Mr. Dennis, Science:

It is a pleasure to have your child in our S.T.E.M. Lab this year!

My name is Mr. Dennis and I will be teaching Science to all of our young scientists this year. It is our hope, here at P.S. 309 through the S.T.E.M. Lab that your child will be able to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for challenges and real world problems while applying the rigor of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics content to ask and answer questions about the world around them.

The NYC Science Scope and Sequence is available online as well as on our monthly school calendar.

A note to our Fourth Grade parents: Your young scientist will be taking the Fourth Grade State Science Exam this year. More information and dates will be provided throughout the year.

If there are any questions I can be reached at 718-574-2381 or by email at

Looking Forward to an Amazing School Year,

Mr. Dennis

Ms. Goodwin, Physical Education:

Welcome back to another exciting year of physical education! My name is Mrs. Jonassen-Goodwin. I will be your child’s physical education teacher this year. I am looking forward to a wonderful year of fun, fitness and growth. Here are some helpful tips to have a successful year:

-For your child’s safety please make sure they are wearing sneakers on physical education days (schedule below)
-If your child has an injury that is preventing them from participating in physical education please call or send in a note
-All fourth and fifth grade students will participate in the Fitnessgram. The Fitnessgram is an annual fitness assessment that helps students to develop personal goals to maintain lifelong fitness.

If you have any questions you can email me at or call at 718-574-2381

-Sampson Monday and Thursday
-Pearce Tuesday and Wednesday
-Bovelle/Small Wednesday and Thursday
-Ford Tuesday and Friday
-Porter Monday and Friday
-Schauder/Martinez Tuesday and Wednesday
-Slack/Leibowitz Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
-Carter Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
-Lim Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
-Allen/Michael Monday, Wednesday and Friday
-Tripoulas Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Ms. Deas, Visual Art:

Dear Parents and Guardians, welcome back! I am pleased to have this opportunity to introduce myself! My name is Ms. Deas and I will be teaching Visual Arts to your child this year at P.S. 309. I am thrilled to meet you and the children throughout the upcoming weeks of school. The P.S. 309 art program this year will give every student the chance to engage in the arts, from Pre-K to grade 5. This program will allow students to explore and find their strengths through many different forms, including, but not limited to: drawing, sculpture, collage, painting, crafting, set design, digital art and photography. Students in grades 1-5 will have an opportunity to join art clubs and all students will be building their self-confidence with a well-rounded, hands on experience. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and am positive that we will have a great and colorful year!

Thank you!
Ms. Deas

Ms. Longacre, Music:

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

Dear Parents,

I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Shirley MacLellan-Bennicke and I am the ENL Teacher/Coordinator at George E. Wibecan Preparatory Academy. I teach English to children in Grades K-5 who speak other languages other than English.  These children come to us from other countries, including the United States where some are born.

At the beginning of the school year, I test children who are eligible for the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners, the NYSITELL.  If the child scores out, a non-entitlement letter is sent to the parents/guardians.  Should the child not score out, an entitlement letter is sent out to the parents/guardians as well as an invitation to a Parent Orientation where the parents receive information about the three programs of choice offered to their children – the ENL, English as a New Language, the Dual, 50% English/50% in the foreign language, and the Transitional, beginning 100% in the foreign language and ending 100%  in the new language. There are five levels – Entering, Emerging, Transitioning, Expanding, and Commanding.  Children who scored out of ENL at the Commanding level will receive 90 minutes of support weekly for two years.  Children who score at the Expanding and Transitioning levels will receive 180 minutes of support weekly, and children who score at the Emerging and Entering levels receive 360 minutes weekly. The schedule is made up accordingly with push-in and pull-out periods.

We welcome your children to PS  309 and look forward to servicing them for the 2017-2018 school year.


Shirley MacLellan-Bennicke
ENL Teacher/Coordinator