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The Principal's Corner

 Monday, January 06, 2020

 Dear families,

 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.

  “Partners with Families…Partners In Learning”

 Believing In Children...

Inspiring Young Minds,

 Nancy Murillo






Parent Help Needed



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.

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.



 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 

How can Google Classroom help me, help my child in school?

September 12, 2019

Dear Families,

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.


Ms. Regan