Jan 30th Chancellor Fariña’s letter on Immigration

Click here to read Chancellor Fariña’s letter on Immigration

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Fourth & Fifth Grade Author Visit, Jan 31st

P.S. 32 is excited to welcome acclaimed author Paul Griffin on Tuesday, January 31st.  Paul will be speaking to our fourth and fifth grade classes about his 2016 young adult novel, When Friendship Followed Me Home.

Entrancing, magical, tragic, and uplifting.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

…handles hard topics with penetrating insight and honesty, while balancing painful moments with levity.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Through a generous grant from the American Association of Publishers,  our fourth and fifth grades have copies of the novel in the classrooms. If you have any questions or suggestions for this author visit, please contact our school Librarian, Mr Marcus, at adam.marcus@ps32.org
We’re looking forward to a great visit!

About the author 
Paul went to Dartmouth College to major in Film Studies and English, with the hope he’d make a living writing books and screenplays. His first job after school was the job that had gotten him through school: dockworker. He was a dishwasher too (alongside Vin Diesel), a teacher and tutor, butler and bartender, driver and dog trainer, an EMT and amanuensis. (Look it up.  I know I had to.) The hardest and best work was the teaching. Paul started out with the Creative Arts Team, giving conflict resolution workshops aimed at stemming the spread of violence, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS in high schools, juvenile detention centers and alternative education centers throughout NYC. These days Paul works with awesome organizations like Behind The Book and Literacy For Incarcerated Teens, and his workshops focus on helping young men and women tell their life stories as they reach out to counselors, judges, admissions officers and potential employers.Paul wrote several novels for young adults: Ten Mile River, The Orange Houses, Stay With Me, Burning Blue and Adrift. When Friendship Followed Me Home, a novel for middle grade readers, comes out in 2016.  Middle grade novel Marty comes out in 2017.  Paul lives in Manhattan with several maniac dogs and one very patient wife.

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PS32 is a Proud Showcase School!

Did you know P.S.32 is a NYC Showcase School?

The Showcase Schools program was launched by Chancellor Carmen Fariña in 2014, who believes that “collaboration, not competition” is the key to school improvement. With the support of the Office of Interschool Collaborative Learning, Showcase Schools each host three visits where visitors will learn about specific practices, the conditions that contribute to their growth and sustainability, and the story of how they came to be. There are currently 37 schools participating in Showcase for the 2016-2017 school year.  – http://on.nyc.gov/2k0HMyd

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P.S. 32’s 6th Annual MULTICULTURAL Tasting and Inquiring

P.S. 32’s 6th Annual Tasting and Inquiring


JOIN US ON Friday, February 3rd from 9:15 – 10:45 for P.S. 32’s 6th Annual Tasting and Inquiring Multicultural Event!  We need you to help make it awesome.  These events have been a huge success due to our  community’s  involvement!  The students always enjoy celebrating the diverse cultures within our school!

To volunteer or send in a dish, please complete the RSVP form and return in your child’s homework folder. Questions? Contact our Social Studies Teacher, Mr Powers  andrew.powers@ps32.org 


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Project Based Learning at PS32

At P.S. 32, we’re taking the steps towards integrating the Project Based Learning (PBL) model within the school. At the last Jan 2017 PTA Education Policy Committee meeting, Mr Powers, our Social Studies teacher, gave an update on the Project Based Learning initiatives taking place within the school.

Here’s a brief list of Project Based Learning projects PS 32 students, teachers and community are working on:

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Drop Everything And Read!

PS32 2016-2017 Student Government exploring the following topics:

  • Indoor Recess – Are the students enjoying the activities offered during indoor recess? (Not including the days when Kids in the Game offer activities)
  • School Safety – Is there a network of students in the community available to talk, kid-to-kid?
  • D.E.A.R TIME – Are students able to enjoy this type of fun reading in their classrooms? D.E.A.R. TIME is an initiative to make leisure reading important and valued in the PS32 community. 

Third Grade’s Community Service Projects:

  • Posing the question, “What can we design/build/create that would make PS 32 a better place?”
  • Groups of students working toward a mutual goal to answer the question/solve problem concerning their community. Last year, the third grade organized a December Toy Drive, a Thanksgiving Food Drive, and a Coat Drive

Student lead Environmental Science projects with Farmer Fred, including:

  • Studying how climate change effects our community
  • Analyzing Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) from our backyard
  • Problems with rain water in the drains in the school yard
  • Economics in our community (Carroll Gardens)
PS 32 Celebrates Black History Month

PS 32 Celebrates Black History Month


Social Studies Enrichment Cluster work with Mr Powers, including:

  • First Grade P.S. 32’s Post Office; experiencing a job in our community  
  • Multicultural Events –  Providing an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge as teachers themselves
  • Studying the new Second Avenue Subway during the Transportation in NYC Unit 

The Project Based Learning model allows our students to develop non-cognitive skills:

Puzzle Challenge

PS32 students from different grades working on a Puzzle Challenge

  • Patience
  • Compromise
  • Determination
  • Working through disappointment
  • Logistics
  • Building relationships
  • Getting along with others
  • Respecting alternative points of view
  • Prioritizing group goals
  • Verbal communication
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Critical thinking/problem-solving

PS 32 leadership is supporting  Project Based Learning  by enhancing teacher preparation, training, and support:

  • Current Professional Developments, such as Restorative Circles and Mindfulness
  • Peer Mediation
  • Teacher College Mini-workshop
  • June Planning/Project Based Learning
  • Grade planning
  • Building Resilient Students

To further explain the Project Based learning approach, Mr Powers shared an excerpt from the Economic Policy Institute,  Making the whole-child education the norm:How research and policy initiatives can make social and emotional skills a focal point of children’s education by Emma García and Elaine Weiss • August 24, 2016

View this report at epi.org/107051 Continue reading

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2017 PS32 Annual Science Fair

Picture of Ms Ellerbee at the Science Fair

Ms Ellerbee, our PS32 Science Teacher

Dear PS 32 Parents and Science Fair Participants,

I am pleased to announce PS 32’s 5th annual science fair!  Last year, was another great showing of students’ hard work and scientific skills. I am looking forward to seeing the amazing work of all of our young scientists this year!  This year’s science fair is once again mandatory for students in grades 3-5, but voluntary for 2nd graders who submitted permission slips back in December.  All participants are required to submit their science project ideas by February 13th in order to participate.   Click here to download the PS 32 Science Fair Information Packet.

This year the science fair will be held on two separate dates.  The 2nd and 3rd grade science fair will be held on April 6th and the 4th and 5th grade science fair will be held on April 21st in the gym.  Parents are invited to come to the fair during the open viewing times for families.  

In this packet you will find information to help guide you along the way.  Please make sure you review all of the information carefully and refer to it as you progress.  

See you at the Science Fair Scientists!!

Ms. Ellerbee

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1st Grade Author-Illustrator Visit

Dear First Graders and Parents,

We arAdobe Photoshop PDFe excited to bring acclaimed author-illustrator Abby Hanlon to our library on Thursday, January 5th to speak to our first grade classes. In her talk, Abby will share Dory Fantasmagory and talk to students about how she created the story and illustrations with a lot of help from her first grade twins.

Please note, this talk is during school hours and is for the students only but we want to let parents know so they can help their kids get familiar with Abby’s books before the visit. Continue reading

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Farmer Fred’s Note: Fall 2016 – Edition 1

Learn more about our Garden & Environmental Science curriculum! Download Farmer Fred’s 2016 Fall Garden Newsletter here


Click here to download the PS32 Fall Garden Newsletter

Hello PS 32 Community,

After a wonderful start to the 2016-17 school year, the garden newsletter is finally here! I am Farmer Fred, Mr. Fred, The Garden Guy, Mr. Beard, the environmental educator at PS32. Some of you may not know who I am, and I would like to change that fast.

This is my third year at the PS 32 garden, and each year is has grown almost as much as the students. That is because of the continued support of parents, teachers, and staff. Thank you.

As I’m teaching your children how to grow sustainable food, about the urban environment, and their local community, I’m constantly learning from them as well. Your children are inspiring and make me want to head to the garden each day.

To use a metaphor, my garden classes are like a pepper plant. You may eat the pepper and think that was good. The end! However, the pepper is only the fruit of a pepper plant. There are flowers, leaves, stems, roots, soil, insects, compost, water, and time that went into the formation of that pepper. Most of this is unseen to the eater.

My garden classes start in the garden. However, like the fruit of the pepper, the garden is only the beginning, an opening to the local environment, to interactions with the community, to chances for place, project, and service-based learning, and to lessons I firmly believe will instill lasting values in your children.


Farmer Fred in our PS32 Garden “classroom”

If I were only teaching the students how to plant seeds, this would be very boring for all of us.  Please enjoy some of the following tidbits and photos about garden lessons. Download Farmer Fred’s 2016 Fall Garden Newsletter here

Peace, love, and plants,

Farmer Fred

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