As I write this message during this extraordinary time, my utmost concern is that you and your family are well. I hope you are taking good care of yourselves and staying informed as this situation evolves. You can find updates about NYC’s response, and guidelines for New Yorkers here: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/coronavirus.page. You should also bookmark the Department of Education’s site: www.schools.nyc.gov.
Now that schools have closed, we have more ability to limit our in-person interactions as recommended. NYC’s students will soon transition to remote learning.
Learning At Home
Our staff has been working hard preparing materials for your children to learn at home while school is closed. Teachers may have sent some preliminary materials to you electronically this week, but our distance learning program will officially begin on Monday, March 23rd. Please look for more resources and materials to come.
PS58/Family Communication through Konstella
At this time, we have decided to suspend the e-blast in favor of Konstella messaging. This way, you know that you can search on Konstella for recent messages. Konstella messages can be sent by many members of our community, including PS 58 school administrators and teachers. Konstella allows us to see if parents have read or acknowledged an important message. Parents and guardians can see school-wide messages in the Feed, which is searchable, and class-specific messages on the classroom page. And parents can message each other through the directory.
It is important that all PS 58 parents have a Konstella account. We are kindly asking that Class Parents reach out to make sure all parents in their class are on Konstella and have joined their classroom. If you need assistance inviting a new parent to Konstella, please contact Parent Coordinator Joan Bredthauer at email@example.com, or through Konstella. Information on joining Konstella (including the code needed to join from a mobile phone) can be found at the school website here: https://www.ps58brooklyn.org/parent-involvement/konstella-guides-for-parents/.
NYC Schools Account (NYCSA): www.mystudent.nyc
The Department of Education has added important communication features to the NYCSA, and we urge you to create your account now if you have not done so. Account creation instructions and access codes were sent by backpack mail last week to parents who had not activated their accounts yet.
Instructions for creating a basic account, which gives you access to emergency notices from the Department of Education, can be found on our school website here: https://www.ps58brooklyn.org/2020/03/11/23868/
If you need assistance, please contact Joan Bredthauer.
Virtual Carroll Kids
Carroll Kids will offer a VIRTUAL activity for students at home in lieu of recess. Tune in from noon to 12:30pm for grades K to 2 and 12:30 to 1pm for grades 3 and up.
You will also be able to view a read-aloud daily at any time, one story per day.
Virtual Homework Help will be available daily from 3 to 4pm, or later, if requested.
Stay tuned for more information on this.
Free Breakfast Continues
Students from any school may come to the main entrance for a free grab and go breakfast from 7:30am to 1:30pm daily
Supporting our Community and Finding Balance
As many of us begin to work and learn remotely at home, please join us in finding the right balance between work and downtime by keeping communication with teachers to school hours.
Now is the time for us to ensure that all our families are prepared for what is to come in the days, weeks, and possibly even months ahead. Please take the precautions that have been recommended to you seriously. Make sure you have the supplies you need for your family. Your well-being is my utmost priority. I will be asking everyone for support to help the most vulnerable among us. I know we will come together to ensure that everyone in the community--the elderly, the medically compromised and anyone undergoing harsh circumstances has support.