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SLT Meeting – Thursday, June 11th – We want to hear your voice!

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We Want To Hear Your Voice!

Hello Baruch students and families!

We hope you are staying safe and healthy in this unprecedented time.

We wanted to inform everyone that as per all of our meetings, Baruch’s final SLT meeting of the 2019-2020 school year will be taking place this week and we would love to see you! The SLT (Student Leadership Team) meeting is available to all Baruchains and/or families.

Here are the details/agenda:
What: SLT Meeting
When: Thursday, June 11th
Time: 5:00 pm
Who: Any Baruch community member may attend to listen and participate during the open comment period.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting (click on the link for video)
+1 347-966-4114 United States, New York City (Toll)
Conference ID: 504 410 516#

1. Reflect on qualitative & quantitative data

2. Draft 2020-2021 CEP goals

Ms. Ross’ Book Fund!

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Empathy and Humanity: Literature in the Time of Covid.

Thank you for taking the time to read this- while I have been working with Donors Choose for many years, this is uncharted territory to request books shipped to my home where I individually wrap and mail them out to students- what a shift for us all, on every possible level.

My students all live in New York City but in varying settings and circumstances. While some have the means to compensate for what is lost in the classroom, many don’t have ready access to books and supplies.

As an English teacher, I’ve always believed that if kids have books, then anything can happen. It’s the least I can help with during these times.

For our summer reading, students will read short story collections of their choice, examining a particular author’s craft, style, and ability to shape meaningful characters and settings. In the fall, we will begin our curriculum, either near or far, by examining the specific elements of the short story as a unique genre.

Thanks so much,
Rita Ross

School Leadership Team Meeting – Open to everyone!

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We Want To Hear Your Voice!

*Clarification: All SLT meetings are always open to everyone, however, people may not speak until the comment period (agenda item #3)*

Hello Baruch students and families!

We hope you are staying safe and healthy in this unprecedented time.

We wanted to inform everyone that tomorrow’s SLT (Student Leadership Team) meeting is available to all Baruchains and/or families.

Here are the details/agenda:
What: SLT Meeting
When: Thursday, May 14
Time: 5:00 pm
Who: Any Baruch community member may attend to listen and participate during the open comment period.
Join Microsoft Teams Meeting (click on link for video)
+1 347-966-4114 United States, New York City (Toll)
Conference ID: 973 200 569#

1. Reflect on remote learning:
-Review NYCDOE remote survey data

2. Looking to next year:
-Review AP course plan options for 2020-2021
-budget updates – priorities
-SLT election updates
-What will school look like in September – begin envisioning

3. Open call

School Closed Effective 3/18/20

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Dear Baruchians,

It is with a heavy heart that we share that school is now closed, in order to secure our safety to combat COVID-19. The Mayor announced this evening that they are hoping schools will reopen on April 20th, after spring break. As we know more, we will share with you.
On Monday, school is closed to everyone. If you need to access school for a grab and go meal, you can come to school- meals will be available in the cafeteria for you to pick up and take home.
On Tuesday-Thursday, all staff will report to school to learn how to use the NYCDOE distance learning platform. We will also finalize our distance learning plan that we have already developed internally.
For all students who need to come to school to get things from your locker, you can do so on Tuesday. Depending on guidance, we may need to bring materials down to you, or you can come up and get them. We will ensure that you have all your supplies.
In the meantime, please check google classroom for assignments and school work. We will have a final plan in place by end of day Thursday. Teachers are already posting work online to keep you busy.
As we know more information, we will share this with you. During these unprecedented times, be safe, and stay close with your loved ones.  We hope to be together again soon.
In unity,
Alicia Perez-Katz

Coronavirus Update

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We will be sending daily updates to our school community in regards to staying healthy in response to the novel coronavirus. Students are encouraged to stay home if they are not feeling well. We will work with students regarding missed work – the priority is not coming to school if you feel sick!
If you are traveling, please let the school know. If you travel to a high-risk country, students are expected to remain in self-quarantine for 14 days after travel (visit for an updated list of countries.)
We are also guarding against any stigma or bias directed towards members of our community that stem from Coronavirus fears. This will be addressed regularly with our school community.
There are no plans to close schools or early childhood programs at this time. This is an extreme measure that can be disruptive to day-to-day life, and the decision to implement will only be taken at the direction of public health experts. As a reminder, it is critical that all New Yorkers continue to practice general viral infection prevention measures including:
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve
• Wash your hands regularly
• Avoid touching your face
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Get your flu shot – it’s never too late
• Stay home if you’re feeling sick. Call your doctor and let them know your symptoms and travel history.
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions sheet attached to this letter for more information, or visit at any time for important updates. The health and safety of our children continues to be our chief priority, and we will follow all guidance and take all appropriate measures accordingly.

Nominations Being Accepted for Executive Committee for School Year 2020-2021

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All positions on the PTA Executive Committee, except two Members-at-large positions. Open positions are:

  • President or Co-Presidents
  • Treasurer or Co-Treasurers
  • Recording Secretary or Co-Secretaries
  • Communications Secretary or Co-Secretaries

Self nominations are welcome. Co-positions must run as a pair.

If you are interested or would like to know more, please email

Annual Teen Arts Week

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Annual Teen Arts Week
Leading cultural organizations in all five boroughs will present free classes, workshops and performances for teens from March 2nd to March 8th, 2020.Events enable teens to gain hands-on experience in different areas of the arts, engage with professionals in the creative industries, and explore pathways to future leadership within the context of the arts.
Events are open to all NYC teens 14+ with a valid school ID. Educators are encouraged to bring student groups, both during and after regular school hours. Please feel free to share this with anyone who would be interested.
Linked to here is a 20 Second video along with toolkit on the TAW site for more information.
For any questions please contact Ivy Rosado

Protection for Immigrant Families

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Dear families,

The federal government recently announced a rule change related to when certain immigrants might be considered a “public charge” under immigration law. Under this rule change, some immigrants may be prevented from obtaining legal permanent residence status (i.e., green card/permanent resident card) or a visa, if they receive certain public benefits or the federal government believes they are likely to depend on public benefits in the future.
The DOE is committed to keeping all students and families safe in our schools. Accessing school-based services—including educational services and supports, free breakfast or lunch, or school-based health clinics—does not put those seeking a green card/permanent legal resident card or a visa at risk of being considered a public charge. Receipt of Medicaid benefits by students under age 21 is also excluded from public charge consideration.
Please read this flyer (中文翻譯) from the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) with more information about the broader impact of public charge to you and your family members. For additional guidance and information, see the Supporting Immigrant Families page and the Immigration Letters InfoHub page.
We remain steadfast in our support of immigrant families across our City, and we thank you for your service in providing safe spaces for all of our children.
In unity,
Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor of the Department of Education

Updating Emergency Contact in NYC Schools Account

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Beginning February 4, parents/guardians will be able to update their cell phone numbers in NYC Schools Account (NYCSA), under the Emergency Contact tab. DOE offices will use the contact information provided by families in NYCSA to communicate with families directly in the case of an emergencies.
In order to support families with this new feature, you should work with your parent coordinator to:
For additional information on NYCSA Guardian Emergency Contact, refer to the NYCSA Wiki. If you have questions, suggestions, or need support with providing access to NYCSA to a parent, email or call the Help Desk at 212-374-6646. Please note that you should not direct parents/guardians to the Help Desk number or inbox, as the Help Desk only supports DOE staff. For parent/guardian resources, including an overview of NYCSA, see the public NYC Schools Account website or call 311.

Voter Registration for Teens

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A new law allows 16- and 17-year-olds to preregister to vote. That means they will automatically be registered on their 18th birthdays. New Yorkers are not permitted to register to vote unless they will be 18 years of age by the end of the year, and by the date of the election in which they intend to vote. To learn more, go to

Voices of Humanity: Speakers Needed!

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Friday, February 14 from 1:00 – 3:00PM

Do you or someone you know work to make the world a better place? Do you or someone you know devote your/their time or energy to a cause in the hopes of empowering others or improving society at large? We want to hear from you!
We are looking for volunteers to speak at our 2nd ever Voices of Humanity symposium of activism, which is an event for our 10th graders and will take place on 2/14/2020, between 1-3pm in the Baruch cafeteria. If you are interested or know someone who would be a good fit, please email Ms. DiRico at ASAP.