PTO Donations Bring Visual and Performing Arts to P.S. 9

PTO Donations Bring Visual and Performing Arts to P.S. 9

Our latest edition of “How Your PTO Donations Are Spent” focuses on a program that is enjoyed by students in 1st through 5th grades.

For nearly 40 years, Marquis Studios has provided arts-in-education services to New York City public schools, using a model in which residencies led by Teaching Artists concentrate on a specific visual or performing arts discipline, with a curriculum custom-designed to help meet classroom goals. This year, our children are fortunate to have three unique residencies offered at P.S. 9 by this wonderful organization. Please take a look at the following descriptions of them!

Creative Movement: Animal Habitats
(1st Grade, October-December)

Animal Habitats, with Teaching Artist Karla Myerston, examines four different ecosystems (jungle, forest, desert and ocean) and the various animals that live there. First graders learn why certain animals live in one habitat and not another and how a habitat influences living things inside of it. This creative movement program teaches students to articulate their thoughts verbally and how to express these thoughts into movement.

Musical Theater
(4th & 5th Grade, October-December; 2nd & 3rd Grade, January-March; 1st Grade, April-June)

The joy of singing songs brings self-confidence and expressiveness to 1st through 5th grade students with Teaching Artist Jon Dykstra. The repertoire includes folk music, pop music, songs from around the world (some in different languages), and a few seasonal tunes — all of which have positive messages. Classes learn the basics of rhythm, melody, harmony, breathing and how to be part of an ensemble. The goal is to have everyone participate in a fun activity and learn how singing music is a positive group experience.

Creative Movement: How Does My Body Work?
(2nd Grade, April-June)

How does the heart pump blood in our bodies? Teaching Artist Amy Beth Wright and second graders explore the design and function of the skeletal, muscular, circulatory and respiratory systems though creative movement, dance and yoga. Classes consider how these systems work individually and together to make our bodies work. They learn the importance of healthy eating and exercise and how to care for their bodies.

Marquis Studios at P.S. 9 is just one example of how money raised by the PTO is used. If you support programs like this, we ask that you please consider donating to our annual Fall Fundraiser ( Every contribution, regardless of size, truly makes a difference!

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