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N.Y.C.D.O.E. Annual Survey


The yearly New York City Department of Education school survey will be distributed to parents during the Parent-Teacher conferences on Thursday, March 9th, 2017. Please take a moment to complete the survey as it helps us understand what our school community is thinking about the learning environment of P.S./I.S. 78Q and provides useful information that can help us enhance student performance.

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Parent Coordinator Contact Information

Coordinadora De Padres/Datos De Contacto

Claudia Lieto-McKenna

 (718) 392-5402   ext. 1232





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SLT Minutes, 3/10/2017

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Recess Revamped


You may be hearing your children mentioning Kevin, Michelle, Tyra, Diane, Michael, Madison, and Peter. These are some of the staff members of Kids Orbit, an outside recess company approved by the general membership, hired to oversee and enhance recess in the Early Childhood Center as well as the Middle School Building.

The first week was all about getting the transition between recess and lunch to go smoothly and efficiently so that the students had equal time to eat and move their bodies.

The Kids Orbit crew is really great at group games like Infinity Tag, Boppety-Bop-Bop-Bop, Log Tag, Trolls Wizards & Giants, Sharks & Dolphins, and Steal the Bacon for the older children. For the younger ones, Red Light Green Light 123, and Mr. Fox. In the days to come as the transition process between eating and recess times becomes seamless, more and more games and props will be introduced. Some of our students prefer free play, and that’s okay. A few students choose to stay in the lunchroom because they might be feeling under the weather or would rather quiet time reading.

It has been a phenomenal team effort between our administration, teachers, school aides, parent volunteers, and Food Service to make the new and improved recess happen.


Lunch 10:36AM: ECC Classes 012, 013, & 016, MS Grade 2
Recess 10:58AM: ECC Classes 012, 013 & 016, MS Grade 2

Recess 10:36AM: ECC Classes 011, 014 & 015, MS Grade 3 & 4
Lunch 10:58AM: ECC Classes 011, 014 & 015, MS Grades 3 & 4

Recess 11:22AM: ECC Classes 101 & 103, MS Grades 7 & 8
Lunch 11:45AM: ECC Classes 101 & 103, MS Grades 7 & 8

Lunch 11:22AM: ECC Classes 102, 104 & 105, MS Grades 5 & 6
Recess 11:45AM: ECC Classes 102, 104 & 105, MS Grades 5 & 6

Lost & Found….St. Mary’s Bound!

The school’s (very old) lost and found items had been lingering in the Middle School building for over one year. Notices were sent out to our families in January giving them a window of time to come into the school and weave through the array of hoodies, sweaters, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and SO much more.

In early March the items were donated to St. Mary’s Church, thirteen boxes in total! This will certainly go to those in need.

Many thanks to parent volunteers Bea Murphy and Maryam Mizani-Bertand for all of their help, and of course to our always helpful custodian Marcus.

For current lost & found items:

ECC Building-Main Office
MS Building-Community Room (General), Cafeteria (Lunchboxes/Waterbottles)

Ribbon Cutting & Formal Opening of The Met Breuer


Children from P.S./I.S. 78Q join NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio, Majority Leader and Council member Jimmy Van Bramer, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and The MET Board Chair, Dan Brodsky for the Ribbon Cutting and Formal Opening of The MET Breuer on March 18, 2016.

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The Met Breuer will provide additional space for the public to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary art program that is expanding to include a new series of exhibitions, performances, artist commissions, residencies, and educational initiatives in the landmark building designed by Marcel Breuer.

The Met and P.S./I.S. 78Q have already partnered to offer free after-school programming for all of the middle school students through the Cultural After School Adventure (CASA) program, a City Council initiative created to provide greater access to arts and culture for young people, outside of the school day.  “We are excited about this partnership and appreciate The MET’s and council member Van Bramer for the opportunity to offer this unique experience to our middle school students.” said, Louis Pavone, Principal of P.S./I.S. 78Q.



P.S./I.S. 78Q is College Ready!

On February 10, 2016, The Middle School students, grades 6th, 7th and 8th from P.S./I.S. 78Q visited Yale University. The students had an opportunity to tour the Yale University Campus and gain first hand experience in the day and the life of an Ivy League college student. The entire educational and fun experience was free and sponsored by SASF and the NYC Department of Education.

As part of our initiative to work with community based organizations, the students went on an hour long guided tour of the campus and had a taste of campus life, having lunch in Yale’s Common Dining Hall.  Students were also able to ask questions of students currently in undergraduate studies and gain knowledge of what it takes to prepare for college.  The students had a great time touring the campus and interacting with college students. “At our school, the aim of a trip like this is to continue the college conversation within our school and help students and families understand that their dream of college is attainable.  It is also critical that students and our school community prepare for college early which will lead them towards a path of college readiness,” said Mr. Pavone, Principal.

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Toys for Tots

IMG_8110In December, P.S./I.S. 78Q Student Council coordinated a community service project at school with Toys For Tots. Toys for Tots is an initiative designed to collect and distribute toys to underprivileged children in our city. The children collected new and unwrapped toys donated from the families and children of P.S./I.S. 78Q. Students and families were encouraged to deposit all donations in boxes located in the lobby of each school building.

“It is an important teachable moment for children, when they are able to think of ways to help others. I hope this Holiday Season brings happiness to all families in our city.” said Mr. Louis Pavone, Principal of P.S./I.S. 78Q. The program was a success and they collected over 10 large bags of new toys for children in need. Way to go P.S./I.S. 78Q School Community!IMG_8109