Common Threads Kids Family Cooking
PS 17 is lucky enough to welcome Common Threads as an afterschool activity that involves parents and children. Common Threads has a number of in-and-out of school programs. Every Friday afternoon the families meet with one of the chef's from Common Threads and they travel to different countries through the meals that are prepared. This is a 9 week program and our first session was a success. The children and parents were very engaged and excited. The children were able to do almost everything on their own with minimal help from the adults. At the end of the session everybody was able to enjoy what they had prepared. With this program we are hoping both parents and children will be more aware of the food they are eating and can find it easier to make healthier choices at a reasonable price. We are very excited to see what countries we will be traveling to in the next few weeks!
Common Threads is a program that guides families on how to eat healthier. It was founded in 2003 by Chef Art Smith and artist Jesus Salgueiro with the beliefs that family and food have what it takes to strengthen and nurture us, and to be able to connect us to culture and community.
Our Second Grade Earth Scientists have been studying Rocks and Minerals, and were very happy to visit The Museum of Natural History! Here they were able to tour the terrific hallways and see exhibits of earth's history. Earth's oldest known rock is here. It is 3.96 billion years old!! The Zircon crystal exhibit shows the oldest material on earth. These crystals are 4.276 billion years old!! Until about two hundred years ago scientists thought the earth was only a few thousand years old. What a difference. This was a great experience for our students, and helped them see how important science is.
Williamsburg Movement and Art Center
The WMAAC is a dance program where instructors come to PS17 and show the children different dance techniques with different varieties of music. These services are provided to the whole school throughout a 6 week period. The children enjoy this program very much and love the instructors. We are very fortunate to have this opportunity with the WMAAC. WMAAC opened in 2010 by Lakey Evans Peña right in the Williamsburg neighborhood. Their programs include visiting schools and also on site in their studio dance programs for all ages. At the end of the program the students perform for the school with the guidance of their instructor. The students look forward to this after working so hard for 6 weeks.
March is a very busy month. We all know it "comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb." We also have St. Patrick's Day and even college basketball championships. The newest March celebration is Women's History Month. This was only created in 1987. The U.S. Congress decided we needed to honor wonderful accomplishments of American women. We talk about many women including Harriet Tubman, a runaway slave, Eleanor Roosevelt, a First Lady and activist, and Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space as an astronaut. What great inspirations for us!
Students in 2-309 used this month to learn about some women who inspired them. They worked in small groups in the L!brary, and found out a lot of facts about their group's person. Then they took it even farther, and each student made a puppet showing the group's important woman. This was a great activity for them. Every puppet is different, and really shows how creative the students are. They also included details that helps tell about the women. This is a project they will always remember!
PS 17 Times
Learners today, Leaders tomorrow
Volume 1, Edition 4
January - February 2017
Green Meadows Petting Zoo
Frogs! Bugs! Animals!
There was still snow on the ground on February 16th when PS 17 became a Petting Zoo. That was the day Green Meadows Farm brought their Petting Zoo to school. The Pre-K and Kindergarten students had lots of fun petting the animals, and even feeding them. There were leopard geckos, tortoises, a rabbit and even a guinea pig. Everyone was very excited. This was a great day for our students to see and touch some animals that aren't seen much in Brooklyn. Thank you Green Meadows Farm!
Stephen Arango, Emmanuel Regalado
Surprise! February 9th was a snow day for all New York City Schools! Mayor DeBlasio was forced to close schools when a big snow storm hit our area. Some places in the city had twelve inches of snow. This does not happen often. Did you know that the New York City Schools have only had twelve snow days in the last 10 years?
What did everyone do that day? If you were lucky, you got to go outside and play in the snow. Angelo, one of our reporters went to his friend's house. He had a big, icy driveway. They had a lot of fun sledding down that driveway! McCarren Park was very crowded that day! We spoke to Stephen who played snow soccer that day. You might think it is hard to see the ball in the snow, but they used an orange soccer ball!
This was a snow day we will never forget. Hope we have more before spring. Don't you?
Helder Blanchard, Jr., Angelo Massulo
A dreary winter rainstorm didn't stop PS 17 families from having a great time at our Winter Pajama Party. All families were invited, and students from Pre-K through Fifth Grade joined in. Promises of stories, crafts, hot chocolate and fun brought people together, and they weren't disappointed. Audrey Wood's story The Napping House was a perfect way to get started. Parents helped with the moon and stars mobile, ( a little glitter goes a long way), and hot chocolate and cookies were enjoyed by all. Time really did fly! Certainly this is an event to add to everyone's calendar for next year!
PS 17 Times
Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow
'Tis the season...
Volume 1, Edition 3
Behind the Scenes at PS 17 Holiday Show
This year PS 17 will be doing an annual holiday show to celebrate Christmas. To follow PS 17 tradition, the 5th grade classes will be opening and closing the show. We got a chance to interview the coordinator of the show, Mrs. Basia. She told us loves to work with the little kids when they practice. She said they are s-o cute!!! Mrs. Basia didn't want to say too much, she told us only a couple of songs. The songs she told us were Do You Hear What I Hear?, Baby Born In Bethlehem, and Nice not Naughty.She said she got a chance to talk to the little ones and they said they are excited to show their parents their holiday spirit. They are really excited for their performance. Every year PS 17 does a great job thanks to the director Mrs. Basia and all the great performances. I'm sure that won't change this year. I wish you all good luck! I wish you all a warm and cozy Christmas, and a Happy New year !!!!
Angelo Massulo, Jayden Rodriguez
Scenes from Our Holiday Show!
The Reviews are In!
The Holiday Show was a blast! The best number in my opinion was the fourth grade Sleigh Ride. There were 13 songs in the show and all of them were terrific performances. The Fifth Graders opened the show with Do You Hear What I Hear? The Pre-K Hawaiian Christmas Song was a show-stopper. Everyone on stage was having fun. The Kindergarten kickline to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was a big surprise! We can't forget about the First Graders. From the rock and roll Run, Rudolph, Run to the new twist on The Nutcracker Ballet, every first grader was a star on stage! Our Fifth Graders sang Baby Born in Bethlehem for a wonderful closing number.
Reserve your seats for next year!
Girl Scouts of America
Did you know that PS 17 has Girl Scouts? Isn't that cool? They sell cookies, and all the other things Girl Scout troops do.
Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts of America on March 12, 1912. She was friends with Robert Baden- Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts of America. She wanted to include girls in activities similar to the Boy Scouts. The first troop began in Savannah, Georgia, her hometown. Their mission is to do their best and help others.
The Girl Scouts are dedicated to helping out their community. For Thanksgiving, they prepared 60 bags of groceries for families in need. They also cleaned up public parks. The Girl Scouts sell cookies to help raise money for their program. One of the most popular cookies is Samoas. They also go on trips and are always doing fun activities.
Girl Scouts is a nice program to help girls discover their strengths, passions and character to make girls follow their dreams.
Leslee Batista Abreu
Our Girl Scouts
PS 17 Goes to the Movies
On Wednesday December 21 PS 17 is going to the movies to watch Moana. The composer, Lin Manuel Miranda, also wrote the music for the Broadway show Hamilton. The movie was made by The Walt Disney Company. I know someone that saw the movie Moana and told me that the movie was really good. Even though Moana is not a Christmas movie, PS 17 is still going to see the movie.
The story takes place in the Pacific. Moana is a teenager who sails the ocean, trying to save her people. While on her journey, Moana meets Maui, a demigod who helps on her quest. They have many adventures along the way. But will they be able to save her people?
That's what the students at PS 17 want to know!!
On December 21, PS 17 went to the movies to see the movie Moana. Everyone from grades Pre-K to 5 went to see it. This movie was made by Disney. Moana was not a Christmas movie but we still went to see it. In Moana, one of the main characters, Maui, was a human but was turned into a demigod by the gods. He holds a rod that can transform him into almost anything. Moana was just a human who went against her dad by crossing the harbor in order to save her people. Later, she met Maui on an island, and he helped her. Both of them went on a long journey and restored the heart of her people. In my opinion this was a great movie. Moana is not a Disney princess, but she works hard to save her people. She is not afraid.
Holiday Greetings from Our L!brary
PS 17 TIMES
PS 17 TIMES
Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow
Volume 1, Edition 2
Welcome to our second edition of PS 17 TIMES! This issue focuses on the election results, both national, and our own student council. The reporters have worked hard, and have written balanced articles. We won't be surprised if some of our student reporters become actual reporters!
PS 17 Student Council
On November 7, PS 17 voted in a new school president and vice president. By the end of the day, we found out the winners. It turns out, that the presidential election could not be announced because it was so close. The winner of the vice presidential election was Lilliana Ramirez. She defeated Luis Guitonez in a very tight race. Before I tell you who won the presidential election, I will just have you know, the winner won by two votes!!! The winner was Angelo Masullo. He defeated Lilliana Piruch. At PS17, we try to make this process as realistic as can be. By both races being tight, it shows that students at PS17 really think about who they want to be their leader. It is not a popularity contest like you think it would be. Also, on November 23, all the winning students took their oath of office. This is when the election results become official. All the new elected student council members, WE WISH YOU ALL GOOD LUCK!!!
PS 17 and the Presidential Election
The surprising election results shocked the whole country! The citizens did not expect Mr. Trump to win. In another surprising upset, most of PS 17 students voted for Hillary Clinton, which is how New York voted. Mrs. Clinton won the popular vote by 2.5 million votes, with 232 Electoral College votes. Mr. Trump won the Electoral College with 306 votes.
Many people are still worried and concerned about the new President, while Trump supporters are very happy. We all have to accept the election results. We hope he's a good President.
Emmanuel Regalado, Stephen Arango
PS 17 Times
PS 17 Times
Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow
Volume 1 , Edition 1
Welcome to our first edition of PS 17 Times! Our reporters have been working hard, finding stories, interviewing people, and writing and editing. We hope you enjoy it, learn a little about PS 17, and come back for new stories and updates on events!
Ms. Lange, Ms. Ruiz
Election Time in PS 17
This fall, our school will be focusing on school president and vice president elections. The school office is only open to the 5th graders. Also, the whole school will get to vote except Pre-k and Kindergarten. In order to run for president or vice president the candidates have to give a speech in front of the whole school. They explain why they want to be a school officer, and how they want to help the students. After that process, the school goes through primary and general elections. The new school president and vice-president have to follow the rules. They have to be good leaders and follow rules all the time.
In the halls we got a chance to speak to some of the candidates running for school office. One of the candidates is Rayne Torres. She is running for school president. She said she will help stop bullying, and make more students get along with each other. Another candidate is Angelo Masullo. He said that he will help students around the school if they are having trouble. He said he will come up with creative ideas to help the school. This is what our school will be focusing on during the election season, and we're all excited to see who will become our next school President and Vice-President! Good luck to all!
Angelo Masullo, Jayden Rodriguez
Donald Trump for President
The Republican nominee for President is Donald Trump. He was born in Queens, New York on June 14, 1946. Now he is a wealthy businessman who made his fortune in real estate. He has also had his own TV show, The Apprentice. During the Republican primaries his rivals were Ted Cruz, a United States Senator from Texas, and the Governor of Ohio, John Kasich. If Mr. Trump wins the presidency, he will be the first president who hasn't held public office or served as a general in the military.
PS 17 Votes for President
PS 17 students will get a chance to vote for their choice for our next President. Every four years we get a chance to vote for a new President in a Mock Election. We were able to talk to Dr. Marchi, and ask him why this is so important. Dr. Marchi said it gives the students a chance to learn about the Candidates and the responsibility of the Office of President. The President must be a leader who will work to keep all the citizens of the United States safe. The last two elections the kids of PS 17 voted for the winning Candidate, Barack Obama. Can we pick the winner again?
Helder Blanchard, Emmanuel Regalado
Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton is the Democratic Candidate for President. She was born on October 26, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. She attended Yale Law School. Her husband, Bill Clinton, was President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. The Clintons moved to New York, and she was elected United States Senator from New York in 2001. In 2008 Hillary Clinton ran against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination, but didn't win. Instead, she became Secretary of State for President Obama. She left that job in 2013. If Hillary Clinton becomes our next President, she will be our first female President.
Every time I pass Pre-K it brings back memories and I wonder what's going on. I spoke to Mrs. Hynes and Ms. Gutierrez the Pre-K teachers on Friday the 14th of October. I asked them questions about the class, and they are doing a lot of fun things with the kids and parents. It's called Family Fall Fun-Day. Some of the things they are planning on doing is letting the parents come to school and spend time with the kids. They want to do this every year. The families were able to go pumpkin picking, play games and even learned a line dance. They are having fun all of the time and are always active and noisy! I wish I were back in Pre-K.
At the Farm with Ms. Fox
Ms. Fox took her First Graders to Green Meadows Farm on Friday October 21. The children were able to experience seeing life on a farm. They milked cows, went on pony rides and pet pigs and chicks. They were also able to go pumpkin picking. Ms. Fox plans to go on another farm trip where the kids will be able to go apple picking. She would like to have a Fall Celebration Day where the kids will be able to carve pumpkins and put candles in them.
A Visit to the Intrepid
All the Fifth Grade students were excited about visiting the Intrepid on October 25th. The Intrepid is a Sea, Air and Space Museum, on the west side of Manhattan. The Intrepid is a retired aircraft carrier. I think we will see where the sailors actually lived and worked, and where they ate.
We were able to talk to one of the Fifth Grade teachers, Ms. Lindsay, before our trip. She told us she always enjoys this trip with the students. The history of the Intrepid goes back to World War ll. It's very interesting, and it's exciting to see the planes on the flight deck. Everyone is thrilled when they get to see the Space Shuttle Enterprise exhibit. This exhibit is all about the NASA space shuttle program. It's a wonderful day for everyone!
Our school has an exciting new technology program. It is a flight simulator and video game! Students in 4th and 5th grade play a game while learning. Mr. Meyer is one of the fourth grade teachers that has been working with his students on this project. He said that it is an engineering and mathematics program. This exciting addition to the classroom allows students to play a video game and still learn at the same time. The Flight Simulator is a great experience for the students to have . The students enjoy using this flight simulator because it is fun and also challenging. It gives them a chance to go around the world without leaving their classroom.