District 3 Spelling Bee

We had a strong showing by PS9 students at the district’s first annual “Just for Fun” spelling bee on Saturday! We are proud that both Nathaniel Weintraub and Evelyn Soh exhibited fantastic sportsmanship and truly represented our school as a team. Evelyn was awarded second place and a great time was had by all.

Free Microsoft Software for NYC Public School Families

Parents and guardians of a student enrolled in a NYC public school are now able to download Microsoft software from, at no cost, on up to five of their family’s computers and five of their family’s tablets, smart phones, or other mobile devices.

Free products include:

  • Office 365 ProPlus on Windows: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Skype for Business, Access, InfoPath and Publisher installed on Windows
  • Office for Mac Professional 2016: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote
  • Office for iPad, iPhone, Android: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote
  • Cloud service
  • Office Online

To download, visit and enter either of the following:

  • Student’s date of birth AND a parent phone number, or
  • Parent email


The information that you enter to claim the download must match the information on your Blue Card on file with the school. Therefore, it is necessary that ATS have the most up-to-date parent contact information in order for the verification and download process to be successful. If you have trouble claiming the download, you can visit a school’s main office to make any necessary changes to your contact information.

There is no deadline to claim the free software. Families may download the software as long as they have a child enrolled in a NYC public school.

As Office 365 is a Microsoft Cloud product, parents must create a Microsoft Cloud account in order to download the software. The website contains not only information on how to create an account, download the software, but also answers to “Frequently Asked Questions.” For technical assistance families may contact Microsoft Customer Service at: 1 (800) 642-7676.

Upcoming Events

Online Safety and Parenting: Tuesday, Feb 9th, 8:30am


All District 3 parents are invited to a must-see presentation on keeping our kids safe online!


  • Speaker: Liz Repking, Founder and Lead Facilitator of Cyber Safety Consulting
  • Date: Tuesday, February 9th at 8:30 a.m. sharp
  • Where: The O’Shea Campus auditorium (100 West 77th Street, between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues)

The goal of Cyber Safety Consulting is to teach kids to be responsible technology users and to give parents the knowledge and tools to keep their kids safe online. Liz will address cyberbullying, sexting, over exposure, parental controls, respectful online behavior and overall best practices for parenting our tech savvy kids and bridging the parent-child technology divide.

Everyone is welcome – do not miss this presentation!

Farm Food Shopping Deal: volunteers needed ASAP

What if you could accomplish your weekly food shopping while simultaneously picking up your child from school AND giving 10% back to PS9? This wild dream can become a reality through Farmigo, which provides farm-to-neighborhood access to fresh, organic and locally sourced food. You place your weekly order online here and pick up your food at PS9 on Wednesdays, either at regular pick up time (2:15 to 3pm) or at afterschool pick up time (5:30 to 6pm). The first delivery is scheduled for 2/24 and orders would need to made by 2/21 at midnight.

In order to make this happen we need volunteers to pass out food at distribution time, on Wednesdays 2:15-3pm or Wednesdays 5:30-6pm. If we have enough people (6-8 for each pickup time) the obligation would be infrequent. Please contact Scot Steinberg at to volunteer or if you have any questions.


Preparing for State Testing: Thursday, Feb 25th, 6-8pm