This May Scare You

We hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween weekend!

You know what’s also scary? NYC school budget cuts!
That’s why PPAS needs your help more than ever!

Many of you answered the call last month and we appreciate your generous support. But since so many PPAS fundraisers have been cancelled due to the pandemic, we need our entire community to pitch in please! Any amount (one-time or recurring) can really help.

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Please donate to strengthen our kids’ performance arts education and support for our incredible programs and teachers.

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Link for Remote to Blended

From Mr. Ryan:

As per my email last week, today begins the window in which families can move from fully REMOTE to the BLENDED learning program.  The window is from November 2nd to November 15th.  The DOE announced last week that this will be the only time in the 2020-2021 school year that this change can be made.  

Many parents have asked my opinion about this.  Generally, if the learning program that your child is currently in is working reasonably well, I would recommend that they continue in their current program.  Changing programs will require a schedule change and teacher changes.  At this time of the year, I think such change is disruptive for a student, and may have a negative impact on their learning.  In addition, if many students return to the building in this window, we may face a challenging and disruptive school-wide program change that will effect all students.

Ultimately it is your prerogative to make this choice.  If you are not changing your child’s status, there is no need to do anything. Changes must be made on the survey at the following link:

https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference

Remote to Blended

Today, the NYC DOE announced two very important items related to the window for families to change from fully REMOTE to the BLENDED in-school program:

1)  The dates to complete the survey to change from REMOTE to BLENDED are November 2 to November 15.

2)  NEW: This is the ONLY window that you will be able to make this change for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

This is new information to all of us.  We had expected there to be two additional (quarterly) windows to make this choice.  The DOE has assessed that multiple windows would create too much change for schools through the year, and has made this the singular window.

It is important that you know a change from one learning modality to the other at PPAS will lead to a change in the student’s schedule and teachers.  It is also important that families understand that if there is a substantially large number of students that move from REMOTE to BLENDED, it may lead to schoolwide program changes that could affect your child’s program even if they do not change their modality.  Also, because 25% of our teachers are working remotely, it is possible that additional BLENDED students will be programmed for fully remote classes, even when reporting to the building. 

It is every families’ prerogative to make a choice between REMOTE and BLENDED learning, but we want to be transparent about some of the challenges that the change could impose.  School wide programming changes will be based on the number of students who move from REMOTE to BLENDED, therefore, we will not have details until very close to the start date for new students joining the BLENDED program – weeks of November 30 or December 7 depending on DOE guidance.

Please email our parent coordinator, Teri Gindi, with your questions.

First COVID Testing Successful

This past Tuesday, October 20th, the COVID 19 testing unit was at PPAS to do its October random testing. The random testing will occur once per month. Twenty four of our students were tested and the majority of our staff members. Parents of student who were tested can check results by accessing their NYCDOE Schools Account. If you have an account, they also email you results. If you don’t have a NYC Schools Account you can set up a new account at this same link. You will need to request an access code from Teri Gindi.

Individual results are not sent to PPAS – we only receive summary data. In the case of a positive result, a COVID tracing team will contact the family by phone, and guide PPAS to next steps. Communication to the entire community will be shared regarding the appropriate response. There is no indication of a positive test at this time.

The test took place on an A day. Future tests will occur on B and C Days. If you want your child to be part of the testing program (and we encourage you to have them participate), but you have not yet consented to the testing program, you can do so in your NYCDOE School Account.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Ryan directly.

Halloween at PPAS

Because of the spirit of creativity in our community, we have a tradition of allowing students to wear costumes to PPAS for one day in the Halloween season. We want to continue this tradition as it brings joy and unity to our school, and it may be the only opportunity for some students to celebrate the holiday. Below is our plan for this year. This is completely optional for students.

Days to wear a costume:

  • Wednesday, October 28 for A Day
  • Thursday, October 29 for B Day
  • Friday, October 30 for C Day

Rules for wearing a costume:

  • With the exception of the mandated ‘COVID’ mask that covers the mouth and nose, no masks are allowed that cover the entire face or eyes.  We do allow hats and other types of headgear.
  • No makeup that covers the entire face so as to make you unrecognizable is allowed.  Light make up is permissible (cheek/forehead scars, eye-shadow, etc.)
  • No costume that breaks our school dress code, including excessively short shorts or skirts, bare backs, excessive midriffs, or excessive exposure of under garments.
  • No accessories that will qualify as weapons, even if plastic or toy-like:  swords, guns, wands, bats, etc.  If any student has anything like this, it will be confiscated at the door, and may not be returned to you.
  • Do not bring in candy or any food to share with others.

The senior class will be running a virtual costume competition – more details to come on how to submit your pictures. Seniors will also be selling candy – store bought, packaged, and wiped down to maintain COVID safety.

All COVID safety rules will remain in place on these days: COVID mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing routines.

Foodie Club

If you’re interested in food, welcome to the PPAS Foodie Club!

NYC is quite a melting pot when it comes to experiencing cuisines from all around the world. Whether you are a picky or adventurous eater, you are encouraged to contribute to our community by sharing your passions for all things food. How can you contribute? Below are just a few of many things!

  • Try a new restaurant and blog about it here. Support the local businesses and spread the word giving us opportunities to check them out!
  • Want to try a particular cuisine? Ask about it here and we can recommend some good local places!
  • Share some photos of the food from restaurants you visit or photos of homemade dishes (including the recipes is always a plus!).
  • Post information on opportunities to donate food or to get involved in some community service by volunteering at shelters/soup kitchens.
  • Provide us recommendations on food related shows.
  • Write about the connections between food and your culture.

If you are interested in joining the Foodie Club please contact Mr. Perlmutter at jperlmutter@ppasshare.org

Be on the lookout for future updates from us. Looking forward to this, and we hope you get to enjoy the club throughout the year!

Free Masterclasses

We highly recommend The Knowledge Project’s Masterclasses. They are open to all 6th–12th grade students and adults. The teachers are excellent; these classes are a treat!

REGISTER

Day 1: Monday, October 26 from 6 – 7pm
“Scary and Spooky: Write a Scary Halloween Scene.”
Led by Sarah Congress, TV writer & playwright Coach. With Q/A
Learn to write a silly horror flick scene.

Day 2: Tuesday, October 27 from 7:15 – 8:15 pm
“Who, Me, Write? Yes You can!”
Led by David Tabatsky, prolific Author, Writer, Teacher, Coach with Q/A
Jump “write in with the fun of writing, from self-expression to polished essay.

Day 3: Wednesday, October 28 from 6 -7 pm
“The Language of Music, Music of Language.”
Led by Baghir, versatile World Musician, Teacher, Coach, With demo and Q/A
Learn about the gift of music, a world language.

Day 4: Thursday, October 29 from 7:15 – 8:15 pm
“An Art Tour: Modern Art through an African American Lens.”
Led by Virgie Bonhomme, Art Historian, Writer, Coach. With Q/A
Learn more about movements, cultures, and styles.

Day 5: Monday, November 2 from 12 noon – 1 pm
“Design Your Startup: Idea to Product.”
Led by Sneha Krishnan, Entrepreneur, Product Designer, Writer, Coach. With Q/A
Transform your ideas into profit, sustainable and to scale.