PS 188Q Weekly Newsletter

March 31st to April 1st

A Message from Mrs. Figueroa

PS 188Q families,

I cannot believe we are already at the end of March! It will go fast from here! Teachers continue to work hard to encourage all children to do their best and BE their best! Please help us with this by making sure that your student is on time and present each day. School beings at 8:00 a.m. Please be on time daily. We have had an increase in students arriving late. This week we had an average of 28 students late. Every minute counts!

Students in third, fourth and fifth grade will be taking the NYS ELA exam this Tuesday and Wednesday. Please make sure your child gets plenty of rest the night before AND arrives to school on time. This will help us ensure that we can begin the assessment in a timely manner.

Be on the lookout for the April 2022 edition of the Diversity, Equity, and inclusion (DEI) parent newsletter.

We will begin to use the lunchroom at full capacity starting April 4th. The new lunch schedule is posted below.

Starting April 4th, all PreK to 5th grade students and all staff will now have the option to wear a mask. It is no longer mandatory for PreK students and staff.

The PTA is taking nominations for the Executive Board for the 2022-2023 school year. The PTA is vital to many of the opportunities your children experience on a daily basis.

PTA school store is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:45 to 8:00 a.m.

Thank you for partnering with us to ensure your child's success! We couldn't do it without you!

Mrs. Figueroa, Principal (IA)

🍽New Lunch Schedule Starting April 4th

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📢NYC School Survey---Deadline Extended

As of today, Thursday, March 24th, only 47.5% of our families have filled out the survey. The survey period has been extended to April 15th. Please take a moment to complete the survey. It is important because it gives us a snapshot of how we are doing. For more information please follow this link

All you need is your 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.

If you need assistance, please email Mrs. Perez-Fung at

✔Dress Code Policy

As the weather gets warmer, we wanted to remind you of PS 188Q's dress code policy.

Please follow these guidelines when dressing your child for school:

  • Shoes should be safe and secured by a minimum of one strap (no slide-on or mule-type shoes).
  • Shoes should not have wheels in them (“heelys”).
  • No high-heels (including high-heel wedge sneakers). The heels on all shoes must be no greater than 1 inch. For safety reasons, we recommend that children do not wear open toe shoes.
  • Regular sneakers must be worn on Physical Education days or the student will not be permitted to participate. Students may not wear cleats in school.
  • The length of pants may not be so long as to create a safety hazard, i.e., dragging under the shoes.
  • Strapless tops, tube tops, muscle shirts (with extra-large arm holes) and midriff tops that expose the naval are not acceptable.
Please do not allow your child to wear expensive jewelry to school. Do not allow students to wear large dangling earrings that could be accidentally ripped from the ear.

Please be advised that the following accessories are not permitted during school hours:

  • Pocket chains
  • Portable music and entertainment systems, such as iPods, MP3 players, PSP, and Nintendo DS
  • Smart watches
  • Wheeled book bags
  • Cleats
  • Large amounts of money

If you have any questions, please contact Myrna Pérez Fung, Parent Coordinator, at 929-600-5683 x1165 or you can email her at . Thank you.

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Fostering Self-Esteem with Kids

Mrs. Hollis and Mrs. Perez-Fung held a parent workshop on fostering self-esteem in our kids. They shared some really great practical tools to help parents foster self-esteem in their children. Take a look at this great resource! Be on the look out👀 for their next workshop, entitled "Goal Setting for Kids" on April 14th at 9:30 a.m.

☕Coffee and Conversations

Mrs. Nartowicz, Mrs. Perez-Fung and Mrs. Figueroa met with parents on Thursday, March 24. Below is the presentation that was shared.

Upcoming Dates to Remember📅

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

April 1st School Safety Meeting; Kids Heart Challenge Kick-Off 💕

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

April 8th Coffee and Conversations with Mrs. Figueroa 10 a.m.

April 13-14th PTA Scholastic Book Fair (Main and Annex)📚

April 12th DEI Parent Meeting 9:30 a.m.

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

April 14th Goal Setting for Kids Workshop with Mrs. Hollis an Mrs. Perez-Fung 9:30 a.m.

April 14th Ukulele Show recorded and posted for Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade students to the Google Classroom

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

April 25th Coffee and Conversations with Mrs. Figueroa 10 a.m.

April 26th and 27th NYS Math Test

April 27th Administrative Assistant's Day

May 2nd No School-Eid-al-Fitr

May 2nd to May 6th Teacher Appreciation Week

May 3rd Teacher Appreciation Day; PTA Mother's Day Plant Sale

May 4th PTA Sponsored BMX Bike Show All Grades

May 6th PTA Mother's Day Plant Sale

May 4th SLT Meeting 6:30 p.m.

May 5th Kids' Heart Challenge Culminating Event for ALL Grades

May 6th Safety Meeting 7:30 a.m.

May 14th PTA Sponsored Spring Family Day