Winter Emergency Procedures
Here are the winter emergency links for 2016-2017.
RE: PROCEDURES ON STORM DAYS OR ON DAYS WITH CITY-WIDE EMERGENCY CONDITIONS
This letter is being sent to you to explain the procedures we follow in the case of a storm day or a day with city-wide emergency conditions. The Chancellor will make an announcement to all schools in the city on whether to close schools or delay their opening. This announcement is made in consultation with other city officials. All authorized delayed openings will result in the regular starting time being two hours later.
By 6:00 a.m., the decision is announced on the following radio stations in the city: WINS (1010 AM), WCBS (880 AM), WLIB (1190 AM), WBLS (107.5FM), WYNE (91.5FM), as well as the following television stations: WCBS (Channel 2), WNBC (Channel 4), WNYW (Fox Channel 5), WABC (Channel 7), WNYE (Channel 25) and NY 1 (Channel 1 on cable television).
The contact person at your school is Nancy Murillo, PRINCIPAL.
The school telephone number to call is 1-718-351-1225.
When there is a two hour delayed school opening, school buses will run, but their arrival times will be delayed by two hours. Morning pre-kindergarten programs within public schools will be cancelled, as well as all field trips, after-school transportation and after-school programs.
If you have a child with a disability, you should use your discretion in deciding whether to send him or her to school when there is a delayed opening. If your child has medical or other health issues requiring nursing or other services during the school day, including services requiring a nurse or paraprofessional to ride on the bus, you should consider not sending your child to school. Please be reminded that your child will not be picked up if a nurse or paraprofessional who is required to ride with him or her is not aboard the school bus.
It is expected that if schools open, students will be in school until their regular dismissal time. If your child takes a school bus, school staff will remain in school with the bused children until busses arrive for dismissal or until your child is picked up. However, if the storm or city-wide emergency conditions worsen, the Chancellor may have to announce an early dismissal. The Chancellor will notify bus services of the earlier dismissal schedule. You should have plans in place with a relative, friend or neighbor in case your child is released early and you will not be at home to care for him or her. Please note that you must have listed that relative, friend or neighbor on the school’s “Blue Emergency Contact Card” because schools are not authorized to release pupils to persons not listed on that card. You should make certain that the card is up-to-date. Your child should know of this plan. You should advise your child to tell the teacher if no one is at home at the time of an authorized early dismissal. Again, listen to the radio or television stations listed above for information.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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Inspiring Young Minds,
The Principal's Corner
Wednesday, February 2, 2017
February is a very short but busy month.
Today is Groundhog Day! On this day the groundhog acts as the meteorologist for the day who predicts the arrival of spring. According to folklore, if the ground hog emerges from his burrow and sees his shadow, we will have six more weeks of winter. If he emerges from his burrow and does not see his shadow, then we will have an early spring. Will the Ground Hog see his shadow???? We shall see…
21st Annual Readers Are Leaders Kick-off: We are pleased and honored to announce that P.S. 38 has been selected to host the 21st Annual Readers Are Leaders Kick-Off! The event will be hosted by Borough President James Oddo, founder Vito Fossella and author/magician Mike Lane will be here to perform. This event will take place on February 7th with our 4th grade students and our third grade students will be performing segments from their December assembly. Readers Are Leaders promotes a love of literacy and reading.
This event is for students only.
February 2, 2017 marks the last day of the Chinese New Year which began on January 28, 2017. In honor of the New Year and to celebrate cultural diversity we have arranged for a very special assembly for all children at PS 38. On February 28, 2017 the New York Chinese Cultural Center will perform. Please visit the New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) on-line at www.nychineseculturalcenter.org to find out more about this amazing organization and all it has to offer.
Did you know?
The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it’s been called since the 20th century, remains the most important social and economic holiday in China. Originally tied to the lunar-solar Chinese calendar, the holiday was a time to honor household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors. It was also a time to bring family together for feasting. With the popular adoption in China of the Western calendar in 1912, the Chinese joined in celebrating January 1 as New Year’s Day. China, however, continues to celebrate the traditional Chinese New Year, although in a shorter version with a new name–the Spring Festival. To learn more about this cultural celebration with your children, visit:
This site is chock full of interesting facts, videos, pictures, and more.
February is also the annual observance of Black History Month, a time to recognize the achievements, contributions, and culture of African Americans. Yesterday, all children in grades 3-5 enjoyed a very special and informative assembly performed by the Temple for the Arts. This organization engaged the children in a historical time-line of African American music. Teaching children about the historical accomplishments and struggles of African Americans benefits everyone. By connecting children with history, they'll gain a better understanding of themselves no matter what color they are. Additionally, they'll learn to develop compassion and empathy for other people. In the spirit of honoring African American pioneers and landmark events in black history, we encourage you to engage your children in activities that capture their senses. Whether reading books, listening to stories or creating insightful projects, there are plenty of fun ways for kids to learn about the African American experience. And remember, your children can enjoy these activities long after February is over.
The PTA will sponsor an “I Love You” sale for the children on February 3rd and they will have a chance to purchase small enjoyable items for themselves or a loved one.
Our next PTA meeting will be on February 15, 2017 at 9:00 am where an informative workshop will be hosted by Dial-A-Teacher. We will also honor our Student and Citizens of the Month.
Parents as Learning Partners is scheduled for February 10 and our focus is Writing Workshop.
February 20 thru February 24, 2017, we are closed for Mid-Winter Recess. We return to school on February 27, 2017. Lite Review Homework packets will be sent home to keep our reading, writing, and math muscles strong. Please make sure your child completes the assignments that will be used upon our return for instruction. During this time we also recognize President’s Day which is viewed as a day to celebrate all Presidents past and present. Again you can visit www.History.com for more information.
Safety: Every year around this time everyone gets sick. As seasons change, we may see an increase in specific viruses that can cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. These include the stomach flu and the common cold. We want to ensure all parents that we sanitize and keep rooms as germ free as we can. All teachers were given Lysol spray, Clorox wipes, and antibacterial soap at the beginning of the year and we have provided a second round mid-year. Teachers sanitize their rooms on a regular basis. Staff has been informed and will continue to instruct the children to take the following simple actions to help stop viruses from spreading:
Students and staff should wash their hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds. Students and staff should wash their hands before touching food, after using the bathroom, and after coughing or sneezing.
- Students and staff should cover their mouths and noses with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not their hands, when coughing or sneezing.
- Students and staff members who are sick should stay home to reduce the risk that others might get sick as well. Children with fever, vomiting, or diarrhea should stay home until the symptoms are gone or until a doctor indicates that it is appropriate to return to school. Children who develop breathing problems should stay home until their symptoms are gone.
- Students and staff should get vaccinated against the flu.
There are signs posted in all bathrooms inclusive of Pre-K and teachers remind the children of how to wash their hands properly and how to sneeze and cough to minimize spreading of germs. Children are encouraged to carry small antibacterial soaps to use before lunch.
What’s up and coming?
5th Grade Graduation: For many years we have held our graduation at New Dorp High School. Due to the fact that New Dorp H.S. is having construction we are not able to host our graduation there this year as originally planned for June 22, 2017. However, I have worked diligently to find an alternate location. We will now host our 5th Grade Graduation at Staten Island Technical High School on June 21st 2017. More information will be forthcoming as the year goes on. Again please mark your calendars and hold the date 5th grade parents.
Social Media Awareness: Our PTA has organized an informative parent workshop presented by Michael Riley from CEC. In March he will be our guest speaker and will inform you of and address many concerns regarding the use of social media. We live in a technological society and our children have more access than ever. We want to protect our children from the dangers associated with social media as well as teach them to make smart choices when using social media. Details will be forthcoming.
~Thank you for entrusting your children to us.
Partners with Families…Partners In Learning”
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Inspiring Young Minds,
For my January 2017 Family Letter please Click Mrs Murrilo Parent Letter Jan 3 2017.docx
For my December 2016 Family Letter please click December 2016 parent letter.docx
For my October 1, 2016 Family Letter please click October Family Letter.docx
For my September 2016-2017 Welcome Letter please click sept 8 2016.docx
PTA's Corner-School Events
March 11th grades 3-5
On March 11th at 6:00 pm the PTA will be hosting a movie night for all students in grades 3-5. This is a free event. We will be showing the Minion Movie. The PTA will be selling light refreshments. Please return the bottom portion so we know how many children to expect. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Upcoming Events This Week
Mid Winter RecessPS38 George Cromwell School
Parent Teacher ConferencePS38 George Cromwell School
ELA for grades 3,4,5PS38 George Cromwell School
SPRING BREAKPS38 George Cromwell School
4-37 GIRLS SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT DUE/PRESENTATIONS STARSPS38 George Cromwell School
SLT-School Leadership Team
Our School Leadership Meetings are open to the school community and the public.
School Leadership at PS 38
PS 38 School Safety
January 13, 2017 Dear Families and Staff
This is a follow up to my December 19 letter outlining the additional measures the New York City Department of Education (DOE) is taking to ensure that the water in New York City schools is safe for students and staff. On December 21, 2016, every potential source of water for drinking or preparing food at P.S. 38 - Staten Island (421 Lincoln Avenue Staten Island, NY 10306) was tested for lead. The laboratory results showed elevated levels of lead in 3 of the 46 samples of water taken and tested from outlets in the building. A more detailed letter related to the testing for lead at P.S. 38 - Staten Island is attached, and complete test results are posted on the DOE website. In any building where lead test results show even one water outlet above the action level of 15 parts per billion, the DOE will implement its standard response protocol, under which it removes any such outlet from service, flushes all or part of the system to eliminate water sitting in pipes overnight, replaces equipment and re-tests after the equipment is replaced.
Each affected fixture at P.S. 38 - Staten Island will remain out of service until it is remediated and future testing shows that the water does not have an elevated level of lead. The custodial staff will also continue to flush the P.S. 38 - Staten Island water systems on Monday mornings before school starts in order to eliminate water that has been stagnant in pipes over the weekend and to ensure safe drinking water is available for students and staff. Please visit http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/schools/watersafety.htm to learn more about the robust protocol we use to ensure the safety of drinking water in each and every school, as well as to look up water test results for their child’s school. We will keep you updated on the remediation work at P.S. 38 - Staten Island, and thank you for your patience and support.
Elizabeth A. Rose
Deputy Chancellor Division of Operations
52 Chambers Street New York, NY 10007
Click Here for a more detailed letter- parent letter about water.pdf
What is Groundhog Day?
What is Groundhog Day? Groundhog Day is the day when people look to the groundhog to predict the weather for the next six weeks. Folklore says that if the sun is shining when the ground hog comes out of his burrow, then the groundhog will go back into its burrow and we will have winter for six more weeks. However, if it is cloudy, then spring will come early that year.
Fun Facts About Groundhog Day
How accurate the predictions of the groundhogs are is up for debate. People who organize the day say that they are very accurate. However, others say it's just luck.
Another name for the groundhog is the woodchuck. It is part of the squirrel family.
Punxsutawney Phil normally lives in a nice climate controlled home in the local library throughout most of the year. He is moved up to Gobbler's Knob on February 2nd, where he makes his annual weather prediction. Phil was named after King Phillip.
Read more at: http://www.ducksters.com/holidays/groundhog_day.php
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HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHILD
Accommodations for Anxious Kids
While each child is different, the following compilation includes commonly implemented interventions for anxious children. These items may serve as a starting point for families who are looking for specific suggestions for problem areas, or for parents who are just learning of the types of issues that their anxious child may be contending with.
Anxious children perform best in a calm, supportive, but organized classroom. Because change and uncertainty can be unsettling, a structured classroom, calmly disciplined will let children feel safe and know what to expect. An ideal situation is a teacher who maintains authority positively, using reason and respect rather than fear for punishment.
Sitting within the Classroom
- Anxious children often struggle with the unlikely fear that they will get in trouble, seating away from more rambunctious classmates will be less distracting, and may help them focus on their work rather than feeling responsible for the class.
- Concerns about getting the directions wrong either because of distraction or misunderstanding are common. Signaling the class first when giving directions (flashing lights, clapping hands) and when possible having directions written on the board or elsewhere may assure anxious children that they have understood the directions.
- Fears of getting the answer wrong, saying something embarrassing, or simply having other kids look at them may be concerns for an anxious child. Determine the child's comfort with either closed ended questions (requiring a yes or no) or with opinion questions, start with whichever is easiest. Use a signal to let the child know that his turn is coming. Provide opportunities for the child to share knowledge on topics in which he or she is most confident.
- Children with extreme social anxiety may have difficulty with oral reports. Consider having the child present to the teacher alone, or have the child audiotape or videotape the presentation at home.
Answering Questions at the Board
- For children with social anxiety, the combination of getting the answer wrong, and being visible to the whole class may be so overwhelming that they may opt to avoid school altogether. Consider having the child exempt from going up to the board until they are ready to handle that challenge, or, begin to approach that situation by eliminating the risk of being wrong, by simply asking the child to write the date on the board.
- Extended time on tests will ease the pressure on anxious children, and just knowing that the time is available may obviate the need to use it. Sometimes anxious children become distracted when they see other children working on their tests or turning them in, they may inaccurately assume that they don't know the material as well. Testing in an alternate, quiet location may be preferable for some children. Consider the use of word banks, equation sheets, to cue children whose anxiety may make them "blank out" on rote material.
- Free choice times can be a welcomed and necessary break from the pressures of school, but fears of rejection in the cafeteria or on the playground can take the fun out of free time. Bridge the gap socially by creating ties between small groups of children. A lunch bunch with two or three children can create a shared experience which kids can then draw on later. When working in pairs or small groups, don't always have children choose the groupings themselves, alternate this with a "counting off" technique or drawing straws to allow variability in the groupings.
- Having one person at school who understands the child's worries and anxieties can make the difference between a child attending school and staying home. A guidance counselor, principal, nurse, or teacher can be identified as a point person for the child to check in with briefly (5-10 minutes) to help dispel worry thoughts, take deep breaths and return to class.
Cool Down Pass
- Pressures build for anxious children, being able to leave the situation briefly to get a drink of water or wash their face can allow them to clear their heads and return to class on a less anxious track. Since anxious children may be hesitant to ask for this and risk being the center of attention, use an orange card which the child simply places on his desk, or the teachers desk, which signals they are out on break. In general anxious children are exceedingly honest and responsible and will not take misuse this privilege.
Assembles/Large Group Activities
- Some children become anxious in crowds, until a child has mastered the auditorium, allow them to sit where they feel most comfortable (e.g., at the end of the row in the back of the auditorium), see if they can gradually rejoin their class.
Return After Illness
- Ever responsible, anxious kids may be very distressed about work they have missed while they were out. Assign a responsible buddy to copy notes and share handouts. If tests are given the day of the child's return, give them the option to take the test at another time and use the test-time to make up any other missing work.
- Compounding the daily stress of the anxious child, field trips include the factors of being away from home and parents, and a change in routine. Accommodate the child's level of readiness so that he or she can participate as fully as possible. Consider having the child in the "teachers's group," or having parents accompany the group until the child is ready to handle an excursion without these supports in place.
Change in Routine/Substitute Teacher
- Because anxious children try very hard to please and predict what is required in a situation, changes of any sort may be experienced as very stressful. When possible, send a note home the day before to alert the child/family to a change in routine, this will allow the child to process the change in his or her comfort zone and will make the transitions go more smoothly the next day.
Fire Safety Drills
- While these drills are for a child's safety, anxious children may be very distressed by imagining that these events were actually happening. If there is an opportunity to signal the child in person just before the alarm sounds, this may buffer the surprise of the drill and allow children to mobilize with less distress.
- If children are spending inordinate amounts of time on homework because of OCD redoing, rechecking, rereading, or simply worrying that the assignment wasn't done thoroughly enough, the teacher can set a reasonable amount of time for homework and then reduce the homework load to fit into that time frame. Teachers can also provide time estimates for each assignment (this could be helpful to the entire class), so that the anxious child can attempt to stay within 10% of the estimated time. Eliminate repetition by having the child do every other math question, reduce reading and writing assignments, consider books on tape if a child is unable to read without repetition, for a child with writing difficulties, consider having a parent, teacher, or another student "scribe" for the child while he or she dictates the answers.
Parents Information Links
- Click here for theParent Handbook Parent Handbook.pptx
- Click here for New York City Public Schools Information
- Click here for information on our SAFE school water. LetterForSchoolsThatTestNegative 1.docx
- Click here for the 2015-2016 New York City Public School calendar
- Click here for the school menu
Parent Notices-5th Grade Parents
Information for current 5th Grade students-
Dear Fifth Grade Parents:
Time has gone very quickly and your children are graduating from Elementary School. We have many fun activities planned for this upcoming final year at PS 38. We are collecting senior dues in the amount of $90.00. Which seems like a lot of money but it goes very quickly and must cover many activities. Below is a breakdown of what the dues include.
- 5th Grade dinner dance, including: all decorations, food, drinks, snacks, dessert, entertainment, a candy table and goody bag.
- Senior T-Shirt
- Graduation Ceremony, flowers and decorations
- Fifth Grade slide show
Please return the bottom portion to school as soon as possible. Make sure all monies are in an envelope labeled with your child’s name and class. Checks are to be made payable to PS 38 PTA.
Save the Date...
February Dates to Remember-
February 2- Groundhogs Day-Cast your vote- Will the Groundhog see his shadow?
February 3- I LOVE YOU sale
February 10- 6:oo pm Valentine Day Dance for the Girls and their Special Guy
February 14- Happy Valentines Day- Wear Red, Pink or Purple
February 20-24 Mid-Winter Recess-NO SCHOOL
Parent Reading Volunteer Program of P.S. 38
Dear Parents & Grandparents:
The Parent Reading Volunteer Program of P.S. 38 will soon begin servicing our children. If you have a little time you wish to donate by reading to a child, please join our Reading Volunteer Program. Anyone wishing to volunteer must go for training.
The training requires a parent to attend a two hour workshop for two days at the Staten Island Mental Health Society located at 669 Castleton Avenue Building A, the Elizabeth W. Pouch Building. The schedule for the training is as follows:
Tuesday, January 24th and Thursday, January 26th @ Time 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Tuesday, January 31st and Thursday, February 2nd @ Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
For more information, you can contact me at the school 718-351-1225 or my cell phone 347-563-4635.
School Spirit Day
The PTA will be hosting a School Spirit Day on Friday January 27th.
This month’s theme is Future Day. Dress your children for their future careers to show your school spirit. For example, dress them as teachers, doctors or athletes. We are asking for a $1.00 donation to participate. Send your donations in an envelope with your child’s name and class. Thank you for your continued help and support. All the monies raised go directly to the children.
World's Finest Chocolate Bars- Fundraiser from November 14, 2016-January 23, 2017
Once again we are asking families to collect BOX-TOPS and send them in to school.
Here are collection sheets you can print out to help you keep track of your Box-Tops.
Where can I find....?
General- All subject, All grades
Pre-K Registration Starts January 17, 2017
Pre-K Directories for 2017 Registration are Available in the Office.