This Week @ PS 88Q

May 30, 2022

A Message from Mrs. O'Shaughnessy

Happy Memorial Day! I hope everyone is enjoying this three day weekend. Memorial Day was declared a national holiday through an act of Congress in 1971, and its roots date back to the Civil War era, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs. Unlike Veterans Day, Memorial Day honors all military members who have died in while serving in U.S. forces.


This week was a tough one. The news of the school shooting and the stories and timeline that has been emerging all week has been on the minds of all of us. This senseless, horrific act is unfathomable to us all, but those of us who either work in a school, or have children in school feel extremely enraged as well as vulnerable. As the stories are told this week, it is heartbreaking and a reminder that safety for our little ones must always be our first and foremost of priorities. Our staff gathered Wednesday morning to just be together, to vent, to express our fears, to reiterate our safety protocols and to discuss how to support our students. We then met with the 4th grade and 5th grade to give them the time to discuss and ask questions. Our students knew a lot and were extremely affected by the incident at Robb Elementary. School should be their safe place, and thinking of those fourth graders who lost their lives was too close for them. They all knew about the school shooting, and had many questions for us. Very humbling and sad to hear their worries out loud. This should never be. We conducted a soft lockdown drill later that day, to reassure our students and staff that we do have protocols, and to also problem solve any concerns. Each NYC DOE school is charged with holding 10 emergency drills a year ( a mix of evacuation and soft lockdown drills). I also hosted a parent Town Hall meeting with Council Member Holden for our families Thursday night. The information from that meeting is linked in this newsletter below.


Here are some dates to remember:

  • Memorial Day May 30th: No School
  • Grade 4 Hands On Science Test May 31-June 3
  • Science Fair: May 31 and June 1
  • Grade 4 Written Science Test June 6
  • Clerical Day: June 7: No Students. No GRYC
  • PS 88Q Carnival: June 8 (during the day)
  • Chancellors Day: June 9. No Students. No GRYC
  • Dance Festival : June 10
  • 3k/Prek/Kindergarten Stepping Up Week of June 13-June 17
  • Disney Performance Frozen: June 17th
  • Last Day of GRYC June 17
  • Juneteenth (June 20) No School
  • Grade 5 Breakfast and Yearbooks June 21
  • Grade 5 Graduation June 22 (Raindate June 23)
  • Grade 5 Dance June 24 (12:30pm)
  • Last Day of School Monday June 27

Gifted and Talented Information for Grade 2 Families (entering grade 3 for 2022-2023 SY)

We are so excited to be selected to have a gifted and talented grade 3 class next year. This week, all schools who will be part of this first year initiative met with the Chancellors team about the process. I will be sending home some information to our grade 2 parents this week. I will also host an information session as well (date to follow). Below is some guidance.


This process differs slightly based on where students currently attend grade 2.

Who Can Participate, and How?

  • For current grade 2 students in DOE public schools
    • DOE identifies the highest-performing grade 2 students—meaning their core course grades are in the top 10% at their school.
    • DOE invites the families of these students to apply to Grade 3 G&T programs.
    • Invited families can apply to Grade 3 G&T programs between May 31 and June 13 by submitting a G&T application online with MySchools(Open external link) or through a Family Welcome Center.
    • Please note: Grade 2 students invited to participate in Grade 3 G&T admissions can also apply for grade 3 seats at K-to-5 G&T programs.
  • For current grade 2 students in charter, private, or parochial schools
    • For your child's application to be considered, be sure to do both of the following:
    • The DOE will then determine which charter, private, and parochial school applicants qualify as eligible.

How Grade 3 G&T Program Offers Are Made

  • All invited/eligible applicants will be considered for offers.
  • Offers for these programs are determined based on families' application choices, programs' seat availability, and admissions priorities. These programs give priority to siblings of current students and children who live or attend school in specific districts.
  • All applicants will receive a results letter in July 2022; these results may include a G&T offer and any information about waitlists.
  • Call Us

    Call Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm at 718-935-2009.

  • Visit Us

    Get help in person at a Family Welcome Center.

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