From the Principal

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Dear Parents and Guardians of Flushing Manor,

As we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, there are many things that I, as a principal of such a unique and wonderful school, have to be thankful for. First and foremost, I am thankful for the 523 students who come into our building each day, ready to learn and ready to give their all. The children are always at the center of all of my decisions, as they themselves will tell you, their safety and well-being is always “FIRST” at Flushing Manor. I am grateful for the families who support our school and our vision of ensuring that every child is here to learn and grow to become prepared for the real world beyond elementary school. I am thankful for a dedicated staff of professionals who are committed to the success of every student in our school. From our school aides, office staff, kitchen staff, custodial staff, parent coordinator, teachers, paraprofessionals, support staff, and assistant principal, each of them demonstrates an exceptional level of care for each and every one of our students. Lastly, I am thankful for a data stream that over the years has demonstrated that when parents and educators work together to support children, students flourish and are more prepared than ever to succeed in the real world! Our school’s NYS test data and NYC Survey results have supported this idea over the past several years. Our most recent School Quality Snapshot indicating a rating of Excellent in all areas, including student achievement, has just been released. I have shared the link on the principal’s page of our school website for you to view all of the details. This accomplishment is something that I am humbled by and grateful for!

As we continue on our journey to excellence for all, we have provided several at home resources this year. Each one has been selected and purchased with a specific purpose in mind. Though these resources are optional for our families, they are highly recommended as they are research based, therefore we include them as part of the assigned homework on all grades. We hope you find these computer based resources helpful to support your child at home.

First in Math: This is a fluency building program. It covers the mastery of math facts, much like flashcards did in the past. The difference is this program is online, in the form of games, and allows students, parents and teachers an opportunity to track progress. Use this program when you want to improve your child’s speed and accuracy of number facts related to their grade level.

Pearson EnVision: This resource is being provided by the DOE to all schools who have opted in to using the EnVisions Math Curriculum as a resource. It offers student edition pages as well as instructional videos that can support a better understanding of homework tasks. It also has potential for students to be assigned practice problems by topic. We are offering parent workshops to assist parents in accessing and using this website in the coming weeks. This replaces the formerly used Think Central Resource that was previously provided by the DOE.

Lexia Core 5 Instruction– This online reading program provides instruction and practice in the 5 pillars of reading. This is a research based program that aligns to NYS test success. Students are provided with a weekly minute goal based on their performance over time. Weekly minutes can change from week to week. On most grades, students are also provided with class time to complete lessons and units so they can move across levels while working toward completing their weekly minute allotment. .

RAZ Kids– This online reading program provides leveled passages along with questions targeting comprehension. It is a substitute for independent reading that includes monitoring of understanding. This program was purchased to support movement across F&P levels. Students can use this if they completed their weekly minutes on the Lexia Core 5 Instruction. Time on RAZ kids can be entered into the PARP-Parents as reading Partners Calendar.

Wishing everyone a safe warm, and festive Thanksgiving 2019!

Sincerely,

 

Anna Dimilta                                        

Principal

At Home Resources

First in Math: This is a fluency building program. It covers the mastery of math facts, much like flashcards did in the past. The difference is this program is online and is in the form of a game and allows students, parents and teachers an opportunity to track progress. Use this program when you want to improve your child’s speed and accuracy of number facts related to their grade level.

EnVision/Pearsonvue through Easybridge: This resource is being provided by the DOE to all schools who have opted in to using the EnVisions Curriculum as a resource. It offers student edition pages as well as instructional videos that can support a better understanding of homework tasks. It also has potential for students to be assigned practice problems by topic. We are offering parent workshops to assist parents in accessing and using this website in the coming weeks. This replaces the formerly used Think Central Resource that was previously provided by the DOE.

Lexia Core 5 Instruction– This online reading program provides instruction and practice in the 5 pillars of reading. This is a research based program that aligns to NYS test success. Students are provided with a weekly minute goal based on their performance over time. Weekly minutes can change from week to week. On most grades, students are also provided with class time to complete lessons and units so they can move across levels while working toward completing their weekly minute allotment. .

RAZ Kids– This online reading comprehension program provides reading of leveled passages with questions demonstrating comprehension. It is a substitute for independent reading that includes monitoring of understanding. This program was purchased to support movement across F&P levels. Students can use this if they completed their weekly minutes on the Lexia Core 5 Instruction. Time on RAZ kids could be entered into the PARP-Parents as reading Partners Calendar.

School Vision

Each school year we ask for your input in ensuring our vision is understood and embraced by our families. We also review our vision with the staff to ensure their support and input as well.

Our vision is as follows:

P.S. 184Q is a dedicated community of life-long learners. Students, staff and families work together and support one another in accomplishing the essential challenge of preparing all students for college and career. By connecting rigorous curriculum and standards to authentic, real life experiences and circumstances, we engage, nurture and challenge students, while simultaneously highlighting individual strengths and talents. Our students will make a variety of positive contributions to the modern world around them and ultimately become Learners for Life, for Life!

We emphasize authentic real world connections to rigorous standards based curriculum. If you have not completed our survey about the school vision please feel free to do so now at the link provided.

School Data

Overall looking at NYS data is purposeful in getting a sense of the curriculum and teaching that takes place in a school. Though NYS exams have changed over the years, we continue to make strides toward ensuring progress and performance for all students.

CLICK HERE to see Data sheets summarizing this year’s ELA and Math data.

CLICK HERE to see PS184’s 2018-2019 School Quality Snapshot

Literacy Instruction

We believe that students learn best with a balanced literacy approach that includes different levels of support in reading and writing at different points in the curriculum based on students age levels and needs.

CLICK HERE for some more specific information about Balanced literacy.

Our teachers continually revise curriculum based on student engagement performance and progress. This year we are making a concerted effort to adjust our units to be more inclusive of different cultures reflected in our student body.

Mathematics Instruction

We believe that like literacy math should be balanced and it should include a variety of support levels and lesson types. Last year our math revisions engaged our students and improved outcome for ALL students.

CLICK HERE for some resources for parents about math.

Social Emotional Learning Initiatives

  • Safety First Initiative

Each year we introduce our Safety first initiative to students. We define physical and emotional safety and connect our own choices and actions to making sure everyone feels safe all the time at P.S.184Q!

  • Just Say Hi

Several years ago our school was identified as a Just Say Hi School. We are a school that is welcoming to all. This initiative originally began with an awareness of physical differences and the knowledge that we are all different in some way and embracing those differences by Just Saying Hi will result in all students feeling safe and welcome. We have expanded this initiative in our own school to include being open and friendly to those who have different cultures or speak different languages. We have connected our Kindness counts initiative to the Just Say Hi initiative!

  • Cloud9World

This is new this year. In line with preparing our children for the real world, we know that creating independent thinkers who are able to solve problems and think critically is equally important as creating empathetic and well-rounded people who care about others and the world around them.

  • Kindness Counts

Last year we encouraged our children to prioritize kindness in their decisions and actions. Our work in this area led to our school receiving Respect for All recognition.

  • Rocket Rewards

This program was created to reward classes of students who respect the school rules and put safety first. Classes can choose to exchange these rewards with positive consequences based on the attached list.

  • Student Recognition Awards

Each month we recognize our students for their hard work and dedication to meeting individual goals. We celebrate with grade 3-5 assemblies for our older students and evening celebrations for our K-2 students and their family members. Letters are sent home with this information when students are recognized.
Physical and Mental Wellness

Physical Education

All of our students receive the NYS mandated amount of physical education time provided by a combination of a certified physical education teacher and our approved Move to Improve program. Move to Improve is a movement in the classroom program that embeds movement into instruction. Time spent in this activity is counted toward the weekly requirement.

Arts Programming

Our full time visual arts program continues this year with all classes in grades K-5 enjoying weekly art lessons based on the blueprint for the arts.
Our Theater Program has been expanded to four days a week and now all classes have the opportunity to participate.
A two day a week music program has also been established for mostly lower grade classes.
Ballroom Dancing lessons are being provided by Dancing Classroom’s residency program for our fifth graders.
Grade K-4 classes will be receiving modern dance instruction through a Citi-center dance residency.

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NYC DOE Discipline Code

The Discipline Code is also known as the Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning. It: Is age-specific with one set for grades K-5 and

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