Happening at PS 9

Halloween Hop-n-Harvest: Saturday, Oct 17th, 11am-4pm

Don’t miss it!
Costume Parade at 12pm!
Inflatable Rides
Magic Show at 1pm!
Spin Art
Haunted House & Haunted House Junior
Demon Disco
Spooky Yoga
Gaga, Games & Crafts
Live Animals from Fauna
…plus Surprise Thrills Brewing

We welcome Howlin’ Hop Volunteers & Donations of Goblin Grub to the Black Cat Café!

Picture Day: Wednesday, Oct 7th


Photographers from Irvin Simon will be at PS9 on October 7 to take individual and class pictures. Forms are now available for families to select one of several photo packages. However, families must PRE-ORDER a photo package before Picture Day in order to see the photo of their child that will be taken.

To PRE-ORDER, choose a photo package, fill out the order envelope completely, and return the envelope (with payment enclosed – please mark your child’s name, class number, and package number on the check or money order) to the teacher in your child’s Red Folder. One order form must be submitted per child with the third child in each family benefitting from a free photo package. Order forms must be returned to the school by October 2 at the latest.

The only way to obtain the individual photo of your child is to PRE-ORDER a photo package. If you are not satisfied, you can return the photos and have your child sit for a new photo on Retake Day on December 9.

We are seeking volunteers to help on Picture Day. If you are available, please send an email to Agathe Januszewski and Natalie Mouyal at pictureday@ps9parents.org.

Print Picture Day Order Form (due Friday, Oct 2nd)

Become a Learning Leader!


The mission of the Learning Leaders is to help New York City public school students succeed by training volunteers to provide individualized instructional support and other school-based support, and by equipping parents to foster their children’s educational development.


At PS 9, parent Learning Leaders help staff the library, work in the Reading Resource Room to organize and label books, work with the upper grade Art Teacher and students, and more.


In order to become a Learning Leader, you must attend 3 training sessions, all held at PS9. The dates of the sessions are: Tuesday October 20th, Thursday, October 22nd, and Monday, October 26th. Each session will begin at approximately 8:45am and end at 10:45am. To register for the program and the training, please email learningleaders@ps9parents.org.


If you are already a Learning Leader and would like to volunteer in the library, please email zainablatif@yahoo.com. The library is open for classes to visit from Tuesday through Friday, with a morning (8:45-11:45) and afternoon (11:45-2:45) shift on each of those days.

We hope you can join us, and thank you for your gift of time!

From the Administration

Request for Testing: by Monday, Nov 9th

If you are interested in having your child take the New York City public school G&T exam, you must complete a Request for Testing (RFT) form and submit it by Monday, November 9, 2015 in one of the following two ways:

  • 1. Online: The online RFT form is available at nyc.gov/schools/ChoicesEnrollment/applyonline. If you apply online, you will receive a confirmation receipt by email after your RFT has been submitted. Please save or print the receipt for your records. If you do not have access to a computer at home and wish to complete an online RFT, you can visit a New York City Public Library location. Call 311 to find a library in your area.


  • 2. In-Person: If you are unable to submit the online form, you should complete the paper copy of the RFT form found in the Appendix of the handbook.

Want more info? Attend the Manhattan information session to learn about the Gifted & Talented admissions process.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 6-8pm
The High School of Fashion Industries
225 West 24th Street
New York, NY 10011


PS 9 Identified as a High Achieving School


New York State Commissioner MaryEllen Elia identified 365 high achieving and high progress schools as Reward Schools. PS9 was among them!


Reward School criteria:

  • Be among the top twenty percent of schools in the state for English language arts (ELA) and math performance for both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years or be among the top ten percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2013-14 school year.


  • Have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95% of all groups participate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments.


  • Not have unacceptably large gaps in the student performance on an accountability measure between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.

View article on NYSEd.gov