Virtually the best 5th Grade Ever!!!

Honoring our 5th Grade

Please join us for a virtual celebration of P.S. 38's 5th Grade Graduating Class of 2020  on Thursday June 18, 2020 at 9:00am.  

Please note, if you are tuning in from a phone or tablet device, you will be prompted to download the Microsoft Teams app before gaining access. If you intend to view this virtual graduation from a computer, you will not need to download anything or create an account.

Simply select the "Watch on the Web instead" and the "join anonymously" buttons when displayed. If you already have a Microsoft Teams account, you will gain automatic access with the provided link. Please note the graduation will run for approximately 1 hour in length.

This presentation will feature translation services in Chinese, Spanish, Urdu, Russian, Polish, and Arabic. and close captioning. There will also be a support link for any technical difficulties that may arise for our attendees. We will be recording the presentation and sharing it following the ceremony for anyone who cannot make it during the live airing. 

5th Grade Graduation Link

See the link below for 5th Grade’s Virtual Graduation on Thursday, June 18th @ 9:00 am.

Comfort Dog Shelby -Join her google classroom page with this code rzxdusk

Hello Sumer! Here We Come!!!


Principals Corner

June 4, 2020

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe we are already in June. This has certainly been a year of uncertainty and challenge, however, it is what we do in the face of adversity that matters.

I have always taken pride in our partnership with families and our PS 38 circle of collaboration. As we begin to plan for the 20-21 school year, working together as partners in education with your children’s best interests at heart will continue to be the foundation and cornerstone of accelerating and continued learning.

Because we must continue to forge forward as a school community, we would like to invite parents and guardians to join us in Google Meets (Meets Code: 38 Town Hall) on Monday June 8, 2020 at 11:30 am, for our End of Year Virtual Town Hall Meeting. At this forum we will also share important up-coming celebrations and dates as we wrap up the school year. We look forward to coming together as one PS 38 Community in Unity.

Although this is not the way we hoped to end the year, we are working diligently to provide all students with a smooth transition to the next grade and have organized a series of Virtual Meet and Greets. Each grade will have 2 sessions. One session will be only for students where teachers who teach the next grade will come together to meet students and share insight of how they will learn as well as answer their questions. Student sessions are designed to connect with the children, motivate them, inspire them and set the stage for next year.

The other session is only for parents and guardians. At this session teachers will come together to share curriculum and expectations for the next grade, how we will work together in partnership, as well as answer any questions. We ask parents and guardians to please make sure your children attend their session and families we look forward to seeing you at the parent sessions. Teachers will be sharing log in codes with you in your child’s google classrooms.


Student Meet and Greets: 10:30-11:15 Parent Meet and Greets: 11:15-12:00

5th Grade: June 10 5th Grade: June 10

1st Grade: June 11 1st Grade: June 11

2nd Grade: June 12 2nd Grade: June 12

3rd Grade: June 15 3rd Grade: June 15

4th Grade: June 16 4th Grade: June 16

Kindergarten: June 17 Kindergarten: June 17

Thank you for continuing to be partners in learning with your child. In your child’s classroom you will also find a short parent survey tomorrow morning. This is very important as the information we get will guide our Town Hall Discussion and planning for next year. Please take two minutes to complete your survey.


Lastly, although our climate is uncertain and volatile, we want to emphasize our goal to support our students and families during these unprecedented times by encouraging our children and families to stand together in peaceful unity.

We continue to celebrate the concept of hope for a better tomorrow.


“Thank You for Entrusting Your Children to Us”



Believing In Children...

Inspiring Young Minds,


Nancy Murillo


 June note to families.doc 

 PTCs May 2020.docx 

 PS 38 





Tips from Ms. Gina

15 things to do at home with kids and social distancing

It can be hard enough for adults to keep busy during extended periods of time at home. But for kids, the boredom can be overwhelming. Help your little ones beat cabin fever with these fun things to do:
1. Start a DIY project
Bring out the craft supplies and help your youngster’s inner artist shine through. Kid-made paintings and drawings are personal, creative and cute.
2. Teach your kids to cook
Introduce basic food preparation skills by teaching your kids how to cook fun treats such as cookies, muffins and side dishes. They’ll learn how to read recipes, follow instructions, measure ingredients and establish good nutritional habits while making tasty treats. Before you head to the kitchen, be sure to follow safe cooking practices.
3. Get off the couch and exercise
Turn off the television and video games and start moving. Doing scavenger hunts, participating in obstacle courses, and even having pillow fights are a few ways to keep kids active while at home.
4. Build a fort
Is there anything better than a cozy fort built out of blankets, chairs and pillows? Kids love to play make-believe, so letting them build their own creative world is a fun way to spend a day stuck inside.
5. Play a board game
Old-school board games such as Monopoly and Scrabble can teach children about managing money and vocabulary. Cards are another great option. Whether it’s Uno or Go Fish, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.
6. Read a book
Now is the perfect time to catch up on that reading list. Many libraries offer digital downloads of books, audiobooks and even some movies. Get your entire family involved by having each person take turns reading from a book out loud. And when you run out of reading material, why not let famous people read to your kids?
7. Have a dance party and singalong
Play your children’s favorite music (“Baby Shark,” anyone?) and dance the boredom away. If you’re feeling really bold, sing along, too!
8. Go for a walk
Sometimes the best cure for too much time spent inside is to get some fresh air. You don’t have to go far, and you can still respect social distancing rules.
9. Take a virtual tour
Many of the nation’s parks, museums and zoos are offering virtual tours, including:
Yellowstone National Park
The Smithsonian Museums
The San Diego Zoo
Want something a little further from home? Try the Louvre or take a virtual trip to Mars.
10. Learn something new
From learning French to coding, there’s an online class for every interest at every age.
11. Have a movie night
Many streaming services are offering new releases as well classics right now. So pop some popcorn, sit back and enjoy.
12. Plan your next family vacation
Planning a family vacation can often be as much fun as the trip itself. Talk about where everyone would like to go and the activities you’d each like to do while you’re there. You can also plan a family staycation.
13. Go camping
You don’t have to go far to enjoy a relaxing evening under the stars. Pitch a tent in your own backyard, make s’mores and tell campfire stories to make the experience complete.
14. Teach your kids how to organize
Okay, this one might not be that exciting for your kids, but it will keep them busy! What’s that one project that’s been on your to-do list forever? You can organize things like family photos, the garage and the playroom. This would be a great time to tackle it as a family.
15. Teach your pet a new trick
Have your little ones teach your dog to roll over, your cat to run an obstacle course or your bird to mimic their tune. Your kids will get a feeling of accomplishment at having taught a family member something new, and your pet will get extra attention and treats.

Time spent at home doesn’t have to be boring. These activities can help you and your children pass the time.

Resources from Ms. Gina

Here are some resources I found that might be helpful. Check them out!

Free online support and counseling groups BCS Group

The Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center have always been committed to connecting with our community and engaging with our fans and neighbors. Now more than ever, we want to be there for you. Introducing our virtual Resource Hub, through which you can easily find resources available to you and your families to navigate the challenges ahead. The Resource Hub features an array of programs and support systems that our partners and the community are providing during this unprecedented time. They’re separated by category, so scroll through Education, Health & Wellness, Food, and Volunteer Opportunities to search for the programs you need.

With all that is going on in the world right now, I thought it would be helpful for you as teachers (and parents) to have some resources on talking to kids about race, racism, inclusion, etc. 

 POC wellness document.docx 

Our friends at Emma's Place, licensed grief counselors who work with children, have developed this video to help you get through this time and communicate more effectively with your kids, especially when they may be acting out.




In order to view your child’s Report Card, you need to set up your child’s NYC School Account. If you have not set up your account, please email our Parent Coordinator, Mercedes Chow at

Deadline is Wednesday, June 24, 2020.



Have you checked your GOOGLE today?

To  access  student accounts  from anywhere:

Go to and enter the full username/email, including the   

  parent welcome to google classroom.doc  Guardian E-Mail Summary letter.doc 


June 15, 2020
Dear Families,
I hope you had a safe and restful weekend. I’d like to share information provided by our City colleagues about
two important actions you can take immediately to have your voice heard about the future of our city: filling out
the 2020 United States Census, and voting in the primary election on Tuesday, June 23. Here is what you need
to know:
How to Vote in the June 23 Primary Election
This month, primary elections will take place across New York City. You can confirm which races are happening
in your district with
Here’s how you can vote:
Vote by Mail
 In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all New Yorkers with primary elections are able to vote by
mail. You must request your mail-in ballot by Tuesday, June 16, which can be done online at, by calling 1-866-VOTE-NYC, or by mail.
 For those who are away from home, you may request that your ballot be sent to your current residence.
Once you receive your ballot, you must complete and postmark it by Tuesday, June 23. For more
information, visit

Vote in Person
 In-person voting, including early voting, is still available. You may do so during the early voting period
from now until Sunday, June 21, or on Election Day, June 23.
 If possible, we recommend voting early, when crowds are expected to be smaller and lines to be shorter.
To find your early voting site, Election Day site, and poll site hours, visit
 To register to vote in future elections, update your existing registration, find your assigned poll site, check
your registration status, or get more information on voting, visit or call 311.

How to Fill Out the United States Census
The Census is a headcount of the U.S. population that happens once every ten years. It is extremely important to
fill out because it determines critical educational resources available to New York City, as well as other vital
government benefits and electoral representation.
This year, filling out the Census is easier than ever. You can complete it in five minutes, in fifteen languages,
online at or over the phone by calling 844-330-2020.
The Census does not include a citizenship question. Even if you are undocumented, filling out the census will
not put you or your family at risk. Census responses are private, protected by federal law, and will never be shared
with NYCHA, ICE, HRA, Department of Buildings, or any other government agency—or your landlord.
You and your family need to be counted because Census results determine critical school funding, including
special education grants, extra supplies, much-needed technology, and more teachers for our classrooms. It also
helps to set funding for Early Learn Centers, In-School and Out-of-School Youth Programs, child care programs,
and more.
The Census also serves enormously important non-education purposes. That includes funding for Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, hospital care, affordable housing, and more. Plus, the Census
affects each state’s allotment of representatives to Congress and Electoral College votes.
Now more than ever, we need to step up and help make sure all New Yorkers are counted! A complete count will
bring our city the resources we need as we recover from the pandemic and its economic impact.
Civic participation is critical for a healthy democracy. I hope these resources are of use to you and your family.

Richard A. Carranza
New York City Department of Education

Parent Help Needed



April showers bring May flowers and P.T.A. officer elections.  If you would like to be considered for nomination to a position as a P.T.A. elected officer during the 2020 – 2021 school year, please fill out the form below and return it to the P.T.A. president or a member of the nominating committee by April 5, 2020.  The committee will recommend one slate (one person for each position) of eligible candidates at the April P.T.A. general membership meeting.  Additional nominations will be requested from the floor.  Please be sure that you are eligible for nomination.*

 pta willingness to serve form 2020.doc 

Important School Reminders

State Exams - This year, the administration of the NY State English Language Arts, Math, and Science tests are suspended. The NYC Department of Education (DOE) is working with the New York State Education Department (NYSED) on guidance for state assessments scheduled to be administered once traditional in-school instruction resumes. However, this situation is evolving rapidly, and the DOE will work with NYSED to continue to communicate with schools as more information becomes available.

PAX means Peace

The PAX Good Behavior game teaches students to “flip on” their internal focus switch, required for any learning.

 It teaches students how to work toward valued goals, and teaches them how to cooperate with each other to reach those goals. 

 Students learn how to self-regulate during both learning and fun. Students learn how to delay gratification for a bigger goal. 
PAX also significantly improves multiple measures of academic success such as reading test scores, high-school graduation and university entry.

SLT-School Leadership Team

 Our School Leadership Meetings are open to the school community and the public.