This Week @ PS 88Q

October 25, 2021

Message From Mrs. O'Shaughnessy

It is hard to believe we are in the last week of October already! Easy to forget when the temperatures still feel summer like some days! As we end this month, and prepare to begin the next, there are some things to report.

IReady: We are ready for IReady! Classes will be completing the diagnostic this week. IReady is something that our teachers love because it helps them create specific, differentiated lessons specific for the students, and families love it because it is specific to each child. Your classroom teacher will communicate what day they will begin, so please have your child bring their DOE device so that they can assist them in connecting and beginning.

DOE Devices: If you are in need of a DOE device, and have not received one prior, please complete this survey. We have received a limited number of chromebooks for distribution.

Covid Testing Permission: All NYC Public Schools conduct random covid testing weekly. If you would like your child to be tested, please complete the consent form on Operoo, or on your NYCSA.

Election Day: Tuesday, November 2: All students will be learning asynchronously that day

Town Hall with Superintendent Chan: Our Superintendent is hosting a Town Hall on November 1st about BrilliantNYC. Please see letter in this newsletter.

SEL Screener: Please see SEL screener information below. Any questions, please reach out anytime.

Special Education Recovery Services: Please see the information below complete the form in this newsletter for recovery services.

Student Council: Our future leaders are ready to take office! All students interested in running for office should return the signed nomination form. They all received a paper copy, but it can be found here as well.

Parent Teacher Conferences: Thursday, November 4. Students have a half day of instruction. PTC are all virtual.

Fall Festival and Halloween Event: Please see link below for Friday, October 29th Festivities

Learning about characters, setting, beginning, middle and end through group work! Class 1-227

Morning Affirmations with Ms. Morgan and Class 1-114

Special Education Recovery Services

I wanted to reach out to our families of students who possess an IEP in grades 1-5 who are entitled to Special Education Recovery Services. Each student who is entitled to receive these services has received a letter from the NYC DOE and your child's teacher has contacted you regarding this opportunity. I am including the description below as well as the link to the DOE website with some Q and A. Please complete the form below so that I can begin to program these services for your child. Any questions, as always, reach out to me.

What are Special Education Recovery Services?

Special Education Recovery Services are specialized instruction and related services in addition to a student’s IEP recommendation. These are made available to students with IEPs to help close gaps brought on by the pandemic’s disruption to learning. Recovery services supplement, but do not replace, a student’s IEP programs and services​. They are targeted to each student’s individual needs, based on progress monitoring and other information on the student’s learning experience since March 2020, including family input. Accepting these services does not waive any rights you or your child may have to request additional services, including compensatory services

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Social Emotional Screener

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

We understand just how challenging the past 18 months of the pandemic have been for you as parents, families, and caregivers. We are in awe of the work you have done, and continue to do each and every day, to support your child(ren) and we thank you for your continued partnership with us. Our work together is more important than ever as we strive to ensure your child thrives this school year and beyond. To further support you, our teachers, counselors, and social workers as champions of your child(ren)’s academic and social and emotional needs, are excited to let you know about a wonderful opportunity in our school this year!

Research has consistently shown that developing the social and emotional skills of students helps them to succeed academically, gain confidence, and be happier. Social-emotional learning, or SEL, includes developing relationship skills, self-awareness, responsible decision-making, and optimistic thinking.

To identify and support the social-emotional growth of all children in our school, we are excited to be administering a strengths-based SEL screener, known as the Devereaux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). The DESSA asks questions about areas of social-emotional functioning including decision making, relationship building, confidence, and others.This tool will be completed by someone who knows your child really well—in most cases a teacher.

The responses we gather will help us provide targeted, highly responsive support to each individual student. Perhaps most importantly, the tool enables us to build on each student’s strengths while identifying the social-emotional skills they need to further develop. Once our students’ growth areas are identified, we can create highly responsive plans to target and enhance those skills in the most appropriate manner and settings.

The results of this screener will not be included on report cards, will not have any impact on grades, and will not be used to make any diagnostic or evaluation decisions. The results will be stored securely in an online portal that meets the DOE’s strictest privacy and security settings and will only be viewable by your child(ren)’s teachers and select school staff such as the principal or counselor.

The information gathered from the DESSA screening tool will allow us to provide the very best support to your child and will be beneficial to their overall success, both inside and outside of school. Families will have an opportunity to hear about their student’s SEL skills during family conferences.

We are excited to implement the DESSA beginning 10/27/2021 If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to

If you do not want a staff member to complete the DESSA screener for your student, you must write a letter to me stating that. This letter needs to be received by the school by October 27, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding social-emotional learning or the DESSA, please call/email me


Linda O’Shaughnessy

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