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 

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

Update from Claudia


As I mentioned in the last update, we are knee-deep in fractions and have been working on modeling, writing equations for and solving fractions of whole numbers as well as fractions of fractions.  The double number line, the bar model and an array are an integral part of our daily math lives.  

We have added ten Macbook Airs to our math classroom and students have an opportunity to practice skills online as well as complete a personalized ‘Mission’ using Kahn Acdemy.  The students use the laptops in small groups for about 20 minutes a day, 3-4x a week.  We have discussed the high level of responsibility that comes along with the use of a laptop, both online safety and respect as well as how to carefully handle an expensive tool.

As scientists, the students continue to practice and utilize their skills to design a controlled experiment, collect data, calculate average and create a line graph with the trials they’ve conducted using the flip sticks and small objects.  (Pictures attached for reference).


Last year I recommended this book to the class and many students enjoyed reading it and found it helpful when preparing for National Science League (the multiple choice competition for 4th and 5th graders) in April.  Maybe a holiday gift idea?

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or need more information.


December Update from Eve

Dear 5A and 5B Families,

It’s hard to believe 2017 is drawing to a close so quickly! The 5th graders have had quite the November, and our December learning is already well underway. Thank you as always for your continued support and partnership in your children’s learning. It has been such a wonderful experience getting to know each of them and watching them learn and grow, even in such a short time.

In reading, we have dedicated hours of passion and thoughtful research to our Inquiry Research Projects, which we are currently in the final stretch of completing. Working both collaboratively and independently to ask thought provoking questions about our topics, synthesize our sources and subtopics, and grow new knowledge about our interests has provided the students with skills they will continue to use in middle school and beyond. From building Hamilton to exotic foods, and optical illusions to the Miami Dolphins, the research the students have completed using articles, books, interviews, and by evaluating personal experiences has laid the foundation for what is sure to be an exciting and educational series of shares and presentations in the next few weeks. I have already learned so much from everyone, and I am excited to see how far this research can take them!

The first half of our journalism writing unit is also wrapping up, and the students are putting their new skills to the test as they write news reports for our class newspaper or newscast report. Writing articles that showcase the happenings of Lower Lab and the New York City community, the students have been honing their skills writing catchy headlines, strong leads that include the “who, what, when, and where,” and interweaving quotes from interviews to add depth and character to their articles. To release their hard-hitting stories to the press, some students will work together to assemble a newspaper that will be distributed around the 5th grade, and some students will get their moment in the spotlight as they read their articles in front of the camera! The footage will be edited together to create our own “newscast report” to be screened by both classes. Both the journalism articles and inquiry research have kept us working hard, and the students’ efforts have certainly showed in their pieces and projects.

In the upcoming month, we look forward to continuing our journalism unit, extending our skills as we learn to write feature articles to add to our reporting repertoire. We are also beginning a new reading unit, which will focus on the importance of reading while keeping writing about this reading in mind. December is sure to keep us busy and productive!

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

Home Alone: Parenting and Safety Rule Tips

Before you allow your pre-teen or teen to stay home alone for the first time, follow these parenting strategies and make sure your child understands the rules. Repeat the rules every time you leave the house and get acknowledgement from your child that he/she has heard you!

  1. Ensure that your child knows your mobile phone number; tell your child that he/she can call you at any time, for any reason, and you won’t be upset or angry.
  2. Have your child go through the motions of calling 911 in case of an emergency. Discuss possible reason that your child would have to call 911 and made sure he/she knows never to make a joke of it.
  3. Make a Contact List of neighbors, friends and/or relatives to call in case your child feels scared or has a problem and can’t reach you. Post this list on the refrigerator. If your child has a cell phone, enter the names and number in his/her contact lists.

Experts suggest creating a Home Alone Contract that includes your rules. After you and your child read and discuss the rules both of you sign the contract and agree to follow it. Below are some suggested rules to help you begin drafting a contract feel free to add your own rules:

Make a Home Alone Contract

Update from Claudia

It was so nice to have so many families attend our Open School events as well as meet with each of you regarding your child’s strengths and goals.  I am always grateful to work in a community with such supportive and involved families.  Thank you!

During the past few weeks and the weeks coming, the students have been knee-deep in fractions.  Building on what they’ve learned in third and fourth grade about expanding, simplifying, adding and subtracting fractions, students are using these skills in problem solving situations.  Over the next few weeks we will continue working with fractions, focusing on multiplication and division.  

We are finishing up the second investigation in the Variables unit in Science, Lifeboats.  Students are building boats (paper cups), testing the number of passengers (pennies) they can hold, and measuring the capacity of the boat.  Like the Swingers unit, the students are focused on changing one variable at a time, identifying the independent variable, dependent variable and creating two-coordinate graphs (on paper and on the computer).  We will finish our Variables unit in December with a final investigation, Flippers, that encourages the students to develop their own controlled experiment involving small objects and flip sticks (things will be flying!).  

I hope everyone has a lovely thanksgiving, full of family and friends, I will be checking out the parade, hosting dinner and enjoying a few days off!  

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or need more information.

Class of 2017 Middle School Acceptances


November 14, 2017

Dear Fifth Grade Families,

Here is a breakdown of the acceptances and final placements from the Class of 2017.

District School Acceptances (Including Appeals)

School Number accepted Number Applied
Salk 7 12
Clinton 7 10
ESMS 9 17
Middle Lab 13 17
Wagner SP 17 49
Wagner AP 1 13
Quest 1 1
Yorkville 1 5


Citywide School Acceptances

School Number Accepted Number Applied
NEST+M 2 35


Final Placements

Salk 6                                     Wagner SP 15

Clinton 7                             Wagner AP 1

ESMS 8                                   Quest  1

Middle Lab 9                         NEST+M 2


Private School

Collegiate 3                          St. Ignatius 1

Fieldston 1                          Columbia Grammar 1

Hewitt 1                              Trinity 1

Nightingale- Bamford 1





Middle School Application Are Being Sent Home Today, 11/14!


Dear Fifth Grade Families,

Your child will be bringing home an envelope that contains your child’s District 2 Middle School application.  Please review all of the information to make sure it is correct.  Middle schools will contact you based on the information listed on the application, so please be sure that your address and phone number are accurate.  If you have any changes or corrections, please contact me immediately.

The deadline for these applications is Friday, December 1st, but you may submit yours at any time before the deadline.  If the application is lost prior to the deadline or there are any corrections that need to be made, please contact me and I can print you a new copy of the application.  Please keep in mind the following as you complete your application:

  • The official class is a number that is used for coding the classes in the computer system, so you will see 501 or 502 rather than the room number.
  • Complete only Sections 5 and 6 (on the back.)  l
  • If you have concerns about your child’s attendance, please contact Hugues in the main office.  He can access the attendance records.  Note: an absence or lateness can be coded in the system as explained (i.e. doctor’s appointment) but is still considered an absence or lateness, and will appear on your child’s record.
  • If you feel your child qualifies for “extenuating circumstances” regarding his/her attendance or lateness, please contact me immediately with your explanation and request.
  • If your child receives testing accommodations, he/she will be given those accommodations for any middle school entrance exams.  Please contact the schools with documentation of the accommodations when you are notified about the tests.
  • Sign, date, and return the application to me by December 1st.

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions at (212) 427-2798 or

Joshua Goldstein