The Weekly Scoop -- Spring 20-21 Edition #17

Greetings Canarsie Cub Families,

Please see our Weekly Scoop for the week of 03/02-03/10 of the 2020-2021 School Year! I have attached documents, and provided links for family resources down below.

Special Announcement

Our CEO Search Committee, drawn from Ascend’s diverse school community and made up of board members, parents, and network and school leaders are thrilled to announce that Recy Benjamin Dunn will become our new Chief Executive Officer for Ascend Public Charter Schools, beginning on May 3, 2021. Recy comes to Ascend with broad leadership experience across public schools, which makes him an ideal match for Ascend’s bold educational aspirations as we face these extraordinarily challenging times. We are excited to welcome Recy to Ascend!

Important Notifications and Reminders

Reopening Plans: Please see the attached letter in regards to our phased reopening plan for March and April, and note the timeline, also outlined below:

Throughout the month of March, we will be putting efforts in place to bring additional students back to campus. Our CALS Operations Team will be contacting individual families directly with invitations for select scholars to return to campus.

  • Starting on 3/8/21, we will increase our current enrollment in learning pods at CALS. Up to 36 students across grades K-4, will be invited to engage in proctored remote learning from within our school building.

  • Starting on 4/6, we will be able to support up to 36 Kindergarten students with in-person learning from within our school building, by invitation only. You will be contacted if your scholar is being considered for this option.

  • Throughout March and April, we will consider bringing back additional students across grades 1-4, to begin in-person instruction on 4/26, by invitation only. You will be contacted if your scholar is being considered for this option.

All Ascend campuses will be welcoming back a portion of students for in-person learning on April 6th.

  • As we invite students back to campus, the school day will run Monday-Thursday from 7:30-2:30 pm.

  • All students will continue with remote learning on Fridays, off campus. All students returning to campus will need to be in full uniform.

Access Report Cards: Families will be able to pull their child’s report cards beginning Thursday, February 25th using these instructions to access Student Illuminate Portal.

CALS Building Access Changes: Families will only be allowed to access the building by appointment. You can make an appointment by contacting the CALS Ops Team via email or phone. Additionally, anyone entering the building will be expected to fill out the daily health questionnaire and temperature screening.

Technology Access Reminders: Families, please make sure that your scholars are taking proper care of their school technology. We need to ensure they are appropriately used and protected. Families may incur a fee to fix/replace parts of the laptop if they are damaged.

March Calendar

CALS Resources

Our Canarsie Ascend Lower School SY2021-2022 Application is now open. Please help us spread the word in your communities, or to your other family and friends! We have schools in Bushwick, Brownsville, Canarsie, Cypress Hills, East New York, East Flatbush, and Lefferts Gardens. Enter the lottery today by visiting

Family Association Resources:

In case you missed it, please see the Family Association’s presentation deck from our 3rd meeting on February 9th. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday March 9th at 6PM.

  • Family Association Community Event: “A Night of Hope” - Please sign up to participate as a speaker for our CALS community-wide evening event commemorating the 1-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic in March:

  • “I’ll Be There for You” Parent Support Group - Please fill out this form if you’re interested in partaking in a CALS community group discussing financial advice, social issues, mental health, COVID concerns and more!

Join Get Empowered Afternoon Activities & Classes

Get Empowered has added more classes so there are now (3) options per day now through the end of March!

Meeting ID: 854 7399 6349

Passcode: GEwp21

Contact Us:

In Partnership,

Tenille D. Faria

Operations Manager

Canarsie Ascend Lower School

9719 Flatlands Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11236

t 347-713-0100 x4212

c 917-575-6906