Upcoming District 15 Events

There is a lot happening this month in District 15. Save the dates:

Wednesday, January 18
School Construction Authority presents the Capital Plan for District 15
6:30 – 8:30 pm at PS 172
825 – 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

2016MAR_cec15_summercampTues, January 24 – CEC 15 District Wide Fair
Topic: Summer Camp Options
6:30-8:30 pm at MS 839
713 Caton Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

At 6:30 there will be a presentation by the Office of Space Planning about our District schools

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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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4th & 5th graders Author Visit Zetta Elliot

16dec_zettaellison_birdDear 4th & 5th graders and Parents,
We are excited to bring award-winning author Zetta Elliott on Wednesday, Jan 11th to speak to our 4th and 5th grade classes.

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  Zetta’s books before the visit.

Before the visit
We have purchased some copies of Zetta’s book for the classrooms so students can become familiar with her work before the visit. There are also additional copies in the library that students may check out.

To make the most out of Zetta’s visit:16dec_zettaellison_shipofsouls

• Consider checking out Zetta’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 Zetta’s website at zettaelliot.com  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!

16dec_zettaellisonportraitAbout the author

Zetta Elliott is a Black feminist writer of poetry, plays, essays, novels, and stories for children. She was born and raised in Canada, but has lived in the US for 20 years.
Bird, Zetta’s picture book for older readers about a family coping with addiction, won the Honor Award in Lee & Low Books’ New Voices Contest and the Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers. Ship of Souls was named a Booklist Top Ten Sci-fi/Fantasy Title for Youth and was a finalist for the Phillis Wheatley Book Award.
Zetta is an advocate for greater diversity and equity in publishing, and has self-published several illustrated books for younger readers under her own imprint, Rosetta Press. She currently lives in Brooklyn.

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Winter 2017 PTA After School Registration


Registrations for our new trimester will begin on Monday, December 5th at 8:00 a.m.

The new trimester will run from January 3 until March 24.  All classes will from 3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Regular pick up time will be at 4:45 p.m. and late pick up time will be from 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Click here to register for the 2016 Winter session

Check out our Winter 2016 Classes.   Click here to read more about our after school program.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our PTA After School Coordinator, Francisca Andino at francisca.andino@ps32.org

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Computer Science Education Week @ PS32!

hocDear Parents,

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.

But only a tiny fraction of us are learning how technology works. Fewer than half of all schools teach computer science.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

Our Hour of Code is making a statement that P.S. 32 Samuel Mills Sprole School is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. I encourage you to volunteer, reach out to local media, share the news on social media channels and consider hosting additional Hour of Code events in the community.

This is a chance to change the future of education in New York City.

See http://hourofcode.com/us for details, and help spread the word.


Denise Watson-Adin
P.S. 32 Principal
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It’s #givingTuesday

2015OCT23_PS32YOULOGO♥ Today is  #GivingTuesday –  a great time to donate to our PTA fundraising drive.  Your generous donation to our PTA funds enrichments for our children such as the Met Opera program, Arts Connection, Gardening with Farmer Fred, Family Fun Night, field trips,  and the Visiting Author program.   Every little bit counts,  please give what you can to our school PTA. Thank you! Click here to donate online.

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Construction talk with District 15 Superintendent Anita Skop

Conversation with Superintendent Anita Skop
Date: Tuesday, November 29th
Time: 5:00 – 7:00pm
Location: PS 32 Auditorium Continue reading

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