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April 2020 Principal's Newsletter to Parents

Dear Parents,


As we enter this new month in panic, uncertainty and confusion, we hope at the Ralph Bunche School, that we are easing your minds regarding your child’s education and well-being. Although we must practice social distancing, this is a time to rely on our school community the most to persevere through the COVID 19 Pandemic. As a school community, we are here to help. Feel free to reach out to teachers, paraprofessionals, related service providers, school-based support team, Parent Coordinator, school aides, the administrative team and each other. We have launched our school website early to support our transition to Remote Learning. All staff members have school-based emails and open to communication to have all parents on board. Our website is www.PS132QRBS.org.


COVID 19 UPDATE: As of right now, all schools are closed until April 20, 2020. We will continue to update you once given directive from the District and Chancellors Office. As of right now Spring Break will be April 9th – 12th . Remote Learning resumes April 13th . REMOTE LEARNING: We will be conducting Remote Teaching and Learning via Google Classrooms, I-Ready and Pearson Realize. School wide communication will happen via the BLOOMZ APP and the School Messenger ROBO Call System. If having difficulty accessing any of these platforms, please reach out to your child’s teacher or our Parent Coordinator Ms. Belton at (347) 563-4350. We understand the difficulty in managing these platforms and the newness of this endeavor. I ensure you that we are here to help, we are patient regarding student assignments and due dates. Our overall goal is to ensure all students are exposed to learning material while Remotely Learning. We also want to ensure we have open communication with parents and families in working together on the educational plan of each child.


GOOGLE CLASSROOM: Thank you for your continued patience in using the Google Classroom Platform. At this time all parents and families should be logged into their child’s classroom using the unique code sent by the classroom teacher. Please be mindful that during remote learning, our teachers are working remotely, teaching their children as well while caring for other family members so at times responses may not be immediate but will be honored. We understand the inconvenience this can cause in our students’ education and we are working on news ways to actively engage our students. Please continue to click on the “Classwork” tab in Google Classroom to access assignments assigned to your child.


GRADING / ATTENDANCE POLICY: During Remote Learning we understand that it can sometimes be a lot managing Google Classroom, I-Ready and the other platforms. As a school we want to ensure that our students are exposed to instructional activities daily in hopes that all are completed by the end of the week. Interactions and logging in to a platform will count as student attendance. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you need an extension on an assignment due date. It will be honored as we understand we are all working together to teach our children. Students Final Marking Period Grades will be inclusive of I-Ready Usage and Lesson Completion, Homework, Google Classroom Assignments, Google and Classwork / Assessments (given prior to remote learning and online assessments).


DEVICES / WIFI: If you are still in need for a device for your child to connect to the internet please visit: schools.nyc.gov and click “I-Pad Request” to fill out a form to receive a device.


SCHOOL SURVEYS: School Surveys are a perfect way for you to voice your opinion about our school. We encourage you to complete the online applications through the My Schools website. The survey window has been extended until June 26, 2020.


REGIONAL LEARNING CENTERS AND FREE MEALS: Regional Learning Centers are open for those seeking childcare Monday -Friday. It is housed at P.S. /I.S. 270Q The Gordon Parks School. Students can receive free breakfast and lunch meals at I.S. 59 The Springfield Gardens School. Information for both is attached.


2019-2020 NYS ELA ASSESSMENT: The 2019-2020 NYS ELA and MATH Test has been cancelled for this school year due to the COVID 19.


For any questions, comments or concerns I can be reached remotely at DBaptiste3@schools.nyc.gov, or DBaptiste@ps132qrbs.org. Our Parent Coordinator Ms. Belton can be reached at (347) 563 – 4350.


Educationally yours,

Dex Baptiste,

Principal

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