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


Celebrating Our Students!

 Exhibition at the Staten Island Children’s Museum Gallery
Opening on March 9th between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

We are proud to announce our 1st solo exhibition show at the Staten Island
Children’s Museum.
We will be hosting a gallery opening on March 9th between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Our art will be on display all month and can be seen free of charge without entry
to other exhibits. If you wish to see and interact with the Children’s Museums
other interactive exhibits, you can plan a visit on their free day, Wednesdays
between 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The show presents work from P.S. 38’s Pre-K–5th grade including drawings,
paintings, collage, mixed media and our sculptural masks. Our young artists have
done amazing work. Come celebrate in their success. I will be attending the art
opening and will not be able to attend parent teacher conferences.
If you would like to meet with me please call Mrs. Chow to make an appointment
at 718-351-1225.
Come see, you will be impressed!
Visual Art Teacher,
Ms. Adene


adene art gallery invite.pdf 

The Principal's Corner


 Monday, March 20, 2017

 Dear Families:

 I hope this letter finds you all well and you are staying warm as we brave this last blast of winter before spring arrives. During these cold dreary months children tend to get antsy as they are not able to play outside due to the conditions. It is during these months that inappropriate school behaviors tend to increase. Our teachers consistently engage your children in lessons around appropriate school behaviors and conflict resolution. They work in conjunction with Administration, our School Counselors, and our School Based Support Team. Teachers are the first disciplinarians as they instruct your children all day long. The expectation is that all students respect their teachers and peers and exhibit appropriate school behaviors which do not interrupt the learning process. When behaviors present themselves, they are intervened and addressed accordingly.

 At this time we must urge you to work with us as partners in developing your child not just academically, but socially and emotionally. Children are just that, children and they are learning how to deal with conflict and resolve situations they will continue to encounter as they move on through middle school and go through life. At PS 38 we believe in being transparent and therefore we keep open lines of communication with all families. It is both a teacher’s and Administrator’s role to not just keep you abreast of situations that occur, but to address them according to the NYC DOE Discipline code.

 “The Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures (the Discipline Code) provides a description of conduct that does not meet the standards of behavior expected of students in the New York City public schools. It includes a range of guidance interventions and a range of permissible disciplinary and intervention measures that schools may use to address misbehavior. Also included is the Bill of Students Rights and Responsibilities. The Discipline Code applies to all students.”

 The Discipline code was shared with every family at the beginning of the year and families were asked to review it and return the Student/Parent Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. The Discipline Code outlines our roles and responsibilities as educators and Administrators and how we may deal with specific inappropriate school behaviors. This is set forth by the Chancellor and the City of New York.

 While we understand your children are precious to you, we cannot condone children taking matters into their own hands and using aggressive methods of fighting to defend themselves. Violence is not an answer to conflict and our goal is to help your children understand why as well as to teach them strategies for dealing with such conflict. It is very difficult to enforce this if parents undermine their teachers, Administration, and school decisions/rules by instructing their children to defend themselves in ways that goagainst the Discipline Code. This has a negative impact on our efforts and sends mixed signals confusing children.

At PS 38 we adhere to the NYC/DOE Discipline Code which comes straight from Chancellor’s Regulations. We ask that you respect us as educators who must address discipline with the knowledge that every decision we make is thoroughly analyzed. We do not take matters lightly and every consequence is aligned to the infraction appropriately as set forth in the Discipline Code. Currently we have about 390 students…that is 390 personalities. Once again, children are just that, children, and they are still learning to resolve conflict. At PS 38 we are trained in de-escalation and utilize conflict resolution methods to provide children with skills and tools they can use to resolve conflict through life.

While you may have a question about a situation concerning your child, and we respect that, the questions should really be few and far between as we keep open lines of communication and are transparent. Every parent is informed but unfortunately we don’t always see eye to eye and there will be times when we must agree to disagree.

We will continue to abide by what is outlined in the Discipline Code as our job is the safety and wellness of all children in our efforts to provide a rigorous education aligned to the Common Core State Standards which prepares all children to be college/career ready.

 In our efforts to promote positive school culture we would like to enlist all parents as “Partners in Learning” to support us in addressing behavioral areas of concern as PS 38 continues to be a safe haven and productive environment for all of our students. We urge and encourage you to work hand in hand with us as this will ensure that all our children become active learners and model citizens of our community and we will continue to encourage your children to follow The Golden Rule-“Treat others as you would want to be treated.”

 At this time we are asking all families to once again, please take the time to familiarize yourselves with the NYC/DOE Discipline Code and to reflect on the behavioral expectations of students when in school as set forth by the Chancellor and the NYC DOE.

 Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.

Partners with Families…Partners In Learning”

 Believing In Children...

Inspiring Young Minds,

Nancy Murillo




For my 2nd March 2017 Family Letter Please Click  Partners in conflict resolution.docx 

For my March 2017 Family Letter please Click  March 6 2017.docx 

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 March 24th.

This month’s theme is Emoji Day :)

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.