K-11 : Becoming Readers and Mathematicians

In reading workshop students are learning to become readers. With the launch of our first unit students are developing reading habits, and their identity as a reader. When students read they think about what makes sense and draw on all of them to help them figure out what the words on the page says.

In this session of reading workshop students are independently rereading texts to learn even more.


Students are engaged in partner read as they do a quick retell on what they reread.


In our math lesson students are sorting and classifying related objects based on use. Students are pairing everyday objects such as toothpaste and toothbrush based on their function.



Inquiring Minds In Action in K-14

“Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.”  Francis Bacon

An important part of learning at PS 896 is inquiry based learning.  Inquiry based learning is about triggering and activating a child’s curiosity.  Class K-14’s curiosity was triggered one day after reading the book Germs Are Not For Sharing, By Elizabeth Verdick.  This read aloud teaches about the importance of covering coughs and sneezes and for washing our hands.  After reading and much discussion about this topic a question was asked by the students “What would happen if we touch our food without washing our hands?” With this question, our first inquiry was born!   We devised an experiment, where we used cut apples and germy hands to observe, first hand, what would actually happen if we touched our food without washing them.  Over a two week period, we observed the apples touched by unwashed hands and the apples that were untouched.   During this time, we watched the “germy apples” turn black, while the clean apples just turned brown.  After weeks of observing and recording the changes that occurred to our “germy apples”, K-14 came to the conclusion that it was important not to touch food with unwashed hands.  A lesson they will probably remember forever, we might add!

Encourage your child’s questioning and curiosity, for they shall learn much and retain much as a result!

Welcome to Kindergarten!

September 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome to kindergarten!  My name is Gabriela Sucuzhanay-Quinones and I am very excited to be your child’s kindergarten teacher this year! It is with great pleasure that I welcome all of you to Kindergarten and to P.S. 896.

 This is my 3rd year as a teacher in the New York City Department of Education. I have been teaching for a total of 5 years.  I graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Over the years, I have taken many hours of professional development in order to be prepared to meet each child’s needs. 

 I am looking forward to an exciting and productive year with your child.  My mission as their teacher is to help your child discover the joy of learning, and to help them develop a strong belief in his or her own ability.  I want them to do their best and to have a sense of pride in doing their personal best.  It is also of primary importance to me that my students appreciate and respect other peoples’ differences. 

Kindergarten will be a year full of many new adventures and learning experiences. The kindergarten year is a big step for both you and your child. I hope I can make it both a happy and successful experience. This year your child will be learning many new skills such as how to decode and write three-sound words, how to print their first and last names, how to read and write sight words, how to write simple stories, letters and all-about books, how to write numbers and count up to 100, how to identify and compare shapes, and much more! We will be spending a lot of time learning to work and play together in a considerate way.

We will be reading many books this year to help your child understand the concepts that we teach.

And, of course, we will read for fun and learn about the joy of reading!

A typical day in our classroom will look like this:


8:10-8:55 Morning Meeting and Fundations
8:55-9:40 Reading Workshop
9:40-10:25 Writing Workshop
10:25-11:15 Special/Physical Education
11:15-12:05 Lunch
12:05-12:55 Math Workshop
12:55-1:40 Science through Inquiry and Imaginative Play
1:40 – 2:30 Social Studies through Inquiry and Imaginative Play

We will also have a special period such as Physical Education or Music each day.  

Our Physical Education Teacher will be Ms. Biamonte. She is so excited to be your child’s P.E. teacher this year.  During P.E. students will be engaged in a variety of games and activities which will challenge their psychomotor, affective, and cognitive abilities.  Students will learn from each other through exploring and collaborating, and be guided on how to live an enjoyable, healthy and active lifestyle.

As you can see, each day is a busy one. Our schedule will be flexible to meet the needs of the students, and to accommodate for special events.

Here is more important information for the school year:

Change of clothes:  Please send in two changes of clothing including underwear, shirts, pants, and socks labeled with your child’s first and last name in a Ziploc Bag.    

Homework Folder:  Your child will bring a homework folder home every day.  Inside the folder you will find your child’s weekly homework packet (to be returned Fridays), letters that need to be returned to school, newsletters, and updates on what is happening in our school and classroom. Homework packets will be sent home on Mondays and can be completed at your own pace.  It is essential that you check your child’s homework folder every night in order to maintain constant, efficient communication between school and home.

Snack: We will have snack time every afternoon. Please send your child to school with a healthy snack labeled in a bag separate from their lunch. Healthy snacks include fruits, vegetables, seaweed, yogurt, pretzels, and crackers.  Unhealthy snacks such as candy will be sent home with a reminder note. Your child can also bring in a water bottle labeled with their name to drink throughout the day and during snack time.

Sneakers: Sneakers should be worn every day. We are extremely active each day, and dress shoes or flip-flops are not appropriate for many of our activities.

Birthdays: All parents are welcome to bring a special snack treat to celebrate their child’s birthday. We ask that you give at least one week’s notice so we can plan for your child’s special event. For birthdays, we will allow cupcakes or cake and juice boxes.

Toys: Please do not allow your child to bring toys from home to school. We want to avoid the risk of personal items being misplaced or broken. We have plenty of toys here at school for all the children to play with.

I am looking forward to an exciting year of getting to know your child! I believe that communication between teachers and families is very important for a child’s success in school.  Please contact me anytime you have questions or concerns about your child. The easiest way for you to reach me is by

e-mail at gsucuzhanaygarc@schools.nyc.gov

I am excited for what this school year holds and I thank you for your help and support at home!


Gabriela Sucuzhanay-Quinones