School Updates

We can't believe their is ONLY 3 Days of school left for the 2023-2024 School Year!

  • Our teachers have many exciting classroom events planned for our students over the next few days.
  • Our PTA is hosting a Year-End School wide FIELD DAY on Wednesday, June 26th! 
  • Our African Dance Team will be performing on the Main Stage at Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Saturday, June 22nd at 12:30pm. 
  • Our 3K, 4K, K-107, K-108 & K-115 Year End Celebrations will be held on Monday, June 24th!
  • Our 5th Grade Graduates will have their senior breakfast, Pop-Up Dance and Pizza Party this week!
  • Report Cards will be distributed on the last day of school, Wednesday, June 26th. 






Message from NYC Public Schools

Summer School
Each May and June, New York City Public Schools (NYCPS) teachers assess students’ progress using multiple measures to determine if they are ready for the next grade level. Families of students who have not yet made sufficient progress will be notified via letter in mid-June. If your student is in grade 3–8 and is not promoted in June, they will be required to attend summer school. If your student did not receive a Summer Rising seat, then they will attend the academic portion only. Detailed instructions on date and time will be on the letter. At the end of summer school, schools will make a final decision about students’ grade levels for next year. Students in grades K–2 and 9–12 may have the opportunity to attend summer school as well. For more information, please visit schools.nyc.gov/summerschool

Summer Meals

When school is out, students can still enjoy free breakfast and lunch through NYC Public Schools! Our 2024 Free Summer Meals Program is available all across New York City, and is totally free for anyone 18 years old or younger. From June 27 through August 30, you can find these meals at select NYC public schools, community pool centers, parks, and libraries. You don’t need to sign up in advance or provide identification to receive these meals. Just head to a Summer Meals location and enjoy a meal. For more information, please visit schools.nyc.gov/summermeals. All dates, times, locations and menus are subject to change.

  • Dates of Operation: Thursday, June 27–Friday, August 30, 2024
  • Breakfast Service Hours: 8–9:15 a.m.
  • Lunch Service Hours: 11 a.m.–1:15 p.m.
  • There is no service Thursday, July 4, 2024 (Independence Day)

Summer Reading
Reading is like any skill: it takes practice! Over the summer, reading together can help your child
continue to develop their literacy skills and avoid any learning loss that might occur over their
time outside of the classroom.

Our Summer Reading Guide—available online at schools.nyc.gov/LiteracyResources—is a great first
step on your family’s next reading adventure. It contains tips for reading at home, recommended
titles for students in all grade levels, resources where you can find books, and more. In addition
to the guide, our Literacy Resources webpage also features at-home activities and other recommended
reading lists that will help foster a lifelong love of reading and learning.

This summer, we also encourage you to use our Citywide Digital Library, Sora. Sora is the quickest
and easiest way for NYC students to access thousands of e-books and audiobooks in multiple
languages. You can log in to Sora using your NYC Public School credentials at soraapp.com/library/nycschools.

HVS Electronic Bulletin Board

Health, Safety & Wellness Corner

Here are a few updates, resources and reminders now that the warmer weather is here! 

  • Schoolyard: For the safety of our students and families please refrain from driving into the school yard during arrival and dismissal times. Also, we currently have the ferry side of the building walkway closed as the house next door is having repairs. 
  • Clothing: What to wear? Now that the warmer weather is here, we recommend that students come to school dressed in layers. Some of our classrooms are colder than others, then once the students go outside it becomes much warmer. To help them regulate their body temperature during the day we suggest always having a sweatshirt or light sweater available. In addition, many students like to run around outside during recess, please keep this in mind and have your child wear comfortable closed toes show to prevent them from falling or scrapping their toes. 
  • School Bus Lane and crosswalks: please refrain from parking in front of the school building or in crosswalks during arrival and dismissal. When cars are stopped or parked in these locations it creates a safety hazard for our students as they are trying to arrive and leave from our school building. 
  • Lice: The presence of head lice in institutions such as schools is an uncomfortable fact of life. Together we can help ensure these occurrences do not become a greater problem. We encourage families to notify the main office if they detect head lice in their child's hair. When a student is found to have lice, notes are sent home to members of the child's class.
    • What are head lice?
      • Head lice are small insects with six legs usually the size of a sesame seed (the seeds on burger buns).
      • They live on or very close to the scalp and don’t wander far down the hair shafts for very long.
      • They can only live on human beings; you can’t catch them from animals.
      • Nits are not the same thing as lice. Lice are the insects which move around the head. Nits are egg cases laid by lice, stuck on to hair shafts; they are smaller than a pin head and are pearly white.
      • If you have nits it doesn’t always mean that you have head lice. When you have got rid of all the lice, the nits will stay stuck to the hair until it grows out.
      • You only have head lice if you can find a living, moving louse (not a nit) on the scalp.
      • Anybody can get head lice.
      • Head lice infections are caught from close family and friends in the home and community, not from the school.
      • Spread of head lice requires direct head to head contact. They can’t swim, fly, hop or jump.
    • Here are a few tips to help prevent the spread of head lice:
      • Check your child's hair on a regular basis.
      • Because head lice need close head-to-head contact to spread from one person to another, to reduce the spread of head lice, teachers will discourage students from activities which may involve head to head contact.
      • To reduce your child’s risk of getting head lice, make sure that long hair is tied up and discourage children from sharing their brushes and combs and having head to head contact with others.
      • Remember - Anyone can get head lice – they have no preferences for cleanliness, hair color, hair type, ethnicity or age.
    • Here are some resources to learn more about lice and treatments:

Summer 2024 EBT Information

Congress authorized a new, permanent Summer EBT program as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023.

Beginning in Summer 2024, families will receive $40 per month per eligible child – a total of $120 for the summer – on an EBT food benefit card. These benefits, combined with other federal nutrition programs including SNAPWIC, and summer meal sites, help ensure children’s access to healthy food while school is out. USDA and New York State are in the process of designing and implementing this new program. Please visit Hunger Solutions NY  for latest information 
Questions about 2020-2023 Pandemic EBT Benefits? NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) is continuing to issue Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to all households with eligible children. For up-to-date information on benefit issuance, please visit the NYS OTDA COVID-19 webpage. You can check your family’s P-EBT food benefit transaction history by visiting ConnectEBT.com or by calling 1-888-328-6399.
  • To request a replacement P-EBT card, follow these instructions. If your address has changed since you received your original P-EBT card, or if you do not have the PIN for your original P-EBT card, call the P-EBT helpline at 1-833-452-0096.
  • For general information on P-EBT, please visit the NYSOTDA P-EBT FAQ.
  • If you need assistance or have questions that are not answered in the resources linked above, please email info@hungersolutionsny.org.

Field Experiences!

Field experiences are an important part of our curriculum and your child’s education. The experiences are used to enhance the units of study. We will plan many experiences for the calendar year. Some experiences are planned well in advance and other trips have a shorter information turn around period.  

  • Our Field Experiences are a mandatory part of our curriculum. 
  • Family chaperones will be selected by lottery for each experience. Please complete this form ( https://forms.gle/XkgodfiBZ1V9Sqe68 ) to be entered into the lottery. 
  • Our school requests a traveling NYC DOE school nurse to attend every experience, but unfortunately, they cannot always accommodate our requests. If your child has a 504 please see the main office for further information on our policy for when a school nurse cannot attend.
  • Regardless of the type of experience, it is not permissible for students to meet at or be dismissed from a site other than the school.. 
  • Please see our Family Handbook for more details regarding field experience expectations and chaperone requirements.