A message from you PS 34 Parent Coordinator
W E L C O M E B A C K T O S C H O OL P S 3 4!
I would like to welcome back all our families to another great year at PS 34! We are eagerly planning, organizing, and awaiting your return for learning and growing with us. It has been a difficult few months for all of us however I believe we are a strong and resilient community and together we will continue to push through any adversity to make sure our children are safe and learning.
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.
This year due to COVID safety regulation however, in-person school building meetings will need to be scheduled in advance. Please note that this year I will be available to meet through Google Meet and Zoom. 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 email@example.com.
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
Check out Monthly issues of Home&School Connection Parent Newsletters with practical ideas that promote academic success, effective parenting, healthy habits, positive character traits, and more. The first issue of the new year school year is here!
Back to School Tips:
- Organizing your child's learning space
- Avoid the School Work Blues- How to keep kids motivated
- How to keep school you and home you separated
Tips for Successful online learning:
- Even the most technologically savvy parent can run into issues without planning and maintenance. Here’s how to stay a step ahead of tech problems. Make sure the internet is connected in the morning before school starts.
- Make a habit of plugging in electronics at night so they are ready the next day. Teach children how to care for and protect electronics (no food or drinks allowed nearby)
Stay Focused. It can be tempting for children to fall down internet rabbit holes. Help children maintain focus
- Use parental controls.
- Internet sites can even be put on a schedule so children can access their favorites after school for a certain amount of time.
- Make regular rounds to observe what your child is doing.
- Do at least one check-in every hour, more for younger students.
Transition From Electronics. Children have difficulty moving from using electronics to none. Help children give up their
electronics for the day.
- Give 10-5-1 minute warnings for when electronics will be done.
- Have children do some movement activities as soon as they are done with electronics.
- Have children place school electronics in a special, safe charging place.
Afterschool Release Form
Is your child being picked up at the end of the school day by an After-school program?
For your child’s safety it is important that the school is notified of people and programs who can pick up your children at the end of the day.
Parents/guardians who are having their children picked up afterschool by outside programs will need to notify the school by printing and completing the attached After School Release form 2020. Please return the form to your child’s teacher on their blended school group day or to Ms. Deise Kowalski, Parent Coordinator.
For questions contact Ms. Deise Kowalski at Dkowalski@schools.nyc.gov.
Remote Learning & Electronic Communications
Learning Bridges Child Care
As the New York City Department of Education resumes in-person schooling this fall, most schools and early childhood programs will operate on a blended learning model. This means that each week, students will have some school days in person, and some school days remotely. Learning Bridges is a new program that will provide free child care options for children from 3-K through 8th grade on days when they are scheduled for remote learning. If you are interested in the Learning Bridges program, please complete this survey or call 311.
Programs will become available on a rolling basis beginning at the start of school. The Learning Bridges programs will:
- Be operated by community-based organizations and other partners
· Provide opportunities for children to connect to their remote learning activities
· Include time for art, recreation, and other age-appropriate activities
· Follow the same rigorous health and safety precautions as schools
If you would like to enroll, please complete the Enrollment Form.
You will be able to select from a menu of multiple languages available.
DOE Student Email Account Set up Instructions for Remote learning
Students will need to use the DOE Student Email Account they created last year to access their Google Classrooms in September for Remote Learning. Please follow the DOE Student Email Account Set Up Instructions below to get started or retrieve your account ID and password:
- Go to Student Account Self Service https://idm.nycenet.edu/students/start.form
- Enter your 9-digit Student ID number. (You can find your Student ID number on a report card, contact your teacher on Dojo or Ms. Deise Kowalski Parent Coordinator at Dkowalski@schools.nyc.gov
- Enter your birthday.
- Click Continue.
- If the information you enter matches your student record, your username will be displayed.
- Your student ID is your username followed by @nycstudents.net.
Access Google Classroom
In September PS 34 will be using Google Classrooms once again this year for Remote Learning. Please follow the instructions below to access your child's 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!
Remote Learning Links
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
Sign up Here.
Virtual Museums and Tours
Visit these amazing museums for some virtual tours.
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!
Learning & Activities
Health & Wellness
Whats for Lunch?
Make sure to check out the MENU.
Free Meals are available for all New Yorkers.
The New York City Department of Education is committed to making free meals available daily for any New Yorker. Any New Yorker who wants one can get free meals at more than 400 Meal Hubs across the city.
- Meals can be picked up at all Meal Hubs 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday
- Meals Hubs will operate for children and families from 7:30 am to 11:30 am, and for adults from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
- No one will be turned away at any time
- All adults and children can pick up multiple meals at one time
- Vegetarian and halal options available at all sites
- No dining space is available, so meals must be eaten off-premises
- Parents and guardians may pick up meals for their children
- No registration or ID required
Mental Health Support New Yorker's
All New Yorkers have access to high-quality mental health services available by phone or online while you stay at home.
Valuable resources are available to help you find the support you may need in the ThriveNYC's guide link ThriveNYC’s new guide. You can find support provided by City Agencies and partners. There is support for Aging New Yorkers, Veterans, Students, and Young People, Parents, and Caregivers, City Government Employees, People With Disabilities, and more.
If your symptoms of stress become overwhelming, reach out for support and help. You can contact NYC Well, a confidential 24/7 helpline, staffed by trained counselors. They can provide brief counseling and referrals to care in over 200 languages.
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.