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January 2017 
Newsletter


Get to know "Ms. Kim"

Since September 2015, PS 9 has been fortunate to have Ms. Kim Felix in the role of School Secretary. Ms. Kim helps the staff and manages payroll, human resources and many other “back-end” operations. She keeps PS 9 operating like a well-oiled machine, while being a resource for parents and teachers.  And if that isn't enough, she is currently studying full-time for her Master’s degree in education.

Prior to joining PS 9, Ms. Kim served as the Enrollment Manager at Touro College, working with graduate students who were studying to become teachers.  Does she see a difference between working with grad students and kids in elementary school? “No,” said Ms. Kim. “People, regardless of their age, need patience. I like to treat people the way I want to be treated, so at Touro and at PS 9, I always want to welcome people to our school and greet them with warmth.”

Ms. Kim’s steady, compassionate management style helps make the lives of everyone at PS 9 as smooth as possible. Every day, she reassures parents and helps teachers troubleshoot. “There are parents who call to ask about what’s happening at the school, and I want them to know their children are safe. Some call to ask, ‘I sent my child to school alone today, are they there?’

“This school feels like a family, not a work environment,” Ms. Kim said. “So, I feel very blessed to be here.” We are very blessed to have Ms. Kim at PS 9.

 
Breakfast with the Principal
 
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On December 14th a group of approximately 25 PS 9 parents and staff came together for a friendly morning of sharing traditions and stories to mark the holiday season. Over breakfast, Principal D’Avilar invited all present to sit in a circle and share details about family traditions related to the winter holidays. Collectively, these recollections represented a moving celebration of the diversity of cultural heritages that intersect within the PS 9 school community.

Everyone present was delighted to learn something new about the traditions of other cultures. The breakfast closed with a reflection on the beauty and importance of family and community, particularly in troubling times.





THANK YOU
FROM THE FUNDRAISING TEAM



The fundraising team is pleased to announce that over $30,000 was raised over a 3 week period in the Winter Fundraising Drive!

However, our work is not done.  Including this drive and other fundraising efforts so far this year, we are only 50% towards our annual goal.

Please click link below to make a donation to help continue to fund critical enrichment programs at PS 9.

 

 January Events 

Tues. Jan 3
SCHOOL RESUMES

Fri. Jan. 6 (8:20A-8:45A)
Family Reading Buddies 
(Classrooms)

Fri. Jan 13 (6PM-8PM)
5th Grade Movie Night
(Auditorium)

Mon. Jan. 16 
Martin Luther King Day
SCHOOL CLOSED

Tues. Jan.17 (6:30-8:00PM)
PTO Meeting
Book Hive (Library)

Wed. Jan. 18 (lunch periods)
Garden to Cafe Day
Cafeteria

Fri. Jan. 20 (8:20AM-8:45AM)
Family Reading Buddies
Classrooms


Tues. Jan. 31 (6:00-8:00PM)
Dinner with the Principal

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By Aidan, 4th Grade:
 
Marquis Studio gives schools the opportunity to teach students to see how beautiful the art of music is. Our director for Marquis Studio here at PS 9 is Mr. John Dykstra. He has taught us many great songs, even in different languages! This diversity has tested us to see how well we can speak of different cultures.

My experience with Mr. Dykstra so far has been very pleasant. Even if you get the song wrong a hundred times he would keep on encouraging you. I have been working with Mr. Dykstra since 3rd Grade, and he is very engaging. Marquis Studio and PS 9 are lucky to have him. Marquis Studio is a great way to introduce students to music and singing. Marquis Studio has proved themselves to be a great program.


4th Graders Dance with Worms
 

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In November, PS 9’s fourth graders learned how to dig, discover and “dance” with worms during a compost workshop presented by Domingo Morales of the NYC Compost Project. This event was sponsored by the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the PTO. Parents and students may recognize Domingo: he collects compostable food scraps every Wednesday at the 7th Ave subway stop.
 
Domingo taught students to dig in the soil and how to handle the “dancing” worms. This workshop directly tied into the fourth grade soil study curriculum. Students learn that, by composting, they care for their communities and the natural environment.
 
In recent years, PS 9 has integrated more study of gardening and composting to help children connect their everyday actions to the environment. PS 9’s garden is registered with Grow to Learn NYC, which helps schools use gardens as an extension of the classroom.  
 
Soil study and composting will resume in the spring in collaboration with our science teachers and our garden educator. Let’s look forward to seeing a lush, beautiful garden at PS 9 in the spring!
On December 16, a cast of nearly 200 students under the direction of PS 9 Dance Educator, Ms. Iris Wilson, delighted a boisterous audience at John Jay High School with an original production of The Nutcracker.  

For the third year in a row, Ms. Wilson has re-imagined this dance classic incorporating her own original choreography for students in the PS 9 Dance Program. With original set designs created by Art Educator, Ms. Sandra Ruiz, with the help of PS 9 students, the production bar was raised high this year when Act II headed uptown to Harlem. The traditional Tchaikovsky score in Act I was swapped for Ellington’s swinging jazz riffs in the second Act as students jumped and jived in the “Harlem Nights” Land of Sweets.

This year's Nutcracker performance could not have happened without the dedicated support of Principal D’Avilar, Assistant Principal Velasqu
ez, Parent-Coordinator Ms. Jacobs, PS 9 teachers and staff, parent volunteers, our student cast, PS 9 alumnae and John Dewey H.S. students who helped backstage. A special note of gratitude to the PS 9 PTO for providing funds to purchase costumes for this year's production. It certainly takes a community!




 


 
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