Count Me In

Does your employer sponsor a
matching gift program?

A Little Goes a Long Way

You know, there may be things you already do that can help raise money for PS 9. Do you ever shop at West Side Kids? Or or Target? Do you fill prescriptions? Have a look at the ways you can earn money for PS 9 without spending any additional funds yourself.

Check our Community Partners page for ongoing updates from Scot Steinberg.

Shop from here...
...and earn dollars for PS 9!

Groovy Night: Friday, Jan 30th, 6:15-8pm

Groovy Night



Tae Kwan Do



Dance Floor


Have dinner at the Groovy Night Cafe. We need lots of delicious and healthy donations to fuel hungry groovers! Sign up to bring food or contact Jennifer at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Volunteer to help with the big night! We are lucky to have lots of community sponsors showing the kids a good time, but we still need parents to lend a hand to help keep the night safe while watching the fun. Sign up to volunteer.


Get your advance sale Speedy-pass bracelets at this Friday's PA meeting or at drop off on January 30th. $5 per person, same as at the door.


All children must be accompanied by an adult. No exceptions.


A Gig to Benefit PS9: Saturday, Jan 31st, 5-7pm

PS9 parent Maren Waxenberg's band Bluestone 739 is all about rendering old time folk, bluegrass and good time music. Fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele accompany vocals in the old tradition. Come out to support PS9 and hear Big Rock Candy Mountain, Wabash Cannonball, Red River Valley, Home on the Range, Golden Slippers and the like. $10 adults, $5 kids at the door. Students are welcome with their families.


Saturday, January 31st, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

West End Lounge at 107th Street and Broadway


We Want Your PS9 Photos!

The yearbook is a wonderful keepsake of our kids' time at PS 9, but to create those lovely pages of memories, the Yearbook Committee needs lots of PS 9 photos.



We are interested in photos from:

First Day of School
Halloween Hop
Movie Night
Groovy Night
Field Trips
Field Days
Publishing Parties
Auction Night
Spring Fair
Parents on Stage
Art Night (from last year)


You already have some of these photos (such as First Day of School, Halloween Hop, Movie Night and Field Trips), so please send them to us, so we can start working on those pages. Here's how: yearbook photo upload instructions


Fifth Grade Families: a significant part of the yearbook is dedicated to 5th graders, so an extra special effort is required of you: we need all of the above, plus photos from your kids in past years at PS 9 (from kindergarten through the current year).


Please note: All photos for the yearbook must be PS9-related. We cannot use photos from birthday parties, play dates, etc. Photos must be taken at school or on a PS9-related event.


The PS9 Composting Challenge: now through June 2015

As a country we are generally not aware of the volume of food we waste. Composting is a great way to take responsibility for potential waste by creating valuable soil nutrients from what would otherwise go into the garbage and then to landfill. The PS9 Composting Challenge, running from now through June, will make us all more aware of and responsible for our food waste.


What is the challenge? Look for details in your child's red folder or read here:



Math at Home, School and in the Community

"The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics consist of two parts--the Mathematical Practices and the Mathematical Content standards. Often the Math Practices are simply overlooked in order to get to the 'meat and potatoes' of your child’s grade level expectations. But Math is not just about content. The way you think about Mathematics is key to deeper understandings being built and developed...." Read more about this and ways to support your children in math at home in Liz Irwin's Fall Family Math Newsletter.


Dr. Liz Irwin, educational development consultant, spoke at the November PA meeting about the math learning mindset. Here are her presentation slides.  Also view the video she referenced on math and brain plasticity. Fascinating and enlightening. Thank you!!


Also discussed at the November meeting were the recent School Quality Snapshot results for PS9.