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.
See the link below for 5th Grade’s Virtual Graduation on Thursday, June 18th @ 9:00 am.
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PS 38 Shelby’s PET SPIRIT Our Feel Good, Laugh and Smile School Spirit Book Written by Shelby and the students and Staff of PS 38 The George Cromwell School .mp4
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Hello Sumer! Here We Come!!!
June 4, 2020
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,
Tips from Ms. Gina
15 things to do at home with kids and social distancing
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.
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.
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
This Week in PAX
Hello PAX Leaders.
As PAX Leaders, we do not use our words to hurt. We use kind words.
Let's practice by always saying please and thank you.
Notes from Mrs. Chow
We need your help to get parent to apply for the new parent position on the Panel for Education Policy (PEP)! Please distribute the attached application to all of your families as soon as possible, details below.
As announced in Friday's End-of-Week Wrap-up, we are encouraging all parents to apply for a position on the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP). This is a new position, added to the PEP by the 2019 amendments to NYS Education Law, for a 2-year term beginning in July 2020. Applications must be submitted to FACE at CCECInfo@schools.nyc.gov by June 26, 2020. Please distribute today the application form to all parents in your schools.
Any parent with a child currently currently attending a New York City public school is eligible to apply; experience with the New York City public school system, especially as a parent leader and/or advocate will be a plus.
Applications will be reviewed by a Nominating Committee composed of CEC presidents from each borough; the Committee may interview some or all of the applicants before selecting at least three finalists for a final vote by the 32 CEC presidents.
Thank you so much for getting this information to our families and supporting parent voice on the PEP. Please let us know if you have any questions on the process.
The FACE Team
REPORT CARDS JUNE 2020
PARENTS- PLEASE NOTE!!!
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 email@example.com
Deadline is Wednesday, June 24, 2020.
PARENTS- YOUR VOTE COUNTS!
June 15, 2020
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
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 nyc.pollsitelocator.com
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
nycabsentee.com, 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.nyc
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 nyc.pollsitelocator.com
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 voting.nyc 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 my2020census.gov 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,
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
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!
WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE ALL THE ACTIVITIES AT PS 38 WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT!
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.*
Helping parents with digital safety
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.
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.
Parents Information Links
- Click here for messages for families from the Chancellor
- Click here for translated versions of the messages for families from the Chancellor
- Click here for the Parent 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
Here's an article about heading to Middle School https://freespiritpublishingblog.com/2020/05/14/heading-to-middle-school-its-going-to-be-okay/
Save the Date...
Thursday June 18th, 9:00 AM 5th Grade Virtual Graduation
Friday June 19th, Kinder Stepping Up Ceremony
Monday June 22nd, 11:00 AM, PreK Stepping Up Ceremony
Friday June 26th, Last Day of School for All Students
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.
WHAT ARE YOU WEARING???
PS 38 Apparel
PS 38 apparel is now available for purchase. We are selling T-shirts, Sweatpants, and Hoodies. They are perfect to wear for gym, on art days or on cold days. We will only exchange merchandise for another size. All merchandise must be sent back to school the next day for exchange. Sorry NO REFUNDS will be given. All orders must be paid in full prior to ordering. Please return bottom portion in an envelope with your child’s name and class, make checks payable to PS 38 PTA include your child’s name in the memo. If paying by cash, please send exact change only.
Sizing is as follows: Xsmall (4), Small (5/6), Medium (7/8), Large (10/12), Xlarge (14/16)
Shirts $7.00 Sweatpants $15.00 Hoodies $18.00
To download the flyer, click PS38 Apparel.docx
Where can I find....?
General- All subject, All grades