Cooking Together Invitation

teacher stacks a plate of food for a student

All MS88 families, staff, students, and teachers are invited to Cooking Together on Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 2-4 pm.

This event is inspired by MS88’s longstanding tradition of holding a pre-Thanksgiving potluck featuring families’ favorite celebration foods. This year, we’re trying something new—we’ll be cooking at home and visiting with each other online while we do so. If you don’t cook, just come to spend time with old friends, and make some new ones!

Whether you make a peanut butter sandwich or cook a family heritage dish or just want to visit, we’d love to have you join us. Sponsored by the PTA, this program is free, but registration is required. After the registration deadline, families will receive links to join the online event. 

Here’s what will happen:

  • If you are cooking something, decide what to make. Make sure you have all of your ingredients.
  • Join via link that will be sent to you the Friday before the event.
  • Say hello/introduce yourselves. 
  • Kids and adults talk all the way through, sharing your cooking, and generally hanging out.
  • Adults in each family should stay there as long as your family is online, to supervise cooking and online interactions.  
  • Have fun!

Please fill out this registration link by Tuesday, November 17 at 5 pm: 

6th grade families, teachers, and staff

7th grade families, teachers, and staff

8th grade families, teachers, and staff

Please share with other MS88 families/friends and encourage them to come!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Family Email from Principal Mitchell

September 30, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we go through daily changes with programs, policies, and preparing for your child’s return to school remotely and blended. Your child is the most important part of the return to school equation and at the center of all we do. Be assured that everything possible has been put in place to keep your child safe, engaged and supported academically and emotionally.

As we return to school in person and online, it is imperative that you share your child’s program with them daily. Linked here is a September and October School Calendar showing which day of the six-day cycle all students should follow everyday, and which days blended-instruction students in Cohorts A, B, C & E should attend school physically for in-person instruction. Linked here is also the cohort placement list for you to check by grade which Cohort your child attends classes with: 6th Grade Program Placement; 7th Grade Program Placement; 8th Grade Program Placement. We will also send out Robocalls the night before and the morning of. Please be advised we do not have the room or supervision to watch your child if they come to school on the wrong days. You must make every effort to be sure your child attends school on the appropriate days and according to the programs. Again, I cannot urge you enough to review and understand your child’s program whether it is A, B, C, D or E; linked here is a video explaining how to know which days your child should attend which type of instruction

For attending school in person, please follow the bell schedule below:

Period 19:00 AM – 9:45 AM
Period 29:47 AM – 10:32 AM
Period 310:34 AM – 11:19 AM
Period 411:21 AM – 12:06 PM
Period 512:08 PM – 12:53 PM
Period 612:55 PM – 1:40 PM
Period 71:42 PM – 2:27 PM
DismissalGrade 6 – 2:18 PM
Grade 7 – 2:23 PM
Grade 8 – 2:27 PM

Please also be aware that the arrival and dismissal locations are as follows: 6th Grade: Entrance D – Middle of 19th St.; 7th Grade: Entrance B – Middle of 18th St. Closer to 6th Ave. ; 8th Grade: Entrance A – 18th St, Closer to 7th Ave & Near to Main Entrance. Signs at the entrances will be color coded. 

Updated Contact Information where we can reach you is more important than ever. You will shortly receive text messages and/or emails from a company we’re partnering with called Operoo. 

When you receive a text or email from Operoo, please click the link and register for an Operoo account to be able to complete Back-to-School NYC DOE forms on your phone or computer, including your most up to date emergency contact information. Linked here is a letter with more information about Operoo. 

In both blended learning and fully remote classrooms, our instruction will continue to provide students with time for critical thinking and ways to accelerate their learning. As students return for blended instruction they will receive backpacks with supplies for learning. Time will be scheduled soon for fully remote students to pick up materials as well. Backpacks for students will include: pencils, pens, markers and a notebook, as well as ELA and Math specific materials. 

In ELA, as part of our modified Teachers College Reading Writing Project curriculum, two books will be provided for your children, in addition to digital access to websites for independent and book club reading.

Grade 6Ghost by Jason Reynolds; Betty Before X by Betty & Ilyasah Shabazz
Grade 7Flying Lessons by Ellen Oh; Dear Martin by Nic Stone
Grade 8Pride by by Ibi Zoboi; Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America by Ibi Zoboi, Tracey Baptiste, Coe Booth, Dhonielle Clayton

In Math, students will use Open Up Resources or Kendall Hunt workbooks to follow along with lessons in the curriculum as they are taught in class and remotely. The workbooks include their daily warm ups and tasks, reflection prompts, unit glossaries, and lesson summaries that function as a text for students to look back at to review what they’ve learned.

While we realize the opening is not easy, together we can make it work. While I know this has been quite a different beginning, be sure we will do everything to make it an amazing year. I will be sending out biweekly updates both written and or videotaped. Thank you for trusting me with your most treasured gems.

My very best, 

Ailene Altman Mitchell, Principal

The Park Slope Education Complex at M.S. 88

Family Letter: Orientation Information and Webinar Links

Dear Parents & Families, 

Below you will find links to student Zoom Webinar Orientation events for all students to take place virtually on Wednesday September 16th, 17th and 18th. The purpose of our Webinars is to partner with you in supporting your children in logging into our school systems based on their grade levels. 

During the Tech Orientations, school staff will assist students and teach them how to login to the websites they need to use to be able to access remote learning, including how to create and access usernames and passwords. One of the websites they learn how to login to will give them access to their schedules. 

During the Safety and Wellness Orientation, students will learn protocols and routines in preparation for returning to school to support their well-being in both virtual and physical settings. Recordings of the Webinars will be available to view on our website this Friday. 

By this Friday, September 18th, students will be able to access their MS88 Emails where they will receive emails from their teachers about class-specific get-to-know-you events taking place on Friday. 

I am so excited to share with you our updated website; please click here to view information that will help students and families access all of the needed links for the start of this school year. The orientations this week along with the resources on the website will help you prepare for the start of both blended and fully remote learning on Monday, September 21st. We will be posting a survey to include recommendations for this website, as we are all in this together.

It has been over five months, and I thank you for your patience and understanding and look forward to seeing our amazing, brave and beautiful students remotely and in person. 

My very best always, 

Ailene Altman Mitchell


Please visit our September Calendar for Orientation Dates, Times and webinar links.