PS 133 William A. Butler School   |    610 Baltic Street Brooklyn, NY 11217   |   p. (718) 398-5320    |   f. (718) 398-5325
 

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The PTA will spend at least $300 per child this year to help fund many of the inspiring programs that help give our students a well-rounded education including:

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!


PTA Funded Enrichment Programs/Initiatives

Studio in a School

studio_school_logoThe 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.


Kids Orbit

kidsorbit.LogoSince 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!


A Theatre for a New Audience

PS133 is excited to embark on another year working with A Theatre for a New Audience.  A TFANA-trained teaching artist works in partnership with the classroom teachers and in tandem with ELA curriculum to lead dramatic writing, activities, and performance with our 4th and 5th-grade students. Students are introduced to and learn about plot, themes, language, and characters of a play. Our 4th graders participate in TFANA’s New Voices Project, which engages students in their own artistic process as they create and rehearse their own original play which is then performed by professional actors in a staged reading at PS133’s auditorium. In the World Theater Project, our 5th graders are introduced to classical texts (Shakespeare, Wilder, etc), see a play at TFANA’s Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Fort Greene and then write and act in their own interpretation of it.


Creative States NYC

Creative Stages NYC logoCreative 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.


Teacher Grants

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.


Classroom Support

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 from 2:45-4:00 p.m.