OUR SCHOOL'S EVENTS ARE 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!
Follow the school calendar to keep track of events!
PS 154 SHARKS IN THE DARK AT THE NEW YORK AQUARIUM
Fri, March 22, 2019, at 6pm to 9:30 am the next morning
PS 154 students and families can experience an unforgettable sleepover at the New York Aquarium's newest exhibit, Ocean Wonders: Sharks! We'll discover the marine life of the Hudson Canyon with a behind the scenes access, a live animal encounter and fun, educational activities during this sleep "under the sea" event.
PTA meeting featuring a presentation on Responsive Parenting
Wed, March 20 at 6:30-8:30 PM in the MMR
Babysitting and pizza will be available for school aged children for a suggested donation of $5 per child
THE PRESENTATION: Responsive Parenting: Intentional Language and Emotionally Responsive Techniques to Support your Child
Carolyn Lyons, a gifted and experienced expert in child development and communications, will lead an interactive discussion that will provide participants with specific verbal prompts, questions, and responses to use to strategically support children. The purpose of the discussion is to provide parents, teacher and caregivers with the verbal skills and tactics to:
• recognize both their child’s and their own emotions when dealing with challenging behaviors
• understand how to use children’s emotional experiences as an opportunity for teaching and strengthening relationships
• strengthen their ability to help children identify, express, and manage emotions successfully
• support children in building problem solving/conflict resolution skills
• guide children’s behavior with appropriate limits and decrease melt-downs
• structure a Family Meeting to implement these changes in the home
Carolyn Lyons is a Certified School Counselor with over 15 years of experience working with children in educational and therapeutic settings. She worked as a Child and Family Therapist at Joseph J. Peters Institute in Philadelphia. She has worked in the counseling offices of P.S. 120 and P.S. 506 in Brooklyn. She is currently Director and Lead Teacher at Chickpeas Cooperative Preschool in Park Slope.
Helping Your Child Cope With Anxiety
Thursday, March 28, 6:30-8:00pm in the MMR
This talk is open to the community
Babysitting available for school aged children for a suggested donation of $5 per child
Rates of anxiety among young people in America have been increasing steadily for the past 70 years. Does your child have anxiety? In this workshop, former 154 parent Neil Weintraub, LCSW, will help parents identify signs of anxiety in children and discuss short-term relief and long-term solutions. He will help parents distinguish between common stress/worry and clinical anxiety. He will also help parents to identify ways in which they unknowingly put pressure on their children and discuss strategies for changing the dynamic.
Neil Weintraub works with children to help them develop an age-appropriate understanding of their challenges and utilize their strengths to make a plan. He specializes in children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and general social difficulties. Neil sees clients individually and in social skills groups designed to help children with real-world social interactions. He is also the social worker for the ASD Nest Program at PS 32 in Brooklyn.
Poetry Night Extravaganza
Students are invited to participate in a school-wide poetry reading. Come celebrate your poetic child with us!
Spring Textile Drive
During the week leading up to Spring Break -- not to mention Earth Day -- we will be collecting textiles for reuse and recycling. Help keep textiles out of the waste stream and raise money for our kids a the same time: The PTA earns a dime on every pound collected.
If you have any clothes, shoes, sneakers, hats, linens, towels, handbags, and belts that no longer spark joy, bring 'em in! Note that we can't accept fabric scraps, rugs, comforters or pillows.
Donation bins will be located in the MMR.
“How to Help Your Child WANT To Cooperate without Yelling, Bribes, Threats or Punishment”
Presentation and book signing by “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids” author, Dr. Laura Markham.
Thursday, May 2, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Are you tired of battling with your child? Do you wish you knew how to get your child cooperating without yelling and threats? Are you trying to find the sweet spot between spoiling and strict? Dr. Laura Markham is coming to PS 154 to share practical, everyday strategies to help you raise a child who WANTS to cooperate, by working with your child rather than trying to manipulate or control. In this talk, there will be a long Q&A at the end to ask individual questions about your own parenting, and you'll learn:
• Why yelling, threats and punishment actually create more misbehavior.
• How children develop self-discipline and learn to regulate their emotions.
• Your secret weapon to get your child cooperating.
• The most important parenting habit to create a peaceful home.
• Strategies to handle your own strong emotions so you can help your child.
Suggested donation $10 per PERSON (exclusive pricing for PS 154 families until Sunday 4/14. $20 tickets available to the community go on sale 4/15.)
Fri, May 3, 6:00-8:30pm
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!
Spring Fling Schoolyard Carnival
Wed, May 15
A schoolday carnival. More information coming soon!
See-you-in-September Schoolyard Picnic
Fri, June 7, 3:00-8:00pm
Come celebrate a wonderful school year with a schoolyard picnic. Bring balls, blankets, and a little nosh to slow down with friends and family.
Sun, June 9, 12:00-4:00pm
Come practice your chess skills with your classmates at the annual PS 154 chess tournament.
FRIDAY, JUNE 14
Save the date! Let’s all go to a baseball game in Coney Island! Detail to come!