Dear Families,

Happy Friday! Today was another great day with ice skating for the rest of our students in grades 1-5. It was great to bring this tradition back to our school this year, and thank you to Jean for bringing this tradition back to CWS!

There is no news regarding the schoolyard – we are still awaiting final inspections of the yard. I will let families know once the schoolyard has been declared safe by the DOB and DOE’s School Construction Authority and can be reopened. I am reaching out to these city agencies and elected representatives constantly, but the wait time for the DOB inspection is long across the city. 

There are three important forms every family needs to complete:

  • Family Income Inquiry Form (formerly known as the lunch form) – CWS can earn extra money for our school’s budget if everyone completes this form. Every student needs a form completed, not just one per household. All families, regardless of immigration status, should complete this online form. **Our school does not get the results of this form, it is used by central to determine school funding. All meals are always free for all students, but please complete this form so our school can earn extra money!

  • Housing Form – A form needs to be completed for each student. These went home in backpacks, please ask your child’s teacher or Joyce for another copy if you need one. 

  • School Surveys – A copy went home in your child’s backpack. You can mail this in the enclosed envelope, or submit it online using the unique code on your survey. Please do not bring them to the office, as we don’t see individual results, only the city does. 

Below is a letter from the DOE regarding the upcoming water testing in our building. Every few years all DOE buildings have their water tested for lead. If anything problematic is found, the DOE will work to remediate the issue right away and I will communicate the results to you.

Mark your calendars:

  • Monday, February 19 – Friday, February 23 – No School, Mid-Winter Break

Enjoy the nice weather this weekend!

Warmly,
Maria

Dear Families and Staff:

I would like to provide an update on the ongoing measures at the NYC Department of Education (DOE) to ensure that the water in our schools is safe for students and staff.

First and foremost, New York City water is safe. Families and staff should rest assured that our drinking water is of the highest quality in the world. New York City’s water meets or exceeds all Federal and State standards. In addition, the DOE works with other City agencies to ensure there is safe drinking water in schools. The safety and well-being of students and staff is our highest priority.

In accordance with state law, all schools must test for lead in water every three years. In 2023, the DOE began a new testing cycle, which will conclude in December 2025. In the second phase (Cohort 2024) of this round, a third of buildings will be tested.

Your school building has been selected to be a part of the 2024 cohort. Once the building has been tested and the lab results received, you will receive a notification of the results. In any building where test results show even one water outlet above the action level, the DOE will implement its standard response protocol.

Please visit NYC Public Schools Water Safety to learn more about the robust protocol we use to ensure the safety of drinking water in each and every school.

Sincerely yours,

Kevin Moran