Tuesday, October 18, 2011
The Move-to-Improve curriculum aims to increase physical activity among elementary students. It offers a series of 10-minute lessons that combine movement with academic learning. Click here to see the 32 different activities and learn more.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
12:30 perform in auditorium. At 12:40, move to gym for party and museum.
12 noon in gym for party and museum
12:45 performances in auditorium
1st and 2nd grade
12:50 party in the gym
Grades 3,4 and 5
1:25-2:00 party in the gym.
(These classes will not perform.)
The administration will also create, in the gym, a "Spanish Museum of Culture." Any parents who would like to contribute authentic Hispanic items for the display, please click to send a message to PTO Secretary Christine Scanlon, or call her at 917-406-4405.
Friday, September 23, 2011
The PTO officers encouraged parents and family members to buy discounted tickets in advance for the Oct. 22 Silent Auction, which is traditionally the school’s biggest fundraiser and supports the arts programs. To learn more about tickets, please see the forms sent home with students, or visit the auction website. The officers also announced their main goals for the year. You can read the goals here.
Please click here to read a fuller summary of the meeting, including news about the afterschool program, announcements of upcoming fundraisers and school events, and more of what Principal D’Avilar said.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
For the rest of this week, parents of first-graders may accompany their children to classrooms. Next Monday, please allow all students to proceed to class independently with their teacher.
Monday, September 12, 2011
Click here to download a program description, fee listing, and registration forms.
You may contact the PTO Afterschool program at:
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Hope all PS 9 families and prospective families are having a great summer and staying cool. The new PTO is working hard on the after-school enrichment (ASE) program and some welcome-back social events.
- On Saturday, August 27, we'll be welcoming incoming Pre-K and K families with a 9 a.m. get-together at Underhill Playground.
- On the first day of school (September 8!), we will have a table set up with general information, as well as specifics on ASE.
- We're looking forward to seeing everyone at the first PTO meeting, Tuesday, September 20, at 6:30 p.m., childcare provided.
- And we're really excited about our second annual carousel party in Prospect Park, Saturday evening, October 1!
You can contact the PTO email@example.com
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
The Dept. of Education, the Panel on Educational Policy (PEP) and SUNY Charter Schools Institute are seeking public comments on the DOE's proposed co-location of Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School in the building where P.S. 9 resides.
We strongly encourage P.S. 9 families and community members to speak at the public hearing, and to send written and oral comments to the DOE and PEP.
- Please Attend: DOE Public Hearing, this Friday, May 13, 6:00 pm (sign up to speak at 5:30 pm) in the P.S. 9 Auditorium at 80 Underhill Avenue (between St. Marks and Bergen).
- Email comments to: D13Proposals@schools.nyc.gov, firstname.lastname@example.org (sample letter below)
- Submit oral comments at: 212-374-0208 (sample script below)
- Attend the PEP hearing & vote at 6:00 pm on Wed, May 18 at Long Island City High School, 14-30 Broadway, Queens, NY, 11106. Sign-up to speak at 5:30 pm. UFT will provide buses from P.S. 9 to the hearing - to reserve a place on the bus, contact Laura Jaffe at email@example.com or 917/673-2157.
- Sign the online petition to support P.S. 9’s grade expansion
The P.S. 9 Parent Advisory Council
*** SAMPLE EMAIL TEXT ***
Subject: P.S. 9 comments re: proposed Brooklyn East Collegiate co-location
Dear Mr. Taylor and the PEP:
I am writing to express my opposition to the co-location of Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter school in building K009, where P.S. 9 Teunis G. Bergen Elementary School currently resides.
Despite the New York State Education Commissioner’s March 31 annulment of the PEP vote on this co-location, the DOE has submitted amended documents to proceed with the co-location. As with the original documents deemed illegal by the Commissioner, the DOE’s amended documents were prepared without consultation with P.S. 9 and still contain critical inaccuracies and errors. If approved again, the co-location would severely harm the learning environment of elementary school students at P.S. 9 and would stunt the progress of a thriving community school.
In addition, P.S. 9 has submitted an application to the DOE to expand to a pre-K through Grade 8 school, which is currently under review by the DOE.
As an inclusive elementary school and an anchor of the vibrant, diverse community of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, and surrounding neighborhoods, P.S. 9 has the vision and capability to grow into a successful middle school that would give P.S. 9 graduates a strong neighborhood middle school option while serving the needs of the District 13 community.
I support P.S. 9’s efforts to expand into a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 school, and I oppose the co-location of Brooklyn East Collegiate in building K009.
I urge the DOE and the PEP to halt the co-location process, and let P.S. 9 grow!
[your name here]
***SAMPLE PHONE SCRIPT*** Submit your oral comments to: 212-374-0208
Hello, I’m calling to express my opposition to the co-location of Brooklyn East Collegiate in building K009, where the P.S. 9 elementary school resides. If approved, the co-location would severely harm the learning environment of elementary school students at P.S. 9 and would stunt the progress of a thriving community school. In addition, P.S. 9 has submitted an application to the DOE to expand to a pre-K through Grade 8 school, which is currently under review by the DOE. I support P.S. 9’s efforts to expand into a Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 school, and I urge the DOE and the PEP to halt the co-location process, and let P.S. 9 grow! Thank you.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Colin Weathersby wrote the story, which noted that Mr. Sternberg didn't directly answer many questions. Mr. Weathersby also took the photo at left showing (from left) parents Christina LaBrie, Faye Rimalovski, Catherine Jhung , Ivana Espinet, Maria McGrath, Maggie Adonis and Penelope Mahot. One standout comment included in the Patch story:
Several parent speakers noted that the Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School does not currently provide full services for special needs students. Deputy Chancellor Sternberg quickly responded that charter schools are mandated to provide equivalent resources under state law, citing that anything less “is a serious violation and needs to be brought to the attention of the DOE.”We'll include other accounts of the evening as we get them.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
•Nominations and elections: The P.T.O. is planning for next year. The executive board encourages you to help find new officers and volunteers who can contribute their skills, vision and energy to the organization as it tries to increase its fundraising and support the school more fully. The Nominating Committee will send out flyers describing positions for the P.T.O. Executive Board, the P.T.O. Board of Directors, the School Leadership Team (SLT) and the Title 1 committee. The flyer will include a nomination form, which parents can drop off at the school. Elections are scheduled for Wednesday, June 1st at 6 p.m., the same night as the Parent Recognition event.
•The next PTO movie night will be April 29, 6 p.m. The P.T.O. will sell refreshments. Showing: the reverse superhero tale Megamind. For a description on the Kids-in-Mind review site, click here. RottenTomatoes (a site rounding up movie critics' observations) praises its "top-shelf voice cast and strong visuals" which "help make Megamind a pleasant, if unspectacular, diversion."
1. School surveys are due this Friday, 4/15 at midnight. Completion of them represents 20% of the A-F grade that the school receives in DOE's school progress report. Please take 5 minutes to fill out one on paper or online. Laptops are set up in the school lobby for you to fill out a survey. If you lost your form and don't know your access code you can call 1-800-690-8603.
2. Playground update: the project is now projected to be finished in November. The delay is due to the necessary construction that needs to occur underneath the school to prevent future flooding. The Department of Education says that work will start immediately. Once finished, completing the playground will take 6 to 8 weeks, according to what Out2Play has said in the past.
3. Summer school update: DOE has told P.S. 9 administration that the school cannot hold summer school, including any camps, in the building due to construction and light fixture replacement. P.S. 9 normally hosts around 10 programs in the summer. Ms. D'Avilar and the administration are investigating alternative locations and will give more details soon.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Inside Schools: DOE re-doing “co-location” proposals after Steiner’s ruling (4/12)
New York Times: A City School’s Uphill Fight Over Sharing Space With a Charter (4/11)
Brooklyn Paper: City moves ahead with co-location in P.S. 9 — despite state order (4/11)
Brooklyn Paper: State ed boss overrules city on MS 571 closure (4/4)
NYC School Help (blog): P.S. 9 fights city hall and wins (4/4)
Prospect Heights Patch: Parents Win Appeal to Halt Plans for Charter School at P.S. 9 (4/1)
Gotham Schools: At Brooklyn’s PS 9, state overturns a space-sharing plan, again (4/1)
New York Daily News: New York State overturns deal for charter school to get rooms at Brooklyn's PS 9 (4/1)
Brooklyn Daily Eagle: State Halts Plans To Co-Locate Charter School (4/1)
The Local (NYTimes blog): Victory for P.S. 9’s Parents, Meeting for P369K’s (4/1)
Council Member Letitia James' press release: ATTENTION: No Co-Location BK East Collegiate Charter School In PH Building (4/1)
Please support P.S. 9’s efforts to expand to a middle school by sending letters to the following DOE officials: Dennis Walcott, Chancellor, and Marc Sternberg, Deputy Chancellor, Division of Portfolio Planning. Please also sign this petition.
Scroll down for a sample letter you can use.
Both letters can be mailed to: New York City Department Of Education, 52 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007.
SAMPLE LETTER TO MAIL:
[ADDRESSEE NAME, ADDRESS]
Dear Chancellor Walcott,
In keeping with your commitment to working with parents and communities on strengthening public education for our children, I hope you will support P.S. 9 Teunis G. Bergen Elementary School’s grade expansion proposal.
As a thriving and inclusive elementary school, P.S. 9 is an anchor of the vibrant, diverse community of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, and surrounding neighborhoods. P.S.9 offers a barrier-free, fully accessible learning environment, school-wide enrichment programming, and has a collaborative model that promotes strong partnerships between parents, the administration and the wider community.
P.S. 9 has the vision and capability to grow into a successful middle school that would give P.S. 9 graduates a strong neighborhood middle school option while serving the needs of the District 13 community.
I support the school’s efforts to expand into a pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 school, and hope that the Letter of Intent submitted to the DOE by the P.S. 9 administration will be approved.
Thanks and best regards,
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Friday, April 8th
3:30 - 6:00pm: Set up. Help arrange the room and place the tables and chairs. WE NEED 4 VOLUNTEERS.
Saturday, April 9th
9am - 10:30am: Continue pre-event set-up. WE NEED 4 VOLUNTEERS.
10:00am - 1:00pm: Street teams: To draw traffic to the Fair, hand postcards to people at the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket, along Vanderbilt Ave., and at the Botanic Gardens. WE NEED 10 VOLUNTEERS.
11:00am - 6:00pm: Assist at the Raffle Table. WE NEED ONE MORE PERSON PER HOUR.
1:30pm - 3:30pm or 3:30pm - 5:30pm: Assist in Childcare and Kid Activity area.
WE NEED AT LEAST 2 MORE PEOPLE PER SLOT.
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Breakdown of event. WE NEED 6 VOLUNTEERS.
Last year hundreds of people came. This is a fun, social event that showcases P.S. 9 as a neighborhood school. If you haven't had a chance to volunteer for earlier P.T.O. events, the fair offers a good chance to meet fellow parents and neighbors. To volunteer, please email the organizers or call Faye at 1-917-208-1247.
For more information: http://www.prospectheightscraftfair.com/index.html
Also, school surveys are due next Friday. Please complete one to help the school and make yourself heard. To take the survey online, click at:
Friday, April 1, 2011
Today, the New York State Commissioner of Education (at right) upheld our appeal of the DOE’s decision to co-locate Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School (BECCS) in the PS9 building. While the decision's immediate effect is clear, many questions remain about what happens from here and how the DOE will proceed. Some of these questions will not be answered for some time, but we will learn much more in the near future.
What does the decision say?
The Commissioner upheld our appeal and annulled the February 3 vote of the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) approving the co-location plan. While the Commissioner rejected some of our arguments, including those based on the deficiencies in the Educational Impact Statement (EIS) and in the proposal and voting process, he agreed that the DOE’s Building Utilization Plan (BUP) did not propose an equitable use of shared space such as the library and gym. The Commissioner also noted that the BUP did not assess other issues such as the effect on PS9’s after school program and the impact of the school yard closure. Although the DOE argued that the BUP could be refined, the Commissioner found that the law requires more than just a proposal for the use of shared space and that the defective BUP was a “substantive failure to analyze the impact…on the affected students.”
What does the decision mean for the DOE?
The co-location approval has been annulled, so the DOE is prohibited from proceeding with the co-location plans until it complies with New York State education law. In effect, the decision puts the DOE back where it was before the vote took place. In order to proceed with the co-location, the DOE would have to issue a revised BUP and hold a new vote of the proposal. It is difficult to know whether the DOE would be able to issue a BUP that includes a fair and comparable allocation of space, as required by the Commissioner’s decision.
Can the co-location still happen?
Yes. If the DOE issues a new BUP and the PEP approves the proposal again, the co-location could proceed. PS9 parents would again have the opportunity to appeal the decision to the NYS Commissioner of Education and would be able to take legal action if the appeal were dismissed. If those challenges did not succeed, the co-location could go forward for the 2011-2012 school year.
What happens next?
First, we celebrate! But not for long; much more work must be done. We need to complete the K-8 expansion proposal, as planned. Our other next steps depend somewhat on how the DOE decides to proceed. We will alert P.S. 9 parents to any future developments.
-Christina LaBrie and the P.S. 9 Parents Advocacy Council
Thursday, March 31, 2011
You can read the Commissioner's decision at this link (To download, go to "File" menu, click "Download original.")
A short take: P.S. 9 won its appeal on the numbers. Starting on page 13, the commissioner cited P.S. 9's curtailed access to the library and the gymnasium, and agreed with parent advocates that DOE had not adequately addressed the apparent, embarrassing imbalance in how the schools would share the building. P.S. 9 students now have room to breathe.
Does this mean that the co-location definitely will not happen? No such luck. DOE may try to sue in the courts to overturn this decision. Or DOE may try to meet the Commissioner's conditions (his determination of what the state's Education Law requires) and re-introduce the co-location plan for P.S. 9's building. It appears that the PEP will have to vote again for Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School to move into the building.