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Dear Parents and Guardians of P.S. 184Q Flushing Manor,
Happy New Year 2020! I hope everyone has gotten off to a great start. I am writing with updates on the search for a Parent Coordinator for our school. The official NYC DOE posting for the position has been removed after being up for the required amount of time. I have received approximately 20 applications. At this time, I have decided to invite members of the SLT to be part of the hiring process. This unique position, in a school like ours where parent input, communication and involvement is such a driving force in decision-making requires the presence of members from many perspectives. The next phase of the hiring process will be to schedule a resume review and identify the most qualified candidates to come in for an interview with the committee.
In the meanwhile, I have taken some steps to ensure that systems of communication of important information remain intact. I have been able to hire a substitute school aide who will be coming in to oversee the monthly calendar creation, website updates, email and automated phone messages. This new part time staff member is a former parent who has been volunteering for years to maintain the order and format of our school website, her name is Seva Panagiotopoulos, her email is email@example.com. She is not interested nor has she applied for the Parent Coordinator position. Her role will be one of maintaining communication only. She will be sending any school related information including grade specific and schoolwide messages via her own DOE email mentioned above. P.S. 184Q will appear in the subject line so that you are reminded to view the email. It is important the that you are also familiar with her email so that you do not accidently delete the email or consider it junk. A test email will be sent in the coming days.
I look forward to introducing a new Parent Coordinator to our school community in the near future.
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.
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.
CEP MATH GOALS
By June 2020, we will deepen our work in authentic learning by strengthening the instructional core in mathematics by incorporation talk and discussion opportunites to build language and knowledge in order to demonstrate critical thinking and creative problem solving in mathematics resulting in 85% of students performing at or above grade level on standards based open ended math tasks.
CEP ELA GOALS
By June 2020, we will deepen our work in authentic learning by strengthening the instructional core and pedagogical practices in literacy across all classrooms to accelerate teaching and learning for all students, including SWD and ENL students resulting in 75% of students performing on or above grade level on the Lexia Core 5 instruction program.
CEP SEL GOALS
By June 2020, 100% of students in Grades 3-5 will participate in a variety of school-wide activities to support improved physical and mental health, resulting in an increase of positive attitudes supporting self-esteem and resiliency as measured by scholar centric positive responses.
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
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.
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!
- Monthly Theme
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
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.
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. We look forward to upcoming performances by our students throughout the year.