Mrs. Figueroa's Weekly Newsletter

For March 21st to 25th

Hello PS 188Q Families,

We are going into our third week of March...WOW! We hosted a meeting with our Council Member Lee last week and she loved seeing your children working and enjoyed speaking to some of them.

A few reminders:

  • School begins at 8:00 a.m. Students will be marked late after entering the building at 8:11 a.m. Please do your best to get your children to school on time each day. We begin instruction promptly each morning and we want ensure all children are in their classrooms ready to learn.
  • Report cards will be available on your child's NYCSA. If you would like a printed copy, please contact the school.
  • Stop-Drop-Go: Please follow the volunteers directions for Stop, Drop and Go. Please pull up and away slowly. We need to think about the safety of all in our school community.

Here's to a great week ahead!!!

Mrs. Figueroa

📢NYC School Survey

We are at 45.5%!!!🎉

Mrs. Perez-Fung sent out the NYC School Survey the week of February 28th. Check your child's backpack. Let's work together to "Dream, Believe and Achieve!"

Instructions to fill out the school survey online from Mrs. Perez-Fung:

For more information please follow this link

Please follow the link below to take the survey. To access the survey families will need their child’s 9-digit OSIS (Student Identification Number) number. When asked for the access number, enter a lowercase “f” followed by their child’s nine-digit OSIS number (see example below). This will bring you to the survey.

Take the 2021-2022 NYC School Survey NOW!(Open external link)

OSIS (ID): f123456789 (example)

A paper copy along with a self-addressed stamped envelope was sent home yesterday, Monday, March 7th for families who prefer to fill out a paper copy. If you choose to fill out the survey online you do not need to fill out the paper copy. Please be reminded, if you have multiple children, you will need to fill out a survey for each child.

📝Council Member Lee Visits PS 188Q

Word of the Week

Each week I highlight a word of the week during my morning announcements. This past week's word was serene. I shared the definition, synonyms, how to use it in a sentence and a question they can ask a friend about serene. Ask your child about this week's word of the week each night!

📚February Break Read-A-Thon Winners📚

Our Read-a-Thon was a hit! The following will be getting prizes from the PTA:

Most Minutes Read By a Class: 4-317 (1,929 minutes)

Most Minutes Read By a Student: Maya 5-303 (1,362 minutes)

Most Money Raised by a Class: 4-313

Most Money Raised by a Student: Eloise 4-313

Mood Meter😁😉😡😪

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We have been using the Mood Meter throughout the day to help students build their emotional self-awareness. Here's a good explanation of how you can use the Mood Meter at home, the same way we use it in school.

Excerpt from The Mood Meter: a tool for developing greater self-awareness and awareness of others

The Mood Meter is a square divided into four quadrants — red, blue, green, and yellow — each representing a different set of feelings. Different feelings are grouped together on the Mood Meter based on their pleasantness and energy level.

This is a great tool to use at home to help your child build their emotional intelligence and be able to clearly identify how they are feeling. You can use the colors of the Mood Meter to discuss your feelings or inquire about your child’s feelings. For example, you could say: “It seems you’re in the red and you want to feel more green, is there something I can do to help?”

Once you’ve gotten used to identifying feelings with your child using the four colors, try attaching a specific word to the feeling. For example, if your child is in the blue and feeling sad — ask your child if there’s another word that better describes how they feels. Are they lonely, disappointed, or melancholy? Say what you see, as you notice how your child is expressing his or her feelings. “You’re stomping your feet. You must be angry.” Then, talk to your child about strategies for shifting away from this feeling. “If you’re lonely, what can we do to help you feel less lonely and more connected?”.

Upcoming Events📅

March 21st Spring Picture Day 📸--Main and Annex

March 22th Community Education Council District 26's Virtual Town Hall Event with Chancellor Banks 6:15 p.m.--Pre-registration required

March 24th Coffee and Conversations with Mrs. Figueroa 10:00 a.m. via Zoom- link will be sent out the day before.

📃Report cards available via NYCSA.

March 29th and 30th NYS ELA Test for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students

A look ahead...

April 1st School Safety Meeting; Kids Heart Challenge❤

April 2nd Ramadan begins

April 6th SLT Meeting 6:30 p.m.

April 8th Coffee and Conversations with Mrs. Figueroa

April 11-14th PTA Scholastic Book Fair (Main and Annex)📚

April 13th Poem in Pocket Day; PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.; CDEC Meeting 7:00 p.m.

April 14th Goal Setting Workshop for parents

April 15th-April 22nd Spring Break---Rest, Relax and Recharge

Resource of the Week

Having trouble getting your child to read? This blog post offers helpful, easy suggestions. Remember, literacy is important in ANY language. Read to your child in whatever language is most comfortable for you.

Need to Get in Touch With Our Parent Coordinator- Mrs. Perez-Fung