Friday, March 28, 2014

Turn 2 Us Celebrates St. Patrick's Day

Last week the boys and girls involved with the Turn 2 Us Basketball League participated in a special St. Patrick's Day program by Dr. Montanez and the staff at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.  This special St. Patrick's Day program included authentic Irish step-dancing and musicians playing instruments from Ireland. There were even moments when students were asked to participate with the performers! The students had a good time and were given knowledge about Irish culture.

Special thanks to Dr. Montanez, the Turn 2 Us organization and the staff at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.

PS4 Girls Basketball Team Wins Championship

Once again the girls PS4 basketball team are champions of the Turn-2 Us League!  During the February championship game, the Lady Wolves defeated their uptown rivals from PS48 by a score of 14 -13. The game came down to the last seconds and PS4's defense sealed the championship. Coach Sarah was very proud of her team and so was Coach Keys who had mentored the team and taught them some defenses that helped them win. "They played hard from the first game to the last", said Coach Keys. As always, the girls showed a competitive nature that could not be beat. This championship marks the fourth championship for the girls in the Turn 2 Us League.

Congratulations to the PS4 Girls Basketball Team!

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Book Fair is Here!

The whole school is excited about the Book Fair. An amazing selection of books has arrived and will be available from March 10-14, 2014!

At the Book Fair, located in the PS4 library, you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents. 

Mark your calendar for our Parent-Teacher's Conferences on Tuesday afternoon (1-3pm) and on Wednesday evening 5:30-8pm), where the whole family can join in the fun.  It's a Book Fair Fiesta!

The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading.  Here's a brief video that highlights the big dreams that can be realized through family reading: !

See you at the Book Fair! Click here to see our schedule!  Click here to purchase books online!

Your Librarian,
Ms. Lennon

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Washington Heights Library Reopens

Members of the PS4 Honor Society & Ms. Wilson's class cut the ribbon of the newly reopened library with local politicians.

The PS4 Honor Society and Ms. Wilson's class were invited to join the Washington Heights New York Public Library for their grand reopening and centennial celebration!  The renovated branch now features materials and dedicated spaces for adults, teens, and children, a multipurpose community room, nearly 50 brand-new desktop computers, and more than a dozen laptop computers with Wi-Fi capability!  PS4 Honor Society members, instructed by our librarian Ms. Lennon, and Ms. Wilson's class (501), instructed by our music teacher Mr. Means, performed in front of nearly 300 local officials, community organizations, school children and residents of the Washington Heights community! 

Click here to see the news report from the event on Time Warner Cable!
Check out the photo collage below for more highlights from the event!

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Classroom Champions Update #3

As part of the Classroom Champions program, top performing athletes are connected with students in high-need schools. They use video lessons and live video chat to motivate students to recognize their potential, set goals and dream big, while educating them in the practical use of communications technology. 

Upon their return from the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, gold medalist ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White made sure to spend some time with students they've been mentoring since October!  Ms. McLeod and Mr. Nycz's students were invited to the Today Show, at Rockefeller Center, to reunite with the athletes that they know and love.

Check out the slideshow below for some highlights from this memorable experience!  A big thanks to Giddeon Massie, Olympian and Classroom Champions Advisor, for making this opportunity a smooth one.  We appreciate your dedication to the program.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Jazz at PS4 - Black History

The Agness Varis Jazz and Blues in the Schools Program preserves the legacy of jazz and blues y introducing this music to thousands of public school children, many of whom have never been exposed to it.  At the same time, it is actually preserving hundreds of the very pioneers who created it!  We are very thankful to the Jazz Foundation of America for sending legendary jazz musicians to our auditorium each month.

Recently, we were honored to hear from the Annette St. John Trio!  The band featured Vinnie Ruggieri on piano, Earl Sauls on bass and John Cooksey on drums.  Band members even took the time to answer questions from an audience of more than two hundred 3rd and 4th graders!  Brianna S. (401) really enjoyed seeing John Cooksey and wanted to know if he grew up playing the drums.  John replied, "When I was 8, I watched a show called the Little Rascals!  One of the characters played the drums and I wanted to do that".  Mr. Cooksey has been playing the drums for more than 50 years!

Special thanks to Will Glass from the Jazz Foundation for organizing all of the visits by these great artists!  Take a look at some photos from our two most recent jazz assemblies.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

The Biobus Braves the Storm

Dr. Ben discusses how solar panels, located on top of the Biobus, give power to the microscopes on board.
The Biobus is serious about developing a love of science to students all over the country!  Recently, during a winter storm, Dr. Ben and Scientist Matt found a parking space for the Biobus and made sure 4th grade students were given a chance to learn about this microorganism that lives in freshwater environments all over the world.  Students, for the fourth year in a row, boarded the bus and used microscopes to see this tiny animal named "Daphnia".

"I had one student", says 4th grade bilingual teacher Ms. Cruz, "that said she hated science".  "But, now that she sees how fun science is, she now wants to become a scientist".  Statements like these are common for Dr. Ben and his staff who, because of donations from groups that support his goal, visited PS4 free of charge!

Thank you, Dr. Ben, for the work that you do.  For making science fun and for braving a winter storm to bring science to our school...thank you.  For more information about the Biobus, click here!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

PS4 5th Graders Design in the Classroom

Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design Educator, Allison Cox gives students in Ms. Wilson's class a design challenge.

The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's Design in the Classroom Program brings a basic understanding of design to the classroom!  Recently, students in 5th grade classrooms were visited by Allison Cox, Design Educator for Cooper-Hewitt.  During her 45-minute workshop, students solved a challenge through prototyping or creating a smaller version of a structure that will solve a problem.  Ms. Allison worked with each class to create a structure for kids on the beach!  "PS4 students are very innovative", she said.  "They really thought about the challenge and even created a water slide with a tent for a sunscreen".  Ms. Allison went on to talk about how design impacts our daily life and how it is thinking at a higher level.

Special thanks to Allison Cox and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum!
  Ms. Allison and Physical Education Teacher, Mr. Ovalle, support students with a design challenge.