FRIDAY NEWSLETTER - RACCOON GEAR FOR THE FAM, CYCLONES, AND MORE!

MAY & JUNE ARE BUSY! CHECK THE SCHOOL CALENDAR SO YOU DON’T MISS ANYTHING!

NEXT WEEK

June 4 - Chess Tournament
June 5 - 2nd Grade Author Visit
June 5 - 4th Grade Written Science Test
June 6 - K & 1 Armory Visit - Sign Up
(We need more help at 10:40am)
June 6 - 2-203, 2-206, & 2-207 Music Concert, 9am
June 7 - 1st Grade Music Concert, 9am
June 8 - Anniversary Day (Student Non-Attendance Day)
June 9 - Artists by Any Other Name: Music & Dance Assembly sponsored by our PTA

COMING UP

June 12 - Clerical Day (Student Non-Attendance Day)
June 13 - PTA Exec Board Meeting (Home of Jodi Harris)
June 14 - 5th Grade v. Teacher Kickball Game (more details to follow)
June 15 - Ballroom Performance, 6pm at K280
June 16 - 2nd Grade NYC Performance, 9am
June 16 - Father’s Day Cookie Sale
June 19 - Community Board 7 Meeting at PS154
June 20 - 5th Grade Graduation
June 22 - Diversity Committee,
6:30pm
June 22 - K-101 & K-201 Stepping Up
June 23 - K-110 & K-210 Stepping Up
June 23 - 5th Grade Class Picnic
June 26 - Eid al Fitr (SCHOOL is CLOSED)
June 26 - PS 154 at the Cyclones
6pm
June 28 - Last Day of School - 11:30am Dismissal
 


SPECIAL ORDER! MASCOT DESIGN TEES & SWEATSHIRTS FOR KIDS & ADULTS

By popular demand, we’ve made our PS 154 mascot shirt design available for special order. Order adult tees, kids’ tees and sweatshirts by JUNE 11, and we’ll deliver to your child by the end of the school year! Order here.
 


BROOKLYN CYCLONES
MONDAY, JUNE 26

Payment due: WEDNESDAY JUNE 7

5:30 pm Gate opens; 6:15 Pre-game “School Spirit Parade” around the field, 7:00 pm GAME TIME!

Buy tix (1) online at https://groupmatics.events/ using code “Windsor” or (2) via payment form via check to “PTA of PS 154 Brooklyn, Inc.” or CC (NO cash!). Don’t forget your child’s name & class, and return your envelope with form and payment to your teacher or main office.

$17/person (please add $2.57 per ticket when using CC).

If you are NOT able to provide payment via check or CC, contact Debby at DWattenbarger@schools.nyc.gov

Thanks, and see you at the game!
Danny Segelin, Cyclones Game Organizer (dsegelin@gmail.com)

 


CAMP SUMMER FRIENDSHIP AT PS 154 - NOW OPEN TO RISING 2nd GRADERS

OPEN TO KIDS FROM ALL SCHOOLS

A summer camp for rising Kindergartners, 1st and 2nd graders. Daily activities include art, music, nature walks in the park, playground games, and dynamic movement, all designed to help young campers practice the social skills that are so important for school readiness -- and have a great time! Lead counselors are experienced instructors and professional teaching artists from PS 154 and the PS 154 After-School Program.

MONDAY - FRIDAY, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Details here 
 


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 gdebery@gmail.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 annelanier@gmail.com

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
JUNE 9

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
JUNE 10

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
JUNE 10-11

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