Monday, September 14, 2015

PS4 Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month - 2015

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!  Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.  During the next few weeks, PS4 students will participate in read-alouds celebrating Hispanic culture, create artwork inspired by Diego Rivera and attend a Latin Jazz performance highlighting the contributions of Hispanic musicians.

Students will be learning about famous Mexican artist, Diego Rivera.  Rivera was born in Guanajuanto, Mexico.  People all over the world have heard of him because he changed the meaning of art.  Instead of making paintings to hang in museums and galleries, the way so many artists before him had done, Diego Rivera painted murals in public spaces for everyone to see.  For Diego, the public wall was the perfect place for him to express his deep respect for both the common people of Mexico and the working class people around the world, and to create an art form that was entirely Mexican.  For more information about Diego Rivera, click here or ask a teacher to borrow the book entitled Diego by Jeanette Winter.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Message From the Chancellor

Chancellor FariƱa welcomes everyone back for the 2015-2016 school year.


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Back To School Resources

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! Use the links below to help you get ready for the first day of school and a fantastic school year.
Call the main office at 212-928-0739 or dial 311 for more information.  Keep in mind, our school blog has a list of links for parents and great websites for PS4 kids.  Click here for the school blog.

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 form 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.