If you’re like me, you rely on Google Calendar, or a similar online calendar, to organize your life. What did we do before a calendar that could be accessed anywhere, automatically synced across devices, sent invitations to others, and gave us reminders through push notifications and email (but, at least in the case of Google Calendar, no longer by text message)? How did people survive in a pre-Google Calendar world?
Oh, yeah, they sent invitations by mail, and had to use the phone to remind other people to show up. And if they wanted a calendar they could access anywhere, it looked like this:
Seriously, how did people survive in a pre-Google Calendar world?
And if you have a child in school, you know just how hard it can be to keep everything straight—school holidays, parent-teacher conferences, and all the other activities you and your child may be involved in. In addition, in New York City this year there are two new cultural and religious holidays on the school closing calendar: the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha on 24 September and the Lunar New Year on 8 February—meaning parents and students have to navigate three straight weeks of three days each right at the beginning of the year.
The official New York City Department of Education calendar looks like this:
Usable enough if you want to print it out and put it on your refrigerator, but if you want to access it anywhere you’ll have to fold it up and put it in your pocket. And don’t expect it to give you reminders. So good luck with that.
But we’re here to help. We’ve put the entire school calendar into a convenient Google Calendar that you can add to your own Google Calendar (or whatever your preferred online calendar is):
Links to the calendar are available in XML, ICAL, and HTML. Pop-up and email notifications for events default to one week and one day before. To add this calendar to your Google Calendar, follow these instructions and use the ICAL address:
Or this email address:
Run into any problems or find any mistakes? Let us know!