PS 34 Parent Coordinator
Deise Kowalski - PS 34 Parent Coordinator
PS 34 is the little school with a big heart. It is Brooklyn’s oldest elementary school and has been a family community school where parents and guardians have the opportunity to be a major part of their child’s learning and education for many years.
As an active parent and past PS 34 PTA President, I have come to understand that parent involvement is key in constructing the foundation for our children to succeed. My mission is to continue to empower parents to be actively involved in their child’s education by providing them with important information through multiple media and offering various opportunities for parent participation. At PS 34 parents are able to be involved throughout the year by volunteering their talents and abilities, participating in school activities, events, workshops, PTA and SLT (School Leader Ship Team) and much more!
Parents are the most important people in their child’s life. Assisting parents with their needs I believe will also help their children. I’m here to assure parents that their issues can be heard and addressed effectively. I kindly welcome and encourage parents to communicate any creative ideas or concerns. My door is always opened.
I value parents and guardians as partners and together we can support our children’s needs with the education they deserve.
Parent Workshop in January 2019
January 8, 2019 :Prioritizing & Organizing - Presented by (ICL) Institute for Community Living Family Resource Center at PS 34 starting at 9 am.
January 8, 2019: Grade 3-5 Willy Wonka Disney Theater Parent Information sessions 2:45-3:15 & 5:00-5:30 pm.
Parent Workshops in December 2018
December 3, 2018: Parent Holidays Around the World Workshop 8:45 am
December 4, 2018: Parent Holidays Around the World Workshop 2:45 pm
December 5, 2018: Parent Holidays Around the World Workshop 5:30 pm
December 17, 2018: Holiday Blues Parent Workshop: Tips for getting through the stresses of the Holiday Season 2:45 pm
Parent Workshops in November 2018
Understanding the Middle School Application Process (5th Grade): Presented by Ms. Kowalski: November 9, 2018 at 2:45 pm room 102. Informs participants about middle school choices, and how the application process works.
Tips for Academic Success -Presented by New York Psychotherapy & Counseling Center (NYPCC). November 15, 2018 at 2:45 pm in the PS 34 Kindergarten Cafeteria.
“Let Me Show You How”-Math tips workshop for grades 1-5. Presented by the Dial A Teacher Program representative Ms. Gourdine (UFT). November 27, 2018 at 2:45 pm room 204. Parents are taught some of the common core strategies the children are using in class.
For questions, contact Ms. Deise Kowalski, Parent Coordinator at Dkowalski@schools.nyc.gov or call 718 389-5842.
Middle School Information
How to apply to middle school. 5th Grade Families can prepare by taking these next steps:
Read the 2019 NYC Middle School Directory (Available Now): Research middle school programs, see the admissions timeline and use the activities to learn about the admissions process.
Attend a Middle School District Fair: Get to know the middle schools in your district, meet middle school staff, and ask questions about specific programs.
Printed directories for families are now being distributed to public middle schools and Family Welcome Centers; English and translated versions will be available at all of these locations.
****Attention 5th-grade families- This year all middle schools applications will be completed and submitted online by December 3, 2018. Learn to apply at schools.nyc.gov/middle
Connect with the New York City Department of Education. Here
Visit Middle School Admissions Family Welcome Center, contact your school , or call 718-935-2398 with questions.
Please review the information below if you are interested in having your child attend I.C.E. for 6th grade in Fall 2019.
You MUST include I.C.E. as one of their ranked choices on the NYC DOE middle school application form.
Students who have a strong interest in attending ICE may submit a one-page original handwritten essay mailed directly to the school, postmarked no later than December 1, 2018. In this essay, the student should explain a few of the most important things for someone to know about them as a student AND as a person outside of school.
Please download and include the I.C.E. Contact Information form with your essay. This document is available through this link: http://bit.ly/2yeflXz
The essay and contact information form should be mailed to:
Institute for Collaborative Education - Attn. 6th-grade admissions - 345 East 15th Street - NYC, NY 10003
Visit ICE website for more information: http://www.iceschoolnyc.org/ice-vision/
For questions or concerns contact Ms. Kowalski (Parent Coordinator)
Bedtime Math - Free App.
Your kids won’t believe how cool math can be with Bedtime Math!
Enjoy a new story together every day in the free app – download it here: bedtimemath.org/appsBedtime
Math Parent Engagement Program
A Fun, free app for IPads, Iphones or Android devices.
Quick, wacky family math.
Dinnertime. Bathtime. Any time.
A wacky new problem each day!
Three levels of math(ages 3-9)–Answers provided–No log-ins, no scores
-iPhone/iPad or Android
3-Select Community Edition
4-Enter special code: NYC
5-Parents will select their District and School (District 14, PS 34 Oliver H. Perry)
6- You’re in!
Free Admission and Discounted Admission at New York City Museums
These NYC Museums Are Always Free
Who doesn't love to do something free? Check out these New York City museums and cultural institutions that offer free access every day that they are open -- confirm hours/days that they're open to avoid disappointment.
Culture Pass: Get Free Access to NYC Museums with a Library Card
The New York Public Library is making it even easier for New Yorkers to enjoy remarkable destinations in NYC with Culture Pass, a service that allows library cardholders to visit cultural institutions throughout the city for free. NYC library cardholders can borrow passes for two or four people at cultural institutions throughout the city.
Visit the Culture Pass website for more information.
Father College & Career Prep FREE
The Citizenship Project at the NY Historical Society
The Citizenship Project is a FREE program to prepare legal permanent residents for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Exam (USCIS) naturalization test. Engage parents and strengthen community ties by bringing this grant-funded program into your neighborhood school.
Courses take place on-site at the New-York Historical Society on Saturdays, weekday evenings, and weekday mornings. Morning, evening, and Saturday classes are offered at various locations across New York City.
For more information about the project, please click here: https://www.nyhistory.org/education/citizenship-project
Have questions regarding immigration?
Below you will find various information regarding immigration rights.
Useful Immigration Numbers:
- If you have been arrested/Convicted and you want to know what the immigration consequences are, call The Immigration Defense Project at 212-705-6422
- To determine if you have a final order of removal call the Case Status Information Line at 1-800-898-7180
- For Referrals to low-cost and free legal service providers, contact The New American Hotline at 800-566-7636 (Open Monday-Friday 9 am- 8 pm)
- Your family can find you a private immigration attorney (www.ailalawyer.com)
- To receive information on legal resources and report suspected cases of fraud, call the New Americans Hotline 800-566-7636
- to learn more about common scams targeting immigrants, and to access community materials, visit www.protectingimmigrants.org
Parent Coordinator Newsletter
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2018–19 Achieve NYC Guide to NYC Public Schools
The new 2018–19 edition of Achieve NYC Guide to NYC Public Schools are now available.
The guide is available in ten languages and offers families an easy-to-read overview of the DOE’s policies, school- and district-level supports, and academic expectations for students. The guide also includes useful tips for supporting students at home, in the classroom, and during the college application process.
Additional hard copies will be available in the main office and Parent Teacher Conferences Night in the School Cafeteria.
Click HERE for English Guide.
Click HERE for Spanish Guide.
Click HERE for French Guide.
Click HERE for Chinese Guide.
Click HERE for a link to other language guides.
Connect with NYC DOE
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Subscribe to NYC DOE Email Newsletters and to receive information:
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NYC Schools Account - Updated in 10-2017
NYC Schools Account
You play an important role in your child's academic success. Our goal is to give you the information you need to be an informed and active partner in your child's education. We invite you to set up your NYC Schools Account, a is a web-based application which provides a new way for you to view your child's academic and biographic information information in one of ten languages on a computer, phone or tablet.
In the account, you can see a child’s:
Assessments (test scores)
Health information (Fitnessgram)
*You can now invite other adults who are associated with your child's school record to have their own account.*
You can invite relatives, the babysitter, a neighbor, or tutor, or a parent who lives in a different place, or anyone
else who you feel it is important to share your child’s information with. However, as some of this information is
kept private by schools, we ask you to consider carefully whom you will invite. You control how much or how
little information you want to share with them. For more information: NYCSAParentFlyer_2017.pdf
Parents and Legal Guardians are welcome to visit your parent coordinator at the school to sign up or if you have any questions regarding registering for NYC Schools Account.
Community Education Council for District 14
Business & Calendar Meeting
Where: I.S. 71 Juan Morel Campos, 215 Heyward Street, Room 238 Brooklyn, New York 11206
Come out and join the CEC D14!
For more information, please fall CEC14 Office at (718) 302-7624 or
E-Mail us at email@example.com
CEC MONTHLY CALENDAR FOR 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR (CLICK HERE)
NYC Parks Help Make Fitness an Affordable for Parents and Students
A NYC Parks Recreation Center membership gives you access to New York City’s most affordable and extensive network of recreational facilities across the five boroughs. Anyone can be a member – there are no residency requirements and kids under 18 can get a free membership.
Come to any of the Recreation Center locations with one form of photo identification.
Include NYC provides one-to-one help, information resources, and workshops on topics that are important to parents with youngsters with disability at no cost.
Contact the Free Resource Line : Call 212-677-4660 Text 646-693-3175
Access free resources online. Visit INCLUDENYC.ORG