This Week @ PS 88Q

April 25th, 2022

A Message From Mrs. O'Shaughnessy

Welcome Back! I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break. Whether you traveled, or just took time to enjoy your family, I hope it was a relaxing pause. I did take the time to slow down, getting away with my oldest daughter, who happens to be a first year teacher. We took the time to enjoy some sunshine, some relaxing, some reading and general self care. It really does help. Like all balance, I returned and spent Saturday night with my younger daughter at the Barclay Center, cheering on the Brooklyn Nets. Well, that didn't work out as planned. Maybe in Game 4!

This week we are hitting the ground running right away! Our grade 3, 4 and 5 students are taking the NYS Math Test on Tuesday April 26th and Wednesday April 27th. It is imperative that all students taking the test MUST BE ON TIME AND PRESENT THOSE DAYS. If you have any concerns, please reach out to your child's teacher.

As soon as the health and safety guidelines allowed us more opportunities, we ran with it! This week we are hosting an in house trip for all of our students in Grades K-5. The Cosmic IQ experience will be housed in the gym for the upcoming week and classes will be visiting the exhibit "Deep Oceans". For more information, click Our students will participate in this amazing experience, learning about the wonder and beauty of our oceans. This is so special, especially in celebration of Earth Day.

This weeks newsletter is chock full of information, especially regarding Summer Rising. I hope everyone has a wonderful last week of April.

Enrollment for Summer Rising 2022 will launch on April 25!

This summer, DOE and DYCD plan to serve a record number of students through Summer Rising, a free, safe, and fun academic and enrichment program for NYC students currently in grades K-8.

We encourage families to apply early to secure a spot at their preferred location. Enrollment is quick and easy, and it can be completed from any device with an internet connection or by contacting your school’s Parent Coordinator. This year, families can submit one enrollment per child, so please choose your site carefully.

How to Enroll to Summer Rising 2022
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Administrative Professionals Day!

Administrative Professionals Day for the year 2022 is celebrated/ observed on Wednesday, April 27.

We celebrate our amazing school secretarties, Ms. Heinz, Ms. Guardi and Ms. Pepe! Please show them some love by writing them on a note on this padlet.

Chancellor's Town Hall @ District 24

Dear District 24 Community,

This is the link for the survey of questions for the Chancellor that the CEC members have created for parents: Questions for Chancellor Banks.

The survey is translated below:






Please pick out three questions that are important to you and please send back by Monday, April 25th.

If you have any questions, please let us know by email

Thank you.

Community Education Council 24

Mosaic Pre-K Center (#777)

50-15 44 Street, Room 109

Woodside, New York 11377

(718) 361-3560, Ext. 1092

(718) 361-3570 fax /

Gifted and Talented For Current Pre-K Students

Last week the Department of Education announced an update to the Gifted & Talented program, see the press release here.

This admissions process differs slightly depending on where (or if) a child of this age attends pre-K.

For DOE children currently attending DOE schools, Pre-K Centers, NYC Early Education Centers (NYCEECs), or charter schools

  • All pre-K students will be evaluated by their current teachers.
  • If eligible, children will be nominated for G&T admissions.
  • Families of nominated children will receive a G&T eligibility letter before the application opens, inviting them to apply; if interested, they can apply when the application is open, between May 31 and June 13.
  • All eligible children who apply will be considered for offers.

For children not attending district schools, Pre-K Centers, NYCEECs, or charter schools

  • Interested families can apply when the application is open, between May 31 and June 13.
  • After the application closes, early childhood education experts will contact applicants to schedule an interview.
  • If eligible, children will be nominated for G&T admissions.
  • All eligible children will be considered for offers.

Notification will be sent to families this summer, including offers and waitlist information. Siblings of students in schools with Gifted & Talented programs will have priority for admission, consistent with previous policies.

If your child is currently in our PreK, and you would like your child to be considered for a G & T program for next year, please reach out to your child's teacher.

PS 88Q Celebrates Arab-American History Month

Celebrating the rich and diverse culture and contributions of the diverse population of Arab Americans, National Arab American Heritage Month has been observed during the month of April since 2017.

An estimated 3.7 million Americans have Arab roots, according to the Arab American Institute, with ancestries traced to 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Morocco, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Bahrain, Tunisia, Algeria, Sudan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and others. This month our Social Justice Committee has created a wonderful episode of our own radio station PS88Q FM-LY to honor the Arab American Community.

PS 88q FM LY Season 2 Episode 17
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Spirit Wear!

Get your spirit wear before the school year is over!

April 25th - 29th get 15% off selected items.

Use promo code: BASEBALL15

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