FRIDAY NEWSLETTER

ASSEMBLY TODAY

Amazing Adaption: The Dinosaur Adventure

This wildlife theater program is presented by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). This assembly will tell the story, through puppets and song, of how dinosaurs adapted to the world around them. Presenters will relate this story to adaptations in today's world. Your PTA dollars support great assemblies like these! Thank you for your contributions.


POETRY EXTRAVAGANZA JOURNAL

We need your help during April-June for 8 weeks, one day a week (for 90 minutes), during after-school hours with a small group of 3rd-5th graders. The students will work with Microsoft Word to select fonts, typeset, incorporate drawings and more. Each child at 154 has a poem included. This is a big commitment — but it’s fun and critical — you’ll be impacting the entire school! Please contact Astrid Lewis Reedy for details.

SKATE NIGHT: Sun, March 5, 6:30-8 pm

We need your help at the door! Contact Zoë Kashner if you can pitch in for half hour or longer. 

BOOK FAIR: MARCH 7 - 10

We can't have a successful fair without you to help sell the books! Volunteer here

ARMORY DAY: TUES, MARCH 14

Volunteer here


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JUMP ROPE FOR HEART FUNDRAISER

Our kick-off assembly with a world-record-setting professional jump-roper was last week, and it’s time to start fundraising for the American Heart Association to fight against heart disease. This event is organized by our beloved PE teacher, Mrs. Moore. Kids win prizes the more they raise. The all-school jump-a-thon is March 24.

To fundraise:
Follow directions on the flyer sent home in backpacks AND/OR
Go to Jump Rope for Heart campaign and register your child under “P.S. 154.” 
 


Apply For STEM Spring Break Camps Today!


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DIVERSITY COMMITTEE

Thank you to the 32 people who met last night, joined by Maggie Desir-Hart from Superintendent Anita Skop’s office. Under our Chairperson/Parent Nicole Cartagna’s amazing leadership, we addressed the following areas of opportunity: curriculum, staff, professional development, student body, community and extracurricular.

Please visit our committee page here to sign up for the Google group and learn more details, including available interpretation services. 


IMPORTANT DATES

NEXT WEEK

Feb 20-24 - Mid-Winter Break - enjoy!

LOOKING AHEAD

Feb 27 - Boxtops Due
Feb 27 - SLT Meeting, 4pm
Feb 27 - Mar 6 - Tea School Days Fundraiser 
(read below for info)
Feb 27 - Rafflemania Raffle Baskets Due (drop off in Debby Wattenbarger's office)
Mar 2 - PTA Exec Board Meeting
Mar 3 - Family Friday, 8:35am - 9:15am
Mar 5 - Family Skate Night
- Buy tix here
Mar 7 - 10 - Book Fair - Volunteer here
Mar 9 - Parent Teacher Conferences - 11:30am dismissal
Mar 13 - 6:30pm PTA General Meeting featuring “Testing Q&A” with Principal Havlik, (babysitting & pizza available!)
Mar 14 - Armory Day (Volunteer)
Mar 15 - 8:30am “Testing Q&A” with Principal Havlik
Mar 16 - RaffleMania
buy tickets here
Mar 23 - PS 10 Free Parent Education Event: “How to Talk to Your Kids About Race” RSVP
Mar 24 - Jump-a-thon for Jump Rope for Heart
Mar 30 - Diversity Committee Meeting, 6:30pm
Apr 4 - PTA-Sponsored Speaker on: “How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk”
- more info to come

Follow our SCHOOL CALENDAR here!


WIN UP TO $15K in PS 154's MEGA RAFFLE 50/50

Get your 50-50 Raffle tickets here! This is a big fundraiser for us, and you stand to win up to $15,000! Tell family, friends and neighbors!


RAFFLEMANIA IS MARCH 16

Don’t miss this adults-only evening! Socialize with parents, teachers, and the community — and benefit 154. Reserve a table for 10, or buy single tickets! Drinks, raffles, fun! Buy tickets here - NOT sold at the door. Questions? Crystal Orraca or 917-691-1000


BOXTOPS FUNDRAISER DUE FEB 27

Look for the Box Tops logo on dozens of products. Clip the logos before you toss your empty packages, and send them into school via backpacks or bring to Ms. Guzzi’s office. (Remove expired logos.)


TEA SCHOOL DAYS - FEB 27 - MAR 6

Tea Collection sells adorable kids' clothes. With this program, our school gets 15% of all sales AND you get 15% off. Shop at www.TeaSchoolDays.com February 27 - March 6. (Use this special fundraiser link, NOT teacollection.com.) At checkout, enter promo code SDS17PS154.


BUILDING RESPECTFUL WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

Tatiana Bejar & Gayle Kirshenbaum from Hand in Hand spoke at our PTA General Meeting this week about how to build fair and mutually respectful working relationships with domestic employees such as nannies, housekeepers, and home attendants. They addressed encouraging clear two-way communication, creating professional and dignified working conditions, and how to be an ally to an immigrant worker.


PROGRAMS UPDATE

Current in-class enrichments include Curriculum-Connected Dance in K and 1, Capoeira in 2 and Global Dance in 3. For Spring - chess for K, Hip Hop for 4, and ballroom for 5. In addition, the New York Historical Society visits 4th graders monthly.

Your PTA dollars continue to support Ms. Gabel as our music teacher, and Mr. Sean as our recess coach.

Read more about in-class enrichments, and many other programs that are 100% PTA-supported by your PTA. We can’t do it without you! Please donate to our Annual Fund.