Welcome to our Garden!
Welcome to our Garden
What a WONDERFUL day our Garden Day/Earth Day was! It was so nice to see so many parents and children join us in spring cleaning our garden. We pulled weeds, turned over planting beds and planted new flowers and bulbs. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
With donations from Home Depot, Target and Subaru of America, Inc. we were able to purchase rubber mulch for the two planting beds on either side of the main entrance. We would love to continue to add rubber mulch to the rest of our garden and are asking for your help.
If every family could donate $10-$20 we could raise enough money to purchase the rubber mulch in bulk. What a beautiful place this would be for your children to explore and learn!
Please put any donations you can give in an envelope with your family name and the names all of your children in PS38.
Thank you for your generosity.
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Inspiring Young Minds,
Getting Ready for 2017-2018
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The Principal's Corner
The end of the school year is now upon us. Teaching and learning continue and it is a very busy time of the year.
Teachers are currently engaged in end of the year final assessments as we begin to wrap up the school year. Please note that we use multiple measures for promotional criteria, not just State test scores. Multiple criteria include chronic attendance/lateness that impact student performance/progress, State test results, formative/summative assessments, and students’ authentic work sampling across the year. Students who continue to demonstrate below grade level performance will be administered a portfolio assessment to see if they are ready to move up to the next grade. When a child is consistently performing below grade level standard we do not promote them as they are already struggling in the current grade and they will not be ready for the academic demands of the next grade. Promoting a child to the next grade when they are performing below their current grade level standard is unfair, frustrating, and unjust to a child. They will not have the foundation to understand material which will be at a higher more complex level and will flounder. Promotional decisions should not come as a surprise to any family as teachers have been engaging all families in consistent one to one data-driven progress meetings throughout the year, keeping you up-to-date on your children’s progress.
Please do not request class placements for your child as I do not honor personal requests, rather all of the data we collect at the end of the year is analyzed and considered as we organize students’ class placements for next year. Decisions are made based on where a child will academically thrive and please note that all of our teachers are highly qualified.
Report cards will be distributed to your children on the last day of school and not sooner. If a child is not here the last day, the report card will be held in the main office and you may call the school over the summer to arrange a day for pick up.
As we bring closure to the school year we are asking that all families who owe lunch money please settle their bill. We have sent reminder letters home. Please note that as a school we are held accountable to collecting all monies owed and must make every effort to collect this money as we do not want this to impact next year’s budget which directly impacts all we try to provide for your children. Please note that you can write a check or give cash to remit payment and settle any outstanding bills…just bring the letter and payment to the office and we will assist you. Thank you.
On June 14 teachers will visit students in the grade below to welcome students into the upcoming grade, share a little about what the next grade will be like, and what to expect. Teachers will also share how students can keep their reading, writing, and math muscles strong over the summer and will send lite informational packets home to families to share expectations for “how to prepare your child for the upcoming grade.” Research shows that 30 minutes a day of reading, writing, and math will enable a child to better transition to a new year of learning.
In addition to this in our efforts to prevent summer reading/math loss we would like to encourage all families to continue to have your children use Math Seeds, Reading Eggs (K-2) and Help Math (3-5) over the summer for a minimum of 2 days a week…this is our computer based program all children know how to use and they will continue to have access over the summer to keep their reading and math muscles strong. Passwords will be included with your child’s report card. Also have your child read at least every other night and write about their reading once a week. If you are taking a trip...keeping a daily journal of experiences is another way to keep writing muscles strong. Encourage your children to include their points of view, opinions, and explain why. Another idea is to have them create an informational book or report. We do not want to bombard children with work as children should enjoy their summer, rather want to keep their reading, writing, and math muscles strong so they can pick up where they left off.
Along with their report cards you will find a list of materials needed and a suggested reading list. Please engage your students over the summer as per teacher suggestions. An hour and a half every other day will not take away from the summer fun they look forward to and will keep children on track.
Many end-of-the-year celebrations and ceremonies will take place in the next few weeks so do check your child’s folder each night for important notices.
- Our Annual Teddy Bear Night for grades Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade students took place on May 25, 2017. Our entertainment was Strummin’& Drummin’ which was enjoyed by all. Many, many families came to enjoy in the fun and strengthen our family/community ties. Thank you for joining us.
- Our Saturday Early Grade Exploration Academy will end on Saturday June 10, 2017. Families will be invited to join their child for a culminating celebration and activity. A letter of invitation will be forthcoming with the time and information.
- 100% Attendance Initiative: This year all students with 100% attendance were awarded a bowling trip and the children had a well-deserved blast!
- Our Senior Service Committee will enjoy their end of the year Pizza Picnic on Friday June 23rd, weather permitting.
- Graduation will take place on June 21, 2017 at Staten Island Tech HS. Invitations and tickets will be forth coming.
There will be no school or UAU for children on the following dates:
Thursday June 8- Chancellor’s PD Day for staff
Monday June 12- Clerical Day for staff
Monday June 26- Eid Al Fitr
The last day of school is Wednesday June 28 which will be a ½ day and all children will be dismissed at 11:50.
Your children have worked very hard this year and there are many accomplishments to celebrate. Additionally, I would like to extend a very sincere thank you to our PTA who has done so much to benefit our children this year and has made an incredible difference in strengthening family and community ties….Kudos! Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who give of themselves to be involved and support our school, we appreciate your dedication to the children. And lastly, I want to thank all families for entrusting your children to us. Each and every child that walks through the doors of PS 38 is amazing and unique in their own way…They are the reason we do what we do. Therefore, I will continue to work diligently with my staff to provide all children with access to a standards-based quality education that is both rigorous and memorable. Elementary school experiences set a foundation and shape children’s attitudes for future learning. All of the staff at PS 38 put their heart and soul into what they do and we do this because we believe in children and we want to inspire them to dream big. We look forward to seeing you all in September as we begin another exciting school year.
~Thank you for entrusting your children to us.
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For my 2nd March 2017 Family Letter Please Click Partners in conflict resolution.docx
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Discipline Code Letter - DiciplineCodeParentLetterSY1516final91515.pdf
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Upcoming Events This Week
Kindergarten Stepping Up @ 9:30amPS38 George Cromwell School
NO SCHOOL-Eidal-FitrPS38 George Cromwell School
LAST DAY OF SCHOOLPS38 George Cromwell School
11:50 DismissalPS38 George Cromwell School
I.S. 2 6th Grade Mandated Summer Reading List 2017 (3 books)
George L. Egbert Intermediate School .S. 2
Adrienne Stallone, Principal
6th Grade Mandated Summer Reading List 2017 (3 books)
- Humanities ( *An assessment will be given on this book.)
The Egypt Game By Zilpha Keatly Snyder
- Fiction (*Select one)
The Thief By Megan Whalen Turner
Greenglass House By Kate Milford
- Non-Fiction (*Select one)
Brown Girl Dreaming , By Jacqueline Woodson (This is a biography in free verse.)
Surviving Middle School, By Luke Reynolds
- Graphic Novel is Optional for Extra Credit (*Select One)
Primates By Jim Ottavian
Goldie Vance By Hope Larson
Directions: Students must read The Egypt Game for Humanities and prepare to take a test in the fall, read (1) of the two books from fiction, and (1) of the two non-fiction books to read. Students must complete the Story Elements sheet attached for the fiction book they select and the I Can Read Informational Texts for the non-fiction choice they make. The attached reading work sheets must be completed by September 7, 2017.
*All books are available at the branches of the New York Public Library with a N.Y.P.L. library card.
5th Grade Events
June 7- 4th/5th Film-making Expose
June 15 - 5th Grade award assembly
June 19- 5th Grade Graduation Practice at SI Tech 9:00
June 20- 5th Grade Graduation practice at SI Tech 12:00
June 21- 5th Grade Graduation 9:00 at SI Tech
HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHILD AND YOURSELF
How Trauma Affects Kids in School
Ongoing exposure to neglect, abuse, homelessness or violence causes learning and behavior problems in children. Signs of trauma and tips for helping kids who've been traumatized.
We tend to think of trauma as the result of a frightening and upsetting event. But many children experience trauma through ongoing exposure, throughout their early development, to abuse, neglect, homelessness, domestic violence or violence in their communities. And it’s clear that chronic trauma can cause serious problems with learning and behavior.
Trauma is particularly challenging for educators to address because kids often don’t express the distress they’re feeling in a way that’s easily recognizable — and they may mask their pain with behavior that’s aggressive or off-putting.
Identifying the symptoms of trauma in the children can help educators understand these confusing behaviors. And it can help avoid misdiagnosis, as these symptoms can mimic other problems, including ADHD and other behavior disorders.
In brief, the obstacles to learning experienced by these children include:
- Trouble forming relationships with teachers
- Poor self-regulation
- Negative thinking
- Executive function challenges
Trauma and trouble forming bonds
Children who have been neglected or abused have problems forming relationships with teachers, a necessary first step in a successful classroom experience. They’ve learned to be wary of adults, even those who appear to be reliable, since they’ve been ignored or betrayed by those they have depended on.
One of the challenges in giving that support is that when kids misbehave, our schools often use disciplinary systems that involve withdrawing attention and support, rather than addressing their problems. Schools have very little patience for kids who provoke and push away adults who try to help them.
Instead of suspending children, Dr. Rappaport argues, schools need to work with them on changing their behavior. When a student is acting up in class, she explains, teachers need to recognize the powerful feelings they are expressing, if inappropriately.
Rather than jumping right into the behavior plan – deducting points or withdrawing privileges or suspending — Dr. Rappaport stresses the importance of acknowledging the emotion and trying to identify it. “I can see that you are REALLY angry that Andrew took the marker you wanted!” she suggests. “If you’re wrong about what the student is upset about, he’s likely to correct you.”
Acknowledging and naming an emotion helps children move towards expressing it in a more appropriate way. Communicating that you “get” him is the necessary first step, she explains, to helping a child learn to express himself in ways that don’t alienate and drive away people who can help him.
Traumatized children often have trouble managing strong emotions. As babies and toddlers, children learn to calm and soothe themselves by being calmed and soothed by the adults in their lives, Dr. Howard notes. If they haven’t had that experience, because of neglect, “that lack of a soothing, secure attachment system contributes to their chronic dysregulation.”
In the classroom, teachers need to support and coach these children in ways to calm themselves and manage their emotions. “We need to be partners in managing their behavior,” Dr. Rappaport explains. “Co-regulation comes before self-regulation. We need to help them get the control they need to change the channel when they’re upset.” They need coaching and practice at de-escalating when they feel overwhelmed, she adds.
Another challenge to traumatized kids is that they develop the belief that they’re bad, and what’s happened to them is their fault. This leads to the expectation that people are not going to like them or treat them well. As Dr. Howard puts it, “I’m a bad kid. Why would I do well in school? Bad kids don’t do well in school.”
Traumatized kids also tend to develop what Dr. Howard calls a “hostile attribution bias” — the idea that everyone is out to get them. “So if a teacher says, ‘Sit down in your seat,” they hear it as, ‘SIT DOWN IN YOUR SEAT!’” she explains. “They hear it as exaggerated and angry and unfair. So they’ll act out really quickly with irritability.”
“They see negative where we see neutral.” To counter this negative thinking, these students a narrative about themselves that helps them understand that they’re not “bad kids.” And learning to recognize their negative patterns of thought, like black and white thinking, is a step towards being able to change those patterns.
Dr. Rappaport notes that children from abusive homes are sometimes unable to participate in classroom activities because they are paralyzed by fear of making a mistake, and that can make them appear to be oppositional. “A mistake that might seem trivial to us becomes magnified,” she explains, “if their experience has been that minor mistakes incurred adult anger or punishment.”
They need not only support to have incremental successes they can build on in the classroom, but help to see that in this setting, making a mistake is considered a necessary part of learning.
One of the classic symptoms of trauma is hyper-vigilance, which means being overly alert to danger. “These kids are jumpy, they have an exaggerated startle response. They can have some big, out-of-control seeming behaviors, because their fight or flight response has gone off.”
This can look like hyperactivity, she adds, leading kids who have been traumatized to be misdiagnosed with ADHD. Being chronically agitated can lead to difficulty with sleeping and chronic irritability.
In workshops, Dr. Rappaport coaches teachers on how to help kids to settle down when something in the classroom triggers an emotional outburst. When a child is escalating, the key, she says, is to “match their affect, but in a controlled way.”
The goal is to connect to their big feeling. “If you can connect with what they’re trying to tell you, they may settle. It can work even if you just make a guess — you don’t have to be right, they can correct you.”
Chronic trauma affects children’s memory, their ability to pay attention, plan, think things through, and other executive functions. Kids who have ADHD as well as trauma may be especially impaired in these skills.
Difficulty planning impacts not only completing tasks in school, but a child’s ability to plan his behavior, rather than acting impulsively, and deciding on the best way to communicate his needs and feelings.
One of the things that tends to upset kids who’ve been traumatized is difficulty predicting the future — not knowing what is coming is unsettling for children and creates anxiety. These kids can benefit, Dr. Rappaport notes, from repeated dry runs of what’s coming up and what they should expect.
Another executive function that may be weak is the ability to self-narrate — to mentally talk themselves through what they need to do as they are carrying out a task. It’s a skill young children learn from listening to their parents talk to them when they are babies, and, she notes, if they haven’t had the experience they may need help developing the skill.
Focus on positive attention
In addition to connecting with kids who’ve been traumatized, and helping them build missing skills, Dr. Rappaport emphasizes the importance of giving them as much positive attention as possible.
Kids who have experienced chronic neglect tend to be better at getting attention by provoking the adults they depend on than by complying with expectations. “Negative attention is fast, predictable and efficient,” she notes. “We need to make positive attention as fast, predictable and efficient.”
But she adds that positive attention includes not only praising them for desired behavior but expressing warmth and kindness that aren’t necessarily earned.
Surprising kids with “random acts of kindness” can help wean them from habits of acting out to get attention. “When a kid is acting out and sucking the oxygen out of a classroom,” she notes, “some teachers have found it works to set their phones to buzz every 5 minutes to give the kid positive attention.”
SLT-School Leadership Team
Our School Leadership Meetings are open to the school community and the public.
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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...
June Dates to Remember
June 2 Kindergarten orientation
June 5 4th grade written science exam
June 6 Safety Meeting 7:30
June 7 4th/5th Film-making Expose
June 8 Non Attendance day for students/PD day for staff, PTA teacher luncheon
June 9 4th grade award assembly
June 12 Non AttendanceDay/Clerical Day
June 14 Casa Zumba Show 3-5 at 3:30, Getting to know next year’s teacher
June 15 5th Grade award assembly, Casa Zumba Show K-2 at 3:30,
June 16 Donuts with Dad
June 19 5th Grade Graduation Practice at SI Tech 9:00
June 20 5th Grade Graduation practice at SI Tech 12:00, Pre-K Stepping Up 9:30
June 21 5th Grade Graduation 9:00 at SI Tech
June 22 3rd Grade award assembly
June 23 Kindergarten Stepping Up 9:30
June 26 No School-Eid al Fitr
June 28 LAST DAY OF 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...
We can't wait for the next school spirit day!!!
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.