Calling all #FiDiFamilies – Project Playdate will be in FiDi for summer play. Be sure to sign up! See all the fun to be had below!
Summer Play by Project Playdate. Enjoy a summer of fun with Project Playdate at a number of locations. Your children will enjoy a flexible 3 to 6 hour series of fun, safe, and educational daytime playdates throughout NYC. They will enjoy some of the best specialists and the best kids attractions throughout the city. During these playdates your children will experience social, intellectual, emotional, and physical learning all while having fun and making new friends.
Date: Monday, June 27th – Wednesday, September 7th [Read more…]
Sing for Hope. Celebrate 5 years of The Sing for Hope Pianos, a community arts program, with a launch event. The Sing for Hope Pianos program has placed 286 public instruments throughout NYC, making the city host to more street pianos than any other in the world.
Sing for Hope selects local and international artists to create pianos that are then placed in parks and other public spaces for two weeks every summer. Through a special partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Sing for Hope will then place all of the Sing for Hope Pianos permanently in NYC public schools, benefiting thousands of school children. One piano also will be donated to one of the NY-area veterans’ care centers where Sing for Hope provides year-round arts programming.
Date: Monday, June 6th [Read more…]
Apply for Free Pre-K Starting Today! New York City Department of Education offers free pre-kindergarten to all NYC families. The application process for this fall begins today! If the parent or guardian lives in New York City and the child was born in 2011, he or she is eligible. This program is available at NYC Department of Education district schools, charter schools and NYC Early Education Centers. You can apply to up to 12 schools and can list them in priority order for their review. Admission is first-come first-served, so make sure you complete the application as soon as possible.
Here are the three ways you can apply:
– online through their application site
– phone registration by calling 718-935-2067
– in person at a Family Welcome Center
Date: Monday, March 16th – Friday, April 24th
Spruce Street School Rally on Thursday, March 12th at 8am
Our public schools are under attack. We ask that you join with us in a citywide event on Thursday, March 12, either before or after school, and ask fellow parents, students, teachers and other school staff, to form a ring around your Spruce Street School to symbolically protect your school.
Why is this important?
Governor Cuomo has threatened to hold any increase in state aid hostage to an arsenal of damaging education proposals, which could severely threaten the quality and autonomy of NYC public schools. Though he still owes NYC schools over $2 billion from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity decision, and statewide he owes over $5 billion, he says he won’t increase funding unless the Legislature approves tuition tax credits to private schools, similar to vouchers, and raising the cap on charter schools by one hundred and eliminating any regional restrictions, which could mean up to 250 more charter schools targeted to NYC, with each one guaranteed free facilities at the city expense. These proposals would divert essential funds and space from our public schools. At the same time, he has also proposed that struggling schools be taken over by the state and/or turned over to private hands.
In addition, the Governor is insisting on a statewide teacher evaluation system that takes nearly all authority out of district and principal hands, by basing 50% of a teacher’s ratings on student test scores on the highly fallible state exams, with only 15% based on the principal’s assessment, and the other 35% on independent evaluators, pre-selected by the state but paid for by the district. Teachers who receive one ineffective rating in five years– based solely on the unreliable value-added student test scores –could not be granted tenure, no matter what the principal or the Superintendent wanted, and any teacher rated ineffective two years in a row could lose their jobs.
These proposals represent an unprecedented attempt to centralize power over our public schools, and one that could severely damage them. The Governor’s attempt to double down on high stakes testing is the opposite to what is happening elsewhere in the country, as many states are moving away from test-based teacher evaluation systems. It also contradicts his campaign ads when he acknowledged that “Common Core scores” should not be used “for at least five years”.
Many charter schools are hiring buses, closing for the day, and sending all their staff, students and parents to Albany to lobby for more funding and to raise the charter cap. It would be illegal for public schools to do this, and in any case, we would never recommend subtracting important time from student learning. Instead, we ask you to join with us and reach out to your school communities to protect your school – either before school or after the school day is over.
Peck Slip School Announces Full-Time Pre-Kindergarten Classes for 2015.
Many parents in Lower Manhattan have been crossing their fingers that full-time pre-kindergarten seats would become available at the newest public school, PS 343/Peck Slip School. The wait is over and it has been announced that the Peck Slip School will be adding two new pre-kindergarten classrooms to its new building in September. The current school is housed at an incubator site at City Hall and the new location is at the former Peck Slip Post Office. The building is slated to open in time for the upcoming school year in September.
If you live in New York City and your child was born in 2011, he or she is eligible to attend pre-K in September 2015. The application period is from Monday, March 16 to Friday, April 24, 2015. Please bookmark this page and visit often for events and resources to help you choose programs for your child.
To submit a public school pre-k application, CLICK HERE. If you are considering sending your toddler(s) to pre-K then get your application paperwork ready. Parents are able to call 3-1-1 for more information.
Things to Know: Pre-k is free for NYC families. There are two programs available…half-day mornings or afternoons (2.5 hours) or full-day (6.20 hours). Applications can be submitted in person or online.
FiDi Families Insiders: To receive updates, register for the DOE newsletter by visiting http://schools.nyc.gov/Subscribe/default.htm.
To learn more, please visit http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/PreK/default.htm