Dear Families,

Welcome to PS 234. We are a vibrant, community-driven school focused on children working together with educators who are passionate about learning. We believe that all children can learn and it is our job to provide an environment where children feel enriched, supported and inspired.  

We have a rigorous curriculum that provides a solid foundation for our students. At the heart of our work is an interdisciplinary study program which helps students use their skills to deepen learning content. Through rich thematic units, students learn how to do inquiry-based research, while developing their communication skills in reading, writing and oral expression. Enrichment programs in art, music, library and science often support the classroom thematic studies as well. Our literacy program includes components such as read aloud, shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, book clubs, writer’s workshop and word study. All classrooms from Kindergarten-Fifth Grade use the TERC Investigations in Number, Data and Space as their core mathematics program. Through inquiry, activities and games, and the use of manipulative materials, children construct mathematical ideas, explain their thinking and practice skills. 

 Because of our community’s generosity, we have been able to fund arts education for our school, including instrument instruction in grades 4&5, choral instruction in grades K – 3 and dance instruction in grade 5. All children in grades 4 and 5 may choose to play a brass, woodwind or percussion instrument with our resident music instructor.  In the 5th grade, some students are even introduced to music composition.  We also have coaches at recess to teach students how to play cooperatively and manage conflict productively. 

Finally, PS 234 truly believes in the education of the whole child.  In addition to fostering students’ academic core, we believe in developing children’s social and emotional skills.  We use the Responsive Classroom approach which  “empowers educators to create safe, joyful, and engaging learning communities where all students have a sense of belonging and feel significant.”  All classrooms use a consistent protocol for developing routines, working with others and respecting the learning environment.  We begin each school year with developing rules in tandem with working with students at our annual “rules convention.” Leadership opportunities like “5th grade K buddies” help our oldest community members help our youngest.  It is so beautiful to see moments like the 5th grade buddies helping the Kindergarteners navigate the cafeteria at the beginning of the school year!

We are proud to be an open and caring community where students continue to visit long after they graduate.

Sincerely,

Dana Rappaport