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.

Believing In Children...

Inspiring Young Minds,

Nancy Murillo




Getting Ready for 2017-2018

Kindergarten (K)

First Grade (1)     1st grade - Summer news - supply list 2017.docx   1st Grade - summer reading letter and supply list 2017-2018.docx 

Second Grade (2)

Third Grade (3)

Fourth Grade (4)

Fifth Grade (5)

The Principal's Corner


June 2017


Dear Families,

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.

Partners with Families…Partners In Learning”


 Believing In Children...

Inspiring Young Minds,

 Nancy Murillo


 6-5-17 1.docx 


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...


We can't wait for the next school spirit day!!!