Mr. Dennis, Science:

Ms. Goodwin, Physical Education:

Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Kindergarten through 2nd grade will learn the modified game of Volleyball called Newcomb. Newcomb focuses on the students being able to throw the ball over the net and catch it. Students will learn the boundary lines and basic rules of the game.

Third through 5th grade will learn how to play the game of Volleyball. Students will learn how to bump, pass and set the ball. By the end of the unit students will be able to participate in round robin tournaments.

Please remember to send your child in sneakers on their physical education days.



Ms. Deas, Visual Art:

Hi there to all Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the New Year!!

Before I delve into 2018, let’s address the old. I must start by giving a personal shout out to the parents and staff that helped bring our Winter Showcase to life. The stage looked amazing and your help was so very valued. As a thank you, I will be hosting a Parent Paint Night in March – please look out for the date.

2018 is going to be bringing lots of colors and crafts to the rooms and halls of P.S. 309. On top of that, I have already noticed a few students who are growing tremendously in the artistic environment. I am excited to shout them out this February as Art Students of the Month.

As for January, the craft continuum is as follows:

Pre-K: Students will focus on transportation. We will be using recycled materials to build cars, trucks, boats and all!

Kindergarten: Students will learn who Martin Luther King Jr. is and what he was known for in history. We will create collages using mixed media to deepen our understanding.

1st grade: Students will use art to solve math problems! Students will be creating items to count, add and subtract in conjunction with word problems found in Ms. Ford’s class.

2nd grade: Students will learn what landscapes are and be able to create urban, suburban and rural landscapes using mixed media.

3rd grade: Students are focusing in their homerooms on Asian culture. In art, students will be diving into information about the Chinese New Year and creating crafts and artwork that are symbolic of China’s celebrations.

4th grade: Students will learn about colonization and build model ships out of folders.

5th grade: Students will gear up for Black History Month by creating pencil-drawn portraits of well-known African American leaders and innovators throughout history.

Again, thank you for supporting the arts and look out for our Parent Paint Night event, I would love to see you all there!

-Ms. Deas, Visual Arts


Ms. Bennicke, English as a Second Language (ESL):

 Happy New Year to all the parents, guardians and extended family members of the English Language Learners (ELLs) at the George E. Wibecan Preparatory Academy.  This new year, 2018, brings along with it much work to prepare the ELLs for the tests coming up in the not too distant future. The children are working hard and I would like to say that the newcomers’ speaking skills have improved a great deal and over time will increase. We still have to work on our listening skills and I believe the more focused the children are the more their listening skills will increase. Some activities that you could do with your children would be to read a story of interest every evening at bedtime or before going to bed.  It could be in English or in your own Native language. The child’s knowledge of his or her home language will be helpful to the child when learning a new language.Looking forward to a productive season with your children.

Shirley MacLellan-Bennicke

ENL Teacher/Coordinator, 16K309