News and Updates
January 10, 2020: College Awareness Day!
Schools in all five boroughs will be celebrating College Awareness Day. College Awareness Day aims to promote the college conversation in all of our schools, and illustrates that it is critical for students to be thinking and dreaming about their futures.
PS 34 students and staff are encouraged to participate by wearing college t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and other college-related apparel tomorrow from a school they are proud of, attended, would like to attend or a family member has attended. Whatever your connection to the college, we encourage you to show your spirit on Friday.
PS 34 Photo Days! January 13, 2019: 5th-grade cap and gown portraits and re-take day for absent students.
Up coming Events
REVISED DATE: January 23, 2020 Where: MS 126 Cafeteria (424 Leonard St, Brooklyn, NY 11222) Time: 5:00-7:30 pm We are POSTPONING our celebration of cultures from December 10 to the New Year January 23, 2020! It will be a night of cultural traditions, food and fun. We need your help to make our celebration a success! We are looking for performances, assistance, and contributions to our spectacular event. (If you have previously submitted the form for the previous date please resubmit or let us know if you can still contribute for the new date.)
- We will be asking families for contributions of ethnic dishes that represent your culture and other items.
- We are looking for families who would like to contribute a cultural performance, cultural instrumental performance and/or song.
- We also welcome families who would like to introduce and work on a cultural craft at the event.
94th Precinct Community Council Meeting: 7 PM 1st Wednesday excluding July, August & December. St. John's Lutheran Church, 155 Milton Street, Greenpoint
PS 34 Debate Team
PS 34 Debate Team, the 1st place winning school team in District 14 , November 23, 2019
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PS 34 in The News and Videos
Spot Light on Schools: Click on the following link to see our D14 schools spotlighted
Our Green STEM Afterschool students got to “network” with the architects and builders from Marble Fairbanks, who are planning and building the new LEED certified library; checked out the “golden shovel” with the President of Brooklyn Public Library, Linda Johnson; our Press Team, Madison & Ixchel were busy interviewing attendees; and Lana even got some advice from Deputy Brooklyn Borough President, Diana Reyna, on middle school selection. Take a look at: Greenpoint Star, bklyner, greenpointers
Important Information from the Department of Education Regarding Lead Paint
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In New York City public schools, it is our priority to keep kids healthy and safe. To protect children under six years of age from exposure to lead, the Division of School Facilities regularly looks for peeling paint in classrooms. That’s because peeling lead-based paint (which can be present in older school buildings) can present a risk of lead exposure, especially for children under age six. We are sparing no effort to ensure that wherever there may be potential exposure, it is immediately remediated. The Division of School Facilities recently conducted inspections in all school buildings serving children under age 6 to identify peeling or damaged paint. Any identified peeling or damaged paint is in the process of being repaired before the first day of school through a rigorous remediation process. You can see results of the inspection online at www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/lead-based-paint/. Children under 3 years old are the most susceptible and vulnerable to the health effects of lead, and children under age 6 are at higher risk than older children. Discuss your child’s health history with their doctor to determine if blood lead testing is appropriate. To secure free testing or to find a doctor, call 311. If you have any questions, please visit our website at www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/lead-based-paint. Sincerely, Office of the Chief Operating Officer Additional Information on Lead Exposure- www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/lead-based-paint
What are the health effects of lead?
Lead is a metal that can harm children and adults when it gets into their bodies. Lead is a known neurotoxin, particularly harmful to the developing brain and nervous system of children under 6 years old. Lead can harm a young child's growth, behavior, and ability to learn. Lead exposure during pregnancy may contribute to low birth weight and developmental delays in infants. There are many sources of lead exposure in the environment, and it is important to reduce all lead exposures as much as possible. Water testing helps identify and correct possible sources of lead that contribute to exposure from drinking water.
What are the other sources of lead exposure?
Lead is a metal that has been used for centuries for many purposes, resulting in the widespread distribution in the environment. Major sources of lead exposure include lead-based paint in older housing and lead that built up over decades in soil and dust due to historical use
of lead in gasoline, paint, and manufacturing. Lead can also be found in a number of consumer products, including certain types of pottery, pewter, brass fixtures, foods, plumbing materials, and cosmetics. Lead seldom occurs naturally in water supplies but drinking water could become a possible source of lead exposure if the building’s plumbing contains lead. The primary source of lead exposure for most children with elevated blood-lead levels is lead-based paint.
Who is at risk for lead poisoning?
Children under 3 years of age are the most susceptible and vulnerable to the health effects of lead. Lead also poses a risk to the developing fetus. Exposure to lead may interfere with a child's growth and development.
What do we know about rates of lead poisoning in NYC children?
Rates of lead poisoning among NYC children have been falling. In 2015, 5,371 New York City children younger than 6 years of age were identified with blood lead levels of 5 mcg/dL or greater. This represents an 18% decline from 2014 when there were 6,550 children with blood lead levels of 5 mcg/dL or greater, and an 86% decline since 2005 when there were 37,344 children with blood lead levels of 5mcg/dL or greater.
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For information about NYS Department of Health Lead Poisoning Prevention, go to: http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/
For more information on blood lead testing and ways to reduce your child’s risk of exposure to lead, see “What Your Child’s Blood Lead Test Means”:
http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2526/ (available in ten languages
2019-2020 Class & Dismissal
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PS 34 Mission Statement
At PS 34 we are committed to the academic success of every child. The school’s mission is to teach a rigorous academic curriculum, complimented by a wide range of enrichment opportunities, inclusive of the arts, in a supportive and safe environment. Our students are challenged to become lifelong learners who are well prepared for the demands of the 21st century. We believe the high expectations of today will nurture successful and productive citizens of tomorrow. As a community of professional learners we empower our students to grow academically by teaching them critical and analytical thinking skills in full alignment with state and national standards. Supported by and in collaboration with families and community members, we expect students to aim high by addressing the individual needs of diverse learners and by strengthening the development of a well-rounded child who is fully prepared for their educational complexities beyond elementary school.