Historical Grades & Attendance Available on NYC Schools Account

During her January Data-Tech meeting, Ms. Koatz, assistant principal, showed parents all the information that was available to them if they logged onto their child’s NYC Schools Account.

In addition to the current school year’s grades and attendance, historical attendance and last year’s grades are available to parents in NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) at mystudent.nyc.

• Parents now have the option of viewing current or past years’ data using the “Grades” and “Attendance” icons.
• For “Grades,” the “Past” data tab shows final report card grades for a student, across NYCDOE schools.
• For “Attendance,” the “Past” data tab shows the number of days a student was absent, the number of days he/she was late, and the student’s percentage of attendance for each year.

Here is an overview of NYC Schools Accounts (NYC Schools Account Overview) and an FAQ for parents (NYC Schools Account Parent FAQ).

If you need help creating an account, please contact Ms. Koatz (cjarrat@schools.nyc.gov) or Ms. Maurer, our parent coordinator (emaurer@schools.nyc.gov).


Week of December 5th is Hour of Code Week!!!


Our technology teacher, Ms. Phillips, is so excited to be holding our Hour of Code classes all next week!  The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.   We will explore Code.org and students will get to solve challenges featuring familiar digital characters such as Angry Birds, characters from Star Wars and Frozen, Minecraft and new this year, Moana! Solving these challenges introduces and provides practice using skills such as sequencing, conditional statements, debugging and more.   If you want to join your child by participating just go to Code.org and select a challenge.  You might find you love programming too!


Data-Tech Meeting re 2017 New York State Exams

If you were not able to make it to Ms. Koatz’s Data-Tech meeting, we have attached the PowerPoint here (ela-math-parent-workshop-november-2016).

Here are some of the key points from the presentation:

  • The dates for the 2017 New York State ELA (English Language Arts) exams are: March 28, 29 and 30
  • The dates for the 2017 New York State math exams are: May 2, 3 and 4
  • Exams are for all students in grades 3, 4 and 5
  • Exams will be similar to those from 2016, so that they can be compared
  • Exams will be untimed (although it is expected that most students will complete each exam within 60-90 minutes, depending on the day and their grade)
  • Parents should know that their children are being well prepared for the exams by their classroom teachers

As always, if you have questions about testing, or the Common Core, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Koatz, assistant principal, at 718-263-9770, ext. 1240 or cjarrat@schools.nyc.gov.


September Data-Tech Meeting–Looking at the PS196Q 2016 Exam Results

If you were not able to make the Data-Tech workshop this evening, you can see Ms. Koatz’s PowerPoint presentation by clicking here (2016-nys-exam-results-parent-workshop).

The bottom line was that we are well about the City and State averages in both ELA and Math.  82.70% of our students met or exceeded standards in ELA–a whopping 9.6% increase over 2015.  Our percentage for math was 83.80%, a slight dip of 2.1% compared to 2015.

Ms. Koatz will be leading other Data-Tech workshops about 2017 State testing for families of children in testing grades.


Celebrating “Dads Take Your Child to School” Day!

We had a wonderful time this morning welcoming our fathers to school for “Dads Take Your Child to School Day.”  Our students’ fathers, and father figures, were greeted with warm smiles and some paparazzi, led by Mrs. Paz and Parents Association co-president, Stephanie Cooper.  After they posed, they could pick up a healthy snack, thanks to parent coordinator, Ellen Maurer.

We are lucky that our children are brought to school every day by loving parents and guardians.  Today offered a special opportunity to celebrate the fathers among them.


2016-2017 Supply Lists

You can get ready for the new year by having all of your materials ready! If you want to order them through our Parents Association, the deadline is July 12th.  Please go to this link to sign up: http://www.schoolpak.com/catalog/grand-central-parkway

If you missed that deadline, or would rather buy your own materials, here are the lists for the 2016-2017 school year.

Kindergarten Supply List 2016-17

1st Grade Supply List 2016-17

2nd Grade Supply List 2016-17

3rd Grade Supply List 2016-17

4th Grade Supply List 2016-17

5th Grade Supplies 2016-17




Changes in New York State Testing

As Ms. Koatz mentioned during her Data-Tech meetings, New York State has made (and is making) some changes to the exams your children will be taking in April.  Please see these letters from the New York City Department of Education, regarding those changes. (20160129Grade38TestChangesFlyerforParentsArabic 20160129Grade38TestChangesFlyerforParentsBengali 20160129Grade38TestChangesFlyerforParentsHaitian(1) 20160129Grade38TestChangesFlyerforParentsFrench(1) 20160129Grade38TestChangesFlyerforParentsChineseTraditional 20160129Grade38TestChangesFlyerforParentsFrench 20160129Grade38TestChangesFlyerforParentsHaitian changes2016grades3-8ela-math-tests).

This is what has changed:

  • They have decreased the number of questions.
  • Tests are now untimed.
  • There is, and will be, greater teacher involvement in creating and reviewing exams.
  • They chose a new test vendor—Questar Assessment.

Since the tests are now untimed, we will be starting all students first thing in the morning.  So it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that your children arrive at school early on testing days.

  • On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, classes start at 8:50 a.m.—drop off by 8:40 a.m.
  • On Fridays, classes start at 8:00 a.m.—drop off by 7:45 a.m.

With your help, the morning will run smoothly and all children will be able to begin testing on time.

Even though tests are untimed, students must finish their exams by the end of the school day.  If they are still working productively (no more than 15 minutes without working), and it is close to lunch, students will be allowed to eat their lunch in a testing room.  Their exams will be given back to them after they finish.Here are the dates for the New York State Exams:

English Language Arts (ELA) Exams

Tuesday, April 5th

Wednesday, April 6th

Thursday, April 7th

Make-ups: April 8th, 11th and 12th

Mathematics Exams

Wednesday, April 13th

Thursday, April 14th

Friday, April 15th

Make-ups: April 18th, 19th and 20th


Eat Locally in NYC Public Schools on “New York Thursdays”!

From February 1st through April 22nd, all New York City public schools will be serving locally-sourced milk, dairy and produce to students every Thursday! Some of the New York State farms that are participating include: Crossbrook Farm, Walnut Ridge Dairy, Lamb Farms and Whittaker Farms. Students and parents can watch videos about New York Thursdays by going to www.milkvids.com or clicking on the QR code on the flier that was sent home. If our school reaches 100 video views, we will be entered to win a $5,000 “Build-A-Garden” kit for growing our own fruits and vegetables!


Free Software for Students!!

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced a special partnership between New York City and Microsoft.

According to her press release: Students and families can now download Office 2016, Office for Mac 2016 and the Office 365 mobile apps available for Windows 10 tablets, iPhone, iPad and Android devices. All of these are part of Microsoft’s Office 365 Education offering and available to download from the website https://studentoffice.net/. There is no cost for up to five (5) downloads on personal computers, Windows or Mac, up to five (5) tablets and up to five (5) phones.

“We are committed to using technology as a tool to facilitate better instruction and engage students and families,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “This exciting new initiative is going to help us do just that—I thank Speaker Mark-Viverito, the New York City Council, and Microsoft for their partnership.”

“Every student needs the proper tools to be successful in school,” said Council Member James Vacca, Chair of the Committee on Technology.  “We are long past the days where well-rounded computer skills were optional.  By providing free software to NYC school children, we are ensuring that every student will have the opportunity to become proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the rest of the Microsoft package.”

We are thrilled about this announcement, and encourage all our families to take advantage of this opportunity!


Get Instant Translations–For FREE!

If you prefer to receive documents in your home language, we have a new app for your phone that will make the whole process instantaneous!

Just download the Paideia LINX application onto your iPhone or Android phone, register in your native language, and when you receive an email from school, the application will AUTOMATICALLY translate the email into one of 23 languages. The app is FREE and you can choose to receive only PS196 messages. Our school ID is 4480-0853.

Here are the step-by-step instructions: Welcome to Paideia LINX – Russian      Welcome to Paideia LINX – Spanish      Welcome to Paideia LINX – French      Welcome to Paideia LINX – Korean      Welcome to Paideia LINX – Chinese      Welcome to Paideia LINX – English      Welcome to Paideia LINX – Arabic      Welcome to Paideia LINX – Bengali.

Ms. Maurer, our parent coordinator, Ms. Riccardo, our ESL teacher and Ms. Koatz, our assistant principal, are also available to help you set up your account.

Offering the LINX app to our community supports one of our goals—to increase parent involvement in school activities!