School News & Announcements 

March 29, 2020


Weekly email from Zeynep - (中文​)

If you have any questions please contact Anne at 

We will send a brief survey early this week to gain more information regarding how Remote Learning is going; please don’t ignore that survey.

Here are some announcements:

  1. There is a new schedule this week.  We’ve added Art, Tech, PE, and Music to the schedule by decreasing core class periods to 4 per week.  Our hope is that this increases the use of more parts of the brain for our children while also decreasing the amount of core classwork each day. 

  2. The grade teams have emailed the current Week-At-A-Glance to families. You can also find them linked here: 6th grade7th grade8th grade.

  3. We are still scheduled to return to school on April 20.  If this changes, you will receive an email from me confirming any changes.

  4. We are still scheduled for Spring Break during April 9 to April 19.  There will not be online classes during these days.  I will send you a few resources for families and students for online fun such museum tours, music concerts, and movie nights.

  5. Three meals a day are provided to all children under 18. No registration and no ID is needed.  Parents may pick up meals for their children. To find centers and more information, here is the link.  Locations: EnglishChineseSpanish

  6. Pay attention to your mental health needs.  If you need to talk, are looking for mental health services, or want some tips for managing your child’s mental health, check out these linked resources.

  7. Complete the US Census.  By doing this online, or by mail, you will help ensure funding gets to us in NYC, and census workers will not have to go to as many doors to complete the census.  Pick your language using the selector on the top right of the page.

  8. Make an appointment to donate blood if you are able.  This will help save lives as NYC reaches its peak cases of COVID-19.

How you can help your child:

  1. Help your child turn off email notifications from Google Classroom.  This will help your child manage all the emails in their inbox.  They can customize their notifications if they feel they need to, but most children need to turn off most of the notifications.

  2. Write or print out the student schedule for this week.  It is different from last week because it includes Art, Tech, PE, and Music.  Homework is not expected in these added classes. Have students continue to use their planner or this Remote Learning organizational tool to help manage the week.

  3. Save, write, or print the “Week At A Glance.” (6th7th8th)  These will also be posted on the home page of our website.  It will help you and your child look ahead at the expectations of the week.

  4. Continue giving us feedback.  Take the brief survey when you receive it early this week, it will give us valuable feedback.  If you email us, you might not always hear back immediately (as we are also learning how to manage new methods of communication); but please know that we are reading your emails.



March 26, 2020



Talking to Your Kids About the Corona Virus

Suicide Safety during COVID 

Accessing Mental Health Resources 

Need to Talk during COVIDEnglish Spanish

Mental Wellness During Health Crisis

LETTER FROM THE CHANCELLOR 3/22/20 EnglishChinese, Spanish





Letter  3/10/20 -  English, Chinese, Spanish

Letter  3/05/20  English, Chinese, Spanish

Letter  2/26/20 -   English, Chinese, Spanish

FAQs   02/11/2020


FAQ for Parents and Caregivers - 03/24/2020

Self Monitoring 2/19/20 - English, Chinese, Spanish

What You Need to Know 3/8/20 - English, Chinese, Spanish

Wish Lists!!!

Please support your child's teachers by purchasing items and supplies from their Amazon wish lists. There is also a need for general supplies (like paper towels, tissues, and hand soap) in all classrooms. Supplies can be dropped of in the main office (Room 515). Thank you for your support!

Amazon Smile

Don't forget to sign up for Amazon Smile to have your holiday shopping dollars benefit the school! If you have not already signed up go to and select IS 89 PTA from the organization list. Every dollar helps!

IS 289 Direct Appeal 2019-2020

Did you know that DOE funds cover just 88% our school's budget? Help us bridge the gap by contributing to our Direct Appeal. It's not too late to give and no amount is too small. Please give what you can today!

2019-2020 Year At A Glance!

'Year At A Glance' gives you a one page summary of the IS289 calendar, including all days the school is closed,  PTA meetings, state test dates, conferences and more.

Manhattan Youth After School Contact Info

Ivy Abiona

Program Director

C: 646.306.1205





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Find some great resources compiled for families by 7th grade Social Studies teacher, Marc Todd. Great articles for every family HERE!

Other articles recommended by our teachers include the following:

Why Students Should Take the Lead in Parent-Teacher Conferences, Mindshift

Carol Dweck Revisits the 'Growth Mindset', Education Week

Help for Executive Functions, Child Mind Institute

How Collaboration Unlocks Learning and Lessens Student Isolation, Mindshift

Two more articles recommended by 6th grade math teacher, Chi-Man Ng-

Supporting Immigrant Families

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