The Month Ahead (April 2024)

Editor's Note (4/4/24): This post has been updated to reflect the 2024 NYC School Survey's new deadline on April 19, 2024.


Spring is (finally) in the air...

 

GIF featuring close-ups of budding cherry blossoms in Central Park

Now that the spring season is in full swing here in New York City, many of us are already seeing our fair share of fools, cherry blossoms, and other seasonal markers. And with other traditional, cultural, and religious celebrations taking place this month, including the end of Ramadan on Eid al-Fitr (April 10), this year’s observance of Passover (April 22–April 30), and our annual national celebration of Earth Day (April 22), and it’s clear that April can be quite an eventful month for City residents and families.

For City public school families, the biggest event to note on this month’s calendar is Spring Recess at the end of April; other important items this month include the last day of the 2024 NYC School Survey, our third Climate Action Day for the school year, and New York State’s administration of this year’s English Language Arts exams for students in grades 3–8.

So without further ado, grab your favorite beverage, fire up your preferred calendar app or daily planner, and take a look at what’s happening in NYC public schools in April 2024, courtesy of our official NYC Public Schools Calendar.

 

NYC Schools Calendar — April 2024

DateDetails

All Month Long

Arab American Heritage Month 
and
Earth Month

Monday, April 1

Easter Monday

All schools closed.

Wednesday, April 3

Middle School Offers Released

Families with students who participated in the 2024 Middle School Admissions process earlier this year will receive their offers via email. Offers will also be viewable in MySchools.

Wednesday, April 10

Eid al-Fitr

All schools closed.

Thursday, April 11—Friday, April 19

NY State English Language Arts Assessments for Students in Grades 3–8

Please check with teachers and school staff members at your child's school to learn your child's exact examination dates.

Monday, April 15

G&T Upper Grade Admissions Opens 

For current K–3 families who are interested in applying for Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs for fall 2024 placement

Wednesday, April 17

Climate Action Day #3 — Health, Wellness, and Green Space

Schools across the City are celebrating our third Climate Action Day with outdoor activities that promote learning, play, and stewardship for green spaces.

Speak with your child's teachers to learn more!

Friday, April 19

Last Day to Complete the 2024 NYC School Survey

Open to NYC public school families, teachers, and select staff members, as well as NYC public school students in grades 6–12.

Monday, April 22—Tuesday, April 30

Spring Recess

All schools closed.


Some notes about this month's schedule:

April is Arab American Heritage Month

Throughout the month, NYC Public Schools will celebrate Arab Americans, past and present, and recognize their invaluable contributions to the United States! Join in on the celebration by learning more about the activities and events taking place at your/your child's school, and visit our Arab American Heritage Month webpage for both our recommended reading lists for students of all ages as well as updated listings of family-friendly events, activities, and exhibitions that are taking place citywide throughout April.

 

NY State English Language Arts (ELA) Exams (April 11–19)

Generally, students in grades 3–8 who attend schools in New York State are given the State's annual English Language Arts exams every spring. The test, a two-day, untimed exam featuring both multiple-choice and open-ended questions that are based on short passages included in the test, will be scored and evaluated in compliance with policies established by both the NY State Education Department and the NYC Department of Education.

Learn more about the State's ELA exams on our webpage, and speak with your child's teachers for exact exam dates and times as well as for any questions regarding testing accommodations, if applicable.

 

G&T Upper Grade Application Opens April 15

Families of students currently in grades K–3 who are interested in placing their children into New York City's Gifted & Talented programs can submit an application for consideration beginning April 15, 2024. Eligibility will be based on report card grades, and the application deadline will be on May 3, 2024.

Learn more on our official Gifted & Talented (G&T) webpage, and sign up to get the latest G&T news and updates delivered straight to your email inbox!

 

April's Climate Action Day: "Health, Wellness, and Green Space"

On April 17, NYC Public Schools across the five boroughs are celebrating this year's third official Climate Action Day, a fun, environmentally-themed, creative learning opportunity for entire school communities. This month's Climate Action Day theme is "Health, Wellness, and Green Space," and participating schools will be hosting activities that promote outdoor learning and stewardship for green spaces.

Check with your/your child's school to see they will be celebrating April's Climate Action Day.

 

Complete the 2024 NYC School Survey by April 19

Time is running out! The 2024 NYC School Survey is seeking feedback from NYC familiesteachers, select school support staff members, and students in grades 6–12 about their experiences in City public schools. Help school leaders gain a better understanding about what you think about your schools by completing the Survey by April 19, 2024!

Learn more about the 2024 Survey right here on The Morning Bell, and log into your NYC Schools Account to access and submit your Survey today!

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And that's all for April! For the latest news and happenings about NYC Public Schools, bookmark us right here on The Morning Bell, and follow us on our social media channels on X and Facebook

On behalf of NYC Public Schools, we wish all City families and school communities a wonderful and cherry blossom-filled April!


Banner/lead photo by Kamaji Ogino. Original can be found on Pexels.


Books of the Week: Spring Break Edition!

Throughout April, we're recognizing National School Libraries Month by sharing some of our favorite books across all grade levels each week. This week, the titles we've included are all about protecting and appreciating our environment in celebration of Earth Day on Monday, April 22. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Early Readers (3K–Grade 2)

  • Hike, by Pete Oswald
  • In the Garden with Dr. Carver, by Susan Grigsby; illustrated by Nicole Tadgell 
  • Our Green City, by Tanya Lloyd Kyi; illustrated by Colleen Larmour
  • She Heard the Birds: The Story of Florence Merriam Bailey, Pioneering Nature Activist, by Andrea D’Aquino

Elementary (Grades 3–5)

  • Elsie Mae Has Something to Say, by Nancy J. Cavanaugh
  • Greta’s Story: The Schoolgirl Who Went on Strike to Save the Planet, by Valentina Camerini
  • The Last Bear, by Hannah Gold
  • World Without Fish, by Mark Kurlansky; illustrated by Frank Stockton

Middle School (Grades 6–8)

  • Force of Nature: A Novel of Rachel Carson, by Ann E. Burg; illustrated by Sophie Blackall
  • Haven Jacobs Saves the Planet, by Barbara Dee
  • Me and Marvin Gardens, by Amy Sarig King
  • One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet, by Anuradha Rao

Upper Grades (Grades 9–12)

  • The Carbon Diaries 2015, by Saci Lloyd
  • Girls Who Green the World: Thirty-Four Rebel Women Out to Save the Planet, by Diana Kapp; illustrated by Ana Jarén
  • How to Change Everything: The Young Human's Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other, by Naomi Klein with Rebecca Stefoff
  • The Line Tender, by Kate Allen 
Image of two students reading

For more great reads, check out the  Climate Change Collection on Sora, our citywide Digital Library which provides free access to hundreds of digital e-books and audiobooks for our students!


In celebration of Earth Month, we're sharing the story of Dr. Eugenie Clark, a fish scientist from New York City who earned herself the nickname, "Shark Lady," thanks to her trailblazing research on fish and shark species around the world as well as her personal dedication to protecting sharks and their ocean habitats from extinction.

Learn about Dr. Clark on Hidden Voices

Image of Eugenie Clark smiling while sitting on the edge of a pier.

In this installment of the Hidden Voices series, learn more about Dr. Joanne Chory, a Lebanese American plant geneticist whose early work revolutionized botany and who is now dedicated to the global fight against climate change.

Dr. Joanne Chory at her laboratory at the Salk Institute, posing with her plant specimens.

In recognition of National American Sign Language (ASL) Day on Monday, April 15, we’re highlighting the tiny, but mighty team at the New York City Public Schools (NYCPS) Office of Sign Language Interpretation Services (OSLIS).

An image of two people communicating using sign language.

SPOTLIGHT ON OUR SCHOOLS

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Two students wearing eclipse glasses stand outside on their school's field to watch the eclipse together.
Student standing outside school building wearing eclipse glasses to look at the sun.
A student stands in from of a green screen to record an interview. She is facing a teleprompter, and another screen showing her video feed.
A young, smiling student wearing eclipse glasses, a grey sweatshirt, and a black hat poses for the camera with a school staff member.
Three students in a classroom - from left to right, they are holding puppets representing the moon, sun, and earth for an eclipse activity.
A group of students standing on their school field with decorated solar eclipse glasses, looking at the sun.
A student and teacher both dressed as astronauts pose in front of an outer space backdrop.

White, gold, and pink text on a navy blue background that reads "Celebrating Arab American Heritage Month" surrounded by illustrations of moons and stars in the same colors as the text.

Summer Rising Offers Now Available

Summer Rising 2024 logo on top of an orange background

Applied for any of NYC's Summer Rising programs earlier this year? You can view your offers beginning Wednesday, April 17!

Register for our virtual info session to learn more about Summer Rising 2024.

Thursday, April 18: 6:30—8:00 PM


The Month Ahead (April 2024)

Editor's Note (4/4/24): This post has been updated to reflect the 2024 NYC School Survey's new deadline on April 19, 2024.


Spring is (finally) in the air...

 

GIF featuring close-ups of budding cherry blossoms in Central Park

Now that the spring season is in full swing here in New York City, many of us are already seeing our fair share of fools, cherry blossoms, and other seasonal markers. And with other traditional, cultural, and religious celebrations taking place this month, including the end of Ramadan on Eid al-Fitr (April 10), this year’s observance of Passover (April 22–April 30), and our annual national celebration of Earth Day (April 22), and it’s clear that April can be quite an eventful month for City residents and families.

For City public school families, the biggest event to note on this month’s calendar is Spring Recess at the end of April; other important items this month include the last day of the 2024 NYC School Survey, our third Climate Action Day for the school year, and New York State’s administration of this year’s English Language Arts exams for students in grades 3–8.

So without further ado, grab your favorite beverage, fire up your preferred calendar app or daily planner, and take a look at what’s happening in NYC public schools in April 2024, courtesy of our official NYC Public Schools Calendar.

 

NYC Schools Calendar — April 2024

DateDetails

All Month Long

Arab American Heritage Month 
and
Earth Month

Monday, April 1

Easter Monday

All schools closed.

Wednesday, April 3

Middle School Offers Released

Families with students who participated in the 2024 Middle School Admissions process earlier this year will receive their offers via email. Offers will also be viewable in MySchools.

Wednesday, April 10

Eid al-Fitr

All schools closed.

Thursday, April 11—Friday, April 19

NY State English Language Arts Assessments for Students in Grades 3–8

Please check with teachers and school staff members at your child's school to learn your child's exact examination dates.

Monday, April 15

G&T Upper Grade Admissions Opens 

For current K–3 families who are interested in applying for Gifted & Talented (G&T) programs for fall 2024 placement

Wednesday, April 17

Climate Action Day #3 — Health, Wellness, and Green Space

Schools across the City are celebrating our third Climate Action Day with outdoor activities that promote learning, play, and stewardship for green spaces.

Speak with your child's teachers to learn more!

Friday, April 19

Last Day to Complete the 2024 NYC School Survey

Open to NYC public school families, teachers, and select staff members, as well as NYC public school students in grades 6–12.

Monday, April 22—Tuesday, April 30

Spring Recess

All schools closed.


Some notes about this month's schedule:

April is Arab American Heritage Month

Throughout the month, NYC Public Schools will celebrate Arab Americans, past and present, and recognize their invaluable contributions to the United States! Join in on the celebration by learning more about the activities and events taking place at your/your child's school, and visit our Arab American Heritage Month webpage for both our recommended reading lists for students of all ages as well as updated listings of family-friendly events, activities, and exhibitions that are taking place citywide throughout April.

 

NY State English Language Arts (ELA) Exams (April 11–19)

Generally, students in grades 3–8 who attend schools in New York State are given the State's annual English Language Arts exams every spring. The test, a two-day, untimed exam featuring both multiple-choice and open-ended questions that are based on short passages included in the test, will be scored and evaluated in compliance with policies established by both the NY State Education Department and the NYC Department of Education.

Learn more about the State's ELA exams on our webpage, and speak with your child's teachers for exact exam dates and times as well as for any questions regarding testing accommodations, if applicable.

 

G&T Upper Grade Application Opens April 15

Families of students currently in grades K–3 who are interested in placing their children into New York City's Gifted & Talented programs can submit an application for consideration beginning April 15, 2024. Eligibility will be based on report card grades, and the application deadline will be on May 3, 2024.

Learn more on our official Gifted & Talented (G&T) webpage, and sign up to get the latest G&T news and updates delivered straight to your email inbox!

 

April's Climate Action Day: "Health, Wellness, and Green Space"

On April 17, NYC Public Schools across the five boroughs are celebrating this year's third official Climate Action Day, a fun, environmentally-themed, creative learning opportunity for entire school communities. This month's Climate Action Day theme is "Health, Wellness, and Green Space," and participating schools will be hosting activities that promote outdoor learning and stewardship for green spaces.

Check with your/your child's school to see they will be celebrating April's Climate Action Day.

 

Complete the 2024 NYC School Survey by April 19

Time is running out! The 2024 NYC School Survey is seeking feedback from NYC familiesteachers, select school support staff members, and students in grades 6–12 about their experiences in City public schools. Help school leaders gain a better understanding about what you think about your schools by completing the Survey by April 19, 2024!

Learn more about the 2024 Survey right here on The Morning Bell, and log into your NYC Schools Account to access and submit your Survey today!

___

And that's all for April! For the latest news and happenings about NYC Public Schools, bookmark us right here on The Morning Bell, and follow us on our social media channels on X and Facebook

On behalf of NYC Public Schools, we wish all City families and school communities a wonderful and cherry blossom-filled April!


Banner/lead photo by Kamaji Ogino. Original can be found on Pexels.

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