Every Monday, we email a Family Memo to our families that contains all the updates and upcoming events.
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Families must submit an IT ticket for ALL tech related issues. Someone from Team IT or Ops will reach out to you via email, once the ticket is received. Please check the email that you submitted for a response. Primary communication will be over email.
Student technology guides and video tutorials in both English and Spanish can be accessed via this website. Families and scholars can also use the same website to send all their tech questions by clicking the “Ask for Help” button.
Great News! Our 2021-2022 school year application is now open and we are still also enrolling scholars for this school year as well!
We urge you to share this amazing opportunity with your friends and family in need of a school community such as AF!
As a reminder, current AF scholars do not need to reapply to AF and enter the lottery again.
Whether you have incoming siblings that you would like to send to Achievement First or if you have family or friends interested in our schools, we encourage you to submit today to take advantage of upcoming virtual events and opportunities! To apply, simply click here, create an account or log into your SchoolMint account, and complete the application by April 1, 2021.
Hi Families! Join us next Wednesday 6/16 from 11-4 as we hand out essential packages for our new Kindergarten scholars- we look forward to seeing you there 💙💚!!
Please see the following update regarding school uniforms:
Hi AF Families,
We hope your week is off to a great start! Join us on Thursday, 6/3 for our last Family Town Hall Meeting of the school year- we look forward to seeing you there!
Take a look at some events coming up at our school!
Tuesday 6/1: Spirit Day: Scientist/Mathematician Dress Up Day
Thursday 6/3: AFCHES Family Townhall
Thursday 6/10: New Family Orientation
Wednesday 6/16: New Family Walk Up Event
Thursday 6/17: Spirit Day- Dress Up Day- Red Carpet Edition
Friday 6/18: Juneteenth Observance- No school for scholars
Friday 6/25: Last day of school for scholars
Dear Achievement First New York Families–
We are writing today to provide an update on our reopening plans for our schools in New York. Based on recent COVID case counts and frequent NYCDOE facility closures, we will NOT reopen our schools for in-person learning on April 19; instead, our schools in New York will remain 100% remote through the remainder of the 20-21 School Year.
This is an important decision, and not one that we took lightly. All through the pandemic, we have prioritized the safety of our community and meeting the needs of our students and families. This painful decision, like all others, is grounded in these priorities.
Aligned to our safety priority, we worked this winter with public health experts to establish clear criteria that we would use to make reopening decisions. We said that we will reopen schools for in-person learning if the weighted average positivity rate of COVID-19 in our communities is less than 5%. As of today, April 5, the weighted average for our communities in Brooklyn is 6.84%. While cases were declining in February, they have now been rising again for several weeks. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen the devastating impacts this virus has had on our communities – and, sadly, that disparate impact continues. While we are deeply heartened by the development of a safe and effective vaccine, the new, more contagious variants pose a new risk.
Another deciding factor for us was that, even if we did open, we believe many of our schools would experience last-minute, prolonged closures due to current NYCDOE quarantine policies. While multi-layered safety protocols (mask wearing, social distancing, handwashing, regular testing, and others) can be powerful in stopping the spread of the virus within schools, we have seen from schools that are open that the virus still enters school buildings from the outside when community spread is as high as it is now. Many of our co-located schools have opened for a handful of days only to announce at the last minute that they need to close for 10 days – with families scrambling the night before to arrange child care and teachers scrambling to change up their lesson plans. And these closures have taken place without additional AF students in the building, which will almost certainly add to the challenge. The Mayor announced a couple hours ago that the quarantine/closure rules will change, but we do not know what the new rules will be — and the experience of this year suggests that we would still experience frequent, unplanned closures. Ultimately, we feel that this disruptive, on-again-off-again dynamic is not in the best interest of students and families. As much as we will miss the in-person contact, remaining remote through the end of this school year will allow us to focus on consistent, high-quality remote instruction this year AND prepare for a strong start to next year.
While we are disappointed that we will not be able to welcome our scholars back for in-person learning this year, we do want to make a few important points:
Thank you so much for your continued flexibility and partnership as we navigate this crazy year together. Please reach out with ANY questions!
Richard Buery (CEO), Stephanie Keenoy (Superintendent), and Dacia Toll
Monday 3/29-Friday 4/2: Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)
Monday, 4/5: Virtual Learning Resumes @8:30am
Tuesday, 4/6: AFCHES Family Workshop
Wednesday, 4/7: 3rd Grade Academic Workshop
Thursday, 4/8: Brooklyn Lottery Opens/ Spirit Day: Wear Blue for Autism Awareness
Monday 4/12: Student Experience Surveys (3rd & 4th Grade)
Friday, 4/30: Spirit Day- Dress Like Your Favorite Teacher
Monday, 3/29: Friday 4/2: Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)
Good Afternoon Families,
We wanted to update you that the ELA practice exam has been moved to Friday March 19th. 3rd and 4th grade scholars must sign on at 8:30AM SHARP, will take attendance, engage in Morning Meeting, take the practice exam, and will sign off once completed. We do not want scholars to rush to finish so that they can sign off. They must take the time they need to successfully complete the practice test.
On Friday March 26th, we will take the Math practice exam. Similar to the ELA structure, 3rd and 4th grade scholars must sign on at 8:30AM SHARP, will take attendance, engage in Morning Meeting, take the practice exam, and will sign off once completed.
We are making this change because the State Test will only be 1 day for ELA and 1 day for Math. Therefore, we will replicate that model by structuring our practice tests to be the same. Once we have more information about the state test format, we will update you right away. Decisions around the state test have been changing a ton on the state level so we will ensure that communication is sent to you as soon as we get clear on communication from NYS.
Please make sure scholars have a good night’s rest before each exam, have a quiet work space so that they can do their best work, ensure they are working independently without any help from relatives at home, and are pumped up to do their best!
Thank you again families for all that you are doing and continue to do to ensure our scholars are set up for success. I have tremendous amounts of gratitude for every one of our families.