This is the front entrance of the school building.

Like all New York City public schools, we have been educating our students remotely since March 16, 2020.  We were in the process of moving from edublogs to another platform in order be ADA compliant.  We are therefore not updating this website.  You can reach us at the following email addresses.  Feel free to also follow our school announcements on Remind by joining @ps196q  We hope everyone is staying safe and we look forward to rejoining our community as soon as it is safe to do so.

Mary Pierantoni, parent coordinator,

Fabienne Matteis, student enrollment secretary,

Catherine Jarrat Koatz, assistant principal,

Blimie Berkowitz, assistant principal, special education,

Susan Migliano, principal,

Mrs. Migliano’s 2019-2020 Focus Priority Statements

2019-2020 Focus Priority Statement:

Strategically build teacher capacity for increasing opportunities for students to wrestle with cognitively challenging advanced literacy tasks, in order to improve engagement and elevate outcomes.

2019-2020 Focus Priority Sub-Statement:

Strategically build teacher capacity in designing rigorous tiered tasks and incorporating math talk to engage all students in learning, in order to develop their conceptual understanding in math, resulting in an increase in student progress.

Corona Virus Updates

For the latest information from the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), go to:

Please note that students must be 72-hours fever-free (without medicine) before returning to school.  They will also need a doctor’s note.

On March 10th, we sent home information from the DOE and the NYC Department of Health on the corona virus (Covid-19).  You can find those documents here:


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Martin Safran Awards–Calling for Essays!

Does your child participate in community service activities, either at school or within the broader community? Each year, three of our students are eligible for the Martin Safran Citizenship Award—Sponsored by the Association of Assistant Principals. Only 15 winners from elementary, intermediate and junior high schools across New York City receive this award. The winners are recognized at a dinner in New York City, where they receive a $100, a plaque and other prizes. It is a very special ceremony. This contest is open to students in all grades. We have had a winner (one year we had TWO) in nearly every year we’ve entered the contest! All essays, which may contain photographs, should be given to Ms. Koatz. She will choose the top three to submit.

If your child (in ANY grade) is interested, please have them write an essay using these three questions as a guide:

1) Why is your service important?

2) How did it help change your school or community?

3) What did you learn from this service?

All essays must be given to Ms. Koatz by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 13th. No late entries will be accepted.

As always, please feel free to contact us with questions, concerns or ideas. Thank you for your support as partners in your children’s education.


Math-a-thon 2020

It’s Math-a-thon time again!  Each year our students work hard to support the children of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through our participation in the Math-a-thon.  We have always ranked among the top-fundraising schools in the country, and have raised nearly $250,000 over the past 10+ years!

If you don’t know about St. Jude’s, it was created to meet the needs of families with children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. The money  raised through programs, like the Math-a-thon, means no  family is ever  turned away from treatment.

Here are the steps for participating:

1) Return the signed permission slip—The section of the envelope you will receive at the beginning of February.

2) Register online at

3) Complete the Math-a-thon booklet (you will get it from Ms. Koatz when you hand in your permission slip), or do the problems online.

4) Get certificates and prizes (Mathathon 2020 Prizes).

Participation is optional, but we hope many families will be involved.

Once you register online, you can have people donate with credit cards, or you can still give checks/cash in your envelope to Ms. Koatz, who will send the money to St. Jude’s.  Please help us help the children of St. Jude’s!  Every penny of this fundraiser will go directly to St. Jude’s—what a great way to teach children how donations can help those who are less fortunate.


Letter re Novel Corona Virus

The New York City Department of Health released this letter regarding the Novel Corona Virus (see below).  You can find it in different languages here:

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Parent Workshop on 2020 NYS Exams

On November 20, Ms. Koatz led a workshop on the 2020 New York State exams (for grades 3-5). Here is a copy of her PowerPoint. (ELA Math Parent Workshop November 2019)

Some other key information…

2020 ELA Exams–March 25th & 26th

2020 Math Exams–April 22nd & 23rd

A plethora of information about State testing (including old exams and scoring guides from previous years), can be found on  We linked to some specific pages below.

To find the released questions from last year’s exams (along with scoring guides), go to:

The examples in the PowerPoint are all from 2017.  You can find those released questions here:

The Educator’s Guide, with rubrics for how all questions are scored, can be found here:


Kindergarten Parent Workshops 2019-2020

If you were unable to attend our workshop on Reading and Fundations in kindergarten, you can view the presentation here: Reading and Fundations Workshop 2019-2020

Here is the info from the Writing Workshop: Writing Workshop 2019-2020

Here is the info from the Math Workshop: Kindergarten Math Workshop 2019-2020

Here is the info from the Science & Social Studies Workshop: Science Social Studies K Workshop Presentation 2019