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From Chancellor Bank, Week of October 23, 2023: What's Happening in NYC Public Schools
Find Message for Families - October 23
Translations are posted on DOE website here.
Department of Health -letter for families from the city’s Health Commissioner regarding respiratory virus season.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We hope this letter finds you well. With the 2023-2024 school year underway, we want to
remind you that we are now in respiratory virus season. We are writing to encourage you to
take steps to protect yourself, your children and your families from respiratory viruses,
including COVID-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). To learn more about these
respiratory viruses, see on.nyc.gov/covid-flu-rsv-faq (available in multiple languages at
nyc.gov/health/coronavirus under “Additional Resources”).
Here are some tips you, your children and your family can follow to stay healthy during this
- Stay up to date on all vaccines.
o Vaccines are the best way to protect you, your children and your families from
getting sick and spreading illness to others.
o Many vaccines are required to attend school. To find out what vaccinations
your child needs, contact your child’s health care provider. Your child may be
sent home from school if they do not have required vaccinations. For more
information on vaccinations required for school, visit schools.nyc.gov/schoollife/health-and-wellness/immunizations.
o Updated COVID-19 and flu vaccines are now available in New York City
(NYC). The COVID-19 vaccines have been updated for the 2023-2024 season
and are designed to protect against current COVID-19 variants. The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone ages 6 months
and older get both an updated COVID-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine, even if
they have been vaccinated or had these viruses before.
▪ Check with your provider to see if they offer vaccination. To find a site
that offers the COVID-19 or flu vaccine, visit vaccinefinder.nyc.gov. For
vaccination assistance, call 212-COVID-19 (212-268-4319).
o If you have young children at home, are pregnant, or are age 60 or older, talk
to your provider about new RSV vaccines and preventive medicines.
o Rest can help you and your child feel better sooner and prevent the spread of
o If children have a fever, they should stay home until they are fever-free for at
least 24 hours or their provider says it is OK to go back to school.
o If you or your child has fever or other COVID-19 or flu symptoms, get tested
and follow your provider’s advice about staying home and away from others.
COVID-19 at-home test kits are available at schools for those who need them.
▪ If you or your child test positive for COVID-19, call your provider to ask
▪ People with COVID-19 should stay home and away from others
(isolate) for at least five days (Day 1 is the day after symptoms began
or, if the person has no symptoms, the day after their positive test date).
▪ If symptoms are improving and no fever is present after five days, most
children can return to school but should wear a mask until 10 days after
their symptoms began (or test date, if no symptoms). People can stop
wearing a mask sooner if they have two negative tests at least 48 hours
apart. For more detailed guidance, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-
o Wear a mask after leaving isolation due to COVID-19 (see “Stay home when
sick” on the first page).
o Wear a mask for 10 days after being exposed to someone with COVID-19.
o Consider wearing a high-quality mask in crowded indoor settings, especially if
you or your child has a medical condition that increases your risk for severe
COVID-19 or if around others who are at increased risk. For more information
about masks, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/aboutface-coverings.html.
- Cover your cough and sneezes.
o Encourage your child to use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes or sneeze
and cough into their sleeve (not their hands).
o Washing hands often with soap and water helps prevent the spread of germs.
o If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
o Always wash your hands before meeting small children, touching food and
eating, and after meeting small children, using the bathroom, helping children
use the toilet, wiping your or your child’s nose, coughing, sneezing, and
changing a diaper.
Our students’ health and safety are very importance to us, and we will continue to update
families on any guidance developed by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
We wish all our families a happy and healthy fall and winter.
David C. Banks Ashwin Vasan, MD, PhD
New York City Public Schools New York City Department of
Health and Mental Hygien
Halloween Costume Guidelines
In an effort to enjoy and celebrate Halloween appropriately, respectfully and safely at Russell Sage JHS and in accordance with school rules and the Chancellor’s Regulations, we ask that students use the following guidelines when selecting costumes:
- Students may wear costumes to school on Tuesday, October 31, 2023.
- No costume weapons or props of any kind that may be construed or used as a weapon (ie. canes, umbrellas, swords, shields, bottles).
- No provocative or inappropriate dress of any kind may be worn.
- No costumes of a religious or racially insensitive dress may be worn.
- No outfits that may present safety, mobility or visual impairments may be worn.
- No foods or spray cans are allowed in the building or on school property before, during or after school. If your child is spraying his/her hair another color it must be done at home and before entering the building.
- No slippers, flip flops, oversized shoes or bare feet are allowed.
- All students are expected to follow their regular schedule throughout the day.
- No parties will take place, and students should not bring Halloween-based cookies/cakes to school for safety reasons.
- All school rules will continue to be enforced.
***If any student does not follow any guideline, their Parent/Guardian will be called to address the situation and/or asked to bring in appropriate clothing.***
Thank you for taking the time to help our students understand these guidelines!
Parent Teacher Conference
Congratulations! We are now in the 2nd marking period of the 2023-2024 school year. Parent Teacher conferences will be held virtually on Thursday, November 9, 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM and 5 PM - 8:00 PM. As you head into these important meetings, the JHS 190 Administration Team wants to remind you of a few tips that will help you make the best use of your time. We hope this is helpful.
- Book your appointments:
PTC signups will be done online via Teacher Reacher. Find Sign-Up Instructions here.
Visit the website: http//www.teacherreacher.com to register for parent-teacher appointments. If you don’t have a Teacher-Reacher account, set up your Parent Account as soon as possible. The registration for reserving conference times will begin on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 am, and will conclude the day of the conference November 9th.
- If a teacher has no available appointments, you may request a phone call.
- Each meeting slot is approximately 3-5 minutes. Set a goal of meeting with three of your child’s teachers. Be prepared - Write down your questions beforehand.
- PTC Meetings will be conducted via Zoom.
The zoom link will be on Teacher Reacher. Be on time - if you are late, you may miss your scheduled time slot.
- Find the meeting link:
As you schedule your appointments, they will appear on your appointment list. Next to each teacher’s name in the list is a “Click Here” link, under the heading Video Conference Link. Click that link the time of the conference for each teacher to join the video parent/teacher conference.
- Communicate with your child's teacher throughout the Marking Period!
If your concerns cannot be addressed in that amount of time, consider meeting with the teacher during parent outreach. Each teacher is available for 55 minutes of parent outreach each week. This time varies per teacher so please contact your child’s teacher to set up a separate meeting or a scheduled call. To contact teachers / staff, please find the staff email address on our website: https://www.russellsagems.org/directory/faculty
- Your child should be present with you - include them in the discussions with their teachers.
- If your child has an IEP and is in an Integrated Co-Teaching class, you might find it beneficial to meet with the subject area Special Education teacher.
- If you need a translator, please schedule a meeting during teachers office hours and request an interpreter for you.
- If your child is absent, please send a signed note to your child’s 2nd-period subject teachers when students return to school or email teachers. Staff Email addresses are posted on our website ( Go to “About” and “ Staff directory”) at https://www.russellsagems.org/directory/faculty.
Students participating in the Baking Club will learn about and bake a variety of different desserts. Students will have the opportunity to use kitchen utensils and equipment during our after school meetings. Students will learn about appropriate use and safe operation of the kitchen equipment and they will be supervised at all times. Although every precaution is taken to prevent accidents, a certain risk is involved due to the nature of the experience, the age of the student, and the learning environment.
We are asking for your cooperation in impressing upon your child the importance of being careful and following safety and operation instructions.
Due to the nature of the club, we ask that you disclose any known food allergies or restrictions to ensure the safety of your child.
Submit this permission slip to MS. SAROJA IN ROOM 323
Contact Ms. Sukra at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Date & Time: Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Start Date: October 19
End Date: April 4
Location: Room 130
Students are invited to join the Cinema Society ( Film Club). Visit room 240 to get a permission slip if students are interested in join. Contact Mr. Austin at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Date & Time: Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Start Date: November 2
End Date: April 18
Location: Room 240
Students are invited to join the Fashion Modeling Club. Contact Ms. Del Rio at IColomedelrio@schools.nyc.gov to sign up.
Date & Time: Thursdays at 2:30- 4 PM
Start Date: November 2, 2023
End Date: December 21
Students are invited to join the Junior Investment Club. Contact Mr. Michalowicz at TMichal@schools.nyc.gov or visit room 331 to sign up.
Date & Time: Tuesday, 2:30 - 4:00 PM
Start Date: October 17
End Date: May 30
Location: Room 331
Students are invited to join the Yoga Club. Contact Mr. Michalowicz at TMichal@schools.nyc.gov or visit room 331 to sign up.
Date & Time: Thursday, 2:30 - 4:00 PM ( Flexible)
Start Date: October 17
End Date: May 30
- Broadway Jr. Info Session
Majorette is a style of dance that is popular at HBCU’s in America. It is a high energy mix of jazz, hip hop and step dance that utilizes call and response. Usually performed in the stands at sporting events to entertain crowds, it also honors the dancers who came before. Majorette is about discipline and routines, learning how to answer when called on and to follow directions, which comes in handy in school and in real life! No experience is necessary to join but we want dancers who are not afraid to work hard, are looking to form a strong community and of course, to have fun.
Date & Time : Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30
Start date: November 8, 2023
Location: Room 305
To sign up, please see Ms. Acquisto in room 305 or contact her at SAcquisto@schools.nyc.gov or talk to Lily Valmon (801) for any questions.
If you are looking to dive deeper into your dance technique training, Dance Club is the place for you! We will work on stretching and strengthening and focus specifically on the development of jazz and ballet technique. Along with that, students will learn choreography and practice audition skills. This is also an opportunity to be a part of the end-of-the-year performance in May. No experience is necessary to join.
Date & Time: Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30
Start date: November 14, 2023.
Location: Room 305
To sign up, please see Ms. Acquisto in room 305 or contact her at SAcquisto@schools.nyc.gov .
Students are invited to join the Chess Club. Contact Ms. Del Rio at IColomedelrio@schools.nyc.gov to sign up.
Date & Time: Wednesdays at 2:30- 4 PM
Location: Room 143
Starting Date: October 18th, 2023
Students are invited to join the Financial Literacy. Contact Ms. Del Rio at IColomedelrio@schools.nyc.gov to sign up.
Date & Time: Tuesdays at 2:30- 4 PM
Location: Room 143
Starting Date: October 17th, 2023
Register here to participate. Contact Ms. Ebony and Ms. Johnson for questions.
Life Skills Training
We welcome all Russell Sage Students to join our Life skills training, where students will learn daily life skills and begin to take the steps needed to be productive in todays society.
- Social awareness
- Time management
- Setting goals & Coping skills and more!
Grade 6&7 : Mondays October 16 - December 18 at 2:35 PM - 4:05 PM
Register here to participate
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Cochran <ECochran2@schools.nyc.gov> and Ms. Goldstein <MGoldstein5@schools.nyc.gov>.
Picture Day online store
You can still order your picture package online.
Visit https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/ to order.
Enter Picture Day ID - EVTKGGBHH
SLT Meeting -11/15/2023
Next SLT Meeting is scheduled for November 15, 2023, at 7:30 AM in person and via Zoom.
Zoom link to join * Members must attend in person. Zoom link for remote participation by the public.
JHS190 PTA meeting
Please join us for the PTA General Membership Meeting on November 28.
Date: November 28, 2023
Location: Zoom Meeting
High School Admissions
High School Information Workshop for 8th grade families
Presented by the 8th grade guidance counselor, Ms. Goldstein
Save the date!
Thursday 10/19 6:30-8:30 PM on ZOOM https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvcOGgrjMpHdbyxikqlaWC REt64yKCVODS
Wednesday 10/25 6:30-8:30 PM on ZOOM https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYlde6oqjoqG9zrveWS3fjmI TyzSHIuYliR
Thursday 10/26 7:30-9:00 AM in the Auditorium
Friday 10/27 9:30-11:00 AM in the Auditorium
High School Admissions Timeline:
- Tuesday, October 3, 2023: High School Application & Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT) Registration Opens
- Friday, October 27, 2023: SHSAT Registration Closes
- Friday, December 1, 2023: High School Application Closes
- Thursday, March 7, 2024: High School Offer Release
DOE Virtual Admission Events starts on October 4, 2023.
Find dates & Link in DOE website: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/enrollment/enroll-grade-by-grade/high-school
High School Open House Resources
Click here to view open house fliers.
** Forest Hills High School Open House info is posted
Family Learning Series
High School Workshop for students with IEP’s
Presented by Ms. Loew, Ms. Rothbort, Ms. Goldstein
IN PERSON EVENT
HS Admissions Slide Deck
ENL Parent Meeting - HS Information
Presented by Ms. Kim and Ms. Tong
HS Information presented by Ms. Goldstein
Interpretation for Chinese, Spanish & Russian available
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrdOytqzgqE9VOZQDOQhY78gt5wGylqsI4
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Credit & Debt Decoded
Presented by Supreme Solutions Group
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Wealth Building Strategies
Presented by Supreme Solutions Group
9:30 - 11:00 am
6:30 - 8:00 pm
iReady MOY Assessment Review
Presented by iReady
*Please bring your child’s iReady results to the meeting*
Visitors / Early Pickup
- NYC ID card or any other government-issued ID
or any other non-government-issued ID
2023-2024 Bell Schedule
- If your child is absent, please send a signed note to 2nd-period subject teachers when students return to school or email teachers. Staff Email addresses are posted on our website ( Go to “About” and “ Staff directory”) at https://www.russellsagems.org/directory/faculty.
Visitors in school
- Make sure to bring your picture ID and sign in at the security desk.
It's important to note that only adults (18 years or older) who are listed in the Emergency Contact can pick up students. In order to ensure that this information is up-to-date, please review and update the "Emergency Contact" section in your NYC Schools Account every Fall.
- Eligible students will receive Metrocards automatically based on their home address, and there is no need to apply for them. However, if students require further assistance or have any questions, they can speak to Ms. Joann Palandro in cafeteria during lunch period. Also, if needed, a weaver letter is available for pickup in the main office. Transportation information for students who have IEP is posted in NYCSA.
Lunch Menu can be found in DOE website:
Blue Card/ Emergency Contact : In order to ensure that Blue Card is up-to-date, please review and update the "Emergency Contact" section in your NYC Schools Account.
Family Income Inquiry Form: To support funding for our school please visit www.myschoolapps.com and select New York City Schools as your district.
There you will find a Family Income Inquiry Form to complete. Thank you in advance!
NYC Schools Account / Student DOE Account
-NYCSA : Please make sure that you have access to NYCSA so that you can stay connected with your child's school. Teachers and staff use the messaging system through NYCSA (GAMA) to communicate with families regarding important updates, announcements, and events. Please make sure that you have access to NYCSA. Teachers and staff use the messaging system through NYCSA( GAMA) to communicate with families.If you have trouble logging into NYCSA, contact Mrs. Obata
Student DOE Account ( @nycstudents.net)
Do you know parents/Guardians can reset their password in NYCSA? Click on “Manage account”. Students can also see their guidance counselor for their TeachHub assistance.
2023-2024 MARKING PERIOD DATES
MP 1 September 8, 2022 – November 4, 2022
**The first Report Cards distributed on November 13, 2023
MP 2 November 7, 2022 – January 13, 2023
MP 3 January 17, 2023 – March 17, 2023
MP 4 March 20, 2023 – June 26, 2023
MP 5 → school average of all 4 marking periods
-Presentation Slide is posted on our website:
D28 CEC Monthly Meeting
November Hybrid Calendar and Business Meeting
Date: Thursday November 2, 2023
Time: 6:30 pm
In-Person location: 90-27 Sutphin Boulevard Jamaica, NY 11435
Register here to join by Zoom
D28 CEC - Middle School Town Hall
CEC 28 Middle School Town Hall
Time: November 8, 2023, at 6:30PM
Location: Virtually Via ZOOM
Register here: https://nycdoe.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIocOGtrTojGdwXgcnYlYlnUeqqHGYZ8m8I
NYU College & Career Lab Info Session 11/15
For current 7th and 8th graders
Learn more about College & Career Lab!
Register now to attend a virtual information session to learn about the free NYU program
Join us for a virtual information session on Wednesday, Nov. 15, to learn more about New York University’s College & Career Lab (CCL), an exciting, free, non-credit summer and yearlong Exploratory Stage for rising 8th and 9th graders (current 7th and 8th graders) who attend school in NYC. Students will participate in college-level introductory courses, engage in interactive activities and games, and practice skill-building exercises designed to discover their passions. Students are grouped with CCL advisors who facilitate college and career exploration, mentorship, and continued soft skill development throughout the summer and subsequent academic year.
Once admitted into the Exploratory Stage, students can participate in College & Career Lab for up to six years, from the summer before eighth grade to the summer after high school graduation. Students will be invited to the NYU Washington Square campus for hands-on workshops and programming during the academic year.
Register now for our upcoming virtual information session to learn more about the program, six-year model, steps to apply, and more. Registration is open to educators, school leaders, families, students, and anyone interested in applying.
- When: Wednesday, November 15, beginning at 6:30 PM
English Information Session: https://connect.nyu.edu/register/ccl-info-2023
Hunter College High School Application
The Application is now open for 7th-grade admission in Fall 2024 - https://www.hunterschools.org/high-school/admissions/high-school-admissions
To apply, you will need the following grade guidance counselor information.
Please note: JHS190 does not have any further information. Contact the school to find out more.
D28 CEC MEMBER VACANCY!! **The application was sent via Email.
Dear D28 Community,
The Community Education Council District 28 is now accepting applications for a Council Member Position!
Please see the attached application for your convenience. Interested candidates should complete the attached application and submit it to The Division of Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) at email@example.com
Please click on the link below for more instructions. Application Deadline for CEC Member position is October 24, 2023.
Affordable Connectivity Program- Visit https://www.affordableconnectivity.gov/
Adult Education/ Job Training
Free Program - English For Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) - Starts September 2023
(Fall'23 - September 6 - December 21, 2023)
Classes are held - Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Day, in-person)
Three Levels: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Levels -
Courses include: Writing & Grammar, Conversational English, Vocabulary Development; Reading Comprehension; Digital & Financial Literacy and attending the ATTAIN Lab. All Instructors are very friendly and eager to assist in improving your English skills.
Click here to find more information
More opportunities - Visit https://www.queenseoc.net/ to find out more information
Upcoming Queens EOC TUITION-FREE academic preparation and career training programs
Dial-A-Teacher (Homework help)
FREE HELP WITH HOMEWORK!
PARENTS! Get help working with your child.
STUDENTS! Call 1-212-777-3380 and get help in: Reading ☎ Math ☎ Writing ☎ Science
- Languages spoken: Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog
- Subjects available: English, math, science and social studies
Call on MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY 4:00-7:00 pm
A teacher will answer, ready to help.
¡AYUDA PARA HACER LOS DEBERES SIN NINGÚN COSTO! ¡PADRES! Obtengán ayuda con los deberes de sus hijos. ¡ESTUDIANTES! Llamen y reciban ayuda en: lectura ☎ matemáticas ☎ redacción ☎ ciencias Le ayudamos también en italiano, chino, francés, creole, griego, hebreo, ruso y coreano Llamen los LUNES, MARTES, MIÉRCOLES Y JUEVES de 4:00 a 7:00 de la tarde. Un maestro contestará para ayudarlo
Mental Health Resources
May is Mental Health Awareness Month! Help break the stigma!
- School Mental Health Services
Texting Service — Text WELL to 65173
Chat with a Counselor Now - If you need support and prefer to chat, NYC Well Chat is here 24/7/365.
- 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
- NY State Mental Health Resources
- Crisis text line:Text "Got5" to 741-741
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