Winter Weather Policy
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.
Believing In Children...
Inspiring Young Minds,
The Principal's Corner
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
February is a very short but busy month.
22nd Annual Readers Are Leaders Challenge: Once again students in the 4th grade will be invited to participate in this year’s Readers are Leaders Challenge. Information will be sent home and I encourage all families to have their children participate as we continue to promote literacy and a love of reading. This year’s challenge also requires students to read a selected book in addition to the other books of their choice which is being given to all 4th grade students whether they participate or not. Please continue to support us in developing lovers of literacy!
Cultural Diversity is something we continue to celebrate and emphasize at PS 38. Culture develops a powerful influence in a school building and in teaching and learning. Awareness, knowledge and understanding of our cultural identity promotes self-esteem and we want to foster an environment where children can express their identity and help students make connections between their community, national, and global identities. Our population is comprised of many children and families of different nationalities from around the world who bring a wealth of knowledge about their countries and customs. We unite together to celebrate these cultural attributes as we are one in a world of difference.
On February 16, 2018 there is no school in recognition of the Chinese New Year. It is the Year of the Dog and in honor of the New Year all children attended a very special assembly performed by the New York Chinese Cultural Center. Pictures of the event are already posted on the wall outside our school. 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. PS 38 would like to wish all of our families who celebrate Chinese New Year a very Happy New Year!
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: www.history.com/topics/holidays/chinese-new-year 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. As we continue to celebrate cultural diversity, all children in grades 3-5 will be invited to a very special and informative assembly on March 8, 2018 which will be performed by the Temple for the Arts. This organization will engage 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 13th and all children will have an opportunity to purchase small enjoyable items for themselves or a loved one. If you would like your child to purchase from the I Love You sale, please send their money in an envelope with their name and class and amount written on the front.
Parents as Learning Partners is scheduled for February 9 and our focus is Math. This year we are exploring new methods for problem solving and developing “Math Talks.” One method is we use is the S.O.L.V.E. method. The methods we are implementing are intended to promote more student engagement and reasoning, and to engage them in talks and a variety of strategies for doing so. Using S.O.L.V.E., students use each letter to focus on a different aspect as they go through the mathematical process: Study the problem, Organize the information, Line up a plan (for how they will do this), Verify your plan with an action, and Examine your results.
We will talk to this during our debrief with you in the all-purpose room but encourage you to join us so you can both witness and engage in this new way of tackling word problems and talking about math.
School will be closed for Mid-Winter Recess from February 16 thru February 23, 2018. We return to school on February 25, 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 and Clorox wipes 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.
Attendance and School Lateness: Chancellor’s Regulations mandates students’ daily attendance in school and enforces attainment of at least 90%. Attendance is considered the highest predictor of student achievement. At this time of year all students who fall below the 90% will receive an attendance letter. Please sign and return the bottom portion to your child’s teacher. Children are also expected to come to school on time. Excessive lateness is an interruption to teaching and learning and we ask that you ensure your child comes to school on time.
Parents please refrain from picking students up early before dismissal. This disrupts instruction which they are missing and disrupts teaching. This leads to confusion in the main office during bussing and dismissal and we want to ensure the safety and welfare of all children.
On days when we have assemblies it is not a good practice to sign your children out after the show. This is a regular instructional day. The only time we do this is at the end of the year for award ceremonies and stepping up ceremonies. Again, this is a disruption to teaching and learning.
What’s up and coming?
5th Grade Graduation will take place at Staten Island Technical High School on Friday, June 22st 2018. More information will be forthcoming as the year goes on. Again please mark your calendars and hold the date 5th grade parents.
~Thank you for entrusting your children to us.
~Thank you for entrusting your children to us.
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Inspiring Young Minds,
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Upcoming Events This Week
Pretzel Day- Bring your $1.25PS38 George Cromwell School
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Go Team U.S.A.
Support Team U.S.A.
In Support of Our Olympians
Wear Red White and Blue
On Friday, February 9, 2018
Valentine's Day Dance
Friday February 9, 2018
School Spirit Day- February 14, 2018
Show your school spirit!!!
happy Valentines Day!!! Wear RED, PINK today
SLT-School Leadership Team
Our School Leadership Meetings are open to the school community and the public.
2017 – 2018 School Leadership Team Meetings
Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 2:45 pm
Thursday, November 9, 2017 @ 2:45 pm
Thursday, December 13, 2017@ 9:00 am
Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 2:45 pm
Thursday, February 8, 2018 @ 2:45 pm
Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 2:45 pm
Thursday, April 19, 2018 @ 2:45 pm
Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 2:45 pm
Friday, June 8, 2018 @ 2:45 pm
Helpful and Informative Websites: Check out these websites for tips, strategies, and ways you can help your child at home.
Read.. Read... Read...
Leveled Book List
The following books are listed from easy to difficult by reading levels and can be found at www.amazon.com or Barnes and Noble.
Books that are “just right” for your child will be the ones on their level. To build fluency, have your child read books on an easier level. Books above your child’s level will be too difficult. However, a child’s listening level is usually 2-3 grade levels above their reading level. If your child is reading at a first grade level, they can listen and comprehend books at a third or fourth grade level.
Reading aloud to your child will help challenge students by introducing them to more sophisticated vocabulary and increasing their cognitive skills. In addition, reading together is a great time for parents to bond with their children and will provide opportunities for meaningful discussion. It will become a time you and your child look forward to each night!
Remember; don’t restrict your child’s reading material to only books. Provide the chance to read other types of materials (magazines, comics, newspapers, atlases, recipes, game instructions, etc.). This will allow them to discover several reading materials of interest.
For more leveled books, check out this website: http://orgs.bloomu.edu/americareads/leveledbooks/leveledbooks.html
Also, www.reallygoodstuffreading.com has a great set of Learn to Read Books for levels A-J.
For a list of leveled books, click here Leveled Book List _summer_.pdf
Notes from Mrs. Chow
HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHILD AND YOURSELF
Depression in Children
What is depression in children?
Childhood depression is different from the normal "blues" and everyday emotions that occur as a child develops. Just because a child seems sad doesn't necessarily mean he or she has significant depression. If the sadness becomes persistent, or if disruptive behavior that interferes with normal social activities, interests, schoolwork, or family life develops, it may indicate that he or she has a depressive illness. Keep in mind that while depression is a serious illness, it is also a treatable
Signs and symptoms of depression in children include:
· Irritability or anger
· Continuous feelings of sadness and hopelessness
· Social withdrawal
· Increased sensitivity to rejection
· Changes in appetite -- either increased or decreased · Changes in sleep -- sleeplessness or excessive sleep
· Vocal outbursts or crying
· Difficulty concentrating · Fatigue and low energy · Physical complaints (such as stomachaches, headaches) that don't respond to treatment
· Reduced ability to function during events and activities at home or with friends, in school, extracurricular activities, and in other hobbies or interests
· Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
· Impaired thinking or concentration · Thoughts of death or suicide
Not all children have all of these symptoms. In fact, most will display different symptoms at different times and in different settings. Although some children may continue to function reasonably well in structured environments, most kids with significant depression will suffer a noticeable change in social activities, loss of interest in school and poor academic performance, or a change in appearance. Children may also begin using drugs or alcohol, especially if they are over age 12.
How Is Depression Diagnosed in Children?
If the symptoms of depression in your child have lasted for at least two weeks, you should schedule a visit with his or her doctor to make sure there are no physical reasons for the symptoms and to make sure that your child receives proper treatment. A consultation with a mental health care professional who specializes in children is also recommended.
A mental health evaluation should include interviews with you (the parent or primary caregiver) and your child, and any additional psychological testing that is necessary. Information from teachers, friends and classmates can be useful for showing that these symptoms are consistent during your child's various activities and are a marked change from previous behavior.
There are no specific tests -- medical or psychological -- that can clearly show depression, but tools such as questionnaires (for both the child and parents) combined with personal information can be very useful in helping diagnose depression in children. Sometimes those therapy sessions and questionnaires can uncover other concerns that contribute to the depression such as ADHD, conduct disorder, and OCD.
What Are the Treatment Options? Treatment options for children with depression are similar to those for adults, including psychotherapy (counseling) and medication. The role that family and the child's environment play in the treatment process is different from that of adults. Your child's doctor may suggest psychotherapy first, and consider antidepressant medicine as an additional option if there is no significant improvement. The best studies to date indicate that a combination of psychotherapy and medication is most effective at treating depression. Studies show that the antidepressant Prozac is effective in treating depression in children and teens. The drug is officially recognized by the FDA for treatment of children ages 8 to 18 with depression. Other medications may be chosen if there are other coexisting illnesses contributing to the depression.
****Information source-National Institute of Mental Health: "Depression in Children and Adolescents."
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Parent Notices-5th Grade Parents
Information for current 5th Grade students-
September 15, 2017
Dear Parents of our Incoming 6th Grader’s 2018,
You are cordially invite to attend our 5th Grade Articulation Night here at I.S. 2.
Come Join Us On:
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Come learn about I.S. 2 and all we have to offer!
Here from our Staff, Teachers, UAU and meet our PTA
Have all your questions answered!!
Save the Date...
Feb 2: ground Hog Day
Feb 6: Safety Meeting, 4th Grade Assembly-3rd is invited: American Revolution
Feb 7: PTA 9:00 am,
Feb 8: SLT
Feb 9: PALP: Math/SOLVE, Valetine's Day Dance,
Feb: 13: I Love U Sale in Library,
Feb 14: Spirit Day: Wear red, pink, purple
Feb 16-25: Winter Recess-No School
Feb 26: return to school
HAVE YOU GOOGLED TODAY?
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.