FRIDAY NEWSLETTER

COMING UP

Mar 24 - Movie Night TONIGHT - The Lorax!
Mar 30 - Integration Matters: The Case for School Integration Now, 6:30 pm at John Jay High School Auditorium
Mar 31 - Green envelope surveys due!
Apr 4 - Parenting Skills Presentation
(details below), 6:30 pm
Apr 4 - Armory Day - volunteer
Apr 7 - Family Friday, 8:30-9:15am
Apr 20 - PTA General Meeting - Nominate someone for the Exec Board!, 8:30 am
Apr 25 - Armory Day - volunteer 
Apr 26 - Poetry Extravaganza!
Apr 27 - Diversity Committee
, 6:30 pm
Apr 28 - STEM Day (4th & 5th)

 

đź’— COOKING? WE NEED YOU!!!

Spring Fling (May 20) desperately needs a Food Chair. We promise to advise, help, and support you every step of the way. Contact Nicole Brier: nicole.brier@gmail.com, 347-578-0255.

 

SCHOOL SURVEY

We are only at 24% parent participation. We know we can do better! PLEASE take a few minutes to tell us how you feel here or mail paper survey in a green envelope. The trees were already sacrificed for it. :-( To complete it online, your 8-digit survey access code is on the bottom right corner of the paper survey. If you cannot find your paper survey, please call the Survey Hotline at 1-800-690-8603.
INFO IN SPANISH or CHINESE

 

AFTER SCHOOL SPRING CATALOG RELEASE AND REGISTRATION DATES

 

BOBBY CARROLL PETITION

The Governor’s Budget drastically shortchanges NYC Public Schools and Assemblymember Bobby Carroll has drafted a petition to fight for our fair share of funding! The more signatures we get the more pressure we place on the governor to give NYC Public Schools the money we need and by law deserve!!   

Governor Cuomo: Fully Fund our Public Schools!
March 3, 2017
Foundation Aid

  • Foundation Aid is the formula used to determine funding for school districts after the NYS Court of Appeals ruling in 2006, which found that New York State was violating students’ constitutional right to a “sound and basic education” by leaving schools without adequate funding. Foundation Aid accounts for Teachers, Para-Professionals, Principals, and other operating expenses associated with running our schools. In accordance with the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, NYC is owed roughly $9B in Foundation Aid in the upcoming FY 2017/2018 budget. PS 154 is owed over $900,000!

  • Governor Cuomo is only allocating $7.3B in Foundation Aid for NYC Schools, meaning we’ll be shorted $1.7B in critical Foundation Aid. Further, Governor Cuomo is seeking to repeal the Foundation Aid formula and turn back the clock on funding our public schools.

  • Foundation Aid was designed to create an equitable district by district funding structure to ensure all children receive a sound and basic education. In his attempt to repeal the foundation aid formula from Education Law, the Governor will exacerbate the inequities in districts across our city and I, along with Speaker Heastie and my Majority Colleagues will fight to make sure that NYC Schools get the Foundation Aid to which we are entitled.

Please take just a few moments to sign this petition and call the Governor at 518-474-8390 and tell him to fully fund our schools.

 

A PARENTING SKILLS PRESENTATION BY PARENT EDUCATOR SHELLY MACDONALD, APRIL 4, 7-8:30pm

This interactive parenting solutions presentation — organized by the Social and Emotional Experience (SEE) Committee of the PTA of 154, will be taught by an NYC parent educator/coach, Shelly Macdonald, who bases her teachings on the book "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk." More information here.

 

PTA EXEC BOARD NOMINATIONS, APRIL 20, 8:30, am

Nominate yourself or someone else. Join a group of committed parents who plan community events and fundraisers, and support programming. We especially need a new Treasurer and a new Events Chair Elect. No experience necessary, just a willingness to help our school thrive. More info here.

 

STEM DAY, APRIL 28, 8:45-11am

Are you or do you know a science, technology, engineering and/or math professional?  Our 4th & 5th Graders would love to interview you and find out more about what you do. Please contact Theodore Muth (5th grade parent) if you or someone you know can help either as a STEM professional and/or with setup of the day.

 

5K FUN RUN - SAVE THE DATE (MAY 13) AND BUY A SHIRT!

The 2017 PTA Fun Run, a District-15-wide event in Prospect Park, is a way to contribute to equity and have fun. We will share registration info soon! NEW THIS YEAR: We have designed wicking athletic T-Shirts to commemorate this event. Buy yours here by April 24.