Saturday, June 27, 2015

School's Out for Summer!



The school year is officially over! Congratulations to all of the students at our school that have worked so hard all year!  A special congratulations goes to our graduates!  We have appreciated all of the views, comments, and 'likes' on our blog and Facebook page! During the summer, go to our Facebook page to see some of the events and activities that NYC has to offer!  Click here to read a letter with some suggestions for summer activities from our school's Chancellor!

School resumes on September 9th. Expect some exciting changes at PS4! Have a great summer!

Friday, June 26, 2015

PS4 Capoiera Program - 2015



Teaching Artists Alegria & Chuvisco with Catelina.
Congratulations to the members of this year's Capoeira Program!  This year, 26 students from 2nd to 5th grade learned the Brazilian art from that combines elements of martial arts, sports, and music known as Capoeira. With instruction from teaching artists Chuvisco and Alegria, students were taught the history of this form of martial arts, its complex moves and kicks, as well as a variety of songs in Portugese. This program promotes disciple and self esteem, as well as cultural awareness.  Click here for more information about Capoeira.

Thanks to Teaching Artists Chuvisco and Alegria for making sure our young Capoiera dancers learn and have fun!  Special thanks to DanceBrazil's founder and Master Teacher, Jelon Vieira and Executive Director Patty Bryan for continuing to be great partners in the education our students for the fourth year in a row.  To see photos and videos from past Capoeira programs at PS4, click here!  To see photos and videos from this year's program, click below!

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Kindergarten Graduation - 2015

Kindergarten graduates pose for photographs after receiving their diplomas from Principal White-Jones.
Kindergarten students celebrated their graduation, recently, with parents and other family members in attendance.  "We saw tears of happiness from Moms and Dads as they saw their children perform", said Kindergarten lead teacher Ms. Nieves.  "Even students who struggled with learning the words were phenomenal".  Audience members enjoyed musical performances from the PS4 Guitar Club, two fourth grade vocalists who performed at our annual Talent Show, as well as the Kindergarteners themselves.  Congratulations to the class of 2015!

Principal White-Jones hands diploma to graduate.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Photo of the Week: June 8-12, 2015

Photo of Nathan M. as he performs at the 2015 Talent Show.
The Photo of the Week was taken by Ms. Lennon from backstage at the 9th annual PS4 Talent Show!  The Talent Show is not only a big fundraiser for our school, it is a major event for the PS4M community.  Taking the stage are student musicians, comedians, dancers, vocalists, actors and even poets.  Nathan M. (Class 501-Ms. Wilson) has been sharing his love of poetry since the 3rd grade.  This year he graduates with honors and shared William Shakespeare's famous soliloquy from Hamlet.  "To be or not to be....that is the question", is the way Nathan eloquently began his performance in front of an audience of nearly 300 guests.  Special thanks to Mr. Cantu (his Talent/Peotry Coach) for keeping poetry alive at PS4M.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Our 9th Annual Talent Show

Our 9th annual Talent Show was a success!  Thanks to all of the teachers, family members and student-performers for making the show so successful.  Take a look at the slide show below for some highlights of this fundraising event.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Senior Trip to Sportime USA

5th grade students from Ms. Marmolejos & Mr. Nycz's class at Sportime USA.
Congratulations to the graduating girls and boys of the 5th grade who went to Sportime USA in Elmsford, New York!  They enjoyed 4 hours of unlimited games, roller coasters, laser tag and bumper cars!  They even got a $10 game card!

Thanks to Kenya our party host who made sure we had a lot of fun.  Special thanks to Jackie Rivera (Sales and Marketing) and Jay Matthew (Sportime President) for making sure our students had an opportunity to participate in all that Sportime had to offer.  Take a look at the slide show below for some highlights from the festive occasion!


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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The Final Year at PS4

Coaches McArdle and Coach Nycz with the PS4 Baseball Team at the Turn 2 Us Awards Ceremony.
The Turn 2 Us Organization, funded by Derek Jeter, has funded many programs since it began its tenure 10 years ago at PS4.  This is the final year of the program and they recently celebrated all of thier accomplishments for the 2014-2015 school year.  At their final awards ceremony that took place at Jacob Schiff Field, the Turn 2 Us sports teams were recognized.  The ceremony was attended by coaches Brent Nycz and Kelly McArdle, along with the boys and girls of their baseball team. 

Although the new PS4 Wellness Committee has not officially booked any events for the coming school year, that will happen in their next meeting, the committee will aim to continue the work of the Turn 2 Us program in the areas of wellness initiatives for families and staff, sports teams and mentorship, school assemblies, and mind-body exercises for in-class, cafeteria and recess. 

PS4 Wellness Committee for 2014-2015 school year.
The mentorship program runs in conjunction with the Turn 2 Us sports teams, drama, and art clubs. This program allows students to spend lunch time once each week learning problem solving skills, stress management, and other healthy lifestyle practices. 

Students 4th and 5th grade Turn 2 us programs.
Dr. Montanez had the priveledge of handing out scholarships to the YMCA Camp Hi Rock's Sleep-away Camp.  These scholarship recipients were chosen for their excellence in class and in program or for overcoming personal obstacles. The six students will attend sleep-away camp at YMCA Camp Hi Rock in Mt. Washington, Massachusetts for two weeks this summer, from August 9 to 22.  More information and pictures are available at camphirock.org.
 
Honorees of the Hi Rock Sleep Away Camp Scholarship.
 
Special thanks to Dr. Montanez and her dedicated team for supporting the boys and girls of PS4 since 2004.  We appreciate her dedication to educating the whole child and we wish her all the best.  Click here to read highlights from programs that Turn 2 us has had at our school over the years.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Mini-Medical School 2015


Dr. Akala (left), Dr. Hultgren (center) and Dr. Carey (right) visited 5th grade classes for PS4's Mini-Med School.

Dr. Aaron Hultgren, who specializes in emergency medicine at NYU/Langone Medical Center and who is now Assistant Professor at NYU's School of Medicine, has been bringing his Mini-Medical School Program to PS4 since 2010.  With the help of medical students, Dr. Hultgren allows 5th grade students to have a better understanding of the human body. 

This year, he brought Dr. Akala, Dr. Sani (not pictured) and Dr. Carey!  Over the course of three sessions, PS4 students learned about the cardiovascular system, the central nervous system, and the musculoskeletal system.  Activities included listening to heart sounds, testing nerve reflexes, examining the pupil reflex, making a splint for a broken bone, and the students even created a simulated brain and performed heart surgery on damaged vessels.   They showed what they learned through station challenges.  They were also required to answer questions and perform activities based on the different body systems.

To see highlights from Dr. Hultgren's previous visits, click here!  To see a professional video from our 2013 Mini-Med School, click here!   We love you, Dr. Hultgren!  On behalf of the students and teachers, thank you for inspiring our young scholars and allowing them to make valuable connections to the real world.