new year, new tours, new policies, 1/18/15

All dates, deadlines, times and places need to be confirmed with the sponsoring organization or school. This newsletter is a listing of interesting sounding programs that come across my desk. It is not necessarily an endorsement of the programs. All listings are unpaid.

What is up with me

I will be at School Fest in Williamsburg on Sun. 2/1 from 12-4. I will be speaking throughout the day. North 5th Center, 80 N 5th Street, Brooklyn (Entrance near Wythe Avenue) Tickets here.

i have been blogging

ack! changes to dual language admissions
eenie, meanie: sorting public, charter adn gifted kindergartens
did you ever have a crazy 21 year old dream?

Upcoming Talks

Intro to Public School: Prek and Kindergarten (the last one this season) Thurs. 1/29 @ 7pm at Hootenanny Art House
Tickets here

Intro to Nursery School Wed. 2/25 @ 7pm at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Tickets here

High School Choice: Calm & Clear talk
Mon. March 2, 2015 tickets here
Tues. March 3, 2015 tickets here
Mon. March 9, 2015 tickets here
Tues. March 10, 2015 tickets here
all 7-9pm, all at Hootenanny Art House in the south slope

model good habits for your student (don't procrastinate - get the information in a timely way)

Private Preschool (and Elementary) Seats and Open Houses

Brooklyn Sandbox open house: Tues. 1/20 @6:30pm, Sat. 1/24 @10am, contact Sonja to RSVP

Building Bridges Brooklyn has a few spots remaining in 3's and prek class for Jan.-June. Summer camp registration begins in Jan. Contact Susan Kuhlmann for more info

Chickpeas Parent run Coop in the south slope. They are going to have a UPK program for students turning 4 in 2015.

Giocare in Greenwood Heights is opening a new "home based site" for children 18m - 3yrs. Contact them for info (they will have some Jan. entry) and to tour

Greene Hill School may have a spot available in 3rd grade for fall 2015. Contact the school if you would like to tour or submit and application.

KinderHaus Brooklyn is holding an open house on 1/22 @ 10am

Lango in Boerum Hill is having a couple open houses: Wed. 1/21 ,3/11 @ 8:30, Sat. 2/14 @9:30

Rivendell School has added two new tours in Jan. and Feb. call the office to schedule a visit. 718-499-5667

The School House in Ft. Greene has an opening for a 2-3yr old. Their program is a small home-based preschool. They operate from 9 AM to 3 PM, with optional afterschool care, and children can attend 3, 4, or 5 days per week. Interested parents should contact Audrey Doyle

Science, Language and Art French immersion program in Ft. Greene has two PK spots for Jan. and open spots in 1st & 2nd grade.

Seedlings in Brooklyn Heights has a couple spots in each afternoon class. They are conducting tours for 2015/16 yr. application

Trilok in Fort Greene has some spots in their Jan. 2015 term for 2's and 3's (and 2nd, 3rd & 4th grade) as well as spots for fall 2015, for more information: contact Julia Murray about all ages for fall 2015

Who's On First Kids open house: 2/21 10am

Windmill Montessori School on Ave. T and E.14th St. for students 2.5-8th grade is holding tours through early Feb. and offering rolling admissions. For more information

If you are a preschool or elementary school director, and want me to list open seats in your program for fall 2014. Please send a note to

Public Elementary Schools

2014-2015 Public School Calendar

PS 8 in Brooklyn Heights is warning parents that the kindergarten class may be capped this year. No need to panic yet, but wise to check out other options as a backup.

Kindergarten Calendar

Feb. 13 Kindergarten enrollment application deadline
Early April placement offers distributed
Late April pre-registration

If you want email updates from the DoE about Kindergarten admissions, PreK admissions, G&T, Charter Schools, late breaking news, subscribe to the DoE's email alerts here.
WNYC is sending weekly email blasts for kindergarten application season. Subscribe here.

Kindergarten Directories here

All children with 2010 birthdays should apply for Kindergarten. The DoE is very strict about age cut offs. Don't assume that if your child has a fall birthday that you can delay kindergarten entry. If you remain in prek for the 2015 school year, you will be placed in first grade in 2016.

40 New & Expanding Dual Language Programs Coming to NYC Schools

The public Prek application is even LATER. None of the dates are posted and they won't be for months, so keep your pants on. You can tour schools now so you know how to rank them later.


I am doing my best to be comprehensive, but you should ALWAYS double check the tour dates and times with the schools, in case there are changes.

Many schools have new websites or don't have the SEO to show up in a google search. To find their info, go on the school page for each at and they link to the schools websites. While you are there, watch the video, "What to look for in a school".

Schools and Parent Coordinators: I am happy to list your tours! Please get me the information for the Jan. newsletter.

District 13

PS 8: 3/4 from 9 - 11am

PS 9: 2/27, 3/20, 5/1. All tours begin at 9am. Sign up for a tour

PS 11: 1/27. All tours are 8:45-10:30am. Sign up for a tour.

PS 20: Wed. 2/4 @ 8:45am. Sign up for a tour

PS 46 is a Magnet school with a Spanish Dual Language program.
2/5 @ 9am
there will be more scheduled during the prek app period.

PS 56 has the newest Gifted & Talented program in the district, tours: Tues. 1/20, Thurs. 1/22, Tues. 1/27, Thurs. 1/29 all @ 9am

PS 133 all tours are booked. For questions contact the Parent Coordinator, Mr. Dickerson
They are also looking for native Spanish speakers to immediately join their 2nd grade.

PS 282 (congratulations to the Chess champs!!)
Prek-K: 1/28, 2/11, 2/25, 4/17, 5/7 @9am
G&T: 3/11, 3/25 9am
meet in the lobby at 8:45am
Please RSVP to

PS 307 is a Magnet school with Mandarin and Spanish Dual Language programs. Tours: Mon. 1/26 @6pm, Fri. 2/6 @9am, Mon. 2/9 @6pm

Arts & Letters Tours: 2/5, 2/12 @ 9:30am
sign up here

Community Roots Charter School: 3/12, 3/26 @ 8:45. Register for a tour.

Brooklyn Prospect Elementary School Info session: 1/29, 2/10 @ 6pm, no RSVP required but contact the school for more info

International Charter School of New York Info Sessions:
1/20 Session w/ Pamela Wheaton, Ingersoll Community Center @ 6:15
1/21 Mark Morris, 4th Fl. @ 6pm
2/17 Mark Morris, 4th Fl. @ 6pm
Contact them for more info and to RSVP

District 14

PS 17: 2/2, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4 @ 9 AM. No need to RSVP, but contact to make sure that these dates are accurate.

PS 18 PreK and K tours will be given by appointment. Contact parent coordinator, Blanca Ramirez at (718) 387-3241.

PS 31: 2/12; 3/18; 5/21 @ 8:30 AM. No RSVP needed.

PS 34: 2/4, 3/4, 4/1, 5/6 @ 8:30am. No RSVP needed.

PS 110: 2/2, 3/2, 4/13, 5,4; 9: 15am. No RSVP needed.

PS 147: Their DL Japanese program is in place for fall of 2015! Open House: 2/27, 3/27 both @9am

PS 196: Call Maria Rodriguez to schedule a tour at 718-497-0139 x 2191

PS 250 Contact Parent Coordinator, Ana Ponce for tour information

PS 380 contact Parent Coordinator, Concetta Camporese for tour information

The Arbor School 414 : 2/6; 9am. No RSVP needed.

District 15

Hellenic Classical Charter School: 2/5 @ 6pm, 3/7 @ 10am.

PS 10: 2/13 , 3/13, 4/17, 5/8 all tours at 9am

PS 15: Open Houses Thurs. 2/5 @ 9am. Contact Mrs. Reis at 718-330-9280 ext. 1037

PS 29 no more tours

PS 32: Kindergarten School Tour 1/27, 2/4 @ 9am RSVP
G&T 2/10 @ 9am RSVP
ASD NEST School Tour, 2/ 5 @ 9am. RSVP

PS 38 contact the Parent Coordinator, Mr. Hassan 718-330-9305 for more information

PS 39: 1/22, 2/25. Tours begin at 9am. No registration needed to attend.

PS 58
Kindergarten Open House: 2/4 at 9:15am
Prek Tour: 3/19 @ 9:15am
No RSVP for either

PS 107 2/11 @ 9am
RSVP required (register on the website beginning Mon. 2/2) You must register in advance.

PS 118: 2/5 @ 9am, No RSVP

PS 124 contact parent coordinator, Donna Maxil 718-788-0246 to see if there are any other tours.

PS 130 kindergarten: 1/27 @ 9am RSVP; prek tours 2/12, 3/10 @ 9am RSVP

PS 146 Brooklyn New School: 1/22, 2/26, 3/4, 3/26 @ 9:00am. 2/4 @ 6pm. No registration required.

PS 154: contact Parent Coordinator, Debby Wattenbarger

PS 261
2/12, 3/26, 4/30, 5/7 all @ 8:30am No RSVP

PS 295: 2/12 @ 9am.

PS 321: 1/27 @ 9am

PS 372 The Children's School 2/2 @ 6pm in the Recreation Center, enter on 1st St.
no need to register

Sunset Park Avenues PS 516 contact the school for tour information

District 17

PS 316 Tours: Tues.1/20 @5pm, Fri. 1/30 @9am, Mon. 2/9 @9am RSVP with Sheila Garrett 718-638-4043

PS 705: 2/11 @ 9am.

PS 770 New American Academy: 1/24 @ 10:30, 1/27 @ 10am, 1/28 @ 5:30pm, 2/4@ 10am, 2/6 @ 5:30pm, 2/11 @10am, 2/13 @ 10am
RSVP to (718) 968-6520

District 22

PS 134
Kindergarten tour 1/23 call 718-436-7200 to reserve a spot

PS 139 to see if they are scheduling more tours - contact or call ( 718) 282-5254

PS 152 contact them for tour information 718-434-5222

PS 217
For more information contact Ute van Sitteren
at 718-434-6960 ext. 6

PS 193 contact the school for tour information

Middle School

Application deadline Tues. Dec. 2 get it to your guidance counselor on time.

Greene Hill School has openings in the 6th grade class for next year. Contact Laurie Baum, Middle School Director for more information at Dates for school tours can be found here.

BUGS (Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School)
open houses scheduled here. Their applications will be available in early winter and lottery will be in early April.

Brooklyn Prospect Charter School (D15) Windsor Terrace Campus open houses 1/12 and 3/2 both at 6-7:30pm

High School

Round 1 results distributed: March TBD

The dates for my talks in March have been scheduled. Information and ticket links are at the top of the newsletter and on my website

Brooklyn Prospect Charter HS (D15) Windsor Terrace Campus Open House 2/9 6-7:30pm

High 5 tickets $5 tickets to get events for kids 6-12th grade

Basis Brooklyn Independent School has 9th Grade Merit Scholars Program

For Parents and Students of All Ages

I have been reading two great books that I highly recommend (I will review them next month, but don't wait for me to check them out):

The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber, "practical tips for turning conversations about money into lessons." Pre-order the book and Donors Choose will give you $27 and fund your favorite classroom project.
THE TEST: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed With Standardized Testing, But You Don't Have To Be by Anya Kamenetz

Check out -drill vocabulary and send rice through the World Food Programme to End Hunger (genius idea!)

Bank St. Alumna available for K-8th grade tutoring and homework.
Check out Eleanor Traubman for information

Magazine for Creative Girls Launching in Gowanus

Websites and articles

How Game Theory Helped Improve New York City's Application Process
This explanation is generally the same for Kindergarten too! Exchange the high school's list of students for the geographic priorities.

Technology Nonprofit Teaches Coding to Brooklyn Girls

Read Renee Dinnerstein:
Seize the Moment: Rise to the Challenge of Pre-K
At the Museum

The Talking Cure closing the word gap

Top 15 Things Your Middle School Kids Wishes You Knew

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