2021 Yearbook Submissions!

Hey 99 parents! The PA is currently putting together the 2021 yearbook, and we still need some of your photos!

If you’ve participated in Picture Day, or submitted a Remote headshot, then you’re all set. Otherwise, we’d love to include your child in the grade pages!

Here’s a quick video on how to send us the photos.

The corresponding upload links will be posted on the PA Dojo.

We hope we can see some more smiling faces on those yearbook pages! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtqJ08xMxzM

VOTE for the Community Education Council now through May 11

Attention PS99 Parents! Did you know that right now you are eligible to vote in an election in District 28 that effects the funding of our schools and other important issues? Vote now through May 11.

Want to learn more about the Community Education Council election and candidates for our district? A volunteer group of parents, educators and community members across District 28 are holding a forum to get to know some of the candidates who are running for CEC! Come see who you think may best support our kids. Please sign up at the link below to join us tomorrow evening, May 3rd at 8:00 PM.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdO_NPtUi5eP9tqQZtkRR2wh_NOaYKjpt3R-2P6HkoAtaeIOA/viewform

Please note: this forum is not in any way sponsored by or affiliated with PS99, the PS99 PA or the NYC DOE.

Below and attached you will also find more information about the election, including where and how to vote!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vSNsnXzDIT2LHoFpNOBql8E55bsT9sT472OC0ShDt8Q4g6-qgvU6CTBMQIlaSyCQu5dyUzLY9m5iPfJ/pub

In community,
Your neighbors at District 28 Action for Equity

Seeking nominations for Elections on May 20th! Everything you need to know about being a part of the PA Executive Board or SLT

The PA is looking for a few superhero parents and guardians to join us for the upcoming 2021/2022 school year! We are planning big things for next year, and we need your help! Nominate yourself or someone you know for the Executive Board or School Leadership Team (SLT)!

ELIGIBILITY:

Parents of students currently attending PS99 are automatically members of the PS99 Parents’ Association and thus eligible to serve on the PA Executive Board or SLT. Parents include parents by birth or adoption, stepparents, legally appointed guardians, foster parents and persons in parental relation to a child currently attending PS99.

THE PA EXECUTIVE BOARD:

While each of the positions are fluid, and board members help out where possible, here are the overall descriptions:

PRESIDENT/CO-PRESIDENT:

  • preside at all meetings of the Association
  • is an ex-officio member of all committees except the nominating committee;
  • appoint Association committee chairpersons with the approval of the executive board
  • encourage meaningful participation in all parent and school activities
  • provide opportunities for members’ leadership development
  • delegate responsibilities to members of the Association as needed
  • attend all regular meetings of the presidents’ council
  • is a mandatory member of the School Leadership Team
  • meet regularly with the executive board members
  • plan the agendas for the general membership meetings
  • is one of the eligible signatories on checks
  • assist with the June transfer of Association records, including all pertinent user ID and passwords, to the incoming executive board

Miriam Kessler and Irina Peschan are current co-presidents. They intend to run again for the upcoming year.

VICE PRESIDENT/CO-VICE PRESIDENT:

  • assist the president or co-president in the discharge of duties
  • assume the president or co-president’s duties in his/her absence or at their request
  • is a signatory on all PA bank accounts if there is a single president
  • in the event of a vacancy in the office of the president/co-president, the vice-president shall automatically succeed to the office of the president.
  • Michel Leroy, Kathy Bolanos, and Richard Nunez-Lawrence are current co-vice presidents. Michel and Kathy intends to run again for the upcoming year. Elena O’Neal (currently co-recording secretary) intends to run.

RECORDING SECRETARY/CO-RECORDING SECRETARY:

The duties of the recording secretary shall include but are not
limited to the following:

  • record minutes at all Association meetings;
  • prepare notices, agendas, sign-in sheets and materials for distribution;
  • prepare and read the minutes at Association meetings;
  • distribute copies of the minutes for review and approval by the general membership;
  • maintain the custody of the Association’s records on school premises;
  • incorporate all amendments into the bylaws, and;
  • ensure that signed copies of the bylaws with the latest amendments are on file
  • in the principal’s office;
  • may be responsible for reviewing, maintaining and responding to all correspondence addressed to the Association; and,
  • assist with the June transfer of Association records, including all pertinent user IDs and passwords, to the incoming executive board.

Christopher Lee and Elena O’Neal are current co-recording secretaries. Nominations are open for both co-recording secretary positions.

TREASURER/CO-TREASURER:

The duties of the treasurer shall include but are not limited to the
following:

  • responsible for all financial affairs and funds of the Association;
  • maintain an updated record of all income and expenditures on school premises;
  • is one of the signatories on checks;
  • adhere to and implement all financial procedures established by the Association;
  • prepare and present a written report of all transactions at every executive board and general membership meeting (which includes income, refunds,
  • reimbursements and other expenditures, and opening and closing balances for the reporting period);
  • prepare the Association’s interim and annual financial reports;
  • make available all books and financial records for viewing by members upon
  • request and for audit;
  • assist with the June transfer of Association records, including all pertinent user IDs and passwords, to the incoming executive board.

Jeffrey Zimmer and Juana Mock are current co-treasurers. They both intend to run again for the upcoming year.

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY/CO-CORRESPONDING SECRETARY:

The duties of the corresponding secretary shall include but are not limited to the following:

  • prepare and distribute notices of all Association meetings and event dates;
  • be responsible for reviewing, maintaining and responding to all correspondence regarding the Association
  • shall prepare responses or correspondence at the request of the president.

Lisa Fu is currently the corresponding secretary. She intends to run again for the upcoming year. Nominations are open for a co-corresponding secretary.

Be a part of the school’s decision making!

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM

The School Leadership Team (SLT) is a group of stakeholders consisting of the Principal, Assistant Principal, a PA Co-President, a United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Chapter Leader, Parents, and staff.

SLT provides:

  • ongoing evaluations of a school’s educational programs and their impact on student achievement.
  • play an important role in school-based decision-making
  • help to make school cultures more collaborative

As an SLT member, you will:

  • develop and review the schools Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP), including annual goals and objectives,
  • consult with the principal in developing school-based budge and staffing plan aligned with the CEP; and
  • assist in the evaluation and assessment of the school’s educational programs and their effect on student achievement

TIME COMMITMENT:

The SLT meets on the third Monday of every month during the school year from 4:30-6:30pm. Reimbursement for 30 hours of service is $300. The SLT position is a two-year commitment.

There are three main positions open with two alternate positions available in September. We are currently seeking nominations for the three main positions.

HOW TO NOMINATE YOURSELF/SOMEONE:

To nominate yourself or someone, please fill out the following form here.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScKc3e1ZsRqOHXtLbi6cr-DigaV6a4q8w54IRsq-hMJpr0jlQ/viewform?embedded=true

You must be present at the May 20th meeting in order to run for the election.

April General Membership Meeting – Thursday, April 22

The PS99 Parents’ Association (PA) calls on all parents to attend our next 2 meetings, to learn about how you and other parents can volunteer to serve as board members or as members of the School Leadership Team (SLT) to help make important decisions for the future of our PA and our school. These are positions for parents like you, who have the talent and the time, who believe they can benefit PS99 by serving on the PA Board or the SLT.

CALL FOR CANDIDATES:

The PS99 PA calls for candidates to fill all positions on the PA Board (details below).

The SLT calls for candidates to fill 3 positions for parent representatives (details below).

If you have questions or if you are interested in running for any of these positions, contact ps99queens.pa@gmail.com by May 18, 2021.

Note that all voters and candidates in these elections must be a parent (birth parent, adoptive parent, step-parent, legally-appointed guardian, foster parent, or “person in a parental relation” of a PS99 student.

You must be present at the PA Election Meeting on May 20th at 6:30 pm in order to vote or run for office.

WHAT ARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PS99 BOARD?

The term for each position is one year, beginning July 1. Following the election, there will be a Transfer of Records in June, when newly elected officers meet with the continuing and outgoing officers and school staff to ensure that everyone on the new Board is ready to step into their roles by July 1.

The minimum mandatory positions to qualify our organization as a PA are President (presides at meetings), Treasurer (keeps track of our finances), and Recording Secretary (keeps records of our meetings). However, in order to function effectively and do meaningful work to help PS99, we need a much more robust team that includes co-officers to share duties, Vice Presidents to take on specific projects and to connect with different constituencies within the school, and at least one Corresponding Secretary (deals with communications). The Board, and the roles of its officers are evolving to meet the challenges of our time, as we are on the cusp of becoming a 501c3 non-profit organization for the first time.

Serving on the Board is voluntary and unpaid. Each month, Board members are required to attend both the Board meeting and the General Membership meeting. The Board decides when the meetings will take place. This year all our meetings took place on Zoom; usually Board meetings were at 6:30 pm on the first Wednesday, and the General Membership meetings were at 6:30 pm on the third Thursday of the month.

Candidates can team up to run as a pair for certain positions, such as co-treasurers – to share the responsibilities, and to make sure the Board functions seamlessly in the event any officer unexpectedly resigns.

All Board members have an opportunity to help shape the PS99 PA’s plan of action for your term in office, and for the future!

WHAT IS THE SLT?

The SLT is a body that assists with school-based decision making. It develops PS99’s Comprehensive Education Plan (CEP) which lays out attainable goals to meet the needs of students.

SLT meets once a month, at a mutually agreed-upon time. The date of the Meeting usually falls on the third Monday of the month, from September to June. New representatives begin their term in September, and meetings are open to all to attend as observers.

SLT members are given a stipend of $10 per hour that they participate.

The SLT at PS99 has 14 members – including a total of 7 parent representatives. One parent is the PA President, and the others are elected directly to the SLT by the  parents during PA Elections. The other members of the SLT are the principal, the assistant principal, a teacher who represents the UFT (Teachers’ Union), a staff member who represents the DC37 (Union of NYC public employees), and 3 teachers who are elected by the other teachers.

Parent representatives on the SLT serve for a 2 year term. Elections for parent representatives on the SLT take place every year, to fill the seats of those whose term is expiring.

This coming election we are seeking 3 new parent representatives, and there will be spots for 2 alternates up for election in September, to encourage the participation of parents new to the school.

Free English Class Series for PS 99 Adults – Beginning April 17th

The PS99 Parents’ Association proudly presents a new Free English Class series for PS99 Parents.

Six Saturdays: April 17 through May 22, 10 – 11 am

April 17
April 24
May 1
May 8
May 15
May 22

This class is for high beginner to low intermediate English speakers who want to improve their English skills and gain confidence in speaking English. Each week will focus on a different theme that includes important vocabulary and grammar that people living in New York City need to know. Themes may include keeping in touch with your child’s school, taking care of errands in the neighborhood, chatting about current events, and various other topics that the class wants to learn about. In each class, vocabulary and grammar that are important for the topic will be reviewed and practiced, and most of the classwork will involve conversation and discussion so that class attendees can practice their speaking. The teacher will suggest and provide activities to complete at home to continue practicing, but all “homework” will be optional. Above all, the English class is a place to learn with a group of people who have the same goal; we will practice the language and have fun getting to know others in the community at the same time.

Register for this class series:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1z2qFG0yQ-a10flK_AS1mODVEzVbardJQRJmfGQCUmHc/edit?usp=drivesdk

Brittany Ober, a PS99 parent, has volunteered to create and teach this class just for our school community!

About Brittany:

Brittany Ober has been teaching at the American Language Program at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies since 2012. At the ALP, she teaches various levels in the Intensive English Program, Advanced Academic Preparation, and English for International and Public Affairs at SIPA.

Since 2015, she has been the co-chair of the ALP’s annual winter conference for TESOL professionals. Ober’s pedagogical interests include extensive listening, critical thinking, and incorporating art, poetry, and music into ESL instruction. Her recent professional projects include presenting at the ANUPI conference in Huatulco, Mexico, co-teaching a teacher training seminar on English Medium Instruction at Universidad Panamericana, Guadalajara, and writing Project-Based Language Learning courses for the ALP’s new summer curriculum.

Remote Picture Day is almost over!

Remote Picture Day is almost over for PS99. If you were unable to attend the in person picture day at PS99 there is one final chance to have your photos included in the class photos and yearbook… Remote Picture Day submissions are still possible but we don’t know how long the link will be active because the deadline already passed. If you were planning to send in a photo do it NOW!

Remote Picture Day is for everyone but time is running out so if you have not already uploaded your picture this is the last opportunity to join PS99 in making picture day a success.

Step 1 | Grab your phone, get dressed up and find a clean open wallStep

2 | Good lighting is keyStep

3 | Take a Great PhotoThere are detailed instructions on how to shoot a great photo that will match the in person photos at RemotePictureDay.com.

Once you have your great photo you can upload it directly to the website. Make sure to select PS99 Kew Gardens School when uploading your photo. There is a $4.95 fee to have your photo retouched and prepared for printing. If the fee is a financial burden to your family please reach out to the Parents’ Association and we will do everything we can to help.

So grab your phone and get snapping now before it’s too late!

Remote Picture Day: 1/18 through 1/22

PS99 Picture Day is for everyone, including students who were unable to attend the in person photos this week. You can still participate so save the dates!Remote Picture Day for PS99 runs from 1/18/2021 through 1/22/2021 – so mark your calendar. Details on how to shoot and upload your pictures will follow shortly.

Next Parent Support Group Meetup – Tuesday, Dec 8th

Are you feeling stressed? You are not alone! Whether you are a parent of a student at PS99, or you work at PS99 and have school-age children of your own, the PS99 PA presents a new way for our school community to connect. Join us for an online support group session.

Lauren Clavin is a PS 99 kindergarten mom, a foster parent and a counselor. She works with parents all over New York City, facilitating parent support groups and workshops on issues related to the various challenges that come with raising kids in these uniquely stressful times.

PS99 Parents’ Oasis Support Group
8 to 9 pm, Tuesday, Dec 8th

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2459627497?pwd=dHhOM3o2NzFyRm1STTd2L1pHYTNFdz09

Meeting ID: 245 962 7497
Passcode: 876106

Parent Support Group TONIGHT, November 24 8-9pm

Are you feeling stressed? You are not alone! Whether you are a parent of a student at PS99, or you work at PS99 and have school-age children of your own, the PS99 PA presents a new way for our school community to connect. Join us for an online support group session.

Lauren Clavin is a PS 99 kindergarten mom, a foster parent and a counselor. She works with parents all over New York City, facilitating parent support groups and workshops on issues related to the various challenges that come with raising kids in these uniquely stressful times.

PS99 Parents’ Oasis Support Group8 to 9 pm, Tuesday Nov. 24

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86032957732?pwd=VlBaZ2ZWakVXaFMyNE5mWGdnZ1VqQT09

Meeting ID: 860 3295 7732
Passcode: 620973