This website is one of the primary ways that PS 8 and the PTA communicate with our parents, teachers, staff, students and community. This page explains our website as well as the other communication tools we use to help you get the information you need.
Most of our website is open to the community and the public at large. It contains information about our school, our staff, the PTA, the curriculum, and our schedule, among other things. This is the primary place where we share information about upcoming events and news.
Please note that you must “register” on our website to get access to all the available info. Registered members of our school community will have access to a password-protected portion of the website to access somewhat sensitive information such as student and parent directories, and PTA and SLT meeting minutes. They will also be added to PTA and school email lists (described below). To register, fill out the online form available at http://ps8brooklyn.org/signup/. Once we have verified that you are a member of our school community (this is not automatic — be patient!), you will receive an email with a user ID and password that will allow you to log in to our website and AND you will be added to appropriate email groups (schoolwide, your child’s classroom and grade, etc.).
Email from School Personnel and the PTA
MailChimp is the system that we use to send emails (including our weekly newsletter, the Weekly Upd8) to the school community. Our principal, parent coordinator and some teachers may also use this system to send emails to the school community or to specific classes and grades.
In order to be added to these email lists, you must register as a member of our school community (instructions above under “Our Website”). You can opt-out of receiving email from MailChimp by using the unsubscribe link in any email, or by going to http://ps8brooklyn.org/unsubscribe.
PS 8 Lower and Middle School Weekly Upd8
The PTA distributes a weekly newsletter by email to all families, staff and students who have registered as members of our school community on our website. The newsletter generally comes out on Friday with information about all school-related activities in the following week.
Notices from the principal, teachers and the PTA come home occasionally in student backpacks.
Conversations with the Principal
At each PTA general meeting, Principal Seth Phillips provides updates about the school and invites questions from members of the community. For the dates and times of scheduled meetings, please see the school year calendar.
Grade Level Meetings with the Principal
Throughout the year, families are invited to speak with the principal. These meetings are organized by grade. They begin with an update from the principal on school-wide and grade-specific issues, followed by question and answer sessions.
Every fall the school schedules evening presentations about each grade’s curriculum. Teachers meet with families to outline expectations and talk about methods and materials that will be used during the year.
Conferences and Appointments
Teacher conferences are generally scheduled in November and March. At these conferences, parents or guardians discuss their child’s academic progress with the teacher. If there are issues that require immediate attention, families do not need to wait for the scheduled conferences; rather, they should make an appointment with their child’s teacher. The Parent Coordinator can also assist in arranging meetings between members of the administration and parents or guardians.
PS 8 regularly offers workshops on issues relating to parenting and education. Examples include literacy workshops facilitated by a Teachers College consultant or art workshops led by Studio in a School or Marquis Studios. For more information on events and workshops, contact our Parent Coordinator or see the school year calendar.
Our Parent Coordinator encourages family involvement through workshops, volunteer opportunities and special events that promote the school. Parent Coordinators also identify family issues that should be addressed by the administration.