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Messages For Families from the Chancellor

Dear families, 

Starting December 5th, families with children born in 2019 can apply to kindergarten for the 2024-2025 school year. Applying to kindergarten is an exciting time and we are here to help.

You can use to search and apply to programs of interest at NYC public schools. Many of our public schools have more than one program. Here are the four program types that a school can offer:

Kindergarten – All schools offer a standard kindergarten program, serving all learners. Zoned programs have a specific geographic area assigned to them where families receive the highest priority. Non-zoned programs do not have a specific area assigned, but rather give priority to families who have siblings attending, who attend for pre-k, or reside in the district.

Kindergarten (Citywide or District) Gifted and Talented Program – Gifted & Talented programs offer accelerated instruction to eligible elementary school students in New York City. If you list a G&T program on your application, your child’s eligibility will be determined by their current pre-k teacher or via an interview. For more information about eligibility visit our webpage –

Kindergarten (Kindergarten) Dual Language Program – In this program, students are taught in two languages. The goal is for English proficient students and English Language Learners to not only develop new language skills and learn academic subjects in two languages, but also practice and share language and culture with each other, becoming bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural.

District 24 Kindergarten (Kindergarten) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) program - In these programs, located in District 24 in Queens, students learn to think and act as scientists and engineers who identify and explore real-world challenges. Students will learn to use the engineering design process and/or computational thinking strategies to build their problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

You can list up to 12 choices on the application. Be sure to list the programs in true preference order, even if the programs are located at the same school. For example, if you wish to attend the G&T program at a school more than the other kindergarten program(s), list it higher on the application. A child’s admissions priority does not change no matter which order you place choices on the application.

Questions? Call us at 718-935-2009 or email [email protected].

Best wishes,The Elementary Admissions Team

Participate in our virtual events about Elementary Admissions.

All NYC families with children born in 2019, 2020, and 2021 are invited to join us at a virtual information session covering 3-K, Pre-K, kindergarten, and Gifted & Talented admissions.

During each online event, we’ll walk you through each of the elementary admissions processes. We’ll cover how to learn about schools and programs, and their priorities, using the online school directory at We’ll also discuss how to create a strong and balanced application, and how to apply.

Check the events below to find out what interpretation services will be available at each event. Each event will cover the same information, so there is no need to attend more than one event. There will also be time given to answer questions from attendees.

2023-2024 Events

  • December 7, 2pm to 3pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Chinese(Mandarin), French, Urdu
  • December 12, 6pm to 7pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Spanish, Korean and Bengali
  • December 18, 6pm to 7pm | Event held in Chinese (Mandarin). No additional interpretation.
  • January 11, 2pm to 3pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Arabic, Russian, Haitian Creole
  • January 18, 6pm to 7pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Chinese (Mandarin), French, Urdu
  • January 23, 6pm to 7pm | Event held in Spanish. No additional interpretation.
  • February 7, 2pm to 3pm | Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Spanish, Bangla, Korean
  • February 15, 6pm to 7pm  Event held in English. Interpretation provided in: Russian, Haitian Creole, Arabic

How to join:

Can’t attend, or want to learn more?

Visit our Elementary School Events Website. We’ll also be sending a series of updates and reminders throughout the application process. 

Introducing NYC Teenspace – Free Mental Health Support for Students Ages 13-17

Dear New Yorkers,

These days, walking through a school hallway or sitting in a classroom, the Covid-19 pandemic can feel like the distant past. Desks are no longer socially distanced. Masks are far less common. Yet the pandemic’s impact looms large in less visible—but still devastating—ways, especially when it comes to mental health.

For many students, feelings of grief, isolation, and anxiety are still fresh. And these social and emotional impacts can be especially pronounced for our older students, who also face the daily challenges of being a teen, from peer pressure to social media.

So I want to spread the word far and wide about NYC Teenspace, a groundbreaking new initiative offered through the city’s Health Department and powered by Talkspace. Through NYC Teenspace, any 13- to 17-year-old living in New York City can receive free, online mental health support, provided by licensed therapists in over 30 languages (and with translation available in many more). Once students are paired with a therapist, they can connect with them via unlimited text messaging and monthly video calls, along with accessing other mental health resources.*

Families, I encourage you to learn more and sign up your child today. You can also participate in an NYC Teenspace informational webinar on December 5.

Our city’s support for students’ social and emotional well-being doesn’t end here. Our schools offer a robust array of care options, including for students outside the NYC Teenspace age range. Specifically, every school has access to a social worker, counselor, school-based mental health clinic, or on-site mental health support from a community-based organization. (Families, to learn what’s available for your child, use our search tool to select your school, and then click the drop-down for Mental Health and Wellness.) And across all our schools, teachers have been offered mindfulness training—check out the video below to see mindfulness in action at P.S./M.S. 108 in East Harlem!

While we now have a vaccine for Covid itself, addressing loss and stress in the wake of the pandemic is no simple fix. Healing takes time—and support. That’s why I’m grateful for the Health Department’s NYC Teenspace. Let’s work together to get this resource into the hands of as many kids as possible.

Soaring high,


David C. Banks



*Families, please note: NYC Teenspace is not a crisis hotline. If a student is in crisis or danger, call 988 (Suicide and Crisis Lifeline) or 911 for immediate emergency support.



Date: Tuesday 12/05/2023  

Drop off time: 7:45 am-9:00 am

Drop off location: The corner of Leverett Ave & Elverton Ave

Dear PS32 Families,

It is time to clean out those closets, and help support PS 32 at the same time! The PTA is hosting a used clothing collection! The PTA will receive a donation for the total weight by pounds in items collected. Please put clothing/items in well tied plastic bags. 

This is the list of items accepted:

  • Clothing for men, women and children.
  • Shoes - Please bag shoes separately.
  • Clothing accessories: belts, hats, scarves, handbags, gloves etc.
  • Soft household items like towels, blankets, bed sheets, pillows, quilts, comforters and curtains.
  • Small toys (2 ft. or less), stuffed animals.
  • Bikes and scooters.
  • Strollers

Items not accepted include: Sport equipment (bikes and scooters are OK), board games, books, puzzles, pots, electrical devices, glass, large toys, highchairs, car seats, baby cribs, VCR tapes, furniture and outdoor play sets.

***We are also looking for volunteers to help load the truck. Truck pick-up is between 9am-10am. If you are interested, please email [email protected].*** 

As always, we thank you for your continued support.


                                                 Shopping for the Holiday Fair
Dear PS32 Families, 

We are very excited for our Holiday Fair on Thursday, December 14, 2023!
The students will also be performing in a Winter Wonderland Holiday Show. For
families that cannot attend the performance, the fair will be open before and
after school to accommodate shopping.

You are invited to shop from 7:15am-7:45am and 2:30pm-4:00pm.

We hope to see you there to help make this Holiday Fair a success!

Thank you for your continued support,
Charter School Informational Mailings Notice and Removal Form

The DOE is offering students and their families the ability to opt out of receiving charter school informational mailings produced by Vanguard. You may refuse mailings by submitting the Charter School Informational Mailing Notice and Opt-Out Form by October 31


If you need your child's OSIS number, please contact the school office at 718-984-1688. If you do not have internet access and wish to opt-out, please contact the main office.


Families who miss the first deadline can still submit the form by the final deadline of January 15, to stop receiving the promotional mailings after March 2024. Note that families cannot be directed to complete the form if they do not wish to opt out. Once families submit the form, they will not need to opt out again in future school years, unless they decide to opt in again in the future.

Check out the exciting events planned for the months November and December:
Wednesday-November 8th-Family Story Night
Tuesday-November 14th – Family Sports Day
Tuesday- November 14th - Parent Support Group
Friday-November 17th - Crafting with Ms.Spataro
Tuesday-November 21st - Thanksgiving Day Parade
Tuesday-December 12th-Parent Support Group
Thursday-December 14-Winter show and Holiday Fair 
Friday-December 15th Crafting with Ms. Spataro

*Individual invites will be sent out before each event.

 PS 32 School Spirit November/December 2023


11/3- School Spirit wear

11/10- Wear your favorite Superhero shirt

11/17 – Wear your favorite kindness t-shirt

12/1 – Wear your favorite holiday shirt

12/8- Wear blue/white/silver 

12/15- Wear your ugly sweater day

12/22- Wear your holiday pajamas

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Click here for information about New York's 529 College Savings Program

As of the 2023–24 school year, all NYC Public School kindergarten, first grade, and second grade students are eligible to join the Save for College Program and receive an initial allocation of $100 in an NYC Scholarship Account. All schools with kindergarten, first, and/or second grade classes are required to ensure kindergarten, first grade, and second grade families are aware of the program. Share the Introductory Video(Open external link)Program Basics(Open external link), and Program FAQ(Open external link) with kindergarten and new first grade and second grade families as a part of the launch of the school year. New first grade and second grade families include those students who enrolled in your school after April 1, 2023.

Parents/guardians have the opportunity to opt out of receiving an NYC Scholarship Account. The opt-out date may differ between students and is based on when the student was enrolled in school. 

For the 2023-2024 school year, the Initial Opt-out Period begins on November 1 and ends on November 30, and applies to all kindergarten students and any first or second grade students who enrolled in your school after April 1st, 2023. If a family opts out, they will not receive an NYC Scholarship Account, they will not receive the initial $100 allocation, and their student’s data will not be shared with NYC Kids RISE and the technology vendor VistaShare. 

Parents/guardians who want to participate in the Program simply take NO ACTION during the Opt-out Period.

During their 30-day opt-out period, parents/guardians who wish to change their child’s participation status by opting-out have two options:

  1. Parents/guardians can change their child’s participation status within the NYC Schools Account(Open external link) (NYCSA). This is the recommended way for parents to opt out, re-enroll or cancel. After logging in to NYCSA, the parent/guardian should look at the main screen with all of the tiles. The parent/guardian can click on the “Forms'' tile, then click on the "view" button on the next page near “NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program.” After this they can review program information and will have relevant options available towards the bottom of the page.
  2. Parents/guardians can return a signed opt-out form to their child’s school for data entry into ATS within a defined 30-day period. 
Please complete this School Lunch form to help support school funding.Family Income Inquiry 
Student Self-Service Password Reset Tool is Now Available

The DOE Student Account self-service password reset tool, which was down for maintenance, is now available. The tool includes new security features, such as an optional PIN and security questions that students can use, once they set them up. Refer students and families to the DOE student accounts page on the DOE website for instructions on how to use the tool, including how to set up a PIN and security questions. 


EBT Money for Food-For All NYC Public School Students


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Port Richmond High School
85 St Josephs Ave Staten Island, NY 10302
Date: December 7, 2023
Time: 5pm - 8pm
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Subject: “Don’t Miss Out! | Register for our Gators Fun Run!

P.S. 32 The Gifford School families!

We’re only ONE week away from our Gators Fun Run and our students and staff are so excited! We’re looking forward to having fun and building community together.

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Register & share today to help our school reach our goal of $18,000 for students & staff.

Thank you for supporting our school - we are grateful for our amazing school community!

Reg Challenge: This year if we get 50% of our whole school registered by the Gators Fun Run, our WHOLE SCHOOL gets a PJ Day!”

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Just  1️⃣ week until kick off for our Gators Fun Run! You can get a head start by registering your student and donating TODAY to help our school.

Once on, you’ll be able to use cool features like the Student Star Video and share your donation page to earn entries into the Disney Family Trip Giveaway.

Head to MYBOOSTER.COM now to register, share, and give. Thank you for your support!