The Weekly Scoop for 5/26--5/29

Dear Canarsie Cub Families,

We hope this newsletter finds you and your families healthy and well. Today, we will begin week 9 of remote learning on Google Classroom. Please be reminded that our school will remain closed through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, which will end on Friday, 6/12.

SAVE THE DATE: We are excited to announce that we will hold virtual step up ceremonies for our scholars in kindergarten and grade 4 on Friday, 6/12! We will be sending out more information next week.

FOR GRADE 4 FAMILIES: Please be aware that there will be upcoming opportunities to meet with Canarsie Ascend Middle School (CAMS) staff and to learn more about the school, including a virtual orientation for grade 5 in June as well as virtual open houses in June and July. Dates and times are being finalized, and we will be sure to communicate them to you when they are available.

As you may be aware, teachers have started to conduct Fountas & Pinnell assessments to determine reading growth. Did you know that we have posted F&P parent guides on our Family Resources page? These guides explain characteristics of the reading levels, provide titles that align with the levels, and offer prompts that you can use while reading and discussing a book with your scholar. We encourage you to check them out!

In addition, please note that our Spring Picture Day packages are currently being held by Lifetouch until we can safely receive them at school. The company does not have the capacity to ship packages and proofs to individual families at this time. Once we are able to receive them at school, we will create and communicate a plan to distribute them to families.

Lastly, Ascend Public Charter Schools still have seats for grades K-12! Please tell a relative, friend, or neighbor to join Ascend! Interested families can call or text 347-227-6070 in English, Spanish, or Haitian Creole from 9AM to 8PM on Mondays-Fridays to learn more. If you are interested in participating in virtual open houses and Q&A panels to help with outreach, please sign up to be an Ascend parent ambassador here!

Here are some newly compiled family resources for your consideration:

As always, if you have trouble accessing the content or navigating on Google Classroom, please reach out to your scholar’s teachers and the Operations Team for more information and troubleshooting. Please include your scholar’s name and homeroom in your email. We will do our best to support you!

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Looking for FREE live online classes for children? Please consider checking out this week's Get Empowered classes, which span a variety of cultures and genres from around the world. Please register to get class information.


There is still time to complete the 2020 Census! New York now ranks #38 out of 50 states in self-response rate. The census determines the number of seats each state has in Congress and other levels of government, and it helps direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services. Please review the attached flyer for more information. We encourage all families to take some time (~10 minutes) to complete it today—with or without your Census ID:


NYC DOE is committed to offering three free Grab-and-Go Meals available daily for ALL New Yorkers across 400+ Meal Hubs. Meals will be available Monday through Friday, from 7:30am to 11:30am for children and families and 11:30am to 1:30pm for adults. Vegetarian and halal options are available at all sites, and families may pick up meals for their children. No registration, ID, or documentation is required. No one will be turned away at any time. Please find a free meal location here:

To support our first responders, healthcare providers, transit workers, and other key personnel, the DOE continues to open Regional Enrichment Centers (RECs), where the children of these front-line workers can be safely cared for while their parents continue to serve the city in this time of need. Eligible parents can complete the survey here:


NYC is providing food delivery assistance to New Yorkers who cannot access food themselves and are unable to afford meal delivery or grocery delivery. Households that qualify may place an order every 48 hours, and each order will contain two days of meals. Please visit here for more info and to apply:


Did your scholar complete a super fun activity this week? Is your scholar working on a hands-on project? Were they spotted wearing their favorite CALS t-shirt? Let’s keep up the CALS spirit with #CALSAtHome! We are encouraging families to share school-related photos and videos on social media using the hashtag #CALSAtHome. Please review the attached Social Media excerpt of the Family Handbook for guidance on what is appropriate or inappropriate to post.

If you would like to share content with our network Communications Team, please submit content to or tag @ascendschools on Instagram.

Please be assured that we will continue to send you updates via email and our school website. If you have any questions, please reach out to and be sure to include your scholar’s name and homeroom.

In partnership,

Canarsie Ascend Lower School