1. General PA Meeting - Monday, June 22nd, 4pm
Please join your fellow Wagner parents for the last pa meeting of the school year. 
We hope to see you there!

Zoom Meeting Details: 

Topic: Wagner PA General Meeting, 6/22, 4pm
Time: Jun 22, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 932 4239 3403
Password: 006209

2. JOIN US for a Family Engagement Visit exclusively for Wagner families with the New York Botanical Gardens, June 25th, 5pm
Dear Parents and Guardians, 

As many of you who have had children at Wagner before this year know, I LOVE Family Field Trips to any of the 9 Urban Advantage locations! I typically coordinate a trip or two over Spring Break and then a few more in June. Unfortunately, that could not take place this year. However, I've teamed up with the New York Botanical Garden which created a truly fun and interactive family fun experience. I've done it myself to see what it was about, and it was wonderful. I highly recommend joining in the fun. 

Here's the description:

Come join the New York Botanical Garden to play online Plant Trivia! Don't think you know much about plants? Think again! The questions will focus on plants in movies, product logos and plant-use in different cultures.  You will work in teams to answer the questions. You may see or interact with plants everyday- but don't even realize it!

If you and your family are interested in joining me on June 25th, 5pm, please fill out this quick survey so I can send you the link. 

Sheila Gonzalez-Liffey
Parent Coordinator

3. We need your feedback! 
2020 NYC School Survey

Given the current circumstances, and the focus on remote learning for school communities, we are providing everyone the opportunity to complete the NYC School Survey through June 26, the last day of the school year, in order to ensure as much opportunity as possible for respondents to have their voices heard. Because of the difficult circumstances this year, we encourage schools to administer the survey online, making it as easy as possible for schools to learn from their parents, students, support staff and teachers.

To take the survey online, you will need the survey access code. 
There are 3 ways to acquire your unique survey code to complete the survey
1. Ms. Gonzalez can email it to you if you email her your child's name and OSIS number. 
2. You can   click here to lookup your survey access code
3. You can call the hotline at 1-877-819-2363.

Please note: this survey is confidential. No one at the DOE will ever see your individual responses.

4. Arista Update
ARISTA notifications were sent to student Wagner email accounts on Wednesday June 17.  If your student was accepted, the virtual ceremony will take place on Wednesday June 24 at 5 PM.  A link will be provided to student Wagner email accounts prior to event.

5. Virtual Arts Summer Exchange Program/Camp
Dear Wagner Families,

We wanted to cordially invite your students to register for our new Virtual Arts Summer Exchange Program/Camp, engaging with students virtually participating from Mexico and Morocco. ADI will offer classes to children with the purpose of promoting bonds of tolerance, equality, friendship and peace.
More information is available below, on our website  www.artisticdreams.org and listed here:
Just a quick intro on our organization: Artistic Dreams International, est. 2011, aims to nurture youth 6 to 15 to become global citizens who can transform their future and the communities they live in, through the arts! We offer in school, after school and weekend arts classes where our teaching artists implement our Art & World Cultures curriculum. This allows students to explore topics of diversity, tolerance, and acceptance of other cultures through international art.
Key information about the camp is as follows:
  • Any child between the ages of 7-15 can register
  • Students/parents can choose from one of three 2-week camp options: Week 1 (July 6-17); Week 2 (July 20-31); Week 3 (August 3-14)
  • Students ages 7-11 participate on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays; Teens ages 12-15 participate on Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • *All camp options will offer the same 2-week schedule
  • Students from NYC schools will engage with participating students in Mexico and Morocco
  • There is a $35 fee per week ($70 total for the 2 weeks), and covers all children in the household participating during those weeks
  • Students must have access to the internet from 10:15am - 3:00pm
  • After regular camp hours, there is a 60 minute free afternoon session to provide students with extra time to work on projects and engage with their international peers
  • Students will study Middle Eastern culture, practice mindfulness, and experiment with different digital platforms
If you believe any of your students may be interested, please feel free to let us know. Registration is easy and simple - they can complete the forms directly on our website.
We are also planning another virtual exchange program during the school day for the Spring of 2021. If your school would at all be interested in discussing a possible partnership for that opportunity, we'd love to have a brief discussion to present you with some more information about our organization and services.
Thank you for your time, and stay safe.
Jake Menichino
Artistic Dreams International
48 Wall Street, Suite 1100
New York, NY 10005
6. Practice Makes Perfect Offers Free Summer Programming for 5,000 NYC Public School Students

Practice Makes Perfect Offers Free Summer Programming for 5,000

NYC Public School Students


New York, NY (June 12th, 2020) – To address the impact of COVID19 and mitigate the summer learning loss, Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) in partnership with the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and The Heckscher Foundation for Children through a $1.4 million dollar grant have created a free virtual summer academic program for up to 5,000 NYC public school students who are completing Grades 3 – 8. The program is open to students attending both district and charter schools. 


Over the summer, children in low-income neighborhoods  lose more than two months of their knowledge when they are not engaged in any learning. Summer 2020 is anticipated to be even more challenging given the disruptions in their learning that started in March. 

In an effort to prevent the losses from compounding, PMP has designed an engaging online summer experience to help students combat the feeling of isolation and build on their knowledge in math and reading while having fun. The 18-day, 6-week summer program consists of 1.5 hours of live instruction with a PMP Teaching Fellow and one hour of independent learning work 3x per week (capping screen time to 7.5 hours per week).


NYC’s public school system is the largest in the nation. Over 70 percent of students are economically disadvantaged and more than three quarters identify as minority. PMP’s commitment to high-need communities has been clear from day one. Karim Abouelnaga, Founder and CEO, was raised by a single mother on government aid in Queens. As the second oldest of seven, he was raised in an environment where the learning stopped when school ended.


“In an unprecedented moment, our company has an obligation to create certainty and stability, especially across some of NYC’s highest-need communities.” Abouelnaga explains, “This work would not be possible without the generosity of our foundation partners. This is a beautiful example of a public-private partnership stepping up to fill a void at a critical moment.”


The deadline to apply is Friday, June 26th. You can apply by visiting the Practice Makes Perfect website at  www.practicemakesperfect.org and clicking on Virtual Summer at the top of the page.  


About Practice Makes Perfect

Practice Makes Perfect (PMP) is a Benefit Corporation that partners K-12 schools to operate high-impact programs before, during, and after school hours. Since 2010, PMP has served over 10,000 low-income children, created over 2,000 seasonal jobs, and trained over 500 aspiring educators. PMP has been recognized by former president Bill Clinton, Echoing Green, TED, Forbes 30 Under 30, and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses. Additionally, PMP’s work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, The Atlantic, Bloomberg, NPR, Forbes, ABC 7, NY1, Entrepreneur, and dozens of other media. In 2017, PMP was honored as Best for The World by B Lab for its impact on its customers and its governance practices.



Press Contact:                                                                           Social Media Contacts:

PMP Communications                                                              Twitter: PMPusa

Communications@practicemakesperfect.org               Instagram: PMPusa

646-767-6936                                                                                  Facebook: Practice Makes Perfect


About the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Foundation

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation (Schusterman) is a global organization that seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities and advance equity. Our philanthropic vision is grounded in a commitment to pursue justice, repair the world and treat all people with dignity and civility. We invest in efforts to improve public education in the United States, strengthen the Jewish people and Israel, and address the needs of marginalized individuals and communities.


About The Heckscher Foundation for Children

For nearly 100 years, the Heckscher Foundation for Children has worked to level the playing field for underserved youth, principally in New York. We support innovative, results-driven programs and partnerships, and focus our giving on education, including college access and persistence, workforce training and jobs access, and arts education that improves achievement in the classroom. Our venture philanthropy approach uses three principal funding strategies—catalytic giving, strategic partnerships, and targeted problem-solving—that look for inflection points where our funding has the potential to change the course of a young person’s life at a key juncture. Learn more at  heckscherfoundation.org


7. Learn to play the piano this summer with iPianolab:  https://ipianolab.com/
iPianolab is not affiliated with Wagner but is offering an exclusive class to Wagner Middle School Students at a discounted price. See flyer below or click here for flyer.
8. The DOE wants to hear your opinion for back to school. Take the Return to School 2020 Survey!
Dear Families,
We are working on plans for re-opening school buildings in the 2020-21 school year, and exploring various options based on available guidance from public health experts.
Since we cannot yet predict what September will look like, we need to be prepared for a range of possibilities. We know we can’t do this without your input! We’ve created a short, anonymous survey to help us understand what is most important to you for when we return to school in the fall. If you know someone who cannot take the survey online, they can call 311.
Take the Return to School 2020 Survey
All parents/guardians of students in grades 3-K through 12, and students in grades 6-12 are invited to take the survey at  schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020. The survey is available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu.
Estimadas familias:
Estamos trabajando en planes para reabrir los edificios escolares en el año escolar 2020-2021 y estamos explorando varias opciones basadas en las recomendaciones de expertos en salud pública.
Debido a que no podemos predecir cuál será la situación en septiembre, debemos estar preparados para una serie de posibilidades. Sabemos que no podemos hacerlo sin su aporte. Hemos elaborado una encuesta breve y confidencial que nos ayudará a entender qué es lo más importante para ustedes cuando se reanuden las clases en el otoño. Si hay alguien que no pueda completar la encuesta por internet, puede llamar al 311.
Completen la encuesta de 2020 sobre el regreso a la escuela
Invitamos a todos los padres y tutores de estudiantes de 3-K a 12.ᵒ grado y a todos los estudiantes de 6.ᵒ a 12.ᵒ grado a que completen la encuesta en  schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020. La encuesta está disponible en árabe, bengalí, chino, coreano, criollo haitiano, español, francés, inglés, ruso y urdu.
我們邀請所有從3歲幼兒班至12年級的學生的家長/監護人、以及6至12年級的學生在這個網址填寫問卷調查: schools.nyc.gov/returntoschool2020。提供下列語言的問卷調查:阿拉伯語、孟加拉語、中文、英語、法語、海地克里奧爾語、韓語、俄語、西班牙語、烏爾都語。
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