PS 58 Events for Black Lives Matter in NYC Schools – Week of Action, Feb. 4-8

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There are many events planned across NYC for this week of action.  PS 58 will be offering activities for families during Parent Engagement time Wednesday morning, February 6th at 8:10 am in our lobby and in classrooms:

  • 3rd grade teachers will be in room 320 leading an activity that matches books to the principles
  • Mary Leopoldi will do a read aloud aligned to the BLM principles in room 114 for students in the lower grades
  • Lee Bidgood will share books on diversity and globalism in room 133
  • Genevieve Vanegas and Mary Pfeifer will share biographies about famous Black scientists in room 304
  • Katie Lapham will share w/ families a wide range of books, and students will have an opportunity to do a writing/drawing activity about some of the principles in the lobby.  Peruse books and other materials that reflect the 13 Black Lives Matter principles (restorative justice, empathy, loving engagement, diversity, globalism, transgender affirming, queer affirming, collective value, intergenerational, black families, black villages, black women, unapologetically black).
  • Chris Cox will host a Restorative Circle aligned to the 13 principles in room 302. Come sit in and be part of parent restorative circle. See how PS 58 handles circles and how they are important in restorative justice and the elimination of zero
  • Dan Lupkin will host a BLM-related Brainpop video (Malcolm X, Civil rights movement etc..) movie/quiz-a-palooza in the auditorium
  • Michele L. and Sarah P. will be in room 231 leading an activity on Exploring Activists – Now and Then. Students will use the Chromebooks to do their own research on an activist featured in India.Arie’s video “What If.”
  • Shveta and Stephanie in Room 315 will explore w/ kids: “What does it mean to march?” This activity will allow students to learn the different ways people have used marches to express themselves. They will then have the chance to create their own posters/songs/chants/slogans that connect back to the principles of the BLM movement. Grades 3-5
  • Sari and Shenandoah will have poster board, paint, markers and other materials for making posters to take to the Black Lives Matter rally on Thursday at Tweed courthouse in room 220

Here is a list of some public events you may wish to participate in this week.

Monday, February 4, 2019
6 PM – 8 PM: Central Park East 1
1573 Madison Ave., East Harlem, NYC
Cultural Celebration of Black Lives
Event open to families, youth and educators.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 (Lunar New Year, NO SCHOOL)
1 PM – 4 PM at The People’s Forum, 320 West 37th St.
Sign making party for Wednesday Walk-ins and Thursday Rally
Youth, Educators and Families welcome!
Dance party, food, and prizes.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Before School starts: Walk-Ins for Week of Action Demands at schools across the city,

At PS 58, there will be family activities beginning at 8:10am during Parent Engagement time in the lobby and in classrooms. Details to come!

4:00 PM-8:30 PM Black Lives Matter in Early Childhood Education:
From Theory to Practice for 0-8-Year-Olds and Their Families
We invite all of you to join us for an evening that will focus on the joys and strengths of very young Black children and their families, within a challenging environment and early care & education system. We will have caregivers, practitioners, academics, policy makers/people and children in conversation, sharing visions for holistic and affirming early learning experiences for Black children.
Bank Street College of Education, 610 West 112th Street , RSVP Here

Thursday, February 7, 2019
4pm – Demands Rally to Deliver our Demands to the Chancellor of NYC Public Schools
Steps of Tweed Courthouse, 52 Chambers St, WEAR YOUR BLM AT SCHOOLS T-SHIRT TO THE RALLY!

6-8pm at Hunter College, “Critical Conversation: Black Lives Matter in Education.”
Teachers, teacher educators, pre-service teachers, and community members will gather to brainstorm and plan for bringing the BLM 13 Principles and Week of Action into their schools. 695 Park Ave.

4 – 7 pm – Black Lives Matter in Schools Curriculum Scoring Event
Join together with other teachers, parents and community members to learn about the scorecard, score your own curriculum or ones we will bring for you, and support CEJ in their advocacy with the NYC Department of Education to make curriculum more reflective of the students and communities we serve. Countee Cullen New York Public Library,104 West 136th Street.

Friday, February 8, 2019
6 PM – 8 PM – Making Black Lives Matter in New York City Schools
Location, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY 10037
This discussion will consider recent developments in education policy in New York City in relation to structural racism. Public school parent and award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones joins teacher José Vilson and high school student Xoya David to talk about what needs to change for Black Lives to truly matter in our schools.

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