Thank you to everyone that stepped up this year (2020-2021) to continue the efforts of the IS318 PTA. We thank the nominating committee and all those who attended the meetings to help the following parents get elected to the board.
Our new PTA Executive Board includes: Co-Presidents- Thandi James + Maritza Henriquez Treasurer- Eve Chiang Secretary- Jennifer Hamdan Tech Coordinator- Henry Deguara-Pagan Volunteer Coordinator- Nina Cinelli
Dear Parents + Guardians- PTA elections are being held during our PTA Meeting on Thursday, October 22st at 6:00pm via zoom. SLT elections will be held immediately after the PTA elections (in the same meeting). In order to conduct secure and fair elections the office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) is requiring a few extra steps compared to our regular zoom meetings. They are:
• Please register at Eventbrite in advance at www.eventbrite.com/e/125893933143 • • You will receive an order confirmation with a number (your ticket). Every voter will need to register separately. • • When you enter the zoom meeting please rename yourself with your ticket confirmation number. You will be able to call in but it is much simpler to vote via zoom video. If at all possible, please select this option. Every parent and/or guardian of a current IS318 Student is eligible to vote. Each voter will need to register and sign in on to zoom separately. • • We will be taking nominations from the floor for ALL PTA & SLT positions. You can also email IS318PTAelection@gmail.com with advance nominations. We must elect a President, a Treasurer and a Secretary in order to be certified. Positions can also be Co-Pres/ Co- Treas/ Co-Secretary. SLT has 7 vacant parent seats. • • Elections will be conducted via Google Survey by link during the meeting. • • If you can not register with Eventbrite please contact IS318PTA@gmail.com and we will give you a registration number and call in information. • • If you have any questions about PA positions or the process please contact the PTA or election committee. • Thanks for working with us on this process! IS318 PTA+ Election Committee
Las elecciones de PTA se llevarán a cabo el 22 de octubre a las 6 pm a través de zoom. Las elecciones del SLT se llevarán a cabo inmediatamente después de las elecciones de la AP (en la misma reunión). Para llevar a cabo elecciones seguras y justas, la Oficina de Participación Familiar y Comunitaria (FACE) requiere algunos pasos adicionales en comparación con nuestras reuniones habituales de zoom. Son: 1. Regístrate en Eventbrite con antelación en www.eventbrite.com/e/125893933143 Recibirá una confirmación de pedido con un número (su boleto). Cada votante deberá registrarse por separado. 2. Cuando ingrese a la reunión de zoom, cambie su nombre con el número de confirmación de su boleto. Si es posible, seleccione esta opción. Todos los padres y / o tutores de un estudiante actual de IS318 son elegibles para votar. Cada votante deberá registrarse para hacer zoom por separado. 3. Tomaremos nominaciones de la sala para TODOS los puestos de PA et SLT. Considere correr. La junta debe tener un presidente, un tesorero y un secretario para poder ser certificado. SLT tiene siete asientos para padres vacantes. 4. Las elecciones se llevarán a cabo a través de Google Classroom Recuerde completar la encuesta para cada puesto durante la reunión y IS318PTAelection@gmail.com
5. Si no puede registrarse en Eventbrite, comuníquese con IS318PTA@gmail.com y le darán un número de registro y la información de llamada. 6. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre los puestos de la AP o el proceso, comuníquese con la AP en IS318PTA@gmail.com
¡Gracias por trabajar con nosotros en este proceso! IS318 PTA
Dear IS318 families, We are here!! After much anticipation, the 2020-2021 school year has officially begun. We would like to offer our endless gratitude to our school administration, teachers and staff for their tireless work! While this year will undoubtedly be like no other- we strongly believe that together we can work to provide the very best experience for our kids. Together, the PTA and the administrative team, will continue to build on the deep sense of community at IS318!
Please note the following important dates: Thursday, September 24, First PTA Meeting of the School Year Thursday, October 15, PTA Meeting + PTA/ SLT Election *details to follow
Additionally, Jupiter Grades is the platform used at IS318 and it has EVERYTHING all in one place. Your child’s classwork, homework, progress, grades, school information, correspondence, etc can all be found on Jupiter Grades!
For those parents who have recently switched to remote: Those changes are not instantaneous. You submit a request to the DOE and then the DOE must forward that to the school on a report. Please do not expect instant results of a new class placement. Similarly, if you opt to go remote we will honor that request but will be largely unable to place your child in any specific class or with any requested peers. New remote students will be slotted into existing classes where there is space OR a new remote class will be opened up.
Actual student schedules will not be relased until Friday. Normally students do not get them until the first day of official school.
If you are a new student to the NYC public schools, it is taking a few days for the DOE to process your DOE account and password. Please be patient. Its not 318 thats causing that delay. For incoming students who never had a DOE account, elementary schools were suposed to issue them to all students in the Spring for online learning. Unfortunately a large number of sixth graders did not have them and this has led to some confusion.
Additionally, many of the emails provided to us by the DOE for incoming students were outdated and incorrect. This has obstructed clear communication. We only had the emails that the DOE provided to us.
Some parents have inquired about intervention classes . These classes will provide extra instruction in ELA and math. They are not solely remediation. One class is planned as a book club, another will be a science fiction class and another is a class on plareading and another is a fantasy literature class. They will be tailored for each class. Same for the additional math class.
To be honest, this entire process has been the most challenging experience for the entire adminstrative team. Trying to develop a program where students and families are constantly opting for different models and the with the DOE changing guidance on a daily basis has been daunting. At the same time making sure that all health and safety protocols are implemented has been a huge priority. Some might see this roll out as chaotic, but we are working as absolutely hard as we can. We know this can be frustrating. These three days are designed to work out the kinks and troubleshoot so that we can have a smoother rollout next Monday.
In the spirit of collaboration, transparency and partnership, I want to share that the Mayor and the Chancellor announced this morning that there is a new staggered start for in-person learning approaching the reopening. Although this news comes with mixed emotions for many, it gives our administrators, teachers and other staff members time to ensure the readiness our school building.
We will spend this time to make sure that our school community is better prepared for instruction in a safe and inclusive environment. We will continue our mutual support and partner with you to reopen strong.
Children who are enrolled in fully remote programs will still begin full-day instruction on Monday, September 21. However, children in blended learning will also be learning remotely beginning Monday September 21, until their in-person start date as outlined here: