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    Upcoming Parent Workshops!

    Upcoming Parent Workshops!

    Emotions Matter in Family Life!

    Growing a socially and emotionally responsible child starts with you! Presented by Star Factor Coaching!

    Come together for a morning of interactive discovery:
     Expand your emotional vocabulary!
     Strengthen your family dynamic!
     Explore the social and emotional learning going on in your child’s classroom!

    A light breakfast will be provided. Childcare (for children 4 years and older) and interpretation are available upon request. Register online at: https://tinyurl.com/yc8weep6

     

    PS203 (26Q203) - Oakland Gardens
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    PS203 (26Q203) - Oakland Gardens

Drama Club

  

The PS 203 Drama Club will give students in grades 4-5 an opportunity to participate in supervised creative dramatic activities, leading toward a spring production of Shrek the Musical. Students will be exposed to different aspects of theater including acting, singing, choreography, costume design, set design, props and tech crew.  Drama Club will work on creative thinking skills, encourage teamwork, and provide students with enriched learning experiences in the area of the performing arts. 


 
Past Productions
Aladdin (2017)
Shrek (2016)
Once Upon a Mattress (2015)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (2014)
Beauty and the Beast (2013)
The Music Man (2012)
The Wizard of Oz (2011)
Seussical (2010)
The Sound of Music (2009)
Into the Woods (2008)
Honk (2007)
Once Upon a Mattress (2006)
Annie (2005)
Cinderella (2004)
The Wizard of Oz (2003)
Bye, Bye, Birdie (2002)
Guys and Dolls (2001)
Annie (2000)
Oliver (1999)
Peter Pan (1998)

 

Chorus

Chorus

Our school's 80-voice chorus gives our fourth and fifth-grade students a valuable opportunity to foster their love of music. They rehearse weekly on a variety of musical styles, and sing in two and three part harmony. They perform several times throughout the year, and are featured in our school's Spring Concert.  One of the highlights of our choral year is taking our show on the road as we perform at various nursing homes and senior centers. Our students get so excited when they have the opportunity to use their gifts to be a blessing and make someone else's day a little brighter.

Arts/Computer Graphics

Art 

A giant Lunar New Year Scroll, art inspired by the circus displayed in the hallway, oil pastel flower drawings, are just a few of the many projects the art students at P.S. 203 create.  Art class is a great opportunity for students to use their creative imaginations and problem solving schools.  How do you get your best idea? How do you make that idea come to life?  By studying such artists as Picasso, Wang Yani, Van Gogh, and matisse, students learn how artists work.  Students also learn about colors, line, texture, and composition.  Practicing different media such as pencil drawing, oil pastels, collage, water colors, tempera, and printmaking enables students to have the technique to execute their ideas.  


Computer Graphics  

Students use computers throughout the school year to create all types of reports and projects.  The focus of computer graphics is for students to learn how to design and create art with technology.  Students learned how to organize visual elements on a page to catch a viewer's eye.  They focused on what types of fonts are best to use and how to best show color on a computer screen.  Some of the major projects were word designs, a giant bojagi (Koren Wrap Cloth), spring letters, and self-portraits illustrating their favorite things.

 

Library

As your child’s library teacher and enrichment specialist, I am very excited about and have a great fondness for books. All kinds of books! Therefore, it is my hope that I can impart that enthusiasm onto your child. Let’s make reading a part our children’s everyday life by creating an environment where all types of reading can be enjoyed.  Math, science, social studies and the arts are all a part of everyday life. Read with your children or let them read to you. Share your interest with them and let them share theirs with you. Reading with a family member can make a world of difference in a child’s day!

Stock market reports, specialty magazines, recipe books, even comic books can all be a source of enjoyment, depending on your interests and those of your child’s.  Just as we involved ourselves when they were learning to speak, so too should we involve ourselves in their reading. We applauded everything that they said because we knew it would challenge them to continue trying to speak. Such intrinsic motivation is what we seek in their reading as well. We want them to challenge themselves. We want them to feel comfortable reading and we want them to want to read better than they did yesterday or the day before.

Therefore, I have compiled a suggested reading list that, not only highlights some interesting book choices for your child, but also includes a list of chapter book series that have grabbed the interest of many of my young readers. Getting your child interested in a book series is very important. When a child makes a commitment to a reading series, reading comprehension can really develop because they become personally interested in the characters and the lives they are living within print. They get to know how a character thinks and can then begin to activate that very important and extremely crucial reading skill that is so hard to convey-inference. I remember when I first read Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking. It was truly a magical experience!

 Remember, reading should be enjoyable. If it is a chapter book they choose to read, it should not be read in one night. Also, it should not be too difficult to read. Often, children choose books that may be too difficult because other people are reading them. But, if it is not an appropriate read, they become frustrated and discouraged. For this reason, you may want to become familiar with my Super Duper Reading Tips and help your child understand and utilize it to help ensure that such reading frustration does not occur. Let’s all work together to make reading enjoyable! 

 Happy Reading!

                                             
Sandra Leahy
Library Enrichment Specialist

Newspaper Club

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!  The 203 Times is published by Newsies and tells all about the wonderful happenings in our blue ribbon school!  Students meet and have editorial meetings each week to discuss what is to be put into each issue.  They also go around the school and conduct interviews, surveys and research in order to accurately report on the topics and events that are going on. Each member of Newsies takes pride in reporting the news in a trustworthy manner while bringing interesting information to our school community.  We look forward to a bringing many interesting and newsworthy topics to you!



Physical Education

At P.S. 203, students learn about health and physical education during their class time and also participate in extracurricular activities as well. Some of the activities students participated in during P.E.are kickball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, basketball, mission impossible, scooters and bowling. The younger students also participate in fuzzball, builders and bulldozers, parachute games, scooters, hula hoops, jump rope, relay races, aerobic steppers and coordination games with music and movement. Throughout the year our students learn that teamwork, communication, cooperation and good sportsmanship are just as important as skill and athleticism.  At P.S. 203, students learn about health and physical education during their class time and also participate in extracurricular activities as well. Some of the activities students participated in during P.E.are kickball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, basketball, mission impossible, scooters and bowling. The younger students also participate in fuzzball, builders and bulldozers, parachute games, scooters, hula hoops, jump rope, relay races, aerobic steppers and coordination games with music and movement. Throughout the year our students learn that teamwork, communication, cooperation and good sportsmanship are just as important as skill and athleticism.

P.S. 203's Family Activity Night is always a big hit. FAN is sponsored by the PTA and covers all grades. Each grade level gets their own FAN night in the gym.  The PTA and the parents really help make this year’s FAN night a lot of fun.According to state regulations, PS 203 participates in the FITNESSGRAM assessment.  The fourth and fifth graders learn about and measure components of health-related fitness: aerobic endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Fitnessgram assessment reports are sent home with students to share with their parents. These reports have important information on how families can stay fit and healthy. The purpose of Physical Education is to encourage healthy lifestyle skills and activities that students will carry with them into their adult yearsAt P.S. 203, students learn about health and physical education during their class time and also participate in extracurricular activities as well. Some of the activities students participated in during P.E.are kickball, soccer, hockey, volleyball, basketball, mission impossible,scooters and bowling. The younger students also participate in fuzzball, builders and bulldozers, parachute games, scooters, hula hoops, jump rope, relay races, aerobic steppers and coordination games with music and movement. Throughout theyear our students learn that teamwork, communication, cooperation and good sportsmanship are just as important as skill and athleticism.  P.S. 203's Family Activity Night is always a big hit. FAN is sponsored by the PTA and covers all grades. Each grade level gets their own FAN night in the gym.

 

PS 203 Student Organization

The Student Organization


P.S. 203’s Student Organization begins its work in early October with the election of its key officers; the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary-all of whom are upper grade members. Soon after that, S.O. Representatives are appointed from each class. In addition, Cabinet Members are also appointed. The Cabinet Members are assigned to head the Cool Kats and Team Green Organizations; both of which assist in organizing all of the Student Organizations humanitarian efforts.

Throughout the course of the year, students throughout the school participate in S.O. sponsored School Spirit Days, Dine Around Nights, Charity Work, and Fund Raising Drives all in the hopes of not only making a difference within their own lives, but in the lives of those children who are less fortunate. Their motto is… “Just as every penny counts, so does every child.” 

Organizations that have benefited from the S.O.’s efforts are Common Cents NYC, Joe Torre’s Safe at Home Foundation, Variety Preschoolers Workshop, Pennies for Police Dogs, and the list grows as each year students bring new ideas to our Philanthropic Roundtable in the hopes of doing good works. The Students of P.S. 203 are certainly making a difference and learning how important it is to be active and involved citizens; now and for the future.

S.T.A.R.

The S.T.A.R. Program (Student Talent and Research)

S.T.A.R. (Student Talent and Research) is a twenty-week Independent Study Program, where each grade has its own theme.
  • Second Grade/Third Grade
    • Research animals and their habitats and use their research to create an informative museum exhibit and display pamphlet. 
    • Research countries around the world and use their research to create an
    • “A to Z” Informational Book and Landmark Display.
  • Fourth Grade
    • Research topics of interest and use their research to create a relevant, original “Board Game.”
  • Fifth Grade
    • Survey the school community’s opinion on a topic of their own personal interest. In addition, they research that topic and use the results gathered to create a data based display analyzing all the information gathered. 
Once students have been selected and accepted into the program, work can begin. All lessons are done in school with a few follow-up activities to be completed at home. It is important to instill a sense of responsibility for the advanced work that is being done.  Therefore, parents are asked to give their children gentle guidance and support to complete some of the activities.  All of the assignments are thoroughly explained with, if necessary, brief notices to follow.

Upon completion of all projects, a S.T.A.R. EXPO is held in the Library during Parent-Teacher conferences in March. This is where the students celebrate all of their hard work by sharing and enjoying the projects together. It is a spectacular event that, after conferences, is enjoyed over the course of the rest of the week by the whole student body.

The Constitution Works

The Constitution Works

The Constitution Works is a yearlong study that takes a look at our government and how it works. Throughout the course of the study, students learn that they have a civic duty to participate in their society. It is not only a responsibility but a very precious right.

Specifically, students learn about the Judiciary Branch of our government with respects to First Amendment rights. By exploring past Supreme Court cases and their outcomes, they investigate how, when, and why the Federal Government exercises power. In addition, students also participate in discussions that explore the meaning of National Security and Freedom of the Press. Most importantly, over the course of our study, students also develop written statements in order to argue on either side of a hypothetical First Amendment case: Denver Dispatch vs. the United States.

Once arguments are completed, the students are ready to play the roles of justices and lawyers at the highest level of our Judiciary System – the Supreme Court. In order to authenticate the experience, students also don traditional courtroom attire as they participate in oral arguments with regards to the Denver Dispatch vs. the United States. The experience is amazing and the students come away with a greater understanding of their place in the world. 

The Media Club

The Media Club Program is comprised of a group of very talented fifth graders and is sponsored by the Panasonic Corporation, Kid Witness News or KWN. The program is a hands-on video education program that takes students behind the scenes of broadcast journalism. Its aim is to  “…{boost} creativity and communication skills and {foster} cooperation through video production by children at the elementary and secondary school levels.”

One of the requirements for participation in this amazing program is to use the video equipment advanced by Panasonic to create a one-minute PSA (Public Service Announcement) and a five-minute Social Issues piece. This assignment provides students with the very unique opportunity to look through the camera lens and try to communicate to the world topics that are important to them. Both student created videos are then submitted for involvement in a regional and then ultimately a global contest. Over 10,000 students from 548 schools in 23 countries/regions from around the globe participate in the yearly competition. P.S. 203’s Media Club has always been very excited to be a part of this international competition and has also been very proud to place in the top ten of the regional competition within the past few years!!

In addition to participating in the KWN Global Competition, our Media Club also creates additional broadcasts that are aired during upper grade assemblies. These productions give the students a very fundamental look at video production and post-production and with each new experience they developed a great sense of cooperation, vision, and humor for all that can go well and not so well in the world of media and its technology!