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Dear Families,

We have some important news to share regarding the safety measures at our school. In line with our commitment to enhance security practices, all NYC Public Schools will have a Safer Access system installed during the 2023-25 school years. The Safer Access system is designed to strengthen our existing safety and security practices as part of the overall visitor protocols at our school.

What is Safer Access?

The primary objective of the Safer Access system is to ensure that all doors remain locked outside of the morning-entry and afternoon-dismissal periods. When school doors are locked, visitors wishing to gain access to the building will ring the intercom at the main entrance door (or ADA-accessibility entrance if applicable) and identify themselves before access is granted into the school building. Safer Access allows our dedicated staff assigned to the main desk (School Safety Agents and/or school staff) to be able to see and speak with visitors before granting them access inside. Please be assured that all visitors to our school will continue to be treated with courtesy, professionalism, and respect while awaiting entry into our building. In addition to enhancing safety, this system allows for easy access for first responders during an emergency.

The Safter Access system has been installed as P.S. 184Q. Our school staff (including School Safety Agents) and students will receive training on using the system as well as how to support all visitors in accordance with our policy.

 

Beginning Tuesday, May 7, 2024, the main entrance doors of the school will be locked except during morning entry from 8:00am to 8:20am and dismissal from 2:20pm – 2:35pm. All visitors to the school will have to ring the doorbell, identify themselves, and state reason for visiting before the security agent will buzz them in. Once in the building, all visitors will have to show a valid government issued ID, be signed in by the security agent as we always have done.

We believe Safer Access will greatly contribute to maintaining a secure learning environment for our students and staff.

We look forward to the NYC Public Schools Safer Access system creating a safer environment for everyone. Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support in keeping our school community safe.

Warm regards,

Grace Lee-Sim

Principal

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Dear Parents and Guardians,
Making sure your child is up to date on their vaccinations is critical to keeping them healthy. Vaccines prevent many life-threatening diseases from entering our schools and communities. Currently, there are measles outbreaks in several countries, including the U.S. In 2024, there have been four cases of measles in New York City (NYC). There also has been a recent increase in pertussis (whooping cough) in the U.S. and here in NYC. In 2022, there was even one case of polio in New York State, a dangerous disease that had not been seen in the U.S. since 2013. All these diseases are preventable through routine childhood vaccination.
As the City’s doctor and a parent of school-age children, I am asking for your help to make sure our children have the vaccines they need to protect themselves and our communities.
Please check your child’s immunization records and take your child to their health care provider to get any missing vaccines. If you do not have their records, contact your child’s provider so they can tell you if your child is up to date on their vaccinations or which vaccines they still need. You can also visit My Vaccine Record online at myvaccinerecord.cityofnewyork.us/myrecord to see your child’s records if your child was vaccinated in NYC or their provider entered their records from elsewhere. Your child’s school can also let you know which vaccines your child still needs for school attendance.
Decreases in measles vaccination rates around the world have led to outbreaks, which have increased the chances of unvaccinated travelers from the U.S. getting sick and spreading the virus when they get home. Measles is extremely contagious but almost entirely preventable by the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine. The MMR vaccine is safe and provides 97% protection against measles after two doses. If you will be traveling this spring or summer, especially to other countries, make sure your child has had both doses of the MMR vaccine. Your child’s provider may recommend a modified vaccination schedule so your child is protected when traveling.
For information on NYC school vaccination requirements, visit schools.nyc.gov/school-life/health-and-wellness/immunizations. If you do not have a provider, visit nychealthandhospitals.org/locations or call 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692) to find an NYC Health + Hospitals location near you. You can also visit the NYC Health
Department’s Fort Greene Health Center in Brooklyn. Appointments are required: Visit nyc.gov/health and search for immunization clinics to fill out the online appointment form, or call 311 for questions about scheduling an appointment.
We encourage you to also talk to your child’s provider about other vaccines, such as COVID-19, influenza (flu) and HPV (human papillomavirus), which, although not required for school attendance, are important in protecting your child’s health. Only half of adolescents age 13 are up to date with their HPV vaccination, despite the HPV vaccine being extremely effective at preventing cancers caused by HPV.
We want you and your family to stay healthy this spring and beyond. I encourage you to visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Information for Parents and Caregivers webpage at cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/caregivers for more information about vaccination.
I wish you and your family a safe and healthy spring recess.
Sincerely,
Ashwin Vasan, MD, PhD
Commissioner
New York City Department of
Health and Mental Hygiene

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Dear Families,

 

As we prepare for the exciting solar eclipse that will take place on Monday, April 8, 2024, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone about the important safety precautions.  The eclipse is scheduled to begin shortly after 2:00 PM, coinciding with our afternoon dismissal time.

 

While the eclipse will be an exciting and memorable experience, it is crucial to remember that looking directly at the sun during an eclipse can cause permanent damage to your eyes. To ensure the safety and well-being of our students, please take the time to discuss the following safety measures from the New York State Center for School Health with your children, especially since they will be dismissed as the eclipse is starting:

 

1. Never Look Directly at the Sun: Remind your child never to look directly at the sun during a solar eclipse.

2. Use Proper Eye Protection: If you plan on observing the eclipse with your child, ensure you have expert-approved solar eclipse glasses that meet the ISO 12312-2 standard. Look for ISO standard labeling when looking for solar eclipse glasses and be sure that you are purchasing them from a trusted source.  Wear these glasses at all times during a solar eclipse, and use them cautiously.

3. Consider Alternative Viewing Methods: Pinhole projection is a safe and inexpensive way to watch the eclipse without looking directly at the sun. Avoid using smartphones or camera viewfinders, as they can pose risks to both your eyes and the device.

4. Avoid Unsafe Filters: Do not use any unsafe filters, such as sunglasses, regular camera filters, or unapproved eclipse glasses. These can increase the risk of eye damage.

 

If you or your child experience any changes in vision or eye discomfort after viewing the eclipse, please seek immediate treatment from an eye care professional.  

 

For more information on the solar eclipse and eye safety, you can refer to the following links:

·        New York State Parks – Experience the Total Solar Eclipse

·        New York State Center for School Health: Solar Eclipses Eye Safety: Protect Your Eyes from the Sun!

·        NYS Education Department Solar Eclipse: New York State Total Solar Eclipse – April 2024

 

Thank you for your attention to this matter. We hope you will enjoy this historical event safely with your families!

Sincerely,

Grace Lee-Sim

Principal

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Dear Parent or Guardian:

HIV and AIDS are among the most serious health problems Americans have ever faced. Advances in medicine now allow people with HIV to live long and healthy lives, but there is still no cure. Health education plays a critical role in helping students learn to make healthy choices and to protect themselves and others.

The New York State Education Department and New York City Public Schools require that HIV education be taught annually to all students in kindergarten through grade 12, as part of comprehensive health education. This year, your child will have the opportunity to learn from a new curriculum, called Growing Up and Staying Safe, that is medically accurate, inclusive, age-appropriate, and developed in partnership with national experts, local community leaders, parents/caregivers, and educators.

In the elementary grades, students learn how to stay healthy and avoid illnesses, develop self-worth and respect for their bodies, advocate for kindness and empathy, and communicate with trusted adults. Please review the included grade level overview(s) to learn more about the lessons. You can access them here: https://www.weteachnyc.org/resources/collection/grades-k-6-hiv-parent-notification-letters-growing-up-and-staying-safe/

We respect your role as parents/guardians in teaching your child about healthy behaviors that support your family’s beliefs and values. We encourage you to discuss with your child what they are learning in health class and share your beliefs and values with them.

Parents, guardians, and schools share a common goal: we want students of all ages to be healthy in all aspects of their lives. We encourage you to speak to your child’s teacher, parent coordinator, or me if you’d like to learn more about the curriculum. If you have any questions, please call me at 718.352.7800.

Sincerely,

Grace Lee-Sim

Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The PTA would like to inform you that there is 1 open position available on the SLT (School Leadership Team) here in PS 184. These are elected positions and open for nomination. This position is ONLY for the remainder of the school year due to a vacated position. Nominations will be taken, and a vote conducted at this month’s PTA meeting held on Monday, January 22nd, at 7:00pm.

Here is an explanation of what the SLT is and what it is responsible for.

⮚ What is a School Leadership Team? School Leadership Teams (SLTs) are school-based organizations composed of an equal number of parents and staff. They meet at least once a month and determine the structure for school-based planning and shared decision-making.

⮚ SLT members: SLTs must include as mandatory members: the school principal, the PA/PTA president (or designee), the UFT chapter leader, and an equal number of parents and staff with a total of at least 10 members.

⮚ SLTs’ roles in schools: The core responsibility of each SLT is to develop the school’s Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP) that is aligned with the school-based budget. Functioning in a collaborative manner, SLTs also help to evaluate the effectiveness of the school’s educational programs and their impact on student achievement.

*SLT meetings are one Thursday a month starting at 2:30pm and usually do not go past 4pm. You MUST be able to attend in person, and cannot miss more than 3 meetings.*

If you are interested in being part of the SLT, please nominate yourself by filling out the tear-off below and return it to the PTA by sending it into school with your child by Friday, January 19th.

All KINDERGARTEN, 1st and 2nd Grade Families can now easily activate your child’s

NYC Kids Rise Save for College account!

 

Dear P.S. 184 Families,

Each NYC Kindergartener and newly enrolled 1st grade student is gifted with a $100 scholarship and savings account to help encourage children to think of the possibilities of college education. This is a FREE initiative that began in Spring 2022 from NYC Department of Education and the Gray Foundation. During this SPECIAL ACTIVATION month of January 2024, we are excited for the possibilities of future education and encourage our P.S. 184Q families to activate their child’s account and earn another $25 reward just for activating!!

All you will need is

  • your parent email.
  • child’s date of birth
  • student ID OSIS#
  • home zip code

The process takes less than 5 minutes. You may also link to an existing 529 account to have all this information in 1 convenient location.

Visit www.nyckidsrise.org, click the ACTIVATE ACCOUNT button at the top, to get started.  For your convenience you can change the language in the pink box on the top right.

When you activate let me know via email & please RETURN the special RED money Learning Leaf for the education tree” with your child’s name & drawing to decorate the money tree in our school.

Please contact me with any questions you may have or if you need help activating the account.

 

Sincerely,

 

Sandra Blanchet

Parent Coordinator.

Dear Students and Parents:

Fifth-grade students will have the chance to audition for the esteemed P.S. 184 Debate Team. Notably, last year, our fifth-grade debaters clinched the coveted Traveling Trophy, the highest honor in debate, along with individual top 20 honors. Those eager to join the team must fill out the provided form and submit it to Ms. Cregan by January 4, 2024. There will be a mandatory tryout for the team, as only 10 students will be selected – 8 for active debating roles and 2 to assist the team in its preparations. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your skills and contribute to our winning legacy!


Kindly note that should a student successfully secure a spot on the team, it will be mandatory for them to remain one day after school each week. Please be aware that there won’t be any bus service provided during these times. Additionally, there is an upcoming tournament scheduled for the end of February or beginning of March, although the exact date has yet to be finalized.

It’s important to emphasize that debate is not only an after-school activity, but also involves students completing assignments and practicing at home. Lastly, participating in debate demands a high level of dedication, as it is a competitive endeavor that requires commitment.

If your child is interested, please complete the tear off below and return it to Ms. Cregan no later than Jan. 4th.

Sincerely,

Grace Lee-Sim

Principal, IA

 

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Return Tear Off to Ms. Cregan No Later Than January 4th.

 

Student’s Name: ________________________________________            Class: _____________

 

My child is interested in trying out for the PS 184 Debate Team and both my child and I understand that if my child makes the team, there will be mandatory meetings and tournaments that my child will have to attend. We also understand that there is work and practice that will have to be completed at home.

 

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