P.S. 32 Celebrates Black History Month

PS 32 Celebrates Black History Month

PS 32 Celebrates Black History Month

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, P.S. 32 celebrated Black History Month with a night of music, dance, and great food.
The night started out with our 5th grade students, organized by the Good Shepard After School program, presenting their take on “Black is Beautiful: Past, Present & Future.” Representing the past, the students researched, created, and presented a timeline of American History featuring black innovators and leaders such as Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Representing the present, the 5th grade students created a collage representing images of black beauty for both men and women. Presenting themselves as the future, the students composed and performed a rap about who they are and where they aspire to be in the world.

Next up, our 2nd graders, who, with the help of the Good Shepard After School program, researched and presented historical Civil Rights Leaders in Black History. They ended their presentation by taking a symbolic march around the auditorium to the civil rights anthem, “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round.” Well done, 5th and 2nd graders, you are our future and you make us proud!

Fully Focused Dance Company, LLP, our guest artists of the night.

Fully Focused Dance Company, LLP, our guest artists of the night.

After our student presentations, guest artists Fully Focused Dance Company took the stage with a hip hop and traditional Ghanese dance performances. These dancers have performed in large venues such as the Barclays Center, Radio City Music Hall and Staples Center, and we were honored to have them show us their stuff!

After the presentations and performances, it was time to eat! The P.S. 32 community sat down for some pasta, fried chicken, grilled chicken, salads, and desserts!  Check out the celebration by visiting our picture gallery here.

Thank you Good Shepard counselors Christian, Star, Jahmal, and Barbara, for helping our students celebrate Black History Month! Thank you to Fully Focused Dance Company LLC for bringing it! Thank you, parent volunteers and Ms. Bowie for another Family Fun Night. Thank you to all who came out to celebrate the African American contributions to our shared American History. Lastly, thank you to the P.S. 32 community and the PTA of P.S. 32 whose funding made this celebration possible.

Want to learn more?  Visit the NYC Department of Education page with learning resources celebrating Black History.

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Involved Families = Student Success


The 36 Community Education Councils include 32 District Councils and Four Citywide Councils, one each for High Schools, English Language Learners, Special Education and District 75

CCECs Offer Parents an Opportunity to Shape Educational Policies in their Districts and Make a Direct Impact in their School Communities.

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today encouraged parents across the city to make a direct impact on their child’s education by running for an Education Council seat. Parents interested in becoming members of a Community or Citywide Education Council (CCEC) can apply starting today through March 11, and should visit NYCParentLeaders.org for more information.

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Earn a free P.S. 32 After School class!


Volunteering to assist in an after school class is a type of community service like no other.  After School classes are a ton of fun and the kids love them.  You would be surprised to see how much you will learn in these classes.  And, if you can make a regular commitment, you will receive a free class for your child in the following session.  Overall, it’s a win-win situation for everyone!

What does a typical day in after school look like?  Parent volunteers will meet in the cafeteria at 3pm to assist with snack.  There are always a lot of helpers in the cafeteria including one person, Miss Doreen, who is assigned to overseeing the children with nut allergies.  At 3:30 the children are escorted to their assigned classroom.  Our largest class has 15 children but many of them are smaller.

Once you are in the classroom the teacher takes over.  If you are assisting in a lower grade class you will be expected to escort the children to the bathroom.  Upper grade children can go by themselves.  You can participate in the class in many ways.  For example, sing along in Chorus class or play a board game in Brooklyn Strategist or learn sign language in ASL.

Class dismissal times vary from 4:45 to 5pm to 5:15 to 5:30.  You may want to choose a class based on the dismissal times or whatever suits your interest.  The teacher, the assistant or you can help with dismissal.  This may include tidying up the room, helping the little ones get their coats on or gathering signatures on the sign out roster.

Some of our parent volunteers have made commitments to individual classes but not all classes have regular helpers.  If you can not commit to a weekly schedule, bi-weekly is fine, too.  Just check in a few days before so we know who to expect.

 If you would like to assist in a class please write to afterschool@ps32.org and let us know what days and times are best for you.

Camille Casaretti
PTA of P.S. 32 Vice President 2013 – 2015

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NEW DATE: Annual District 15 Community Education Council Meeting



  • Learn about the proposed Five Year Capital Plan
  • Find out what the School Construction Authority has planned for our school district.
  • Let the School Construction Authority know that we can no longer wait for a new school in our district.

* Free Childcare * Light Refeshments *

Annual District 15 Community Education Council Meeting
Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
PS 172 Beacon School of Excellence
825 4 th Avenue (between 29th and 30th Streets)

Subway: R to 25th Street or D, N, R to 36th Street
Bus: B63

Click here to see the official flyer in English.

Click here to see the official flyer in Spanish.

Spanish Interpretation available
For translation in another language, call the District 15 Community Education Council office (718-935-4267)

Community Education Council District 15 represents Brooklyn public elementary, intermediate/and or junior high schools from Park Slope to Sunset Park.  Visit https://www.facebook.com/CECD15 for more information.

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Kindergarten Author-Illustrator Visit, Feb 26th, 2015

Kindergarten Author-Illustrator Visit
Sergio Ruzzier
Thursday, February 26th, 2015 at the P.S. 32 library

We are excited to bring acclaimed author-illustrator Sergio Ruzzier to our library on Thursday, February 26th to speak to our Kindergarten classes.
During his talk, Sergio will read from his latest book, A Letter for Leo, and talk the process of writing and illustrating the story. He will also do some interactive drawings.

We have purchased some copies of A Letter for Leo, Have You Seen My New Blue Socks?, and Amandina for the Kindergarten classrooms so students can become familiar with Sergio’s work before the visit. There are also additional copies in the library that students may check out.

To make the most out of Sergio’s visit:

• Consider checking out Sergio’s books from the school or public library.
• Talk up the visit before the actual date. The more excited the kids are about it, the more they’ll get out of it.

For more information, visit Sergio’s website at ruzzier.com, and check out teachingbooks.net.

If you have any questions or suggestions for this author visit, please contact our school librarian,  Adam Marcus at adam.marcus@ps32.org

We are looking forward to a great visit!

About the author
Sergio Ruzzier was born in Milan, Italy, in 1966, and began his career as an illustrator in 1986. In 1995 he moved to New York City, where he’s been creating pictures and stories for national and international magazines and book publishers. His work has been awarded by American Illustration, The Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts, and The Society of Publication Designers. He won the Parents’Choice Gold Medal for The Room of Wonders and for his illustrations for Why Mole Shouted and Other Stories.

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Black History Family Fun Night – Feb 24, 2015


P.S. 32 Celebrates Black History Month
On Tuesday, February 24, 2015
At 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium


Followed by a multi-cultural feast (potluck) in the cafeteria! For more information contact Ms. Angela Bowie, Parent Coordinator, at 718-222-6400 ext. 6371 or in room B137.

If you would like to donate a dish please let Ms Bowie know by email or by filling out the Black History Month event flyer.  Please remember no nuts!  All donated dishes should be in a disposable container.

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New pre-K Tours added – March 10th & 26th

P.S. 32 is adding two new dates for pre-K school tours in March:

March 10th 9AM
March 26th  9AM
Click here to RSVP

If your child was born in 2011, he or she is eligible to attend pre-K in September 2015. The pre-Kindergarten application period will be from March 16-April 24.   Visit the NYC DOE pre-Kindergarten website for more details.

All families of current Pre-Kindergarten students must  apply for kindergarten by February 13th.  Visit the NYC DOE Kindergarten Admissions website for more information.

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NEW! NYC DOE Visual School Lunch Menu

Click here to check out the newly designed school lunch menu.

New Visual Breakfast Menu
New Visual Lunch Menu

After School / Good Shepard Hot Supper Menu

Are healthy foods and healthy students your thing? We have a PTA Committee for that!

The P.S. 32 Wellness Committee is committed to providing a school environment that promotes students’ wellness through increased access to healthy food and increased awareness of healthy lifestyle choices for students, families, and school staff. Email them today to see how you can get involved wellness.committee.chair@ps32.org

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