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PTA Meeting this THURSDAY!

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This week on Thursday, March 22nd we are having the next PTA meeting in the evening(6-8pm) at the 397 site located at: 32-52 37th St. Astoria, New York 11103. Please come and join us as we welcome guest speaker

Attorney Irina Yadgarova, Esq. in cooperation with Vlad Shafir, Financial Services Professional from New York Life Insurance. We have a very informative workshop planned to discuss how to prepare for the future of a child with special needs. Topics will include Guardianship and Special Needs Trusts. We’ll have pizza and Respite (childcare) available. 

If you have any questions, please contact Nora Eckert, the Parent Coordinator at(718-316-6005 or Neckert2@schools.nyc.gov) and click the following for more details: 

Special Needs… caring for loved ones under special circumstances

We hope to see you there!

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P255Q and PS/IS 128 Partnership

Both the students and staff from PS/IS 128 and P255Q are so excited to be spending time together! A few months ago, we conducted some sensitivity training with the 8th grade students from PS/IS 128. After visiting the classrooms and interacting with the students, the 8th graders formed a committee and came up with some wonderful ideas on how to increase positive interactions between both schools under one roof. We worked together to create some wonderful opportunities to collaborate and are so excited to continue doing so!

One of our events was a Valentine’s Day Lollipop Sale. Students from P255Q brought the school store into the cafeteria and sold lollipops to the 8th graders from PS/IS 128. The sale was just as much of a success as the smiles on the students faces!

That same week, we had a special event for Valentines Day organized by the APE teacher, Ms. Kristy and ADL teacher Ms. Vanessa. All of the staff chipped in to make it an exciting and fun day for our students. We all enjoyed having our new buddies from PS/IS 128 come and celebrate with us that day! The buddies had just as much of a good time as our students did, here are the letters to prove it.

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Every time it is one of our students birthdays, the students from PS/IS 128 will serenade them in the hallway to a happy birthday tune. It is a beautiful tribute to our students and demonstrates the impact we are having on one another here. Looking forward to many more events together in the future!

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Dr. Seuss Fun and Respect For All Events at 154

It has been a busy few weeks at the PS154 unit!

On Friday, March 2, we celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss and our love of reading by wearing red and/or white. Students and staff participated in a celebration that involved silly Seuss- inspired games, story time, and making funny hats.

P. 255Q@P.S. 154 participated in the DOE Respect For All initiative the week of February 12, 2018. Students and staff celebrated individual accomplishments and targeted many activities based on the concepts of respect, kindness and acceptance for all.

 

 

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P255Q at the D75 Social Studies Fair

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PS7 classroom students and staff led by Ms. Jessica Tornatore and Ms. Calianne Botsaris (another fantastic speech teacher) worked together in collaborating and working hard to make their presentation at the District 75 Social Studies Fair a success.
They had a lot of fun working on the Mayflower and really enjoyed the Social Studies fair as they made their way through each borough with a passport learning about different social studies topics.
The topic they explored was “A Journey Long Ago: Settling in a New Land.”
Students constructed the Mayflower ship and took a voyage back in time as they sequenced the pilgrims voyage to America. They identified the Dutch people and where they settled and compared and contrasted both the Dutch and Pilgrims. Students compared then and now with housing, clothing and games and connected their lives to now. Students were able to organize information learned using thinking maps (circle maps, flow maps, double bubble maps and tree maps). Each map had guiding questions such as:
  • Who are the people that settled in Massachusetts?
  • Who are the people that settled in New York?
  • How are the Pilgrims and Dutch alike? How are they different?
  • What is the Mayflower?
  • What is the Mayflower compact?
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P255 @ 128 New Unit Coordinator

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P255 @ 128 now has a new coordinator and she certainly is fitting in like she has always been here at this unit.  Meghan Kozak has been spicing up things here at 128.  She has put the “fun” in fundraising by having biweekly raffles that give our staff the chance to win gift cards.  Everyone is more than excited to win a gift card to Target or Starbucks.  It also gives us something to look forward to and helps us raise money for our students.

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Meghan has also broke barriers here by helping open up the conversation with our general education school.  She has met with 8th graders and spread some awareness to them about our population.  So now when our students see each other, they give one another an appropriate greeting.  In the past our students were less accepted by the general education population. It’s so wonderful to see our students being social and saying hello to students in the hallway.  The school is now preparing to have a social skills group, where the eighth graders will come and buddy up with some of our students.  This is a wonderful opportunity for both our students and the eighth graders. Not only is this program giving our stedents the opportunity for more socialization, it also gives the general education students more knowledge of our population.  It’s a win win!!

We are loving our new coordinator and are looking forward to what will come next.

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Grand Opening at 397

20180124_100813We had a very exciting morning on January 24th at 397 when Mr Marowitz, all four Assistant Principals, City Councilman Costa Constantinides, Lt. Suzanne Catoggio, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens North’s School Safety Division, Josephine Morales, former unit coordinator at  our P151 site, and some of our amazing parents of current and past students came to celebrate the official opening ceremony of our new building with us.

We started the celebration with a few words from Mr Marowitz, former PTA presidents, Victor Ty and Nora Echart, and Mr Constanitinides who gave us the fantastic news that we are getting a grant for a technology upgrade! Then, teachers Ms Jennifer and Ms Rebecca brought tears to our eyes with their fantastic presentation remembering the chaos of packing up while teaching summer school, the complicated logistics of moving an entire school, setting up 17 classrooms and finally some words about our new luxurious-to-us surroundings.

Miss Victoria’s class outdid themselves with their words about what they love about our new building. Afterwards, we headed outside for a ribbon-cutting ceremony with a real-life drumroll, followed by the awarding of Honorary P255Q Member certificates to our wonderful advocates. The morning ended with a quick tour of some of our fantastic new learning spaces and classes for the attending parents. It really was a wonderful morning and we hope to have many more such events in our wonderful new building. Thank you so much to all that made it happen and of course to our wonderful coordinator Katie McLaughlin who makes it all work. You can check out some videos and photos of the event at our photo site here.

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Our Family Support Group makes Ornaments for their families!

FullSizeRenderCome join our family support groups that meet twice a month in the mornings (9:30-11:00) with coffee and donuts and at nights (6:00-8:00) with pizza and soda(siblings are welcome at night too)!

This month the meetings are on Tuesday, January 23 at our main site in the morning and at night:

P255 @ J.H. 168 (Parsons Ed. Complex)
158-40 76th Rd. Flushing, NY 11366
718 380-1247

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