Principal's Greeting

Dear Families,


Each year the month of April is set aside as National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poets and their craft. The goals of National Poetry Month are to: highlight the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets, encourage the reading of poems, and help teachers/families in bringing poetry into their classrooms/homes.

Below are some ideas to help you and your family celebrate National Poetry Month. 

  • Write poetry every day

  • Act out a poem of your choice

  • Memorize a poem

  • Give a poem as a gift to a friend or family member

  • Read aloud poetry to a child

  • Be an inventor: Invent a new poetry form

  • Wake up with Poetry! Start each day by reading poetry

  • Learn how to write an Acrostic poem

  • Build an inspiration jar. Keep a jar of words, phrases, ideas, poetry forms. When you want to write but don't have an idea, pull a slip from the jar and be inspired by it.

  • Listen to a poet read aloud his or her poetry


This year PS 124 will be celebrating Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 29th.    This will enable all of us to celebrate poems and to build a sense of community by sharing the powerful words of poets from all over the world.

On Thursday, April 29th (Poem In Your Pocket Day) we would like all PS 124 staff, students, and family members to carry a copy of their favorite poem in their pocket and share it with others that day.  You can choose to memorize your poem or recite it for other people, pets, stuffed animals, etc.  Classroom teachers will be sharing more about this in the next few weeks. 


Happy Poetry Reading!


Ms. Helman


40 Division Street

New York, NY 10002

212.966.7237 (office)

212.219.3069 (fax)

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