2nd Grade Earth Day Planting with the NYC Parks Department! 4/26/18

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

-Margaret Mead

Our second grade students worked together with their teachers, Ms. Cacioppo, and the New York City Parks Department to plant around the trees outside of our school.  Students wanted to beautify the Woodside community and also give back.  Not only did they plant, but they also measured the space in order to make sure they would have enough plants.  The NYC Parks Department provided the necessary tools and gave informative talks to students about each step of the planting process. It was hard work to clear the space and prepare it for the beautiful perennial plants!  

A big thank you to Ms. Villacorta who led this event with the Special Programs team and Ms. Cacioppo who worked to communicate with the Parks Department and finalize all the details!  Each student received a pair of sunglasses from the Parks Department and a certificate of appreciation from Ms. Hwang for participating in the event.  Lastly, a shout out the parents who attended and also lent a hand to help with the event!  You are all appreciated!

Take a look at our students at work!

P.S. 361 Q Valentine's Day Service Project

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” 
― John Holmes



This week, P.S. 361Q students celebrated Valentine’s Day and Respect for All Week by creating valentines for adults and children at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens Hospital.

All classes read books that encouraged students to discuss acts of kindness and the ways in which kind actions affect others. After reading, students made valentines for adults and children who are staying at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens Hospital. Our valentines will be delivered in time for Valentine’s Day!

This activity guided students to recognize how small acts of kindness can affect the people around us. We are learning to spread kindness to the people in our school and community. We encourage you to continue this conversation at home! Ask how you can perform small acts of kindness for your friends, your neighbors, or the members of your family. You might even consider working together to perform an act of kindness for a loved one or for the community.

A special thank you to Ms. R. Schwartz for ensuring the safe delivery of our special valentines!  We sure hope we brought smiles and happiness to everyone who received our valentines which were made with love!


The Season of Thanks! P.S. 361 Q Gives Back with our First Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive!

This week, P.S. 361 Q families were invited to give donations of food to be delivered to the St. Mary's Food Pantry in Woodside.  Students eagerly carried their canned foods and other items into our creatively decorated boxes for donation.  Ms. Frik and Ms. Bezanson gave their time to bring the donated items to the pantry.  Ms. Frik shared, "Millie (Ms. Bezanson) drove us out to St. Mary's food pantry right here in Woodside this morning where we met a sweet lady named Lourdes who recieved all of the donations.  She gave us a run down and a little tour of the food pantry.  It was super organized in there with labels and everything!  WOW!  They service around 250 families in need within the community."  

A big thank you to our P.S. 361 Q PTA for organizing this effort and for the reminder of the importance of giving back to our community!  

Check out all of our food donations for the st. mary's food pantry!!  

Check out all of our food donations for the st. mary's food pantry!!  

Lourdes from the st. mary's food pantry was excited to receive our donations!

Lourdes from the st. mary's food pantry was excited to receive our donations!