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PS527: Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow
323 E 91st St · New York, NY 10128 · 212-828-2710
East 91st St
Upcoming Events
  • August 21, 2019 - August 22, 2019 — PS 527 Staff Summer Professional Learning
  • August 22, 2019 — New Student/Family Ice Cream Social 5:30pm
  • September 02, 2019 — Labor Day
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Michelle Amato, Principal

  East Side School for Social Action
  Michelle Amato, Principal
Ps 527 Parent Teacher Association
Mental Health Resources
PS 527 Mental Health Committee and Mission Statement

Our Mental Health Committee was formed in 2016 after the launch of the Thrive NYC initiative, which is addressing and destigmatizing mental illness. We meet once per month, and our committee is made up of staff members including Mary Polito, Jennifer Ludwig, Lauren Davis, Morgan DeTura, Chessa Kenney, Hillary Tilton, and Jessica Clark.

Mission Statement
PS 527 is dedicated to providing support for the mental health needs of our school community by:

  • Ending the stigma associated with mental health issues by fostering a culture of knowledge and acceptance.
  • Maintaining an inclusive culture through:
    • Daily bucket filling reminders (aligned to the book, “How Full is Your Bucket?”, by Tom Rath).
    • Promoting respect for others.
  • Teaching healthy coping mechanisms and problem-solving strategies in Social Skills class.
  • Promoting mindfulness through Staff Mindful Mornings, student-led Mindful Moments, and sharing of best practices in the classroom.
  • Encouraging empathy and understanding.
  • Using the Mood Meter to increase emotional intelligence and develop mental health vocabulary.
  • Providing resources to parents and staff about mental health organizations.

The Marigold: PS 527 Mental Wellness Quarterly Newsletter

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Mental Health Organizations

NYC Well Hotline
NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text or chat and get access to mental health and substance misuse services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.
Talk: 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)
Text: Text WELL to 65173
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Child Mind Institute
An independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children struggling with mental health and learning disorders.

NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI Helpline: 212-684-3264

Aricles and Helpful Resources

In fall of 2016, NPR covered a series on mental health in schools

Mood Meter App

Anxiety in Kids

7 fun ways to teach your kids mindfulness

Mind Yeti offers short mindfulness videos for kids. Several videos are accessible with a free membership.

Mindshift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions. Mindshift examines how learning is being impacted by: technology, discoveries about how the brain works, poverty and inequities, social and emotional practices, assessments, digital games, design thinking and music, among many other topics.


Understanding the Way I Feel: 30 Books About Managing Emotions

More book recommendations coming soon.

Mood Meter

The Mood Meter is a tool used to plot feelings and develop emotional intelligence. For more information or to learn about the Mood Meter App, please visit their website.

You can also learn more in this parenting article about using the Mood Meter app.