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You know, there may be things you already do that can help raise money for PS 9. Do you ever shop at West Side Kids? Or or Target? Do you fill prescriptions? Have a look at the ways you can earn money for PS 9 without spending any additional funds yourself.

Scot Steinberg announces new community partners Book Culture and Coach Marjeta, plus a December deal with Gate Hill. Read about it on our Community Partnerships page.

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Pennies for Patients: now through Tuesday, Dec 23rd

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Youth Programs


The Leukemia / Lymphoma Society (LLS) and its New York Chapter have made significant advancements in treatments to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The survival rate for childhood leukemia was 0% in 1949 and today it is over 88%. In addition, advances in medical research continue to help improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Though significant progress has been made, reality indicates that more needs to be done.


The Pennies for Patients Program is a three week-long service learning program in which kids collect spare change and pennies to help those afflicted with blood cancers. PS 9 will continue its involvement on this meaningful journey; one that will offer students the powerful feeling that can be derived from helping others.


All classes of grades Pre-K – 5 will participate in collecting pennies and change for this program. Every student will bring home a Pennies for Patients parent letter describing the organization and the amazing work they do, as well as, a small box to bring donations back to their classrooms. This box can be used as many times as necessary.


Please talk with your child about the importance of giving without expecting anything in return -- remind them that helping others less fortunate than ourselves is a noble cause. Please start sending saved pennies and spare change you may have around the house. Thank you for your participation. Without your help, this program would not be possible.


Read full letter.


The PS9 Composting Challenge: now through June 2015

As a country we are generally not aware of the volume of food we waste. Composting is a great way to take responsibility for potential waste by creating valuable soil nutrients from what would otherwise go into the garbage and then to landfill. The PS9 Composting Challenge, running from now through June, will make us all more aware of and responsible for our food waste.


What is the challenge? Look for details in your child's red folder or read here:



Math at Home, School and in the Community

"The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics consist of two parts--the Mathematical Practices and the Mathematical Content standards. Often the Math Practices are simply overlooked in order to get to the 'meat and potatoes' of your child’s grade level expectations. But Math is not just about content. The way you think about Mathematics is key to deeper understandings being built and developed...." Read more about this and ways to support your children in math at home in Liz Irwin's Fall Family Math Newsletter.


Dr. Liz Irwin, educational development consultant, spoke at the November PA meeting about the math learning mindset. Here are her presentation slides.  Also view the video she referenced on math and brain plasticity. Fascinating and enlightening. Thank you!!


Also discussed at the November meeting were the recent School Quality Snapshot results for PS9.


PS9 Thanks Harry's Shoes!

Next time you're in Harry's Shoes for Kids at 83rd and Broadway, be sure to thank them for the shoe box tops. Over the past month, Harry's has been collecting shoe box tops for PS9. The shoe box tops are used to support the Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory phonemic awareness program (word work) in our Kindergarten classrooms. As part of the program, teachers lead students through various experiences with letters, words and syllables -- finger-tapping, arm-tapping, vowel intensives, in addition to forming letters in sand inside the shoe box tops.


Letter formed in shoebox


Please let the staff at Harry's Shoes know how much we appreciate their support!


Storytime and Crafts at St. Agnes Library: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays

Story time for Sweet Peas, for 3 and 4 year olds: Tuesdays at 2pm. See flyer.

Picture Book Read Aloud, for ages 4-7: Wednesdays at 4pm. See flyer.

Family Fun Time, for ages 4-9: Saturdays at 11:30am.  See flyer.


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