What we are doing now:
I am currently working with some children throughout our school for mandated and at-hope counseling. I have been speaking with students about emotions, building communities, and developing social and appropriate behavioral skills all while balancing some programs in our building as well. As the year goes by, we will continue to work together to ensure our students feel safe, happy, and emotionally/academically successful.
I have partnered with Beautiful Me: an educational, self-esteem program designed to educate young women by promoting appreciation for their genuine qualities, self-awareness, and the satisfaction gained by helping others. 5th grade participates in the LAMBA Literary program that promotes inclusivity through culturally relevant text where students will have the opportunity to have a specific book donated to their class, followed by a meeting with the author! Our school will continue to celebrate Respect for All Week, No One Eats Alone Day and more and career day events throughout the year.
With all the challenges faced in 2020 and 2021, we continued to meet with our student government members and virtually elected new representatives to be part of student government! Our representatives came up with ideas to stay connected during the pandemic, such as virtual lunch bunches where students could meet weekly to have lunch together, chat, and play fun games. It was so great to see students visualize an idea and have it come to life! We also met with a New York Assembly Member Zohran Mamdani (D36) who spoke with us about being a real-life government official! PS17 hopes to have other political figures engage with our student government in the future and we will be looking to fill positions for first grade senators, Vice President and President in the 2021-2022 academic year.
In an effort to always grow professionally and ensure equity amongst our staff and community, I have led multiple webinars in which we discussed the importance of equity in education and relevant social justice issues. We will continue to facilitate discussions on these topics with all members of our school community through staff meetings and book clubs throughout the year.