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    June 26- Family Update

    Dear Families,
    Today is the last day of the most challenging, most intense school year many of us have ever experienced. I am humbled by your efforts and so proud of your children—our brilliant students.
    I know that last September feels like it was years ago, and that time in general seems to exist as “before COVID” and “after COVID.” It might be hard to remember, but before the pandemic upended our lives, we opened more pre-K Dual Language programs across the city, saw a record number of our students enrolling in college, and
    learned just how much our Community Schools have been changing students’ lives for the better—to name just a few of our accomplishments. All that still matters because it has real-life, positive impacts for our children.
    And then, all of a sudden, it was Monday, March 16, and the coronavirus forced us to reinvent the nation’s largest school system, closing all school buildings and transitioning our 1.1 million students to remote learning. To me, the “after COVID” time is as stunningly impressive as what came before. I know this because over the past three months I have seen your children complete science experiments in your kitchens, debate the United States Constitution in Spanish from your living rooms, and join band practice and master Shakespeare on Zoom. Your children accomplished these amazing feats all while the coronavirus was affecting you, your families, and your communities. Sadly, we lost immediate family members, and 79 Department of Education employees, to COVID-19. We will never be the same without the loved ones, friends, and colleagues who gave our lives and work meaning. We will never, ever forget a single one of them. They live on in our hearts, in our memories, and
    in our children.I’ve always said that parents and families are our most important partners, but this year that was truer than ever, as you became your child’s teacher, coach, and constant presence in an uncertain world. Your lives were upended in support of a totally unconventional schedule for your children. I know how much you sacrificed for them, how concerned you are about their futures, and how deep your love for them runs. I can’t thank you enough for the effort you have made to support your child’s learning at home. In recent weeks, you’ve kept the learning going as our city and nation have been enraged and have mourned the senseless loss of more Black lives at the hands of those whose duty it is to serve and protect. It has been a gut-wrenching time for all of us. Systemic racism endangers people of color in this country, period; and true change for New Yorkers of color must begin in our schools. I pledge that we will take what we have learned this year and double down on addressing systemic inequalities in our system that these crises have further exposed. This includes continuing to build a strong, inclusive, just, and anti-racist educational system. I pledge that we will keep cultivating and celebrating the achievements and
    accomplishments of your children. I pledge to continue to be there for you and your children, not being deterred for a moment—no matter what challenges come our way. Over the next several months, we will operate Summer School, Meal Hubs, Regional Enrichment Centers, and Emergency Child Care Centers to actively serve our families. I pledge to deliver the education your children demand and deserve—an education that enables them to grow into
    well-educated, responsible, compassionate adults who are equipped to change the world.
    I know you are rightfully anxious to know what that education will look like for your child this fall. We are working day in and day out to develop robust plans for the more than one million children who are in our seats. You will receive information in the coming weeks—including the date for the first day of school—once we receive the necessary guidance from the State and federal government that paves the way for us to finalize our plan. We also need your guidance, too! Please tell us what you want fall 2020 to look like by filling out our Return to School survey at by Tuesday, June 30. This will help us meet your needs as we come back to school. Given all we have been through together, we cannot end the school year without celebrating our students’ remarkable accomplishments. I invite you to join me; Mayor de Blasio; former NYC public school student and teacher, Lin-Manuel Miranda; and other celebrities, elected officials, and special guests on June 30 as we honor the Class of 2020 at a citywide graduation ceremony. You can watch it beginning at 7 p.m. on PIX 11 and at Please join us!
    And one more exciting development for our students: we are thrilled to make more e-books and audiobooks for all ages available for free this summer to all DOE families, and it’s easier than ever to access them. Just use your student’s DOE login; no special signup necessary. Summer reading is so important to keep learning going and to let imaginations run free, so please visit to find these amazing resources. If you received a DOE-issued iPad, it will automatically have the Sora app installed to access these texts—but you don’t
    need a DOE-issued device to use Sora. You can download the app on any device, use your student’s DOE login, and start reading.
    I have often said that we have the best students, staff, and families anywhere. This year, you have proved that true beyond any shadow of a doubt. You are helping us build a better world. We are grateful for you today and every day.
    Have a wonderful summer. We can’t wait to see you in September.
    Richard A. Carranza
    New York City Department of Education

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    Update for Families _PMIS_May 11

    May 11, 2020
    Dear Families,
    Health and safety is our top priority, and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health Department) and the Department of Education (DOE) continue to work together to keep the city’s students, families, and staff members safe, healthy, and informed as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic evolves.
    The NYC Department of Health is currently investigating cases of Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome, or PMIS, a new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere. The NYC Health Department is also investigating the possible association between PMIS and COVID-19 in children. Some doctors think the condition is related to having COVID- 19, but the connection is still not clear.
    PMIS is a rare condition that is not contagious. However, because it is life-threatening, it is important to know the signs. Most children have a persistent, high fever lasting several days, along with other symptoms, including:
     Irritability or sluggishness
     Abdominal pain without another explanation
     Diarrhea
     Vomiting
     Rash
     Conjunctivitis, or red or pink eyes
     Enlarged lymph node (“gland”) on one side of the neck
     Red, cracked lips or red tongue that looks like a strawberry
     Swollen hands and feet, which might also be red
    You should call your doctor if your child becomes ill and has had continued fever. Your doctor will ask about your child’s symptoms and use that information to recommend next steps. If your child is severely ill, you should go to the nearest emergency room or call 911 immediately.
    Although it is not yet known whether it is associated with COVID-19, it is important parents and children take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    Parents should help their children understand the importance of the following measures and ensure their children follow them:
     As per NYS Executive Order No. 202.17, all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others.
     Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face
     When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance
    between themselves and others whenever possible.
     Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequently wash their hands.
    The health and safety of our communities remain our top priority, and we will continue to follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Please contact 311 with any questions.


    Richard A. Carranza
    Department of Education
    Oxiris Barbot, MD
    Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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    Grab and Go Meals

    Hello PS 179 Families,
    PS 179 will remain open in the coming weeks for Grab and Go meals, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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    Parent Guide to Google Classroom

    Hello Parents, remote learning begins tomorrow. I'm attaching the Parent guide to Google Classroom. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. We will figure this out together! Have a wonderful Sunday!
    Ms. Gonzalez

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    Coronavirus Flyer

  • Family & Remote Learning Survey

    Hello Families!

    I hope you are safe and well.  While this has not been an easy transition for everyone during the Covid -19 pandemic, we want you to know that we are here to support you. We would appreciate you taking a moment to fill out THIS SURVEY to let us know how you are doing and how we might better support you.

    Yours in Service,

    Mr. Greg Loewer Jr.

  • Message from Ms. Connelly, Principal

    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    Mayor Bill Di Blasio has announced that all NYC Public Schools will close effective tomorrow, March 16, 2020. At this time schools are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 20th.

    As schools continue to work with the Mayor and Department of Education to provide meaningful instruction to students, please continue to check here for updates. You can also check at and the DOE website:

    Mayor Di Blasio also mentioned making sure you have a NYC Account. We will post information about that if you do not have one already.

    Please understand that this is a fluid and rapidly changing situation. All NYC schools take their direction from the Mayor and there are still things that need to be tried and worked out. PS 179 will do everything we can to keep all families informed.

    Ms. Connelly

  • Update for families-March 16

    Dear Families,
    All of us are living through an unprecedented time as we work to keep our communities safe and healthy in the face of the coronavirus. New Yorkers are joining millions in cities, states, and nations across the world in confronting decisions that we’ve never had to face—and maybe never could have imagined having to.
    Here in New York, Mayor de Blasio and I have been clear that any changes to our school system as we know it would be an extreme measure—a last resort. We’ve been monitoring the outbreak in New York City day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. This weekend, it became clear that continuing public education in our school buildings was no longer sustainable for the time being.
    On Sunday, we announced that for the next three and a half weeks, we are moving to a remote learning model, with a projected reopening of school buildings the week of April 20, 2020. I know this may feel abrupt, and has the potential to cause disruption in your lives. We are committed to consistent and clear communication with you throughout this time period, and a clear understanding of what will happen.
    Our announcement today means that Monday, March 16, school buildings are closed and students will be out of session. However, students and families can pick up medication or receive any standard medical services from Tuesday through Thursday, during regular school hours; school nurses and school based health center staff will be on site. During that time, teachers will also be expected to report to their buildings and receive full-day professional development on remote learning.
    Later in the week, students will begin picking up materials, including technology to participate in remote learning when needed. Additional guidance on all of this will be shared with you in the next couple of days. All throughout this week, grab-and-go breakfast will be available at the entrance of every school building from 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM. Any student can pick up breakfast and lunch at any school building.
    On Monday, March 23, we will be opening several dozen Regional Enrichment Centers across the City, to serve the children of our City’s first responders, healthcare workers, transit workers, and our most vulnerable populations.
    That Monday, we will also launch remote learning for grades K-12. I have every confidence in New York City educators and know they will rise to the occasion, and dedicate the same passion for delivering high-quality instruction remotely as they do in the classroom. We know we have the most dedicated school staff: teachers, custodians, administrators, and especially the school food workers who will be continuing to work during this time as part of a citywide meals program. More information on the launch of that program will be coming soon.
    I want to be clear that this is not a closure, but a transition. We will not lower our expectations for our students. We know they are hungry to learn and we will match their curiosity and passion with work-from- home materials, including distribution of devices that will support our remote-learning instructional model.
    There are already instructional resources available for every grade level in every subject at
    We know this is a difficult time, and we are working hard to make sure our City continues to support families in every way we can. I want to assure families we’re working to make this as seamless a transition as possible.
    Now is the time to come together to do what’s best for the health and safety of all New Yorkers. We are with you, partners in education in the greatest city in the world. We have the world’s most talented students, educators, and staff—and nothing will ever change that.
    We will continue to communicate with you in the coming days, and encourage you to visit our website at for more information and updates on this transition.

    Richard A. Carranza Chancellor
    New York City Department of Education

  • PreK Deadline Update

    The deadline to submit your child’s pre-K application is now March 29.

    Apply one of two ways by the deadline:

    • Online through MySchools. You can apply online 24 hours a day. 

    • By phone at 718-935-2009 by 6pm. You can call Monday through Friday between 8am and 6pm to apply or ask questions.   

    Have additional questions about your child’s application? Email us at 

  • Coronavirus Parent Letter

  • Online Communications

    Good day everyone.

    We will continue to post updated information on things happening in school and the classrooms here on this website and on Class Dojo. If you have not signed up for Class Dojo with your child's teacher, please reach out to them or Ms. Gonzalez, Parent Coordinator.

    Thank you.

    Ms. Connelly

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