Although February is a short month, it was no less busy
for us. Our Fifth Graders produced and performed an original opera entitled
"Friends Are Special". This is the fifth annual production in our school.
The students do everything that's involved with a production from writing
the script, writing the lyrics and the music, doing costumes, make-up, lighting,
scenery, advertising, to stage managing and directing. It was a huge success.
Many thanks to Ms. Lizzy LeBlanc, our Art Teacher for her assistance
with the scenery.
Also during this month, our Fifth Graders took a trip to Towne Hall to see
the production of "Welcome Home Marian Anderson", a show dedicated to Black
History Month. Grade Three returned to Enrichment Thru The Arts to see a show
on Chinese Dragon Dancing, while Grade Four took a trip to Enrichment Thru
The Arts to see a program on Harriet Tubman. Also during the month
of February, we began yet another residency with L.E.A.P. (Learning Enriched
thru Arts Performances). L.E.A.P., through their teaching artist Kaysie Seitz,
taught our Grade One and Grade Three students multicultural folk dancing.
They performed for us at the end of the residency.
One more special project commenced in February. Mrs. Gounardes wrote
a Parents As Arts Partners Grant through the Center for ARTS Education to
fund a program which taught parents and their school aged children the art
of American Folkdancing. This program was a tremendous success as it brought
in parents and their children to participate in an after school activity together.
It gave us a chance to get to know a new circle of parents and it taught
them a little about our American history.
Inside Broadway and Ramona King returned to P.S. 170 to work with our
Second Graders on the theme of "Free To Be".
Another great program began during the latter part of March. Forth Fourth
Graders were invited to participate in the "Young Ambassador's Program" of
the Better World JL Builders. These students were chosen for their acts of
kindness and the level of citizenship they practice. They are a group to be
emmulated by all.
In the month of March, the Kindergarten classes visited
the Staten Island Children's Museum to learn about Bugs and My Body L.E.A.P.
cintinued their dance residency and together with the Parents As Arts Partners
program, produced and performed their dances for a school assembly at the
end of the month. L.E.A.P. also conducted a school-wide assembly program entitled
"Voices of the Band" which acquainted students with the not so familiar instruments
of a band. .
The month of April is the beginning of a very busy time
for testing at P.S. 170. None-the-less, we did have some beneficial programs
offered for our students. Grades Kindergarten, One and Two were teated to
a puppet show about "Mary Poppins", while select Grade One and Grade Four
classes took a long trip to Queens to see the "Peter Rabbit Holiday Review.
The American Museum of Natural History brought a piece of the museum
to our school. The Moveable Museum came to PS 170 and treated our Third Graders
to an awesome experience.
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OF NATURAL HISTORY
As we look towards the end of the school year, many
schools wind down their level of activity. Not so for P.S. 170. The month
of May was jammed packed with Project ARTS programs. Our Kindergarten classes
participated in a program called "Jazz Ma Tazz" from an organization
called CREATE which allowed them to explore movement and music.
We were the lucky recipients of a gift from our District Office. The was
the gift of a special residency program hosted by the Brooklyn, Philharmonic
teaching about the Mozart opera called "Cossi Fan Tutti". The students, as
a final activity, saw Act I of this opera at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
In addition, these students wrote their own Act II to this opera and performed
it for the school.
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hosted Pedestrian Safety Day and were dazzled by the performances of four
young dancers who taught our children the rules of the road through song and
dance. Select Fifth Grade classes participated in a special program on the
famous song writer, Johnny Mercer, hosted by Camp Broadway. Mrs. Gounardes
also entered a contest hosted by Camp Broadway and won 165 tickets to take
the entire Fourth Grade to see a Broadway play called "A Year With Frog and
Toad". As a result of winning this contest, Mrs. Gounardes was asked to provide
5 students who would appear on the Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on
June 8, 2003 as part of a segment with Frog and Toad actors. This was the
experience of a lifetime.
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The Lighthouse Museum, located on Staten Island, provided us with a spectacular
program for each grade in the school. The children, and teachers for that
matter, learned so much about lighthouses. We look forward to visiting the
Lighthouse Museum when it open up next year.
We also welcomed the program called "Music Outreach"
which taught literacy thru music to our Grade 1 and Grade 2 students. And
as a final activity for the month of May, we were charmed by the virtuitous
piano playing of Dr. Cathy Callis from the Brooklyn Arts Council in a school
based concert. We were hoping to have Dr. Callis christen our new piano
however we did not receive it in time.
And now, for the month of June. We had some loose
ends to try up in terms of performances during this final month of the school
year. We began the month with the Recorder Concert for Grades Three, Four
and Five. Select Fifth Grade classes visited the Frick Museum. We hosted our
annual Spring Concert, the 10th such concert for our chorus and the first
for the band. L.E.A.P. treated our Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grades
to an assembly on Aesop's Fables.
And guess what?
We got our piano!!!!!
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