Dear P.S. 59 Community,
Welcome to February! Spring feels like it may be peeking around the corner and hopefully we have better news on the Covid front. We have been seeing a steady rise in our student attendance numbers but we still need your support to make sure our students are coming to school every day. PS 59 is still not where it needs to be when it comes to our overall attendance for the year. Parents I need your help with this !
This month students will be celebrating the hundredth day of school. On February 16th we are also celebrating PS 59's 100th birthday. Our building was erected in 1921 and has been serving this community as a school since then.
Please check the February calendars, There will be many events for the children to look forward to during Our Respect for All week which runs from February 14, 2022 till February 18, 2022. Parents/Families this is going to be a busy but short month our children will be working hard having fun and learning a lot please make sure they don't miss out 💗
Anniversary Day / Chancellor's Conference Day
Anniversary Day / Chancellor's Conference Day for staff development; students do not attend.PS 59X
Clerical Day for elementary schools, middle schools, K–12 schools, and standalone D75 programs; students in these schools do not attendPS 59X
P.S. 59 Field DayPS 59X
Juneteenth, schools closedPS 59X
5th Grade Senior Trip
Holiday Hills 5th grade trip.PS 59X
Student & Family Resources
Families are encouraged to record their student’s vaccination status in the DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Portal(Open external link). Submitting this information will support New York City’s pandemic response and recovery efforts, and help ensure that DOE schools and buildings remain safe places for all students and staff.
Students and their families can access the Vaccine Portal with the student's DOE account login credentials (email and password).
- Visit the DOE Student Account page or help setting up or accessing your child’s account.
Self Care Ideas for Kids: Help Your Family Unwind and Recharge
Between school, extracurricular activities, hanging out with friends, and family chores, being a kid takes a lot of work! Throw in the pressures of social media and ever-changing technology and you have a recipe for one potentially stressed teen or tween. To help you support them and encourage rest and relaxation, we’ve found some of the best self care ideas for children. Many of the activities can be done together, so you can spend time bonding with your kids while you all take a little time out of your day to rejuvenate.
Start an Afternoon Tea Time
Starting an afternoon tea time can help you and your kids wind down the day and get ready for the evening. Plus, as a comforting ritual, it just can’t be beat. A warm mug of tea is like a hug in a cup! Explore different flavors and blends with your kids, and learn if they like honey or sugar, milk or cream. To take it up a notch, ask a question of the day to stimulate thoughtful (or hilarious) conversations over your cuppas.
Stretch Your Body with Free Yoga on YouTube
One of the most beneficial self-care and mindfulness activities for kids is yoga — stretching, breathing, and being still can help create a lighter frame of mind and increase relaxation. Fortunately, there are countless ways to learn stretching moves for all skill levels on YouTube. We recommend Yoga for Teens over at Yoga with Adrian, but there are tons of instructors and styles available at no cost.
Get to Puzzling Once a Day
Spending a long day paying attention in school followed by tons of homework can turn any kid into a near-zombie. We recommend a daily puzzle to keep those growing minds sharp and thinking outside the box. Find something that your kids like, whether it’s a sudoku, a crossword, KenKen, or even jigsaw puzzles — anything that gets them focusing intensely for a few minutes on problem-solving.
Become Passionate About Daily Walks
We know — this may seem like a hard sell, and that you’re already anticipating choruses of “BUT WALKING IS BOOOORING!” but hear us out. Getting your kids into walking serves three very important functions. It gives them a chance to get some much-needed physical exercise, it enables them to bask in (hopefully) a little sunshine and fresh air, and it helps them create a sense of community. The more frequently and consistently you walk around where you live, the more you’ll learn about your neighbors. And even he rhythms of daily life — like that the local friendly golden retriever always gets her nightly walk at 5:30 p.m.
Designate a Weekly “Battle of the Generations” Movie Night
Grab your remote, pull up Disney+ on the family TV, make some buttery popcorn, and break out the blankets! Pick a dedicated night of the week that’s just for this themed movie night and try to stick to a regular schedule. Make it something the whole family looks forward to. Alternate watching movies your kids love (Lego Batman, Secret Life of Pets 2) and movies that you loved when you were their age (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial).
Schedule Time for Pet Bonding
Pets are great stress relievers and can always be counted on to bring a smile and a laugh. Make sure your children take a few minutes — or more! — each day to play with their four-legged friends. Also, long walks are beneficial for both kids and dogs. And if your family doesn’t have a pet because of allergies or another reason? Head to YouTube — videos of puppies going down slides are 100% hypoallergenic!
Self Care Ideas Can Come From Anywhere
At the end of the day, self care is about empowering your kids to engage in a little peace and relaxation. There are a million ways for teens and tweens to take care of themselves with a few simple, daily activities. If nothing on this list appeals to them, start a conversation! Self care ideas can be super personal and specific. Finding what works is just part of the journey. Plus, starting a comforting routine can not only help them refresh their minds and souls. It can also help you bond as you learn more about your kids and the way they make sense of the world. Time to put the kettle on!
Leader in Me
We are often asked how parents can support our school’s leadership initiative. Each time we are asked we give the same answer: “Use the 7 Habits language at home.” As the school year unfolds, the students are learning the language and meaning of the 7 Habits. By hearing the same language at home and at school, you send your child a message of what is important and that we are all on the same team—the team that wants to help your student succeed. When parents and schools support one another, the sky is the limit!
Below is a summary of each of the habits:
Habit 1: Be Proactive (I’m Responsible for Me)
Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan)
Habit 3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)
Habit 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen Before You Talk)
Habit 6: Synergize (Together Is Better)
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)
In order to encourage the 7 Habits language at home, here are some questions you can ask your child:
How were you proactive today?
What is your end in mind with this project/work/task?
How do you plan to put first things first in this situation?
What would be a win-win for us?
I want to hear what you think first and then I will share. How do you know when you are being listened to?
How can we work together on this?
How would you like to sharpen your saw today?
About The Holidays
Have you ever stopped to wonder why we wear Halloween costumes, celebrate Thanksgiving in November, or choose valentines in February? These familiar traditions have fascinating and sometimes surprising origins. Get to know the history and significance behind these U.S. holidays (and more!) with this new collection of resources.
Black History Month
The month of February honors the important role Black people play in the story of our country. Across the United States, schools and communities organize to learn more about Black History and Culture. How is Black History Month recognized in your community? How do you recognize Black History throughout the year?
Learn the history of Black History Month in this quick video.
Is it time for spring or will we have six more weeks of winter? Why does a groundhog get to decide? Find out more about the history of this holiday and about Punxsutawney Phil.
Learn the history of Groundhog Day in this quick video.
The 100th Day of School
The 100th day of school is an important milestone in the school year recognized in elementary schools across America. How does your school recognize its first 100 days?
Watch this short video to learn more about The 100th Day of School
Presidents Day is an opportunity for the country to acknowledge the leaders of its government. See how it evolved from a birthday party for George Washington to an observance for all of the Presidents.
Learn about the celebration of Presidents Day in this quick video.
School Based Support
I need help with my classwork:
- Email your teacher, we are willing to you help you during school hours
I have a problem or question about my DOE Device:
- Call or Text Mr. Ramirez 973-963-7481
My family needs help finding resources such as food, public assistances and other NYC Fund & Services:
- Visit Mr. R. Ramirez’s Classroom or Call or Text Ms. S. Gonzalez at 917-310-1134
I just need to talk to someone, because I am sad or overwhelmed:
- Text Well to 65173 or Call NYC Well at 888-692-9355 or call or text the school guidance counselor, Ms. Lugo @ 201-690-7122 or the school social worker, Ms. Diaz @347-874-5686
I need help from our ENL Providers Ms. Montemoino or Ms. Matos:
- Send them a email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Communicate with our Staff
Call the School or visit our school website for a full staff directory.
Social Emotional Support:
- Text or Call Ms. Lugo @ 201-690-7122 or Ms. Diaz @ 347-874-5686
Resources such as food, public assistances and other NYC Fund & Services:
- Visit Mr. R. Ramirez’s Classroom or Call or Text Ms. S. Gonzalez at 917-310-1134
Tech Support & Parent Questions:
- Call or Text R. Ramirez at 973-963-7481
Need to contact the Parent Association President:
- Email PA President Ms. Diaz at 10x059PA@schools.nyc.gov
Need to speak to someone about afterschool:
- Email Mr. Mauro at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 718-584-4730 x1013