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Tuesday, June 23

It's the last week of school! We can't express enough our gratitude for all your support and partnership throughout the year, especially during Remote Learning. We are so proud of all our students- their resilience, their perseverance and their eagerness to learn- have been so encouraging. Thank you, parents, for creating the best home learning environment so that our students can succeed! 

Please read our End of the Year Reminders

Please take a few minutes to complete our AEA Summer Contact Info & Email System 

It's time to order your school supplies kits for next year! Click on 1st Day School Supplies to begin. Please make sure it is delivered to your home. 

We'll be continuing the conversations of Racial Unity during the summer. Please be on the lookout for AEA Real Talk session dates. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Our ABC Countdown began Thursday, May 21st! Check here for the calendar!

Access our Google AEA School Calendar

Wednesday, June 24

PreK Graduation Ceremonies

Detatils will be sent by your child's teacher

Friday, June 26

Last Day of School

Early Dismissal

We want to extend an extra special CONGRATULATIONS to our PreK and Kindergarten Graduates! You are our Rock Stars!

Last but not least, we want to send our love to Ms. Weissbach and Ms. Maria for all their love, support and dedication to our AEA families all these years. As they retire, we want them to know how much we will miss them and how they will forever be part of our AEA family! 

Have a wonderful summer. We can't wait to see you in the new year!

Monday, June 15

Hope you've been able to take a short walk to enjoy the nice weather. As always, please exercise safety by wearing a mask and maintaining social distance when in crowds. 

Read the Chancellor's letter about Returning to School and take the survey now

Please take a few minutes to complete our AEA Summer Contact Info & Email System 

It's time to order your school supplies kits for next year! Click on 1st Day School Supplies to begin. Please make sure it is delivered to your home. 

Our Real Talk: Racial Injustice session this month was a great first step in coming together and moving towards a better understanding of what racial unity can look like and what it takes to get there. We'll be creating a central location with resources on how to educate our children on racial injustice, celebrating our cultures and races and providing platforms for actionable steps. If you would like to be part of a team to help educate, plan and execute, please reach out to Ms. Jainnie. And, please, continue to share how you have been engaging with your children around this important issue! 

For more resources:

AEA's Racial Unity Resource Hub

DOE's Together for Justice

Food Benefits for All NYC Public School Students: P-EBT FAQ

UPCOMING EVENTS

Our ABC Countdown began Thursday, May 21st! Check here for the calendar!

Access our Google AEA School Calendar

Monday, June 15th

CCELL Meeting

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Wednesday, June 17th

Parent Webinar by Elevate Education

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Wednesday, June 17th

CEC28 D28 Meeting

Special Business Meeting 

Date: June 17, 2020 Time: 5PM 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89676013238?pwd=a2M4LzUxWWVieEJJOXBLRlBBUUJJQT09 

Meeting ID: 896 7601 3238

Password: 0fmtVz

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Thursday, June 18th @ 3:30PM

AEA Parents' Weekly Meeting

Details will be sent via Remind on Thursday, 6/18

Tuesday, June 23

Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremonies

Details will be sent by your child's teacher

Wednesday, June 24

PreK Graduation Ceremonies

Detatils will be sent by your child's teacher

Friday, June 26

Last Day of School

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, June 10

Hope you've been having a good week. 

It's time to order your school supplies kits for next year! Click on 1st Day School Supplies to begin. Please make sure it is delivered to your home. 

Our Real Talk: Racial Injustice session last week was a great first step in coming together and moving towards a better understanding of what racial unity can look like and what it takes to get there. We'll be creating a page with resources on how to educate our children on racial injustice, celebrating our cultures and races and providing platforms for actionable steps. If you would like to be part of a team to help educate, plan and execute, please reach out to Ms. Jainnie. And, please, continue to share how you have been engaging with your children around this important issue! 

We'll be implementing an email system before the summer begins, so please be on the lookout for an online form to complete gathering contact info. 

For our families pre-registering their children for PreK and Kindergarten, please make sure you submit all your documents in a timely manner. We appreciate your patience as we review your submissions. 

UPDATES

Food Benefits for All NYC Public School Students: P-EBT FAQ

Summer School Info

DOE Letter to Families about SITC

UPCOMING EVENTS

Our ABC Countdown began Thursday, May 21st! Check here for the calendar!

Thursday, June 11th

Parents' Meeting CANCELLED

Due to ongoing pre-registration of our incoming PreK and Kindergarten students, there will be NO Parents' Weekly Meeting this week

Thursday, June 11th @ 7PM

June PTA Meeting

View flyer here

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Monday, June 1

Welcome to Week 11 of Remote Learning! As a school community, we are aware of our social climate. We want to make sure we create a safe space to have healthy dialogue, provide helpful resources and mobilize our community to take actionable steps. 

Please take a few moments to read, "Thoughts on Racial Injustice"

This month's Family Connect newsletter is also available. 

The DOE sent out an update about June 4th & June 9th. Read it here.

It's also time to order your school supplies kits for next year! Click on 1st Day School Supplies to begin. Please make sure it is delivered to your home. 

UPDATES

Food Benefits for All NYC Public School Students: P-EBT FAQ

Summer School Info

DOE Letter to Families about SITC

UPCOMING EVENTS

Our ABC Countdown began Thursday, May 21st! Check here for the calendar!

We'll also be joining our PS220 families this week as we celebrate "Family Appreciation Week"! Check here for the events this week. 

Tuesday, June 2nd @ 1PM

Raising Your Emotional Intelligence

Webinar by Literacy INC (LINC)

Please click below to RSVP

https://www.lincnyc.org/event-details/raising-emotional-intelligence-in-elementary-school-age-children

Tuesday, June 2nd @ 6:30PM

D 28 President's Council Meeting

Details to follow

Wednesday, June 3rd @ 7:30AM

SLT Meeting

Wednesday, June 3rd @ 10-11AM

FACE Watch Party joined by Jose Rios Lua, Director of Family Empowerment and Communications of the Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support. Jose will be sharing an overview of current DOE resources including the Beyond Access Series, a series of parent webinars to support students with special education services. 

Thursday, June 4th @ 3:30-4:30PM

AEA Real Talk Series: Racial Injustice and our Response

Details will be sent out soon

 

Thursday, June 4th @ 8:30PM

D28 CEC meeting 

Details to follow

Monday, June 8 @6-8PM

CITYWIDE Family Empowerment Listening event 

View the event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88214186470

Join executive superintendents, DOE leaders, and other families from our borough to share ideas and feedback about screened admissions for the next year through our Family Empowerment Listening Series

FACE is also collecting comments and ideas on how to best navigate COVID-19-related admissions changes from parents. Parents can share their opinion and have their voice heard by registering to make a comment by using the Admissions Engagement events page on DOE website:

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/admissions-engagement or by completing the survey at  

https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5623164/Admissions-Feedback-Form 

Thursday, June 11th @ 7PM

June PTA Meeting

View flyer here

Please know that we are here for you and stand with you. 

Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, May 26

We hope you had a restful holiday weekend. Here are some reminders and updates:

UPDATES

Food Benefits for All NYC Public School Students: P-EBT FAQ

Engagement on Policy for 2020–21 Admissions

The DOE is engaging with parents, school leaders, students, and other stakeholders to collect ideas and perspectives on admissions for fall 2021. All parents and students are invited to join virtual borough-based meetings with Executive Superintendents. 

 

Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings, listed below:

Bronx with Executive Superintendent Meisha Ross-Porter on May 27 (6:00–8:00 p.m.)

Queens with Executive Superintendents Mabel Muñiz-Sarduy and Andre Spencer on May 28 (6:00–8:00 p.m.)

Staten Island with Executive Superintendent Anthony Lodico on May 29 (6:00–8:00 p.m.)

Manhattan with Executive Superintendent Marisol Rosales on June 1 (6:00–8:00 p.m.)

Brooklyn with Executive Superintendents Karen Watts and Barbara Freeman on June 2 (6:00–8:00 p.m.)

Please complete this form if you would like to speak at one of the upcoming town halls on Admissions.

 

Summer School Info

DOE Letter to Families about SITC

Our ABC Countdown began Thursday, May 21st! Check here for the calendar!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, May 27th @ 9:30AM

Ms. Nina Lipton is hosting a Parent Workshop:

Social Emotional Parent Workshop
What is Social Emotional Learning?  How can I help and support my child?
Facilitated by: Jennifer Chan, DOH
Please join us on Wednesday, May 27th at 9:30 am 
Dial-in number (US): (425) 436-6364
Access code: 613487#
Online meeting ID: jchan82
Join the online meeting: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/jchan82

Social Emotional Learning is important all the time, and it is more important now than ever that we understand what it is and what we have to do, so please join us.

Thursday, May 28th @ 3:30PM

AEA Parents' Weekly Meeting

RSVP here

Wednesday, June 3rd @ 7:30AM

SLT Meeting

Thursday, June 11th @ 7PM

June PTA Meeting

View flyer here

C is for Caps AND Chalk!

Some of our fabulous teachers took advantage of the beautiful weather outside today and added some more chalk art in front of our school! Stop by and take a picture!

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, May 22

New York State Announces $880 Million in Temporary Food Assistance for New York’s School Children - More information

• The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced additional food assistance of more than $880 million to help New Yorkers with children who previously received free and reduced-price meals at school.

• The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program will provide eligible households with a total of about $420 per child.

• Families will not need to apply for the program. Children living in households enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), receiving Temporary Assistance benefits or Medicaid will automatically receive the additional assistance through their existing EBT cards.

• OTDA is also working with the state Education Department to identify an additional 800,000 children in households that are not receiving Medicaid, SNAP or Temporary Assistance, but are receiving free and reduced-price school meals. These families will be mailed a temporary EBT card along with instructions for activating the card and accessing their assistance.

• Like regular SNAP benefits, these Pandemic EBT benefits can be used to purchase food at authorized retail food stores. New Yorkers enrolled in SNAP can also use their benefits to purchase groceries online.

 

The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs
In response to COVID-19, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ We Speak NYC program, a free English language learning program that provides civic-focused instruction through videos centered on topics relevant to immigrant New Yorkers, will be offering online conversation classes.

Participants can register to be a part of an online community and have an opportunity to safely meet people, learn about NYC resources that are still available in light of COVID- 19, and practice their English conversation skills.

 

We Speak NYC 2nd Cycle of Online Classes Start Today!

 

Register Here to sign up for a class, get reminders, and educational materials, or click here to check out different class times and drop in!

Classes are led by trained facilitators and encourage learner participation - safe space to practice and make mistakes. Classes are intended for intermediate English language learners.

Summer School Info

DOE Letter to Families about SITC

Our ABC Countdown began this Thursday, May 21st! Check here for the calendar!

Enjoy the long weekend! We honor those who served and thank those who are serving. A special thank you to our AEA essential workers, as well, during this time! 

Tuesday, May 19

We're in Week 9 of Remote Learning and our community remains #AEAStrong! If you haven't walked by the school, feel free to take a stroll down the main entrance. You may still see remnants of the sidewalk chalk art filled with love from staff and families alike! 

Our ABC Countdown begins this Thursday, May 21st! Check here for the calendar!

It was announced today that the NYCDOE will be holding Summer School remotely. More information will be shared about eligibility and schedule. 

QUICK REMINDERS

 

The NYCDOE has extended the deadline to complete the Remote Learning Survey . If you haven't filled it out, please do so now. 

If you haven't done so, please let us know about your Family Plans for 2020-2021

We will NOT have AEA Parents' Weekly Meeting this week. However, please encourage your child/ren to post something on our AEA's Got Talent Flipgrid! 

PW: Ae@303Rockz

We have some pretty talented students in our community! Your child can also just present an art piece they've created for their class. I know some PreK students have been making some amazing bug projects!!!

If you are accepting PreK & Kindergarten offers at our school for next year, please email Ms. Jainnie a copy of your offer letter to begin the pre-registration process. You must also accept the offer online. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 25th: Memorial Day (No Remote Learning) We honor those who have served and thank those who serve our country. 

May 28th: AEA Parents' Weekly Meeting. RSVP form will be sent out soon.

June 3rd: SLT meeting @ 7:30AM. Please email Mrs. Gallo if you would like to attend the meeting so you can be sent the meeting details

June 11th: PTA Virtual Meeting. Please email PTA for more info

Don't forget to check the Resources section below for info on enrichment programs, free COVID-19 Testing sites, IRS stimulus payments and more. Also, visit the FAQ section.

Here are a few resources from the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs & New York Department of Social Services

 

Parent Engagement on 2021-22 Admissions Policy  

NYCDOE has kicked off a citywide family and community engagement series on 2021-2022 admissions policy!  We have begun convening school communities, parent and student leaders, labor partners, elected officials, and community organizations in a variety of meetings to hear their perspectives and insights about admissions policy.  We will refine that feedback into policy options that we will present to our broader parent and student communities.  We believe that hearing from our students, families and communities is key to shaping a 2021-2022 admissions policy that will serve all of our NYC students! We are encouraging families to provide us with feedback at enrollmentfeedback@schools.nyc.gov.   

Have a great week!

Monday, May 11

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

Here are some quick reminders:

 

The NYCDOE has extended the deadline to complete the Remote Learning Survey . If you haven't filled it out, please do so now. 

Click here for Highlights from "On Stage with Mrs. Leto" 

 

Please visit your child's GC for information on Parent Teacher Conferences

 

There is a Town Hall for Bengali families on Tuesday, May 12th from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM: 

https://meet.google.com/goz-twcm-vrf

CEC28  will be hosting a special business meeting on  Tuesday May 12th.

Special Business Meeting 

Date: May 12, 2020 Time: 7:30PM 

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8754492208 9?pwd=Z0R0d29VQTQxRlgwRm4xeSthd2 ZpUT09 

Meeting ID: 875 4492 2089 

Password: 2NHcSe 

 AGENDA CEC 28 Budget Modification

AEA Parents' Weekly Meeting, Thursday, May 14th @ 3:30PM

RSVP here

PTA May Meeting, Thursday, May 14th @ 7PM

Don't forget to check the Resources section below for info on enrichment programs, free COVID-19 Testing sites, IRS stimulus payments and more. Also, visit the FAQ section. You will find this helpful post by a psychologist (under the Mental Health Resources) on how to Cope with COVID-19.

We know many of our children are struggling with how to walk through how they are feeling- their anxiety, their fears, their confusion, their anger. We are grateful for the ways our teachers have provided platforms to cultivate their social emotional growth in addition to Morning Meetings and Google Classroom. There are numerous resources available online to help families during this crisis. Ms. Jainnie has also reached out to families to check in and offer any assistance. If your family is in need of specific resources, please don't hesitate to reach out to Ms. Jainnie. The PTA is also setting up Talking Circles that would provide parents a safe space to share with one another. 

Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, May 6

Hope you are all doing well.

The NYCDOE has extended the deadline to complete the Remote Learning Survey . If you haven't filled it out, please do so now. 

You can still Request a DOE Tech DevicePlease reach out to Ms. Jainnie if you need assistance in filling out the request form. 

"On Stage with Mrs. Leto": Wednesday, May 6th @ 6PM

RSVP here

Details were emailed. 

We will not have an "AEA Parents' Meeting" this week because of our scheduled "On Stage with Mrs. Leto".

FREE Webinar for parents from Elevate Education, Wednesday, May 6th @ 7PM: https://www.elevatecoaching.info/may6-parent-webinar-registration-usa/

Topics will include:

  • Helping your child form an effective study space at home

  • Maximizing focus and attention while studying

  • How to help your child increase their motivation

  • Live Q&A

Don't forget to check the Resources section below for info on enrichment programs, free COVID-19 Testing sites, IRS stimulus payments and more. Also, visit the FAQ section. You will find this helpful post by a psychologist (under the Mental Health Resources) on how to Cope with COVID-19.

We know many of our children are struggling with how to walk through how they are feeling- their anxiety, their fears, their confusion, their anger. We are grateful for the ways our teachers have provided platforms to cultivate their social emotional growth in addition to Morning Meetings and Google Classroom. There are numerous resources available online to help families during this crisis. Ms. Jainnie has also reached out to families to check in and offer any assistance. If your family is in need of specific resources, please don't hesitate to reach out to Ms. Jainnie. The PTA is also setting up Talking Circles that would provide parents a safe space to share with one another. 

This week is also Teachers' Appreciation Week! Reach out to the PTA to get a schedule of all the events this week!

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Wednesday, April 29

Hope you are having a good week. Here are a few important updates and events to keep in mind.

 

Congratulations, we have been chosen as a NYSED Recognition School

NYCDOE Grading Policy in effect through June 2020

During Ramadan, there will be an increase supply of Halal meals at NYC Meal Hubs

Please fill out the NYCDOE Remote Learning Survey by May 1st!

AEA Parents' Weekly Meeting: Thursday, April 30th @ 3:30PM

RSVP here

"On Stage with Mrs. Leto": Wednesday, May 6th @ 6PM

RSVP here

Don't forget to check the Resources section below for info on enrichment programs, free COVID-19 Testing sites, IRS stimulus payments and more. Also, visit the FAQ section. 

Tuesday, April 28

Please read the NYCDOE Grading Policy in effect through June 2020. 

NYCDOE Grading Policy

Monday, April 27

Welcome to Week 6 of Remote Learning! At every districtwide and citywide meeting we attend, we hear the praises of leaders impressed at how well our families have adjusted to Remote Learning. It has its challenges- we all have our bad days and our REALLY bad days but, overall, our AEA families are to be recognized and applauded! Thank YOU for your unwavering support and continued partnership.

Google Meet links

After a week of transitioning to a new video conferencing platform, most of our classes have gotten into the routine of using Google Meet for Morning Meetings. Please remember that if you do not see your Morning Meeting link in your GC when you sign in in the mornings, there is no error on your end. Your teacher(s) will post it a few minutes before the meeting. This ensures no one is hanging around in the meeting room during non-meeting hours. 

Attendance

Please continue to remind your child to mark themselves present for the day BEFORE MIDNIGHT. Thank you for all your help in making sure your child submits work in a timely manner. 

DOE Tech Device

Many of our families who requested a DOE Tech Device should have gotten their devices. If you have not received yours yet, please wait till the end of the month. Please reach out to Ms. Jainnie on May 1st, if you have not gotten your requested device. 

"On Stage with Mrs. Leto"

Details for our May "On Stage with Mrs. Leto" will be sent out soon. 

Kindergarten Admissions

If you received a Kindergarten offer letter for next year, we kindly ask you to please give us till May 15th until we hear from the DOE what pre-registration is going to look like. We will be posting more information in the coming weeks. Thanks for your patience and understanding!

DOE Remote Learning Survey

Please take 2-3 minutes to fill out the DOE Remote Learning survey: NYCDOE RLSurvey

For more information about the survey, visit: DOE Remote Learning

AEA FlipGrid

Don't forget to post a response on FlipGrid! 

https://flipgrid.com/hackman303q

Password: Ae@303Rockz

 

May Parent Teacher Conference

We are still waiting on guidance. 

End of the Year Celebrations

We are in discussion of alternate plans. We will keep you posted!

Resources/ Enrichment Programs

Please check our Resources section below for information on services and virtual programs (NY Historical Society, Lincoln Center, etc)

AEA Parent Tech Support

We will be sending out a list of parents who can offer tech support per grade. Thank you, in advance, to the parents for their help!

Essential Workers & Front Line Professionals

Lastly, we want to send a special thanks to all our families who serve as essential workers and front line professionals. We are truly grateful for your service, your commitment, your time and your sacrifice! We send our thoughts of protection, virtual hugs and love to you and your families during this time! You are valued and appreciated!!

Parents' Weekly Meeting

Ms. Jainnie will be sending details for the weekly meeting soon!

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, April 20

Happy Monday! Hope you had a good weekend. We resumed our Morning Meetings today. It is expected we will encounter technical issues as we make our switch to another video conferencing platform. We appreciate your patience.  

Please keep the following in mind:

  • ATTENDANCE: it is imperative you check in EVERYDAY BY MIDNIGHT. Please read Mrs. Gallo's note about Attendance in your child's GC stream. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter. 

  • MORNING MEETING TIMES: Some parents asked if we could switch Morning Meetings times (to have the older grades go first and the younger grades go later). Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate the switch because it will affect all other staff schedules in the mornings (including group sessions, IEP services, etc.). 

  • NEW MATERIAL, DOE CALENDAR, PTC: Please review the FAQ section with answers to questions asked during our Parents' Intro to Google Meet event this past Friday. 

We will also be having a May "On Stage with Mrs. Leto". More details to come. 

If you were not able to view "Oh, The Places You'll Go" Read Aloud OR AEA Staff Getty Art Challenge, check them out here!

"Oh, The Places You'll Go" Read Aloud

AEA Staff Getty Museum Art Challenge

And, if you'd like to watch our first video, "AEA Staff Miss You", click here.

 

Thursday, April 16

Please check out our AEA Updates for this week. It has important information about our new live video conferencing platform, Google Meet. Ms. Jainnie will be hosting a "Parents' Intro to Google Meet" event tomorrow, Friday, April 17th at 9:30AM. You must RSVP to attend RSVP Google Meet by 8:30AM Friday morning in order to receive the link to join. Link will be sent out electronically at 9AM. 

We hope you had a wonderful time with family and we look forward to seeing you on Monday! 

Thank you, families, for such a beautiful and sweet video! PTA, thank you for putting it together for us. It was a highlight of our week. 

 

Monday, April 13

Welcome to Week 4 of Remote Learning! We hope you have enjoyed a more relaxed schedule these past few days. Happy Holidays to our families who are celebrating this week. 

Many of you are aware that Remote Learning has been extended for the rest of the school year since the school buildings will remain closed. We know there are many questions and as we receive answers for them, we will share with our AEA families. 

Just a few reminders:

  • Meal Hubs will continue to provide meals for children and adults.

  • RECs (Regional Enrichment Centers) for children of essential workers will remain open to provide care and Remote Learning assistance. 

  • Spring Break Schedule will end April 17th (there are no Morning Meetings, Special Ed sessions or live videoconferencing sessions during this time)

  • Please make sure you are marking your child's attendance DAILY BY MIDNIGHT. The DOE system will not allow us to log in previous days or weeks. 

  • Wingspan related questions/ concerns should be addressed directly with Wingspan as AEA is not responsible for any after school programming through Wingspan as well as any fees/ registrations for their program. Additionally, please reach out to your individual after school programs directly for any programming questions/ concerns. 

  • Tech devices will be distributed by end of April. Please make sure you complete the "online agreement". Visit: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learn-at-home/ipad-distribution for more information. 

  • Check out the list of Resources at the bottom of this page. This section is updated with new items frequently. 

Please read the Chancellor's and Mayor's letter about REMOTE LEARNING FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE YEAR. 

We'll be sending out updates with more details as to how this change will affect construction, grades, PreK and K admissions and Summer Programs.

 

Sending you virtual hugs! 

 

Thursday, April 9

Today is the start of our Spring Break schedule. Your child's teacher(s) has posted a schedule in GC to follow during this time. Our hope is that our families engage in fun and relaxing activities. We all need to slow down a bit. 

For those who were able to join our Parents' Weekly Meeting yesterday- thank you for your patience as we used Microsoft Teams. Ms. Jainnie wanted to have the parents get a feel for one of the platforms we will be using moving forward. While we can all agree that it has a lot of limitations and does not give us the same user experience as Zoom, having a conferencing platform (albeit limited) is better than not having one. The staff is learning to navigate this platform and Google Meet in order to provide our school community meaningful ways to engage in live virtual spaces. 

Ms. Jainnie has put together an "update" with some answers to questions asked yesterday on the video conference. Check it out here: AEA Updates

One clarification: IF parents choose to use Zoom on their own to create meetings with other parents from their classes/ grades, families are more than welcome to since parents would be responsible for the meeting. The NYCDOE directive to not use Zoom pertains to staff using it to communicate with students. 

For our families celebrating holidays this week and next, may you enjoy this time with your family. We are thankful for you! 
 

Tuesday, April 7

We are missing our AEA Families- hope you are staying healthy and safe. Please let us know how we can help your family during this time. 

Many of you may have already heard that Remote Learning has been extended- schools will be closed until April 29th. An official letter will be shared very soon. Our staff is hard at work adjusting our curricula to make it suitable for our virtual platforms. We are also receiving training so we can get our live video conferencing ready very soon. We know the value seeing our classmates and teachers provides. Thanks for your patience!

A few reminders:

- if your family is observing religious holidays, please let your teacher(s) know via email. We want to record their attendance properly (FAQ section below)

- meal hubs are open throughout the city (3 meals are being provided for students AND adults!). You do not need to bring your children with you to pick up the meals. The hubs are open from 7:30AM-1PM

- NYPL (NY Public Library) is providing virtual tutoring for all grades on 4 subject matters. Check out their website for more info: NYPL Tutoring

- our AEA Parents' Weekly Meeting has been rescheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8th at 10AM. It will be a shortened meeting to touch base and discuss our results from the High5 Test. Here is the link to the online test, if you haven't taken it yet: https://high5test.com/

If you'd like to join the meeting, please fill out the form so I can send you the link via email: RSVP HERE

Have a wonderful afternoon!


 

Monday, April 6

We hope you had a good weekend. As you know there have been some major changes that occurred over the weekend. Thank you for your patience during this time. 

Just to summarize:

- we are no longer using Zoom for our live video conferencing. We are in the process of getting more information on the new platform(s) we will be using moving forward. Our Google Classroom will still have pre-recorded lessons and clips. Please make sure you are logging in to check your child's daily schedule, record their attendance and submit work online. There will be no Morning Meetings, group sessions or special services sessions until further notice. 

- there will be continued Remote Learning during Spring Break (April 9th-17th). Please check your child's GC for more information. The teachers have planned some fun activities during the week. 

Here are the official notices from our Administration:

Zoom Notice

Spring Break

We understand how families may be feeling during this crisis, please know you are always welcome to reach out to us with any questions, concerns or just to let us know how your family is doing. As stated many times, your family's well being and safety is our top concern right now. We have a strong community that will also step in when the need arises, so please do not hesitate to let us know what your needs are. 

Please refer below to the "FAQ" section to some questions you may have. If your question is not there, please reach out to Ms. Jainnie and she will provide you with the information you need. 

Families, join Mrs. Gallo's Google Classroom! Code is: ggymvwt

We have a special treat for you today! Check it out!


 

Wednesday, April 1

Happy April!

Please check out this month's Family Connect Newsletter: April Family Connect

Also, please take some time to fill out this survey: AEA Family Check In

Lastly, join us for our Parent's Zoom Weekly Meetings:

Topic: AEA Parents' Zoom Weekly Meeting
Time: Apr 2, 2020 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/823526519

OR join via phone: 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 823 526 519

***For those joining the Zoom meeting tomorrow, try to take this test beforehand: https://high5test.com/

Families, join Mrs. Gallo's Google Classroom! Code is: ggymvwt


 

Monday, March 30

Welcome to Week 2 of Remote Learning! We hope you had a wonderful weekend. Please keep the following reminders in mind:

  • FAQ section (below) will be updated as common questions come up at Parent Zoom meetings and emails

  • If you are having a hard time logging in, please make sure your class code is correct, your log in creds are correct and you are signed out of all Gmail accounts. If you still have trouble, read below in the FAQ section for troubleshooting tips.

  • Create a schedule that is manageable for the whole family

Many of you have read about the "Zoom-Bombing" incident that occurred in California (when random people crashed a school's Zoom meeting). Please be assured that upon setting up all our virtual platforms, we made sure we set all our settings to private. We are reminding families that when you consented to having your child use Google Classroom and Zoom, you, too, committed to keeping our platforms private. This means, you are not allowed to post anything that was posted on the Google Classrooms , Zoom meetings (class, individual and Parents') and other online platforms like YouTube (if teachers posted their links to lessons and activities there) on your public social media page or even share with family and friends WITHOUT the written consent of your teacher. Our students' safety is one of our top priorities, please help us by doing your part at home. If you have any questions or concerns about our virtual platforms, please reach out to Ms. Jainnie. We are grateful for these various modes of connecting but we also want to make sure we use them appropriately. 

Have a great day!

Friday, March 27

We finished our first week of Remote Learning! Families, we know it was stressful, it was intense, it was tiring but it was also encouraging, life giving and rewarding! Make sure you take a break, enjoy the weekend and take care of yourselves. To end the week, our staff wanted to send you a special message: AEA Staff Video

See you Monday!

Thursday, March 26

Click here for our Parents' Zoom Meeting Audio and Chat Notes!

Tuesday, March 24

Families, please read the important letter from Mrs. Leto concerning a Coronavirus case at AEA

Monday, March 23

Congratulations! You completed your first day of Remote Learning!!! Even with the minor glitches associated with joining Zoom meetings, not being able to log into Google Classroom or trying to create the most helpful schedule for learning (and working) from home- today was a success! It will only get easier, smoother and quicker. If you are still having problems, please reach out to Ms. Jainnie so she can help work out the kinks. 

Please take some time to read through NYCDOE's "Learn at Home" webpage. It will provide you with resources, tools, important information and a letter from the Chancellor with his thoughts on Remote Learning. We want to emphasize that this is NOT homeschooling, this is Remote Learning. Homeschooling would require you, as parents, to actually come up with your own curriculum, develop a set of standards for your children and a plan to implement so your children can meet those goals. Your child's teacher has done that (already) and continues to make adjustments given our virtual space limitations. Your role as a parent (which is vitally important) is to create the best environment conducive for them to learn at their full capacity. As Ms. Jainnie mentioned:

  • set aside a clutter free space with all the materials they will need throughout the day

  • try to remove as many distractions in that space

  • make sure all your tech gear is connected so you can easily connect to Zoom or Google Classroom

  • have at least 2 of your child's classmates' parents on your "Call List" in case you have questions, want to share some tips or just vent!!

  • follow a schedule that works for your family, adhering to your child's specific Zoom meetings

  • know your limitations and practice self care for the whole family

We are confident, our school community will not only survive this season, but we will come out stronger! We are grateful to our families who trusted us and supported us (and continues to) during this time. AEA rocks! Be well!

Sunday, March 22

Mrs. Leto's letter to our families on the eve of our first Remote Learning Day: 

Letter from Mrs. Leto on the Eve of First Remote Learning Day


We love our families!

Saturday, March 21

If you're having a hard time logging in, please reach out to your teacher! Few codes had confusing digits (ie. "l" is a letter not a number)

Friday, March 20

Families, please make sure your child is signed up for Google Classroom. Remote Learning begins Monday! www.aeaps303q.org/remotelearning

Also, please fill out the consent: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScjkFHDcIRkF3Zd7O2gT9e9DA-TdDF7jfx0MDt5gvGivka82A/viewform

Thursday, March 19

Thank you, parents, for joining our Zoom meeting this morning! Apologies to those who were not able to join, we reached our 100 participant max! As promised, you can find the: meeting chat, the agenda and the audio recording here.

We will continue to have weekly Zoom meetings for parents to check in. I will post the event details on our Google Calendar as well as on Remind. 

As a reminder, school staff is off tomorrow. You will be receiving information from your child's teacher soon. We'll "see" you on Monday!

Wednesday, March 18

Join us for a Q & A Session on Remote Learning for Parents tomorrow, 3/19 from 10AM-11AM.

Remote Learning Q & A for Parents

Topic: AEA Remote Learning Q & A for Parents
Time: Mar 19, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/962145873

Meeting ID: 962 145 873

Tuesday, March 17

Check out this week's announcements: https://www.aeaps303q.org/post/announcements-3-16-20

Please view Mrs. Leto's letter about Online Learning.

Medicine Pick Up: If you'd like to pick up your child's medicine, please email Nurse Yana and she will have it ready tomorrow from 12-2PM.

AEA Update- Book Pick Up

Teachers will send out a Sign Up Genius link today for you to coordinate pick up of your child's books tomorrow. The pick up person can be someone other than yourself. Please do not bring children with you. Also, there will be an envelope included with your child's belongings that will have important information on how to log into your child's Google Classroom. Please make sure you look out for it!

Teachers will send a Sign Up Genius link today for you to coordinate pick up of your child's books tomorrow. Please be on the lookout.

Monday, March 16

AEA Update- Gathering Info

AEA  families, we appreciate your patience as we gather information and resources over the next three days in order to provide our children and families the best support we can offer during this time. We will update you tomorrow afternoon with more details as they unfold.  We will inform you of any new information regularly. 

Please check the NYCDOE website for more info: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/coronavirus-update

School will reopen after Spring Break, 4/20. Visit: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/alerts/nyc-public-schools-will-close-starting-monday-march-16-2020

Sunday, March 15

URGENT: Schools are closed beginning tomorrow, Monday, 3/16. Online learning will begin 3/23. Stay tuned for directions and updates.

FAQ (We'll be posting questions as they are brought up)

 

 

What will the Remote Learning curriculum look like now that NYC public school buildings will remain closed for the rest of the school year?

Our teachers will continue to follow our units of study. New material will be taught via pre-recorded lessons posted on your child's GC. Teachers will maintain their daily Office Hours when students can easily access teachers to ask for help. Please make sure you are checking into GC throughout the day- to mark your child's attendance, to get the link for the Morning Meetings, to view pre-recorded lessons, to submit work and to review feedback on work submitted. We are confident students will receive the instruction they need to learn and develop the skills needed to prepare them for next year. 

Will we continue to follow the NYCDOE calendar?

We have not heard anything about following the DOE calendar of school closures, holidays, etc. We will keep our families posted. 

Will we have Parent Teacher Conferences in May?

We are still waiting on guidance. ​

When will pre-registration for PreK and Kindergarten students take place?

Offer letters for Kindergarten have been sent out. And PreK families should be receiving their letters in May. We have not received any guidance on how to pre-register students. Once we receive further instruction, we will let our families know. 

What about Kindergarten Graduation and PreK Moving Up Ceremonies?

Again, with school buildings closed, we won't be able to host either of these events the way we used to (or like to). However, we are open to conversations on how to plan alternate events. 

 

Are state tests cancelled?

For more info: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/schoolhealth/schoolhealthservices/coronavirus.html

State Tests Suspended: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/schoolhealth/schoolhealthservices/coronavirus/suspension-of-3-8-ela-test-shipments-and-cbt-window.pdf

All NYS State Tests have been suspendedhttp://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/schoolhealth/schoolhealthservices/coronavirus/suspension-nys-elementary-intermediate-state-assessments-3-20-20.pdf

What if I can't log into Google Classroom?

Sign in on their website: https://classroom.google.com/

For support: https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/6072460?hl=en&ref_topic=6163304

What will the schedule be like?

Your teacher(s) have sent out a fluid schedule to follow. We know every family's daily schedule is different so please adjust accordingly. 

 

 

How will attendance be taken?

Teachers will be checking your child's attendance during live video conference meetings and your submission of work on Google Classroom. Please make sure you check in at any/ all of our virtual platforms to be marked present for the day. Please note checking of attendance is one way we are making sure our families are safe. If we do not hear from you, we will reach out via phone, email, social media to make sure you are safe. Attendance during this health crisis will not affect future admissions for Middle School or other programs that place a high priority on attendance. It is important to check in everyday BY MIDNIGHT as the the DOE system only allows for daily record keeping of attendance. We cannot log attendance from previous days or weeks. Also, if there are factors that will affect your attendance (for example, an ill family member affected by COVID-19), please let us know so we can make the necessary adjustments. 

How will grades be tabulated?

Read the citywide's Grading Policy during Remote Learning

Are we expected to complete ALL the work? We are having a hard time managing the school workload, our own workloads and caring for our homes. 

Teachers do not want to burden our families with work. Teachers have created a schedule of work that will help students stay on track, challenge them and offer them some fun, interactive activities that will keep them engaged while they learn remotely. We understand the stress this time has caused our families. Our main concern is our families' well- being and our students' safety. We know you are doing the best you can. Try to get to the activities in your child's GC. Make sure your child marks him/herself present for the day. Submit your child's work when they are done so the teacher can offer feedback. Engage with the virtual platforms. But do what works with your family's schedule and capacity. The last thing we want is for families to feel stressed out about completing work that they are not in a mentally good place to care for themselves or their children. We know we have essential workers in our community- THANK YOU! We want to offer the flexibility to all our families to submit the work in the formats that you are able to- email, Remind messages, photo uploads, etc. If your family ends up with a sick family member due to COVID-19, please make taking care of that family member a priority! Reach out to us and let us know. Please connect with other families in your child's class for tips on how to manage schedules and schedule "playdates" and parent "meet ups". We all need to stay connected during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Jainnie with any concerns or questions. 

Will we have virtual school instruction during Spring Break?

The NYCDOE announced late Friday evening (April 3rd) that there will be continued Remote Learning during Spring Break. Your child's teacher will be sending out a schedule for the break- it will include some fun activities to do with your family! Please read Mrs. Leto's letter: AEA- Spring Break

What if we are observing religious holidays during Spring Break?

Please continue to sign into Google Classroom so you can be marked present for the day. If you will be taking days off to observe religious holidays, please let your teacher(s) know so they can record it appropriately. 

How can I get a device so my child can participate in Remote Learning?

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.

https://coronavirus.schools.nyc/RemoteLearningDevices

To check updates concerning device distribution, please visit: iPad Distribution

Resources

Learn from Home (NYCDOE website)

Free Face Covering Distribution 
Starting this week, 100,000 face coverings will be distributed. 

Wear a Mask

Please submit a video that shows New Yorkers why it is so important to wear a mask in public by May 30th. Videos should be less than 30 seconds long and show a mask properly worn over the mouth and nose. The winning video will be used as a Public Service Announcement (PSA). More information here

The Healthy and Ready to Learn Resource and Training Center

Harmony at Home (Sanford Harmony's Online Family Toolkit)

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

 

CreatED by Crayola

Kindness.org

New York Historical Society

Lincoln Center At Home

NYC EAP (Employee Assistance Program)

Support for NYC Small Businesses Owners and Nonprofits:

The Federal government has expanded its loan programs allowing small business owners and nonprofits to apply for up to $10 million through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Loans are available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information about the Paycheck Protection Program in multiple languages can be found here: bit.ly/PPPNYCinfo

NYC Burial Assistance

NYS Fatality Support Mission 

The American Red Cross regions of New York State have developed a program in response to COVID-19 to support individuals and families who have lost family members to death as a result of COVID-19. The following links to an online intake form can be submitted by a family member, a friend who thinks someone needs help, or an agency on behalf of the family: English:www.redcross.org/NYSCOVIDFamilySupport & Spanish: www.redcross.org/NYSCOVIDApoyoFamiliar. For those without access to the needed online technology, the phone number (585-957-8187) will link the caller to an intake person who will assist with the initial steps for getting assistance.

City of New York COVID-19 Hotel Program 

This program provides select individuals and groups (e.g., healthcare workers) a place to stay to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Economic Impact Payments

Mental Health Resources

ThriveNYC While at Home

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Coping with COVID-19

NYC Wellness

Child Mind Institute

FREE Virtual Tours

Visit this site for various FREE virtual tours of museums, zoos, aquariums and even theme parks! Best Virtual Tours

NYMetro Parents Activities

UFT (United Federation of Teachers) Family Resources

NYS Health Insurance

Internet

COVID-19 Testing

View this document for more info on Queens Locations

PM Pediatrics Locations

View by location

Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs) 

  • We will be keeping a majority of these site open during Spring Remote Learning. 

  • For our community members who are serving in these vital roles and have no other means of childcare, the New York City Department of Education is setting up Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs).

  • RECs are open and operate from 7:30am to 6:00pm (Monday-Friday), and will ensure that students have access to remote learning as well as various art, music, and other activities.

  • Our Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs) provide care for the children of our first responders, transit workers, healthcare workers, and other essential employees (i.e. DOHMH, DEP, NYCHA, Parks, Probation, Grocery, Pharmacies, Food Workers, Building Workers etc.) 

  • If your child is a New York City resident and you would like to enroll in one of these centers, please complete this REC Enrollment Form.

  • Please complete this form for each child you are seeking to enroll. You will then receive an email confirming your child’s center assignment

Meal Hubs 

  • As of Monday, April 6th, free meals have been available for students and adults.

  • No registration or documentation necessary.

  • Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs throughout the city.

  • Meals can be picked up between 7:30 –11:30 am (for children and caregivers) and 11:30 – 1:30 pm (for adults).

  • For more information, check the DOE’s website here.  

Free Kosher Meals are now available. During Ramadan, NYCDOE will increase the supply of Halal meals. View sites here

Food Centers

New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) Toolkit

NYIC Info

Raise - RAISE in NYC is offering mini grants to undocumented community members in NYC

Betancourt Macias Family Scholarship Foundation has emergency funds available for undocumented families who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic

The New York State Youth Leadership Council has compiled more  NYC-specific supports for undocumented families here

Free Coronavirus Delivery Service

NYC Parent Volunteers

Family Welcome Centers and P311 

DOE is committed to keeping regular communication channels in place for families to the fullest extent possible, while ensuring we are keeping our staff safe. To that end, Family Welcome Center (FWC) buildings have been temporarily closed and staff members are working remotely to support families. FWC staff are available by email, contact information by borough below, and are prepared to assist with enrollment and placement of new admissions, questions around admissions, information about offers, and waitlists. There may be higher than usual volume but we are aiming to respond to all requests within 48 hours. 

Our employees at P311, the DOE’s Parent Support Line, are beginning to prepare for remote work beginning next week and will use a remote call management/routing software to avoid disruption in services for P311 callers. Parents can call 311 and say “Schools” to be routed to someone who can assist you.  

Famlies can receive direct support from a FWC staff member by e-mailing your questions to:

 

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