Weekend Wellness: Self Care for Communities & Families
DOE families, school staff, and community members are invited to attend free, live-streamed “Weekend Wellness: Self-Care for Communities & Families” events from 10:30–11:30 a.m. on March 20 and April 24. The DOE, in partnership with Hip Hop Public Health, is hosting this series to raise awareness around self-care, physical, mental, and emotional health skills, and practices that our school communities need to be resilient, as they recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. These events are designed to be especially relevant for communities of color, who are experiencing disproportionate losses and health risks.
Multiple Languages on Social-Emotional Learning Strategies with Families
The DOE’s Parent University invites NYC families to a series of virtual courses on social-emotional learning (SEL). In these courses, families will learn strategies and have access to tools that promote a successful learning environment for their children. Courses will be conducted in English, Spanish, and Chinese, and taught by DOE partners at Ramapo For Children. Please share these courses with your families, using the course flyers in English; Spanish; and Chinese.
As shared in the November 20 edition of Principals Digest, the DOE’s Parent University seeks to educate and empower all families from early childhood through adulthood, with free courses, resources, events, and activities. Parents can register for free trainings on a wide range of topics, including adult education, student social-emotional learning, and special education.
Wide Open Schools Family Resources
The Wide Open School website provides learning activities for students to complete independently at home, or with their families. Activities are available in all subjects and grades, and in all languages via Google Translate. Families can use the information to do the following:
- Access an overview of the units their children are studying throughout the year, in grades K-8; high school units will be added soon.
- Engage with their child on what is taught at school;
- Find support for learning at home, like tips for keeping children focused, as well as information about using online learning tools;
- Assist with conversations at parent-teacher conferences;
- Locate afterschool activities.
Parents of Students with IEPs
IEP information in NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) is available again for families after previously being removed from the application.
By registering for a NYC Schools Account (“NYCSA”), parents and guardians can view student report card grades, attendance, class schedules, health data, assessment data, graduation and promotion status, transportation information, and authorized guardian contact information. This application can be accessed through any Internet-connected device (such as a computer or smartphone) by visiting https://mystudent.nyc, the NYCSA home page. It is available in ten languages.
Parent Resources for Science
As science educators in New York get closer to the full implementation of the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards many parents may begin to ask:
- What are the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards?
- What is science and why is it important for my child?
- When will the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards be implemented?
- How can I learn more?
A Parent’s Guide to the New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards addresses these questions and connects parents with additional science education resources to support learning at home.
The DOE has created a parent guide to address commonly asked questions about the administration of the Grades 3–8 ELA and Mathematics and Grades 4 and 8 Science exams in the 2020-21 school year.
The guide can be found at: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/learning/testing/student-participation-guide