Last summer, Darla Childs, a Greenpoint resident of 16 years, was ready to leave the neighborhood. After months of trying to get her son into a Pre-K program at neighborhood public schools, she was at her wit’s end.
“He’s supposed to go to school in a month and we’re not enrolled anywhere,” she said in an interview with Greenpointers. Childs’ son, who has severe food allergies, had only been offered a seat in East Williamsburg, a 45-minute walk from her home.
“I need him to be at a school that’s within walking distance so that I can meet an ambulance if there’s an emergency,” she explained.
Childs’ difficulty in enrolling her son in a nearby public school reflects a growing problem in Greenpoint. Despite statistics from the Department of Education (DOE) that depict a large swath of northern Brooklyn as under capacity, Greenpoint’s Pre-K and elementary schools are filled to the brim, parents and elected officials say. Continue reading →
This is your One-Stop shop for all things Gala! Our Third Annual Spring Gala will be a Neon Party, held on April 4th, 2019 at Greenpoint Loft, 67 West Street, 5th Floor.
The Kids’ Dance Party will be from 2:30pm-5pm. Tickets are $10 for the 1st child, $5 for each additional child in your immediate family. Food and drink will be available for purchase, as well as a few select activities.
The Adults-Only Neon Party will be from 7pm-11pm. Early bird tickets are $45 for a single; $80 for a couple. Regular tickets will be $50 for a single; $90 for a couple. Teachers, administration, and staff from PS 31 will be welcomed in for FREE. You can buy tickets TODAY.
Happy first day of school, Greenpoint! This year, the local conservationists at Newtown Creek Alliance are bringing the creek to the curriculum as part of the National Wildlife Federation’s Greenpoint EcoSchools initiative.
NCA will pioneer its new STEM Urban Ecology curriculum in the four Greenpoint Public schools: PS 31, PS 34, PS 110, and MS 126. The learning modules and field trips, designed for elementary and middle school students, cover Flora and Fauna relationships, invasive and native species, topography, water and soil quality, ecological health and legacy and ongoing pollution sources.
Each lesson will culminate in a “design based applied learning project,” and NCA staff will serve as expert guides, leading classes through related activities and offering guest lecturers in the classroom. Continue reading →