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PS 84 adds ASD Nest program

PS 84 has been approved an ASD Nest Program for the following school year and will be the only school in this area to provide such services. 

The ASD Nest program is an Integrated Co-Teaching program for higher functioning children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Nestled within supportive neighborhood schools, the ASD Nest program helps children learn how to function well academically, behaviorally and socially in school and in their community. The ASD Nest program provides a therapeutic environment in which the requisite supports are provided by a transdisciplinary team of specially trained educators and therapists. 


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December PTA Meeting Update

Hi - Welcome the PTA and Parents section of PS 84's website!

This first post will be a quick review of last month's PTA meeting highlights.


The fourth grade ballroom dancers were given a shout out for their Gold win in the local ballroom dancing competition held this year at PS84.  They went on to get a silver in the finals.  Fourth grade teacher, Ms. Colaianni, worked with the Dancing Classrooms personnel ( and the students to help make their success possible.  The funding for the competition was supplied by the proceeds of our Marathon Bake Sale fund raiser.


The Family Portrait fund raiser made $1325.00.  Big shout out to photographer and parent, Daphne Youree, who both organized the event and took the pictures!


Our recyclable arts center is a reality.  Donate your recyclables in the wonderful train created by arts teacher, Mr. Soto, and they will be placed the materials center room on the first floor.  If you haven't checked out the room yet, go see it!  Many parents worked along side Mr. Soto to clean out that room as well as the additional library room and the updated music room.  Major thanks to parent Louisa Thompson who conceived of and is running the materials program and thanks also to the other parent volunteers who cleaned up the rooms:  Klaus Rosburg, Elka Nikolova, Vivien Moses, Dolores Zarilla, Stephanie Anderson, Susan Golub, and PTA president, Ileana Santos-Moya.   Another big thank you to parents Cristina Miragem Dodd and Stella Metzner who donated a substantial amount of arts supplies from their store, Space Craft.

Follow up - Kids are already using the materials.  Pre-k students are designing trucks that will be built out of our donated recyclables for instance.


Third grade teacher, Ms. Pecoraro, was on hand to discuss the efforts of her third grade class to collect and distribute items to Brooklyn Animal Coalition (  They were able to collect a great deal of helpful items and delivered them to BARC last month.  Local paper, Greenline, did a wonderful piece on the kids:


Second grade teacher, Ms. Vizcaino, was also at the PTA meeting and discussed her efforts with parent, Elka Nikolova, to write additional grants for the school.  If you would like to join the grant writing committee, contact:  Elka Nikolova:


Elka Nikolova is also working on a spring benefit fund raiser with parent Courtney Smith to raise money for the Marquis Studio program for 2012/13.  If you'd like to join contact Elka.


Principal Rodriguez and parent, Heather Langsner, discussed the work being done by the roof top garden committee.  Currently, there is an energy assessment being done on how to conserve electricity and how to save energy and money in the school.  Besides being more environmentally friendly, we are going to try to use the savings to help fund our new roof garden.  If you have an interest in this committee, please contact Principal Rodriguez directly.


We also discussed how to improve communication both to prospective parents and current parents.  We decided to change the tours somewhat, and to add certain features to our website. 


Follow up - For the tours, a power point presentation was developed by parent Jennifer Tracy and then worked on and executed by Asst. Principal LaCioppa.   The website committee had an opportunity to meet with Fifth grade teacher, John Frezza, who will be updating school information on the site.  Parent and website designer, Peter Calvin, added a calendar, this newsletter blog, and expanded the classrooms section.  He also gave a training session.  If you would like to join the website committee, contact Stephanie Anderson: 

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