Thanks to the dedication of the PTA and our PS199 faculty and staff, our students benefit from a variety of curriculum and cultural enhancements in each grade. Many programs are parent run, such as the math and chess clubs; other programs are driven by the efforts of PTA committees, like the Healthy Child, Healthy Planet and the Diversity Committees.

PS199 is fortunate to have the resources to enhance each grade through supplemental programs that are integrated with the curriculum.  These programs bring in outside facilitators or teaching artists who work with our teachers to expand the learning opportunities for our children.

The programs include a 5th grade class trip to Frost Valley, Central American culture from Symphony Space for 5th grade, bullying prevention programs for students, parents and teachers, National Dance Institute for 4th graders, New York Philharmonic for 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, New York Historical Society for 4th graders, Center for Architecture Foundation for 2nd grade,  and a new program this year, Circus Arts, for first graders.  Vital Theater works with both Grades One and Two and Lincoln Center Institute has a Kindergarten program that is also part of our enrichment classes.

These programs are possible because of the enthusiastic support and commitment of the PS 199 community.

Lincoln Center Institute

Lincoln Center Institute (LCI), the educational cornerstone of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, is a global leader in education and the arts. Founded in 1975, the Institute is known for its inventive repertory, and brings dance, music, theater, and visual arts into classrooms.   Each year a teaching artist from LCI comes to PS 199 to teach dance to our kindergarten students.  The culmination of the program is a performance for the parents.

Center for Architecture Foundation

center for architecture foundation

The Center for Architecture promotes public understanding and appreciation of architecture and design through educational programs for K-12 students and teachers, families, and the general public.

National Dance Institute

The National Dance Institute aka NDI provides a comprehensive in-school dance program for the PS 199 Fourth Grade.  NDI teaching artists work with a theme throughout the year, which they integrate into lessons and which inspires the design of a cohesive culminating performance.  There is also a mid-year performance in which the students can showcase their growing skills.

New York Philharmonic School Partnership Program


The New York Philharmonic School Partnership Program stimulates students’ creativity and understanding of music through the experience of symphonic music. In studying great musical works, attending live performances of the New York Philharmonic, and composing music of their own, students acquire focused listening skills, performance skills on recorder, musical literacy both symbolic and verbal, strategies for group work, knowledge of cultural history, and a personal relationship to the art of music.  A teaching artist from the NY Philharmonic works with the students in grades three, four and five each year.

Vital Theater

The Vital Theater Company is located on the Upper West Side. Their program, Vital Voices: Arts in Education, fosters self-confidence, creative independence, and artistic growth by encouraging students to unearth their authentic voices. A teaching artist from the Vital Theatre comes to PS 199 to work with the second grade, teaching them hands-on skills in the theatrical arts. The program culminates in a final performance for parents and friends.

Wellness in the Schools


Wellness in the Schools (WITS)
 is a grassroots, non-profit, community based organization founded in 2005 with the goal of improving the environment, nutrition, and fitness of children in NYC public schools.  In partnership with local Departments of Education, Wellness in the Schools operates the Cook for Kids program in public school cafeterias and classrooms to promote healthy eating.

Through the Cook for Kids program, WITS hires culinary graduates who work as partners with the cafeteria staff in preparing daily scratch-cooked meals using healthier food items from the Department of Education’s SchoolFood. This program also aims to help inform families about the importance of eating healthy food. WITS cooks  teach children and their families how to cook healthy, delicious, and affordable recipes featuring whole, unprocessed foods through WITS Labs, a series of seasonal cooking classes.

The WITS Cooks for Kids Program at PS199 includes the following:

  • Dedicated chef 1 day per week to work with the SchoolFood staff
  • Two WITS Cooking Labs per year
  • Seasonal Cafe Days
  • WITS Bits-Educational classroom programs about healthy eating

Dedicated Chef 
Our WITS Chef in Residence, Anne Williams, works alongside our PS 199 cafeteria staff to train, inspire, and support their preparation of the salad bar items and fresh homemade meals.  Anne is dedicated to improving the meals served in our cafeteria and encouraging the children to try new foods. Her enthusiasm and spirit ensures that every Cooking Lab and Café Day are as fun for the children as they are educational.

Guest Chef
Jenifer Lang and her late husband were the owners of Café D’Artiste, a landmark UWS destination restaurant. She is also the author of several cook books including those for children. Jenifer will participate in several WITS related events, including Cafe Days.

WITS Cooking Labs
Four times a year, Chef Anne conducts a series of cooking labs with the children.  Starting in October Anne and the kids will be making simple and healthy recipes.  The children have the opportunity to prepare recipes from scratch and then sample what they’ve made.  In the process they have the opportunity to learn how to read a recipe, measure and learn simple cooking skills such as chopping and mixing.

Whole Foods Market has donated all of the supplies for the classes and parents are encouraged to volunteer to assist with the labs.  Keep checking back to this site for updates.  We will be posting the dates of the labs as well as the recipes so families can enjoy them at home.

Café Days
On Café Days at PS 199, students and faculty have the opportunity to sample new tasty and healthy meals prepared from scratch by Chef Anne and our own kitchen staff.  PS 199 parent volunteers assist in serving and making Café Day a special event!  You will receive information in your child’s backpack announcing Cafe Days.

 

To learn more about Wellness in the Schools please visit their website at www.wellnessintheschools.org .  If you would like to volunteer at one of the Café Days or Cooking Labs please e-mail healthychildhealthyplanet@ps199pta.com.