The NYC Department of Education has shared the link for first responders, health care providers, transit workers, and other key personnel to sign up for childcare. Regional Enrichment Centers will be open 7:30am – 6:00pm Monday-Friday, starting on Monday, March 23rd. Children who are enrolled can attend anytime during open hours. Fill out the survey here to begin the enrollment process.
If you’re looking for some virtual field trip ideas during operation home school- the New York Landmarks Conservancy has a great video series highlighting some of the most iconic landmarks in New York City. The Conservancy’s Tourist in Your Own Town video series highlights over 60 NYC landmarks- including the New York Botanical Garden and Edgar Allan Poe Cottage in the Bronx. Conservancy President Peg Breen is your stay-at-home tour
Boogie Down Books usually hosts their weekly storytime on Saturdays at Mottley Kitchen in the Bronx. Unfortunately those meetups have been suspended until further notice, but founder Rebekah Shoaf will keep the reading going virtually for the Bronx and beyond to join in. To join in, head to Zoom on Saturdays at 10am for a live storytime. This week’s story will be Judith Viorst’s classic lemons-not-lemonade picture book, Alexander and the
If your children need a tablet or laptop for school work, the NYC Department of Education is currently accepting requests for loaner devices. The DOE will use the contact information you provide to get in touch with you to discuss when and where you can pick up a device. Priority will be given to students most in need, and all devices are granted on a temporary basis and will later
Due to Covid-19, Con Edison will not be shutting service off for non-payment at this time. Here is how they are trying to help: • Your service will not be shut off for non-payment. • Waiving new late-payment fees. • Suspending no-access fees if we can’t read your meter. • No fees for making payments with credit cards or debit cards. • Suspending fees for refusing smart meter installations •
Here’s one fun idea for kids during the school closure- color artwork from a local artist! Bronx artist Laura Alvarez will be posting one coloring page a day on her social media that can be downloaded from her website for children to color or paint. Check out the coloring pages at www.lauralvarez.com. There are also lots of other coloring pages for download to choose from. Laura is also taking suggestions
If you’re looking for grade specific material for your children, Scholastic is offering 20 days worth of free online courses. Each day includes four separate learning experiences, each built around a meaningful story or video. To get started, visit www.classroommagazines.scholastic.com.
Amid school closures in New York City, grab-and-go breakfast and lunch will be available at all schools. Also, some Bronx restaurants have stepped up to offer free meals to students in need. We will add to the list when/if more restaurants join in. All NYC Public Schools All locations Grab-and-Go breakfast and lunch will be available at the entrance of every building from 7:30 am-1:30 pm. Any student can pick
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza today announced the City will move towards a new Remote Learning Model for all school days until Spring Recess. Students will not report to school buildings for instruction during this time. School buildings are scheduled to reopen to students following Spring Recess on Monday, April 20, 2020. Monday, March 16, 2020 Tomorrow, March 16, there will be a one-day full system closure,