P.S. 32 celebrates our first Smoothie Day!

Banana Strawberry Smoothie

Strawberry Smoothie

P.S. 32 kids love spinach and cucumbers in their smoothies, as evidenced this past Monday during the school’s first official Smoothie Day of the school year!

On Smoothie Day, Novermber 17th, in the school cafeteria, kindergarten through 5th grade students fervently sampled fruit and vegetable-only smoothies of varying rich green hues during their lunch period.

The smoothies were prepared onsite by PTA mom Dr. Sarah Gundle, who agilely began blending the vegetables and fruits, from the first arrival of students through the last. The result was an assortment of healthy and delicious, freshly-made green smoothies for our students. Our dedicated group of parent volunteers also arrived early that morning to help prep the fresh produce for blending. Throughout lunch period, they served the smoothies to the kids and assisted them with their very important taste testings. PS 32 school staff and administrators were supportive of the event and thrilled with the childrens’
reactions.

Spinach, mint leaves and/or cucumbers were combined only with fresh fruits such as strawberries, watermelon, banana and apple, to create sample cups that outrivaled the prepackaged frozen fruit dessert originally in place on the schoolfood lunch menu that day. Students have already put in requests to the school for an upcoming Smoothie Day.

Funding for Smoothie Day was made possible through a vote of approval this fall by our PTA. Additional contributions torwards this event were also made by individual members. Parents, school administration and staff are increasingly willing to bring healthier and greener food options to our students and the school community.

Sarah has kindly shared her recipes below, and we hope that you will try them at home! Continue reading

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Register for P.S. 32 After School Classes – now online!

PTA of PS32 After School Schedule of Classes Winter 2014/2015 Session

Registration opens this Thursday, Nov 20th at 8AM at ps32.org/afterschool

Register on your computer, tablet or phone – it’s easy! The PTA will be providing devices, if needed, to enable registration at the P.S. 32 main lobby beginning Nov 20th and 21st   (Thursday and Friday) at 8AM.

Classes run from December 1st 2014 – March 13th 2015
There are NO Enrichment Classes on half-days or on No-School days.

Scholarships for 30 children are available! If you have any questions or would like to assist in a class to receive a free class for your child please contact Camille Casaretti at afterschool@ps32.org

Click here to view the Winter 2014/2015 After School Schedule of Classes

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Kindergarten Admissions for the 2015–16 School Year

Families with children who will enter kindergarten during the 2015–16 school year can apply to kindergarten online, over the phone, or in person at any enrollment office beginning in January 2015.

This year’s application period will begin on January 7 and end on February 13.

Kindergarten directories are posted on the NYC DOE Elementary School Resources page.

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School Garden Winter Prep, Saturday Nov 8th

HELP SUPPORT OUR GARDEN!

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Our native plant garden beds in full bloom.

The Garden Committee is looking for *volunteers* to come out on Saturday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. to help prepare the garden for winter.
We will be clearing out beds, shredding leaves, doing repairs to the greenhouse and more. The Garden Committee is also looking for leaves for our compost program.
Please contact garden.pta@ps32.org to volunteer on Saturday or for more information on dropping off leaves.

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Fall Garden to Cafe Day 2014

14OCT_GardenCafeDay_5Last Thursday, October 23rd, during school lunch, the P.S. 32 school cafeteria transformed into a hip and welcoming kids’ cafe for its Garden to Cafe Day.  Kindergarten though fifth grade students enthusiastically sampled appetizers and deserts made with local Farmer’s Market produce and fresh ingredients harvested right out of our own P.S. 32 garden!  Guest Chef Peter Forte from the Garden to Cafe Program and owner of popular Forte Cafe in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, spent the morning at our school preparing these creative and delicious appetizers of spaghetti squash salsa and apple cinnamon deserts for our students.  A cafe bar, peppered with sugar pumpkins, beautiful seasonal flowers and whimsical-looking gourds, was set up by P.S. 32 parent Dr. Sarah Gundle and her team of parent volunteers, with samples of the appetizers and desserts layered and ready for a mass student taste-testing.  Parent volunteers offered each child the samples of the healthy treats and collectively served hundreds of students during their successive lunch periods.  A huge number of students asked for seconds, and one very young student made it a point to compliment and thank the chef!  It was an exciting day for everyone involved.

Peter Forte, Angela Bowie, Sarah Gundle Camille Casaretti

Chef Peter Forte, Ms. Angela Bowie, Dr. Sarah Gundle, Ms. Camille Casaretti

Our next Garden to Cafe Day will take place in the spring.  Garden to Cafe Day helps students become familiar with a variety of fresh vegetables, and with local food systems like P.S. 32’s garden.  Students also experience how these foods can be both good for you and extremely delicious.
Forte Cafe is only a few blocks away from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and Brooklyn Museum and offers an authentic menu and atmosphere to match. Chef Peter was kind enough to share his recipes with the P.S. 32 community.   Continue reading

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Letter to NYC Parents and Families regarding Ebola

View Chancellor Fariña’s letter to NYC Parents and Families regarding the Ebola virus here.

New York City is collaborating closely with its state and federal partners to protect New York children and families. The risk of infection in New York is extremely small, and we hope this information will ease any concerns that you might have:

  • All NYCDOE school nurses and medical providers in New York City have been prepared by the Health Department to look for signs of Ebola and take immediate steps to isolate those who may be infected and transfer them to a hospital for evaluation.
  • Since August, the DOE has been providing weekly Ebola updates to all principals.
  • All school principals were provided a guidance document that can be found at schools.nyc.gov

In partnership with the DOE, the DOH is providing training for central staff who can answer questions as they arise.

The DOE and DOH are committed to keeping families informed about the latest information related to Ebola. Please visit the www.nyc.gov/health or talk to your school nurse for accurate updates about Ebola.

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PS 32 Celebrates Fall at PTA Garden Party

2014OCT_GARDENPARTYHundreds of P.S. 32 children and their families celebrated fall in style at the third annual PTA Garden Party on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Parents and staff transformed the schoolyard into a bustling fall wonderland, complete with a pumpkin patch, a Halloween costume swap, autumn crafts and more.

“It was fabulous! Everyone had a ball,” said school principal Ms. Florio.

Children decorated their own planters, learned about composting, and created beautiful craft projects from autumn vegetables and seeds. Our little artists picked out pint-sized pumpkins and decorated them with bright paint and stickers. And some of the kids got decorated themselves with– face paint! We spotted many superheroes and sparkly butterflies roaming the yard in search of cookies and other delicious parent-made treats, including prosciutto crostini, cauliflower pesto salad, grilled chicken, and hot dogs served fresh off the grill.

Kids and parents alike got the chance to win one of many donated raffle prizes. Lego sets, dinner for two, a spa package, and more were on the block. We even had our very own cowboy, parent Scott Voloshin, announce the winners. And throughout the event, John Norman strummed his guitar and sang children’s favorites with a small audience gathered around his stage.2014OCT_GardenParty_1

A BIG thanks to PTA mom Kerrie Hillman for her great job organizing the event! Check out 2014 Garden Party pictures here.

There are still some costumes available from the costume swap collection. Our last Costume Swap will be this Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. in the schoolyard.

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2014 NYC DOE Fall Parent Conferences

DOE

Saturdays
NOVEMBER 1, 15 and DECEMBER 6
8 AM to 1 PM
Tweed Courthouse
52 Chambers Street
NY, NY 10007

 

Free Breakfast • Free Childcare ages 5+ • On-Site Interpretation
Keynote address by Chancellor Carmen Fariña

Click here for complete information, including translated flyers.

Dear Public School Parent,
Chancellor Carmen Fariña opens the doors of Tweed Courthouse and invites you to attend the Fall 2014 Parent Conferences. These free, grade specific and informative events were created to support parents and to help them have an impact on their child’s education, both in school and at home.
There will be free breakfast, free childcare (for kids 5 and older) and plenty of giveaways, including free books. Plus, the Bronx Children’s Museum will have their wonderful interactive mobile exhibit that teaches kids about the Harlem River and The Bronx River.
These conferences will fill up fast, so act quickly while seats are still available!

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