Please participate in the 2020 Census


PSA: Census 2020 is ongoing, and your response is more important that ever before because federal funding is almost always dependent on Census data.

New York is underrepresented, which means we lose out on necessary funding for healthcare, schools, and assistance programs.

If you have not already done so, complete the Census online now by clicking HERE. It takes about 10 minutes.

Regional Enrichment Centers available for students whose parents are essential workers

The city is opening up about 100 sites to help serve students of first responders, health care workers and other essential workers. The centers will be open from 7:30am-6:00pm, and will serve three hot meals daily. Learn more about the centers here.

If you are an essential worker and are looking for accommodations for your children, please fill out the NYCDOE Regional Enrichment Center Enrollment form here.


Highlights from Mr. Sforza’s webinar


For those who have not been able to watch Mr. Sforza’s

webinar, here are some of the highlights:
  • All communications will be posted on Class Dojo. If you have not, please download and install for the latest updates.

  • The school will be using a new program called Exact Path, which is a tool used assess their individual learning, and tailor lessons specific to their need. For more information on the program, visit here.
  • A diagnostic test will be sent out for your child to take. DO NOT help your child with the answers. The results from this assessment will help determine your child’s exact lesson plans.
  • Google Meet will most likely be the platforms used by teachers to teach group lessons. In some cases, Google Classroom. Your teachers will reach out individually, and will let you know what you need to do to prepare for lessons next week.
  • Daily schedules will be posted by teachers on Class Dojo. Work that is being sent home is mandatory. Parents can help with homework, (but as previously stated, please do not help them with the assessment through Exact Path).
  • Families that need devices to do their work should fill out the Remote Learning Device Request to obtain devices needed to get work done:
  • If you haven’t yet done so, please get on NYC Schools Account:
  • The school has a new updated website:
  • If you haven’t already followed, please follow the school’s instagram account for updates. The account is: @ps99_kew_gardens_school

School update: Principal Sforza to host parent webinar Wednesday 1:30-2:00pm


SCHOOL UPDATE: Principal Sforza will be hosting a parent webinar tomorrow 1:30-2:00pm.

The webinar will update you on what to expect next week, as well as give you an opportunity to ask questions.

The link to the webinar is:

If you haven’t already done so, please download the Class Dojo app, and follow the school account on Instagram as those are the main lines of communication from the school.

The Instagram for 99 is:

Some online resources during school closure


Per the DOE, effective Monday, March 23, remote learning will go into effect for grades K-12.

In the meantime, if you’re stumped, here are some free activities and resources available for your child to use at home:

Grade level appropriate English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies units:

Educational video, ebook and related activity on a daily subject:…/learnathome.html

For younger kids (ages 2-7):

PSA: Summer in the City

PSA: Summer in the City is now accepting applications for Summer Academy.

The FREE, five-week Summer Academy programs offer students the opportunity to continue learning during the summer through hands-on STEM activities, art, recreation and visits to museums, parks and other cultural sites.

Applications are open March 10-April 10.

More information here.

Occasionally, the PA will post relevant community information that we may think will interest the PS 99 community. The above post is a public service announcement. Any questions regarding the event should be directed to the event hosts.

District 28 workshop: “Oh No My Child’s Going to Middle School”

District 28 invites you to participate in their parent workshop:

“Oh No My Child’s Going to Middle School”

Presented by: Sonia Rueda, LMSW, Family Leadership Coordinator. Join them as they discuss some of the myths, challenges and opportunities of middle school.

It is not too early to prepare for our child’s middle school journey.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 6:30PM
Location: JHS 190 (68-17 Austin Street, Forest Hills)

Register here.

If you have any questions, contact:
Sonia Rueda at
Rosa Fenton at (718)557-2711.