Polar vortexes, bomb cyclones, arctic jet streams, flu outbreaks

…Yeah, we’re so over this winter season.

What Winter Feels Like in NYC

With February just around the corner, though, perhaps New York City’s groundhog meteorologist, Staten Island Chuck, will provide us all with a dose of good news about the coming spring season? (UPDATE: He DID!!)

Here’s to hoping Chuck does this on Groundhog Day:

Staten Island Chuck Looking for His Shadow Like...

“Now where in the world did my shadow go?”

With dreams of spring now firmly in our minds, it is time to preview the DOE’s official Schools Calendar for February 2018:

February 2018
Monday, February 5 3-K/Pre-K Admissions Processes Open for 2018–19 School Year
Please refer to our 3-K for All page and our Pre-K Admissions summary for more details
Friday, February 16 Lunar New Year
All City public schools closed
Mon., Feb. 19–Fri., Feb. 23 Midwinter Recess
All City public schools closed

Also; need to know what’s on the menu in City school cafeterias in February? Check out February’s menu courtesy of our colleagues at SchoolFood.

Some quick notes about this month’s schedule:

  • Pre-K Admissions

Planning to register a child into pre-kindergarten for fall 2018?

Throughout February, the DOE will host Pre-K Admissions Events in all five boroughs for families who want to learn more about the City’s pre-k options and admissions process. To attend, families must register for one of the five following Admissions Events:



P.S./I.S. 218
1220 Gerard Avenue
Bronx NY 10452
Thursday, Feb. 15
6 p.m. & 7 p.m.


 P.S. 133
610 Baltic Street
Brooklyn NY 11217
Monday, Feb. 5
6 p.m. & 7 p.m.


Manhattan School for Children
154 West 93rd Street
New York NY 10025
Tuesday, Feb. 6
6 p.m. & 7 p.m.


P.S. 182
153-27 88th Avenue
Jamaica NY 11432
Monday, Feb. 12
6 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Staten Island

I.S. 51
20 Houston Street
Staten Island NY 10302
Wednesday, Feb. 7
6 p.m. & 7 p.m.

In addition to our Pre-K Admissions Events, pre-k programs across the City are offering open houses for all prospective applicants. Check out our Pre-K Events website to find an open house near you.

That’s all for this month. Stay warm, everyone!

Don't Take the Groundhog With You During Midwinter Recess


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