Parent Letters /Information

Asthma Workshop

posted Dec 8, 2020, 5:59 AM by Felicia Ippolito

QSSS-Asthma Overview Professional Learning Virtual Webinar, December 17, 2020 10:00 AM-11:30 AM

Please register and share the link for an Asthma overview.
Parents, students, and staff are invited.
Best regards,

Event ID: 322UQ21
Event Page: Event Page
Registration Link: Registration Link

Workshop for Parents and Caregivers

posted Dec 1, 2020, 5:59 AM by Felicia Ippolito

We invite parents to join us for our upcoming virtual BEST (Behavioral and Emotional Skills Training) workshop. BEST uses well-researched strategies to provide parents/caregivers clear tools for managing misbehavior, setting limits, and increasing positive behavior. This program will help parents and caregivers increase their child’s social and emotional development skills, as well as improve their child’s self-esteem.


Our BEST program will help parents/caregivers to…


  • Understand the basics of behavior management
  • Learn and practice skills to help your child with his/her behavior
  • Increase confidence in managing challenging behaviors
  • Connect with other parents and caregivers for continued support


Workshop Details:


  • Day: Thursday, December 10th 2020
  • Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm EST
  • Audience: Parents, family members, babysitters, and caregivers of children in grades K-5
  • Platform: Zoom


Interested parents can register here. Please note, our team will offer BEST for Spanish-speaking families in the coming weeks. Registration details will be available soon.


Facebook Live event - How to build an emergency financial plan November 16th - 7 pm

posted Nov 16, 2020, 5:03 AM by Felicia Ippolito

Do you or your family have a financial plan in place? Do you want to learn how to build one or how to adjust it to reflect lost income or emergency expenses? Are you worried about falling for a potential scam or fraud when seeking financial assistance? Join us on Monday, November 16th at 7pm to learn about how you can build an emergency financial plan for you and your family.

In partnership with the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, the NYIC will discuss how your financial emergency plan can account for lost income and how to best protect yourself from scams and fraud. This livestream will be in English.


This Facebook Live event will be held in English.

Article from the Child Mind Institute regarding the Holidays During the Pandemic

posted Nov 12, 2020, 8:21 AM by Felicia Ippolito   [ updated Nov 12, 2020, 8:25 AM ]

Parent Workshops - Coping During COVID

posted Nov 4, 2020, 5:18 AM by Felicia Ippolito

The Child Mind Institute would like to bring the following workshops to your attention.

As families continue to respond to the myriad and unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, the Student Success Program would like to invite your parent community to attend our upcoming Coping During COVID-19 workshop series. Interested parents can register here.

  • Fostering Resilience Within Your Family

Thursday, 11/5 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST

  • Managing Intense Emotions

Friday, 11/6 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST

 Managing Stress and Anxiety

Tuesday, 11/10 10:00am – 11:00am EST

  • Managing Grief and Loss

Wednesday, 11/11 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST


For additional resources, please visit us at:


Family Workshop information

posted Nov 3, 2020, 6:36 AM by Felicia Ippolito

Taller De Padres : Padres como Héroes de Aprendizaje: Consejos y recursos para un año escolar diferente  Fecha: 11/4/2020 6:00pm- 7:00pm  (Spanish Workshop (Parent/ Caregiver)

¡Padres de NYC, te queremos celebrar! Acompáñenos en este taller interactivo para obtener ideas sencillas y recursos gratuitos (en español) para apoyar el aprendizaje y las habilidades para la vida en casa.  También le ayudaremos a preparar para las conferencias de padres y maestros, ya que la asociación con los maestros nunca ha sido más importante. Register here.


English Translation:

NYC parents, we’ve got your back and want to celebrate you! Join us for this interactive workshop to get simple ideas and free resources to support learning and life skills at home.  We’ll also help you get ready for parent-teacher conferences as partnering with teachers has never been more important. 

Letter regarding Halloween activities

posted Oct 29, 2020, 4:46 AM by Felicia Ippolito

October 28, 2020 

Dear Families, 

As Halloween approaches, we know many children and families across the city are looking forward to celebrating. We are excited to share ways to safely have fun with your family, while still being mindful of key COVID-19 prevention measures. 

Here are top tips for a healthy Halloween: 
 Stay outdoors: Try going to a scavenger hunt in a park or walking around your neighborhood to see all the spooky decorations. Do not attend a haunted house or other indoor events. 
 Keep your group small: The best idea is to keep to your own household. If you meet up with people outside your household, stay outdoors and keep the group small. You should not go to parties. It is not safe to host or attend large gatherings indoors or outdoors even if everyone feels well. 
 Trick-or-treat safely: If you go trick-or-treating, be sure everyone is wearing a face covering, stay outdoors and 6 feet away after knocking on a door, and bring plenty of hand sanitizer. 

These precautions are very important, because we now know that there is significant transmission of COVID-19 by people who do not have symptoms, and that COVID-19 spreads more efficiently indoors. 

No matter where you are, remember these key actions that help prevent COVID-19 transmission: 
1. Stay home if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19. 
2. Keep physical distance from others. 
3. Wash your hands often. 
4. Wear a face covering. 

For more tips on how to protect yourself, your children, and others, review the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Halloween guidance at 

We wish you a spooky, safe celebration! 

Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc 
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

NYC Coalition for Educational Justice holding two workshops - see below

posted Oct 28, 2020, 10:40 AM by Felicia Ippolito


I would like to invite you to two upcoming workshops that the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice is holding this week; understanding the IEP process and how to use Google classrooms 

We have Spanish, Bangla and ASL  


Use the links to sign up and share with your communities. We look forward to having you join us 



Thu 10/29 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT For Parents

Community Teacher: Grisel Cardona

Have you ever wondered if your child is in need of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and you didn't have a clue? Or maybe you are just starting the IEP process and are feeling confused? In this training you will understand the steps to take to get your child an IEP, while also learning about your rights as a parent. It's not easy to understand this in one day, but I promise you will leave this workshop with greater understanding. I'm a parent of three children with IEPs and have been there!



Navigating Google Classroom and Online Tech Tools for Parents

Has the technology of online learning been a source of stress? This workshop offers tech support and guidance for parents to navigate online learning. You will learn how to best use Google Classroom and have your questions answered about accessing the different tech tools your children are learning with. Bring your questions!




Pronouns: They/He/Your Highness/She/Fam

Coalition for Educational Justice, Director

Parent Letter #6 - Attendance / absences

posted Sep 24, 2020, 7:40 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2020 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 As we begin this school year, I would like to take this opportunity to explain the attendance expectations as outlined by the Department of Education and the Chancellor for remote and blended learning students.  Students must sign on by 8:30 am and are expected to engage in instruction for the majority of the day.  See the guidance below:

·         Present – student is virtually or physically present in the classroom / school learning environment for instruction during the scheduled school day.

·         Absent – not virtually present in the classroom / school learning environment for instruction during the school day

If your child is going to be absent for any reason (both in person or remote), please let the teacher know.  Absences will be considered excused with proper documentation only such as a doctor’s note or documentation of a death in the family.

It is important your child follow a routine whether they are learning in person or remotely.  As always, we understand the many challenges and difficulties that will come with this new way of learning.  We are always here to support you to ensure student success. 

Please contact your child’s teacher, our guidance counselors, Ms. Sacks or Ms. Famulari, or our Parent Coordinator, Ms. Rosa for any support. 


J. Iovine


Parent Letter #5 - evacuation procedures

posted Sep 24, 2020, 7:38 AM by Felicia Ippolito

September 2020 

Dear Parents/Guardians: 

Safety is the number one priority for P.S. 108Q.  As you may know, we practice several “drills” throughout the school year in order to prepare for various emergencies should they occur. Staff instructs students to adhere to specific procedures for each type of drill. 

We want to assure parents that procedures are set in place for the safety of your children. We understand the concern of families regarding where there children will be in case of an emergency.  In the event of an evacuation where we need to vacate the premises, students will relocate to another location. 

Students will relocate to the following sites:


Ø  3K, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes will go to:


PS 100

                111-11 118th Street



Ø  Grade 2, Grade 3 classes will go to:


            PS 62

                                                             97-25 108th Street



Ø  Grade 4 and Grade 5 classes will go to:


MS 137

                                                                109-15 98th Street



Classroom teachers will go with their classes to the relocation site. Each classroom teacher will have an “emergency red bag” which contains a copy of each student’s blue card.  I hope that there will never be a need to evacuate the building, but we want parents and guardians to feel secure in knowing we are prepared should an emergency arise.  As an aside, we noticed that some parents choose to take their children’s coats after dropping them off at school, which is perfectly fine.  However, please keep in mind this means that those children will not have coats during an evacuation. 

In addition to our evacuation procedures, we practice other safety drills throughout the school year. 

They are as follows:

·         Soft Lockdown Drills: this drill occurs when a hazard is found within the building, but there is no identified imminent danger. Students are instructed to move out of sight and remain silent during this drill.

·         Hard Lockdown Drills: this drill occurs when a hazard is found within the building and imminent danger is known. Students will follow same procedures listed in a soft lockdown.

·         Shelter-in Drills: this drill occurs when there is a hazard outside of the building. All activities within the building carry on as usual.

·         Shelter Drill: this drill is used to practice procedures in the event of a severe storm, tornado etc. Students move quietly into the hallway, move next to the wall, crouch down and cover their heads. 

Please refer to this parent letter to familiarize yourselves with our emergency procedures and safety drills. This informative document will serve as an important resource for you throughout the entirety of the school year.

In the event of an emergency, families will also be notified through School Messenger (the automated calls you receive from school).

 As always, I thank you for your support and partnership in helping to keep our children safe.


J. Iovine


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