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The following is a press release from the offices of Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein:

Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein has been visiting schools to publicize the expansion of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) program and the April 23rd enrollment deadline.

The Assemblywoman fought strongly for the expansion, with $300 million in the recently enacted 2014-15 State Budget potentially allowing for all NYC children turning 4 in 2014 with free Pre-K education if enrolled in time. Half day and full day programs will be available at Public schools and Community based organizations.

The Assemblywoman read to students enrolled in the UPK program at PS 197. The administration and teachers at the school voiced excitement about the expansion.

“Studies are showing how vital Pre-K education is for the healthy growth of a child as they head on to Kindergarten and primary school,” said PS 197 Principal Rosemarie Nicoletti. “The expansion of this program will help us reach so many more children and I thank Assemblywoman Weinstein for her continued commitment to serving the needs of her youngest constituents.”

“As successful as we were in Albany in securing this funding, the real success of this program will depend on how many children enroll,” said the Assemblywoman. “I urge parents of eligible children to apply before we hit the deadline on April 23rd.”

Parents can enroll online or by calling or visiting the Brooklyn enrollment center at 131 Livingston Street (718-935-4908). The office will be open from 8 am – 7 pm on the following dates: April 8 – 9, April 15 – 16, and April 22 – 23.

The public is invited to attend Community Education Council District 21’s (CEC 21) meeting today, January 15, at 7:00 p.m. at I.S. 98 Bay Academy, 1401 Emmons Avenue.

In addition to the public comment session, there will be a presentation by Change the Stakes, a group of parents and educators who are concerned with the effects high stakes-testing has on children and schools.

To learn more about CEC 21, call (718) 333-3885, email, or visit CEC 21 on the web or on Facebook.

A coalition of Turkish-American organizations forked over $40,000 yesterday to the Gerritsen Beach library (2808 Gerritsen Avenue) and Gerritsen Beach Elementary School (P.S. 277), institutions that have suffered in the five months since Superstorm Sandy rocked the community.

The donation came from Turkish-American groups, non-profits and businesses, spearheaded by Helping Hands Relief Foundation, Kimse Yokmu, Council of Turkic American Associations, Turkish Cultural Center and the Brooklyn Amity School.

Of the $40,000 donated yesterday, $30,000 is going to the Brooklyn Public Library’s Gerritsen Beach branch, one of two branches in the system that has been unable to reopen due to extensive damage. The checks were handed over during a ceremony in front of the branch. Prior to the ceremony, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke toured the facility, which has been gutted down to bare walls, floors and rafters.

“We believe that Brooklyn Public Library and P.S. 277 are invaluable resources for the community, where people of all ages will benefit tremendously in many different ways,” said Nevzat Yilmaz, president of Helping Hands Relief Foundation. “This is dedicated to building a better future for the children and families of our community, and leaves a footprint for the next generations of Turkish-Americans to take care of community facilities that serve the people.”

Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda Johnson was on-hand to receive the check, delivered by a cadre of Amity School students. She said the library would use the funds in part to rebuild the library with green technology and infrastructure.

P.S. 277 Principal Jeanne Fish said the school would use the funds to install new smartboards and laptops in classrooms.

See this story in photos: Images of the gutted library, and more from the event.


Midwood’s P.S 193 Gil Hodges School once had an award-winning music program, but budget cuts have scaled back their capabilities. That’s why school music advocates at organizing the Spring Music and Family Fest, a fundraising musical showcase to restore the program to its former glory.

The school has lined up as many as 20 accomplished musicians and performers, including a handful of school alumni, set to rock P.S. 193′s 2515 Avenue L auditorium this Saturday, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Genres range from hip-hop to opera, and features well-known performers like Yah Supreme and The Lords of Liechtenstein.

The school’s music program was once thriving, with the students winning awards in the Riverside Symphony Music Memory competition and elsewhere, and a choral teacher who wrote original scores for the end of the year school musicals. The school hopes to close a budget gap created by September 2012 budget cuts.

It’s not just music on tap for the night; the event will feature activities such as free face painting and a raffle with prizes from local businesses such as a gift card from Tête-à-Tête Café.

Purchasing the tickets online cost $12 per ticket with a V.I.P package available when four tickets are bought. Tickets at the door will cost more.

The school’s music teacher, Nonie Schuster, wrote in an essay the school posted on their site, “As music teachers, if we can instill a love and appreciation of music in our students, we’ll give them a gift that will nourish and sustain them throughout their lives.”

Check out the school’s site to learn more.

This is a paid announcement from the Hebrew Learning Academy Charter School, a public elementary school in Community District 22, 1340 East 29th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11210.

HLA is now recruiting students for the 2013-14 Academic Year!


75 kindergarten spaces available with limited space
through fifth grade!

Hebrew Language Academy Charter School
 A Public Elementary School in Community District 22


located at 1340 East 29th Street • Brooklyn, NY 11210 • 718-377-7200



Apply for your child NOW!

  • Open Houses Scheduled every Tuesday!
  • HLA is a dual language public school with rigorous academic instruction in grades
  • Grades K through 5: Hebrew and English Language Instruction, Enriched Math for High Performing Students
  • Israeli Culture and History, Chess Instruction, Community Service
  • Two Teachers in Each Class
  • Extended School Day and School Year


  • Application is due April 1, 2013
  • Lottery will be held on April 11, 2013
  • Opening Day for Students will be in August 2013

Please visit our website to download an application at WWW.HLACHARTERSCHOOL.ORG



Hebrew Language Academy Charter School – A Public Elementary School in Community District 221340 East 29th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11210, (718) 377-7200

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Approximately 20 volunteers came out last night to greet the 24-foot-long truck and unload its haul of donations for Sheepshead Bay residents. (Photo: Erica Sherman)

A group of friends and family living around P.S. 52 have worked hard to bring needed supplies to Sheepshead Bay while others have overlooked our hard hit waterfront. They sent me this e-mail, requesting help distributing supplies dropped off last night by former residents in a jam-packed 24-foot truck.

We need walkers, runners, and bikers to distribute supplies in stranded Sheepshead Bay!

Vote, volunteer, and take home needed supplies!

Volunteers are needed in Sheepshead Bay Tuesday, 11/6 (Election Day!) from 9am to 3pm, and Wednesday and Thursday from 4-6pm to help distribute much needed supplies that just arrived from North Carolina in a 24′ truck.

Come to the Nostrand Avenue entrance between Voorhies Avenue and Avenue Z of the Sheepshead Bay Elementary School (PS 52) to hand out supplies at the school and to fan out into the neighborhood (which still has no heat, power, cell phone service, internet, access to gas, or subway service) on foot or bicycle and distribute desperately needed supplies like food, water, clothes, and toiletries that just arrived in a 24′ truck from North Carolina.  If you have a hand truck or cart, please bring it!

Locals are welcome to come to the school to pick up what they need.  (Please bring your own bags!)

Since you may now vote at any polling place, you can also do that at the school!  We also hope you’ll stay, if only for an hour hour two, to help.

These supplies were collected and delivered by George and Pat Aswad, former Sheepshead Bay and Gerritsen Beach residents who relocated to Havelock, North Carolina, where they opened a restaurant, Crabby Patty’s.  They have no political affiliation; they are just neighbors helping neighbors.  The Aswads and their friends had initially headed to the Rockaways because that is where the media indicated there was most need.  Luckily, they were turned away, but had just enough gas to get to Sheepshead Bay, where they were welcomed with open arms.

Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Walcott at P.S. 195

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Department of Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott visited P.S. 195 (131 Irwin Street) in Manhattan Beach this afternoon, touting the city’s snappy repairs and the return to school of thousands of students across the city.

The elementary school was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, flooding its hallways with several feet of water and rendering its 70-year-old boiler system inoperable. The Department of Education, working with the janitorial and school engineering unions, pumped out hundreds of gallons of water and installed an emergency boiler over the past week, prompting the mayor to declare, “This school’s in good shape.”

However, other schools in Zone A evacuation zones did not fare so well. Nearby I.S. 98 Bay Academy (1401 Emmons Avenue) remains closed with heavy damages, as do schools like Mark Twain Junior High School (2401 Neptune Avenue), John Dewey High School and P.S. 277 Gerritsen Beach. As of this writing, 23 schools in Brooklyn remain closed.

“Some of these schools we could not get open and those students we’re going move to other schools if things aren’t fixed by Wednesday,” Bloomberg said.

Still, 94 percent of schools are open today, according to Bloomberg, and the preliminary attendance estimate is 86 percent.

“That’s about the same as the Monday before election day as last year, and we didn’t have Sandy last year, so that’s great,” Bloomberg said.

There are 16 more schools that are still being used as emergency shelters, which the city intends to relocate by Wednesday – although they acknowledged that won’t be the case for every location.

Chancellor Walcott noted that the system’s 8,000-strong school bus fleet was largely undamaged, and 7,400 buses were on the streets today. Metrocards were also distributed to students staying at the city’s emergency shelters.

On Wednesday, even more students are expected to return to school as those in relocated institutions are shuttled to other schools. For that, the mayor referred to today’s transportation situation as a “dry run.”

“In the context of trying to move lots and lots of kids, it was a relatively successful first day. We’re going to look at what works and what didn’t work,” he said.

Bloomberg added that there will be buses at closed schools on Wednesday for those families who didn’t get the news that their school was closed.


For the 21st year in a row, 6,000 volunteers are going back to school to clean up 90 facilities in the five boroughs, and 40 in Brooklyn alone, all for the “New York Cares Day” event being held this Saturday, on October 13.

The annual event focuses on cleaning, painting, and organizing classrooms in New York’s Public Schools, including our own local P.S. 52 (2675 East 29th Street).

People are still needed for a host of services like painting murals, and participating in arts and crafts projects. Anyone ages 12 and up can volunteer at, with a registration fee of $20 per person. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Captain Chell addresses Amity’s students (Source: Brooklyn Amity School)

Students at Brooklyn Amity School (3867 Shore Parkway) got a visit from Johnny Law last week when the 61st Precinct’s Captain John Chell came by to talk about his life as a police officer.

The NYPD veteran gave a speech about his duties, covering a wide range of topics from how much sleep he gets, his reaction and involvement in the 9/11 tragedy, and even answering questions about having to use his gun in his pursuit of the bad guys.

However, it was Chell’s opinion of donuts, as reported by the school’s own website, that the kids (and Sheepshead Bites’ writers) found most interesting:

When the question and answer session was over, one of the middle school students started to cry softly. When the Chief called on him and asked him why he was crying, he said because he had a question. The officer seemed heartbroken and nicely asked him to ask his question. The child very seriously wanted to know if the Chief always eats donuts. This question came very unexpectedly and brought laughter from the grown ups, including Chief Chell himself. He told the curious student that he loves donuts and asked in return if he likes donuts too. The student, still hiccupping with tears, answered yes, and Chief Chell smiled and said that they are on the same page then.

Rest easy, little Jimmy; yes, cops love donuts, so do the rest of us, and that’s what makes America great.

A child was struck by a car at approximately 3:00 p.m. today while crossing Avenue Y at East 19th Street, reports tipster Allan Shweky.

A witness told Shweky that the boy was crossing from the south side and was hit by a vehicle going eastbound.

It’s unclear how severe his injuries are. It’s also unknown if he is a student at P.S. 254 Dag Hammarskjold elementary school, located right across the street.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

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