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NNYC Schools Account Enhancements                   All schools  

A new feature has been added to NYC Schools Account (NYCSA), which will require all parents or guardians who use NYCSA to validate their email address in order to continue to view their child’s data. Going forward, after creating their account, all new users will receive an email from NYCSA asking them to click on a link to validate their email address. Upon signing in to their NYC Schools Account, current users will be asked to confirm their email address by September 30, if they have not already done so. Beginning October 1, users who have not yet validated their email address will be unable to access their child’s data in NYCSA until they do so.  

For questions, contact your BFSC academic policy and systems leads. 

New Workshops for Mandarin and Spanish Speaking Families 

   All schools / Events: June 1, 15 

In order to provide greater language access for families who speak Mandarin and Spanish, the NYCDOE will provide workshops on gifted and talented programs, summer learning, library resources and new dual-language programs delivered entirely in their native language. Please encourage your parent coordinator to share these flyers with parents who speak Mandarin and Spanish; the workshop for families who speak Mandarin will be held on June 1, and the workshop for Spanish speaking families will be held on June 15 

For questions, contact Rena Wexelberg-Clouser at rwexelbergclouser@schools.nyc.gov or 212-374-7607. 

Delivery of PA/PTA Election Posters     All schools  

To encourage parent participation in upcoming PA/PTA voting, an election poster will be delivered to your school via Deluxe Courier, during the week of May 9. You or your designee will be able to list your election date, time and location, and should display the poster in a location that is visible to parents. 

As a reminder, the PA/PTA election must be held each year before the last day of school. Your current PA/PTA is responsible for determining the most inclusive and appropriate means of conducting elections in a fair and unbiased manner. You should have been notified of your PA/PTA election date by April 1. 

For additional information about conducting elections, see here or contact your family leadership coordinator. For questions, email Anthony Settle. 

2016 Citywide ELL Parent Conference    All schools / Event: June 7 

The NYCDOE will host a citywide conference for parents of English Language Learners (ELLs) and former ELLs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on June 7, at El Museo del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan). This conference will provide parents and guardians with important information about bilingual programs, ways to support their children academically, and summer learning opportunities across the city. For additional information about this conference, including the registration link for families, see here. Please share this information with your parent coordinator and encourage him/her to reach out and inform families about this opportunity. 

For questions, contact David Pena at dpena16@schools.nyc.gov or 212-374-2421. 

Updates for Parent-Teacher Conferences  All schools / Deadline: June 15 

As you conduct parent-teacher conferences this week, please review the following information shared in previous editions of Principals’ Weekly and take appropriate action: 

Parent-Teacher Conference Memo: You are encouraged to review the Parent-Teacher Conference Memowhich includes guidance on when to schedule conferences, student dismissals, the schedule of citywide Parent-Teacher Conferences for the 2015–16 school year; translation and interpretation resources and requirements, and information on the Chancellor's initiatives to promote family engagement. For additional information about translation and interpretation resources, see here. For questions about translation and interpretation services, email translations@schools.nyc.gov or call 718-752-7373.

For questions about parent-teacher conferences, email your 
district family leadership coordinator. 

Report Parent-Teacher Conference Attendance: In accordance with the Compliance Checklist (CL #13), you or your designee are required to record family attendance at PTCs on the Parent Coordinator Activity Report (PCAR) by June 15. Your parent coordinators should also review these Tips for Parent-Teacher ConferenceIf you do not have a parent coordinator at your school, you must still submit Parent-Teacher Conference attendance data in the PCAR system, but are not required to submit the other requested data. For questions about PCAR, email face@schools.nyc.gov