Enrichment @ 29
Through PTA and staff support, PS29 is able to offer students a wide variety
of enrichment opportunities through the school year, across all grade levels.
Read below to learn about many of our fantastic enrichment initiatives!
Wellness in the Schools (WITS) chefs visit PS29 regularly to lead students across all grades in seasonal culinary and nutrition workshops. The sessions introduce students to the importance of healthy eating and seasonal ingredients, inspiring them to share their newly acquired knowledge with their families.
STREB Dance Company
PS29 has been working with STREB for the past 9 years. Third graders participate in an 8-week residency that reflects the high energy, fast-paced movement that kids experience all around them everyday. The STREB collaboration culminates in a performance at school and a field trip to the STREB Lab for Action Mechanics.
Chess with Mr. Nick
Second and third graders have the opportunity to learn and play chess together during a 15-week collaboration with long-time chess teacher, Nick Chatzilias.
BAM African Dance +
Drumming with Kwesi
Through a partnership with Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 3rd graders work with teaching artists to learn African dance and drumming during a 12-week collaboration, culminating in a performance for families in the auditorium. This work connects to the third grade social studies curriculum, in which students learn about African history and culture.
"Cool Clusters" are enrichment groups led by parents and teachers that celebrate the diverse interests and talents of our school community. Cool Clusters allow students to “choose their own learning adventure,” exploring topics and interests they may not otherwise experience in a typical school day.
We are proud to offer optional instrumental music education to our fourth and fifth grade students during a lunchtime collaboration with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Students in band meet weekly for instruction in small groups. Band students have to opportunity to perform at school events several times a year.
Fourth and fifth graders may choose to join our amazing Newspaper Club, attending twice-weekly morning meetings before school to contribute to our fantastic school newspaper, which is published several times each school year. Newspaper Club is run by 5th grade teacher Elisabeth Stephens and a team of dedicated parent volunteers.
Through a partnership with Dancing Classrooms, our 4th graders spend 2 periods a week for 12 weeks learning and practicing a variety of traditional ballroom dances (e.g. tango, merengue, swing, etc). This collaboration culminates in a dance performance for families int he auditorium. Select students are also chosen to compete in a borough-wide ballroom dance competition.
Bent on Learning
PreK and Kindergarten students are participating in a yoga and mindfulness collaboration with the nonprofit organization Bent on Learning. Bent on Learning believes in teaching children to use their body and mind to learn and live better!
PS29 Children's Garden
Under the leadership of our lower grade science teacher Tina Reres, our science curriculum incorporates our amazing school garden as an outdoor classroom for students across all grades. Our student Green Team helps to care for the garden throughout the seasons, including assisting with harvests and serving our homegrown bounty in the school cafeteria!
Chorus is a lunch club for 4th and 5th grade students. It meets on Wednesdays during recess. We learn some basics of vocal technique and prepare three to four pieces for our annual performances at Eat, Pie, Shop and the Winter Arts Festival.
First graders participate in a 6-week Maker Space collaboration with Ms. Sperry in the library. They explore a variety of invention and design challenges and activities, building and creating with the "Engineering Design Process" in mind. A favorite challenge: Design Furniture for your Favorite Stuffie!
5th Graders participate in a 6-week STEM Lab collaboration with Ms. Sperry, visiting the Library Media Center for an additional period each week to explore STEM centers and challenge activities including littleBits electronic invention kits, Makey Makey invention kits, Dash + Dot robotices, Lego Robotics, engineering design challenges, and more!