- Category: News
Check out all the details published for the 2015/6 public school calendar.
2015-16 School Year Calendars
Click here to view the detailed official 2015-16 school year calendar.
Translations available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu
- First day of school: September 9, 2015
- Thanksgiving Recess begins: November 26, 2015
- Winter Recess: December 24, 2015 - January 1, 2016
- Mid-winter Recess: February 15 - February 19, 2016
- Spring Recess: April 25 - April 29, 2016
- Last day of school: June 28, 2016
This memorandum includes the schedule of citywide Parent-Teacher Conferences for the 2015-16 school year. Additionally, you can find information about Open-School Week, and the guidelines around the Chancellor's initiative to promote family engagement.
|Elementary School||Sep 17||Nov 4||Nov 5||Mar 2||Mar 3||May 12|
|Middle School||Sep 16||Nov 18||Nov 17||Mar 16||Mar 17||May 11|
|High School||Sep 22||Nov 19||Nov 20||Mar 10||Mar 11||May 10|
|D75 School Programs||Nov 9||Nov 10||Mar 7||Mar 8|
The September conference may also be used for an alternative event: Curriculum Night, Meet the Staff Night, Common Core, or other training for parents.
Citywide & Statewide Assessments
For more information, please visit the at the New York State Education Department website.
NY State Regents: January 26 - January 29, 2016
NY State English Language Arts (ELA) grades 3-8: April 5 - April 7, 2016
NY State Mathematics grades 3-8: April 13 - April 15, 2016
NY State Regents: June 1, 2016; June 14 - 22, 2016
June Clerical Shortened Days
This memorandum provides information around the citywide June Clerical Shortened Days for elementary and intermediate/junior high schools as well as D75 schools.
- Wednesday, June 8, 2016
- Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Going on vacation? Lucky you! Here is advice from PSP parents about kids and travel:
I'm traveling with my baby for the first time, any words of wisdom? Read what parents have to say about traveling with a little baby HERE.
How do I breastfeed/ breastpump when traveling? Read advice from moms HERE about breastfeeding and pumping while traveling, including what to do at the airport & getting breast milk through security.
How do I get to the airport? Read our summary HERE on how to get to all the major NYC airports (JFK, Newark & La Guardia) by public transportation, taxi/ kid-friendly car services, and car (we also include a few tips about parking).
What can I do to keep my kids busy on the plane? To find out about ways to keep kids busy on the flight, read parent ideas & tips HERE.
How can a parent possibly travel light with all that Baby Gear? Read tips from PSP parents HERE about how to travel light - with baby stuff in tow!
How do you beat Jet Lag? Find out how parents have gotten through jetlag HERE.
Any tips for how to help my little one deal with Motion Sickness? Whether it is air, car, or general motion sickness, find advice to helping your tot HERE.
Can anyone recommend a pet sitter/ dog walker? To find out who PSP parents favorite pet sitters are, go to our recommendations category HERE to read more.
HAVING A STAYCATION? Why not play tourist in your own city? Here are PSP member recommended Tourist Activities for Tweens & Teenagers
Thanks for those of you who are posting the Department of Health information about the EV-D68 enterovirus.
With school back in session and classes well underway, kids coming in contact a lot more with each other. It's important we talk and teach them about public health safety.
Regardless of which virus, remember:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
- Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza.
Here are some other ways to stop the spread of infection:
- Have kids wash their hands when they come home from school.
- Wash hands after being on the subway, going shopping, or being out and about. Make it a habit to wash when you get home..
- Wash dishes well and don’t reuse glasses.
- Remind kids not to share things such as chapstick, towels, razors, toothbrushes, etc.
- Don’t pick your nose (and keep your kids from picking theirs – or yours!).
- Clean the “green 11s.”
- Keep tissues handy to clean off kid snot before they get it on their hand, to get it on the school banister, etc.
- Cover your mouth (not your hand) with your arm when you sneeze or cough. Teach your kids to do this religiously (have them practice)
- Use safe cooking (and sex!) practices
DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL SICK! It doesn’t matter if they are in 4th grade and you fell the “but absences matter” pressure — keep them home for everyone’s benefit.
Keep the pathways to infection clear to reduce the ability of “bugs” to get in your body.
Summer's end means changing childcare needs for many of us, whether hiring a nanny or moving on from a current nanny is on the horizon. Whatever your situation, we have tons of information to guide you as you make the best choices for your family.
Hiring a Nanny?
The 2014 Park Slope Parents Guide to Hiring a Nanny [Beta] is a combination of best-practices, insights and honest expressions culled from years of experience by a diverse group of parents who have all been where you are now. It includes:
Need an after school nanny/babysitter? We asked you for ideas and experiences, and have put together the PSP Guide to Hiring an After School Sitter.
Park Slope Parents strongly recommends you have a work agreement in place. Get yours here.
Does Your Nanny Need a Job?
Be sure to review our "Helping Your Nanny Find A Job" info on the PSP Website.
Need to post about your nanny? Please see the updated PSP requirements including our required template for nanny recommendations! We have a dedicated nanny moderator so it can take 24-36 hours for your message to post.
Saying "Goodbye" to your nanny? See our tips to help with the transitions including severance pay, goodbye partings, and more.
We have a section for nannies! Send your caregiver the PSP "Information For Nannies" guide with tips and advice to help them secure their next job.
Creating a Nanny Share?
We have updated The PSP Guide to a Successful Nanny Share to include tips from what works (and what doesn't) to salary information, scheduling advice and more.
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns in your search or posting process by emailing " onclick="window.open(this.href,'','scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,location=yes,menubar=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,left=0,top=0');return false;"> .
In the meantime, happy summer and best of luck.
See you around the Slope.
Melissa and Susan,
Park Slope Parents
- Category: Membership
Did you know that PSP has a knitting group?
A Cooking Group?
A Babies with Siblings Group?
A PSP Green Group?
A Hiking Group?
A Stay at Home Moms Group?
A Working Moms Group?
A Tweens Group?
A Dad’s Group?
Even a PSP Grandparents Group (you can use another email)?
Interested in any of these other groups??
If you are already PSP member, you can sign up HERE
To become a PSP member, you can join HERE