June 25, 2018
Dear Lillian Weber School Family,
As the final week brings this school year to an end, I think of this past year and smile. What a year it has been! We kicked off the start of the year with a visit from the first lady of France, Brigitte Macron. The year just got more and more amazing from there! For the first time in PS 84 history, we had yearlong inter-disciplinary initiatives on every grade level, Pre-K to Grade 5!
Artist Herve Tullet came to conduct multi-sensory sessions with our students painting Blooms of Multiculturalism, first on rolls of paper on the gymnasium floor with every grade, and then on the entire side of our school wall with all our fifth graders!
There was the intensive One, Two, Tree Program for all Kindergartners funded by the Anne Fountaine Foundation, where all students on the grade learned about tress, how they help us live, and how humans have depicted them in art throughout the years.
With the aim of instilling cultural vibrancy and lifelong engagement in musical arts, the third graders participated in a yearlong string instrument residency with the Diller Quaile foundation.
The fourth and fifth graders also had incredible cultural arts experiences with the Frick Collection. Since the fourth graders were too young to visit the museum, the museum arranged to bring a rare and cherished clock to the school for the students to study! The fifth graders did get to visit the museum, finally seeing the masterpiece paintings they researched and learned so much about throughout the year.
Our Pre-K students had their first class trips to the Museum of Natural History, as they learned about nature, the environment, and were the first to see the museum’s exhibit on the human’s five senses.
This year, we had parents train teachers from every grade level train in Assemblage, a teaching technique where students utilize recyclable materials to make three-dimensional representations of their thinking.
What incredible learning experiences for our children! How wonderful that they have been given the opportunity to experience our beautiful world in such engaging ways.
And, so, my reflections bring to mind one resounding message… So much of what we have given our students this year, so many rich and meaningful experiences, would not be possible if not for the unwavering devotion, dedication, and hard work of some extra-ordinary parent volunteers. They have worked endless hours organizing, meeting, and coming in to the school to facilitate the student experiences.
This year some of these devoted parents are moving on to middle school, and I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge them before they go.
Mrs. Dorothee Charles, who worked tirelessly on our One Two Tree Project and Art is the Way with the Frick Collection.
Mr. Virgil de Voldere, who worked hard on bringing Assemblage training to our teachers, making the mural happen on the rear wall of our school, and working on Art is the Way.
Mr. Ray Schaub, our PTA president for these past two years, who has worn many hats, helped organize so many committees, and has keep our PTA strong and productive.
And, last but certainly not least, Mr. Martin Wallace, who has worked tirelessly on helping us get fair funding for our school budget, given hours of his time to help bring physical activities for our children to our school at recess, and gotten us our nifty bike racks. Just this past week, he raised close to $5,000 to help fund our new recess sports coach initiative for next year.
I know I speak for all when I say, “Thank you, so very much for giving so much to our school. Your efforts have not only made this year incredible, but will impact the learning experiences our students for years to come… PS 84 will miss you so very much."
I hope reading this letter has filled everyone’s heart with happy thoughts and feelings. I know writing it has done so for me.
Wishing everyone a safe and restful summer vacation filled with happy moments shared with loved ones.
Dr. Evelyn J. Lolis