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May is for mothers, marigolds, memes…and CCEC Elections!

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If there’s anything we’ve learned to expect from May over the years, it’s flowers (y’know, like April showers…), Mother’s Day, and a whole bunch of Star Wars and Justin Timberlake memes.

For New York City’s public schools, May is shaping up to be a big month, starting with the 2021 Community and Citywide Education Council Elections (May 1 – 11) and Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3 – 7). NY State Math exams are also scheduled this month for students in grades 3–8 who have opted into State testing this year, and 3-K applications will soon be due for all interested families with children born in 2018. And while we may not have any Winter/Spring Recess-sized holidays this month, schools will be closed for Eid Al-Fitr and Memorial Day.

So without further ado, here’s a look at what’s happening in NYC public schools this month, courtesy of our official 2020–2021 NYC Public Schools Calendar.

NYC Schools Calendar — May 2021

All Month Long

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Throughout the month, schools and cultural institutions across the City are celebrating the generations of Asian and Pacific Americans who shaped the fabric of this country—check with your schools to learn more about possible events in your community!

Sat., May 1 — Tues., May 11

2021 CCEC Elections

Parents of current NYC public school students can vote in the 2021 Community and Citywide Education Council Elections.

Mon., May 3 – Fri., May 7

Teacher Appreciation Week

Join us as we celebrate our hard working educators all week long.

Mon., May 3 – Fri., May 14

NY State Mathematics Exams Administered

For students in grades 3–8 who have opted to take the State's Mathematics exams.

Thursday, May 13

Eid Al-Fitr

Schools Closed

Thursday, May 20

3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Special Education Family Forum

Interactive virtual forum for families regarding a variety of special education topics.

Friday, May 28

Last Day to Apply for 3-K Admissions

Children born in 2018 are eligible for 3-K programs that begin in fall 2021.

Monday, May 31

Memorial Day

Schools Closed

Some notes about this month’s schedule:

2021 Community and Citywide Education Council Elections

From May 1–11, parents of all current NYC public school students can participate in this year’s CCEC elections. Learn more about this year’s election process, get to know this year’s candidates, and make your voice heard by Sunday, May 11!

Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3–7, 2021)

Celebrate NYC’s hardworking educators by thanking your favorite teachers all week long with our official Teacher Appreciation Week Thank You tool!

Workshops for Families in May

This month, the DOE and Elevate Education are providing City families with free online support workshops in English and Spanish to help improve children’s independent learning skills. Check out our previous coverage in The Morning Bell for info about these events, including dates and times, and click the appropriate links to register your slot!

New York State Mathematics Exams (Grades 3–8)

From May 3–14, the New York State Mathematics Exams will be administered to NYC public school students in grades 3–8 who have elected to participate in this year’s State exams. If you opted your child for this year’s State exams, your school should have already contacted you regarding your child’s specific testing date—speak with school staff members for more information.

Special Education Family Forum

Join us on Thursday, May 20, 2021 for a free special interactive virtual forum for City families regarding a variety of special education topics. Hear from experts, parent leaders, and others regarding Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), available services, life after high school, and more.

Registration is encouraged. Please visit the Special Education Family Forum webpage for more information.

3-K Admissions

If you have a child born in 2018, you can apply now for 3-K programs that begin in fall 2021. Learn more about 3-K and the admissions process, search for programs near you on MySchools, and submit your application by May 28, 2021!

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That’s all for this month. We hope you have an outstanding May!


Banner photo by Rahul Pandit. Used under Creative Commons license. Original can be found on Pexels.

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