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Petition Calls For Williamsburg’s PS 132 to “Dismantle Institutionalized Racism”

 

An online petition circulated by local parents that calls for PS 132 (320 Manhattan Ave.) to “dismantle institutionalized racism” has gained over 3,000 signatures.

The petition urges the Williamsburg school, which teaches Pre-K through 5th grade students, to implement an anti-racist curriculum and to fill vacant teaching position with “Black and Brown applicants until the share of Black and Brown teachers aligns with the proportion of students in the school.”

Demands also include for PS 132 to desegregate all classrooms representative of the student body, “by aligning the percentage of Black and Brown students in each class in the school with the proportion of Black and Brown students in the school.”

Administrators at PS 132 allegedly pressured the non-profit organization PS 132 Parent Teachers Association to remain neutral with social media posts over the Black Lives Matter movement which gained momentum following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, according to the petition: Continue reading

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New Greenpoint School Meeting Happening Wednesday (12/18)

A vacant lot across from the Nuhart Plastics Superfund site has been debated as a potential site for a new Greenpoint school for years.

A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday regarding the plans for a new elementary school in Greenpoint.

The local school shortage, which Greenpointers reported on last October, and the contentious plans to potentially construct an elementary school across the street from the yet-to-be-remediated Nuhart Plastics Superfund site have been debated for years now.

The next meeting on the topic is scheduled for Wednesday (12/18) , at the Dupont Senior Center (80 Dupont St.) at 7:00 p.m. Continue reading

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Greenpoint’s Elementary Schools Overcrowded, Residents Say

Photo courtesy of Ben Weiss

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

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PS 31’s Annual Fundraising Events Happening Now

Greenpoint’s PS 31 parent-teacher association is holding its largest fundraising event of the year with an online auction and Spring Gala/Neon Party happening Thursday, April 4th, at 67 West St at 2:30 p.m.

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.

Please submit your donation here or by emailing the PTA.

 

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Newtown Creek Alliance Partners with Greenpoint Students this School Year

Preparing the NCA curriculum, via Newtown Creek Alliance

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

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