4th Grade Music, Next Tuesday, January 23rd

Dear 4th grade parents,

ALL 4th grade students will have gym next Monday, 1/22, due to the Winter Sing concert rehearsals.  On Tuesday, 1/23, I plan to have the Violin group, instead of the Viola/Cello group, since the Violin group will miss music for two consecutive Mondays.  Please make sure that all violin students bring the instruments and viola and cello students do NOT need to bring the instruments next Tuesday, 1/23.  

Thank you!

Ms. Kim

Happy New Year!

Dear Families,

I hope you had a restful and relaxing break. I enjoyed spending lots of time with friends and family.

In math, we are still in our multiplication and division unit. This is a good time to review the multiplication facts with your child.

In reading, students continue to enjoy their book partnerships. Partner meetings happen each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Students need to read at least 30 pages per night. They need to write a reading journal entry for each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. We are working on keeping the discussion going by asking each other questions.

In writing, we are beginning opinion writing. This will lead us to literary essay writing in a few weeks.

In social studies, we are beginning to learn about the colonies.

I wish you all the best for a wonderful 2018!!

Best Wishes,


Inside Broadway Lottery Completed

Dear Lower Lab Families,

Please find the students pulled from the lottery for the After School CASA Grant- Inside Broadway Program beginning on February 1st 2018.

This is the 4th year we have had the need to create a lottery for this program. Kudos to Inside Broadway for their excellence and popularity. It is unprecedented that we had 70 applications for 35 spots. 

  • 20 – 5th Graders
  • 24 – 4th Graders
  • 26 – 3rd Graders 
    It is amazing that we had such a large response however extremely emotional for us to proceed with a lottery option.  This lottery was equitable for all grades (3-5)  There were no priorities in terms of seniority, repeat participants, or siblings. 
    Please note that we have also decided to select 6 alternate students should there be a need to replace any of the participants due to illness or lack of 100 percent participation.


We thanks everyone for their consideration and look forward to this years program. If you were not selected please consider the PTA Afterschool as another option for the Spring semester of classes.
Inside Broadway will begin on February 1st. Should your situation change and you are no longer interested in participating please let Gina know ASAP so that we might select someone from the wait list.  Email her at ggoodman@lowerlab.org 

Inside Broadway Sign Up Sheets Deadline for interest has been moved up!

If you filled out a form for the CASA Grant and the Inside Broadway Opportunity grades 3-5 we will be doing our lottery on January 2nd. 

Please make sure you have submitted you INSIDE BROADWAY INTEREST SHEET ASAP

The new date for this submission is Monday December 18th.


Dear Lower Lab Families Grades 3-5 ONLY,

Please check the backpacks for the information sign up sheet for the Inside Broadway Program beginning February 1st – May 25th. This is a program only for grades 3-5 and will most probably have a lottery for selected students.

Hand in your interest sheet prior to January 2nd!  Lottery will be pulled on January 4 to give parents enough time to sign up for the LL after school programing should their child not get selected in the lottery.

Inside Broadway – NYC Musical Mystery Melodies for Students in Grades 3-5

Zumba Kids at PS 77


Dear families,

We have some exciting news! For the third straight year, our students will have the opportunity to participate in free Zumba classes at recess. The classes will be run by certified Zumba instructors from Training Concepts LLC. Classes will be held on Monday’s and Friday’s in the auditorium from 10:05 AM to 10:25 AM and 11:00 AM to 11:25 AM.

Zumba Kids will run on the following dates:

January 8, 12, 26, 29

February 2, 5

If your child is interested in signing up for Zumba, please fill out the school permission slip and Zumba release forms below. Both forms should be turned in to your classroom teacher.

Zumba Kids Waiver

ZUMBA KIDS school permission slip 2017

If you have further questions, please email Mr. Goodman at mgoodman@lowerlab.org

Native American Project Update


Dear Families,

I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! In math we are beginning our multiplication and division unit. I am sharing the below letter again so you can review the Native American project progress at home with your child. In addition, A HUGE THANK YOU FOR THE NEW CARPET! IT IS A WONDERFUL ADDITION TO OUR CLASSROOM!

There are many learning goals embedded in this project such as:

  • time management
  • organization
  • long term planning
  • Native American history across the US
  • research skills
  • internet research skills
  • note taking skills
  • informational reading
  • informational essay writing skills
  • peer evaluation
  • using feedback to improve

We have gone over the due dates and expectations with them. In the classroom students have access to a variety of books, note taking sheets, works cited/bibliography sheet, outline sheets, self-evaluation sheets, and some time for internet research. We will be teaching them the necessary skills over the course of November and December. We plan to celebrate their accomplishments at a publishing party on Friday, December 22nd.

You can help at home by:

  • Checking in with them about their progress
  • Asking them what their next step is
  • Taking them to the library to find additional books, articles, or DVDs
  • Helping them do internet research (a list of suggested websites is available on our google classroom)
  • Assisting with any supplies they may need to complete their creative project
  • Asking them what they are learning about
  • Reminding them to take home their project materials when needed

We look forward to seeing their hard work and growth in this project. Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Best Wishes,

The Fourth Grade Team


Happy Thanksgiving!

Dear Families,

I wanted to wish you all a very happy and relaxing Thanksgiving. Enjoy the precious time with your family and travel safely. It is an honor to teach your children.

Warmest Wishes,

Robin Courtwright


November Update 4-245



November Update

Parent-Teacher Conferences:

You are invited to sign up for Ms. Courtwright Fall 2018 PTC.

DATE: November 13, November 14 and November 16

PLACE: 4-245

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: End of day 3 days before each conference day

To pick a time slot, enter this link in your internet browser:www.ptcfast.com/reg1

At that link, you will be asked for your Entry Code, where you should enter 2AR1214176

This information will also be backpacked home.


In math, we are beginning a group project. Students will be researching an ancient number system (such as Chinese, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Mayan). They will be learning about how it works and will be teaching the rest of their classmates about it. This project is an extension of our first unit where we explored our base ten number system.

In literacy, we are finishing up our first unit on realistic fiction reading and writing. Students are beginning to think about determining the theme. Remember, the theme is what the author is trying to teach about life (as opposed to the lesson the character learns). Please ask your child what their thoughts are about the themes in their independent books. They should continue to read a CHAPTER book at their appropriate reading level and write about what they are reading Mondays-Thursdays.

In class, we are moving into an informational reading, writing, and research unit. Students will be working on a long term Social Studies project about Native Americans. There will be various due dates. Please keep an eye out for this packet. Students will work on the project in school and at home. A variety of reading, writing, and research skills will be embedded in this project. It is sure to be challenging. You can support your child by checking in with them about their progress. Always refer back to the project packet for questions about deadlines, etc. This project will be shared with students in coming days. Thank you in advance for your support!

Happy Halloween!!!



October Update

Dear Families,

In Reading, we are currently focusing on fiction books. All students are expected to be reading a fiction book as this will support the literacy work we are doing. We are continuing to write about reading in our Reading Response Journals, writing about things such as character development over time and how mood and setting affect the character. In Writing, we are finishing up our realistic fiction stories through peer editing and revising. We also started using workbooks to review grammar skills. This will be part of homework and the book should be taken home and returned to school (please do not rip out the pages). In Math, we are unpacking the addition and subtraction strategies such as subtraction in parts, compensation, the number line, and the U.S standard algorithm. In Social Studies, we are learning about the world around us and how to understand it through various kinds of maps. Students should learn the 50 states as well as the continents and oceans. We are having a quiz soon.

Later in the month we will begin an integrated unit on informational reading, informational writing, and Native Americans (Social Studies Research). We are taking a special field trip to Inwood Hill Park on Wednesday October 25th. Please review and sign the permission slip and return it to school along with the $3.00 trip fee as soon as possible. It is sure to be a great learning experience!

Best Wishes,

Robin Courtwright