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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Report Cards

Hello MS 442 Families,

We understand you are not able to access your child's last report card on the student account. They are yet to be posted by the DOE. Please continue to check, they should be released any time now.

Thank you

Letters from the Chancellor

Dear Families, 

As this unprecedented school year comes to a close, I want to thank you and your children for your patience, resilience, and perseverance in adapting to the closing of school buildings and remote learning. No one ever imagined confronting such a disruptive and damaging pandemic. I recognize it imposed hardships on you, and brought new complications in the education of our students—especially those who are building their proficiency in English. 

I started off in kindergarten not speaking a word of English, so I personally know the kinds of challenges that you and your children face even under normal circumstances. That is why all of us at the DOE embrace your home language, home culture, and traditions—all of the things that make you and your child who you are. We are dedicated to making your child’s educational experience safe, welcoming, and supportive. That’s true in our school buildings and when we are teaching your children remotely. 

Over the summer and heading into the fall, we remain committed to equipping our educators with the knowledge and tools they need to ensure your child has the language support required to learn grade-level material. I encourage you to connect with your teacher if you have not already to identify what programs, resources, and strategies you can use over the summer to build your child’s language development. Supporting your child’s summer learning process is a high priority for all of us. 

At the same time, please work with your child in your home language as well! Reading, writing, and asking questions in the language you use will lead to their academic success in both languages. 

We are looking toward the fall and making key decisions regarding re-opening school buildings in the safest way possible. If you have not already done so, please help us guide that process by completing our Return to School survey at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 by June 30. 

I am grateful for your partnership in educating your child and hope you enjoy your summer! 

Sincerely, 

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education 



Dear Families,
As this unprecedented school year comes to a close, I want to thank you and your children for your patience,
resilience, and perseverance in adapting to the closing of school buildings and the implementation of remote
learning. I recognize that the situation imposed hardships on you and brought new complications in the
education of our students—especially those with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). We are
extremely grateful for everything you have done to partner with us in supporting your child and helping us
adapt to these challenging times.
As we have engaged in virtual instructional and teletherapy programs, you have risen to the occasion and
been your child’s greatest source of support. In continuing to explore options to best address your child’s
needs, we will rely heavily on the strong bonds we have forged with you along our collaborative journey to
help us make decisions that truly make a difference.
Your child’s teacher should have contacted you for an end-of-year wrap-up conversation to support the
transition to summer. Should you seek additional information, please reach out to your child’s principal
directly. We encourage you to ask questions about progress made on your child’s IEP goals, to make
recommendations and offer feedback about what has and hasn’t worked for your child during the remote
learning period, and to request information to support the transition to summer. We also encourage you to
talk to your child’s teacher and school administrators about any recommendations regarding summer school
for additional academic support.
During these past three months, we have broadened our vision of what family engagement and
empowerment can truly mean. We have heard the voices of parents and families like you during various
workshops and forums, offering questions, concerns, and recommendations about your child’s learning
process. We have heard from many of you that the Beyond Access series of online learning workshops for
families of children with disabilities, as well as family office hours, provided valuable information that can
be put to immediate use. We will continue to provide resources, workshops, and family sessions in order to
support you as we prepare for September and beyond.
As we look toward the fall and make key decisions regarding re-opening school buildings in the safest way
possible, we will continue to rely on you to offer input about what would work best for you and your child.
If you have not already done so, please help us guide that process by completing our Return to School survey
at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 by June 30.
We at the DOE are deeply committed to serving all of our students with IEPs and providing them with an
excellent education.
I am grateful for your partnership in educating your child and hope you enjoy your summer!
Sincerely,

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor
New York City Department of Education

Last Week of School Updates

Hello MS 442 Families/Community,

 

Hope everyone is well.

 

We are nearing the end of the school year!   

 

This week looks a little different for our students and staff, so we wanted to update our community of the DOE changes to the week. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday is a full day of instruction for all students but a half day of professional development/clerical work for school staff. (Teachers will not be available for office hours those days.) Friday is the last day of school, which is a half day of school for students and will serve as a time for students to say good-bye to their teachers and friends for the summer.

 

Report Cards-Please look for updates that we will post on our website and email to our families regarding when and how you will be able to access your child's report card.  Report cards should be accessible on your child's NYC School Account (https://mystudent.nyc)on Friday.

 

Lockers-We will also update you on when students may access their lockers to collect their things. If your child is currently in 6th or 7th grade, they do not need to empty them at the moment.  If your child is moving on to high school, we will be in touch in the coming weeks about how you will get the contents of their lockers.  If there is something extremely important that they may need to get please email at: 

 

parentcoordinator@ms442.org

 

Thank you everyone for a wonderful school year and your continued support.

Info from DOE High School Admissions

Dear 7th Grade Families,

 

During these trying times, we hope you and yours are well. We also hope your seventh-grade child is starting to get excited about applying to high school. The application process officially starts this fall. 

There are two paths into high school admissions and your child can take both:   

  • Apply to high school by submitting a high school application. You can apply to 12 programs.  

  • Register to audition and/or test to apply to one or more of the nine Specialized High Schools.  

Here’s what you can start doing this summer, all without leaving your home:  

  1. Subscribe to our email lists to get the latest updates on high school admissions  

  2. Learn about high school admissions in our 2021 High School Admissions Guide. Now available online in both PDF and web accessible versions. This book is two guides in one!   

  • The High School and Specialized High School Admissions Guide includes everything you need to know about applying to high school in New York City including how to participate in Specialized High Schools admissions. 

  • The Guide to the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT), offers policy, test tips and practice exams. 

  1. Start exploring your high school options online with MySchools. Save or print the pages of your favorite programs.  

  2. COMING SOON: Watch our new video series – we'll walk you through the steps of applying to high school in New York City. 

 Need help or have questions?  

  • Call us at 718-935-2009 

 

Thank you,

DOE-High Schools Admissions Team

 

 

Esperamos que usted y su familia se encuentren bien en estos momentos difíciles. También esperamos que su hijo de 7.° grado esté entusiasmado con la idea de solicitar el ingreso a la escuela secundaria. El proceso de solicitud de ingreso comienza oficialmente este otoño. 

Hay dos vías de ingreso a la escuela secundaria y su hijo puede optar por ambas: 

  • Puede solicitar el ingreso a la escuela secundaria por medio de una solicitud e incluir 12 programas. 

  • Puede inscribirse en la audición o el examen para solicitar el ingreso a una o más de las nueve escuelas secundarias especializadas. 

 A continuación, le informamos todo lo que puede hacer este verano sin salir de su casa: 

  1. Apúntese en nuestras listas de correos electrónicos para obtener la información más reciente sobre el proceso de admisión a la escuela secundaria. 

  1. Puede obtener más información en nuestra Guía de admisión a la escuela secundaria 2021, que ya está disponible en internet tanto en versión PDF como en versión accesible. Esta publicación consiste en dos guías en una. 

  • La Guía de admisión a la escuela secundaria y a las escuelas secundarias especializadas incluye todo lo que debe saber para solicitar el ingreso a la escuela secundaria en la Ciudad de Nueva York, además de cómo participar en el proceso de las escuelas secundarias especializadas. 

  • La Guía del Examen de admisión a las escuelas secundarias especializadas (Specialized High Schools Admissions Test, SHSAT) ofrece pautas, consejos para estudiar y exámenes de práctica. 

  1. Comience a explorar sus opciones de escuela secundaria por internet a través de MySchools. Guarde o imprima las páginas de sus programas favoritos. 

  1. PRÓXIMAMENTE: Vea nuestra nueva serie de videos, que le guiarán a través de los pasos para solicitar el ingreso a la escuela secundaria en la Ciudad de Nueva York. 

¿Necesita ayuda o tiene alguna pregunta? 

 

Muchas gracias, 

Equipo de Admisiones a la Escuela Secundaria 

  __________

 

 

 

您好!在這段困難時期,希望您和家人安康。此外,我們希望您的七年級子女開始為高中申請感到興奮。申請程序今年秋季正式開始。 

高中入學有兩條路徑,您的子女兩條路徑都可以嘗試: 

  • 提交高中申請表申請高中。您最多可以申請12個課程。 

  • 申請九所特殊高中當中的一所或多所,方法是報名參加這些高中的表演面試和/或測驗。 

不用離家,您可以在這個暑期就開始以下事項: 

  1. 訂閲加入我們的電郵名單,了解高中入學的最新消息 

  1. 請查看《2021年高中入學指南》(2021 High School Admissions Guide)了解高中入學。現在可以在網上獲得PDF格式和網絡無障礙版本。這兩份指南現在合二為一! 

  • 《高中及特殊高中入學指南》(The High School and Specialized High School Admissions Guide)裡面包含您申請紐約市高中所需的所有資訊,包括如何參與特殊高中的入學程序。 

  • 特殊高中入學測驗指南(SHSAT)説明了有關規定,測驗小建議和模擬測驗。 

  1. 使用MySchools,開始在網上探索您的高中選項。把您最喜歡的課程儲存或打印下來。 

  1. 即將發佈:觀看我們的新視頻系列:我們將一步步指引您申請紐約市高中的步驟。 

您需要幫助或者有問題嗎? 

 

謝謝! 

高中入學小組 

7th Grade Virtual High School Information Session

Hello 7th Grade Families,

 

As the 2019-2020 school year comes to close, we share in the excitement of celebrating your child’s achievements, and we also look forward to partnering with you during their 8th grade year!  

 

High School Directories are USUALLY delivered in June, however we haven't received any information about when, or how they will be distributed.

 

In the meantime, please visit the NYC DOE myschools website and use their directory to search for information about any NYC public high school. High school information will be posted on our school’s website as we receive invitations to open houses and tours.  

 

We highly recommend you tour all schools of interest to experience what they have to offer. Additionally, please check high school websites or contact the school directly for specific tour information.

 

As you begin your search, always consider your child’s interest, the size of the school, and the school’s location. There are so many schools in the city, with wonderful things to offer, and we are committed to helping you find a great match for your child!  

As we navigate the high school process, we look forward to hearing your thoughts, and encourage you to check our school’s website for high school updates.  Our 2020-2021 high school articulation meeting is usually held in late September. We will be in touch when we have a date. Ms Ford and I will be hosting a virtual meeting on Thursday, June 18th at 5:30pm to answer your questions regarding the next steps towards preparing for the high school process. (Invitation link to follow soon)

 

We wish you a safe and relaxing summer, and look forward to meeting with you in September!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Lashawn Ford 

Guidance Counselor

 

Maria Egan

Parent Coordinator

Updated Family Letter for June 4th and June 9th

Dear Families,

 

Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility in response to this ever-evolving crisis. We are writing today to share some important updates and reminders about the end of year school calendar. We have two days coming up in June that were originally scheduled as times when students would not be in attendance. However, with the ongoing pandemic, students will be expected to participate in remote learning on both of these days:

 Thursday, June 4 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for all students in observance of Brooklyn / Queens Day (also known as Anniversary Day).

 Tuesday, June 9 was originally scheduled as a non-attendance day for students in schools serving grades K-8, as well as District 75 schools and programs. On June 4, all students are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in professional development. Teachers are not expected to engage students on June 4; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day. On June 9, students who attend a school serving grades K-8, or who attend any District 75 school, are expected to complete work independently as staff will be engaged in reorganization work. Teachers in these schools are not expected to engage students on June 9; instead, schools will set students up in advance with independent work for the day. If you have questions or concerns regarding the school schedule for your student, please contact your school for additional information. As a reminder, June 26 is the last day of school and a half day for all students. We will issue additional guidance to families about the end of the 2019-20 school year in the coming weeks. Thank you again for your partnership as we continually navigate unfamiliar terrain. I often say that we have the best students, staff, and families in the world. You and your children continue to prove that, every day. Together, we will continue to weather this storm.

 

Sincerely, Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor

New York City Department of Education

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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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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    Reach out to Maria Egan - parentcoordinator@ms442.org