Comfort Dog Shelby
The Principal's Corner
Monday, January 06, 2020
Happy New Year and welcome to a new and exciting decade…2020!
Our PS 38 Professional Learning Community wishes all of our families a New Year filled with lots of love, laughter, good health, and happiness!
We hope you had a restful and enjoyable break and welcome you all back to an exciting second half of the school year.
Time will begin to pass very quickly and before you know it, we will be bringing closure to the 2019-2020 school year and getting ready for the summer. Therefore, mid-year is the time when we reflect and take stock of where we are in relation to our instructional goals and shifts for the 2019-2020 school year and reflect on the direct impact they have had on your student’s achievement. Teachers will be engaged in monitoring student progress more closely in comparison to where students were at the beginning of the year, where they were a few weeks ago, and will continue to make adjustments to instruction as they work diligently to move all students along the learning continuum. Mid-year assessments closely target and monitor all of our struggling students.
Our goal is to meet every child where they are at, motivate, inspire, and grow them by providing them with the best learning experiences and actionable feedback to grow them as learners. We institute a “Growth Mindset” in which all children learn strategies to continuously challenge and grow themselves as life-long learners. In order to do this well, teachers must provide your children with actionable feedback in relation to their goals. This feedback notes and compliments what the child is doing well and provides students with next steps for learning in which teachers give and show the student how to use a strategy or two to improve their learning in the particular subject area. Teachers monitor how well students are applying the new strategies and intervene with guidance when needed. After a targeted amount of time the teachers check back in for mastery and provides students with new strategies. Students also learn to monitor their own learning through self and peer assessing as we foster and guide student independence.
Open lines of communication regarding student progress continue between teachers and families. Please note that Mid-year is also the time of the year when Potential Hold-Over (PHO) letters will be mailed home to families of those students still struggling and in danger of not meeting grade standard. This is a New York City DOE policy/protocol all schools engage in. The purpose of PHO letters are to inform parents that at this point in time their child is not meeting standard but there is still time to move them along the learning continuum before June. These letters should not come as a surprise to any family as teachers have engaged all families in continuous one to one family meetings on Family Engagement Tuesdays. Teachers have also made it a priority to find an agreeable time to meet with families who could not make a Tuesday. All concerns and celebrations of progress have been discussed to date and teachers continue to keep on-going open lines of communication with all families. Teachers share a variety of ways they are intervening to support your children and how you can also support their learning in partnership and will continue to do so.
Attendance/Lateness Policy: Our school day begins at 8:15. By 8:20 your child is late and missing instruction. Children must be in school in order to learn/grow and consistent patterns of absenteeism and lateness directly impact student achievement. Students consistently absent or late will receive a phone call from the attendance monitor to inquire why. If the pattern persists, it is reported to the district attendance liaison assigned to our school who follows up and if need be, visits the home. In severe cases that boarder educational neglect, The Agency for Child Services is called. Instruction begins at 8:15 am. Please note that class trips and special activities are privileges and any student who demonstrates little effort, consistently does no homework, or is excessively absent/late, will not be permitted to go. In December, letters went home to all students who are have fallen below the 90%. We will continue to monitor our attendance/lateness data and very soon we will once again send Letters home to families where children have fallen below the 90% for absence/lateness. Consistent patterns of lateness negatively impact student achievement. Students who walk in late daily miss out on important learning. When a child walks in late they feel like a fish out of water and it is very hard for them to catch up to the rest. They have missed what the teacher has modeled and they will no doubt flounder. Please ensure your children are on time daily. We want your children to be successful as they continue to do their personal best.
We have a number of support programs in place to provide students with academic intervention and enrichment. All AIS programs monitor student progress from beginning to end.
Academic Intervention Support and Enrichment Programs:
· Casa Grant Afterschool Enrichment Program: Provides students with enrichment through the arts. Currently we have 3 programs running Smart Money Kids- students in grades 4 and 5 explore how to run and create their own business models.
Visual Arts: Kindergarteners express themselves creatively as they explore multi-mediums through puppetry.
Hip Hop Dance: 3rd graders explore various hip hop dance forms as they choreograph their culminating performance.
· Champs Soccer- 2nd and 3rd- a physical education enrichment afterschool program which engages students in team work and sportsmanship as they learn the strategic nuances of how to play soccer.
· Title III afterschool program: Provides English Language Learners with additional language support through literacy enrichment. This year we have added a literacy support program from Sun Dog to Title III.
· Sun Dog 3-D Literacy Program 2X a week in 3rd Grade.
· Response to Intervention: Is provided to all students in need within their classrooms and is carefully planned and monitored for student improvement.
· I-Ready ELA and Math: On-line technology based programs in the computer lab (1 period of each for all grades as well as access at home) which meet students where they are at as learners and moves them along the learning continuum.
· Reading AIS- is provided to struggling students 3X a week during the day. It provides select targeted students in need with additional support in reading and literacy skills. Mrs. Federico works with students in grades 3-5 and Ms. Cangro works with students in K-2.
· Math AIS: Provided to struggling students that need foundational math support 2-3 times a week extra in small groups during the day.
· Saturday Test Prep Academy Grades 3-5: Provides students with test taking strategies and practice in ELA and Math.
· Our Newspaper/Journalism club begins this week. The program is driven by data to target students who are close to obtaining proficiency in ELA and need to enrich their reading and writing skills.
All of these programs are implemented to provide children with extra support in areas they are struggling in and to enrich their lives in the arts. A very large portion of our school budget is used for our children to support them in their learning. These programs are VERY expensive and the expectation is that students maintain good attendance in order to participate. I also apply for and write grants in order to provide your children with exciting new opportunities. Grant writing is very difficult and time consuming and not all schools are awarded monies. I make an extra effort to do this in order to provide your children with additional programs that foster academic achievement and prepare them to be college/career bound.
Speaking of college/career bound, January is College Awareness month! It is important that children are exposed to college/career possibilities at an early age and so this month’s Parents as Learning Partner Day will focus on an abundance of interactive activities around “College Awareness.” This will also be a spirit day and we would like all children to get creative and dress up to represent various colleges! Staff will do the same and we encourage families to join us. PALP will take place on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 8:35 am. Get your college wear ready!
At PS 38 we teach your children that they should always do their best and that it is their educational responsibility to themselves to do so. Success comes with hard work and as a staff we will continue to instill good learning habits as we want all students to be high achievers. Parent engagement plays a critical role in student achievement and we must be on the same page or it sends a mixed message to the children about what is important. Therefore, we ask that all .parents please continue to support us in our endeavors.
~Thank you for entrusting your children to us.
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Upcoming Events This Week
4th GRADE ASSEMBLY 9:00AMPS38 George Cromwell School
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCE- HALF DAY OF SCHOOLPS38 George Cromwell School
SAFETY MEETING 7:30AMPS38 George Cromwell School
PALP- 8:35AMPS38 George Cromwell School
ELA- GRADES 3,4,&5PS38 George Cromwell School
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WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE ALL THE ACTIVITIES AT PS 38 WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT!
Helping parents with digital safety
No School Reminders
December 23, 2019 through January 1, 2020
Gingerbread House- Parents as Learning Partners
Dec. 20, 2019
Parents come join us for our annual Gingerbread House Day.
We are starting at 1:00.
SLT-School Leadership Team
Our School Leadership Meetings are open to the school community and the public.
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
Comfort Dog Shelby
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HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR CHILD AND YOURSELF
5 Fun Ways to Reinforce Learning During the Summer Months
Summer time means lazy days and fun in the sun. While your kids may be looking forward to time away from school, it’s important to keep their young minds engaged and stimulated during the summer months to prevent learning loss and set them up for success at the beginning of the school year. This doesn’t mean you need to plan hours of educational programming; just a little bit each day can go a long way. Try these ideas to help your child have a fun, educational summer.
Some teachers give their students a summer reading list, but other students won’t pick up a book until they return to school in the fall. Literacy Loss can occur if children don’t practice reading during the summer. Luckily, all it takes is about 30 minutes of reading a day.
Take your child to the library and let him or her pick out a few books they’d like to read. One of the best things about summer is your child has the freedom to choose the types of books he or she wants to read. Also, take some time each week to read to your kids. According to a research, 83 percent of children across all age groups love when their parents read to them. Reading out loud is a great way to share a love of reading and literature.
Keep a Journal
Journaling is a great way for your kids to practice their writing and storytelling skills. Encourage your children to journal for a few minutes each day. They can write about what they did that day, something they're looking forward to that summer or make up a story or a poem.
If you want to help your kids with their typing speed, let them create a digital journal or go the old-fashioned route if you want them to practice penmanship. If you need some ideas to get your kids started, you can search online for fun and creative writing prompts for kids.
Do Everyday Math
While you can print worksheets and math problems for your child during the summer (and you may want to if your son or daughter needs practice), don’t forget about the ways to incorporate math into everyday activities. Take your kids to the grocery store and have them keep a running total of the items in your cart. Ask them to estimate the total price. Teach your kids about fractions in the kitchen and give them an introduction to percentages when you go out to eat.
Practice counting and sorting with toys like Legos and building blocks. If you head out for a summer road trip, give them a basic introduction to distance calculations. No matter how old your kids are, you can tailor everyday activities to teach them basic or advanced math concepts.
There are countless apps and computer programs that can help your child practice basic skills like reading spelling and math. Try these apps to prevent summer learning loss. Because these programs gamify these concepts, your child will enjoy using them. Set aside some time each day for your child to use these programs or apps.
Plan a Play Date
Social skills are just as important as academic skills, so give your child a chance to interact with other children. The best thing about playdates is you can coordinate with the parents to include some educational programming. Since your child is spending time with his or her friend, he won’t mind as much if he’s doing an educational activity like reading or doing a science experiment.
You can also coordinate with other parents and take turns taking the kids to fun places like the zoo, aquarium or a museum. This gives your child the opportunity to have fun outside of the house while still learning about animals, sea life or history.
With a little effort and creativity, you can help your kids have a fun summer and set them up for success during the school year. Try these ideas and let us know what you think. What are your favorite kid-friendly summer activities?
Resource source: teacherswithapps.com
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Parent Notices-5th Grade Parents
Information for current 5th Grade students-
Attached please find the 2019 Directory of NYC Middle School District 31. The Middle School Choice Application is forthcoming. Please read carefully.
On page 3 you will find Middle School Action Checklist. This timeline will be helpful to you throughout the school year.
District 31 Middle School Fair will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at New Dorp High School located at 465 New Dorp Lane from 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Learn about the schools in District 31 and how to apply to middle school. There will be presentations on middle school admissions at 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm. It is very important for you to attend this fair.
If you have any questions, please contact me at 718-351-1225.
Mercedes Chow, Parent Coordinator
Save the Date...
December 20-January 1 No School- Happy Holidays
January 10- College Awareness Day
January 17- Cup Cake Sale
January 20- NO School- Martin Luther King Day
January 24- School Spirit Day- Mix and Match
January 31- Movie Night for grades K-5
What are Google Apps and how are they useful?
Google Drive - cloud storage for all file types including images, videos and audio files. Students have unlimited storage and can access their files from any device, anywhere they have an internet connection.
Google Docs - Word processing tool to allow students to create and edit text and paragraphs. Students can collaborate on the same document and teachers can easily provide feedback while students are working. Like all Google Apps, Google Docs auto-saves within Google Drive.
Google Classroom - A blended learning platform that integrates Google Apps to allow teachers to assign and collect work from students. Classroom creates a paperless environment and saves time providing a way for teachers and students to easily communicate and stay organized.
How can Google Classroom help me, help my child in school?
September 12, 2019
We are excited to let you know that Google Classroom has an additional feature for you, the parents. As a guardian, you can receive email summaries showing your student’s progress in Google Classroom.
You can choose the frequency of the emails, such as daily or weekly.
You can unsubscribe or remove yourself from Classroom at any time.
Guardian email summaries include:
Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent
Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)
Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers
Your student’s teacher will send you an email invitation. After you accept the invitation, you’ll receive regular email summaries of your student’s work. You can use your current email address to receive an invitation. When you click Accept in the email invitation, you receive weekly summaries to that email address. However, with a free Google account, you can make changes to your email summaries—for example, how often you receive them.
This is a wonderful way for you to stay up to date with what’s happening in your child’s classroom. If you are interested please return the slip with your email clearly printed to your child’s teacher.
Where can I find....?
General- All subject, All grades
7 Bullying Intervention Tips for Families
- Increase Communication
Begin discussion that has to do with the social and online lives of your children as often as possible. Ask specific questions that can create important discussions (e.g., instead of “How was school?,” try “What was lunchtime like at your school—who do you sit with, what do you do and what do you talk about?”). You have to ensure your conduct shows how genuinely interested and open minded you are, and must not in any way see you as trying to control or invade privacy.
- Monitor Behavior
You can get to see your children under different situations by being watchful during social gatherings, volunteering at school and participating in extracurricular activities. If in any case you realize that your children are overly aggressive, vulnerable to peer pressure or show other behavior that gives you cause for concern, talk to them about your concerns and correct the behavior. Keep watch on the warning signs associated with bullying behavior (e.g., fear of attending school, social withdrawal, avoidance of or preoccupation with technology) and you can always believe that your instinct will intervene when you feel like your children are deviating.
- Facilitate Positive Social Experiences
Assist your children in selecting hobbies and friends that will make them have a good feeling about themselves. Whenever you realize that certain activities or relationships are capable of causing bad feelings or unhealthy conflicts, talk about how things can be improved and keep away from negative scenarios. Be a guide to your children in helping them make friends in different settings, by doing so they would not have to depend on only one place as their social outlet. Help your children to stay close to at least one friend— the feeling of being socially attached can help to reduce the effects of bullying.
- Promote Responsible Online Behavior
Speak with your children about behaving decently online, as well as showing respect for other people’s privacy including the negative effect of belittling others. They should also make sure that they understand how to protect their own privacy online (e.g., keep personal information, passwords and PINs confidential) and what their reaction should be when confronted with negative online behavior. Ensure to actively monitor your children activities online and assist them to set healthy limits as regards the time they spend online. When monitoring and filtering software, do not hide it and then feel you can depend on these kinds of tools as a means to directly involve yourself in your child’s online lives.
- Talk about Bullying
Feel free to discuss bullying with your children. Explain what bullying means to them in detail; let them know what it looks like and what to do when such a thing happens. Let them understand your expectations and values as far as offline and online societal behaviors is concerned, help them to understand what their own values should be as well as how they are to show it in the face of aggression and peer pressure. Talk and practice different ways in which they are to react to social cruelty, and make your children know that they are to come to you for help when they witness or happen to be involved in bullying situations.
- Be a Role Model
Have you ever thought about what kind of message you pass to your children whenever you gossip, make judgmental comments or act in an aggressive manner toward family members, friends, and the way you interact with staff in stores or drivers on the road. Make good use of technology and keep away from sending mean or biased posts and jokes. Show an example of what is takes to be an ally and to kick against both online and offline cruelty and prejudice.
- Be Involved at School
Always be in support of practices, policies and programs that encourage positive social behavior and always speak up when adults/institutions no longer sustains their duty of protecting children and maintaining a safe environment. Don’t wait until your child is the target to get involved and speak up.