Parent Resources

Getting the most out of Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conference are held three times a year. See the DOE calendar for dates. Because we are a 6-12 grade school, Middle School conferences are held on the dates of the High School conferences. 

 

Teachers encourage you to bring your children along so students can show off their hard work and explain what they've learned, what they're most proud of, and what they're working toward now. Teachers will also be able to show you how to log on to PupilPath so that you can keep track of their progress from your computer or smartphone. Conferences are an opportunity to check in quickly with each of your child's teachers.  You will have between 3-5 minutes with each teacher; we must keep these short in order to accommodate all families.  If you have concerns that can't be addressed within that time, you can request to meet with your child's teachers on a Monday morning.  And of course you can always stay in touch with teachers through PupilPath.

6th graders challenge the parents and staff team on the Volleyball Court

Links to Forms and DOE Resources for Families

 

School Meals Application 

A portion of our funding depends on the responses for each student's lunch form. Please complete the form online at www.nyc.applyforlunch.com today or complete and return the form that your student brings home in the fall. All families are required to submit these forms and it is important that when you receive the lunch application you complete it as soon as possible. All information is kept confidential.  (PSC is listed as school #15K464, School for Research.)

 

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School Surveys (these are due in April)

Surveys will come home with students and are also available online. Surveys are anonymous and confidential. The survey feedback will be collected by the DOE and summarized for each school. 

 

 

 

Telephone Notification System (Also known as 'Robo-calls')

If you HAVE NOT received a 'robo-call' from the school yet (an automated phone call with back-to-school reminders) please phone the school (718) 832-4305 to provide a corrected / additional phone number. These calls deliver important information about school closures and events, as well as notification if your student was tardy or absent from school.

 

Parent Engagement Monday Mornings

All parents are welcome to meet with any of their students' teachers between 8 - 8:40am on any Monday morning. Parents may email teachers in advance to let them know you are coming but an appointment is not necessary. 

Monthly PTA Meetings (schedule)

All parents are encouraged to come to monthly PTA meetings which are attended by parents, teachers, Student Government representatives, and school administration. These meetings keep parents up to date on current school events and news, allow parents a forum for voting on how to spend fundraised dollars, and serve as planning sessions for school community-building events, all of which benefits the entire school. Some meetings also feature special presentations by teachers for parents such as grade-by-grade 'what to expect' information sessions, a 'planning for High School' session, and other topics as requested by parents. Most PTA meetings are held on weeknights at 6:30 or on Saturday mornings to accomodate different parent schedules.

Circles for Adults

All parents and caregivers are invited to join in our monthly opportunity to gather and discuss the process, challenges, and progress of our efforts towards defeating racism through multi-racial unity. Join teachers, parents, and Principal Bloomberg on the first Tuesday of every month starting at 6 p.m. on the fourth floor. These sessions offer a way for our community to work together on difficult issues. We promise you'll enjoy this rewarding experience and make some new friends in the process!

Resources for Support

 

Immediate Assistance

911

For immediate emergency response. Accesses police, fire, EMS or ambulance resulting in dispatch of necessary services to the site of an emergency.

 

Samaritans 24-Hour Suicide Prevention Hotline

Free, completely confidential emotional support for those who are overwhelmed, depressed or suicidal and need someone to talk to. Every call follows Samaritans non-judgmental communications model and assesses individual for suicide risk. 212-673-3000, 24/7 www.samaritansnyc.org

 

NYC WELL

Free, confidential, multi-lingual crisis prevention, mental health and substance abuse information; referrals to mental health professionals; and assistance in accessing mobile crisis units. 1-888-NYC-WELL English, 24/7 1-888-692-9355 press 3 for Spanish, 24/7 1-888-692-9355 press 4, Mandarin, 24/7 https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/\

 

Mobile Crisis Teams (MCT)

Serve anyone experiencing or at risk of a psychological crisis who requires mental health intervention and follow-up to overcome resistance to treatment. Teams provide assessments, interventions, counseling, referrals, etc. Website provides information to contact directly. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/health-topics/crisis-emergency-services-mobile-crisis-teams.page

 

 

24-Hour Parent Helpline

preventative and mental health referrals or respite services for parents who fear they will harm their children, who are suicidal, have a runaway or acting out child, are the victims of domestic violence or any situation that impacts their children’s safety; free service. 1-888-435-7553, 24/7 www.nyfoundling.org/crisis-nursery

 

Nineline Hotline (Covenant House)

Free, confidential hotline for youth and their caregivers for crisis counseling. Counselors utilize a database of 30,000 social service and child welfare agencies, allowing callers to be connected with immediate help. 1-800-999-9999, M-Su, 4-8pm https://www.covenanthouse.org

 

 

Crisis Nursery at New York Foundling

A temporary safe haven for children between the ages of 0-10 (slightly older, if siblings) 24/7 and is the only service of its kind in NYC. Stay may be extended to 21 days under circumstances like: mother’s stay in substance abuse rehab or extended hospital stay for illness, etc. 1-888-435-7553, 24/7 https://www.nyfoundling.org/crisis-nursery-helpline/

 

Text-Messages

Teen Line Online service

Provided by teenagers who have been specially trained to listen, help clarify concerns and explore options. Available 8:30 pm to 12:30 am. After hours, calls are directed to Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center, Los Angeles. Standard message and data rates may apply. Text 839863 type: TEEN. https://teenlineonline.org/talk-now/

 

Crisis Text Line

Serves young people ages 13-25 in any type of crisis, providing them access to free, emotional support and information they need via the text medium. Teenagers can text in their problems to a hotline and receive text message support from counselors. Text 741-741 Type: LISTEN, 24/7 www.crisistextline.org/

 

On-line Chat

The Compassionate Friends

Live chat community encourages connecting and sharing among parents, grandparents and siblings (over the age of 18) grieving the death of a child. The chat rooms supply support, encouragement and friendship from those who share similar experiences as well as general bereavement sessions. Guidelines on using service are provided. https://www.compassionatefriends.org/find-support/family-support/

TrevorChat

Free, confidential, secure instant messaging service for LGBTQ youth (13- 24) that provides live help from trained volunteer counselors. Guidelines on using service are provided. Available daily, 3-9 pm https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/#sm.00000q7m7ijmvof07x51t5lei2tud

National Suicide LifeLine Chat

Centers in the LifeLine network provide online emotional support, crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for those who are depressed, despairing, going through a hard time, or just need to talk. Questions regarding safety, feelings of depression, current social situation, etc. are asked. Guidelines on using service are provided. 7 days, 2 pm to 2 am. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/talk-to-someone-now/

GLBT National Help Center Online Peer-Support Chat

free, confidential, one-on-one peer support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals that helps with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems, etc. All conversations are confidential. Guidelines on using service are provided. M–F 4 pm-12 am, Sat 12–5 pm. www.volunteerlogin.org/chat/

RAINN

Calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline gives you access to a range of free services including:

  • Confidential support from a trained staff member

  • Support finding a local health facility that is trained to care for survivors of sexual assault and offers services like sexual assault forensic exams

  • Someone to help you talk through what happened

  • Local resources that can assist with your next steps toward healing and recovery

  • Referrals for long term support in your area

  • Information about the laws in your community

  • Basic information about medical concerns

 

https://www.rainn.org/about-national-sexual-assault-telephone-hotline

 

Bereavement Support

A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Foundation Bereavement Center

free bereavement services for children and teenagers ages 4-18 and their primary caregivers including 10-wk peer group for children, teens and caregivers; grief and bereavement consultation for professionals, schools and businesses. 212-229-CARE (2273) www.acaringhand.org

 

LGBTQ

The Trevor Lifeline

Free, confidential crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ youth offers someone to listen without judgment; “Ask Trevor” is an online resource for young people with questions surrounding sexual orientation and gender identity. Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386, 24/7 www.thetrevorproject.org

 

The Door

Free confidential service to young people from all over New York City, with a wide range of services including reproductive health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, GED and ESOL classes, tutoring and homework help, college preparation services, career development, job training and placement, supportive housing, sports and recreational activities, arts, and nutritious meals -  555 Broome Street NY, NY  Hrs.: M, Tues. Thurs. F 2pm-8pm & Wed. 2pm -10pm

Drop-In hours for runaways and homeless youth:11am M-F, and 12-6pm on Saturdays

Main Phone - 212-941-9090*

 

Hetrick-Martin Institute

Services for LGBTQ youth 13-24 and their families include after-school services (arts, health and wellness, job readiness, career exploration) and supportive services (individual and family counseling, meals, help finding housing, and etc. referrals). 212- 674-2400 https://www.hmi.org/services/youth-programs/

 

Mental Health and Health Services

NYC Free Clinic

Comprehensive free health care clinic for ages 18+ provides health, mental health, social services, women’s health, reproductive care; serves patients regardless of socio-economic, immigration or health status. 212-206- 5200 http://nycfreeclinic.med.nyu.edu

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City

Support groups for those with mental illness ages 18+ and family members, friends, caregivers. Confidential helpline provides support, community resources. 212-684-3264, M-Th 12-7, F 12-6 www.naminycmetro.org

 

New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health

Suicide prevention and mental health resources (for children, youth, elderly, bereaved, etc.) and service directory listing programs and private practice providers serving Asian community. www.asianmentalhealth.org

 

Hamilton Madison House

individual and group counseling for Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Southeast Asian clients, continuing day services, substance abuse and recovery, supported housing, etc.; serves citywide, located in Manhattan and Queens.212-349-3724 http://www.hamiltonmadisonhouse.org/

 

AHRC NYC

 Services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (autism, traumatic brain injury, etc.). Counseling, family therapy, support groups, day programs, substance abuse treatment and caregiver respite services. 212- 780-4491, M-F, 9-5 www.ahrcnyc.org

 

Parachute NYC Peer Support Line

 For people experiencing emotional distress, the calls are answered by a staff of individuals with their own personal experiences with mental illness who have been trained to provide support to others. 646-741 HOPE (4673) 7 days 4 pm to 12 am

http://www.communityaccess.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=501&Itemid=117

 

Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services

Network of community-based mental health and social services for children, adults and families; includes counseling and domestic violence services. 212-582-9100 https://jewishboard.org/

 

Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline

(New York State)

citywide referrals for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to agencies offering shelter, counseling, support groups, etc.; confidential

1-800-942-6906, 24/7 (English & Spanish)

www.nyscadv.org/contact-us

 

Transition Year Project

online resource to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition (especially for young people who are already dealing with some form of depression and/or need continuity of mental health services); provides information to identify, address and manage the treatment of emotional problems, stress, depression, etc.

http://www.transitionyear.org/

 

Include NYC

Serves families and children with all special needs. Provides referrals and support to help parents and professionals access services to ensure children are provided the opportunity to develop their full potential; free and confidential.

212-677-4660, M-Th 9-4

http://www.includenyc.org/

 

Streetwork Project (Safe Horizon)

free services for children and youth up to age 24 include legal, medical and psychiatric services, help in obtaining identification, housing, hot meals, showers, clothing and the opportunity to socialize in a safe, non-judgmental and supportive setting.

Harlem Drop-In Center

212-695-2220, M, T, Th, F 12-5

Lower East Side Drop-In Center

646-602-6404, M, T, Th, F 2-7

www.safehorizon.org/streetwork

 

Park Slope Counseling Center (MHP-2)

Description: Outpatient Clinic

Services: Individual Counseling, Child Play Group

Ages: Children, Adults

Insurance: Medicaid

Address: 348 13th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215  (718) 788-2461 (Main Office)

                257A 15th Street Suite 103 Brooklyn , NY 11215  (718)788-5101

                Fax: 718-788-5102 (CEO, Clinical Director, and Child Intake Department)

http://www.parkslopecenter.org/programs.html