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Our PS38 School Store will be closed for the summer.
We can't wait to reopen in September!
The Principal's Corner
Although we have only been in school a short time, much has taken place. Clear expectations for learning have been set, consistent routines, and comprehensive assessments of every student in reading, writing, math, and spelling have taken place. Our Goal is to “know our students” what their interests are, and how they learn best.
Our Instructional goals for 2019-2020 embrace:
Strengthening Core Instruction
Developing a More Supportive Environment
“One size does not fit all”…therefore, instruction is modified, differentiated, and utilizes a variety of strategies and approaches to similar tasks providing multiple entry points for our diverse learners.
In order to academically propel your children forward we must meet every child where they are at and understand how they learn best. Our goal is to grow them along the learning continuum. PS 38 staff continually assesses students throughout the year in regular cycles to better monitor student progress and performance. We keep open lines of communication with families and we focus on the “whole child,” (socially, emotionally, areas of strength, areas requiring more support, interests, etc). Currently, students are actively engaged in units of study in all content areas and have acclimated to their school routines.
In Pre-K teachers are beginning to set up work sampling portfolios which will be shared with you throughout the year as they discuss where your children are in the early childhood learning continuum. The emphasis has been on establishing rituals and routines throughout the day that will make children comfortable as they begin to see consistency in their daily school routines. At this young age, children are developing socially and emotionally and much of the learning takes place during play in centers. For example, as children explore, they are learning how to share, express themselves, problem solve, and play collaboratively. It is during this time teachers tuck in other learning experiences tied to theme studies. For example, they may tuck in a read aloud and art activity focused on friendship or a science experiment connected to the season…etc.
Parent engagement plays a critical role in student achievement and as a school community, we must continue to build trusting relationships with each other through consistent open communication. Our priority at P.S. 38 is student achievement and preparing “ALL” students to be career ready/college bound. Therefore, we will continue to foster, and grow family partnerships and ask that all families play an active role in their child’s learning life. We will provide ample opportunities for all of our families to be involved. We host monthly Parents as Learning Partners Days (PALP) at 8:35 am, to invite parents into their children’s classrooms to engage in learning along-side their child. Every month has a different instructional focus and afterward we gather together to discuss your experiences and answer any questions. PALP is a wonderful way to better understand our curriculum and how your children are learning.
Our first PALP will take place on Friday October 25, 2019 at 8:35 and in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, our focus will be interactive lessons on Respect for All and Anti-Bullying. Please join us this day to engage in learning side by side with your child. If you have more than one child you will have to select one to visit as we do not switch classes or interrupt the learning. Next month you can visit the other child. Also note we have a No Coffee and No Cell Phone policy in classrooms.
We will also be hosting series of workshops for families throughout the year and hope to see many families when we do.
Our PTA is comprised of parents, teachers and administration working collaboratively to engage families and strengthen family/community ties. The PTA hosts a variety of fun family events and fund raisers to benefit the children throughout the year. PTA meetings are once a month, will be posted on our school calendar, and are a forum for parents to better understand our policies, protocols & procedures, instruction, and school events. A lot of ongoing information is shared at these forums and our PTA continues to work rigorously to bring in professional guest speakers for parent information sessions. We hope that you join us at these informative meetings. Our next meeting will be on October 22, 2019. This will be our: Annual Title 1 meeting to discuss our Title 1 funding and how we allocate these monies to the children.
Parent Volunteers: We are grateful for the many parent volunteers who assist us at drop and go in all weather conditions. To ensure a smooth and safe drop and go in the morning and to ensure the safety of our children and volunteers, we ask that you stay in line and “Do Not Cut Around” another car to get ahead. Please be patient as cutting ahead can cause accident and or injury and we want everyone to be safe. More over, once your child is let out of your car by a volunteer, we ask that you please leave promptly as traffic backs up. Your children are in good hands and there are many staff to help them find their way.
Family Engagement Tuesdays are used to schedule one to one student progress meetings between parents and teachers around how their child is learning. Your child’s data and work samples drive the conversation, students’ strengths (Glows) and areas in need of support (Grows) are discussed, and strategies to support your child at home are shared.
What’s new this year?
- Pax Good Behavior Games: Implementing Pax Good behavior Games is a school wide initiative. Pax is Latin and stands for peace, productivity, health and happiness. Pax is a set of strategies to help students learn important self-management skills while collaborating to make their classroom a peaceful and productive learning environment.
- Comfort Dog-This year we are a DOE approved Comfort Dog School. On October 25, 2019 during our debrief session following our PALP Respect For All/Anti-Bullying Day, we welcome families back to the all purpose room to meet and learn about our comfort dog program. Come meet Shelby our Hypoallergenic Comfort Dog. Regan is the comfort dog handler/owner, and Shelby is a certified and DOE approved Comfort Dog.
***Join us after PALP for a brief overview of these two new initiatives which support our school wide goal for “A More Supportive Environment.”
Embracing the Chancellor’s Initiative to “Develop People”, this year I am also bringing in a Staff Developer from the Center for the Professional Education of Teachers (CPET) at Teacher’s College, Columbia University to assist us in deepening our pedagogy and developing our Literacy Curriculum maps to include more Project Based Learning (PBL). PBL is student-centered learning where students will be highly engaged as they investigate a “Driving Question” using an inquiry hands-on protocol. We are taking the necessary steps to promote rigorous and productive instruction aligned to 21st Century real world learning, that is meaningful and brings back a “joy of learning.” This work is aligned to our school wide goal to “Strengthen Core Instruction.”
- Envision Math (E.M.): M. is DOE approved and although it is new, our staff has received and will continue to receive professional development in it’s implementation. We will be using E.M. as a supplement to our Math curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Learning standards. Our maps guide our instruction and Envision Math is used to deepen mathematical concepts and skills along with number talks, math stations, and S.O.L.V.E for problem solving. Our goal is to deepen students’ conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts, increase critical thinking skills and problem solving skills.
As a “professional learning community,” our goal is to work in collaboration with all stakeholders (students, staff, families, organizations) to ensure a successful and memorable elementary school experience for your children.
Once again, we look forward to a year filled with inspiring rich learning experiences with your children.
~Thank you for entrusting your children to us.
“Partners with Families…Partners In Learning”
Believing In Children...
Inspiring Young Minds,
Parent Help Needed
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!
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
Welcome Shelby to our PS 38 Staff!
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
Parents Information Links
- Click here for theParent Handbook Parent Handbook.pptx
- Click here for New York City Public Schools Information
- Click here for information on our SAFE school water. LetterForSchoolsThatTestNegative 1.docx
- Click here for the 2015-2016 New York City Public School calendar
- Click here for the school menu
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.