Dear Parents and Guardians of the Flushing Manor Community,

Hope everyone enjoyed the three-day weekend! I am pleased to share information about what is happening at P.S. 184Q, as well as some reminders.

Shared and Inclusive Curriculum: We continue to work on embedding experiences in our curriculum that align with a variety of cultures and perspectives. This work aligns to our school vision of ensuring all students are prepared for the real world by incorporating real world experiences into their learning.  To that end, this year we are incorporating monthly texts to highlight and celebrate various cultures. We began in September by celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with sharing the text, Alma and How She Got Her Name. In October we will recognize Italian Heritage and Indigenous Peoples with texts depicting these perspectives.  We are excited about this new initiative!

Upcoming Student Council Elections: This week the children in grades 3-5 will have the opportunity to serve as class representatives on the student council. Students who are interested will give a short speech to the class and elections will be held. The Student Council (formerly called G.O.) meets with the Student Council Facilitator to plan school events and outreach to the community. This initiative is aligned to our Civics for All curriculum.

The Student Council Wonder Walk: This March of Dimes fundraiser involves the children parading in costume around the perimeter of the school yard. Parents are welcome to stand outside the school yard and wave to their children as they pass by. The event is scheduled for the morning of October 29th and a specific schedule of when each grade will participate will be forthcoming. Also, look out for an email about the actual fundraiser, which serves to raise money for prevention of birth defects. Our school community has always been very successful supporting this important cause.

Academic Recovery Program Information: Parents and guardians of students identified by the DOE will receive information about the academic recovery program that is being provided by the school using allotted federal funding. Teachers will be making outreach about this program.

Virtual Monthly Student Recognition Ceremonies Update:
Parents of students recognized for the month of September will receive letters this coming week with details about the virtual evening event being held later this month.

Lexia Reminder: Please encourage the children to complete their weekly Lexia minutes. This research based program has been shown to improve reading performance for all learners. The weekly minutes can be divided across the week to balance daily screen time.

Device Request Reminder: We continue to await the arrival of ipads from central DOE. We currently have some school-based ipads and can provide them to those families who do not have devices for their children to use in the event there is a need for remote instruction. Please complete the survey in order to be put on the list for technology distribution. Someone from the school will contact you for device pick-up.

Anna Dimilta