We’ve compiled some answers to the most frequently asked questions from families. We hope you find them helpful.
If I have a question, do I go to the main Office, my child’s teacher, the parent coordinator or the PTA Office? Different questions require different people. Always feel free to speak to your child’s teacher about any specific concerns or questions. Our teachers are amazing at incorporating two way communication. Most use the Remind app or ClassDojo, which allows for those questions. Always feel free to email them or write a letter to inform them of anything. Teachers cannot be reached during instructional times, so if you would like to, come see our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Ramos, as she serves as the liaison between families and teachers, that would be fine. Additionally, please direct all questions about administration, curriculum and school policies & procedures to the the Parent Coordinator in Room 102 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or with Mrs. O’Shaughnessy (email@example.com), Mrs. Lowe (CLowe2@schools.nyc.gov) or Mrs. Palesty (MPalesty@schools.nyc.gov). The PTA handles questions about PTA events, fundraising and volunteers. Keep in mind, when visiting the school, you are required to sign in at the lobby security desk and show our safety agent your identification.
Where do I go if I have an Academic question or concern about my child? Whenever there is a concern about your child in the classroom, his/her work or behavior, please address the issue with your child’s teacher first. If there are specific concerns about your child in a specialty class (art, technology, physical education, science), please arrange to discuss them with the particular specialty teacher.If you would like to talk with your child’s teacher, please contact him/her to request an appointment. Arrival and dismissal are not appropriate times to converse with teachers, as teachers are responsible for supervising the entire class at these times, and there are confidentiality issues at hand. To contact any teacher, please send a note in with your child (or email the teacher if s/he uses email), and the teacher will contact you to talk by phone, or set up a convenient time to meet with you. Every Tuesday is dedicated to Parent Engagement from 2:20 pm- 3:00 pm, so appointments can be made then as well. You can also leave a note for a specific teacher by visiting or calling the Main Office. In addition, Parent Coordinator Maggie Ramos is available to meet with any parent, and, depending on the concern, will refer you to the appropriate person.
Does PS 88 have a Talented and Gifted Program?There are specific schools that have a T.A.G. program, but PS 88 does not. The teachers at PS 88 are trained to work with a diverse range of children, from those who are performing above standard levels in some areas of learning to those performing below standard levels in some areas of learning. The administration of PS 88 believes that students learn best with a range of learners in the classroom and all children benefit from the additional opportunities for enrichment available at PS 88.
What is the Integrated Co-Teaching Class(ICT)?Each grade at PS 88 has at least one ICT class. The ICT class has one general education teacher and one special education teacher. In the ICT classes, the ratio is approximately 60% general education students and 40% special education students. The same curriculum is provided as the other classes, with the added benefit of a higher staffing ratio and a great deal of support. The Committee for Special Education (CSE) and/or the School Psychologist places the children who are on the special education side of the ICT classes. The school administration places the children on the general education side.
What is the School Leadership Team(SLT)?The School Leadership Team is a collaborative team of parents, teachers, staff and the Principal that is mandated by state law to play a significant role as an advisory panel in representing the school community. Elected every two years, the SLT helps create structures for school-based decision making, develops school-based educational policies and ensures resources are aligned to implement those policies. The SLT writes and reviews the school’s Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP).
Can I Volunteer at PS 88?Yes, please! At PS 88 there are many volunteer needs and opportunities throughout the year, from scheduled fundraising events, to helping in the PTA office and more. Parents can also volunteer during class trips, or help with class projects. Volunteers and ideas are always needed and appreciated – if you have an idea about a fundraising event, please don’t hesitate to contact the PTA office or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
How does PS 88 help with Lice Prevention? We understand that lice could be a very traumatizing and costly situation. If a child is suspected of having lice, we follow strict DOE policy. Children with live eggs must be picked up and can return when they have been checked and are clear.
However, please check your own child consistently and let your teacher know if your child has developed a case of lice. Once your child has been diagnosed with a case of lice, he or she must check in at the nurse’s office first thing upon arrival at school in the morning and get a note clearing him or her to return to class.