Principal's Note - May 2017

Dear Families,

This month, Academy of the City's project based learning was featured in the Charter Schools Weekly section of the DOE Chancellor's weekly memo.

"Academy of the City Charter School (AoC) was founded with the mission of fostering community, supporting families, welcoming children of all backgrounds, celebrating diversity and promoting social justice. AoC aims to provide students with a challenging, hands-on liberal arts experience that helps students grow into joyful, creative, independent and successful lifelong learners. Their progressive academic and social/emotional curricula have helped the school develop well-rounded students who are passionate about learning. 

AoC’s hands-on curriculum engages students in Project Based Learning across all grades, integrating reading and writing with the visual arts and music. Students spend a full semester on projects, going deep into subject matter and culminating in a public product that is shared with the community. Past projects have explored family study, school study, understanding of culture and tradition, careers, and government. This year, students argued positions that the Presidential candidates took during the debates to better understand the issues and the election process. AoC also welcomed state senator Jose Peralta, who discussed his work in New York State government.

AoC also seeks to empower its parents with ongoing training workshops, including Spanish classes, English as a Second Language classes, and and information about accessing continuing education resources."

We are proud of the projects our students produce and the effort they put in to it.



Take care,

Richard Lee



Weekly Memo - May 18th

MEMO MAY 18th, 2017   


Tomorrow Friday, May 19th 2017 will be a half-day due to teacher professional development.

  • Lunch will be served
  • Classes will be dismissed at 12 noon.
  • Buses will run, leaving the school at 11:45am (Please be at your bus stops four hours earlier than usual.)
  • There will be AFTERSCHOOL at the school.
  • Children who attend Boys and Girls club will be bused at 12 noon.

Cub Scouts & PCO Picnic
Join us this Saturday, May 20th from 11am-2pm at Flushing Meadows Park for a picnic hosted by the AOC Cub Scouts Troop 11 and the PCO. There will be food, drinks and games however, everyone is encouraged to bring a dish or other games. We will be between the Queens Museum and the Queens Theater, just past the Unisphere. You can drive and park in any of the nearby lots for free or take the 7 train to Willets Point and walk toward the globe. See attached flyer for more details.

Parents, we understand that some of our students benefit from the fidget spinner apparatus that helps them to focus and participate in the classroom. These spinners are being used as a toy and it distracts students from participating in their class. These fidget spinners will be treated as a toy; a student will be asked to put it away in their backpack on the first request and it will be confiscated on the second request and turned over to Mr. Quinn.

Parents please note that the parking lot has a very limited number of spaces, and those spaces are reserved for staff only. Parents may park on the street while dropping off or picking up students. Please be considerate and do not double-park in front of the school, as 60th Street is quite narrow and can be easily blocked by just one car double-parked.

Please note the following important upcoming events:

  • May 18th -- Spring concert K-2   6 p.m.
  • May 19th -- Half Day - Noon Dismissal
  • May 23rd -- Grades K-2 Field day 9 a.m. (rain date May 25th)
  • May 29th -- Memorial Day – School Closed
  • June 1st -- Spring concert  Grades 3-5, 6 p.m.



 Viernes 19 de Mayo será un medio día debido al desarrollo profesional de los maestros.

  • Almuerzo será servido
  • Las clases serán despedidas a las 12.
  • Los autobuses se irán de la escuela a las 11:45 am (Por favor, estar a su paradas de autobús cuatro horas antes de lo habitual.)
  • Habrá AFTERSCHOOL en la escuela ese dia.
  • Los niños que asisten al Boys and Girl’s Club serán transportados en autobús  a las 12.

Cub Scouts y PCO Picnic
Únase a nosotros este sábado 20 de Mayo de 11 am-2 pm en Flushing Meadows Park para un picnic organizado por la AOC Cub Scouts Troop 11 y el PCO. Habrá comida, bebidas y juegos sin embargo, se anima a todos a traer un plato u otros juegos. Estaremos entre el Queens Museum y el Queens Theatre, justo después de Unisphere. Usted puede conducir y estacionar en cualquier de los lotes cercanos de forma gratuita o tomar el tren 7 a Willets Point y caminar hacia el mundo. Vea el folleto adjunto para más detalles.

Padres, entendemos que algunos de nuestros estudiantes se benefician del aparato fidget spinners que les ayuda a concentrarse y participar en el aula. Estos spinners se utilizan como un juguete y distrae a los estudiantes de participar en su clase. Estos fidget spinners serán tratados como un juguete; Se pedirá a un estudiante que lo guarde en su mochila la primera vez y será confiscado en la segunda vez y entregado al Sr. Quinn.

Padres, tenga en cuenta que el aparcamiento tiene un número muy limitado de plazas, y esos espacios están reservados sólo para el personal. Los padres pueden aparcar en la calle, mientras que dejen o recogen a los estudiantes. Por favor sea considerado y no haga doble parque en frente de la escuela, como la calle 60 es bastante estrecha y se puede bloquear fácilmente con sólo un carro aparcado en doble fila.

Las siguientes importantes eventos próximos:  HAN HABIDO CAMBIOS SOBRE EL DIA EN EL PARQUE

  • 18 de Mayo -- Concierto de primavera K-2 6 p.m.
  • 19 de Mayo  -- Medio dia niños salen a las 12
  • 23 de Mayo -- Grados K-2 Dia en el parque 9 a.m. (fecha de lluvia Mayo 25)
  • 29 de Mayo -- Escuela Cerrada - Día Conmemorativo
  • 1 de Junio -- Concierto de primavera 3-5, 6 p.m. 

May Board Meeting


Please take notice that the Board of Trustees of the Academy of the City Charter School will hold its May meeting at 5:00pm on Tuesday May 27th, 2017 at Academy of the City Charter School, located at 31-29 60th Street, Woodside, NY 11377. 


Please take notice that the Finance and Operations Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of the City Charter School will meet at 4:00 pm on Tuesday May 27th 2017 at Academy of the City Charter School, located at 31-29 60th Street, Woodside, NY 11377.

Interested members of the public are invited to attend

Highlight of the Week - May 24, 2017

2017 Field Day - Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

Shout out to all of the parents and staff for making this another great experience of the year!


Highlight of the Week - May 17, 2017

2017 Field Day - Grade 3 - 5!

Thank you to all of the parents and staff that helped make this year's field day one of the best experiences of 2017 so far!


Highlight of the Week - 5/3/2017

2017 Fairy Tale Breakfast!




Donations of all sizes are greatly appreciated and are tax-deductible. Donations can be made online or by mail.

Academy of the City Charter School
31-29 60th Street
Woodside, NY 11377


Academy of the City appreciates the generosity of government and private supporters and donations by
friends of AOC. We are thankful for their support.

3-5 Arts & Crafts Club: Engraving

K-2 Arts & Crafts Club: Picture Frame

Learn to Ride - Kids April 2017

Highlight of the Week - 4/26/2017

A Special Treat for the Completion of Our 2017 Book Drive!


Summer Academy 2017

Registration is now open for Variety Boys & Girls Summer Academy. This year's summer camp is being held at Academy of the City Charter School and only available to current AOC students. 
Dates and Hours: July 5 - August 11, 2017 and 9 am - 5 pm each day.

Register at More information can be found on the flyer below or by calling (718) 728-0946


 AoC Camp flyer 2017.pdf  

Highlight of the Week - 3/8/2017

A Music Trip to Flushing Town Hall!


Parent Training Workshops

Academy of the City is offering free parent workshops in a wide variety of subjects. 

Continuing Education Workshop: LaGuardia Community College Continuing Education Program offers affordable tuition and
financial packages, academic and career advising geared especially for adult students.

Get the NYC ID Card  We'll help you in making the appointment and filling out the application. You will need to go to a select location to obtain the ID Card.  

If you have questions about any of these workshops, call our parent coordinator, Noel Peguero, (718) 487-9857


English as Second Language courses

AoC is offering free English as a Second Language classes to parents, family members, and caregivers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m.  The program focusses on helping caregivers improve their English skills as well as help their ability to help their children succeed in school. Free homework help for AoC children whose parents/caregivers attend the English class is provided.  Free childcare for children between the ages of 2 and 4 is also provided.  For more information, please talk to Noel Peguero.



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