Dear Parents: Welcome to a new school year and a new journey for all members of the I.S. 318 community. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents for their cooperation and assistance you have shown throughout this past school year.
We would like to invite you to our “Hello Summer” Celebration! This event is sponsored by the PTA and Town Square Bk and will be held on Greenpoint Avenue between West St and Transmitter Park Saturday, June 19th, 2021 12-5pm. We are asking you all to come prepared to have FUN!!!
Please bring your water squirters, bring your soccer balls, picnic baskets and your energy! The event will include music and an opportunity to safely socialize. We are asking for your help in also making this a cultural potluck; so, please bring a tray of food to share with your school community.
This PTA event is free and open to the entire IS 318 school community.
We should note that our current mitigation practices during school hours (mask wearing & social distancing) will be encouraged at this event in order to keep everyone safe.
On behalf of the PTA, we extend our congratulations to all of the members of the Class of 2021. We are extremely proud of you all!
If you would like to contribute funds for the PTA to help with this event and future events: is318pta.square.site/
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more.
About the Emergency Broadband Benefit The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program? A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below: • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline; • • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year; • • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year; • • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or • • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider’s existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
The I.S.318 Cheerleading Squad is back! We will be starting up cheerleading afterschool again for all in person students that are interested! There will be no try outs this year, everyone is welcome to join! The cheerleading afterschool program this year will focus on the basics of cheerleading. We will be keeping safety in mind and be spread out during practice! We will be learning fun cheer dances, cheers, personal tumbling, and jumps! Practices will take place Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:00pm- 4:00pm. If you are interested in joining, please email Ms. Sheehan at ESheehan3@schools.nyc.gov. Please let her know your name, class and if you are in cohort A or B. Our first practice will be this Wednesday 4/21 for A students and Thursday 4/22 for B students. You will need this signed permission slip to attend!
Dear District 14 Families, Community Members, Students and Staff:
The Asian-American community has been experiencing unprecedented acts of violence against innocent people across the country. While there has been a lot of media attention very recently in response to the heinous attacks against Asian American women in metro Atlanta this week, this is not a new phenomenon. There is fear among our Asian-American families who are an integral part of our school and district community. As the District 14, we strongly say that hatred and racism will not be tolerated against any member of our community. We stand together and for each other and our schools must be safe spaces for all our diverse students, all our staff and family members. Today and always, we stand strong with our Asian-American families.
The Department of Education issued the following response to anti-Asian violence:
“Bigotry, bias, and bullying have no place in our schools or our communities and we stand in solidarity with our AsianAmerican students and families. We are working with the NYPD and School Safety Division to increase patrols around specific schools and transportation hubs to ensure student safety and well-being as our city confronts the recent increase in anti-Asian violence. Our schools play an important role in educating students about how the diversity of our differences makes us stronger, and we commend our dedicated educators and schools’ staff for making sure students are physically and emotionally safe during this time.”
District 14 Principals and Assistant Principals issued their response:
“On behalf of CSA in District 14, our Principals, Assistant Principals and Education Administrators condemn the violence against all Asian-Americans. These targeted racial attacks against innocent citizens should not be the norm nor supported by any group. As active members of the District 14 community, citizens of this city, and educators, we are unified and steadfastly committed to embracing and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will not support divisive rhetoric that leads toward unwarranted brutality against any Asian-American citizen. These residents help us create the diverse tapestry that is District 14. Our commitment in District 14 is to care for one another, and to look out for each person’s well-being. We actively work to cultivate an environment where everyone is welcome regardless of identity, background, or race.”
The United Federation of Teachers said in their statement for the District 14 community:
“The UFT stands with our Asian-American brothers and sisters. Hate-speech and racially motivated violence have no place in our community. Together – educators, students, parents – we must speak out against such brutality and work to build an inclusive, just and welcoming society.”
All District 14 leaders, teachers, parent coordinators and guidance counselors received resources and a toolkit developed in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, New York City Commission on Human Rights, and Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, the NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes with all of our Respect for All liaisons across the city – Stop COVID Hate: A Toolkit for Addressing Anti-Asian Bias, Discrimination, and Hate. This toolkit and additional resources provides comprehensive information and educational material for both bystanders and those targeted by bias-motivated incidents; and infographics, media, and other digital campaigns against hate. These tools are continuously updated and are regularly shared with all school communities.
As a District 14 community, we SAY NO TO HATE.
Alicja Winnicki Iradies Munet James Brown Superintendent UFT Representative CSA Representative
Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled for Thursday, March 11, 2021 (afternoon session 1:00pm – 3:00 pm) and (evening session 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm) will still take place; however, conferences have been embedded in the regular workday, and have been taken place since March 1, 2021 and will continue through March 11, 2021.
Please note that all students will be remotely dismissed at 11:00 am on Thursday, March 11, 2021.
Teachers will work with families to schedule conferences during a time that is mutually convenient for both to attend. If you would like to request a telephone conference, please contact your child’s teachers via the Jupiter Online Grading System.
Please note that staff will continue to update and keep families informed of their child’s progress throughout the school year.
We appreciate your flexibility at this time of heightened awareness and focus on the health of our school communities. We are confident this change in our conferencing format will still advance our shared aims of safety and health of parents and students, while also continuing to elevate these critical conversations on the academic progress of all students.
If You Travel Overview Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced new guidelines allowing travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 10-day quarantine for asymptomatic individuals. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York are exempt from the travel advisory; however covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well. The guidance also applies to any person who has traveled to CDC Levels 2 and higher Health Notice country under the COVID risk assessment.
For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below: • For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours: • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York. • • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days. • • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
• • • For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
• The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State. • • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York. • • The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well. All travelers must continue to fill out our traveler form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program. The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out-of-state, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety. For general inquires contact the call the Hotline: 1-888-364-3065 or Ask a Question. To file a report of an individual failing to adhere to the quarantine pursuant to the travel guidelines click here or call 1-833-789-0470.
Please remember that students and staff who have recently traveled outside of New York to a place on the State’s travel advisory list must quarantine for 10 days, or test out of the 10-day quarantine based on the State’s guidance, which can be found at coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory(Open external link). • DOE students continue to have access to priority testing at H+H sites across the city; a list of sites can be found here: Covid Testing Sites. • No matter where your child is learning, we are committed to ensuring they receive a strong, supportive education. We know how important school is for your student, whether blended or remote—and our dedication to them remains unwavering during this challenging time.