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Greetings PS 176 Families:

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year of the Ovington School, P.S. 176. If you are new to our school, I would like to welcome you to our school family. We are very excited to meet you and your child! As we enter a new school year, my hope is that we will continue to move in the direction of high academic achievement and college and career readiness for ALL of our children.

Important Message:

If your child was a student in K202 or K203, please take your child to your doctor to have a blood test.

Please reading following letter.

Dear Families,

In New York City public schools, it is our priority to keep kids healthy and safe. To protect children under six years of age from exposure to lead, the Division of School Facilities regularly looks for peeling paint in classrooms. That’s because peeling lead-based paint (which can be present in older school buildings) can present a risk of lead exposure, especially for children under age six. We are sparing no effort to ensure that wherever there may be potential exposure, it is immediately remediated.

The Division of School Facilities recently conducted inspections in all school buildings serving children under age 6 to identify peeling or damaged paint. Any identified peeling or damaged paint is in the process of being repaired before the first day of school through a rigorous remediation process. You can see results of the inspection online at www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/lead-based-paint/.

Children under 3 years old are the most susceptible and vulnerable to the health effects of lead, and children under age 6 are at higher risk than older children. Discuss your child’s health history with their doctor to determine if blood lead testing is appropriate. To secure free testing or to find a doctor, call 311. If you have any questions, please visit our website at www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/lead-based-paint.


Office of the Chief Operating Officer

Additional Information on Lead Exposure- www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/lead-based-paint.

What are the health effects of lead?

Lead is a metal that can harm children and adults when it gets into their bodies. Lead is a known neurotoxin, particularly harmful to the developing brain and nervous system of children under 6 years old. Lead can harm a young child’s growth, behavior, and ability to learn. Lead exposure during pregnancy may contribute to low birth weight and developmental delays in infants. There are many sources of lead exposure in the environment, and it is important to reduce all lead exposures as much as possible. Water testing helps identify and correct possible sources of lead that contribute to exposure from drinking water.

What are the other sources of lead exposure?

Lead is a metal that has been used for centuries for many purposes, resulting in widespread distribution in the environment. Major sources of lead exposure include lead-based paint in older housing, and lead that built up over decades in soil and dust due to historical use of lead in gasoline, paint, and manufacturing. Lead can also be found in a number of consumer products, including certain types of pottery, pewter, brass fixtures, foods, plumbing materials, and cosmetics. Lead seldom occurs naturally in water supplies but drinking water could become a possible source of lead exposure if the building’s plumbing contains lead. The primary source of lead exposure for most children with elevated blood-lead levels is lead-based paint.

Who is at risk for lead poisoning?

Children under 3 years of age are the most susceptible and vulnerable to the health effects of lead. Lead also poses a risk to the developing fetus. Exposure to lead may interfere with a child’s growth and development.

What do we know about rates of lead poisoning in NYC children?

Rates of lead poisoning among NYC children have been falling. In 2015, 5,371 New York City children younger than 6 years of age were identified with blood lead levels of 5 mcg/dL or greater. This represents an 18% decline from 2014 when there were 6,550 children with blood lead levels of 5 mcg/dL or greater, and an 86% decline since 2005 when there were 37,344 children with blood lead levels of 5mcg/dL or greater.

Additional Resources
For more information regarding the testing program or sampling results go to:

For information about lead go to:

For information about NYS Department of Health Lead Poisoning Prevention, go to: http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/

For more information on blood lead testing and ways to reduce your child’s risk of exposure to lead, see “What Your Child’s Blood Lead Test Means”:
http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2526/ (available in ten languages).





在紐約市公立學校,我們的首要任務是讓孩子們保持健康和安全。爲了確保六歲以 下的兒童免於接觸到鉛,學校設施處定期檢查教室裏是否有剝落的油漆。這是因爲 剝落的含鉛漆(在老一些的教學樓裏可能會有)可能有讓人接觸到鉛的風險,特別 是對於六歲以下的兒童而言。我們正竭盡全力確保無論哪裏可能有鉛暴露在外,我 們都立即予以糾正。

學校設施處最近檢查了招收 6 歲以下兒童的所有學校大樓,以便發現剥落或受損的 油漆。在開學第一天前,我們透過嚴格的糾正程序修復任何所發現的剥落或受損油 漆。您可以上網查看上述檢查的結果,網址是 www.schools.nyc.gov/aboutus/reports/lead-based-paint。

3 歲以下的孩童最易受到鉛所造成的健康影響,而 6 歲以下的兒童比年長的孩子面 臨更大的風險。請與醫生討論您的子女的病史,以確定其是否適合接受血鉛檢測。 若要獲得免費檢測或找到一位醫生,請致電 311。如果您有任何問題,請瀏覽我們 的網站:www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/lead-based-paint。



關於鉛暴露的其他資訊 鉛對健康有什麼影響?

鉛是一種金屬,進入人體後,會對兒童和成人造成傷害。鉛是一種已知的神經毒 素,尤其會損害 6 歲以下兒童發育中的大腦和神經系統。鉛可以損害兒童的生長、 行為和學習的能力。懷孕期間接觸鉛可能會造成嬰孩出生時體重過輕和嬰孩發展遲 緩。在環境中有很多接觸到鉛的渠道,因此儘量減低所有接觸鉛的機會是很重要 的。食水測試幫助找出和改正可能導致喝水時接觸到含鉛的源頭。


鉛是一種金屬,因各種目的被人類使用了幾百年,因此已廣泛地在環境中散佈。許 多可以接觸到鉛的源頭包括老房子的含鉛油漆、過去使用含鉛的汽油、油漆和製作 而導致在泥土和塵埃中積聚了幾十年的鉛。我們也可以在一些消費產品找到鉛,包括某些陶器、黃銅固定裝置、食物、配管材料和化妝品。鉛很少自然地在食水供應 中出現,但是,如果大樓的水管含鉛,則飲用水卻可以成為接觸到鉛的可能源頭。 大部分在血液中含高鉛水平的兒童,他們主要接觸到鉛的源頭是含鉛油漆。


3 歲以下的兒童是最容易受鉛影響和因鉛而健康受損的。鉛也對發育中的胎兒構成 風險。兒童接觸到鉛可能會妨礙其成長和發育。


紐約市兒童鉛中毒率一直在下降。2015 年,5,371 名 6 歲以下的紐約市兒童的血液 含鉛量達 5 mcg/dL 或以上。跟 2014 年有 6,550 名兒童的血液含鉛量達 5 mcg/dL 或 以上相比,數字減少了 18%,與 2005 年有 37,344 兒童的血液含鉛量達 5 mcg/dL 或以上相比,數字下降了 86%。


要查看有關測試計劃或樣本結果的更多資訊,可以瀏覽: www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/lead-based-paint

若要查詢有關鉛的資訊,請上網: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/lead-poisoning-prevention.page

要查看紐約州健康廳「預防鉛中毒」的資訊,請瀏覽: http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/

要查看血液含鉛量的更多資訊和減低子女接觸鉛的風險的方法,請查看「您孩子的 血液含鉛量測試意味着什麼」(What Your Child’s Blood Lead Test Means): http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2526/ (有十種語言翻譯版本)。

Mensaje importante:

Si su hijo era estudiante de K202 o K203, llévelo a su médico para que le haga un análisis de sangre.

Por favor lea la siguiente carta

Estimada familia:

En las escuelas públicas de la Ciudad de Nueva York nuestra prioridad es mantener a los niños seguros y sanos. Para proteger a los niños menores de 6 años de la exposición al plomo, la División de Instalaciones Escolares revisa habitualmente la existencia de pintura descascarada en los salones de clases. Esto se debe a que la pintura con plomo (que podría existir en los edificios escolares más antiguos) descascarillada puede suponer riesgo de exposición al plomo, sobre todo para los niños menores de 6 años. No escatimamos ningún esfuerzo para garantizar que aquellos casos en los que existen posibilidades de exposición se reparan inmediatamente.

La División de Instalaciones Escolares recientemente inspeccionó los salones de clases de todos los edificios escolares donde estudian niños menores de 6 años para ver si había pintura descascarada o dañada. Mediante un riguroso proceso de reparación, toda la pintura descascarada o dañada que se encontró será reparada antes del primer día de clases. Puede consultar por internet los resultados de la inspección en www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/lead-basedpaint.

Los menores de 3 años son los más susceptibles y vulnerables a los efectos del plomo en la salud y los niños menores de 6 años tienen mayor riesgo que los que son más mayores. Converse sobre la historia clínica de su hijo con el médico para ver si es apropiado realizar un análisis del nivel de plomo en la sangre. Para solicitar un examen gratuito o para encontrar un médico, puede llamar al 311. Si tiene alguna pregunta, visite nuestro sitio web: www.schools.nyc.gov/aboutus/reports/lead-based-paint.


Oficina del director general de operaciones

Información adicional sobre la exposición al plomo

¿Qué efectos tiene el plomo en la salud?

El plomo es un metal que, cuando ingresa al cuerpo de niños y adultos, puede ser dañino. Es una neurotoxina conocida, especialmente dañina para el desarrollo del cerebro y el sistema nervioso de niños menores de 6 años. Puede tener consecuencias negativas en el crecimiento, la conducta y la capacidad de aprendizaje de los niños. La exposición a este metal durante el embarazo puede contribuir a un bajo peso al nacer y retrasos del desarrollo en niños pequeños. Existen muchas fuentes de exposición al plomo en el ambiente y es importante reducir la exposición al plomo al mínimo posible. Analizar el agua ayuda a identificar y corregir posibles fuentes de plomo que contribuyen a la exposición a través del agua potable.

¿Cuáles son las otras fuentes de exposición al plomo?

El plomo es un metal que se ha usado por siglos con distintos propósitos, lo que explica su presencia generalizada en el ambiente. Las principales fuentes de exposición al plomo incluyen la pintura con plomo de las casas más antiguas y el plomo que se acumula por décadas en el suelo y el polvo debido al uso de este elemento en la gasolina, la pintura y la fabricación de distintos productos. También se puede encontrar en diversos productos de consumo, incluidos algunos tipos de cerámica, peltre, alimentos, instalaciones de latón, materiales de plomería y cosméticos. Es poco probable que se encuentre en suministros de agua de forma natural, pero el agua potable puede convertirse en una fuente potencial de exposición al plomo si las tuberías del edificio contienen este material. La principal fuente de exposición al plomo en la mayoría de los niños con altos niveles de este material en la sangre es la pintura con plomo.

¿Quiénes tienen riesgo de sufrir intoxicación por plomo?

Los niños menores de 3 años son los más susceptibles y vulnerables a los efectos del plomo en la salud. El plomo también representa riesgos para el feto en desarrollo. La exposición al plomo podría interferir en el crecimiento y el desarrollo de un niño.

¿Qué sabemos de las tasas de intoxicación por plomo en niños en la Ciudad de Nueva York?

Las tasas de intoxicación por plomo en niños en la Ciudad de Nueva York han disminuido. En 2015, 5,371 niños neoyorquinos menores de 6 años presentaron niveles de plomo en la sangre iguales o superiores a 5 mcg/dL. Esta cifra representa un descenso del 18% con respecto a 2014, cuando se identificaron 6,550 niños con niveles de plomo en la sangre iguales o superiores a 5 mcg/dL, y una disminución del 86% desde 2005, cuando 37,344 niños presentaron niveles de plomo en la sangre iguales o superiores a 5 mcg/dL.

Recursos adicionales

Para obtener más información con respecto al programa de análisis o los resultados de la muestra, ingresen a www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/lead-based-paint.

Para obtener información sobre el plomo, ingresen a https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/lead-poisoning-prevention.page.

Para obtener más información acerca del Programa de Prevención de Intoxicación por Plomo (Lead Poisoning Prevention) del Departamento de Salud del Estado de Nueva York, ingresen a http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/.

Para obtener información acerca del análisis de plomo en sangre y las maneras de reducir los riesgos de exposición al plomo de su hijo, consulte el documento What Your Child’s Blood Lead Test Means (¿Qué significa el análisis de plomo en la sangre de su hijo?) en http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2526/ (disponible en 10 idiomas).

Parent Workshops Survey

English version: https://forms.gle/V4mUqbkJ6f1vqSUw8

Spanish version: https://forms.gle/jwveL4g7qX8VGZV27

Chinese version: https://forms.gle/vDFnKqw4tXTFLcY57

S.E.E.D. certificate

Subject:Official S.E.E.D. Certification Level

Dear Elizabeth Culkin and Kerry Hynes,

Congratulations! It is our great pleasure to announce that your school, P.S. 176 The Ovington School,has officially earned a Gold S.E.E.D. (Sustainability, Efficiency & Environmental Dedication)Certification from the NYC DOE Office of Sustainability!

Your school has completed a series of sustainability-related actions that have positively impacted your school community and directly supported NYC’s goals for a sustainable city. Due to your inspiring commitment and leadership, you are building a foundation for today’s aspiring youth to become tomorrow’s leaders.

We want to sincerely thank you for your commitment to enhance sustainability in your school’s culture, curriculum, and community. It has been an incredible year along your certification journey. As the pilot cohort of the S.E.E.D. Certification Program, you have made this such a success that we will continue next year! We value all of your insight and feedback so that we can refine, target needs, and improve the program on an ongoing basis. Thank you!

We are also excited to announce that in addition to the S.E.E.D. Certification banner you received during the 3rd Annual Sustainability Showcase, you will receive a plaque for display at your school with your official certification level. This plaque will be presented to your school during the first month of the 2019-2020 school year, so we will reach out then to coordinate. We are also attaching your official EBadge, which you can start to include in emails, on your school website, or even your school letterhead!

Thank you for the leadership that you consistently demonstrate in your schools every day, and in this shared work that we all do to make a difference in our City and with our students. You have been a part of a ground-breaking effort and we congratulate you on your great success!

*Please fill out this end of year program survey bit.ly/SEEDSurvey to provide crucial feedback on the program.*

All the best,

Meredith McDermott

Director of Sustainability

NYC Department of Education, Division of School Facilities

Phone: 718.610.3160| Web: schools.nyc.gov/sustainability

The New York City Imagine Language & Literacy Award winning school is …

PS 176 Ovington Brooklyn is the 2019 New York City Imagine Language & Literacy Award Champion! Congratulations! Your school is now etched in Imagine Language & Literacy history.

PS 176 Ovington Brooklyn will receive a $250 Amazon.com gift card, New York City ImagineLanguage & Literacy Award Champion Certificates for top performing students and the New York City Language & Literacy Award trophy.

Close on their heels was P.S. 020 John Bowne that took home the second-place finish and P.S. 013 Clement C. Moore coming in third. Way to represent your school with reading! The Runner-Up schools will each receive a $100 Amazon.com e-gift card and a Runner-Up New York City Language & Literacy Award commemorative certificate to display with pride.

The New York City Imagine Language & Literacy Award Teamwork Award goes to ten randomly selected classes that average 240+ minutes read during the contest. The below classes have their choice of either a Pizza Hut, Papa John’s or Domino’s $50 e-gift card award.

  • The Procovas’s Students group of 20K176 – PS 176 Brooklyn
  • The Hernandez LIU (181) group of 06M324 – MS 324 Manhattan
  • The Biscardi After School group of 29Q131 – PS 131 Queens
  • The Fredrica group of 75M138 – PS 138 Manhattan
  • The Gaillard Fourth Grade group of 29Q034 – PS 034 Queens
  • The Hook 4-215 group of 16K262 – PS 262 Brooklyn
  • The Delacruz 720 group of 09X117 – MS 117 Bronx
  • The Sanzi 201 group of 11X481 – PS 481 Bronx
  • The Winthrop group of 31R036 – PS 036 Staten Island
  • The Mozorosky’s Students group of 31R078 – PS 078 Staten Island

Imagine Learning would like to congratulate all of the schools, classes, and students that competed in this year’s contest. Everyone is a winner in the eyes of Imagine Learning!

2019 Graduation
Dance Festival 2019

Big Apple Games Summer Program

Big Apple Sports Program will be here at PS176, it starts from July 8 to August 1, Monday to Thursday, from 9 AM to 3 PM

For RSVP: https://www.psal.org/psalapps/bigapple/#/registration

For more information please visit:


Big Apple Sports Program estará aquí en PS176, comienza del 8 de julio al 1 de agosto, de lunes a jueves, de 9AM a 3PM.

Para RSVP: https://www.psal.org/psalapps/bigapple/#/registration

Para mayor información por favor visite:





Dance festival rescheduled to June 12th.

Growing Green on the Red Planet
Maker Faire Project

Principal’s Honor Roll

Check out these super stars who worked hard to earn Principal’s Honor Roll! Way to go!

Beware Vampire Power! Conserve Energy!

Ms. Hynes has been working with students to learn more about sustainability and caring for our planet. Students created this video to teach others about the importance of energy conservation by reducing vampire energy.
As a result of this video, PS 176 has been awarded a prize from the Department of Sustainability Energy Challenge.

Mike & Nick Fiorito partner up with their sister Angela and the students at P.S. 176 to deliver 500 Blankets of Hope!

Peek into 2nd Grade!

The students in Doreen Wong’s classroom conducted an experiment with water balloons and glitter. They made predictions about the experiment and then concluded that the water will dissolve the paint. We placed the balloons outside to see how long it would take for the balloons to freeze.