PTA News & Information

Welcome, Kindergarten Families!

We are so excited to meet you and introduce you to our P.T.A. of P.S. 154. To learn more about what our P.T.A. does, please click on the links. You can preview the many fun events you can participate in over the school year. Learn more about what Programs and Enrichments the P.T.A. pays for at P.S. 154.
Please mark your calendars for August 13, 2016, 9:30-11am. The P.T.A. of P.S. 154 is hosting a special Welcome Breakfast in the PS154 Schoolyard. This event is only for incoming kindergartners and their families. Come join other kindergarten families for breakfast in our schoolyard while the children play. You will likely have your class assignment at this time, and it’s a great opportunity to meet other children and parents in the same class. Siblings are welcome. Learn more about your PTA, buy PS154 T-shirts and gear, and get ready for the school year. Bagels, coffee, juice and more provided!

PS 154 Spring Fling Annual Pie Baking Contest!

During Spring Fling, June 18th

Who bakes the best pie at PS154?! Submit a pie for our annual Spring Fling pie contest! Have a chance to have your pie tasted by our VIP judges and win one of our amazing prizes!

All Pies are due by 5:30pm on 6/18 in the school yard. Judging begins at 5:45pm with awards announced at 6:15pm. Pies must be homemade and have one crust to be eligible. Registration sheet attached. $5 per entry.

All proceeds benefit our PTA funded programs!

To enter a pie, please fill out the registration form at the following link:
Pie Contest Registration

 

Annual Spring Fling — June 18th!

PS154 LETTER SPRING FLING CLOWN POSTERSave the date and spread the word… the Spring Fling is happening on Saturday, June 18th! It’s our last big event of the year, and we’ll be taking over the school yard from 3:00-7:00 pm with rides, live music, a clown performance, games, crafts and delicious food. As always we rely on volunteers and donations. We need volunteers for easy time slots in ticket sales, ticket collecting, craft and game stations, food service, face painting and more!  All proceeds go to PTA funded programs. To volunteer your time or to donate food, please sign up via this webpage: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4fafad2ea6fe3-spring

 

Last PTA Meeting of the Year and
2016-17 PTA Executive Board Voting

We hope to see you Tuesday, May 16 at at 6:30 pm for our FINAL PTA Meeting of the year! We will be voting on our board for next year, highlighting the different PTA committees that you as a parent might want to get involved in, and talking about the upcoming school year.   Please take a look at the following document for more information on the board positions, current nominations (we will still take nominations at the May 16th meeting as well), and information on PTA committees you might want to be involved in…. including After School, Fundraising, Event Planning, Movie Committee, Garden Committee, Enrichment Programs, and more! Be a part of making PS 154 a great school for your children! Click here: PTA_Election_Info

Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale!

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PS 154’s annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale is coming up on Thursday, May 5th! This is a fun opportunity for the kids to pick up something nice for the moms, as well as to raise money for our PTA. Each class will have the chance to shop the sale sometime during the school day. Please don’t forget to send your child in with some spending money on May 5! We will be selling flowers, herbs and vegetable plants. Prices start at $1.

We are also looking for volunteers that day to setup, break down and staff the sale at times during 8 am to 4 pm. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Jeannine Kerr (jeannine.kerr@smallplanet.com)

Annual Field Day & Official T-Shirts

PS 154’s Annual Field Day will be held this year on Thursday, May 20th! Once again, the PTA of PS 154 will be distributing official school t-shirts to students and staff. The t-shirts are a bright and gender-neutral lime green, and include the school logo. All children must wear the official t-shirts on Field Day, May 20, and on all other field trips.

Please fill out the following form to ensure your child has a shirt: Field Day_Tshirt Letter_FINAL_wTranslation PDF
Tear off the bottom portion and return with payment to your child’s class by Thursday, May 5. The cost per child is $8 to cover the cost of your child’s shirt, help subsidize shirts for staff, and cover families who are unable to pay. If you pay by credit card, please pay $8.24 to cover Paypal fees.

If we have extra money after collections, that amount will go into the PTA account that funds enrichment programs. However, this sale is not intended as a fundraiser.

Please note, we will do our best to provide your child with the size that you request, but it is not guaranteed.

Thank you!

PS 154’s 9th Annual Poetry Night!

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Save the date!

Wednesday, May 4th is PS 154’s 9th Annual Poetry Night! Be sure to sign up your 154 student(s) to read their favorite poem or one of their very own.

If your child wants to participate, please email Fiona McBain (fifinyc@mac.com) Include your child’s full name, age and teacher.

 

PTA 5K Fun Run — Registration is Open!

pta fun runRegistration is now open for the PTA Fun Run 5K on Saturday, May 7, 10am. The course is one loop of Prospect Park, starting near Bartel-Pritchard Parking Lot. Run, Walk, Toddle, Stroll. All speeds and participants are welcome!

 

Registration and further details at
https://nycruns.com/races/?race=brooklyn-pta-5k-2016

Last year’s event raised over $20,000 for Brooklyn PTAs with a huge PS154 showing.

Please join us in making this another great event for PS154 and our Brooklyn schools!

 

Parent’s Night Out LIVE Auction Wed, April 20th!

The Silent Auction catalog is now available to view for Parents Night Out (PNO) at Hamilton’s tonight, Wednesday, April 20th from 7-9 pm! We have over 28 amazing items to bid on! Check them out through the link below:

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If you haven’t purchased your PNO tickets yet, be sure to get the pre-pay discount of $65/ticket at:
https://ps154.24fundraiser.com/e/site/store/1040/event_tickets/477

Or pay $70/tickets if you purchase at the door. The weather is great today, so be sure to come out and celebrate with us! Food and drink is included in your ticket price!

Als0, our online auction is still open for bidding (this is separate from the LIVE auction), so be sure to check out those items as well!
https://ps154.24fundraiser.com/

The PNO auction is geared to the grownups, so seize this opportunity to treat yourself and support our PTA funded programs. Every dollar earned through the auction goes directly to support our incredible in-class enrichments. When you win, our kids win too!

Bidding is open to the public so please share this link with your friends!

Thank you and Happy Bidding!!

April PTA General Membership Meeting!

Wednesday, April 20 – 8:30 am
PS 154 Cafeteria
Reunión General de Miembros de la Asociación de Padres y Maestros

Come to our next meeting and join the discussion on some of our agenda items listed below. Plus, enjoy complimentary bagels (BYO coffee!).

• Special Guest Jim Brennan will be giving updates about education policies from Albany
• Nominations will be held for the PTA Executive Board for School Year 2016/17
• SEE Committee Update on Social Emotional learning in the classroom

Ven a nuestra próxima reunión y unirse a la discusión en algunos
de nuestros temas del programa que figuran a continuación .
Más, disfrutar de panecillos de cortesía ( BYO café! ) .

• Invitado Especial Jim Brennan va a dar actualizaciones
sobre las políticas de educación de Albany
• Las nominaciones serán retenidos por la Junta Directiva
del PTA para el año escolar 2016/17
• Véase Comité de Actualización sobre el aprendizaje
social y emocional en el aula

All Parents, Guardians and Teachers are automatically members of the PTA – please join us!

Annual Parent’s Night Out!

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Book your sitters! Gather your friends! Then join other PS 154 Parents for our annual Parents Night Out!

Thursday, April 21st, 7pm to 9:30pm
@Hamilton’s, 2826 Fort Hamilton Pkwy

Good food, good drinks, good company and an auction! Hope you Tickets are $65 in advance and $70 at the door.

All proceeds from the evening will benefit our incredible enrichment programs.

Hope to see you there!

 

Parent’s Night Out Online Auction is now LIVE!

Parent’s Night Out (PNO) Online Auction is Here!!

The Silent Auction is coming to Parents Night Out at Hamilton’s on Wednesday, April 20th, but until then, check out the FANTASTIC items up for auction online and start bidding now!
https://ps154.24fundraiser.com/

The PNO auction is geared to the grownups, so seize this opportunity to treat yourself and support our PTA funded programs. Every dollar earned through the auction goes directly to support our incredible in-class enrichments. When you win, our kids win too!

Bidding is open to the public so please share this link with your Facebook friends!

Thank you and Happy Bidding!!

PS 154’s Annual Chess Tournament
Returns March 20th!

chess jpgPS 154’s Annual Chess Tournament is returning again this year on Sunday, March 20! Last year, we had over 170 kids participate in this exciting day of chess, and we can’t wait to do it again! This year is limited to 140 players, so please register early! All PS 154 children from grades K-5 can enter by pre-registration before March 16 (no day-of registration), $20 per entrant. The tournament will last from 12-4. No eliminations, and everyone plays 4 games. Participants should plan to stay for the entire tournament, and trophies will be awarded to the top 4 players in each category — Kindergarten, First Grade, and Open (grades 2-5). Medals for everyone!

For details and to register go to: tinyurl.com/PS154Chess
To volunteer, please use the contact info in the pic below.

 

 

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Next Family Movie Night is Friday, March 4th!

It’s time for Family Movie Night again, this Friday, March 4th! Please join us for Director Chris Noonan’s tale of a precocious piglet’s struggle to fit in and become a champion sheepherder. It won the hearts of audiences and critics alike and was nominated for seven Academy Awards (including Best Picture). Featuring famrer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell) and a multitude of farm animals, this movie is appealing for kids and adults alike! Concession and previews start at 6 pm, movie at 6:30 pm. Suggested donation: $1. This is not a DOE sponsored event. Hope to see you there!

 

Read-a-Thon Starts Monday,
February 29th-March 18!

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Your child should have received their Read-A-Thon information packet home from school already. If your child doesn’t have it, here is a digital version of the information packet: http://tinyurl.com/ReadathonPS154

We are also holding an official PS 154 Read-A-Thon bookmark contest. Entries are due Monday, February 29. There will be a winner for each grade. Here are the instructions: http://tinyurl.com/BookmarkPS154

NEW THIS YEAR! If you have friends, family, or neighbors who would like to support your reader with an online donation, we are now able to accept it. Please ask donors to use this page: https://events.24fundraiser.com/ps154/readathon
Donors will be able to enter your child’s name as part of their donation.

 

PS 154 Armory Days–We Need Parent Volunteers!

Armory Days Volunteer PicParents, spread the word!! March 1st is our next Armory Day (as well as several more this year!), and we are in desperate need of more parent volunteers! We can’t do these days without you, so please consider volunteering for a brief hour-and-a-half time slot (or for 3 if you can swing it!) There are no Olympic qualifications necessary – just energy and a sense of humor! Volunteers are put in charge of a station, such as running or soccer, etc., and then you’ll repeat the activity (per Mrs. Moore’s instructions) for each 7 minute rotation. Easy peasy! Depending on number of volunteers, you may have a partner as well. Come join in on the fun and help ensure we can continue to offer future Armory Days! If March 1st doesn’t work for you, we have another day schedule for March 15th that needs volunteers as well! Thanks for your support! Click here to sign up for a volunteer spot: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4baaae2ea7f58-armory

The Double Windsor to Host a PS 154 Happy Hour FUNraiser!

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The new year brings new opportunities for parent’s night out and FUN-raising! Please join us Tuesday, January 26, from 6-8 PM at The Double Windsor! Following in the footsteps of our previous Happy Hours, we will be fun-raising with proceeds from each drink going towards the PTA fundraising efforts. Let’s celebrate the new year and have some fun!

 

Announcing Raffle Mania!

raffle mania jpgAttention PS 154 Parents! The PTA is excited to announce a brand-new fundraising event this year called Raffle Mania! This adults-only event is a community-wide, multi-tiered, fast-paced, evening raffle event featuring over 300 different prizes… and the night includes a Beer and Wine Open Bar from Brooklyn Brewery and Alta Luna wines, plus sandwiches and snacks! This year’s prizes include: Walt Disney World Park Hopper Tickets, Apple iPad, Broadway Show Tickets, Caribbean Vacation Stays, Singer Sewing Machine, 50/50 Raffle Cash Prize… and hundreds more! Book your ticket now and receive an entry to our fabulous door prize raffle – FREE! Tickets: $45 per ticket or $400 per 10 person table or $210 for a half table of 5 people. Raffle Mania will take place on February 4th, 2016 at Shepherd’s Hall (behind Holy Name Church) on Prospect Park West from 7-10 pm.

NO tickets will be sold at the door, but you can buy them in advance below!
1) Online at www.tinyurl.com/rafflemania, or

2) Main Office – M, W, F 8:30-10 am

So grab yourself a babysitter, becuase you’re not going to want to miss this exciting event!

Don’t Miss PS 154’s Winter Fair & Silent Auction!

winter fair posterThe Winter Fair is Saturday, December 12th from 12 noon to 4 p.m., and you don’t want to miss our best Winter Fair yet! Admission is free, and there will be musical performances, crafts, a fabulous Silent Auction with 80+ items to bid on, and so much more! Our Silent Auction is separate from the Online Auction that has been taking place… there are so many more great items to bid on! You must be present to make a bid during the Silent Auction, and all bids must be made between 12 noon and 3:40 p.m. Items available include kids’ camps, classes for kids AND grownups, food and drink gift certificates to some of the finest restaurants and bars in Brooklyn, memberships to museums, and special experiences (ranging from 2 tickets to a NYC Fashion Week show, Brooklyn Nets tickets, a 3-day weekend in the Hamptoms, 4 Passes to Spa Castle, Prospect Park Alliance Carousel Party, and much more!) Come join us on Saturday… you don’t want to miss out on all the fun!

 

PS 154’s Winter Online Auction is LIVE!

We have 25 AMAZING items to bid on for the Online Winter Auction! Click the following link to view descriptions and start bidding now! https://ps154.24fundraiser.com/ So many great items are available, including Brooklyn Nets tickets, 2 weeks of sleep-away Summer arts camp at Ballibay Camp, a week of fun and sun in a 2-bdr condo in Siesta Key, FL, an Indian Larry Motorcycles Behind the Scenes Tour for up to 10 friends, an aerial tour of NYC, one family membership to the MoMA, a professional audio recording by Yarn Audio Works, and so much more!

Take this opportunity to do some holiday shopping, bid on something you’d love for yourself AND support our PTA funded programs! Every dollar we earn through the auction goes directly to support our PTA funded programming. When you win, our kids win too!

Please share the link on Facebook and Twitter. The auction is open to the public. Thank you, and Happy Bidding!!

https://ps154.24fundraiser.com/

Music Assembly at PS 154

Friday, November 13th was our first school assembly of the year! We welcomed Artists by Any Other Name, an arts collective, to PS 154. Every child in the school got to see the performance, sitting with their “buddy classes” from other grades.

Brought to us by Ms. Hannah Barnard of our after school program, Artists by Any Other Name interprets classical music in a contemporary and engaging way. Our children were able to meet a string quartet, a trio of dancers, a pianist, and a classical vocalist. The group performed pieces from their original production of Danse Macabre in front of a video of illustrations composed by yet another collective member. To read and see more about this production, check out a blog posting about it.

Our children are already familiar with the concept of Danse Macabre from our PTA-funded music class with Ms. Gabel. They acted out their own versions in the classroom in prior weeks. Today, they got to see professional musicians and dancers perform an interpretation as well!

Our children were a respectful, engaged audience. To hear what they thought of the performance and what they learned, you can ask them:
What is an arts collective? What do the group do?
What is a danse macabre?
Was the music happy or sad, exciting or calm?
What was your favorite musician or dancer? What did you like best about that person’s performance?
What was different about the performers’ interpretation of the Danse Macabre than the interpretation you made up with Ms. Gabel in music class?

We are thrilled to be able to bring performing arts to our school. Thank you to all who contribute to the PTA to help make this possible. Between in-class enrichments, assemblies, author visits, and more, we spend $360 per child at PS 154. Please consider donating to our annual fund at:http://ps154.org/home/pta/fundraising/

Adirondack to host PS 154 Happy Hour FUNraiser!

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Our last Happy Hour was such a success that we’re doing it again! Please join us for a Happy Hour at The Adirondack from 5-8 pm on November 18th benefiting PS 154. $6 drink tickets will get you well drinks and select beers on tap. The best part is 50% of drink ticket sales will go straight to the PTA at PS 154! Get a sitter and join us for a mid-week night out!

The Adirondack Bar
1241 Prospect Ave
Brooklyn NY 718-871-0100
www.theadirondackbar.com

Questions? Contact PTA Events at: crystal.orraca@gmail.com

 

Family Movie Night: Friday, November 6th!

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What do you get when you combine nuns, mobsters, and soul music? A hilarious movie night at 154! When a lively lounge singer witnesses a crime, she is relocated for her protection. Set up in the guise of a nun in a convent, her behavior has her upending the peaceful lives of the quiet resident sisters who live there. To keep her out of trouble, she is assigned to work with the choir, where she quickly goes to work in bringing excitment to what had become boring and routine. Rambunctious and soulful music soon turns them into what they were always meant to be! As they become a success, they begin to get the stardom and fame this former lounge singer has always wished for (the exact kind she doesn’t need in a witness protection program!). Come join us Friday night for laughs, food and fun!

Concessions begin at 6 pm, and the movie starts at 6:30 pm.

Suggested donation of $1 per admission. Not a DOE Sponsored Event.

2nd Grade Parents–
Capoeira Enrichment Has Begun!

Our second grade students started their Capoeira enrichment this past Monday. This program is 100% PTA funded by donations from our PS 154 families. In 17 weekly classes, our beloved Mestre Foca, who is the founder of Capoeira Brooklyn, will introduce our students to this Brazilian performance art that combines martial arts, collaborative dance, and music.

Our capoeira program:
• develops discipline, focus, respect, and self-confidence
• builds balance, strength, flexibility, and athleticism
• introduces Brazilian language, music, and culture

Capoeira brings a wonderful sense of fun into our second-graders’week. Rather than perform or “work on” capoeira, they JOGA capoeira, or PLAY capoeira! This week, play a snippet of one of Mestre Foca’s compositions to familiarize yourself with the unique sound of capoeira music. Tracks 6 & 7 are kids’ favorites. Ask your child to show what she or he learned!

To provide capoeira and other enrichments to every classroom, the PTA spends $360/student each year. To help these wonderful programs continue, please donate at: http://ps154.org/home/pta/fundraising/ Thanks for your support!

It’s a Brooklyn Nets FUNraiser!

brooklyn netsOn Monday, November 2nd, please join us for a fun night at the Barclays Center as we cheer on the Brooklyn Nets and raise some money for our school! Tickets are $25 (for $35 seats), and $10 from every sale will benefit the programs and kids at 154! The game starts at 7:30. Please send in the attached form (click here: Night_Out_With_The_Nets) along with your payment by Monday, October 26th. For any questions, kindly email abbypalancapta@gmail.com. Hope to see you there!

Hamilton’s to Host PS 154 Happy Hour!

hamiltons flyerPlease join us for a special Happy Hour at Hamilton’s benefiting PS 154! On October 7th from 6-8 p.m. you will be able to buy $6 drink tickets at the door, with 50% of drink ticket sales going to the PTA! Drinks and Happy Hour menu will be available until 8 p.m. Please note: this event is for adults only, so be sure to get your sitter and join us for a fun mid-week, parents night out! Please pass the word about this very fun opportunity to support our school.  Also, please RSVP by visiting our Facebook page and commenting on the “Hamilton’s Happy Hour” post with “I’m Coming!” and how many other adults you are bringing with you.

Thanks for your support!

You can RSVP by visiting the PTA of PS 154 Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/PTAofPS154Brooklyn

 

 

The Annual Boo Bash is Saturday, October 17th!

boo bash jpgIf you haven’t heard, Boo Bash will be taking place on Saturday October 17th from 5-8pm. This is an awesome event that is highly attended and super fun for the kids. This year, we will have a dance party (with glow sticks and LED goodies for sale), crafts, lots of food, a witches den, face painting, cotton candy, and more. This craziness can only be pulled off if we have help from all of our amazing PS 154 families! We have a variety of ways that you can help–from volunteering to decorating the school to working the ticket sales table to making cotton candy and donating boo-tiful baked goods that we can sell. Please sign up for a shift through this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4eafad22a2fb6-boobash

If you are coming for set up and have to bring well-behaved kids, that’s totally fine. We will take all the help we can get! And we staggered the event shifts so that you can still take your kids around Boo Bash.

Questions? Contact Karen Tingley at karen.tingley@gmail.com

Music with Mrs. Gabel!

music classMusic classes at PS 154 are starting this week. Our PS 154 Music Program is 100% PTA funded. Our fantastic Mrs. Christine Gabel combines her vast experience as a musician with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education to bring our children a complete K-5 music education experience.

Grades K-2 will focus on the basic foundation of music through singing, rhythm, and movement. Upper grades will delve deeper in their music experience by learning recorder (3rd) and Ukulele (4th, 5th). Upper grades students will also continue to improve their tonal and rhythm skills with singing in parts as a chorus, and movement activities. Mrs. Gabel uses traditional, folk, pop, and musical theatre songs to make music learning fun and engaging.

This week, ask your child to share a song or musical skill he or she learned. To provide Music with Mrs. Gabel and other enrichments to our every classroom, the PTA spends $360/student each year. To help these wonderful programs continue, please donate at:http://ps154.org/home/pta/fundraising/

Attention 1st Grade Families!

chessYour children are starting their Chess enrichment today, September 25. This program is 100% PTA funded by donations from our PS154 families. In 12 weekly classes, our beloved Mr. Jairo Moreira, an International Chess Master and highly-regarded teacher, will help your children build upon skills introduced last year. Chess programs for children:

  • develop memory and concentration
  • involve decoding, critical thinking, comprehension and analysis skills
  • encourage and reward hard work

This weekend, get out a chessboard at home and see what your first grader learned. To provide Chess and other enrichments to our every classroom, the PTA spends $360/student each year.  To help these wonderful programs continue, please donate at: Fundraising – PS 154 Brooklyn

Save the Date: Thursday, April 30, is PS 154’s Parents Night Out! 

Join us at The Roof @ Whole Foods (3rd & Third) for music, food, drinks, and a silent auction. Buy tickets for the event now! If you have any items or services you would like to contribute to our silent auction, please contact Amy Brill at ps154auctions@gmail.com.

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Save the Date: Saturday, May 2, is the Prospect Park Craft Fair for the Benefit of PS154! 

Visit this event’s page on Facebook.

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