Winter Emergency Procedures


Here are the winter emergency links for 2016-2017.

 storm procedures English.doc  

storm procedures spanish.pdf 


 Dear Parent/Guardian:

 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.

Believing In Children...

Inspiring Young Minds,

 Nancy Murillo


The Principal's Corner


January 3, 2017

 Dear Families,

 Happy New Year!!!!  I hope you all enjoyed the winter break and holiday celebrations with family and friends.  Wishing everyone a New Year filled with happiness and good health!

Now that we are in the second half of the school year time will begin to fly.  Currently we are engaged in our mid-year assessments and are targeting all of our struggling students.  It is also the time of the year when Potential Hold-Over (PHO) letters will be mailed home to families of those students still struggling and in danger of not meeting grade standard. These letters should not come as a surprise to any family as teachers have engaged all families in continuous one to one family meetings on Family Engagement Tuesdays. They have also made it a priority to find an agreeable time to meet with families who could not make a Tuesday.  All concerns and celebrations of progress have been discussed to date and teachers continue to keep on-going open lines of communication with all families.  PHO letters are to inform parents that at this point in time their child is not meeting standard but there is still time to move them along the learning continuum before June.  Teachers have shared a variety of ways they are intervening to support your children and how you can support their learning as a partnership and will continue to do so.

 Support and Enrichment Programs

Our support programs and enrichment programs are in full force!  We have a number of support programs in place to provide students with academic intervention and enrichment.  Additionally, classes with one teacher are supported with another push in teacher to work with small groups of students on occasion, and our paraprofessionals have been trained and do provide 10-15 minutes of Great Leaps phonics and math support to students in need.

  • I-Ready Technology Saturday Program/by invitation only (8 weeks)-Technology-based ELA/Math support for 4th/5th grade students targeted.  Teachers will continue to use this program with the students to provide additional support now that the program has ended.
  • Title III afterschool program: Provides English Language Learners with additional English as a New Language support.
  • Response to Intervention:  Is provided to all students in need within their classrooms and is carefully planned and monitored for student improvement.
  • Help Math: Grades 3-5- A computerized math support program for all students in grades 3-5 which takes place once a week during the day.  A targeted group of students in need is also pulled for an additional period a week.
  • Math Seeds:  A computerized math support program for all students in grades K-2 which will take place once a week during the day.   Parents will have access to this over the summer!
  • Reading Eggs:  Grades K-2:  A computerized Reading program for all students which meets them where they are at as learners that will take place once a week during the day. Parents will have access to this over the summer!
  • Saturday Test Prep Academy Grades 3-5: Provides students with test taking strategies and practice in ELA and Math.  The program will begin January 7th.  Do note that all teachers in grades 3-5 integrate test taking strategies into their curriculum across the year and right before the exams all children in grades 3-5 engage in an intense Test Prep Unit of study so every child will be prepared. 
  • Mentoring Minds: Grades 3-5 for test prep in classrooms once a week in ELA and once for Math.
  • Casa Grant Winter Cycle Afterschool Arts Enrichment Program: Grades 3-5 will engage in a Salsa Dance Fitness program featuring Zumba for Kids. Grades K-2 will engage in a Theater/Performing arts program.  Open to first 20 students in each grade band.  We will have a spring session following the winter session for an additional 20 students to participate in.


  • Film-Making:  In school residency for 4th and 5th graders with Marquis Studio.
  • Early Morning Reading Support Program:  Grades 1, 2, and 3-for select targeted students by invitation only.

**Pending Budget:

  • Saturday Early Grade Exploration Academy for grades K-2 in the spring.

 All support and enrichment programs have been implemented to provide children with extra support in areas they are struggling in and to enrich their lives in the arts.  These programs are VERY expensive and although our school budget remains scarce, I find ways to sacrifice other things and have written grants in order to provide your children with these additional opportunities.  Grant writing is very difficult and time consuming and not all schools are awarded monies.  I make an extra effort and it requires many extra hours to write a grant but I have done it, and will continue to in order to provide your children with programs that foster academic achievement and prepare them to be college/career bound.

 Attendance/Lateness Policy:   Our school day begins at 8:15.  By 8:20 your child is late and missing instruction.  Children must be in school in order to learn/grow and consistent patterns of absenteeism and lateness directly impact student achievement.  Students consistently absent or late will receive a phone call from the attendance monitor to inquire why.  If the pattern persists, it is reported to the district attendance liaison assigned to our school who follows up and if need be, visits the home.  In severe cases that boarder educational neglect, The Agency for Child Services is called.  Instruction begins at 8:15 am. Please note that class trips and special activities are privileges and any student who demonstrates little effort, consistently does no homework, or is excessively absent/late, will not be permitted to go.  Letters will go home to families where children have fallen below the 90% for absence/lateness.

 Morning Drop Off/Safety:  Parents please note that we do not open our doors until 8:00 am for students in kindergarten thru 5th grade to have breakfast.  Many families request to drop their children off earlier but we cannot safely supervise children before 8:00 am as my staff is not yet here and I am liable for their safety once they are in the building.  While we want children to be on time, on extremely cold winter days, please DO NOT drop children off in front of the school extra early and expect them to stand in the freezing cold until the doors open.  We open our doors at 8:00 am.   

Did you know?

This year the Chinese Lunar New Year will be celebrated by many Chinese families from Chinese New Year’s Eve on January 27, 2017 to February 2, 2017. 


Fun Facts:

·         Chinese New Years’ Eve is the day of family reunions and Chinese New Year’s Day is the day of family visits and New Year greetings.

·         The holiday is oddly called "Spring Festival".  Though in winter, Chinese call their New Year holidays “Spring Festival”.   While wintry weather prevails, “Start of Spring” marks the end of the coldest part of winter, when the Chinese traditionally could look forward to the beginning of spring.

·         Every Chinese New Year starts a new animal's zodiac year.  2017 is the year of the rooster.


Wishing all of our Chinese families a Happy Chinese New Year!!!

 At PS 38 we teach your children that they should always do their best and that it is their educational responsibility to themselves to do so.  Success comes with hard work and as a staff we will continue to instill good learning habits as we want all students to be high achievers.  Parent engagement plays a critical role in student achievement and we must be on the same page or it sends a mixed message to the children about what is important. Therefore, we ask that all .parents please continue to support us in our endeavors. 

~Thank you for entrusting your children to us.

Partners with Families…Partners In Learning”

Believing In Children...

Inspiring Young Minds,

 Nancy Murillo


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  

SLT-School Leadership Team

 Our School Leadership Meetings are open to the school community and the public.

  P S 38 Meeting Schedule 202016-2017.doc 

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:

           Session I:

           Tuesday, January 24th and Thursday, January 26th @ Time 9:30 am – 11:30 am

           Session II:

           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.


   Mercedes Chow

 Parent Coordinator

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.