Weekly Newsletter

COMING UP

Dec 14 - Movie Night Rescheduled! 6:30 pm showtime
Dec 17 - Tiny Scientist Assembly
Dec 18 - Armory Visit for Grades 2-5 Volunteers needed - Sign Up
Dec 18 - PTA General Meeting/Coffee with the Principal, 8:30 am
Dec 18 - Dec 21 - New-to-You Book Fair
Dec 24 - Jan 1 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Jan 2 - Return to School
Jan 4 - Movie Night


A Note from our Leadership Team on Social Emotional Learning at PS 154:

http://www.ps154.org/from-the-leadership-team/




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SHOP FOR A CHRISTMAS TREE & SUPPORT PS 154!

If you buy a Christmas tree, buy it from FOLEY FIRS on 8th St. and 8th Ave. Mention PS 154, and they will donate minimum $10 to our school for every tree sold. Or order from www.foleyfirs.com — you can have the tree delivered for free and never leave your house!

  • open 7 days a week from 11/24 to 12/23

  • super-fresh trees, cut in southern Quebec just 1 week before Thanksgiving

  • 3 varieties of trees + wreaths and stands

  • FREE DELIVERY AND SET UP if your tree stand is set up (check with Foley Firs for delivery radius)

TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS! They just have to mention the school — and don't have to have a child at the school for us to benefit!

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TONIGHT! RESCHEDULED MOVIE NIGHT: INCREDIBLES 2

FRI, DEC 14, SCHOOLYARD OPEN AT 6 PM, MOVIE AT 6:30 PM, IN THE MMR

PS 154’s beloved movie series offers a cozy place for children and their adults to watch a movie together, with pizza, hot dogs, and snacks!

$5 per person (over age 3)

$1 concessions Now featuring healthy goodies for all, and treats for adults, too!


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NEW-TO-YOU BOOK FAIR

DEC 17-DEC 21

As you know, we’ve been planning for our wonderful New-To-You Book Fair all year, collecting and organizing great condition books ready to be loved a second time.

WE NEED MORE 4th & 5th GRADE READING LEVEL BOOKS!

We have a fantastic selection for all of our students, but we could still use more for our 4th and 5th grade reading levels. If you have any to contribute, please drop them off in the PTA office in the MMR anytime before December 17. Some great times to bring books: at drop-off and pickup, or when you come to Movie Night on Friday, December 14!

The Book Fair will welcome all students to select at least two books for FREE during the week of December 17. (Scheduling to depend on classroom teachers’ schedules.) Every student will get to participate at the same level, without the complication of handling money during the school day.

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO MAKE THIS A SUCCESS!

If you can help us by carrying, organizing, displaying, and helping children to choose their books, please sign up to volunteer at the Book Fair:
VOLUNTEER!


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COMEDY 154
Featuring Janeane Garofalo & Special Guests!

WED, FEB 13 AT LITTLEFIELD NYC IN BROOKLYN
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30PM, SHOW STARTS AT 7:30PM
General Admission: $20
VIP (reserved seating): $35

PRE-SALE FOR PS154 COMMUNITY THROUGH DEC 15TH WITH PROMO CODE: PS154
GET PRE-SALE TIX

Please join us to support, PS154, The Windsor Terrace School, for an evening of laughs with some of the most revered comics in the business. Why not make it an early Valentine’s night out? Or bring a group of friends who love to laugh!

This event is 21 and over
*** Lineup subject to change ***
Seating only available with VIP ticket
*** General Admission and VIP tickets can be purchased at the door pending availability ***

Volunteer for Morning School Yard Duty

You know our kids want to run and jump and play even in the cold. Sign up here:

Morning Volunteer






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CEC15 Holiday Toy & Book Drive


Please help CEC15 spread some Holiday Cheer by donating toys and books for students ages 9-12 to the P.S. 676 Holiday Toy Drive.  Donations will be gratefully accepted from now until December 18.

Weekly Newsletter

COMING UP

Dec 8 - Winter Fair, 12-4 pm
Dec 11 - School Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting, 4 pm
Dec 12 - PTA Executive Board Mtg, 6:30 pm
Dec 12 - School Tour for Incoming K Families - FULL
Dec 14 - Movie Night Rescheduled! 6:30 pm showtime
Dec 17 - Tiny Scientist Assembly
Dec 18 - Armory Visit for Grades 2-5 Volunteers needed - Sign Up
Dec 18 - PTA General Meeting/Coffee with the Principal, 8:30 am
Dec 18 - Dec 21 - New-to-You Book Fair
Dec 24 - Jan 1 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
Jan 2 - Return to School
Jan 4 - Movie Night



WINTER FAIR IS TOMORROW!

SAT, DEC 8, 12-4 PM

A cozy winter festival for the family!

FREE Admission and $1 tickets for Games, Crafts, Food, and Treats

Come enjoy our Student Performances and Brooklyn Game Lab’s BATTLE LAB DUEL

Get your holiday shopping done with our Silent Auction and Teacher experience raffle plus a NEW local holiday market, featuring a Terrace Books pop-up shop.



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WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!

We need a lot of volunteers to make this event come to life. Please consider signing up to volunteer for a portion of the time you’ll be at Winter Fair!
COUNT ME IN TO VOLUNTEER!



LOVE TO COOK? WE NEED FOOD DONATIONS!

Please consider donating a casserole, baked pasta, or other warm entree. Sign up below to let us know what you’ll be bringing! Or, share your love of holiday baking by dropping off a treat — cookies, cupcakes, anything delicious — no need to sign up, just drop off in the cafeteria after 10 am on Sat, Dec 8.
SURE! I’LL COOK SOMETHING!



GET BIDDING ON THE WINTER FAIR AUCTION!

Our legendary Silent Auction will take place during the PS 154 Winter Fair on Sat, Dec 8 and is now live for online bidding!

Please sign up for a FREE Bidpal account today and check out some of our exciting auction items!
START BIDDING HERE!



CHECK OUR OUR HOLIDAY MARKET VENDORS!

While you’re at Winter Fair, don’t forget to check out our inaugural Holiday Market. Thanks to all our wonderful vendors for supporting the school!  Please support our favorite local businesses...
VIEW OUR LIST OF VENDORS HERE



DON'T FORGET TO BUY TICKETS FOR THE TEACHER & STAFF EXPERIENCES RAFFLE!

Teacher Experience Raffle tickets are available online until Dec 6, and on-site Dec 8.

Raffle items include:
A Pizza Eating Challenge vs. Principal Foreman
A Guitar or Bass Lesson with Mr. Buckley
After School Mario Kart with Mr. Gioia
BUY TICKETS HERE


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SHOP FOR A CHRISTMAS TREE & SUPPORT PS 154!

If you buy a Christmas tree, buy it from FOLEY FIRS on 8th St. and 8th Ave. Mention PS 154, and they will donate minimum $10 to our school for every tree sold. Or order from www.foleyfirs.com — you can have the tree delivered for free and never leave your house!

  • open 7 days a week from 11/24 to 12/23

  • super-fresh trees, cut in southern Quebec just 1 week before Thanksgiving

  • 3 varieties of trees + wreaths and stands

  • FREE DELIVERY AND SET UP if your tree stand is set up (check with Foley Firs for delivery radius)

TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS! They just have to mention the school — and don't have to have a child at the school for us to benefit!



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MINTED

We're thrilled to share that Minted has extended our fundraising efforts through 12/09! Remember to use our promo code FUNDRAISEPS154WTS for 15% off your Minted Holiday cards and gift orders and 15% will be donated back to us! Shop at minted.com






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RESCHEDULED MOVIE NIGHT: INCREDIBLES 2

FRI, DEC 14, SCHOOLYARD OPEN AT 6 PM, MOVIE AT 6:30 PM, IN THE MMR

PS 154’s beloved movie series offers a cozy place for children and their adults to watch a movie together, with pizza, hot dogs, and snacks!

$5 per person (over age 3)

$1 concessions Now featuring healthy goodies for all, and treats for adults, too!






Volunteer for Morning School Yard Duty

You know our kids want to run and jump and play even in the cold. Sign up here:

Morning Volunteer






Kindergarten Registration

The application process for Kindergarten is completely on-line starting December 5, 2018 and ending January 14, 2019. Our school does not handle the initial registration. All children born in 2014 who live in New York City are eligible to apply for kindergarten placement in the 2019–20 school year. Families can submit the application via MySchools.nyc, over the phone at 718-935-2009, or in-person at a Family Welcome Center.

Find out more here: Kindergarten Enrollment


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CEC15 Holiday Toy & Book Drive


Please help CEC15 spread some Holiday Cheer by donating toys and books for students ages 9-12 to the P.S. 676 Holiday Toy Drive.  Donations will be gratefully accepted from now until December 18.

Weekly Newsletter

COMING UP

Dec 4 - Armory Visit for Grades 2-5 Volunteers needed (especially starting at 11:30 am) - Sign Up
Dec 4 - Picture Retake Day + 5th Grade Cap & Gown Photos (retakes only for those who missed the first day
Dec 4 - CEC meeting: Choosing ELL Programs at PS 230 425 McDonald Ave, 6:30 pm
Dec 5 AT PS 321: Raising Resilience: The Wisdom and Science of Happy Families and Thriving Children at 6:30pm RSVP info below
Dec 6 - Parenting Book Club, 6:30 pm in the MMR
Dec 7 - Family Friday, 8:35 - 9:15 am (announcements in the MMR at 8:25 am)
Dec 8 - Winter Fair, 12-4 pm
Dec 11 - School Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting, 4 pm
Dec 12 - PTA Executive Board Mtg, 6:30 pm
Dec 12 - School Tour for Incoming K Families - FULL
Dec 14 - Movie Night Rescheduled! 6:30 pm showtime
Dec 17 - Tiny Scientist Assembly
Dec 18 - Armory Visit for Grades 2-5 Volunteers needed - Sign Up
Dec 18 - PTA General Meeting, 8:30am
Dec 18 - Dec 21 - New-to-You Book Fair
Dec 24 - Jan 1 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break


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SHOP FOR A CHRISTMAS TREE & SUPPORT PS 154!

If you buy a Christmas tree, buy it from FOLEY FIRS on 8th St. and 8th Ave. Mention PS 154, and they will donate minimum $10 to our school for every tree sold. Or order from www.foleyfirs.com — you can have the tree delivered for free and never leave your house!

  • open 7 days a week from 11/24 to 12/23

  • super-fresh trees, cut in southern Quebec just 1 week before Thanksgiving

  • 3 varieties of trees + wreaths and stands

  • FREE DELIVERY AND SET UP if your tree stand is set up (check with Foley Firs for delivery radius)

TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS! They just have to mention the school — and don't have to have a child at the school for us to benefit!


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MINTED

We're thrilled to share that Minted has extended our fundraising efforts through 12/09! Remember to use our promo code, FUNDRAISEPS154WTS for 15% off your Minted Holiday cards and gift orders and 15% will be donated back to us! Shop at minted.com




PS 154 PARENTING BOOK CLUB

THURS, DEC 6 AT 6:30 PM

*Please* join us for the second club meeting! The book is Playful Parenting: An Exciting New Approach to Raising Children That Will Help You Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, and Encourage Confidence, by Lawrence J. Cohen. We will have 90 minutes to share our thoughts and ideas, and then can continue socializing off site at a TBD location once our time is up.


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WINTER FAIR

SAT, DEC 8, 12-4 PM

A cozy winter festival for the family!

FREE Admission and $1 tickets for Games, Crafts, Food, and Treats

Come enjoy our Student Performances and Brooklyn Game Lab’s BATTLE LAB DUEL

Get your holiday shopping done with our Silent Auction and Teacher experience raffle plus a NEW local holiday market, featuring a Terrace Books pop-up shop.

STOMPING GROUND PHOTO WILL BE OFFERING PORTRAITS TO FAMILIES AT PS 154 DURING WINTER FAIR

The $40 session fee goes to the school! *Prints, files, and gifts are additional*

QUESTIONS? Email help@stompinggroundphoto.com

BOOK A SESSION

VOLUNTEER!

Please help us make Winter Fair happen!  We need you to help turn our school into candy land, help our kids with craft projects, and serve our community food.  All volunteers will be entered into a raffle for a $100 gift card!

SIGN UP

CONSIDER AN AUCTION DONATION

Remember, this auction is one of the biggest ways we raise funds for our school.  If you have something to donate, please email Auction Chair Karen Sarraga at ksarraga@gmail.com!

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RESCHEDULED MOVIE NIGHT: INCREDIBLES 2

FRI, DEC 14, SCHOOLYARD OPEN AT 6 PM, MOVIE AT 6:30 PM, IN THE MMR

PS 154’s beloved movie series offers a cozy place for children and their adults to watch a movie together, with pizza, hot dogs, and snacks!

$5 per person (over age 3)

$1 concessions Now featuring healthy goodies for all, and treats for adults, too!



COMMUNITY EVENTS

PS 10 Chess Tournament!

Sunday, Dec 2, 2018
at PS 10, 511 7th Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215

Do you have children who love to play chess?  Do they want to play in a tournament?

If your child knows how to play and wants to compete, there is a group for them. Kindergarten to 12th grade! The players’ schedule is organized by rating, and if this is the child’s first time, the rating system groups the kids in the beginner group. There is a lot more information on the registration form!

Register here:  https://impactcoachingnetwork.wufoo.com/forms/r1jawfcm01j5vfp/


RAISING RESILIENCE: THE WISDOM AND SCIENCE OF HAPPY FAMILIES AND THRIVING CHILDREN

Wednesday, Dec 5, 6:30 pm
at PS 321,
180 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

A growing body of research supports the idea that practicing generosity, kindness, honesty, determination, and patience leads to resilience and happiness. With his expertise in mindfulness and psychology, Dr. Christopher Willard, PSYD, offers a profound exploration of how to cultivate a mindful family amidst the chaos of our modern world, planting compassionate and wise seeds for our children and our future.

RSVP here ($5 suggested donation)

Open to the public; free childcare for grade-school-age children

Weekly Newsletter

Nov 26-30 - Sustainability Committee Textile Drive
Nov 28 - School Tour for Incoming K Families - FULL
Nov 29 - “The Talk” Sex Ed 2.0, Parent Workshop, 6 pm in the MMR
Dec 4 - Armory Visit, Grades 2-5 VOLUNTEER
Dec 4 - Picture Retake Day + 5th Grade Cap & Gown Photos (retakes only for those who missed the first day)Dec 6 - Parent Book Club, 6:30 pm in the MMR
Dec 7 - Family Friday, 8:35 - 9:15 am (announcements in the MMR at 8:25 am)
Dec 8 - Winter Fair, 12-4 pm
Dec 11 - SLT Meeting, 4 pm
Dec 12 - PTA Executive Board Meeting, 6:30 pm
Dec 12 - School Tour for Incoming K Families - FULL
Dec 14 - Movie Night Rescheduled! 6:30 pm
Dec 17 - Tiny Scientist Assembly
Dec 18 - Armory Visit,
Grades 2-5 VOLUNTEER
Dec 18 - PTA General Meeting, 8:30 am
Dec 18 - 21 - New to You Book Sale
Dec 24 - Jan 1 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break



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SHOP FOR A CHRISTMAS TREE & SUPPORT PS 154!

If you buy a Christmas tree, buy it from FOLEY FIRS on 8th St. and 8th Ave.Mention PS 154, and they will donate minimum $10 to our school for every tree sold. Or order from www.foleyfirs.com — you can have the tree delivered for free and never leave your house!

  • open 7 days a week from 11/24 to 12/23

  • super-fresh trees, cut in southern Quebec just 1 week before Thanksgiving

  • 3 varieties of trees + wreaths and stands

  • FREE DELIVERY AND SET UP if your tree stand is set up (check with Foley Firs for delivery radius)

TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS! They just have to mention the school — and don't have to have a child at the school for us to benefit!



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PS 154 GEAR MAKES GREAT HOLIDAY GIFTS!

ORDER BY MON, NOV 26 FOR DELIVERY BEFORE WINTER BREAK

Our PS 154 gear — including new t-shirts, mugs, and stainless tumblers — makes great holiday gifts for grandparents! Or order some for your own family!

We won't be stocking these, so order online, and we'll make gear especially for you! Orders will be delivered to your child in class by Dec 21.


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ORDER HOLIDAY CARDS WITH MINTED — GET 15% OFF & EARN MONEY FOR PS 154!

ORDER BY NOVEMBER 30th

PS 154 has teamed up with Minted's holiday fundraising program! During the month of November families can order their holiday cards and gift purchases using our unique promotional code FUNDRAISEPS154WTS and get 15% off. Minted will donate 15% of all proceeds back to our school! Offer is valid 11/01 through 11/30.


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SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE TEXTILE DRIVE

NOV 26-30 IN THE MMR

Textile waste adds significantly to the waste stream — and yet so much of it can be reused or recycled. Join the PTA’s Sustainability Committee in collecting textiles for reuse and recycling. Take the opportunity to recycle unneeded stuff AND help raise money for our kids: The PTA will earn a dime on every pound collected!

What we can accept: clean clothing, shoes, sneakers, hats, linens, towels, handbags, and belts. We cannot accept scraps, rugs, comforters or pillows.

Collection bins are located in MMR.


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GIVING TUESDAY AT PS 154

NOVEMBER 27th - or today!

This day is a national movement that encourages holiday giving, rather than just spending. This year, the PS 154 PTA invites you to take this opportunity to help raise funds for the most important non-profit in your life: your child’s education.

Historically, only about one third of our community has contributed to our Annual Fund - and this year, we are striving for 100% participation. The strength of our community is one of the most wonderful aspects of our school.

READ MORE HERE.




“THE TALK” SEX ED 2.0 - WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS - NOTE ADJUSTED TIME

THURS, NOV 29, 6:30 - 8 PM

60 min presentation, 30 min Q&A in the PS 154 Multi Media Room - MMR
Open to PS 154 parents and the wider community
Suggested donation $5
Babysitting: available onsite for children K and older

The SEE Committee has organized a workshop for parents to learn about a modern, healthy approach to talking about sex with our children.

In this workshop for parents of elementary­-aged children, sex educator Rachel Lotus will discuss the importance of the “early and often” approach to conversations about sexuality, explore the powerful connection between our own sex ed histories and the messages we send to our kids, and send parents home with actionable steps, practical help with language, and resources for all ages.

MORE INFO




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SCHOOL PICTURE RETAKES AND CAP & GOWN PHOTOS

TUES, DEC 4

If you would like your child's Stomping Ground Photo's to be retaken on December 4, please fill out this form by Tuesday, 11/27 - RETAKE FORM

5th graders will have their cap and gown pictures taken on retake day also.



PS 154 PARENTING BOOK CLUB

THURS, DEC 6 AT 6:30 PM

*Please* join us for the second club meeting! The book is Playful Parenting: An Exciting New Approach to Raising Children That Will Help You Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, and Encourage Confidence, by Lawrence J. Cohen. We will have 90 minutes to share our thoughts and ideas, and then can continue socializing off site at a TBD location once our time is up.



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WINTER FAIR

SAT, DEC 8, 12-4 PM

A cozy winter festival for the family!

FREE Admission and $1 tickets for Games, Crafts, Food, and Treats

Come enjoy our Student Performances and Brooklyn Game Lab’s BATTLE LAB DUEL

Get your holiday shopping done with our Silent Auction and Teacher experience raffle plus a NEW local holiday market, featuring a Terrace Books pop-up shop.

STOMPING GROUND PHOTO WILL BE OFFERING PORTRAITS TO FAMILIES AT PS 154 DURING WINTER FAIR

The $40 session fee goes to the school! *Prints, files, and gifts are additional*

QUESTIONS? Email help@stompinggroundphoto.com

BOOK A SESSION

VOLUNTEER!

Please help us make Winter Fair happen!  We need you to help turn our school into candy land, help our kids with craft projects, and serve our community food.  All volunteers will be entered into a raffle for a $100 gift card!

SIGN UP

CONSIDER AN AUCTION DONATION

Remember, this auction is one of the biggest ways we raise funds for our school.  If you have something to donate, please email Auction Chair Karen Sarraga at ksarraga@gmail.com!





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RESCHEDULED MOVIE NIGHT: INCREDIBLES 2

FRI, DEC 14, SCHOOLYARD OPEN AT 6 PM, MOVIE AT 6:30 PM, IN THE MMR

PS 154’s beloved movie series offers a cozy place for children and their adults to watch a movie together, with pizza, hot dogs, and snacks!

$5 per person (over age 3)

$1 concessions Now featuring healthy goodies for all, and treats for adults, too!

Weekly Newsletter

COMING UP

Nov 16 - Movie Night
Nov 19 - Crazy Sock Day
Nov 19 - PTA General Meeting
, 6:30 pm
Nov 20 - Coat & Boot Drive Donations Due
Nov 22 & 23 - No School - Thanksgiving Break
Nov 26-30 - Textile Drive

Nov 28 - School Tour for Incoming K Families - FULL
Nov 29 - “The Talk”, Parent Workshop, 6 pm in the MMR
Dec 4 - Armory Visit for Grades 2-5, Volunteers needed - Sign Up
Dec 4 - Picture Retake Day + 5th Grade Cap & Gown Photos (retakes only for those who missed the first day)
Dec 6 - Parenting Book Club, 6:30 pm in the MMR
Dec 7 - Family Friday, 8:35-9:15 am (announcements in the MMR at 8:25 am)
Dec 8 - Winter Fair, 12-4 pm



SUPPORT SERVICES UPDATE

Dear Families,

Thank you for your patience as we work to build our OT team. My goal is to bring on experienced, collaborative providers who will help us create an amazing program.   

Meghan Pascullo, has decided to move on and will not be working with us. Her last day is Friday, 11/16.  

Our new OT, Elizabeth Medina is a veteran therapist and has extensive experience in a variety of settings. She will begin on Friday 11/16.  As soon as we work out a schedule we will let you know.

Additionally, our newest speech provider Rinat Akiva will be back next week. We have been dealing with some processing issues with the DOE but it seems to be figured out.

Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

Jason

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MOVIE NIGHT: INCREDIBLES 2

FRI, NOV 16, SCHOOLYARD OPEN AT 6 PM, MOVIE AT 6:30 PM, IN THE MMR

PS 154’s beloved movie series offers a cozy place for children and their adults to watch a movie together, with pizza, hot dogs, and snacks!

$5 per person (over age 3)

$1 concessions Now featuring healthy goodies for all, and treats for adults, too!





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PTA GENERAL MEETING

MON, NOV 19 AT 6:30 PM IN THE MMR

PLEASE JOIN US AT ADIRONDACK AFTER THE MEETING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHAT MORE AND CATCH UP WITH FRIENDS.

PRE READ FOR MEETING

Pizza + Babysitting available for school-aged children for a suggested donation of $5 per child.

Highlights will include a SEE Committee update:

  • Renaming the SEE Committee

  • SEL (Social & Emotional Learning) — what is it, exactly, and does my kid need it?

  • Upcoming programming: monthly parenting talks, book club

AND a parenting talk, "Raising your child's EQ," by Jane Bliss Birk, Leadership Coach and Facilitator SEE Committee Co-chair & 4th grade parent

Emotional intelligence is a hot topic for adults and children alike. Science is showing us that a person’s ability to manage his/her emotions (Emotional Intelligence Quotient - EQ) determines the quality of his life more fundamentally than IQ. Let’s look at what happens to the brain during meltdowns and tantrums (of both the adult and kid variety) and practice tools to calm the storm and raise EQ for more peaceful, productive exchanges with our kids.

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COAT & BOOT DRIVE FOR A SCHOOL IN NEED

Please bring in your gently loved winter coats and boots — in adult and childrens’ sizes — for a winter coat/boot drive for one of our District 15 schools in need of assistance. We would like to deliver our collection to them on Nov. 20th. Please put in blue Ikea bags in MMR stage by the flags.

Thank you so much for your generosity helping out our fellow District 15 families.

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ORDER HOLIDAY CARDS WITH MINTED — GET 15% OFF & EARN MONEY FOR PS 154!

ORDER BY NOVEMBER 30th

PS 154 has teamed up with Minted's holiday fundraising program! During the month of November families can order their holiday cards and gift purchases using our unique promotional code FUNDRAISEPS154WTS and get 15% off. Minted will donate 15% of all proceeds back to our school! Offer is valid 11/01 through 11/30. Order at Minted.com.

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SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE TEXTILE DRIVE

NOV 26-30 IN THE MMR

Textile waste adds significantly to the waste stream — and yet so much of it can be reused or recycled. Join the PTA’s Sustainability Committee in collecting textiles for reuse and recycling. Take the opportunity to recycle unneeded stuff AND help raise money for our kids: The PTA will earn a dime on every pound collected!

What we can accept: clean clothing, shoes, sneakers, hats, linens, towels, handbags, and belts. We cannot accept scraps, rugs, comforters or pillows.

Collection bins will be located in MMR after Nov 26.



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GIVING TUESDAY AT PS 154

Tues, NOV 27 — or today!

This day is a national movement that encourages holiday giving, rather than just spending. This year, the PS 154 PTA invites you to take this opportunity to help raise funds for the most important non-profit in your life: your child’s education.

Historically, only about one third of our community has contributed to our Annual Fund - and this year, we are striving for 100% participation. The strength of our community is one of the most wonderful aspects of our school.

READ MORE HERE.
DONATE HERE





“THE TALK” SEX ED 2.0 - WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS - NOTE ADJUSTED TIME

THURS, NOV 29, 6:30 - 8 PM

60 min presentation, 30 min Q&A in the PS 154 Multi Media Room - MMR

Open to PS 154 parents and the wider community

Suggested donation $5

Babysitting: available onsite for children K and older

The SEE Committee has organized a workshop for parents to learn about a modern, healthy approach to talking about sex with our children.

In this workshop for parents of elementary­-aged children, sex educator Rachel Lotus will discuss the importance of the “early and often” approach to conversations about sexuality, explore the powerful connection between our own sex ed histories and the messages we send to our kids, and send parents home with actionable steps, practical help with language, and resources for all ages.

MORE INFO



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PS 154 PARENTING BOOK CLUB

THURS, DEC 6 AT 6:30 PM

*Please* join us for the second club meeting! The book is Playful Parenting: An Exciting New Approach to Raising Children That Will Help You Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, and Encourage Confidence, by Lawrence J. Cohen. We will have 90 minutes to share our thoughts and ideas, and then can continue socializing off site at a TBD location once our time is up.





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WINTER FAIR

SAT, DEC 8, 12:00-4:00PM

A cozy winter festival for the family!

FREE Admission and $1 tickets for Games, Crafts, Food, and Treats

Come enjoy our Student Performances and Brooklyn Game Lab’s BATTLE LAB DUEL

Get your holiday shopping done with our Silent Auction and Teacher experience raffle plus a NEW local holiday market, featuring a Terrace Books pop-up shop.

STOMPING GROUND PHOTO WILL BE OFFERING PORTRAITS TO FAMILIES AT PS 154 DURING WINTER FAIR

The $40 session fee goes to the school! *Prints, files, and gifts are additional*

QUESTIONS? Email help@stompinggroundphoto.com

BOOK A SESSION

VOLUNTEER!

Please help us make Winter Fair happen!  We need you to help turn our school into candy land, help our kids with craft projects, and serve our community food.  All volunteers will be entered into a raffle for a $100 gift card!

SIGN UP

CONSIDER AN AUCTION DONATION

Remember, this auction is one of the biggest ways we raise funds for our school.  If you have something to donate, please email Auction Chair Karen Sarraga at ksarraga@gmail.com!







Weekly Newsletter

COMING UP

Nov 12 - No School - Veterans Day
Nov 13 - Armory Visit for Grades 2-5
Volunteers needed - Sign Up
Nov 13 - PTA Executive Board Mtg, 8 am
Nov 13 - School Leadership Team Meeting (SLT)
Nov 15 - Parent Teacher Conferences, 11:30 am Dismissal
- See Below
Nov 16 - Movie Night
Nov 19 - PTA General Meeting, 6:30 pm
Nov 22&23 - No School - Thanksgiving Break
Nov 28 - School Tour for Incoming K Families
- FULL
Nov 29 - “The Talk 2.0” Parent Workshop, 6:30 pm in the MMR
Dec 4 - Armory Visit for Grades 2-5
Volunteers needed - Sign Up
Dec 6 - Parenting Book Club, 6:30 pm in the MMR
Dec 7 - Family Friday, 8:35 - 9:15 am
(announcements in the MMR at 8:25 am)
Dec 8 - Winter Fair, 12-4 pm



PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

THURS, NOV 15, DISMISSAL AT 11:30 AM

Appointment slips went home on Monday. Please return them as soon as possible.

Please note, it is difficult to meet with everyone in the short time teachers are given for this. Teachers are allotted a limited amount of time on this day to discuss your child's progress so we are asking that you arrive on time to your appointments. If you are late, you will most likely have to reschedule for another date. If you have other concerns that aren't able to be discussed, please send a note to your teacher to meet at another time.

In addition, if you cannot meet on November 15 during the times available (12:30–2:30 pm or 4:30-7:30 pm), please make alternate arrangements directly with your teachers. Throughout the year, dedicated time for parents to conference with teachers is on Tuesdays after school. You can contact your child’s teacher for more information about this parent time.

You can contact your teacher directly if you have questions, or contact our Parent Coordinator, Debby Wattenbarger, at dwattenbarger@schools.nyc.gov.



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MOVIE NIGHT: INCREDIBLES 2

FRI, NOV 16, SCHOOLYARD OPEN AT 6 PM, MOVIE AT 6:30 PM, IN THE MMR

PS 154’s beloved movie series offers a cozy place for children and their adults to watch a movie together, with pizza, hot dogs, and snacks!

$5 per person (over age 3)
$1 concessions Now featuring healthy goodies for all, and treats for adults, too!




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PTA GENERAL MEETING

MON, NOV 19 AT 6:30 PM IN THE MMR

Pizza + Babysitting available for school-aged children for a suggested donation of $5 per child.

Highlights will include a SEE Committee update:

  • Renaming the SEE Committee

  • SEL (Social & Emotional Learning) — what is it, exactly, and does my kid need it?

  • Upcoming programming: monthly parenting talks, book club

AND a parenting talk:
"Raising your child's EQ," by Jane Bliss Birk, Leadership Coach and Facilitator SEE Committee Co-chair & 4th grade parent

Emotional intelligence is a hot topic for adults and children alike. Science is showing us that a person’s ability to manage his/her emotions (Emotional Intelligence Quotient - EQ) determines the quality of his life more fundamentally than IQ. Let’s look at what happens to the brain during meltdowns and tantrums (of both the adult and kid variety) and practice tools to calm the storm and raise EQ for more peaceful, productive exchanges with our kids.








“THE TALK” SEX ED 2.0 - WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS - NOTE ADJUSTED TIME

THURS, NOV 29, 6:30 - 8 PM

60 min presentation, 30 min Q&A in the PS 154 Multi Media Room - MMR
Open to PS 154 parents and the wider community
Suggested donation $5
Babysitting: available onsite for children K and older

The SEE Committee has organized a workshop for parents to learn about a modern, healthy approach to talking about sex with our children.

In this workshop for parents of elementary­-aged children, sex educator Rachel Lotus will discuss the importance of the “early and often” approach to conversations about sexuality, explore the powerful connection between our own sex ed histories and the messages we send to our kids, and send parents home with actionable steps, practical help with language, and resources for all ages.
MORE INFO


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Red Hawk Native American Arts Council ASSEMBLIES

We hosted Red Hawk Native American Arts Council for two assemblies on Nov 8th - all supported by YOUR PTA contributions! Thank you, the kids loved it!

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2nd & 3rd Grade Author Visit Book

Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot (The Unicorn Rescue Society)
by Adam Gidwitz

This is the book that will be presented to your child during their 2nd and 3rd grade author visit. You can order through the school (some proceeds of the order will benefit the PTA). Books will be delivered to your child in their classroom. Purchasing the book is completely optional – not required. You can also order books wherever books are sold.

Books will be distributed to the kids the day of the author visit - place your order by Nov. 12th.
ORDER HERE

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PS 154 PARENTING BOOK CLUB

THURS, DEC 6 AT 6:30 PM

*Please* join us for the second club meeting! The book is Playful Parenting: An Exciting New Approach to Raising Children That Will Help You Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, and Encourage Confidence, by Lawrence J. Cohen. We will have 90 minutes to share our thoughts and ideas, and then can continue socializing off site at a TBD location once our time is up.

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SAVE THE DATE FOR WINTER FAIR

SAT, DEC 8, 12:00-4:00PM

A cozy winter festival for the family — filled with delicious food, crafts, student performances, a silent auction, and our famous teacher experience raffle!

STOMPING GROUND PHOTO WILL BE OFFERING PORTRAITS TO FAMILIES AT PS 154 DURING WINTER FAIR

The $40 session fee goes to the school!

*Prints, files, and gifts are additional*

BOOK YOUR SESSION HERE

QUESTIONS?

Email help@stompinggroundphoto.com

Weekly Newsletter

COMING UP

Please keep up to date by looking at our online calendar.

Nov 6 - No School for Students - Election Day!
Nov 8 - Red Hawk Native American All School Assembly
Nov 12 - No School - Veterans Day
Nov 13 - Armory Visit for Grades 2-5
Volunteers needed - Sign Up
Nov 13 - PTA Executive Board Mtg, 8 am
Nov 13 - SLT
Nov 15 - Parent Teacher Conferences, 11:30 am Dismissal - See Below
Nov 16 - Movie Night
Nov 19 - PTA General Meeting, 6:30 pm
Nov 22&23 - No School - Thanksgiving Break
Nov 28 - School Tour for Incoming K Families
- RSVP



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PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: HAPPY HOUR AT HAMILTON’S

WED, NOV 7, 6-9 PM

Calling all parents!  Let’s get together for a night out, and support our kids’ school at the same time!  Meet at Hamilton’s on Ft. Hamilton Parkway for drinks and snacks — 50% of every drink ticket goes to support our school.





PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

THURS, NOV 15, DISMISSAL AT 11:30 am

Forms are being sent home via backpack by Monday with more information about making an appointment for this date.

Please note, it is difficult to meet with everyone in the short time teachers are given for this. Teachers are allotted a limited amount of time on this day to discuss your child's progress so we are asking that you arrive on time to your appointments. If you are late, you will most likely have to reschedule for another date. If you have other concerns that aren't able to be discussed, please send a note to your teacher to meet at another time.

In addition, if you cannot meet on November 15 during the times available (12:30–2:30 pm or 4:30-7:30 pm), please make alternate arrangements directly with your teachers. Throughout the year, dedicated time for parents to conference with teachers is on Tuesdays after school. You can contact your child’s teacher for more information about this parent time.

You can contact your teacher directly if you have questions, or contact our Parent Coordinator, Debby Wattenbarger, at dwattenbarger@schools.nyc.gov.


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MOVIE NIGHT: INCREDIBLES 2

FRI, NOV 16, SCHOOLYARD OPEN AT 6 PM, MOVIE AT 6:30 PM, IN THE MMR

PS 154’s beloved movie series offers a cozy place for children and their adults to watch a movie together, with pizza, hot dogs, and snacks!

$5 per person (over age 3)
$1 concessions Now featuring healthy goodies for all, and treats for adults, too!


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PTA GENERAL MEETING + A PARENTING TALK

Mon, Nov 19 at 6:30 pm in the MMR

Pizza + Babysitting available for school-aged children for a suggested donation of $5 per child.

Highlights will include a SEE Committee update:

  • Renaming the SEE Committee

  • SEL (Social & Emotional Learning) — what is it, exactly, and does my kid need it?

  • Upcoming programming: monthly parenting talks, book club

AND a parenting talk, "Raising your child's EQ," by Jane Bliss Birk, Leadership Coach and Facilitator SEE Committee Co-chair & 4th grade parent

Emotional intelligence is a hot topic for adults and children alike. Science is showing us that a person’s ability to manage his/her emotions (Emotional Intelligence Quotient - EQ) determines the quality of his life more fundamentally than IQ. Let’s look at what happens to the brain during meltdowns and tantrums (of both the adult and kid variety) and practice tools to calm the storm and raise EQ for more peaceful, productive exchanges with our kids.



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ORDER HOLIDAY CARDS WITH MINTED AND EARN MONEY FOR PS 154!

Thank you to PS 154 families who participated in Tea School Days and Box Tops for Education.  We were able to generate $668 in additional income to help fund important programs and initiatives!

PS 154 has teamed up with Minted's holiday fundraising program!  During the month of November families can order their holiday cards and gift purchases using our unique promotional code FUNDRAISEPS154WTS and get 15% off.  Minted will donate 15% of all proceeds back to our school! Offer is valid 11/01 through 11/30.  



PS 154 PARENTING BOOK CLUB

THURS, DEC 6 AT 6:30 PM

*Please* join us for the second club meeting! The book is Playful Parenting: An Exciting New Approach to Raising Children That Will Help You Nurture Close Connections, Solve Behavior Problems, and Encourage Confidence, by Lawrence J. Cohen. We will have 90 minutes to share our thoughts and ideas, and then can continue socializing off site at a TBD location once our time is up.








Weekly Newsletter

COMING UP

Please keep up to date by looking at our online calendar.


Nov 1 - School Tour for Incoming K Families - FULL
Nov 6 - No School for Students - Election Day!
Nov 8 - Red Hawk Native American All School Assembly
Nov 12 - No School - Veterans Day
Nov 13 - Armory Visit for Grades 2-5 Volunteers needed -
Sign Up
Nov 13 - PTA Executive Board Mtg, 8 am
Nov 13 - School Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting
Nov 15 - Parent Teacher Conferences, 11:30 am Dismissal - More information to follow
Nov 16 - Movie Night
Nov 19 - PTA General Meeting, 6:30 pm
Nov 22&23 - No School - Thanksgiving Break
Nov 28 - School Tour for Incoming K Families -
RSVP



TRICK OR TREAT FOR UNICEF

Trick or Treat for UNICEF boxes were given out at Boo Bash and will also be available in the front entryway of the school until Halloween. This fundraiser is a great way to get your kids involved in helping children around the world, including those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Kids collect donations while trick-or-treating—many people are familiar with the drive and will have coins ready to give out. You can donate money collected online or bring it to the collection stations along the Park Slope parade route on Halloween between 3 and 5 pm:

-in front of Naidre's restaurant (7th Ave. between 11th & 12th Sts.)
-in front of Bank of America (7th Ave. & 6th St.)
-on the steps of the Old First Reformed Church (7th Ave. & Carroll St.)


Or you can drop off boxes until Sunday November 18 at the Crunch Gym at 330 Flatbush Ave. (at Sterling Pl.)




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MOVIE NIGHT: INCREDIBLES 2

Fri, Nov 16, 6:00-8:30pm in the MMR.

Our beloved movie night series is back with a vengeance this year — get your pjs on and get ready for a night of cinematic sillies! $1 concessions now featuring healthy goodies for all, and treats for adults, too!

And the kids can run around the schoolyard from 6-6:30 to get their wiggles out before the flick starts!  Please email jess@wright.fm if you want to get involved and help out!



COMMUNITY NEWS

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BIG APPLE AWARDS

We are excited to announce the nomination period for the New York City Department of Education’s seventh annual Big Apple Awards – recognizing outstanding teachers who inspire students, model great teaching, and enrich their school communities. Our goal is to receive a nomination from every school!

We need your help to highlight some of our City’s best teachers, and highlight the great work happening at your own school. Please consider making a nomination yourself, and helping to spread the word to others.

To make a nomination, visit schools.nyc.gov/BigAppleAwards. Nominations accepted through Monday, November 26.

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Office of Adult & Continuing Education Information

The Office of Adult and Continuing Education’s mission is to empower adults in their roles as parents, family members, workers and community members. We promote lifelong learning and the development of problem solving skills through a continuum of services, including Adult Basic Education, English for Speakers of other Languages, High School Equivalency, and Career & Technical Education.

For more information, please click here.

A Family Resource Day: Find Free Legal Services, Free Consular Services, & Other Social Services!
Saturday, October 27

What is Key to the City? Key to the City is a family resource fair, which provides valuable resources to our immigrant communities such as free legal immigration screenings, consular services, and other social services. Key to the City is sponsored by the New York City Council and is brought to you in partnership with the Mexican Consulate and the New York Legal Assistance Group.

Flyer available to download in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Arabic.

Services Available Free immigration legal consultations offered by the New York Legal Assistance Group. No appointment necessary!

The Mexican Consulate provides help with passports, consular IDs, and more. For an appointment go to 1-877-639-4835.

Know Your Rights workshops that discuss what immigrants' rights are when confronted with ICE.

Financial Literacy workshops.

Resources and legal consultations discussing "public charge," the recent Trump administration proposal.

Resources for healthcare, English classes, and more!

Future Dates:

November 17, 9 am - 1 pm
P.S. 112 Jose Celso Barbosa
535 E 119th St, New York, NY 10035

December 8, 9 am - 1 pm
I.S. 061 Leonardo Da Vinci
98-50 50 Avenue
Queens, NY 11368