PS 84 EnviroSci Garden Enrichment Workshops
2023-2024 Beazer’s Garden Afterschool Enrollment!
For 26 years, we have guided students of all ages in learning about our interdependent connection to nature.
Our Environmental Science and Garden enrichment workshops provide students with hands-on activities to learn about their role in ecology while they learn to know and grow healthy and delicious fruits, veggies, and herbs!
Our Curriculum Approach
With an emphasis on learning and having fun, we offer interesting, age-appropriate learning activities that help kids discover how nature works and inspire them to lead healthy and happy lives.
Gardening programs grow more than plants, they grow healthy and aware future leaders and citizens of the world.
- Activities are aligned with the Common Core Standards and rich in academic connections to science, social studies, math, language arts, nutrition, physical fitness, and creative arts!
- Our activities support social-emotional growth as students learn in a relaxed atmosphere with their peers and caring educators.
- Students build practical skills, work with their hands, and move their bodies as they perform actual garden tasks.
Our goal is to:
- Provide families with a reliable resource for after-school care.
- Provide a safe, educationally productive environment for students to learn foundational skills in ecology-related subjects.
- Help students develop healthy, trusting relationships, and build self-confidence in their abilities.
2023-2024 Enrollment Application
We serve PS 84 students from Kindergarten thru 5th grade.
Enrollment is based on a “first come, first served” basis.
Enroll your child 1-5 days a week, for the entire school year, or by individual Fall or Spring terms.
- There is a $25 application fee each semester, it only applies once if enrolled for the whole school year.
- You can pay by monthly auto-debt installments.
- Fees for school closings will be prorated and refunded to you.
- Cancellation of enrollment must be within 15 days of submitting application for a full refund.
- For changes to student enrollment, such as schedule, day of the week or semester selection, please email Ms. B. at least 3 weeks before semester start.
We do not offer refunds or price adjustments for cancellations after sessions start.
Enviro-Sci Garden enrichment care is not in operation during school closings, or on early dismissal days.
- The program runs “rain or shine” unless there are major weather warning issues for the city.
- Dress students accordingly. Please understand students will get dirty working in the garden. We are not responsible for the condition of students clothing.
- On very rainy days, and in the Winter, sessions will be held in our indoor garden classroom, otherwise classes are held in the rooftop garden.
We follow AccuWeather for updates and will inform families about potential program closing due to inclement weather before the school day is over by email and on the Padlet.
Our Afterschool Schedule
Mondays – Tuesdays – Wednesdays – Thursdays – Friday
1st term- September 7 – February 2: 21 weeks
2nd term- February 5 – June 26: 19 weeks
A garden is active all year long and there are many fun and exciting projects even in the Fall and Winter months.
All classes have an indoor/outdoor component, where students learn about the topic of the day indoors with technology-supported lessons, and complete hands-on tasks outdoors.
- Our cultural and local connections to plants and place
- Compost and soil study
- Seed starting and planting, food preservation
- Insects and animals
- Weather and patterns in nature, such as putting the garden to bed in Winter and then waking up the garden in Early Spring
- And complete long-term STEM projects.
2023-2024 School Closings by Day of the Week
We follow the NYC public school calendar and are closed for school holidays, breaks and half-days.
Please visit the other PS 84 Afterschool programs for student camps during breaks.
Fall: September 7 – February 2
(closed Dec 25- Jan 1)
Mondays- 9/25 (Yom Kippur), 10/9 (Indigenous People’s Day/Italian Heritage Day), 1/15 (MLK Jr Day)
Tuesdays- 11/7 (election day)
Thursdays- 11/2 (Half Day), 11/23 (Thanksgiving Recess)
Fridays- 11/17 (Half Day), 11/24 (Thanksgiving Recess)
Spring: February 5- June 26
(closed Feb 19-23, April 22-26)
Mondays- 5/27 (Memorial Day)
Wednesdays- 4/10 (Eid al-Fitr), 6/19 (Juneteenth)
Thursdays- 3/7 (Half Day), 6/6 (Chancellor’s Day)
Fridays- 3/22 (Half Day), 3/29 (Good Friday), 6/7 (Clerical Day)
Student Supply List
We provide Garden Gear for each student: Garden visors, aprons, tote bags, journals, and insect repellent bracelets are provided. We will keep their garden items at school, so they are not forgotten at home. If students take these items home, please remember to send them in for their next session.
Please make sure your child has:
- A refillable water bottle,
- Weather appropriate clothing and layers, ex: hats, gloves, long sleeves, and things they can get dirty in. etc.
- Please make sure each of your child’s personal items from home are labeled with their name. We are not responsible for any lost or misplaced personal items.
- We will place unclaimed items in the general school lost and found area.
Beazer’s Garden Staff
Ms. B hires and trains a staff of qualified and caring young educators to guide our students through afternoon programming.
Each educator has a unique set of gifts that as a combined team will provide the best in educational afterschool care!
We have French and Spanish speaking staff and a DOE Paraprofessional on staff to work with students.
Day to Day
The rooftop garden is an outdoor classroom. Please make sure your child has appropriate coverage for being in either chilly or warm weather conditions.
Your child will meet with our Garden instructors in the school cafeteria at day school dismissal.
- Students have time for an afternoon snack, group mental wellness check in, and quiet time after a long day at school.
- Then 30 minutes for students to complete homework with instructor support.
- Then our instructors engage students in activities that are rich in academic connections to science, social studies, math, language arts, nutrition, physical fitness, and creative arts!
- Students work together in the garden, learning about the science and magic of nature.
- Students will keep a garden journal through the year to record their lessons and tasks
Our program runs from school dismissal to 5:45pm.
- Whole group packs up at 5:30pm and walks down to the main school entrance by 5:45pm to dismiss.
- You do not have to call to let us know you are at the school for regular dismissal.
- Please wait at the main entrance, our group leaders will have you sign out your child, who will be waiting inside the doors, this helps to control traffic from other departing programs.
- Please be patient with this process as it is for the safety of our students.
- Your child will only be released to authorized individuals named on your application. The authorized caregiver will need to show proper identification to sign out the child.
- There is a $25 late fee for pickups after 6pm.
We can accommodate early pickups at 4:30pm (which is a natural transition time for afterschool program) Please arrange ahead of time with Ms. B by email.
Early pickups at various times in the afternoon by various families requires one staff member to leave the group with only one educator, which interrupts appropriate supervision and projects.
- “Day of” pick up requests are likely to get missed as we are engaged with students during the day.
- Please notify us at least 2 days ahead of time for any changes to student schedule.
- If a day of early pick is unavoidable, please contact Ms. B and then go to school security desk, they will call our afterschool staff to bring student down.
Student Behavior Expectations & Consequences
The garden is a dynamic and active space, and student safety is one of our primary concerns.
As in our day school program, students are reminded of school and garden expectations, and of their responsibility to be kind, respectful, open-minded, ready to learn and have fun.
- My educators work with students to create agreeable expectations and consequences, giving students a voice and role in their behavior.
- If a student is having a hard time with expectations, they get verbal reminders, get redirected in tasks, or encouraged to take a short break from the activity if they are not able to continue working with the group in a safe way.
- If a student repeatedly has a hard time adjusting, we will reach out to families to discuss a solution and come up with suitable “consequences” for students.
- We never use corporal punishment as a form of discipline. We do not use food as a reward or as a punishment.
- If severe safety issues arise, where students are openly opposing, using inappropriate language, getting physical with other students or staff, if they are destructive to school and program property, this is grounds for dismissal from the program. A family meeting will be held by Zoom with our staff and Ms. B to talk about challenges and find solutions that work for everyone.We work with the school counselors and other staff to support student needs.
To ensure you child’s safety, if your child is absent from school or will not be attending our
program that day, or if your child will be arriving late to our site, be sure to contact us beforehand to let us know not to expect them.
- We encourage regular student attendance to get the full benefit of time in the EnviroScience Garden.
- We are not able to offer refunds or make-up days for missed days.
Beazer’s Garden Workshops is not responsible for administering any medication to your child. We ask that you refrain from packing medication of any kind, other than asthma inhalers (with a signed doctor’s note), with your child.
- If your child is ill with any of the following symptoms the night before school: fever of over 100 degrees, coughing, vomiting, consistent headache, rash, head lice, nausea, diarrhea, listlessness, uncharacteristic low energy, sore throat, sneezing or runny nose, eye redness with mucus discharge, please keep your child home.
- *If your child becomes ill during the school day, the school will notify you to pick them up. They cannot attend afterschool.
- Your child may return to the program after symptoms have abated for 24 hours.
We encourage children to give each other space even when working outdoors. We do not require children to wear a mask during garden program, but if you require your child to, please let us know.
All Beazer’s Garden Workshops instructors are vaccinated and closely adhere to the NYC Department of Health guidelines. All staff and participants will follow quarantine and proof of a negative test result in the event of a COVID-19 symptoms and diagnosis.
We want to ensure a safe environment for your child; however, accidents sometimes happen. For minor things such as scraped knees or a bump or scratch, we will treat the incident and record it in our injury log. All parents and caregivers will be given a copy of the incident report.
You will be notified about the minor injury and the type of medical attention that was given. In case of a serious medical or dental emergency, we will first call 911 for medical assistance, then notify you. If we cannot reach you, we will notify the emergency contact person designated on your application form.
Program Safety Plan
Evacuation and Relocation plan: In the event of a school evacuation, staff, equipped with parent and emergency contact information, will lead students out of the school to our designated relocation area, Central Park West, 96th Street entrance, depending on the situation. Caregivers/emergency contacts will be called directly by our staff.
Fire Drills and Lock Down Drill plan: As required by the school, our Staff will participate in fire drills conducted by the main afterschool program onsite and practice lockdown drills in afterschool from time to time (at least twice a term). They will follow the procedure as in day school and (1) shelter in place or (2) relocate to the nearest room to shelter until the drill (or actual emergency has passed).
We follow the PS 84 Handbook for Emergency school closings, Disasters and Fire Evacuation:
“School may be closed because of severe weather conditions. Information regarding school closing is provided in the following ways:
PS84 School App: https://schoolappexpress.net/html5/33/newsfeed
School Messenger: Automated phone calls to student homes on phone numbers listed on ATS
Local Media: Radio Stations; WABC, WNBC, WCBS, 1010WINS. Watch CABLE TV: NEWS
An automatic telephone messaging system will call each student’s home and a recorded message about the school closing will be transmitted electronically.”
Please call Ms. B, or an onsite afterschool garden staff member, or school security or the appropriate authority for your situation.
Child Abuse Prevention
We are mandated to report suspicion of child abuse to Child Protective Services.
Contacting Ms. B & Afterschool Staff
If you have questions or concerns, you can reach Ms. B by email, by phone, or by making an appointment to Zoom or visit the school roof garden on Monday or Friday afternoons.
Email is one of the fastest, most effective, and environmentally friendly ways for us to communicate with you. Please add [email protected] to your accepted email list.
Please do not rely on PS 84 School staff, garden volunteers or garden staff to get important information to Ms. B. It is best to leave a message or schedule an appointment.
Please bear in mind that Ms. B teaches Pre-k- 5th grade during the school day and then runs the afterschool program in the afternoon. She may not be able to answer or return calls immediately or meet with unscheduled visitors.
Phone: In Parent Handbook
Email: [email protected]
Staff contact information is updated on the Padlet. When contacting, please CC or text all current staff including Ms. B so everyone is on the same page.
Your Feedback Is Encouraged
Each semester we will provide you with an evaluation tool for you to assess our program performance. We encourage you to complete the evaluation at least once a year.
We look forward to seeing you in the garden!
Beazer’s Garden Urban Environmental Education Services is a single-focus program afterschool provider.