Sunday, November 29, 2015

Partners In Education: BookPALS

BookPAL Caitlin Johnston reads a book to Ms. Salce's 2nd grade class.

BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) is a signature children's literacy program of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation designed to provide and opportunity for performers, gifted in the art of storytelling, to help develop a love of reading in children and give back to their local communities. 

Since late October, nearly all lower grade teachers (from PreK to 3rd grade) have partnered with an actor or actress from the BookPALS program.  Teachers and BookPals are able to schedule a day and time that works best for their schedules.  Many BookPALS are visiting classes on a weekly basis!

BookPAL Kimberly Harris talks to Ms. Lirano's Kindergarten students about jazz and Duke Ellington.

Maria Cabezas, BookPALS Director, was excited to hear from Mr. Stevens regarding a partnership with PS4 because of the amount of English Language Learners.  If you are a lower grade teacher that has not had a BookPAL assigned to your classroom, please contact Ms. Lennon.  For more information about the BookPALS program, click here!

Friday, November 27, 2015

3rd Grade Students Visit the Library for Robo-Sauce

Authors Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri pose as robots with 3rd grade students at the Washington Heights Library.

Recently, students from 3rd grade classes visited the Washington Heights Branch Library to meet the authors of a new book!  Robo-Sauce is a new book written by Adam Rubin and illustrated by Daniel Salmieri!  During this KidsLIVE! program, students learned about the process used to write the book and got to meet the authors.  "This book talk reinforced what we're doing in the classroom", said Ms. K. Cabral (3rd grade Bilingual Teacher).  "The authors explained the writing process and they were very engaging...the students had a lot of fun".

Special thanks to Amy Chang (Senior Librarian of the NYPL Washington Heights Branch) for the invitation and Penguin Books for providing our scholars with this great opportunity.  After the event, teachers given ten (10) books to take to their classroom!  To see pages of this book, click here!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Word From Mr. Stevens: We Are Thankful

Dear Families,

As we prepare to take a short break from school for Thanksgiving, we want to express our gratitude for everyone who makes it possible for as many students as possible to come to school every day, on time, ready to learn.  We thank:
  • Our students and families for making daily attendance a priority since they know the habit of attendance will help them do well in the classroom and eventually in a job
  • Our wonderful teachers who pour their energy into making each classroom an exciting place for exploration and knowledge so children do not want to miss out on learning
  • Our support staff and community volunteers who provide the extra hands and attention our children need
We appreciate each one of you so much.  We look forward to seeing you after the Thanksgiving holiday.  We also hope you will keep in mind that school is closed on Thursday, November 26 and reopens on Monday, November 30.

We especially appreciate everyone's efforts to avoid taking extra days off during the Thanksgiving holiday.  Just a few missed days here and there, even if they're excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and leave your child behind in school.  This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school.

Adam Stevens
Principal (I.A.)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

After the Game: Notes From Coach McArdle

The PS4 Girls Basketball Team played against PS189.
On Thursday November 19th, the PS4 Girls Basketball team defeated PS 189 19-10!  Adriana M. (class 401) started her first game as the point guard. Adriana's smart passing decisions helped PS4 score most of their points. Skyla W.(class 520) led the team again in points scored with 7. Luna U. (class 520) and Ariana P. (class 502) both scored 4 points. Leilanie V (class 501) was great on defense!  Her aggressiveness helped make her the team's leader in steals. The girls are continuing to improve their skills and develop as basketball players. With only 5 games played, the girls are headed to another promising season!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Meet Our New Teachers: Ms. Nuez

Ms. Nuez teaching her 4th graders.
Meet our newest teacher, Ms. Nuez!  She grew up in New York City! "I grew up in this neighborhood just like my students." Besides growing up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, Ms. Nuez has also lived and studied in many places before settling in Washington Heights to teach at PS4.  "I attended Tufts and Georgia State where I studied Urban and Educational Policy." Currently, Ms. Nuez is a New York Teaching Fellow earning her Master's Degree in Education.

While teaching class 421, Ms. Nuez is hoping that she can be a role model for her students. "I want them to see me and realize that they can make a good life for themselves." When she was a younger student, she did a little bit of everything!  She was a writer for her school newspaper.  She was part of the Debate Club and she has even performed on stage as a member of her school's Drama Club!  With all of these experiences, Ms. Nuez is hoping her past can serve as a guide to her students.  She hopes her students feel comfortable trying and learning new things, like speaking and writing in English.   She wants them to gain confidence in their own abilities. She hopes that one day her scholars will all go to college and become part of the graduating class of 2024.