Welcome Letter from PS373R PTA President

Welcome to Robert Randall School P373R!
We hope you had an enjoyable restful summer and are ready for the 2018-2019 school year!

Our school is unique; we have multiple sites, 8 to be exact, all over Staten Island. Each is filled with many exciting and innovative programs for our children and their families, as well as a caring and creative staff that go above and beyond every day for our children, but in order to fully support our school, support from our parents is a necessity.

Throughout the year, we will host different fundraisers and events. Your participation and support are needed to ensure each one is a success. Last year, with the help of parents, we were able to help fund various end of the year activities and events for the children, we were also able provide the school with iPads for the children to use at school. How awesome is that? This year, our goal is to do more for the children! Your feedback and ideas are greatly appreciated. Please join our meetings (check the calendar page for the dates and times) throughout the year and feel free to contact us on any of our various contacts below:

E-mail: pta373r@gmail.com Text alerts: send @pta373r to 81010 Remind App: Add @pta373r

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/373statenisland

Thank you immensely for your help! We look forward to an exciting year!

The PTA Executive Board

President: Haya Doleh, Vice President: Sonia Ashburn Treasurer: Susan Tobuck, Recording Secretary: Cathy Blanton

Reading Readiness

Link here for the entire article: https://www.schoolfamily.com/blog/entry/2014/03/27/10-easy-steps-for-reading-readiness?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=new&utm_campaign=7_26_18_connect&_bta_tid=34033384185476430262340840953208619346057171430464682298521015608808048411179673738932597188400190701344&_bta_c=hmd4t2pgdvwvjoxo7ac0mhfuamf3n

10 Steps for Reading Readiness by Connie McCarthy

There are some simple yet important skills that your child must have before he is ready to read. Parents can easily incorporate these skills into play, activities, and time together to support early reading success.

Here are 10 easy steps to get started:

  • Find things that are the same or different. Talk about what makes things the same, or why things are different. An example could be “How are a circle and a square the same?” (They’re both shapes.) “How are they different?” (A square has four sides, a triangle has three.)
  • Look for big or small comparisons. “How would you tell someone about the difference between an elephant and a mouse? Or, a mouse and an ant?”
  • Link above for the rest of the article!

NYS Education Department (NYSED) Survey

Consistent with the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED’s) commitment to promote high-quality, evidence-based instruction for all students, the Office of Special Education has developed surveys for administrators, educators/service providers/school personnel, and families on meeting the needs of students with learning disabilities resulting from dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia in New York State. Results of the surveys will be used to inform guidance development related to students with specific learning disabilities and other Department initiatives including the NYSED’s State Systemic Improvement Plan, which is a multi-year, achievable plan that is designed to increase the capacity of school districts to implement, scale-up, and sustain evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.

Please see the following link for the survey sent out by

NYS Education Department Office of Special Education

Surveys on Meeting the Needs of Students with Learning Disabilities.


If you have any questions about the purpose and/or content of the surveys, please contact Kelly Onorato at the New York State Education Department (dddstakeholders@nysed.gov).  If you have any questions about how to navigate and complete the survey, please contact Thomas Kelsh (tkelsh@measinc.com).