School Highlights

HOW DO OUR GARDENS GROW?

As you may know, students at P.S./I.S. 78Q have been growing fruits, vegetables and flowers in our two school gardens–one located in Gantry State Park and the other right next to the middle school on 5th Street, across from the sports field.  So far this year students have harvested lettuce, raspberries, strawberries and garlic that was planted last fall. They have planted lettuce, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, basil, cabbage, string beans and flowers. Most of students’ efforts in the garden involve learning about and preparing the soil, planting seeds, fertilizing, watering and weeding.

Since 2010 gardening workshops with individual classes have been held by retired P.S./I.S. 78Q 5th grade teacher Walter Ditman and his wife, Carmelina Cartei. School principal Louis Pavone started the ball rolling in 2010 by helping the school obtain space in Gantry State Park, where the original school garden is located. Mr. Pavone also helped with the creation in 2015 of the newer school garden outside the school on 5th Street.
Even though the school year ends soon, the school garden still needs the tender, loving care given to it by our student gardeners.  We invite parents to join with us in taking care of the garden over the summer. Karly Lin, a parent volunteer whose child attends the school, has been involved in maintaining both school gardens over the past few years, and is now organizing parents to assist in that effort. Please email her at karly.lin@gmail.com to be put on our mailing list, and look out for future events and activities through school notices. Any effort you can offer to take care of the P.S./I.S. school garden would be greatly appreciated.
To sign up and help water our school’s two gardens at the MS Building and Gantry Park this summer, please follow these easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.comhttp://signup.com/go/LnPVApA
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com. Your email address will not be shared with anyone.
If you prefer not to use your email address, please email parent volunteer Karly Lin at:  karly.lin@gmail.com and she can sign you up manually.
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JUNIOR AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

U.N. Australian Ambassador Gillian Bird Visits Our School

On Friday, May 26, the Australian Ambassador to the United Nations, Gillian Bird, visited our 7th grade class!

The visit was part of the Junior Ambassadors Program, a partnership between the New York City Mayor’s Office, United Nations, and 20 NYC schools.

The 7th graders first gave Ambassador Bird a warm welcome and introduced her to our great school. Then, the Ambassador discussed her prestigious career with the entire 7th grade class, which was followed by a Q+A session. At the end, the 7th graders presented Ms. Bird with amazing art, poems, and more!

Our 7th grade class (27 students) were selected to become Junior Ambassadors for the United Nations; a privilege that only 20 total NYC classrooms were accepted into! Under the guidance of Mr. Pistell (Middle School science), the 7th grade class is focused on fighting climate change through various forms of activism. The program entails a private tour of the UN, a visit from an ambassador, and finally a year-end culminating event where students present their work on climate change.

 

 

 

Naming of the Fleet

Due to the proximity of our school to new and existing ferry landings, P.S./I.S. 78Q was eligible to participate in a new vessel naming competition that allowed eligible 2nd grade classes to nominate names for 13 new citywide ferries.

In partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and Hornblower, the Department of Education held a competition to name 13 new vessels that will be inaugurated this summer. These new vessels connect New Yorkers along six brand new routes extending over 60 miles of waterways. The students drew from topics discussed in Units 1, 2, or 3 of the DOE’s Social Studies Scope and Sequence.

OPPORTUNITY & MUNSEE

We are thrilled to announce that entries submitted by Ms. Di Roma’s class (201) and Ms. Loguercio’s class (203) both inspired names for two of the thirteen new Citywide Ferry Boats. Ms. Di Roma’s class came up with the name OPPORTUNITY, whilst Ms. Loguercio’s class created MUNSEE. The official boat names will be registered by the United States Coast Guard and will be recognized by members of the maritime community. The boats named by these two classes will be enjoyed by many passengers riding on the new Citywide Ferry.

A word from Ms. DiRoma – Class 201

The name “Opportunity”, was thought of after reading Building Manhattan by Laura Villa. The book taught us about how Manhattan started as just a small island, and over time was built up into the extraordinary city it is today. The word ‘opportunity’ was thought of after learning about all of the diverse people who came to America for a better life. Opportunity also means chance. Without chance, the first settlers wouldn’t have come to America to seek the land of opportunity, better life, and new beginnings.

The Munsee people made a life here first, in what was called Manhatta, by using the resources around them to survive. Additionally, the Munsee’s created their own clothing, built their own houses, and hunted animals to eat. They used the natural resources around them to help build a life.

On the other hand, travelers from other countries, such as England, sent explorers around the world to find a faster route to Asia for spices. In their travels, explorers like Henry Hudson, thought they could find Asia through the Northwest Passage. Little did they know, there was no Northwest Passage, but North America, which was discovered by the English in 1624. Hudson’s crew, settled by the mouth of the Hudson River, which became the city of New York. Upon arrival, the explorers found the first inhabitants, the Munsee’s, already in the area.

As time continued, the city began to build up as more and more countries discovered America. Engineers started to build bridges, tall buildings, thick roads, and transportation, which made New York City a more desirable place to live.

Today, New York City acts as a melting pot consisting of many diverse people from a variety of cultures, religions, countries, and languages. This is why “Ferry of Opportunity” should be the vessels name. Thanks to our vibrant past discoveries, New York City was, and still continues to be the city of opportunity.

A word from Ms. Loguercio – Class 203

We decided to name a new local Citywide Ferry, the Munsee after the Munsees. We have been learning about New York City over time. We learned about the First Inhabitants of New York City, the Munsees. The Munsees were the first people to call New York home before any other settlers. Since we live in New York City, the students were extremely interested in the Munsees because they were able to relate to the Munsees in some way.

The Munsee’s showed the students how their community, New York City, has changed over time. The students read resources in regard to the Munsee’s way of life, their traditions and culture. The students felt that the Munsees are an important part of history, especially the history of New York City. They wanted to name the ferry, the Munsee to illustrate how significant the Munsees are to New York City. The Munsees are relevant to New York City’s maritime history because the Munsees were the first people who inhabited New York. Water, including ponds, fish and the nearby oceans were very important for the Munsees, as they needed to fish to survive. Just like people now need ferries to trade and travel across a body of water, the Munsees used dugout canoes to help them fish for food. They also used the surrounding water to trade goods with nearby Natives.

We feel this name is the best for the new vessel because it demonstrates the history and culture of the Munsees. Having a vessel named after the Munsees would emphasize the importance of their traditions and culture to New York City. New York City is famous for its ethnic and cultural diversity. The Munsees highlight the cultural diversity that is New York City. We look forward to watching this new ferry vessel became part of our New York City culture!

Parent Volunteers

New & Veteran

We have been welcoming our newest Learning Leader Parent Volunteers during the last couple of weeks. The latest training took place back in January for the parents who signed up, but the badges and clearance from the Learning Leaders organization, an outside entity, only started coming in toward the beginning of March. Pretty much at the same time we were informed that the organization was closing its doors for good on March 15th, 2017. For the time being our wonderful parents can volunteer with their Learning Leader badges, valid until June 2017. Principal Pavone will decide how to proceed thereafter.

The primary area volunteers are needed for is lunch and recess monitoring. Our “veteran” parents (and grandparents) have been most helpful. Now we have even more sets of eyes to help keep our students safe during the recess-to-lunch and lunch-to-recess transitions. We are still refining the schedule. Once all the volunteers confirm the days and times of their availability, we hope to cover most days and lunch/recess periods in both the Early Childhood Center and Middle School buildings.

Our volunteers have been incredibly cooperative about monitoring recess, be it outdoors or indoors, and helping out in the lunchrooms. Many thanks to Christina Nieto-Arias, Cornelia Whitley, Bea Murphy, Maria Vrachnos, Nina Karchava, Nickia Joannides, Alicia Gljiva, Lajos Geenen, Yiota Dimitriou, Ana Abreu, Maryam Mizani-Bertrand, Mary Jobaida, Charmaine Mendoza, and Rebecca Barnes.

Family Ukulele Workshop

The Family Ukulele Workshop runs for the entire school year

The FAMILY UKULELE WORKSHOP, created and directed by our very own Mr. Gianutsos, known as Mr. G to many, takes place after school every Tuesday from 2:30PM to 3:15PM in the auditorium. Students in grades 2 through 8, along with their families, learn to play the ukulele and make music together.

The participants have already performed at the P.S./I.S. 78Q Winter Concert and are slated to perform at the Spring Concert too. They have also graciously performed for the Community Education Council back in December.

It is a delight to watch the group as Mr. Gianutsos strums along with the members.

 

 

SPANISH CLUB

¡ En Español Por Favor!

P.S/I.S. 78Q kicked off March with its new Spanish Club spearheaded by Ms. Barales. Interested students meet once weekly on Fridays after school. It is an engaging and interactive program. Students will not only develop or improve on their conversational skills, but will also have the opportunity to enrich their knowledge of the Spanish language by reading and writing. Culture will be introducedthrough the incorporation of classic stories. Ms. Barales knows the benefits of being bilingual and certainly wants to bring that to her students.

Students are still welcome to join!

Lost & Found….St. Mary’s Bound!

The school’s (very old) lost and found items had been lingering in the Middle School building for over one year. Notices were sent out to our families in January giving them a window of time to come into the school and weave through the array of hoodies, sweaters, coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and SO much more.

In early March the items were donated to St. Mary’s Church, thirteen boxes in total! This will certainly go to those in need.

Many thanks to parent volunteers Bea Murphy and Maryam Mizani-Bertand for all of their help, and of course to our always helpful custodian Marcus.

For current lost & found items:

ECC Building-Main Office
MS Building-Community Room (General), Cafeteria (Lunchboxes/Waterbottles)

Recess Revamped

KIDS ORBIT

You may be hearing your children mentioning Kevin, Michelle, Tyra, Diane, Michael, Madison, and Peter. These are some of the staff members of Kids Orbit, an outside recess company approved by the general membership, hired to oversee and enhance recess in the Early Childhood Center as well as the Middle School Building.

The first week was all about getting the transition between recess and lunch to go smoothly and efficiently so that the students had equal time to eat and move their bodies.

The Kids Orbit crew is really great at group games like Infinity Tag, Boppety-Bop-Bop-Bop, Log Tag, Trolls Wizards & Giants, Sharks & Dolphins, and Steal the Bacon for the older children. For the younger ones, Red Light Green Light 123, and Mr. Fox. In the days to come as the transition process between eating and recess times becomes seamless, more and more games and props will be introduced. Some of our students prefer free play, and that’s okay. A few students choose to stay in the lunchroom because they might be feeling under the weather or would rather quiet time reading.

It has been a phenomenal team effort between our administration, teachers, school aides, parent volunteers, and Food Service to make the new and improved recess happen.

 

FIRST LUNCH PERIOD-
Lunch 10:36AM: ECC Classes 012, 013, & 016, MS Grade 2
Recess 10:58AM: ECC Classes 012, 013 & 016, MS Grade 2

Recess 10:36AM: ECC Classes 011, 014 & 015, MS Grade 3 & 4
Lunch 10:58AM: ECC Classes 011, 014 & 015, MS Grades 3 & 4

SECOND LUNCH PERIOD-
Recess 11:22AM: ECC Classes 101 & 103, MS Grades 7 & 8
Lunch 11:45AM: ECC Classes 101 & 103, MS Grades 7 & 8

Lunch 11:22AM: ECC Classes 102, 104 & 105, MS Grades 5 & 6
Recess 11:45AM: ECC Classes 102, 104 & 105, MS Grades 5 & 6

Ribbon Cutting & Formal Opening of The Met Breuer

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Children from P.S./I.S. 78Q join NYC Mayor, Bill de Blasio, Majority Leader and Council member Jimmy Van Bramer, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and The MET Board Chair, Dan Brodsky for the Ribbon Cutting and Formal Opening of The MET Breuer on March 18, 2016.

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The Met Breuer will provide additional space for the public to explore The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary art program that is expanding to include a new series of exhibitions, performances, artist commissions, residencies, and educational initiatives in the landmark building designed by Marcel Breuer.

The Met and P.S./I.S. 78Q have already partnered to offer free after-school programming for all of the middle school students through the Cultural After School Adventure (CASA) program, a City Council initiative created to provide greater access to arts and culture for young people, outside of the school day.  “We are excited about this partnership and appreciate The MET’s and council member Van Bramer for the opportunity to offer this unique experience to our middle school students.” said, Louis Pavone, Principal of P.S./I.S. 78Q.

 

 

P.S./I.S. 78Q is College Ready!

On February 10, 2016, The Middle School students, grades 6th, 7th and 8th from P.S./I.S. 78Q visited Yale University. The students had an opportunity to tour the Yale University Campus and gain first hand experience in the day and the life of an Ivy League college student. The entire educational and fun experience was free and sponsored by SASF and the NYC Department of Education.

As part of our initiative to work with community based organizations, the students went on an hour long guided tour of the campus and had a taste of campus life, having lunch in Yale’s Common Dining Hall.  Students were also able to ask questions of students currently in undergraduate studies and gain knowledge of what it takes to prepare for college.  The students had a great time touring the campus and interacting with college students. “At our school, the aim of a trip like this is to continue the college conversation within our school and help students and families understand that their dream of college is attainable.  It is also critical that students and our school community prepare for college early which will lead them towards a path of college readiness,” said Mr. Pavone, Principal.

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