P.S. 209  PARENT NEWSLETTER


   

Important Dates   




Apply to pre-k 

March 16-April 24

"One Application Only"

Dear Parents/ Guardian,

Now is the time for parents of children born in 2011 to start looking for pre-kindergarten programs for next Fall. Families may apply between March 16 and April 24. They'll find out in June where their child is matched. Parents may rank up to 12 choices on the application and submit it online at: http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/PreK/default.htm

Or on the telephone by calling 311, or in person at a Department of Education's Family Welcome Center.

If you need assistance with your application please see Fran DeVivo, Parent Coordinator in room 101A.

 

Apply to become a CEC member 015 Education Council Elections Applications Accepted Beginning Feb. 11th

Who is eligible to run for a seat on a CEC?


You are eligible to run if you are the parent of a student who currently attends kindergarten through 8th grade in a school under the jurisdiction of the Community School District where you wish to serve on the CEC. For the purpose of determining CEC eligibility, “parent” is defined in Chancellor’s Regulation D-140 as:

  • a parent (by birth or adoption, step parent or foster parent), legal guardian, or person in parental relation to a child. A person in parental relation to a child is a person who is directly responsible for the care and custody of the child a regular basis in lieu of a parent or legal guardian.
  • Community Education Councils (CECs) are education policy advisory bodies responsible for, among other things, reviewing and evaluating the district’s educational programs, approving zoning lines, and holding public hearings on certain matters. 
    Each CEC consists of 12 members, who serve as volunteers and provide hands-on leadership and support for their district's public schools:
    --9 must be parents selected by PA/PTA leadership (president, treasurer and recording secretary);
    --2 are residents and/or local business leaders appointed by the Borough President; and 
    --1 is a non-voting high school senior who lives in the district and is appointed by the Community Superintendent. 
    CECs must hold at least one public meeting per month, with the Community Superintendent, where the parents and the community may air their concerns. 
    To learn more about the CECs’ roles and responsibilities, or to get a list of current members and meeting dates, 
    go to:  http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/CEC/GPInformation/default.htm

 How and when can I apply to serve on CEC?


During the 2015 Selection Process, you can apply to serve on a CEC HERE (on or after February 11, 2015). The application period ends at 11:59 pm on March 11, 2015. If you do not have access to a computer, please call 311 for information on how to access computers at local district offices and schools, or at public libraries.


SCHOOL FOOD SERVICES:


All NYC school children are entitled to Free Breakfast. If you wish your child to eat breakfast at PS 209, please bring them to school no earlier than 7:45 am. Breakfast is served until 8:15 am. Monday through Friday on school days. For a list of breakfast menus, please click on the link below. Thank you.

http://www.opt-osfns.org/osfns/


SCHOOL LUNCH FORMS: COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS


ALL NYC STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT A LUNCH FORM.
ONE FORM IS REQUIRED PER FAMILY.

Everyone should return an application even if you believe you are NOT eligible for free or reduced-price meals! 
 The application is also used to determine the amount of State funding our school receives for supplies such as books, classroom furniture and other resources. 

If you feel that you are not eligible for free or reduced-price meals then check the box next to the statement “I do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals” at the top of the form and return it to your schools to help ensure adequate funding to your school!

If you don't have a Social Security number you must still complete an application! 
Complete the application and write the word NONE in thes pace provided on the application

 Other government agencies will not see your completed application!  Completed applications are confidential.  If your household receives Food Stamps, or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, 
 You should receive a Direct Certification letter, listing the names of school age children in your household, from The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

When you take or mail this letter to your child's school, he or she will be eligible for free school meals. If you do not receive a Direct Certification letter in the mail, you should complete the School Meals Application and provide your Food Stamp or FDPIR/TANF case number that is on the benefit letter that was sent to you. Your child will then be eligible for free school meals.

If you have a question about the status of your online application or if your child qualified for free meals, who should you call. 
The School Food Help Desk will be open to schools and households from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. weekdays to answer any questions related to the paper or online application. Please call (718)707-4400 or send email to OSFCompliance@schools.nyc.gov 
for assistance.

All students are eligible for nutritious and delicious meals that are convenient and a bargain! BREAKFAST is AT NO CHARGE to all students and lunch costs $1.50 each. If you are receiving benefits such as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Food Stamps, WIC or any other public assistance benefits, your child may be eligible for free meals. Children from
households that  meet Federal Income Guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, which cost .50 cents per lunch.

The application is to be completed using black or dark blue ink – and should not be photocopied. Households are encouraged to complete all required information to avoid delays in processing the form.

The Department of Education has partnered with ACCESS NYC

 (https://a858-ihss.nyc.gov/ihss1/en_US/IHSS_homePage.do) 

to develop the Online School Meals Application. As of August 26, 2010 families can apply for school meals online for all their children attending any NYCDOE school from the privacy of their home without having to repeat the process for each school their children attend. The application will be sent electronically to the processing center and the eligibility will be uploaded into the school database. BELOW IS THE DIRECT LINK TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION ON-LINE.

https://a858-ihss.nyc.gov/ihss1/en_US/IHSS_homePage.do


To register a new student in public school:  


When you go to register, please bring your child with you. 

You also must bring the following documents:

 Proof of residence. Any two of the following documents:

1. A residential utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident's name issued by 

National Grid, Con Edison, or the Long Island Power Authority (for the Rockaways);

must be dated within the past 60 days

2. Documentation or letter on letterhead from a federal, state or localgovernment agency, 

including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), City Housing Authority, 

Human Resources Administration (HRA), the Administration for Children's Services(ACS), 

or an ACS subcontractor indicating the resident's name and address; must be dated within the

 past 60 days 

3. An original lease agreement, deed, or mortgage statement for the residence

4. A current property tax bill for the residence

5. A waterbill for the residence; must be dated within the past 60 days 

6. Official payroll documentation from an employer such as a form submitted for tax

 with holding purposes or payroll receipt; a letter on the employer's letterhead will 

not be acceptedmust be dated within the past 60 days 

Also bring:

Child’s birth certificate or passport

Child’s immunization records

Child's latest report card/transcript (if available)

Child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) and/or 504 Accommodation Plan 

(if applicable and available)

I look forward to seeing all of you at these upcoming events.As always, if you have any questions just e-mail me and I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

Best regards,


Fran Devivo

P.S. 209



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