PS 170's partnership with Asphalt Green began in the 2013 and has since been providing our second grade students with high-quality, no-cost swimming instruction at the New Settlement Community Center. We participate in their "Waterproofing" program through which all of our second graders receive 35 weeks of swim instruction throughout the school year and are then invited to participate in their culminating event "The Big Swim" where they are given the opportunity to race against their peers from throughout the city. All students leave the program with varying degrees of swim competency but are all able to keep safe in water, an extremely important life skill for any kid. It is great fun and provides students with additional physical fitness opportunities as well!


· Beginning Wednesday, September 25th, all second grade students will attend swim classes once a week in accordance with the schedule below:

- Wednesdays 9:45-10:30am: 2-310 (Ms. Hinton)

- Fridays 9:45-10:30am: 2-312 (Ms. Spencer)

- Fridays 10:30-11:15am: 2-314 (Ms. Perez)

· On the day that your child’s class has swimming, they are to be sent to school with their bathing suit already on, underneath their uniform, and a bag containing the following items: towel, swim cap, clean underwear, and a plastic bag (for wet items to be placed in after swim class).

· PS 170 will provide swim caps and goggles for each student. Parents will need to provide bathing suits, towels, underwear, & plastic bags.

· Swimming instruction will be provided by the staff of Asphalt Green (www.asphaltgreen.org) at a ratio of one adult per every 8 students. All instructors have Red Cross and First Aid training and are certified lifeguards.

· The program will culminate in “The Big Swim” in late April/ early May, where students from swim programs across the city will have the opportunity to compete in various swim events and to see swimming and diving exhibitions at Asphalt Green’s location on the Upper East Side.

· All students must have completed permission forms to participate.

· The students WILL BE IN THE POOL on the first week of classes so please send them dressed accordingly on their first day.

· Participation in swimming will be a part of the students’ P.E. grade so please ensure they are prepared to participate regularly!


· A partir del miercoles 25 de septiembre, todos los estudiantes de segundo grado asistirán a clases de natación una vez por semana de acuerdo con el siguiente programa:

- Miercoles 9:45-10:30: 2-310 (Sra. Hinton)

- Viernes 9:45-10:30: 2-312 (Sra. Spencer)

- Viernes 10:30-11:15: 2-314 (Sra. Perez)

· El día en que la clase de su hijo/a tenga natación, los estudiantes tienen que venir a la escuela con su traje de baño ya puesto, debajo de su uniforme, y una mochila con cordón que contenga los siguientes elementos: toalla, gorro de natación, ropa interior limpia, y una bolsa plástico (para los artículos mojados que se colocarán después de nadar).

· PS 170 proporcionará gorros de natación y gafas para el agua para cada estudiante. Los padres serán responsables de proporcionar trajes de baño, ropa interior, toallas, y bolsas de plastic.

· La clase de natación será proporcionada por el personal de Asphalt Green (ww.asphaltgreen.org) y en una proporción de un adulto por cada 8 alumnos. Todos los instructores tienen entrenamiento de primeros auxilios de la Cruz Roja y son salvavidas certificados.

· El programa culminará en “The Big Swim” en abril donde los estudiantes de los programas de natación de toda la ciudad podran tener la oportunidad de competir en diferentes eventos de natación.

· Todos los estudiantes deben haber completado los formularios de permiso para participar.

· Los estudiantes ESTARÁN EN LA PISCINA, en la primera semana de clases así que por favor envielos vestidos adecuadamente el primer dia.

· La participación en la natación será parte de la calificación P. E. de los estudiantes, asi que asegurese de que estén preparados para participar regularmente!

Click below to check out Asphalt Green's website for more information on Waterproofing and their various other fantastic programs.