PTA Funded Enrichment Programs
Because of the generous support of our PS 34 community, the PTA is able to fund a variety of in school enrichment programs that help achieve our mission of educating the whole child. Each child in grades Pre-K - 5 receives PTA funded in school enrichment programming. To help support our programming, please consider a donation today.
Eckford Street Art Studio (Pre-k/k)
ESS Community Projects @ Eckford Street Studio provides art for our PreK and K classes. The program pairs a professional Teaching Artist with classroom teachers to infuse and enhance the classroom curriculum with art making. During these partnerships, students and teachers learn about historical and contemporary art and artists, explore new materials and processes, and practice analyzing and discussing artwork. Units are co-planned by PS34 and ESScp staff to engage and respond to students' interests while deepening their understanding of school subjects. Residencies culminate in an in-school art exhibition for parents and the school community to enjoy.
Eckford Street Studio was founded in 2013 by artist, educator, and PS34 parent Kristin Melkin, and received 501(c)(3) status in 2018 as ESS Community Projects. ESScp provides art experiences and instruction for all ages, from 6 months to adults, with the mission of bringing high quality art education to all members of our North Brooklyn community regardless of income or experience.
Creative Music Programs (CMP)
Creative Music Programs, Inc. (CMP) is a performing arts education organization based in Williamsburg that provides hands-on music, dance, and theater residencies and workshops – led by professional teaching artists – that spark the curiosity and talent of students of all ages.
CMP residencies enable students to learn about the arts through hands-on, engaging activities that connect to other disciplines including science, mathematics and technology, social studies and geography, literacy and creative writing, and history. Students and teachers actively participate in learning, creating and performing with no prior training required. CMP also owns and operates Williamsburg CAMP performing arts summer camp for ages 4-11 and The Brooklyn Shakespeare Company for ages 11-14, both in Williamsburg.
The Sketchbook Project
The Sketchbook Project is an independent Brooklyn-based company that organizes global, collaborative art projects. Our flagship endeavor is The Sketchbook Project, a crowd-sourced library that features 41,092 artists' books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries.
The Sketchbook Project began in 2006 in Atlanta, GA and moved to New York City in 2009. Since that time, our small organization has grown into a worldwide community of more than 70,000 artists. By focusing on the intersection of hands-on art making and new technology, The Sketchbook Project nurtures community-supported art projects that harness the power of the virtual world to share inspiration in the real world.
Key of be
Kristi Goslar is a music Educator and Founder of Key of Be LLC. She provides general music education classes for grades Pre-K through 3, providing students with opportunities to develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of music through consistent interaction with the basic components of music education. This program adheres to Common Core standards.
Ms. Goslar provides percussion training for grades 3-5, deepening student's knowledge and understanding of musical concepts through hands-on Bucket Drum Training.
Ms. Goslar also teaches the chorus Program for grades 3-5. Students receive weekly vocal training in preparation for multiple performances, including participation in an annual all-city vocal performance through American Young Voices.
The PS 34 LEGO Engineering program uses LEGO Duplo, Simple Machines, and EV3 Robotics educational sets to give students an introduction to collaborative problem-solving through building and coding. The P.S. 34 LEGO Engineering curriculum seeks to harness children’s natural desire to play, build, and take things apart. These enrichment classes bring together the needed 21st century skills, cooperative skills, and incorporate the character education at the core of the school in a fun and highly motivating way.
In class students learn the foundations of engineering: taking on a building challenge, planning the model, testing the model, and further refining the model all while working with others. Students at each age level will tackle increasingly complex engineering challenges. All students will learn about building for stability. The kindergarten through third grades will learn about stable simple machines. The fourth through fifth graders will use their knowledge about basic engineering and combine this with coding in LEGO Robotics projects.