March 27 - 2nd Grade City Worker Day
April 2 & 3- ELA State Tests for 3rd - 5th grades
April 8 - PTA Executive Board Meeting, 6:30pm
April 9 - Armory Visit for Grades 2-5 - Volunteers Still Needed - Sign Up
April 11 - PS 154 Parenting Book Club, 6:30pm
April 12 - Kids Heart Challenge, during recess
April 13 - PS 154’s Science Fair
April 15 - 18 - Spring Textile Recycling Drive, Drop off in the MMR
April 15 - K-201 Music Presentation, 10:15am
April 16 - Armory Visit for Grades 2-5 - Volunteers Still Needed - Sign Up
April 16 - K-102 Music Presentation, 10:15am
April 16 - School Leadership Team Meeting, 4pm
April 17 - K-110 Music Presentation, 8:45am
April 17 - K-101 Music Presentation, 9:25am
April 18 - K-210 Music Presentation, 10:15am
April 18 - School Spirit Day - We all wear Blue or Green to celebrate Earth Day!
April 19-26 - Spring Break - School is Closed
PARENT BAND NIGHT
Are you in a band? Do you want to participate in PS 154's (somewhat) annual End-of-Year Parent Band Night? If so, please get in touch with Rachel Warren. The event will take place in mid-June at a venue to be determined soon (likely Union Hall or somewhere close), and you'll likely be sharing a stage with such luminaries as Charles Bissell from the Wrens, Palomar, and possibly Bambi Keno and White Collar Crime. Come out from under your rock — to rock and raise money for PS 154!
SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE UPCOMING EVENTS
PTA 5K FUN RUN
Sat, May 11 in Prospect Park
FRIDAY, JUNE 14 at MCU Stadium in Coney Island
TAKE THE NYC SCHOOL SURVEY
CALLING ALL PARENTS & GUARDIANS
DEADLINE IS APRIL 3
Give us your honest opinion. Your feedback helps improve our school.
Complete the Survey online in five easy steps!
Go to nycschoolsurvey.org
Click on the link to the parent & guardian survey
Enter your access code (found on the paper survey given out at Parent Teacher Conferences OR through the code lookup tool on the survey login page)
Complete the survey
Contact Debby Wattenbarger at email@example.com with questions.
For help getting an access code, call 1-877-819-2363.
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.
PS 154 PARENTING BOOK CLUB
Thursday, April 11, 6:30-8:00pm in the MMR
BABYSITTING & PIZZA for school-aged children: $5 suggested donation
BOOK: “Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings, How to Stop the Fighting and Raise Friends for Life,” by Dr. Laura Markham (of the Peaceful Parent Series
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.)
Apply Now for Exciting STEM Enrichment Programs for Summer!
Students entering kindergarten through grade 12 in September can apply now to attend exciting summer STEM enrichment and experiential learning programs. A wide range of programs are offered at the NYC Department of Education’s Genovesi Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics; the Bronx Zoo; Central Park Zoo; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; MakerSpace NYC Futureworks; Museum of the City of New York; New York Aquarium; New-York Historical Society; Prospect Park Zoo; Queens Botanical Garden; Queens County Farm Museum; Queens Zoo; Staten Island Museum; Staten Island Zoo; and Wave Hill. Students will meet and work with field experts in programs that feature real life, hands-on learning experiences.
Discover almost any STEM topic under the sun! Don’t miss out, spots are limited and the application deadline is Friday, April 5. Preference is given to students who attend Title I schools. Download our flyer, learn more, and apply now to investigate, design, and create with us this summer. For questions, contact Camps@schools.nyc.gov.
IN THE COMMUNITY
UFT Brooklyn Parent Outreach Committee
Thursday, March 28, 10 am to 2 pm
Free workshop about Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
Location: UFT Brooklyn borough office at 335 Adams St., 25th floor, rooms A and B.
Breakfast will be served, and children are welcome.