This Week @ PS 88Q

November 15, 2021

Message from Mrs. O'Shaughnessy

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. For us at PS 88Q, it was the end of a busy week, but a great one. I have to say, the students are really acclimating to school. With two full months behind us, students have settled into classrooms, made new friendships, reconnected with classmates and have set some very ambitious goals for themselves.

This week the students went to the polls and voted for their student council representatives. With over 500 students voting, it was a close race in every race, with the margin as close as 1 vote in some cases. Our new Student Council is ready to start working. We had our first official meeting Friday, and their first order of business it to create a fun filled, student driven Spirit Week! Stay tuned!

Please continue to check our website, as it is updated daily!

NYCDOE UPDATE: 2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide

The 2022 NYC Public School Admissions Guide is now available! This guide helps students and families participate in the admissions process. It onboards families to admissions and using MySchools while pointing to robust digital resources and personalized support options. The guide will be available for students and families who may be applying to:

  • 3-K (children born in 2019)

  • Pre-K (children born in 2018)

  • Kindergarten (children born in 2017)

  • Middle School (current 5th graders)

  • High School (current 8th graders)

Our printed guides are currently in the main lobby of our building and have been sent home with our grade 5 and pre-K students.

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Message from Our PAC Chairperson, Ms. Yvonne Wang Silonga

Thank you to the families that filled out the first Title 1 Workshop Questionnaire. The results were shared at the Title 1 Annual 1 Meeting. Other families also suggested topics they were interested in.

At PS88Q, "Together, we can achieve the extraordinary," and so we are asking for our amazing parents at PS88Q to see if they have expertise in any of the following topics either through their work or area of expertise. You may also know or can recommend a specialist on the topic (professors, educators, authors, etc)!

Please take a moment to:

1- Leave your email address and/or Contact
2-Write down if you are interested in leading a volunteer workshop for any of the listed topics or know of someone else who can.

Our Parent Advisory Chairperson (PAC), Mrs. Wang-Silonga will reach out to you to either follow up on your resource and/ or team interested parents together to do the volunteer parent-led workshops.

***As for the parent who suggested "Teaching the kids the importance of a healthy/ balanced diet", please note that we currently have Common Threads do Cooking with our students at school (please reach out to Ms. Ramos if you would like more info).

Please email Yvonne via if you have any questions or comments. Thanks!

UPDATE: Emergency Broadband Benefit: Internet Service Discount

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any families with children in schools offering free meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision can sign up for this program, which means it’s available to all students enrolled in New York City’s public schools.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. Read more details on the FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit website, and watch the FCC’s video in English, Spanish, or American Sign Language to learn more.

ABCs of Healthy Relationships” Toolkit

The “ABCs of Healthy Relationships” is an interactive web-based toolkit to help elementary school students develop healthy relationships with their friends and classmates as building blocks for healthier partner relationships as they grow older. There are also toolkits for educators and caregivers to support students with developing healthy relationships. Using vibrant and relatable illustrations, the toolkits support the development of healthy relationship foundations such as respect, consent, boundaries, body autonomy, safety, and trust.

Click the links below to access the toolkits on Parent University:

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Help Support Our PTA with Two Great Fundraisers!

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