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Saturday, October 30th
1:00 - 6:00pm
@PS 24 (entrance on 235th Street)
We are excited to announce that school picture days will be held on Thursday, October 21st and Friday, October 22nd (weather permitting.) All students will have an individual photo taken by a professional photographer from Say Cheese Kidz in the garden area of the school. Parents will have the opportunity to purchase these photos in a variety of packages, including a composite photo of all of the children in the class.
Connect your class community and get involved in the PTA! Class Representatives can serve as a liaison between the classroom teacher, the PTA leadership, and the parent/guardians of the PS24 community. This is a great way to meet other families at our school and should only requires less than 5 hours of your time per month. Not ready to commit? Email the VP of Membership, Morgan Grant-Evers, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up to be a class rep here
We’re excited to have you join us in this virtual community. This space is for the parents, caregivers and staff of PS24 to connect, share ideas and resources, ask questions and plan together for the good of PS24 and all of our kids. The space is fully managed by the Executive Board (EB) of the PS 24 Parent Teacher Association (PTA). Please join our Slack workspace (http://ps24pta.slack.com/).
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Dear P.S. 24 Families & Friends,
Please see the following important announcements as we close out another wonderful week together:
To identify and support the social-emotional growth of all children in our school, we are excited to be administering a strengths-based SEL screener, known as the Devereaux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). The DESSA asks questions about areas of social-emotional functioning including decision making, relationship building, confidence, and others.
If you do not want a staff member to complete the DESSA screener for your student, you must write a email to me stating that. This letter needs to be received by the school by Monday, October 18th.
Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP) Goals
This past Wednesday, the School Leadership Team met for our monthly meeting. The SLTs primary focus is our CEP, which is a living document and includes the goals and strategies of a specific school for that year. School Leadership Teams work to develop these goals and strategies that lead to improved student outcomes.
Based on the work that was done this past Wednesday, I am proud to announce our goals for the year (pending central approval).
Goal #1 – “By June, 2022 ELA for all students will increase 2%, from 75% (2018-19 scores) to 77%, as measured by the NYS Exam Results.”
Goal #2 – “By June, 2022 Math for all students will increase 2%, from 75% (2018-19 scores) to 77%, as measured by the NYS Exam Results.”
Goal #3 – “By June, 2022 to strengthen the quality and implementation of IEPs for all Students with Disabilities (SWD), we will improve SESIS weekly Special Education Mandate Report by 5%, from 88.4% to 93.4%, as measured by the percentage of students fully served with regards to related services”
Goal #4 – “By June, 2022, practices related to incorporating students’ cultural and linguistic backgrounds in their practices will improve 10%, from 74% to 84%, as measured by positive NYC School Survey responses, resulted in improved Equity and Student voice.”
Goal #5 – “By June, 2022, practices related to viewing classroom misbehavior as social / emotional learning opportunities will improve 5%, from 81% to 86%, as measured by positive NYC School Survey responses, resulting in improved Safety & Restorative Approaches to Behavior.”
Over the course of the next 8 months, the SLT will meet monthly to monitor, assess, and revise the action plans in place to ensure that we meet each of these goals.
Dear P.S. 24 Family & Friends
We understand just how challenging the past 18 months of the pandemic have been for you as parents, families, and caregivers. We are in awe of the work you have done, and continue to do each and every day, to support your child(ren) and we thank you for your continued partnership with us. Our work together is more important than ever as we strive to ensure your child thrives this school year and beyond. To further support you, our teachers, counselors, and social workers as champions of your child(ren)’s academic and social and emotional needs, are excited to let you know about a wonderful opportunity in our school this year!
Research has consistently shown that developing the social and emotional skills of students helps them to succeed academically, gain confidence, and be happier. Social-emotional learning, or SEL, includes developing relationship skills, self-awareness, responsible decision-making, and optimistic thinking.
To identify and support the social-emotional growth of all children in our school, we are excited to be administering a strengths-based SEL screener, known as the Devereaux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA). The DESSA asks questions about areas of social-emotional functioning including decision making, relationship building, confidence, and others. This tool will be completed by someone who knows your child really well—in most cases a teacher.
The responses we gather will help us provide targeted, highly responsive support to each individual student. Perhaps most importantly, the tool enables us to build on each student’s strengths while identifying the social-emotional skills they need to further develop. Once our students’ growth areas are identified, we can create highly responsive plans to target and enhance those skills in the most appropriate manner and settings.
The results of this screener will not be included on report cards, will not have any impact on grades, and will not be used to make any diagnostic or evaluation decisions. The results will be stored securely in an online portal that meets the DOE’s strictest privacy and security settings and will only be viewable by your child(ren)’s teachers and select school staff such as the principal or counselor.
The information gathered from the DESSA screening tool will allow us to provide the very best support to your child and will be beneficial to their overall success, both inside and outside of school. Families will have an opportunity to hear about their student’s SEL skills during family conferences.
We are excited to implement the DESSA beginning October 25th. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Florence Byrne at 718-796-8845 ext. 2225.
If you do not want a staff member to complete the DESSA screener for your student, you must write a letter to me stating that. This letter needs to be received by the school by Monday, October 18th
If you have any questions regarding social-emotional learning or the DESSA, please call/email Florence Byrne at 718-796-8845 ext 2225 / email@example.com
P.S 24 Family & Friends,
Please review the following school updates as we close out the month of September:
PTA Election for a new President/Co-Presidents
Please join us at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 30th. As the PTA first mentioned in their eblast on September 14th, 2021, an election will be held for a new PTA President/Co-Presidents. See this link for a description of duties. The only qualification is that the candidate be a parent of a child at PS24. Nominations and self-nominations will be taken directly from the floor at the Election meeting tomorrow night.
Parents AND Staff - You MUST pre-register for the meeting in order to vote using THIS FORM. This will ensure voter anonymity and will help us to verify that all voters are a parent or staff member in the school. Parents - if more than one family member is voting, each needs to fill out the form for a unique code. No one will be allowed to vote without a code.
Please note this NEW zoom link for the Election: https://us02web.
As soon as you enter the meeting tomorrow night, please rename yourself (you will have this capability with the Zoom link we are using) with the unique code emailed to you before the meeting. Look for an email with the subject "Your code for the PTA Election." Everyone will receive a code in the order that they sign up, so if you haven't received yours yet, please be patient - you will receive it before the meeting.
Keeping Children Safe During Arrivals / Dismissal
The health and safety of our children is always our first priority. This includes before, during and after school hours. In an effort to ensure the safety of our children please consider the following during arrivals and dismissals:
Your cooperation in this matter is needed and greatly appreciated. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our children healthy and safe.
Fire Safety Education Program
Our children have been fortunate enough to be visited by our local FDNY. The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Fire Safety Education Program aims to continually educate youth and families with critical lifesaving strategies that focus on fire prevention. Here are a few pictures of this great learning opportunity for our children:
Health Screening Questionnaire (Online Form)
Covid Testing Consent Form (Online Form)
Emergency Contact Card
PS 24 Parent Teacher Association Back to School Guide
PS 24 Parent Handbook 2021-2022
P.S. 24 Families & Friends,
We are looking forward to Thursday's virtual Back to School Night. This is a great opportunity for all families to visit with their child's teacher and learn more about what to expect this year. Each teacher has prepared a special presentation for their families that will take place at 5:30pm - 6:30pm. Each teacher has also been given the option to record their presentation for families that are not able to attend.
Please see the links to each class presentation:
Roth - meet.google.com/fov-cofb-ihc
Dugan / Valentzas - meet.google.com/ziv-fwst-ydp
Piazza - meet.google.com/igq-jzfm-fpd
Fortunato - https://meet.google.com/mfx-
Santangelo - https://meet.google.com/iru-
Kelly / Buonocore - https://meet.google.com/
Greco / Au Coleman -https://us02web.zoom.us/j/
Tebrake - https://meet.google.com/
Quenneville - https://meet.google.com/swr-
Robertson / Yannaco - meet.google.com/qcy-mcsw-axh
Lorenzo & Dinapoli - https://meet.google.com/equ-
Murphy & Davino - https://meet.google.com/dhs-
Cohen / Maher - https://meet.google.com/ugp-
Reidy - meet.google.com/xto-fxso-nep
Walmsley / O’Neill meet.google.com/rdj-bgte-ued
Kanze/ Andolina/ Nystrom / Adelson - https://meet.google.com/neg-
Wallace / Murphy - meet.google.com/yun-cqpj-gsy
Reale / Cassidy / Harewood - meet.google.com/ior-wmii-cjt
Ms. Porter - https://meet.google.com/
Following the class presentations, you are invited to attend our monthly Coffee with the Principal and PTA meeting. The meeting will begin at 6:30 and can be accessed using the following link: https://nycdoe.zoom.us/
Hope to see everyone on Thursday!
P.S. 24 Families and Friends,
Please note the following important updates regarding Testing and Quarantine Policies that were just released by the DOE:
Increased Testing in All Schools
Beginning immediately, we will increase testing in all schools from biweekly to weekly. Testing will continue to take place for 10% of all students in grades 1 – 5. Students in Kindergarten are still exempt.
Consent for Testing
Please submit consent for testing, if interested, through your NYC Schools Account (NYCSA), or by submitting a signed paper consent form as soon as possible. Our surveillance program helps us keep our students, staff and families safe and our schools open, and we need everyone to be part of it!
As a reminder, those students who submitted consent last school year are eligible for testing through September 30 when their 2020-2021 consent expires.
Updated Quarantine Policy for Elementary School Students
The DOE has reviewed quarantine data from the first week of school carefully with the City’s lead doctors, and have determined that they can update our policy to align with CDC guidance to ensure that students are learning in-person as much as possible - while keeping our school communities safe.
Starting Monday, September 27, schools will no longer close entire classrooms when there is one positive case in a classroom. DOE schools will now follow the CDC guidance which recommends that unvaccinated students who are masked and at least three feet distanced will not have to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact.
When I receive additional information, I will make sure to pass it along to our community.
Meeting #3 - November
Thursday 11/19/2020, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Meeting #4 - December
Thursday 12/17, 6:30 - 7:00 - Coffee with the principal
Thursday 12/17, 7:00 - 8:30 - General Meeting
Meeting #5 - January
Wednesday 1/20, 6:30 - 7:00 - Coffee with the principal
Wednesday 1/20, 7:00 - 8:30 - General Meeting
Meeting #6 - February
Wednesday 2/24, 6:30 - 7:00 - Coffee with the principal
Wednesday 2/24, 7:00 - 8:30 - General Meeting
Meeting #7 - March
Wednesday 3/17, 6:30 - 7:00 - Coffee with the principal
Wednesday 3/17, 7:00 - 8:30 - General Meeting
Meeting #8 - April
Wednesday 4/21, 6:30 - 7:00 - Coffee with the principal
Wednesday 4/21, 7:00 - 8:30 - General Meeting
Meeting #9 - May
Thursday 5/20, 6:30 - 7:00 - Coffee with the principal
Thursday 5/20, 7:00 - 8:30 - General Meeting
Meeting #10 - June
Wednesday 5/16, 6:30 - 7:00 - Coffee with the principal
Wednesday 5/16, 7:00 - 8:30 - General Meeting