Principal’s Message:    

November 21, 2014   

Dear P. S. 3 School Community:

Yesterday, multiple city agencies responded to a residence within our community for an individual who recently returned from an Ebola-affected country and who was experiencing Ebola-like symptoms.  He was taken to Bellevue Hospital and initial tests for Ebola were negative.  At no point were any of our students or staff in any danger. 

We want to remind you that Ebola is spread only by directly touching the bodily fluids of an infected person.  You cannot be infected simply by being near someone who has the disease. 

If you have any questions or want additional information regarding Ebola, please refer to:



Kristina Beecher

Kristina Beecher                                 Principal




Sports Program:

       The P. S. 3 Girls’ Basketball Team will play their first game on Wednesday, November 12 at 5pm against P. S. 11. On Wednesday, November 19, they will play against P.S. 24 at 5pm. Both games will be played in the P. S. 3 Gym. Come out and support our Girls’ Basketball Team!


        Coach Damari was born in Grand Rapids Michigan, where he lived most of his life. He graduated in 2011 from Ferris State University with a major in Law and a minor in Philosophy. He enjoys traveling, music, art, writing, and having fun.                                            He recently had the chance to live in South Korea, where he got into teaching ESL and where he got into teaching ESL and decided that he wanted to spend his life in the field of education. His ultimate goal is to open a non-profit art school for students to develop their imaginations and creativity in the arts. It will also allow students to travel to different countries to study art.                                            Coach D says, “Being a part of Playworks inspires me every day. It allows me to never let go of my inner child and it allows me to teach in an interesting way.”

     Welcome to the P. S. 3 Family, Coach D!

Robotics Team:

            The Robotics Team meets every Wednesday and Thursday, from 2:35pm-4:15pm. The Team is under the supervision of Ms. McCord and Ms. Lawson. They are thrilled to work with 20 of P.S. 3's students, one Polytech University mentor and several Pace University helpers in our Robotics program.

 In Other News:

                P.S. 3 was awarded a $10,000 Neighborhood School Grant from the Walentas Family Foundation to support our City as School initiative.  It seeks to expand Science and Social Studies teaching and learning beyond the classroom and school to various educational venues around New York City, like museums, historic homes and villages, farms, parks and performance halls.  Each classroom teacher will decide the field trips that will support curriculum, providing in-classroom lessons before and after to make the experience relevant and meaningful for student learning.  Funds will be used to subsidize the per-student fees charged by the institutions and in some cases reduce the cost to parents that teachers ask them to contribute.

          Last year the school community participated in Solar One's Energy Challenge, a city-wide competition among schools to reduce electricity usage for three months.  We came in fifth place among 74 schools and won $5,000.  With that money along with a $1,000 grant from the Citizen's Committee of New York City and a $1,200 grant from Grow to Learn NYC, we are planting school gardens that have not been planted in decades and adding to our existing "Garden Classroom" on the Hancock Street side of the building.  The new gardens are planted with native species woodland plants, bushes and understory trees, which will provide an instructional garden, as well, once it matures.  It will demonstrate to students and passers-by flora typical of the forest floor that once grew there before human settlement and resulting deforestation.  It will also beautify the school and neighborhood.

          For the third year we have been awarded a New York State Council on the Arts grant for literacy-based puppetry workshops presented by our arts-in-education partner, The Shadow Box Theatre.  All students in Kindergarten through grade 2 classes will experience ten workshops led by Shadow Box teaching artists and perform in a presentation utilizing their puppets based on the book,The Earth and Me.  This will incorporate the visual arts, music, dance and theater arts strands as outlined in the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

PS 3 School Calendar

From the Classrooms:

             The 4th Grade Team got out and enjoyed their first two field trips this October! They met Bianca Turetsky, the author of the Time Traveling Fashionista series, at Grand Army Plaza's Brooklyn Public Library.  She opened everyone’s minds to historical fiction and some of the students to share a piece of their own writing on stage!

                Their next trip was an invigorating uphill hike at Manhattan's Inwood Park.  Students explored the land forms, enjoyed the view and changing colors of the season.  A very special thank you to Mr. Mohney for his leadership along the trail, to the 4th Grade Team teachers, Ms. DelValle, Ms. Wells,

Ms. Motloeyna and Ms. Ellis and to the parents and chaperones for all the hard work you put into this exhilarating experience! 

                Continue to make appointments with us on Tuesdays, 2:35pm-3:50pm to discuss your child and their educational needs. 

                It's time to give! Our school will participate in a food drive to help needy families during the upcoming holiday season.  Food Bank for NYC will have a receptacle in the lobby of our school.  Please donate non-perishables to help our students fight against hunger.  Thank you to Ms. Eure and Class 3-224, for organizing this worthwhile endeavor.

                The students of Class 3-220, under the supervision of their teacher Ms. Walker, held primary elections last week. This week they saw how each vote counts when Damani Nathan was elected president with a one vote margin! Congratulations to all of the class officials!


Reading Partners is thrilled to be a part of the P.S. 3 community! 

            Reading Partners is a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming struggling young readers into confident readers who are excited about learning. Click Link for Full Story

Candy Sale:

        Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent fund raiser! Congratulations to Nevaeh Dean-Carmichael, Class Pre-K 102, for being our top seller!                                                                         Kudos to Brandon Bowden, Class 5-326, who sold $1600 and placed second!

 Welcome to the P. S. Family:

We would like to welcome our new grade 2 teacher, Lisbeth Isaac. Ms. Isaac was born in Castries, St. Lucia, moved to the United States in 1981.                                                                  She earned her B.A. in Education from Medgar Evers College and her M.S. at Cambridge College in Boston, Massachusetts. After working as a nurse’s aide for five years and owning an employment agency for about six years, she decided to take a leap of faith at her dream job.                                                                   Ms. Isaac began her career as a teacher for the New York Department of Education. She served 16 years at P.S. 305 where she taught third grade for three years, fourth grade for one year and fifth grade for twelve years.                    She counts herself as theater-goer, traveler and event planner.

           Welcome to the P. S. 3 Family!


Special Activities

Carnival 2015:

            P. S. 3’s Annual Carnival Day has been scheduled for Friday, June 5, 2015!


Senior Corner:

            The Senior Trip to Holiday Hill, CT, has been scheduled for Wednesday,June 3, 2015. It will be by invitation only. Parents will receive more information at the November Parent Teacher Conferences. 

Students of the Month:

Pre-K:                Ava Blair

Kindergarten:     Samiha Manha

Grade 1:             Adriana Jazara Archer

Grade 2:             Ela Zomadre Gnelou

Grade 3:             Damani David Nathan

Grade 4:             Katherine Leslie Ann Christie

Grade 5:             Alana Duarte Paez

                          Azja Griffin

Congratulations and keep up the good work!