Learning Leaders Training: Tuesday, Oct 25th and Thursday, Oct 27th


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, run the Quiet Classroom Project, assist with the teacher’s last minute photocopying needs, help hang the artwork in the hallways and more.


In order to become a Learning Leader, you must attend 6 hours of Learning Leader training sessions, all held at PS9. The dates of the sessions are:Tuesday October 25th and Thursday, October 27th. Each session will begin at approximately 8:30am and end at 11:30am. To register for the program and the training, please email learningleaders@ps9parents.org.


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

Upcoming D3 Zoning Dates


Book Fair: Wednesday-Friday, Nov 2nd-4th


The November book fair (the first of 2 book fairs) will feature a fresh selection of brand new titles. This is a great opportunity to get some new titles in front of our kids and to do some early holiday shopping! As an added bonus, the teachers will all set aside books they would like for the classroom. What a terrific opportunity early in the year to encourage our eager readers.

Consider shopping on November 3rd during parent/teacher conferences. This book fair is open to teachers and parents throughout the day, and children after school.


Thank you to our Halloween Hop sponsors for their contributions to the 2016 Halloween Hop and also thank you all for continuing to support our sponsors’ businesses. 



Black Cat Café:

And thank you to the many PS9 families who sponsored Games and Crafts activities!


  • Torok Family (Nail Decorating)
  • Chinniah-Moreno Family (Trick Or Treat Bag Decorating)
  • Gotlib Family (Jar Decorating)
  • Mitchneck-Gardy Family (Cupcake Decorating)


  • Anonymous Family (Monster Shock Wave)
  • Friedland-Zorek Family (Zombie Potty Toss)
  • Mastronardi Family (Go Fish)

Modell’s is holding shopping promotion from Oct. 21st to Nov. 17th. You will receive 15% off most items. PS 9 must spend a minimum of $500 during the 28 day shopping period to receive 5% back of the total purchases.  Please visit any Modell location and shop for some of your holiday needs. Click here to print out your coupon.  Please bring in the coupon to receive the discount.  Send this coupon to family and friends to use.


Parent Leader Times


Chancellor’s Message: “Welcome to the new school year. I hope you had an enjoyable and restful summer. The work you do for our schools is invaluable, and I am greatly looking forward to collaborating during the months ahead. That is why I am very excited to introduce you to the first issue of Parent Leader Times. This quarterly newsletter was created to serve as a dialogue between us. I encourage you to see your role as both cheerleader and essential member of a “think tank” for parents across the City. Please use this newsletter as a tool for that think tank. Read more.

PS9 is Recipient of 2016 Rohatyn Prize


This award validates the hard work we have been doing around our Peer Collaboration Initiative and will provide resources which will allow us to build upon our success. It is our goal to use this award to sustain and expand the work of our Peer Collaboration Initiative and to further the mission of PS9:

By creating and maintaining a team environment in which teachers, administrators and parents work with each child to help him/her meet exceptionally high academic standards consistent with the Chancellor’s initiatives, PS 9 strives to fulfill its mission, “EVERY CHILD IN PS 9 WILL SUCCEED.”

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 studentoffice.net, 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 studentoffice.net 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 studentoffice.net 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.