P255Q @ PEC celebrated Autism Awareness Month by making posters and spreading awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders to our friends in General Education!
Family Fun Night is an annual celebration of our P255q community. Our PTA works tirelessly to create a night where our school’s families and staff can come together for an evening filled with joy and camaraderie, reminiscence and creating new memories. Among the activities attendees were able to enjoy were dancing, a magic show, face painting, food, ice cream, and a raffle at the end of the evening!
Hello, we all appreciate the arrival of November and it is here. As the leaves fall, it signals a time of year when we celebrate the greater school community and give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives. The connection of school, home, and community is an essential part of P255Q’s vision and mission. With our weekly community experience walks, our elementary students are currently integrating our geography unit of study by learning the names of streets as well as learning how to navigate them safely. They may also be collecting leaves for an art project. Our middle school students engage in pre-vocational experiences as they are open the School Store in which they learn shopping, stocking, and management skills. They may also use some of local stores as models to practice functional academic skills. Our high school students are beginning real work experiences with St. John’s University, CVS drugstores and Visiting Nursing Services. We are proud of all of the work our students accomplish while engaged in these community activities.
November is also a time for parent teacher conferences. This is a great opportunity for us to update each other on student progress. Attending conferences provides a chance for teachers to share information specific to your child and for parents to ask important questions.
We just had a school movie night, which was attended by over 70 family members and students. It was a huge success enjoyed by everyone. Keep checking the school calendar and the school website p225q.org for upcoming events, we hope to see you and your family at one of them soon.
On Tuesday, November 6, paraprofessional staff from each site gathered at PS 154 for a half-day of training. The day began with a Back to Basics PowerPoint by Coach Vernice Borleo and 397 Coordinator Katie McLaughlin. Speech Teachers, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists from each site created presentations to refresh the staff on best practices from their respective disciplines as well. Throughout the AM sessions, the paraprofessionals were engaged, entertained, and rewarded for their participation!
Halloween Movie Night was a great success. We had over 70 family members attend. It was a great opportunity for our families to not have any concern of ridicule or complaints by those around them. We had a few kids dancing in the aisle, walking up and down the aisle and a few who made use of the gym for some respite. The kids clapped at the end of the movie and I was truly proud of how many of them were able to handle the evening in their own way. I’m truly encouraged to do it again in the spring!
Summer school at P255Q is both educational and a lot of fun! This year, each unit created their own special events to commemorate the completion of another action-packed summer. Thank you to all the staff that worked so hard to provide our students with these experiences. You may have heard this before but it never gets old – You are the BEST STAFF IN NEW YORK CITY!