Welcome Council Member Robert Holden to P.S. 88

We are excited to welcome District 30 Council Member Robert Holden to P.S. 88 today.   Robert F. Holden was raised in Maspeth and has been married to his wife Amy for 44 years. They have lived in Middle Village for decades and have three children and three...

Principal’s Message: January 2018

I cannot believe that 2018 is already upon us. I hope that everyone had a happy and healthy New Year! Here are some key dates to note for this month: January 15th –School’s closed ( Martin Luther King Jr.Day) January 29th –SLT meeting 3:45pm As the New...

"I'm Maggie Ramos, P.S. 88's parent coordinator. I have my own P.S. 88 page now where you can see what I'Ve found for you & your children!"

Please let me know if the narrative below is okay. Welcome back PS 88 Family! I’m so happy to see old and new smiles around the school this year. I'm planning a year filled with family fun and learning. Please come visit me, call me or send me an...

"The ease in which I am able to move around the room to assist and conference with students is a huge improvement from the old lab. " says Mr. Nolan

"Parents can explore the P.S. 88 website on the office iPad kiosk while they wait," says Mr. Quintana.

Story by Elissa Staib & Alexandra Kikolski, both from 4-408

Message from Senator Addabbo

Hello to the entire P.S. 88Q family. It has been an honor to represent you as your State Senator. As a member of the Senate Education Committee, and a father of two children in the elementary public school system, I hold educational issues as a...

Do you have a child born in 2013? Now is the time to apply for kindergarten. The deadline for applications is January 12, 2018.

This is how you apply:

1. Online via the NYC Department of Education’s application site

2. By phone at 718-935-2009 In person

3. At a Family Welcome Center

Join NYC Parks for a fun filled day in our Winter Wonderland.

Enjoy arts and crafts, games, activities and much more. Meet Santa, drink hot chocolate and get into the holiday spirit. 

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If your child was born in 2013, now the time to enroll your child in free universal Pre-k.

Apply online: schools.nyc.gov/applyonline

Phone: 718-935-2009

Are you interested in being a parent volunteer during lunchtime and recess? Volunteers will monitor students to make the atmosphere more safe and caring for all our students and engage students in indoor and outdoor play. Look for additional details in a memo that will be backpacked home this week.

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This is a follow up to my December 19 letter outlining the additional measures the New York City Department of Education (DOE) is taking to ensure that the water in New York City schools is safe for students and staff.

P.S. 88 is holding a Canned Food Drive to help those less fortunate in our community during the holiday season! The food drive will begin on Monday, November 20 and continue until Friday, December 22.

We are asking for donations of food to be donated to local food pantries and to senior citizens. We have had a lot of success in the past and our goal this year is to collect 1,000 cans!

The class that brings in the most cans will win a pizza party. Please do not send in any glass containers. We thank you in advance for your help in making our drive a successful one!

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Our Bedtime Math workshop was very popular and a lot of parents have asked for the PowerPoint presentation. It's here, just below (in PDF format)

Attachments:
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Parents of our 5th graders, now is the time to start thinking about the right middle school for your child! Click “Read more” to find the open houses that some great middle schools are having...

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New York City provides families with quick access to important school data. Please click on the following link to view the following documents:

  • School Quality Review
  • School Quality Snapshot
  • School Quality Guide
  • NYC Environmental School Survey
  • Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP)
  • School Budget
  • N.Y. State Report Card
  • Annual Arts Survey

http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/24/Q088/AboutUs/Statistics/default.htm

For families who are not directly impacted but who would like to help, 18 firehouse and EMS stations across the City are accepting critically-needed donations daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. To find a list of these items or a drop-off center near you, visit on.nyc.gov/PuertoRicoRelief.

Here are some of the items they are looking for:

  • Diapers
  • Baby food
  • Batteries
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Feminine Hygiene Products

You can also join the DOE in supporting aid for students and schools in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico hit hard by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. To make a voluntary donation, visit the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City at www1.nyc.gov/site/fund/donate/donate.page.

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PS 88 will be participating in the American Heart Association Fundraiser which will be held from February 1, 2017 through February 7, 2017.  Our students are learning the importance of taking care of their heart and helping others.  In addition to jumping rope and shooting hoops during their gym time, the students have accepted a challenge for the month of February to help keep their heart healthy.  The challenge consists of choosing one of the following:  

P.S. 68 is joining up with Cornell University to offer the parents of Ridgewood exciting nutrition workshops where you will prepare nutritious and delicious recipes. 

Those who attend at least 6 sessions will receive a certificate from the Cornell University Cooperative Extension. The workshop meets every Tuesday (October 10, 17, 24; November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5, 12) at 8:30 a.m.

P.S. 68 is close by:

59-09 St. Felix Avenue

Photo of Principal Quintana reading a book to a kindergarten class

Each week, I am making time to read a book aloud to a different kindergarten class. This week, it was a pleasure reading to the children in Mrs. Becker's and Mrs. Agostino's class! I love visiting the classes and interacting with the students. 

We are pleased to announce that, beginning on the first day of school, lunch is free to all students in all of our schools, regardless of income eligibility. This means that all meals – both breakfast and lunch – served by the Department of Education’s SchoolFood program will be at no cost to families.

This announcement builds on the City’s effort to improve the atmosphere and experience for students in our school cafeterias.

Coop Tech Pathways to Graduation is hosting a morning of free services and information for immigrants. 

  • Free immigration legal consultations by New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
  • Health, financial and adult education information
  • Passports, Consular IDs and other services, provided by the Consulate of Mexico

Saturday, January 21st

9am - 1pm

I am the new Physical Education Teacher at P.S. 88! I am very excited to be teaching your children skills & health related fitness concepts, so that they are able to take this information at a young age and apply it to their daily lives.

My goal as an educator is to create an environment full of positive energy, so that each child has every opportunity to be successful and make progress throughout the year. Each week, we will introduce a new skill that will be our primary focus and your child will be able to take on challenging tasks based on their current skill level. Your child will be exposed to a wide variety of sports, which will also encourage positive qualities like teamwork, leadership, sportsmanship and respect.

I look forward to a very successful, productive and fun school year! Parents, please feel free to email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions or concerns throughout the year.

At P.S. 88, we love to celebrate our students' achievement. Sometimes the achievement is for perfect attendance, sometimes for becoming student of the month or Ambassador of Peace, and sometimes for their excellent scores on the New York State exams.

Here is our photo gallery for those students achieving a 4 on one or both of the 2015-16 New York State exams:

It is with great pleasure that I am joining the P.S. 88 community! After having been a counselor in high schools, I am happy to return to my roots of working with younger children. My years of teaching in an elementary school have greatly helped to inform my practices with assisting students, teachers and parents so children can reach their highest potential while having a positive experience at school!  

I am eager to collaborate with the P.S. 88 team in further enhancing the amazing programs that are already in place as well as being a valuable resource in helping students to improve and feel successful. My intentions are to be accessible and helpful to everyone so I can be integral part of making P.S. 88 the best it can be!

Best,  

Ms. Dukagjini

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Hi, it Maggie Ramos, your parent coordinator. Do you want to improve your English but you just don't have time to attend a class? Easy World of English easyworldofenglish.com is a free, online resource that may be just what you need. Try it, and let me know how you like it!

My name is Ms. Ferguson and I’m excited to be part of the P.S 88 community! I look forward to collaborating with you all! My philosophy in regard to education is that there is no such thing as one specific type of learner. Through many years of practice, I wholeheartedly feel that we all have unique needs and require supports to teach us in the ways in which we learn best as individuals. One way I achieve this is by providing multiple entry points for my students during lessons and small group work.

It's not easy being a parent. There's no manual to tell you what you have to do. There is, though, Parent Toolkit, the next best thing. 

Parent Toolkit promotes itself as a way to "help you navigate your child’s journey from pre-kindergarten through high school. It is designed to help you track and support progress at each stage."

Try it out for yourself: http://www.parenttoolkit.com/

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What's my child having for lunch today? Are these meals nutritious? These are some of the things you can find out on New York City's SchoolFood app! Available for iPhone and Android.

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Of course New York has a lot of things to do, but how do you find out everything that's going on for your child? I'm Maggie Ramos, your parent coordinator, and look what I've found for you! https://growingupnyc.cityofnewyork.us/

Simply select your child's age group to find out everything you can take advantage of. Maybe I'll run into you at one of these events!

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New York State has set standards that each child is expected to meet. These standards are written in academic language to help teachers guide instruction. Mrs. Mendez points us to a more friendly version of these standards.

Hi Parents. It's me, Maggie Ramos, inviting you to our English language classes for parents, right here at P.S. 88. Download the flyer right below to find out more.....

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During the 2017-2018 school year, P.S. 88 will continue with the fifth grade departmentalization. For more information on what departmentalizing is and how you can support your child, please view the attached resource. We welcome any feedback you may have on your child's program thus far and look forward to working with you in making this initiative a success!

If you have any further questions, concerns or just need clarification on any of the information in the powerpoint, please reach out to your child's teacher today or you can contact Ms. Palesty

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On March 1, P.S. 88 opened a salad bar that with daily farm fresh vegetables to accompany your child’s lunch. Our salad bar includes such food items like a corn salad, chick peas, garbanzo beans and a fresh spring mix salad that will be accompanied with a different salad dressing each day. EVERY STUDENT has the opportunity to create their own unique salad combination each and every day. 

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Welcome to the P.S. 88 SUPERHERO WALL OF FAME!

Last year on September 20th, 2016 PS 88 paparazzi photographed these superhero dads, walking their children to school! We will have a new Superhero Wall of Fame this September so stay tuned. For now, you can enjoy the photos from last year’s grand event.

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The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum's GOALS for Girls program invites you to celebrate science, technology, engineering and math at the fifth annual Girls in Science and Engineering Day. Enjoy hands-on experiences, exciting demonstrations and engaging discussions provided by science-rich organizations, colleges, and NYC public school students.

Dear Families:

I am delighted to inform you that our school has been selected to participate in the School Mental Health Consultant Program and will begin to receive services during the second phase of the program roll out, starting this academic year, in September.