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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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 email@example.com
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!