Monday, October 23, 2017

Eat Well Be Well - Parent Workshop

Mr. Fuentes, PS4's Bilingual Social Worker gives parents suggestions on how to eat well and be well.
At a recent Nutrition Workshop for parents, our Bilingual Social Worker Frank Fuentes gave parents tips on how to buy healthy food that will keep your wallet happy and foods that children should be eating in the  morning.  Parents were also invited to visit the Inwood Farmer's Market directly after the workshop.

Mr. Fuentes reminded parents that there’s no great secret to healthy eating.  Here are some suggestions to help your children and family develop healthy eating habits:

  • Provide plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain products.
  • Include low-fat or non-fat milk or dairy products.
  • Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, lentils, and beans for protein.
  • Serve reasonably-sized portions.
  • Encourage your family to drink lots of water.
  • Limit sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Limit consumption of sugar and saturated fat.
Remember that small changes every day can lead to a recipe for success! For more information about nutrition, click here for the Center for Disease Control's website or visit

A colorful visual of the 5 food groups.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Perfect Attendance Ceremony - September

Bulletin board near the main office listing students with perfect attendance.

Congratulations to the more than 250 students with perfect attendance for the month of September!  At our Perfect Attendance Ceremony that took place on Tuesday, October 17, hosted by Mr. Ovalle (4th grade Teacher), teachers presented certificates to each of those students who have attended school each day and have never been late.

Take a look at the slide show below to see some of the students that were awarded.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Middle School Application Process

Ms. Estrella, PS4's Guidance Counselor, meets with parents of 5th graders to discuss the Middle School application process.
The deadline for Middle School applications is December 1st!  Parents of 5th grade students will soon receive applications from our school's Guidance Counselor, Ms. Estrella.  She has been meeting with parents weekly to answer questions they may have about the application process and encourage them to make the best choice for their child.  The transition from elementary to middle school is an important moment in every adolescent’s life. This is an opportunity for parent and children to come together to determine what middle school experience is right for their family and how they can plan together for the big changes ahead.

For more information about he Middle School process, contact Ms. Estrella by calling the main office or sending an email to  Click here for the 2018 NYC District 6 Middle School Directory and go to for more information on the application process.

Ms. Estrella answers question from parents of 5th graders.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Knight Note Class Winners - September

Ms. Pinales (Class 102) poses with her class after winning the certificate for having the most "Knight Notes" in 1st grade.

At the end of every morning announcement, students hear:

"With something to think about, this is Mr. Cantu.  Make it a great day...or not.  The choice is yours."

These words, along with some Words of Wisdom, support our Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) System.  This is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture that are needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.  Our students are encouraged to make good choices in their classroom, in the hallway and in the cafeteria.  Students that show positivity, respect, integrity, determination and excellence (P.R.I.D.E.) are rewarded with "Knight Notes".  Those classes that receive the most "Knight Notes" are rewarded with a certificate at our monthly P.B.I.S. Celebration.  Winning classes are also given a choice of an extra period in the gym with Mr. Lagares, eating lunch outside with the principal or chosen teacher, or free time with Ms. Lennon in the computer lab.  See photos below of the "Knight Note" class winners for the month of September!

Class 220 - Ms. Salce

Class 304 - Ms. Corporan and Mr. Beller

Class 420 - Ms. Fernandez, pictured with Mr. Lagares - Physical Education Teacher

Class 483 - Ms. Cevallos (Teacher) and Mr. Campozano (Paraprofessional)

Class K20 - Ms. Nuez

Friday, October 13, 2017

P.B.I.S. Celebration

Principal Stevens is joined with a kindergarten student whose Knight Note was chosen.
Since the school year began, students that receive 'Knight Notes' from teachers and administrators are given a chance to win prizes from Principal Stevens!  Two students from each class are called down to the office to select a prize from Mr. Stevens' prize box.  Friday afternoons are a very exciting time for PS4 students. "C'mon down", says Mr. Stevens as he calls names of students who have received "Knight Notes" during the week.

On Friday, October 13, students from all grades were invited to attend our first P.B.I.S. Celebration!  At this assembly, students enjoyed musical performances, directed by Mr. Means (Music Teacher) and theatrical performances directed by Ms. Batts (Theatre Teacher).  They were also given some Words of Wisdom by Ms. Lennon (Technology Teacher) and Mr. Cantu (PBIS Coordinator) gave certificates for classes that were given the most Knight Notes on their grade, for the month of September.  Take a look at some photos and videos below to see highlights from the celebration.

Principal Stevens with Kindergarten and 1st grade winners.

Mr. Cantu with 2nd and 3rd grade "Knight Note" prize box winners.

Mr. Cantu with 4th and 5th grade "Knight Note" winners.

Theatrical Performance by Class 520 from PS4M on Vimeo.

Recorder Ensemble Performance from PS4M on Vimeo.

Members of the P.B.I.S. Team: Ms. Batts, Ms. Lennon, Mr. Cantu, and Mr. Means.

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Dial-A-Teacher Program

Do you need help with your homework?  Well, help is just a phone call away!  If you call Dial-A-Teacher at 212-777-3380, a teacher will assist you!  This homework help-line is for elementary and middle school students.  It's run by classroom teachers and available Monday to Thursday, from 4-7pm.  Besides English, teachers are on hand to offer help in the following languages: Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese and Fukanese), English, French, Haitian-Creole, Russian, Slovak and Spanish.

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.