Comments Off on What happened at Coffee and Conversation?
PS 15 will continue to offer playdates to families this year. Just recently, we had our first playdate to the Children’s Museum of Art on a Saturday morning. Currently, we are offering tickets to Carnegie Hall for various cultural events. The last event was a blast! Parents shared their interest in having a playdate for the adults as an opportunity to get away for a little while and relax. We will see what we can organize to meet this need.
We had a rich discussion about all the ways we could involve our parents. There were many fabulous ideas, such as:
Offer a cookie decorating class for the holidays
Hold a parent and child talent show
Create awards for parents of children who get awards
Add parent photos to the TV in the lobby
Offer Family Fridays in the classroom where parents can join their children
Hold classes on what to expect when your child enters a new class
Offer a variety of ways that families can donate to the school (time, clothing, supplies, etc.)
Parents were interested in finding appropriate ways to come together to express their appreciation to teachers for all their hard work.
Lunch is a fun time for students, but it can tend to get too loud. We talked about finding ways to reduce the noise in the cafeteria. We will continue to problem solve around this topic.
What a lovely turn out for our first Coffee and Conversation. Here are the main discussion points from today:
Maker Space in Action
Our Maker Space is open and students are enjoying creating and imagining in this amazing place. Parents took a tour of the Maker Space. We are looking forward to planning a Maker Space event for parents.
A CEP Goal for This Year
Our focus this year is on making sure that students are owners of their learning. Rather than pull them along, we want students to take control of their learning, make decisions, and develop the skills necessary for becoming lifelong learners. To achieve this goal, we will be working to co-craft personal goals with students, gather feedback from students, and shift our language so that students are motivated to learn, are persistent in their efforts, and are engaged in thinking and inquiry.
Diversity Pilot for District 1
We spent time talking about the diversity efforts underway. A new Family Resource Center (FRC) has opened in PS 15 for all parents in the district. The FRC will serve to ensure families have information about all of the wonderful schools in District 1 in order to help help them make informed school choice decisions. In addition to the FRC, the district is piloting an admissions proposal that will give priority to families that qualify for free and reduced lunch, are English language learners, and/ or live in temporary housing. For more information on this initiative, please visit the FRC website.
We are working to make this website easier to access for people with disabilities and will follow theWeb Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. If you need assistance with a particular page or document on our current site, please contact Laura Salmon at LSalmon@schools.nyc.gov or (212) 228-8730 to request assistance.