P.S. 354 The STEM Institute of Queens

                          126 - 10 Bedell Street. Jamaica, New York 11434 Phone (718) 276-1348 / Fax (718) 276-2498 
Mrs. Raevan Askew, Principal, Mrs. Catherine Glaser, Assistant Principal

Week of  May 9, 2016

Ongoing Announcements: 
  • Don't forget to send in your box tops!
  • Promotional Standards for Grades Kindergarten-12!
  • Parents/Guardians please do not forget that our instructional day begins at 8:00am daily. We have moved our late sign-in table to the main lobby instead of the main office. All students who arrive to school at/after 8:07am will be required to sign in. 
  • There are changes to the dismissal process beginning Monday, March 14th. Please see the dismissal notice that went home for full details!
  • What will the kids to do over Spring Break  (April 25-29)? How about Spring Break Camp? NYC DOE is partnering with various organizations to offer exciting science and  STEM enrichment programs for kids in Kindergarten through high school! See the flyer for more information!
  • Press release from the New York City Council: Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced an innovative collaboration with Microsoft Corp. to provide New York City students and families with access to Microsoft software. Students and families will be able to download Office 2016, Office for Mac 2016 and the Office 365 mobile apps available for Windows 10 tablets, iPhone, iPad and Android devices. All of these are part of Microsoft’s Office 365 Education offering and available to download from the website https://studentoffice.net/. There is no cost for up to five (5) downloads on their personal computers, Windows or Mac, up to five (5) tablets and up to five (5) phones.
School Hours
We can be reached Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 2:20pm
Monday - 8:00am - 2:20pm
Tuesday - 8:00am - 2:20pm
Wednesday - 8:00am - 2:20pm
Thursday - 8:00am - 2:20pm
Friday - 8:00am - 2:20pm

Instructional Focus:

At PS 354 we believe that children learn best and teachers teach best when an environment is fully supportive of their social, emotional and academic needs. Our students learn in different ways on different days, so we give our children the opportunity to make meaning of their own learning by engaging in hands-on exploration, inquiry and discussions between their classmates and teachers. This year we are placing a greater emphasis on writing for all students to make their thinking evident across all content areas. We use on-going assessments to show learning progress. Questions are designed to meet individual needs to lead students to mastery of grade appropriate standards. Our work is guided by the Common Core Standards and the use of rubrics and checklists to hold all students to our high expectations of college and career readiness. We share the progress of our students with their families to be sure that we are supportive of additional learning and engagement at home.

Our PS 354 Mural, as well as other painted art in our building, was graciously done by Nancy Nicholson

About Us...
PS 354 is an elementary school that is grounded in STEM studies. 
Our students have daily opportunities to apply the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content  to learning activities that allows students to investigate the natural world. 
We encourage exploration, collaboration and critical thinking to develop our students as readers and leaders of their own learning. 
We take a school-wide approach to interdisciplinary, hands - on learning that fosters independence. 
Our school is a community that promotes the academic and social growth of every child and our staff is committed to growing and developing professionally to provide the best experience for students while laying their educational foundation. 

PS 354 Student Oath

I will prepare for tomorrow by making the most of today. 
I will listen, follow the rules and monitor my behavior because I am the leader of my own learning. 
I will think creatively, try new things and do my best to complete my tasks independently. 
I will ask questions, give thoughtful answers and discuss my ideas with my teachers and classmates. 
I will respect myself and others by using kind words and making smart choices. 
I know that I am supported. 
I will make it to college and choose an exciting career because I won’t accept anything less.

In Your Child's Book Bag...
Free STEM Summer Programs Deadline April 19, 2016
Zika Letter from the Chancellor