In this Issue: Nutrition for Teens at the Next PTA Meeting, Upcoming Tutor Fair, More.
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High school applications are due Tuesday, December 1.

Nutrition and Your Child: December 8th PTA Meeting

Come hear Nutritionist Rachel Berman discuss "What Does 'Healthy' Mean for Your Child?" 

From Rachel: "From busy schedules to picky eating, it can be tough to ensure your child is getting the nutrients they need. In this session, we’ll discuss why it’s so important for kids at this stage to have a well-balanced diet, how parents can support healthy habits without being overbearing, and realistic ideas (that they won’t hate!) for nutritious snacks and meals on the go. Please come with questions and look forward to seeing you there!"

Rachel Berman, RD, CDN is a registered dietitian, published author, and digital health content strategist based in New York City. Berman is passionate about spreading a clear and credible message about nutrition through her media appearances, books, and speaking engagements. Learn more at

Tutor Fair Planned for January

Many parents are asking about how to find the right tutor for their child. Excellent tutors are available for the SHSAT, the upcoming state tests, organizational skills, extra help in math, science, writing, humanities and even keyboarding and other computer skills.

To help you find the right tutor for your child, the PTA is hosting a Tutor Fair at the January PTA meeting on Tuesday, January 12th at 7pm. We will bring in tutoring organizations from around the city. You will have the opportunity to meet with them to learn about their offerings and costs. You'll also have the ability to compare and contrast these groups in a comfortable setting.

We are excited about this first-time event and we know it will be helpful to many of you. If you would like to help organize the event, or if you have any questions or comments, please email Christine Annechino.

Wellness and Health Committee

The School Leadership Team (SLT) has created a new committee focusing on Wellness and Health. This committee is open to the entire school community: administrators, parents, teachers and staff. The mission of this committee is to work with the SLT to find ways to improve the focus on the physical, mental and social well-being of our students, in addition to improving the focus on health and nutrition.  

The committee's first task will be to find ways to help the 8th grade students who have 60+ students in their gym class. If you would like to join the committee, please contact:

Red Cross Babysitting Course

The PTA is considering offering a Red Cross course in babysitting, that covers leadership skills; how to develop a babysitting business, keeping themselves and others safe; helping children behave; and learning about basic child care and basic first aid. The cost for families would be $85. If you would be interested, please take this brief survey. We need to make sure we have enough interest to offer the course. The recommended age for this course is 11 to 15 years old.

Cooper Hewitt Pixar Workshop 

This free program from 12/2 to 12/16 is a series of hands-on workshops exploring the design process of Pixar Animation Studios through hands-on activities. The workshops are led by Cooper Hewitt educators and will be held at the Design Center in Harlem, located at 111 Central Park North (with the exception of the first session, which takes place at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum at 2 East 91st Street).

Digital Game Design Challenge 

Middle and high school students in NYC public schools are invited to participate in the Games for Change Student Challenge, a digital game design challenge hosted in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education.
Students can apply their coding skills and passion for games to real-world issues they care about! 

Prizes include paid internships, mentorships with game developers, and more. Click here for more information.

Parent Engagement Thursdays

On December 3rd, Sarah Lichtman will talk about about MS54's science curriculum. Please see the MS54 Calendar for details on all upcoming speakers. 

Safety Patrol

We are asking parents to volunteer a half hour one time during the school year to walk around the neighborhood at dismissal time.

If you are interested in signing up, please email Alix Botwin Krell.

Yearbook Photos Wanted

The site that we are working with for the creation of our 2016 yearbook allows the community to upload photos. This means YOU, and we would very much appreciate any photo contributions you make, whether of your child or other MS 54 students. Please click here for more information on how to submit yearbook photos.

School Store Holiday Sale    

The sale has been extended until Wednesday, December 9th. Click here to see the discounted prices and pick up some great gifts -- like the warm hoodie below -- for the entire family this holiday season.

Donate to the Annual Appeal

Please make your contribution today. Every contribution, no matter how big or small will have a positive impact on our children’s education. We are suggesting a contribution of $1,000, but would like to see everyone give what they can. It is important that we receive your Annual Appeal contribution as soon as possible so that we can ensure that all of the PTA projects will be fully funded.
Act now in one of two ways:
1.  Write a check to “MS 54 PTA” and mail it to the school.
2.  Click on the “Donate to the Annual Fund” banner on the top of this email or CLICK HERE NOW.
ANY AMOUNT YOU CAN GIVE MAKES A DIFFERENCE.  Please remember that contributions to the PTA will be kept confidential, are completely voluntary, are tax deductible and meet matching gift programs for most companies.

Fairway Community Partners Program

Use your Community Partners card every time you shop at Fairway and 3% (or more) of your purchase will be donated to MS54. Click here for more information!
Replacement cards are now available! Contact Anne McIntosh Pejovich.

School Calendar

Click here or on the image to view the Booker T. Washington school calendar.
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