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Dear PSP Members,
I wrote last week about stranger danger and it’s important to bring it up once again. There have been a few occurrences of strangers approaching kids in the last week. I’m in contact with Brad Lander’s office and the local police precincts to get more information to clarify what we know about the different incidents and the danger it may mean for our children. For what it’s worth, I was pleased to hear that children acted appropriately to the situations they faced such as going into a local business to report someone harassing them, reporting to school authorities when they were approached, etc.
Even if these situations don’t pan out to be legit (there is reason to believe that one story was not) it is a good reminder discuss how to educate and arm your kids with good tools IF it were to ever come up. Teaching children the ways to deal with situations will help them build confidence and act in ways that won’t make them a victim. Sheltering our kids and not giving them any freedom may make them think that the world is a scary place when in fact it’s filled with wonderful, interesting people and just a few “skeevy” people to avoid.
The information HERE came from a letter that went home to parents of PS 172. There is some great information here. Please take some time to discuss with your kids.
Here’s an article on the value of fostering a child’s independence and letting go of our kids. It also reminds us that we may need to put a little more trust in other parents that they know what they are doing before we call 9-11 and assume neglect if we see a kid walking alone.
And one statistic from the article worth noting: Kidnapping by strangers is wildly uncommon; in New York State, for instance, the Division of Criminal Justice Services announced that 20,309 children were reported missing statewide in 2011; exactly one of those children was confirmed abducted by a stranger.
Park Slope Parents
Other useful reading around the web:
- Category: News
Check out all the details published for the 2015/6 public school calendar.
2015-16 School Year Calendars
Click here to view the detailed official 2015-16 school year calendar.
Translations available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu
- First day of school: September 9, 2015
- Thanksgiving Recess begins: November 26, 2015
- Winter Recess: December 24, 2015 - January 1, 2016
- Mid-winter Recess: February 15 - February 19, 2016
- Spring Recess: April 25 - April 29, 2016
- Last day of school: June 28, 2016
This memorandum includes the schedule of citywide Parent-Teacher Conferences for the 2015-16 school year. Additionally, you can find information about Open-School Week, and the guidelines around the Chancellor's initiative to promote family engagement.
|Elementary School||Sep 17||Nov 4||Nov 5||Mar 2||Mar 3||May 12|
|Middle School||Sep 16||Nov 18||Nov 17||Mar 16||Mar 17||May 11|
|High School||Sep 22||Nov 19||Nov 20||Mar 10||Mar 11||May 10|
|D75 School Programs||Nov 9||Nov 10||Mar 7||Mar 8|
The September conference may also be used for an alternative event: Curriculum Night, Meet the Staff Night, Common Core, or other training for parents.
Citywide & Statewide Assessments
For more information, please visit the at the New York State Education Department website.
NY State Regents: January 26 - January 29, 2016
NY State English Language Arts (ELA) grades 3-8: April 5 - April 7, 2016
NY State Mathematics grades 3-8: April 13 - April 15, 2016
NY State Regents: June 1, 2016; June 14 - 22, 2016
June Clerical Shortened Days
This memorandum provides information around the citywide June Clerical Shortened Days for elementary and intermediate/junior high schools as well as D75 schools.
- Wednesday, June 8, 2016
- Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Thanks for those of you who are posting the Department of Health information about the EV-D68 enterovirus.
With school back in session and classes well underway, kids coming in contact a lot more with each other. It's important we talk and teach them about public health safety.
Regardless of which virus, remember:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
- Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza.
Here are some other ways to stop the spread of infection:
- Have kids wash their hands when they come home from school.
- Wash hands after being on the subway, going shopping, or being out and about. Make it a habit to wash when you get home..
- Wash dishes well and don’t reuse glasses.
- Remind kids not to share things such as chapstick, towels, razors, toothbrushes, etc.
- Don’t pick your nose (and keep your kids from picking theirs – or yours!).
- Clean the “green 11s.”
- Keep tissues handy to clean off kid snot before they get it on their hand, to get it on the school banister, etc.
- Cover your mouth (not your hand) with your arm when you sneeze or cough. Teach your kids to do this religiously (have them practice)
- Use safe cooking (and sex!) practices
DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL SICK! It doesn’t matter if they are in 4th grade and you fell the “but absences matter” pressure — keep them home for everyone’s benefit.
Keep the pathways to infection clear to reduce the ability of “bugs” to get in your body.