Last Day of School Letter

Dear Families,

Today is the last day of the most challenging, most intense school year many of us have ever experienced. I am humbled by your efforts and so proud of your children—our brilliant students.

I know that last September feels like it was years ago, and that time in general seems to exist as “before COVID” and “after COVID.” It might be hard to remember, but before the pandemic upended our lives, we opened more pre-K Dual Language programs(Open external link) across the city, saw a record number of our students enrolling in college(Open external link), and learned just how much our Community Schools(Open external link) have been changing students’ lives for the better—to name just a few of our accomplishments. All that still matters because it has real-life, positive impacts for our children.

And then, all of a sudden, it was Monday, March 16, and the coronavirus forced us to reinvent the nation’s largest school system, closing all school buildings and transitioning our 1.1 million students to remote learning. To me, the “after COVID” time is as stunningly impressive as what came before. I know this because over the past three months I have seen your children complete science experiments in your kitchens, debate the United States Constitution in Spanish from your living rooms, and join band practice and master Shakespeare on Zoom.

Your children accomplished these amazing feats all while the coronavirus was affecting you, your families, and your communities. Sadly, we lost immediate family members, and 79 Department of Education employees, to COVID-19. We will never be the same without the loved ones, friends, and colleagues who gave our lives and work meaning. We will never, ever forget a single one of them. They live on in our hearts, in our memories, and in our children.

I’ve always said that parents and families are our most important partners, but this year that was truer than ever, as you became your child’s teacher, coach, and constant presence in an uncertain world. Your lives were upended in support of a totally unconventional schedule for your children. I know how much you sacrificed for them, how concerned you are about their futures, and how deep your love for them runs. I can’t thank you enough for the effort you have made to support your child’s learning at home.

In recent weeks, you’ve kept the learning going as our city and nation have been enraged and have mourned the senseless loss of more Black lives at the hands of those whose duty it is to serve and protect. It has been a gut-wrenching time for all of us. Systemic racism endangers people of color in this country, period; and true change for New Yorkers of color must begin in our schools.

I pledge that we will take what we have learned this year and double down on addressing systemic inequalities in our system that these crises have further exposed. This includes continuing to build a strong, inclusive, just, and anti-racist educational system. I pledge that we will keep cultivating and celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of your children. I pledge to continue to be there for you and your children, not being deterred for a moment—no matter what challenges come our way. Over the next several months, we will operate Summer School, Meal Hubs, Regional Enrichment Centers, and Emergency Child Care Centers to actively serve our families. I pledge to deliver the education your children demand and deserve—an education that enables them to grow into well-educated, responsible, compassionate adults who are equipped to change the world.

I know you are rightfully anxious to know what that education will look like for your child this fall. We are working day in and day out to develop robust plans for the more than one million children who are in our seats. You will receive information in the coming weeks—including the date for the first day of school—once we receive the necessary guidance from the State and federal government that paves the way for us to finalize our plan. We also need your guidance, too! Please tell us what you want fall 2020 to look like by filling out our Return to School survey at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 by Tuesday, June 30. This will help us meet your needs as we come back to school.

Given all we have been through together, we cannot end the school year without celebrating our students’ remarkable accomplishments. I invite you to join me; Mayor de Blasio; former NYC public school student and teacher, Lin-Manuel Miranda; and other celebrities, elected officials, and special guests on June 30 as we honor the Class of 2020 at a citywide graduation ceremony. You can watch it beginning at 7 p.m. on PIX 11 and at nycclassof2020.com(Open external link). Please join us!

And one more exciting development for our students: we are thrilled to make more e-books and audiobooks for all ages available for free this summer to all DOE families, and it’s easier than ever to access them. Just use your student’s DOE login; no special signup necessary. Summer reading is so important to keep learning going and to let imaginations run free, so please visit schools.nyc.gov/summerreading to find these amazing resources. If you received a DOE-issued iPad, it will automatically have the Sora app installed to access these texts—but you don’t need a DOE-issued device to use Sora. You can download the app on any device, use your student’s DOE login, and start reading.

I have often said that we have the best students, staff, and families anywhere. This year, you have proved that true beyond any shadow of a doubt. You are helping us build a better world. We are grateful for you today and every day.

Have a wonderful summer. We can’t wait to see you in September.

Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

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Please complete the return to school survey!

Dear Families,

I hope you are staying safe and healthy. We are heading towards the end of the school year, soon to close the chapter on an experience none of us could have imagined.

But while we are thinking about concluding one chapter, we are focused on the beginning of another: what the future of our schools will look like, and how we will come back in September for the 2020-21 school year. I am writing today with an important update and an opportunity to lend your voice to the planning for this fall.

You, your children, and all the staff at DOE have done an extraordinary job adjusting to a total transformation of education in the nation’s largest public school system. We must continue to center health and safety and be prepared to follow guidance issued by health experts and other important authorities as autumn approaches. Since we don’t know what the state of the coronavirus will be at that time, we must be ready for a number of options for teaching and learning. In addition to the risks posed by COVID-19 directly, we are acutely aware of the emergence of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a condition related to COVID-19 that has affected children in New York City as well as across the country and the world.

What Might Fall 2020 Look Like?

We have not yet made any firm decisions for what this fall will look like as we start the 2020-2021 school year. However, we believe that all options will need to take into account social distancing. We know that for many students, nothing can quite match full-time teaching and learning in a school building. Given the ongoing health risks related to COVID-19, we also need to prepare for a variety of educational models and approaches, including what I call blended learning. Blended learning means combining in-person and remote instruction to create a powerful educational experience where each mode of learning supports the other. Throughout it all, the goal remains to provide as much in-person learning as possible, and give every child the academic support they need while keeping them safe.

Lend Your Voice Through the Return to School 2020 Survey:

There are many ways blended learning can operate, and we know every student and family has experienced remote learning differently. We want to hear from you about your preferences and concerns as we head into the 2020- 2021 school year. We have created a short survey for both families and students—please take a moment to fill it out and share your thoughts by Monday, June 22. The survey is anonymous and should take about 7 minutes to complete. It’s available in 9 languages at return to school survey  , and those without the ability to complete it online can do so by calling 311. Thank you in advance for taking the time to again give us your feedback: it will help us to better serve you. Working together, we will build a strong, just, safe, and successful future for our schools and our City.

Sincerely, Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education

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Remote Learning for students, Professional days for staff: June 4 & 9 

May 30, 2020

Dear Families,

            Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility in response to this ever-evolving crisis. We are writing today to share some important updates and reminders about the end of year school calendar. We have two days coming up in June that were originally scheduled as times when students would not be in attendance. However, with the ongoing pandemic, students will be expected to participate in remote learning on both of these days:

  1.  Thursday, June 4 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for all students in observance of Brooklyn / Queens Day (also known as Anniversary Day).
  2. Tuesday, June 9 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for students in schools serving grades K-8, as well as District 75 schools and programs.

            On June 4, all students are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in professional development. Teachers are not expected to engage students on June 4; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day. On June 9, students who attend a school serving grades K-8, or who attend any District 75 school, are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in reorganization work. Teachers in these schools are not expected to engage students on June 9; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day.

            If you have questions or concerns regarding the school schedule for your student, please contact your school for additional information. As a reminder, June 26 is the last day of school and a half day for all students. We will issue additional guidance to families about the end of the 2019-20 school year in the coming weeks. Thank you again for your partnership as we continually navigate unfamiliar terrain. I often say that we have the best students, staff, and families in the world. You and your children continue to prove that, every day. Together, we will continue to weather this storm.

 

Sincerely, Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education 

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Summer School News 

We know that the COVID-19 crisis and the unexpected shift to remote learning in the second half of the school year have presented challenges for many families all across the City. The strength, perseverance, and dedication of our 1.1 million students and the staff and families who support them day after day is amazing. We have continually evolved our policies to meet this unprecedented time, developing and in some cases entirely reinventing them to support our students and families. Today we are writing to share an update on summer school.

In continued adherence to federal, State, and City health guidelines, we are adapting our summer school model for summer 2020. This year, we will offer summer school via remote instruction, allowing us to provide more students than ever before with the academic supports they need and a bridge from this school year to the next. In addition to academic instruction, students participating in these summer school programs will also have opportunities to go on self-paced virtual field trips and engage in daily social-emotional learning activities.

Grades 3-8:

Students in grades 3–8 who are not promoted in June will be required to attend summer school. They will participate in six weeks of remote instruction from Monday, July 6 – Tuesday, August 11.

Some students in grades 3–8 who are promoted in June may also be recommended by their teacher for additional academic support over the summer. They will participate in six weeks of remote instruction from Monday, July 6 – Tuesday, August 11. Your school will notify you in June if your child is required or recommended to participate in summer learning programs.

Grades 9-12:

Students in grades 9–12 who receive a grade of Course in Progress, or who need to retake a course they have failed in a prior term, will participate in remote instruction for the course(s) in which they need to earn credit. Remote instruction will run from Monday, July 6 –Friday, August 14.

Your school will notify you in June if your child is required or recommended to participate in summer learning programs.

Students with 12-month Individualized Education Program (IEP) Services:

Students in all grades with 12-month IEPs will participate in remote summer programming from Thursday, July 2–Thursday, August 13. All students who are receiving or are eligible to receive these services will be contacted by their school shortly.

Your child’s academic success is of utmost importance. To ensure that students across the city receive the support they need this summer, we are dedicating all of our efforts to providing mandatory and recommended summer learning programs, and we will not be operating elective Summer Academy and school-based enrichment programs this year. We will continue to share resources and summer-specific activities on this page in the coming weeks so that all students can find new and exciting ways to continue their learning this summer. 

We always say that New York City has the best students, staff, and families in the world, and nothing will ever change that. You continue to prove this day after day.

Health Information 

Dear Families,

Following up on our letter to you last week about the new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere, linked below is a Fact Sheet from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) that provides additional information.

Per NYC Health, this condition has been renamed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)—formerly Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). The condition is rare and it is potentially life-threatening, so it is important that you know its signs and symptoms.

NYC Health’s conveys new information about the syndrome, its symptoms, when to seek medical help, treatments, and preventative steps. Because MIS-C is associated with COVID-19, acting to keep your child from being exposed to COVID-19 continues to be essential.

As a reminder, families should help their children understand the importance of the following measures and ensure their children follow them: As per NYS Executive Order 202.17, all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. Free face coverings are available at DOE Meal Hubs in all five boroughs.

(Open exPhysical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering. 

When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible. Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequently wash their hands. The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Please visit nyc.gov/health any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and do not hesitate to contact 311 with any questions.

A Message from Ms.Basu 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     May 1,2020

Dear PS 59 Families,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

As many of you may have heard on the news today, Governor Andrew Cuomo, confirmed that NYC DOE schools will be closed for the rest of the academic year. 

Please know we are aware of how stressful this closure has been for our students and for you, their families. We miss seeing our children every day and we miss being in our school building and being able to say good morning face to face as you dropped them off for breakfast!

May and June are normally the months in the school year where students start to plan ahead and think of end of year celebrations and moving up ceremonies and teachers start to plan for these events. It is very often fun filled and joyous, with spring in the air and the promise of summer around the corner!

We are especially thinking of our 5th graders, our Class of 2020! I am sad that we will not be able to watch them graduate and walk up to the podium to receive their degrees in our own auditorium while having their accomplishments celebrated and recognized by their teachers with their families around them. Our PS 59 administration is committed to finding a way to celebrate our “Seniors” and will keep our families informed as to our plans.

With this continued closure of our schools, I just want to reassure all our families we are here to support you. We are never more than a phone call away and I know our wellness teams, teachers and other staff have been reaching out to our families and are available to you for any assistance you may require.

I would like to thank all members of our school community for your continued flexibility and commitment to supporting each other through this pandemic. I and the PS 59 school community hope to continue to be a source of strength and support for our students and their families through this extraordinarily difficult time.


Sincerely,

Sita Basu

Principal

 

Remote Learning survey

Remote Learning has created an entirely new approach to education, and we want to hear how it has been working for you and your family. We are asking you to take a short survey to help us collect feedback about your experience with remote learning.The results of the survey will help PS 59 to continue to support families and students in the current learning environment. Please take the survey by May 1, 2020.

To complete the survey please visit:

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Who should take the Remote Learning Survey?All students in grades 6-12 and parents/guardians of students in grades 3-K through 12 are invited to participate in this anonymous online survey. 
  2. What is the deadline to complete the Remote Learning Survey? Please complete the survey by Friday, May 1.
  3. How many surveys should be completed in households where there are sets of siblings in the same school? Families that have more than one child attending a school should complete the survey on behalf of their eldest child. Families should complete only one survey per school per household.

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ABOUT US

PS 59 is located in the Bathgate section of the Bronx, near St. Barnabas Hospital, Fordham University, and Arthur Avenue. At PS 59, we strive to provide our students with a foundation for college and career readiness, and we partner with families and the community to prepare to become active and responsible members of our society.


P.S. 59 MISSION STATEMENT

It is the belief of P.S. 59, The Community School of Technology that all children can and will learn. The school will provide a high quality, standards based educational program that will allow each and every child to reach their maximum potential. We value each student, parent and staff member, who are respectful of each other’s differences and build on each other’s strengths. Parents and staff members will work together to support the development of our children as active and thoughtful learners, able to participate as literate and technologically knowledgeable citizens in our multicultural world.



P.S. 59 SCHOOL VISION


PS 59 is a school where we nurture, prepare and empower students to become resilient, responsible and independent community members. All members are active learners and believe that every choice we make can positively impact our lives and the world around us.

 

 

P.S 59 Main Building 
2185 Bathgate Ave 
Bronx NY 10457

P.S 59 Annex 
2120 Quarry Rd. 
Bronx NY 10457

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Do you have a Remote Learning Device at Home ? 

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.

For more information please visit: Remote Learning Device Sign up

 The New York City Department of Education wants every student who needs a device for remote learning to have one, even if the student does not have internet access at home. Simply call 718-935-5100 and choose Option 5 on the menu.

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Free Meals

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The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for all NYC children.

  • Beginning March 23, meals will be distributed at more than 400 sites across the city. 
  • Three meals a day, including breakfast, will be available to all NYC children
  • Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 1:30 pm at locations across the city.
  • Use our site lookup tool to find a location near you!  Free Meals finder

P.S. 59 Kitchen staff will be distributing grab and go breakfast & lunch to our students/families from 7:30am-1:30pm.

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