Parent Testimonials

Mr. and Mrs. Noel

Dear Dr. Goldstein,


Our daughter attends PreK at the District 30 Pre-K center at Jackson Avenue, LIC. Her teachers are Ms. Irene Sysak and Ms. Naz Modak. We wanted to take the opportunity of Teacher Appreciation Week to give a shout out to both of them.


Because of the pandemic, everyone had to change their way of life, at home and work, and adapt to a new way of working.

Our daughter has been 100% remote since the school year started. We were wondering how she would cope up with PreK, like that, since she's too small. But thanks to her wonderful teachers, she's been doing great.


We saw how the online classroom evolved, as the teachers brought in a certain type of decorum that was essential for virtual classes, and got all the kids to adapt to it, and run a successful class. Each child gets a chance to share and talk about their work, and anything else they want. The kids ask questions and also get to learn a lot of new things, effectively. The teachers are so loving and caring towards their students, and the students are fully engaged and interested in what the teachers are saying.


Our daughter has enjoyed her classes and very excitedly waits for school in the morning, and does her assignment to show and talk about it, for the afternoon class. She even asks if there is school over weekends!


We know how much of a struggle it must have been for the teachers to change their way of instruction, and engage children online. We're sure all teachers have adapted and are doing their very best. We wanted to thank Ms. Sysak and Ms. Naz for the wonderful work they are doing, and the encouragement and the motivation they are providing to the children in their classroom. 


Ms. Sysak & Ms. Naz, you both have been excellent and wishing you the very best, for you to continue to inspire the minds of young children! We hope, when our 1 year old daughter grows up and is ready for school, she has the opportunity to be in your class, just like her sister. 


We've attached the drawing our daughter made for her teachers, which has also gone up on her Google Classroom.



Erica Curiale

Hi Dr. Goldstein,


Thank you for sending this recap. I appreciate the information.  I had another call during today’s session. 


I just wanted to say that over the summer the thought of sending our kids to school for this year was really scary.  We weren’t sure if we would opt for only remote or in person.  THANK YOU to everyone who made this possible in such a controlled, safe way.   

The kids are so happy to be in school.  The communication from everyone has been wonderful.  The teachers are LOVELY and caring. We couldn’t be happier with how it’s been going, so again… thank you.



I just wanted to send a thank you note for all the work and positive vibes you have been sending to our kids this week! It has been much needed during this time of uncertainty and immense transition. While kids are still little, they definitely pick up on the fact that something of big magnitude is happening right now.

Maya has been so happy to see you on Tuesday and today when you read a book via video. She kept giggling when I shared your comments about her work and I see they made her smile on the inside. 

I learned something new today too! When watching you read a book to the kids, I noticed a certain way you probed them about the book and asked thought provoking questions - definitely excited to keep practicing this technique with the girls!

Have a good weekend and stay safe!

The Valdez Family

Dear Dual Language Team,

We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you have done for our son Pavel. Everyday he is so excited to go to school. We are so pleased to hear his vocabulary in English and Spanish. We understand your hard work and dedication. We cant thank you enough. This first experience for Pavel has been incredible.

Puppetry in Practice

On the first day of the Puppetry in Practice residency, Pre-K students participated in an interactive puppet show of Apartment for Rent. In subsequent lessons, children created a tree house apartment along with a variety of puppet residents for the house. The tree house became a permanent installation in each classroom and served as a stage for the puppets created. New characters were created and students were encouraged to change the storylines through their dramatic puppet play. Individual units from the school's curriculum were implemented during the course of the residency, allowing the dramatic play to serve as a way for students to deepen their connection to each unit of study. Children explored various art materials as they created different types of puppets. Additionally, mathematics skills were incorperated as children learn patterns, the properties of materials, special relations, shapes, and symmetry.

The program connects to early childhood Benchmarks in the Blueprint for the Visual Arts (Art making: Theatre sets and puppets) and for Theatre (Theatre Making: Group activities, including creative play, storytelling, pantomime, and improvisation). Through sequential activities, students begin to understand the process of moving from design to creation of production elements. Students extend their understanding of theatre by connecting it to learning in other disciplines. Additionally students' level of engaging--in terms of socializing and language development with one another, with the teacher and with the teaching artist--all increased and improved.

The greatest challenges of the program were to effectively cover all the units of the study within the timeframe of the srtist's visits. It was important to the school that this collaboration with Puppetry in Practice link to our curriculum in order to reinforce the learning goals for our students. To resolve this challenge, several planning sessions between the teacher and the teaching artist were implemented in order to sddress specific areas of study within the unit that the teachers felt should be further reinforced. This allowed the teachers an oppertunity to collaborate with the artist and to include his lessons into their own. We also scheduled a series of Parent Engagement workshops in order to promote continued learning through the arts at home by giving parents hands-on, extension activities to use a follow-up to the classroom learning. Parent Engagement workshops were conducted in both English and Spanish.

Please find the attached the lesson plans for Apartment for Rent from Puppetry in Practice.

Monica Moscoso

I want to thank you for all your hard work and dedication. My son Jayden Reinertsen passed the Gifted and Talented exam and based on his scores, he was placed in the 99th percentile. Thanks a million!

Kadie Black

Since the Pre-K center was a new concept we did not know what to expect. We were extremely pleased with the entire experience. Jacob thrived both educationally and personally this past year. It was great to see how much he learned and enjoyed school. We were so happy with all the teachers and administration of the center Jacob attended.

Evan O'Neil

Thank you for all the social-emotional work you do in class. It has helped my son become more self aware and better at evaluating positive and negative behaviors in himself and others. He can now recognize moods he doesn't like-loud, angry, physically rough-and distance himself from them. We really appreciate your expertise in cultivating his character.

Nadya Huerta

I would like to thank all the Pre-K staff for all they have done for my daughter this year. I am very happy for the progress that my child has made throughout the school year.  I am confident that with this years scholastic experience she is ready to tackle the many obstacles that kindergarten may bring.  I would like to give a special thank you to Ms. Peralta and Mrs. Castillo.  They have not only done an excellent job preparing my daughter scholastically but they have also touched her heart, by treating my child like if she was their very own.  Thanks to these two beautiful ladies my daughter was extremely happy and eager to go to school everyday.  I am grateful and recommend this pre-kindergarten program and its staff   to all those parents looking for a great Pre-K experience for their children.

Yuki Himoto

We really appreciate the kindness and thoughtfulness of the teachers of the District 30 Pre-K Centers. Our daughter entered the class from April to June, just after we moved to NY from Japan. At first, she did not understand English at all, but the teachers helped her understanding gently and continuously. Even in such a short period, she could get used to the class very well and make good friends, thanks to the careful consideration of the teachers.

Diana Garcia

I am so happy that Dylan was part of the inaugural pre-k class. The class has made a big difference in his social skills and behavior. He has learned to use the potty and doesn't throw tantrums anymore. He knows his alphabet and plenty of nursery rhymes. He loves to sing. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job with the children.

Melinda Berney

My son had the privilege of attending pre-k at P.S. 389, a NYCDOE District 30 Pre K center located at 96-10 23rd Avenue. We were delighted to be a part of the center's first school year. I especially liked that the center caters only to preschoolers and felt that it made the whole experience more intimate and less overwhelming for my child who has never attended school or daycare before. I always found the center and its surrounding areas to be clean, safe and orderly. My son especially enjoyed the playground area located at the rear of the school.

The classrooms were all spacious and designed specifically for small children. They contained many different centers which encouraged all types of learning and play. Each room had a teacher and a assistant teacher.  My sons' teacher and assistant teacher were wonderful. We maintained an open, communicative relationship at all times. I always felt informed of my child's progress and knew that I could discuss anything with them. They both have calm and patient natures that put the children and parents at ease. My son was very happy in their class and learned a lot throughout the year.

We found all the staff to be friendly and accommodating.The site coordinator greeted every student by name and always had a smile on her face and something positive to say. Her artwork and ideas were so creative and original. She put great effort into exposing the children to the arts. The assistant principal is a sincere, caring and very hands-on AP who made it her priority to give all the students a wonderful environment to learn and grow.

The entire experience was a wonderful introduction to school and early education. I am confident that my son is ready for kindergarten and that is due to this amazing center and staff. I was so impressed with how well the center was run and the level of teamwork shared between all the staff members. I felt that my child was supported, encouraged and educated by everyone.

I would and do highly recommend the pre-k center at PS 389 to any parent. I truly believe that it is a great place for children to begin their education and prepare them for kindergarten.