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PS 84 and the Muralists are in the news!


PS 84's mural is in the news!
El Diaro NY wrote about our mural project:
A wall of PS 84, at the intersection of South First Street and Berry of Los Sures, has become a huge canvas for fourth and fifth grade. 
With the help of the group "Muralists" El Puente High School, and artist Joe Matunis, young artists will ... give life to a new work that builds on the mural of the Brooklyn Latin Quarter. 
"Diversity, sustainability, art and community are concepts in our school and we wanted to represent in that mural," said the Principal of PS 84, Sereida Rodriguez.
Added a photo from one of the community painting days.





PS 84 and El Puente Academy are working together on a Community Mural.  Theme is NurtureNature, based on community and gardening, inspired by drawings created by PS 84 kids and families.


There were several school meetings eliciting ideas from parents and students. El Puente Academy students along with El Puente Muralist have been working with PS 84's 4th and 5th grade students in creating a mural that represents the school.


Many of you are probably familiar with the El Puente Murals   - they have completed projects all over our area for many years.   Here's a link:


Headed by Joe Matunis, the Murals project combines community awareness about various social issues with creativity to give students a chance to create a meaningful art project while learning how they are part of something bigger than themselves.  


Community Painting days:

7/14, Saturday 2-4

7/18, Wednesday 1pm-3pm

@ PS 84 250 Berry, between Grand and S. 1st Street


All Community Families are welcome.





-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.


Another great initiative!  This time by Pre-K parent, Molly Findlay.

She has gotten started a mural in our playground, and the first phase has been completed, see the attached photo!

Molly was able to get paint donated by the 11th street Workshop (they just moved to our neighborhood and wanted to get involved).  Then, she enlisted the help of Diego, a teacher at Mi Escuelita, to do the initial painting.  He even enticed a friend to come along and help!

It would be great to get trees and nature scenes from anybody who feels inspired.  There is a lot of space to cover. Molly made a suggestion that perhaps every kid could have their bird, but wants to hear your ideas too.   She thinks it could be continually evolving, but insists that it doesn't have to be anything too precious, so join in! 



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