Dear Parents and Guardians,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every Flushing Manor family for their support and involvement during this school year. Your children have worked hard and accomplished much and we are very proud of them. I wish you all a safe and restful summer vacation! I look forward to an exciting and successful year ahead as we continue to make learning experiences engaging and authentic for our students. I would like to share the following information with you as we close out the year.
Arts Update: We were pleased to offer a lower grade music residency for our Grade 1, Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten classes over the last few months. Grade 1 and 2 classes shared what they have learned this year on June 18th, 2015. Our afterschool CASA program ended with a dynamic drumming performance in May, some participants were invited to perform at Flushing Town Hall and did an outstanding job! Both of these additional arts programs were made possible by grants provided by Senator Avella and Councilman Vallone. We look forward to maintaining and expanding our arts programs next year.
Fundraisers and Special Events: Our PTA provided a day of enjoyment for all students during our School Carnival on June 8, 2015. Our art teacher, Mr. Garner, will be offering an opportunity to raise funds for the school and memorialize student art pieces with an art fundraiser to be conducted early next year. This fundraiser will support our visual arts program for school year 15-16.
Enrichment Clusters and Opportunities: Enrichment clusters have concluded for our grade 4 and 5 students. Students have shared products with one another as well as our third grade students so they can see what is in store for them next year. Our younger students have worked on researching topics of interest independently in the media research center and our K and 1 students have participated in interest based centers.
Quality Review Report Update: In March 2015 Flushing Manor had a Quality Review conducted by District 25 Superintendent, Mrs. DiMango. The full published report is now available on the DOE website. At http://schools.nyc.gov/SchoolPortals/25/Q184/AboutUs/Statistics/default.htm , scroll down to Quality Review Report. We will also post the link on our school website. We are very proud of these results!
Family Access System: The DOE has created a replacement for the ARIS system that once provided information about student performance over time. Information about this system is being distributed by Mrs. Meg Baker, parent coordinator. Please email her if you have any questions.
Auditorium Upgrade: The school construction authority is in the process of finalizing design and establishing a work schedule to begin our auditorium upgrade. We once again thank Councilman Vallone for providing the funds to make this project possible. We are still waiting for Senator Avella’s office to release funding for the air conditioning.
Summer Reading Folder: A special folder with a letter from Mrs. Lee and I will be going home this week for all of our K-5 students. The folder contains a book for each child and specific information about summer reading activities and online resources for the boys and girls to access in the weeks ahead. Please keep the folder in a safe place and encourage your children to continue learning throughout the summer!
Finally, don’t forget to visit our school website for the most up to date news and information at www.ps184q.com, this will be especially important the week before school opens in order to provide information about room numbers and teachers.
Dear Parents and Guardians of Students in Grades K-5,
We are so glad that you have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher during our Spring 2015 Parent-Teacher Conferences to discuss your child’s progress. Mrs. Lee-Sim and I have reviewed the report cards and we can see the progress our individual students are making toward meeting and exceeding the end of year standards for their grade. There are still many months left of the school year and we expect our students to continue working hard to reach their academic and personal goals.
Please take this opportunity to speak to your child about the progress she or he is making. Recognize their efforts and encourage them to continue to put forth a high level of effort over the next several months. Our teachers will be reinforcing this in the classrooms as well.
We are continuing the grading policies set forth earlier in the school year as per the chart below. Speak to your child’s teacher if you have any further questions regarding this.
At Flushing Manor, the entire staff is focused on preparing our students for the future, one grade at a time. By setting high standards for all students now, we know they will be prepared for the challenges of tomorrow. Your role as parents and guardians is critical in supporting this process. We appreciate the hard work you have done thus far at home to reinforce what is going on during the school day. We encourage you to continue using our school website www.ps184q.com and to continue maintaining ongoing communication with your child’s teacher during the Tuesday Parent Engagement sessions.
We look forward to continuing our partnership with parents and guardians to ensure that all of our students are successful and continue to be Learners for Life!
As you know our main goal in educating our students at P.S. 184Q, the Flushing Manor School, is to prepare our students for college and career and everything that comes between! In addition to following a rigorous curriculum and challenging students daily in an academic manner, there are certain "Habits of Mind" that we are encouraging our young students to develop in order to support their future success. Our teachers are incorporating these habits into instruction and our GO members will be visiting classrooms to share information about these habits as well. You can also support the development of these important traits that are linked to productivity, by encouraging the behaviors at home. More information about these traits will be posted on the Principal’s page of the school website at ps184q.com
The behaviors are as follows:
As always, we know that with parents as partners, our young students can be well prepared for the challenges that lie ahead and ultimately be successful!
The Flushing Manor School Leadership Team (SLT) is a team of parents, teachers and administrators who meet with the principal once a month to collaborate about school goals, initiatives and happenings. The SLT members work together to review data and set goals that will help improve student outcomes. Additionally, budget information is shared with the SLT and the principal consults with its members before any school policies are set. The teacher and parent members of the SLT are elected to their seats and serve for two years, except for the UFT Representative and the PTA President whose seats are a requirement of their roles. SLT meeting dates and times are included on the monthly calendars and parents and staff members can attend the meetings but must provide the SLT notice if they wish to speak about a topic. Input from parents and a teachers is always welcome when planning for our students.
Dear parents and guardians of P.S. 184Q,
As per Chancellor’s Regulation A-413, the long-standing ban on cell phones and electronic devices has been lifted in NYC DOE schools. Each school principal is charged with creating their own cell phone policy as they see fit to best meet the needs of the students they serve. After consulting with the School Leadership Team consisting of parents, teachers and members of the administration, a policy has been established.
Please download and read the policy below and discuss the policy with your child as you see fit. It will also be posted on our school website. Please download the cell phone policy document below and return the tear-off below to your child’s teacher as soon as possible.
DOE suggested Winter Break Activities can be found at:
Dear Parents and Guardians of Flushing Manor,
Ensuring that all of our students are safe and healthy is a priority here at P.S. 184Q. Healthy children are able to attend school and focus on instruction and experience socialization with peers. At this time we would like to remind you of some simple, common sense, good health practices that you should remind your children about at home.
They are as follows:
We know that it can sometimes be difficult for a parent to decide whether or not to send their children to school when they wake up with early symptoms of an illness or complaints that they do not feel well. In general, during cold and flu season, unless your child is significantly ill, the best place for them to be is in school. Still, there are some situations in which it is best to plan on keeping your child home for a day to rest or to arrange for an appointment with your health care provider.
The following are a few such situations:
Finally, if you know your child is still running a fever, do NOT simply give them Tylenol and send them to school. Please keep your child home until they are fever free for 24 hours without medication. Remember, whenever you keep your child home from school, please call the main office in advance of the start of the school day and leave a message that your child will be absent.
Please feel free to contact the school with any questions or concerns. We know that with parents as partners we can keep our children strong and healthy and ensure their presence in school each day!