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 Principal
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’
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
Welcome to the P. S. 3 Family, Coach D!
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
| 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.
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,
Motloeyna and Ms. Ellis and to the parents and chaperones for all the hard work you put into this exhilarating
to make appointments with us on Tuesdays,
2:35pm-3:50pm to discuss your child and their educational needs.
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
| 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!