This Week @ PS 88Q

November 7, 2021

A Message From Mrs. O'Shaughnessy

I hope everyone is enjoying their extra hour this weekend! It seems that the best gift we could ever receive is time. There doesn't seem to be enough time these days to do all we would like to do. The fall temperatures have arrived as well!

We are so excited for our upcoming elections. This week the excitement about our Student Council has been amazing. WOW!!! These students who are aspiring to be leaders are truly inspirational. Their optimism, their ideas, their motivation, their positivity, their spirit, and their belief that they can make a difference is amazing. I have been spending some time with the candidates, listening to them and most importantly watching them. When we assemble in the morning to hang the posters, I am reminded of what life looks like from their perspective. 4th and 5th grade got a glimpse of the candidates Friday, as the President and Publicist candidates gave their speeches. School wide will have that opportunity Monday (schedule below). All of this leading up to Election Day on Tuesday, November 9th. Student council will take on many tasks, the first being designing Spirit Week for PS 88Q. Our Council will include grade reps from each grade (1-5), a publicist, secretary, treasurer, vice president and president.

Here are some things to remember for this week.

I-Ready: Students have their passwords for I-Ready and are using it both at home and in school

Vaccination Pop Up: I am hosting a meeting Monday night for any families considering vaccination for their 5-11 year old. See information below. Pop Up site is Wednesday, November 10th from 7am-11am

PTA Meeting: Tuesday, November 9th @ 7:00pm, link below

Veterans Day: No School Thursday November 11

Have a wonderful week!

Meet the Candidates

As we enter week 3 of the Election process, it is all culminating to Election Day on November 9th. We received many applications from our students from Grades 1-5. As I shared in the last two newsletters, the candidates have come out! Tomorrow our students will get to hear why they want to be elected and how they will create change!

  • Monday Assembly Schedule:
    • First Period: 8:30am-9:00am Grades 4 and 5 Candidates present themselves to students (President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer, Publicist, Grade 4 and Grade 5 rep)
    • Second Period: 9:25am-9:55am : Grades 2 and 3. Candidates present themselves to students (President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer, Publicist, Grade 2 and Grade 3 rep)
    • Third Period: 10:45am-11:15am (students will go straight to lunch from the auditorium: Grade 1 Candidates present themselves to students (President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer, Publicist, Grade 1 representative)

Here are your candidates:


Zofia Jarocka

Hannah Tahiri

Haitam Belbaraka

Jame Rodriguez Padillo

Michael Blickhahn

Zuzia Crespo

Karen Ibrahim

Kacper Sadowski

Aleksa Jelic

Vice President:

Kayleigh Negron (Grade 5)

Frank Garcia (Grade 4)

Rebecca Shaker (Grade 4)

Kaitlin Filja (Grade 4)

Maisa Muka (Grade 4)

Liriana Demiraj (Grade 4)

Rosea Netea (Grade 4)

Brithany Samantha Toldeo Orellano (Grade 4)

Aleena Martinez (Grade 4)

Yuhan Zhang (Grade 4)

Simon Badea (Grade 4)

Elmin Pupovic (Grade 4)

Nikole Cerriku (Grade 4)

Mateo Nieves (Grade 4)

Art Morina (Grade 4)

Gabriella Marcos (Grade 4)

Bleona Perovic (Grade 5)

Yazen Albahri (Grade 4)

Aliyah Ondarza (Grade 5)

Victoria Hajdus


Marcellino Tanyous (Grade 4)

Alice Torres (Grade 5)

Isabella Goad (Grade 5)

Grace Jara (Grade 5)

Fadil Zaffar (Grade 5)


Ava Nackab (Grade 5)

Elmer Regla (Grade 5)

Alyosha Patrick (Grade 5)

Madeline Hoey (Grade 4)

Henry Colacicco (Grade 5)

Ricardo Torres (Grade 5)


Milania Ortiz (Grade 4)

Khloe Roman (Grade 5)

Maya Orzechowski (Grade 5)

John Tabala (Grade 4)

Grade 1 Representatives:

Ramona Stokes. Rumi Mozeb. Daniel Shehatta. Lucianna Cabrera. Giselle Wang.

Hana Demiri. Mateo Navas. Mihai Ciorici. Agrata Timalsina

Grade 2 Representative:

Melanie Castellano. Jonah Williford. Santino Zykaj. Zuzzanna Chwialkowska. Noah Doda

Jordan Achupatin. Amantina Quinones. Sevana Kundes. Ayten Radwan. Liam Mejia

Grade 3 Representatives:

Kevin Lasluiza. Dion Stublla. Delilah Briggs. Sammriddi Timilsina. Adreina Duran

Karas Megalla. Victoria Zhao. Sarah Abdullah. Julia Koszalka. Drew Pagan

Evangeline Campos. Kerly Quinatoa Samira Yacchirema. Serena Doda. Pei Lin Zhang

Monserrat Pinero. Liam Pujois. Bavely Gergis. Ivanna Martinez. Mylin Gonzalez.

Sofia Michel. Natalia Forese

Grade 4 Representative:

Zoe Duy

Gissela Lasluisa

Grade 5 Representative:

Chloe Avilan

Hayleen Dutan

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Pop Up Vaccination Site: November 10, 2021

On Wednesday, November 10th from 7:00am-11:00am, PS 88q was selected to host a Pop Up Vaccination Clinic. See below for the Family Letter and information. I am hosting a Parent Zoom meeting Monday night at 6:30pm for families who plan on receiving the vaccine. Please see link below.

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PS 88q FM LY Season 2 Episode 6 Character Day

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)

For a paper copy, please see Ms. Ramos in Room 009.

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.

Universal NYC Baby Bonds: Kids Rise Save for College Program.

The Mayor and Chancellor have announced a citywide expansion of the community-driven NYC Kids RISE Save for College Program. This public-private-community partnership provides families, schools, and communities access to a universal scholarship and savings platform, regardless of a family’s income or immigration status. Starting this year, every kindergartener enrolled in a New York City public school will have access to an NYC Scholarship Account, with $100 invested toward their future education and up to $200 in rewards. Register for an info session to learn more.

PTA Fundraising

Our amazing PTA has two fundraisers going. Please see below!
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