Cluster News

April 2016


Dear Parents and Guardians,

In April, art classes in all grades will continue to apply the basic elements of art and design that they learned in the beginning of the year to more in-depth projects. Pre-K classes will respond to literature on the theme of the ocean, and kindergarten classes will begin to respond to literature using the books of Eric Carle. First graders will build on what they know about printmaking by studying collograph printing techniques. Second graders will create self portraits in the style of Pablo Picasso, and third graders will continue to explore Chinese folk art. In the fourth grade, students will begin to work on self-portraits, while the fifth graders continue their wire sculptures.

Our collaboration with the Children’s Museum of the Arts as part of our Arts for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities Grant has concluded (aside from several field trips to the museum which will take place in April. The Selected third, fourth and fifth grade classes. Students had amazing time planning, designing and filming their stop motion animation films. will begin visiting the museum in March, and continue their visits through April. If your child's class is involved in the project, please be on the lookout for the trip permission slips. Their will also be a culminating film screening event at P.S. 52. Invitations will be sent home as soon as the date is confirmed.

The P.S. 52 design crew is hard at work on the props, scenery and costumes for P.S. 52's production of Disney's The Lion King Kids. Parents and guardians who are interested in volunteering to help out with costumes, scenery and/or props can email Ms. Gordon to discuss ways in which they can help.


Jennifer Gordon

Visual Arts Cluster

Art Links

  • Here is a link to the revised version of the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts:


Greetings Parents and Guardians,

Students in the 5th grade are learning about the world of jazz music. Over the next two months, we will explore how jazz grew from simple spirituals down in New Orleans to the massive art form known worldwide today. We will also discover the various sub-genres of jazz and the legends who helped foster the sound as it evolved over time.

Many fans of jazz music will agree that if you want to hear really great jazz, start by listening to anything from 1959. Below are three albums that I highly recommend from that year:

"Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis

"Giant Steps" by John Coltrane

"Time Out" by The Dave Brubeck Quartet

These three albums were not only a few of the greatest works of jazz released that year, but of all time. While they all came out of the same time period, they represented an incredibly diverse array of styles, ranging from the mellow harmonies of smooth jazz, to the explosive funk of bebop, to more avant garde styles that experimented with unorthodox time signatures and other unique musical elements.

Happy listening!

Musically Yours,

Mr. Ryan W. Mack

Music Educator


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Theatre students have been hard at work rehearsing, creating, and performing.

1st graders are writing and performing their ensemble-based scripts inspired by Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Students are using a combination of soundscape (creating sounds with their bodies and surrounding objects to build a "sound track" for their script), tableau (frozen images using the face and body), and acting.

2nd graders are hard at work learning their choreography and writing the original script for our musical theatre performance (more information on that to follow).

3rd graders are learning about and applying the elements of theatrical design (including set, light, sound, and costume design) to poetry performances using the poems, "The Adventures of Isabel" by Ogden Nash.

4th and 5th grade students are working hard to learn their blocking (where they stand on stage) and lines for their performance of Hamlet.

Our after school collaboration with Disney Musicals in Schools is in full swing. Students are singing, dancing, and acting their way through The Lion King in preparation for our performances on June 1st and 2nd. If you would like to volunteer to help us during our rehearsals on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2:30-4:30, please let Ms. Avadanei know!

Theatrically yours,

Ms. Avadanei

Theatre Teacher


Dear Parents,

Congratulations to all our science fair winners. I am so proud of all the hard work that the P.S. 52 scientists showcased this year. The use of technology was incredible. The students demonstrated their understanding of the scientific method in so many different and unique ways. I look forward to the students who will be attending the District 22 Science Expo in May. More information will follow as it becomes available.

Fourth grade parents be on the look out this month for the Science State Testing packet. This packet will be filled with a great deal of information to help you and your child prepare for as well as get an understanding of what is expected on the upcoming exam. I will be holding an evening meeting this month to discuss the components of the test and answer any questions you have about it. The dates for the hands-on part of the science test run from May 25th thru June 3rd. This is the window. Your child will only be testing on one of these days. The written section of this test will be given on Monday June 6th.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions about any of the upcoming events happening in science. Remember the 4th grade students are preparing on a daily basis for their state test in the science lab. Question them about the material they are learning. That is the best way to prepare!!!

Mrs. Dolan


Dear Parents,

The year is flying by so fast. Spring break is coming up and I hope that all of you have a restful vacation. This is the time of the year to get outside and start observing the world as it changes around us. Having your children make observations by using their 5 senses and writing them down in a journal is an easy and wonderful way to research. As we move through the rest of our units in PowerPoint we will be talking about the different ways we can research the topics that we are writing about.

The younger grades will be using digital books and short videos to gather facts and details about their topics, while the upper grades will be conducting Google searches to find articles as well as videos.

Helpful Websites for those rainy days.

Educational videos and

Username- PS52b

Password- brainpop

Digital Books and Videos

There is a sign up fee of $50 for the year but check out the free trial first.

FREE Educational Practice sites for ELA and Math

Have a wonderful vacation

Mrs. Ostrow


Dear Parents,

I hope everyone is enjoying their springtime and all of the great activities associated with it. Remember to include some reading time in your schedule and don’t forget to stop by the local library on Nostrand Avenue. Many of our classes have been taking trips to the Kings Bay Branch to learn about the library and its programs. The children also receive Brooklyn Public Library cards on their trip as part of the MyLibrary NYC program that our school is involved with.

Be sure to use your MYLibrary NYC library card to receive its special benefits. If you haven’t already received this card, applications are available in the library.

Also, the Kings Bay branch has many fun programs and events for families such as Toddler Time, Arts & Crafts and Chess Lessons, etc. You can see their schedule on

Happy Spring & Happy Reading!

Ms. McCabe



Dear Parents,

Thank you to all who donated to St Jude Children's Hospital. We raised $3240 as a school community! Great Job. We are completing of basketball unit, the children have improved in so many ways. Our next event will be our 10th Annual Jump For Heart Event held on May 31,2016. Please try to donate for this wonderful cause!

Keep Moving,

Ms Novella