february 15, 2020



Dear Brooklyn North,

Happy belated Valentines Day. Let's spread Love the Brooklyn Way! In recognition of Heart Disease Recognition Month, and as we continue to celebrate Black History Month, I want to draw your attention to the photo above of Daniel Hale Williams who is remembered for performing the first documented, successful pericardium surgery in the US to repair a wound in 1893. He also founded Chicago’s Provident Hospital, the first non-segregated hospital in the US and also founded an associated nursing school for African Americans.

As a reminder, the Next Generation Learning Standards are being rolled out and will be embedded within all of our curricula. The (NGLS) were adopted by New York State in 2017 and schools are expected to ensure that all students are achieving their expectations in the standards for their grade level beginning in September 2020. Instructional leaders along with support from their BCOs are also expected to ensure that there are well-designed, richly developed lessons, including a range of standards across domains in an effort to ensure that teachers are able to support the development of the skills daily. Students will be assessed on the NGLS in 2021 on the New York State ELA and math assessments for grades 3-8. We at the BCO will ensure that the professional learning opportunities designed for schools are preparing them to understand the standards so they can be incorporated into lesson planning and are appropriately assessed, as we work to educate students for the 21st Century. More information on professional learning modules surrounding the new standards will follow shortly.

As Chancellor Carranza shared this week in Principals Weekly, the 14th Annual NYC School Survey is now open. Please remind schools to encourage their school communities to participate and take the survey by the March 31st deadline.

Please be sure to review the Brooklyn North website and reach out to Anthony Washington if there is a discrepancy with your contact information. Phone numbers feed into various DOE systems and it’s important that we maintain correct information.

The closet in room 505 is being repurposed as a mindfulness room. Please remove anything you need to keep by close of business on Tuesday, February 25th. If you need to store anything that will not fit in your work space, we will make arrangements to have it moved to the basement. If you have any questions, please see Leo Macias.

I wish you all a relaxing and wonderful Mid-Winter Break.

Please see attached for a listing of upcoming events and important dates. For all each of you continue to do, we sincerely thank you.

Upcoming Deadlines/Meetings/Events:

2/10-2/14 - Respect for All Week

2/10-2/14 - Career Discovery Week

2/14 - Last day to complete the Sexual Harassment Training

2/17 – President’s Day holiday, DOE closed

2/17-2/21 - Schools closed for Winter Break

2/25 - District Principal Meetings

3/2-3/6 - Civics for All Week

3/10 - Brooklyn North Leadership meeting, District meetings, and Cabinet Committee meetings

Week of February 10, 2020

1. The federal government recently announced a rule change related to when certain immigrants might be considered a "public charge" under immigration law. Under this rule change, some immigrants may be prevented from obtaining legal permanent residence status (i.e., green card/permanent resident card) or a visa, if they receive certain public benefits or the federal government believes they are likely to depend on public benefits in the future.

The DOE is committed to keeping all students and families safe in our schools. Accessing school-based services—including educational services and supports, free breakfast or lunch, or school-based health clinics—does not put those seeking a green card/permanent legal resident card or a visa at risk of being considered a public charge. Receipt of Medicaid benefits by students under age 21 is also excluded from public charge consideration. Please backpack the attached flyer from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) with more information about the broader impact of public charge to your families. For additional guidance and information, see the Supporting Immigrant Families page and the Immigration Letters InfoHub page.

Please view the opportunities on the Special Education professional learning calendar and the SESIS professional learning calendar.

2. Please see here for the Frequently Asked Questions for the 2019 Coronavirus for NYC Schools and Families.

3. Please see here for the high school science opportunities.

4. Please see here for the upcoming social studies opportunities.

5. Please see here for the School Wellness Weekly.

6. This Valentine's Day, give your heart some love and take action to prevent and manage high blood pressure. In New York City, more than 1 in 4 adults have high blood pressure and many people don't know they have it. Below are heart healthy tips and information on free WorkWell NYC programs. In recognition of Heart Health Month, let's commit to becoming more heart healthy together!

7. Please encourage schools to take part in a 5 session webinar titled “Exactly How to Improve Graduation Rates for Men of Color: The Work and Research of Dr. Marck Abraham”. Dr. Abraham is a highly successful principal in a large urban school in western New York where young men of color are succeeding at record rates. This workshop is geared towards school leaders, counselors, and school leadership teams. Registration information can be found here.

8. The School of American Ballet (SAB) will be presenting for families and children at Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn on Sunday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. “The Beauty of Ballet” features SAB’s advanced students (some of the most promising young dancers in the U.S.) in a delightful introduction to classical ballet that should be especially enjoyable for children ages 4 and up. A digital version of the flyer in English and Spanish can be found here to share with students and parents.

9. The deadline for the Verizon and Arizona State University STEM grant has been extended to March 1st. Title I middle schools are invited to apply for an elective course curriculum. The application can be found on the website.

10. The Campaign Against Hunger has a paid internship program. They are currently recruiting young adults 16 - 24 who are not engaged in school or currently working. The program provides 10 hours of paid work experience at a worksite at 15 dollars an hour. In addition, the participants will receive once a week workshops to provide support developing job readiness skills. The program runs for 14 weeks and begins on March 2, 2020. If you know of any young adult who may benefit from actual work experience and soft skills to prepare themselves for the workforce, please refer them to Sam Pinn or by phone at (718) 773-3551 ext. 117. Please visit the website for additional information.

11. Did you receive capital grants or discretionary funding for the 2020 - 2021 School Year? Do you need guidance on spending or implementing your projects? Come out on March 4th and speak to representatives from School Construction Authority, Brooklyn Borough Hall, and Ed Tech Vendors to help your vision come alive. Please see the registration flyer for additional information.

12. Come out for the Educational Revolution Conference (ERC) NYC 20202 on March 5th. We can help you to help your students and staff develop essential skills that extend beyond memorizing geographical locations and calculating square roots. Although these skills are important, we believe that supporting the whole child requires engaging students to prepare them for navigating their careers, contributing to their communities, and identifying their interests. Click the link to register: https://educationevolutiongroup.com/.

13. The FBI is pleased to announce Operation Illustrate: Celebrating Diversity in the FBI, an art exhibit that seeks to recognize and underscore the value of diversity and cultural inclusion. Students in grades 5 – 8 will have an opportunity to participate in this nationwide art exhibit by using their creativity to draw images that best depict what the illustrator believes diversity and cultural inclusion means within, and to, the FBI. Each school is asked to solicit individual students, art/after school clubs, or classes to participate in this initiative. Schools will collect all art work, and select ONE submission to represent their school. The selected art piece from each school should either be scanned and emailed, or submitted by mail to the local FBI field office Community Outreach Specialist by the deadline of March 13, 2020. Please see the letter that contains additional details on artwork eligibility, FBI field office contact information, and guidance for the final Operation Illustrate art exhibit held during the summer of 2020.

We encourage you to share this information with your students and administrators for their participation in this nationwide initiative. We look forward to showcasing the artistic abilities and creativity of your talented students as they help the FBI highlight the value of diversity and cultural inclusion.

14. NoVo Foundation, in partnership with Education First and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, aims to seed projects that foster social and emotional competencies in students in grades PK-12. Grant awards are available for educator-led projects up to a maximum of $25,000. You can find additional information and the link to the application on the website. Application deadline is April 10.

15. The Continental Societies, Inc., New York Chapter is inviting graduating seniors in the public schools to apply for a scholarship. Please find the information sheet and application here, along with the flyers. The deadline for applications and accompanying materials is April 30.