Dismissal Policy Change 9-12-18
New Dismissal Policy for Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade:
Dismissal Policy Change 9-12-18.doc
In an effort to alleviate confusion and over-crowding in the main corridor during dismissal and to allow families with children in grades 2-5 who exit into the school yard ample time to get to them, beginning on Monday, September 17, 2018, all children in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grades will dismiss promptly at 2:25,10 minutes prior to grades 2-5. They will be dismissed from the same exits as always: Pre-K Exit 2, Kindergarten Exit 4, and First Grade from the Main Exit.
Families with children in grades 2-5 will now have 10 minutes to pick up their children and walk around to the school yard to pick up siblings in upper grades. Grades 2-5 will dismiss as always into the school yard promptly at 2:35.
Our goal is to ensure the safety and welfare of all students and this should allow for a quicker, smoother, safer dismissal for all.
Please make any necessary accommodations so that your children are picked up on time. Also inform any other person picking up your children in grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First grade of the earlier dismissal time.
Once again, this change will go into effect on Monday September 17, 2018.
~Thank you for entrusting your children to us.
The Principal's Corner
September 4, 2018
Welcome back to what I know will be to another amazing school year!
I hope you enjoyed your summer and that both you and your children are recharged and excited to return. We are excited to open the doors of PS 38 as we welcome your children back to school and I would like to ensure you that many staff will be posted each morning throughout the hallways to assist your children as they find their way.
The first few days of school are about warm welcomes and building trust. These days set the tone for the year and we want your children to go home at the end of the day excited to return and learn. Our goal is to build community, motivate, and inspire your children as they work toward their fullest potential. The staff at PS 38 has worked collaboratively to ensure a smooth transition for all children into this new school year.
I would like to take a moment to share that part of my job as Principal of PS 38, is not just to ensure that every child has access to a quality education, but to simultaneously grow the pedagogy of our staff. We are a Professional Learning Community and we are learners for life.
As learners for life, the staff at PS 38 crafts and develops their pedagogy on a continuous basis.
Sometimes this takes us on a new journey and puts us on a new professional path. It is hard to say goodbye to staff we have grown to appreciate, but as learners for life, we need to respect and admire the windows of opportunity that continue to inspire us to work to our own fullest potential. Everyone has a gift to give and so I wish to share that Mrs. Ulaj will no longer preside as the Assistant Principal at PS 38 as she has accepted a District level ENL position at the Borough Field Support Center. Please congratulate her as she celebrates this wonderful accomplishment and opportunity. Mrs. Ulaj has done an exemplary job by the students and staff at PS 38 and we wish her all the best in her endeavors as she transitions into her new role.
Although the District now has one of our best, this has opened yet another window of opportunity for one of our staff to transition into a leadership role. I would like to announce that Mrs. Dukhovny will now be the new Interim Acting Assistant Principal. Mrs. Dukhovny has served the students, family, and staff of PS 38 for over 13 years and has been on the same journey of bringing PS 38 to where it is today for just about as long as I have. She knows where we were 13 years ago, where we want to go and has contributed to our professional community in an abundance of ways. She puts her heart and soul into everything she does and I know she will continue to work diligently to support our school and professional learning community as she develops in her new leadership role. I would like you all to embrace her, welcome her, and congratulate her as she takes on the role of Interim Acting Assistant Principal. Mrs. Dukhovny and I will continue to work closely and collaboratively to maintain all of the nuances that make PS 38 the progressive little school it is and we look forward to welcoming both you and your children back to school.
Believing In Children...
Inspiring Young Minds,
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Testing Information for Parents- 2017-handout-for-parents-3-8-tests What Parents need to Know.pdf
Upcoming Events This Week
Information- Children Activities, Workshops, Camps
Parents As Learning Partners
Parent As Learning Partner Day
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-
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
Notes from Mrs. Chow
Marsh Avenue Expeditionary Learning School
Carol DeAngelo, Principal
Tina Marie Marra, Assistant Principal
Courage, Tolerance, Compassion, Collaboration
100 Essex Drive
Staten Island, NY 10314
Telephone: 718.370.6850 Fax: 718.370.6860
INFORMATIONAL SESSION Prospective incoming 6th graders - 2019-2020 school year 6:00pm (MAELS Auditorium)
Doors will close promptly at 6:30pm. We will not accept entry after that time.
Please find below the date for your current school’s assigned Informational Session:
Please come with your child to your school’s assigned Informational Session date only.
If you cannot attend on the date to which you were assigned, please contact our
Parent Coordinator, Su Rolnick: firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 370-6850 extension #2.
All Informational Sessions will be the same.
If you come on a date other than assigned, there will not be a sign-in sheet for your school.
Wednesday: Tuesday: Tuesday:
October 3, 2018 October 16, 2018 October 30, 2018
PS 4 PS 18 PS 1
PS 5 PS 38 PS 3
PS 6 PS 42 PS 11
PS 8 PS 44 PS 19
PS 13 PS 46 PS 21
PS 16 PS 48 PS 22
PS 20 PS 52 PS 26
PS 23 PS 54 PS 29
PS 31 PS 55 PS 30
PS 32 PS 56 PS 45
PS 35 PS 60 PS 50
PS 36 PS 65 PS 53
PS 39 PS 69 PS 57
PS 41 PS 74 PS 78
PS 58 PS 861 PS 80
Our student-facilitated Informational Session will include a tour of our magnificent learning community and tons of information about our academically rigorous and engaging curriculum.
We look forward to seeing you then.
Due to space restrictions, please limit participants to 2 per family
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-
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...
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.
September 5, 2018
This year every student in grades K-5 will be actively using a Google Classroom account for schoolwork, parent newsletters, homework, and special projects. The Google Classroom accounts are setup and controlled by PS 38. We are a Google Apps for Education (GAFE) school meaning we have full control of the ps38r.com domain and all Google services therein (we can add & delete accounts, open & suspend services, etc).
We are using our GAFE accounts for a number of curriculum-specific reasons:
Digital literacy: Using Google Documents & Presentations to create & publish work
Digital citizenship: Lessons around what it means to “publish” on the web & the power of the digital word
Collaboration: Using Documents & Presentations in team settings, without actually sitting together
Writing across different mediums and for broad audiences: both Common Core standards
Many middle & high schools use Google Apps for every aspect of the school day, this will prepare PS 38 students for the world beyond our walls.
These accounts are ps38r.com addresses but have limitations such as:
There is no email.
Their “Inbox” if they are given one, is only accessible by Mrs. Frisz, Ms. Regan, and their classroom teacher and only exists for the purposes of sharing teacher-student information (assignments, feedback, etc).
To access student accounts from anywhere:
Go to http://classroom.google.com and enter the full username/email, including the @ps38r.com
How can Google Classroom help me, help my child in school?
September 5, 2018
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.
Mrs. Frisz & Ms. Regan
Where can I find....?
General- All subject, All grades