So PROUD of our Performers!

Our students joined each other on stage the last week of December to share their voices and musical talents with their fellow PS 51 community. We sang, danced, played instruments, and spread a lot of holiday cheer throughout the school. The 5th grade Recorder Ensemble even played concerts for our friends on the 3rd floor school and at the 43rd Street PreSchool! What fun! Check out the videos on your class page!

Executive Board Transfer Meeting Minutes - 6/25/2015

Executive Board TransferMeeting Minutes for 6/25/2015 at P.S. 51 Elias Howe

The meeting was called to order at 8:27am.

The current and new board introduced themselves. Regarding Ballots – the actual ballots do not have to betransferred. There is a form that needsto be filled out – Giselle will facilitate – and sent to Jennifer Greenblatt tostate the new board members and the vote count that elected them. There is also a form for the final budgetnumbers that Lorena and Giselle will take care of. Leslie handed over her Secretary Folder and flash drive toChrissy to use as a template for the next year. They will meet at a later dateif necessary to go over the folder. Leslie will bring Susan Dominguez’s folder from the previous year tofile at the school.
Lorena Camacho handed over the Treasurer Laptop and folderwith all receipts to Leslie to use as a template for the next year. Lorena and Leslie will meet later in thesummer to go over the software and passwords on the computer and the method forkeeping records and creating receipts. She also handed over the checkbook whichcurrently contains check #1496 - #1764 – more than enough. Lorena went over the final budget for our school year. She added the additions from the website. The Crowdrise Campaign will close onJune 30th as the new board goes into effect on July 1st. Lorena also added the credit for ScholasticBooks that were redeemed. We raised nearly $40,000! Looking at the budget oncethe final payments for things for this year and next year are made, we willstart the year with approximately $17,000. Last year we started with 22K but we inherited some payments so inactuality we will start with approx. the same amount of funds. Leslie agreed to put her cc on file to be used for online payments nextyear. It had been Lorena this year.Lorena spoke about the importance of entering donations and immediatelycreating a receipt and a thank you. Shealso spoke about the donation of the Vespa not being exactly what we thought –maybe next year we can find another way. It was discussed that we should invite Jennifer Greenblattto our first Executive Board meeting next year. We discussed the possibility ofbecoming a non-profit organization. Nancy handed out copies of the schedule for next year to berecorded by everyone in their own calendar. She discussed the need formaterials to be in Chinese as well next year. Jim and Sarah had an idea, andagreed to take on, having a Cultural Committee that drew parents of allcultures to help us reach out to our diverse community. Roz then spoke about needing to switch ownership of theinternet accounts. Shelby agreed to takeownership so that none of our sites “go dead”. Roz will take care of making this switch and Shelby spoke of the need tocreate a helping committee to manage the different sites. There is the school web site, the Crowdriseweb site will be shut down, the PTA email, mail chimp – the pay pal, bank andtreasurer’s email will be worked out between Lorena and Leslie when Lorenareturns from her trip. Craig discussed making the badges for the new PTA and he will send a templateif he has one. He talked about the roomand the keys and Nancy promptly reminded us that we would be moving from 207 to203. This will handled shortly. Roz said she make “how to” videos for maintain the web site. Picture day is November 6th, 2015 and Leslie willspeak with Regina at Scholastic about the Book Fair being December 7thto 11th. The meeting was adjourned at 9:35am

1st Grade Restaurants Opening Friday, June 12!!

Don't miss the first grade restaurant opening this Friday, June 12, in culmination of their restaurant study! Check out these commercials created by the first grade students. They composed a jingle to advertise all the amazing things they will be offering to their patrons. The words and melodies were all created by first grade students during music class as we studied how music plays a part in advertising. It was so much fun! Check them out! I can't wait for my dirt in a cup and fresh lemonade!!

Class 1-208- A Taste of Your Dreams

Class 1-205- Skylander's Cafe

Orff Ensemble Master Class with Toya on Improvisation


Friday Night Music Jam Concert Videos- March 20
Part 1<> (Parents)
Part 2<>
Make It Happen<>


Mrs. T

Katie Toups Traxler<>

Music Videos from The One and Only Katie Traxler.

Dear Parents of PS 51,

I have put up several new videos over the last 2 months of our adventures in the music room. Please feel free to watch some of the videos with your child and talk about their experiences! Many of the projects from their report cards are included below. More videos are coming soon. Feel free to share these videos with your friends and family and encourage them to donate to our fundraising campaign at<>. :)

Kindergarten: Tap Dance Catechis<>
(still waiting on some video release permissions slips before posting online- safety first)

First Grade: Grandma's Gumbo<> (Class 1-205)
(More video from 1st grade coming soon)

Second Grade:
Rhythmic Compositions <>
Nyangara African Folktale Class 2-202<>
Nyangara African Folktale Class 2-201<>
Tap Dance Class 2-202<>

Third Grade: Too Much Talk Musical Play Performance

Fourth Grade: Shape Shifting Piece

(Fifth Grade Esperanza Rising Project Coming Soon...)

After School Groups
Ukulele Class

Violin and Cello Mini Concert from Feb

Orff Ensemble Master Class with Toya on Improvisation

Friday Night Music Jam Concert Videos- March 20
Part 1 (Parents)

Part 2

Make It Happen


Mrs. T

Katie Toups Traxler


Danger! Keep away from strangers!

Danger! Keep away from strangers!

As kids venture out into the world, it is so important to teach them what to do when approached by strangers. A stranger is anybody you don't know. You might have seen them before or met them before but you don't really know them. Some strangers are "good" & some are "bad" but they all look the same & act the same. On Wednesday, PS51 students learned all about stranger danger from Officer McGruff! He gave them a few important tips listed below: 

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What matters most about PS. 51?

Meet The Wigfall Twins

Good day PS 51,

Oh my, I love this school. PS 51 is loving, educational, and caring. When a school has these three actions within… the school your child is in… the right school. PS 51 takes great measures in making sure your child is getting all the help they need to excel to the next level. Excellent school!
— T. Wigfall- Parent Mariah and Marquis

How to Overcome a Disaster And Be Strong for Public School 51 (The Elias Howe School)


                                                                                                                January 13, 2015

On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy arrived at Far Rockaway, New York and destroyed the area.  My twin sons Isaiah Davis-Joyner,  Josaiah Davis-Joyner and myself Tonia Davis, resided in Far Rockaway since April 2009.  Since, Hurricane Sandy destroy Far Rockaway, our lives have changed over the last two years.  We had to relocate to various locations in Queens, Bronx and Manhattan.  The children had to relocate to another school Public School 51 in Yorkville, NY.  The children enjoy their Arts, Music and Learning Academics, with the support of special educators, teachers and therapists in their classrooms.  Josaiah Davis-Joyner is graduating this year of June 2015 and Isaiah Davis-Joyner next year of June 2016.  If, they could extend the school to eighth grade because of the good and continuously support  I received from staff members, during my family crisis. We are going to miss you all dearly!



How do parents and teachers work together to challenge young musicians at PS 51?

Toya Tokuya (Saiki's dad) came to teach a master class on improvisation to our Orff Ensemble this past Tuesday during our parental engagement time. It was without a doubt the most incredible playing experience our kids have had yet this year. They were stunned at his abilities and couldn't stop asking questions.

I wish I would have gotten the whole discussion and teaching part on video, but we only got the ending performance where he accompanied them as they improvised in a rondo form. It was truly amazing. WOW.  Katie Traxler