PA of PS196Q





With the efforts of the P.A.’s Wellness Council and Meredith Kaback, P.S. 196 has been selected as a recipient of the Platinum Award for the 2017 NYC Excellence in School Wellness Awards.

This award places our school with many other schools that are striving to help create a healthy environment for our students. Please see below to learn what our Wellness Council does.

School Year 2016-2017

The Wellness Council of PS196Q is committed to furthering the well-being and success of our children by supporting a focus on nutrition, physical education and activity, and general wellness.  We are dedicated to helping our School with a Heart be the School with a HEALTHY Heart, too.
2016-2017 Things to Celebrate

- All grades participate in NYC Road Runners Mighty Milers program in gym class with Ms. Bronstein
  - Eat a Rainbow Week – spearheaded by Ms. Lieberman and Ms. Bronstein - a week dedicated to teaching about nutrition, healthy eating and trying new foods. Each day was dedicated to a different color with info provided on healthy food of that color, offerings in the cafeteria (thanks to John and the cafeteria staff!) and children encouraged to dress in the color of the day.
  - Zumba assembly for all grades to celebrate Every Kid Healthy Week
  - 2 Family Fun Fitness Days (weekend) - Family Yoga, Family Zumba
  - Continued the Alternative Menu (more plant-based, fewer-processed food options than standard NYC menu)
  - Compassionate Communication workshop to help parents and caregivers practice tools to better understand and communicate with their children and hopefully work towards greater harmony
  - Garden - tilled the soil - planned and built the garden beds in the back, with plans for more future development, acquired tools and a shed, planted tulips in the back of the school, a heart of flowers in the front;  for a Fun Friday organized by Mr. King, students planted seedlings and learned about gardening
  - Service in the Schools participation


Our Family Fitness Fundays will happen monthly this year!

Please mark your calendars to join us for some great exercise, a yummy brunch and a chance to enjoy the company of other PS196 families. Classes will be held in the gym or cafeteria, and will most often begin at 10am , followed by the brunch from 11am-12pm.

Activities to include: Yoga, Capoeira, Zumba, Karate, and more…

Children (age 4+,) parents, grandparents, caregivers – all are welcome! Cost is $5 per person Additional details and RSVP forms to confirm participation will be sent home in advance of each event.

Saturday September 24th, 2016
Sunday October 23rd, 2016
Saturday November 19th, 2016
Sunday December 18th, 2016
Saturday January 14th, 2017
Sunday February 12th, 2017
Sunday March 12th, 2017
Sunday April 2nd, 2017
Saturday May 6th, 2017
Sunday June 4th, 2017



The Wellness Council will host a Compassionate Communication Workshop once a year which will help parents practice tools and techniques particularly relevant to busy parents - balancing work needs, the needs of children, and parents as well! The workshop will focus on managing situations such as sibling rivalry, an easier way to get your child to put their shoes on rather than arguing about it or how a parent and child can remain calm and in control during arguments. (Click here for more information...)


If you have any questions, please email