Big Apple Teacher Awards

It is a citywide recognition program celebrating New York City teachers who:

  • inspire students
  • model great teaching
  • enrich their school communities

By honoring these teachers, we recognize all those who go above and beyond to serve our students and families!


For The Second Year: Big Apple College and Career Counselor Ambassador Award!

We are also pleased to recognize individuals whose efforts have gone above and beyond to improve NYC students’ access and success in postsecondary attainment. The Big Apple College and Career Counselor Award will honor counselors who lead postsecondary planning activities in their school that have made significant strides in advancing postsecondary readiness, provided exemplar college and career supports and services at their school, and demonstrated success on critical postsecondary metrics. Award recipients will participate in a fellowship year of executive leadership coaching while exploring the local and national postsecondary landscape and its impact on informing citywide policy.

Applications will be reviewed on competencies listed below:

  • Impact on student college and career learning
  • College and career counseling practices
  • Contributions to school and postsecondary community



October is National Bullying Prevention Month

P.S. 88Q is a Safe and Caring School

Every October, schools and organizations across the country join STOMP Out Bullying (TM) in observing National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal; to encourage schools, communities and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying and put an end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children of all ages.

P.S.88Q is excited to participate in this through many ways. We are part of the NYC DOE’s Essay and Poster Contest. Students received the guide lines in their bookbags, but here are they are! We are excited to read and see what the students create!! All entries due by November 4, 2019.


Ms. Racareanu

Dear P.S. 88 Families, 

It is with deep regret that we inform you about a recent loss to our school community. On Thursday, September 12, 2019, Mrs. Racareanu passed away. This loss is sure to raise many emotions for our entire school, especially our students. 

Our school has a Crisis Intervention Team made up of a professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel at difficult times such as this. At our school, we have counselors available for any student who may need or want help or any type of assistance surrounding this loss. We encourage you, as parents, to also feel free to use our resources. 

If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Maggie Ramos at 718-821-8121. 

We are saddened by the loss to our school community and will make every effort to help you and your child as you need.


Mrs. Linda O’Shaughnessy

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Family Income Inquiry Form

Hello P.S. 88 Families!

Please take a few minutes to fill out the following form. P.S. 88Q prides itself in always having 100% completion! This secures federal funding that is so vital to our school. Last year the funding we received from this information bought books, technology and extra programs for our students. If you have any questions about this form, please call the office (718-821-8121) and ask for Ms. Ramos, your Parent Coordinator.



A Message From Mrs. O’Shaughnessy

It is my sincere honor to begin my second year at P.S.88Q as your Principal. It continues to be a humbling feeling knowing that I get to be part of one the most enthusiastic, dedicated, and caring school communities. I am blessed to share this role with two INCREDIBLE Assistant Principals, Mrs Lowe and Mrs. Palesty. I am so confident that this year will be even better than last year.

I am excited about some new and incredible things going on at P.S. 88Q. Our school has a new logo, created by one of our fabulous parents and School Leadership Team member ( Mrs. Silonga) and our school motto was created collaboratively by all School Leadership Team Members (staff and parents).

We are proud to become part of the CS 4 All initiative (Computer Science For All). Some of our staff members as well as myself have been attending training this summer and will be part of a multi- year plan to implement this fun, exciting, rigorous experience for all grades. Below is the link to see what it’s all about !

We are also expanding our Existing Pre-K 4 All program. This year we will be adding two sections of special classes (8:1:2 class setting) for our youngest learners. The Pre-K 4 All program has been such a success, and we are excited to be growing !

Our school calendar will be filled with many opportunities for families to join in on all the upcoming events we have planned for this school year. I look forward to seeing you all at my monthly Breakfast with Mrs. O’Shaughnessy (First Monday of every month) and Coffee with Mrs. O’Shaughnessy (30 minutes before the start of every PTA meeting). It’s a great time to just come, meet the other families, hear what’s going on , and ask me ANYTHING! I will also be starting Family Game Night once a month. It’s a great time to come back, play some old fashioned games with the kids, meet other families and just have fun ! No screen time here, we have games for all ages from Candyland to Operation, Monopoly, Scrabble, Chess and many more.

Our teachers have been busy planning and preparing for this school year. Our first Back to School Night is September 17th from 4:30-7:30, and teachers will be sharing the details of your child’s curriculum at that meeting. Each classroom will have a brand new classroom library with books on various reading levels that children can read for pleasure, read during literary centers and independent reading. We are also building a library/ media center , and will be looking forward to an official ribbon cutting ! Details to follow. Students will be returning to updated technology. Each classroom will have access to a full class computer cart for project based research , I-Ready , MyOn, and publishing.

We are so looking forward to the following amazing programs that make P.S. 88Q the extraordinary school that it is :

Encourage your children to become involved with …

  • Partnering With Parents
  • The Law Club
  • Disney Theater Production
  • The Seneca Scoop
  • Student Council
  • Wellness Committee
  • Basketball Team
  • Kind Kids Club
  • Community Outreach
  • Chorus

I look forward to seeing you all on September 5th! Please check the website often as it is updated daily.

Sincerely ,

Linda O’Shaughnessy


We Are P.S. 88Q

P.S. 88Q is located in the heart of Ridgewood, Queens. Our School reflects the rich history of our neighborhood, and dynamically incorporates the community into our studies. Our building is a vibrant testimony to the history of our school, and the accomplishments of its proud alumni. 
P.S. 88Q is a collaborative community dedicated to the mission of providing the highest quality education to each of our students.

Central to our mission is a shared belief that each child brings to our school a unique set of abilities and talents.

Our highly dedicated faculty works closely together in an enriching environment for all of our students. 
Also central to our mission is the teaching of important community values. We encourage children to celebrate diversity, to respect each other, and to work together with shared goals. We recognize that a supportive environment is one that also includes clear expectations and academic rigor. 
PS 88Q is dedicated to teaching a coherent curriculum in a supportive environment, to ensure that our students will achieve their highest potential, and go on to a lifelong quest for learning and achievement.