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“Community Helper Week” Blog Recap!

Hello all,

The students kicked off Community Week by defining the word, “Community”.  Through a discussion, it was determined that a community is a group of people who live in one place called a neighborhood.  The teachers explained that the students would spend the week discussing, learning about and even meeting some of the people who help make our community so special!   Well, “Community Week” has come and gone and boy, was it great!  Read on below to learn all about the fun that was had and learning that took place!

Monday and Tuesday morning both proved to be very exciting as they were the first two Sprinkler/Water Park days of August Summer Camp!  With a week of camp already under their belts, the students threw on their pinnies and headed out to enjoy some wet fun in the hot sun!  Take a look below to see the students splishing and splashing!  Do you think they enjoyed it?!? 🙂



As if the Sprinkler/Water Park was not exciting enough, the fun continued inside the PPA classroom as it was also an Art Day on both Monday and Tuesday!  After toweling off and changing into dry clothing, the students got right to work.   On Monday, the students created an Olympic-inspired art project in honor of the 2016 Summer Olympics starting this past weekend!


Olympic Rings


For Art Day on Tuesday, the students created a special art project relating to Thursday’s field trip!  Can you guess from the following clues which community helper was the inspiration for Tuesday’s craft?

1.  These community helpers drive on a big, red truck!

2.  These community helpers wear special uniforms including helmets.

3.  These community helpers can be reached by calling 9-1-1!

Do you know who these community helpers are?

If you said, “Firefighters” then you are correct!

The students used assorted craft materials and colored glitter to decorate their very own firefighter hat which they wore to the field trip on Thursday!  Look below to see the students in action!


fire hats


The community theme continued on Wednesday as the students were visited by three representatives from Jersey City Medical Center – EMT Anthony, EMT Kimberly and EMT Devin!  As their names suggest, EMT Anthony, EMT Kimberly and EMT Devin are EMTs or Emergency Medical Technicians!  They are the people who drive and ride inside the ambulance to help people who are hurt or sick.  As the EMTs explained, sometimes people cannot get themselves to a hospital so the ambulance will come and give them a ride.  While one person drives the ambulance, the other members of the team provide medical care to the person who is hurt or sick.  The students loved hearing about the important job the EMTs do in our community to help keep everyone safe and healthy.  EMT Anthony, EMT Kimberly and EMT Devin explained the importance of how and WHEN to call 9-1-1.  The students could hardly believe it when they learned that EMT Anthony, EMT Kimberly and EMT Devin had brought their ambulance along with them!  The students all took turns hopping aboard and seeing what the inside of an ambulance looks like.  What an amazing experience!   The PPA students are so fortunate to have such amazing and friendly helpers in their community!  Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this blog post to view all of the photographs from EMT Anthony, EMT Kimberly and EMT Devin’s visit to PPA.  A special PPA “Thank You” to EMT Anthony, EMT Kimberly and EMT Devin and all of the EMS members who help keep everyone in our community safe.  🙂



Speaking of community helpers, the students, teachers, and a large group of PPA parents spent Thursday morning with some of Jersey City’s bravest Firefighters at the local Firehouse!   The firefighters really pulled out all the stops for the PPA kids!  Captain Rodriquez along with the entire D-Group did a phenomenal job explaining the various ways that firefighters help in our community.  Did you know that firefighters do not just put out fires?  They help with nearly everything because they are also “First Responders”.  The students had the opportunity to tour the fire station and even meet a moving robot that firefighters can use when a situation is too dangerous for a person to go in and help!  The students also had the chance to see one of the ladder trucks in action! Could this field trip get any better?  Yes it could – and it did!  The firefighters led the students and parents on a tour of the fire house!  Just before the end of the field trip, the PPA students proudly presented the firefighters a special poster to express their gratitude!  With a big “Park Prep Thank You”, the students said goodbye to the firefighters and then headed back to school.  What an wonderful trip it was!  Be sure to look below for some of the photographic highlights from the incredible and important field trip!


firehouse aug

The fun continued on Friday as the students arrived at school for WaCkY HaT DaY!  The hats the students chose or created certainly did not disappoint!  Take a look to see some of the WaCkY and ZaNy hats that were sent in!


Wow!  Talk about an AMAZING week of camp!  We cannot wait to see what next week – WaCkY ScIeNce WeEk – has in store!  A special PPA Thank You to all of the PPA parents and community helpers that were such an integral part this past week!  Your time and efforts are appreciated more than you realize!  Well, that is all for this week of camp.  As always, thank you for reading.  Have a fun and safe weekend!



2016-2017 School Year

First Installment (September) Tuition Payment due on Wednesday, 8/17


Next Week – WaCkY ScIeNcE Week!

Monday and Tuesday– WATER PARK and ART DAY!

Students must arrive dressed for outdoor water play! Please pack a towel and an EASY TO PUT ON change of clothing.

Wednesday and Thursday – WaCkY ScIeNcE DaYs!

Friday –  Liberty Science Center Field Trip!

All students must arrive to school by 8:45 a.m. Parents welcome to attend!  Students must wear a camp shirt today and also pack a COMPLETELY DISPOSABLE lunch today.

Click here to view all of the photos from this week of camp!