Principal's Update March 20, 2020
Fri, Mar 20 1:03pm

Please read this message from Principal Dello Stritto:

 

Dear PS 58 community:

 

I am sure you, like me, have been getting message after message beginning with “in these uncertain times.” I thought it would be nice to get a message about what is certain at this time, so here goes!

 

The PS 58 staff has been working around the clock to be up and running for the launch of remote learning at PS 58 on Monday March 23rd. We have had countless ‘google meet’ meetings (one pretty much every hour with the many teams that make up our community).  All of these meetings share the goal to continue to be here for all of our students, families and each other. 

 

On Monday,  we launch remote learning in Google Classrooms and Google Sites. Second grade through fifth-grade classes are using Google Classrooms. I know for many this is not new, as your classroom already had this set up. This existing framework will be the basis for all remote instruction.  For pre-K, Kindergarten and first-grade classrooms, we are using Google Sites. I cannot wait for you to see the amazing work that is ready for students in these interactive classrooms.  Teachers will be sending messages this weekend with more information for each class. 

 

We know there will be bumps in the road, we know that things will be imperfect. Please understand that we are learning as well, and will continue to improve as we go. The staff is eager and will work to improve each step of the way. 

 

Our many talented service providers will be collaborating with classroom teachers and meeting with students remotely to support students with their individual goals. The PS 58 support staff and leadership team will continue to work as we do to support all students, staff and families. 

 

We also know for certain that each student, family and staff member will be facing different challenges throughout this time period. Given this, it is important that we are structuring our work expectations to be flexible. It is our goal that there will be opportunity each day for whole classes to meet. Meetings will be brief to allow for the many demands on every single person’s schedule. There will be flexible time for independent work, and partnership and group work. I know I am in the same circumstance as so many of you as we enter the new realm of working from home with children demanding attention, help, support and of course, space.

 

It is certain that many in our community will continue to fight this virus on the front lines and it is important that they know our community will do whatever we can to support them. I have said this before and I will say this again:  the well being of those in our community needs to be paramount. We will continue to share resources as they are shared with us. We will continue to be here for everyone.

 

--Katie