Parent Resources & Important Documents

COVID-19 update

To streamline updates to families and staff, please visit the Ascend coronavirus site.  
Ascend will continue to update with:
  • Frequently asked questions and answers

  • What families need to know

  • What staff members need to know

  • What students and staff members should do if they feel sick

  • Health guidance for families and others who visit our schools

  • Funeral Expense Relief: Low-income families can qualify for financial assistance through this NYC HRA program.  Due to the impact of COVID-19, the program has increased the burial allowance from $900 to $1,700 and the cap on burial costs from $1,700 to $3,400. The City’s HRA website has more details on the full program and application process here

If you have additional questions not answered on the website please reach out to your Principal or Principal of Operations. For specific questions about help with packets & instruction, please email your scholar's teacher or grade level Dean in the About Us tab of this site.

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General resources

School uniforms

Our uniform policy can be found here.

You can purchase your scholar's uniform at:

Plan for college!

Saving for college now can give your child a head start on the path to future success. Consider starting a 529 plan

Benefits of a 529 plan

Visit the Brooklyn Public Library site for children with book recommendations, events, and more.

The Brooklyn Public Library offers FREE household internet for eligible students and their families. Thousands of NYC K-12 students are eligible for free internet access for the entire school year. 


Visit for more information about this program. 

Apply for an idNYC card! It can be used as a library card, to open a bank account, to enter all ciity buildings, such as schools, and to access city services. The ID card comes with additional benefits including free membership to 40 cultural institutions and discounts on movie tickets, sporting events, health and fitness clubs and much more.

Fountas and Pinnell parent guides

Guided Reading is a highly effective form of small group instruction. Based on assessment, the teacher brings together a group of readers who are similar in their reading development. The teacher supports the reading in a way that enables students to read a more challenging text with effective processing Teachers continuously progress monitor students to see how they’re moving along the reading continuum.


This guide outlines  a continuum of levels from A–Z (grades K–8).  It will help you stay in tune with supporting your scholars’ reading skills. The single most important activity you can do with your child is to read with your child and discuss the meaning of the story.

Important Documents

Who should I speak to for what?

Quick Tip Sheet

Refer to this document for questions regarding curriculum, assessments, special education services, ENL, social services, operations,  culture, specials, and dance.  This document lists the staff people to contact if you should have any questions about our programs.  Click here . 

Parent Reminders Letter - Coming Soon!

Our school schedule, bus procedures, main office and staff communication, arrival & dismissal, classroom visits, lost & found info, etc. procedures can be found here.

What scholars are reading...
Here are some examples of books your scholar is reading and learning about at school.  Additional resources for finding great readings are also included. 
Click here for Grade K
Click here for Grade 1
Click here for Grade 2
Click here for Grade 3
Click here for Grade 4
Growing readers at home

Click here for Grade K -2 Early literacy 

Click here for Grade K-3 Sight words

Click here to see how to help your scholar at home in reading!
Reading comprehension
Click a link below for a checklist of questions to guide your scholar's reading comprehension.
Academic resources

Learning A-Z is offering a FREE subscription to Raz-Kids and/or Headsprout to help learning continue while out of the physical classroom, in light of the coronaviurs.  

This offer is valid through the end of the school year.*

  • Raz-Kids is a digital resource that provides a library of differentiated books students can use to practice reading wherever they are (Internet connection required).

  • Headsprout is an online K–5 reading program that adapts to the needs of the individual student. It is self-paced, which makes it ideal for at-home practice.


Lexia is an individualized research-proven literacy

computer program used at Bushwick Ascend. Scholars can also access Lexia at home here! Free online access is available for scholars to continue developing and practicing reading skills at home.

Lexia is accessible via iPad (Lexia Core5), Android tablets, Chromebooks, browser, or download.  

Please email your scholar's teacher for online access information.  Teacher contact info can be found under the "About Us" page on this site. 

Homework Help

Homework help line for elementary and middle school students, run by classroom teachers

Hours: Monday—Thursday, 4—7 p.m.

Languages spoken: Armenian, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian-Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Tagalog.

ELA & Math online resources
Click this link for additional online resources to support your scholar’s learning at home.

New York State Common Core aligned curriculum resources and information for parents and families. 
Click this link for additional online resources to support your scholar's learning at home. 

Free, online educational resource, including over 100,000 practice problems, and over 6,000 micro  lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching mathematics, history, physics, chemistry, biology, American civics, art history, economics, and computer science.