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Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the month of March in the United States since 1987. Women’s History Month 2023 will take place from Wednesday, March 1 - Friday, March 31, 2023.
Upcoming School Events
Yom Kippur, schools closedPS 59X
Italian Heritage / Indigenous Peoples' Day, schools closedPS 59X
Election Day, students do not attend schoolPS 59X
Afternoon and evening Parent-Teacher Conferences for high schools, K–12, and 6–12 schoolsPS 59X
Student & Family Resources
Bring out your green! St. Patrick’s Day—observed every March 17—is packed with parades, good luck charms, and all things green. The event started as a religious holiday, but over time it’s become a celebration of Irish culture.
Families are encouraged to record their student’s vaccination status in the DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. Submitting this information will support New York City’s pandemic response and recovery efforts, and help ensure that DOE schools and buildings remain safe places for all students and staff.
Students and their families can access the Vaccine Portal with the student's DOE account login credentials (email and password).
- Visit the DOE Student Account page or help setting up or accessing your child’s account.
Self Care Ideas for Kids: Help Your Family Unwind and Recharge
Between school, extracurricular activities, hanging out with friends, and family chores, being a kid takes a lot of work! Throw in the pressures of social media and ever-changing technology and you have a recipe for one potentially stressed teen or tween. To help you support them and encourage rest and relaxation, we’ve found some of the best self care ideas for children. Many of the activities can be done together, so you can spend time bonding with your kids while you all take a little time out of your day to rejuvenate.
Start an Afternoon Tea Time
Starting an afternoon tea time can help you and your kids wind down the day and get ready for the evening. Plus, as a comforting ritual, it just can’t be beat. A warm mug of tea is like a hug in a cup! Explore different flavors and blends with your kids, and learn if they like honey or sugar, milk or cream. To take it up a notch, ask a question of the day to stimulate thoughtful (or hilarious) conversations over your cuppas.
Stretch Your Body with Free Yoga on YouTube
One of the most beneficial self-care and mindfulness activities for kids is yoga — stretching, breathing, and being still can help create a lighter frame of mind and increase relaxation. Fortunately, there are countless ways to learn stretching moves for all skill levels on YouTube. We recommend Yoga for Teens over at Yoga with Adrian, but there are tons of instructors and styles available at no cost.
Get to Puzzling Once a Day
Spending a long day paying attention in school followed by tons of homework can turn any kid into a near-zombie. We recommend a daily puzzle to keep those growing minds sharp and thinking outside the box. Find something that your kids like, whether it’s a sudoku, a crossword, KenKen, or even jigsaw puzzles — anything that gets them focusing intensely for a few minutes on problem-solving.
Become Passionate About Daily Walks
We know — this may seem like a hard sell, and that you’re already anticipating choruses of “BUT WALKING IS BOOOORING!” but hear us out. Getting your kids into walking serves three very important functions. It gives them a chance to get some much-needed physical exercise, it enables them to bask in (hopefully) a little sunshine and fresh air, and it helps them create a sense of community. The more frequently and consistently you walk around where you live, the more you’ll learn about your neighbors. And even he rhythms of daily life — like that the local friendly golden retriever always gets her nightly walk at 5:30 p.m.
Designate a Weekly “Battle of the Generations” Movie Night
Grab your remote, pull up Disney+ on the family TV, make some buttery popcorn, and break out the blankets! Pick a dedicated night of the week that’s just for this themed movie night and try to stick to a regular schedule. Make it something the whole family looks forward to. Alternate watching movies your kids love (Lego Batman, Secret Life of Pets 2) and movies that you loved when you were their age (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial).
Schedule Time for Pet Bonding
Pets are great stress relievers and can always be counted on to bring a smile and a laugh. Make sure your children take a few minutes — or more! — each day to play with their four-legged friends. Also, long walks are beneficial for both kids and dogs. And if your family doesn’t have a pet because of allergies or another reason? Head to YouTube — videos of puppies going down slides are 100% hypoallergenic!
Self Care Ideas Can Come From Anywhere
At the end of the day, self care is about empowering your kids to engage in a little peace and relaxation. There are a million ways for teens and tweens to take care of themselves with a few simple, daily activities. If nothing on this list appeals to them, start a conversation! Self care ideas can be super personal and specific. Finding what works is just part of the journey. Plus, starting a comforting routine can not only help them refresh their minds and souls. It can also help you bond as you learn more about your kids and the way they make sense of the world. Time to put the kettle on!
Leader in Me
We are often asked how parents can support our school’s leadership initiative. Each time we are asked we give the same answer: “Use the 7 Habits language at home.” As the school year unfolds, the students are learning the language and meaning of the 7 Habits. By hearing the same language at home and at school, you send your child a message of what is important and that we are all on the same team—the team that wants to help your student succeed. When parents and schools support one another, the sky is the limit!
Below is a summary of each of the habits:
Habit 1: Be Proactive (I’m Responsible for Me)
Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan)
Habit 3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)
Habit 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen Before You Talk)
Habit 6: Synergize (Together Is Better)
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)
In order to encourage the 7 Habits language at home, here are some questions you can ask your child:
How were you proactive today?
What is your end in mind with this project/work/task?
How do you plan to put first things first in this situation?
What would be a win-win for us?
I want to hear what you think first and then I will share. How do you know when you are being listened to?
How can we work together on this?
How would you like to sharpen your saw today?
Quick Links and Easy Tutorials
About The Holidays
Have you ever stopped to wonder why we wear Halloween costumes, celebrate Thanksgiving in November, or choose valentines in February? These familiar traditions have fascinating and sometimes surprising origins. Get to know the history and significance behind these U.S. holidays (and more!) with this new collection of resources.
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
In the United States, May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Many people use the month to honor the accomplishments of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States while celebrating their diverse heritages.
Learn the history of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in this quick video.
Also known as Buddha Purnima or Buddha Day, Vesak is an important Buddhist festival celebrating the history of the religion. Celebrated on the first full moon in May, Buddhists may go to a temple to chant, pray, or mediate.
Learn the history of Vesak in this quick video.
Learn about Memorial Day with this look back at the holiday's history.
Learn about the celebration of Memorial Day in this quick video.
School Based Support
I need help with my classwork:
- Email your teacher, we are willing to you help you during school hours
I have a problem or question about my DOE Device:
- Call or Text Mr. Ramirez 973-963-7481
My family needs help finding resources such as food, public assistances and other NYC Fund & Services:
- Visit Mr. R. Ramirez’s Classroom or Call or Text Ms. K.Jimenez at 718-584-4730 ext 5084
I just need to talk to someone, because I am sad or overwhelmed:
- Text Well to 65173 or Call NYC Well at 888-692-9355 or call or text the school guidance counselor, Ms. Lugo @ 201-690-7122 or the school social worker, Ms. Diaz @347-874-5686
I need help from our ENL Providers Ms. Montemoino or Ms. Matos:
Communicate with our Staff
Call the School or visit our school website for a full staff directory.
Social Emotional Support:
- Text or Call Ms. Lugo @ 201-690-7122 or Ms. Diaz @ 347-874-5686
Resources such as food, public assistances and other NYC Fund & Services:
- Visit Mr. R. Ramirez’s Classroom or Call or Text Ms. K.Jimenez at 718-584-4730 ext 5084
Tech Support & Parent Questions:
- Call or Text R. Ramirez at 973-963-7481
Need to contact the Parent Association President:
- Email PA President Ms. Brown at 10x059PA@schools.nyc.gov
Need to speak to someone about afterschool:
- Email Mr. Mauro at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 718-584-4730 x1013