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.
PROGRAMS SUPPORTED BY YOUR PTA DOLLARS
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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OUR SCHOOL'S EVENTS
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!
Follow the school calendar to keep track of events!
**please note that dates on posters pictured are for previous years!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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.
- 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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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