A message from you PS 34 Parent Coordinator
I'm so happy to welcome you back to 2022-2023 school year at PS 34! I'm looking forward to a productive partnership with you. I believe that by working together the children can achieve their highest potential.
My goal is to keep you informed and provide a supportive connection between families and the school. I am here also as a resource in the school to support you with your child's learning. I am available to share concerns, comments, and ideas, and provide any support to help you help your children grow and succeed at PS34.
If you would like to arrange a meeting either virtually or in-person please call me or leave me a message at 718-389-5842 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that we would like everyone to be able to access information in their language on this website. Text translation in various languages can be accessed by clicking on the “SELECT LANGUAGE” icon on the left-hand top of the page.
Be well and stay safe.
Ms. Deise Kowalski, PS 34 Parent Coordinator
General PTA meetings are held virtually each Month. Zoom links will be posted the week before the meeting.
PTA Meeting Dates:
*Changed due to Election Day
President: Julia Kotowski
Co-Recording Secretaries: Molly Gilotti & Lilith Dollard
Co-Treasurers: Brian Binsack & Jolie Ruhe
Email PTA at email@example.com
SLT Representative: Michael Gleson
Title I Chair: Kasia Kaim-Goncalves
Title I Co-Chair: Mary Patterson-Baim
PS 34 PTA Bylaws
Bylaws are designed to help a PTA group function in an orderly manner. The PS 34 PTA Bylaws are available to PS 34 Parents in the link below.
SLT Meetings for School Year 2022-2023
Register in advance for the zoom meetings:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Updates & Newsletters from Your Parent Coordinator
- Parents Make a Difference Monthly Newsletter
- Parents Make a Difference December 2022 color
- Parents Make a Difference November 2022 color
- Parents Make a Difference October 2022 color
- Parents Make a Difference Newsletter September 2022
Is your child being picked up by an afterschool program outside of PS34?
For your child’s safety, it is important that the school is notified of people and programs that can pick up your children at the end of the day.
Parents/guardians who are having their children picked up after school by outside programs will need to notify the school by printing and completing the attached release form. Please return the form to your child’s teacher, to the main office or Ms. Deise Kowalski, Parent Coordinator.
For questions contact Ms. Deise Kowalski at Dkowalski@schools.nyc.gov.
Middle School Information for 5th Grade
Middle School Application & Information
In New York City, most students apply to middle school during their fifth-grade year.
For Students Entering Middle School in Fall 2024 (Check back in October-November for more information)
- Start exploring program options in the (Middle School Directory. It will be posted when available for the new school year)
- Sign up for the middle school admissions email list. You will receive more information on how and when to apply as soon as it's available, as well as key date reminders and admissions event invitations.
-Learn more at schools.nyc.gov/Middle
MySchools tutorial videos—part of our Middle School Admissions Video Series—will walk you through how to set up your account.
Remote Learning & Electronic Communications
Access Google Classroom
How to Access Google Classroom
Please follow the instructions below to access Google Classroom using your NYCStudent net login.
Where to start
- Go to TeachHub
- Enter your DOE student account email (it ends in @nycstudents.net)
- If you don't know your DOE student account email, visit DOE Student Accounts
- Enter your password.
- Click Sign In.
- If the username and password entered are correct, you will be signed into the remote learning portal successfully.
- Click on the Google Classroom icon.
- Now you are in Google Classroom!
DOE Technology Links for Students and Parents
Support for your DOE Devices
Do you need technical support or to fix a broken device, or are dealing with a lost or stolen device? Call DOE’s IT Help desk at 718-935-5100 and press 5 to get assistance.
You can also get quick help online:
· Browse tech support topics: schools.nyc.gov/technicaltools
· File a tech support ticket: schools.nyc.gov/techsupport
· Request a device: https://forms.gle/1PZ46VBKz3DDCpRP9
· Get support with a DOE-issued iPad: schools.nyc.gov/ipadfixes
· Issues with your Internet connection: schools.nyc.gov/internet
NYC Schools Account
NYC Schools Account (NYCSA) is a web-based application that lets you see your child’s academic and biographic information on any computer, phone, or tablet.
The application is translated into nine languages other than English. In the account, you can see a child’s:
- Attendance • Grades (SCHOOL REPORT CARD) • Assessments (test scores) • Health information (Fitness-gram) • Schedule • Guardians • Enrollment history • Promotion Tracker • Graduation Tracker • Reading Level • Transportation
How to Create an Account:
You can create your NYC Schools Account online at mystudent.nyc . You will need the Account Creation Code that was sent home with your child in a letter with your report card during Parent-Teacher conferences. In addition to this code, you will need the child’s 9-digit student ID number (found on your child’s report card) to create an NYC Schools Account or to add additional children to an existing account.
You can request your child’s account creation code and student ID by contacting me, Ms. Deise Kowalski, Parent Coordinator at DKowalski@schools. nyc. gov
If you are a parent who lives with your child, or a custodial or non-custodial guardian, you can update your own cell phone number and email address in your NYC Schools Account, using the Emergency Contact page found under My Account. The cell phone number you provide will be used by the DOE to contact you directly in the event of an emergency. We recommend reaching out to your child’s school to confirm that their records reflect your updated contact information and preferences.
You can now invite other adults who are associated with your child's school record to have their own account.
You can invite relatives, the babysitter, a neighbor, or tutor, or a parent who lives in a different place, or anyone
else who you feel is important to share your child’s information with. However, as some of this information is
kept private by schools, we ask you to consider carefully whom you will invite. You control how much or how
little information you want to share with them. For more information: NYCSAParentFlyer_2017.pdf
Connect with NYC DOE
Connect with the New York City Department of Education and get up to the minute announcements on social media.
Subscribe to NYC DOE Email Newsletters and to receive information:
Updates for Parents and Families
Gifted and Talented Admissions
Middle School Admissions
High School Admissions
Specialized High Schools Admissions
Summer in the City
Learning & Activities
Virtual Museums and Tours
Visit these amazing museums for some virtual tours.
Free Virtual Intrepid Adventure Programs for Families
Tuesdays and Thursdays I 3:00 PM-4:00 PM
Join an Intrepid Museum educator each week as we explore history, science, and ingenuity online together.
Virtual Intrepid Adventure Programs are family-friendly and engage all ages. We request that adults participate in the program with their children. Programs run between 45 minutes and one hour.
Advance registration for this drop-in online program is required to receive Zoom information and print-at-home materials when applicable.
Visit and register here: https://www.intrepidmuseum.org/education/intrepid-adventures
This award-winning series of six short videos invite viewers around the world to virtually visit The Met's art and architecture in a fresh, immersive way. Created using spherical 360° technology, it allows viewers to explore some of the Museum's iconic spaces as never before.
The Museum of Chinese in America
Online Exhibit: With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America
The Museo Afro Brasil
Online Exhibit: Maracatu and the Alagoas Warrior: Afro-Brazilian festivities. Kings, queens, "caboclos", cowboys and "bois-bumbá." Get to know more about each tradition and the context behind its clothes.
Live Stream and Virtual Events
92Y at Home for Families
Live-streamed music performances, art activities, and other programming
Parks@home: You can enjoy NYC parks from home! Join us for live park tours, meditation, fitness, art classes, fun activities for kids, and more!
Just for fun: Harry Potter Virtual Escape Room Test your wizarding skills with the Harry Potter Virtual Escape Room. Created by Sydney Krawiec, a youth services librarian at Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA, this challenge can be completed as an individual or as a family.
Your kids won’t believe how cool math can be with Bedtime Math!
Enjoy a new story together every day in the free app.
Dip your toes into some surprising math with the Bedtime Math app! It delivers a new story for you to enjoy with your family daily. Get the app free
Math Parent Engagement Program
A Fun, free app for IPads, iPhones, or Android devices.
Quick, wacky family math.
Dinnertime. Bathtime. Any time.
A wacky new problem each day!
Three levels of math(ages 3-9)–Answers provided–No log-ins, no scores
-iPhone/iPad or Android
3-Select Community Edition
4-Enter special code: NYC
5-Parents will select their District and School (District 14, PS 34 Oliver H. Perry)
6- You’re in!
Wide Open Schools Family Resource
The Wide Open School website provides learning activities for students to complete independently at home, or with their families.
• Access an overview of the units their children are studying throughout the year, in grades K-8; high school units will be added soon.
• Engage with their child on what is taught at school;
• Find support for learning at home, like tips for keeping children focused, as well as information about using online learning tools;
• Assist with conversations at parent-teacher conferences;
• Locate afterschool activities.
To learn more about tools and resources available on Wide Open School, visit nycschools.wideopenschool.org.
Health & Wellness
Whats for Lunch?
Emergency Food Assistance
Hunger Free America - Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen Listing
Use the link below to access a listing of food pantries and soup kitchens nearest you by address
You can also visit the NYC Food Bank.
Mental Health Support
If you need mental health support for you or your child, don't hesitate to reach out for help. There are many resources available.
Here are a few:
- NYC Well provides free, confidential mental health help from licensed counselors to New Yorkers in crisis. Talk to someone on the phone, via chat or via text. Call 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355), Text "WELL" to 65173, Chat at NYC.gov/nycwell
- The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) has a free, confidential NYC helpline in English and in Spanish and a nice list of youth resources.
- INCLUDEnyc has a list of counseling and mental health services available across the city.
- The Child Mind Institute offers lots of guides and information for families and educators. They also post info and video tips from expert clinicians on their Facebook page.
- ThriveNYC offers a roadmap to mental health issues, protections, and support in New York City. ThriveNYC’s new guide.
Social-Emotional Wellness for Children
- Last year, DOE announced our partnership with National University System’s Sanford Harmony program to provide all elementary schools with access to a social-emotional curriculum. During remote learning, Sanford Harmony is offering families access to Harmony at Home, an online toolkit that provides a variety of lessons, activities, and resources to help caregivers navigate the social and emotional needs of children during this difficult time.
- If you’re worried about how your child is dealing with the stress of COVID-19, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on managing stress and anxiety. https://bit.ly/3djymsy
Telehealth Tips Website
The NYC Administration for Children’s Services, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, and the Public Policy Lab have collaborated to create a Telehealth Tips website to support families, providers, and advocates in using telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. All information on the website is available in New York City’s 11 official languages.
Families can use the Telehealth Tips for Families page to find answers to common questions about setting up their technology and preparing for a virtual session. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Go to https://www.familypathways.nyc/telehealth-tips.
Parents' Bill of Rights
Each child's maximum potential can best be achieved through a partnership between parents and the education community. To foster active engagement between parents and schools, parents have certain rights and responsibilities:
Notify NYC is the City's emergency alert system. Get notified about school closings and other emergency-related items in several different categories.