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Celebrating Success at QE!

We are proud to have been named in the top 1% of Citywide Elementary Schools for Spring 2019—one of just 6 schools in the city to achieve this distinction! We were named in the top 5% each year for 2015 – 2018, based on MOSL scores and ratings from administrator visits. Thank you to our hardworking staff and students for demonstrating what inquiry and service learning can achieve!

Updated 6/26/20 Letter From Chancellor Richard A. Carranza Regarding IEPS

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June 26, 2020

Dear Families,

As this unprecedented school year comes to a close, I want to thank you and your children for your patience, resilience, and perseverance in adapting to the closing of school buildings and the implementation of remote learning. I recognize that the situation imposed hardships on you and brought new complications in the education of our students—especially those with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). We are extremely grateful for everything you have done to partner with us in supporting your child and helping us adapt to these challenging times. As we have engaged in virtual instructional and teletherapy programs, you have risen to the occasion and been your child’s greatest source of support. In continuing to explore options to best address your child’s needs, we will rely heavily on the strong bonds we have forged with you along our collaborative journey to help us make decisions that truly make a difference.

Your child’s teacher should have contacted you for an end-of-year wrap-up conversation to support the transition to summer. Should you seek additional information, please reach out to your child’s principal directly. We encourage you to ask questions about progress made on your child’s IEP goals, to make recommendations and offer feedback about what has and hasn’t worked for your child during the remote learning period, and to request information to support the transition to summer. We also encourage you to talk to your child’s teacher and school administrators about any recommendations regarding summer school for additional academic support.

During these past three months, we have broadened our vision of what family engagement and empowerment can truly mean. We have heard the voices of parents and families like you during various workshops and forums, offering questions, concerns, and recommendations about your child’s learning process. We have heard from many of you that the Beyond Access series of online learning workshops for families of children with disabilities, as well as family office hours, provided valuable information that can be put to immediate use. We will continue to provide resources, workshops, and family sessions in order to support you as we prepare for September and beyond.

As we look toward the fall and make key decisions regarding re-opening school buildings in the safest way possible, we will continue to rely on you to offer input about what would work best for you and your child. If you have not already done so, please help us guide that process by completing our Return to School survey at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 by June 30.

We at the DOE are deeply committed to serving all of our students with IEPs and providing them with an excellent education.

I am grateful for your partnership in educating your child and hope you enjoy your summer!

Sincerely,

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Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education

Updated 6/26/20 Letter to Families From Chancellor Richard A. Carranza

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June 26, 2020

Dear Families,

As this unprecedented school year comes to a close, I want to thank you and your children for your patience, resilience, and perseverance in adapting to the closing of school buildings and remote learning. No one ever imagined confronting such a disruptive and damaging pandemic. I recognize it imposed hardships on you, and brought new complications in the education of our students—especially those who are building their proficiency in English.

I started off in kindergarten not speaking a word of English, so I personally know the kinds of challenges that you and your children face even under normal circumstances. That is why all of us at the DOE embrace your home language, home culture, and traditions—all of the things that make you and your child who you are. We are dedicated to making your child’s educational experience safe, welcoming, and supportive. That’s true in our school buildings and when we are teaching your children remotely.

Over the summer and heading into the fall, we remain committed to equipping our educators with the knowledge and tools they need to ensure your child has the language support required to learn grade-level material. I encourage you to connect with your teacher if you have not already to identify what programs, resources, and strategies you can use over the summer to build your child’s language development. Supporting your child’s summer learning process is a high priority for all of us.

At the same time, please work with your child in your home language as well! Reading, writing, and asking questions in the language you use will lead to their academic success in both languages.

We are looking toward the fall and making key decisions regarding re-opening school buildings in the safest way possible. If you have not already done so, please help us guide that process by completing our Return to School survey at schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020 by June 30.

I am grateful for your partnership in educating your child and hope you enjoy your summer!

Sincerely 

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Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor New York City Department of Education

 

 

 

Technology Guidance for Families

 

TECHNOLOGY GUIDANCE FOR FAMILIES

March 24, 2020

 

Good Afternoon Families,

 

I hope all of you are at home and feeling healthy.  The entire staff at Queens Explorers Magnet School wishes you well.

 

I know that we have all been transitioning to Remote Learning and we appreciate your patience.  We are all learning together and throughout the next couple of weeks, the process will become more familiar. 

 

At this point, all students were provided an email address and access to Google Classroom.  All students also have the capability to meet with their teachers through Google Meet, at times specified by the teachers.  These are all learning tools that are essential to learning remotely.  However, we need to make sure that we use these learning tools responsibly.  Please see below for guidance and restrictions regarding school issued gmail addresses/devices, Google Classroom Stream Posts, and Google Meet.

 

  1. Google Meet - Google Meet is for instructional and learning purposes only.  Students logging into Google Meet through their school issued gmail addresses, may only use it for instructional purposes and to meet up with a teacher.  Students may not log into Google Meet with the school issued gmail addresses for social purposes.  Teachers will not be supervising Google Meet conversations unless they are facilitating a planned learning group.
  2. Google Classroom Stream Posts - The Google Classroom Stream is for students and teachers to post comments and questions about learning.  The stream is not a place to post social gatherings or information that is unrelated to learning.  Please only post comments and questions that are about instruction.
  3. Technology Practices - Please remember the guidance we provide in the classroom for use of technology.  We all want to practice internet safety during this time of remote learning.  Below, please see the classroom rules we follow at Queens Explorers and practice these safety precautions while learning remotely as well:
    1. Use technology only for a task given by the teacher.
    2. Only visit apps or websites with permission from an adult.
    3. Tell an adult if you experience something online that makes you uncomfortable, scared, or confused.
    4. Do not share devices, usernames or passwords with anyone.

 

I want to thank you for your continued support and patience through this Remote Learning period.  If you have any questions about these best practices and restrictions around technology, please reach out to your child’s teacher.

Best,

Melissa Compson

Founding Principal, Queens Explorers Magnet School

 

 

 

Important Health and Safety Update From Chancellor Richard Carranza

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May 18, 2020

Dear Families,

Following up on our letter to you last week about the new health condition appearing in children in New York City and elsewhere, linked below is a Fact Sheet from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) that provides additional information.

Per NYC Health, this condition has been renamed Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)— formerly Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS). The condition is rare and it is potentially life threatening, so it is important that you know its signs and symptoms.

NYC Health’s Fact Sheet conveys new information about the syndrome, its symptoms, when to seek medical help, treatments, and preventative steps. Because MIS-C is associated with COVID-19, acting to keep your child from being exposed to COVID-19 continues to be essential.

As a reminder, families should help their children understand the importance of the following measures and ensure their children follow them:

 As per NYS Executive Order 202.17, all people over the age of two who can medically tolerate a face covering must wear one when they are outside their home if they cannot maintain physical distance from others. Free face coverings are available at DOE Meal Hubs in all five boroughs—you can find one close to you on the DOE website.

 Physical distancing and good hygiene remain critical, even while wearing a face covering.

 When outside the home, adults and children must maintain at least 6 feet of distance between themselves and others whenever possible.

 Parents should remind children of the importance of good hand hygiene and should help ensure that children frequently wash their hands.

The health and safety of our communities remains our top priority, and we will continue to take all appropriate measures to help keep our students, families, and staff members safe. Please visit nyc.gov/health at any time for the latest information on MIS-C, and do not hesitate to contact 311 with any questions.

Sincerely,

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