This Week @ PS88Q

October 18th, 2021

Message From Mrs. O’Shaughnessy

Hello to all of our PS 88Q community! I hope you all had a lovely week and weekend. It looks like summer isn’t leaving quietly, as we still are enjoying warmer temperatures. I am not complaining, after a long time of being indoors, outside is definitely better.

This year has been one like no other for everyone. For example, our kindergarten and grade 1 students are new to the cafeteria. Our amazing school aides, under the direction of Laurie Andrews have made it their mission to show our littlest students the wonder of the lunchtime experience. Now most people think of the cafeteria as a busy, noisy place but to our team of rock stars (Laurie, Cindy, Toni, Jacky and Anthony) this is their classroom. From games, to bubbles to dance parties, to jokes and music, the students in PS 88Q consider the lunchroom a safe, fun space to be with their friends and others. Knowing that this experience can be overwhelming for our little guys, our staff took their time to acclimate them to both the lunchroom and recess, and this week, they reached the pinnacle of success. ALL OUR KINDERGARTEN ARE OUT SAFELY AND HAVING FUN! This process took time because we wanted them safe, but it was accomplished! Thank you Laurie, Cindy, Toni, Jacky and Anthony!

I am so excited about our next project. STUDENT GOVERNMENT!! I have been spending some time with our students discussing how important their voice, their thoughts and their needs are. We want to create the space and opportunity to encourage our future leaders TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Students will receive the information this week, but see below for a preview. Please speak to your children as well as what makes a great leader. Encourage them to run for office and make a difference!

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Student Devices

If you are in need of a DOE device, and have not received one prior, please complete this survey. We have received a limited number of chromebooks for distribution.

Google Classroom Issues

As we prepare for our first asynchronous learning day (Election Day/November 2) all students must be connected to their Google classroom. There are some links that help those who forgot their password, and for some support on how to log in. For families who still cannot access their student email (@nycstudents email). Please email for some help.

Social Emotional Screener

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

We understand just how challenging the past 18 months of the pandemic have been for you as parents, families, and caregivers. We are in awe of the work you have done, and continue to do each and every day, to support your child(ren) and we thank you for your continued partnership with us. Our work together is more important than ever as we strive to ensure your child thrives this school year and beyond. To further support you, our teachers, counselors, and social workers as champions of your child(ren)’s academic and social and emotional needs, are excited to let you know about a wonderful opportunity in our school this year!

Research has consistently shown that developing the social and emotional skills of students helps them to succeed academically, gain confidence, and be happier. Social-emotional learning, or SEL, includes developing relationship skills, self-awareness, responsible decision-making, and optimistic thinking.

To identify and support the social-emotional growth of all children in our school, we are excited to be administering a strengths-based SEL screener, known as the Devereaux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). The DESSA asks questions about areas of social-emotional functioning including decision making, relationship building, confidence, and others.This tool will be completed by someone who knows your child really well—in most cases a teacher.

The responses we gather will help us provide targeted, highly responsive support to each individual student. Perhaps most importantly, the tool enables us to build on each student’s strengths while identifying the social-emotional skills they need to further develop. Once our students’ growth areas are identified, we can create highly responsive plans to target and enhance those skills in the most appropriate manner and settings.

The results of this screener will not be included on report cards, will not have any impact on grades, and will not be used to make any diagnostic or evaluation decisions. The results will be stored securely in an online portal that meets the DOE’s strictest privacy and security settings and will only be viewable by your child(ren)’s teachers and select school staff such as the principal or counselor.

The information gathered from the DESSA screening tool will allow us to provide the very best support to your child and will be beneficial to their overall success, both inside and outside of school. Families will have an opportunity to hear about their student’s SEL skills during family conferences.

We are excited to implement the DESSA beginning 10/27/2021 If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to

If you do not want a staff member to complete the DESSA screener for your student, you must write a letter to me stating that. This letter needs to be received by the school by October 27, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding social-emotional learning or the DESSA, please call/email me


Linda O’Shaughnessy

Title 1 and Family Income Survey

What is Title 1? How does it help? Why is it important? First, to help obtain this status, please complete the Family Income Survey. Next, attend our annual Title 1 Family Meeting October 28th!

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PS 88q FM-LY Season 2 Episode 5 Italian American Month

Italian American Heritage Day

Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month is celebrated by proclamation of the President and Congress in the United States to honor the achievements and contributions of Italian immigrants and their descendants living in the United States, particularly in the arts, science, and culture. Please enjoy the Social Justice Committees latest episode of PS 88Q FM-LY!

From Superintendent Chan

October 21, 2021

Dear District 24 Staff and Families,

I will be conducting a remote Community Meeting on Monday, November 1, 2021 at 6:00 pm.

The topic will be the new Department of Education initiative Brilliant NYC.

Please hold the date.

More information will follow.

Looking forward to seeing you then.


Madelene Chan

Community Superintendent

District 24