Monday November 23, 2020
November has gone by in the blink of an eye and after Thanks Giving we will be on the cusp of December…almost halfway through the school year. Where has the time gone? The levels of uncertainty and anxiety are increasing as we brace for rising COVID 19 rates and as the holidays approach.
Although times may be very uncertain we want our families to find comfort in knowing that at PS 38, the entire staff continues to work rigorously and collaboratively to adapt to these new learning conditions and these frequently changing times. The safety and welfare of all students, families and staff continue to remain our number one priority and it is unfortunate that our schools have been closed once again.
When we first experienced this Pandemic and school closures in March, we knew our number one goal was to stay connected even though we were apart, to check in on all of our families and to ensure our students knew we were there for them and that we are all in this together. I want to continue to emphasize our need for your continued support and encourage families to remain patient and flexible. We have all been challenged as we adjust to this unprecedented way of living and learning, however, we are stronger when we collaborate and work together. Please continue to remain patient and flexible during these difficult times as we all continue to adjust and adapt.
Instruction: Our staff continues to find time to engage in reflective practice and we have begun to collect the multiple data sources and assessments we have administered to analyze gaps in student achievement. Currently various data impact teams and teachers are collaborating to engage in this work and will be re-organizing and tailoring instruction aligned to major skills students need support in.
The only remaining Opt-In window for the remainder of the year is now closed. All students are currently being programmed into cohorts with consideration for siblings. You will receive a phone call shortly if you opted in to inform you of your cohort and teacher. Note that the start date for all students in their new cohort will begin on November 30th remotely. Teachers will contact you with log-in information. Even though we are remote until further notice, we will continue to follow A and B days, continue to follow our blended remote teacher schedules, and we will remain in cohorts. By keeping our systems and structures, there is less confusion and we can easily adapt when we return.
Attendance: Chronic absenteeism and students at risk for becoming chronic are being tracked and monitored and my attendance letter advising families will go out to any and all students below the 90th percentile. In order to learn students must be present and engaged, must have various opportunities to show what they know, and this must remain consistent. Should you receive this letter please collaborate with your child’s classroom teacher moving forward to ensure your child attends whether remote or in person. It is a regular school day either way. Our goal is to work collaboratively with our families to move students along the learning continuum. Knowledge is power and we want you to be informed.
Family Engagement: Although we may not be in person or able to engage in our usual family gatherings and Parents as Learning Partner Days, our staff is finding creative ways to continue to partner with and include our families. Instead of our Annual Cromwell Café, this year Ms. Regan is inviting and encouraging families to share their cultural food traditions by sharing the recipe of their favorite cultural dish. These recipes will be put together in a Cromwell Café Cookbook to be shared with our PS 38 school community. Be on the lookout for this flyer if you are interested!
Ms. Regan is also inviting staff and families who may have a new puppy or one which needs training to join “Shelby’s Furry Support Group.” If you just got a new puppy or your dog is getting into mischief, this group is for you! Please see the Flier for guaranteed laughs and good times😊
Lastly, it is National Family Week! As a parent myself, my husband and I have always instilled in our own children the importance of their own education and that family is everything. This week as we gather for Thanks Giving, we would like to celebrate families as the cornerstone of our society and give thanks to them for their commitment and support to their child’s education. From our PS 38 family to yours, we want to wish you all a very peaceful and joyous Thanks Giving!
Thank you for your continued support and for entrusting your children to us.
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November 23 2020.doc
Town Hall letter to families.docx
welcome letter to families.doc
town hall flier aug 6 2020.doc
PS 38 Re-Opening Fall 2020-2021- Town Hall 8/6/2020