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  • A Bittersweet Message from Chancellor Porter

    Please read the attached letter to families from Chancellor Porter wherein she announces that she will step down as Chancellor at the end of this calendar year.  Here at PPA, we are very grateful for her entire career service to the city, the Bronx, and Pelham Preparatory Academy.

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    Dear Families,

    Since March, I have had the honor of a lifetime to serve as Chancellor for the incredible schools, educators,
    communities, families and most importantly, your children who make up the New York City Department of
    Education (NYCDOE). Today, I am sharing the bittersweet news that I will be stepping down from my role as
    Chancellor at the end of this calendar year.

    My biggest message to you today is one of gratitude - thank you for the trust, patience, kindness, and commitment
    to our schools you have shown over the past few months. With your partnership, we have done so much together
    to welcome students back to a school year like no other – this year of homecoming.

    As a mother of a school-aged child myself, I know that the return to fully in-person schooling has been at times
    both joyful and challenging. Coming out of a once in a lifetime pandemic, when our children needed
    immense academic and emotional care, it has taken a village to provide the support our students deserve. I’m
    thrilled that we did the impossible, and led the nation by safely reopening every single school for in-person
    learning to ensure our babies got the support and attention they needed.

    Lastly, I simply want to say thank you again for all that you do for your children and our schools. We have worked
    hard every day to support our families and colleagues get back to a sense of normalcy while recognizing this
    moment in history as a critical time to make important and innovative changes that better address our students’
    needs. We could not do this without your partnership, and I am immensely grateful for the trust you have put
    in the DOE and in me.

    Your partnership has made it possible to keep our students safe and healthy, to get to know their education
    needs even better than before, and to provide them with stronger and more durable tools to meet their immense
    potential. Despite the challenging year-and-a-half we’ve endured, I believe we have a great opportunity to learn
    from our recent experience and to move forward toward a brighter future for our children. I know the next
    administration will share in this commitment, and I will work closely with the next Chancellor to ensure that a
    positive, welcoming, and affirming experience for all children continues this year and beyond.

    In partnership,

    Meisha Porter
    New York City Schools Chancellor

    Pelham Preparatory Academy
  • Winter Sports!

    Are you interested in basketball, indoor track, or gymnastics this winter?  If so, please take the following survey and check out the attached flyer that lists out all the meeting times:  Winter Sports Survey.  We look forward to hearing from you!

    Regards,

    PSAL

    Pelham Preparatory Academy
  • A Message from Chancellor Porter

    We are well into the second month of our school homecoming, and I am so pleased that we have been able to get back into full swing while keeping our school communities healthy with minimal disruptions. Thanks to our multilayered health and safety protocols, our schools continue to be among the safest places in New York City. 

    You, our families, deserve enormous credit as well for doing your part in protecting your school communities: checking your children’s temperatures every morning, encouraging safe practices like physical distancing and handwashing, and making sure they are wearing their masks before they head off to school. Thank you so much for being our partners in prioritizing their health and safety, and keep up the great work!

    One very important way we are keeping our schools safe is weekly random testing of unvaccinated students (grades 1 and above) for COVID-19. This kind of regular testing to track community spread is most effective when we can test as many students as possible, but to do that we need you to submit a consent form if you haven’t already done so. Thank you to those families that have already submitted.

    You can fill out the testing consent form using your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA): schoolsaccount.nyc(Open external link) or download the form online at COVID-19 Testing for Students and bring the completed version to your school. Testing is safe, quick, and easy. We urge you to provide this consent to help keep your child and our school communities safe. You can learn more about the in-school COVID-19 testing program and watch a video showing what your child can expect at COVID-19 Testing for Students

    If you have a child age 12 or over, the other major step you can take for their health is to get them vaccinated if you have not done so already. The vaccines are playing a huge role in reducing infection rates across the city, and are safe, free, and available regardless of immigration status. I strongly urge you to look for a nearby location where your child can receive the approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by visiting vaccinefinder.nyc.gov(Open external link) or calling 877-VAX-4-NYC (877-829-4692). If your child is already vaccinated, please upload that information to the DOE Covid-19 Vaccination Portal at vaccine.schools.nyc(Open external link).

    Thanks to your partnership, we have fully reopened our schools safely. The more families that provide consent for COVID-19 testing in schools and have their eligible children vaccinated, the greater the progress we can continue to make in protecting everyone across our City and in our schools.

    Pelham Preparatory Academy
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