Amazon Rainforest

In Mr. John’s class, we are learning about the special environment that is the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. We are learning about the animals and plants that make up the forest. It is so exciting to see how all the living things create a delicate balance of life! From the huge jungle cats to the small frogs, the forest is alive with fascinating things! 

For this unit, we are looking at photographs of the animals in their natural habitats. The students are creating watercolors on large, 20×28 sheets of paper. First they sketched their compositions in pencil, which allows for mistakes and erasures. Then they went over the lines in permanent Sharpie markers. Then they added layers of watercolor washes over a period of many days to build up to the intense colors of the rainforest! 

Below are some of the students working on their projects.

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Thank You DeSantis Foundation for Providing a Total of 12 iPad Minis for our Site!

We had a visit from the DeSantis Foundation which provided us with an opportunity to thank them for their gift of iPad minis for our program. At the end of 2014, they generously gave us 6 iPad minis. When they were here for their visit, they gave us 6 more iPad minis for a total of 12.  No one has to wait their turn! 

Thanks to Lucille Chazanoff at the DeSantis Foundation, and Ms. Julia Luppino (PS 373R PTA president) and Ms. Jessica Pizzuto (PS373R PTA member). Thank you Ms. Lauren Cunningham for arranging the visit and making the iMovie to show our guests.

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Painting our Antarctic Landscape!

We studied photographs of Antarctic Landscapes and copied them showing Background, Middleground & Foreground. We talked about what things look like far away and up close. We also talked about what limited colors we saw in the Antarctic photos. Then we used the Antarctic sketches to produce a painting with mountains, glaciers, and ice floes.IMG_0514 IMG_0516

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Thank you DeSantis Foundation for the iPad Minis!

We would like to thank the DeSantis Foundation for a grant that provided us with six iPad Minis for our Technology teacher. All our children will benefit from this amazing contribution to our site!

Ms. Laura Cunningham and Ms. Kirsten Rorke are going to be helping the middle school students make an iMovie thank you for the foundation. They will be using the iPads to record the movie. We are very excited for this opportunity!

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Antarctica: Emperor Penguins, Leopard Seals, and Orcas, OH MY!

We have been studying about the beauty and wonder of Antarctica. We have looked at the landscape, the habitat, and we have learned about the animals that live there. We read: “The Emperor’s Egg” by Martin Jenkins. We also saw “March of the Penguins” which is a documentary about Emperor Penguins in Antarctica. 

We started by making penguin eggshells out of papier-mâché. Then we mixed flour, cornstarch, water and oil, to make clay. With this we made baby emperor penguins and painted them. We plan on making a diorama, and a mural about the Antarctic!

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Everyday Arts for Special Education – Creativity & Learning in the Classroom

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Pajama Day & Charity Event at PS 373R @ PS 48!


December 2, 2014

Attention: Parents/ Guardians

P.S.373 @48 would like to be a part of a Community wide campaign for Pietro Joseph Scarso, a little boy who has been diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. (DMD). During this campaign, we are asking to please make a donation in whatever amount you find appropriate directly to If you would prefer to send cash instead you can do so in a sealed envelope directly to our committee.

On December 18th , we will all be dressing in our Pajamas, for PJ, so please send your child in dressed in PJs. We really feel that it’s important to teach your child about the spirit of giving to those in need. In celebration of the upcoming holidays we will also be featuring the movie “Polar Express” and having some snacks to go along with this PJ theme.

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Thank you so much,

(Kids In Need Committee @ P.S. 373@48)

Ms. Lauren Cunningham

Ms. Kirsten Rorke


Making Masks with Ms. A! Visit our Display on the 4th Floor by the Library!

This October 2014, the students in class V14 in the PS 373R @ PS 48 section of the school, collaborated with Ms. A. to produce some beautiful masks. This happened in Ms. Hernandez’ classroom as part of Ms. Rorke’s art class.

 As a part of this two-day workshop, they designed individual pieces of art that reflected their personalities. They used paint, glitter, feathers, jewelry, sequins, buttons and other art materials to create colorful works of art!

 Thank you Ms. A., Principal Mammolito and Assistant Principal Nuzzella for making this collaboration work for our students!

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PS 373R Dance Party through J.A.R.S. (Joint Action Routine Sequence)

Each week, the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in Mrs. Hernandez’s and Ms. Pluchino’s classes participate in a dance party organized by their speech teachers, Ms. Emily and Ms. Kat.  The students take turns role playing as a DJ, checking names and birthdays at the door, and handing out party favors.  We listen to fun music, and practice our language and social skills.  It’s fun and functional!

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DON’T MISS IT!!! – Family Resource & Transition Fair

Free admission, continental breakfast, and raffles!!!
Family Resource & Transition Fair
Friday, October 10, 2014
9:00am – 1:00pm
College of Staten Island (Center for the Arts)
2800 Victory Boulevard, Building 1P
Staten Island, NY  10314
Come meet with over 40 agencies, OPWDD representatives, Guardianship representatives, Social Security, attend one or more of the informative workshops…this is the place you will get answers to your questions regarding developmental/intellectual disabilities…
LINK HERE FOR FLYER: Family_Resource&Transition_Fair-Flyer