WE LEARN AND EXPLORE AT PS204

1780 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10453  – Office Phone: 718-960-9520 – Office Fax: 718-960-9529

 

 

Welcome Back

September 1, 2022

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As principal of PS 204, it is my pleasure to welcome everyone back for another great year at PS 204. We are excited to have students back in our classrooms and hallways filling them with energy and enthusiasm for learning. At PS 204 we have great teachers who spend hours planning and creating classroom activities to engage our students in learning. Please note that the first day of school is Thursday, September 8th.  Pre-K and Kindergarten will have a transition schedule on 9/8,9/9 and 9/12 and the hours will be 9:00-11:30AM and will include breakfast and lunch. 

PLEASE NOTE THE NEW SCHOOL START and END TIMES for the 2022-2023 school year:

  • Breakfast is daily from 7:30-7:50AM.
  • The school day starts at 8:00AM- Any student arriving after 8:00AM will be marked late.
  • Dismissal is 2:10 PM for Pre-K and Kindergarten students and 2:20 PM for 1st-5th grade students. 

Arrival locations

All students enter through the main entrance doors. 

Pre K, Kindergarten, 4th and 5th grade students will be picked up by their teachers in the auditorium at 8:00 am, except for 502 

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade students will be picked up by their teachers in the cafeteria at 8:00AM. Dismissal Locations
  •  Pre -K and Kindergarten will be dismissed in the auditorium and parents will enter through the main entrance doors at 2:10 
  • 1st grade students will be dismissed in the cafeteria and parents will enter through the Tremont Avenue entrance at 2:20. 
  • 2nd grade students will be dismissed in the school yard and parents should enter through the Tremont Avenue entrance at 2:20. 
  • 3rd and 4th grade students will be dismissed through the main entrance and parents should meet them outside the main entrance of the building at 2:20.
  •  5th grade students will exit under the scaffold onto Macombs Avenue at 2:20. 

We hope that you will find our school website (www.ps204.org) helpful as well as our parent handbook that will be given to you on “Meet the Teacher Night” Thursday, September 15th 4:30-7:00PM. 

Please kindly be reminded that school uniforms are mandatory. Navy blue pants, sweatpants or skirt and a light blue shirt. Our PTA will be giving out free school uniforms to all parents that attend our monthly PTA meetings. Please join us on Tuesday, September 13th at 8:00 AM in our beautiful library for our first PTA meeting this school year. 

I am honored to serve as the Principal of PS 204 . It is truly a privilege to be a part of a community where parents, teachers and students care for each other and build positive relationships that support academic and social growth. Please feel free to contact me at 718 960-9520 Ext 1261 or email me ms.blatter@ps204.org

Sincerely,

Amanda Blatter

Principal

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Learning Begins With Us

Our Mission 
P.S. 204 is committed to creating a school culture that celebrates the identities and contributions of all community members. We value and acknowledge the cultural backgrounds of all and embrace the customs, traditions, and beliefs of children, families, and staff.

We believe that in order to create life-long learners, we must first provide opportunities where students feel safe and empowered. We work to cultivate an optimal learning environment where all voices are heard. At P.S. 204, we promote curiosity, self-advocacy, and academic rigor. Our goal is to spark a love for learning and to facilitate meaningful experiences that resonate with all our students.

Our Vision

P.S. 204 will cultivate a collaborative learning environment that promotes perseverance and inspires the love of learning. The vision of P.S. 204 is to engage students in meaningful, culturally relevant discourse that lays the groundwork for anti-racist practices.   Students take ownership of their learning and engage in meaningful discussions, and critical thinking while demonstrating empathy and kindness.

P.S. 204 seeks to create a space where students are encouraged to reflect upon their experiences and identities while considering multiple perspectives of historical accounts from diverse voices.  We define diversity as a focus on racial identity, linguistic background, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, academic ability, family structure, and religion. We consider these to be assets in teaching and learning. 

 It is our responsibility to prepare our students to be the future leaders of the world they will inherit. 

Philosophy

Priority Focus
We will work across the content areas to create opportunities that will enable students to engage in authentic discussions, invite comments from their classmates, and challenge one another’s thinking.
Theory of Action
When students are engaged in the discussion it enhances their motivation, fosters their intellectual agility, provides opportunities for using evidence, and defending or changing their positions.

Our Principal

Welcome to the PS 204 website. The purpose of this webpage is to provide parents, students, and our school community with easy access to our programs, policies, and activities.
PS 204 is a great place to teach and learn! Our teachers are committed to a high-quality learning experience focused on the individual needs of each child. We are striving to be creative and innovative in our instruction to engage students in their learning through the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Eureka Mathematics, Amplify Science, and Passports for Social Studies. We use Brain Power to support our student’s social and emotional needs.
PS 204, is located in the Morris heights community in the Bronx and serves approximately 550 students in grades Pre K -5th grade. Our school community has a long-standing tradition of excellence in academics. As a District 9 school, we are committed to our District mission which has an unyielding commitment to excellence and equity grounded in strategic collaborative relationships, leadership development, and community empowerment, will provide a rigorous, student-centered approach to teaching and learning that cultivates the genius, and is responsive to the intellectual, developmental, social and cultural needs, of all learners.
We are unconditionally committed to providing the best possible educational program to our students. We believe that there are numerous opportunities, both within our curricula and through extracurricular activities, for our students to gain the skills that will allow them to be successful in their lives after Elementary School.

Standards of Focus
The New York State Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards of each grade focus on the following indicators. Learn more 
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Curriculum Overview

The Champion School aims at offering all our students a broad and balanced curriculum that provides rewarding and stimulating activities to prepare them for the best social and cultural life.

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