After School FUN at PS 38

 Build Our Kid's Success  fall boks.doc 

October 2, 2018

 Dear Parent/Guardian of Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students,

 We are pleased to announce there will be a fall session of BOKS, an afterschool physical activity program, at P.S. 38.  BOKS prepares children for a day of learning and is an important step in helping children gain an appreciation of the benefits of exercise and healthy choices that will last a lifetime.  BOKS was inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book “Spark”.  Dr. Ratey, of Harvard Medical School states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.”   Classes are filled with team-oriented games and provide plenty of opportunity for play since the program focuses on fun!

 Typical BOKS Class

  • Fun warm-up game or movement drills
  • Running activity, relay races, obstacle courses and strength movements
  • Fun game
  • Cool down and a BOKS Bit-a-nutrition component of the program

 Mr. DeTiberiis, our Physical Ed teacher will lead the BOKS program for 9 weeks from 2:40 – 4:10 pm beginning October 11th  as follows: 

 Thursday, Oct 11th  and Friday, Oct 12th

Thursday, Oct 18th  and Friday, Oct 19th

Thursday, Oct  25th and Friday, Oct 26th  

Thursday, Nov 1st  and Friday, Nov  2nd

Thursday, Nov 8th and Friday, Nov  9th

Wednesday, Nov 14th and Friday, Nov 16th

NO BOKS THANKSGIVING WEEK

Thursday, Nov 29th  and Friday, Nov 30th  

Thursday, Dec 6th  and Friday, Dec 7th

Thursday, Dec 13th and Friday Dec 14th

 

Please be sure your child can attend ALL classes.

Your child will receive a healthy snack before the session begins.

Transportation will not be provided. Your child must be picked up at 4:10 promptly.

 

This program is opened to 26 students only and on a first come first served basis, therefore please send in the tear-off below as soon as possible to secure a spot for your child if you want him/her to participate.  (Students who are in our UAU Latchkey program can also participate and then return to Latchkey.)  Students are asked to wear sneakers and sweat pants or leggings.

 

Believing In Children...

Inspiring Young Minds,

   

Nancy Murillo

Principal

Hello Fall!

               

  

The Principal's Corner

Friday, October 12, 2018

 Dear Families,

 Happy Autumn! 

Although we have only been in school a short time, much has taken place. September was “getting to know each other” month.  Classroom teachers and staff have been getting to know your children, what their interests are, and how they learn best.  The year began with a warm welcome, setting clear expectations for learning, consistent routines, and comprehensive assessments of every student in reading, writing, math, and spelling. 

 Our Instructional focus for the 2018-2019 School Year is:

 

Tailored small group instruction and consistent monitoring for understanding in ALL content areas through the use of on-going summative and formative assessments, and actionable feedback.

 

“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.   In order to learn together, we must continue to develop a common understanding of the Standards, what children are expected to learn, and how they are learning. To ensure this, we will continue to grow our “Partners With Families…Partners In Learning” initiative.  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 by strengthening this very important initiative. 

As a professional learning community, we strive for continued academic excellence and ask that all families play an active role in their child’s learning life.  Therefore, 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 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 17th and our guest speaker is Paul Helfman from school enrollment, who will provide information about the middle school enrollment process.

I would like to extend a special thank you to all of our PTA members/parents who purchased materials for our new Kindergarten until their supplies arrived. This was a well appreciated and very kind gesture…thank you.

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 and areas in need of support are discussed, and strategies to support your child at home are shared. 

Throughout the year we will continue to survey parent interests and needs and host informative workshops based on the results collected from those surveys. Please take a few moments to read and complete the surveys and place them in your child’s folder for return.  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.

These are just some of the ways we are strengthening family/community ties at P.S. 38 and there will be many opportunities for all families.

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,

  

Nancy Murillo

Principal

 

10-9-18 parent letter.doc 

  18-19 Sept welcome letter to families.doc 

Information- Children Activities, Workshops, Camps

 

Parents As Learning Partners

Parent As Learning Partner Day

 

 Friendly Reminder

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-HOWDY!!

Grab your Cowboy or Cowgirl hat and lets ride into PS 38.

Join us for a Western Day School Spirit Day

 

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.

GOOGLE CLASSROOM

September 5, 2018

Dear Families,

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   

  parent welcome to google classroom.doc  Guardian E-Mail Summary letter.doc 

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

September 5, 2018

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.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Frisz & Ms. Regan