For Immediate Release Contact: Sheri Sankner
January 14, 2014 718-383-8998
P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont Elementary School Selected For Disney Musicals in the Schools Program
Greenpoint School is One of Five NYC Schools to Launch New Musical Theatre Program Sponsored by Disney
Brooklyn, NY…P.S. 31 elementary school students may be destined for the Great White Way in June 2014, thanks to winning a grant from Disney Musicals in the Schools. P.S. 31 was one of five schools selected from a pool of over 100 in the five boroughs. The new 18-week musical theatre program will launch this week at the school with the support of two professional Disney teaching artists, Kiara Danielle Brown and Amanda Grundy, who will guide the school’s teachers and administration in casting, directing, vocalizing, and choreographing a 30-minute Disney Production of Aladdin. The production will run at the school in late May. Those students participating will also perform with the other winning schools at a Broadway Share event in early June, with an exclusive musical/dance performance at The New Amsterdam Theatre on 42nd Street in Manhattan.
“We are very excited to receive this phenomenal theatre arts program from Disney,” said Principal Mary Scarlato. “It will be a great enrichment program for our fourth and fifth grade students interested in musical theatre, both on-stage and behind the scenes. It will also be a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together to support the arts in education.”
Approximately 100 students will have the opportunity to try-out for open auditions as well as work on props, settings, costumes, and technical support during this spring’s program. Auditions will begin January 23rd, and once the production is cast, students will commit to three hours a week of rehearsals and production work after school. P.S. 31 teachers, Sheri Sankner, Janet Zukowski, and Megan Jozefiak, will function as the production’s director, music director and choreographer.
Disney’s Aladdin Kids is a musical production based on the 1992 Disney film Aladdin. Alan Menken wrote the music, with lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The music has been adapted and arranged, with additional lyrics by Bryan Louiselle. The book is by David Simpatico.
P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont Elementary is located at 75 Meserole Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222. It is a Magnet School for the Arts and Humanities and a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
Project Green Machine Eco Team
T-Shirt Design Contest
P.S. 31 Teachers and Students -- We need your creativity!
P.S. 31 is hosting a contest to design a logo for our new Green Machine Eco Team t-shirts. The theme is the environment, so you can brainstorm ideas focused on plants, recycling, clean air and water, the Earth, etc. This is a great art project for your classrooms.
Just complete your drawings, illustrations, collages, or paintings by January 31st and submit them to Ms. Sankner in 2-213. Mrs. Scarlato and Ms. Berger will select the winning entry. The winner will receive a complimentary Go Green Team t-shirt and a special recognition award.
Our First Grade's Chicks Have Hatched!
January 14, 2014
Our first grade teachers in partnership with Quiver Farms have provided our students the opportunity to hatch chicks from eggs. Our mini hatcheries consist of heated incubators to warm the eggs. Our students observed how the eggs stayed warm in the incubator and when ready the chicks work hard to peck out of their eggs. After the chicks hatch, they stay warm with a heating lamp as well as keep each other warm by huddling together. Our students are excited as they learn to care for the chicks. At the end of the week Quiver Farms will pick up our chicks to bring them back to the farm. We will be sad to see them leave PS 31.
5th Graders Hold Class at Franklin Street Community Garden
On October 30th, 2013, Ege, one of our 5th grade students, hosted a composting workshop at the Franklin Street Community Garden. As a volunteer of the North Brooklyn Composting Project and Parks Department MilliontreesNYC Initiative, Ege wanted to share his knowledge of how to keep NYC green with his classmates. He wanted to show how to compost so that they would know how to prepare a community garden to grow vegetables.
Student had a tour of the community space which includes a vegetable garden. They tasted some herbs and planted Turkish filbert seeds in pots. Students are hoping to be able to plant them in the ground next year and harvest hazelnuts!
Thank you to Mrs. Ozbek, Ege, Mrs. Tapper and Mrs. Scarlato for organizing this special event. In the spring, other classes will visit the Franklin Street Community Garden.