This Week @ PS 88Q
October 28th, 2023
Full day of school Thursday. Report cards and PTC are December 7th.
A Message From Mrs. O'Shaughnessy
I hope everyone is enjoying this last weekend in October. You could have spent Saturday at the beach, it was so hot!
This past week, we have all read and watched the events occurring outside of our country and within our country. As adults it is hard for us to understand. More specifically, the event in Maine. It is impossible to process this inhumanity. This weeks message from me is a reiteration of the NYC DOE General Response Protocol, and how each school in NYC is responsible for holding emergency drills in school. It is unfortunate that this is what is needed, but being prepared for all situations is necessary.
In my September 24th newsletter, I shared the protocol. I am attaching the links and family letter again, so that all families are aware.
All principals attend training yearly. Last summer, I attended training at the NYPD Police Academy. This training was specific to the national model of Run, Hide, Fight. These things are very unnerving to adults, especially in schools, because our role is not to just protect ourselves, put to protect all of the students. There are other measures that the school community and I have been fighting for to ensure our safety; school wide camera system and door alarms. We are happy to say that we were included in the pilot program for door locking systems, and have had door locks since last year. Our camera project has begun, and this year, our school will have a full internal and external camera system that is monitored by our SSA Ms. Buie, and administration.
That is the technical side. Families are worried about how students perceive this. Evacuations drills (formerly called Fire Drills) and shelter in drills are less worrisome. The Soft Lockdown is what families are always concerned about. I am sharing below how this is communicated to our students. The process is turn off the lights, check the hallway for any walking students, lock the door, and be out of sight. Drills are conducted throughout the year. If this protocol is ever enacted, and is not a drill, I always communicate this with the community. A soft lockdown can simply be initiated if a parent gets lost in the building, and finds themselves on a floor looking for the main office. If a staff member notices someone who does not work in the school, they call the office to report this, a soft lockdown goes into place, and the BRT (Building Response Team) sweeps the building to find the person. We avoid this by giving everyone a visitor sticker, directions in all languages (if not escorted) to the main office, a radio alert to the office from the safety desk that someone is coming up (so that we are aware if they don't show up in a minute) and a soon to be installed camera system to watch the person proceed to the first floor.
I know that this is something we wish our children never knew of, but please know, our staff is trained each year on General Response Protocol, and drills ensure the community that we are indeed prepared for anything.
Please email me if you have any questions. And have a GREAT WEEK!
I have attached the link to request a NYC Public School Device. As of today, the devices that were returned to us by former students have been assigned to some of the students (and families) who have requested. We do not have any additional devices, but I submit new requests when we receive them. Central DOE is redistributing devices to schools as students return them. DEVICES MUST BE RETURNED IF YOU LEAVE THE NYC PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. If you have a device and no longer want it, or your child is no longer in a NYC Public School, please return. Devices can only be distributed to students who do not have a DOE device already.
Fall Festival: October 31st
On Tuesday, we will be hosting our Fall Festival. Students can come in costume to celebrate. Some of our families do not celebrate Halloween, but we want to assure you that your child does not have to participate in the Fall Costume Parade. If you do not want your child to take part in the parade, we have staff who stay in school, and will be with the students.
Details of the day:
- Students will exit the building through the main door at 8:50am and walk counterclockwise around the perimeter of the building once.
- Parents can walk with their child's class, or observe from the sidelines.
- Catalpa Avenue will be closed to traffic at dismissal, and in conjunction with the Italian American Federation, will distribute pumpkins and or goody bags to all families. Please pick up you child and then proceed to the corner of Catalpa and Fresh Pond Road.
Access to Teachhub/Google Classroom/Report Cards
To access all resources, Google Classroom, Iready, curriculum, report cards, and so much more, YOU ONLY NEED ONE LOG IN. Your child is accessing their teachhub account in school with their nycstudents email and password. Have you connected at home yet? I am asking all families to be connected to their child's google classroom by the end of this week. Although we have decided as a school to distribute report cards in December (as three months is a better timeline), conferences are remote. When you log in to teachub with your child's email (nycstudents.net) and their password ( which they must know, or the teacher has reset to), you will have access to everything. YOU DO NOT NEED A CODE FOR GOOGLE CLASSROOM, OR A SEPARATE SIGN IN FOR IREADY. Any questions, reach out to Ms. Ivett Perez Lopez, your child's teacher, or me! firstname.lastname@example.org
School Leadership Team
We Need One More Parent
We have a spot up for election for our School Leadership Team! SLT elections will take part at our next PTA meeting. If you are interested in running, please attend the meeting, and or reach out to me email@example.com, or Ms. Ivett Perez Lopez firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information regarding SLT, click here.
District 24 Calendar
Links & Info Presidents' Council & DPAC Zoom 956 4461 2509 Pwd: 242424 Spanish 347-966-4114 Conf Code 73228339# PA Sandbox Sessions Zoom 956 4461 2509 Pwd: 242424 Spanish 347-966-4114 Conf Code 73228339# MS Enrollment Session 10 am English, Spanish, Arabic 6 pm English, Spanish, Chinese & Bangla ...
THE SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR IS ALMOST HERE!!
This year's Book Fair will be 11/6-11/10. Teachers will sign-up for a time and date for their class to shop, so keep an eye out for that info directly from your teacher.
We highly recommend using eWallet this year! It's safe, it's secure, and you don't have to worry about a bunch of lost, crumpled bills!
Click here to learn more about eWallet: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/content/fairs/videos/intro-to-ewallet-fair-files.html
Check out our Book Fair homepage to preview books, sign up for eWallet, and more!
Book Fair Special Events:
Tuesday 11/7 - Election Day/No School - The Book Fair will be open to the public from 2:30p-7pm.
Thursday 11/9 - PS88 Family Shopping before and after the monthly PTA General Membership Meeting. The PTA Meeting will be 6p-7p for the adults. For the kids, we'll have Storytime featuring read-alouds by our beloved PS88 teachers and milk and cookies.
To make the Book Fair work, we need your help!
Sign up for a volunteer shift here:
NOVEMBER PTA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
This month's meeting will be Thursday 11/9 from 6p-7p.
Come shop at the Scholastic Book Fair before and after the meeting.
The kids activity for this meeting will be Storytime featuring read-alouds by our beloved PS88 teachers and milk and cookies.
We will be continuing to discuss upcoming events. ** And we will be voting to elect a parent representative to the SLT. **
STUDENT LEADERSHIP TEAM (SLT) OPENING FOR ONE PARENT
The SLT is an important group that helps PS88 reach its educational goals. There are a few people who are required to be on the committee. But after those few people, we are required to have an equal number of parents and teachers to best represent our school. ** There is one seat open for a parent and we need to vote that person in at the next PTA General Membership Meeting. **
To learn more about SLT, go here: https://www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/school-leadership-team
As always, check the website for important links and info. And feel free to reach out to Sam (email@example.com), Camila (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Sabita (email@example.com) any time!