• College Awareness Day 1/11/18

    Thursday 1/11/18 is College Awareness Day at PS/IS48!  All students and staff members are encouraged to wear their favorite college shirts and/or gear!

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  • School is OPEN on Friday 1/5/18

    NYC public schools will be OPEN tomorrow, January 5, 2018.

    All field trips requiring yellow school buses will be cancelled. All other programs and activities will be held as scheduled.

    Tomorrow’s weather is expected to be very cold and windy, with a high temperature of 17°F (not factoring in the wind chill). The roads will be icy and slippery. Please make sure the students are dressed accordingly, be patient, and use caution when walking or driving.

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  • School Closed Due to Snow 1/4/18

    Due to the impending winter storm, all NYC Public Schools will be CLOSED on Thursday 1/4/18.  Additionally, all NYCID, COMPASS, SONYC, Afterschool clubs and sporting events will also be cancelled.  Stay home, stay safe, stay warm!

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  • Winter Holiday Camp

    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    This year, NYCID is offering a Winter Holiday Camp from December 26th to December 29th. The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with early drop-off and late pick-up options available. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

    For additional information or any questions, contact Rita Geladze, NYCID After-School Programs Coordinator at 718-947-4068 or via email

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  • PS/IS 48 Phone Drive

    Our Middle School STEM Elective is in need of older-model phones to start a Google Expeditions Program (see attached flyer for more info)
    If you can donate your old phone, kindly send it to Mr. Nasso - Room 319.
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  • December News

    December is a very busy month around PS/IS 48! Here are some highlights of the main events happening around our school this month…


    • December 8th, School Spirit Gear (including noise makers, finger foam hands, hand clappers, school spirit hands, and lion lollipops) will be on sale outside the Gymnasium before the 4 p.m. basketball game. All proceeds will go to support our PS/IS 48 basketball teams.
    • December 15th is our annual $1 PJ Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear their PJs to school and donate $1 to help raise funds for Pietrosfight and Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) Awareness… Also, thank you to everyone who participated in “Wear Purple to School” on November 29th. Together, PS/IS 48 & P373 students and staff raised $315 which were donated to the Bella Lisa Pancreatic Cancer Foundation.
    • The PTA received another disbursement of $85.23 from AmazonSmile, for the 3rd Quarter of 2017. Up to date, the AmazonSmile Foundation has donated $328.59 to our PTA. So whenever you’re shopping on Amazon, please remember to support the PTA and help raise some extra funds for our school by using our 48’s AmazonSmile link.
    • Join us for our December’s Family Fun Night – Holiday Crafts and Painting on December 15th at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria (flyer attached). This is a free event, limited to the first 150 people to send in their response. All forms (one per family) are due back to Mrs. Guthrie by December 14th. Pizza and refreshments will be served. As a special treat this year, the PTA will be raffling off a new 14” Acer Laptop ($5/ticket) during the event! The 8th grade will also be selling holiday lollipops, pens, pencils, and duckies to raise funds towards their events. We look forward to seeing you there!
    • Students who had remaining balances on their MySchoolBucks account, will be receiving a refund from the DOE. A check will be mailed to the student’s parent/guardian at the home address on file at the school. Please contact the office by December 15th and update your address if there was a change in your home address since the last time you provided it to the school.
    • NYCID’s After School Clubs – Winter 2018 session – will begin January 2nd, 2018 and run for 10 weeks. Registration is now open online and the deadline to register is December 20th by 12 a.m. See the attached flyer for more details.
    • December 22nd, is our annual Ugly Sweater Day. Students and staff are encouraged to wear their ugliest holiday sweater to school. Show your holiday spirit, be creative, and have fun (just remember that all sweaters must be school-appropriate).
    • December 25th to January 1st, school will be closed for Winter Recess. Classes will resume again on January 2nd. We wish all our PS/IS 48 families, students, and staff a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy New Year!



    Important dates to keep in mind…


    • Dec. 11: Clubs and Picture Retake Day
    • Dec. 13: Kindness Day for all students (details to follow) – SLT Meeting at 6 p.m. followed by PTA Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
    • Dec. 14Depression/Heart Disease Parent Workshop at 8:30 a.m.
    • Dec. 15: $1 PJ Day – Family Fun Night (Holiday Crafts & Painting) at 7-9 p.m.
    • Dec. 20: Deadline to register for After School Clubs – Winter 2018 Session
    • Dec. 22: Ugly Sweater Day
    • Dec. 25 – Jan 2: School Closed for Winter Recess
    • Jan. 2: School resumes


    PS/IS 48 PTA
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  • Parents as Partners

    Please see the attachment for the schedule of classroom visits.

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  • School Updates

    Please review the enclosed school and general updates/reminders.


    School updates:


    • This holiday season, if shopping online on Amazon, don’t forget to use do so through 48’s AmazonSmile link. It’s an easy and effortless way to support the PTA and help raise some extra funds for our school. For more information on how to use AmazonSmile, visit our PTA page and click on ‘Support PS/IS 48’.
    • November 29th is $1 Wear Purple to School to support the fight against Pancreatic Cancer. Funds raised will go to the Bella Lisa Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, a Staten Island non-profit organization dedicated to providing awareness as well as support to those diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer.
    • PS/IS 48 Cheerleading Team is selling bows – which sold out during Parent-Teacher Conferences – to raise funds for their upcoming season. If interested in purchasing any of the bows, complete the attached Bows Fundraiser Order Form and send it (along with CASH payment) to Ms. Maloy’s attention by November 30th. Bows will be delivered to classrooms the week of December 4th.
    • Our Annual Holiday Fair will be held during school hours, from December 5th to 7th (prices range from $1 to $7). The PTA needs volunteers for the event – if anyone is interested in helping, please let us know via email, or by filling out our online volunteer sign-up form.
    • 8th grade classes are hosting a Candy Cane Gram Fundraiser. If interested in purchasing a Candy Cane Gram for $1, please fill out the attached form and send it back to your child's homeroom teacher by December 8th. Form must be used to place orders; there will be no sales during lunch periods. All grams will be delivered the week of December 18th.
    • December 15th is $1 PJ Day. All students and staff are encouraged to wear their PJs to school and donate $1. Proceeds will go to support the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).  
    • December’s Family Fun Night (Holiday Crafts) will be held on December 15th in the cafeteria at 7 p.m to 9 p.m. (more info to follow)
    • December 22nd, 48’s Ugly Sweater Day for students and staff. Don’t forget to have fun and be creative!
    General information:


    • November 25thStaten Island Challenger Flag Football will be hosting its Annual Turkey Bowl at Monsignor Farrell High School from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event supports children with special needs while showcasing their athletic abilities.
    • November 25thDSNY’s Leaves Collection continues. To participate, place leaves in paper lawn & leaf bags, and set them out on the curb after 4 p.m. 
    • November 28th, Staten Island Developmental Disabilities Council will host a Special Education Seminar at NYS Institute for Basic Research. To register or for more info, call 718-226-6670 or email
    • December 12th, Borough President James Oddo and the New York Blood Center will host a Blood Drive at Borough Hall from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • December 17thBreakfast & Bowling with Santa at Rab's Country Lanes. Tickets are $20/person, including breakfast buffet, photo with Santa, shoe rental, and 1 hour of bowling.
    • December 17thBrunch with Santa at Grand Oaks Country Club. Tickets are $42/adult, $25/child under 10, and children under 3 are free. For more info, call 718-356-2771
    Important dates to keep in mind:
    • Nov. 23 – 24: School Closed – Thanksgiving Recess
    • Nov. 29: $1 Wear Purple to support fight against Pancreatic Cancer
    • Nov. 30: Deadline for all Bows Order Forms
    • Dec. 5 – 7: Holiday Fair (class schedule to follow)
    • Dec. 8: Deadline for all Candy Cane Grams requests
    • Dec. 11: Clubs and Picture Retake Day
    • Dec. 13: SLT Meeting at 6 p.m. followed by PTA Meeting at 7:30 p.m.
    • Dec. 15: $1 PJ Day – Family Fun Night (Holiday Crafts) at 7-9 p.m.
    • Dec. 22: Ugly Sweater Day
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  • Parent - Teacher Conferences 11/16

    Just a reminder:  Parent - Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday 11/16/17 from 12:20-2:20 p.m. & 5:00-8:00 p.m.  Please attend during your scheduled time (form grades PreK-4) or sign in as first come basis (Atlas Academy).  Students will be dismissed at 11:20.  All NYCID, SONYC, COMPASS and Clubs are cancelled for the day.

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  • Friday 11/10/17

    November 10th is Wear RedWhite and Blue to School Day. You can also donate any extra Halloween treats for our troops in Afghanistan (drop off to room 333 by tomorrow).

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Current School Leadership Team Members


If there are topics you would like discussed during a SLT meeting, please contact one of the representatives from the team.

2017-18 Parent Members on the SLT:
     Caroline Hanna... (Grade 7 & 2) (Core Position - PTA President)
     Linda Cacace ... (Grade 6)
     Karen Pucciarelli ... (Grade 7)
     Maggie Scarsella ... (Grade 8)
     Marie Venditti ... (Grade 6)
2017-18 Staff Members on the SLT:
     Allison O'Donnell - Staff  (Core Position - Principal)
     John Paul Fonoliosa - Staff (Core Position - UFT Representative)
     Diane Ziel - Staff (ClassroomTeacher)
     Teresa Ciaramella - Staff (ESL Teacher)
     Valerie Cohen ... (Classroom Teacher)