PS/MS 95 kindergarten parent orientation


Parents of incoming kindergarteners to P.S./M.S. 95 Sheila Mencher are invited to an orientation meeting May 21 at 9 a.m.

For more information, contact the school at (718) 796-9200.


Manhattan College students named Fulbright assistants

For the first time, more than one Manhattan College senior has been awarded teaching assistant awards from the Fulbright Program in the same academic year.

This year’s recipients of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant awards are Natalia Alvarez, Alia Flanigan and Emily Hay.

Alvarez is an international studies major and expects to teach in Brazil next year. Flanigan also is an international studies major while Hay studied special education/adolescent education. Both Flanigan and Hay plan to travel to Malaysia to teach next year.

The three are among 2,100 Americans selected to teach English and conduct research during the 2019-20 academic year. The Fulbright Program is a U.S. international exchange program designed to forge connections between America and those from other countries.


City announces pre-K offers

The city’s education department says it’s offering more than 65,000 families free early education though Pre-K For All for the 2019-20 academic year.

Of that total, 75 percent of applicants were offered placement at their first choice of schools, according to a release, while 88 percent received offers to one of their top three preferences.

Families now must accept pre-K offers by pre-registering to those programs and reserving a seat.

Each program may require different documents for pre-registration, but the city’s website recommends bringing proof of the child’s age, immunization records, most recent report card or transcript from a previous program, and two documents verifying proof of address.

The city’s education department recommends families accept offers even if they are waitlisted at another program. Children are automatically waitlisted for any program ranked higher on the pre-K application than the program they were offered.

These programs will contact families directly if they are able to offer children a seat.