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Follow up on the Trout in the Classroom Grant


After getting the Trout in the Classroom grant last year, PS 84 students are participating in the program led by Mr. Nocera and Mr. Leslie, the science teachers.


Trout in the Classroom is a conservation-oriented environmental education program for elementary, middle, and high school students. Through the school year, students raise trout from eggs to fry and then release them into approved cold water streams and lakes. This act of raising, monitoring, and caring for young trout fosters a conservation ethic within participating students and promotes an understanding of their shared water resources. While the immediate goal of Trout in the Classroom is to increase student knowledge of water quality and cold water conservation, its long-term goal is to reconnect an increasingly urbanized population of youth to the system of streams, rivers, and watersheds that sustain them.


As a group, students will work together with the school's art teacher to create a movable mural of the trout's habitat and the watershed ecosystem that can be displayed at several events at the school.  Students will develop a creative presentation to share what they have learned with their parents through visual arts, stories, scientific displays and more. A follow-up activity will focus on how students can conserve and protect the watershed streams. 

PS 84 Recipient of Book Donation

This year, we participated in the Books 4 Our School contest, and due to the high number of votes recevied, PS 84 came in third!


PS 84 is getting a donation of apporximately 100 books from the Brooke Jackman Foundation and NYMetroParents. Together, these organizations foster literacy throught the New York city metro area.


Throughout April, parents demonstrated their commitment to children's literacy by working within their neighborhoods to garner the most votes for their children's school. 


Thanks go out to fund raising committee head Elka Nikolova for publicizing this contest and working to get all the votes. Great job!


PS 84 Wins Grow to Learn Grant


Thanks to Parent Heather Langsner, PS 84 is the proud recipient of the Grow to Learn NYC Mini-Grant.  We will get $2000.00 to use toward our school garden.  PS 84 beat out 42 other applicants!


This grant was made possible by the Grow to Learn NYC program.  


If you visit their site, you can learn how creating a garden is the first step towards the ultimate goal -- teaching students and helping them learn through the unique activities of building and maintaining a school garden. 


The benefits of a school garden include:

A change in eating habits

Improved academics

Connection to the environment

Fighting obesity

Promoting physical activity

A change in attitudes toward learning.


Congratulations to Heather - thank you so much!


Glad to announce that through the efforts of parents Molly Findlay, Stella Metzner and Jasmine Astronomo, PS 84 has just won a grant from Build it Green NYC!.

We will receive 240 linear feet of reclaimed scaffolding boards to be used in our continuing greening of the school - in this case, probably in our garden areas. 

Build it Green NYC! collects old scaffolding and through their BIG!Blooms grant program, makes it available to school gardens.  As they say on their site:

"Ever wonder what happens when the ugly scaffolding in front of your favorite corner store comes down? Well, after the scaffolding has been used for construction purposes, it is retired and sent to a landfill. Build It Green!NYC saw an opportunity to help divert the wood from the waste stream and provide free materials to local gardens...

BIG!Blooms began last year, and has already diverted 3,000 boards of scaffolding lumber to be used as raised garden beds, tree guards, and compost bins for local community and school gardens".

Great news and thanks to the parents who made this happen!



-Saturday, June 2nd, from 11am to 4pm will be our 2nd annual garden party fundraiser. 

-To volunteer to work at the Garden Party, email Diana Zelvin :
-To volunteer to make food for the event, email Ileana Santos-Moya :
    We will need side dishes.

-There will also be the unveiling of the plans at the party for the school's new rooftop greenhouse classroom featuring a state of the art hydroponic laboratory.  The curriculum will begin this September in the science classes.  This is a continuation of PS 84's greening of the school and of its commitment to a strong science program aided by this year's new early morning enrichment science class.

-We are forming a nominating committee to run the elections for next year's executive officers and school leadership team (SLT).  If you want to run for office, you cannot be on the nominating committee, but you should start to write up something presenting yourself and what you'd like to do if elected.  Anyone interested in being on the committee should contact Ileana Santos-Moya :

- El Puente will be creating a wonderful mural for the school.  They will be donating their time and funding half of the needed supplies.  They did host a meeting and our kids came up with some great deas.  Look for updates about this in the future.

-There will a father/daughter event on Friday, June 15th.  Hoping to also host a mother/son event.

Fundraising information:

-Our First Ever Gala Auction was a tremendous success:  Over 250 people attended the party, and we raised over $25,000.
-Our Direct Donations Campaign is still ongoing. To donate money towards the direct appeal, go online to and give thru paypal. Or, you can send a check written to PS 84 PTA .

-Matching donations: If you work for a company which has matching grants, please consider asking them to match your contribution to P.S. 84.  Also, we are looking for a parent with a business experience to help us in soliciting funds from businesses. If you are interested in helping please contact
Elka Nikolova :

-Trout in the Classroom: Thanks to the grant writing efforts of parent Meredith Barish, starting in the fall, PS 84’s children will begin a very exciting program: Trout in the Classroom where they will raise and later on release trout fish in to the wild.

- Music grant: Parent Chris Tokar worked on an application to the Baker Foundation for $25,000 towards our music program. We will receive updates once the decision is made.

- Boxtops for Education Fundraiser: We are collecting box tops cutouts and shopping online to earn money for our school. So far, we have earned $413.29 towards our goal of $1000 this year. We have 48 parents and supporters registered at the Boxtops for Education website but we need more. Please register at and choose P.S. 84 as your school to support.  Then, every time you shop online thru the boxstops website, you earn money for P.S. 84! 

- Books4ourschool Fundraiser: Our school came in third on the Books4ourschools fundraiser, and we will get 100 new books to add to our library collection. Thank you to all who voted for PS 84.


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