A cozy neighborhood school in trendy East Williamsburg - 196WBMS The Williamsburg Bridge Magnet School for Communication and Media Arts is a warm and friendly place where students receive a well-rounded education and individualized attention from their teachers. The school has the feel of a close-knit community where everyone works diligently to infuse learning with a sense of fun. Through the magnet program, students have access to hands on project based learning experiences that include technology, the arts, cooking and more!

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    Pre-K & 3K Virtual Open House!

    We are happy to announce that 196WBMS(Ten Eyck) will be listed on the NYC DOE 3K application next week! 
    Please join us for one of our upcoming Open Houses to learn all about the exciting Early Childhood programs we have to offer in 2021-2022!
    Pre-K applications close on April 7th
    3-K applications close on April 30
    Apply now atschools.nyc.gov
    P.S. 196 WBMS
  • Opt-in for Blended Learning March 24-April 7

    When and How to Opt In to Blended Learning

    • Beginning this Wednesday, March 24, you can visit the Learning Preference Survey
      at https://www.nycenet.edu/surveys/learningpreference to select blended learning for your child.

    • Families can also call 311.

    • You can change to blended learning until Wednesday, April 7.

    When Your Student Can Return to the School Building

    • Students in district 3-K, Pre-K, and grades K-5, including students in District 75, who opt into blended learning during this opt-in window will return to buildings in April.

    • Students in grades 6-12 who opt into blended learning during this opt-in window will return at a later date, and we will communicate more details as soon as possible.

    • Updates will be posted at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/coronavirus.

    Requirements for Returning to the School Building

    Please note that if you select blended learning for your child, you must submit the consent form for random COVID-19 testing by the first day your child begins in-person learning. You can submit your consent for testing one of two ways:

    • Through your New York City Schools Account (NYCSA) under ‘Manage Account’, or

    • Complete and sign the consent form available here and bring it to your child’s school on the first day they are back in the school building.

    Families that select blended learning are expected to have their child attend in person on days they are scheduled to do so.

    Please note that if your child is currently learning fully remotely and you do not complete the survey indicating a preference for blended learning, your student(s) will remain fully remote.

    We are able to offer this additional chance for fully remote students to opt in to learning in buildings because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance, allowing us to safely accommodate more students in a classroom. As always, our focus is on the health and safety of your children, the dedicated staff who serve them, and you—their family. That has been our priority since day one, and will continue to guide everything we do.

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  • District 14 Response to anti Asian Violence

    Dear District 14 Families, Community Members, Students and Staff:

    The Asian-American community has been experiencing unprecedented acts of violence against innocent people across the country. While there has been a lot of media attention very recently in response to the heinous attacks against Asian American women in metro Atlanta this week, this is not a new phenomenon. There is fear among our Asian-American families who are an integral part of our school and district community. As the District 14, we strongly say that hatred and racism will not be tolerated against any member of our community. We stand together and for each other and our schools must be safe spaces for all our diverse students, all our staff and family members. Today and always, we stand strong with our Asian-American families.

    The Department of Education issued the following response to anti-Asian violence:

    “Bigotry, bias, and bullying have no place in our schools or our communities and we stand in solidarity with our Asian- American students and families. We are working with the NYPD and School Safety Division to increase patrols around specific schools and transportation hubs to ensure student safety and well-being as our city confronts the recent increase in anti-Asian violence. Our schools play an important role in educating students about how the diversity of our differences makes us stronger, and we commend our dedicated educators and schools’ staff for making sure students are physically and emotionally safe during this time.”

    District 14 Principals and Assistant Principals issued their response:

    “On behalf of CSA in District 14, our Principals, Assistant Principals and Education Administrators condemn the violence against all Asian-Americans. These targeted racial attacks against innocent citizens should not be the norm nor supported by any group. As active members of the District 14 community, citizens of this city, and educators, we are unified and steadfastly committed to embracing and supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will not support divisive rhetoric that leads toward unwarranted brutality against any Asian-American citizen. These residents help us create the diverse tapestry that is District 14. Our commitment in District 14 is to care for one another, and to look out for each person's well-being. We actively work to cultivate an environment where everyone is welcome regardless of identity, background, or race.”

    The United Federation of Teachers said in their statement for the District 14 community:

    “The UFT stands with our Asian-American brothers and sisters. Hate-speech and racially motivated violence have no place in our community. Together - educators, students, parents - we must speak out against such brutality and work to build an inclusive, just and welcoming society.”

    All District 14 leaders, teachers, parent coordinators and guidance counselors received resources and a toolkit developed in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, New York City Commission on Human Rights, and Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, the NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes with all of our Respect for All liaisons across the city - Stop COVID Hate: A Toolkit for Addressing Anti-Asian Bias, Discrimination, and Hate. This toolkit and additional resources provides comprehensive information and educational material for both bystanders and those targeted by bias- motivated incidents; and infographics, media, and other digital campaigns against hate. These tools are continuously updated and are regularly shared with all school communities.

    As a District 14 community, we SAY NO TO HATE.

    Alicja Winnicki, Superintendent

    Iradies Munet, UFT Representative

    James Brown, CSA Representative

    P.S. 196 WBMS
  • Mandatory In-School Covid-19 Testing

    As per the DOE announcement, In order for your child to return to in-person learning, you must submit the consent form for in-school COVID-19 testing. Mandatory in-school testing will happen weekly for a random selection of staff and students in all reopened school buildings. The consent form can be found here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-year-20-21/return-to-school-2020/health-and-safety/covid-19-testing

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  • Parent Handbook Now Available Online!

    View the Parent Handbook on our website - available in the top navigation bar.

    P.S. 196 WBMS
  • COVID-19 Updates

    Please visit our COVID-19 Plan page to find all the critical information about how P.S. 196K is changing the way we operate to reduce the risk of COVID infection. We are doing everything we can to make sure staff, students, and families are safe.

    P.S. 196 WBMS
  • Returning to School 2020

    Stay up to date with the latest news on reopening by visiting the NYC DOE Return to School 2020 page.

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