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The PS133 Annual Appeal supports an inspiring education for all of our students. This year your PTA will spend at least $350 per student to supplement the budget provided by the Department of Education.
The money we raise helps fund many of the inspiring programs that give our students a well-rounded education. We will provide approximately:
- Art through Studio in a School ($60,000)
- Lunch & Recess Support through Kids Orbit ($73,000)
- Residencies for gardening, performing arts, music, and more ($50,000)
- Teacher Grants for special projects and professional development ($9,000)
- Classroom Libraries/Supplemental Supplies Support ($5,000)
- Library Open Hours ($8,000)
The PTA also supports various community building and cultural appreciation events throughout the year, such as Grandparents Day, World Cultural Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, Boohoo/Yahoo Breakfast, Playground Playdate for New Families, Desayuno en español, and so much more!
Donations of every size are welcome and appreciated. If 100% of families contribute, we can easily meet our target—to raise $100,000 by December 31.
Every amount counts and brings us closer to our goal.
We accept cash donations and checks payable to The PTA of PS133K. For online donations, go to http://ps133brooklyn.org/annual-appeal/.
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PTA Funded Enrichment Programs/Initiatives
Studio in a School
The PTA pays for 100% of the Studio in a School program costs as well as the Studio Aide. Our growing school has 36 classes this year, so we are able to give all classes Grades K-5 at least one semester (half a year) in our dedicated Art Studio. Our partnership with Studio is perfect for PS 133 because a major focus of their program is teaching teachers how to incorporate art-making into their classrooms on a regular basis. Having Studio at PS 133 solidifies our commitment to art and gives our students exposure to art, both in the studio and in their classrooms. Our full-time Studio artist-in-residence for Studio in a School is Noel Copeland. Look for our Studio in a School Parent Workshop, where families can come to the studio to create art together.
Since 2015, the PTA has funded additional staff in the cafeteria and recess yard through a partnership with Kids Orbit. The PTA covers the cost of Kids Orbit staff, who support the regular PS133 lunch duty staff and parent volunteers during lunch and recess. Kids Orbit counselors help make the critical transitions to and from the cafeteria go smoothly, providing students with sufficient time to eat lunch, and oversees recess to make sure it is safe and fun!
Creative Stages NYC
Creative States NYC brings their mission improve educational success by using theatre arts instruction as a method of personalizing and embodying educational content across the curriculum, to 3rd graders at PS 133. As part of this unique program, inspired by the famous Russian actor Michael Chekhov and developed over many years by Arts Education experts, all 3rd-grade students will study an international folktale, chosen by their teachers. All sessions will be led in the classroom by a team of professional actors and Teaching Artists. Early sessions of the drama program will focus on developing acting and performance vocabulary while introducing the folk tale. Students will work on the acting skills of gesture, pose, and emotional expression while being introduced to the literary idea of archetype characters. Midway through the residency, the students will direct their TA’s, along with another guest artist, in a scene from The Odyssey. This is an opportunity for them to apply their theater skills to the beginning, middle, and end of a rehearsal process. Then they will move into the rehearsal phase of the residency, with students collaborating to learn to move, speak, and make interpretive decisions about their character. The concept of “choral character teams” is used to build ensemble and teamwork; not one student plays a role, but many, in unison. The aim is that, through the use of character development, collaboration, and self-reflection, students will gain important social/emotional skills, and understand multiple perspectives, while learning a content that supports the 3rd-grade curriculum.
The Urban Children’s Choir (UCC) is a contemporary singing project based in Brooklyn, NY. The group is for children aged 7 – 10 years old and is open to young people of all ability levels…. No audition is necessary! The group rehearses and perform songs, in harmony, from a range of musical genres, including: Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Urban, Gospel, World and Jazz. The sessions are low-cost and designed to be accessible, fast –paced, engaging and fun, giving children the opportunity to develop their confidence and skills, evolve as vocalists and have a great time through singing in a positive and collaborative environment. If your child loves to sing, wants to develop his or her voice and have a great time through learning music… then the Urban Children’s choir is the program for them!
The Pixel Academy offers a unique learning experience for kids and teens, ages 7-16. Our project-based approach encourages exploration and creativity with cutting-edge technologies that most students don’t get at school. So Pixel Academy members will be a step ahead of their peers in a future driven by tech innovation.
S’Cool Sounds (SCS) provides hands-on music instruction for K-12 children through classroom teaching and after school programs. Emphasizing cross-cultural musical training, students learn to play recorders and percussion – universal instruments easily learned in the beginning stages – and quickly come together into vibrantly functioning musical ensembles. Classroom activities include songs, dances, and singing games that integrate physical, aural, and language skills. Our lesson plans aim to nurture music creation, participation, performance, and analysis while contributing to students’ success in school by strengthening literacy, mathematics, science, motor, socialization and other cognitive skills. Teaching materials focus on regional and world music to celebrate local traditions and act as a primary gateway through which students explore musical resources, develop critical responses, and gain cultural sensitivity.
Marquis Studios is a 39‐year‐old nonprofit organization providing arts education services to more than 130 New York City public schools. We serve diverse populations. 80% of program participants live at or below the poverty line, and as the Kennedy Center VSA NYC Affiliate organization, more than half of our grant-funded programs serve students with disabilities. We offer a full spectrum of residencies which encourages student exploration of visual arts, theater, music, dance, architecture, circus arts, and puppetry. Our goal is to develop a passion for creative learning in each and every child allowing students to reach their full potential.
We teach kids about the power of gardening. We teach kids to grow their own organic food- both indoors and outdoors. But we also teach them to use half the space to garden for wildlife. We can walk into a supermarket and buy food. A bee can’t. We teach kids about every single tree around them- the edible leaves of the Linden and the delicious fruits on the hackberry, but we also teach them that these amazing trees reduce asthma and noise levels, provide food and shelter for so many animals, live together in communitites, and kindly help us relax. The kids adopt and care for our neighborhood trees. We teach kids how to use plants to make their own lotions. The kids take home their own lotions or sprays every year. We teach kids about the animals around them by growing native plants that help rare, threatened, and endangered animals survive a tough city full of invasive plants and concrete. We teach kids to look outside themselves and their own needs by caring for neighborhood trees, planting natives, planting for wildlife, visiting and learning about our community gardens, and learning about how we can care for plants while helping reduce CSOs, pollution and soil erosion.
Gardening and nature classes are science, math, music, history, movement, social studies and nature therapy. Kids walk away feeling empowered, not only by growing and eating their own organic food, but by growing native plants to help our native animals. It’s one thing to teach kids about the Monarch butterfly. It’s another thing to have them plant the only plant in the world she can lay her eggs on, and walk away knowing they made a difference.
Teachers can apply for small grants from the PTA, which can cover professional development, creative initiatives for their classroom, or basic support to encourage learning. Teachers can apply alone or in small groups, and projects may impact one or more classes.
Each year the PTA earmarks funds to enhance classroom libraries, including dual language offerings, and provide funds to cover supplemental teacher supplies.
Library Open Hours
In 2016, the PTA began providing funds which allow the library to be open once a week after school. Open library hours provides students the ability to borrow books using a library card, use the computers and enjoy a safe place to read and study. Hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 – 4:00 p.m.