School of The Future Brooklyn is a college preparatory school that provides each scholar with a diverse education in a safe, nurturing environment which promotes self-discipline, independence, citizenship, motivation and excellence in order to contribute responsibly to the global society and improve the quality of life for self and others.
I am Focused.
I am Serious.
I am Resilient.
I am Disciplined.
I am Diligent.
We are committed to ensuring that all students learn. We believe that once given access to a student-centered, engaging and rigorous approach to learning; all students will learn.
We are committed to the promise that all students are entitled to real-life, authentic educational opportunities that will allow them to access all learning and become successful.
As principal of the School of the Future Brooklyn, it is my pleasure to welcome all of you back to 2021. This is going to be a great second half of the year for everyone. This year begins with a restart, a rebirth, a rejuvenated reason for why we do the work we do. I want to first go back to each of your original conversations with me and my admissions team of why you wanted your child to attend School of the Future Brooklyn. Those conversations still resonate with me and are the very reason why I wake up refreshed and renewed to make a difference in your children's lives. It is also those conversations that I hold close to my heart and are used as fuel to push me through those tough days. I want all of you to know, you have my support, not only in the good times, but also in those tough times. We are currently living in those tough times, and now more than ever, we need each other.
2021begins with our scholars setting academic goals. However, goals are just words, especially, if they are not combined with strategies and time of when your goal can be accomplished. Please sit your children down and map out a plan on how they are going to accomplish their goals. Make sure to include strategies such as reviewing thier notes every day, testing them days before their actual test, or create study buddies. We cannot allow Covid-19 and or politics to stop us from shaping the kids, students, or our children from being all they are supposed to be. We can do it together. We need each other.
I hope to see you at our next Principal Live meeting (every Wednesday at 6:00 pm). Check the attached link. To stay in touch with us please update your personal information: phone numbers and email address.
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As you are aware, on November 18, we temporarily closed school buildings for teaching and learning, and all New York City public school students transitioned to fully remote learning. Today, we are pleased to share our plan to reopen school buildings for in-person instruction for many of our students. These return dates apply to students in blended learning, including those who selected blended learning during the recent opt-in period. All students in grades 1 and higher returning to buildings on the schedule below must submit a COVID-19 testing consent form by their first day back. Visit mystudent.nyc to complete it online, and see more information at the end of this email.
When Will My Child Return to the School Building?
Students in grades 6 through 12 (outside of District 75) will continue to learn remotely until further notice.
This plan excludes schools currently located in State-designated Orange Zones, or Red Zones that may be declared. You can see if your school is currently in one of these Zones at nyc.gov/covidzone. As of now, schools in Orange Zones remain closed for in-person learning. We are working with the State to develop a plan to reopen buildings in Orange Zones as soon as possible and will share information as soon as a plan is confirmed with the State of New York. There are currently no Red Zones in New York City, but per the State, school buildings in Red Zones would also be closed.
Given the ongoing fight against a citywide resurgence of COVID-19, mandatory weekly testing of students and staff for COVID-19 is a crucial part of our plan to keep all schools safe. Each week, a random selection of staff and students in your child’s school will be tested for COVID-19.
The test is quick, safe, and easy. A video showing the testing process is available at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting.
Any student in grade 1 or higher returning to school buildings must submit a consent form for COVID-19 testing in school by their first day back in school buildings. 3K, Pre-K, and Kindergarten students are excluded from random testing.
Even if you have already submitted consent, we ask you to do so again to ensure your student has the latest consent form on file. There are two easy ways to submit:
1) Fill out the form online using a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) at mystudent.nyc.
A. If you already have a NYCSA account linked to your student(s): Log in, click your student’s name, click “Manage Account,” and then when a dropdown menu appears, click “Consent Forms.” Read the page, and then choose the consent option at the end for your student.
B. If you do not already have a NYCSA account: You can create one right away! If you have an account creation code from your school, you can create a full account in just a few minutes, and then provide consent as described above. If you do not have an account creation code from your school, you can still provide your consent by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19 Testing” and filling out your and your child’s information.
2) Print and sign the consent form and bring it to your child’s school on the first day they are back in the school building. A printable PDF file is available in ten languages at schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting.
You must submit consent by the day that your child returns to your school building; this is the due date, and we need all students to participate. If your child comes to school on their first day back for in-person instruction without a consent form on file, principals and school staff will contact you to obtain consent.
After that, students without consent forms on file, who do not have a medical or disability-based exemption submitted, must be moved to fully remote instruction. More information on exemptions will be provided by your child’s school principal this week.
It’s up to all New Yorkers to continue to take the steps we know are key to preventing the spread of this virus. Please remember the “Core Four”: wash your hands, wear a face covering, keep six feet of distance from others, and stay home if you’re feeling sick. These are critically important steps that all of us can take every day to protect ourselves, our city, and our communities, against COVID-19.
We are grateful for your flexibility and patience as we continue our journey together through this unprecedented year. All of us at the DOE are focused on a strong, supportive education for your child every day—no matter where they are learning—and that will never change.
We look forward to welcoming students back into school buildings in the coming weeks, and will continue to provide updates as this public health crisis continues to evolve. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school with any questions or concerns. Thank you for your partnership.
I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. All of us at the Department of Education have been so proud to witness the joy of students and educators reuniting and learning together this year. We have been the only major school district in the nation to reopen our buildings. The benefit to hundreds of thousands of students is incredible, as school communities have reconnected in person for learning, growing, and supporting one another.
All along, we have kept health and safety at the forefront of everything we do. That includes carefully monitoring COVID-19 transmission rates across the city and, when necessary in response to infections, temporarily closing our school buildings and transitioning students to fully remote learning.
Given recent increases in transmission, we have reached a point in our City’s infection rate that requires all students to transition to remote learning. Beginning Thursday, November 19, all school buildings will be closed, and all learning will proceed remotely for all students, until further notice. You will hear from your principal shortly about next steps for you and your student. Please note that this is a temporary closure, and school buildings will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.
I am sure you have many questions, and below you can find some important guidance to provide some answers. As always, we are committed to academic excellence, community-building, and social-emotional support for your child—no matter where they are learning.
Devices for Remote Learning
Do you need a device, need technical support or to fix a broken device, or are dealing with a lost or stolen device? Call DOE’s IT Help desk at 718-935-5100 and press 5 to get assistance.
You can also get quick help online:
Browse tech support topics: schools.nyc.gov/technicaltools
File a tech support ticket: schools.nyc.gov/techsupport
Request a device: schools.nyc.gov/devices
Get support with a DOE-issued iPad: schools.nyc.gov/ipadfixes
Issues with your Internet connection: schools.nyc.gov/internet
We are committed to ensuring every student is learning 5 days a week. Your child’s school will support you in remote learning if you currently don’t have a device by providing paper-based work. Contact your school for more info.
Free Meals for Students and Families All families and students can continue to go to any school building between 9:00 a.m. and noon on weekdays to pick up three free grab-and-go meals. No identification or registration is necessary. Halal and kosher meals are available at some sites, which are listed at schools.nyc.gov/freemeals. From 3-5 p.m., New Yorkers of all ages can pick up free meals at 260 Community Meals sites across the city. For a list of sites, please visit schools.nyc.gov/freemeals.
Learning Bridges, the City’s free childcare program for children in 3-K through 8th grade, will continue to serve families enrolled in blended learning. We will continue to give priority to children of essential workers, as well as students in temporary housing or residing in NYCHA developments, children in foster care or receiving child welfare services, and students with disabilities. Families can learn more and apply at schools.nyc.gov/learningbridges, and new offers will be made to families weekly as seats are available.
Although we are temporarily shifting to fully remote teaching and learning for all students, if you have recently elected to enroll your child in blended learning, your child will be able to begin in-person learning after we reopen. I know that for many of you, this decision to temporarily close school buildings that we recently opened up will be disappointing, and I understand. But by confronting these challenges together, we can continue to fight back against COVID-19. And I am confident that before long, we will be able to safely reopen our school buildings again.
Please remember the “Core Four”: wash your hands, wear a face covering, keep six feet of distance from others, and stay home if you’re feeling sick. These are critically important steps that all of us can take every day.
We will continue to provide updates, supporting you and everyone in the DOE family as this public health crisis continues to evolve. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s school with any questions or concerns. We are grateful for your partnership and all you do for our city.
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor New York City Department of Education
Dear scholars, parents, and families,
November is the month of perseverance. According to Webster’s dictionary, Perseverance is a continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to a course of action with a steady persistence to succeed. Here at SOFBK, this is exactly what we are doing every day: Persevering through Covid-19, Persevering through Remote Learning and three days of In-Person learning. If we stay the course, with steady, everyday effort in attending classes, on time, actively engaging in classes, completing assignments on time and looking challenges in the face, and walking through them, I believe, we can make it. It is going to take perseverance to achieve it….. and we are on our way.
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we had to delay our nominations and elections for the Parent Association and School Leadership Team members. However, last Wednesday night, we concluded the elections with a new team that is ready, willing, and able to push SOFBK to a new level of success. Let me welcome Ms. Cousar (President), Ms. Gurley (Recording Secretary), and Ms. Rodriguez (Treasurer) to the team. With their efforts, commitment to SOFBK, and courageous ideas, I am certain we are headed in the right direction.
Lastly, I want to highlight two items this month; 1. Communication and 2. Instruction. 1. We are strategically working to over-communicate during Covid-19. As a result, I was able to purchase a SOFBK app to download and be up to date with all school information. You can download the app by opening the App Store and selecting SOFBK. I believe you find the app very informative. We have everything on the app: your children’s classes, their Google Meets links, IXL, and other very important apps. Also, on the app is our website, Facebook page, and my principal’s Twitter page, where I tweet everything about your incredibly talented children. As a result, communication is very important to us. Let’s stay informed and well-connected.
2. Our instructional focus: School of the Future students will demonstrate their learning by the utilization of academic vocabulary, citing textual evidence from a variety of genres, engage in academic discourse, and written expression across all content area classrooms. I know that is a lot of educational jargon, but essentially, we are building your children’s academic vocabulary, teaching them how to cite the right information from what they are reading, discuss what they are learning (explain how you arrived at that answer?) and having them write in all their classes. Here is what I need from you, a commitment to ensuring you discuss what your children are learning at school and remotely. Furthermore, ensure they log onto IXL and spend at least three hours per week practicing. Research has proven, if students use IXL for more than 3-5 hours per week, they will increase their learning by more than a year. So, with that in mind, I ask, will you commit to ensuring these two things this year? I need your help. We need your help. Covid-19 has turned our kids’ world upside down. Let’s turn it right-side up.
Please feel free to contact me at (914) 874-4506 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
Have an awesome month
Principal Robert L. Burnside
We are School of the Future Brooklyn
We are the leaders that the world has been waiting to see!
We stand tall and take pride in fulfilling our dreams.
Being diligent is in our DNA, we will not allow obstacles to stand in our way.
Our resilience will be the reason we win.
We will strive to be the best at the very end.
We are focused, this not a game.
We are serious and determined for the world to know our name.
The community in which we learn is keeping us on track.
We are discipline; we will not react.
School of the Future teaches us that we are the best.
There’s nothing that can stop us from being a success!
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