Message from the Principal

January 3, 2017


Dear Families,

  Welcome back. We are pleased to start a new calendar year and continue the school year with you.

This month I wanted to share an article from the website. Each week a new principal is featured and this week is Academy of the City's turn.

Read the article and find out why some of the best learning comes from doing.


Take care,

Richard Lee



2017-18 Enrollment Application Period Open

Academy of the City Charter School is currently accepting applications for Kindergarten (children who will be five by December 31, 2017), First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, and Fifth Grade.

Deadline to apply is April 3rd, 2017

If more applications are received than seats are available for that grade, a public lottery shall be held on April 5, 2017. Instructions and applications in English and Spanish are available at our Enrollment page

January 6, 2017 Senator Peralta Visits

Today New York State senator Jose Peralta visited AOC to speak with fifth grade. They have been studying different forms of government throughout history, comparing old and new rules. Senator Peralta answered questions about the rules as well as his role as a senator in a state government.


Highlight of the Week - 1/4/2017

We Ended 2016 Really Well!



Weekly Memo - January 6th

The Annual Winter concert for grades K-2 will take place Thursday, January 12th at 6pm. The concert for grades 3-5 will take place the following week on Thursday, January 19th at 6pm.

School will be closed on Monday January 16th,  2017 in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Classes will resume as usual on Tuesday January 17th.

The school sent home the pictures from Picture Day. Retake Day will be on Tuesday, February 14. If your child was absent on Picture Day or if you are dissatisfied with your photos, please contact the main office to have your child added to the Retake Day list. Class photos will not be retaken on Retake Day.

Applications for 2017-18 are now available on paper, website, and common application on the NYC Charter School website.  Please complete applications for new siblings only. Re-enrollment applications for current AoC students will be given out in January.

The PCO Board has implemented a new text service. If you have not received any of our messages, please contact Monica ( to be signed up.

 The PCO Board sent out blue envelopes before the break for our annual dues, which are $10 per family. Snack payments are also due this month if you have not submitted payment or paid half in October. You can send cash, check or money order in an envelope with your child's name and class or you may also use PayPal ( and select "send to friends and family in the US."

 The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 18th at 6pm in the PCO room. We will be reading "The Absolutely True Diary of a Party-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie in honor of Native American heritage. Childcare will be available for $5 per child. See the attached flyer for more information.

Collecting your child from school before 3:30 pm interferes with your child’s education as well as the lessons being taught by your teachers. The pick up of students is generally not allowed between 3:30 pm and the departure of buses from the school.Exceptions to this policy will only be made in the event of a medical emergency.

 Please note the following important upcoming events:

January 12th  Winter concert grades K-2

January 16th  School closed – Martin Luther King Jr. day

January 19th Winter concert grades 3-5

January 27th ½ day – teacher professional development

January Board Meeting


Please take notice that the Board of Trustees of the Academy of the City Charter School will hold its January meeting at 5:00pm on Tuesday January 17th, 2017 at Academy of the City Charter School, located at 31-29 60th Street, Woodside, NY 11377. 


Please take notice that the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of the City Charter School will meet at 4:00 pm on Tuesday January 17th, 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

Straight from the Classroom: Cursive Writing Club - 12/21/2016

"Here are the students from 3rd to 5th grade proudly showing their work in progress. At the beginning, they were able to write the letters of the alphabet in cursive. Once they had enough practice, the students wrote in a small journal demonstrating their new acquired skill of cursive writing by answering to a prompt from the teachers Ms. Ileana and Ms. Tejeda." - Ms. Tejeda, Learning Specialist


Highlight of the Week - 12/15/2016

Cooking with the Cooking Club!




Parent Training Workshops

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

Spanish Class for Adults
Date: Fridays 9/23/2016 through 2/6/2017
Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am or 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm. You choose either session or both.
Place: PCO Portable

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


Straight from the Classroom: Met Musuem - 12/15/2016

"They were making a piece of art together, as a group, using aluminum like one of the African Artist did. Then they examined a Greek Sculpture. They also sketched a piece of art from a painting made in Paris." - Ms. Hawkins, 3rd Grade Teacher


Straight from the Classroom: Library Activities - 11/22/2016

Library Fun!

Over the past few weeks, the library has hosted many special occasions for our students. Here's a few.



Highlight of the Week - 12/7/2016

Astoria Bowl with 5th Grade!

Last week, 5th grade had an amazing time at Astoria Bowl, and everyone left a winner!


Puzzle Club - November

Highlight of the Week - 11/22/2016

Creative Writing Club!

The kids in Creative Writing have been working on fiction stories, nonfiction stories about themselves and biographies about others, and comic strips!


Highlight of the Week - 12/1/2016

Recess with 1 Grade!




Highlight of the Week - 11/16/2016

Literacy Centers!

"Here are the students of 3-204 working in Literacy Centers. We have centers almost every day. When working in centers, students get to work on vocabulary, editing, genre reading and writing, dictionary work, and so much more! They love their daily center work because it gives them a chance to apply their knowledge in a variety of ways!" - Ms. Cardillo, 3rd Grade Teacher


Highlight of the Week - 12/21/2016

Art/Science/Spanish Expo!

It was just yesterday that our Art, Science and Spanish specialists held an expo for the brilliant work done by some of our students.












Donate by shopping on Amazon

Every time you shop on you can have AOC receive a percentage back of your purchase cost. In order for AOC to receive credit for your purchase you must go through the Amazon portal. You must go through the portal every time. Boomark the link for easy access

This program is different from Amazon Smile. You will know you are using the right link because the code “acofthcichscp” will show up in the URL


General Mills Box Tops for Education

At AOC we participate in the General Mills Box Tops for Education Program. Last we collected 3,587 Box Tops which equaled $358.70 raised for the school.  This year our goal is to raise more than $500, which is a little more than one box top per child at the school.  Box tops are each worth 10¢ for schools and are found on hundreds of General Mills household and food products.

We collect box tops all year-round, but the school has a formal submission deadline twice a year to make sure we get the cash sent to us.  The next submission deadline is the end of October. If you have been collecting over the summer, we are happy to collect them anytime!

  • Cut out the box top on many household products that you already purchase.  Have your friends and family members save their box tops too!

  • Send your box tops by using a Ziploc bag or envelope

  • Tape or glue box tops on a collection sheet (see attached or available on the PCO bulletin board in the school lobby)

Return your box tops to the collection box in the school office. You can also send them in your child’s communication folder.   

Please reach out on any questions you may have and happy clipping!

 Box Top Coordinator Stephanie Walker (3-108) –

Turtles in 4-202

In October, Lily and Charlotte, two red-ear slider turtles came to live in 4-202 Ms Talbot's classroom. A tank with excellent materials were purchased for their home and a wonderful family from second grade (Alex, his father Orlando, mom and younger sister, Katie) dedicated their time and some of their own resources to make a beautiful oasis for our girls to live in. Mr. Alex works hard to maintain the tank by giving it weekly water changes and making sure the turtles have a healthy living environment. 



Straight from the Classroom: Crochet Club - 11/2/2016

"This week in crochet club we practiced the slip knot and chain stitch. We are learning how to stitch to make our very own infinity scarves." - Ms. Talbot, 4th Grade Teacher



Straight from the Classroom: Greek Mythology Project - 11/16/2016

Collaborating and Researching!

"Here are our kids researching, preparing, and collaborating for our Greek Mythology Project. For this project, they're learning how to analyze, research, and collaborate. They really enjoy working together to problem solve and the autonomy the project work gives them." - Ms. Cardillo, 3rd Grade Teacher



Highlight of the Week - 11/9/2016

Peers teaching peers!

"2nd Graders visited 1st Graders to teach them how to make and use a power bracelet to help them learn about numbers. Concepts covered included: what makes a ten, how addition and subtraction are related, adding 3 addends, and the break apart to make a ten and count on strategy." - Ms. Diamand, 2nd Grade Teacher


Highlight of the Week - 11/2/2016

Clubs, clubs, clubs!

20 clubs have been up and running for several weeks now. Our students have been learning a lot, and the results show! Can't wait to see their final products!


Highlight of the Week - 10/26/2016

Art - Collages & Self Portraits

This week we've launched webpages for a few of our classes including Art , Music, Science & Spanish. Here are a few photos from the Art page.


If you want to see more pictures like these, please click on Academics in the sidebar, and choose a subject.