Welcome from the PTA
Wed, Sep 16 9:38am

Dear P.S. 20 Family,


The PTA would like to officially welcome you all to the start of the 2020/2021 school year!  First, we'd like to thank each of you for your patience during this unprecedented period. 


We are now at the first day of school and many of us still have questions about exactly what school's going to look like and how we can best support our children while managing our other responsibilities. P.S. 20's administration and faculty are committed partners, invested in finding solutions that meet the needs of our children and families, as they work under these tremendous circumstances. 


This initial remote week is  designed to be an opportunity for students and parents to meet teachers and for teachers to discuss expectations for Monday, September 21st.


- So if you're not sure what supplies you need yet? Don't fear; they will tell you. 

- If you don't know what time your child is supposed to log on yet?  Don't stress - they'll let you know.

- If you're concerned about the appropriate amount of screen time for your children? They'll definitely discuss it (even as they continue to assess the science and best practices on that issue)


While we understand there are concerns about the amount of information being shared at this point, please know that Principal Barbera is still engaged in the incredible work of configuring cohorts and classroom placement. As families continue to elect remote learning, it changes the cohort configuration and allows for potential classroom and teacher shifts.  So the challenge of communication has been centered around avoiding issuing information that parents plan around, only to inform them that their teachers and cohorts have changed. 


Lastly, please know that the PS 20 PTA (Parent Teacher Association, of which you are automatically a member) is here as a resource.  We'll continue to do our best to answer as many questions and provide as much support as we possibly can as a band of school volunteers, many of whom are also balancing work schedules along with the remote learning schedules. In fact, this includes a number of PS 20 teachers. So please reach out, introduce yourself and let us know how we can help.


There will inevitably be some problem solving, but together we will do what we've always done - work to ensure the very best for our children.