Welcome to our Garden!


Garden Work Day- Saturday April 21, 2017

It’s SPRING and the garden is starting to show it! We are once again holding our Garden Work Day. This year our Garden Work Day will be on Saturday, April 22, 2017, Earth Day.  What a great way to teach the children about how to be good stewards of our Earth!

Each year in the spring we ask parents to join us on a Saturday to help spruce up our school garden. We ask for a few hours of your time to help create and maintain the front gardens.  These front gardens are not just for show, they are used by your children as an outdoor classroom.

This year we are also asking for donations of grass seed and plants, please see the lists below. I am approaching large garden centers to ask for things such as mulch, and garden fixtures like benches, and tables.  If families can bring the smaller items, that would help.

As I said, our Garden Work Day will be on Saturday, April 22, 2017, Earth Day. We will be in the garden from 10:00am to about 2:00pm. Students are welcome to come with their grown-up and work, but please remember there will be garden tools out.  Any students attending Saturday Academy must go to class first and then may stay after it is over and join their grown-up and help as well.

We have some shovels, rakes, gloves, etc, but if you have your own, please feel free to bring them.

Thank you in advance for your commitment to your children and PS 38.


Ms. Allison Regan

Science Teacher

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.