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Vol. 47 October 6, 2016
In this issue:
  • Announcements
    • Team Up! Tuesday
    • Showcase Schools
    • Big Apple Awards
  • Opportunities for Families and Students
    • I Am Jazz: Family Read Aloud
    • 5th Annual High School STEM Career Day
    • Community Programs in Brownsville Open House 
    • Register for the Specialized High School Test 
    • City of Science at Park Slope YMCA
    • Bronx Parent Conference on Special Education
  • Education News
  • Calendar
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Team Up! Tuesday
Attention Middle School Parent Coordinators

As a reminder, Team Up! Tuesday will take place in select middle schools on Tuesday, October 25.

If you haven’t already, please confirm with your principal that your school will be participating.  Any school staff member may fill out the planning tool.

In addition, if your school is participating, make sure that you have backpacked the letter home to parents. All translated versions of the parent letter are available on the Intranet page (to access the Intranet webpages, you must be log on to your DOE account). 

For questions, please email

2016-2017 Showcase Visit Registration

Register now for a 2016 – 2017 Showcase Schools visit!

This year, a number of schools in our cohort will be opening their doors to share a variety of promising practices related to family and community engagement. Specific areas they will explore are: Serving Students & Families Through Partnerships & Innovative Practices, Project-Based Learning & Social-Emotional Supports, Building Community Through Partnerships, and Creating a Culture of Wellness Within Your School Community.

Our hope is that any school-based staff interested in what family and community engagement can do for their students will attend a visit a Showcase School and be inspired to act. This year, there are 37 schools opening up their doors! We strongly encourage you to attend these visits with colleagues in order to facilitate richer discussions and sharing of practices after the visit.

Register now as spaces are filling up quickly.

For questions, comments, or more information, please contact: 

Update Parent Leader Contact Information

The mandatory officers - president, treasurer, and recording secretary - from each PA/ PTA are the selectors (voters) in the 2017 election for Citywide and Community Education Councils. Contact information from SPLCI is used to communicate with selectors about their role, invite them to candidate forums, and distribute their credentials for voting. You play a vital role in this process by ensuring the accuracy of the contact information in SPLCI. 

Here are some tips for making sure your data is accurate:
  • Double check the data against the Election Certification Form
  • Send a test email asking parents to confirm they received it
  • Attend a PA/PTA meeting and ask the mandatory officers to confirm their address and email*
*While it's not required, please encourage officers to use personal email addresses, rather than a generic email address for the PA/PTA. It helps with the distribution of election credentials and ensures they receive emails from their membership in a timely manner.
Report September Family Night Attendance on the PCAR
The Parent Coordinator Activity Report (PCAR) is an online reporting system used to capture the daily work of parent coordinators, based on five parental involvement indicators.This data is the NYCDOE’s measure of parent engagement and is submitted semi-annually to the City for inclusion in the Mayor’s Management Report (MMR). Like last year, timely completion of the PCAR is part of the Compliance Checklist (CL #13). Parent coordinators are required to complete their reports for the previous month by the 15th of the following month.

Submit September Family Night Attendance by October 15th
Parent coordinators must submit Family Night Attendance on the Parent Coordinator Activity Report (PCAR). (Note that if your school does not have a parent coordinator, a designee must enter this data into the PCAR.) Family Night attendance is due by October 15th. 
Submit Missing Reports by October 30th
To ensure that the NYCDOE meets the parent-engagement reporting requirement for the preliminary MMR, which covers July 1-October 31, all outstanding data from July 1 onward must be submitted in the PCAR system by October 30. 
Need Help?

For more information on submitting data in the PCAR system, including the list of indicators for the MMR, see this document. Review this FAQ for answers to the most common access issues. For questions, email
Nominate Outstanding Teachers for the 5th Annual Big Apple Awards
The Big Apple Awards is New York City’s opportunity to recognize and celebrate some of our best teachers. Students, families, teachers, administrators, school and central staff, and community members are invited to nominate a teacher before Friday, December 9 to show appreciation, showcase the great work happening in your schools, and create an opportunity for them to be selected as examples of teaching excellence.

All Parent Coordinators will receive deliveries of 100 Big Apple Awards postcards to distribute in their school communities during the week of October 17. All full-time NYC public school teachers may be nominated. Additional information about the awards can be found on our webpage.  You can download additional flyers and postcards for distribution. 

Email with any questions.
Prepare for Parent-Teacher Conferences
Print a one-page flyer of the citywide parent-teacher conference dates for all grade-levels 

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Back to School Resources
The 2016-2017 Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools provides families with useful, easy-to-read information on academic expectations, school and district-level supports, and tips for encouraging their children academically and emotionally. Achieve NYC is available in English and nine additional NYCDOE-covered languages. Schools received quantities based on their enrollment and parents' written language as recorded. 
  • If you need additional copies of Achieve NYC for your school, please click here.
  • Please refer to the Achieve NYC webpage for PDF versions of the guide and a link to request additional copies. 
  • Achieve NYC posters help schools share key school and district contact information and will be delivered to each school with their Language Access kit.
  • Check out Back to School Basics, for a complete one-stop shop full of resources
Opportunities for Families and Students
I Am Jazz: Family Read Aloud
Join the Museum of the City of New York for a family read-aloud of "I Am Jazz" written by 16-year-old author and LGBT activist Jazz Jennings. Participate in a guided discussion for children and adults on gender expression and identity. Then visit the exhibition "Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York" to explore the life of various queer artists and networks that sprang up in the city across the 20th century.

Register today.
5th Annual High School STEM Career Day
High school students interested in learning more about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), are invited to participate in the 5th Annual STEM Career Day on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 to learn first-hand about career pathways in these fields by visiting up to two New York City companies for an inside look.

There are so many STEM careers in unexpected places. High school students sign up for the event individually and travel on their own to the companies. Sessions take place at each company and occur from 10:00 - 11:30am and 1:00 - 2:30pm. Registration is required. All participants will receive a free t-shirt and a round-trip MetroCard.

Sign up now for this amazing experience! Registration deadline is Friday, October 28, 2016.

For more information, click here. For questions, email
Brooklyn College Fair for High School Juniors and Seniors
Discover Community Programs in Brownsville
Register for the Specialized High Schools Test and LaGuardia High School Auditions
Be sure you are planning for the Specialized High Schools process!

Students interested in applying to the Specialized High Schools must register for the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) and/or LaGuardia High School auditions.

To register, meet with your school counselor in these next two weeks. The deadline to register is Thursday, October 13.

For more information about open houses and the process, check out the Specialized High School News website

Borough Field Support Center
Special Education Family Conference

The Borough Field Support Centers are offering their second annual
Fall Special Education Family Conference Series.

This is an opportunity for families of students with disabilities to:

- learn more about topics specific to special education
- meet staff in their borough who specialize in special education

To find out about a BFSC Family Conference closest to you, please click here

City of Science

Include NYC Conference
College Access for All Conference for Middle School ELL Families
Bronx Parent Conference on Special Education
Education News
Preschools that implement parent training show better outcomes for students. For the full article, please click here.

With Autism, School is Part Academics, Part Making Sense of Other. For the full article, please click here.

Music and Academics Work Hand in Hand at Upper West Side School. For the full article, please click here.

How One School is Leveling the Playing Field for Middle School Admissions. For the full article, please click here

Parents, Get to Know Your School's Parent Coordinator. For the full blog post, please click here.

P.S. 35 on Staten Island named a national Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For the full article, please click here.

Mayor Says He's Making Progress on Plan to Have All Students Learn Computer Science. For the full article, please click here

CUNY Application Fee Waived For More Low-Income Students. For the full press release. For the full article, please click here.

City Rolls Out Campaign to Encourage Teens to Sign Up for IDNYC Cards. For the full article, please click here.

NYC Preschool Children Have Made Progress in Learning. For the full article, please click here. 

Chancellor Fariña, NYC Libraries Announce New Initiative to Offer Free Wi-Fi Hotspots to Public School Students and Families. For the full article, please click here.
October 10

October 12

October 26 - 27

November 2-3
Columbus Day observed
Schools closed

Yom Kippur
Schools closed

Middle School: Parent-Teacher Conferences*
* Parent-teacher conference dates are citywide. However, schools may decide to hold their conferences on alternative dates. Please check with your school for specific schedules. For assessment dates and other calendars, please visit calendar.

Elementary School: Parent- Teacher Conferences*
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