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Hi Families,
We are just 8 weeks away from the end of the school year! In these last 8 weeks we need your help! We want to make sure that we finish in a strong way. We know this year has been difficult and many of our families have had to support with learning at home. We do not take that for granted at all. Now it’s time for the big finish! In these next 8 weeks we need our scholars to READ EVERY DAY! We will be assessing their reading level in 3 short weeks and it will be important for scholars to practice their reading goals daily. Please read with your children and ask them questions about the book(s). This is an excellent way to practice comprehension.
The second way to help is to remove ANY DISTRACTIONS from their view. One of the biggest distractions we are seeing is the television and/or toys. Students who are around it are more likely to pay attention to what is around them and not their schoolwork. It is natural for children to be distracted so let’s try our best to help to eliminate any distractions from their view. This time of year is critical as we are doing a ton of review and assessments. We all want them to do their best!
In addition to our strong finish to this school year, in the next few weeks we will give more information about the new school year and we are EXCITED to return back to the building! We will discuss our safety plan and send you information to choose your preference for the new school year. We know the new school year will be different and OUR PARTNERSHIP & STRONG COMMUNICATION will allow us to have a strong start to next year.
Thank you for all that you do families!
With love,
Dr. Johnson
Hi AFCHES Families!
(Message from Ms. Gilbert)
It has been an absolute pleasure serving you all, your kids, and the Crown Heights community for the last three school years. As of May, I will be leaving AFCHES and transitioning into a new role within AF. Thank you all so much for trusting me with your scholars daily and all the many great memories you all have provided me with. I am still a phone call/email away and look forward to hearing about all the amazing things your scholars accomplish- academically and beyond.
My name is Ms. Jenelle Bazil-Charles, and I will be your new Student Services Manager at AFCHES for 21-22 school year. I am so excited about working with you all and your scholars, I have already had the privilege of speaking with some of you during this transitioning stage. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions. I am looking forward to soon closing out the school year with you all and starting SY 21-22.
<FYI> 2021-2022 AF Enrollment Application is Still OPEN
Great News! Our 2021-2022 school year application is still open! We are still accepting applications for the coming school year. 

We urge you to share this amazing opportunity with your friends and family in need of a school community such as AF! 

As a reminder, current AF scholars do not need to reapply to AF and enter the lottery again.

Whether you have incoming siblings that you would like to send to Achievement First or if you have family or friends interested in our schools, we encourage you to submit today to take advantage of upcoming virtual events and opportunities! To apply, simply click here, create an account or log into your SchoolMint account, and complete the application online.
<FYI>  COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Assistance
NYS has passed legislation to ensure and protect residential tenants at risk of non-payment or holdover eviction who cannot pay their rent through May 21, 20201. You can find documents and forms related to the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act of 2020 at You can find more resources on the AF Advocacy Resource Hub here.
 Remote Learning Tutoring Service

Brittany Jean, a former AF teacher, has started a remote learning tutoring service. For families interested in this type of support, please visit to learn more.
<FYI> Free or Reduced Virtual Tutoring Options
Team Special Services has assembled this Virtual Tutoring Options resource outlining free or low-cost tutoring services available to our students that schools could share with scholars and families around Progress Report or Report Card nights. The list currently includes programs through Columbia University, Fordham University, and other credible programs. Please make this available for families or share specific tutoring organizations with your school communities as you see fit. The programs listed meet the following criteria that we believe can provide some support for scholars: 
  • Free or low cost
  • Provides a consistent tutor
  • Provides a higher frequency of 2+ times a week for 1-2 hours
  • Provides one-on-one or small group tutoring 
Achievement First is always in search of great teammates to join our community.  Through our referral program, we connect with hundreds of candidates every year. Recently, we launched an external referral program—this means that anyone can submit a referral and be eligible for a bonus, even if they aren’t employed by Achievement First. Do you know someone who you think would make a great teacher, leader, or operations teammate at one of our schools? Click here to submit a referral. If your referral is hired, you can earn a cash bonus. For complete rules, read here.
Intent to Return Survey
AFCHES Families - please log into your ParentSquare account to fill out or 21-22 Intent to return Survey. This survey lets us know who plans to return for the next school year, which is important as we begin admitting new scholars.

If you have any questions about accessing the survey, please email us at

Thank You,
FYI: EOY STEP Testing begins Monday, May 17th
Upcoming Family Town Hall
We will be holding two Family Town Halls on Thursday, June 3rd: 8am-9am or 5pm-6pm. More details to come.
Scholar Birthdays

5/11 - Kalani Ballard
5/11 - Tashmara Brown
5/11 - Brian Elder
5/11 - Lyssa Frett
5/12 - Oscar Burnham
5/12 - Rebecca Edwards
5/13 - Milan Johnson
5/13 - Angel King
5/15 - James Berko
5/15 - Neissa Denord
5/15 - Thalia Harford
                     Weekly Scholar Attendance Percentage                                 
Scholar of the Week

Scholar's Name: Brandon Marshall
Scholar's Grade: 4th Grade
Scholar's Homeroom: Stokely Carmichael

Our scholar of the week is Brandon Marshall, not to be confused with the famous football player. Brandon is always participating in chat during down time or academic time. He always shows up to class on time with a big bright smile. Brandon loves to show up with his camera on and asking people how are they doing and if they are having a good day. Brandon is always trying his best and cheers teammates on to participate as well. We are so happy to have Brandon in our class and school. Keep up the great work!

The following summer camps are not run by Achievement First, but are great options for kids this summer.
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Need help with your child’s Chromebook?: Families can send a ticket via the "Ask for Help” button on the site to schedule 1:1 phone support if you need assistance,
AFCHES Families: If you need to get in touch with the Main Office, please email We will not be answering the phone since we are NOT in the building!



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