Every year, all parents, all teachers, and students in grades 6-12 take the NYC School Survey. The survey ranks among the largest surveys of any kind ever conducted nationally.

The survey helps school leaders understand what key members of the school community say about the learning environment at each school. The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn.  

The 2014-2015 version of the NYC School Survey is aligned to the DOE’s Framework for Great Schools. The survey will collect vital information about a school’s capacity to improve student achievement by measuring the extent to which each school incorporates the six essential elements— rigorous instruction, supportive environment, collaborative teachers, effective school leadership, strong family and community ties, and trust—that drive school improvement and develop students to compete in the 21st century.  The survey will be one of multiple measures used to help the DOE assess the six essential elements.

 For more information about the research behind the Framework for Great Schools, see here.

PRE-K APPLICATION IS OPEN-Children born in 2011 who turn four years old by December 31, 2015 are eligible for free, high quality, full day, pre-Kindergarten in district schools and New York City Early Childhood Centers.  We will now be referring to programs that contract with the NYCDOE or ACS to offer pre-K as “New York City Early Education Centers” (NYCEECs), rather than “Community-Based Early Childhood Centers” (CBECCs). After extensive conversations with programs, families, community stakeholders, and educators, we are confident that the new name will more effectively support our joint efforts to create an integrated P-12 system


Pre-K for All is an opportunity to prepare every child for a lifetime of learning. In pre-K, children will develop skills, knowledge, and approaches to learning needed to succeed. Pre-K is a critical and irreplaceable academic foundation that offers long-term benefits that will help every child thrive in school, at home, and in life. Studies have shown that children who attend a high-quality pre-K attain higher levels of education and receive higher incomes as adults. Pre-K can serve as the launching pad to lifelong success.





2015 State Assessment Schedule


English Language Arts (ELA):                         April 14 - 16

Mathematics:                                                      April 22 – 24

Science Performance Test (Grades 4 & 8):     May 20-29

Science Written (Grades 4 & 8):                      June 1

For information about the exams click on the link below.



Free Legal Screening Event

On Sunday, April 12th, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) will host a FREE legal screening event in collaboration with several NYC legal service providers, community-based organizations and other immigration rights organizations. 

Attendees will be given clear information about the status of executive action and be individually screened to learn if they may qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) or another type of immigration relief. City agencies will also be available to provide information on how to obtain documents in preparation for their application once the programs become available.  The event will be held on:


Sunday, April 12, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Temple Emanu-El

1 East 65th Street (between 5th Ave & Madison Ave)        
New York, NY 10065

To register: (212) 419-3700 (M-F 9am-8pm)



Individuals who wish to register for the April 12 event should call Catholic Charities at (212) 419-3700 to make an appointment. Their hotline is open Monday – Friday, 9am to 8pm and over the phone interpretation is available in over 200 languages.


The Sheepshead Bay library is inviting your students and their parents to celebrate National Poetry Month 2015 on April 8th at 4 PM. The event features interactive activities consisting of music, rhymes, verse & poetry!


Muriel Feldshuh's flannel Poetry banners artwork  will be exhibited.  We would like to thanks BPL Pre- School Services coordinator, Payne Rachel for connecting us with Murel Feldshuh, a retired school teacher, educator and banner artist who empowers early literacy and love of poetry to preschoolers through her creativity and artistic background.






I am excited to let you know about a special, free event that the School of American Ballet will be presenting for families and children at the Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m.

“The Beauty of Ballet” features SAB’s advanced students (some of the most promising young dancers in the U.S.) in a delightful introduction to classical ballet that should be especially enjoyable for children ages 4 and up. 



Visit the web page for detailed information.
Wildlife Detective Camp at the Bronx Zoo
Open to students in Grades 1 & 2
Program meets during Spring Break, April 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2015  
http://www.cvent.com/d/nrqlcv to apply.  

Zoo Explorers Camp at the Bronx Zoo 
Open to students in Grades 3, 4, & 5
Program meets during Spring Break, April 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2015
http://www.cvent.com/d/9rql4b to apply.

Marine Career Exploration Camp at the New York Aquarium
Open to students in Grades 6, 7 & 8
Program meets during Spring Break, April 6,7, 8, 9 and 10, 2015
http://www.cvent.com/d/zrql4y to apply.

Art and Science Explorers at The New York Botanical Garden 
Open to students in Grades 6, 7 & 8
Program meets during Spring Break, April 6,7, 8, 9 and 10, 2015
http://www.cvent.com/d/7rqlcs to apply.

DNA Science Camp
Open to students in grades 9, 10, 11 & 12
Program meets during Spring Break, April 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2015
http://www.cvent.com/d/zrql99 for more information and to apply.

High Schools: goLead Institute

Application Deadline: March 13, 2015
Event: April 6, 2015 – April 10, 2015
Contact: ServiceinSchools@schools.nyc.gov

The goLEAD Institute is a youth leadership training program for NYC public high school students (grades 9-12) that engages them in meaningful community service and service learning. Service in Schools and generation On are partnering to host the goLEAD Institute during Spring Break, Monday, April 6-Friday, April 10. Click here for a flyer to share with your students. For more information and to apply, click here. The application deadline is March 13th.


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.


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.




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


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.


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

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