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

Save the Dates: December 2nd & 3rd – Picture Day!

Mark your calendars for Picture Day!

Picture Day 2020 is almost here. Make sure to mark you calendar for Wednesday, December 2nd and Thursday December 3rd, 2020. The PS 99 Parents’ Association have created three solutions to ensure Picture Day 2020 is inclusive of the entire student population and affords every student an opportunity to participate in this activity. Safety is our number one priority and due to Covid-19, the entire process of shooting the photos, ordering prints and delivering the prints to families will be done without any physical contact. Students, photographers and staff will all maintain appropriate social distance at all times. This year Picture Day will be different but we hope in the years to come these portraits of our children will provide cherished memories and important context about this time in our lives.

TO ACCOMMODATE EVERYONE WE HAVE CREATED THREE PHOTOGRAPHY SOLUTIONS:

Solution 1) There will be two days of in-person photography scheduled for Wednesday, December 2nd and Thursday, December 3rd to accommodate the group A and B students who will already be in the school buildings during normal school hours.

Solution 2) The photographers will stay on location at PS 99 after the end of the school day on both Wednesday and Thursday for extended hours to accommodate remote students seeking in-person photography sessions at the school.

Solution 3) For any parents of remote learners who are unable to attend the extended day in-person portrait sessions on Wednesday and Thursday or choose not to participate in the activity, we will have an option for a Remote Picture Day. This option allows parents to shoot a photo at home and upload it directly to the photography team. Parents will have the same options to select multiple backgrounds and purchase prints while enabling all students to participate in the class photo and yearbook.

PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

We are looking for parent volunteers to be on hand to help facilitate both days. If you’d like to volunteer, please use the following link to sign up and choose your shifts:

https://forms.gle/msyvvz6CPrqCMqV18

PA GENERAL MEETING – Thursday, November 19th at 6:30pm

The PA will host its October general meeting on Thursday, November 19th at 6:30pm. All PS 99 parents are encouraged to attend and participate in the meeting.

Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89505485367?pwd=UG9sNWZEMFllSGd0M09LZ2NlNjZtZz09

Agenda:

Parents: How are We Coping?
Are you or your children overwhelmed with remote learning? Need help connecting with community-based support? Join us for a chat!

Picture Day!
Mark your calendars! Picture Day is happening December 2 & 3rd! Come find out how it will take place this year.

Welcoming the Class Parent Leaders
The Class Lists are out! Come discuss upcoming PA special events for all grades.

Character Day is Friday, October 30th

Friday, October 30th is Character Day!

Help your child bring their favorite books to life by dressing as their favorite storybook character! For this celebration, students should wear school-appropriate clothing. Some accessories like glasses, wigs, hats and face paints can be used. Please do not bring in masks, sharp objects, or weapons of any kind.

Students can bring in a copy of their favorite book their character is from, to share with their class. We hope everyone participates in this literary event!

The PA will also be collecting photos of your child/children in costume for possible use in this year’s yearbook. You can use the following form to submit your photos if you’d like to participate! We can’t wait to see all those faces in character!

https://forms.gle/9Fg2qCJxw16DFawK6

Parent support group session – October 28th

Parents, are you feeling stressed? You are not alone! The PS99 PA presents a new way for parents in 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. 

Tuesday, October 28th 8-9pm:

Join us:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87447737984?pwd=MVozTUtwcVpWSXZnSkFTalN4TXlHdz09

Meeting ID: 874 4773 7984
Passcode: 462671

Class List Sign Up Deadline: October 29th

Every year, the PA prepares a Class List, a directory with the names of students by class, and the contact information of their parents/guardians.

The Class List allows parents of the same class contact one another for information regarding assignments and school-related news and events. During sign up, parents are asked if they would like to be CLASS PARENT LEADERS. CLASS PARENT LEADERS are parents who would like to assist with their child’s teacher with class- and school-related activities, and act as a liaisons between the PA and your child’s specific class and/or grade. Because this year is different, CLASS PARENT LEADERS will primarily work with the PA to help improve communications between the teacher and class parents.

Please use the following link to sign up for the Class List.

https://forms.gle/PpKQkabgqwk5fnXj9

PA GENERAL MEETING – THURS, OCTOBER 15TH

The Zoom link to enter the meeting will be posted here next week.

The PA will host its October general meeting on Thursday, October 15th at 6pm. All PS 99 parents are encouraged to attend and participate in the meeting. A separate link to the Zoom meeting will be posted here.

Agenda:

Middle School Applications
PS 99 Guidance Counselor Mr. Reid will stop by to help parents prepare for this year’s middle school application season. Parents of PS 99 grads will return to share their perspectives on local middle schools.

Class Lists & Class Parent Leaders
What it takes to be Class Parent Leaders.

Reimagine School Events During Distance Learning
Help the PA reimagine Picture Day, WorldFest and other events during distance learning.