Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Have A Great Summer!

Have a great summer!  The first day of the 2016-2017 school year begins on Thursday, September 8th!  Click here for the Department of Education calendar and visit our Facebook page for new posts all summer long!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Learning Doesn't Stop While Students Are Testing

Students that did not take the ELA or Math Tests, spent time in the auditorium reading, singing and watching a movie.

Ms. Steinman (Speech Therapist) reads a book to students.

Elementary and Middle School students in New York State take yearly tests to assess their mastery in Common Core Learning Standards.  But, some students do not take the English Language Arts or Math Exams.  During these state exams those students who have been named as non-testable, who's parents have opted them out, or who arrive too late to start the test with their class are sent to the auditorium.

This year, Mr. Means and a team of student-teachers and support staff were able to plan educational activities for a time when only movies may been played in the past.  Last week's schedule went roughly as follows:
  • morning announcements
  • 30-minutes of music and singing
  • 30-minutes of silent reading
  • ONE movie shown in English with Spanish subtitles
  • the lights on the right side of auditorium are left on for students who want to read or do work
Student-Teacher, Mr. Beller, works with non-testable students in the auditorium.

Ms. Williams, Occupational Therapists, reads to non-testable students.
Teachers and staff in the auditorium were very active educators.  From small reading groups to help with picking which film will be most appropriate for our whole audience (which includes students in special education as well as English Language Learners), everyone was focused on creating  learning environment for students that were not testing.

Special thanks to Mr. Means, our Music Teacher, and his team of student-teachers and support staff for making sure our scholars continue learning.  Thanks to Mr. Beller (student-teacher), Ms. Steinman (Speech Pathologist), Ms. Williams (Occupational Therapist), and Ms. Collado (Speech Pathologist).

Friday, March 18, 2016

PS4 Alumni Visits Class 501

Denise, a graduate of PS4 attending Syracuse University, visits her 5th grade class.

Denise Romero, a PS4 alumni and freshman at Syracuse University, recently visited class 501!   She shared her college experience with our scholars.  She is an older sibling of Daniel R., who is a current student in that class.  The students really enjoyed hearing specific details about college life, majoring in a subject area of interest, and transitioning to living at school and managing free time effectively.  Denise is majoring in English and Secondary Education.  She wants to be a teacher!

Ms. McLeod, who was her 5th grade teacher, was inspired by College Awareness Day, that took place in January.  "It's important for young scholars to hear from students in college", she said.  "This way they can see that college is something that they can do".  Thank you, Denise, for inspiring our scholars at PS4 and good luck to you in completing your first year at Syracuse!

To see photos from Career Day, that took place in January, click here!   

Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Day - 2016

Scholars in Ms. Sanchez's 2nd grade class celebrated St. Patrick's Day.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish culture celebrated by people all over the world. On this day, the Irish remember an important leader who helped many people over a thousand years ago. Many of our scholars spent some time learning about this cultural celebration.  Do you know why we wear green on this day?  The Irish tradition is to pinch anyone who isn't wearing green.  Ouch!  So, on St. Patrick's Day it is customary to wear green to honor this tradition.

Click here, to earn more about St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Winter Clothing Drive

Members of the Student Government hold up coats collected during our Winter Clothing Drive.

Congratulations to the members of the Student Government Organization who had a successful Winter Clothing Drive!  For two months, PS4 collected winter coats, hats, sweaters, scarves and mittens in the school's lobby!  We worked with One Warm Coat to collect clean, and gently used warm coats to support the coat drive program. 

One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need and raises awareness of the vital need for warm coats. One Warm Coat supports individuals, groups, companies and organizations across the country by providing the tools and resources needed to hold a successful coat drive. Coats are distributed in the communities where they were collected, to any person in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation. Since its inception in 1992, One Warm Coat has worked with its volunteers to give away over 4 million coats.  For more information, go to www.onewarmcoat.org

All donated coats were given to a Little Sisters of the Assumption, a non-profit organization in East Harlem that supports new-immigrant families.  In addition to their eight core program areas, LSA offers additional support services, including mental health counseling, support groups, and nutrition and fitness classes.  Click here to read about Little Sisters. 

On February 28, this local organization was able to pick up 18 coats from PS4 donors and 12 bags of winter clothes!  This successful service learning project not only connected the traditional classroom experience with real life lessons, but also allowed students to learn ways to support their own community.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students Celebrate Dr. Seuss!

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss's birthday!  Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on March 2, 1904, in Springfield, Massachusetts. He published his first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, under the name of Dr. Seuss in 1937. Next came a string of best sellers, including The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. His rhymes and characters are beloved by generations.  For more information and a video about this famous author, click here!

Kindergarten and first grade scholars of the Dr. Seuss Academy joined millions of their peers across the country to celebrate his birthday and the eighteenth annual National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America Day on  March 2, 2016.  The National Educators Association's (NEA) Read Across America Day, which celebrates Dr. Seuss's birthday and the joys of reading, expects more than 45 million readers yearly, both young and old, to pick up a book and read.

To honor the good doctor and celebrate the fun and value of reading, we spent the day reading books by Dr. Seuss!  Click here for more information about the NEA's Read Across America campaign and take a look the slideshow below for some highlights of this exciting day!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

New Computer Club Begins

A new Computer Club will begin at PS4!  This Computer Club will be the key to something special: a creative, fun, interactive way to learn computer science! Students will learn by watching videos on the computer and code using an online tool called Scratch; all videos, scripts, agendas, and other club materials are provided by Google.  The Google CS First teaches students computer science skills while they build cool, functional projects they can show off to their friends.  While Google CS First club members build, create, and play, they learn important skills that will help open future educational and career opportunities as they gain the confidence in technology.

The program will start on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.  Click here or see Mr. Cesani for more details.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Visit Our Groovy Book Fair - Feb. 29 - March 4

It’s that time of year again…time for the Scholastic Book Fair!  The theme for this season is…Groovy Book Fair!  All students have been given a flyer featuring some of the books that will be available.  Students should bring money on the day of their book fair visit.  Don't forget the tax!  

The book fair will be open during Parent/Teacher Conferences on Thursday!  Click here for the full schedule and to see what books are available at our Groovy Book Fair!