Sunday, September 10, 2017

What's For Lunch?

School Lunch from PS4M on Vimeo.

On the first day of school, students at PS4/The Duke Ellington School enjoyed a healthy lunch comprising of popcorn chicken, macaroni & cheese, french fries and a cookie! And of course, the salad bar is always available.

Recently, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) announced that starting this school year, lunch is now completely free for all students in every New York City public school. Breakfast is already provided for free and now all meals will be served at no charge to families. All parents, regardless of income, must still complete a School Meals Form so that our schools get access to federal funding for this program and others. Complete the form online at by December 29, 2017. A hardcopy of the form will also be sent home and is available in school’s main office.

Take a look at the menu below for the September's lunch menu and go to for more information about school foods.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Welcome Back!

First Day of School 2017-2018 from PS4M on Vimeo.

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!  Our first day of school was a very successful and excited one for students, teachers, parents and school staff!  Students received important documents to have signed by parents as well as a school supply list from each teacher.  Below you'll find a generic supply list, that you may use as an additional resource to help you purchase materials to help your child have a very successful school year.  Be sure to label all supplies, unless otherwise noted by your child's teacher.  Copies of this supply list may be found in the main office.  Contact your child's teacher for a more detailed list.

Our school uniform has not changed (i.e. grey shirt and burgundy pants/skirt).  Students are encouraged to wear sweatpants on days that they have physical education classes. 

Daily school hours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 2:20pm.  If you have any questions about our school activities and programs, please contact Denise Nuñez (Parent Coordinator) in the main office at (212) 928-0739.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

From The Desk of Dr. Thomas - 4th Grade Teacher

Hello All,

Just sharing this GREAT information in response to the persuasive letters my 4th grade students wrote to Congressman Espaillat, as a part of their Performance Based Assessment. This was an integrated project combining ELA and Social Studies [Government & Human Rights]. Please click the video below to see him thank our students!

Dr. Thomas 
Congressman Espaillat Thanks Our Students from PS4M on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Ellington Poets Perform At The Langston Hughes Festival (VIDEO)

The Ellington Poets with Principal Stevens and Mr. Cantu
To celebrate and honor the legendary American writer and poet, Langston Hughes, school children from grades K Through 6 attend and view poetry, music, and theatrical plays at the annual City College Langston Hughes Festival at Aaron Davis Hall in Harlem!  In what has become a school tradition, this is the fifth year in a row that the Ellington Poets Society has performed at this festival!

The Ellington Poets curriculum includes studying famous American Poets like Langston Hughes. This year, the poets performed original spoken word in response to reading and discussing various of Langston's finest poetic verse. The poem they wrote and performed was titled "Langston PRIDE" as an ode to practicing positivity, respect, integrity, determination and excellence as part of the PBIS/Character Education System we practice at the Duke Ellington School. "Of course they were inspired by Langston Hughes", says Ellington Poet Director and Arts Coordinator for PS4M, Mr. Cantu.  "Not only his poetic wonder... but also for the character with which he lived his life".

To read some poems by Langston Hughes, click here!  For more information about the Langston Hughes Festival, click here.  Take a look at the video below to see the Ellington Poets perform!

The Ellington Poets Perform At The Langston Hughes Festival - 2017 from PS4M on Vimeo.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Jazz & Civil Rights Show

Band leader and pianist Samora, plays for students during a Jazz and Civil Rights Show in the auditorium.

What does jazz music have to do with civil rights?  Students, teachers and parents assembled in the auditorium for the third and final assembly from the Jazz and Democracy Project.  The project helps the scholars make connections between democracy and jazz in a historical perspective. It is a music integrated curriculum that utilizes jazz as a metaphor to bring American democracy to life, enrich the study and teaching of U.S. history, government, civics and culture, and inspire youth to become active, positive contributors to their communities.

At this Jazz and Civil Rights Show, more than two hundred audience members learned about the origin of "Spirituals" and how they helped people in coping with the obstacles and struggles that came with the slavery experience. Slavery in America began when the first African slaves were brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619.

As part of the Ellington P.R.I.D.E. Arts Series, organized by PS4's Arts Coordinator Mr. Cantu, students have been learning about the history of jazz music. When asked about how the arts help our students, Mr. Cantu said, "our students are able to make connections with everyday personal conflicts that they may have in their own lives..they find ways to cope with problems by using music or art".  To see photos from a Jazz & Democracy Show done in Novembers, click here!