Elementary Schools

Opportunities announced the week of Tuesday, September 30, 2014 (in chronological order)

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Elementary and Middle Schools: Project Green Reach (PGR)

Event: Fall Semester begins week of October 6, 2014
Contact: Sara Epstein /718-623-7358

PGR is Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s (BBG) outreach program to Title I K-8 schools in Brooklyn. A PGR semester consists of two teacher workshops at BBG, one 90-minute in class lesson including hands-on plant investigation and a plant per student, one 60-minute guided tour of BBG (buses provided), and materials and support for a school community planting project. BBG works with two classes per school. The total fee is $200. More information and a link to the application can be found here.


Elementary and High Schools: Yo-Dan-Nastics™ (blend of yoga, dance, and gymnastics) classes for children, teens, and adults

Registration Deadline: October 10, 2014
Event: 15 Week Program starts October 6, 2014 and ends February 2, 2015
Contact: Paul Keoni Chun/ 212-643-9013

Ever wish you could walk upside down on your hands or do a somersault? Release tension in your body? Quiet down your mind and experience inner peace? Teachers, would you like to learn techniques to help your students to focus better? If so, come learn the movement art of Yo-Dan-Nastics™! Currently, classes are available for children 3 - 9 years, teens 16 years and older, adults, and special needs individuals. Classes are held at DaNY Studios, 305 West 38th St., in Manhattan. There is a $150 fee for entire session; a special fee of $30 is available for qualifying low-income individuals (conditions apply). Space is limited; register early. For further information and/or to register, please click here.  


Elementary Schools: WonderWalk for March of Dimes!

Registration Deadline: October 10, 2014
Contact: Michelle LoFaso/ 212-353-8368

Elementary schools are invited to participate in WonderWalks, a safe, fun and educational way to introduce community service to students. After learning about March of Dimes and collecting donations, students will get to march in a celebratory parade around school grounds on a date of the school’s choosing (typically around Halloween). For more information, click here or contact Michelle LoFaso.


Elementary Schools: Fundations Professional Development Sessions

Registeration Deadline: October 10, 2014
Event: October 15, 2014
Contact: Kira Bonn

Elementary school administrators, coaches, and teachers at schools that purchased Wilson’s Fundations through the Core Curriculum ordering process are invited to attend free Fundations professional development (PD) training sessions on October 15th from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. This Fundations Introductory Workshop provides practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching the Fundations curriculum, including a practical, how-to overview of the curriculum and materials. Additional information, including a link to register, is available here. To register follow these steps: Navigate to http://www.wilsonlanguage.com/register, then enter the Access Code for the Fundations workshop you wish to attend (Fundations Level K Workshop – Access Code is D43DFD91, Fundations Level 1 Workshop – Access Code is 4180CF4D, and Fundations Level 2 Workshop – Access Code is 0E7F30C1). Then complete and submit the form and check your email for confirmation. PRINT A COPY OF THE CONFIRMATION, AS THIS IS YOUR REQUIRED REGISTRATION TICKET FOR THE WORKSHOP. If you have any questions, please email info@wilsonlanguage.com or call Customer Service at 800-899-8454. Customer Service hours are Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:00PMEST.


Elementary and Middle Schools: Register for Daily News Spelling Bee Competition

Registration Deadline: October 15, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Benjamin

Educators are invited to register their school to participate in the Daily News New York City Spelling Bee Competition; the deadline for New York City schools is October 15 and the registration fee is $113. During registration, educators will be asked to identify a spelling bee coordinator for their school. In addition to other tasks that will be communicated after registration, your spelling bee coordinator will receive online access to Spellingbee.com with resources for your spelling bee program. Note that you must hold your school’s spelling bee by November 21. To register your school, click here. For more information, see here; please note that the extended deadline on the website does not apply to New York City schools.