This Week @ PS 88Q
September 6th, 2021
A Message From Mrs. O'Shaughnessy
As we get closer to our HOMECOMING, there is so much to do and we are so happy to do it! It was great meeting so many of our families this past week in the school yard for our Meet and Greet. Many of our staff members joined us, even though they are technically still on vacation! Classroom placements were sent this past week to families via student emails. Staff return to the building on Thursday September 9th, and we will have our homecoming. For the first time since March 13th, 2020, we will all be together! Our resilient staff have been preparing for this year, with many of them moving classrooms to accommodate the social distancing/room capacity concerns. I am excited for our hallways to be filled with our students in just one week. Here is a few things to know this week before opening:
- Please update all forms on OPEROO (blue card/emergency information, photo release) Teachers will only release students to contacts on the card.
- All students with consented COVID TESTING are still in place until the end of September.
- COVID CONSENT IS NOT REQUIRED THIS YEAR. If you want to give consent for your child to be tested, a new form will be available in mid September. If you wish to retract your consent, please do so on your NYCSA Account. Any questions, please email MRamos71@schools.nyc.gov
- Health Screening MUST BE COMPLETED DAILY. With school at full capacity, entry will take longer if students do not have it done. PLEASE COMPLETE DAILY AT HOME AND HAVE IT AVAILABLE ON YOUR PHONE TO SHOW OUR ARRIVAL STAFF. Paper copies will be available, but we want the arrival procedure to be as streamlined as possible.
- Please join me for our Family Meetings on Thursday, September 9th beginning at 6pm (3k/Prek @ 6pn, Kindergarten @ 6:30pm, All Families @ 7:00pm)
Have a wonderful week!
Families, Your First Assignment! My Wish For My Child
Please tell me your wish for your child. What are your hopes, fears, and expectations? We want to know! I can tell you that my wish for my children is always to feel safe, be confident, accepted and heard. I could go on forever, as most mothers can! I look forward to hearing from you, sharing your wishes with our staff, getting to know your child and working hard to make sure that those dreams come true! Click below to share your wishes. Please share in any language.
I Got Caught.... Doing Something Good!
Our students are amazing, and we want them to know how amazing they are! Throughout the day, we witness such random acts of kindness, and want to let our kiddos know that their actions DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Our team has created this impactful initiative.
Step by Step Process for “I Got Caught”
“catch” a student
fill out certificate
give certificate to student
add student’s name/class to list in pouch
student takes certificate home
lists will be collected weekly
Students are celebrated daily, and we look forward to seeing them thrive.
Our Amazing New Spaces
Our Library: Ms. Lowe created, with the help of our staff and community, an amazing library. This space was celebrated with a ribbon cutting in March of 2020, and students entered a truly magical space. Just the next week, our buildings were closed due to the pandemic. Well, we are proud to announce that this space is back and better than ever!!
Sensory Room: Our early childhood team (therapists and teachers) created a truly UNBELIEVABLE Sensory Room for our littlest learners. With 72 students on our main floor in our 3K, and PreK classes, this room will provide a multi-sensory learning experience. A sensory room is a special room designed to develop a person's sense, usually through special lighting, music, and objects. It can be used as a therapy for children with limited communication skills. Some of the components include:
- 1) Suspended equipment. Swinging is one way to stimulate the vestibular system, which processes movement and helps with sensory regulation. ...
- 2) Balance tools. ...
- 3) Tactile media. ...
- 4) Trampoline. ...
- 5) Crash mat. ...
- 6) Climbing. ...
- 7) Ball. ...
- 8) Tunnel.
S.T.E.M. LAB: We are excited to introduce our STEM LAB. STEM Labs promote collaboration and exploratory learning. ... Students enjoy hands-on-learning activities that allow them to apply technology, science, math, and engineering skills as they enjoy a 21st-century learning experience. STEM Labs have something to offer for everyone. Separate from Ms. Glass' STEM program, our new STEM Lab is available to all classes. It is equipped with 3D printers, project based learning materials, and Makerspace activities. This is a work in progress. Stay tuned for its official opening!!
Our New Website!
Our Keyboard Lab is Complete
Meet our P.T.A.
Jean Saladino: President email@example.com
Vivian Mooney: Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna Valdes: Secretary email@example.com
Our School Leadership Team
The School Leadership Team (SLT) is a group of people who develop educational policies for their school. They also make sure there are resources to support those policies.
- Provide ongoing evaluations of a school’s educational programs and their impact on student achievement.
- Play an important role in school-based decision-making
- Help to make school cultures more collaborative.
We are excited to kick off this school year with our SLT. Our members are:
Linda O'Shaughnessy: Principal
Cari Ann Lobello: UFT Chairperson
Jean Saladino: PTA President
Jane Lobosco: Staff Member
Lizbeth Heras-Torres: Staff Member
Anthony Andrew: Staff Member
Yvonne Wang-Silongs: PAC Chairperson/Parent
Soledad Proano: Parent
Michelle Enriquez: Parent
Gail Williford: Parent
For more information, please click below