CORONAVIRUS UPDATES & INFO

Please see below for important updates around coronavirus and the closure of our school building. Get information on our scholars’ remote education during the closing of our school building. Remote education using our online tools will begin on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

UPDATED July 9th 2021

DPEMS Summer Academy Starts July 12 @8:45 AM

Summer Academy will be Monday, July 12th, to Tuesday, August 4th  from 8:45 AM- 12 PM. Scholars in remote Summer Academy will have live sessions via Zoom to attend each day similar to the model followed during the school year.
Here are the Summer Academy expectations and schedules for virtual scholars.

Enrollment 2021-2022 at Democracy Prep Endurance Elementary School

Dear Democracy Prep Middle School Families,
My name is Katherine Perez, and I will be opening Democracy Prep’s next elementary school in the Bronx in the coming school year with grades kindergarten and 1st grade at Democracy Prep Endurance Elementary School. DPEE will be located at 1529 Williamsbridge Road Bronx, NY 10461. I am reaching out to let you know this exciting news, and to encourage you to enroll your elementary age children in Democracy Prep today! Please also feel free to share this information with family members and friends who may be interested in enrolling their children.
I, along with the whole Democracy Prep team would like the opportunity to educate our amazing scholars as early as possible because transition to Democracy Prep Middle Schools is much smoother when our scholars are already part of the Democracy Prep family from an early age. Attached to this communication are 2 flyers, which outline how to apply to all of our Democracy Prep elementary school options, including our 2 schools in Harlem and our newest location in the Bronx.
If you would like more information about Democracy Prep Endurance Elementary School, please reach out to me via email or phone!
Best,
Katherine Perez
Founding Principal
Democracy Prep Endurance Elementary School
1529 Williamsbridge Road Bronx, NY 10461
(347) 498-4140
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Estimadas familias de las escuelas de Democracy Prep,
Soy la Srta. Katherine Perez y este próximo año escolar 2021-22 abriré la próxima escuela primaria de Democracy Prep en el Bronx, iniciando con el primer grado y kindergarten. Nuestra escuela llevará el nombre de Democracy Prep Endurance Elementary School (DPEE). La misma estará ubicada en 1529 Williamsbridge Road Bronx, NY 10461. Les contacto para compartir esta feliz noticia y para animarles a inscribir a sus estudiantes de primaria en Democracy Prep hoy mismo. Por favor, comparta esta información con sus familiares y amigos quienes también pueden tener interés en inscribir a sus hijos.
¡A mí, junto con el equipo de Democracy Prep, me gustaría tener la oportunidad de educar a sus increíbles estudiantes lo más pronto posible! Tenga en cuenta que la transición a las escuelas intermedias de Democracy Prep son mucho más fáciles si sus estudiantes forman parte de nuestra familia de Democracy Prep desde una temprana edad.  Adjunto a esta comunicación, puede encontrar dos volantes, que contienen información sobre cómo aplicar a todas las escuelas de primaria en Democracy Prep, incluyendo nuestras dos escuelas en Harlem y nuestra nueva ubicación en el Bronx.
Si desea más información sobre Democracy Prep Endurance Elementary School, por favor, póngase en contacto conmigo por correo electrónico o teléfono.
Cordialmente,
Katherine Perez
Directora Fundadora
Democracy Prep Endurance Elementary School
1529 Williamsbridge Road Bronx, NY 10461
(347) 498-4140

Zoom Meeting Thursday Feb. 11 at 5PM / Reunión de Zoom de preguntas y respuestas familiares el febrero 11 de enero a las 5 p.m.

Dear DPEM Families,

We are very excited to see you all at our Family Q&A on Zoom this Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5 PM. We will be providing updates regarding remote learning, our reopening and explain how families can support their scholars in remote learning. All families will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Please click this Zoom link to participate in the Q&A session on Thursday Feb. 11 at 5 PM PM: https://democracyprep.zoom.us/j/97925929106

See you soon!
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Estimadas familias de DPEM,

Estamos muy emocionados de verlos a todos en nuestras Preguntas y Respuestas Familiares en Zoom este febrero 11 de enero a las 5 PM. Proporcionaremos actualizaciones sobre el aprendizaje remoto, nuestra reapertura y explicaremos cómo las familias pueden apoyar a sus estudiantes en el aprendizaje remoto. Todas las familias tendrán la oportunidad de hacer preguntas.

Haga clic en este enlace de Zoom para participar en la sesión de preguntas y respuestas el febrero 11 de enero a las 5 PM: https://democracyprep.zoom.us/j/97925929106

¡Te veo pronto!

Calling on Families to Help Redefine “A Life of Active Citizenship” at Democracy Prep! ¡Ayúdenos a redefinir la cívica a Democracy Prep!

Calling on Families to Help Redefine “A Life of Active Citizenship” at Democracy Prep!
Goal: Development of a list of K-12 Civics Dispositions that will inform the scope and sequence for the first-ever official DPPS Civics Curriculum.
Dear Democracy Prep Public Schools Families,
Civic engagement is a core component of the Democracy Prep Public Schools ethos and identity–for many of us, it is the very feature that drew us to this network. We believe that a kinder, more equitable, and more connected world is possible, and through our civics program, we equip the young people we educate with the skills and mindsets necessary to assume their roles as the next generation of changemakers.
As the definition of civic education becomes more expansive and inclusive, it is essential that we develop a shared understanding of what the notion of “a life of active citizenship” truly entails for our organization. Doing so will ensure that the work we engage in is as meaningful and culturally relevant as possible.
Welcoming Applications for Civics Dispositions Focus Group
The Office of the Superintendent and the Civics Program will be establishing a number of focus groups to better understand the criteria various stakeholders in our community (scholars, staff, alumni, and families) use to identify the qualities of the terms “responsible citizen-scholar” and “life of active citizenship”.
This is a unique opportunity to shape a shared definition for key components of our mission statement and contribute to the development of the first-ever K-12 civics scope and sequence.
Your insight is critical as we chart a path forward over the next several months. We are particularly interested in gathering the perspectives of our families, as you are an essential part of our community. With that in mind, we are writing today to share an interest form for a focus group to help set the vision for civic education at Democracy Prep and provide feedback on our approach to empowering young people to lift up their communities. The time commitment would be one hour-long virtual group conversation.
The interest form to join the DPPS Civics Dispositions focus group is linked here and it will be open from January 25 to February 5, 2021. We are excited to review applications! If you have any questions about the process please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!
Rashid Duroseau (Civics Program Director, rduroseau@democracyprep.org)
Duncan Scherer (Assistant Superintendent, dscherer@democracyprep.org)
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¡Ayúdenos a redefinir la cívica a Democracy Prep!
Meta: Desarrollar una lista de disposiciones cívicas K-12 que informarán una secuencia de enseñanza y estándares para el primer currículo cívico DPPS oficial. 
El compromiso cívico es un componente esencial de la identidad y ethos de Democracy Prep Public Schools- por muchos de nosotros, es la característica que nos trae a esta red. Creemos que un mundo más amable, más equitable, y más conectado sea posible, y hacia nuestro programa cívico, preparemos los jóvenes que educamos con las habilidades y actitudes necesarias para asumir sus papeles como la próxima generación de agentes de cambio.
Mientras la definición de educación cívica se hace más expansiva e inclusiva, es esencial que desarrollamos un entendimiento de que significa “una vida de ciudadanía activa” para nuestra organización. Hacer eso nos asegura que el trabajo que hagamos es lo más significativo y responsivo culturalmente posible.
Damos la bienvenida a solicitudes para nuestro grupo de enfoque de disposiciones cívicas
La oficina del superintendente y el programa de cívicos establecerán un número de grupos de enfoque para entender mejor el criteria accionistas diferentes en nuestra comunidad (estudiantes, empleados, ex-alumnos, y familias) usan para identificar las calidades de los términos “ciudadanxs-estudiantes responsables” y “vida de ciudadanía activa.”
Esto es una oportunidad única para formar una definición creada para los componentes más importantes en nuestra misión y contribuir al desarrollo de nuestra primera secuencia K-12 de enseñanza cívica.
Su conocimiento es crítico mientras escogemos nuestros próximos pasos en los siguientes meses. Estamos especialmente interesados en recoger las perspectivas de nuestras familias, porque son una parte esencial de nuestra comunidad.  Con esta intención, les escribimos hoy para compartir un formulario de interés para un grupo de enfoque que nos ayuda crear una visión para la educación cívica a Democracy Prep y nos provee comentarios sobre nuestro acercamiento de empoderar a jóvenes de animar sus comunidades. El tiempo requerido será una conversación virtual en un grupo por una hora.
El formulario de interés de unirse al grupo de enfoque de DPPS disposiciones cívicas se encuentra aquí y estará abierto desde el 26 de enero hasta el 5 de febrero 2021.  ¡Estamos felices de revisar las aplicaciones! Si tiene preguntas sobre este proceso, por favor no dude en ponerse en contacto con nosotros!
Rashid Duroseau (Civics Program Director, rduroseau@democracyprep.org)
Duncan Scherer (Assistant Superintendent, dscherer@democracyprep.org)

[Information] Town Hall Recap and Hybrid Learning Updates/ [Information] Recapitular ayuntamiento y actualizaciones de aprendizaje híbrido

Dear DPNY Families,
Town Hall Recap
To those of you who were able to attend our New York Parent Town Hall, it was great to see you. To those of you who were unable to attend, you can watch a recording of the Town Hall here. You can also find the powerpoint presentation attached to this email.
Final Survey of the School Year
On February 1, 2021, families will receive the final survey to decide if their scholars will opt in to hybrid learning (2 days of in-person instruction per week) or finish the year on an all-virtual schedule. This scheduling survey is due on February 5, 2021. If families choose virtual in this final family survey, this decision will stand for the remainder of the school year, and there will not be an option to switch back to hybrid learning.
Consent Form for Onsite COVID Testing for Hybrid Scholars
Every family opting for hybrid learning for their scholar will be required to complete a HIPAA Authorization Form, consenting to randomized COVID-19 testing for their scholar by 5PM on March 1. If you are unwilling to consent for COVID-19 testing, your scholar must opt for all-virtual learning for the remainder of the year.
We have contracted with Rapid Reliable Testing, who will deploy medical professionals to each school to conduct rapid result COVID-19 tests. These are painless tests via a nasal swab that is only inserted 1 centimeter into the nose.
Details of COVID-19 Testing Program
Vendor: Rapid Reliable Testing – www.rrtesting.com
Frequency: 2 visits per school per month
Scale: 10% of on-site staff and scholars per visit, totaling at least 20% of on-site population per month
Test Type: Rapid antigen COVID-19 test with results in approximately 15 minutes
Method: Shallow nasal swab less than 1 centimeter into nose
Documentation: Hard copy of results provide to scholar the day of testing and online access to your scholar’s results
We will be sending out more information in the coming weeks. Please do not hesitate to reach out to your school leader if you have any questions.
Thank you,
Natasha Trivers
Chief Executive Officer
Democracy Prep Public Schools
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Estimadas familias DPNY,
Resumen del Ayuntamiento
Para aquellos de ustedes que pudieron asistir a nuestro Ayuntamiento de Padres de Nueva York, fue genial verlos. A aquellos de ustedes que no pudieron asistir, pueden ver una grabación del Ayuntamiento aquí. También puede encontrar la presentación powerpoint adjunta a este correo electrónico.
Encuesta final del año escolar
El 1 de Febrero de 2021, las familias recibirán la encuesta final para decidir si sus estudiantes se inscribirán en el aprendizaje híbrido (2 días de instrucción en persona por semana) o terminarán el año en un horario totalmente virtual. Esta encuesta de programación vence el 5 de Febrero de 2021. Si las familias eligen virtual en esta encuesta familiar final, esta decisión se mantendrá para el resto del año escolar, y no habrá una opción para volver al aprendizaje híbrido.
Formulario de consentimiento para pruebas COVID in situ para estudiantes híbridos
Cada familia que opte por el aprendizaje híbrido para su estudiante deberá completar un Formulario de Autorización de la HIPAA, dando su consentimiento para las pruebas aleatorizadas de COVID-19 para su estudiante antes de las 5PM del 1 de Marzo. Si no está dispuesto a dar su consentimiento para las pruebas COVID-19, su estudiante debe optar por el aprendizaje totalmente virtual para el resto del año.
Hemos contratado con Rapid Reliable Testing, que desplegarán profesionales médicos en cada escuela para realizar pruebas COVID-19 de resultados rápidos. Estas son pruebas indoloras a través de un hisopo nasal que sólo se inserta 1 centímetro en la nariz.
Detalles del Programa de Pruebas COVID-19
Proveedor: Pruebas rápidas y fiables – www.rrtesting.com
Frecuencia: 2 visitas por escuela al mes
Escala: 10% del personal y académicos en el lugar por visita, totalizando al menos el 20% de la población in situ por mes
Tipo de prueba: Prueba de antígeno rápido COVID-19 con resultados en aproximadamente 15 minutos
Método: Hisopo nasal poco profundo de menos de 1 centímetro en la nariz
Documentación: Copia impresa de los resultados proporcionan a los estudiantes el día de las pruebas y el acceso en línea a los resultados de su estudiante
Enviaremos más información en las próximas semanas. Por favor, no dude en comunicarse con su líder de la escuela si tiene alguna pregunta.
Gracias
Natasha Trivers
Consejero Delegado
Escuelas Publicas de Democracy Prep


Announcement Regarding 20-21 Spring Break

Dear DPEM Families,

We’ve been so inspired and energized by the start of our school year, especially by our scholars and the enthusiasm they have brought to their classes so far.

We’re writing to inform you of an update to our SY 20-21 calendar. As you may know, the NYC DOE just released their SY 20-21 calendar. After reviewing their calendar, we have decided to shift our Spring Break to align with the NYC DOE, and will therefore be holding Spring Break during the week of March 29th. Aligning our spring break week with the DOE’s will allow for smoother provision of DOE-based services such as busing and meals. We also know that some of you have scholars who attend NYC DOE schools, so we hope that this shift will be helpful so that your children all have spring break at the same time.

Of course, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at my contact information below.

Thank you for all that you do.

In partnership,

Katherine Perez
(347) 498-4140
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Estimadas familias de DPEM,

Estamos muy inspirados y llenos de energía por el comienzo de nuestro año escolar, especialmente por nuestros estudiantes y el entusiasmo que han traído a sus clases hasta ahora.

Le escribimos para informarle de una actualización de nuestro calendario SY 20-21. Como sabrá, el NYC DOE acaba de publicar su calendario SY 20-21. Después de revisar su calendario, hemos decidido cambiar nuestras vacaciones de primavera para alinearnos con el NYC DOE y, por lo tanto, celebraremos las vacaciones de primavera durante la semana del 29 de marzo. La alineación de nuestra semana de vacaciones de primavera con la del DOE permitirá una prestación más fluida de los servicios basados ??en el DOE, como transporte y comidas. También sabemos que algunos de ustedes tienen académicos que asisten a las escuelas del DOE de la Ciudad de Nueva York, por lo que esperamos que este cambio sea útil para que todos sus hijos tengan las vacaciones de primavera al mismo tiempo.

Por supuesto, si tiene alguna pregunta, no dude en comunicarse conmigo en mi información de contacto a continuación.

Gracias por todo lo que haces.

En asociación,

Katherine Perez
(347) 498-4140

UPDATED September 17, 2020

If you missed out Q&A last night, here’s the video recording: bit.ly/33FRHA7

UPDATED September 16, 2020

Please review our updated Uniform Expectations for Hybrid in-school scholars starting Oct. 19: bit.ly/3mrpzJD

UPDATED September 15, 2020

Estimadas familias,
Esperamos que estén saludables y listos para otra semana exitosa de aprendizaje. Queremos informarles que ofrecemos apoyo en tareas en español para las familias hispanohablantes cada miércoles a partir del 16 de septiembre a las
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Dear families,
We hope you are healthy and ready for another successful week of learning. We would like to inform you that we are offering homework help for Spanish speaking families each Wednesday beginning September 16th at 5PM in Zoom. Please see the attached flyer for more information and the link!
Thank you

UPDATED September 11, 2020

Dear DPE Families,
We are committed to building community and ensuring an inclusive and positive school culture.  While we navigate these unique times, we know that in order for scholars to be able to focus on their academic learning, we must also prioritize social-emotional learning (SEL) alongside academics.  We are placing a stronger emphasis on integrating the impact of our current reality into our curriculum and practice to ensure scholars and families have a supportive environment to thrive.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. Social-emotional learning provides a foundation for safe and positive learning and enhances students’ ability to succeed in school, careers, and life. Our goal is to partner with you in this priority and build on the foundation that you have already set at home.
All DPE teammates commit to supporting the social-emotional well-being of all scholars–whether in the school building or the remote learning space.  Building a sense of belonging and connection to and with the school community is the foundation of strong school culture.  The three focus areas below describe our prioritized partnerships and social and emotional learning supports in the 2020-2021 school year.
Strong family, scholar, school partnerships:  On-going family-scholar-school communication is a cornerstone of our work together.  We will be in regular contact with families to ensure the school knows what scholars and families need to ensure scholars are set up for success and feel supported by their school community.  As an example, we will gather surveys from individual families to best understand the needs and current context.  We will also hold periodic family town halls for communication and collaboration.
Prioritized time for social-emotional learning: The school schedule reflects dedicated time(s) for social-emotional learning in advisory, town halls, community circles, small groups, and/or targeted touchpoints.  Scholars will be encouraged to bring their full selves into the room to better connect with one another, their teachers, and other members of the school community. Their voices will be honored and heard as they share the stories, experiences, and issues that matter to them. Additionally, these spaces for social-emotional learning infuse an authentic sense of joy and community into the school day to further support scholar engagement during this unique time.  By creating consistent routines and structures for scholars, we are creating support for consistency and predictability at school.
Opportunities for individualized support:  All scholars have unique needs and we are committed to providing opportunities for individualized support academically, behaviorally, and emotionally.  Advisors work closely with grade-level teams and the scholar support team to provide scholars with the support they need including daily academic support blocks, check-ins with social workers and school counselors, and regular opportunities to check-in with staff members to share feedback and additional assistance a student may need.
Thank you as always for your continued partnership and please reach out with any questions or concerns as we launch into this school year together!  If you have additional ideas and feedback on supports we can provide DPE scholars, please reach out to our leadership team:
Katherine Perez kperez@democracyprep.org
Andrew Clay andrew.clay@democracyprep.org
Jasmine McQuay jasmine.mcquay@democracyprep.org

UPDATED September 11, 2020

To be admitted to Zoom classes, scholars will need their name showing in Zoom. Ensuring all scholars names show in Zoom will help us take more accurate attendance and will ensure the privacy of all scholars is protected.
For a scholar’s name to show in Zoom, the name of the device that the scholar is using needs to include the scholar’s name. If scholars are using DPE Chromebooks, the scholars name will automatically show in Zoom. If the scholar is using a personal device and needs support renaming it so that their name shows in Zoom, please complete this tech support survey so we can assist you.
Thank you for your cooperation with this for strong accuracy of attendance and security of Zoom sessions!

UPDATED September 10, 2020

Communication was sent regarding:
– If your scholar has tutoring.
– Your scholar’s tutoring schedule.

UPDATED September 7, 2020

Welcome DPEMS Families and Friends,
Democracy Prep Endurance Middle School is so excited to start the 20-21 school year with your scholar on Tuesday, September 8! In the next 10 months, scholars will be challenged by our strong academic program, infused with undeniable joy and contagious enthusiasm.
On Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 8:45AM, your scholar will be joining:
Ms. Duran’s Zoom by clicking his button on Clever.com!
This will be your advisory and virtual schedule starting Sept. 8: Dartmouth
Please, sign in tonight to ensure you’re able to log in Tuesday, Sept. 8:
Text or email Ms. Camara for any tech issues: <mariam.camara@democracyprep.org> or (347) 213-8490
UPDATED September 3, 2020
If you missed out Q&A last night:
– Here’s the video recording: bit.ly/32Wb8Er
– Here are the slides: bit.ly/351MGED
UPDATED September 2, 2020
Prior to Prep Academy at 945AM, click this link for Chromebook login directions: http://bit.ly/34FwBUI
UPDATED September 2, 2020
Dear NY Families,We know you may have seen Mayor De Blasio’s announcement about pushing back the start of school for all NYC DOE schools until September 21st. This shift has no impact on Democracy Prep and our virtual launch date. We will still be launching our virtual classes on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, and we still plan to launch our hybrid model with in-person instruction 2 days per week (potentially more for scholars in need of significant academic support) on Monday, October 19, 2020.We will continue to monitor COVID-19 positivity rates and family and scholar concerns in the coming weeks and will keep you abreast of any new developments.Additionally, our centralized Chromebook distribution event scheduled for tomorrow is going to be postponed due to extremely high demand. We ask that if your scholar still needs a Chromebook that you contact your school’s Operations Manager so they can coordinate with you to pick up a Chromebook as soon as possible so that we can ensure that your scholar is prepared for the start of school.

Thank you so much for your continued partnership. We are so excited to launch a new school year, despite challenges related to this virus. We can’t wait to greet you on social media, in a Zoom Town Hall, or in person at your child’s campus real soon!
UPDATED September 1, 2020

Greetings DPEMS Families and Scholars,
Tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 2) starts our virtual Prep Academy for all scholars. New scholars will continue and returning scholars now join grade-level advisories Wednesday (Sept. 2) and Thursday (Sept. 3) from 9:45 AM to 12 PM. Uniforms aren’t required!
To log into Prep Academy, follow the directions below:
  • Go to clever.com/in/dpps. If you have a DPPS Chromebook, you will be automatically directed to this page when you log into your computer and can skip to the last step.
  • Log in using your DP Scholar Account [first name].[last name]@scholar.democracyprep.org
  • Default passwords is: dpscholar
  • Click on the teacher’s page list below to access your Prep Academy Zoom room.
You’ll be joining Mr. Howell’s Zoom tomorrow by clicking her button on Clever.com!
If you’ve forgotten your password, we can reset it for you! Click HERE out these Chromebook directions for simple login techniques.
Sincerely,
Democracy Prep Endurance Middle School
UPDATED August 27, 2020
Please click the following link to view a recording of last-night’s DPEMS 20-21 Family Orientation: bit.ly/3gGQ9ux
USEFUL LINKS
If you want to learn more, here are a few resources we have found helpful:

The links below provide resources, printable materials, and lesson plans regarding hand-washing and fostering empathy and countering biased responses regarding the coronavirus.

Hand Washing and Flu Prevention Material:

Teaching Children about the Flu & Prevention
Health & Hand Washing Promotion Materials
Hand Washing Lesson Plans and Materials