Family Connection

“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is positive involvement of parents” -Jane D. Hull

Parent and Family engagement is a crucial component to a child’s success in school. Our school’s offer many opportunities for parents and families to participate in school activities. Families also have an opportunity to engage with their school community every week during 40 minutes of parent engagement. During this time schools offer fun and interactive ways for families to apart of their child’s education and their school’s community!





Over 30 families came out on a snowy Saturday for PS 253’s  Parent/Child Self Portrait Workshop.


P.S. 215’s parents were invited to a Valentine Dessert & Paint parent workshop. Parents enjoyed a wonderful treat of strawberries and chocolate while painting on canvas their own “love-inspired” artwork. We love seeing our parents engaged at P.S. 215!




PS 100 hosted their 1st  CookShop for Families to inspire and support families in cooking nutritious recipes at home. Families learned about food nutrition and how to shop on a limited budget.



P.S. 153’s   Kindergarten Family workshop on Executive Function, families worked together on packing and unpacking a school bag.



P.S.97 had a  fun-filled “December to Remember!”. Students and families had the opportunity to share their cultures with one another at their third annual “Multicultural Day”. Everyone participated in presentations, art making, and yummy feasts. Their second graders who had been participating in an amazing residency with the New York City Ballet presented their newfound talent on stage with “Ballet Tales”. Thanks to a grant generously provided by the Department of Education and Office of Arts and Special Projects,  third graders participated in a residency entitled “Cinderella Around the World”. With a teaching artist, from Inside Broadway, students traveled to Mexico, Ireland, China and Nigeria. Students learned about various customs and cultural dances. Families also enjoyed a festive holly jolly fun night at the annual December sing-a-long along with a special art-making experience. Finally, it wouldn’t be the holiday season without “The Fifth Grade Winter Concert” and pajama day!





At P.S. 215 Morris H. Weiss School, they embrace Family-School-Community partnerships. Collaboration between their faculty, PTA and NYJTL (New York Junior Tennis League) after-school program, and their families have provided their school community with safe, supportive and entertaining “family-centric” activities and events. P.S. 215’s most recent collaboration was their Breakfast with Frosty Saturday Family Enrichment. NYJTL hosted a lovely breakfast to start the morning. The Faculty designed a winter artwork project families decorated gingerbread men and enjoyed making and eating chocolate dipped treats. The PTA dressed as seasonal characters and distributed prizes to every child.



2nd Graders in P.S. 253 had a wonderful time coding with their parents.




P.S. 215’s Apples Festival included apple taste testing to determine the overall favorite.

P.S. 215’s PTA Fall Harvest

On a crisp fall afternoon, P.S. 215 families gathered to celebrate the season at their PTA Fall Harvest Festival. The schoolyard was decorated with beautiful artwork by our students. Parents admired their children’s creations while stocking up on healthy fruits, vegetables, and sweet treats at the farmers market. Children picked and decorated sugar pumpkins, played games, danced, and covered their teachers in ‘Silly String’. This year’s festival was a great success, filled with wholesome family fun.


P.S. 215’s Italian Heritage Celebration

P.S. 215 faculty and PTA collaborated with the NYJTL afterschool program to celebrate Italian Heritage Month. This Saturday family enrichment gave us the opportunity to share all the richness of the Italian culture with our school community. They shared a “family-style” Italian dinner, participated in an Italian inspired art activity, danced and sang along with professional vocalist, Angelo Venuto. ‘Ci Siamo Divertiti Moltissimo!’



PS / IS 95 is off to a strong start!  On Monday, September 17th PS / IS 95 formally welcomed all families back to school.  All families were invited to the school to hear about the amazing and rigorous year that lies ahead for their children.  Parents met with Ms. Ndzibah, their principal to discuss all of the resources and programs available to their children.  Parents had an opportunity to meet all of the school’s amazing support staff and hear about their roles in the school.  Families then traveled to the classrooms where they met their child’s teacher and discussed the curriculum, class rules and expectations.  It was an informative night that has set the tone for a productive school year.


  • UFT resources for homework and bullying help: Don’t forget that help is always available from two UFT programs: Dial-A-Teacher and BRAVE.
    • The Dial-A-Teacher hotline, 212-777-3380, provides homework help to elementary and middle school students on Monday through Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. when school is in session. Learn more about Dial-A-Teacher on the UFT website »

The UFT’s BRAVE Campaign (Building Respect, Acceptance and Voice through Education) works to create safe spaces for children who are the victims of bullying or who are themselves bullying other students. BRAVE’s help hotline, 212-709-3222, is just one resource the campaign offers. You can also text “BRAVE” to 43961 to get support via text, and there are anti-bullying workshops you can bring to your parent-teacher association. Learn more about BRAVE on the UFT website »