FIRST DAY Here We Come!! :)

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year.  We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!  Here are some important announcements:

  • Please see this document (Dismissal Exits 2017-2018-27ufdpc) for dismissal exits.
  • If you are bringing supplies, please make sure that the BAGS and SUPPLIES are labeled with your child’s full name and 3-digit class code.
  • Please make sure that all children in grades 1-5 know their class number.  You can quiz them on your way to school. 🙂
  • The building will open at 8:20 a.m. for indoor line-up and breakfast (for grades 1-5).  Please DO NOT drop off your children (or supplies) earlier than that, unless you paid for our early morning program through Maria Romero.
  • KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS: Tomorrow is a half day for kindergarten (9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.).  Please try to come as close to 9:15 a.m. as possible.  Kindergarten students and their parents will ENTER THROUGH THE CUL-DE-SAC on 72nd AVENUE (on THURSDAY ONLY).  You will be led by staff to our front playground area, where you will line up by class number (011, 012, etc.).
  • 1st AND 2nd GRADE STUDENTS: Students in these grades will enter through our main entrance—by the lighted PS196 sign.  Staff will be there to help guide students to their rooms and to bring in any supplies.
  • 3rd, 4th and 5th GRADE STUDENTS: For Thursday ONLY, all upper grade students should enter through our OLD MAIN entrance—near where the cars are parked.  Staff will be there to help guide students to their rooms and to bring in any supplies.
  • PRE-K STUDENTS: You were emailed directions from Ms. Koatz. Please let her know if you did not receive the email (cjarrat@schools.nyc.gov).

Also, please see the following announcements from our After School Program Director, Maria Romero.  Remember, you must sign up for this service—www.afterschoolps196.com.  Any questions about these items should be directed to Maria at afterschoolps196@gmail.com.

  • New Parents: Afterschool Program Meeting Tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 7th, 1:30 pm in the auditorium.
  •  First Day of Afterschool Program for Kindergarten is on Monday, Sept. 11th.  Please send a note to your child’s teacher to let them know that they will be going to after school, if you have signed up for this program.
  •  First Day of Afterschool Program for Grades 1 -5 is on Thursday, Sept. 7th.  Please send a note to your child’s teacher to let them know that they are going to after school, if you have signed up for this program.



Visiting Author Adam Gidwitz Wins Newbery Award!

Adam Gidwitz, author extraordinaire, has established quite a fan base here at PS 196Q since his visit with fifth graders on December 5th, 2016.  Thus, it isn’t any wonder how quickly word spread of his most recent achievement.  On January 23rd, 2017, Adam Gidwitz received one of the highest awards in children’s literature in the U.S  — a Newbery Honor!  Mr. Gidwitz received this honor for his fifth book, The Inquisitor’s Tale.

Fascination with Mr. Gidwitz and his books all began with Gidwitz’s captivating, and dare I say, gory, presentations of his retellings of the original Grimm Brothers stories.    Since his visit, “Gidwitz” and “Grimm” seem to have become household names at PS 196Q as copies of Mr. Gidwitz’s books continue to fly off library and classroom shelves!

Congratulations Adam Gidwitz!


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




Career Day 2016

Army Sergeant, Paleoanthropologist, Attorney, Career Advisor, Court Officer, College Professor, Writer, Sales, Cellist, Computer Programmer on and on…. Another successful Career Day! A big thank you to all the parents who participated. The children had an opportunity to hear about different careers and the skills required for each job, and most important for our children, to make connections why the things they are learning in school right now are important to their future and how they use this knowledge in the world to come.