This week Spotlight is….First Day of School!

Welcome back all our new and returning families! Enjoy the long weekend! Students return Tuesday, September 13th.


JUST ADDED MORE Fun, Educational Summer Activities…..

And if you are looking for something totally different, and you don’t mind a little driving, how about a drive-in movie theater! A blast from the past and New York State still has quite a few. Follow this link to get more information.

As I get more activities I will update my list. Wishing everyone a restful summer!! See you on Thursday, September 8th!



This weeks spotlight is …… FIELD DAY!!

Field Day is Friday, May 13, 2016.  It is a day where all the students will participate in outdoor games and activities.  We will need the help of parent volunteers to make Field Day successful. We need volunteers and organize and run the games.  All volunteers will receive directions for all the games.  We also need volunteers to walk with the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to and from Alley Pond Park.

The Pre-K and Kindergarten students will have Field Day at the Annex.  The 1st and 2nd grades will be at the Main Building for Field Day.  The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will be having Field Day at Alley Pond Park.

If you are interested in volunteering, even if only for one hour, please click here  for the letter that went home back in February. Fill out the tear off and return it to Mrs. Gambeski as soon as possible.  We are requesting that if you volunteer to help with games or walking, please do not bring younger siblings.  Thank you in advance for your support!


Student Council Spotlight – Ronald McDonald House

Update: Me, Mrs. Gambeski and few of our families will be walking at the Queens Family Fun Walk/Run at the St. John’s University Campus this weekend!  Save the Date and join the P.S. 188Q/Annex Student Council ,as we partner with all the schools in District 26 and St. John’s University Oznam Scholars, to help support the Ronald McDonald House NY.  To join us, please follow this link. You have to register as an individual and then you say you are going to run in a family/group and you can go to the drop down menu and choose PS 188. Have the children wear the school t-shirt and show our school pride! We look forward to walking with you!

Through the generosity of our families, Mrs. Gambeski and the Student Council have already collected 34 boxes of toiletries and food! As a district, we have collected so many boxes of supplies that the Ronald McDonald truck has had to make multiple trips to our district to collect the boxes. Thank you to all the families who helped support our efforts.


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Important: School Survey Period ends April 1st

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY! At this time we only have 40% of families who have filled out the survey and we only have one week left.

Families should have received the School Survey during Parent Teacher Conferences from your child’s teacher. You can fill out the paper copy and mail it or online. You can access the online version here. If you choose to fill out the survey online you will need the survey access code located on the front of the green envelope that contains the paper survey. If misplaced the survey please call 1-800-690-8603 to get the access code.

Any questions you can contact our Parent Coordinator, Myrna Perez-Fung, at 718-464-5768. For more information about the NYC School Survey, visit Thank you for providing important feedback about our school.



Please be reminded Parent Teacher Conferences are today, Wednesday, March 2nd in the evening and tomorrow, March 3rd in the afternoon. Notices to schedule an appointment went home earlier in the month. If you have not scheduled an appointment to speak with your child’s teacher please do so as soon as possible. Click here for tips on Parent Teacher conferences and checkout this page for questions to consider asking your child’s teacher. Click here to get more information on the Tuesday’s 40 Minutes of Parent Engagement Policy.

All cluster teachers (Science, Computer, Music, Art, and Physical Education) and the School Based Support Team will be located in the main building during the conference. Click here for a list of rooms and days they will be available during the conference.

Before or after your conference, families will be given a green envelope containing the School Survey.  The goal of the survey is to collect accurate information that school leaders can use to improve the school’s learning environment. The survey can be filled out online or mailed in. More information on the survey will be posted next week


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Fun Stuff to do during Mid-Winter Recess!

This week’s Spotlight is on the mid-winter recess which begins this weekend! Children return to school on Monday, February 22nd. So what to do? Check out two of my favorite websites, Mommy Poppins and Time Out for Kids. They have lists of fun ideas to do over the break. Below are just a few of the ideas from both sites. –!

  • Heading to the city? Drop by the American Museum of Natural History to see the new dinosaur, Titanosaur. He is so big his head peers out of the exhibition hall.
  • Two really awesome events happening at the Liberty Science Center this weekend. The 1st one is Science, Sabors and Star Wars. A four day weekend of science fun inspired by Star Wars! The 2nd is a celebration for Engineers Day! Head on over for a fun, expo-style event and participate in dozens of hands-on activities led by real engineers.
  • Here is a new spot to try, Lowline. An indoor park located on the lower east side that was built to grow and sustain plants underground. Check out the STEM-lab that opens this week. I think I may be checking this one out over the recess.

Time Out For –

  • For the superhero fan in your house, head out to the New York Historical Society for an engaging exhibit, Superheroes of Gotham. There will be scavenger hunts and other activities to do while your child learns about historical heros!
  • The Big Quiz Thing is coming to the New York Historical Society. Alive game show for the whole family. Sounds like the New York Historical Society is the place to visit next week.
  • Now this sounds like so much fun. If you are thinking of something really different head over to Skylands Stadium in Northern NJ. There are 100 tons of ice-sculpture displays and they even have a 50-foot-long ice slide! Kids under 12 are free on Wednesdays (two kids per paid adult).

These are just a small sampling of some of the great activities families can do locally during the February recess. Let me know if you try any of the ideas found on the two webpages. Enjoy the mid-winter recess and stay warm!


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College Awareness Day

On Wednesday, January 27th, NYC public schools celebrated “College Awareness Day!” Families, teachers and staff all participated! We asked teachers and families to finish off the sentence “College is….” and we posted the results around the school and on our “Spirit Wall.” Families were also invited to have their children wear the college apparel of a family member. Our teachers and staff participated by wearing their own college apparel and speaking with the children about their experiences in college.


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Giant Panda Bake Sale

A big thank you to our school community for supporting our Giant Panda Bake Sale. The bake sale helped raise funds to save the giant panda which is the rarest member of the bear family and among the world’s most endangered animals. Thanks to all the support we raised $1020.00! The money will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund. Thank you from Class 2-201!


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