Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October is Anti-Bullying Month

Students in 3rd grade sit with an educator from Turn2Us to discuss bullying.

Every October, schools and organizations across the country observe National Bullying Prevention Month. The goal: encourage communities to work together to stop bullying and cyber-bullying by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of bullying on all children of all ages.

With help from Dr. Montanez, Mr. Cantu and two teams from the Turn2 Us Foundation, PS4 students engaged in anti-bullying workshops that focused on showing respect to everyone.  Students were encouraged to stand up for those that are being bullied and get help from an adult immediately, when they don't feel safe.  Click here to find resources from the Department of Education. 

The Turn2 Us Foundation has encouraged all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes to participate in PS4's anti-bullying slogan and poster challenge!  The winners will participate in the 1st annual Anti-Bullying March on Friday, October 28, and winning slogans/posters will also be highlighted on New York Presbyterian's and Derek Jeter's social media websites!  The challenge will conclude on Friday, Ocober 14th.  Please contact Dr. Montanez or Mr. Cantu for more details.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

PS4 Students Smile

Students wait in the PTA room that was transformed into a dental clinic.

With support from Dr. Beth Posner, Director of Educational Partnerships at Smile NY (Mobile Dentists), our school was approved by the State to receive Dental Services beginning with dental clinics!  What better way for our students to start the new school year than with a dental visit to at PS4! 

Smile New York Mobile Dental Programs focus is on elementary schools with a free and reduced lunch percent of about 80% or higher.  There is no cost to schools or to families!  All children are seen, regardless of ability to pay.  A team of licensed professionals set up a clinic in our PTA room and saw nearly 70 students from Pre-K to 2nd grade!  Students received dental cleaning, exam, X-rays when needed, fluoride treatment and sealants and an oral health report card so families knew the health of their children.

Special thanks to Nicole Tatro, School Relationship Manager at Smile NY Outreach and her team of dental hygienist that made sure our students left with great smiles.  For more information about the program, click here or contact Denise Nunez, Parent Coordinator.

Friday, October 7, 2016

3rd Graders Go To Safety City

Ms. Schwartz poses with her 3rd grade students as they prepare to walk to Safety City.

Once again, PS4 students partnered with the NYC Department of Transportation to educate students on pedestrian, bicycle and car passenger safety!  The fundamental message of Vision Zero is that death and injury on city streets are unacceptable and that we will no longer regard serious crashes as inevitable.  The goal is to reduce the number of traffic-related fatalities in NYC to zero in ten short years.  Visiting Safety City on W157th Street plays an important role in reaching this goal.

For the 6th year in a row, FedEx and Safe Kids sponsored National Walk to School Day!  On October 6th all 3rd grade students walk with family members, teachers and special guests to Safety City!  Safety City is a traffic safety program for school children that uses a simulated New York City street to teach children about traffic safety through hands-on experience.  The program teachings students how to make safer choices as pedestrians, on bicycles, on skates, on scooters and in cars.

Special thanks to Renso Vidal, NYC DOT - Safety and Outreach for choosing our school to partner with during this annual celebration of safety.  For more information about Safety City, click here.

Assistant Principal, Ms. Martin looks on as students celebrate National Walk to School Day

DOT Safety Educator Renso Vidal gives safety tips before walking to Safety City with 3rd graders.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

New Goals, New Habits and New Results

Parents attend a workshop held in the PS4 library.

Parent Workshops have begun!  With help from Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and School-Based Mental Health Program, PS4 parents were invited to attend a recent workshop led by Licensed Social Worker, Melissa Bitalvo.   Ms. Bitalvo discussed comprehensive health services provided to all children, adolescents and families in participating schools.  She also encouraged parents to take advantage of the myriad of services that we provide in an effort to have a successful school year.

The overall mission of the School Mental Health (SMH) program is to promote healthy social, emotional, and behavioral development of students. Barriers to learning must be addressed so that the general well-being of students, families and school staff can be enhanced in collaboration with other comprehensive student support and services.  The School Mental Health programs support the emotional health and academic growth of all students through:
  • A comprehensive array of effective and efficient services and supports which is integrated throughout the levels of student supports;
  • Incorporates a three-tiered approach when assessing school mental health needs through Universal, Selective, and Targeted interventions 
  • Accessibility to behavioral and mental health services and programs; 
  • Utilization of primarily DOE personnel to provide necessary supports and services; and 
  • Collaborative relationships that engage school, family and community. 
For more information about services provided, click here or call the Intake Office at 212-305-0924.  If you'd like information on upcoming parent workshops, contact Denise Nunez (Parent Coordinator) in the main office at 212-928-0739.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

America SCORES NY Brings Soccer Back to PS4

Coach Ovalle poses with his athletes from PS4's America SCORES NY girls soccer team.

Recently, America SCORES NY prepared to host more than 200 poet-athletes on the Jacob Schiff Field (138th Street and Amsterdam) in Harlem for the first game day of the 2016-2017 season! America SCORES NY is the only after-school provider to combine soccer, poetry, and service learning into one comprehensive program that emphasizes physical activity and health, creative expression and literacy, and civic engagement.  America SCORES NY currently partners with 14 public schools in West Harlem and Washington Heights.  Click here for more information.

Congratulations to both the girls and boys soccer teams from PS4 for their win at America SCORES first game day! Led by Coach Keys and Coach Ovalle, both teams even received a visit from Conner Lade of the NY Red Bulls! Special thanks to Ms. Acosta for the photos! 

Coach Keys and Coach Ovalle pose with both the America SCORES NY boys and girls teams from PS4.

Friday, September 9, 2016

From the Desk of Chancellor Carmen Fariña

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year!  Thanks to the hard work of our educators, administrators, students, and families, we are beginning this school year on a celebratory note:
These achievements should put more of our students on the path to success after high school.

Yet, while these are steps in the right direction, we know that we have more work to do. Last fall, Mayor de Blasio and I announced our vision of Equity and Excellence for All, as we believe that every child—from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade—should be on a path to college and a meaningful career. Since then, our educators and administrators have been hard at work implementing the foundation of this new vision, and soon, parents, teachers, and students will see the impact of our work in classrooms across the City this school year.

These are truly exciting times for all of us at the DOE, and I am thrilled that we will be able to share news of our progress right here on this site. So keep an eye out for The Morning Bell, and stay up-to-date about our schools.

On behalf of the DOE, I wish all of our students, educators, parents, and partners a joyful and successful school year.  Click here for the new NYC DOE blog.


Carmen Fariña
Chancellor, NYC Department of Education

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Welcome Back!

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is the largest school district in the US, serving 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools.   For New York City students and their families, the 'Back to School Basics' page is a one-stop, back-to-school shop with important information to get ready for a fantastic school year. You can also download a copy of the Achieve NYC Back to School Basics PDF to read and share. Click here!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Have A Great Summer!

Have a great summer!  The first day of the 2016-2017 school year begins on Thursday, September 8th!  Click here for the Department of Education calendar and visit our Facebook page for new posts all summer long!