Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fifty Nifty United States (VIDEO)

Do you know the names of all 50 states in America?  Under the direction of Mr. Means, PS4 Music Teacher, many students in 2nd grade now know all 50 states because of a song called Fifty Nifty United States!  Two students from Ms. Hodge's class performed the song for the entire school during morning announcements with Ms. White, our principal!  They were also asked to perform for parents during a Pre-K workshop! 

Congratulations to Amanda A. and Eva H. from class 202!  Click here to read the lyrics of the song and take a look at the video below to see their performance!  Special thanks to Mr. Means for his expertise in recording and editing!

Fifty Nifty United States from PS4M on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

5th Grade Art Club Decorates MJM Tree

Students from the 5th Grade Art Club decorate tree at the Morris-Jumel Mansion.

Instead of the usual holiday decorating style that makes the Morris-Jumel Mansion beautiful and festive, the staff is trying something new entitled “Community Holidays” at MJM. Each of the rooms in the house that George Washington once lived in has a tree in it and the director of this historical house wanted a group of boys and girls from PS4 to decorate one of those trees!

The tree, decorated by the 5th Grade Art Club, is located in the dining room of the mansion!  Four traditions are represented; Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas and Three Kings Day.  Students made the garland, ornaments and even the one-of-a-kind Three Kings tree topper to represent the traditions that are celebrated by students at PS4.   

To see the six trees decorated by artists, neighborhood organizations, theater groups and students of PS4, visit the Morris-Jumel's FREE!  Click here to find out more information about the mansion and see the photo/video collage below for highlights of the 5th Grade Art Club's tree decorating event.  Special thanks to Ms. Danielle (MJM Program Director) and especially Carol Ward, Director of MJM, for making sure there's always a place in the mansion for our students.

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Awards for 1st Graders

Singing famous nursery rhymes, like The Eensy Weensy Spider, is a lot of fun when you're singing with one hundred students from 1st grade!  ELA/Literacy Coach, Ms. Thomspon, began this special assembly by speaking to students about the importance of learning sight words.  "It's important that you learn sight words and rhyming words", she said.  "This is how you learn to read".

After singing three nursery rhymes that students were familiar with, Ms. Martin gave teachers the opportunity to reward students that have achieved success in the areas of reading, math, and overall behavior.  Students with perfect attendance were also rewarded!  Congratulations to all of the students that earned certificates!

Ms. Luciano and Ms. Martin with students from class 101.

Ms. Sanchez and Ms. Martin with students from class 120.

Ms. Reyes, Ms. Delpesh, Ms. Martin and Paraprofessional Ms. Aguilar with students from class 102.

Ms. Rivera, Ms. Martin and Paraprofessionals with students from class K483.

Ms. Pinales and Ms. Martin with students from class 122.

Friday, November 21, 2014

3rd Grade Meeting & Awards

Assistant Principal Ms. Martin discuss her expectations with students and teachers in grade 3.
Recently, Assistant Principal Ms. Martin met with students and teachers from the 3rd grade.  She encouraged students to create academic goals, discussed expectations for the next month and provided time for teachers to give certificates to students who have achieved success in math, English language arts, reading and overall behavior.  Nearly fifty students were awarded for academic success and another fifty students were also rewarded for having perfect attendance since the first day of school!

Congratulations to the 3rd grade award winners!  Take a look at photos of the meeting below.

Ms. Schwartz with award winners from class 301 and Ms. Martin.

Ms. Davis with award winners from class 302 and Ms. Martin.
Mr. Cantu with award winners from class 320 and Ms. Martin.
Ms. Cabral with award winners from class 321 and Ms. Martin

Ms. Marino with award winners from class 322 and Ms. Martin

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Charlotte's Web - One Fantastic Culminating Activity (VIDEO)

The second floor of PS4 has been transformed into the setting of a famous book! Students in grade 2 have been reading Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. This is the famous story of a little pig named Wilbur who was born very small. Mr. Arable decides to let his daughter Fern keep Wilbur as a pet. Wilbur meets a bunch of new friends including Charlotte, a beautiful large grey spider. It's up to Charlotte to save Wilbur's life before he will end up on the dinner table at Christmastime!

Congratulations to 2nd grade students and their teachers for their great work on all of the the dioramas that showcased their ReadyGen text; Charlotte's Web. The projects are displayed in the hallway. Ms. Rivers, Assistant Principal for 2nd grade, recognized the hard work and creative abilities that are evident in all of the projects. "I want to thank Ms. Thompson (Literacy Coach) for her special creativity in assembling the project displays in the hallway", she said. "Along with each of our amazing teachers, she made the students feel so proud of their work and the display was a big hit on Parent Teachers Night!".

See the video below to see a clip from the 2006 movie based on the book! Click here to virtually explore Charlotte Web's home and take a look at photos of some of the projects done by our students!

Charlotte's Web (2006) from escenas_peliculas2 on Vimeo.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Book Fair Kingdom

Each year Scholastic Book Fairs®, in partnership with schools across the country, hosts more than 127,000 book-sale events that give more than 35 million students and their families access to thousands of affordable and educational products, helping foster a lifelong love of reading.  PS4 hosts three book fairs each year in the library.  These fairs take place during Parent-Teacher Conferences and are always an exciting time for students, teachers and parents.

The Book Fair Kingdom was this year's theme!  Two of the most best-selling books at this season's fair were Sisters by Raina Telgemeier and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: A Long Haul by Jeff Kinney.  Special thanks to the student crew who helped shoppers find the books that were just right for our young readers.  Cassandra C. (520), Donarly F. (501) and Nathan M. (501) used iPads and iPods uploaded with the Scholastic Book Fair app to help parents find books.  Special thanks to Ms. McLeod who provided advice and support to our many visitors shopping for books to help their children become better readers.

Take a look at the slideshow below for some photos from our recent book fair.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

The First Two Games of the Season

The PS4 Wolves played PS48, winning their first game of the season.
The Duke Ellington Wolves are 1-1 after playing their first two games of the season. In the first week, The Wolves led by their new coach (Coach Mcardle) beat their uptown rivals PS48 at home by a score of 24-20. The team was led by returning starters Dave C., Tyrese T. and Ayinde V.  Each player scored at least 4 points to help PS4 win their first game. The second game, against PS4's downtown rivals at PS28, ended with a loss by a score 34-20.

Boys coach, Coach McArdle, said that PS28 was a tough team and PS4 will have a better chance at a home game.  The PS28 Boys Basketball team is the 2014 Turn2 Us Champions.  "We should have a better chance next time, said Coach McArdle.  "We learned some things in this loss that should help us next time earn a victory." At one win and one loss, The PS4 Wolves are looking forward to their next game and next opportunity to become a better team.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Book Fair Is Coming!

The whole school is excited about our upcoming Book Fair. An amazing selection of books is headed our way! At the Book Fair you will find the latest and finest titles for kids, as well as books of interest to parents. Mark your calendar for our Family Events on Thursday, November 13, where the whole family can join in the fun. And, you can contribute books to your child's classroom library. The Book Fair is a great way to get everyone excited about reading.

Click here to see our Book Fair schedule!  Click here to see the preview flyer of some of the books that will be at the fair and take a look at the official Book Fair author videos below that highlight some exciting titles students in all grades!  See our librarian, Ms. Lennon, for details and see you at the Book Fair!

Grades K-3

Grades 4-6