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April 2018 Newsletter

Overwhelming Support for
Re-siting BEC... 
More Work Still to be Done!

A number of PS 9 parents, teachers, and staff attended two hearings for the proposed re-siting of Brooklyn East Collegiate (BEC) from PS 9 to K458. Many gave compelling, heartfelt statements supporting the move, which would allow an already crowded PS 9 to expand fully into the building at 80 Underhill Ave.

If you weren’t able to come out, there are still ways to let the DOE know that PS 9 families fully support the re-siting of BEC. You can submit comments between now and the final Panel for Educational Policy hearing and decision, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 25th at Murry Bergtraum High School at 411 Pearl St in Manhattan at 6 p.m.  

Email or call Max Familian at the DOE ( or 212-374-0208).  Leave a comment of why you strongly support the DOE’s proposal to re-site BEC from K009 to K458 and give PS 9 the space it needs for its students for the coming 2018-19 school year.  

The deadline to submit comments is April 24th.  

We also need parents to attend the PEP hearing on April 25th.  Our presence will show the PEP that we as a school community wholeheartedly support this proposal and that PS 9 needs the space in order to serve its current and future students.

Join Parents and Teachers for a Fundraiser at Stocked on April 12th from 6:00PM - 9:00PM! 

Tickets are $30 per person and include two glasses of wine and some small bites.

PTO Funds and Helps Plan Testing Field Trips 


This year, students will explore local institutions, with workshops at Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Prospect Park Zoo and Brooklyn Museum of Art. Students will learn about New York history at Historic Richmond Town, the Queens County Farm Museum, and the New York Transit Museum. At Melody Lanes bowling, a screening of DisneyNature’s “African Cats” documentary and the New York International Children’s Film Festival, kids will have so much fun, they may not even realize they’re learning!

In addition to planning these trips, the PTO provides funds to cover the cost of the trips for families who cannot afford them, and to cover chaperone costs for teachers and paras.


Six of PS 9's DonorsChoose Campaigns fulfilled


On March 29th, DonorsChoose received a donation of $29 million, which fulfilled every single classroom project request on its site -- exactly 35,647 requests in all, from 28,210 teachers at 16,561 public schools across the United States.

This includes six projects listed by our PS 9 teachers, including:

  • Ms. Rice (3D pen for Pre-K - 2nd grade students)
  • Ms. Oz (STEAM tools and literature)
  • Ms. Laborde (books for 'B' through 'E' readers)
  • Ms. Taylor (tactile and visual learning tools)
  • Ms. Vizcaino (flexible seating for 3rd graders)
  • Ms. Darress (yoga mats for 3rd - 5th graders)

You can read more about Ripple, the company that made the donation to DonorsChoose, and its #BestSchoolDay campaign here.

March Events

Monday, April 9
Wed., April 11 -Thurs., April 12
NYS English Test for 3rd-5th grades
Yoga Offered Each Morning
Gym - 7:40 - 8:10 AM
Thursday, April 12th
Wine @ Nine 
Stocked -  6:00 - 9:00 PM
Friday, April 13th
PTO Movie Night
Auditorium - 6:00 PM
Tuesday, April 17th
PTO Meeting
Book Hive (Library) - 6:30 PM
Friday, April 20th
Books and Bagels Library Party
Book Hive - 7:30 - 8:15 AM
Friday, April 27th
Garden Plant Sale
Bergen Street Garden - 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturday, April 28th
Garden Plant Sale and Celebration
Bergen Street Garden - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Every Tuesday
Family Engagement Time
Book Hive - 2:40 - 3:20 PM
Every Friday
Family Engagement Time
Book Hive – 7:45 – 8:15 AM

Just in Time for Mother's Day.. mark your calendar for the PS 9 Annual Plant Sale and Garden Party! 

 Use this form to pre-order flowers.
Apri 12 is pre-order deadline.

Did You Know? 
For the past four years, PS 9 has worked with Internationals Network for Public Schools, a NYC-based nonprofit that provides high school students from international schools with internships in elementary schools throughout the country.
These high school students are recent immigrants who are emergent bilinguals and have four years or fewer of education in U.S. schools.  Being within PS 9 classrooms allows them to develop their language and professional skills, while offering another set of hands for teachers.

This year, there are fifteen interns—four from Brooklyn International High School and eleven from International High School at Prospect Heights—helping out twice a week at PS 9 for approximately ten weeks.

Since the interns are bilingual, they are generally placed in classrooms where their language skills will be a plus. This year, two Bengali-speaking interns are helping in classrooms with children from Bangladesh.  Many Spanish-speaking interns are placed in the dual-language classrooms. Since some interns speak languages that are not represented in the student body, they help in classes where extra assistance is most needed.

Throughout the years, the interns have shared many talents: some love math, others played guitar in early childhood classes, and others love reading books to the kids.  For Example, Mosammat, a Bengali intern who is helping in a second-grade class, said that she came to PS 9 because she would like to become a history teacher.  Another intern, Jonathan, loves sports so he is helping the gym teachers.  

It’s that time of year again...
Nominations for the 2018-2019 PTO are OPEN!


The PTO is looking for parents to step up and run for a wide range of positions. We are looking for a Treasurer, First and Second Recording Secretary, and Correspondence Secretary, as well as at least one Fundraising position open, one or more Parent Teacher Liaison positions, and at least one Board position.  While we already have people willing to run for some positions, we’d welcome competition!

If you would like to nominate someone for a position, please email Jessica Flores. You can nominate yourself too! Not only will serving on the PTO benefit your child and the PS 9 community, it can also be an enriching experience for you as a parent.

Be sure to plan to come to our May PTO meeting to vote and have your voice heard.

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