WELCOME TO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR
UPDATE TO K-1 ARRIVAL : PLEASE DROP OFF IN THE BIG YARD IN THE SMALL PLAY SPACE. OUR SCHOOL DAY BEGINS AT 8:00 AM.
JANUARY 2018 PARENT NEWSLETTER
January 8th 2019
Dear PS 38 families,
Happy New Year!
I hope you had a wonderful holiday break. We’ve returned to school renewed and revitalized for the new year. We’re ready for a great month!
Monday-Friday January 7th-18th—G&T testing for K-2
Tuesday, January 8th—SLT 4pm in the library
Tuesday, January 8th—PTA meeting 6pm in the auditorium
Saturday, January 12—International Feast 12pm-2pm
Monday, January 14th –Deadline for kindergarten application deadline.
Monday, January 21st—Dr. Martin L. King, Jr Day: NO SCHOOL
PS 38 Pre-k tour dates:
1/30, 2/12, 2/28, 3/8—Please reach out to Mr. Hassan if you have any questions.
Literacy workshop for parents with ELA coach, Janet Shearer:
K-2 workshop will be on January 23rd from 8:30am-9:30am
3-5 workshop will be on January 31st from 8:30am-9:30am
Here’s what’s happening this month:
New school aides and lunch schedule: We’re pleased to announce that we’ve hired two additional staff members, Dakota Salmons and Whitney McLean. They will be part-time school aides. Their primary duty will be to assist our lunch staff, in supervising students (K-5) at lunch and recess. We’re very fortunate to have Dakota and Whitney working at PS 38, since they are already very familiar with our school and with many of our children. Dakota currently works at the Dodge YMCA as a senior counselor in the afterschool program at 38 and Whitney was a former Dodge YMCA afterschool counselor here at PS 38. Mr. Dakota and Ms. Whitney will begin working on Wednesday(tomorrow) when we officially transition to the new lunch schedule.
Change in Music/Dance schedule: The schedule will also change for students who have dance and music classes. If your child had dance class the first half of this year, they will now have music class (in place of dance) until June. Unfortunately, the music and dance teachers do not have enough periods in their schedules for all students, to have both music and dance, all year long, but we do our best to schedule dance and music equitably across the grades. Students will receive a half-year of each.
Literacy Workshops for parents: We’re very excited to share the literacy work we’ve implemented in the lower grades and discuss our literacy plans for the upper grades. Janet Shearer, our literacy consultant, will present a workshop to explain the reading and writing structures we’re using to enhance and expand our reading and writing curriculum. We will discuss guided reading, independent reading, shared reading and writing workshop in the lower grades and book clubs, literacy circles, and the writing process in the upper grades. We’re looking forward to seeing at the workshops and talking to you about our literacy goals for PS38.
PS 38 Cellphone policy: Many of our 4th and 5th grade students bring cell phones to school, which they are allowed to do, however our school policy is that students may bring a cell phone to school as long as it remains turned off and inside their backpack during the school day. Students may never have cell phones out of their backpacks or use it during school day. If students use their phones during the day, it will be kept by the teacher until the end of the day. The student’s parent must come to school to pick it up. Please help us reinforce this policy by speaking to your child about our cell phone school rules. Please call the school directly at 718 330 9305, if you need to be in contact with your child.
Cold weather outdoor play: Even on colder temperatures days, we do try to get the children out for outdoor recess however we also sensitive to when the weather is too cold. We think it’s important for kids to be outside every day, if possible. Please dress your child (or remind your child to dress themselves) in layers and wear a hat, scarf, gloves and a warm coat. Also, please write your child's first and last name in all garments, too, so they can be returned if lost.
Please stop by our “International Feast” this Saturday, January 12th at 12pm, if you’re available. I’ll see you there!
Please reach out to me if you have any questions.
2018 School Supplies List