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Frequently Asked Questions



What is the E3 Sports Program? 

Pediatric research has demonstrated that recess is vital to children’s emotional, social, developmental and cognitive well being. Playtime has benefits that extend beyond the physical; in fact recess has been shown to reduce bullying. With trimmed budgets many schools are unable to provide supervised playtime. Without a funded designated recess program, time is very often limited to indoor sedentary activities. The PS 165 Parent Teacher Association raises funds for a recess program with E3 Sports that began in the Spring of 2014.

In conjunction with E3 Sports Recess program, the school established supervised recess activities. Our children thoroughly enjoy the program, which includes age appropriate games and physical activities for the elementary school children, in a well-staffed and supervised setting, rain or shine. The school community is delighted by the success of the project!

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Does PS 165 partner with the YMCA? 

 Yes. The YMCA offers an after school program at the school. It is designed to allow children to learn and grow through academic and recreational based activities.  Participants are given specific times to read, complete all homework and receive extra academic support from YMCA trained counselors.  Participants also receive a daily snack as well as an opportunity to participate in various athletic and non athletic activities.

What is the ACT After School Program? 

Advancing The Community of Tomorrow (ACT) provides 5 day, 3 day or  2 day programs. You can register for the school year or semester.  Activities, homework, and thematic events for grades k to 5 hours: 2:30-6:15pm.  Group Leaders pick up at school dismissal.  Holiday camp and half day programs are offered when school is closed to all families. ACT is located at the Cathedral St. John The Divine 112th street and Amsterdam Avenue. 


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What is Urban Advantage?

Urban Advantage (UA) is a standards-based partnership program designed to improve students’ understanding of scientific inquiry through collaborations between urban public school systems and science cultural institutions such as zoos, botanical gardens, museums, and science centers. We believe that their extraordinary scientific and cultural resources convey a true “urban advantage.” Urban Advantage partnerships give students opportunities to conduct hands-on investigations that engage them in science as a way of thinking and investigating rather than simply as a body of knowledge. School created curriculum based on DOE science scope and sequence enhanced by Urban Advantage.  K-2 twice a week, 3-5 three times a week
*165 Families recieve vouchers to NYC science institutions.

Urban Advantage was launched in 2004 in New York City by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in collaboration with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the New York Botanical Garden, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and New York Aquarium, and the New York City Department of Education, with leadership funding from the New York City Council. 

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What is the Move-to-Improve Elementary Classroom Physical Activity Program? 

Physical movement stimulates academic success by helping students to be alert and have the energy to learn. Move-to-Improve is a free classroom-based physical activity program that helps elementary school teachers enhance their lessons with activities that get students moving. MTI activities blend academics and physical activity into educational lessons that support New York State PE Learning Standards and are integrated with Common Core Learning Standards.

Why Move-to-Improve?
- The Move-to-Improve program is free and includes benefits and incentives for students, teachers, principals, and schools.
- Move-to-Improve activities are inclusive and designed to enhance academic learning during classroom instruction.
- A growing body of research suggests that student success depends on a combination of academic skills, healthy lifestyle, and physical and mental fitness. Specifically, in NYC, the correlation between fitness levels and academic achievement has been shown:

What is a Move-to-Improve All-Star school?
- Schools with a comprehensive PE program, led by a certified or designated PE teacher, have the opportunity to become a Move-to-Improve All-Star school by training at least 85% of their eligible teachers in the program.
- New York State requires all elementary schools to provide at least 120 minutes of PE every week for all students. All-Star schools can use Move-to-Improve activities during classroom instructional time to supplement their existing PE program to meet this requirement.

What do All-Star schools receive?
- Move-to-Improve implementation guidance
- Citywide recognition of program best practices

Who is eligible to participate in the Move-to-Improve program?
- All NYC district public schools with classroom teachers serving grades K-5.

When do Move-to-Improve professional development workshops take place?

For the 2016-2017 school year, elementary schools can participate in MTI in two ways:
- Move-to-Improve Train-the-Trainer
- Certified or designated PE teachers from district public elementary schools will be
taught to successfully facilitate the Move-to-Improve workshop for their school so
that K-5 classrooms are stimulating, joyous, and conducive to learning. TTT
sessions are offered during school hours so PE teachers will need to be released.
- Move-to-Improve Event
- K-5 classroom teachers from district public schools can register for an open Move-to-Improve workshop session offered citywide.
- Participating teachers receive UFT negotiated training rate (for after-school hours)
and a certificate of completion (can count towards the 175 hours of professional
development; contingent on principal’s approval).

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