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SLT Meetings for School Year 2023-2024

PS 34 School Leadership Team (SLT) Monthly Meetings 
Please note that only the SLT elected representatives and SLT invited guest speakers can actively participate.
The community is invited to observe and listen only.

All meetings are scheduled for 3:00-4:00 pm.

Location: STEM Lab, Room 102.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023 

 9-20-2023 SLT Meeting Agenda

 SLT 920 Minutes

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

 SLT 10 03 23 Agenda  

10-5-2023 SLT Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

 SLT 11 01 23 Meeting Minutes

SLT 11-01-23 Agenda

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

SLT 12-6-23 Agenda

 SLT 12-6-23 Minutes 

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

 SLT 1-3-2024 Agenda

 SLT 1-3-2024 Minutes

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

 SLT 02-07-24 Agenda

 SLT 02-07-24  Meeting Minutes 

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

 SLT 03 06 24 Agenda

 SLT 03 06 24 Minutes

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

 SLT 04 03 24 Agenda

 SLT 04 03 24 Minutes 

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

 SLT 5-1-2024 Agenda

 SLT 5-1-2024 Minutes 







D14 Community Education Council

Monthly Calendar and Business meetings for 2023-2024:  9-4-2023 CEC-2023-2024-Meeting-Dates


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Afterschool Programs

Local Afterschool Programs

The PTA has compiled a list of local afterschool programs http://www.ps34.org/groups/4090/ps_34_pta/afterschool
This collection offers a variety of options for families. Check back often for updates.
Is your child being picked up by an afterschool program? Let us know.
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 release form  HERE.
Please return the form to your child’s teacher or email to Ms. Kowalski, Dkowalski@schools.nyc.gov or before the start of the program.
School Settlement Association Grades k-5
School Settlement Association at PS34 is a school-based program that only enrolls PS34 participants in grades k-5. Families can now begin to sign up online for the 2023-2024 school year. The program runs from the end of the school day to 5:45 pm beginning on September 18, 2023.
How to Apply:
Step 1 - Visit DYCD Discover : Create an account https://discoverdycd.dycdconnect.nyc/home
Step 2 – Search for the program school (PS34) https://discoverdycd.dycdconnect.nyc/program-public
Step 3 - Complete the application and submit.
Please note that application submission does NOT mean your child/ren are enrolled in the program. You will receive an acceptance letter via email from the Assistant Director Jose Flores to confirm that you have been accepted into the program.
For questions you can contact Mr. Jose jflores@schoolsettlement.org or Flora Hernandez fhernandez@schoolsettlement.org

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. 

 After School Release form 2024.pdf 

For questions contact Ms. Deise Kowalski at Dkowalski@schools.nyc.gov.


PS 34 Grading Policy

Grading policy at PS 34 Oliver H. Perry Elementary School.   PS 34 Grading Policy.pdf 

We believe that a fair and transparent grading system is crucial in promoting academic excellence and providing students  and families with valuable feedback on their progress. Our grading policy is designed to assess students' knowledge, skills, and overall performance in a comprehensive manner.

Our grading policy aims to foster a positive learning environment where students are motivated to excel academically. It provides a comprehensive assessment of their progress and offers valuable feedback for continuous improvement. We believe that this policy encourages a growth mindset, supports student success, and prepares them for future academic endeavors.


Learning & Activities

 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)

 Fall 2024 Admissions Checklist English

Fall 2024_Admissions_Checklist Spanish

  • 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.

Middle School Admissions

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2023: Middle School Application Opens 
  • Friday, December 8, 2023Middle School Application Closes 
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2024Middle School Offer Release 
-Attend Virtual Information Sessions:
-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.

Question? Contact:
-Ms. Deise Kowalski at Dkowalski@schools.nyc.gov
-Ms. Michelle Garavaglia at mgaravaglia7@schools.nyc.gov

Remote Learning & Electronic Communications

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.

 NYSCA - ENG 1,  Polish, Spanish.

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.

Parent NYCSA Sign-Up Guide - The guide provides a visual step-by-step on setting up your account. Also, take a look at the video for the setup process https://vimeo.com/497731682 

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

Emergency Alerts

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 


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Adult Education

The District 79 Adult Education program
Any adult 21 and older is welcome to enroll in our free program.
Monday-Friday 9am-2pm
Monday-Thursday 6pm-2pm
**Flexible class schedule**
Any questions or concerns contact me via email at OACES7@SCHOOLS.NYC.GOV or cell at 917-612-7831, phone 929-305-3767
Other Adult education and certification programs: 

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: 

Parent's Bill of Rights is available in  Polish  English  Spanish 

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