PS 34 Parent Coordinator
Deise Kowalski - PS 34 Parent Coordinator
PS 34 is the little school with a big heart. It is Brooklyn’s oldest elementary school and has been a family community school where parents and guardians have the opportunity to be a major part of their child’s learning and education for many years.
As an active parent and past PS 34 PTA President, I have come to understand that parent involvement is key in constructing the foundation for our children to succeed. My mission is to continue to empower parents to be actively involved in their child’s education by providing them with important information through multiple media and offering various opportunities for parent participation. At PS 34 parents are able to be involved throughout the year by volunteering their talents and abilities, participating in school activities, events, workshops, PTA and SLT (School Leader Ship Team) and much more!
Parents are the most important people in their child’s life. Assisting parents with their needs I believe will also help their children. I’m here to assure parents that their issues can be heard and addressed effectively. I kindly welcome and encourage parents to communicate any creative ideas or concerns. My door is always opened.
I value parents and guardians as partners and together we can support our children’s needs with the education they deserve.
Bedtime Math - Free App.
Your kids won’t believe how cool math can be with Bedtime Math!
Enjoy a new story together every day in the free app – download it here: bedtimemath.org/appsBedtime
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!
Visit the parent portal to access information about instructional programs, enrollment procedures, DOE rules and regulations, health and support services, as well as news and other resources.
Stay Warm NYC
If you don’t have heat/hot water file online or w/311 App: https://t.co/0YA2q5RL3C.
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Have questions regarding immigration?
Below you will find various information regarding immigration rights.
Useful Immigration Numbers:
- If you have been arrested/Convicted and you want to know what the immigration consequences are, call The Immigration Defense Project at 212-705-6422
- To determine if you have a final order of removal call the Case Status Information Line at 1-800-898-7180
- For Referrals to low-cost and free legal service providers, contact The New American Hotline at 800-566-7636 (Open Monday-Friday 9 am- 8 pm)
- Your family can find you a private immigration attorney (www.ailalawyer.com)
- To receive information on legal resources and report suspected cases of fraud, call the New Americans Hotline 800-566-7636
- to learn more about common scams targeting immigrants, and to access community materials, visit www.protectingimmigrants.org
In the month of July PS 34 families are invited to join us to explore some exciting fairy tales with a fun trip, and STEM activity! Sign up for the activities below separately.
Trip: The Big Good Wolf, Presented by CityParks Puppet Mobile
Thursday, July 12, 2018 Show Time 11:00 am
Hattie Carthan Community Garden Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
-Families are responsible for their own transportation.
-PS 34 Families can meet Ms. Kowalski at PS 34 by no later than 10 am to take the subway together.
-Bring your lunch for a picnic in the park after the show and for a reading of Little Red Riding Hood Meets the Three Bears.)
STEM ACTIVITY: GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS
Goldilocks STEM Activity
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 PS 34 Room 102 10:00 am
Pizza Lunch Provided
To Sign up go to, https://ps34familyfairytalesummer.eventbrite.com
For information or questions please contact Ms. Deise Kowalski, Dkowalski@schools.nyc.gov
D14 Celebrates - a Rich Mosaic of Families
Join District 14 for a Day of Parent Workshops
May 19, 2018
AT PS 380 (370 Marcy Ave.)
To register, please complete attached form and return to Ms. Kowalski (PS 34 Parent Coordinator) Mosaic of Culture Flyer.pdf
Family Poetry Workshop
April 30, 2018 @2:45 pm Room 204
April is National Poetry Month. Come join us for an afternoon of poetry craft, writing and reading.
* Learn about some different types of poems.
* Write poems with your family.
* Family members are welcome to bring a favorite poem to share.
Self Empowerment Parent Workshop
April 10, 2018 at 2:45pm Room 204
Concerned About Lice?
Get the Facts!
Parent Lice Information Session
January 9th Time: 5:30 pm
Fairy Lice Mothers
Professional Lice Treatment Center
Where: PS 34 Room 204
Myth Busting: Hairspray and gel are not lice deterrents but mint and citronella are.
For DOE Lice Policy Visit: http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/Health/Pediculosis/default.htm
or Contact Ms. Kowalski, Parent Coordinator for information: DKowalski@schools.nyc.gov
How can we keep our children safe in the internet?
Join our Internet Safety
Parent Information Workshop
(ICL) Institute for Community Living
Family Resource Center
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
5:30 pm Room 204
The workshop will cover:
-The dangers of the internet
-How to keep personal information safe
-Teaching children to be safe on the internet.
-Using internet filters and monitors
Come and learn tips on how to deal with the stress of the holidays
Workshop Presented by:
New York Psychotherapy and
Counseling Center (NYPCC)
Many factors, including unrealistic expectations, financial pressures, and excessive commitments can cause stress and anxiety at holiday time. This workshop will provide tips on how to prevent holiday stress.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
9:00PM – 10:00PM
Cafeteria (enter through main entrance)
Coffee & Holiday treats will be provided.
5th Grade Middle School Application Process Workshop
November 21, 2017 at 2:45
Where: Room 204
Adult Stress Management Workshop
Presented by the Institute for Community Living (ICL)
November 28, 2017 @ PS 34 Room 204
Calling all Parent Artists!
Bring Your Talent or Learn to Paint and
Create Art Celebrating
the 150th Anniversary of PS 34!
Its not to late to contribute to this Historical Event.
Parent Art Workshop
With Artist, Ana Soto
Parents/guardians are invited to participate in workshops to create a project celebrating the school anniversary. Parent artists are invited to share their ideas to create a project to celebrate this historical event. Participants will also have the opportunity to acquire knowledge of art media, com-positional and design elements; choose new ways of using familiar tools and materials; and obtain a deeper imaginative, observational and expressive skills.
(Participants will be creating art on canvas at the upcoming parent workshops. )
Next Workshop Dates: Wednesday: October 25 & November 1, 2017 Time 2:45 PM Place: Art Room 202
The Dial-A-Teacher Program and P. S. 34 invite you to attend:
“The World as Our Classroom” Parent Workshop
The presentation will focus on exposing your child to everyday living activities that we can use as learning experiences. Resources and materials will be distributed.
Presenter: Shayshana Gourdine
Date: October 4, 2017 Time: 2:45 pm Place: PS 34 –Room 204 TheWorldAsOurClass notice .pdf
For questions and to RSVP via email, contact Ms. Deise Kowalski, Parent Coordinator at Dkowalski@schools.nyc.gov or call 718 389-5842.
“Building a Family Bond” Parent Workshop presented by:
New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center (NYPCC)
This workshop will help to guide parents on how to maintain family relationships and build strong bonds within the family. Tips on effective communication will be discussed.
Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:00 am – 10:00 am Cafeteria (enter through main entrance)
For questions and to RSVP via email, contact Ms. Deise Kowalski, Parent Coordinator at Dkowalski@schools.nyc.gov or call 718 389-5842.
Free Summer Reading Resources
Tips for Preventing Summer Slide
Summer slide is when kids forget what they learned from the school year . To help children keep up with their skills over the summer here are a few tips.
- Keep reading. Kids who read a over the summer not only maintain reading skills they go back to school better prepared for all subjects. Make summer reading fun. They can read graphic novels, fan fiction or anything that captures their interests. Visit your local library for fun summer reading activities or visit the website to sign up. https://www.bklynlibrary.org/summer-reading
- Think outside the book. Apps, games, and websites offer lots of unique learning opportunities for kids. Check out some of ideas at common sense media .
- Coding for kids. Computer programming apps and sites teach kids everything from problem-solving to thinking and logic.
- Make lasting memories. With easy-to-use digital tools and Digi-scrapbooking-freebies kids can collect videos, photos, stories, and more in electronic journals that tell the story of their summer.
And remember, it's OK -- in fact, it's beneficial -- for kids to get bored, too. Downtime encourages kids to use their imagination and creativity and develop their inner selves -- essential skills they can use all their lives.
Spanish Language Family Conference
Join the Division of Family and Community Engagement for the Spanish Language Family Conference on July 13, 2018!
All workshops offered are centered around providing tools and resources that can help families through the summer. Families will receive important information about free and/or low-cost services, cultural events as well as health, academic and other enrichment opportunities.
Free food and childcare for children 4+ will be offered, as well as a family activity. All information will be presented in Spanish.
When: Friday, July 13th 8:45 am -12:30 pm (Program begins promptly at 9:30 am)
Where: Hunter College - 496 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Register today!: https://sl2018.eventbrite.com
Please feel free to also download and print the English flyer and Spanish flyer to distribute to families.
For more information, please contact AGeorge13@schools.nyc.gov
Parent Coordinator Newsletter
Home and School Connection
The NYC Department of Education is proud to announce that parents, students, and educators now have a new way to stay up-to-date with the latest and greatest news from City public schools. Introducing the DOE’s new official blog, The Morning Bell.
Featuring news, tips, and programs at work in City schools, The Morning Bell keeps readers up-to-date about the exciting things happening inside our classrooms every day. Bookmark The Morning Bell today on your computer and mobile browser, and subscribe to receive email updates with each new post.https://morningbellnyc.com/
Middle School Information
How to apply to middle school. 5th Grade Families can prepare by taking these next steps:
Read the 2018 NYC Middle School Directory (Available Now): Research middle school programs, see the admissions timeline, and use the activities to learn about the admissions process.
Attend a Middle School District Fair: Get to know the middle schools in your district, meet middle school staff, and ask questions about specific programs.
Printed directories for families are now being distributed to public middle schools and Family Welcome Centers; English and translated versions will be available at all of these locations by early October.
Visit Middle School Admissions, contact your school , or call 718-935-2398 with questions.
Please review the information below if you are interested in having your child attend I.C.E. for 6th grade in Fall 2018.
You MUST include I.C.E. as one of their ranked choices on the NYC DOE middle school application form. This is a change from previous years.
Students who have a strong interest in attending ICE may submit a one page original handwritten essay mailed directly to the school, postmarked no later than December 1, 2017. In this essay the student should explain a few of the most important things for someone to know about them as a student AND as a person outside of school.
Please download and include the I.C.E. Contact Information form with your essay. This document is available through this link: http://bit.ly/2yeflXz
The essay and contact information form should be mailed to:
Institute for Collaborative Education - Attn. 6th grade admissions - 345 East 15th Street - NYC, NY 10003
Visit ICE website for more information: http://www.iceschoolnyc.org/ice-vision/
For questions or concerns contact Ms. Kowalski (Parent Coordinator) or Ms. Omoigberai (Guidance Counselor)
Community Education Council for District 14
Business & Calendar Meeting
Where: I.S. 71 Juan Morel Campos, 215 Heyward Street, Room 238 Brooklyn, New York 11206
Come out and join the CEC D14!
For more information, please fall CEC14 Office at (718) 302-7624 or
E-Mail us at email@example.com
CEC MONTHLY CALENDAR FOR 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR (CLICK HERE)
NYC Parks Help Make Fitness an Affordable for Parents and Students
A NYC Parks Recreation Center membership gives you access to New York City’s most affordable and extensive network of recreational facilities across the five boroughs. Anyone can be a member – there are no residency requirements and kids under 18 can get a free membership.
Come to any of the Recreation Center locations with one form of photo identification.
Include NYC provides one-to-one help, information resources, and workshops on topics that are important to parents with youngsters with disability at no cost.
Contact the Free Resource Line : Call 212-677-4660 Text 646-693-3175
Access free resources online. Visit INCLUDENYC.ORG
NYC Schools Account - Updated in 10-2017
NYC Schools Account
You play an important role in your child's academic success. Our goal is to give you the information you need to be an informed and active partner in your child's education. We invite you to set up your NYC Schools Account, a is a web-based application which provides a new way for you to view your child's academic and biographic information information in one of ten languages on a computer, phone or tablet.
In the account, you can see a child’s:
Assessments (test scores)
Health information (Fitnessgram)
*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 it 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
Parents and Legal Guardians are welcome to visit your parent coordinator at the school to sign up or if you have any questions regarding registering for NYC Schools Account.
Free Admission and Discounted Admission at New York City Museums
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