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July 22 - It's a SCORCHER!


It's summer in New York! Here are how some ideas of what to do in NYC, and how to brave the hot temps with the kiddos.


A few neighborly requests:

  • Water your tree pits (ideally in the early morning or later at night)
  • Check in on your neighbors, especially the elderly and those you suspect don’t have adequate cooling.
  • Keep an eye on pets to make sure they are keeping cool. Lots of extra water, especially dogs out for walks! If you see a pet that’s been left outside, contact the owner or call 3-1-1.


summerNYCimage via here


Places to go:

  • Go to a Splash Pad or Playground with water features (the LeFrak Center in Prospect Park, Harmony Playground, Imagination Playground, Brooklyn Bridge Park)
  • Find a place to cool off:
  • Go to a local NYC Parks Pool (Red Hook, Sunset Park, Douglas and Degraw)
  • Museums! All of them have to keep the art air conditioned which is good news for people! (Brooklyn Children’s Museum is free from 2pm – 6pm today/Thursday)
  • Coffee shops and restaurants
  • The Beach!
  • Get TONS more ideas in the PSP guide to Hot in the City! Cheap (or free!) Activities.


Here’s what to do to keep yourself cooler:

  • DRINK YOUR WATER! Lots of water! (drink BEFORE you get thirsty)
  •  get some spray/squirt bottles (most of the dollar and discount stores have these). Also good for a water fight instead of water balloons
  • take a cool shower
  • eat hydrating foods (e.g., watermelon, ripe fruits) and skip heavier foods
  • water balloon fight.
  • don’t work with a computer on your lap
  • take off your shoes; it helps you feel cooler
  • eat spicey stuff—makes you feel cooler (yup)
  • tube sock, rice, freezer—put it behind your neck or between the sheets. (D2 has cheap tube socks)
  • Ice Cream! Other ideas for the kids on how to beat a hot weather food strike.


Things to help keep you house cooler:

  1. a bowl of ice and a fan (yep like they did in the old days)
  2. close the damper of your fireplace
  3. shut any doors to closets and rooms you don’t need
  4. at night put in a window fan backwards to blow the heat out!
  5. replace the filters in your air conditioner units so it’s more efficient.
  6. seal any cracks around your air conditioner units
  7. run fans and air conditioners
  8. turn off computers (or extra tvs) which put off a lot of heat
  9. wash dishes by hand as the drying cycle heats things up
  10. don’t use the dryer on really hot days; adds to your inside heat index (there are still houses with clothes lines—I’d love to see a 2017 photo of people using those in the hood!)
  11. grill out rather than use your stove and oven
  12. turn off the lights (and use cfbs)


Suspect heat-related illness?

Symptoms include fatigue, nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, sweats, headaches, shortness of breath and more. Seek medical attention if you’re worried for yourself, family, or neighbors. 


News from NYC Notify:

Notification issued 7/20/17 at 7:00 AM. The National Weather Service has extended the heat advisory for New York City until 8:00 PM tonight, 7/20. These conditions are dangerous to health. Avoid strenuous activity. People without air conditioning, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are most at risk. Cooling centers will be open.

In addition, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for New York City from 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM today, 7/20. Active children, adults, and people with lung disease such as asthma, should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion outdoors. For more information, visit For locations, hours, and more information on avoiding heat illness, contact 3-1-1.


Other useful ideas of where to go on the PSP website:

Enjoy the AC in a museum! Here are PSP kid approved art, museum & music events

Play tourist in your own city! These are PSP members' suggestions of tourist activities for tweens & teenagers


2015-6 Public School Calendar

 Check out all the details published for the 2015/6 public school calendar.  

For the first time in the 2015-16 school year, all public schools will close on September 24 in observance of Eid al-Adha
For summer school starting in summer 2016, schools will close in observance of Eid al-Fitr

2015-16 School Year Calendars

School Year Calendar  <-- Click here for a printer-friendly version 
Click here to view the detailed official 2015-16 school  year calendar.
Translations available in ArabicBengaliChineseFrenchHaitian CreoleKoreanRussianSpanish, 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
Parent-Teacher Conference Dates Translations coming soon
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 SchoolSep 17Nov 4Nov 5Mar 2Mar 3May 12
Middle SchoolSep 16Nov 18Nov 17Mar 16Mar 17May 11
High SchoolSep 22Nov 19Nov 20Mar 10Mar 11May 10
D75 School Programs Nov 9Nov 10Mar 7Mar 8 
*Multi-session schools and District 75 School Programs are exempt from these additional conferences. Schools will notify families accordingly if they are holding these events at their site.

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