PTA AND SLT ELECTION RESULTS
Thank you to those who came out to review our 2017-2018 proposed PTA budget and vote in the PTA 2017-18 board and new SLT Members. 6 more members-at-large will be elected in the fall. There are still so many more ways to get involved? Check out our Help Wanted listings.
PTA Exec Board members for 2017-18 are:
Zoë Kashner, President; Nicole Brier, President Elect; Lisa Rochlin, Recording Secretary; Alexandra Meeks, Chair of Operations; Pacts Cartagna, Treasurer; Amy May, Treasurer-Elect; Crystal Orraca, Chair of Fundraising; Maggie Ross Newville, Chair of Events; Sarah Kagan, Chair of Events Elect; Meg Moorhouse, Chair of Marketing; Jodi Harris, Chair of Auctions and Sponsorships; Amy Gleeson, Chair of After School; Teri Roth, Membership Coordinator; Willy Schwenzfeier, Chair of Technology, and Jenny Robinson-Hartley, Chair of Programs.
SLT Parent Members for 2017-18 are:
Anne Lanier, Gretchen Aguiar, and Erin Mears (2nd year members); and Jane Bliss Birk, Geoff Debery, and Jesse Farrell (1st year members).
EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA) PUBLIC HEARING
JUNE 6, 6-8:30PM
Prospect Heights Educational Campus, 883 Classon Ave
Several PS 154 parents are meeting up at 154 at 5:15 pm to travel to the hearing together. Questions? Email 154 dad Geoff DeBery at email@example.com.
ESSA is the Obama administration's signature education law that was developed to replace No Child Left Behind. It allows states to craft their own “state plan” detailing education policy reforms and specifying how those reforms tie into federal funding. This is an important opportunity for New York State to enhance Social Emotional Learning (SEL) by incorporating goals that articulate a well-rounded vision of student success and providing professional development to increase educator capacity for SEL.
The New York State Education Department drafted a plan and is holding hearings across the state over the coming weeks to give parents an opportunity to learn more about it and to provide public comments that may shape future revisions. For more information, click here. For more information about SEL and ESSA, click here.
COMMUNITY BOARD 7 - BIKE LANE VOTE (Transportation Committee)
JUNE 19 @ 6:30pm in the MMR at PS 154
Mark your calendars. Our Community Board 7 will meet at PS 154 for a presentation by the DOT on the proposed bike lanes for 10th & 11th Aves. Following the presentation and comments from the public, the committee will vote to approve the bike lanes – which will then go to a vote by the full committee 2 days later on Wednesday, June 21st.
Last fall, more than 500 of you signed a petition to encourage the DOT to enact traffic calming measures. This bike lane proposal is a direct result of activism by our school community for the safety of our children. However, the bike lane still requires a vote from our local community board. If you happen to live on 10th Ave or 11th Ave, your voice will be particularly important to the committee.
As bike lanes remain unpopular with some people in our district, we expect to hear strong opposition. But there is good news for all! Here's what the bike lanes will bring to Windsor Terrace:
1. We will not lose a single parking space on either avenue. In fact we will gain up to 19 spaces as the DOT will add parking on the bridge.
2. Bike lanes will narrow the avenues, which will reduce speeding and accidents.
3. Bike lanes will improve safety and accessibility for all bikers, big and small.
4. The project implementation is quick and painless to the community.
5. This project has the full support of both Council Member Brad Lander and Assembly Member Robert Carroll.
We hope to see you on the 19th! Questions or ideas? Please contact Anne Lanier firstname.lastname@example.org
AROUND THE CITY FUN & FREE
WORLD SCIENCE FESTIVAL
The World Science Festival is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on May 30 to June 4, 2017, and we want you to join us! Explore New York City’s waterways, gaze at the stars in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and let your inner scientist out at our FREE Youth and Family Events. There’s something for everyone in every borough!
WSF Family Flyer
WSF Fish Count Flyer
SUMMER READING KICKOFF CELEBRATION AT THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Summer Reading at Brooklyn Public Library kicks off on Thursday, June 9 (when children are off from school), with FREE, fun activities and entertainment from 10 am - 3:30 pm on the Central Library Plaza. Get in the Game as the plaza will be transformed into a game playground featuring a live chess game and a variety of games for all ages. Details
OUTDOORS FOR AUTISM
You bring a blanket, we'll bring the fun! INCLUDEnyc invites you to our very first Outdoors for Autism. Join us June 10th at Morningside Park from 11 AM - 3 PM for an afternoon of fun, entertainment, and connection. There will be sporting events, music, arts activities, informational resources, and more. Click here to register. Hope to see you there! Details
CENTRAL BROOKLYN ARTS & CULTURE WEEKEND
The Central Brooklyn Arts & Culture Weekend begins with “Movie Night Under the Stars” on Saturday June 10th and ends on Sunday, June 11th with the main festival, which will start at the famed Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Arch at Grand Army Plaza and continue along the Eastern Parkway corridor from Flatbush Avenue to Washington Avenue. This route is home to the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, the spectacular Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the world-famed Brooklyn Museum, and Ronald E. McNair Park. Additionally, art, crafts, and featured performances will be provided by the Prospect Park Zoo, the Jewish Children’s Museum, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the New York Aquarium. Details