HVS Electronic Bulletin Board

Weekly Updates - 4/12/2024


Arbor Day - Friday, April 19th: St. George Civic Association will be planting two trees in front of our school building and NY Parks will be here to speak with students about Arbor Day. We welcome all families to join to watch the tree planting and learn ways our school community can work with the St. George Civic Association to beautify our neighborhood.  3K to 2d Grade planting will be at 9:00am and 3rd to 5th Grade planting will be at 9:45am


Summer Programs - Apply by 4/24: Make your summer iconic with STEM Matters NYC! Students entering grades 1-12 in September 2024 can apply now to attend enrichment programs with STEM Matters NYC. Get your hands dirty in the garden, encounter amazing animals, or design an art or engineering project. Students entering grades 1-9 in September 2024 can apply for weeklong camps. Students entering grades 10-12 in September 2024 can apply for multi-week programs. Choose from a wide range of programs offered at sites throughout the city!

Programs are offered at the NYC DOE’s Genovesi Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics; Billion Oyster Project; Intrepid Museum; Makerspace NYC; New York Aquarium; New-York Historical Society; Pellettieri Stone Carvers' Academy; Queens Botanical Garden; Queens County Farm Museum; Queens Zoo; Rubin Museum of Art; Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden; Staten Island Museum; UrbanGlass; and Wave Hill.

Students will meet and work with field experts in programs that feature real-world learning experiences. Don’t miss out, spots are limited and the application deadline is Wednesday, April 24. For rising grade 1-9 camps, lottery preference is given to students who attend Title I schools.   Download our flyerlearn more, and apply now.

The 2024 NYC School Survey is officially OPEN  NOW until APRIL 5th Hand in your paper survey, complete your survey through your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA)

NYC Public School Survey 2024: It takes only a few minutes to complete! Stop by the main office at drop off, pick up or afterschool pickup to fill out your paper survey OR complete online by: Log into your www.schoolsaccount.nyc or complete online at  www.nycschoolsurvey.org - Families: Please enter a lowercase f followed by your student's OSIS number-- for example, f123456789 


PTA & Title 1 PAC General Meeting Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 6:30PM on Zoom:  Sign in at www.tiny.cc/meet59pta. This month we will have guest speaker Alexia, Santana from New York Life, she will be sharing information on  Child Gifting with Custom Whole Life  and more.  

Spring Picture Day

Spring Picture Re-take Day - Thursday, May 9th: All spring and senior picture packages have been distributed. On Thursday, May 9th Yearbook Innovations will be here for the final picture re-take day. (originally scheduled for 4/16 but changed due to scheduling conflict). Please complete this form (https://forms.gle/m5kVqy2wNC7PegAZA) if you would like to have your child picture re-taken or if you have issues with your picture package so we can follow up with Yearbook Innovation.


New York State Exams

The annual New York State English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics will be administered to all students in grades 3-8. Students in grades 5 and 8 will also sit for the New York State science test. These tests are required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and are designed to provide important information about whether students are prepared to progress through school and graduate with the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and reasoning skills they need for long-term success in school, college, and careers, and to support students in their pursuit of economic security and a choice-filled life. 

Exam Schedule for 3rd and 4th grade students:

Exam Day 1 Day 2
ELA Thursday, April 11th  Friday, April 12th
Math Tuesday, May 7th Wednesday, May 8th 

Exam Schedule for 5th grade students:

Exam Day 1 Day 2
ELA Tuesday, April 16th  Wednesday, April 17th
Math Monday, May 13th Tuesday, May 14th 
Science Thursday, May 16th -------------------------------------



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. 


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.