We need YOU! It's Parent Survey Time.

It's that time of the year again: SURVEY TIME! Our Family Engagement Coordinators, Mrs. Wiggins (K-5) and Mrs. Vaughn (6-8) have been working hard to get the word out about this annual and important time of year. New to the survey or wonder why we need every family to participate?

“Every year families take the NYC School Survey to share feedback about our school. Survey feedback can help improve your scholar’s learning,” explained Mrs. Vaughn.

Last year we had over 60% of families respond, but it simply isn’t enough for Challenge Charter. This year, Mrs. Wiggins and Mrs. Vaughn would love to see our K-8 parents achieve 100% participation.

As Mrs. Wiggins expressed, “Feedback is great for Challenge Prep Charter School, as it helps us improve our programs. I encourage each family to complete theirs today.”

Families can complete the survey in person at our school sites (710 Hartman and 1279 Redfern) or online by visiting NYCSchoolSurvey.org. We are hoping to reach 100% by the end of Parent Teacher Conferences on March 19 and 20, but the last day to complete the NYC School Survey is Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

Perhaps the best part is that scholars will be rewarded when his or her family participates. Middle School scholars will receive an Ice Cream Party on Wednesday, March 27th if they have a completed survey by Parent Teacher Conferences. K-5 scholars will receive $10 Cheetah Bucks for every survey completed.

Progress Reports are being shared every week on our Facebook page. As of March 8th, we had 13% of surveys completed. We hope you will take a few moments to fill out your survey today.

Mrs. Vaughn Survey Flyer

Mrs. Vaughn Survey Flyer

Apply for the 2019-20 School Year

We love Application Season at Challenge! It’s a great time of welcoming new families who are interested in our school. This year’s deadline to apply for the 2019-20 academic year is April 1st, 2019 at 5:00P.

Mrs. Tameeka Richards, Director of Enrollment and Recruitment as well as a long-time employee of our school, leads the efforts for the application process.

Richards reflected on this busy part of the year saying, “Every year, I look forward to meeting new families that are so optimistic about what Challenge brings to the community. Annually, the Enrollment team meets families at daycares, Open Houses and on Lottery Night. They all want the same thing for their children, and that is to get their child into our school. The demand for our school keeps me energized and committed to getting the word out there that we are accepting applications, so more families can have the opportunity to experience a great education within a safe and supportive environment. These are the reasons I am so excited every year. I get to open the door to more families and change lives.

Our website has full information on Applying (English or Spanish) including many FAQs. To apply online, go to our portal on School Mint. We also host Open Houses to provide a way for interested families to see the difference at Challenge.

“At these events, families can expect the full Challenge Prep experience. They will get to meet the leaders and teachers that work hard on a daily basis to create the school and environment our scholars love and enjoy. They will experience a day in the life of a CPCS scholar and get a tour of our state of the art facilities,” explained Richards.

Our next and final Open Houses this season are Thursday, March 7th at 5:30P at 1279 Redfern Avenue and Thursday, March 14th at 5:30P at 710 Hartman Lane. Lottery night where all names will be drawn for open seats and the waiting list will be held April 11th.

For inquiries or information about applying, contact Mrs. Richards at trichards@challengecharterschools.org or call 718-327-4040 Ext. 512.

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Staff Focus: Eunice Armstrong

A few weeks ago, we welcomed Ms. Eunice Armstrong as our new Director of Finance to Challenge Charter Schools. Recently we had a chance to find out a bit about Ms. Armstrong and how in this key role, she brings her experience and leadership to bear.

Q: What excites you most about being a part of the Challenge Charter Schools staff?

Armstrong: I am excited to be a part of such a dynamic and caring team, from the educators to the administration who work tirelessly to provide a world class education, especially in Far Rockaway.

Q: What is your background in financial leadership?

Armstrong: I have almost 10 years financial experience in the non-profit & charter school sector, particularly with helping these types of organizations with budget management & operational system creation. Grant management has also been a significant part of my experience with city, state, and federal level funding & compliance.

Q: What hobby or activity do you spend time on when you're away from work?

Armstrong: I spend my free time engaged in charity work with some of my favorite organizations like The Bowery Mission.

Q: With the recent holidays we wonder, what is your favorite holiday treat?

Armstrong: My favorite holiday treat is eggnog, perfect for holiday gatherings.

Parent Workshop on January 8th

We welcome all our Challenge Charter Middle School Families to our monthly parent workshop on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, from 5:30-6:30 pm. This month the topic will be  Financial and College Planning for you and your scholar. To register for the workshop please visit the link below. If you have any questions, please contact 6-8 Family Engagement Coordinator, Janisa Vaughn at (718) 327-4040 Ext. 108.

We hope to see you there!

RSVP HERE>>> https://tinyurl.com/y9pslbfk 

January 8 Parent Workshop Flyer

January 8 Parent Workshop Flyer

Let There Be Peace on Earth

We thank all the families who came out to support our Winter Show: Let There Be Peace on Earth held on Wednesday, December 19th at 10:00A in our gym at 1526 Central Avenue. Our scholars sang holiday and popular songs such as “Silent Night,” “Favorite Things,” “The Prayer,” and “Lean on Me,” and our Step Team performed for the first time. Principal Gordon, Music Banks and our staff came together to deliver this fabulous annual event. Bravo to all the scholars who performed.