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,
The Principal's Corner
Friday, October 12, 2018
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,
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
Parents As Learning Partners 8:30PS38 George Cromwell School
Pretzel Day $1.25PS38 George Cromwell School
School Spirit Day- Western ThemePS38 George Cromwell School
Happy HalloweenPS38 George Cromwell School
March of Dimes Walk- Pumpkin PatchPS38 George Cromwell School
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-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."
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- Click here for theParent Handbook Parent Handbook.pptx
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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...
October 8: No School/Columbus Day
October 11 and 12-Begin BOKS 2:40-4:10
October 11: SLT Meeting 2:45-4:45
October 17: Safety Meeting, PTA Title 1 Meeting and Paul Helfman-Middle School Application Process.
October 19: PALP-Respect for All/Anti-Bullying-Young Leader Recognition
October 26: School Spirit Day-Western Day! $1:00 Donations
October 31: Halloween-March of Dimes Costume parade and pumpkin patch.
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
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.