January 2021 Newsletter

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Cartoon 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebrates the life and civil rights work of Dr. King. He believed that all people should be created equal regardless of the color of their skin. In 1994, the holiday was officially recognized as a National Day of Service where volunteers across the country work together to make a difference in their communities. Find out more information below about Martin Luther King Jr on the Kids National Geographic Website 

Simple Self-Care Habits

Self-care isn’t selfish — it’s a basic need of being human! By teaching your child simple acts of self-care and including nurturing routines into your family life, you can show that taking care of ourselves, and each other, is important.

Caring for yourself isn’t simply taking a bubble bath (though it can be!), but it’s building in sustainable routines of taking breaks, naming feelings, and caring for your body. Creating healthy habits of rest at a young age empowers kids to continue to be resilient in all life brings. What a gift to give your kids!

Here are some easy strategies to help kids practice self-care:

  1. Stay (virtually) social. Spending more time at home than usual can take a toll. Reach out to loved ones and friends with a phone call or video chat. Keeping social distance from others doesn’t mean you need to go it alone.
  2. Sleep. When your little one lays down to rest, try to do the same. If he’s having trouble settling down, sing him a quiet song that you loved when you were small, one that calms you down, too.
  3. Take a 10 minute vacation. As you’re bathing your child, soak your hands in the warm water and give yourself a little massage, taking long deep breaths as you do so. Or take a break by listening to a favorite song, reading a few pages of a new book, or doing some energizing stretches.
  4. Keep a journal by your bed. Before you fall asleep, remember something funny, kind or surprising that your child did today. Write a few lines that capture the memory. If you are feeling down, you can read through your memory journal.
  5. Fill your cup. Get a nice big glass of water and find a comfy spot to sit. Let your child know, “I’m just going to sit and (read/think/breathe) while I drink this glass of water.” Explain that you’ll be available once the glass is empty. Children have difficulty keeping track of time — this is a concrete way to help them understand that you are taking a few minutes to yourself.
  6. Turn on the tunes! Never underestimate the power of music to change the mood. Put together a playlist of songs that make you feel good. You might create different playlists for different moods (one to relax, one to energize and so on).
  7. Get moving. Taking movement breaks throughout the day can help alleviate stress and keep you well. Even if you’re stuck inside, try a few small-space, body-weight exercises like squats, lunges, arm-raises or yoga.

Equipping kids with self-care strategies is empowering them to be mindful of their emotional, mental, and physical health. For more healthy habits, try these activities, recipes, and games.

Food Pantry

The Salvation Army Tremont Corps

Nora Garcia 718-584-6250

2121 Washington Avenue Bronx NY 10457

Tuesday: 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Wednesday: closed

Thursday: 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Friday: 11:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Saturday & Sunday: closed

Learning Bridges

Learning Bridges is a new program that provides free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning.

How to Apply: If you are interested in the Learning Bridges program, please complete this application. Need help completing the online application? Call 311 for assistance.

Student COVID Test Step-By-Step

Student COVID Test Step-By-Step

We know we all want students to have the best possible experience with random COVID testing, and for as many families and educators to consent to testing. This video, produced by NYC DOHMH, is short, friendly, and demonstrates the process for kids. If they see the video ahead of time, it could help to ease their fears and make the testing process less scary.

Quick and Easy Tutorials

Need Help?

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. S. Gonzalez at 917-310-1134

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. Monte 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. S. Gonzalez at 917-310-1134

Tech Support & Parent Questions:

  • Call or Text R. Ramirez at 973-963-7481

Need to contact the PA President:

Need to speak to someone about afterschool:

Movie Time

 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Poster 

When a kingpin threatens New York City, a group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect their home.

Online Games

 PBS Kids Games 

Enjoy fun online  games by PBS KIDS.

Online Games by Sesame Street

 Sesame Street Online Games 

Visit Sesame Street for some fun activities.

Take a Break

Radio Disney Music Station


Listen to the Radio Disney's Music Station while working independently.