Friday, December 22, 2017

Winter Arts Showcase

The Boy's Squad, under the direction of Mr. Perez (Dance Teacher) perform.

Happy Winter!  On December 21st, the official first day of winter, the Arts Department of PS4 presented a Winter Arts Showcase featuring our talented students.  In front of an audience of students, teachers and parents, dancers, singers and actors from 1st to 5th grade celebrated the season.  Take a look at the videos below for highlights of this exciting assembly


Class 520 - Vocal Performance in Spanish from PS4M on Vimeo.


PRIDE Actors - Winter Performing Arts Showcase from PS4M on Vimeo.


Boy’s Squad - Winter Arts Showcase from PS4M on Vimeo.


Class 320 - Dance the Menorah - Winter Arts Showcase from PS4M on Vimeo.


101 Dance Performance - Winter Arts Showcase from PS4M on Vimeo.


402 Dance Performance - Winter Arts Showcase from PS4M on Vimeo.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Class Knight Note Winners - November

Maria Garcia, Accelerated Reader Implementation Specialist, and Ms. Lennon, Technology Teacher with Star Readers.
At the end of every morning announcement, students hear:

"With something to think about, this is Mr. Cantu.  Make it a great day...or not.  The choice is yours."

These words, along with some Words of Wisdom, support our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) System.  This is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture that are needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.  Our students are encouraged to make good choices in their classroom, in the hallway and in the cafeteria.  Students that show positivity, respect, integrity, determination and excellence (P.R.I.D.E.) are rewarded with "Knight Notes".  Those classes that receive the most "Knight Notes" are rewarded with a certificate at our monthly P.B.I.S. Celebration.  Winning classes are also given a choice of an extra period in the gym with Mr. Lagares, eating lunch outside with the principal or chosen teacher, or free time with Ms. Lennon in the computer lab.  See photos below of the "Knight Note" class winners for the month of November!

Class 480 - Ms. Smith's Class

Class 102 - Ms. Pinales
Class 220 - Ms. Salce


Friday, November 17, 2017

Knight Note Class Winners - October

Ms. Batts, Theatre Teacher, shows audience how positivity looks in her classroom.

At the end of every morning announcement, students hear:

"With something to think about, this is Mr. Cantu.  Make it a great day...or not.  The choice is yours."

These words, along with some Words of Wisdom, support our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) System.  This is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture that are needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.  Our students are encouraged to make good choices in their classroom, in the hallway and in the cafeteria.  Students that show positivity, respect, integrity, determination and excellence (P.R.I.D.E.) are rewarded with "Knight Notes".  Those classes that receive the most "Knight Notes" are rewarded with a certificate at our monthly P.B.I.S. Celebration.  Winning classes are also given a choice of an extra period in the gym with Mr. Lagares, eating lunch outside with the principal or chosen teacher, or free time with Ms. Lennon in the computer lab.  See photos below of the "Knight Note" class winners for the month of September!


Class 220 - Ms. Salce
Class 102 - Ms. Pinales
K20 - Ms. Nuez

Class 304 - Mr. Beller & Ms. Corporan
Class 401 - Mr. Ovalle & Ms. Hegel

Thursday, November 2, 2017

3rd Graders Visit Safety City - 2017

Ms. Schwartz class (Class 301) pays close attention to the pedestrian rules at Safety City.
Have you ever been to Safety City?  Third grade students at PS4 have been visiting Safety City, Located at 672 W158th Street, for seven years!  Special thanks to Renso Vidal, NYC DOT - Safety and Outreach for choosing our school to partner with during this annual celebration of safety on International Walk to School Day. 


Safety City uses both traditional classroom education and hands-on practice in an outdoor realistic yet protected street and intersection. At Safety City's Indoor Learning Center, participating students from community schools take part in activities designed to build self-esteem and strengthen their ability to make safer choices. The classroom experience includes informational videos and up-to-date learning materials. Outdoors, students practice their safety skills on a fenced-in street and intersection. The area has realistic pavement markings, traffic and pedestrian signals and street signs. The children practice crossing the street safely in a variety of situations. Access Safety City on West 158th Street in Manhattan also serves older adults and people of all ages with special needs.

Safety City's instructors are specially trained traffic safety experts from DOT's Office of Safety Programs. Police officers, traffic enforcement agents, health care providers and school crossing guards also instruct the children at Safety City, reminding them to use their safety skills. For more information about Safety City, click here.

Renso Vidal, Instructor with NYC DOT Safety and Outreach shows students how to wear a helmet.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sing For Hope Piano

Sing for Hope Piano is temporarily placed under a painting of our namesake

Have you seen the piano in the school lobby? The Sing for Hope Pianos places pianos throughout NYC’s parks and public spaces for anyone and everyone to play. Each summer, the pianos bring individuals and communities together in an open festival of art for all. After their time on the streets, Sing for Hope transports the instruments to NYC public schools, where they become hubs for Sing for Hope’s ongoing creative programs and enrich students’ lives for years to come.

This year, Sing for Hope placed its 400th unique piano artwork in the five boroughs, making NYC host to more street pianos than any other city in the world. As New York City’s largest recurring public art project, the Sing for Hope Pianos impacts an estimated 2 million people each year.

Not too long ago, PS4's Arts Coordinator Jose Cantu, applied for our school to receive a 2017 Sing for Hope Piano.  Recently, we received an artist designed piano in our lobby.  It was delivered and placed directly under a painting of our namesake, Sir Duke Ellington.






Arts Coordinator Jose Cantu poses with Sing for Hope piano.




Monday, October 23, 2017

Eat Well Be Well - Parent Workshop


Mr. Fuentes, PS4's Bilingual Social Worker gives parents suggestions on how to eat well and be well.
At a recent Nutrition Workshop for parents, our Bilingual Social Worker Frank Fuentes gave parents tips on how to buy healthy food that will keep your wallet happy and foods that children should be eating in the  morning.  Parents were also invited to visit the Inwood Farmer's Market directly after the workshop.

Mr. Fuentes reminded parents that there’s no great secret to healthy eating.  Here are some suggestions to help your children and family develop healthy eating habits:

  • Provide plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products.
  • Include low-fat or non-fat milk or dairy products.
  • Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils, and beans for protein.
  • Serve reasonably-sized portions.
  • Encourage your family to drink lots of water.
  • Limit sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Limit consumption of sugar and saturated fat.
Remember that small changes every day can lead to a recipe for success! For more information about nutrition, click here for the Center for Disease Control's website or visit ChooseMyPlate.gov.

A colorful visual of the 5 food groups.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Perfect Attendance Ceremony - September

Bulletin board near the main office listing students with perfect attendance.

Congratulations to the more than 250 students with perfect attendance for the month of September!  At our Perfect Attendance Ceremony that took place on Tuesday, October 17, hosted by Mr. Ovalle (4th grade Teacher), teachers presented certificates to each of those students who have attended school each day and have never been late.

Take a look at the slide show below to see some of the students that were awarded.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Middle School Application Process

Ms. Estrella, PS4's Guidance Counselor, meets with parents of 5th graders to discuss the Middle School application process.
The deadline for Middle School applications is December 1st!  Parents of 5th grade students will soon receive applications from our school's Guidance Counselor, Ms. Estrella.  She has been meeting with parents weekly to answer questions they may have about the application process and encourage them to make the best choice for their child.  The transition from elementary to middle school is an important moment in every adolescent’s life. This is an opportunity for parent and children to come together to determine what middle school experience is right for their family and how they can plan together for the big changes ahead.

For more information about he Middle School process, contact Ms. Estrella by calling the main office or sending an email to aestrel@schools.nyc.gov.  Click here for the 2018 NYC District 6 Middle School Directory and go to schools.nyc.gov/middle for more information on the application process.

Ms. Estrella answers question from parents of 5th graders.