Class Supply Lists
The Principal's Corner
June 6, 2018
The end of the school year is now upon us, however, rigorous teaching and learning still continues until the last week of school.
As I mentioned in my May letter to families, teachers have been engaged in end of the year final assessments as we begin to wrap up the 2017-2018 school year. We use multiple measures for promotional criteria, not just State test scores. Multiple criteria include chronic abscence/lateness that impact student performance/progress, State Test results, formative/summative assessments, and students’ authentic work sampling across the year. Students who at this point in the year continue to demonstrate below grade level performance will be administered a DOE Portfolio Assessment in the next two weeks to see if they are ready to move up to the next grade. This assessment is a standard Department of Education assessment which assesses students in grades 3-5 in English Language Arts, Math, or both. When a child is consistently performing below grade level standard we do not promote them as they are already struggling in the current grade and they will not be ready for the academic demands of the next grade. Promoting a child to the next grade when they are performing below their current grade level standard is unfair, frustrating, and unjust to a child. They will not have the foundation to understand material which will be at a higher more complex level and will flounder. Promotional decisions should not come as a surprise to any family as teachers have been engaging all families in consistent one to one data-driven progress meetings throughout the year, keeping you up-to-date on your children’s progress.
I will also remind you to please not request class placements for your child as I do not honor personal requests, rather all of the data we collect at the end of the year is analyzed and considered as we organize students’ class placements for next year. Decisions are made based on where a child will academically thrive.
Report cards will be distributed to your children on the last day of school June 26, 2018 and not sooner. If a child is not here the last day, the report card will be held in the main office and you may call the school over the summer to arrange a day for pick up.
On May 23rd our teachers hosted “Getting to Know the Next Grade” workshops for families during our evening parent teacher conferences. Families who attended found the sessions very helpful and received lite informational packets containing ideas and strategies on how they could prepare their child for the upcoming grade over the summer. On June 1st our Kindergarten Team hosted Kindergarten Orientation sessions for all upcoming Kindergarten families to give them a glimpse of what they can expect and share ideas for how to prepare their children for Kindergarten in September.
To better prepare students for what to expect in the upcoming school year, on June 19 teachers will also visit students in the grade below to welcome students into the upcoming grade, share a little about what the next grade will be like, and what to expect.
In addition to this, in our efforts to prevent summer reading/math loss we would like to encourage all families to continue to have your children use Math Seeds (K-2), Reading Eggs (K-2) and Reflex Math (3-5) over the summer for a minimum of 2 days a week. These are our computer based programs all children know how to use and they will continue to have access over the summer to keep their reading and math muscles strong. Passwords will be included with your child’s report card.
Research shows that 30 minutes a day of reading, writing, and math will enable a child to better transition to a new year of learning. Please have your child read at least every other night and write about their reading once a week. If you are taking a trip...keeping a daily journal of experiences is another way to keep writing muscles strong. Encourage your children to include their points of view, opinions, and explain why.
Another idea is to have them create an informational book or report. We do not want to bombard children with work as children should enjoy their summer, however, we want to keep their reading, writing, and math muscles strong so they can pick up where they left off.
Along with their report cards you will find a list of school supplies needed and a suggested reading list. An hour of practice every other day will not take away from the summer fun they look forward to and will keep children on track.
Many end-of-the-year celebrations and ceremonies will take place in the next few weeks so do check your child’s folder each night for important notices.
* Kids Night Out for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade students took place on May 31, 2018. Our entertainment was Mr. Magico and many families came to enjoy in the fun and strengthen our family/community ties. Thank you for joining us for this annual event.
* 100% Attendance Initiative: This year all students with 100% attendance were awarded a bowling trip and the children had a well-deserved blast on May 29 bowling with Mrs. Prendergast and Mr. Di Tiberiis!
* Our 5th grade seniors enjoyed an afternoon on Broadway as they watched Aladdin on May 30, 2018. They also enjoyed a senior breakfast in their honor.
* June 14th is our Annual “Donuts with Dad” event. Every child may invite one special man in their lives to celebrate and honor as we approach Father’s Day.
* Our Senior Service Committee will enjoy an end of year Pizza Picnic the week of June18th, weather permitting. (Information will be forth coming)
* 5th Grade Dinner Dance will take place on June 11, 2018 from 5:30- 8:00.
* 5th Grade Graduation will take place on June 22, 2018 at Staten Island Tech HS. Invitations and tickets will be forth coming.
* During the week of June 18th we are hosting many stepping up celebrations and award ceremonies. Teachers have included this information in their June newsletters and reminders will go home.
There will be no school or UAU for children on the following dates:
Thursday June 7- Chancellor’s PD Day for staff
Monday June 11- Clerical Day for staff
Friday June 15- Eid Al Fitr
The last day of school is Tuesday June 26 which will be a ½ day and all children will be dismissed at 11:50.
Your children have worked very hard this year and there are many accomplishments to celebrate. Additionally, I would like to extend a very sincere thank you to our PTA who has done so much to benefit our children this year and has made an incredible difference in strengthening family and community ties….Kudos! Thank you to all of our parent volunteers who give of themselves to be involved and support our school, we appreciate your dedication to the children. And lastly, I want to thank all families for entrusting your children to us. Each and every child that walks through the doors of PS 38 is amazing and unique in their own way…They are the reason we do what we do. Therefore, I will continue to work diligently with my staff to provide all children with access to a standards-based quality education that is both rigorous and memorable. Elementary school experiences set a foundation and shape children’s attitudes for future learning. All of the staff at PS 38 put their heart and soul into what they do and we do this because we believe in children and we want to inspire them to dream big. We look forward to seeing you all in September as we begin another exciting school year.
~Thank you for entrusting your children to us.
Believing In Children...
Inspiring Young Minds,
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Upcoming Events This Week
STEM Information- Children Activities, Workshops, Camps
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world.
What separates STEM from the traditional science and math education is the blended learning environment and showing students how the scientific method can be applied to everyday life. It teaches students computational thinking and focuses on the real world applications of problem solving.
Parents As Learning Partners
Parent As Learning Partner Day
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8:35 am
In order to ensure the success of this initiative it is important that you understand the following:
· Please no conferencing with the teachers, the teachers have to continue with the teaching and learning and cannot be disrupted to converse with a parent.
· Please keep your cell phones on vibrate and please do not use them while the class is in session.
· No coffee is allowed in the classrooms.
· We ask that you arrive promptly; we do not want the lesson disrupted in any way.
After the classroom instruction, we will debrief in the All Purpose Room.
School Spirit Day-May 11, 2018
Join us on May 11, 2018 for FANCY DAY! We are dressing in our best to celebrate the special women in our lives, like our moms.
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.