities

As always, if you need any further support feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher, unit coordinator or Nora Eckert our parent coordinator at Parentcoordinator@P255q.org.

Update on DOE Distributed iPads

The DOE is working hard to ensure students across New York City have the technology they need to learn remotely. As of March 25, 2020, the DOE began delivering internet-enabled iPads to students across the city. Please be patient, not all iPads have been distributed yet. When you get yours, please inform your child’s teacher. The following instructions should help you set up.

1. Double check that the iPad is connected to the internet.

All DOE iPads should come internet ready. If, however, for some reason the iPad is not connecting to the internet, help the student do the following:

  1. Go to the Settings app.
  2. Select Cellular.
  3. Turn on Cellular Data.
  4. Tap Cellular Data Options.
  5. Verify that LTE and data roaming are turned on.

If the student still has trouble connecting to the internet, they should call AppleCare Support for the NYCDOE at 1-800-919-2775. When prompted, enter the PIN: 692363 (NYCDOE). Note that they should ONLY call this number to ask about setting up their iPad or accessing learning applications. They should not call to check on the status of a device request. See iPad Distribution for information and timelines around devices.

2. Confirm their iPads have the correct applications installed.

In addition to standard iOS apps (Calendar, Clock, Photos, etc.) all DOE iPads should come with the following apps:

  • Adobe Acrobat 
  • Axis 360
  • Chrome 
  • Cisco Security 
  • CrowdStrike 
  • Flipgrid 
  • Freegal Music 
  • Google apps: Classroom, Docs, Drive, Gmail, Hangouts, Sheets, Slides, Translate 
  • Microsoft apps: Excel, OneDrive, OneNote, PowerPoint, Teams, Word
  • OverDrive 
  • Queens Library 
  • RBDigital 
  • SimplyE 

For security reasons, students cannot download apps to their iPads. They should have all of the above apps already installed, however, so if one of the above applications is missing, students should call the DOE Service Desk at 718-935-5100.

A note about Zoom: many schools have asked about adding Zoom to the iPads. The DOE will send out another announcement when a deployment approach has been solidified.

3. Help them sign into applications with the correct username and password.

  • For all Microsoft applications, students should sign in with their DOE student account. If they don’t know their account info, here’s how they can find it.
  • For all Google or G Suite applications, students should also sign in with their DOE student account.

More Information

As more guidance on helping students with connectivity becomes available, updates will be made on the Support Students with DOE iPads page on InfoHub.

Up and Running

Hello P255Q community!

By now most of you are up and running in Google Classroom and it is very nice to see students and parents engaging with teachers and paraprofessionals . Teachers have been reaching out with activities and messages to interact with their students. Although we are physically apart, we are still very much together. We understand these are very challenging times and we want to be here to support you as much as possible.

Here are some resources that may help you in the case you are still having technical issues.

How do students access Google Classroom?

  • 1. Go to https://accounts.google.com/
  • 2. Enter your DOE Student Username. – You should have received this from your child’s teacher.
  • 3. Click Next.
  • 4. Enter your password.
  • 5. Click Next.
  • 6. If the username and password entered are correct, you will be signed-in successfully.

If you have any issues, try resetting the password here. You will need your child’s OSIS number. You can get this from your child’s teacher.

You can also communicate with your child’s teacher using Remind. Remind Access Info

If you need a device for your child you can apply for one from the DOE by following this link. https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

Here is a guide to Google Classroom for Parents If you need it in another language you can find it here at Google Classroom for Parents Translated

If you still need help or we can support you in any other way, please contact your child’s teacher or our parent coordinator Nora Eckert.

P255Q Online

Google Classroom Log In

Starting Monday 23rd of March our entire school community will be moving to Google Classroom.

Here you will find messages and support from your teachers and paraprofessionals, learning activities, lessons, meetings and more! We know that this cannot replace our physical classrooms but we have worked very hard this week to create a joyful, supportive community to help us through these challenging times.

How do students access Google Classroom?

  • 1. Go to https://accounts.google.com/
  • 2. Enter your DOE Student Username. – You should have received this from your child’s teacher.
  • 3. Click Next.
  • 4. Enter your password.
  • 5. Click Next.
  • 6. If the username and password entered are correct, you will be signed-in successfully.

If you have any issues email your child’s teacher.

You can also communicate with your child’s teacher using Remind. Remind Access Info

If you need a device for your child you can apply for one by following this link. https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

Here is a guide to Google Classroom for Parents If you need it in another language you can find it here at Google Classroom for Parents Translated We are a very special school and it will be a little different for us but our entire P255Q staff will be here to support you.

Update from Chancellor 03/16/20

Dear Families,

All of us are living through an unprecedented time as we work to keep our communities safe and healthy in the face of the coronavirus. New Yorkers are joining millions in cities, states, and nations across the world in confronting decisions that we’ve never had to face—and maybe never could have imagined having to.

Here in New York, Mayor de Blasio and I have been clear that any changes to our school system as we know it would be an extreme measure—a last resort. We’ve been monitoring the outbreak in New York City day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. This weekend, it became clear that continuing public education in our school buildings was no longer sustainable for the time being. 

On Sunday, we announced that for the next three and a half weeks, we are moving to a remote learning model, with a projected reopening of school buildings the week of April 20, 2020. I know this may feel abrupt, and has the potential to cause disruption in your lives. We are committed to consistent and clear communication with you throughout this time period, and a clear understanding of what will happen. 

Our announcement today means that Monday, March 16, school buildings are closed and students will be out of session. However, students and families can pick up medication or receive any standard medical services from Tuesday through Thursday, during regular school hours; school nurses and school based health center staff will be on site. During that time, teachers will also be expected to report to their buildings and receive full-day professional development on remote learning.

Later in the week, students will begin picking up materials, including technology to participate in remote learning when needed. Additional guidance on all of this will be shared with you in the next couple of days.  All throughout this week, grab-and-go breakfast will be available at the entrance of every school building from 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Any student can pick up breakfast and lunch at any school building.

On Monday, March 23, we will be opening several dozen Regional Enrichment Centers across the City, to serve the children of our City’s first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations. 

That Monday, we will also launch remote learning for grades K-12. I have every confidence in New York City educators and know they will rise to the occasion, and dedicate the same passion for delivering high-quality instruction remotely as they do in the classroom. We know we have the most dedicated school staff: teachers, custodians, administrators, and especially the school food workers who will be continuing to work during this time as part of a citywide meals program. More information on the launch of that program will be coming soon.

I want to be clear that this is not a closure, but a transition. We will not lower our expectations for our students. We know they are hungry to learn and we will match their curiosity and passion with work-fromhome materials, including distribution of devices that will support our remote-learning instructional model. 

There are already instructional resources available for every grade level in every subject at schools.nyc.gov/learnathome. 

We know this is a difficult time, and we are working hard to make sure our City continues to support families in every way we can. I want to assure families we’re working to make this as seamless a transition as possible.

Now is the time to come together to do what’s best for the health and safety of all New Yorkers. We are with you, partners in education in the greatest city in the world. We have the world’s most talented students, educators, and staff—and nothing will ever change that. 

We will continue to communicate with you in the coming days, and encourage you to visit our website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/schoollife/healthandwellness/coronavirusupdate for more information and updates on this transition.

Sincerely,  

Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

New York City Department of Education

Important Update – School is Closed

Dear P255Q Families,

By order of Mayor de Blasio, NYC Public School classes are suspended this week beginning Monday, March 16 to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This means that there will be no school buildings open for classes until at least April 20th.

I know this is a worrying time for all of us but rest assured P255Q staff are all committed to supporting our students and families. Monday 16th will be considered a snow day. There will be no school. From Tuesday 17th through Thursday 19th teachers will be brainstorming ways we can best help you through these difficult times. We will update you as we know more.

Regards,

Gregg Lopez

Principal