In Loving Memory of Daniel Garcia, Deputy Superintendent of Icahn Charter Schools

 

                  

Ladies and Gentlemen:

It is with profound sorrow that I announce the passing of our beloved Deputy Superintendent, Daniel Garcia, on the afternoon of Thursday, June 4, 2020. “Danny” was very much loved by all those who were blessed to work with him. After a highly successful career as a teacher, AP and principal in district 8, I asked him to replace me as a principal of Icahn 1, as I began to design our new schools. After recognizing his great dedication and wisdom, I asked him to serve as Deputy Superintendent. Almost instantly, we became strong colleagues and friends We shared a vision of success for our students. We believed that for teachers to be successful, they must receive ongoing professional development, support and confidence.

Danny respected everyone and all those who came into contact with him, respected him. This is a tremendous loss for all of us. We must believe that his gentle smile, his encouragement and his wonderful nature will look down on all of us as we continue to serve and love.

May G-d rest his soul.

Jeff Litt

SEPTEMBER 2020 RE-ENTRY PLAN from our Superintendent, Jeffrey Litt

letter to parents June 2020.pdf  

letter to parents June 2020 spanish.pdf 

June 2020

Dear Parents/guardians:

I would first like to congratulate our graduates and their families on their graduations from Kindergarten and 8th grade. I realize that this was not the graduation all of us looked forward to and I appreciate that you understand that we are living in very difficult times. I also want to express my sincere appreciation for working with your child’s teachers during a most stressful time. I am extremely proud of our teachers, counselors and principals for providing our instructional program and support to both the children and parents.

I understand the tremendous concern that you have regarding school opening in September. My office has been working diligently to design different plans for opening. I must inform you that all plans depend on the direction from the city and state. We have received no guidance, no support, no direction from the New York City Department of Education. The New York State Regents, which is the highest authority in education in New York State has not decided if schools will open or the type of schedule that schools must follow.

I can share with you the information that we do have at this time:

  1. Class size will be limited to 5-8 children and the teacher depending on the size of the room.

  2. All lunch periods must be held in the classrooms.

  3. Visitors/parents will not be admitted to the school.

  4. Every staff member and student will have their temperature taken upon entering the building each day.

    Any one with a fever will be denied admission to the school and parents will be called to take their child

    home. Persons with a fever will be admitted only after providing a doctor’s note.

  5. Since the class size is limited as stated above, it will be necessary for some students to receive instruction by way of computer at home, as they did for the last several months. They will receive the same lesson that the children in the classroom are receiving. Children at home and children in the classroom will

    rotate, most probably every two (2) weeks.

  6. Obviously, this presents a very difficult situation for parents, which we fully understand and appreciate.

    There is no choice.

  7. All after school programs are cancelled.

  8. Seating on yellow school busses will be limited as to the number of children allowed on the bus at one

    time. Once again, we have not received any direction from the New York City Department of Education, since they have the authority over school busses.

School budgets (the money we receive from the city and state) have not been given to the schools yet. We have been told to expect severe cuts in our funding. We have still arranged for each desk to have a clear plastic shield installed, similar to what you see in many stores. Parents are responsible for providing their child with a face mask in order to be admitted to the building. You are strongly advised to provide your child with an extra mask each day. Masks must be worn by everyone in the building throughout the entire school day.

I will of course, inform you as soon as we have a definite schedule. Please check our website frequently for any current events. Please understand that we appreciate your concerns and have been working each day to try and make the best out of a very difficult situation.

As always, thank you for your wonderful children.

Jeff Litt, Superintendent

8th Grade Virtual Graduation

A Message to Our Graduates from Jeffrey Litt, Superintendent of Icahn Charter Schools

 

As I wrote when we originally had to close in March, no one expected this, we had no real warning and you did nothing wrong. Yet suddenly your entire life and the lives of your families were changed drastically with you being home every day. Of course, the real tragedy came to those who lost loved ones as a result of the virus. I am eternally proud and grateful to all our wonderful teachers, support staff, administrators, students and parents. I am truly honored to serve you!!!

So…in recognition of all your achievements in your grades before reaching 8th grade, and in recognition for the reports received from your teachers that you participated in “virtual learning” in your homes, and mostly because you are truly loved…

I have authorized a full cap and gown graduation for our 8th graders, and if possible, our kindergartners. This of course, will be virtual. You will graduate in your homes. Principals will make arrangements to have students pick up caps and gowns on a specific date and time in the entrance of their buildings.

Principals will also notify parents as to the date and time for students to return textbooks and computers, so that you may receive your final grades. Note: 8th graders must return all textbooks and computers before their records will be sent to the high schools.

Congratulations. It was a joy serving all of you and your parents. Please… do me one favor… when you find your place in the world and after you graduate college or enter the world of work… just make this world a better place.

With love and respect,

Jeff Litt

 

Additional Resources to Support At Home Learning

Below is a list and links to free additional resources that you can use with your children at home. If you find it useful, please share with others.

  

Brainpop

Story time from Space

PBSkids Newsletter

100 Activities to Do at Home

25 Amazing Virtual Field Trips for Kids

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Headspace

Lumosity: Lumosity offers free brain games to keep student minds actively engaged. For example, the games use problem solving, critical thinking, and memory to keep students on their toes and strengthen their skills.

San Diego Zoo Live Cams – Many zoos are temporarily closed, but you can get an up-close view right at home with these live streams of penguins, tigers, polar bears, giraffes, and several more.

Starfall – Starfall has been teaching children to read with phonics for well over a decade. Our systematic approach, in conjunction with audiovisual interactivity, is perfect for preschool, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, special education, homeschool, and English language development (ELD, ELL, ESL). Starfall is an educational alternative to other entertainment choices for children.

Wonderville – Science experiments, comics, videos, activities - they’re all waiting for you here in Wonderville. There’s so much, in fact, you’ll want to be here every day.

History for Kids – The website is packed with articles, worksheets and even a quiz on each section. You will find cool games, videos, worksheets on many historical events that will help you understand those that have gone before us.

 

Support for Families

Important Notice from School Food:

The New York City Department of Education is committed to making three free meals available daily for any New Yorker. Any New Yorker who wants one can get three free meals a day at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city.

Meals can be picked up at all Meal Hubs 7:30AM to 1:30PM, Monday through Friday.  Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30AM to 11:30AM, and for adults from 11:30AM to 1:30PM. No one will be turned away at any time All adults and children can pick up three meals at one time Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites. No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off premises. Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children No registration or ID required. Use our this tool to find a location near you: https://www.opt-osfns.org/schoolfoodny/meals/default.aspx

 

Important Notice from New York City Department of Education:

If you are a first responder, health care provider, or transit worker whose child is a New York City resident, and you have no other child care option, please complete this survey to begin your enrollment process. You will then be contacted about assignment to a site near your home. These centers are not available for any other New Yorkers at this time. We will post additional updates and information on the DOE website about RECs as we have it at schools.nyc.gov.

Additional information about Regional Enrichment Centers:

  •   RECs will be open from Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

  •   Each room will have a maximum of 12 children, supported by at least one adult; this size will both allow for

    personalized attention and will meet social distancing needs. RECs will also have nurses on site.

  •   Children will have the opportunity to participate in remote learning with their regular school, as is the case for

    all NYC public school students.

  •   Children will also have opportunities to engage in art, music, and physical education.

  •   The environment will be safe and supportive, and staff will be prepared to respond to children’s social and

    emotional needs

  •   Children will be offered a site based on their home address and their parent or caregiver’s role in providing

    essential services.

  •   Students will be asked each day to bring a device they can use for remote learning if one is available.

    Please compete the survey today ONLY if you are a healthcare worker, first responder, or transit worker. Following survey submission, the DOE will contact you with additional details about where and how to bring your child to a REC site within 48-72 hours.

    If you have questions about enrollment for the Regional Enrichment Centers, please call (718) 935-2200.

Nutritional Support For Families

For information on the nearest location for your child to pick up breakfast, lunch and dinner please go to this link:

www.opt-osfns.org/schoolfoodny/meals/default.aspx

You will be asked your address and other questions to give you the nearest city school.

 

Wifi Support for Families

Charter Communications announced that they will provide free broadband for two months to households with students. To enroll in Charter’s free broadband program, eligible consumers must call 844-488-8395. The company said it will waive installation fees for new student households.

Comcast has also announced that it will offer low-income families who live within Comcast service areas 60 days of free “Internet Essentials” service. Go to InternetEssentials.com, call 855-846-8376 for English, or call 855-765-6995 for Spanish.

Altice USA is also offering Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household. Eligible households interested in this solution can call 866-200-9522 to enroll in Optimum region or 888-633-0030 to enroll in Suddenlink region.  

  

Notice of Public Hearing: Charter School Renewal Application Icahn Charter School 7 (Community School District 8)

Icahn Charter School 7

Welcome to Icahn Charter School 7's Middle School

1695 Seward Avenue

Bronx NY 10473

                                                                                                

Middle School Important Procedures

Arrival Procedures:

Students will arrive each morning through the main entrance on 1695 Seward Avenue. Students will use the cafeteria as the primary means to gain access to their classrooms.  Icahn 7 classrooms are located on the second and third floors. Our fifth and sixth grade classrooms are on the second floor and our seventh grade classrooms and programs are on the third floor. Students will use Stair Case A that is located in the cafeteria to walk up to their respective classrooms (please see below).

Class 501—Ms. Pappas, Room 221

Class 502—Ms. Taylor, Room 223

Class 601—Ms. Duhaney-Alcock, Room 227A/B

Class 601—Ms.Ricci, Room 225A/B

Class 701—Ms. Hernandez, Room 325 A/B

Class 702—Ms. Martin, Room 327

Breakfast

School begins each morning at 8:30am. If your child is participating in our breakfast program, breakfast begins at 7:45am. Please do not bring your child before 7:45am as they will not be supervised by any of our Icahn 7 staff. Breakfast ends promptly at 8:25am.

Lunch

Students will have lunch from 1:20 pm—2:10 pm each day. Due to the late lunch period, students will be given a snack break each day around 11am. If you are able to, please send a healthy snack with your child to eat during this time.

Dismissal Procedures:

Student dismissal is at 3:45 pm each day unless they are in an after-school program or activity. Below describes the procedures for our bus and pick-up students.

Fall Harvest Feast!

 Each year we celebrate the fall and Thanksgiving season by having a school Fall Harvest Feast. Parents/Guardians volunteer their time to cook and to serve our students. We are so grateful for wonderful students, parents, teachers and staff!

                    

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

ARRIVAL...In the morning, all students will enter the school via the main entrance on Boynton. Upon entering, students will walk to the cafeteria where they will have an opportunity  to eat breakfast from 7:45-8:25am. Classroom teachers will escort children to their classrooms from the cafeteria each morning. Icahn staff members are also on hand in the entryway, hall and cafeteria during arrival and breakfast. Instruction begins promptly at 8:30 am.

DISMISSAL...During a regular dismissal, all children not taking the school bus, will be dismissed by the school gates on Story Avenue. Students who ride the school bus will be escorted to the bus by their monitor. The bus picks up and drops off children on Boynton Avenue in front of the school entrance.  

 

100 Book Challenge Reading Program

                        

The 100 Book Challenge program is a systematic independent reading program that allows each student an opportunity to read at his or her independent reading level. Each day a student is encouraged to spend 30 minutes reading at school and 30 minutes at home to increase reading stamina and comprehension. Students track the amount of reading they complete on log sheets that are signed by parents and are reviewed daily by their teacher.  Special prizes and school-wide celebrations are given throughout the year to commemorate the students' reading achievements.

http://www.americanreadingathome.com

https://www.americanreading.com/products/100bc/faq/

Progress Reports/ Parent Teacher Conferences

 

Progress Reports are distributed to parents six times each school year. There are also two scheduled parent teacher conferences for the year.  

Progress Report # 1 : November 4, 2019/ Parent Teacher Conference Day**

Progress Report # 2: December 20, 2019

Progress Report # 3: February 27, 2020/Parent Teacher Conference Day**

Report Card 4: April 7, 2020

Report Card 5: May 29, 2020

Report Card 6: July 2, 2020

 

 

Icahn Charter School 7's Basketball Team

STEM Family Night & STEM LIVE SHOW

Asphalt Green Waterproofing Program

Icahn7's Second Graders are learning how to swim through the Asphalt Green Waterproofing Program. 

       

Icahn 7's Sixth Graders Practicing their Ballroom Basix's Dance Moves

Icahn Charter School 7 Leadership Team

Superintendent: Jeffrey Litt

Deputy Superintendent: Daniel Garcia

Deputy Superintendent: Richard Santiago

Principal: Naudia Bethany

Assistant Principal: Dawn Starks

Staff Developer: Nicole Duhaney-Alcock