MS 442 School for Innovation
500 19th Street - Bishop Ford Complex
Brooklyn, NY 11215
 
Main Office: 718-369-4480
Noreen Mills, Principal
Jason James, Assistant Principal
Maria Egan, Parent Coordinator
parentcoordinator@ms442.org

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WELCOME TO MS 442 SCHOOL FOR INNOVATION

MS 442 School for Innovation exemplifies 21st century education in New York City’s public schools. We use a mastery-based structure and our students are encouraged to engage in groups to develop solutions through inquiry, collaboration and questioning, supported by technology.

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Updated Summer School Dates

May 20, 2020 Updated Summer School Dates

 

https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/summer-school-2020

Resources for MS442 Families/Community

Hello MS442 Families/Community,

All NYC public school families will receive $420 per child for food benefits through federal coronavirus relief effort

 

https://ny.chalkbeat.org/2020/5/20/21265335/nyc-public-school-food-benefits-coronavirus

                                                                


Dear District 15 Families,


We now offer HW Help, Tech Support, and Translation in Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic, and Telugu for parents and families of students grades PK-12. Students in grade 6 or higher are welcome to call in as well. 
Please email or call your teacher at the scheduled time to schedule an appointment!


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1aXralK5uQRQGTyjmbJe7aXmF4lgoy0YxqitsS5u58wA/edit#gid=1240915961

 

                                                                              

 

During the COVID-19 public health crisis, New York City is taking steps to make sure every New Yorker has access to the food they need.

 

 

https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/dsny/contact/services/COVID-19FoodAssistance.shtml

Wediiko Program Updates

Wediko Program Updates 
 

Hello 442 Family! 

We hope this message finds you healthy and well. Wediko wanted to reach out and let you know of some program updates that will be happening. 

This week we sent out a survey to the whole school assessing the social-emotional wellbeing of our students. We asked them to give us a better picture of how they are managing in terms of the academic workload and how this quarantine can be impacting them. In addition, we asked them if they would be interested in joining groups where we talk about work/life balance and help them manage the workload and the emotions that may come up. We also offered a space where they can talk about how being in quarantine is impacting them. Our overall goal is to provide a place where kids can connect with each other and get some skills and techniques on how to be more successful with their academic work and wellbeing. The groups will be structured and scheduled as follows: 

(M, W, F) Breakout Group #1: (1:00 - 1:30pm) "Work/Life Balance" - This is a group where students can get some support on managing thier work load. This can look like learning organizational skills, prioritization, and independent learning skills. We also hope to invite teachers to these groups where they can assist folks in navigating google classroom and assignment review. These groups will be separated by grades. 

(M, W, F)Breakout Group #2: (1:45 - 2:15pm) "Quarantine Conversations" - This is a group where students will be able to join a structured conversation with their peers around how this quarantine is impacting them. We will include fun activities for folks to interact with each other, as well as techniques on how to successfully manage/cope at this time. 

Please encourage your students to complete this survey in order for them to utilize these groups. We also included a prompt in the survey asking kids if they wanted a Wediko counselor to reach out to them individually, and we will be starting outreach to those students by next week and may give you a call in order to set up this check in. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Site Manager, Kendall Johnson- Smith or Advocate Counselor Victoria Valentin at 

Be Well and Stay Safe, 

The Wediko Team 

Reminder:Last Day to Request iPads

Hello MS 442 Families,

Just a Reminder:
 

Please note -- to receive an iPad by April 30, today is the last day to submit a request. 

If your children do not have access to an internet-enabled tablet or laptop/personal computer, and you have yet to fill out our online Remote Learning Device Request Form, we urge you to fill out it out at your earliest convenience. Available in ten languages, the online form will allow you to request an internet-enabled iPad on behalf of an NYC public school student in your household.

And if you submit a request form by 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, and your student is deemed eligible, your student will receive a device by Thursday, April 30. City families who submit their device request forms after April 23 should expect to receive their loaner devices beginning in May.

Once you submit your form, the DOE will use the contact information you provide to follow up with you to discuss when and where you can pick up a device. Priority will be given to students most in need, and all devices are granted on a temporary basis and will later need to be returned. There is a limit of one device per student—families with multiple students who need devices should fill out one device request form for each student.

Thank you!

Reminder to MS 442 Families

Hello MS 442 Families,
 

Just a reminder that we are back to regular class schedule and teachers are using Google Meet to hold live classes.  

Please continue to visit the Remote Learning Dashboard via ms442.org, the same as before spring recess.

Thank you

Follow Up to Chancellor's Letter Sent on April 11, 2020

On Saturday, we were informed by Mayor DeBlasio that school buildings will remain closed and remote learning will remain in effect for the remainder of the school year.  The attached letter from the Chancellor confirms this decision.  Please note that the Governor has not yet confirmed this decision as he is the final arbiter of school closings statewide. We await his confirmation as well.

Update for MS 442 Families

THE CITY OF NEW YORK 

April 11, 2020 

Dear Families: 

Less than one month ago, we came together and began transforming the largest school system in the nation. The battle against COVID-19 left us no choice but to close school buildings to students and staff, transition to remote teaching and learning from home, and adjust to distancing from each other to remain safe. 

Now, we face another painful decision. After consulting with public health experts about the ongoing trajectory of the virus, and with educators about the potential for continued disruption for the remainder of the year, we have decided that New York City school buildings will not reopen during the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers and students will finish the school year in remote learning. We will continue to operate our 400+ school-based Meal Hubs, which serve three free meals a day to any New Yorker who needs them, and we will continue to ensure child care for the children of essential workers. 

This is a painful but necessary decision for two reasons. First, public health experts have determined that community transmission of COVID-19 will be widespread well into the end of the school year. Even at low-level transmission, we’d have new cases, which would be extremely difficult to contain school-to- school. We believe there simply wouldn’t be enough time to bring our students back. 

Second, we, as parents, know how important it is to have some sense of predictability in order to effectively plan for your family. This crisis is hitting all of us very hard. But we are hopeful that this sense of certainty will allow for more stability and the ability to better plan for our work and home lives. 

We know this will have an immense impact on the 1.1 million students and 150,000 staff who make up our New York City public schools. But we are inspired by the extraordinary ways everyone in our school communities has risen to this challenge. Every day, we see how you – students, families, and the dedicated staff serving and supporting our public schools – are going above and beyond to connect in the face of this crisis, all in service of making sure learning continues. We also know that you’ll need support to continue this tremendous undertaking. That’s why we’re making the following commitments to you as we extend the closure of our school buildings until the end of the school year: 

1. Every student who has requested an internet-enabled device will have one by the end of April. 

No student will go without the tools they need for learning. We have already delivered tens of thousands of devices to our most vulnerable students, including those in shelter and temporary housing. We are committed to closing the remainder of the digital divide for each of our kids. If you still need a device, please fill out the Remote Learning Device Request Form at schools.nyc.gov, or call 311. 

2. We will make sure that parents can ask and get answers to their questions about remote 

learning. We know you need someone to turn to who will answer any question you have about 

education during this time—from social-emotional support to academic progress to graduation requirements. Your school is always ready and willing to support you, and we will also make sure that additional support is available as we continue in our remote environment. This means increasing hours and staffing of our parent hotlines so you can get the answers you need. Call 311 to be directed to the right DOE support. 

3. We’ll continue to invest in instructional resources, enrichment programs, and student supports 

for your families to engage in learning at home. Our students need and deserve rich, deep programming and remote learning opportunities as we go further into the school year, and we will continue to provide them. This includes learning resources provided by your teachers and schools, but it also includes enriching and fun materials from the world-class cultural institutions, libraries, museums, parks, and more right here in New York City. 

4. We will ensure every high school senior is supported towards graduation. We’ll provide 1:1 

counseling support to every senior, working closely with schools and families to understand if students are on track—and if not, provide opportunities to help them get there. Guidance counselors from every high school will reach out to every senior to make sure they are on a path to graduate. 

5. We will reopen schools stronger than ever in September, ensuring the safety of our buildings and the resources in place to combat any learning loss and provide emotional support to our students, families, and educators as needed to resume learning and reconnect our communities. 

Nothing about this is easy. For the last six years of this administration, public schools have been the anchor of our fight against inequality. They are how we’ve delivered increased opportunity, and we can’t overstate the loss of the concrete sense of community our schools provide. But this is about saving lives. 

We are so grateful for your flexibility and patience; we know how hard every one of you has worked to support your children’s learning at home. And we will continue to make every effort to both support you and keep learning going during this unprecedented time. 

We will also continue to keep you updated. As a reminder, you can visit DOE’s website anytime at schools.nyc.gov for more information and updates on our plans for the rest of the school year. 

Sincerely, 

Bill de Blasio
Mayor


Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor 

New York City Department of Education

                                                                                              

Dear MS 442 families-
 
By now I’m sure you heard the news- we will not be returning to the school building for the remainder of the school year. Upsetting is an understatement, we miss our students immensely. Putting it all in perspective, we know this is the best decision for the health of our students, families, staff  and whole school community. You have our assurance that we will continue to be committed to the educational and social-emotional growth of our students.
We look forward to continuing our home/school relationship in order to support each other and celebrate all of our accomplishments.
 

 
Now let’s have some fun! Please share with your kids:
 
A Sneak Peek at Spirit Week- Students will be sent a message with directions on how to share their home/school spirit via Flipgrid.
 
4/13 – PJ/crazy hair day
 
4/14- Wear blue to honor first responders
 
4/15- Got jokes? ...Tell your favorite school appropriate joke
 
4/16- Pet day- Introduce your pet to the school (no pet? Favorite stuffed animal? How about a sibling?)
 
4/17- Karaoke Day- Since along to your favorite song
 
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Noreen Mills

 

Update for MS 442 Families

April 8, 2020

Dear Families: 

None of us ever imagined what COVID-19 would bring: the closure of public school buildings, remote teaching and learning from home, and distancing from each other to remain safe. 

This has been hard work that wouldn’t be possible without your efforts and support. We know you and your children are moving mountains to keep learning going during this time, as are the more than 150,000 dedicated educators and staff at the NYC Department of Education. I am so grateful for the support you have provided your children as we all have quickly worked to adapt to this entirely new approach to education. These are disruptive and stressful times that have already come with many challenges and a constantly evolving landscape. But with your help, we are making progress every day. 

In that context, I have important updates and reminders to share with you: 

• School Closures: The State has announced that all schools in New York State will now remain closed through April 29, 2020. 

• Regents Exams: The State has cancelled June 2020 Regents exams. Families of high school students will soon receive additional guidance regarding how this impacts graduation requirements. In short, students who planned to take Regents exams in June 2020 will be exempt from these exams in order to earn their diploma, but they still must complete the required course credits to graduate. Our goal is to make sure that students on track to graduate this year continue to remain on their path toward successful completion of high school. 

• Math and ELA Tests: The State has cancelled math and English Language Arts tests for grades 3 through 8. 

• AP Exams: The College Board has announced that AP exams will not be administered in school buildings, but students will be able to take AP exams at home. We will soon provide guidance to schools and students on how to implement these changes. If you are in need of a device and have not yet done so, we encourage you to complete DOE’s remote learning device survey. 

• Remote Learning Tools: In order to best protect security and privacy, we are requiring schools to transition away from using Zoom as a virtual meeting tool for remote learning. We know this tool is already in use by many schools and we don’t expect it to happen overnight, but we are providing support to educators to help the transition to Google Hangouts Meet or Microsoft Teams—both of which are also in consistent use by many schools. 

I believe that the professionalism and dedication of our educators has never been more apparent than throughout this extraordinary crisis. They have risen to the occasion, fundamentally transforming our learning model while also attending to the altered needs of their own families. 

 

Likewise, your support and partnership have been critical in helping our students cope, remain safe, and learn— even as you have confronted enormous stresses of your own. Thanks to everything you and our educators are doing together, I am confident that our children will continue to meaningfully engage and progress during these times. 

Like our educators during this ordeal, you are truly heroes. We know this is difficult as we all learn to navigate through this unprecedented time together. But we will continue to do everything in our power to support you every step of the way. 
 

Sincerely, 

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education 

Letter to our MS 442 Families

Noreen Mills, Principal

Jason James, Assistant Principal

500 19th Street – Bishop Ford Complex

 

                                                                                                 

March 31, 2020

 

Dear MS 442 Families,

 

I hope that you and your families are staying healthy in this unprecedented time.  

 

The move to remote learning was sudden and we are all learning how to do this to meet the needs of all our families. The MS 442 staff have been working collaboratively to address any glitches and sharing effective practices to make this a positive learning situation for our students.  Teachers are doing a mix of holding virtual classes through Zoom and posting assignments to Google Classroom.  Teachers are utilizing the Remote Learning Dashboard, accessible from ms442.org, to be a one-stop hub to help you and your child to stay informed on Zoom sessions and what assignments are due in Google Classroom without the need to comb through Google Classroom to try to figure it all out.  In the afternoon, teachers and staff are also available during office hours to work with kids, answer emails, or attend virtual IEP meetings. 

 

For children with IEPs and English Language Learners, we are continuing to provide mandated services to the best of our abilities within the context of a virtual meeting or classroom.  Children who get these services have been contacted by related service providers and intervention teachers to work out individualized programs.

 

As we rely more than ever on the internet and our virtual interactions for remote learning, I would like to emphasize the importance of appropriate online behavior. Our learning environment must be safe for all students, and we expect students to adhere strictly to appropriate internet use, as outlined here in the NYC Department of Education's Internet Acceptable Use Policy. We cannot tolerate unkind, bullying, or discriminatory behavior on our online tools. Furthermore, we expect students to interact according to the assignment at hand, and refrain from online behavior or commenting that is distracting or disruptive. Families, we will rely on you to help monitor your child's online.  Additionally, if you have any questions or concerns pertaining to your child, please do not attempt to address the teacher during “class time”. This time is strictly for staff and students. Check our remote learning dashboard for information about teacher office hours. 

 

If you or your child notice inappropriate behavior online, you should contact one of our deans to report an issue, Ms. Molina (ymolina@ms442.org) or Mr. Tavoularis (gtavoularis@ms442.org).  All students must adhere to the 15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussions poster and the NYC DOE Internet Acceptable Use Policy

 

So many of you have reached out with supportive emails and we do appreciate that.  If you have any concerns, please continue to reach out to us because we are all here to support you. 

 

I hope that you and your families are staying healthy and I wish you the best during these challenging times.

 

Best,

Noreen Mills

Principal                                                                                          

Message for MS 442 Famlies

Dear MS 442 Families,

Our MS 442 community has been working diligently to prepare for remote learning which will begin on Monday,
March 23.  Our students have a good grasp on this type of learning and will be lead by our amazing teachers and paraprofessionals as they learn how to communicate using Zoom. This is a learning curve for some, especially for adults. At first, it may not be perfect but with your partnership and support, it will ensure our students receive academic instruction and keep them on track to success

Be sure to stay informed by talking to your child, visiting our website, reading email blasts and Ms. Egan's weekly newsletter. The NYC DOE website  also contains a multitude of information that may be helpful to you. 
Staff email addresses are also available on our website.   I ask that you be patient while staff is addressing the concerns of our whole staff community. If a staff member does not respond immediately, understand they are most likely working with another family or in a remote teaching situation.

Please stay well and know we are here for you and your child.


Noreen Mills

Principal

 

Thursday, March 19 1:00PM

Remote Learning Update

Information about our Remote Learning Plan will be posted here tomorrow (3/20) by 12PM.  

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Hello Families,

We are in a continual process of updating email addresses, if you are not receiving The Weekly Newsletter please sign up on our "Newsletter Sign Up Link" on our MS 442 home page under "The Stay Informed Column".

Thank You.

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Uniform Information

MS 442 UNIFORM STORE

Students should come to school every day wearing the MS 442 uniform. Uniforms can be purchased here or by calling Flynn O'Hara directly at (718) 567-8593. If you need help, please contact the Main Office.

UNIFORM INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS
SUMMER 2020

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WE ARE NOW SHIPPING (for free!)
First and foremost, we are excited to announce that we have begun shipping online and phone orders from our Philadelphia distribution center!  Please note that delivery times will be delayed as we work back up to full operational capacity.  FlynnO’Hara will continue to offer Free Shipping on all online and phone orders as long as our stores remain closed.

 

RETAIL STORE UPDATES
As of now, all 34 of our retail stores remain closed; we do not anticipate any locations opening to the public until mid-June at the earliest.  Reopening dates will be determined on a state-by-state basis according to local guidelines, along with an internal company evaluation of safety and readiness.  We are doing everything in our power to resume normal business operations as soon as we can, but we will not reopen our stores to foot traffic until we are confident that the proper measures are in-place, and that our staff is trained to ensure the safety of both customers & employees.

 

At the very least, we know that when we reopen, it will be with reduced capacity and highly modified in-store processes (for example, most stores will only be able to accommodate a fraction of normal foot traffic, and it’s unlikely that it will be safe for customers to try on products for size).  As such, it is critical that we encourage families to shop online if they can, and to shop earlier in the season to avoid an August rush.  We are asking for your support in relaying this message to school families.

 

DISCOUNTING
In order to relieve some of the financial burden of back-to-school shopping, FlynnO’Hara will be offering discounts ranging from 5%-20% off during the months of May, June & July.  These discounts will be offered online only and will be tiered in order to incentivize customers to shop early, and to shop online. 

 

If you haven’t done so already, please make sure to encourage your incoming families to opt-into our FlynnO’Hara emails & follow us on social media by sharing the attached flyer.  We will begin releasing discount information within the coming weeks; the earlier families shop, the more they’ll save!

 

SHOPPING-IN-PLACE
After 50 years in business, and almost two decades of ecommerce, we know the reasons why some families prefer in-store shopping to ordering online, namely: sizing concerns, shipping costs, discomfort navigating online, and an inability to receive packages to their homes.  Knowing that remote shopping will be the safest options for families this summer, we’ve implemented the following initiatives to these address customer concerns:

 

FOR THE CUSTOMER CONCERNED ABOUT SIZING: AT-HOME MEASURING RESOURCES
One of the biggest challenges our customers face in shopping online is how to choose the right sizes for their child. So, we’ve developed the following measuring resources to help parents make accurate, informed decisions from home:

 

  • At-Home Measuring Tutorial: This short video shows parents how to measure their child for his / her clothing dimensions using either a soft measuring tape or a piece of string. The video then offers guidance on where to find – and how to use – FlynnO'Hara’s size charts to choose the right garment sizes for each of our uniform products!  These videos will be live on our website early next week; in the meantime, view Our girls video HERE!

  • At-Home Measuring Kit: Parents who don’t already have a measuring tape at home can easily order an at-home measuring kit from our website.  The kit is free and will arrive at their doorstep in just a few days!  The order form for this kit will be available on our site early next week.

  • Size Charts: Finally, each uniform item at Flynnohara.com now has a product-specific size chart linked beneath the website product listing for parent reference.

  • Please note: These resources will live on our website, but we will be sharing them with families via email and our social media accounts as they become available.  Once again, it’s important that families opt-into our emails and follow us on social to stay in the loop!

FOR THE CUSTOMER WHO PREFERS A PERSONAL TOUCH: OUR PHONE LINES ARE OPEN!
For customers who prefer a personal touch or are uncomfortable navigating our ecommerce platform, our customer service team is available Monday-Friday from 9AM-5PM to take orders over the phone.  These hours will be expanding to evenings and weekends as we move back into the summer season. Up-to-date customer service hours can be found HERE.  Please note, discounts will be applied to phone orders!

 

FOR THE CUSTOMER WHO CAN’T SHIP HOME: BUY-ONLINE PICK-UP IN-STORE
For customers who have trouble receiving deliveries at home, FlynnO’Hara will be offering the option to buy online and pick-up orders at one of our local stores.  Although our stores are currently closed, it’s likely that this in-store pick-up option will become available to families before our stores reopen to foot traffic.  We will communicate directly with schools and customers as soon as we activate this option, which will be available to choose as a shipping method at check-out on our ecommerce site.

 

FOR THE CUSTOMER CONCERNED ABOUT ADDED FEES: FREE SHIPPING!
As outlined above, while our stores remain closed, FlynnO’Hara is offering free shipping on all online and phone orders with promotion code FREESHIP.  Once our stores reopen their doors, we will continue to offer free shipping over a minimum order value threshold.

 

RETURN & EXCHANGE, SCHOOL-YEAR WARRANTY
Our sincere hope is that our generous product warranty and return policy will provide some peace of mind to families shopping earlier this year.  As always, FlynnO’Hara will accept returns / exchanges on any unworn products (with tags) up to one year from their date of purchase.  Additionally, our school year guarantee remains in effect: if families aren’t satisfied with the way their uniforms are holding up, we’ll replace them up to one year from the date of purchase – no questions asked!

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Contact

Reach out to Maria Egan - parentcoordinator@ms442.org