Ms. Waleska Bonifacio
Welcome to the New School Year 2020 - 2021
It has been a roller coaster ride for many of us during these difficult times. Covid 19 has brought us many challenges not only to our students but to every adult in the world. We at School for Excellence are here to guide, support and help our students, parents and staff in any possible way. Our communities, have been affected by Covid 19, where many lost family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and much more. Our job at School for Excellence is to protect, help, support and show our students the right path to becoming stronger and educated when we are faced with many challenges. We have adjusted to the new norm of life which is remote learning in just a short period of time. Here at School for Excellence we are excited to share in another successful year of academics, family partnerships and school community. That said, I would like to officially welcome you and your family to the second half of the school year!
Firstly, thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve you and your family as a Parent Coordinator, and allowing for a partnership founded in trust and the shared mission of excellence in education. It is with great honor that I will continue encouraging your student to learn, teach them how to prepare for college and careers and advise them about their future everyday. I have been very active throughout the summer preparing for the arrival of our students and families. I am especially excited about this year because I have the opportunity to continue to work with all of you! As part of a dedicated team of staff, and a caring and supportive community of parents, I am confident that we can make this a hugely positive and prosperous year for our students while we fight against the Covid-19.
As an added resource, you can visit us at www.schoolforexcellence.org which will serve as a tool for accessing useful information including school events, important reminders and you can stay in the loop with all the wonderful things our students and teachers are doing. I will also post all dates for Virtual Parent Association meetings throughout the year.
Please enjoy the wonderful days that remain before the school year commences. I look forward to seeing all of our students on our first day back. If you have any questions at any time, please do not hesitate to contact me by email Wbonifacio@schools.nyc.gov or via telephone (856) 312-3216.
Letter from the Chancellor
Last Friday, I shared that I will be stepping down later this month, passing the privilege and responsibility of
being Chancellor to Meisha Porter, a 20-year veteran of the DOE currently serving as Bronx Executive
Superintendent. As Executive Superintendent Porter and I work together on the transition, I want to make sure
you are aware of some important opportunities coming up over the next few weeks.
First, I’m beyond thrilled that we have finally reopened our middle schools for in-person learning. This is a
milestone I have been looking forward to and I was excited to visit middle schools to see our students and teachers
hard at work in healthy, safe, and supportive classrooms. As with our elementary grades, all middle schools have
20 percent of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis. Just as in our elementary grades, middle school
students must also provide consent for COVID-19 testing by their first scheduled in-person learning day. You
can do this through your NYC Schools Account at mystudent.nyc.
We are all-hands-on-deck to reopen our high schools as quickly as possible. Our main focus continues to be
making sure we have every safety precaution in place, and we will announce a timeline soon.
As we enter the last few months of the school year, I’m pleased to offer several programs and opportunities to
further support you and your children. In this Update for Families, you will find important information and
Preparing for Parent Teacher Conferences
Applying for Pre-K and 3-K for Fall 2021
Participating in “Weekend Wellness” activities for families and communities
I realize we’re all experiencing pandemic fatigue, but when I see what our students are accomplishing—both inperson and remotely—I am reminded of why we have all worked so hard these past 11 months. My pledge to you
is as true today as it was when I began leading the most innovative school system in the nation: that all of us at
the Department of Education will continue to deliver the best possible education to all our students, in the safest
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education
Below you will find your students' schedule, including the schedule for all remote students. Make sure you read the top part of the schedule to see the grade level for each student.
2020 Thanksgiving Gift a Goodie Bag for Families
At school for Excellence our staff had the privilege to come together to make some Thanksgiving Dinner Bags filled with groceries. Our families are important to us and during these difficult times we want them to know that we are here to support as much as we can. One helping hand can help many families. This is why we at SFE come together to help ALL of our SFE Families!
Parent Teacher Conference and Parent Workshops Dates and Time
We are having our first Virtual/ Telephone Parent Teacher Conference of 2021 on March 18 ,2020 from 4:30pm to 7:30pm and March 19, 2021 from 2:30 - 3:00pm. Please make sure you schedule your appointment with your students teacher on the time and date that works for you.
Please be advised that the Virtual Parent Teacher Conference will be on Thursday, March 18 ,2021 from 4:30pm-7:30 pm. We hope you are able to talk with your child’s teachers about matters relating to the school and your child’s academic programs.
Please be aware also of the following dates:
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Virtual Parent Workshop Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Topic of discussion: NYCAS Email setup for all parents, Virtual parent teacher conference, Virtual parent workshops, report cards, and attendance.
There will be no school from March 29, 2021 - April 2, 2021 for Spring Recess schools closed
For more information, please visit the website https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/news/2020-2021-school-year-calendar
Covid-19 Testing Sites
January 7, 2021
Your health and safety, and the health and safety of all New Yorkers, is our top priority. The New York City Department of Education (DOE) continues to work alongside the rest of the City to keep the city’s students, families, and staff members safe, healthy, and informed as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic evolves. Today we are writing with an important update in the continued fight against the disease.
As part of the City’s efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City is further increasing access to testing so that New Yorkers in every community can know their status. In order to do that, certain school buildings that are still closed for teaching and learning will be temporarily used as COVID-19 diagnostic testing sites across the five boroughs. These sites include your child’s school building.
These temporary COVID-19 testing sites are designed to serve you and your child’s school community by offering free, safe, and quick testing on weekdays from 8:00am to 1:00pm. We are approaching this with caution and care to ensure a limited footprint:
- The diagnostic testing space used by staff and patients will be restricted to limit public access and movement throughout your school building.
- Each day, custodial staff will clean and disinfect the sites in accordance with established protocols and standards, including cleaning bathrooms, sweeping and mopping floors, cleaning and wiping down all areas used for testing, cleaning all surfaces where contact may have occurred during testing, and performing turnover cleaning between
We hope you will take advantage of this testing opportunity. We will continue to partner with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and NYC Health + Hospitals to further increase access to testing for New Yorkers and maintain the fight against COVID-19. We will also continue to follow all guidance and take all appropriate health and safety measures. Nothing is more important than the health of our students, families, and staff, and we will work diligently with our City partners to make sure our school buildings are safe for use when they reopen.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. Working together, we will overcome this disease.
Parent NYCSA Email
Parents in order for you to access student report cards, google classroom, request paperwork, such as, transcripts, school letter, etc you must register yourself to a NYC DOE email. I will post the link and you can follow the instructions on the website. If you need assistance with creating your email you can reach me at Wbonifacio@schools.nyc.gov or via telephone (856) 312-3216. It is important you do this. Using this email you will be able to receive notifications about your students grades, classes, achievements and much more. Please follow the instructions on the link below.
Update on school reopening
I hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I am writing to you today with an exciting update: we will
be reopening our high schools for in-person learning on March 22.
Since the beginning of the school year, I have heard from many of you who are eager to have your child return
to a physical classroom. I know you and your child have seen their peers in other grades return to in-person
learning, while your student has continued to do the hard work of remote learning. I am so pleased that we can
now invite students in grades 9-12 who selected blended learning in the fall back to the classroom.
As students and staff in other grades have returned to school buildings, we have developed strong practices to
help keep school communities healthy and safe, and to maximize in-person learning time for students learning
in our buildings. More information about activities, such as sports and extracurriculars, will be shared soon. For
now, here is what you need to know about how your school will return to in-person learning:
Weekly COVID-19 Testing and Mandatory Consent
All schools will have 20% of students and staff randomly tested on a weekly basis.
All students who have not already done so are required to provide consent for testing by their first
scheduled in-person learning day in order to learn in person.
Families are encouraged to submit consent through your NYC Schools Account at mystudent.nyc prior
to their child’s first day of in-person learning.
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.
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 approximately five 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 right
away by clicking “Manage Consent” under “COVID-19 Testing” and filling out your and your child’s
information to provide consent.
You can also print and submit the form attached to this letter.
Students who do not submit consent will be immediately transitioned to fully remote learning.
Learning Preference & In-Person Schedule
Those of you who chose blended learning as your child’s learning preference, either prior to the beginning of
the school year or during the November opt-in period, will soon be contacted by your child’s school with their
If you previously selected blended learning but wish to stay fully remote, you may do so by changing your
preference as soon as possible at nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference
Please note that students in blended learning are required to attend in-person on a consistent basis. Your school
will reach out if your child is not attending in-person regularly, and will transition your child to fully remote
learning if irregular in-person attendance continues. This will allow schools to maximize in-person instructional
days for students who are attending in-person.
If You Travel
Spring break begins on Monday, March 29. Please remember that students and staff who have recently traveled
outside of New York to a place on the State’s travel advisory list must quarantine for 10 days, or test out of the
10-day quarantine based on the State’s guidance, which can be found at coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-
DOE students continue to have access to priority testing at H+H sites across the city; a list of sites can
be found here: schools.nyc.gov/covidtesting.
No matter where your child is learning, we are committed to ensuring they receive a strong, supportive
education. We know how important school is for your student, whether blended or remote—and our dedication
to them remains unwavering during this challenging time.
Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education