Dear Canarsie Cub Families,
We hope this newsletter finds you and your families safe and well. As you are aware, we have reached our last week of school! Friday, 6/12, will be the end of the 2019-20 school year. This has been a challenging year for us all, and we want to recognize ALL the hard work that our students, teachers, and families have shown in service of our students’ education. WE DID IT!
To wrap up the school year, we are holding virtual step up ceremonies for our scholars in kindergarten and grade 4 on Friday, 6/12! Scholars are encouraged to dress in formal clothes. Please see Google Classroom streams and below for additional information:
Grade 4 Step Up Ceremony will begin at 11AM, followed by homeroom parties (see Google Classroom for password).
Kindergarten Step Up Ceremony will begin at 2PM, followed by homeroom parties (see Google Classroom for password).
Please note that returning families to Canarsie Ascend Lower School (current K-3) and incoming families to Canarsie Ascend Middle School (current grade 4) will NOT be required to return student laptops or hotspots at this time. However, families who will not need a laptop this summer, or who will not return to CALS or CAMS, may drop off equipment at our school on Monday, 6/15, from 10AM to 2PM. Interested families should sign up for drop off here.
At this time, families are not permitted enter the school building to retrieve scholar items. When the PAUSE order is lifted – hopefully later this summer – we will organize a time for families to retrieve scholar belongings, if you wish.
Additionally, we have attached a letter from Ms. Michals with information regarding Ascend’s plans for the summer and next school year. Please review for details regarding the cancellation of summer school and details regarding summer packets.
Thank you to all families who attended the virtual forum and vigil last week. We wanted to share the variety of resources compiled together from the session and over the last week from staff and families:
Roots ConnectED Family Workshop: Talking about Race and Racism with Your Child (three dates in June/July): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-workshop-talking-about-race-and-racism-with-your-child-tickets-107845990260
Video: The Atlantic’s How To Talk To Your Kids About Race: https://vimeo.com/296101859
Video: A Black Psychologist’s Guide to Talking With Your Children About Race and Police Violence: https://www.theroot.com/a-black-psychologists-guide-to-talking-with-your-childr-1843883341
Video: CNN/Sesame Street racism town hall: https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/06/app-news-section/cnn-sesame-street-race-town-hall-app-june-6-2020-app/index.html
NIH An Activity Book for African American Families: Helping Children Cope with Crisis: https://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/product/390
NPR: Talking Race With Young Children: https://www.npr.org/2019/04/24/716700866/talking-race-with-young-children
NYT Parenting: These Books Can Help You Explain Racism and Protest to Your Kids: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/parenting/kids-books-racism-protest.html
Harvard GSE: Tips for parents and education on talking to kids about unthinkable and inevitable events in life: https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/15/04/when-bad-things-happen
Penn GSE: Talking to children after racial incidents: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/news/talking-children-after-racial-incidents
DC Area Educators for Social Justice: https://www.dcareaeducators4socialjustice.org/black-lives-matter/resources/young-children#books
Raising Race Conscious Children: http://www.raceconscious.org/
Black Lives Matter resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
Social Justice Books: A Teaching for Change Project: https://socialjusticebooks.org/booklists/
Center for Racial Justice in Education resources for talking about race, racism, and racialized violence with kids: https://centerracialjustice.org/resources/resources-for-talking-about-race-racism-and-racialized-violence-with-kids/
LovEvery resources for addressing race and racism with young children: https://lovevery.com/a/blog/resources-for-addressing-race-and-racism-with-young-children/
Games that focus on emotional growth: https://playtherapyoutlet.com/product-category/bestboardgames/
NYT: Talking to Children About Race, Policing, and Violence: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/07/12/us/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-violence-and-race.html
Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice digital book: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1ncOh28PkCRsoKQRPUmdHAsijuGOhVmYY29n_M3zYvuI/edit#slide=id.g87b99851ed_0_40
Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective: https://www.beam.community/
Please see Racism Resources for more suggestions from our Social Work Team.
Please be reminded 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!
As always, if you have questions over the summer, 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! We wish you all a wonderful summer!
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Please see below for some important reminders:
GET EMPOWERED -- REMAINING FREE CLASSES THIS WEEK + NEW ONLINE SUMMER ARTS CAMP!
Get Empowered is offering an ARTS EMPOWERMENT SERIES for K-5 scholars starting next week. Please see below for more information:
LET’S GET COUNTED ON THE 2020 CENSUS
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: https://my2020census.gov/
MEAL HUBS & REGIONAL ENRICHMENT CENTERS (RECs)
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: https://www.opt-osfns.org/schoolfoodny/meals/default.aspx
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: https://bit.ly/2xfzEVe
NYC FOOD DELIVERY ASSISTANCE
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 will receive deliveries within 3 days of the order date, and each order will contain three days of meals. Please visit here for more info and to apply:
SHOW US HOW YOU #CALSAtHome
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.
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Canarsie Ascend Lower School