Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ellington P.R.I.D.E (VIDEO)

With support from Dr. Montanez and the Turn2 Us Staff at Columbia Presbyterian, the students, teachers and staff at PS4 used their Ellington P.R.I.D.E. (positivity, respect, integrity, determination and excellence) to create this video that showcases our positive school culture. (Credits: Music from Justin Timberlake's "Dance", production by Jose Cantu and editing by Jesse Means.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Parent-Teacher Conferences: March 2017

Families gather in the cafeteria during Parent-Teacher Conferences (afternoon session) to fill out parent surveys.

Parent-Teacher Conferences take place in November and March of each year.   An ideal parent-teacher conference is a conversation between you and your child’s teacher about your child’s progress at school. This may include a child’s transition to a school, how the child gets along with friends and teachers, how the child is learning and what your child is learning, information about things they do well and how parents can help your child grow further, ways to support the child in the areas where he/she needs some help and where parents can find more information to help support their child. 
During PTC's, parents may receive ideas for concrete activities they can do at home or may receive helpful websites, books or pamphlets found at the library or parent workshops being offered in the Washington Heights community.

Prior to meeting with their child's teacher, our staff and partners-in-education were in the cafeteria and gymnasium where they...
  • provided visitors with refreshments in our 'welcome center'
  • gave information about school trips
  • registered families for Smile NY Dental
  • provided information about immigration counseling
  • provided technical assistance with the Parent Surveys and PupilPath
  • provided families with a 3-day supply of food from our pantry
  • registered additional scholars for our after school program(s); and 
  • reminded families of upcoming state exams
Thank you to all families who joined us for either our afternoon or evening conference session.  If you missed any of the information provided to visitors at the conference, click here, contact your child's teacher or call the main office.  Take a look at the video below to see some highlights of this past parent-teacher conference.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

School Surveys - 2017

Every year, all parents, teachers, and students in grades 6-12 take the NYC School Survey. The survey helps school leaders understand what key members of the school community say about the learning environment at each school. The 2016-2017 version of the NYC School Survey is aligned to the DOE's Framework for Great Schools and collects important information about a school’s ability to improve student achievement and can support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn.

After completing your survey, please return it to our Parent Coordinator (Ms. Nunez) in the main office to receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win movie tickets.  Congratulations to winners of last week's prizes who received gift certificates to the book fair or tickets to Medieval Times! For more information about the parents survey, click here or contact the main office.

Andrew and Matthew D. were winners of a gift certificate to the book fair.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Kindergarten students celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday at an assembly hosted by Ms. Martin.

Kindergarten students celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with an assembly hosted by Ms. Martin!  Most students wore red and white hats inspired by the famous author and illustrator of more than 44 books!  Among the books he is best known for are "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Cat in the Hat".  During our celebration, Ms. Martin read "The Cat in the Hat" and asked questions to see what students were thinking.  "What would you do", she asked, "if the Cat in the Hat knocked on your door...would you let him in?".

Following the assembly, classes took photos and were given stickers to commemorate the celebration.  March 2nd is also Read Across America Day, sponsored by the National Education Association.  This an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.  For more information on Read Across America Day, click here!  To see photos of the event, click the slideshow below!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Guitar Program - 2016

Twenty-two students have been members of the PS4 Guitar Program since October.  In order for these 4th and 5th grade students to participate in the program, they had to hand in an essay about why they want to participate and undergo an interview.  "Our students are eager to play everyday and their parents are very excited about their first concert happening in the Spring", said program director Jose Cantu. 

For the seventh year in a row, Midori & Friends has funded our guitar program. This year, twenty-two 4th and 5th grade students receive guitar lessons from instructor Ayodele Maakheru. Mr. Maakheru is a musician, composer, performer and teacher. Not only does he have more than thirty years of experience playing in Broadway orchestras and touring bands, he has recorded two CD's of original music! Click here to read more about this talented musician!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Ellington P.R.I.D.E. Pantry Grand Opening

Principal Stevens stands with Councilman Mark Levine, Food Bank Representative Zack Paul, Deputy Borough Pres. Mathew Washington and parents of PS4 at the grand opening of the Ellington P.R.I.D.E. Pantry.

The grand opening of our new food pantry took place on February 10th!  Along with Principal Stevens, PTA President and parents, the grand opening included special guests.  Councilman Mark Levine, Deputy Manhattan Borough President Matthew Washington and Zack Paul of Food Bank NY each spoke to parents about the how the food bank is important to this community and great for PS4.

Ms. Jones (PS4 Budget Manager) speaks to special guests about how pantry items will be distributed.
The new Ellington P.R.I.D.E. Pantry will distribute free food for PS4 families in need.  The pantry is named after our school's namesake and the five key attributes of behaviors we expect from our students; positivity, respect, integrity, determination and excellence.  Any family in need of emergency support is eligible.  All applicants will be screened as we can serve a maximum of 60 families per month.  The pantry includes food and personal hygiene products.  For more information about the pantry or to get an application, please contact Parent Coordinator Denise Nunez or Budget Manager Sonja Jones.  For more photos from the event, click the photo collage, below!

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Perfect Attendance for December

Mr. Diaz, Kindergarten Teacher, shakes the hand of a parent as her daughter receives a Perfect Attendance certificate.

Congratulations to the nearly seventy-five students that attended the celebration for scholars that have achieved perfect attendance for the month of December!  This celebration took place in the auditorium with an audience of parents, teachers and guests.  Teachers presented students with a certificate.  "A special thank you goes to the parents", said Ms. Martin, assistant principal and host.  "Thank you for making learning a priority and making sure that your child comes to school every day, on time".

Excellent attendance is a crucial requirement for doing well in school--and life! A student may be absent for illness, emergencies, or for religious observance, but the goal is for every student to be in school every day.   A student who has 90% attendance is missing one month of instruction. A student with less than 90% attendance is considered chronically absent.  For more information from the NYC Department of Education, about student attendance, click here.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

College and Career Day

 Fifth grade students celebrated College and Career Day with PS4!  Special guests from Boricua College and City College of NYC - Teachers College, spoke to students about the reasons why college is so important. Hosted by Mr. Batiz, Assistant Principal, and Ms. Estrella, Guidance Counselor, students were encouraged to start thinking about colleges that they may want to apply for.

For assistance in choosing the right middle school, contact our guidance counselor, Ms. Estrella.  For more inspiration, watch the video below of Michelle Obama speaking about the importance of going to college!