Principal’s Message: April 2018

April is going to be a short but busy month. Below are some key dates to be aware of: March 30th-April 8th-Schools closed (Spring Recess) April 11th -12th- ELA Exam April 16th-SLT Meeting (Make Up)-3:45pm April 17th-PTA Meeting at 5:30pm April 18th...

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...

"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...
New York Hall of Science

The NY Hall of Science is hosting a family fun night of technology, science, engineering and math!

Save the date!

Wednesday, May 30th
4pm-8pm

The Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona, Queens.

Download the flyers just below...

Attachments:
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Download this file (STEM 2018 Spanish.pdf)STEM 2018 Spanish.pdf[ ]190 kB
New York City Department of Education survey logo

Your school survey lets NYC know what you think about our school! And you can take it in several languages! And it’s completely anonymous!!! The survey benefits your child because it helps us to continue to grow!

Last year only 57% of P.S. 88 parents completed their survey!

This year, our goal is 100%

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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.

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

In September, PS 88 paparazzi photographed these superhero dads, walking their children to school! Enjoy the photos from last year’s grand event.

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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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The single best way to prevent influenza is to get vaccinated each year, but healthy habits and other measures can also help. Download the NYC Department of Health’s flyer to learn how you can protect your family. 

Attachments:
Download this file (stop-the-spread.pdf)stop-the-spread.pdf[ ]105 kB
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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

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. 

The P.S. 88 cafeteria

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.

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

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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.

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:

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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.

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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!

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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.....

Attachments:
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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.

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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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.

Photo of Principal Quintana serving fresh salad to a student

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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Achieve NYC: A Complete Guide to New York City Public Schools, has the most current information regarding the City’s public schools.  The guide contains: important dates, details about enrolling in City schools, who to speak to in schools when you have concerns, grade-specific learning expectations, transportation options for students, and how to obtain financial aid for college.

Read about it in your language! Click one of the links below.

English, Arabic, ChineseSpanish

Other languages are available here. Sorry, New York City doesn't offer a Polish version.

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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.

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Students in grades 3-8 will receive number grades ranging from 0-100, instead of the 1-4 grading system of the past. A breakdown of the new grading system is attached here, just below. This document will help you understand your child's grades this year.

New York City Universal Pre-k logo

If your child was born in 2014, now the time to enroll your child in free universal Pre-k.

Apply online: schools.nyc.gov/applyonline

Phone: 718-935-2009

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Do you or your child need glasses but they are too expensive to afford at the moment? Any of the several organizations listed below may be able to help.