Promotion Policy for PS 38
We believe each student has the right to be a productive, proud, participating member of a family,
community and society, and that all students deserve a just quality of life. School is a place where
students are safe, nurtured, valued and are involved in opportunities and experiences that
maximize their potential. At P.S. 38, we value above all else, the importance of a partnership
with parents, that supports and respects their aspirations for their children. It is our collective
responsibility to equip all students with skills that maximize their independence and enable them
to be college and career ready in the 21st century.
P.S. 38 Promotion Policy
In accordance with Chancellor’s Regulation A-501 and the NYCDOE Promotion Implementation
Guide, P.S. 38 has defined benchmarks and multiple measures that students must achieve in
order to be promoted to the next grade level. Each measure, and its benchmarks, represents the
content and skills students need to master, or show sufficient progress towards, in order to be
ready for and successful in the next grade. These grade-level benchmarks, established in
September of each school year, will be communicated to students and families to ensure a
mutual understanding of what students need to accomplish throughout the year, in order to be
ready for the next grade level. The Promotion Policy is designed to ensure that all students in a
given grade are held to the same promotion benchmarks and enter the next grade with the same
level of readiness.
Please look at the attached chart for the benchmarks for promotion.
Promotion Policy for PS 38.pdf
The Principal's Corner
November 13, 2018
Happy November!!! The leaves have turned color, are beginning to fall, and last weekend was Daylight Savings
Time. We have set our clocks back one hour and although we gained a bit of sleep, please note that the days
will begin to get darker earlier and it will get much cooler. Therefore, I ask that you please make sure your
children dress appropriately for the weather and wear a jacket (labeled with their name) to school. Sometimes
children slip out the door before we get to see them, but all children must have a jacket especially if they want to
go out for recess. Children will continue to go out for recess every day until it is freezing as the fresh air does
them good and it is their time to socialize, play and exert their energy.
On October 31st, we hosted our annual Pumpkin Patch and Halloween Wonder Walk Parade. Every child was
able to visit our Pumpkin Patch. The Pumpkin Patch is always sponsored by our PTA. On behalf of the PTA
and the entire PS 38 staff, I would like to thank all of the parents who volunteered to assist at this event and
everyone who donated cupcakes and juice to make this event memorable for every child at PS 38! The children
were all so very excited to see so many parents come out to watch us as we marched for babies to benefit the
March of Dimes. The March of Dimes funds lifesaving research and programs and works to end premature
birth, birth defects and infant mortality. Every baby deserves a healthy start!
On November 9th many families joined us for Parents as Learning Partner Day to engage in a variety of Social
Media activities with their children as we build social media awareness, promote internet safety and deter cyber
bullying. Our STEM teachers, Ms. Regan and Mrs. Frisz also provided an informative brief internet safety
workshop, and families all walked away with an informative Social Media/Internet Safety book as a resource.
PALP Days are exciting days when you are invited to come in as partners in learning with your child and learn a
little about our curriculum. Our next PALP Day will be on December 21st when we host our Annual Gingerbread
House Day!!!!! We look forward to seeing many families on this special day.
Our Annual Cultural Cromwell Café took place on the evening of November 9th and I would like to extend a very
special thank you to Mrs. Chow, our Parent Coordinator, and our PTA for organizing this lovely annual event.
Many families brought in a cultural dish and we all came together to break bread and celebrate the diversity of
our PS 38 community. Thank you to all the families and staff who braved the rain, brought the delicious food,
and joined us…it was just lovely.
We are now well into the swing of teaching and learning. Teachers have engaged students in their second round
of assessments in reading, writing, math, spelling, etc. At PS 38 we tailor the instruction to meet students’ needs
and we closely re-assess and monitor student learning throughout the year. We keep open lines of
communication and teachers will continue to keep families informed of their children’s progress highlighting areas
of celebration and areas in need of improvement. Should you wish to schedule a meeting with your child’s
teacher you may contact Mrs. Chow our Parent Coordinator who can assist you.
A word about Safety First and our Discipline Code: The NYC DOE Discipline code was shared with every
family at the beginning of the year and families were asked to review it and return the Student/Parent Bill of
Rights and Responsibilities. The Discipline Code outlines our roles and responsibilities as educators and
Administrators and how we may deal with specific inappropriate school behaviors. This is set forth by the
Chancellor and the City of New York.
Our teachers consistently engage your children in lessons around appropriate school behaviors and conflict
resolution. They work in conjunction with Administration, our School Counselors, and our School Based Support
Team. Teachers are the first disciplinarians as they instruct your children all day long. The expectation is that
ALL students respect their teachers and peers and exhibit appropriate school behaviors which do not interrupt
the learning process. When behaviors present themselves, they are intervened and addressed accordingly.
We ask that you work with us as partners in developing your child not just academically, but socially and
emotionally. At PS 38 we believe in being transparent and therefore we keep open lines of communication with
“The Citywide Standards of Intervention and Discipline Measures (the
Discipline Code) provides a description of conduct that does not meet
the standards of behavior expected of students in the New York City
public schools. It includes a range of guidance interventions and a
range of permissible disciplinary and intervention measures that
schools may use to address misbehavior. Also included is the Bill of
Students Rights and Responsibilities.
The Discipline Code applies to all students.”
We ask that you respect us as educators who must address discipline with the knowledge that every decision
we make is thoroughly analyzed and every consequence is aligned to the infraction appropriately as set forth in
the Discipline Code.
Currently we have about 365 students…that is 365 personalities. Children are just that, children, and they are
still learning to resolve conflict. At PS 38 we are trained in de-escalation and utilize conflict resolution methods
to provide children with skills and tools they can use to resolve conflict through life. In our efforts to promote
positive school culture we would like to enlist all parents as “Partners in Learning” to support us in addressing
behavioral areas of concern as PS 38 continues to be a safe haven and productive environment for all of our
students. We urge and encourage you to work hand in hand with us as this will ensure that all our children
become active learners and model citizens of our community. We will continue to encourage your children to
follow The Golden Rule-“Treat others as you would want to be treated.”
At this time we are asking all families to once again, please take the time to familiarize yourselves with the
NYC/DOE Discipline Code and to reflect on the behavioral expectations of students when in school as set forth
by the Chancellor and the NYC DOE.
November 15, 2018: Parent Teacher Conferences from 1:00-3:00 and in the evening from 4:30-
7:30. Scheduled appointments are brief 5 minute student led conversations so bring your child!
Students will engage you in a conversation about an area they glow in and how they are working to
grow their learning further. They will show this with a sample of their work and show the tools they are
using to do this. The meetings are only 5 minutes and then you will receive their report card. If you
wish to have a detailed progress meeting or discuss concerns, please see Mrs. Chow to schedule a
meeting as these conversations warrant more time.
Book Fair: During Parent Teacher Conferences our PTA will host a Book Fair for families. The best
way to become a better reader is to read, read, read!!!! Books also make great gifts for the holidays so
please stop in the all-purpose room and visit our family Book Fair. We will also host the book fair for
students again on November 16th during the school day so feel free to send money for your child to
purchase books in an envelope with the amount enclosed, child’s name and class.
Letters will be forthcoming.
Lastly, as Thanksgiving approaches us I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of you for entrusting
your children to us. They are all unique and amazing and truly make our hearts smile!!!!!
From our P.S. 38 family to yours…Wishing You All a Lovely Thanksgiving Holiday!
May Thanksgiving and every day be filled with love of family, friends, and many
“Partners with Families…Partners In Learning”
Believing In Children...
Inspiring Young Minds,
Discipline Code Letter Partners in conflict 18.docx.doc
Testing Information for Parents- 2017-handout-for-parents-3-8-tests What Parents need to Know.pdf
Upcoming Events This Week
Thanksgiving- NO SCHOOLPS38 George Cromwell School
Pretzel Day $1.25PS38 George Cromwell School
Hanukkah beginsPS38 George Cromwell School
Pretzel Day $1.25PS38 George Cromwell School
Picture Retake DayPS38 George Cromwell School
Parent Volunteers Needed
We are in need of some parent volunteers to come and help with technology lessons in grades Kindergarten, first and second grade. We have tech week once a month. Any parents who can spare an hour or two, please come on Tuesday November 27 at 2:45 for a tech meeting. Ms. Regan will have a schedule to share with you to sign up.
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-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.
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."
Parents Information Links
- Click here for theParent 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
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...
November 12: No School
November 13: Report Cards Due to me and Mrs. Dukhovny for checking
November 14: Safety Mtg. 7:30, , Food Drive ends
November 15: PTCs 1-3 and 4:30-7:30-Book Fair-RTI Due
November 16 Day Book Fair. School spirit day-Sports
November 19: 1st Grade Assembly 9:00-Kindergarten Invited,
November 20: Virtue Assembly K-2 9:25, 3-5 10:15
November 21: 1st Grade Feast
November 22-23 Thanks Giving-No School
November 29: SLT
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.
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
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.