This Week @ PS 88Q

November 16th, 2020

Message from Mrs. O'Shaughnessy

I hope all of our families are doing well during this most challenging time. As we begin to think about the upcoming holiday, Thanksgiving, I am reminded of all the things I am thankful for this year. My family, my two daughters, and my amazing friends who have helped me through this past year. We are all faced with so many unforeseen obstacles. In a matter of days, our "normal" schedule, routines and plans changed, but we were thankful to be together through it. I am thankful for the PS 88Q community for being so amazing. Our staff literally shifted to a remote world when needed, and never lost sight of why we do this work. Our families supported each other, and together we kept our children the focus. Thank you !

Here we are though, still in a sense of limbo, while we wait for daily updates from our Mayor on contagion rates. As we know, a citywide rate of 3% or higher would force NYC Public Schools to shift to an all remote platform. Each day we teeter on that number, but we continue on. Please follow the Mayor, as well as us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for updates immediately. Also, check our website and emails will be sent to your child's gmail if there is any change. Please stop by the front of the school (Catalpa Avenue) daily for resources that we will be distributing. Books, workbooks, manipulatives, dictionaries. Our children can benefit from these offline activities as well.

We just closed our opt in period for returning to blended learning, and will begin reprogramming our school. Our SLT will meet this week to discuss options to our model, and we will communicate our new program to our families.

We continue to have weekly COVID-19 testing at PS 88Q, as we are in the yellow zone. We thank the families who have consented to testing. Any questions, please feel free to reach out to me anytime.

Have a wonderful week!

A Very Special Thank You!

In honor of Thanksgiving, please share a special Thank You note to one or many of the countless staff at PS 88Q who you are grateful for! A special teacher, paraprofessional, secretary, counselor, custodian, safety agent, administrator, school aide, parent coordinator, cafeteria staff, ANYONE!!! Please take a minute to say Thank you this holiday, as we will be doing the same for you our amazing community!

β˜€οΈLet's Celebrate Our School Spirit Together!β˜€οΈ

Unleash your school spirit by dressing up throughout the week of November 16th! Cohort D and Blended Students will participate remotely.

Students voted in October what they wanted to dress up as and the results are in:

🌟 Monday, November 16th- Pajama Day: Wear your favorite set of pajamas! Please wear sneakers (no slippers).

🌟Tuesday, November 17th- Crazy Sock Day: Show off your favorite socks! What is your wildest pair? Wear whatever bright colors, wacky patterns, funny prints, or any other design you have for your feet. The crazier, the better!

🌟Wednesday, November 18th- Mixed Up Clothes Day: Dress up for fun, in wild colors, with mismatched sneakers, backwards pants, and a lot more. The options are endless!

🌟Thursday, November 19th- Crazy Hat Day: Wear your favorite hat or a crazy hat.

🌟Friday, November 20th- Superhero Day: Honor our essential workers who are working tirelessly each day to keep our towns safe and healthy (Hospital Workers, First Responders, Grocery Store Employees, Police Officers, Fire Fighter, etc.) by dressing up as one!

🌟Show your virtual school spirit by snapping a picture and post on the Spirit Week Padlet! 🌟

PS88Q and our Radio Station PS88qFM-LY Honor our Veterans

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New York State Senate Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration

Monday, Nov. 23rd, 9pm

This is an online event.

Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. is organizing an essay contest,

"What are you thankful for this year?"

Please submit your essay, poetry, or artwork for inclusion in our Thanksgiving Day Showcase. All entries must be sent electronically. Deadline for entries is 11/23/2020.