PTA Meeting 9/16

Come & join us to ask your pressing questions, meet your PTA representatives and discover how you can support our children’s wonderful school in the year ahead. Click on the link in bio to register and receive the zoom link. Also- please help us spread the word among your friends in the MS88 community.

PTA Meeting Wednesday, September 16th at 6:00 PM

  • PTA meeting at 6 pm on Wednesday the 16th
  • Register for the Zoom meeting here
  • PTA looking for language partners, parents who speak Bangla/Bengali, Mandarin, or Cantonese. 

Parent Letter from Ailene Mitchell

We are committed to ensuring you have the information you need on COVID-19 as we continue to navigate the pandemic together.

Dear MS 88 Community: 

September 11, 2020 

It was wonderful to gather at our town hall webinar on September 10, 2020.  Please be reminded that the health and safety of our students and staff, and everyone in the DOE family across the city, is our top priority. We are committed to ensuring you have the information you need on COVID-19 as we continue to navigate the pandemic together. 

Today I’m writing to inform you that a member of our school’s staff has tested positive for COVID-19. We have been handling this situation with the utmost seriousness, working in partnership with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC Health) and the NYC Test + Trace Corps to quickly take all appropriate action, including tracing close contacts. Any close contacts have been be instructed to quarantine for 14 days since their last contact with the individual who tested positive. Out of an abundance of caution, the building has been cleaned and disinfected and will continue to follow COVID deep cleansing protocol and know I have been meeting with our plant manager daily.

Heading into the school year, everyone is feeling a mix of emotions—excitement, fear, and everything in between. We want to be really clear that while New Yorkers have done an outstanding job fighting the virus, leading to weeks of extremely low infection rates citywide, COVID-19 is still active in our city, state, and our country. There will be cases of COVID-19 this fall; we know this, and all of our preparations have been in service of fighting this virus. Our job is to swiftly and effectively handle any cases that appear, and be transparent every step of the way. That is what we are doing today.

We know a lot more than we did in March about how to protect each other from the virus, and it’s critical that we continue to act to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our schools. All of us must remember to follow these important “Core Four” actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:  

  • Stay home if sick: Monitor your and your child’s health and stay home if you are sick or keep them home if they are sick, except for getting essential medical care (including COVID-19 testing) and other essential needs. 
  • Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not members of your household. 
  • Wear a face covering: Protect those around you. Wearing a face covering helps reduce the spread of COVID-19, especially if you are sick and don’t have symptoms. For more information about face coverings, visit and look for “FAQ About Face Coverings.”  
  • Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your arm, not your hands. 

We will continue to closely follow directions from public health experts and proactively update you on any measures we are taking. Please sign up for a New York City Schools (NYCSA) account so we can keep in touch with you via text and email by visiting

For additional information on COVID-19, visit or call 311.  

As I have stated, health and safety will always come first in New York City public schools, no matter what and of course Middle School 88 and I will work with all agencies to ensure the safety and well-being of you and of course your children.

I can’t thank you enough for your time, patience, and understanding as we go forward in providing students with the best teaching whether fully remote or blended.

Stay stay, stay strong.

In unity,

Ailene Altman Mitchell


Getting Technologically Prepared for Fall 2020

image of girl with a laptop & book. boy sitting on a computer screen on a laptop.

Student Devices

Ensure your child has access to a device (tablet or computer) with working internet. If not, don’t worry, you can apply for one through the NYC DOE.

Make sure your child has a login for their NYC DOE email account through the Student Account Self-Service link by following these directions:

Find Your Student Account ID and Password

To retrieve your account ID and password: 

1) Go to Student Account Self Service(Open external link

2) Enter your 9-digit Student ID (OSIS) number. (You can find your Student ID number on a report card, your student ID card, or in your NYCSA account.) 

3) Enter your birthday.

4) Click Continue. 

5) If the information you enter matches your student record, your username will be displayed. 

6) Your student ID is your username followed by For example, if your username is JaneD, your student account ID is 

7) If you haven’t already set up a password, you will be asked to set one up. 

8) Pick a password that only you will know. 

9) Re-enter your password. 

10) Click Update Password

Looking for more help? Here are two helpful resources:

Turorital on: How to Find Your User Name 

A video describing the process. 

September Calendar

September 16th – 18th: School Wide Virtual Orientation

MondayTuesdayWednesday Thursday*Friday
9/16 10:00 AM

6th Grade Tech Orientation

Join the webinar
Passcode: (390142)
9/17 10:00 AM

6th Grade Safety & Wellness Orientation

Join the webinar
Passcode: 078964
9/18 2:00 PM

Make Up Tech, Safety & Wellness Orientation

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Passcode: 899523
9/16 12:00 PM

7th Grade Tech Orientation

Join the webinar
Passcode: 540476
9/17 12:00 PM

7th Grade Safety & Wellness Orientation

Join the webinar
Passcode: 808356
9/16 2:00 PM

8th Grade Tech Orientation

Join the webinar
Passcode: 445579
9/17 2:00 PM

8th Grade Safety & Wellness Orientation

Join the webinar
Passcode: 294249
* We will share Student Programs and Updated Cohort Placement by Thursday, September 17th 

September 21st: Blended and Fully Virtual School Begins

Cohort Schedule

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday Friday
9/21 Cohort A9/22 Cohort A9/23 Cohort B9/24 Cohort B9/25 Cohort C
9/28 No School9/29 Cohort C9/30 Cohort A10/1 Cohort A10/2 Cohort B
A= SISTA & Dual Language
B= SMART & Dual Language 
C= Medical & Dual Language D= Remote 
E=Special Class-Attend Daily