Wow, where did October go?

It seems like it was only just yesterday that we were all welcoming in pumpkin spice season.

Well, now that November 2019 is upon us, it’s time for all of us to get ready to roll our clocks back to Standard Time, verify our local polling sites for Election Day, and make sure that nothing runs a-fowl of our Thanksgiving Recess plans.

Or, we can, y’know, be like this guy:

GIF of Swedish Che

Whatever you decide, it’s time for us to see what’s happening in NYC public schools in November, courtesy of the DOE’s official 2019–2020 School Calendar:

NYC School Calendar—November 2019

Saturday, November 2
Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT)*
Only for students who meet specific criteria; see "notes" below for details
Sunday, November 3
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Be sure to roll your clocks back by an hour!
Monday, November 4
Brooklyn Elementary Admissions Event*
P.S. 24
427 38th Street
Brooklyn NY 11232
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 5
Election Day—Schools Closed
Don't forget to VOTE!
Wednesday, November 6
District 1 Elementary Admissions Event*
P.S. 142
100 Attorney Street
New York, NY 10002
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

District 23 Elementary Admissions Event*
I.S. 392/P.S. 156K
104 Sutter Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11212
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Parent-Teacher Conferences—Middle Schools (Grades 5–8) and District 75 (D-75) Programs*
4 p.m.–8 p.m.

Thursday, November 7
Queens Elementary Admissions Event*
P.S. 110
43-18 97th Place
Queens, NY 11368
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Parent-Teacher Conferences—Middle Schools and D-75*
12:00 p.m.–3 p.m.

Monday, November 11
Veterans Day Observed—Schools Closed
Tuesday, November 12
Last Day to Request G&T Testing for Fall 2020 Admissions
Wednesday, November 13
Parent-Teacher Conferences—Elementary (Grades K–5) and K–8 Schools*
4 p.m.–8 p.m.
Thursday, November 14
Parent-Teacher Conferences—Elementary and K–8 Schools*
12 p.m.–3 p.m.
Sunday, November 17
Specialized High School Admissions Test*
Only for students who meet specific criteria; see "notes" below for details
Thursday, November 21
Parent-Teacher Conferences—High Schools and Grade 6–12 Programs*
4 p.m.–8 p.m.
Friday, November 22
Parent-Teacher Conferences—High Schools and Grade 6–12 Schools*
12 p.m.–3 p.m.
Thursday, November 28–Friday, November 29
Thanksgiving Recess—Schools Closed

*Some notes about this month’s schedule:

Parent-Teacher Conferences

November’s Parent-Teacher Conferences provide families with opportunities to check in on their children’s progress this year. Contact your school’s parent coordinator to verify your school’s parent-teacher conference schedule this month, as some schools may have different conference dates and times.

Specialized High Schools Admissions Test (SHSAT)

November 2019’s testing dates are ONLY for current Grade 8 and first-time Grade 9 students who previously registered for the 2019 SHSAT by the October 10 deadline and meet at least one of the following criteria:

For questions regarding eligibility, please speak with a school counselor.

Elementary Admissions Events

Planning to have your child attend elementary school (Grades Pre-K–5) in fall 2020?

In early November 2019, the DOE will host info sessions for families seeking to learn more about the City’s elementary school admissions process, including Gifted & Talented programs. For more information about these events and DOE admissions overall, please visit our Kindergarten Admissions webpage.


That’s all for this month. We hope you have a great November!

GIF of Swedish Chef being teased by Turkey

Photo Credit (Banner): “I can haz some thanksgiving pie?!” by Oleg. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found via Flickr.

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