The Benson School
Stacy Battista Keefe Vallaro Diana MessanoAssistant Principals
October 27, 2020
The PTA invites both in-person and remote students to wear your costume, crazy hat, or crazy mask!
Wednesday, Oct. 28 - Group A
Thursday, Oct. 29 - Group B
Friday, Oct. 20 - Groups C and D
We can't wait to see your costumes, crazy hats, and crazy masks!
Harvest Homecoming Festival
Announcing the first annual (virtual) Harvest Homecoming Festival! Learn more about in our Events page and we hope everyone will participate!
October 23, 2020
Tuesday, November 3rd is Election Day. It will be a fully remote instructional day for all students.
Thursday, November 5th, Cohort B will be in attendance from 8:30-11:00 am. It is an early dismissal day.
Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences will be on Wednesday, November 4th from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm and Thursday, November 5th from 12pm to 2 pm. All conferences (afternoon and evening) will be done remotely and could be scheduled via Zoom or a Google Meet.
September 27, 2020
Welcome In-person Learners!
Please consult our school calendar at the bottom of this page and add it to your own personal Google Calendar.
All In-person Learners should bring with them a face mask and device. If they don't bring a face mask, one will be given to them. Students will be instructed how to log on to the school's guest wi-fi with their devices.
Students, and all visitors to the building, must complete the NYC DOE Health Screening. More information about these daily health screenings, including how-to videos in multiple languages, are available as part of our Reopening Plan.
Finally, please review our Arrival and Dismissal Procedures to learn which door your child must use and what time your child's class will be exiting the building at dismissal so that we may implement safe practices.
Switch to Remote Learning.
If you'd like to switch your child from Hybrid (in-person) to Remote Learning, please fill out the DOE Learning Preference Survey.
November 3, Election Day, is a fully remote instructional day for all students. School buildings across the city will be used as polling sites and to support health and safety measures, all DOE students and school-based staff will work remotely on Election Day. Blended students will meet remotely with their in person teacher on this day. Fully remote students will meet with their remote teacher. DOE meal hubs will remain open.
The DOE has announced the GRADING POLICY for the 2020-2021 school year. You can learn more about it on the DOE website, https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/chancellor-s-message-for-families.
Blended Learning Opt-In Period: November 2- 15, 2020
The Chancellor has announced that there will be only one opt-in window for fully remote students to return to Blended Learning. Families who have previously chosen remote only learning will have the opportunity to opt into blended in-person learning for the remainder of the school year between November 2 and November 15 by completing the Learning Preference Survey form during this period. The survey is not open yet for this purpose and we have been told to expect additional information by the end of this week and we will keep you posted. We want to provide information and resources that may help families come to a decision about whether their children should attend school remotely or in a blended learning model. Please visit the Family Guide.
Families may choose 100% remote learning at any point during the school year by completing the Learning Preference Survey form. This means they would learn 100% remotely (all online, from home) https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference
COVID Testing Consent
The State of New York has determined that our school is located in a geographic zone, the “yellow zone,” that requires weekly testing due to elevated rates of transmission of COVID-19 in the area. Weekly testing of students and staff is mandatory for schools in the yellow zone, and will continue until the State modifies or lifts the zone requirements. In order to test your child, we need your consent. There are two easy ways to provide consent. Please note that even if you previously provided consent, as a parent at a state-designated Yellow Zone school, we ask you to resubmit the consent form for your child, as the consent form accounts for the newly-established mandate from the State requiring weekly testing in our school. Whether you have filled out a form previously, or if you have not yet filled out a form, please use these easy methods to provide consent:
1. Online: Fill out the form online using a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA). Go to mystudent.nyc
2. Paper Form: Fill out and return the paper form to school. A printable PDF file is available in ten languages at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting.
Daily Health Screenings
As always, the health and safety of our students, families, and school staff remain our top priority. Staff and students will be required to complete a health screening every day prior to entering school buildings, and are encouraged to use the Online Health Screening Tool. Please share these helpful videos created by our Queens North Exec. Sup. and the Office of MLLs:
It’s up to all of us to keep our school communities and families safe by wearing face coverings, keeping our distance, washing hands frequently, and getting tested!
Students in 3K through twelfth grade can get priority testing at 22 Health + Hospitals testing sites throughout the school year. Find a location near you.
Attention 5th Graders!
Explore school options online in the MySchools middle school directory.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 authorized the payment of P-EBT food benefits to households with children who would have received free school lunches under the National School Lunch Act, if not for a school closure. If you are eligible and have not received a P-EBT food benefit for your child, please contact the State using P-EBT contact form or by calling 1-833-452-0096 (8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday).
IN AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER, THOUSANDS OF NYC FAMILIES RECEIVED $420 IN P-EBT CARDS, REGARDLESS OF INCOME. All NYC public school families were automatically entered in the State's P-EBT system, a program that covers the cost of missed school meals while students were learning from home due to COVID-19. Questions about how or when you will receive your benefits? Call (833) 452-0096 or find resources and FAQs online.
Interested in how to share your P-EBT funds with families who are experiencing food insecurity? Learn more via the P-EBT Redistribution Network
GET READY FOR BACK TO SCHOOL!
A welcome back message from our principals!
Learn our alma mater!
Learn what you can and can't touch when you return to school!
Wolfie, Jumah, & Stacy teach good safety habits for when we return!
School is going to be a little different this year... and that's ok!
PS 200 Calendar
Click the plus (+) button in the lower right-hand box of the calendar to add this calendar to your own personal Gmail calendar!