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  • Amanda Gorman's poem

    Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history read “The Hill We Climb,” which she finished after the riot at the Capitol. “I’m not going to in any way gloss over what we’ve seen,” she says. At 22, Gorman is the youngest inaugural poet ever in the United States. She joins a small group of poets who have been recruited to help mark a presidential inauguration, among them Robert Frost, Maya Angelou, Miller Williams, Elizabeth Alexander and Richard Blanco. What an inspiration!
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    Here is the full poem if you would like to read it with your children:

    When day comes we ask ourselves,
    where can we find light in this never-ending shade?
    The loss we carry,
    a sea we must wade
    We've braved the belly of the beast
    We've learned that quiet isn't always peace
    And the norms and notions
    of what just is
    Isn't always just-ice
    And yet the dawn is ours
    before we knew it
    Somehow we do it
    Somehow we've weathered and witnessed
    a nation that isn't broken
    but simply unfinished
    We the successors of a country and a time
    Where a skinny Black girl
    descended from slaves and raised by a single mother
    can dream of becoming president
    only to find herself reciting for one
    And yes we are far from polished
    far from pristine
    but that doesn't mean we are
    striving to form a union that is perfect

    We are striving to forge a union with purpose
    To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and
    conditions of man
    And so we lift our gazes not to what stands between us
    but what stands before us
    We close the divide because we know, to put our future first,
    we must first put our differences aside
    We lay down our arms
    so we can reach out our arms
    to one another
    We seek harm to none and harmony for all
    Let the globe, if nothing else, say this is true:
    That even as we grieved, we grew
    That even as we hurt, we hoped
    That even as we tired, we tried
    That we'll forever be tied together, victorious
    Not because we will never again know defeat
    but because we will never again sow division
    Scripture tells us to envision
    that everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
    And no one shall make them afraid
    If we're to live up to our own time
    Then victory won't lie in the blade
    But in all the bridges we've made
    That is the promise to glade
    The hill we climb
    If only we dare

    It's because being American is more than a pride we inherit,
    it's the past we step into
    and how we repair it
    We've seen a force that would shatter our nation
    rather than share it
    Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy
    And this effort very nearly succeeded
    But while democracy can be periodically delayed
    it can never be permanently defeated
    In this truth
    in this faith we trust
    For while we have our eyes on the future
    history has its eyes on us
    This is the era of just redemption
    We feared at its inception
    We did not feel prepared to be the heirs
    of such a terrifying hour
    but within it we found the power
    to author a new chapter
    To offer hope and laughter to ourselves
    So while once we asked,
    how could we possibly prevail over catastrophe?
    Now we assert
    How could catastrophe possibly prevail over us?
    We will not march back to what was
    but move to what shall be
    A country that is bruised but whole,
    benevolent but bold,
    fierce and free
    We will not be turned around
    or interrupted by intimidation
    because we know our inaction and inertia
    will be the inheritance of the next generation
    Our blunders become their burdens
    But one thing is certain:
    If we merge mercy with might,
    and might with right,
    then love becomes our legacy
    and change our children's birthright

    So let us leave behind a country
    better than the one we were left with
    Every breath from my bronze-pounded chest,
    we will raise this wounded world into a wondrous one
    We will rise from the gold-limbed hills of the west,
    we will rise from the windswept northeast
    where our forefathers first realized revolution
    We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states,
    we will rise from the sunbaked south
    We will rebuild, reconcile and recover
    and every known nook of our nation and
    every corner called our country,
    our people diverse and beautiful will emerge,
    battered and beautiful
    When day comes we step out of the shade,
    aflame and unafraid
    The new dawn blooms as we free it
    For there is always light,
    if only we're brave enough to see it
    If only we're brave enough to be it

    PS 316 (17K316) Elijah Stroud
  • School will be closed on Monday January 18, 2021 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King.

    PS 316 (17K316) Elijah Stroud
  • ASD NEST Family Workshop January 28th 7- 8:30pm


     

    ASD NEST Family Workshop
     January 28th 7-8:30 pm
     

     
     

    Over the course of the pandemic, Nest families have persevered and developed an entirely new set of survival skills. During this family workshop we will hear from Lucy Antione and her son Dylan Dufour about how they have handled the unique challenges we are all facing.

    In addition, we will be joined by a panel of Nest families from across the city who will be sharing their own “tricks of the trade” for blended learning and perseverance
                                 https://nyu.zoom.us/j/95260792448

     

     
     
    PS 316 (17K316) Elijah Stroud
  • Resources for teachers and parents on the days after the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

    Here are a few resources that may be of interest.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-U3lF5Ei_E

    https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/talking-to-kids-about-the-violence-at-the-us-capitol?

    https://beyondthestoplight.com/2021/01/06/resources-for-teachers-on-the-days-after-the-attack-on-the-u-s-capitol/?fbclid=IwAR2jyjVgEiXhwTanNFr0S2W64Honb8mq3iDJVVslCJuu20TjPHorcYQBFXU

    PS 316 (17K316) Elijah Stroud
  • Virtual Town Hall Meeting w/Chancellor Carranza - Thursday, January 14, 2021 6:00 pm

     

     

    SAVE THE DATE 

     

    Virtual Town Hall Meeting w/Chancellor Carranza 

     

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 @6:00 pm 

    Must register in advance. Click on link in flyer. 

     

    Citywide Council on Special Education

    28-11 Queens Plaza North - Room 522 | Long island City, NY  11101

    Tel: (718) 391-8354 | Fax: (718) 391-8095 | ccse@schools.nyc.gov

    www.ccsenyc.org

    PS 316 (17K316) Elijah Stroud
  • Home & School Connection

    PS 316 (17K316) Elijah Stroud
  • virtual sing-along/dance-along performed by our amazing students

    Happy New Year to the P.S. 316 community! I would like to share this video of a virtual sing-along/dance-along performed by the amazing students at P.S. 316. I received submissions from students from kindergarten to fifth grade showing their talents and enthusiasm for music. Thank you to all the students who participated!
     
     
    The song, Funga Alafia, is a song of welcome based on West African traditions. It is the perfect way to welcome in 2021 and start the year with the joy that song and dance can bring to all of us.
     
     
    Thank you very much!
     
     

    Charles Mister

    Music teacher, P.S. 316

     

     

    PS 316 (17K316) Elijah Stroud
  • School opens Monday January 4, 2021

     

     

    Dear P.S. 316 Families,

    We hope all our families had a restful break and happy and healthy New Year. As a reminder, school resumes tomorrow at 8:30am. As you will see below, our school has been cleared to resume in-building learning for those families who have chosen blended-learning. 

     

    We want to remind all our families that if you have traveled, been exposed to someone who is Covid-positive, or your child is sick, you are encouraged to keep your child at home until you can arrange for a Covid test. Your child may learn remotely with his or her class while staying at home and will NOT be marked as absent. Please let your teacher and the office know your situation.  

     

    To find a free Covid-test location please follow the link https://www1.nyc.gov/site/coronavirus/get-tested/covid-19-testing.page

     

    Subject: School Building Cleared for Reopening

    Dear P.S. 316 - BROOKLYN at 750 CLASSON AVENUE Families:

    Today I am writing to share an important update about our school building. Since closing the building following two or more unlinked COVID-19 cases in our school community, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have completed a thorough investigation. They have determined that the building is clear to reopen for regularly scheduled activities on 12/28/2020.

    Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of DOHMH and the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and T2.

    For your information: 

    ● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious. 

    ● Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified and will continue their 14-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 14 days.

    How Do We Stay Healthy?

    Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).

    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.

    3. Wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

    How can I stay updated?

    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

    To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.

    Sincerely,

    Olga Maluf

    Principal PS 316

    PS 316 (17K316) Elijah Stroud
  • School Building Cleared for Reopening

    12/27/2020

    Dear P.S. 316 - BROOKLYN at 750 CLASSON AVENUE Families:

    Today I am writing to share an important update about our school building. Since closing the building following two or more unlinked COVID-19 cases in our school community, the NYC Test + Trace Corps (T2) and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) have completed a thorough investigation. They have determined that the building is clear to reopen for regularly scheduled activities on 12/28/2020.

    Below you will find guidance that reflects the expertise of DOHMH and the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and T2.
    For your information: 

    ● Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test will not return to the school until they are no longer infectious. 
    ● Close contacts of the person who tested positive have been notified and will continue their 14-day quarantine period. If additional close contacts are identified, they will also be instructed to quarantine for 14 days.

    How Do We Stay Healthy?
    Please remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:
    1. Stay home if sick (except to get essential medical care, including COVID-19 testing).
    2. Practice social distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household.
    3. Wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    4. Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching your face; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands.

    How can I stay updated?
    We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. To ensure we can reach you via text and email, please create a New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) as soon as possible by visiting schools.nyc.gov/nycsa.

    To help New Yorkers quarantine, the NYC Test + Trace Corps partners with community-based organizations to connect individuals to resources like food, medicine, and health care. To connect with resources, you can call 1-212-COVID19 (212-268-4319). For additional information on COVID-19, visit schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus or call 311.


    Sincerely,
    Olga Maluf
    Principal PS 316

    PS 316 (17K316) Elijah Stroud
  • Holiday Celebration

    PS 316 (17K316) Elijah Stroud
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