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YOUR PTA

Every parent/Guardian of a child who attends P.S. 154 is a member of the P.S. 154 PTA. 

The PTA of P.S. 154 Brooklyn is a collaboration of parents, teachers, administrators, and support staff within our school community. The PTA serves an important fundraising, communications, and at times, problem-solving role for our school. It organizes and supports PTA-funded programs that benefit our students, and a number of events throughout the year to raise funds and build community.

In 2016-2017, our PTA will spend $400/year per child to support learning at P.S. 154.

We ask that each family gives what they can toward this amount, large or small. Our goal is 100% participation! Learn more about how you can donate monetarily or by volunteering.

 

PROGRAMS

PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY YOUR PTA DOLLARS

EVENTS

JOIN US FOR THE BOO BASH!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016, 5-8PM

This is PS 154's most popular fundraiser - for both kids and adults! Last year, we raised almost $10,000 to support our school. This year, we're hoping to do even more. 

Volunteer! We need PS 154 community to help make this event happen. Please sign up to ensure the success of this event. We split up the shifts during the event so that if you volunteer, you can still enjoy part of the event with your kids. If you have any questions about volunteering or have suggestions on other things that you can do to help with the event, feel free to contact the Boo Bash event chair, Karen Tingley. karen.tingley@gmail.com or text 917-834-6886.

RAFFLE MANIA IS BACK!

For the 2nd year in a row – the PTA of PS 154 is excited to announce our biggest fundraiser of the year!

Thursday, March 16th, 7-10pm

Shepherds Hall (Behind Holy Name Parish)
245 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Grab your friends and join your teachers and staff for this adult only, action packed multi-tiered, live raffle event - with hundreds of opportunities to win!

LAST YEAR'S WINNERS WALKED OUT WITH:

Tickets to Wicked (with a backstage tour!), Disney World Park Hopper Tickets, Vacation Rentals, Autographed Sports Memorabilia, Gift certificates, and much much more!

$45 per ticket or $400 per 10 person table
Ticket includes: open bar, sit down dinner and a ticket to our fabulous door prize raffle!
For questions email: rafflemaniaps154@gmail.com


OUR SCHOOL'S EVENTS

COMMUNITY BUILDING

Not only are our events an important part of the PTA’s fundraising activities, PTA events are also about bringing our community together in fun ways to allow everyone associated with P.S. 154 to show their support for our children and their teachers. Your participation helps our children and our community grow!

CALENDAR

Follow the school calendar to keep track of events!

**please note that dates on posters pictured are for previous years!

YEARLY EVENTS

PAJAMA PARTY MOVIE NIGHT

SEP 16, 2016, 6:15pm

Pre-party in the schoolyard in pajamas and nightgowns, then enjoy an awesome movie in the MMR. Look around the school for posters to see what AMAZING movie we will show! Free pizza provided by local favorite the Sicilian. Suggested donation $5 per person. 

BOO BASH

OCT 22, 2016, 5-8pm

Boo Bash is a Saturday evening event that is highly attended and super fun for the kids. The event features a dance party (with glow sticks and LED goodies for sale), crafts, lots of food, a witches den, face painting, cotton candy, and more. New this year: a dance-a-thon!

PARENTS' HAPPY HOURS

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Watch the Calendar for Dates!
Raise a glass, and raise our PTA funding at the same time. Local bars sponsor PS154 Parents Night throughout the year. Visit Adirondack, Hamilton's, The Double Windsor, and others along with new and old friends. Drink tickets bought from the PTA go to support our school programs!

MOVIE NIGHTS

NOV 18, JAN 20, and MAR 24

Feature films are shown and the concession stand is open! Pizza, hotdogs, snacks & beverages are sold.
Please note that Movie Nights are not drop-off events. All children require a responsible adult in attendance.

BOOK FAIR

NOV
The Book Fair is a great way to get our kids excited about reading and raise money for our school. Each class visits the book fair to buy books. A portion of the proceeds go to support PTA-funded programs. We also accept gently used books during this time.

PS154 Jets NIGHT

NOV 13, 2016, 1:00PM
It's the Sunday football game of the season: the Jets vs the Rams. Join your friends from school–and Principal Havlik–to cheer on the Jets! Watch your backpacks for a flyer about this brand new school event and fundraiser. 

WINTER FAIR

DEC 3, 2016, noon-5pm
Held in early December during the holiday season with fun for all ages. While the children enjoy student performances and craft making, parents participate in a silent auction with an amazing assortment items including camps, gifts, memberships, gift certificates and more.

P.S. 154 READ-A-THON

BEGINS JAN 9, 2017
Each class that reads the most minutes in their grade gets a special visit from Principal Havlik, and the top reader from each grade gets an individual prize, too. Students also enter the bookmark contest–the winning bookmark in each grade gets printed for the entire grade. Collectively, our students raise over $9,000 during Read-a-Thon 2016.

RAFFLE MANIA!

MAR 16, 2017
Now in it's second year, this adults-only event takes place in Shepard's Hall in nearby Holy Name Church. It is a community-wide, multi-tiered, fast-paced, evening raffle event featuring over 300 different prize, food, and adult beverages! Parents, teachers, and neighbors come together to support the school. 

CLASS ART PROJECT AND AUCTION

FEB AND MAR
The creativity of our PTS154 students and parents knows no bounds. Paintings, pottery, and more are created in collaborative art projects by each class. We then auction off these amazing works of art to our PS154 community, with auction proceeds going to help support our PTA Programs.

POETRY EXTRAVAGANZA

APR 26, 2017
PS 154 celebrates National Poetry Month with every student contributing to our school wide PTA-sponsored poetry journal. We then invite students to read their poetry, or a favorite poem, on stage!

MOTHER'S DAY PLANT SALE

MAY 12, 2017
The Friday before Mother's Day

During the school day, students shop for Mother’s Day at our plant sale. A great assortment of flowers and other garden plants for all the important women in your child's life. 

PTA 5K RUN

MAY 13, 2017
The Saturday before Mother's Day
This event benefits ALL Brooklyn PTAs, and takes place in Prospect Park the Saturday before Mother’s Day. This event has raised over $20,000 yearly for Brooklyn PTAs with a huge PS154 showing.

SPRING FLING

MAY
Get ready for bouncy houses, face paint, carnival games, and a magician! Our formula for community fun returns to the schoolyard every Spring to help our community come together for fun, and for fundraising for the school.

CHESS TOURNAMENT

JUNE
This annual tournament is open to students in grades K-5, divided by age levels. The chess tournament sponsored by the PTA and run by our PTA-sponsored chess teacher Mr. Jairo. All participants will get a prize.

FATHER'S DAY COOKIE SALE

JUN 16, 2017
During the school day, children can buy cookies for Dad–and all the important men in his or her life. Beautiful professionally decorate cookies are sure to delight everyone.

BROOKLYN CYCLONES NIGHT

JUN
Enjoy a family night at a ballgame where the proceeds benefit fundraising efforts of the PTA. Kids can run the bases before the game. Look for announcements as the minor league season approaches.

 

DONATE

ANNUAL FUND

OUR GOAL IS 100% PARTICIPATION

Our Annual Fund asks each PS 154 PTA member to make a cash contribution to the PTA. While participation in the Annual Fund is not required to be a PTA member, our goal is to have 100% participation regardless of the size of the contribution.

SUGGESTED DONATION

This year, the PTA of PS 154 is spending $400 per child to support our school. We kindly ask that each family consider a $400 per child donation. 

DONATE ALL AT ONCE OR MONTHLY BY PAYPAL

You can make a one-time payment or spread out payments over time. If you use PayPal, we ask that you consider covering the transaction fee by donating $412 or $34.43 if doing monthly.

DONATE BY CHECK

Return this form and a check made out to PTA of PS154 Brooklyn to the PTA mailbox in the school’s main office.

YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS TAX DEDUCTIBLE

The PTA of P.S. 154 Brooklyn is a 501(c)3 charity. Your contributions are tax-deductible and may be eligible for a corporate matching program at the company where you work. Our Tax ID is 27-1185656.

    GENERATIONS CAMPAIGN

    The Generations Campaign asks members of our children’s extended family to make a contribution to the PTA to invest in their loved one’s education. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings and friends are encouraged to make a donation to help the PTA provide enriching experiences and fill the gaps that exist due to school budgets that continue to be reduced. In the past, this campaign has been able to raise $15,000 for our school! Please encourage your friends and families to help–give us their contact information, and we'll take care of the rest. Click here to view and print the form that we need.

    When you shop on Amazon, make sure you use Amazon Smile and point four percent of your purchase amount goes to our school! Please alert grandparents and other family and friends who might like to contribute in this way. You can bookmark your Amazon Smile account so that you can effortlessly contribute to your PTA every time you shop (it doesn't automatically use your Smile account).

    Earn money for P.S. 154 in two easy steps!

    1. Cut out and collect your Box Tops before you toss your empty packages in the recycling. Look for these brands that have box tops you can clip.
    2. In a ziplock bag or envelope, and place Box Tops in the PTA mailbox in the main office. Include your child's name and class number (example: Sally Brown, Class 1-101).

    The class with the most box tops submitted will receive special recognition and a prize! At ten cents per box top, we have been able to earn more than $600 per year from Box Top collections. You can also create your own account and watch our "free money" grow!

    Orders Mabel's Labels to label your kid's clothes & gear, and we'll get a percentage. Click "Support a Fundraiser" in top right and select PS 154 Brooklyn!

    Use this app to snap and send photos of your grocery receipts. Stores will donate to our school for each photo sent. Download on iTunes or Google Play.

    VOLUNTEER

    VOLUNTEER FOR A COMMITTEE

    Please consider joining a committee. Each of our committees makes a vital contribution to our school. If you click on the name of each chairperson, you can contact them via email to be included in that committee. All committees welcome new members!

    Auction Committee

    Chaired by Anna Patscha, Chair of Auctions and Sponsorships
    This committee works in the months leading up to our PS154 Winter Fair (December 3) and PS154 Rafflemania events to solicit auction and raffle items from families at the school, local businesses, as well as national businesses. This committee work can be done via a computer over email, and there are also roles that involve walking around and speaking with (friendly!) local businesses.

    Fundraising Committee

    Chaired by Abby Palanca, Chair of Fundraising
    This committee works to ensure the continued success of existing efforts for the Annual Fund, the Generations Campaign, Grants, Sponsorship and Free Money. The committee will also consider and make recommendations to modify existing fundraising efforts and to consider new fundraising opportunities.

    Event Planning Committee

    Chaired by Nicole Brier, Chair of Events
    This committee will work together to guide the efforts of sub-committees to plan and execute events that raise funds for PTA enrichment programs and help build a spirit of community at PS 154. Help out with food, crafts, raffles, auctions, and more. The committee will recommend a calendar of events for the school year and work with the Membership Coordinator to recruit and organize volunteers to participate in the events.

    Enrichment Programs Committee

    Chaired by Stacy Margolis, Chair of Programs
    The committee will work together and with the parent body to identify enriching experiences, such as assemblies, author visits, and in-class programs, that the membership would like to add to the educational experience of students at PS 154.

    After School Committee

    Chaired by Shannon Tam, Chair of After School
    The committee will work together to establish curriculum and policy for the after school program.

    Communications and Marketing Committee

    Chaired by Leslie Bishop, Chair of Communications and Marketing
    The committee will work with board members, events and program planners to produce print and electronic material for dissemination to the PS 154 community. One committee member will be in charge of updating the website as needed. The committee will also manage our PS154 School Store.

    Fifth Grade Graduation Committee

    Chair TBD Executive Board Member-at-Large from the 5th grade parent body
    The committee will work with the 5th grade parents and school administration and faculty to identify the activities related to 5th grade graduation, plan and execute those activities and work within the PTA framework to establish a budget for 5th grade activities and execute the plans within the budget.

    Movie Night Committee

    Chaired by Deirdre Read
    Help choose the movie for our three movie nights, and assist with food service. Movie nights take place three times each winter, in the early evening hours at our school. We need ticket takers, food servers, an MC, shoppers, and more to make these fun community events happen.

    Garden Committee

    Chaired by Sarah Plutzer and Rhonda Ebbeson
    Help care for our beautiful school garden, and lead projects in your child’s classroom around planting, harvesting, and eating fresh vegetables.

    Committee to Support Students With Special Needs

    Chaired by Nicole Brier
    Advocate for children with special needs by supporting them, their parents, and their teachers within the school community. Suggest PTA programming that helps students with special needs and benefits all children. No special skills are needed on your part—just a willingness to learn about children’s needs and speak up for them.

    The Social Emotional Experience, a.k.a. “SEE” Committee

    Chaired by Lisa Rochlin
    The Social Emotional Experience, aka “SEE,” Committee is a sub-committee of the School Leadership Team, comprised of both parents and P.S. 154 staff. The purpose of this committee is to communicate about the social-emotional needs of the school community as a whole, and to encourage initiatives that support social-emotional learning in our children. Members can be actively involved in discussions and initiatives or simply stay informed through our Google Group.

    The SEE committee uses the following definition of social emotional learning: “Social Emotional Learning is intended to teach children specific social-emotional skills like self-awareness, self-management, empathy, perspective taking and cooperation. In short, these are lessons of emotional intelligence.

    Class Parents for Cluster Teachers

    Physical Education: Abby Palanca

    Art: Michelle Kratchman Garcia

    VOLUNTEER FOR EVENTS

    We need hands to make our events happen, and they're hugely important in raising the money we need to support our programs. If you want to volunteer, please contact Nicole Brier.

    We need help now with the Boo Bash! Sign up to help!! 

    LEADERSHIP

    2016-2017 PTA OF PS154 EXECUTIVE BOARD

    To contact anyone on the PTA, please contact Jodi Harris or Zoë Kashner, and we will make sure your message gets to the right person.

    President: Jodi Harris

    President-Elect: Zoë Kashner

    Chair of Operations: Gretchen Aguiar

    Chair of Fundraising: Abby Palanca

    Treasurer: Jenny Robinson-Hartley

    Treasurer-Elect: Amy Tanaka

    Chair of Programs: Stacy Margolis

    Chair of Communications and Marketing: Leslie Bishop

    Chair of Technology: Meg Moorhouse

    Chair of Events: Nicole Brier

     

     

    Chair of Events-Elect: Maggie Ross

    Chair of Auctions and Sponsorships: Anna Patscha

    Membership Coordinator: Darla Dickey

    Chair of After School: Shannon Tam

    Recording Secretary: Jorge Mouro

    Member-At-Large: Alex Costas

    Member-At-Large: Crystal Oracca

    Member-At-Large: Priya Patel

    Member-At-Large: Lisa Rochlin

    Member-At-Large: Sarah Kagan

    Member-At-Large (5th Grade): Ana Au

    ByLaws & Meeting MINUTES

    BYLAWS

    PTA Bylaws as approved September 20, 2016, including descriptions of board positions named above.

    MEETING MINUTES & Budgets

    Executive Board Meeting Minutes:
    September 14, 2016

    PTA General Meeting Minutes:
    September 20, 2016
    PTA Budget Statements:
    September 19, 2016 Budget Statement