From SIMH & On Your Mark – Breakfast with Santa at Applebees at the Mall!

Join us for Breakfast with Santa at Applebees! 10$ per person (Adult or Child) Includes breakfast & visit with Santa.

Staten Island Mall location
Saturday, December 5th
and Sunday, December 6th
8:30am to 10 am
call (718) 889-3029 to buy tickets

New Dorp, Expressway Plaza
and Outerbridge Crossing locations
Saturday, December 12th
8:30am to 10 am
call (718) 983-3800

Advanced purchase only, no day of event sales.

100% of proceeds will be
donated to Staten Island
Children’s Campaign
Charitable Trust.

New Dorp – 430 New Dorp Lane

Expressway Plaza – 1451 Richmond Ave

Staten Island Mall – 2655 Richmond Avenue

Outerbridge Crossing – 2720 Veterans Road West

December 9th and 10th PS 373R Holiday Fair at the Main Site

Holiday Fair is Wednesday and Thursday, December 9th and 10th.
  • Wed. 12/9 is for the Main/Mini, PS 861 and Petrides. 9a.m.-2p.m.
  • Thurs. 12/10 is for the Main/Mini, PS 58 (except inclusion students and Pre-K students) and PS 65. 9a.m.-2p.m.
  • Buses will come pick up the children at the off-sites at 9:30. They will arrive at the Main Site, have pix with Santa, juice & cookies, Crafts, and shopping and then leave after an hour. They will be back in time for lunch at their own site.
  • HOLIDAY FAIR money envelopes have been distributed to all the sites. Please fill out the information and indicate how you want the money spent.
  • Food drive
  • Donations – are still being accepted for baskets items, gently used toys and white elephant items. THANK YOU! – Kirsten Rorke 718-816-8897 ext. 2511.

Ten Reasons to Give Thanks for Your Child With Special Needs

As if you need a reason! Parents of children with special needs know more than most that every child is a gift worthy of thanks, every one, the ones who thrive and the ones who strive, whether they become our legacy or we become theirs. But on those days when there doesn’t seem much to be thankful for, or others are suggesting that your child must be just a burden, or well-meaning charities suggest giving thanks for healthy kids, check this list for a smile and a little inspiration.
Link to the article: BE THANKFUL

Letter from Christine Quinn and Robert Jackson

November 19, 2009

Dear New Yorker, 

The City Council, together with parents and other elected officials, has been calling on the Department of Education (DOE) to increase the number of seats in the City’s public school system in order to help relieve overcrowding and address the future needs of our growing communities.  We’re pleased to report that the proposed amendment to the Five-Year Capital Plan released last week increases the number of new classroom seats by a total of 5,123. 

Many of these seats will be located in School Districts 15, 24, 29 and 30, which are among those that have been particularly hard hit by overcrowding in recent years.  The seats will not require any new funding but instead will be paid for by re-estimating construction costs and through the reallocation of existing resources.  To view the proposed amendment in its entirety, click here.

The details of this proposal need to be carefully examined, including concerns that the funding used for these seats could delay the construction of other seats elsewhere in the system.  However, we believe that this amendment is a step in the right direction, and we look forward to working with parents and advocates to expand the number of classroom seats even further.

As a concerned New Yorker, you have a vital role to play in this process.  The proposed amendment has been sent to every district’s Community Education Council (CEC) for public comment and review, which will occur primarily at December meetings.  After evaluating all public feedback, the DOE is expected to release a final amendment in February, which will then go to the Panel for Education Policy and the City Council for review and approval in the spring.

We encourage you to attend your local CEC’s public meetings and to share your thoughts and views about this proposal.  To find your CEC’s event calendar, click here.

The Council’s Education Committee will also be holding a hearing on the draft amendment in the near future.  Information about the hearing will be posted on our website at as soon as it has been scheduled.

Thank you.


Christine C. Quinn


New York City Council

Robert Jackson

Chair, Education Committee

New York City Council

PS 373R November 2009 Newsletter – in Color!

Please click on the link for the latest PS 373R Newsletter!








Check out poetry from Mr. K’s Class to inspire you to be part of The Great American Smokeout! See some great Halloween photos! Read the script from Ms. Caputo’s class film “Christopher Columbus – A Terrific Failure”, from the Columbus Day Film Festival. Learn the latest about the H1N1 Flu shots. And lots more!

Free H1N1 Vaccines For Select NYC Residents- Letter From Christine Quinn

Dear New Yorker:

I wanted to pass along some important news regarding the H1N1 vaccine.

Every weekend from November 14 (this Saturday) through December 13, the City’s Health Department will be offering FREE H1N1 vaccines at temporary clinics located in schools throughout the city.  Although these clinics were originally designed for middle and high school students, vaccines will be now available for anyone in the following groups:

  • Pregnant women. 
  • Anyone 4 to 24 years of age. (Note: Children younger than 4 are not eligible to be vaccinated at these clinics.  Please consult your child’s pediatrician, call 311 or go to  to find a location that provides vaccines to this age group.)
  • Persons 25 to 64 years of age who have underlying health conditions that increases risk of severe illness or complications.  Such conditions include asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung conditions, kidney failure, or a weakened immune system.
  • Anyone who lives with or cares for children less than 6 months old 

The vaccination clinics will be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There are limits on the number of people that the clinics can accommodate, so there may be lines.  To prevent overcrowding, eligible New Yorkers are asked to attend the vaccination clinic nearest their home on the weekend that clinic is available.  All of the sites are listed below.

In addition to the temporary vaccination clinics in schools, there are several other locations where folks can receive an H1N1 or seasonal flu vaccination.  Please call 311 or log on to to find the site nearest you. 

You can also find other helpful information about preventing and treating both H1N1 and the seasonal flu at .

Vaccination is the best way to protect children and adults from the flu and prevent community-wide transmission, so please take a moment to share this important information with your family, friends and neighbors.

Thanks so much.  Be well. 


Christine C. Quinn

Speaker – New York City Council

Staten Island, NY Locations:

Vaccine Site Location Dates and Hours of Operation Priority Zip Codes
I.S. 51 Edwin Markham (R051) 20 Houston Street


Saturday, November 14, 9:00am-6:00pm

Sunday, November 15, 9:00am-5:00pm

10302, 10303, 10311
P.S. 6 Corporal Allen Kivlehan (R006) 555 Page Avenue


Saturday, November 21, 9:00am-6:00pm

Sunday, November 22, 9:00am-5:00pm

10307, 10309
P.S. 58 Space Shuttle Columbia School (R058) 77 Marsh Avenue Saturday, December 5, 9:00am-6:00pm

Sunday, December 6, 9:00am-5:00pm

I.S. 24 Myra Barnes (R024)


225 Cleveland Avenue


Saturday, December 12, 9:00am-6:00pm

Sunday, December 13, 9:00am-5:00pm

10306, 10308, 10312

CEC 31 Special Ed. Committee Invites You to a Special Education Parent Information Forum “Steps to Success”

“Steps to Success” Become informed, engaged and effective to meet the educational needs of your child. Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. P.S. 14, 100 Tompkins Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10304 Please join the Commmunity Education Council for an evening of valuable information from community resources on Staten Island. Work in partnership with school staff for positive outcomes for your child Understanding the various special education services and supports available for students from birth through age 21 and beyond Utilize community resources to answer your questions Prepare for transitions from pre-school to adult life Understand the educational services in the least restrictive environment for your child Find where to go to address your concerns and have your questions answered A panel of individuals representing resources for families will discuss how and where parents can receive guidance relevant to their needs. Following the panel discussion, parents will have the opportunity to meet in small groups with representatives from various organizations to address their particular questions and concerns. CALL 718-420-5746 for more information.