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Fall 2014 After School Activities Program

Registration for the Fall 2014 ASAP Program has begun!  Registration will continue to be available throughout the summer.

Please go to the After School Home Page for more information and a link to the online registration site.



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School Announcements






MNS SUMMER PARENT WORKSHOPS

Dear MNS Families,


I hope that you all have wonderful summers filled with outdoor fun in the sun and many enriching activities, including reading for pleasure.  To help enrich your summer vacation time, the New York City Department of Education has asked Parent Coordinators to offer two summertime workshops to families at their schools. 


Hence, I am inviting you to join me for the following community activities this summer:


Meet Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center Director,

 John Reinhardt, for an in-depth walkthrough of their latest exhibit:

~ En Route: Construction Techniques and Technologies ~

Tuesday, July 29th – 6 p.m.

1628 2nd Avenue (between 84th and 85th Streets)

New York, NY 10128

Meet with our City Council Member Ben Kallos to voice your concerns regarding your children’s education

~First Friday Open Forum ~

Friday, August 1st – 9 a.m.

244 E. 93rd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
 NYC, NY 10128

I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to join me for these interesting activities.  Both parents and children are welcome!  Please RSVP by emailing me at smason@ps290.org or calling me at 212-734-7127, ext. 5.  Although our school building will be closed for the summer, I will be here preparing for next year.  I look forward to seeing you at these summertime workshops.


With warm regards,

Sally


2014 Summer Meals Program

JUNE 27 – AUGUST 29, 2014

Breakfast and lunch continues beyond the scheduled instructional school year. Our Summer Meals Program is available at hundreds of public schools, community pool centers, New York City Housing Authority complexes, and other locations around the city. No registration, documentation, or ID is required to receive a free breakfast or lunch meal to all children 18 years old and under.

We have 4 mobile food truck locations offering meals seven days a week throughout the summer. They are stationed at locations frequented by children when school is out. These sites are Orchard Beach in the Bronx, Main Street Library in Flushing Queens, Flushing Meadow Park Zoo parking lot @ 111 Street, and a new fourth truck coming soon to Roosevelt Avenue in Corona. Please use the search feature above for the days and types of service for each truck.

Remember from June 27th to August 29th school is out but free summer meals are in!

Use the search feature  at the NYC DOE School Foods website to find a location near you or text "NYCMeals" to 877-877*.

*Standard Text Messaging Rates Apply


2014-2015 NYC DOE School Calendar is now available at www.schools.nyc.gov:

http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/13CCC114-2DC8-40F2-B79E-8ED316C3C1F7/0/20142015SchoolYearCalendar.pdf



K - 5 REGISTRATION & SCHOOL TOURS 



SCHOOL TOURS:
Monthly school tours are available one Monday morning per month from 9-10:30 am beginning in October.  School tour dates for the 2013-2014 school year are as follows: Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Dec. 9, Jan. 13, Feb. 3, March 10 and May 19.  After October 1, 2013 you may call Sally Mason, our Parent Coordinator , at 212-734-7127, ext. 5 to make a reservation (50 people maximum per tour). 

KINDERGARTEN ADMISSION FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR:

Beginning in January families of children born in 2009 can apply to kindergarten online at http://schools.nyc.gov/ChoicesEnrollment/Elementary/kindergarten, over the phone by calling 718-935-2400, or in person at an Enrollment Office (Serving Districts 1, 2, 4: 333 Seventh Ave., 12th Floor, NY, NY 10001 718-935-2383).

Families will no longer submit applications directly to schools and school staff will no longer perform data entry for applicants, but schools will still verify siblings in SEMS.

Below are some key dates for the Kindergarten Admissions Process:

Application period begins on January 13, 2014

Application deadline is February 14, 2014

Placement offers distributed in early April 2014

Pre-registration starts in late April 2014
- Please come to school any weekday from 9-2 with your child, your DOE offer letter, and the other documents required in that letter. Please bring originals of these documents, plus a copy of every single document you are presenting for us to keep. We will review the original documents and then keep copies of them all for your child's file.  After you have presented your child and proved your address, you will receive a packet of further registration documents which must be filled out and returned to PS 290 by the May 23, 2014 deadline. (Please also bring us a 6" by 9" envelope addressed to your child with two stamps on it so that we can send you your class placement at the end of the summer.) Any questions? Please call Parent Coordinator Sally Mason at 212-734-7127, ext. 5.  

If you did not participate in the Early Application Period, but are zoned for PS 290 and seeking a seat for your age-appropriate child in kindergarten this fall, please call Parent Coordinator Sally Mason asap and she will tell you how to apply to register.

UPPER GRADE (1st - 5th) REGISTRATION FOR THE 2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR
Zoned families planning to enroll their children in 1st through 5th grades should bring in the documents listed in the instructions for current school year enrollment below.   We will add your name to a list of new students for the coming school year in a first-come first-serve manner.  



KINDERGARTEN (and upper grade) ADMISSIONS FOR THE CURRENT 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR:

Children born in 2008 are eligible for Kindergarten in September, 2013.  Any new zoned K-5 applicants for the 2013-2014 school year should download the K application and instructions below, editing the application for the proper grade and birth year for your child if applying for an upper grade. Please check to be sure you are currently zoned for PS 290 by reviewing the FALL 2013 PS 290 school zone shown on this zoning map, noting that only the interior of the periphery of our zone is zoned for PS 290. Please fill out the 2013-2014 application form and follow all of the 2013-2014 instructions regarding what documentation is required and when you can drop off your application.  Now that registration has opened citywide, please also bring your child when you come in to apply so that you can receive and complete the further documentation needed for registration. Applicants will be offered seats per DOE guidelines based on their zone, district and sibling status. 

If  you have any questions, please contact Sally Mason, our Parent Coordinator, at 212-734-7127, ext 5 or smason@ps290.org.  



TEST-TAKING TIPS FROM VALERIE

To help alleviate stress surrounding test prep, please go to our Guidance Counselor, Valerie Radetzky's, website where there are useful test-taking tips for our students. Just read down the list on the left hand side of this homepage and click on Valerie's Guidance/Middle School Pages. 


SHAPE UP NEW YORK!
Shaping Up has never been this easy! Shape Up NYC offers free fitness classes every week at dozens of locations across the five boroughs. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun. Class offerings are varied and include aerobics, yoga, pilates and zumba. No pre-registration is required, so just find the location in your neighborhood and start to Shape Up today! Click here or call 311 to find the fitness classes offered closest to your home.
 
 
 

YAI NETWORK - FREE FAMILY SUPPORT GROUPS

FREE Family Support Series for Caregivers of People with Autism Spectrum Disorders

VISIT WWW.YAI.ORG for the upcoming schedule of presenters.

Register at YAI LINK: 212-273-6182 or call toll-free 1-866-YAILINK.

Location:

460 West 34th Street

11th Floor


Kindly note that childcare is not provided.




EAST HARLEM CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE
161-169 E. 110th Street, NYC, NY  10029
FREE ESL CLASSES FOR ADULTS
Beginners - every Tuesday and Thursday 4 - 5:45 pm
Intermediate -  every Monday and Wednesday 10 - 11:45 am
FREE ASTHMA EDUCATION PROGRAMS, CARDIO-EXERCISE AND ZUMBA CLASSES -
CALL 212-247-8811 for days and times.


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