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2/21 – Family/Student Update

Dear BCS Families/Students,

We hope you had a wonderfully restful break.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Upcoming Dates

  • School-wide Expedition – Black Lives Matter – a series of synchronous and asynchronous Crew lessons this spring (one per month, starting Wed Feb 24)
  • Thurs Mar 18 – Virtual Student-Led Evening Conferences
  • Fri Mar 19 – Virtual Student-Led Afternoon Conferences – Half Day for Students (dismissal at 11:45am)

Family/Student Town Hall – Monday 2/22

Family Anti-Racist Equity Book Club Events

  • Wed 2/24 at 7pm – we will have the parent panel about Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry – please join!  Tracey will be facilitating, Taron will be a panelist, and we will have several parent panelists!  
  • Please email Imani@bcs to RSVP!

Office Hours for UPPER GRADES (Grades 9-12) will become ONE LINK

  • To simplify access for students, beginning Mon 2/22, all students can access office hours for ALL teachers using just opens in a new windowone link (daily at 2:30pm)
  • The link has been posted in all Google Classrooms and is the same link for all classes
  • We hope this will encourage more students to access office hours daily to speak with teachers and to complete work

Semester 1 Final Grades are available in PupilPath

  • Review your Fall 2020 numeric report card grades. You can find these in PupilPath (click on “Grades” → “Report Card” → “2020-2021 Term 1″)
  • If you have an NX, you must continue to submit work to your teachers in order to achieve Beginning Mastery.  You have not yet passed that class.
  • Transcripts have been mailed home as of Fri 2/5.  Please look out for it in your mailbox.
  • The DOE grading policy permits families in Grades 6-12 to convert any numeric grade above 65 to CR (credit) so that the numeric grade does not impact a student’s cumulative average
  • Crew leaders will start informing families of your options and how to submit your request beginning this week – please reach out to your crew leader with questions.

No more Friday Crew at 2:30pm – Crew is now only Wed at 1:35pm

  • Due to the return of blended learning, we will no longer have Friday Crew at 2:30pm
  • All staff will be available for office hours Fri 2:30pm
  • Crew will only be Wed at 1:35pm

More awesome programming with our BCS YWCA Afterschool

ANNOUNCEMENTS RELATED TO BLENDED IN-PERSON LEARNING

Blended learning for MIDDLE SCHOOL only re-opens Thurs 2/25 for Cohort B

  • Blended learning is re-opening citywide for middle school
  • Cohort B returns on Thurs 2/25, Cohort A returns on Mon 3/1
  • If you have any questions, please reach out to Scill
  • All students returning to blended learning must have COVID testing permission slips on file for random weekly testing
  • All blended students should review the opens in a new windowblended learning guidelines/protocols for the building

Travel restrictions if returning to blended

Blended learning waitlist for middle school

  • If you are not already in blended in Grades 6-8, and you would like to be added to our waitlist in case any seats open up this spring, please reach out to Scill
  • The DOE has said that there is no further window to opt into blended learning and that families who are not currently in blended learning have committed to all-remote through June 25
  • If we have any available spots, we will let you know

5-day-a-week blended option for Grade 6 only

  • Although we do not have much budget or staff, in partnership with the DOE, we are offering a very limited number of seats for Grade 6 students for a 5-day-a-week in-person option.  The other two days of the week will be a supervised study hall period where students will join their Zooms and get help with their Google Classroom work.
  • Priority goes to Grade 6 students with special needs, Grade 6 students in temporary housing, and Grade 6 students who have experienced struggles in remote learning
  • If you are interested, please reach out to Scill

No update about possible re-opening for HIGH SCHOOL

  • We eagerly await a decision about re-opening blended learning for our high school students.  Fingers crossed that it will happen soon after middle school re-opens.
  • We will update you as soon as we hear anything and we hope to see you soon!

DOE ANNOUNCEMENTS & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

Community Education Council – please submit an application to be a candidate for the council

  • Each of the 32 geographic school districts has a Community Education Council, and there are four Citywide Councils: High Schools, English Language Learners, Special Education, and District 75. To apply to be a candidate for a council, simply log into your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) to get started. If you don’t have a NYCSA account, you can sign up for one at opens in a new windowmystudent.nyc and then contact your parent coordinator to add your students. You can submit your application through February 28.
  • Later in the year, for the first time ever, parents and guardians with a child in a New York City public school will have the chance to vote for their preferred Community Education Council candidates and have a direct hand in shaping important decisions in our city. You need a NYCSA account to vote, so if you don’t have one, again, please sign up at opens in a new windowmystudent.nyc

Parent University Resources

YouthWorkSTREAMS program taking place Spring Break