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The Carroll Companion—A PS 58 Podcast
39 minutes | Apr 19, 2020
S01E05a Talking With Your Kids About the Coronavirus
We are releasing this month's Carroll Companion episode in two parts. In this segment, Part 2, we talk with school counselor Lori Mendez and school social worker Amy Alvarez about How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus. In Part 1, we spoke with Principal Katie Dello Stritto and PS 58 Parents Edin Čekić, Joanne Jones, and Ashley Cushing about how we're home schooling during the Coronavirus hiatus—what's working, what's more of a challenge, and how can we improve?
57 minutes | Apr 17, 2020
S01E05 Home Schooling During the Coronavirus Hiatus
We are releasing this month's Carroll Companion episode in two parts. In this, Part 1, we talk with Principal Katie Dello Stritto and PS 58 Parents Edin Čekić, Joanne Jones, and Ashley Cushing about how we're home schooling during the Coronavirus hiatus—what's working, what's more of a challenge, and how can we improve?In Part 2, we talk with school counselor Lori Mendez and school social worker Amy Alvarez about How to Talk to Your Kids About the Coronavirus.
59 minutes | Feb 29, 2020
S01E04 Rainbow Club
A discussion of PS 58's new GSA Club, the Rainbow Club. We talk with the Rainbow Club's founders, 2nd Grade teacher Michele Lazar and Assistant Principal Stephen Cedermark, about the club's mission, what meetings are like, and how it all began. We also have a chat with Auction Committee co-chairs Jessica Weitz and Nikki Berry about one of PS 58's most anticipated events of the year: the PTA Auction on March 21.
68 minutes | Feb 1, 2020
S01E03 Homework Without Battles
Have you done your homework? All of it?! Sooner or later, every family has a struggle around homework. What happens next? How can we avoid battling with our kids about getting their homework done? Do they really need all this homework, anyway? What if they want more?In this episode, we host a discussion with Principal Dello Stritto and four PS 58 teachers on the ins and outs of homework. We also have a chat with Fundraising co-chair Geneviève Simard about the Direct Appeal campaign. And as usual, we review upcoming PTA events.
59 minutes | Dec 20, 2019
S01E02 Safety at PS 58
Evacuation drills, lockdown drills, entrance door security, and more! In this episode we explore the ways the staff and teachers at PS 58 work to keep the building and its occupants safe. Featuring interviews with Principal Katie Dello Stritto, teachers Shveta Dogra and Sarah Przedborski, and School Safety Officer Harry Frasier.
43 minutes | Nov 26, 2019
S01E01 Talking to Kids About School
In our inaugural episode of The Carroll Companion, we have a discussion with Principal Katie Dello Stritto on how to get your kids to open up about “what happened at school today,” and how to spot signals that something might be troubling them; she also describes PS 58’s recess/afterschool counselors and what criteria they and teachers use to resolve childrens’ disputes; and she explains PS 58’s “Buddy Bench.” Recess coordinator Trey Norwood delves into his team’s duties and the ways recess varies at different ages.We chat with three fifth-grade students who were part of the fundraising drive for the “Buddy Bench” three years ago about how it came into existence and how their attitudes towards it have changed. We close with a review of upcoming PTA events from PTA co-Presidents Linnea Olson and Adam Baruchowitz. Let us know what you thought of this episode, and subscribe to hear future ones! If you have feedback or topics you’d like us to cover, send us an email at email@example.com.The Carroll Companion is produced and hosted by Zachary Knower. Music by Elsie’s dad Sean Bones. Thanks to Emily Curran for production assistance and engineering tips.
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