New Photos from our 2014 Parents As Arts Partners 3/26/14

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May 14, 2013 – 5th Workshop: Freestyle Day

For our final day, we combined many of the movements we explored previously and created new freestyle dance forms. We improvised our dance creations by working together with other family members and our teacher. We reflected at the end about our experiences while participating in the five Parents As Arts Partners workshops. The session culminated in a final party where we celebrated our accomplishments. This was a truly wonderful way to bring the arts to our families.

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Tuesday, April 30th – 3rd Workshop: Hula Hoop Day!

Our 3rd workshop was a nostalgic day of Hula Hoop fun! We first did stretching exercises that lengthened our backs and worked our muscles. Then we beat rhythms on the nesting drums. After this, we all went back in time to master the art of keeping our Hula Hoops aloft and spinning. (The secret is to rock forward and back instead of around and around.) Some of us even used our arms and our necks to spin our hoops. Our teacher, Maria Mitchell showed us how to drum and do the Hula Hoop at the same time! After that Ms. Mitchell created an obstacle course with Hula Hoops. We tried to move through it and keep the beat at the same time. Finally we did calming floor exercises. We picked partners and used our bodies to balance and stretch. This entire class was a great workout and loads of fun!

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Rhythm Day! Tuesday, April 16. 2013 – Drums and Rhythm Sticks

We had a fantastic Rhythm Day at the second Parents As Arts Partners Workshop at our PS 373R Main Site!

Ms. Maria Mitchell of Sundog Theatre started our class out with stretching and dancing exercises that worked all the muscles in our bodies.

After we were thoroughly warmed up, she introduced us to the Rhythm Sticks. We learned about following different rhythms by tapping them and verbally sounding them out too.

Later we were introduced to the nesting drums. Ms. Mitchell had two different sets of increasing sizes. We learned rhythms that used the tips of the fingers and the flats of our hands. We also used padded drumsticks on the top of the drums and the side of the drums. We then circle danced with the drums.

At the end of class we cooled down by counting down from one hundred. A great time was had by all!!!

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REVISED Workshop Schedule – Please Make Note of our NEW DATES!

IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION! Our dates have changed. We are unable to meet on Tuesday, April 23rd. Our next class is Tuesday, April 30th! 

REVISED Workshop Schedule:

  • Tuesday, April 9th – Welcome Dances

  • Tuesday, April 16th – Rhythm Day

  • Tuesday, April 30th –  Hula Hoop Day

  • Tuesday, May 7th– Story Dancing

  • Tuesday, May 14th – Freestyle Day

Contact Person: Virginia Carmona, Parent Coordinator

Email: VCarmona@schools.nyc.gov

Telephone: (718) 816-8897 and press “1″ then “3″

Every BODY Dance Now!

Our first Parents As Arts Partners session of dance workshops with Ms. Maria Mitchell of Sundog Theatre was an awesome success!  Everyone was guided through a series of moves and explored dance as a form of communication, as in the Welcome Dance from Liberia.  Many parents attended from our Main, Mini, PS58 and PS861 sites  and enjoyed sharing snacks, stories and movement with their children.  It was wonderful to see all the smiling faces and to witness the power of the arts to bring everyone together!  As confidence grew, there were even those who got into the circle for some freestyle dancing! 

Some of our sessions still have room, so call Ms. Virginia Carmona, our Parent Coordinator and don’t miss out on all of the fun! Children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Telephone: (718) 816-8897 and press “1” then “3” Can’t wait for next week!

Workshop Schedule:

  • Tuesday, April 9th – Welcome Dances

  • Tuesday, April 16th – Rhythm Day

  • Tuesday, April 23rd – Story Dancing

  • Tuesday, April 30th – Hula Hoop Day

  • Tuesday, May 7th – Freestyle Day

All classes are from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at PS373R’s Main Site, 91 Henderson Avenue, Staten Island, NY (corner of Lafayette and Henderson). You may take the 44 Bus to the corner.

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PS 373R Family Dance Workshop – About Us!

Welcome to our new site! PS 373R is lucky to have a visiting artist from Sundog Theater Organization come to our school to engage our families in a wonderful series of dance workshops. We are looking forward to having our students and their parents come to our school to participate in such a wonderful project. If you have any questions please call our Parent Coordinator, Virginia Carmona, at 718-816-8897 press 1, then 3. On hand will be our teachers, Elena Seminara and Kirsten Rorke. This series of workshops is funded by the The Center for Arts Education’s Parents as Arts Partners Program, with support from the Staten Island Foundation.

THE CENTER FOR ARTS EDUCATION‘S PARENTS AS ARTS PARTNERS PROGRAM (PAAP) IS A UNIQUE SCHOOL-BASED ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAM THAT ENGAGES PARENTS AND FAMILIES IN HANDS-ON, INTERACTIVE ARTS EDUCATION ACTIVITIES WITH THEIR CHILDREN. THE PROGRAM SEEKS TO INCREASE PARENT ENGAGEMENT AND INVOLVEMENT IN CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND IN THEIR CHILD’S EDUCATION, CREATING SHARED, HIGH QUALITY ARTS EXPERIENCES THAT ALIGN WITH CLASSROOM CURRICULUM.

PARENTS AS ARTS PARTNERS WAS CREATED IN RESPONSE TO RESEARCH THAT INDICATES THAT PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT IN THEIR CHILD’S EDUCATION POSITIVELY IMPACTS HIS OR HER ACADEMIC SUCCESS. THE ARTS ARE AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO CULTIVATE THIS TYPE OF ENGAGEMENT.

This CAE–school partnership is generously supported by the Staten Island Foundation.